My granddaughters have good taste. Just look what they're reading! They love Little Golden books, which were always some of my favorite read-aloud stories when our boys were little lads.
But what about Grammy, you ask? What am I reading? Well, I've been doing some interesting reading myself.
Recently, author Kia Heavey and I began to correspond via Goodreads (which I think of as a sort of booklover's version of Facebook). We realized that we shared a common desire to write inspirational fiction for impressionable teenaged girls and young adults--stories that will engage and entertain them, but will ultimately (hopefully!) inspire them to swim against the tide--to fight the good fight, if you will--as they navigate the thorny path to adulthood in a confusing and dangerous world.
Heavey's second novel, Underlake, is an inspiring coming-of-age tale with a great message for teens and a paranormal twist. Though aimed at young adult readers, it is an enjoyable read for adults as well.
To say that I was intrigued--and quite anxious to read Heavey's novel--is an understatement. The author generously provided me with a review copy. As soon as I received it, I opened it right up and read the dedication that underscores Heavey's deep desire to write fiction with a counter-cultural message, to give encouragement to those teenaged girls who feel they don't fit in with modern mores and fashions and are looking for deeper meaning in their lives; it reads, "For girls everywhere who are less than thrilled with the popular things."
By the time I'd turned the last page of this well-written page-turner (about a day-and-a-half after it came in the mail!), I could clearly imagine how readers in the author's target audience--to whom she lovingly dedicated this book--might be inspired to follow in the footsteps of Underlake's brave and likable young heroine.
That's just a teaser--you can read my full review here.
I'm sure you'll find plenty of other enticing titles if you head on over to Jessica's.