Review & Giveaway (INT): Radiant by Christina Daley
Genre: YA romance with a touch of paranormal/sci-fi
Blurb: Mary is part Vietnamese. Carter is a complete jerk. Normally, they don’t talk much.
But when Mary’s in an accident on the way to school one morning, Carter nearly dies saving her life. The doctors say his chances of living are slim, and Mary’s feeling the full weight of survivor’s guilt.
However, Carter’s back at school in a matter of days, as if nothing had happened. Although, he is a little “glitchy,” and he’s developed a sudden and intense interest in Mary. She thinks he’s suffering from major brain trauma from the accident. Or that he’s been possessed.
As it so happens, Carter really is possessed. And the thing controlling him is having the time of its life learning to be human.
Featuring a diverse cast of characters, RADIANT is a funny and heartfelt story about being human, being in love, and being healed.
My View: This book made for a quick read. It was a romance with a bit of mystery and sci-fi involved.
The writing is simple and easy to read and understand. The characters are well etched and you can identify with them.
The story is not just about romance, there’s a bit of mystery involved that sparks interest and questions until it is revealed. And even after the revelation, one waits for what will happen next.
The book does make you think on a couple of important issues that get sidelined by our daily busy life. Don’t get me wrong. It’s neither preachy nor a story with a moral. It’s just a book that ends up giving a lot of important life lessons without even making you feel it did that.
The plot is new, the story simple and it makes for a good read overall.
3/5 stars – I liked it.
1 ecopy of Radiant
Christina Daley made her first book with neighborhood friends when she was four years old. They “wrote” out some semblance of lettering with crayons, cut up a cardboard box for the cover, and bound it all together with clear adhesive tape. It was brilliant.
Quite a few years later, Christina is trying her hand at writing “real” books. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with a pet plant named Herb.