Book Review: The Turtle Boy By Kealan Patrick Burke

Available for the first time on Amazon kindle, Kealan Patrick Burke’s Bram Stoker Award-winning coming of age story The Turtle Boy.

School is out and summer has begun. For eleven year old Timmy Quinn and his best friend Pete Marshall, the dreary town of Delaware Ohio becomes a place of magic, hidden treasure and discovery.

But on the day they encounter a strange young boy sitting on the bank of Myers Pond, a pond playground rumor says may hide turtles the size of Buicks, everything changes.

For it soon becomes apparent that dark secrets abound in the little community, secrets which come cupped in the hands of the dead, and in a heartbeat, Timmy and Pete’s summer of wonder becomes a season of terror, betrayal and murder.

I loved this 14 chapter book even though it ends with a cliffhanger. Anyone who knows me, knows I like my answers right away. I hate mystery. The one answer I wanted as a reader, I didn’t get. Who killed the turtle boy? The town thought it was his uncle, but the ghost told Timmy that it was his uncle’s friend. I think I know who it was (cool twist if I’m right), but I’ll never know for sure because it wasn’t mentioned again.

Timmy and Pete’s friendship was so cool. I enjoyed their back and forth banter. That’s why it made me sad that Pete’s dad forced them to stop hanging out because they wouldn’t listen about avoiding the pond. At first, the parents didn’t believe their kids about the turtle boy, then slowly, readers start to understand that the adults don’t want the kids going down there because they know that the rumor is true.

The author has a brilliant talent with description. I pictured all the disgusting details about the turtle boy’s appearance, even had to stop eating my delicious sub hee hee. As a reader, I experienced this journey with Timmy, so the book read like a Chiller movie.

There were a lot of scenes that gave me chills. I loved all the tension in the story. My favorite moments were: Pete’s dad cussing out Timmy’s mom when he brings the kids to her porch, Timmy’s adventure with his new girl friend at the pond, finding out the truth about Pete’s disappearance.

Was this based on a true story? The image at the end of the book of an old Delaware newspaper article about an eleven year old boy solved a case with the help of a ghost freaked me out (in a good way)! I am interested in Timmy’s other adventures with seeing the dead (there was an excerpt in the back of the book with the new story coming out). I’m a fan, so I’ll read the rest of the installments. Kealan Patrick Burke has a way of being a very entertaining storyteller. Besides if I read the rest of the series, I’ll finally get my answers LOL.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Chastity- An Eternal Beloved Novel By R. Rodriguez

Chastity Ann Chadwick is a self proclaimed teenage femme fatale who lives in the small sailing town of Seaport Harbor. She’s a boy eater who uses pleasure to numb the pain of her unfortunate circumstances. Little does she know, she’s on a certain path to self destruction when one of her romantic escapades gets out of hand. Life as she knows it will never be the same. Her only solace comes from an unanticipated liaison with the new mysterious guy in school. Her hopes are shattered when she realizes her newfound life is not what it seems. She will only find redemption by searching for her own truth.

I enjoyed this 20 chapter book. It was told through Chastity’s first person point-of-view account, so readers get to be surprised, confused, delighted, etc. when the character does. Even though she’s the main character, I felt that I got to know everyone in the story–let me tell ya, there were a lot of villains (mainly her family). But that’s what made the story interesting, finding out the bad people’s motives.

I felt sorry for Chastity. Her mom and grandma made her feel worthless. Her own biological father wouldn’t claim her because he was in politics and her biological sister made it her mission to try to upstage her in school everyday and throw the abandonment in her face.  No wonder Chastity had low self-esteem.

Jared was my favorite character. I loved that he treated her with respect and tried to help her find her self-worth. High school can be difficult (some of the scenes made me flashback to my horrible moments in the hallways). I loved the angle that her boyfriend and his best friend were fighting over her affections, then she was like forget both of you, I’m moving on to the new boy in school.

My favorite moments were: at night, her stalker (boyfriend’s best friend) got too rough with Chastity in the car, Chastity meeting Jared at his auto shop, the ending.

R. Rodriguez has a talent with plot structure. There were no boring moments in the novel. In fact, towards the end, it really started to pick up. There’s a huge plot twist that I never saw coming! It startled me (in a good way). Wish I could give it away, but I can’t spoil the novel hee hee.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby