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.
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.
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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