Monday, November 30, 2015

Blue Sun by Tracy Abrey

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A mysterious, secluded island with secrets. A brilliant teenage girl whose driving curiosity leads her to probe too deeply. A detached father who goes missing. Stalkers at every turn marked with a disturbing tattoo. An unreachable castle that holds all the answers.
Genny Hazard is on a plane to the Isle of Man, a curious island in the Irish Sea. Little does she know that she is not only going to be the new kid in a strange, foreign world, but her new life on the island is going to force her to rethink her beliefs, confront her past, and face her deepest fears.

A mysterious urban fantasy for young adults and adults alike, Tracy Abrey’s debut is a fascinating coming of age tale that explores the importance of family, the influence of our past on our present, and our need above all to find the truth. Incorporating and molding existing Manx folklore to create a new, unique mythology, its layered, intricate use of character and plot gives it the complexity and richness it deserves while never losing its pace or inventiveness. Filled with riveting mystery and almost unbearable suspense, Blue Sun is a first-rate page-turner that will leave you anxiously awaiting the next adventure.

About the Author

Tracy Abrey has been passionate about writing since stating in her second grade “school days” book that when she grew up she wanted to write books. Earning a BA in English Literature and French from Houston Baptist University and having taught high school English as she pursued her MA in English Literature at DePaul University, her childhood passion has morphed into a career focused on young adult urban fantasy. Abrey has lived in Canada, France, and England and currently resides in the US with her husband and two children.

My take:
Blue Sun is a captivating young adult fantasy.  The story is set on the Isle of Man in the Irish sea.  The author Tracy Abrey put a lot of effort and research into the island’s history which created a realistic scene.  The story begins when Genny and her uninvolved father move to the Isle of Man for his work on sustainable energy.  Genny fall’s  for the complicated, dashing boy at her new school, and embarking on a quest to make sense of all the bizarre events that begin plaguing her in her new home on this mysterious island. 

This is a well written story but it was a bit slow of a read for myself. 

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