A week or so ago I mentioned Blue Sun on my Facebook page. I hope you guys took advantage of it’s price (free at the time) – although from what I’ve seen on Amazon this book is still a really good price as e-books go (especially for one of good quality).
Genny Hazard is experiencing twinges of bitterness as her plane touches down on the Isle of Man in the British Isles. Uprooted from her home in the States at the beginning of her senior year of highschool, she still can’t help but be impressed that her dad is working on alternative energy for the isle.
However, from the moment her plane lands, Genny finds herself enshrouded in a mystery that includes stalkers with a disturbing red tattoo, a mysterious castle that no one can get to, and mythology that makes her question her scientific beliefs.
I’ll admit I was extremely skeptical about the book as I started reading. And, in all honesty, the only reason I picked it up was because it was free last weekend – and I knew the author. If I hadn’t known Ms. Abrey I would probably not have started reading it at all. Fantasy is not really my genre when it comes to books, but with this one I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. I only had a few moments of “Really???” I find folklore fascinating but I don’t dive into the world of fairies as reality. However, I thought Ms. Abrey did an amazing job of weaving the two together without creating an unrealistic world.
Minus the “flying humanoid” and the “blue glow” mystery (I can’t give away that part), I found the book very believable on a whole and I like reality. The essence of the book is fantasy, though, and you will find that it is really based on that.
One thing that I really liked was how Tracy Abrey wove the Bible into it without making it weird. I honestly wondered how she could mix the two, Bible and mythology, but I think she did an amazing job of weaving the two together without causing you to question her theology. My mom (originally from Ireland) always cautioned me about pagan folklore and it’s Satanic origins so I was expecting to feel a little awkward about that, but I found that Ms. Abrey really stayed away from that aspect, even though, at times, I thought she was heading that direction. I think that’s one of the things that really made me want to keep reading. I was trying to find fault with what she had written so I could feel justified in not having read it over a year ago when Ms. Abrey first contacted me about it. I know, that’s terrible!
This book was a really great read and would be a good option for those looking for good books for their older teens (it is published as young adult fiction).
About the Author:
Tracy Abrey has been passionate about writing since stating in her second grade “school days” book that when she grew up she wanted to write books. Earning a BA in English literature and French from Houston Baptist University and having taught high school English as she pursued her MA in English literature at DePaul University, her childhood passion has morphed into an adult career focused on young adult urban fantasy. Tracy has lived in Canada, France, and England and currently resides in the US with her husband and two children.
On a personal note: Ms. Abrey used to babysit me when I was a young girl and our families attended the same church. One of my favorite memories of her is of her taking my name and putting it into a song (that belongs to the ’80’s, trust me) and coming up with Manda Panda. That nickname has stuck with me since she started it so many years ago and it never fails to make me think of her every time someone calls me that.
Although we didn’t stay in touch as much as we would have liked, our families still managed to maintain a thread of contact, visiting with them in the States and even attending Ms Abrey’s wedding. Facebook made that thread a little thicker and I have enjoyed seeing her progress as she wrote this book and the sequel.
In relation to this book, Tracy told me, “It was important to me in the creation of this series to provide a clean, but still riveting story for teens (and adults!) who deserve an exciting read that isn’t inundated with sex and swearing.” THAT, to me, is a great thing for ALL books. I definitely look forward to reading more from her in the future and can’t wait to start Book 2 in the Blue Sun Series (Dark Waters)
You can check out Ms Abrey’s website at: tracyabrey.com
Find her books on Amazon.com – For Americans
Amazon.ca – For Canadian