Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review - The Waves by Jen Minkman @JenMinkman (The Island #2)

The Waves
The Island #2
by Jen Minkman

Goodreads blurb:  The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together.
I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. “Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board.”
“Why don’t we sail to her ourselves?” I want to know.
“Because she promised she would come,” granddad replies. “And in that promise we trust. It’s only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess.”

Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco.
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor’s society… and the secrets of the temple.

Return to the world of The Island and discover what Walt's life was like before and after he met Leia!

About the Author:  Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English and Dutch at a secondary school in The Hague, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).

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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!

***Received the trilogy ebook via Story Cartel for an honest review

The cover is looks awesome and water seems to be a theme in the covers.  I love the lighthouse and birds in the background.  It is sort of like he is lost and trying to find his way since that is what lighthouses are for :)

I really enjoyed this book, and I’m really starting to connect with Walt and Leia now as well as a few others too.  I think it is amazing how Jen created very different views of history in this two sets of peoples on the same island.  I never read the blurb for this book, so I was surprised that it wasn’t about the journey across the water but instead Walt’s prospective.  I usually like a lot more action, but I enjoyed exploring the other side of the island :)

This is a cool world that I think my high school students would like to read because a lot of them like dystopian societies especially when they are realistic.  I’d like to eventually add this trilogy to my classroom library to share with my students.  I wonder what they would think like Walt or relate better to Leia.  

I recommend this series to those who like dystopian YA societies and more realistic fiction. 

See my review of The Island (Book 1)!!!

Interested in reading???

Or get the whole trilogy in one set!!!
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