Posts Tagged ‘teens’

The West Woods
by Suzy Vadori
Genre: YA Fantasy
Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding
school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s
founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to
convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets
Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope
that things might not be so bad. However, the fountain has other
ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.
As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her
friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric.
Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together,
she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help,
and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for. If
they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she
may never be the same.
Suzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The
Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved
member of the Calgary Writers’ community, service as Program Manager
for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers
and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with
her husband and three kids.

Debra: Hi, KC so glad you could join me today!

kc sprayberry picKC: I’m glad to be here, I know you have been really busy since I follow your blog and you are posting daily.  How do you find time to write too?

Debra: <laughs> This is fun stuff for me, I have to find time to read as it is an enjoyable and relaxing past time and writing a review afterwards just doesn’t take that long in the big picture. It will take longer to do our interview today than it did to write the last review and get it posted!  Thanks though, I know as an Author and mother to a teenager yourself, you are very busy too so I appreciate you taking some time for this.  Let’s get started then, shall we?

KC: Ok, but I’m a little nervous, so take it easy on me!  <laughs>

Debra: Oh, relax, this will be fun, just us girls chatting!  So, when you first started writing, how did you write (typewriter, iPad, laptop, pen, pencil)?


HIke up Devils mountain - new coverThis 26 page novella written for the middle grade reader was so adorable and I am thrilled Penny asked me to review it.  Andy, Jason and Danny are such believable kids, reminding me of my own son at that age and the trouble he would get into.  A lovely switch from the normal reads for me, I have to recommend this for your middle grader or even if you just want to slip into an easy read and a fantastical adventure peaking in on the boys as they adventure their way to the top of Devil’s Mountain.  The author used her wonderfully descriptive writing style to easily draw pictures in my imagination and I followed along as an excited observer!

As you read you can feel each of the characters’ regret for disobeying his mother and their fear at each close call as the elements intervene in a mysterious and exciting way to keep them from making it to their destination.  Along the way the boys learn to help each other and start to turn their rivalry into friendship. Lesson filled with a great surprise ending this read is very age appropriate for kids age 10-14.

Reviewed by Debra L Hartmann, Published Author, Blogger and Professional Editor