Pucked by Rachel Walter
Now Available, Pucked, a novel that takes you back to your first love in high school, while gaining an education of what it's like for people who suffer from Parental Alienation. During the first week of release, February 10-17, all sales will be donated to paawarness.org, so please be sure to spread the word around and help out!
Does life get in the way of love or does love get in the way of life?Riley Silk, captain of the Warrior’s Ice Hockey team at Dalesburg High, doesn’t think life can be lived if love is present. If there’s two things in life he knows to be true, it’s that love causes pain and hockey is his ticket to a better life. He’s worked hard to maintain his Frozen Silk reputation in order to stay focused on his duties and goals.Audrey Jacobs, the Warrior’s number one fan, believes life can’t be lived without love. She can find love and beauty in the muddiest of situations. Her best friend, Riley, is under a lot of stress at home, so she does her best to brighten his mood whenever she can.When lines cross and blur, they struggle to keep control of the simplicity their friendship once held. With Audrey’s outlook on life usually surrounded by light, the growing darkness of her doubts and insecurities threaten to deflect her toward the wrong path.Can she find her true self before her world burns around her? When truths become lies, can Riley find the strength to fight his way through his own personal darkness that clings to his mind and soul? Can he win this face-off that life has dropped in his zone, or will fate take him out of the game completely?Who keeps the puck?
**Warning- Several abuse topics are discussed in this story, which includes parental alienation, physical abuse, alcohol abuse, and mild drug abuse.**
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When Dani Morales had asked me if I would read and review Pucked by Rachel Walter for this book blitz, I was thrilled! I love the work of Rachel Walter, so me jumping into this blitz was something that I was more than will to participate in.
If you've read any of Rachel's other work, this novel may not be up your alley. If you're like me and can read several different genre of books, I would suggest you pick up a copy of Pucked. It's not a paranormal/fantasy novel, but it is a novel that I think a lot of us can relate to.
I may not know how Rachel's brain works most of the time, but I know that when it comes to her writing style, you should always have a box of tissue within reach. Pucked was no different. Even with Rachel talking about the genre I knew that I would need at least two boxes.
Parental Alienation. Something that I didn't really think about until Rachel had mentioned that she was working on a novel that involved it. Being a writer, I wanted to know more about what it was so I went to the interwebs and did a little bit of research. And I have to say that this is some pretty serious stuff. Rachel may have only touched down on what some kids actually go through, but it was enough to open my eyes. I applaud Rachel for taking the step and writing about something that has such a huge affect on so many children and teens.
I don't know how Rachel does it, but when I start to read her words I cannot stop myself. I cannot seem to find the time to do anything else with my day because I'm either still reading her writing, or thinking about the novel. It's like she consumes my attention every time to writes something down.
When I started reading Pucked for the first time, I was not in the right frame of mind for it, and actually had to put it down. But this past week, I've read it about three times and it gets me to every time.
Tears of joy. Bubbling laughter. Snorts.
Tears of pain. Clawing at my chest, trying to breathe. So much hurt.
Pucked is a roller coaster of emotion, thrown into book form. If you're not ready for it, it will smack you upside the head and make you feel things that you never thought you would feel. You'll laugh with the characters. You'll cry when they feel pain. And you'll scream at them for being idiots. It's everything I could want in a book, and more.
About Rachel Walter
Rachel is a wife and mother from Central Pennsylvania. Her favorite season is fall, for hockey, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and bonfires often. She’s also a coffeenista with an insomnia problem. When Rachel isn’t playing with the people inside her head, making her family believe she belongs in the loony bin, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, species confused cat (he believes he’s part dog, love him), and finding new books and music.
Regarding writing, her first love is Young Adult Paranormal, but she’s venturing outside of her comfort zone and opening up to writing more genres. Be on the look out!
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