Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wildflower by Janine Carbone 4 out of 5 stars for this debut novel....

Wildflower by Janine Carbone                          An Intriguing Debut New Adult Novel…

Book Description:                             Publication Date: January 1, 2015
Faith desperately tries to hold on and fit into the mold of the "typical" college student, but her life quickly spirals out of control when visions of a dark past consume her. When these repressed memories begin to resurface, she relives the devastation of dealing with abandonment, death and betrayal. Faith soon realizes she never did escape the dangers of the past, her battles are real and present. With a sadistic stalker lurking around campus while she painfully struggles to hold onto her newfound romance, Faith finds herself fighting to survive all over again. 

My Review:
First off, allow me to say that I read everything and anything, as long as it is well-written, interesting and not predictable. Most importantly, for me anyway, the book must have an ending that resolves the story.

Wildflower is such a book that does that, for me anyway. I’m not into New Adult books, as a whole, but as I said, I will read anything. I was given an ARC copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. That being said, I enjoyed this book. I felt for and enjoyed the protagonist Faith. The book is believable and works. The book starts out strong and makes you want to read more, not just to see what happens next, but to enjoy spending time with Faith. I do agree with another reviewer that in the first fifty pages or so, there is more telling than showing, but fortunately it works. One can’t say that about many stories. The story makes it do that.  There is also in that same span a bit too much description that could have been left out without any detriment to the story. All in all, Ms. Carbone did a worthwhile effort with her debut novel and I look forward to her next book. If you’re looking for a New Adult story that will draw you in, you have to consider Wildflower. Why this book was entitled Wildflower is a good question? I guess you’ll just have to read the book to see why.
About the Author:
Janine Carbone, a Philadelphia native, who spent her high school years being a mentor to inner city youth has put her BA in psychology to good use with the creation of her first young adult novel, Wildflower. She is a former recipient of The Silverman Internship award, honoring her outstanding talents and leadership abilities. She also holds membership to the International Women’s Writing Guild. With a love of cooking and traveling overseas, Carbone can be found in the kitchen or trekking across grounds unknown. However, she does enjoy spending every moment she can with her family. Currently she lives in Marlton New Jersey with her husband, and two children.  
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S.J. Francis
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