Friday, December 21, 2012

Review: Redemption by Rosa Lee Jude

Summary: "Be careful what you wish for. When the breakup of her family forces Grae White’s mother to move her two children from their privileged city life to her hometown in the mountains of Virginia, all Grae wants is to be invisible in her new life. But that’s rather hard when everyone knows that her father is the latest headline-grabbing white collar criminal, the most popular boy in school wants to take Grae to the prom, and then there’s that she lives in a haunted mansion. It would make anyone want to get away. Grae soon learns that a simple wish can reveal an unknown ability. Something more than curiosity spirals Grae back in time to seek the truth in the tragedy of a 200 -year-old murder. Along the way, she learns about history, happiness, and heartache in the lives of those who have lived on the property, including her own family. Her first journey reveals secrets that will lead Grae to further explore the legends of Graham Mansion. REDEMPTION is Book One in the Legends of Graham Mansion series. Look for the second story in the series, AMBITION, in spring 2013."

Review: Grae has just been thrown into the adventure of a lifetime. Her father has been just been thrown in jail for fraud. Her mother, her, and her brother Perry are forced to start over with a clean slate. They used to be rich and have want for nothing. They have to learn how to be poor. So they move to a mansion that their Grandfather keeps up. This mansion is said to be haunted by ghosts, and have lots of secrets. The history of Graham Mansion isn't a very happy one, and there was a lot of tragedy in it. The tragedy has left it's mark on the house over time. Grae soon beings to discover secrets about it, and herself as well.

I liked the story overall. It was pretty fast paced, and moved fairly quickly. I liked the description that she used, I was told enough that I felt like I could picture her surroundings.  The characters were likable and had very good relationships with each other. I laughed at Grae and Perry's relationship, they had the typical older sister/younger annoying brother relationship. It was really cute. This mansion is a real place, and some of the things in the book are true. Other things are purely speculative  I love the mix of contemporary and historical fiction that time traveling causes. 

Character Breakdown:
Grae- She is a senior just trying to make it through her last year of school. She is very smart, and makes good grades in school. She is very headstrong and opinionated. She is very mature for her age. She makes an interesting lead character because she does not have that wounded bird syndrome that most girls in a lot of YA books tend to have. She doesn't rely on anyone to build her self image, or build her back up. She relies on her strengths as a person to pick herself up and keep on going. She does what needs to be done. She is a very good role model for teen girls. 

Perry- He is a typical annoying younger brother. He is pretty funny. The thing about Perry is he doesn't see the whole truth about his mother and fathers relationship. It is something that he is wearing rose colored glasses about.

Mom- She is resilient. She has fallen flat on her butt, but she is working to create a better future for her children. She is working really hard to rebuild what they have lost.

Grandpa- He helps out everyone a lot by giving them a place to live. Plus he is giving them advice to keep them on the right track.

Gav- He is the jock, and a good student. He is also a good looking guy. He has his eyes set on Grae, and is very persistent about her.

Carrie- She is Grae one and only friend at her new school. Grae is Carrie's first friend that wasn't friends with her just to date her brother. Gav is Carrie's brother.

Honestly, it was an awesome story, and I can't wait until the next one. I suggest this to anyone who like contemporary fiction with a historical twist to it. 

FTC: This book was given to me by the author for an honest review.

Rating: out of 5

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My Goodreads Reaction:

12/19page 126"That evil witch!!"
12/19page 92"No truer words were ever spoken. Someone is always going to have more than you, and someone is always going to have less. People always be content with what you have! (my own summary of the speech)"
12/18page 77"I want the power to time travel!!"
12/18page 72"Omg...that's horrible."
12/18page 70"That would creep the crap out of me."
12/18page 68"Aww.. That is too cute."
12/18page 46"That's crazy"
12/18page 25"What was her answer? :("
12/16page 12"Going***"
12/16page 12"This sounds like it is foing to be very good"

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