Casting Shadows Everywhere by LT Vargus

Casting Shadows EverywhereCasting Shadows Everywhere by L.T. Vargus

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reading as a series of informal diary entries this book is written from the point of view of 15 year old Jake. An American teenager of a single parent family, Jake strives to do more with his life. He wants a reason to get up in the morning.

The opening scenes are very vivid, we meet Jake’s cousin Nick who will play an important adult role in Jakes next few months. There are few males for Jake to look up to and Nick’s air of danger entices Jake. No longer prepared to be a victim to school bullies Jake accepts Nick’s offer to help him learn some important life lessons.

Jake finds that he likes the excitement and thrill that taking on Nick’s tasks give him and he can feel himself changing and wanting to keep changing. Jake’s college lessons help him analyse his feelings and actions which make him different from Nick. Nick ultimately becomes out of control relying on his one rule in life “Don’t get caught”.

The book deals with plenty of teenage issues such as bullying, bulimia, puberty and peer pressure. There is strong language and violence in Jake’s journey to find meaning in life. He came full circle through his lessons with Nick. Nick felt life had no meaning. Jake did something with his life experience, he changed his outlook and at the end began living his life once again.

There is a lot of strength in this story and if you can see through the violence and some of the points that no parent wants to think about, there is a lot of true life experiences. Many teenagers are trying to find themselves and they have to deal with issues today that we all need to face.
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Author L.T Vargus will join us on the blog tomorrow for a guest author post, do come back and read more about the writing of this book.

The Lies That Save Us by J.L. Redington

The Lies that Save Us (Broken Heart, #1)The Lies that Save Us by J.L. Redington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would describe this book as a romantic thriller. The title hints that all may not be as it seems. Alexa is running away from the death of her father at the hands of her Ex. She finds peace in a quiet town where she buys a diner. The customer known as “Ham and Eggs” pulls at her heart strings and try as she might she can’t push him away. But this man comes with his own secrets and danger starts following Alexa. The plot thickens with several twists and turns as Alexa’s life is put into even more danger. The book ends on a pure romantic line, and the series will continue with the next book.
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