The latest Rhemalda title I've had the pleasure of reviewing is
THE BREAKAWAY by Michelle Davidson Argyle (Rhemalda, May 1, 2012)
Before I talk about the book, I want to mention that Michelle is my friend. She's been nothing but supportive in the years on the Internet we've known each other, and I am thrilled to read her books!
Okay, five things about THE BREAKAWAY and Michelle...
1) First, it is an intense story about a serious situation. I know this sounds kind of basic, but let's face it. I'm normally all about fantasy and science-fiction. So if I say that THE BREAKAWAY is realistic fiction, that doesn't quite seem to cover it. It's about a kidnapping and the time of captivity.
2) It's a complete page-turner. I mentioned intense in (1) above, and truly, this is the best word to describe it. I did not have any idea what the main character, Naomi, was going to do next. Would she try to escape? Would she fall in love? I couldn't (and didn't) stop reading.
3) It has complete crossover appeal. The main character, Naomi, is a teen for sure. But the main love interest is not. He's older and he's into way more serious dealings than what subject to sign up for at school and who his latest crush should be. He's an adult, and given this, I think adults would enjoy the story equally.
4) Michelle Davidson Argyle is one of the hardest working people I know. She inspires me to keep writing when I see how much she accomplishes. I think she has about two hundred more books in the works.
5) Sheer premise alone is reason enough to read this story. Seeing the struggle of the main character as she weights the pros and cons of her captivity and her less-than-stellar home life provides such a great, gripping read.
In short, I totally recommend this one for (mostly) girls, 9th grade and up, those who are fans of realistic, somewhat darker fiction.
Source of book: Provided by author by request
When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she’s part of a family—even if it is a family of criminals. But she’s still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it.