Friday, January 25, 2013

Kicking Eternity by Ann Lee Miller

So I am going to cheat a little on this blog :) Ann was nice enough to send me the synopsis for this book. This is her debut novel and it was really good. I will say that I feel like it is not for everyone.

Stuck in sleepy New Smyrna Beach one last summer, Raine socks away her camp pay checks, worries about her druggy brother, and ignores trouble: Cal Koomer. She’s a plane ticket away from teaching orphans in Africa, and not even Cal’s surfer six-pack and the chinks she spies in his rebel armor will derail her.

The artist in Cal begs to paint Raine’s ivory skin, high cheek bones, and internal sparklers behind her eyes, but falling for her would caterwaul him into his parents’ life. No thanks. The girl was self-righteous waiting to happen. Mom served sanctimony like vegetables, three servings a day, and he had a gut full.

Rec Director Drew taunts her with “Rainey” and calls her an enabler. He is so infernally there like a horsefly—till he buzzes back to his ex.

Raine’s brother tweaks. Her dream of Africa dies small deaths. Will she figure out what to fight for and what to free before it’s too late?

For anyone who’s ever wrestled with her dreams.

My thoughts on this book:

At first I was like no way am I going to make it through this book. I am comfortable with my own thoughts on religion but have never done well with people that are overly outspoken on it. I have always said I will read just about anything and I can't think of very many books that I have not finished. So I continued on and I am really glad that I did. I loved that the book was written from all the main characters POVs. I love getting to see their thoughts and feelings. I was not a big fan of Raine at first but at the end I really liked her and I wanted her to be able to make her dreams come true. I will be reading the next book from Ann Miller and I give this book 3.9 stars.

A Little Bit About The Author:

Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she grew up. She loves speaking to young adults and guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. When she isn't writing or muddling through some crisis--real or imagined--you'll find her hiking in the Superstition Mountains with her husband, meddling in her kids' lives or at


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