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- Print Length: 181 pages
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- Publisher: Kristy K. James (January 12, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CNK49JS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,930 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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From the Author
At first I'd thought to use Mackinaw Island, the setting for the Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour flick, Somewhere in Time, but changed my mind when I realized I needed the location to be a little more isolated...so I chose Bois Blanc Island instead.
And that's when the magic started to happen. I fell in love with the characters - even Finn and Nolan who, in the outline, had fairly small roles. Now it looks as though they'll each get their own books in the Casteloria series. But writing about Cameron and Laura was a pure joy, and I hope you enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
About the Author
Kristy is the author of the Coach's Boys series (The Daddy Pact, A Hero for Holly, A Harry Situation, Her Best Friend Jon, Code Red Christmas), Enza, Reluctant Guardian, A Fine Mess, Gluten-Free Sucks, and more.
*Alas, the pets are down to six. Thirteen year old black lab, Shadow, passed away in May 2013.
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Sam falls on a sharp rock near the lighthouse, gashes his leg, needs a tourniquet applied by a 13 yo, and loses a lot of blood so that he needs nearly 3 pints transfusion. He would have needed to hit an artery for this kind of blood lose and would have been unlikely to survive it. Brenden had to get back to the chalets limping on his prosthetic, two miles away, and bring help back, which happened to include a universal blood donor and a doctor qualified to perform field surgery in the sand of the beach. Sam is then up and running around in nearly no time at all. Author's time line is off. Really too much over the top.
75% into the book and Laura and Sam have been on the island for 3 months. Sam would have needed to have been back home and started school four weeks prior to that. The author's time line is off, again.
The cover shows a man, presumably the prince, wearing dog tags. Very odd, since there wasn't any mention of any military service.
I enjoyed the story when viewed as fantasy, it was mostly grammatically correct with few proofreading errors. I have the second book in the series in my free library, but I didn't warm to Nolan in this first book, so I won't be reading it. I read this one as I do enjoy books with royal characters.
The writing, however, was a bit uneven, and especially the dialogue involving the kids. Just didn't seem natural most of the time. And Sam was just too good to be true for his age. Yes, he was supposed to be ultra responsible due to his father's untimely death, but no pre-teen boy acts like this.
I also had a problem with the men next door being able to see right into Laura and Sam's place so clearly that they knew exactly what was going on in their house (without the use of binoculars), but Laura and Sam didn't seem to have the same ability to see them watching.
Occasionally there were unnecessary descriptions (like hand washing, etc), and there didn't seem to be enough to do on this beach, so people kept having to get hurt. Laura was there to write, but we see nothing of her writing, which might have been interesting.
Her reaction to Cameron's news seemed over the top and kind of silly, and the prologue was one of the worst written prologues I've ever read (I nearly stopped right there). In trying to be too mysterious, it ended up being just a jumble of nothing we could get a grip on.
As another reviewer stated, the big action we were waiting for happened from the perspectives of people in hiding, so it fell very flat. And while the prologue was too short and confusing, the epilogue was too long and too detailed.
Some of this book really worked, so I hope the author keeps writing and improving.
You will not be disappointed.
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Good story, look forward to book 2 of this series.