BOOK REVIEW BY @COLLEENCHESEBRO OF “SILVER LIGHTNING” @AUTHORWDARLING

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Title: Silver Lightning

Author: Wendy Anne Darling

ISBN 13: 978-1502418937

ASIN: B00O2AZLP8

Website: https://wendyannedarling.wordpress.com/

Pages: 189

Genre: YA, Children’s Fantasy, Children’s Literature, Young Adult (8-15), Children’s Adventure

*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, which follows.

One night, Alex Bascolme awakened from a dream, so real that he could smell the salt in the air from the ocean along the California coast. He could even feel the sand squishing between his toes, as if he stood on the beach that night. The strange dreams continued after that first night, leaving Alex to wonder what they could mean for him. When Alex’s Father was laid-off from work, Alex and his family moved from Colorado to California; the dreams apparently foretelling his true destiny.

Once in California, Alex meets a new friend named Logan, and the two boys find a magical motorcycle that takes them on the ride of their lives. Only the worthy can ride the bike, and both boys are tested to see who has the “right-stuff” to ride Silver Lightning. Eventually the boys realize that there is always a heavy price to pay for the use of magic, even if it is for the good of humanity.

I was immediately drawn into Alex’s magical world, where his dreams of a dark eyed, black haired girl named Tsura, lead him on a journey into manhood, learning the difficulties of life first hand through his experiences with Silver Lightning. I love the relationship that developed between the mysterious, Tsura and Alex. In addition, the bond between Alex and Logan reinforces everything strange and wonderful that two best friends can share. I laughed, and cried, cheering the boys onward in their adventures.

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The only challenge of the book in my opinion, is the dialog is to perfect between the characters. I would have loved to see a bit more teenage angst and realism in the words spoken by the teens. Nevertheless, the story is full of sweet memories and life lessons, which took me back to the years of my youth when magic was real.

I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures of the magical motorcycle, Silver Lightning, and the interaction each boy had realizing the power of goodness that existed within each of their hearts. Silver Lightning would appeal to both younger children from ten years old through fifteen years of age. Adults would enjoy reading the book with their younger children.

Silver Lightning is Wendy Darling’s debut novel. I am excited for a sequel to follow the boy’s adventures with the magical motorcycle. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!

RATINGS
Realistic Characterization: 3/5
Made Me Think: 3/5
Overall enjoyment: 4/5
Readability: 4/5
Recommended: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.0

Buy it at: Amazon

Find it at: Goodreads

Format & Pricing:
Paperback: $7.00 US
Kindle: $.99 US

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@ColleenChesebro

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11 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW BY @COLLEENCHESEBRO OF “SILVER LIGHTNING” @AUTHORWDARLING”

  1. Thank you so much, Colleen! What a wonderful review; I am thrilled! It means a lot to me that you enjoyed ‘Silver Lightning’ and I totally concur with your evaluation.

    As my debut, I drew heavily off of the books I read growing up. I read tons of Enid Blyton books; lots of ‘lessons’ and little in the way of angst. The mid-grade genre, in general, seemed to be more ‘innocent’ back then, didn’t it? I’ve had a few people comment on this, and I do tend to agree that the book would be more appealing if it more accurately reflected current trends. I have even considered re-writing it with this in mind but I think I should leave it as it is but develop the characters, their emotions and the dynamics of their relationships a lot more in the second one.

    What I have written so far of book 2 shows Alex’s anger and frustration towards the situation from the end of book 1 (no spoilers!) and his intense determination to find the person, or persons, who caused it. The magic surrounding Silver Lightning still continues and evolves, but so do Alex, Logan and Tsura; the effects of the ‘real world’ having an effect on how they see themselves in the struggle to find the antagonist and assist Lightning in the effort to bring about justice.

    Reblogged on my WordPress blog.

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    1. What a fabulous story you have Wendy. I enjoyed it so muçh. I will add my review to Amazon and Goodreads tomorrow. I would love to beta read the next book in this series. I agree with you about expanding personalities more. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. You should talk to Ronovan and get his opinion too. 💖

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