It makes me think of Shrek. No not in the green ogre kind of way but in the way that Shrek described himself. Like an onion with layers. Spring was the foundation setting up the story and characters. With Summer Natasha builds more on that foundation while peeling back those layers. The character development is so strong Natasha lays them out all the while you get to know them so well that caring about them is not an issue or hating them and wanting to see them burn depending on how good or bad a character they may be and some are very very bad.
I find Natasha’s writing to be a total pleasure to read. Some books you have to force yourself through or plod through but not Natasha’s. Even when it’s a freak out moment or total shock I was staring at the pages mesmerized. Perhaps that’s why I was so mesmerized there were a lot of omg moments.
The story I’m afraid to touch on not just because I don’t want to give anything away but because nothing I could say could do it justice. Simply it’s about a town with a unique bridge, there is evil in the town. Who or what is behind it is still not explained in Summer though much more is revealed.
The story expands on supernatural elements that were only hinted at in Spring, the little girl and her cat I hope to see in Autumn and Winter as I loved them. Which only makes sense to those who’ve read it so read it and find out for yourself but Natasha please keep at it as you’re killing me here. The characters come to life through Natasha’s great writing and while reading them you are dying dying! to know more about what happens.
The basic of good vs. evil is here but done in such a fantastic way. The talent shines and while I get all gushy the truth is that finding a new authors get’s me this giddy. It’s a pleasure to read and not gushing would just be wrong it is why I have this blog after all.
The characters were engaging, the story gripping and the writing has me salivating for more. Natasha Troop is an awesome find for a reader with endless talent and I look forward to enjoying more of her work.
I highly, highly recommend diving into the Lakebridge Cycle
In the aftermath of a tragic spring day, the people of Stansbury, Vermont, are unable to forget what happened, as they have all the tragedies of their past. After the media exploited their pain, they have become uneasy with the world beyond their town and with any outsiders. In the aftermath of the media deluge, latecomers straggle into Stansbury looking to pick up the scraps of stories left behind. What they find, however, is that the powerful forces that have guided the destinies of the people of the town for hundreds of years are now at war with one another and in need of pawns. In the aftermath of Spring, there is Summer. Lakebridge: Summer is the second of a four book cycle revolving around Stansbury and the Lakebridge.