Monday, September 17, 2012

Castles on the Sand by Emily Tippetts

Castles on the Sand
Published August 2012

 Madison Lukas knows her place in the world. She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget.

John Britton is serving his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce. She is beautiful, talented, and makes kindness a fine art.

When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong. Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?(Goodreads)

Review: 4 Stars

I was given a copy of Castles on the Sand by the author, Emily Tippetts.  I was pleasantly surprised!!!  Madison is a 16 year old who lives in a small town, Pelican bluffs.  Throughout the story, Madison is faced with heavy issues most teens do not deal with.  Her home life is lacking as well as her social circle.  Madison has to live with an emotionally absent mother, family secrets, a crazy best friend and the local "psycho."  The book really flowed well and the characters were well developed. The main character is very likable.  She is real, smart and sensible.  Another favorite character was Alex.  Dark, mysterious and good looking.  There was the perfect amount of humor as well.  I loved how everything ended up and I hope to read more about Madison in a sequel.  

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