Sunday, May 10, 2015

Review: Second Hand Stops

For this review, I chose Second Hand Stops: Book 1 Benefactor by Katie St. Claire, which is the first book I read by this author.   Book #2 is called Rewind.  Book #3 is called Fast Forward.

I received a copy of the ebook for a honest review of this book.

Here is a brief description from Goodreads:
Julia Malone is abandoned on the door of an old English manor but she’s not alone for long. Five telepathic children soon arrive to form a paranormal family of makeshift misfits. Julia packs a humorous punch with her witty way of viewing an unpredictable world. In fact, it becomes her survival mechanism when life goes topsy turvy in the craziest way imaginable.

When the children come of age they drink an unknown substance supplied by a wealthy American benefactor from New York City. It slows the aging process but side effects become a game changer. The mysterious and charming Claude Van Buren arrives at their annual autumn party and unveils himself as the man behind the madness.

Julia becomes Van Buren Industry's vice president of product development, and cracks the code by finally stabilizing substance X, also known as the elixir. Claude Van Buren promises to revolutionize the world with a new line of skin care touted as the fountain of youth.

Nic and Julia are sent on a mysterious vacation and find themselves in the middle of the jungle discovering scientific anomalies the world would never believe.

This coming of age series is one girl’s journey into the puzzling realm of first loves, ethical dilemmas, and life that is stranger than fiction.

This is not in my normal range of what I read, but I liked the description.  In high school, I read only mystery books.  When I went back to reading, I fell in love with Romance books, but I still love to read whatever I can.

This book started out with Julia being dropped off to the manor by a bald headed man.  I do not understand why.  We learned that each child in the manor has telepathic abilities.  I kept thinking who this this benefactor and what does he want with these children.

This story has me so curious to all those questions: What, Why, When, Where, Who, etc.  What is Rowan and his aunt up to?  Who are Julia's parents and why are they not with her anymore?  I could not stop reading this book.  I had to know more and I wanted all of my questions answered.  I will be reading book 2 and 3.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Would I recommend this book? Yes! Author? Yes!
Would I read more from this author? Yes!

Happy Reading!
Review coming next: Stay with Me

FTC Disclosure: The Publisher/Author/Book Tour Company has provided me with a copy of this book for review or I have purchased the book with my own funds.  The opinion I share about the story are mine and have not been influenced by the The Publisher/Author/Book Tour Company if received for review.

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