- File Size: 476 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
- Publisher: Balam Press (January 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 3, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006V4XLUK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,343 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Jaguar Sun (The Jaguar Sun Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I liked it okay. But the main character, Maya, diet coke addict, was not independent enough. In fact, I thought she was rather a crier and a fainter. A wimp. You would think that her gifts would make her a little bit stronger. You would think that her cool twin BFFs and her handsome, smart boyfriend would be enough to bring her into a confidence and even a bit of spunkiness.
I had hopes with the plot, being about a coming world-peace. I loved the bits about centering and meditation. Those are great lessons for teens to read about with all the stresses they all go through. But somehow, the instructions got lost and didn't go deep enough, and were always cut short by something else. How in the world could she have reached any proficiency?
I would have liked to see the relationship between Maya and Matt grow, instead of a distance between them and then suddenly mates. Kind of missing something in the middle there. I would have liked to get to know the other shifter friends. And more about the one that had a crush on Maya.
Even still I have the next book and am hoping the author gained her chops and thereby a tighter story.
In an era in which the Mayan prophecy-allegedly announcing the end of the world in December 2012-has been the subject of fascination, fear, anxiety, and fact-finding, author Martha Bourke approaches the topic from a completely different perspective. What if the TRUTH about this "prophecy" was known? What if that Truth is known only to one person-a sixteen-year-old girl? Such is the premise of "Jaguar Sun."
Poor, poor Maya-not only does she bear the name of a primarily extinct culture, she is Hispanic, attends a primarily Hispanic New Mexico high school-and doesn't speak a word of Spanish. Her dreams are plagued by shadow animals, which then begin appearing in the day; her mother abandoned her at age four, and her Mayan grandmother is her only hope of a confidant for her experiences. She sure can't talk about to about-to-be-ex boyfriend Matt, or even her best friends, the irrepressible Vasquez twins.
"Jaguar Sun" is such a delightful book that the reader will be immediately captivated (I want to give it 10 stars of 5 <smile>). Martha Bourke has a knack for being hip with the slang, perceptions, and attitudes of her protagonist's age group (and cultural dichotomy!) and doesn't spare it in giving readers characters we can truly relate to and with whom we can easily empathise. This book is very fast-paced, partly because it's simply so enjoyable, the reader is turning pages and racing on, not even thinking of it as a "story," but rather as an "experience"-an experience in delight!
Copy of book received from author in exchange for a fair review through Goodreads ARR program
Maya has much to learn in order to deal with all that is coming her way. She does have help that includes her best friends which are twins and of course her boyfriend Matt among others. Yet, will her insecurities hold her back from fulfilling her role? It is difficult for her not to feel responsible for everything that happens to her friends. You will need to read the book to find out about all of the above and what Maya, her family, friends, and Matt finally discover about Maya and themselves through their journey. What all will be needed to safely get Maya to the temple where she needs to be on December 21, 2012.
Jaguar Sun includes it all from romance to fast paced action! The one thing that it did not have was pages describing erotica sexual action. Plenty was left to the imagination and would take you right up to that point then close the door leaving one to use their imagination. If your looking for erotica than this is not the book for you. Yet, if looking for a witty, romantic, fast paced book to read, this is one for you. Jaguar Sun is listed for YA but actually is for everyone. I am certainly waiting to read Jaguar Moon, the second book in the series!
It is well-written, entertaining and the sex and idea of the life-mate with its accompanying scenes very well done and explained so that it is a natural part of the story but not the highlight.
A really nice novel for young and old.
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