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Snow Burn gets 5 Stars from Red Adept Reviews
Wednesday, November 10, 2010  8:20:00 PM

by Joel Arnold

Young Adult/Teen
My young adult suspense novel, Snow Burn, received a 5-star review from popular e-book reviewer Red Adept!




The Review from Red Adept:

"Description: When Tommy and Vince, two teenagers, go camping without their parents’ permission, they run into far more trouble than they could have imagined.

Overall: 5 Stars

Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

I admit that I am a bit leery when picking up a YA (Young Adult) novel. So many of them are filled with teenage angst and other issues that just are not relevant to me, as an adult. However, I do enjoy many of them because they tend to have a fast pace, which is something I love. This one did not disappoint. It was fast paced and a fun read for any age.

I especially enjoyed the short interjections of thought provoking scenarios. They were relevant to the story and interesting in their own right.

I’m not too certain that a high school would allow a kid like Vince to play on their football team because of the fear of liability in case of injury. However, I am willing to concede that it could happen.  Although, I have to say that I was even more doubtful that the play described in one of the games would more likely have been an illegal play. Again, for the purpose of the story, I gave it the benefit of the doubt.

Character Development: 5 Stars

I really enjoyed the juxtaposition of the characters. Tommy and Vince were so different, yet they found common ground to become friends.

Vince was a convincing football star, in spite of his handicap. I enjoyed reading about his outlook on life.

Tommy was the epitome of a ‘band geek’, complete with low self esteem. His character, as the main one, grew the most during the events in the book. It was a particularly credible growth as it didn’t come with some great epiphany; circumstances forced it.

Writing Style: 5 Stars

The writing style was excellent. Told from the narrative view of Tommy, the sentence structuring was perfect for a teen. Having raised a son, I found the dialogue to be perfect for teenage boys. The descriptions were excellent, with good detail in the action scenes."


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A Bride's Head, Revisited - ghost story free on Chizine - 4/15/2011 11:33:00 AM

5-star review for Northwoods Deep - 2/25/2011 9:10:00 AM

Snow Burn & Northwoods Deep nominated for ebook of the year - 2/10/2011 7:38:00 AM

Death Rhythm ebook now only $0.99! - 1/18/2011 1:01:00 PM

Snow Burn and Bait & Other Stories honored by Red Adept's 2010 Indie Awards - 1/2/2011 7:20:00 PM

Joel Arnold wins Gulliver Travel Grant - 11/4/2010 7:03:00 PM

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