Spotlight on a Christmas Classic, Part Four—and a Giveaway!

PENGUIN CHRISTMAS CLASSICS

A delightful new holiday series featuring five classic
Christmas tales
in luxurious hardcover editions

Five books will be given away, one of
each
of these wonderful Christmas stories.
Thank you to Penguin Random House

for their generosity.

Welcome to Day Four!

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Book Review: Collide by Christine Fonseca

CollideCollide
The Solomon Experiments, Book #1
Christine Fonseca
CreateSpace, July 2014
ISBN 978-1496029911
Trade Paperback

From the author—

The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.

First, let me say I love this cover. You have to really look at it to see the things that are not as obvious as the face, the stairs and the statuary, and the imagery is just beautiful. Does it reflect the story? Well, I’ll leave that to you to find out by reading the book but, whether it does or not, this is an awesome cover 😉

Dakota is an interesting girl, especially because she doesn’t understand why her parents react as they do when a kind of emotional and mental breakdown focuses the wrong sort of attention on them. She’s even more bewildered and frightened when she finds her brother, Josh, who has much to tell her about who and what she is and why her memories are so wispy yet so frightening. On the run, they’ll encounter others to whom they have a connection…and then there’s the Architect, a most unique killer. What will the Creator have her do when she encounters her former fellow recruits? Is she past redemption? To me, although Dakota and David are clearly the main characters, the Architect is the most vivid, even quite appealing.

Suppose you discovered one day that the scientists studying your special abilities  weren’t just interested in how good your skills are but rather in how they could be manipulated? Suppose again that this is going on today; it wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has happened, would it? That is what makes Collide so intense and it’s what will draw me to the next book, Outbreak, due out in February. I’m very, very glad I won’t have to wait long to catch up with these characters Ms. Fonseca has embedded in my heart and mind.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, December 2014.