Tuesday, December 2, 2014

#Review: THE MESSENGER by Pamela DuMond

  4 of 5 stars
This is the first book I've read by Pamela Dumond and it was a pleasant surprise. The Messenger is a well-written time travel story of teenager Madeline Blackford and her adventures when she finds herself waking up in 1675 at the height of King Phillip's War in early American history. The author weaves a compelling story of a clueless teenager as she tries to make sense of her predicament. Not only does she not know where she is, but any words spoken could get her thrown into the stocks, whipped or hung as a witch. Not exactly modern-day Chicago, that's for sure.

The author does a good job of fleshing out Madeline's character as she learns her way around the settlement meeting new friends and cruel adversaries, all the while keeping her reactions true to a 16-year-old girl. Madeline falls for the half-native young man Samuel and together they form an unbreakable bond - destiny's lovers. I especially enjoyed reading about King Philip's war--a little know war between early colonists and native Indians. The twists and turns in this book kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next. My only criticism is that the book ended at 75% on my Kindle. I realize that this is book 1 in the series, but I was sorely disappointed at this. It felt so abrupt. The book could clearly stand on its own without another story thrown in at the end. At least I would have been prepared for the cliff hanger ending. There were also a number of typos in the manuscript. Those two things aside, YA fans who love time travel novels will thoroughly enjoy this book.

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Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.

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