Author: Kate Hinderer
Publication Date: June 10, 2013
Source: ARC from Author
Summary (from the Author): Determined to someday sing on the stage in New York City, Collette takes an internship at the luxury resort on Fascination Island.
While she plans to hone her craft by singing nightly on the stage of the Moonlight Serenade restaurant, she never expected to be pushed outside her comfort zone.
Shy and reserved, she is challenged to step outside herself and release the inner diva. When Falcon comes along, sparks fly and secrets are revealed.
I do wish, however, that the storyline moved a little quicker. I mean, we went through 3 performances back-to-back without any new information. There were more questions, yes, but nothing was getting answered and I felt like we were kind of wasting time.
Another thing I wasn't entirely partial to was the self-praise in the writing. There was too much "that was the best performance I had ever seen!!" "all these guys are lined up at my door!" "you are the best singer EVER!" It just got annoying after a while. I mean, a mermaid water performance really doesn't sound like it could be the best thing you've ever seen. It sounded like most of the characters would have loved just about anything.
The characters and plot line I felt lacked a bit of development. However, that doesn't mean she completely left out any adventure, mystery, or intrigue. I just felt like there could've been more depth. But for a Young Adult audience, I'm sure that wouldn't be as big of a deal.
3.5 stars. Great for a light, summer read.
Author: Kate Hinerer
Publication Date: July 16, 2012
Summary (from the Author): To escape a bad break-up and fighting parents, Audyn takes a job as a lifeguard at Fascination Island. The posh five-star resort lives up to its name in every way, including the strange rules the owner has about entering the water at night. Despite declaring it a boy-free summer, it isn’t long before the shy, endearing Levi and the mysterious, tattooed Tristan begin vying for her attention.
When Levi tries to push his advantage and Tristan comes to the rescue, Audyn realizes there is more to both these boys and the island they inhabit. Suddenly, she’s forced to acknowledge a reality she’d never considered and to pick a side in the conflict that has been waging for decades.
In a nutshell: Writer. Blogger. Journalist. Marathon runner. Social media enthusiast. Beer drinker. Avid YA reader. Traveler. Chicago native. Milwaukee resident. Music fanatic. Fashion lover. Oldest of nine.
Writing has been in my soul from the very beginning. In grade school I started my own local paper for the street I lived on. In middle school I wrote for the school paper and loved any English writing assignment. I started writing novels in high school. At the time my friends were the characters, the setting was almost always Regency England, and I scratched the story into lined notebooks.
Now, I have a journalism degree and a dozen various business writing gigs under my belt. I’ve lived in a handful of US cities including Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston, St. Louis and New York. I pen a personal fashion and lifestyle blog, ModlyChic.com, and continue to write about commercial real estate.
My first book, Aurora Undefined, was published in 2011. The Emerald Isle, the first Fascination Island book, came out during the summer of 2012, at which time I immediately began writing the second book in the series.
Next up . . . stay tuned! I’m working on a new contemporary novel as well as the third book in the Fascination Island series.