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Amy C. Blake’s new release in the On the Brink YA Suspense Series!

Amy Blake's new YA Christian suspense titled Colorblind

Just about this time last year, I read Amy C. Blake’s YA Christian suspense novel, Whitewashed, and told you all about it.

I’m excited today to share with you that she’s released the second book in this On the Brink series, called Colorblind.

I’ll let Amy tell you more about the series and about the new book. Here’s Amy:

The On the Brink series follows three homeschooled friends–Patience, Christy, and Natalie–as they step into adulthood. Since each book tells only one girl’s story, the books can be read in any order. You can buy Colorblind and Whitewashed in both e-book and paperback on Amazon. I hope you’ll pick up your copies today!

Here’s a little more about Colorblind:

Eighteen-year-old Christy Kane has always been Daddy’s princess. But on the first day of her music internship at his mega-church, reporters shatter her world with terrible news: Daddy’s had an affair with the church preschool director. Christy feels as betrayed by God as the man she’s always considered Prince Charming.

When Mom sends her to Buckeye Lake to help with Aunt Jo’s School of Music and Dance in the restored Pier Ballroom, Christy’s problems only increase. First, the ballroom sits on Buckeye Lake, making her face her greatest fear—water. Second, she must help lead a handful of semi-talented volunteers, who harbor racial tensions and mysterious underlying antagonisms, in a professional quality performance for the Grand Reopening of the ballroom. The stakes are high—Aunt Jo will lose the place if they fail. Third, Christy discovers a diary written by Lillian, who lived near Buckeye Lake in the 1920s, and becomes intrigued by the stories of thousands coming to play at the amusement parks and dance in the ballrooms. But her interest soon turns to concern as tragic events from the diary happen in Christy’s world, ninety years to the date of their first occurrence.

Between her shattered past, her uncertain future, and her dangerous present, Christy doesn’t know where to turn. Does Daddy’s God really exist? If so, does He care enough to rescue her?

Amy Blake, author of Whitewashed.
Amy Blake

About Amy:

Award-winning author Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has an M.A. in English from Mississippi College and has written articles, devotionals, and short stories for a number of publications. You can connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. She’d love for you to visit her website at amycblake.com for tips on homeschooling, advice for the rookie pastor’s wife, and helps for the Christian life. You can also find more information on her website about her novels–Whitewashed, Colorblind, and The Trojan Horse Traitor.





Language is the issue in YA suspense Ask the Dark

Review of YA suspense Ask the Dark by Henry Turner The following is my review of Ask the Dark by Henry Turner, a new YA suspense to be released this coming week.

HEADS UP: Ask the Dark contains very graphic language, including frequent F-bombs.

When I began reading Ask the Dark, it immediately reminded me of a modern Huckleberry Finn—the uneducated, poorly-spoken trouble-maker kid who actually has more wisdom and a better heart than most others around him. I’ve read other reviews since then and seen that I’m not the only one drawn to make that comparison.

I loved so much about this book, particularly the main character, Billy. He was a very loveable protagonist. Yes, he had been a troublemaker in the past, but most of his infractions were minor. And since his mother passed away, he is determined to keep his promise to be a better person. I loved his determination to be better, as well as his intense love for his family. It was heartbreaking to see this ill-prepared youth take on responsibility that his father and older sister seemed incapable of.

I also enjoyed the creepy atmosphere and the plot, even though it wasn’t exactly full of surprises.

Two elements of this book almost ruined my enjoyment, however. First, the foul language was SO foul—I really didn’t expect it to be that extreme in a young adult book.

Even more than that, the style of writing was a huge stumbling block. I know the author is writing as though an uneducated kid is speaking the story. I know he was aiming for realism, but I think authors have to strike a balance between raw realism and coherence. The sudden, inexplicable switches from present to past tense, the curious spellings, the constant apostrophes inserted into the middles of words—as one example, there were so many abbreviations like “should’f” and “must’f.” Yes, I know what those are abbreviations for, but if I were typing up the transcript of someone who talks that way, I would have typed “should’ve” or “shoulda.” Those are normal abbreviations for that kind of speech and aren’t as jarring, or don’t call as much attention to themselves. Not only was I constantly being jerked out of the story to try to understand the writing, but I was much too aware of the writing. I caught myself constantly thinking of the author and the spelling and the tenses instead of getting lost in the character and story. I don’t think that’s what the author was aiming for.