About the book:
About to turn sixteen, Jade was looking forward to getting her first car and a little more freedom. Life, however, had a different path in mind. A thirst for blood and newfound fangs exposed a secret world to her... a world hidden from humanity. To leave behind everything she knew and enter The Shadow Realm, she must embark on a fateful journey to uncover the truth about the past, and understand her strange dreams. Daring efforts to unravel her destiny will reveal new powers, new friends, and very real enemies.
About the Author:
J.L.Keathley is a self-published author who focuses on YA Fantasy. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and two daughters. She loves animals and has a variety of pets. She has always loved to read and decided to write what she wants to read about. She likes to travel with her family and find adventures.
Debut novels are always fun to read - it's a gamble on the part of a book reviewer. Some are downright terrible (I don't finish these, let alone review them). Others are amazing - well written, beautifully edited, brilliantly plotted and put-together.
J.L. Keathley's debut novel, Distant Memories, falls somewhere in between the extremes. This book challenged my inner editor - and while the first half of the book was a challenge, the author has a method to her seeming madness.
Distant Memories is told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl. In style, if not in form, this book reads much like my high school journals. Conventional style and comma usage is out the window.
It took me half of the book to realize that this was intentional, and not faulty editing (my interview with J.L. confirmed my suspicions). Once I got my noisy inner editor to go sit in a corner and hush (because the author had a reason for how she wrote this book), this is an awesome plot line. And the best news? There's more coming.
The final tally:
This isn't an easy book to read from a style perspective. If you are someone who must have their novel in the standard, conventional style (each speaker in a conversation gets a new paragraph, commas in the right places) - this isn't the book for you. If, however, you can approach a novel with an open mind, and enjoy a well-told story, this is an awesome debut for Ms. Keathley.
Update: This blog post went live before I got word that JL will be doing some editing and re-releasing this book. If you would prefer to get the updated version, hop into her Facebook group, linked above, and follow her to find out when it's been released.
Okay, so Distant Memories is a captivating story about a vampire-witch hybrid who's trying to find her mom, basically. That’s it. That’s all the information you’re getting.
One of the things that I liked about this book was that it was captivating. I was drawn into the story from the first page. A couple of the thing that I didn’t like was how we didn’t see much of Legs, the main character’s tarantula, and the unfair cliffhanger at the end. Seriously, you think that there’s more to the book! Grr!
But I love it! Don’t get me wrong, I really, really love the book. It called out to me, in a way. Y’know, that moment when you pick up a book that you’ve never read before and it just calls you to you before you even look at it. Yeah. that kind of calling;
Buy the book:
This book is available in Kindle format from Amazon here. [affiliate link]
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