Book Review: Saint Sloan

Saint Sloan

By Kelly Martin
Published Feb 27, 2013
Astraea Press

The day before Sloan Bridges turns eighteen, her dream of having a perfect birthday is shattered. Home alone after spending the afternoon working on a science project at the new boy’s house, Sloan is brutally attacked in her kitchen by a man she can’t recognize. The only clue she has to go on is what he whispers in her ear, “You deserve this.”

The police have one suspect—Aaron Hunter, older brother of ‘the new boy’, who picked Sloan up a few nights before as she ran from a party. Adamant that he didn’t do it, Aaron begs Sloan to believe him. For her part, Sloan doesn’t know who to trust. She never saw her attacker’s face, and when she does picture it, it’s Aaron’s face she sees standing over her.

Trying to move on is impossible with a former best friend who taunts her and gives her the moniker, “Saint Sloan”, an ex-boyfriend who doesn’t understand why she changed a few months before her attack, and Aaron’s brother, Ray, who makes Sloan smile but has a side she doesn’t understand.

With her attacker ready to strike again, Sloan has to figure out who would hurt her and stop him before he finishes what he started.

Happy birthday to her….

Note: I was given a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: I almost didn’t read this book because I usually shy away from books with religious themes. But, I’m glad I decided to take a chance on it. It was a very enjoyable read, and despite the Christian theme, the author wasn’t preachy. I believe it’s a book all teens will be able to relate to, whether they’re religious or not because it discusses bullying and peer pressure in a very realistic way. As a parent of teens, I absolutely appreciate the value of this book. I know how hard it is for teens to change once their identity is established and accepted by their peers. It’s human nature to want to categorize the people around us and when someone decides to change who they are, it’s unsettling for others.

That’s what happens to Sloan. When the story begins, we find out Sloan used to be one of the popular girls. She slept around, participated in gossip, and loved to party. When Sloan accepts Jesus, she chooses to change her life for the better. Not everyone thinks these changes are for the best. Her boyfriend breaks up with her. Her ex-best friend has a hard time accepting the new Sloan, and bullies her relentlessly, coining the title Saint Sloan. But, Sloan is no saint. And, that’s what makes her a believable character. Becoming Christian doesn’t make Sloan perfect. In fact, she has a quite a temper. The taunts by her peers bother her. She struggles to remember it isn’t up to her to impose her views on others. And, part of her still longs to be the person she used to be because it was much easier and much less lonely.

This is a very well-written story with many twists and turns.After a brutal assault, there’s a great deal of mystery as Sloan struggles to figure out who attacked her. I thought I figured out who did it early on, but I was wrong. I liked Sloan’s interactions with the brothers, Aaron and Ray. There are some great secondary characters in this book too.

There are some gritty scenes in this book. There is violence, discussions about sex, and some mild language (the word ‘slut’ is used). Parents of younger teens and pre-teens might not be comfortable with this. I think the subject matter is fine for ages 14 and up, but that’s up to the individual parent and teen to decide. You don’t have to be a Christian or a believer of any higher power to enjoy this book. I never thought I’d enjoy a ‘religious’ book, but I did. Enough to give it five stars.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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About the Author:
~Kelly Martin is a best selling author of young adult fiction. She has two books: Grace Award nominee CROSSING THE DEEP and Amazon Best selling in Teen/Religion SAINT SLOAN. She has several short stories published and loves to write ‘twitter fiction’ when she’s bored. Kelly loves God, is addicted to chocolate, and would rather write than sleep.

You can find her on twitter (she tweets a lot): @martieKay

You can find her author page (blog tour central): at http://www.kellymartinstories.com/

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelly-Martin-Author/136506059763138

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Saint Sloan

  1. What a great giveaway! Congrats on your book! 🙂 It looks great!! Will be putting it on my TBR list.

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    Erzabet

    erzabetwrites at gmail dot com

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  2. I've got this one on my TBR list. Great review!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  3. Thank you for having me on your blog today and for the wonderful review. Not 'preachy' and a book for everyone was my goal for this book, and all my books really. I'm glad it came across. Thanks so much 🙂

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