Let’s All Celebrate Indie Author Excellence – Grunter Awards 2016-(Young Adult)

Well, we’ve reached the final category in the 2016 Grunter Awards to recognise Indie Authors of Excellence and it’s been a long haul, but an exciting and a varied one. We finish off today with one of the hottest genres and demographics in the market today – The Young Adults. There are some truly wonderful indie books out there catering to the Young Adult market and I’ve been fortunate enough to read quite a few of them this year. The thing about Young Adult books is they can come from any variety of other genres, so it allows us to consider books that may have just missed a nomination in another genre. So, on with the nominees.Our first nominee is a quirky, little tale titled:JARRED DREAMS, written by CAMILLA CHESTERJarred Dreams, by Camilla Chester is essentially a children’s book, or perhaps more correctly a teenager’s or young adult’s book. It is the story of the Dream Thief, who has stolen all the dreams from the people of Stanbridge, which has essentially turned gray, without its people’s dreams. The population exists, they don’t live. Into this boring, dull, lifeless world comes twelve-year-old Sade, whose mother is in a coma at Stanbridge Hospital and her father and her have moved to Stanbridge to be closer to Sade’s mother. Sade quickly discovers that nothing in Stanbridge has any color. Her classmates at school, with one exception (a recent newcomer like her), are colourless and boring. There is no fun and no enjoyment. Sade sets out to discover the cause of the town’s malady and fix it. The dream thief, from literature, it appears is very real and has stolen the dreams of the population. Sade must put this right.For a book primarily aimed at young people, (as someone not so young anymore), I found this little story grew and grew on me, the more I read. The author used the opportunity to investigate and discuss issues that are important to adults, as well as young people; such as the importance of dreams, the need to never give up on your dreams. In fact, what I initially thought would be a pleasant little diversion from my usual reading fare, turned into a really worthwhile exercise. I think this is the real mark of a quality author, whose target market is youth. To be able to write for young people, engage and interest them, but also to have concepts that can appeal to the older folk. Chester has got this dead right.I understand this is Chester’s debut novel and I tip my hat to her. She has written a beauty and I look forward to more from her pen. I didn’t expect to enjoy this book quite as much as I did. Well done Camilla Chester; a wonderful debut story.Our second nominee in the YOUNG ADULT category is a mystical tale of legends and mystery called:RHUNA: KEEPER OF WISDOM and written by BARBARA UNDERWOODRhuna, Keeper of Wisdom by Barbara Underwood is one of those books that sneaks up on you and makes you think about things not explicitly covered in the story. My initial reaction to this book was that it was just a simple fantasy tale, following the adventures of a young girl, plucked from her primitive tribe and brought into a world of enlightenment and wonder. As that simple story and coupled with the romance, Rhuna had plenty of appeal to me as a reader. The story essentially revolved around Rhuna (a young village girl who is different from her peers, by nature of her skin colour and appearance). Her paleness speaks to her long, lost father who was from a different culture, the Atlans.When Rhuna meets a Master from the Atlan culture, Tozar, he takes her back to his homeland where she is educated and schooled in the ways of her father’s culture. She proves to be very successful and quickly becomes a valued member of Atlan society. All is not well, though, in Atlan. A Master who defected to the dark side many years ago and who has long been considered dead is actually creating a cult following for himself among other primitive tribes.This is a very gentle story, that rolls along quite nicely and I enjoyed it for that. It was only later in the book that questions began to be raised and considered about uto

Source: Let’s All Celebrate Indie Author Excellence – Grunter Awards 2016-(Young Adult)

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