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Prophecy Girl (Lacuna Valley Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Faith McKay
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Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.

Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?

While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?

Content Warnings: Child Abuse, Some Language

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1900 KB
  • Print Length: 478 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A801I2Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok 28 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The story is about sisters Samantha and Violet who are constantly moved from place to place with there mum/dad. They never know why they move until they move to Lacuna Valley, a strange town where everything is still and peaceful. Here Sam meets Nick and his Brother Zach. Violet is a bit strange and prays for things to happen, its not until they move to Lacuna Valley that Sam finally believes that Violet can actually can do this. Things come to light after Sam reads the green book that was her late Grandmothers. Sam starts to have dream prophecies while in lacuna valley. Sam is constantly physically abused by her mum until Violet steps in and stops her mum by making Sam invisible to her mum.

It took me a while to get into this book. I thought it was a bit slow at the beginning and it just didn't grab me from the start. For me things got exciting once Sam and Violet leave her parents house and go and stay with Mary. I understand the pace of the book in relation to the story but felt at times there was just too much going on, with the Seasonals, werewolves, the orb. I didn't know what was going to come into next. We don't hear too much about the orb or were its kept. The ending just stopped so you cant guess if or what's going to happen next.

For me this book was a bit confusing at times, it was ok.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked! 27 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book free as a read4review.

I absolutely loved it. When I first started reading it I wasn't sure what I thought of it and couldn't help feel it wasn't what I was expecting. In the early stages we see how Sam, one of the main characters, is treated by her mother and I wondered where it was going but as you get into the 2nd and 3rd chapters the real story actually unfolds. Then the way the story begins makes a lot of sense

The book is told from Sam's point of view but she isn't by any means the main character in the book. She plays the role of Guardian, although not in the parental sense, to her 9 year old Sister Violet. Violet has an incredible ability which requires a lot of responsibility but we get to see her use it and the kind of things she uses it for from a 9 year old perspective. Nick is Sam's love interest, who also plays the role of a guardian but to an object rather than a person, and then their is Zach, Nick's young brother who is the same age as Violet. Nick and Violet become good friends.

It's well written, has a good flow and all of the characters are well described and likeable but above all they are believable. It mixes real life situations with the paranormal in such a way that you can't help getting sucked into it.

I can't wait to read more in this series, especially to see how things unfold for Violet and her ability as she matures. I would highly recommend this book and can't wait to read more by this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a new YA paranormal trilogy! 9 April 2013
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Faith McKay.)
16-year-old Sam is starting at another new school, her family moves around a lot! The thing is it's for really bizarre reasons too, like the weather!
Sam can't wait to turn 18 and get out of her parent's house, and not just because of the constant moving, but because her mother beats her.

Strange things are going on following their latest move to Lacuna Valley though, her sister Violet makes things happen by praying for them! Even huge things like making it rain in the desert, and Sam's dreams seem to be coming true. Then there's the way that people keep asking them why they moved here - as if moving there is a bad thing.

Things really begin to turn weird after Sam finds her grandma's diary though, and the prophecies she foretold. Can Sam really dream the future? Can Violet really make things happen just by praying for them? And who is the boy who guards the orb?

This was a good start to a YA paranormal trilogy, with some interesting ideas regarding the supernatural.

Sam was an interesting character. She didn't really believe in things unless she saw them with her own eyes, and she wasn't ready to just accept whatever destiny someone else had in mind for her. I was shocked by the way her mother treated her though, and how willing she was to accept that treatment! Having your head smashed into a wall is not the sort of treatment you should willingly accept from anyone never mind your own mother! It did annoy me a bit that Sam didn't stick up for herself more, especially when she had a younger sister that her mother could have turned on too!

The romance in this book was quite light and a little strange at times!
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Format:Kindle Edition
Prophecy Girl is one of the best YA books I've read in a long while and had me completely gripped as we join Samantha Winthrop on her move to a Lacuna Valley and discover some shocking secrets. Samantha is 16yrs old and has never stayed in one place too long because her mother keeps moving the whole family for either `work' or `health' reasons and that is how they end up in Lacuna Valley. Things seem to go well for Sam, the new town is friendly and she finds she fits in well, making friends easily and even catching the eye of a certain dark haired hottie... that is until she finds him asking his brother questions about her sister Violet and what she may be capable of, but then he starts asking her questions about herself & her family which Sam finds rather strange. Why is he so interested whether one of her family has prophetic dreams? Why does he want to know about Violet's `power of prayer'? How does he know so much about her life? He's hiding something from her and since he's keeping quiet, so is she and whatever the answer, Sam decides she doesn't want to know, she has enough to deal with from her Mother and his interest in her is weird. That is until she stumbles across some information that rocks her world and she only has one person to turn to, one person who can answer her questions and help her..... Nick. What she is about to discover is that Lacuna Valley isn't everything it appears to be, there are secrets at play, not everyone is who they seem to be and that danger is coming in the most unlikeliest form... appearances can be deceiving and the people we love aren't always looking out for our best interests.
I thought this book was just great! Seriously..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 20 Nov 2012
By alyssa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the type of book that is so easy to fall in love with!

