Into the Flames by Jessie Sanders is the beginning of what may be my new favorite series. In this book we are introduced to Rahab, a transfer student at Grover Cleveland Academy, a boarding school in Boston. Quiet and shy, she takes a while to make friends, fearing a repeat of the painful events that sent her running from her last school. When two of the school “freaks” befriend her, she wonders if she should trust them, or if she should avoid them and try harder to be “normal” this time. But soon she discovers that she might have more in common with them than she thought. Can she be a true friend and stand up for them against the bully that torments them? Will Rahab face her fears when her friends need her most?
It took me awhile to relate to the main character since she is so guarded with herself, but her friendship with Scout and Hawkins draws you in, revealing more of Rahab, and soon you are cheering for these three. I couldn’t put it down!
I am recommending this book “T for teens.” I didn’t see anything in it that my preteen wouldn’t enjoy or even be harmed by, but it is clearly written for a slightly older audience. I just think she’ll enjoy it more when she’s a little older and can relate to the characters better. I finished it with a rush, desperately wishing there was another book to follow it because Sanders really does an incredible job of making you care about her characters. I have so much more I want to say about it, but doing so would spoil the surprise. So, go now and grab a copy for yourself. I downloaded mine for the Kindle app, but you can also find it at B&N’s site and even order a paperback on Amazon. Come back and let us know how you liked it.
Don’t forget to come back on Friday for a special treat – I have the author, Jessie Sanders, sharing her thoughts on fantasy world building for teens/young adults. You won’t want to miss it!