It’s early morning. It always is. The sound of movement on the floor below forces my fists to unclench, releasing the garish orange comforter wrinkled inside them. Last night I fell asleep at the Hammond’s house, where the bedding is green and spring crept toward an end. I never get used to starting over like this, but as my travels grow more frequent, a kind of numbness settles in. My feet find their way out from under the heavy down and settle into the slippers beside the bed.
As if I never left.
As if I never left.
I shuffle across the thick, brown carpet and kneel on the padded window seat to peer outside. The trees are bright splotches against the vivid blue sky—some crimson, others a sunny yellow—with a few fiery oranges scattered about. Their bold colors verify my suspicions.
It’s autumn now.
About the author:
Raised by a family of ex-farmers and/or almost rock stars from Northeastern Iowa, I’ve always loved to tell stories. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Film, I began to search for a way to release the voices in my head. I wrote a thriller and a couple of ghost stories, getting my feet wet and learning with each attempt. When I attempted my first YA novel, which would become Whispers in Autumn, I was hooked. I knew then my heart lay with telling stories about and for young adults, and for anyone who loves to read and recapture those fleeting “first” moments.
My spare time is spent reviewing television and movies, spending time with my large, loud, loving family, reading any book that falls into my hands, and being dragged into the fresh air by my dogs Yoda and Jilly.
I didn't read the synopsis of this book before I read it. I just opened it and started reading. I'm glad I did. I'm not really big on alien books so it was nice to find myself out of my comfort zone and into a book I might not have picked up in other circumstances. I was intrigued from the first page. I wanted to know who Althea was and why her life was so mixed up. I was scared for her through the whole book. Actually the whole book spooked me a little; in a good way. How freaked out would you be if an alien race took over and everyone around you acted like Stepford wives?! She has to be on her guard at all times to protect herself. What a relief it was when she found Lucas and realized they had so much in common. The story was well paced. I was a bit skeptical about some parts of the book. One being, how Althea survived her early years with out going insane or being discovered.
It did have me wondering...is it better to live in ignorance of what is happening around or to you; or is it better to know and try to fight back?
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