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I tried to read it, a couple times but it was a struggle to get into it and I didn't even get good into the second chapter. I won this on a Booklikes Give-a-way and I had hoped I liked it but was nervous about it while I still tried to get past how I was feeling but there was just something about it that kept screaming: "No! Not for you!".
I can't sit here and tell anyone else how to feel about it because we all have different tastes, it's just not in mine.
It just seems a bit too young for my tastes, almost middle grade. Maybe it is and maybe that is why I can't get into it. Middle grade for me is hit or miss, mostly miss. There are some here and there that I read, get through & enjoy, some, I've even loved (i.e. Zorgamazoo, I loved! I think a lot of it was the narrator but if the story wasn't worth anything, not even the narrator could have saved it. Right now, I am also on Harry Potter, I do like the books but prefer the audio-books to just sitting and reading it, but, I'm off the topic of this book).
I am doing my review here because on Goodreads, I'd have marked it as read in order to put it down as DNF'd and it wouldn't be fair to mark it as read if I didn't even make it past chapter two. For me, to mark it as read, although I didn't finish it, I'd have to have gotten at least half to three-fourths of the way through it.
So, I will just take it to my local used book store and hopefully there will be a young person who will find it and Fangirl/Fanboy all over it.
Best Wishes to this author, I hope you have much success in the world of writing. :-)
Because without hope, we are all lost.
Because without hope, we have nothing.
The final installment of this trilogy leaves me shattered and sad, and full of anger towards the men who perpetrate this kind of abuse on children. But most of all, it leaves me with hope, exhilarated and happy, which, in this context, is nothing short of magic on the author’s part.
To take this extremely important and difficult subject matter, and lovingly show it without condescension or sensationalism, and give so many young people hope? Magic, indeed.
There is such powerful truth in this series. There is such compassionate giving of hope. It is horrid and beautiful at the same time, and it has a way of sending a spiraling sense of meaning out to young people who are hurting, telling them there is a future, there is a life, there is a way. Telling them that there are good people out there, who will love them.
Hope. Truly the most powerful of all human feelings.
We started with beauty in book one. And horror. And friendship. And love.
We continued with courage in book two. Lots and lots of courage. And love.
We finish with hope in this third book, as we run, and hide, and make mistakes, and fix them again. And love.
Thimi is a young boy who lived through the same horrors as Christy in Greece, and Christy finally gets to see his old friend again as he arrives in the US as a scared little waif of a boy. Thimi slowly opens up through the story, and as he starts to understand the sunshine that can exist in a normal life we get to see more about what happens inside a child after abuse.
When you read a YA book, not often does it also work as a manual of how to do things to help a former victim of abuse. It is not often that, in soft tones and sweet turns of phrase, you will understand and learn how to act around people who have been through the unthinkable. Who have been through the unspeakable.
This is a little bit like a beautifully crafted Technical Manual of Care and Maintenance for those who work with our collective youth, especially if they work with children or young adults who have had a hard time.
And the end result? The telling of a great, great love story — with true friendship shining through, the kind of love that inspires both happy endings and good laughs.
There are other new fascinating characters entering the scene, too, and especially Zero is someone I would love to see more of in a future book... I can truly say that I hope this trilogy gets a fourth and fifth instalment, because there are still things I’d like to know, (and history is full of excellent trilogies in five parts). (Just sayin’).
Beauty and Courage and Hope.
Because Elpida means hope.
And, as we said in the beginning, without hope, we are all lost.
I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher, Harmony Ink Press.
A positive review wasn’t promised in return. I also beta-read an early version of the manuscript.
Harper is a marine archeologist, and he has a job with an oil company, mapping out new drill sites on the Great Barrier Reef. His boss doesn’t want to hear about how what they’re doing there is killing the reef.
At night, Harper is visited by a gorgeous man in his dreams—a stunning soul that leaves him breathless. (And me, I’d like to add).
Harper needs a break. He gets one, when one day, his old friend Stick calls him: Stick is a woman I loved from the second she walked onto the page. There is an underwater archeological dig, in the Mediterranean, by a Greek island. And there are intelligent and knowledgeable people running the dig. Smart and fun. Such a treat. Off they go!
The story takes a fantastic turn when Harper starts diving. This is a thriller. With twists. And it’s hot. Very hot.
I fell into this story, as always with this author, and came out on the other side in an amazed daze. I love how there are a gazillion things happening at the same time, there is action and stuff going on at several levels, and then BAM! It’s over, and I’m still reeling.
I don’t know how Mancy crams so much into so few pages; this is a short story of some 150 pages, but holy moly, he packs them full!
There are plenty of technical details about the underwater world and work, details that convince you of the well-documented research that has gone on behind the scenes to write this story. I am forever impressed with the erudition of this author, his stories span such diverse topics.
The point of a short story is to be precise, concise, and pack a punch at the end.
Well, then. Check, check, and check.
To add to the marvel, I am in love with the cover. Such a radiant underwater feeling of magic and slanting sunshine. I just love it so much.
So, even though I was given an ARC for review purposes, I went and bought my own copies. Yes, plural, because this short story was also released in French—and the translation by Bénédicte Girault is absolutely stunning. Every nuance, every feeling, masterfully rendered in French colors. I hear the Italian version will be coming soon, so I’ll wait for that one, too.
Well worth my time to read this, and then read it again.
Because you’ll also help some very good organizations.
I was given a free review copy of this e-book from the author, but then I went to buy my own eBook copies to support the good causes.
A positive review wasn’t promised in return.