Fragile CreaturesSeventeen-year-old Evangeline Frost had a great life, until the car accident that killed her father and turned her mother into a bitter alcoholic. Unable to bear the guilt, Evangeline attempts to take her own life, saved only by the memory of her beloved father. Left with no other options, Evangeline is enrolled in a program for troubled teens at Kindred Hides Wildlife Preserve. There she meets Caster, a keeper as annoying as he is caring; Jett and Lettie, who treat her more like a daughter than troubled teen; and Ruke, a prized giraffe in mourning for his lost mate. Immersed in the preserve with her new friends, Evangeline finally begins to heal. But the haunting memories of the accident and her mother’s unforgiving words threaten to destroy her progress. Only her new friends and their unconditional support, along with her own special connection with Ruke, can save her. Evangeline must learn that there is redemption for her father’s death, and that the bonds between human, animal, and life are not as fragile as she once thought.
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My Review: This book was extremely emotional. Kristina Circelli has a beautiful way of developing her characters. The setting was wonderful, too. It sounded breathtaking, from the cabin to the animal enclosures, and every step in between.
I became so attached to Evangeline as I read. Even the animals came to life and had a huge range of emotions. I laughed for some of the animals antics, and I was heartbroken for Ruke. While the story centered on Evangeline, all the other characters were amazing, too. Caster was fun and annoying. I especially loved Jett and Lettie. They were courageous and loving people.
The plot in this book was the best and worst part. The best because it flowed so perfectly and kept my attention completely. The worst because I could not imagine so many hard moments in one girl's life. I cried more than once as Evangeline's story unfolded. I think this book may be hard, but it is amazing. One day, when my daughter is older, it is a book I will happily share with her. The opportunities to overcome hardships and do for others is a wonderful thing to read.
About the Author:Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric - Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby. Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature. A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients. She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.
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