We were very excited to be included in this year's Multicultural Children's Book Day.
I would like to say a special thank you to Candlewick Press for sending us these two books to review.
About the Author
Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived.
Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has.
All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on fanfiction.net.
Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist.
Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers.
Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats.
J. Hooligan's Review
I picked this book up when it was free on Amazon, and I've heard good things from a couple of my friends. When I heard there was going to be a blog tour I decided to jump on it.
Although I wasn't instantly connecting with the book, it eventually grabbed me. My biggest issue was with its flow. It felt a little too wordy, making it harder for me to get emotionally attached in certain situations.
There are certain aspects about this story that I absolutely loved. I wish I could give some of the people giant shiny star stickers for how they handled a particular situation. It was great and I wish I could explain it, but spoilers. Just know that I actually put my kindle down and clapped.
There's some cheesy stuff, but it's nothing I couldn't handle. Besides, who doesn't like cheese? Crazy people!
One major thing that needs to be brought up... I was recently discussing with some of my friends how sports books do not contain POC, and this one is literally the only one I could think of - and I've read a number of them - where the players (especially the main characters) weren't all white. That gives this book a major plus.
...Also it's paranormal. That's my favorite genre!
I enjoyed this book and I am interested in continuing the series.
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