Monthly Archives: April 2014

Angela 2 – Guardian 2 by David Bedord

Standard

angela 2 guardian of the bay coverAngela Fournier is back and better than ever. She and her friends are starting the eleventh grade. On the first day, they meet two new girls, Sonja and Michaela. The group of friends immediately adopts these new girls, delighting in their company.

The year starts out well, despite the annoying, snotty KittyKats, a group of girls who tend to bully and intimidate others. At least, it’s going well until Angela and her friends find out that a development group wants to put in an oil pipeline and build a refinery in a wildlife refuge on the beach.

Feeling this would be a terrible mistake, Angela and friends band together to keep the refinery away from their beach and bay.

Although this book is intended for young adults, it’s wonderful for older readers. I greatly enjoyed it. The character of Angela is beautifully developed. She is intelligent and caring, though still prone to doubt when the KittyKats sow their discord. Angela is well spoken and strongly believes in the preservation of the bay. She and her friends take their conviction public, gently protesting the refinery. To say that they meed adversity would be an understatement.

One thing I enjoyed about this book, there isn’t a single villain at work, there are several. It’s full of manipulations, machinations of big business and bullying on different levels. Angela stands up to it all, supported by her friends and family. Support comes from a very unexpected source as well—her Spanish teacher. Mrs. Sepúlvida is a wonderful character and I hope she will return, in a bigger way, in the next book. I also liked the TV reporter who interviews Angela—and the cameraman. Can’t forget him.

Angela and he friends stand up for what they believe, face adversity, band together and don’t stoop to the dirty tactics of their opposition. They show young people (and older ones) that conviction and commitment to a cause are important. It also shows that, despite everything, nice guys don’t always finish last.

Five Golden Acorns
© Dellani Oakes 2014

To Buy

Advertisements

Sword Sisters – A Red Reaper Novel by Tara Cardinal and Alex Bledsoe

Standard

sword sisters coverAella is the last of the Reapers—a race who are a hybrid of demon and human. All products of violence, Reapers stand together to protect humans from demons. Aella’s job, according to prophecy, will be to protect the new king. Only thing is, he hasn’t appeared yet! She spends her days in training, being chastised and bullied by the very people who should be nurturing her, the Reapers.

Growing up in the clutches of her demon father, Aella has known torture—both physical and emotional. Despite that, she is a good person with a strong sense of what’s right. Unfortunately, her definition of justice and righteousness doesn’t always jibe with the ideals of the Reapers.

Fed up with her lot, Aella leaves to find the one person who was ever kind to her—a human boy named Aaron. She finds the spot far from home, where he helped her. He isn’t there, but Aella finds far more than she bargained for.

Not only does Aella help a small village, she discovers she is more capable and skilled than she thought. She faces adversity, battles a god and learns the value of friendship.

Aella is a marvelously complex character. Her confidence and doubt constantly war within her. She wants desperately to be loved, but isn’t sure what to do with it when she finds it.

Cardinal and Bledsoe have woven a complex tapestry of a tale with Aella dashing about in the middle, alternately tearing it up and repairing it. She is a remarkable character and I can’t wait to read more about her.

For more about Aella, look for the movie, The Legend of the Red Reaper, written, directed by and starring Tara Cardinal. It’s an independent film with lots of action and swordplay.

I greatly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a ripping good tale of sword wielding adventure.

Five Golden Acorns
© Dellani Oakes 2014

To Buy