A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Kimberly Kolb for letting me read and review her new novel Lindsey: Love and Intrigue.
Lindsey moved to her small town when she was in 8th grade; but even now as a junior in high school she’s still considered the new kid by many students. She feels awkward and out of place. She’s always considered herself to be one of the guys instead of going on dates or having girlfriends. Her parents are busy, powerful lawyers who deal with dangerous criminals, and often leave her home alone. She does have one thing going for her though. Lindsey is an impressive gymnast and is excited to be competing on her high school team as well as her extracurricular one this year. She spends much of her time obsessing over her crush, Chris, even after a senior starts to pay attention to her. However once Lindsey starts receiving flat tires and threatening texts she wonders if they’re merely cruel pranks or an obsession gone too far.
Lindsey was kind but rather average for a main character. She spent too much time doubting herself but that’s normal for a teenage character. She also spent too much of her time obsessing over boys, but again, that’s normal too. So in a genre where YA literature often makes teenagers seem like adults, Lindsey: Love and Intrigue was refreshing in the aspect that it kept its teen characters as actually teens. So much so that we as readers, could remember why the teenage years weren’t really the best. Lindsey did start to grow on me though. She had a charming and endearing way of viewing herself and the ones around her, making me like her all the more.
Chris was a little bit more of a mystery throughout the book. Through much of the book he was the far, unreachable crush. However when Lindsey and Chris both land the leads in the school play, much more interaction starts to happen between these characters. Chris also endears himself to me as a reader; mostly because of his absolute patience in dealing with Lindsey and all her doubts in herself and in him. Most teenage boys would have walked away from her long ago. He proves to be an extremely smart, capable, and charming character who is able to keep a level head in dangerous moments. He proves to be much more aware of his surroundings and people, than Lindsey.
This book was very much the typical angsty teenage romance for much of the novel. It really didn’t become much of a suspense until much later. Once it went the suspense route, it kicked it up from an interesting but slow book, to a tense nail-biting thriller. Lindsey: Love and Intrigue. is appropriate for teenangers as well as adults. .
My rating: 3/5 stars.
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Welcome to my tour stop for Lindsey: Love and Intrigue by Kimberly Kolb. This is a young adult mystery and the tour runs Nov. 16-27th with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
About the Book:
Fifteen-year-old Lindsey Morgan Brooks is still considered the new kid in the small town of Emit, Michigan. Both of her parents are lawyers, but her father has built his reputation prosecuting some of the worst criminals in New York and Chicago. Now, as a high school junior, she is trying to choose her own path.
Lindsey feels the demands and pressure from school, gymnastics, and her parents as she battles insecurities to build friendships while steering clear of the many land mines in high school-such as the group of popular girls she has dubbed the “Fab Five” Busy with activities and consumed with thoughts of her secret crush, Chris, she takes little notice of what’s happening around her.
She gets a flat tire, gets caught with the lights-out and starts receiving strange text messages-things she assumes are just high school pranks gone too far. Her father wants her to be able to handle herself, so she should be able to handle this.
But while she steals a glimpse at Chris, who is watching her?
Kimberly Kolb earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Illinois. She began writing while waiting for her daughter to finish ballet and tap classes. Kolb lives with her husband and three children north of Chicago. This is her debut novel.
Kimberly Kolb received the Editor’s Choice and Rising Star Award from iUniverse.