Author Name: Elaine White
Publication Date & Length: August 13, 2014 – 216 pgs
Lachlan Meran is a high school student about to graduate and find his way in the world. He thinks his life is set on its course and all he has to do is make a few decisions to keep it on track. That is until a betrayal causes his life to take a different turn.
When his best friend Konnor is added to the equation, will Lachlan be forced to choose between his best friend and what could be the ultimate love of his life, his 1st boyfriend?
The story is 4.5 stars, but with the formatting, spelling and grammar issues, it drops the rating to a 3.5.
Elaine White wrote a great story of coming of age. I enjoyed how she sets up the story line and develops the characters. I felt that the story was endearing and heartfelt. I could sympathize with the main character – could feel the angst of his struggle. White wrote in a manner that allowed me to realize how hard believing in yourself can be when you’re so young. It also showed what true friendship can consist of, as well as what unconditional love looks like.
I liked that the reader was given a fairly comprehensive background for Cormag – it helped to understand where Lachlan fit in to his life. I also appreciated how hard Lachlan’s decisions were for his friends and family to accept. But I loved that he stood up for what he wanted and believed – it made me really respect him and Cormag. I also felt that White did a great job of portraying a realistic relationship – it wasn’t hyper-sexualized – it was more innocent than that, but it helped to foster the coming of age feeling. Despite the story line being somewhat predictable, I still enjoyed it a lot.
There are several typos, formatting issues (at least in the kindle) and some spelling issues (even though I realize there were some European spellings, there are also some common spelling errors). It made it more difficult to read the story because the poor editing distracted from the story. I also listened to some of the book while in the car and with the inconsistent spacing (especially with the pronoun “he” – h e) it made it very difficult to follow the audio. This book would be more well received if the edits were to be redone.
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Elaine White was born and raised in the small town of Haddington, Scotland. She began writing from an early age when she thought that she would have written differently passages from the books she was reading.
At the age of 14, she tweaked existing stories to experiment with various writing styles. Eventually, this led to her taking a Creative Writing course and writing her own stories from scratch. Now, she finds inspiration everywhere, which has lead to numerous novels and series ranging from college romance and crime to the supernatural world of witches and vampires.
Elaine currently lives at home in Scotland with her parents and boisterous poodle. She is a full time student and full time writer.
Author’s Website: http://ellelainey.wix.com/secretsofavelina