Awake by Natasha Preston
The truth is we believe to the fullest what we believe up until the moment we don’t. If that truth is something everyone around us believes and the truth we have been told our whole lives how do we wake up to the fact that not only is it not true, it is actually wrong. That is the question throughout Awake. Beautiful Noah is sent from his family group to win the trust of Scarlett so she can be brought home to her true and right birth parents. And then to fulfill her destiny she will be sacrificed. Talk about a really bad boyfriend. The question reaches beyond the set-up of the book to ask me what beliefs have I been brought up with that need reexamined. Are there truths about my family, my faith, and my country that really aren’t true. The story is told from the point of view of Scarlett and of Noah.
The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book One The Ruins of Gorlan
I only had the Ranger’s Apprentice as the title of this book, so in looking it up I was thinking, Yellow Stone Park. Instead, I am traveling in the Kingdom of Araluen, primarily from the Castle Redmont where Will is to go from a ward of the Castle to become the Ranger’s Apprentice. Think Strider in Lord of the Rings. The author does a great job of using a brief Prologue to avoid weighing us down in backstory or kingdom knowledge. However, the whole book seems to primarily a setting and character development for the following set of 11 more books in the series. It was a good read and looks like a good series.