Wednesday, January 27, 2016

OUR LITTLE SECRET AND FAMILY SECRET REVIEWS

Secrets seem to be a popular subject these days. Do you have any secrets? Of course, you can't tell if you do, because they no longer would be secrets. So, let's take a look at a couple of books that both have serious secrets. I'm delighted to share these books with you.

OUR LITTLE SECRET

And boy do they have a secret that can change everyone's life.
 
OUR LITTLE SECRET Review
By Ashelyn Drake
 
“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” The quote is from Sir Walter Scott’s poem Marmion that was published in 1808.  Today, it could apply to Author Ashelyn Drake’s novel Our Little Secret. How? I’m glad you asked.
 
The characters in Our Little Secret might be found in almost any high school today. There’s Toby, the good-looking basketball star, loved by all the girls. His twin sister, Tori, who feels inferior to her popular brother, and who wouldn’t? Becca Daniels, the story narrator, has known the twins all her life. Tori is her best friend. Therein lies the problem. Becca would like to be more to Toby than just a friend. To do so, would ruin her friendship with Tori. Then there’s Meredith, his ex-girlfriend. You see where this tangled web is going?  The secret comes in when Toby and Becca start hanging out with each other, the beginning of something more serious, and pretending to Tori that Toby’s just tutoring Becca in trig.
 
One lie leads to a bigger lie to a bigger lie. Sometimes I was a little aggravated with Toby and felt he should have been honest with his sister. I also understood. Teens do not always make the best decisions. Is Becca willing to give up her friendship with Tori to get the boy of her dreams? And what about Meredith, who’s out for revenge against Toby?
 
Ashelyn Drake has written a story that most teens can probably relate to. They might even learn a lesson or two about honesty. A fun read with characters that aren’t perfect and make mistakes, like real people. I recommend Our Little Secret for teens and older folks too, who can smile with the memories.
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Available at AMAZON and other places.
 
 
The next book is about a totally different subject, but it too has a dangerous secret.
 
FAMILY SECRET
 
 
This story is a bit spooky, as the cover shows.
 
 
FAMILY SECRET (Review)
By Kay LaLone
 
What’s a boy to do when his mother is murdered in a robbery at her antique shop, his dad sends him to stay with a friend for a while, and then sends him to live with his grandfather, all without any explanation? Why won’t his father tell him what’s going on? Does the necklace his mother gave him right before her death have something to do with the mysterious things happening in his life? She mentioned the amulet might have magical powers. To add to his confusion, Thomas Patrick Henry meets a ghost.
 
FAMILY SECRET, a paranormal mystery for young readers by Author Kay LaLone, will keep you guessing who the good guys are and who are the bad, at least it did me. There’s never a dull moment. Just when I thought we’d have the answers to Tom’s dilemma, the author threw in a twist.  As Tom attempts to solve the mystery of why someone is after him and why people keep getting killed, he discovers that his father has kept secrets from him all his life. Even his mother had her secrets. And he begins to suspect that the same person that’s after him may have killed his mother.
 
Kay LaLone has written a novel that will keep you guessing, along with Tom, if he can trust anyone, even his own father.. FAMILY SECRET is the story of a family that in protecting their son from the truth not only made him insecure but put him in danger as well. This is a good story for lovers of mystery and for those who enjoy a touch of magic.  
 
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Available at AMAZON and other places.
 
So, if you're in the mood for teen romance take a look at OUR LITTLE SECRET by Ashelyn Drake and see how their secret turns out.
 
If a good mystery is more to your taste, try FAMIY SECRET  by Kay LaLone and meet a family you'll not soon forget.
 
Happy Reading!
 
 


24 comments:

  1. OUR LITTLE SECRET definitely sounds like a theme most teens can relate to. And FAMILY SECRET sounds totally intriguing. Thanks for sharing these stories!

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    1. Yes, Sheri, looking back to when I was a teen, I can remember the times when I might have told a "little white lie" or two. You're welcome.

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  2. Secrets can sure drive a book indeed and a good one makes a good book.

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    1. A good secret does make for an interesting story, Pat.

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  3. Look at you keeping all these secrets! Great reviews. Very different books, but both sound enjoyable. Thanks for sharing, Beverly.

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    1. I know, Kai, shame on me. :) Thanks. Totally different types of stories. You're welcome.

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  4. They both sound wonderful. If only my time stopper was working. ;)

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    1. Doggone that old "time stopper" anyway. :) Thanks for stopping by, Crystal.

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  5. Both books sound interesting. I especially like the idea in the 1st book about 1 lie leads to another. Ain't it the truth? LOL

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    1. Yes, Janet, it is so true. And soon the lie gets so mixed with the truth it's hard to tell which is which.

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  6. Our Little Secret was definitely a book most young people can relate to. I'm in my 40s and I still could relate to the tough choice she faces in having feelings for someone who could hurt her friendship with her best friend.

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    1. I felt sorry for Becca, Stephanie. She had tough decisions to make.

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  7. 2 Wonderful books Beverly, yes, we all have secrets in our lives.
    Yvonne.

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    1. We sure do, Yvonne. I hope your secrets are all/mostly good ones.

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  8. Oh, these are all about the secrets and lies? Nice theme!

    Family Secret sounds especially sinister.

    Awesome reviews!

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    1. And secrets can cause a lot of trouble, Chrys, as the characters in these stories learn.

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  9. It's nice to see Kelly's book featured here! Her story is definitely one teens can relate to. I love mystery, and Family Secret sounds good. I'll check it out soon.

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    1. It surely is, Claudine. Maybe teens that read the book will take away a bit of advice, like it's better to be honest from the start. :)

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  10. Thank you so much for reviewing Our Little Secret, Beverly. I really appreciate it. :)

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    1. My pleasure, Kelly. It's a great story that teens might learn something from. Good luck with it.

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  11. Interesting that both books deal with secrets, but are very different stories. I really enjoyed your review of each of them. Best of luck to Kelly/Ashelyn and Kay!
    ~Jess

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  12. I like the sound of this paranormal mystery. I enjoyed Our Little Secret.

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    1. I enjoyed both books, Medeia, even though they're quite different.

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