Sunday, January 30, 2011

Review & Author Interview: Sudden Moves - Kelli Sue Landon

Interview with Kelli Sue Landon
What is the title of your book, and what is it about?
Sudden Moves - A Young Adult Mystery.  Sixteen year old Michelle Martin grows suspicious when classmate, Katie Brashers, doesn't return after a Spring Break trip to Florida.  Michelle is worried because she let Katie borrow a family heirloom that need to be returned to her.  She talks it over with her best friend, Tami, and Katie's boyfriend, Brad, who is crushed over her sudden departure.  Together, they snoop around the neighborhood and learn more and more about what happened to Katie and her family.

Why did you decide to write it?
I had the idea in my head since I was in high school.  I started it as a story, but it evolved into a full length novel.

How did you get your book published?
I self published through Outskirts Press.

What types of readers will be interested in your book?
Teens or women who will be taken back to their high school years.

What is so special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?  
This book is about regular teenagers, not the supernatural or vampires, which seems to be the norm right now.  They react as normal teens would react in their situation.  It's a YA mystery, but it evolves into a more adult finale.  These kids learn a lot on their quest to find Katie.

Have you published any other books?  Do you plan to publish more?  
This is my first one, but I have written another one.  It will be sent off for publication this spring.  It takes place on a weekend camping trip - a slasher type of story with a whodunit angle.

Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Release Date: October 27, 2010
Sudden MovesFormat: Paperback
Source: Sent by author for review
Author's Website: Kelli Sue Landon
Purchase: Amazon
When Katie Brashers announces to her friends that she's headed to Orlando, Florida, for spring break, no one thinks twice.  But when school resumes and Katie is nowhere to be found, her sixteen-year-old classmate and friend, Michelle Martin, grows suspicious.  The school staff claims that the family moved to Florida, but Michelle doesn't buy it.  First, Katie never said goodbye to her devoted boyfriend, Brad; and second, Katie promised to return.  Something doesn't make sense.  Michelle and her best friend, Tami, team up with Brad to investigate the family's disappearance, but it's not easy.  Not only do they have to dodge Michelle's demanding, nosey mother, but they also have to sneak around the neighborhood while avoiding arrest for trespassing.  After talking to neighbors and looking inside the house, they still have nothing but circumstantial evidence.  Michelle is about ready to give up - until she takes her dog for their daily walk and uncovers a concrete clue.  The clue leads her closer to the truth, but also thrusts her into dangerous circumstances beyond her control.  If she isn't careful, Michelle could end up like Katie - gone without a trace.

First Sentence
The news came after Spring Break.

My Thoughts
Kelli Sue Landon tells a story filled with twists and turns at every corner.  This book was fast-paced and an easy read.  With all of the plot twists I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know what happened to Katie!  Throughout the entire book I was annoyed with Michelle's mom -- she was completely over-powering and often just plain annoying (which is probably exactly how I was supposed to feel about her...but halfway through I was like if we have to hear about Michelle's mom one more time...).  I was also a little confused about the book that Michelle lent to Katie.  I have plenty of valuables that have been handed down through my family for generations, but I can't see myself lending them out.  Especially to someone I didn't really seem to be that good of friends with.  It just didn't seem like Michelle had a whole lot of reason to care what happened to Katie.  I know she wanted to get her book back, but I didn't feel like their relationship was very well developed.  Overall I thought this was a nice, easy read that kept me engaged until the very last sentence.

My Ratings
Favorite Character: Brad
Least Favorite Character: Michelle's mother
Cover: 2/5
Characters: 3/5
Writing Style: 3/5
Plot: 3/5
Ending: 3/5
Overall: 3/5 

A special thanks to Kelli Sue Landon for sending me this book!  Take a moment to visit Kelli on her website: The Plot Thickens, and follow her on twitter: @kellisuelandon 
Happy Reading!

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