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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

YA Book Review: Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Zondervan Publishing, for review, purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.

Summer is almost here and if you're like me, your trying to find some great books for the kids to read over the Summer, to help with Brain Dran! Here's a great one for the teens!

Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.
With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.
To me this book felt like Twilight but with a Christian take on it. There is good and evil, a long standing secret world, teenage love and angst, etc. Course that is also what makes it interesting! Add in a Scottish landscape, and even adults will want to read this one! the author does a great job in engaging descriptions, both of the lush landscape, and characters, so that you feel like you are there with Maren, experiencing the world as she does. The book would be an interesting family read along for teens and their parents, as it offers many areas for discussion, both on the perils of being a teenager, and how the world tempts us to loose our faith. It's an enjoyable read, perfect for Summer, so if you're looking for a great book for your teen, be sure to grab ths one!
About the Author:
Heather Maclean, mother of three, is a Princeton graduate and the founder of Little Laureate, an award-winning educational children's media company. Named one of the '16 Best Entrepreneurs in America' by Sir Richard Branson, she accompanied the adventurous business legend on a 50,000-mile trip around the world, alternately helping improve the lives of others (designing sustainable development initiatives in South Africa) and fearing for her own (rappelling out of a Black Hawk helicopter in a Moroccan sandstorm). Heather began her career at Disney, where she had the distinction of being the first person ever to answer Mickey Mouse's e-mail. When not castle hunting in her husband's native Scotland, she and her clan happily reside in Michigan.

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