A Spy in Me, The Harley Files, Freshman Year, Book 1
The expression on this girl's face makes me really want to meet her. How about you?
Launch Day- Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Harley Jenkins has no idea how she’s going to get out of the mess her roommate has dragged her into. The university has placed her on probation and the disciplinary board has demoted her from her position in local news to the fashion section of her school’s online newspaper. She doesn’t even care about fashion and is far from trendy. She wants to be an investigative journalist.
So when she hears the rumors that something major went down at her dorm, she sees the opportunity to detract herself from her impeding board meeting and the problem with her roommate. A girl has fallen to her death, and Harley is sure the authorities are missing something. She’s determined to do anything to find out what happened, including hiding out in small spaces to get information even though she’s claustrophobic.
But when another girl ends up in the hospital, Harley’s convinced the two situations are related. Soon Harley finds herself torn between solving the mystery of the girls and solving her own issues. With the probation hanging over her, a fashion article due, and the upcoming hearing approaching, Harley thinks about backing out of her investigation. Will Harley be able to stuff herself into yet another tight corner to solve the mystery, or will she have to back off to solve her own issues? Will the spy in her even let her dismiss this odd mystery?
Join Harley during her freshman year as she takes on mysteries around her college town. This is Book One in a series.
Rebecca Green Gasper is an author, speaker and photographer. She writes young adult contemporary fiction on tough teen issues, new adult sleuth mystery series, historical fiction, and non-fiction. She was a high school teacher, tutor, and coach before becoming a writer. She is passionate about raising awareness on teen tough issues and speaking out against teen violence. She loves pinwheels, bright colors, daisies, long talks with friends, and time with her family. She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and now lives outside of Denver with her husband and two children. You can find her at www.rebeccagreengasper.com.
Congratulations on the first book in your series, Rebecca. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Now for the reviews. I'm still way behind in my reading. Too many good books out there. You've seen the Cover Reveals of both books. Here's what they're all about. My thoughts.
THE HAUNTED STEPSISTER Review
by Medeia Sharif
Sometimes, public restrooms are scary. It’s true that some are nice and clean and fresh smelling, but others … well, we’d rather not think about them. They are necessary however: at work, at school, when shopping. If you had heard tales that a restroom was haunted, would you take a chance? This question brings us to Author Medeia Sharif’s new novel for middle grade readers, THE HAUNTED STEPSISTER.
Sixth-grader Jess and her Stepsister Kammy, who’s also in the sixth grade, are already having trouble because of an incident that happened at school earlier. When the girls go into a school restroom that is claimed to be haunted, they discover what trouble truly is. Besides the ghostly problem, the girls also have to deal with a schoolmate, Bertha, the meanest girl in sixth grade.
THE HAUNTED STEPSISTER is a fast paced, something always going on, story that will keep young readers wondering what will happen to Jess and Kammy next. Lots of suspense and lots of surprises. Medeia Sharif has created characters with distinct personalities that the reader can easily relate to. It isn’t always easy to adjust to a new family. Jess and Kammy have suddenly become sisters, and neither of them is exactly happy about the situation. When the unexpected happens and Kammy’s life is in jeopardy, will the girls learn to work together to save Kammy? Will they also make other discoveries that could possibly change their attitudes about each other?
To add to the suspense, the author also throws in a neat twist. It caught me by surprise, anyway. I hadn’t a clue. Middle school readers should enjoy this story that has a bit of everything: sibling rivalry, school bullies, friends, suspense, and a blended family just like many others. Well, except for the demon, of course.
This would make a fun read for middle school libraries, public libraries, and your own library. Recommended.
I was given an e-copy of this book for my honest review.
Medeia Sharif was born in New York City and she presently calls Miami her home. She received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, she found her niche writing for young people. Today she’s a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, she is a public school teacher. Her memberships include Mensa, ALAN, and SCBWI.
Here's another great story for you to read.
OUT OF THE ASHES: INTO THE FIRE TRILOGY BOOK 2
By Kelly Hashway
Imagine dying then coming back to life. Imagine having no memory of your previous life, not your family, friends, or boyfriend/girlfriend. If you were a Phoenix, a mythical bird/human hybrid, this would be your life, not only one time, but every time you died. Yes, more than once.
OUT OF THE ASHES, Author Kelly Hashway’s second book in her INTO THE FIRE TRILOGY, follows Cara, who has just been reborn into her second life and is totally confused about the people around her and even about herself. She wants to remember her family and friends, especially Logan, who she is drawn to but is also uncertain of. He claims they loved each other in her former life. Is it true? She doesn’t know, and each day grows more complicated for Cara.
Kelly Hashway has written a fantasy story of love, danger, bravery and deceit. People are not always who they seem. As I read the story I sometimes wondered who the bad guys were and who the good guys were. The author kept throwing in little surprises to keep me guessing.
To add more trouble to Cara’s already confused world, she learns that the future of the Phoenix lies in her hands. Who can she trust? Who should she fear? Cara has a lot to deal with. Will she succeed, or will the Hunters put an end to her life, as well as her families' and friends' lives?
I enjoyed this novel even more than the first one. Looking forward to the third book in the series.
I was provided with an e-copy of the book for my honest review.
Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as an editor for Leap Books as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Hashway/e/B004B3W3CU Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4528793.Kelly_Hashway YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kellyhashway