Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review - The Wall by Lauren Nicolle Taylor @LaurenNicolleT @CleanTeenPub

The Wall
The Woodlands #2
by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Goodreads blurb:  Joseph, wake up, wake up, wake up...

She says it over and over. It’s her mantra, her prayer, her plea. But life doesn’t stop while he’s sleeping. With a newborn baby in her arms, Rosa's thrown into a new world, with new rules and a philosophy that sounds too good to be true. She’s sure they didn’t rescue her out of the goodness of their hearts. The Survivors must want something in return.

The Wall finds Rosa eagerly entering a new life, yet struggling to keep the demons and ghosts of the past from dragging her backwards. She’s left so many people behind.

There’s freedom in the Survivors’ world, more than she’d ever dreamed of, but there’s also secrets. The darkest of which pulls Rosa headfirst into a trauma, forcing her to reevaluate her past and pushing her to make a choice that threatens to destroy the tenuous, sewn-together family she’s built on the outside.

About the Author:  Daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist father and an Australian doctor mother, Lauren Nicolle Taylor was expected to follow the science career path. For a while, that is exactly what she did, completing a Health Science degree with Honors in obstetrics and gynecology. However, there was always a niggling need to create, which led to many artistic adventures.

Lauren married her high school sweetheart at twenty-four. They had their first child the following year. The next six years of her life were taken up with caring for her three children. She found out early on that being a parent could be as devastating as it was wonderful. Her first two children developed life-threatening conditions. At four weeks, her son developed pyloric stenosis and two years later, at eight months of age, her daughter contracted meningococcal disease. Many surgeries and some very scary hospital stays later, Lauren’s third child was born and her parents cross their fingers and thank the gods that, so far, she hasn’t needed any life-saving surgery! Her son, eight, and two daughters, six and three, are now happy, mostly healthy, and extremely boisterous.

When Lauren hit her thirties and her children’s health problems began to settle, she started throwing herself into artistic endeavors, but was not entirely satisfied. The solution? Complete a massive renovation and sell their house so they could buy their dream block of land and build. After selling the house, buying the block, and getting the plans ready, the couple discovered they had been misled and the block was undevelopable. This left the family of five homeless.

Taken in by Lauren’s parents, with no home to renovate and faced with a stressful problem with no solution, Lauren found herself drawn to the computer. She sat down and poured all of her emotions and pent-up creative energy into writing The Woodlands.

Family, a multicultural background, and a dab of medical intrigue are all strong themes in her writing. Lauren took the advice of ‘write what you know’ and twisted it into a romantic, dystopian adventure!

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My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!!
***Received ebook from Clean Teen Publishing for an honest review

The cover shows Joseph’s amazing eyes :)  I have a thing for eyes ;)

This series is great and I love it, but this book fell a little short for me.  I feel like it was building towards something awesome, but then I was at the end.  Rosa was meek and with confidence in this book, but she was starting to become the fighter she was in book 1 toward the end which is what I love about her.  We have some new friends in this book and of course our returning favorites :)

I’m betting the next book is going to be phenomenal.  I think because we were introduced to a new way of life in this book that it felt like the first book in a series where you learn all sorts of things about characters and the world, but there wasn’t enough action for me.  I definitely think you should read this because it is building to something great, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.  :)

See my review of The Woodlands (book 1)

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