The Story of Us
by Deb Caletti
Reading level: high school
Reviewed by: Melissa
S Y N O P S I S :
This is Cricket's story, but set in the middle of so many other people's stories as well--her mom's, her brother Ben's, her boyfriend Janssen's, some grandparents and aunts, a couple of friends, and a whole other cast of characters she is just meeting. Cricket's mom had a bad marriage with an abusive husband (Cricket and Ben's father), followed by two relationships that were on the way to the altar when Cricket's mom ducked out. But now she has met a great guy, Dan Jax, and their wedding is happening in a week. Cricket and her family are at a beautiful ocean-front bed and breakfast inn to meet, greet, and hopefully meld with the groom's family before the big event, and boy, is there a lot of chaos. Even the family dogs have come along to make their peace with one another, because after the wedding, Dan Jax, Cricket, her mom, and the dogs are all moving into Dan's house in Seattle.
Cricket, meanwhile, is at a crossroads: She has graduated from high school but isn't sure whether she wants to be home or away for college (or even go!); they have all moved out of the family home in preparation for the big merger, so she is feeling especially rootless; she did "something terrible" to her wonderful long-time boyfriend Janssen, with the result that they are on a break; and the innkeepers' gorgeous and charismatic son, Ash, is confusing her emotions even more. And then there are the worries about her family--will her mom repeat her runaway-bride behavior? What is Grandpa's secret that he isn't sharing with anyone? Can she ever get along with Dan Jax's spoiled and snotty daughters, Heather and Amy? Will her beloved Jupiter (her elderly beagle) be able to hold her own against the young and rambunctious Cruiser (Dan's dog) in the family dynamic?
R E V I E W :
The cover: Meh. It's pretty and appropriate--goes okay with the story, attractive enough, nothing really special.
The author's website will tell you more about her, her books, and her dogs!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
In case you haven't noticed...
|This is probably the Australian,|
not the American, cover
Ferragost: A Lady Celie of the Flatlands mystery
Ferragost is a stand-alone short story of 15,000 words. If you are a reader of the Lumatere Chronicles, you'll remember that Celie is the daughter of Lord August and Lady Abian, and is best friends with the Queen of Lumatere. The author promises that it doesn't really give away anything that happens in the upcoming Quintana of Charyn (or even Froi of the Exiles). The events of Ferragost, however, are happening at the same time as in Quintana, so you'll understand the role Celie plays in the bigger picture when Quintana of Charyn is released.
On sale online on Tuesday 7th of August.
Where to buy: http://reviewofaustralianfiction.com/ Cost is $2.99 (Volume 4, Issue 1 of this online literary magazine) which will include two short stories: Ferragost, as well as Molasses by Kirsty Eagar who wrote Raw Blue, Saltwater Vampires and Nightbeach.
Synopsis: Lady Celie of the Lumateran Flatlands is visiting the Belegonian spring castle on the isle of Ferragost. Cut off from the rest of Belegonia by poor weather, she is confined to the island with four others, including the mysterious castellan of the castle. When the body of one of the guests is discovered on the rocks outside the east tower, Celie is not only considered a suspect, but finds herself embroiled in events that are entwined with her own kingdom's cursed history, as well as the future of the entire land of Skuldenore.
Marchetta's website is here.