Petals: A Novel by Laurisa White Reyes
Genre: young adult
Release Date: March 15th 2017 by Publisher: Skyrocket Press
SYNOPSIS: On Christmas Eve, a horrific car accident leaves Carly Perez without a mom. After a year of surgeries and counseling, Carly’s life is nearly back to normal—except for the monsters—vague, twisted images from the accident that plague her dreams. When her father insists on spending their first Christmas alone in Guatemala with a slew of relatives Carly has never met, she is far from thrilled, but she reluctantly boards the plane anyway. That’s where she first spots the man with the scarred face. She could swear she has seen him before. But when? Where? In Reu, the Guatemalan town where her father grew up, Carly meets Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe vacation won’t be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly’s past holds her back—memories that refuse to be forgotten, and a secret about the accident that remains buried in her subconscious. And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there, driving that unwelcome secret to the surface.
About the Author
Author, wife and mother of five – Laurisa juggles many responsibilities but loves them all. Laurisa is the former Editor-in-Chief of Middle Shelf Magazine, Senior Editor of Skyrocket Press, and an adjunct professor of English at College of the Canyons. In addition, Laurisa is currently a freelance book editor and is a former editor for Xchyler Press and Maple Tree Publishing, former editorialist for The Signal Newspaper & Antelope Valley Press, and former columnist for The Link Homeschool Newspaper and Santa Clarita Valley Magazine. Laurisa has been a presenter at the California Homeschool Network’s Family Expo numerous times, as well as at dozens of schools and private organizations throughout California and Utah.
I found this book to be an emotional read, but very intriguing. Reyes has a writing style that will tug at your heart strings with a lot of emotion. I really found the characters to be well thought out and very developed. The plot line and settings are just as thought out and developed. This book is very mysterious especially surrounding the small town of Guatermalan. Because of this mystery, it creates a chemistry between two of the main characters, Miguel and Carly. I found this book to be very addictive and was hooked from the beginning. I feel this book takes the characters through a lot of ups and downs with a lot of adult type real life situations. Overall, I really recommend this book and look forward to more from this author. **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**