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YA Pre-Release Review-The Lost Son

18 Sep, 2012 by in Preston Norton, sweetwater books, Tamra Torero Leave a comment

The Lost Son
by Tamra Torero and Preston Norton
Paperback, 192 pages
Expected Publication Date: October 9, 2012
by Sweetwater Books
ISBN: 1462111424
Book source: Netgalley
4 Stars
Book Summary from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Jacob has always been able to charm his way out of trouble with the law. But when he’s sentenced to work at a family Christmas tree farm in place of Cody Matthews—a boy killed in Jacob’s last DUI—Jacob is in for a harsh reality check. This emotional story of loss, love, and redemption is impossible to put down.
Cathy’s Review: Jacob is a normal teenager, he has a girlfriend, Melanie, but he’s not above making out with other girls, he also likes to party and that includes getting drunk. Unfortunately, Melanie quickly finds out about Jacob making out with a random girl dressed like Marilyn Monroe and breaks up with him. This was just not Jacob’s night first a fight, then getting kicked out of the great party and then Melanie breaking up with him. Jacob gets into his car to head for home, he’s driven drunk lots of times and nothing ever happens. This time though, Jacob hits another car and kills a young man named Cody Matthews while also injuring his father. When Jacob’s case goes to trial, he knows he’s going to be spending a lot of time in Juvie, but to his surprise someone speaks up for him, someone he would never have expected. Sam Matthews, Cody’s dad, tells the judge that one boys life is over and they shouldn’t ruin another boy’s life because of that. Sam asks that the judge have Jacob come to his Christmas Tree farm and help out in Cody’s place. With his arm injured, he could really use the help. Jacob is sure that this is some sort of revenge for his killing Cody on Sam’s part, and he’s afraid that Sam will try to kill him. But as he gets to know Sam, he learns that the situation is far different from the way he’s pictured it, and he slowly starts to change and to forgive himself for what has happened. 
This was a cute story. I liked the characters and the plot. I thought that the characters could have been more developed at times, I really like to get to “know” the characters and it seemed like the knowing part was pretty superficial in this story. I liked how this story shows the effects that one person can have on other people’s lives. Jacob, in a moment of stupidity, killed Cody which in turn hurts Sam and also Corrine and he got to see just how both of them had been hurt and the impact that Cody dying had on their lives. I think that’s something we should all work harder to remember, just that people have feelings and most things we do are going to have an impact on others, and that impact is sometimes bigger than we would have imagined it would be.
Content: underage drinking, wolves attacking

About the authors: Tamra Torero fills her life with all things sweet—from her nine children and two grandsons, to her husband, Paco. By day she creates sweet things to eat as a bakery manager, and by night she creates sweet stories (which all-too often require “brain food,” aka Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate). She enjoys reading in the bathtub, watching movies in bed, and dancing in the kitchen. She is the author of seven novels for children and teens.                                       Find out more about Tamra Torero: Goodreads/ Twitter/ Website
Preston Norton is the co-author of The Lost Son to be released in October 2012, and Blüd and Magick, to be released in January 2013. He was born in California, raised in Texas, and is currently a student at Brigham Young University – Idaho, seeking a degree in English Education. He enjoys sushi, rock concerts, and scary movies.                                                                                                                             Find out more about Preston Norton: Goodreads/ Website


Shayla Witherwood: A Half Faerie Tale Blog Tour

10 Apr, 2012 by in Tamra Torero, young adult fiction 2 comments

Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the official blog tour for
Shayla Witherwood: A Half Faerie Tale
by Tamra Torero
Hardcover, 312 pages
Expected publication date: May 8, 2012
by Cedar Fort
ISBN: 1599559633
Book Source: Netgalley
4.5 Stars
Summary: A brief moment of disappointment washed over me as I approached Jace’s lifeless body. Here I was, about to kiss a boy on the lips for the very first time, and he was completely comatose—possibly paralyzed—and would never even know or remember the experience. This was not how I’d envisioned my first kiss—me invisible, him unconscious. 

Shayla Witherwood is not exactly normal. First of all, she’s spent her entire life being homeschooled, traveling in an RV around the country with her grandparents. And second, there’s the kind of inescapable fact that her mom was a genuine faerie. 

But now that she’s starting a real life in a regular high school, Shayla desperately needs to stay out of trouble in both worlds because even her faerie powers might not be enough to protect her from what’s coming. 

In her latest novel, Tamra Torero spins a magical tale filled with laugh-out-loud sarcasm, surprising twists, and spell-binding romance. Perfect for fairytale fans of all ages, this is one story you won’t want to miss!

Cathy’s Review: Shayla Witherwood is just a normal high school girl…okay not really! She’s a half-faerie, she’s been home-schooled for her whole school career by grandparents that she traveled the country with in an RV named Brutus. But now her grandfather has died, so her grandmother decides that it’s time to settle down in a small town and it’s time for Shayla to go to school in the public high school. This doesn’t sound like a wonderful plan to Shayla, and her first day finds her wanting to use her faerie powers to turn herself invisible so that none of the other kids see her, but Grandma has firmly told her that using her powers around others is against the rules. But will Shayla be able to keep her new friends from realizing that she’s a half-faerie? I was excited to read this book, because I really loved her Molly Mormon? series a few years ago. This was a fun story to read, and the characters were fun. Shayla gets herself into some pretty crazy situations when she uses her faerie powers to do things like turning invisible or changing her ears. I liked the ending and how Shayla figured out a bunch of stuff about herself and also her parents and extended family that she had never known. 
Content: Really nothing offensive, clean

About the Author: Tamra Torero fills her life with all things sweet from her nine children and two grandsons, to her husband, Paco. By day she creates sweet things to eat as a bakery manager, and by night she creates sweet stories (which all-too often require “brain food,” a.k.a. Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate). She enjoys reading in the bathtub, watching movies in bed, and dancing in the kitchen. She is the author of seven novels for children and teens.
Find out more on her website/ Goodreads