Tag Archives: YA

Defiance on Indian Creek-Literary Titan Review

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defiance_on_indian_creekI received an awesome four star review from Literary Titan. If you haven’t heard of them check out my review below. I’m pleased with their professionalism.

Defiance on Indian Creek is a quiet, but enthralling read by Phyllis A. Still. We follow a smart, courageous thirteen-year-old girl, Mary on the frontier in West Virginia on the eve of the Revolutionary war. Her father comes home with news that disrupts Mary’s world; talk of loyalty to the unfair King and moving to far off Kentucky. The relationship with her father is stretched as she finds him mired in plots and implications of possibly being a traitor or even a spy. Mary is forced of her own loyalties to her father, family and country as the weeks go on until she is asked to make an impossible choice.

Overall, Still has clearly done her research in this fine YA novel. In the tradition of historical fiction before it, Defiance on Indian Creek takes a quiet frontier family and throws them in the forefront against an increasingly dangerous time. Reading these pages gave me the feeling I was actually there in the reeds of Indian Creek alongside Mary and her Papa. The maps included at the front of the book were helpful in understanding the setting and getting even more of a feel of what this era felt to those early colonists.

It isn’t often such a tale is spun on the frontier, but also invokes the greater happenings on the east coast. Mary is a fun protagonist to follow as the story progresses, because Still is able to give the reader the feeling of anguish from the girl and her struggles over choosing to place trust in her father and the lack thereof.

Being a YA novel the story itself is pretty straightforward and does not beat around the bush when it comes to finding out certain things. Mary herself seems to grasp things beyond her years, but her parents are not the usual inept adults that are so often present in YA novels. And being a young girl, who genuinely wants her father to be okay and her family to be safe, the reader can only root for her.

There are few books that I could remember for the relationships it creates between characters, but Still has managed to make the daughter-father relationship in this book a special one. Especially, since the tension between them is so palpable as the book goes on.

If there is any criticism for the book that can be offered it would be for something that is almost uncontrollable. It concerns the background conflict between the Colonies and the Crown. This is what gives historical fiction its flavor, but it does overshadow the very personal, family struggle between Mary and her father. This is the only real issue with the storyline, beyond this Defiance on Indian Creek will be a pleasurable read to any person who enjoys YA and a painstakingly researched historical fiction.

Source: Defiance on Indian Creek

Dragons of Jade: A Review and Author Promo

Clean YA Fantasy with a hint of Romance

Dragons of Jade by [Lauzier, Jean]Description:  There’s no such thing as dragons.
Of that, Jade Delaney was sure. She may not have known who she was or where she came from, but at least she had a plan for her future.

All that changes when a dragon summons her back to the world from which she came. There, she learns dragons are real, the truth of her birth, and just why she was abandoned as a toddler.

Now she must discover and stop whoever is killing the dragons, while avoiding the man who is hunting her.

Lovable Dragons?

My Review: I loved the dragons being in need of human help and calling Jade home to fulfill her real calling. The pace was slow at times, but the story and character depth kept my interest. I’m looking forward to book 2.

Orphaned as an infant, Jade sits in anatomy class, re-reading a note left to her by her mother. What do the words, “Even the dragon agrees,” mean? Jade doesn’t believe in dragons. After being confronted by her professor for wasting her potential, Jade considers her fate. As she approaches the building exist, a mysterious door appears with images and a choice to be made that will affect her future. But she doesn’t believe in dragons.

Dragons of Jade by Jean Lauzier will please dragon lovers as Jade embarks in a mission to protect and discover who is killing them. The mystery of her mother is discovered and an unexpected fate awaits her.

About Jean

Jean Lauzier

Jean Lauzier was born and raised in Arkansas but now lives in Longview, Texas with her husband and three teens.

When not writing you can find her talking to her bonsai plants, trying to train the cats or procrastinating on the computer.

Contact:

Web: http://www.jeanlauzier.com

Social: http://facebook.com/jeanlauzier2319

Buy Dragons of Jade Here 

 

Generational Word Confusion

The children, in my young adult historical adventure novel, sleep on straw-stuffed pallets in 1775. A young beta reader expressed confusion. She was picturing the wooded structures boxes sit on–SIGH.

What is another word for pallet, or how do I give further details without becoming wordy from a 1st person point of view? In other words, “I lay Charlie on his straw-stuffed pallet.”

Here is an example of a 1700’s pallet on a rope bedframe, but imagine it on the ground and easy to roll out of the way. I’m thinking about adding a footnote to the page words like this are first mentioned on.

1700's Pallet