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Review: The St. James Chronicles: Shea by Colleen Blackstone

Review: The St. James Chronicles: Shea by Colleen BlackstoneShea by Colleen Blackstone
Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on February 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 91

Shea St. James and her partner, Brady Johnson, deliver the performance of their career and land a spot on the U.S. Olympic Pairs Skating Team. On top of the world, they need to devote all their heart and soul into chasing the gold medal. But a devastating revelation threatens to destroy it all. Can Shea reach her dream and hold on to the love blossoming between her and Brady, or will past deceptions steal everything within her grasp?

Thank you to Colleen Blackstone for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a sweet, quick read. Shea was a great girl who I liked immediately. She worked hard toward her goals, and that is commendable. Training for the Olympics is no small feat. I loved the Olympics background, I feel the emotions surrounding the event were spot on. Her partner Brady is adorable, a great boy next door. He’s the type of guy I go for in books.

I believe more books like this are needed. I loved how Shea was fully aware that she had been adopted. I feel it is much more common to read about a character who has had his or her adoption hidden. It’s a vital secret revealed as a major plot point. Yes, I am glad this book did not have the adoption as a secret, but that does not mean that there were no secrets to be discovered. There were, and that’s part of what made Shea’s story unique.

Some things I wanted to be more developed. I wanted her to struggle more with what had been revealed to her internally, not to really only see it manifest in her relationship with Brady. That’s not to say that I didn’t want to see that manifestation, I just wanted more. I also wanted to see more of the relationship between Shea and Brady. Their on-the-ice relationship I feel is a unique complication to their off-the-ice one, and I would have loved to see this play out more within the book.

There are some editing issues within the book, but if you can overlook that, you will definitely enjoy this cute, well-researched story.