Friday, March 22, 2013

The Glister Journals: Bronze (The Glister Journals #1) by B.B. Sheperd - Review

Happy Friday!  It's time for a new review.
I have to thank the author for sending me a hardcopy of her book. Now, I have to wait for the second book.  Continue reading to find out more about Bronze and the author B.B. Sheperd.

Allison Anderson knows she's a little different, but it hadn't bothered her too much-until now. Moving away from everything she's ever known to a new house, new neighborhood, and new school is bad enough, but it's her first year of high school too, making it even more intimidating. She's more aware of her social and physical limitations than ever before. And then there are the new people she meets: the tough-looking girl in her home room; the cute but dangerous-looking boy she first saw before school even started; the quiet, older girl who keeps to herself; the sullen-looking, seemingly isolated junior that doesn't seem to trust or like her at all. Can she trust them? While the peaceful situation of her new home only amplifies the sound of her own doubts, she begins to learn that things are not always what they seem, and her world is turned upside-down by these new friends, two-legged and otherwise. Life soon becomes more complicated, and much more interesting!

Bronze is the first novel in The Glister Journals, a Young Adult series in four volumes. Set in California, it is first and foremost a story of friendship. Other themes include first love and romance, high school, family relationships, and horses. Ages 15-Adult.


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*****
MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Bronze is a book about discovering the person you want to be, about friendship and growing up, but above all is a story about changes within ourselves. This is the story of Allison, a young girl who recently moved to Douglas, Nevada. New in school and town she is ready to be the outcast she used to be. But after being paired with Robin for a school task, her life won’t be the same. Allison is soon dragged into a world where horses and extreme sports are everyday topics. She will become part of a bigger group of kids in which Dave and Chris are included.

Allison is a teenager (she turns fifteen in this book) and as any other teenager she goes through a lot. The changes that come with growing up are present and she has a fantastic internal world. One of the most important things that occur in her life is the introduction of Horses. A former L.A girl with no experience riding or taking care of these animals, she is now surrounded by green spaces and ranches she is face to face with a new world. She falls in love immediately with everything horse-related.

This is a story full of ups and downs, a ride of feelings and emotions. A book that picks up speed as it moves on. A narration that allows us to see the evolution and transformation of a character that seems so simple at first but ends up being a strong, solid and likeable girl.

Bronze has great characters, which includes a set of young people who are fun and very different one from another. It also presents a fantastic and real group of adults that make the story more real and believable.

Since this book is told from Allison’s point of view she is the character we get to know best. We only find out about the rest of the characters from her interaction with them. This is one of the weak points of the book, is not a bad thing but hard to know some of them. For example Melanie, who seems like a nice girl but there is a lot of mystery around her. Also, there are characters that will steal your heart like Stevey.

Being the first of a series it leaves many doors open and a lot of unsolved things. There is a lot of material to continue the next installment.

We can appreciate the author's passion through beautiful descriptions of diverse landscaping, the accurate explanation of equestrian activities and the vocabulary related to it.

Overall, Bronze is a book that feels shorter than its 500 pages (or more), a story with an engaging writing style and likeable characters. There is so much to tell about the book but I will let you make your own decision about it.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds good. My horse-riding daughter would love this. Thanks for the review.
    Cheers
    Gwynn
    http://gwynnethwhite.blogspot.com

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  2. Great review. I like the concept.

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  3. Sounds like something I should check out. :-D

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