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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

'AMBER FROST' Review/Giveaway!

A few weeks ago I finished reading another YA read provided by

ireadiwrite is an independent press specializing in digital books. I have a kindle and *heart* books on demand, so this is a great site for me to find great reads. [Though, their books are available in multiple e-reader formats.]

Amber Frost, by Suzi Davis, is a YA romance novel with a little bit of enchantment mixed in.

The core of the story is about happiness. Personal happiness and wanting happiness for others as well. Who would be willing to sacrifice their own personal happiness if it would make someone else happy?

The MCs visit this concept often throughout the book.

What if in wanting happiness you were able to influence the things around you, the weather, people even, without realizing it? Somewhat unintentionally. Sebastian Caldwood is someone, who for whatever reason, emits such an influence. He and Grace Lynn develop a wonderfully strong relationship. But, it is what they both want? Or, is it merely what he wants for himself? What does he want for Grace Lynn? What does Grace Lynn want for herself?

And, what are the detriments to Grace Lynn because of this misunderstood influence?

Sebastian and Grace Lynn toil together as they also begin to discover that Sebastian has a very long, and mysterious past.

*Slight Spoiler Alert*

I was conflicted slightly with Grace Lynn and her family dynamics. In the beginning she is a pleaser who doesn't know anything other than fulfilling what is required and expected of her. Then, when it seems she has finally found independence and personal worth, she gives it all up at the turn of a page (click of the kindle). Because she had finally found her ability to assert herself, the way she immediately fell back under the emotional insincerity of her mother lacked a little plausibility for me.

BUT, then again, Grace Lynn is a teenager. AND, she had spent a lifetime living inside a perfect little shell. So, maybe that is just me. You'll have to read it to judge for yourself!

A couple of my favorite scenes: the weather change; the shed; the lake. :-)

This was a really cute, quick read. And, it did get me thinking about what real happiness is. FYI, it is the first in a series. The second is expected to be available Fall of this year. [You can find out more about this book at Good Reads: Amber Frost]

Speaking of happiness, I have a little to share with you! ireadiwrite is offering a signed digital copy as a giveaway!

All you have to do to be entered to win is:

1 entry) comment here that you want to be entered

Additional entries:
1 entry) share in your comment what sounds good to you about this book!
1 entry) FB post about this review and giveaway (and tag me please, @GlassHalfFull Gal)
1 entry) tweet it (chirp, chirp!)

You don't have to FB post and tweet every day; though, that is great if you want to. One post or multiple still earns you one entry.  If you want to post about it on your blog that would be great! But, I'm not making it a requirement or an option to earn a chance to win.

I'm trying to keep it simple so we get a lot of book lovers/e-reader lovers to enter!

And, yes, this book is available in various formats for various e-readers.

This giveaway closes at midnight (CST), July 4th, 2011. So be sure to enter before you shoot off those fireworks! Good luck!!



Laura (The Zealous Reader) said...

What an awesome giveaway!

I'm really interested in this novel because of the very original spin on a contemporary fantasy/paranormal romance. I've never read anything like it.

Alice said...

This book sounds really interesting. I would LOVE a copy! I want to find out more about Sebastian and his abilities. And the dynamics of the story is intriguing.
Please enter me.:-))