Author: Patricia Hester Publisher: Self-published Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Coming of Age My price: $1.99 The protagonist in Whispers from the Ashes is Molly, a curious 12-year-old growing up in coal mining country in the 1950s. Molly is, in some ways, every preteen girl. She’s stuck in that awkward phase where half of her wants to run around and climb trees, and the other half wants to show off for the cute older boy. Whispers from the Ashes tells the story of her adolescence, and of the events that open her eyes to the struggles around her.
As part of my effort to include a wider range of opinions on Indebooks, I’m rounding up other reviews of books I’ve read recently. If you have a thoughtful review you’d like to submit, please email me at email@example.com, or post your review in the comment section below! Providence, a paranormal romance novel by Jamie McGuire, was a book I just couldn’t get into. The main character annoyed me, the plot was slow-moving, and the romance felt over-the-top and a bit creepy. Other reviewers, however, loved the book. Maybe my soon-to-be-patented ‘unhealthy relationship detector’ is overly sensitive. Here’s a roundup of what some other reviewers had to say about the book: Scandalicious Book Reviews says: “This story is a roller coaster ride of mystery, intrigue and suspense. The battles are epic and the love story is delicious. I am going to warn you up front, Jared says some things that are so swoon-worthy, he even melted my old scandalicious heart!”
As part of my effort to include a wider range of opinions on Indebooks, I’m kicking off a roundup of other reviews on the books we’ve read recently. If you have a thoughtful review you’d like to submit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or post your thoughts on the book below! Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park was the first book I reviewed on this site, and it’s still one of my favorite self-published books. It wasn’t a perfect book, but it has heart and that certain quality that makes you want to race through to the end (then hit yourself for not savoring it.) Below is a roundup of what some other reviewers had to say about the book. I’ve tried to include a range of opinions, but if you don’t see yours represented, please include it in the comments below. Mallory from Condescending Pear liked the book, but made some good points about the pacing of the plot: This was a slow burner for sure. There’s not initially a clear progression for the story, and it takes some time for things to pick up. This book probably could have benefited from being edited down a couple of chapters in the first half. That said, I personally did not mind the pace of this book at all. I felt like the first part of the book did a good job of establishing Julie’s investment in the Watkins family and the evolution of her relationship with its members. I trusted her more as a narrator and understood her concern for the family better as a result… I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. It’s a great contemporary YA from a slightly older (college-age) perspective, with an unusual take on family issues that I’ve never really seen before in YA. Though … Continue reading