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Adult Reads – Forged in Fire

  • Posted on June 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I had a friend say she teaches elementary level, but sometimes she likes to put on her big-girl panties and read for just herself.   Since I know that feeling I have decided to “allow” myself to review, talk about, gush, or pan some of the hundreds of adult titles I read every year. Let’s start with one of the hottest self-published books out this year by Trish McCallan called Forged in Fire

This book caught my eye on my birthday in January with a free opportunity to download it on my Kindle.  I kept running across the title and telling myself to get around-to-it and do it. Today I opened the book and I couldn’t put it down til I was finished. I meandered the house overfilling the coffee and burning my toaster patries while I read with my left hand and tried to function with my right. The dogs made it outside and I like warm pastries, so no harm done. The bruise on my knee from banging into the doorway while walking and reading WILL heal eventually. But I’m going to continue to suffer until late this 2012 when the sequel comes out.

Military men are so sexy. Add one that’s psychic and looking for his soulmate — then you’ve got a secret weapon. Beth dreams of a terrorist attack on an airplane then rushes to the airport to prevent it. Instead of laughing at her, Zane and his equally hot Navy Seal brothers take her seriously and leap into action.

This mystery adventure novel keeps the reader involved and guessing what’s going to happen next. While the heroine begins timidly, she “puts on her big-girl panties” and because an active part of the solution, not just a fainting diva victim. Other women portrayed also show courage and the ability to take action. The military aspects and conspiracy theories are intriguing. The romance sizzles. And, the secondary characters are fleshed out enough for the reader to care about them and want to read more

The only flaw I could mention is how diabolically the author has us hooked so when the book ends suddenly with plenty of cliff-hangers, we want to jump off and find the sequel. I visited the author’s facebook page, blog, and website to find out more. I even found myself chastising the author to stop blogging and get back to writing the next books in this series.

As soon as I was finished reading, I followed the author’s advice and shared my kindle addiction with the fabulous Debbie W. – my reading partner, Kindle-lender, and a great P.E. teacher, too. When will you get your copy? The series will include:

  • Forged in Fire to be re-released by Montlake Publishing on July 1st of 2012.
  • Forged in Ice to be released December 1st of 2012
  • Forged in Fury to be released July 1st of 2013
  • Forged in Betrayal to be released December 1st of 2013

Because of the steamy sex scene, I’m not including this in my YA reviews, but did think I should mention it was hot. Did I say anything about the room getting a little warm? Mm Mm Mm. Fun reading and the cover isn’t too romantic looking to alert anyone reading near me. Our secret will stay between just you and me.

Leaving Paradise

  • Posted on July 30, 2010 at 1:19 AM

No, I’m not talking about leaving the blog. I’m chatting about how much I enjoyed reading Leaving Paradise  and how Leaving Paradiseexcitedly I’m waiting for the sequel, Return to Paradise,  to come out September 1st. Simone Elkeles (also author of Rules of Attraction, Perfect Chemistry, How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Reputation, and How to Ruin My Teenage Life) wrote Leaving Paradise in 2007. I was reading an 8th edition printed in 2010 by Flux.

Flux is an imprint dedicated to teen fiction with titles like Indigo Blues, Other (on my list to get my hands on!) and a 40th anniversary edition of John Donovan’s I’ll Get There, It Better Be Worth the Trip. They’ve got some great stuff for teens and young adults. My urban eighth graders are going to love these titles.

SLJ wrote about Leaving Paradise “Elkeles writes convincingly about family tensions, retreating from painful reality, and teens outgrowing their old skins.” 

The publisher’s blurb states: 

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as “criminal” and “freak.” Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

I’m telling you when I sat down to read Leaving Paradise, I was expecting a maudlin, sappy story about a poor pitiful victim and her tough attacker.  Not! This was a gripping frustrating story with characters that change, develop, and grow, battling society in a typical teenage manner, not in some grown-up fantasy way. It held enough romance, drama, and realistic teen issues to satisfy my very demanding students. The ending left me frustrated, hopeful, and committed to reading the sequel. This is one book that I’m glad I didn’t read too soon before the sequel will be released.