Saturday, June 19, 2010

"Trapped" by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

A forged letter, a golden vial, an ancient curse...

Her expression remained somber, but excitement crept into her voice. You are the Firstborn She...You must go to them. You want me to act as bait? Not bait, Emi. A spy. Our Trojan horse.

When Emi Warrin wakes one night to find a thief in her mother's house, she has no idea the intruder has planted a trap - a mysterious letter that will change her life forever. Lured to the Austrian Alps with Daniel, the man she loves, Emi is thrown into a perilous, mafia-like world of feuding families and a devastating curse that spans generations. As the Firstborn She - the only firstborn female in hundreds of years - only Emi can free her family from the curse that will soon afflict her as well. But for Emi to break the curse, she must delve into evil designs.

As Emi struggles to understand her destiny as the Firstborn She, she learns that everything isn't as it seems and that all choices have consequences. Can Emi break the curse before it's too late?

This is Ronda Hinrichsen's second suspense novel in less than a year. I found it thoroughly entertaining with plenty of twists and turns, including one at the end that took me totally by surprise--and that's a hard thing to do. I almost always guess who's responsible way before the main character does. On the other hand, I thought Emi was a tad naive and trusting considering she went to the castle knowing she shouldn't trust anyone she met. Still, the characters are interesting, the descriptions vivid, and the book kept my attention to the very end. I look forward to seeing what else Ronda's got up her sleeve.

You can learn more about Ronda and her books, including reading an excerpt, on her website.

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Here are some more great reviews of Rebound!

"I really enjoyed reading Rebound and following the lives of the people I grew to love in The Ball’s in Her Court. It was great to be able to look down the road and see how things turned out for everyone. I felt Heather was able to wrap up everyone’s story very nicely. I look forward to more of her books in the future." --M.R. Bunderson read the rest of the review here.

"Heather Justesen weaves a complicated tale of deceit mixed with a good dose of romance and does it very well." --Mary Greathouse reviewed it on her blog.

"I was riveted from the first page as I traveled along the emotional roller coaster with Lily, the main character. "--posted by Kim Job

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1 comment:

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

that book looks interesting. I can't stand it when characters dont' act realistic though. I'm always asking my readers if the characters are acting right.