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Eri cannot believe that her best friend and protector was just collected by the Opprimere soldiers, that Kaynan has become another “tax of human life” for the empire.
As she fights with the soldiers, one of them gapes at her fiery hair and violet eyes, wanting to procure her as well, but that was not the order. His shock was due to the fact that Eri is practically a twin to her mother, a rebel force leader. Why was Eri not taken?
Her stepfather and stepbrother were collected three years prior leaving Kaynan as their provider and friend.  With Kaynan gone, Eri must hunt for meat, taboo for women in the Tolareean village of tree dwellers. She begs for information from the friendly, eldest woman of the village, Clarity. Increased village threats, and a hunger for answers to her mother’s and other family members’ disappearances lead Eri and Leah to hike to Imperii, the empire capitol.  They leave armed with a unique bow, Eri’s eagle necklace, their talents, and light camping gear.
Their quest takes them to a submerged Washington, D.C., a gigantic gulf, destruction of a large section of the Midwest, and southern Utah. An encounter with soldiers solidifies that going back home will never happen. The next city must be crossed even though there are obvious dangers and clever technology, which adds to the enjoyment of the read.
When a civilization falls changes invariably happen.  This Disaster does create a decline in language and an increase in superstitions outside of the privileged cities and classes.  Doctors are called “medicine men” for instance, and the taboos subjugate women. It also is the mother of inventions to help deal with new dangers and new needs.
Eridale was a typical teenage girl who had conflicts with her mother.  In this case it was exacerbated by her mother’s disappearance. Eri suffered from simplistic grudges and teen self-righteousness.  The conflict between an almost grown woman and her mother, who wants to parent a child who has been independent for years, is a real phenomenon.
 I liked Melanie’s word choices, of which “my body halts,” “tax of human life,” and “entrenches my resolution” are a few.
Not being familiar with either, I could feel her familiarity with archery and land formations of the southern Utah national parks, very clever natural fortresses.The map was intriguing and I hope that the final graphic can enlarge well in order to read the lettering clearly.
Dystopian novels give the writer full creative rein, and Melanie has chomped down on the bit to create strong female protagonists and a unique story among the forest of dystopian novels.  I look forward to the sequel; and by all mean, don’t let her shoot!
I volunteered to review an advanced reader’s copy of Storm Child.  Joan Enders


Melanie is an author, designer, photographer, and flight attendant all rolled into one. She has told stories all her life and finds her passion in sharing the plots that spin through her head. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two dachshund-chihuahua dogs. She loves the beauty of the Pacific Northwest that feeds her imagination.

When no one is listening, Melanie loves to belt Broadway songs in her living room and car. Someday she hopes to be on a flight where someone is reading her book.
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Missy and Claire are cousins who look more and more alike as they become older. The official parent line is that Missy was born 2 week after Claire
and was near death often. But as they grow, their mother-sisters, start confusing the photographs of the girls, and end up hiding all their photos and
plans of scrapbooking. Missy listens to a radio show that explains the phenomena of stronger and weaker twins, and she hatches an idea to introduce
her cousin Claire as her long-lost twin on the school news show. The show goes viral and is seen by a young man in New York who shows it to his
friend. The Pandora’s box is flung wide open! “Black swans” is a reference to events that are hugely important, rare and unpredictable, and explainable only
after the fact. Let’s just say that Missy and Claire make a trip to New York.

ENDERS’ Rating: ****

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I totally misread this title. I think the photograph chosen for the cover is to blame. It can’t be me, right?

The Snow Ball Effect
comes from advice Lainey receives from a new guy in her life when he compares the first taste of an amazing new snow ball flavor to understanding that an experience may not be the same the next time it comes up, just like the amazing new snow ball flavor will not be as, well, amazing the second time. It works for the situation in the book.

As the novel begins Lainey is told of her mother’s death. She wonders what to do with her handicapped little brother when her older sister appears to be his guardian. Taking care of Collin is quite the challenge. Lainey’s ever-attentive and doormat boyfriend, Riley, worked magic with him. But the Slurpee guy, Eric, ends up having a serendipitous connection to her mother. The sibs’ crazy trip to Disney World and the repercussions were a bonding experience. Holly seamlessly presented a serious story woven with pathos, humor, excitement and nostalgia. Young adults will love this book. I hope she writes another book soon.

ENDERS’ Rating: ****

Holly Nicole Hoxter’s Website

Brilliant is the third novel that explores the stress of a family’s financial problems. This time it is through the eyes of the eldest daughter, the brilliant Quinn, of the “Avery Women.” Same scenario as the previous Lucky and Gorgeous: Mom Avery makes a major blunder that costs her job, almost her freedom. Consequently each suffers economic loss as Mom is the major wage earner in the family. Dad Avery is a teacher…’nough said.

Quinn is the good, steady, dependable, bright eldest daughter who walks on troubled waters. Helping with the repossession of their grand piano was the last straw. When she surges into crazy decisions, everyone is shocked, including the guy she adores.

I loved the scene with the old upright piano. This is the third time reading about that scene, of course, as all three sisters are involved. It would be fun for three friends to read each novel and discuss “family problems” with the perspective of the one novel. Then they could read all three and discuss again.

ENDERS’ Rating: ****

Rachel Vail’s Website

What do you do when your father is arrested and in jail? How do you react to him being a drunk? Rosie and Skate, two sisters, tell the story of their reactions in this first novel for BAB. I was hooked from the first sentence and recognized their true feelings as many readers will. Enjoyable first novel!

ENDERS Rating: Great read.

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