Day: August 29, 2014
They say, ‘better late than never. I signed up for the Turning the Pages YA Blog Tour, and was scheduled to do a review of Kimberly Loth’s Kissed on August 17. Unfortunately, I suffered a major hack of my email account, cutting me off from the necessary files, and then an unplanned business trip completed the isolation until recently. Well, I always keep promises – even late – and I found the book worth reading and reviewing, so here it is.
Review of Kissed
Kissed by Kimberly Loth, which I received a review copy of, is a hard novel to categorize. In some ways it’s a coming of age story, but on another level it’s a bit of social commentary that in its treatment of radical fundamentalism and cultism is right on the mark. It also has some elements of thriller that keep you reading as you follow Naomi in her perilous journey to escape her father’s insane clutches. This is fiction that reads very much like it was ripped from the pages of some tabloid – Loth might not live in the U.S., but she’s got the number of the cultish groups that infect this country like a creeping fungal itch.
This is Loth’s first novel, but she has shown herself to be a master of her craft. This is a book that I put in the must-read category, and even though it was billed in being a YA novel, adult readers will find it fascinating.
I give Loth a firm four stars, and predict that her next offering will soar even higher.
About the book and the author
Kissed (The Thorn Chronicles)
by Kimberly Loth
Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.
Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets of about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself.
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About the Author
Kimberly Loth can’t decide where she wants to settle down. She’s lived in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California, Oregon, and South Carolina. She finally decided to make the leap and leave the U.S. behind for a few years. Currently, she lives in Cairo, Egypt with her husband and two kids.
She is a high school math teacher by day (please don’t hold that against her) and YA author by night. She loves romantic movies, chocolate, roses, and crazy adventures. Kissed is her first novel.
Connect with the Author
Author Philip Gibson has introduced a novel way of writing about history with his hashtag history series, using fictionalized social media posts based on historical facts to show history from a totally different perspective. In Houston #70, a retelling of the Apollo 13 mission through tweets, posted by well-known personalities of the time such as astronaut Jim Lovell, or news anchor Walter Cronkite.
Experiencing this historic event through a series of 144 character tweets is a bit weird at first, but you quickly get caught up in the tension and excitement, and much like what happens when the twitterverse comes alive during breaking news today, you find yourself sucked into it as if it was just happening.
I previously read Havana #62, an account of the Cuban Missile crisis, which was not bad, but had a few entries I found hard to swallow. Houston #70, on the other hand, is completely credible. I can imagine that if Twitter had existed back then, these are just the sort of things that might have been posted.
Kudos to Gibson for coming up with a new way of sharing history with a general reading audience. You’ll find this book entertaining and well worth reading.
I received a free review copy of Houston #70. I give it four stars for creativity.