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St. Blair: Children of the Night (Volume 1) Paperback – April 17, 2014
About the Author
E.W. (Emily Williams) Skinner was a protégé of the late master of the pulps or paperback originals, Harry Whittington. Skinner interviewed Whittington during her days as a feature writer for the Clearwater Sun daily newspaper and its weekly division. They became friends and he taught her how to plot and gave her approval of the original outline and sample chapter for her first novel, "Marquel" shortly before he died in 1989. "Marquel" is a Hollywood genre in the Adult Fiction category. After Whittington passed away, Skinner challenged herself to write as her mentor did and wrote a chapter a day and finished the novel "Marquel" in 52 days. For more details on the novel's history read: http://www.thefilmmom.blogspot.com/2012/10/why-book-trailer-now.html Fast forward, a second daughter Blair is born and Emily and husband Tom focus on raising their family. Both daughters are now grown and work in Hollywood. "St. Blair: Children of the Night" is a young adult paranormal appropriately named after her youngest daughter, Blair. When Emily isn't working as a marketing consultant or writing, she enjoys antiquing/thrifting and producing short films. Emily is the proud Executive Producer of Blair Skinner's film "Relative Eternity," a 2012 LA Shorts Film Festival selection, Sunscreen Film Festival selection and Short Film Corner Festival de Cannes selection. Written, directed and edited by Blair Skinner, "Relative Eternity" is on snagfilms.com for your viewing pleasure. Follow Emily's Blog at: http://thefilmmom.blogspot.com/
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The story is set in the future, after mankind has destroyed the earth and only a few survive, and to survive things change dramatically - we no longer are free to live as we like. The book is classified as a young adult novel, and it is very interesting this world that Ms Skinner has written and portrayed to us. There is no longer the freedom to choose what we want to do with our live-it is chosen for us
The book is well written, has a great plot, and a great cast of characters, that keeps the book interesting all the way through. This society is run as doing only good things, and I think this book is setting us up for the next books to come, with the plot being of how the Global Good runs things and nothing else is permitted. The book is a touch paranormal as the main character, Sybille found a journal that belongs to a ghost named Blair that appears to her in her sleep. It also starts her on a spiritual journey of self discovery that can be dangerous because of the way one is expected to live in this new world where nothing is allowed to be questioned, and the rules are set in stone.
This book did get me thinking on the future and what it holds for all of us and I am amazed at this world that the author has created in this book and look forward to reading more of the same! Even though I usually do not read books like this one, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be reading more by this author!
I gave this book 5***** stars and look forward to the next book!
God is no longer an equation in the world. Everyone is considered equal, their jobs - for which there is no retirement, except for death - are determined by their inherent talents. Babies are created by 'eggplantation', people who are considered rebellious are housed below ground for re-education (sounds familiar, doesn't it?), and life is managed, supposedly, for the good of all. But this is about to change.
One young girl is at the brink of suicide and, while out on the ledge preparing to jump, discovers a long lost diary that is going to change EVERYTHING. It opens her eyes to the world as it was, God, the saints, angels, and the glaring inequality that is couched in the 'goodness' that surrounds her. What follows is her journey to faith (which is a concept long abandoned) and the reclamation of the world by God and his holy warriors.
This book does not proselytize, but DOES explain the concept of faith. While reading it, I was reminded of one of my favorite Christian book series - Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. They are not the same, by any stretch of the imagination; but ARE in the same vein - those who have been left to fight for humanity!
I must admit, I want this story to continue, so I will be looking for any additional books!
The story is set in the future, after mankind has decimated the earth and only a few survive, and to survive things change dramatically - no longer are our lives basically free to do what we wish, whether that be a doctor or a shop assistant, no its very different.
The world Ms. Skinner has created will make you reflect on how our world in the present day really is, I know there are some very good things but inherently we are a selfish world. Ms Skinners future is frighteningly quite possible.
This is a YA Novel and its great read for adult or young readers, I have certainly enjoyed reading it.
I don't do spoiler reviews so I will not really say much about the story but the beginning - WOW I was just pulled straight in and was really not wanting to put it down even though my eyes were seeing double!
The writing style is easy to read, the world building gives your imagination lots to build on, in fact at one point there was so much explaining about how the Global Good ran things that I did feel as if I was at school in my history class, not thats a bad thing mind you as I think what the writer is doing is laying down the foundations for the next book
If you want a book that has a mix of the Paranormal but gives food for thought on where we will be in the future I recommend you buy this book and read it. I look forward to reading book 2
*I received this book as part of a Book Tour and this is my honest review, I will be checking out Ms Skinners first book Marquel and looking forward to more of Her writing.
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