Monday, May 6, 2013

What she didn't deserve... Saint Sloan by Kelly Martin

I've just finished reading an intriguing YA Christian novel called Saint Sloan, by Kelly Martin. The author deals convincingly with real-life issues, creating very believable teens in the protagonist Sloan, her mother, and her friends (and foes) at school. Sloan has recently committed herself to Christianity, a topic that causes problems at school where friends accuse her of hypocrisy and can't wait to see, or make her fall. But Sloan is felled not by faith but by a cruel intruder who attacks her in her own home. Prayer doesn't seem to help. Friends help less. And even her mother doesn't know what Sloan needs. Anger, despair and guilt form a powerful mix and the reader's kept wondering just who the attacker might be as Sloan tries to return to a normal that wasn't even normal beforehand. Hauntingly real, convincingly told, Saint Sloan is a smooth scary read with very real issues and very real characters... and a faith that's lowkey but genuine in its wounded uncertainties. Highly recommended.

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Blurb:

When Sloan Bridges is seventeen years and three hundred, sixty-four days old, her dream of having a perfect birthday is shattered. Home alone after spending the afternoon working on a science project at the new boy’s house, Sloan is brutally attacked in her kitchen by a man she can’t recognize. The only clue she has to go on is what he whispers in her ear, “You deserve this.”

The police have one suspect—Aaron Hunter, older brother of ‘the new boy’, who picked Sloan up a few nights before as she ran from a party. Adamant that he didn’t do it, Aaron begs Sloan to believe him. For her part, Sloan doesn’t know who to trust. She never saw her attacker’s face, and when she does picture it, it’s Aaron’s face she sees standing over her.

Trying to move on is impossible with a former best friend who taunts her and gives her the moniker, “Saint Sloan”, an ex-boyfriend who doesn’t understand why she changed a few months before her attack, and Aaron’s brother, Ray, who makes Sloan smile but has a side she doesn’t understand.

With her attacker ready to strike again, Sloan has to figure out who would hurt her and stop him before he finishes what he started.

Happy birthday to her…


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Author bio:
~Kelly Martin is a best selling author of young adult fiction. She has two books: Grace Award nominee CROSSING THE DEEP and Amazon Best selling in Teen/Religion SAINT SLOAN. She has several short stories published and loves to write ‘twitter fiction’ when she’s bored. Kelly loves God, is addicted to chocolate, and would rather write than sleep.
 
You can find her on twitter (she tweets a lot): @martieKay
 
You can find her author page (blog tour central): at http://www.kellymartinstories.com/

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1 comment:

Kelly said...

Thank you for having me, and for the wonderful review! I appreciate it :)