Friday, October 30, 2015

"Friday Favs": Finding Magdalena by Shannon Condon

Genre: Coming of Age, New Adult, Suspense. 283 pages.
Price: $9.99 ebook (at time of post)
Publisher & Date: Outskirts Press, Inc. October 23, 2015.
Book Link: Click Here
Listed Rating: 📔📔📔📔 . 3
Price I Paid: Zip,**I received a free copy in return for an honest review**
My Rating:  📔📔📔📔 📖

My Thoughts:  Emotional-Action Packed Coming of Age Novel.

        Right from the beginning this book had me in tears, the main character is so young facing such terrible loss and situations that no one should endure. It's through the entire story that the author has her character grow-up into a strong female who instead of cowering in fear of her attacker, fights back to live the life she's always dreamt of, full of love, family and friends. 
       Growing up all over Europe, 15 yr old Magdalene "Maggie" Curran, is sent to a private boarding school in Virginia for the first time as young high school freshman. Up until then Maggie's life had been just her and her loving parents living around Europe and her mothers home country of Spain. Then tragedy befalls her parents leaving Maggie an orphan in a new country. However, it's then that Maggie finds she is not truly alone as her best friend Graham Ashford steps in to be with her night and day. Over the next years Maggie grows up and finds out what falling in love is like, but she also finds out the dangerous side of "love" when obsession is mixed in. The brother of her new best friend/roommate during Maggie's junior year becomes a violent stalker with his sole intent on making Maggie only his; so to truly escape him Maggie knows she must make a clean break and return to Spain. While in Spain, Maggie enrolls in the university of University of Malaga, and begins searching for her mother's family. Her time in Spain leads to a reunion with a family she never thought she'd find and a new relationship she'd only dreamed of, the only thing is her past is still haunting her present and if she wants a future Maggie will need to decide to take flight or fight. 
        Overall, I liked the book. The main character is definitely a strong female despite everything that occurred to her, Maggie in the end came out stronger than ever. There are only a few things which could deter ones love for the book. The writing style of the book is more like a movie script or screen play than a contemporary novel; however, if the reader takes into account the perspective which isn't always told from one character but from the narrator writing Maggie's story over a span of years. Which is how Maggie can begin the book at 15 and end the story in her early twenties. Plus without this format a reader wouldn't experience the awesome imagery of Spain or spy like scene near the end. Now I will admit I did feel a disconnect at times with Maggie and the characters, as if I was only reading their story not experiencing the moment with them, perhaps due to so little dialogue included. Another thing was the ending, it went from Maggie managing her problems and living life to the movie "Taken" or "Lara Croft" in 5 seconds flat. I loved the scene, but it was like "where did this come from?" kind of feeling. I'd love to read more on Maggie, especially if the story entails Super Spy Maggie from the latter part of the book. In truth the author could have spliced up the book and made two parts, maybe three, with how much goes on in Maggie's life. So if you are looking to read a book about a young woman who despite all the heartbreak she endures decides to venture out on her own to find a place to call home and look for a family to love, but is still wrapped up in danger before she can find peace and chooses to take a final stand for life and true happiness, than this book may just be a good read for you.

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