Samantha is amazing. She may only be sixteen years old, but she is forced to make decisions that adults would have trouble with. Instead of shying away from her responsibilities, she stands up and does everything in her power to protect the one person in the world she would do anything for, her sister.

Violet is adorkable. She reminds me so much of my little sister. How loving they can be, and sometimes so annoying you just want to scream. For someone so young, she holds so much power. That alone paints a pretty big target on her back. It seems everyone has a plan on what to do with Violet. I don't think I can even imagine what is going through her head throughout the book. How does a nine year old handle knowing that people want to kill her?!?

One of the themes of the book is child abuse. I was glad we never had to see Violet hurt, but what was done to Samantha was enough to make me cry a bit. I liked how the seriousness of Sam's situation (the abuse) was not sugar coated or glossed over. You got a real good in-depth look into how confusing child abuse can be for the child. Sam wanted to love her mother so much. To believe that her mother was capable of loving her back, but she also had to wrestle with the knowledge that her mother would never love her and was more likely to hurt her and her sister to get what she wanted. That is a lot for a person to take in, especially a sixteen year old.

Nick = my hero! He to has too much going on in his life and so much responsibility. I loved his sense of humor and all of the sun glasses. The best was the banter between Nick and Sam. I think my favorite scene was when Nick and Sam were in the back of the truck on their "date." It was so funny, quirky, and cute. My Favorite quote from
that scene:

"I wasn't sure what to feed a vegetarian, but with my advanced cooking skills I knew I'd be up to the challenge." He pulled out a jar of strawberry jam and another of peanut butter. He looked over at her with his eyebrows raised.
"I'll take two."
"Our high class date continues! I brought carrot sticks, too. And chips, yogurt, and juice boxes."
"Aww!"
"No! Don't you 'aww' me. These are very adult juice boxes. Not cute at all. See!" He held a box out to her. "Organic!"
"I see! Not adorable. These are serious juice boxes."

The beginning of the book was full of mystery. I could feel Sam's frustration in wanting to know what was up with her mother. I had a bad feeling we weren't going to like what was in the little green book! This book is the perfect start to an amazing series! I did not expect that ending and am keeping my fingers crossed that their evil mother gets what is coming to her! If you haven't read this yet, you best get on with it! You are missing out!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Prophecy Girl by Faith McKay 22 Jun 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sam tends to move around a lot. Her family moves from one small town to another. And it prevents Sam from ever forming roots with people; she's doomed to remain an outsider. However, once she's in Lacuna Valley, things start to unfold and make sense. Also, she makes some friends (which is always a plus).

Did I mention there's a paranormal aspect? Sam and her sister, Violet, have some special abilities. Violet, a puppetmaster, can somehow manage to make things happen simply by wishing for it. And when Sam meets a cute boy in town, she realizes it's not just her family that keeps freaky secrets.

With this book, I'm simply torn down the middle. The romance between Sam and Nick (the cute boy mentioned above) was cute, but the paranormal aspects confused me at some points. A plus, Sam does grow throughout the novel. She starts out as very timid and is constantly pushed around. But when push comes to shove and her sister is threatened, she easily has a voice and fights back; it was awesome to 'watch'. And on the negative, there's this whole aspect of child abuse. There are only a few scenes involving it, but I cringed every time I read one of them.

The ending had a second-book-in-a-series feeling. In other words, it didn't exactly end and nicely wrap things up. So, I'm definitely recommending that we read this book with the intention of reading the second one right after. Otherwise, you're going to get an unsatisfied feeling once you're done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read 29 July 2013
By wayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
First off, this was a very entertaining read. There were a few things that kept me from rating this 5 stars, but I'll get to those later. Let's start with the yummy stuff first!

