Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rook by Monica MacDonald: Review and Excerpt

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Could you be the monster to save who you love?

Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate's senior year is ruined when she's moved from the only home she's ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other -- before it's too late to save either.

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Praise for Rook:

"This book also drew me in. I couldn't let go of what was happening and when life intervened and forced me to close my computer I kept looking for a few moments to sit down and read some more.” Brookeworm, a Blog 4 Stars

"Rook had me hooked from the first page. It all started so mysteriously that I just had to know what it was all about. “ Jannat Bhat, Obsessive Compulsive Reader 4 Stars

“Rook is an amazing story that had me at the edge of my seat.” Tee Loves Kyle Jacobson Blog, 5 Stars


Is that him? Is he back?

My legs jerked, kicking and twitching me around to face the sound. I managed to roll slightly, knocking against a soft, solid object at my feet. It grunted weakly, and immediately I recoiled as though I had been bitten. Squinting, I stared, willing my eyes to find light in the dark, but there was nothing.

The sound of the runner drew closer, as if they would trample me any moment. A dim, swaying light appeared through the trees, burning away the inky edges of the deep shadows. When light and sound were almost upon me, branches above me snapped, spraying me in a shower of dried pine needles and snow.


4 Stars

I thought this story was quite different.  I became intrigued very quickly even though for a long while I really could not find any similarities between Kate and Kali - One living in the present and one living in the past. However, I was drawn in by both and felt keenly challenged to discover the secrets both were hiding.  As the connection to the women slowly emerged I was awed by the talent demonstrated by the author in weaving this captivating story.  I will say, however, that I still do not understand how the title of the book was selected as I really can not reconcile it with the events that transpired in the book -  I feel certain there is some logic I must be missing.  No matter, the story stands on its own; with characters I became attached to.  It called forth in me a feeling of synchronicity of spirit through the lyrical passages and holds a strange allure that I find difficult to define.

This book was provided by the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 Reviewed by Laurie-J

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Author Stella MacDonald

Stella is a married graduate student with three boys. Utah is home right now, but the need to wander has extended beyond the fantasy world of writing and into real life. She's lived all around the US and even into the Middle East. The world is really a small place, only made bigger through imagination.

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