I’m a huge fan of Leap Books so I often find myself perusing their website for new things to read. Then, I came across Deep in the Meadows.
The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the title. Deep in the Meadows. I was intrigued. What’s this book about?
Then I saw the cover and the taglines and I thought Oh my god I need to read this. Then I read its official blurb.
Deep in the Meadows Blurb
Bianca “Bee” Thompson’s brother, Jimmy has been dead for ten months, yet she still feels his presence lingering. And one question haunts her: Was Jimmy’s death an accident?
Probing into the events on the night of Jimmy’s death, Bee hears strange voices. The voices lead her to a blood-splattered room, a terrifying threat, and a deadly trap. Is Bee on the trail of her brother’s murderer, or is she entangled in a totally different and much more diabolical plot?
After reading that I was practically running to my Amazon account to be able to purchase this. It sounded amazing. It looked amazing. I needed to read it to live. So I did. And I wasn’t disappointed.
I’m going to start off with a tangent.
Can I just say how excited I was to open the first page of the book and see a reference to hockey? I am a huge hockey fan. Huge. And it seems like hockey doesn’t exist in the YA world. And then I opened this book and read the first page. The main character’s brother sets his hockey gear down and steps over his bag and I was like YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I know it’s weird and I’m probably the only person in the world who cares, but I was pumped to see this. It was refreshing. *End weird hockey tangent*
Pacing – I was very pleased at how this book’s pacing went. I didn’t have to wait 40 pages for the action. All in the first chapter we have suspense, nerves, mystery, and a death! Yes, all in the opening chapter. I really liked that Lisa didn’t make us wait for the action. She brought it to us full force.
POV – I used to hate first person point of view. But after reading several books with it like Divergent, etc., I’ve actually started to really love it. I thought this book was done well in first person and I’m not sure it would have had the same effect told otherwise.
Dialogue – I found the dialogue to be very playful and fun to read, when it came to exchanges between Bianca and Ryan. It added a fun dimension to the novel.
All in all, I thought this was a fun read. I’d recommend it to lovers of suspense, dark literature, and playful banter.
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About the Author
Midwest Author Lisa M. Cronkhite’s love for writing started when she was a teen, journaling of her torrid romance with her first boyfriend then and now husband of over two decades. She picked up writing again after her first bipolar episode and psychotic break when her doctor recommended it as a coping skill. Once again, with pencil in hand, Lisa dove herself into crafting poetry. Through the years, Lisa has published her poems in print and online magazines such as Poetry Repairs, Grey Sparrow Press, Sacramento Poetry Center, Poetry Salzburg Review and many more. Lisa also has short stories in magazines like Suspense Magazine and YA Fiction magazine Suddenly Lost in Words.
Her novels include Dreaming a Reality, Demon Girl and Deep in the Meadows. Disconnected is her fourth novel. Lisa is currently working on her next novel, Purple Haze.