Real-life, strong, like-able (and hate-able) characters: Check.
All of the characters are well-developed. What's good about these characters is that they are not all perfect. Even the good guys have flaws. You like Sam, you like Violet, and you just straight-on hate the mom. They 'boy she just met'--Nick--is very like-able. He's strong and cute and I love the way he jumps to Sam's defense. Sam shows growth in this story, becoming stronger and more confident as the story moves along...maybe a little too confident as she and Nick get in over their heads.

And is Nick just a normal boy? You tell me! And there's a part in this book about Nick that is revealed that will make the young girls eat their hearts out. They'll all be saying, "I want a boyfriend like Nick!" Girls. Will. Love him.

Visuals: Check
The writing gives the flavor of the surroundings...you can picture Lacuna Valley, feel the heat and boredom, feel the cold, picture the school. All very nicely drafted to give the readers a place to ground themselves while reading.

Flaws: Check (what novel doesn't have them??)
The beginning of the novel moved a little too slowly for me. It takes a looooong time to get to the heart of the book: Sam and Violet's powers and what that means. I mean, Violet's powers are obvious...you see them almost immediately, but it takes Sam far too long to accept that something strange is going on. I found myself getting frustrated that the same questions keep arising with no answers until close to the middle of the book.

Sam and Nick laugh too much. Sorry. Yes, they're happy together and I get that, but I need some other description than "She laughed" or "He laughed" or "They laughed" to keep my interest.

There has to be more to Nick and his Dad than meet the eye, but I don't know what. Otherwise, not sure how they protect the orb against the unworldly beings. This is sort of just hanging out there...not sure if this is what it is (I hope not), or is developed in later books (I hope so). What is it about David that makes the bullies back off with just a word? Not sure. Like I said, he's a strong character, but I'm not really sure 'why'. I was hoping to get more.

I definitely have this in My Series To Keep Reading list!
2.0 out of 5 stars Bleh 15 Oct 2014
By Pam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really could not get into this story. For me it was so boring and seemed to drag on. And unrealistic reactions and sloppy mistakes in story lines really bug me and this book has both. I don't know any 16 year olds that crawl into their parents bed and sob like a 5 year old after a bad dream. And when she flashed back to when she was 4 years old and told her mom if she hit her she would tell the cops and her mom said that she and her sister would get taken away. Ummm my math may be a little rusty but if she is 16 and her sister is in 4th grade making her around 9 then her sister wasn't even born when she was 4! She would hace been around 7 when her sister was born. Sloppy mistakes get on my nerves!
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars. A decent start, but left more questions than answers. 18 Jun 2013
By Ariel Avalon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally posted at arielavalon.com

Samantha and her family have moved around the country all her life, supposably searching for better weather for her father's severe allergies. Lacuna Valley quickly shows itself to be different than anywhere else. She meets a boy who seems to know more about her and her family and she does, and her sister's praying is starting to look like she really can make things happen just by wishing for them. As Sam learns more about her family, she has to wonder, does her mother really want to kill her?

This novel was really hard for me to review. I was on the fence about a lot of it. The characters were hard to get attached to. I honestly couldn't tell you what Nick looks like. If his description was there, it was rushed so quickly to make it unmemorable. I was able to get more of a visual for some of the side characters than I could for the main characters. But beyond that, Sam and Nick especially were really poorly fleshed out. There were boring. I didn't hate them, but I couldn't root for them either. I just didn't care. I found myself more interested in Violet and Zach than anyone else. Danielle was the hardest to figure out. One minute it felt like she was just mentally unbalanced. Then the next it would seem that she was nothing more than a self absorbed, heartless, monster. She was too hot and cold and it made her difficult to deal with. She felt very one dimensional at that. You could've put in a cardboard box with a knife and you would have just as much of a villain.

The story was nice. Muddled and felt poorly thought out or executed, I'm not sure which, but it was still nice. The plot is intriguing. You want to know what happens. However, when you get to the end of the book, although you kind of want to know what happens next, because of the weak characters and the thin plot, you don't care as much as you should. The plot only feels thin because of the writing. If it had been better written, I think it would've been amazing. But instead it jumps around, confusing you. It was also really really slow to start. You have all these scenes or whining and that characters going back and forth, arguing about the same thing they were in the previous chapter with no new information coming out of them. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book that things really pick up, but by then, it's too late to save it. Not enough can be fit into that remaining section to satisfy you. You finish the book and are left with far more questions than you should have and a sense of frustration at the lack of resolution.

It had it's moments, and I will still read the next in the series, but I hope that some of the flaws are fixed for it, because a little gem of a story is hiding in here just waiting to be shined.
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