I'm back from my vacation (Seychelles and Dubai), but before I do a post filled with too many photos, I want to recommend a book to you. My friend and crit partner Tracy wrote it and I loved it.
It's called By Blood as you can see and here is the official summary:
For 17-year-old Emma Wong, spending a summer in England should be a dream come true. Gorgeous scenery? Check. Lots of hot guys with accents? Yes, please.
Spending two months with her mom, Dr. Mike (don’t call him her stepdad), and their pooping, puking infant son? Not what she had in mind. It’s a disaster even her favorite cherry red leather jacket can’t fix (leather and spit-up do not mix).
Not only does she get put on diaper duty (gag), but there’s also Dr. Mike’s cute research assistant to contend with. The only thing more embarrassing than her trying to plant one on him hours after they meet is knowing he’ll be a witness to her family’s dysfunction all. summer. long.
So when Emma meets a mysterious girl who happens to be a Druid, the summer suddenly promises to be far more intriguing than she expected. Powerful rituals, new friends, an intoxicating sense of freedom . . . and Simon, the sexy foreign stranger she was hoping for. It’s all a perfect distraction from dirty diapers and awkward family dinners.
Trouble is, intriguing doesn’t often mean simple. And Emma is about to discover just how not simple her life really is.
I loved Emma. She has flaws but that only made her feel like a real person to me. I especially loved her progressing relationship to her little half-brother!
Did you like Anna and the French Kiss because of its lovely foreign setting, then I should tell you that By Blood makes you fall in love with Oxford (and the hot boys that roam the streets there...hehe). You can feel that the author knows her setting. I visited Oxford once before I read the book and then once again after I read it, and Tracy just nailed it. The British vibe, the pubs, everything. And the mystery really caught me off guard. A book that will surprise you!
If you like contemporary mysteries, foreign settings and hot boys, then this is for you!
You can buy it here.