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Mayne Attraction: In The Spotlight Paperback – May 3, 2010
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Ann Mauren was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young sons, within earshot of the King's Island and Miami Valley Railway, the author's favorite attraction at the ride's namesake amusement park.
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Although we never learn the cause and solution of the crime mentioned in the prologue, the story develops into an interesting action-packed tale of the two lovers who are pursuing Ellery, Grayson from a distance and "under cover"; and Ash, a security agent, unaware that he has been hired by Grayson's dad to keep an eye on Ellery while Grayson is waiting for her to grow up.
In her senior year in high school, Ellery becomes friends with Samantha, who hides her true identity under the covers of dressing as a Goth, and Ellery realizes that under an outward repulsive decor is a warm-hearted, caring friend who helps her out of her loneliness. They have some interesting adventures that eventually help Ellery to meet Ash.
The contest between Ellery's two lovers comes to a head while they are on a backpacking survey trip in the Canadian Rockies. Ellery follows the advice of Elsie, the guide of their tour, and also the recalled advice of Ellery's dad before he died... and this advice made this book so very special to me. That's why I said in the title of my review that every teenager should read it. He said to her, and I quote:
"Being single is like being the captain of our own plane. You can fly anywhere you like. And that's great, especially if you enjoy being in charge and doing whatever you want. But if you fall in love and decide to get married someday, you'd better make sure the man you marry is good enough to be a captain. Because just like in a real jet, you can only have one captain and one co-pilot, and if they argue about where they are going or how to fly, what can happen?"
"They could crash?"
"That's right. I want you to be happy and get where you are going without any crashes in your life. So make sure you choose a good captain, one you can trust with the direction of your life and someone who will always treat you like a partner..."
All in all, this book is an excellent story, told with a high moral perspective. Ann Mauren's first book is a winner, and I can't wait to read her other two books once she is finished writing them. Take your time to make them as good as this first one, Ann.
However, books also need a strong plot and characters, and that's where this novel falls down for me.
Plot: the book starts with a murder. This murder is not resolved, nor even mentioned again in the book. This really got me scratching my head, I thought I was missing something. Early on, the main character also has an attempted kidnapping, but again, this isn't resolved or explained. There are serious holes in this plot. So 1 star for plot.
Characters: Ellery is the main character, and she's a teenager. She seemed to age from 17 to 19 within a few months (or a year). Hmmm. Anyway, she gets engaged to two guys, and is besotted with their romantic kisses. Where are the raging teenage hormones? For me, this made her character unbelievable and unrealistic. Otherwise, she's an interesting and engaging character, and her personal journey (story arc) is well written. I'd give Ellery's character 4 stars.
Unfortunately, Ellery's two fiances are one big question mark. The book doesn't reveal enough about them. You get a feel for them in the Short Stories, but you shouldn't have to buy extra books to understand the main book. I like what the author is doing with the whole 'different perspectives' thing, but each book should be complete in itself. If you read only this book, one fiance is controlling (in a very creepy way) that makes me dislike him intensely. The other fiance - well, Ellery knows nothing about him, as does the reader - she doesn't even know his age - and yet she claims to be madly in love with him. His lack of backstory makes me not trust this character either. So I'm not rooting for any of the so-called 'heroes' - they both leave me cold and wanting to escape from them. I'd give the two guys 1 star for character/personality.
So overall: 3 stars for this book. Which is a shame, as with a little more work on the plot and characters, it would have been a great book.
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Anyone would like this book. It is clean and Fun.