Thursday, October 3, 2013

Diana Sharples's Running Lean ~ Reviewed

Running Lean
By Diana L. Sharples
Pages 400
Release Date Aug, 2013
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310734975

In this YA debut from author Diana Sharples, love, self-esteem, and trust meld in a compelling story. Still reeling from the loss of his brother in Afghanistan, Calvin Greenlee pours himself into fixing his motorcycle and spending the rest of his time with his girlfriend, Stacy, who always has the right words to say. But when Stacy starts losing weight---a lot of weight---it's clear she has problems of her own. Calvin is determined to cure her---but could that only push Stacy further into danger?


Diana Sharple’s debut novel centers around Calvin and Stacey, two teenagers dealing with

tragedy and emotional turmoil. The passing of Calvin’s brother as a soldier in Afghanistan

leaves him with a hole in his life. A dark incident in Stacey’s past now leaves her with deep

emotional scars, along with serious self-image problems. So Stacey and Calvin mutually

fill the emptiness in their hearts with each other. However, Stacey’s self-image problems

morph into a life-threatening eating disorder. Calvin tries to be the knight in shining armor,

but she pushes his concerns away, in denial. Ms. Sharples does a fantastic job of portraying

both characters, writing from the two viewpoints. Readers feel sympathy for Stacey, though they

can’t help but yearn to shake Stacey out of her denial, longing for her to listen to her caring

boyfriend. Though somewhat monotonous in places, this book is a strongly written novel,

and enlightens the reader on the perils of eating disorders. It is a story of hope, but doesn’t

fail to portray how hard it can be for friends and family when someone they love suffers

through this disorder.

Reviewed by: Priya Mellott

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Margaret Daley's Severed Trust ~ Reviewed

Severed Trust (Men Of The Texas Rangers V4)
By Margaret Daley (Author)
Release Date Oct 15, 2013
Publisher Abingdon Press
Series Men Of The Texas Rangers
Series Number 4
ISBN 1426761864
The day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can't wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone?a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. Helping Lexie recover from the overdose, Sadie feels she is making a difference?until the 16-year-old's best friend dies from the apparent mixing of various prescription drugs. Lexie doesn't think her friend took her own life, but her relationship with her Uncle Ethan is precarious and she doesn?t know if either he or Sadie will help her discover the truth.


Severed Trust is an intense read! It revolves around the mysterious death of a popular high school football player. Throughout the story, we learn about drugs and pill parties, the betrayal of friendships, and drugs being stolen from the elderly in a nursing home setting. Texas Ranger Ethan Stone has returned home to be near his sister and niece, only to find himself right in the middle of the investigation. It hits home when someone attempts to murder his niece, who has just but trying to help a friend caught in the middle of the whole mess.

This was a great read. I had a hard time putting it down. The story just kept building, and more things were thrown in the mix so you really didn’t know how it was going to turn out. When I finished the book, I was so surprised at the ending. I honestly had no idea where it was going. If you like something that’s going to keep you on the edge of your seat, this is a great book to read.

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers