Genre: Contemporary YARelease Date: July 30th
Finding Keepers was my kind of story; a contemporary that dealt with pain, struggle, and acceptance. Despite being written in third person, (not something I'm use to--just a me thing!) the novel doesn't fail to bring readers the life of Alyssa because of flashblacks and her life at the moment. From every doubt to every hope, I learned all about her; understanding why she was the way she was. I felt for her. I wanted the best for her
"You don't have to be alone in the darkness anymore."
For me, those flashbacks helped get to the very core of Alyssa and made it so much easier to read to the very end.
They may not know what it is like to not have a home or be in the system...but everyone feels lost and alone in their own way. We're all a little broken inside.
I do have to admit: I wish the time intervals weren't so out there at times(a few days later, a week, a month). It was like, as a reader, I didn't have a connection to Alyssa. So much could have happened and I missed out. However, it was gracefully written into the novel. After awhile it didn't loom so much in my mind.
I saw Finding Keepers as Alyssa's development and the intervals didn't mess with that. And I have to admit: they made her development more believable since no one heals within a month or so--even with support and she did have complete support despite it coming from three or four people.
"This time you have us and we're not letting you go without a fight."
Those characters have become like family and I love that Kristi Strong managed to give a background to almost each along with their own demons.
"You've been my rock, now let me be yours."
Said demons never overlapped Alyssa's story so much so that I forgot about the main character. Instead, introducing other characters problems basically bonded Alyssa with others, progressing her trust and acceptance.
"...you are stubborn enough to not accept anything but the best and determined enough to make it happen."
...he picked up his pen grumbling about stubborn females who did not appericate the fine art of procrastination
Then we come to the end. Such a perfect, cute ending. The kind which showed the novel is over but the stories inside will never be.
my Rating: 3.5
(but, ughhh! How I wish that Ashley could have gotten the earful she so deserved! Maybe a little update novella, Kristi? *nudge nudge wink*)
This here was my most favorite quote:
"It's important for every person to have someone who will always forgive them, always love them, no matter what. For you, that person is me. No matter how mean you are, or how badly you screw something up, I'm not going anywhere, because I know that it's not who you are. When the stress of being perfect becomes too much to bear, I'll be there to catch you, no strings attached."
About the author:
Fixing broken computers, wrangling a very spirited little toddler, and creating new fantasy worlds are all parts of the average day for Kristi Strong. While she has called Virginia her home for two decades, her head has rested in two countries, three states, and far too many houses to count. She was more than happy to give up her nomadic lifestyle and settle down with her husband, daughter, cat and chinchilla.a Rafflecopter giveaway