So, I have this friend. She is ridiculously talented. Seriously, ridiculously. She grows a garden every year the size of Texas (just a slight exaggeration), makes her own cheese (yep cheese), is a talented photographer, raises two kids and a husband (sorry John) and, oh yeah, in her spare time she writes books.
The Mark of the Hummingbird – by Jessica Gollub
Burying the truth in the snow can’t conceal it forever Leona was born a survivor—one of the few sheltered in a prison that withstood the plummeting temperatures of the frozen days. Now, as the weather slowly warms, she struggles to understand a culture and society vastly different than the one created by her elders. Standing on the cusp of her seventeenth birthday, the day she will officially become a woman and eligible for marriage, the tiny world she had long since accepted suddenly seems stifling. Conflicts and curiosity propel her beyond the fences of her home into a barren and uncertain future, with one asset that just might keep her alive.
I was lucky enough to be part of an elite (yeah just let me have that ok?) team of people that got an advanced copy of The Mark of the Hummingbird before it hit the masses. I have to be honest here. When Jessica asked me to give it a read I had to inform her that although I love reading I haven’t ready anything but Dr. Sears and Dr. Seuss for about 3 1/2 years. So, even though I was eager to read the book I was skeptical about my own ability to actually finish a book that was either more than 20 pages long or didn’t have an index in the back.
But I’m a good friend and I accepted the challenge. It actually felt good to read something that wasn’t related to parenting or contained the phrase Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? The truth is once I started I had a hard time putting the book down. So my lack of sleep, that I have been blaming for years on my kid, was now somebody else’s fault. The Mark of the Hummingbird had me completely engrossed from the first chapter.
I’ve been asked what “genre’ the book is and I’ve found that question hard to nail down. Not really mystery, not quite science fiction – so I asked the author her thoughts on the genre. Her response was – Speculative/Dystopian Fiction, Young Adult. So if you like works like say, The Hunger Games, then this is right up your alley.
The Mark of the Hummingbird is available in paperback or for the Kindle right now and will be available for Nook and iBooks soon!
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