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Friday, November 21, 2014

Trading Secrets By Melody Carlson

Hi everyone!! Today's book for you is actually one of my sisters favorite authors...Melody Carlson! This book was cool. It was a story line I'd heard of before but she put a twist on it that made it hers.

                                      *About The Author*
My husband Chris and I live in a cabin-style home next to the National Forest in the beautiful Cascade Mountain area of the Pacific Northwest. Our two grown sons and granddaughter live nearby and we try to see them as often as we can. We also have two re-homed  pets to make life more interesting, our yellow Labrador retriever Audrey and a Maine coon cat named Harry.

My writing studio is in a separate building next to our courtyard (a garden area that's off limits to the voracious deer). The window behind my desk looks out into the ponderosa pine forest, where I see deer, squirrels, rabbits, and an occasional raccoon. The other windows in my office overlook the courtyard which is frequented by numerous hummingbirds in the summertime, one August evening we counted nearly fifty of the little hummers.
                                                                  *Book Description*
Ever since she started writing her pen pal Micah Knight knew she wanted to meet him in person. Now that the opportunity has risen though, she feels a little sick...not with Zach Miller but with herself...more seriously, her secret. Not that it would be a secret for long if they were to meet face to face. Zach thinks Micah is a boy, when she is, in fact, a girl. Torn between a desperate want to meet the boy that's captured her heart without her even knowing it, and keeping her identity a secret to save their friendship, what will she decide? And when she decides to go all in and meet him, what will Zach think of her?

Zach can't wait to meet Micah...well he can wait now that he's found out her secret. He's a...HER! After all the secrets, ideas, and dreams he's shared with her he's mortified that he thought of her as his best friend. Now after all the lies, he can hardly look at her let alone speak. Will he ever learn to forgive and forget or is the embarrassment and hurt too real? 

When an every day occurrence in the farm life just may be the second chance Micah needs, will they find more then they ever expected?

                                                           *What I liked*
Okay, here's my opinion. Awesome! This is a young adult's book. Not that you could REALLY tell. I mean, if you turned these characters into adults and marketed it as such I think it could definitely sell as an adult book. The characters are young and cute and the story line will definitely hold even my 12 yr old little sisters attention. (Pretty sure she has a.d.d sometimes. ; ) Plus it's part of a four book series so it's quadruple the awesomeness. :) Still, the books can definitely be read separately and should be read! 
                                                                                              *What I didn't like*
Besides some severe irritation with Zach being so unforgiving, as usual it's just me and was definitely essential to the book! Most readers, unless avid readers, won't be as picky as me hopefully...otherwise as stated in other reviews it could be seriously dangerous to your books' health. ;) 

                                                                                      *My Rating*
           I give Trading Secrets...

4 stars!

                                  *Why my rating is what it is* 

My rating is four stars because this book is while not a "must read", it's still a great book, especially for younger readers. No foul language, sweet characters, and a story on forgiveness and honesty would make this an awesome Christmas gift!

* I recieved this book from Revell, NetGalley and in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

                                                 *Where to buy it*

                                                            Barnes & Noble

My little sister (12) has decided Melody Carlson is her new favorite Christmas never know. Maybe your daughter, niece, best friend, maybe even you, will decide the same!


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