Happy Wednesday! Yesterday so many wonderful new books came out. Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell, If You’ve Got It, Haunt It by Rose Pressey, Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown (first in a new series), The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis, Meow If Its Murder by T.C. LoTempio (the first in a new series), Murder, Served Simply by Isabella Alan, and Spell Booked by Joyce and Jim Lavene (first in a new series). I love book release day! All of these books are available on Amazon.com (my favorite book site). I am currently reading The Festive Bride by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer. It is such a cute, Christmas romance. I just finished The Orphan of Torundi.
The Orphan of Torundi by L. L. McCreedy is a young adult novel of suspense, romance, and mystery. Samuel (Sam) Clemens is an orphan girl that has been raised by the Global Medicine Solutions mission in Torundi (a very small island). After being rescued from a leopard by a stranger, the head of the mission, Dr. Jean sends Sam away to school in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the reason for sending her away just follows her to the school. Sam encounters a different life at the school. For seventeen years she has been raised in the jungle with little modern conveniences (not that the school is hi-tech or modern). Her clothes come from the mission barrel (and they are not fashionable). Sam meets Gabe Jones and becomes close to him. Sam finds herself a pawn between two different factions each wanting control of something very valuable on Torundi.
Unfortunately, this book is written in the first person (just not a fan of books written in the first person). This book starts off slow and drags until about the middle of the book. The suspense picks up about midway and makes the book much more interesting. I liked the story, but it could have done with more editing. The book also leaves off with a cliffhanger making you wonder what will happen next. If you can make it through the first part of the book, you will love reading the second half of it. I did receive a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (I chose to read this book).
Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great evening! Happy Reading!