Friday, April 19, 2013

The Best of Us Guest Review

The Best of Us By Sarah Pekkanen -   

Guest Review by Marla

Publish Date: April 9, 2013

First, THANK YOU Atria books for providing me with an ARC of The Best of Us!
Pekkanen is one of my favorite authors for a reason. She is magnificent at writing women – all women (and that is not to say she only writes women – all of her characters are multi-layered and complex). No matter the age, status, or circumstance, she writes strong women characters and The Best of Us is no exception. Pekkanen has provided another set of women that we can all relate to in some way. Their stories are real and will touch close to home for many readers. You will find authenticity in her characters and her story.
Pauline, Tina, Allie, and Savannah are similar in age, but that’s where the similarities end. From a stay-at-home mom of four to a childless, real estate agent going through a tumultuous divorce, these women create a dynamic that will have readers chuckling, shaking their heads, and maybe even saying, “AMEN sister” (or maybe that’s just me)!
The corresponding male characters (all husbands to the women) are equally well-developed. Readers will experience some of the same emotional moments about them. From a cheating narcissist to a nerdy millionaire, the guys build their own dynamic that readers will delight in.
Now, onto the story, Pekkanen is a genius. Which of us hasn’t, at some point, thought about an all-expenses paid trip to some reclusive, tropical island? No kids, no laundry, no dishes, no work, no bedtime or waking time. Instead, margaritas, snorkeling, sleeping late, sunshine, reading, and a full week of alone time with your spouse. Pekkanen gives readers a chance to live that out, at least in imagination, through this amazing story. The bonds, friendships, and secrets build up and tear down throughout so it never becomes just a simple, one-layered frolic at the beach. This story offers much more. As a storm approaches the island and threatens the end of this wonderful vacation, several storms brew inside the house that none of the couples were expecting.
The Best of Us is a great story, from a wonderful author and readers will enjoy the ride experienced from this quick and well-written read.
--Side note: can anyone look at a Pekkanen cover and NOT fall in love? I don’t think any of her books have had a cover that didn’t instantly make me want to read the book. They are all so…well, just perfect!

Okay – ready to pick up your own copy? Here you go:
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*I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and views are my own. I do not receive compensation for my reviews.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

This Book Changed My Life - Guest Post by Shebat

“Dream Dancer” by Janet Morris

Life does not always have a great reputation for dealing a fair hand. Without going into details, suffice it to say that despair grasped me within its claws when I was fifteen years old. There seemed only one way to escape it, or so it seemed to me at that time. It was in desperation that I took measures that would have led to a final act... and then I read “Dream Dancer”, the first book in the trilogy written by the incredible and indomitable Janet Morris.

“Dream Dancer” is a compelling story of a young girl's life and her reach for love and survival despite almost insurmountable odds. “Dream Dancer” is rich in back story, whether it be political or personal, and rich in character. It is science fiction and it is fantasy but more than this, it is a veritable tapestry of word craft taken to an exalted height.
As I read and reread the three books in the series, with it came another story, one whispered into my ear, “Write,” it said, “and it will save you.” This began a quest to not only save myself but to write beyond my dark poetry, to learn by example and to grow in the doing of same. In homage of this, I took the name of the protagonist in “Dream Dancer” as part of my nom de plume within that same year. I have used it to sign my work ever since.
I have been fortunate to have met the legendary Janet Morris, to speak with her and be encouraged by her to continue my journey. I will always be grateful that talent such as hers exists in this world. It has made me love a world that could have such words in it.

My awe of this writer and her work, in particular, “The Dream Dancer” trilogy is made up of many parts. The respect that any lover of fiction can feel toward someone as talented as Janet Morris, a thanks to the heavens that she set these words to page and, that these words, somehow found their way to me.

“Dream Dancer” is not a young adult series, it is an adult story with a young heroine. She eventually comes to discover an inner peace within herself while finding her own place in the confusing world around her. I still have the three books, worn, tattered and taped together in a place of honor on my bookshelf. I reread them from time to time, not only in remembrance of the despair this series helped me to transcend but also as a reminder of how far I have come since then. As a writer, I can only hope that my words will touch someone as deeply.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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