Saturday, April 6, 2013

Book Review of The Secret by Taryn Taylor

One of my friends, Taryn, asked me a few weeks ago if I'd do a book review of  her new book THE SECRET. Of course I said yes! Taryn and I go way back and used to be in a critique group together. I've always been a big fan of her writing. I was eager to read the book anyway, and the review gave me an excuse to push it to the top of the pile. 

Well it turns out I'm super busy and reading time is practically nonexistent these days, so I actually ended up listening to the book instead of reading it. Have I mentioned I adore audio books? It's how I do about 70% of all my reading. So when I found out I could buy the audio of THE SECRET from the publisher for only $2.99, I was like, "add to cart." Yeah, pretty cool. Anyway, I listened to the book and really enjoyed it! Taryn did a fantastic job, and the reader was fantastic.  

Back Cover Blurb

A Young Adult, Modern Fantasy/Paranormal tale, with a touch of Romance!

Seventeen-year-old Delanie Hart has a past she wants to keep hidden.  Moving to a new state and attending a new high school seems to be just the thing - until she accidentally sees a mark exactly like her own.  When the people she is running from come after her, Lanie is left with a choice - give up what she wants or save her friends. 

My Take
THE SECRET is an episodic novel, and it took me awhile to get used to that format. However, once I did, I really enjoyed how the episodic form lent to a really snappy pacing throughout the book. I don't have a lot of patience for lag-time in a plot, and THE SECRET had none of that! 

I also liked that THE SECRET constantly kept me on my toes. I felt like nearly every chapter had some unexpected plot twist that kept me wondering what would happen next. 

Anyone who knows me well knows I love me a love triangle, and this book even has that! I enjoyed the tension between Sam, Lanie, and Jake and I liked watching the drama between the three of them unfold. 

Without spoiling anything, let me just say there were a lot of "I can't believe that just happened!" moments for me. I found myself making up reasons to keep listening so I could find out what happened next. 

This is a quick read, great for an evening at home. The kindle version is only $1.99 right now, which is a steal! THE SECRET is Taryn's debut novel, and I can't wait to read more from here. I love Taryn's writing and can't wait to see what she comes out with next!
Author Bio
Taryn A. Taylor grew up moving from small town to small town every few years.  This helped her gain an appreciation for good books, loyal friends, and the fact that a home is a lot more than a house - it's the people that love you.  After receiving a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Communications, she finally began putting all of her stories down on paper, finding it most helpful to eat chocolate during this process. In between raising four amazing boys she loves to go on dates with her husband and watch movies late into the night.

Social Media Links
Blog: 
http://www.taryntaylor.blogspot.com
Twitter: @tarynataylor
Facebook: Taryn A. Taylor  

Buy Links
Big World Network * amazon
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