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I received the following book from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Warped Remains by David Jemal, Kara Leigh Miller
Published by Anaiah Press on January 21st 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Christian
Source: The Publisher
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Emily Sheffield’s parents are the worst. Okay, maybe Emily has been erratic and her behavior a little reckless lately, but shipping her off to live with her grandparents in Alaska is so much worse than she deserves. At least she gets to spend her layover with the cute boy on the same flight. If she has to leave everything and everyone she knows, she might as well make some new–and cute–friends, right?
For Aiden Cohen, life in Alaska is perfect—good grades, great friends, an awesome church, and work he loves. There’s just one thing missing: his mom. Desperate to know her, Aiden sets out to find the woman who abandoned him at birth. But a disastrous first meeting with his birth mom, leaves Aiden stunned and ready to go back to his ordinary life in Alaska. And with fate finding Aiden and Emily on the same flight, he couldn’t be happier. If only he can convince her that God is real, everything would be perfect.
Everything seems to be going well—until a confusion on the runaway prevents the plane from landing. Circling the runway should have been simple, but when the plane hits a bad patch of turbulence, throwing it off-course, the pilots lose control. The plane crashes, leaving Emily, Aiden, and two dozen other passengers stranded on a creepy island. Surviving and hoping for rescue are their primary goals, but the least of their troubles. They aren’t the only ones on the island, and it’s now a race against time for someone to find them before the island’s inhabitants do. But there are people willing to do anything to keep the island’s true purpose a secret—even if it means sacrificing the lives of the survivors.
My Thoughts on Warped Remains
Despite being a thriller lover, especially in the YA audience, it has been a while since I read a really good YA Thriller that I knew instantly was going to stick with me – Warped Remains did that.
From the blurb, you might feel as if you’re in for a run of the mill, trapped on a deserted island story. That’s far from the case. Combining teenage realism(trust me, there are times you’re going go eye roll our young leads like crazy) with mysterious circumstances that slowly unfold and make themselves known, Warped Remains managed something that few thrillers in any age group can manage to do – keep me guessing nearly until the big reveal.
As a Christian, I loved the way religion was explored within the book. I feel that often times Christian books for teens can come across as too preachy, and we all know teenagers don’t like to be told what to do so that can often have adverse effects. In Warped Remains, I didn’t feel this way at all. It flowed seamlessly into the story which added even more of a realistic light in my mind.
One last thing I really enjoyed is that the writing felt seamless. Often, with co-writers, you can, unfortunately, sense a disconnect when reading. You can tell that David and Kara work well together because I didn’t feel that at all. I look forward to reading more from both of them, both together and separately. If you’re looking for a great new read, for yourself or your teens, pick up Warped Remains.
“Attention, folks.” The pilot’s voice fills the cabin. “There’s some congestion on the runway, so we’re going to circle around a few times to allow ground crews to get things cleared up. Please be patient, and we’ll land as soon as possible.”
Whoa. I really slept the entire flight? That never happens. I stretch my arms over my head and arch my back, trying to work out the kinks. I yawn again. “Are we in Anchorage already?” I ask the elderly man seated beside me.
He nods. “There’s a herd of moose on the runway.”
“Seriously?” I laugh. Only in Alaska. I settle back in my seat, hoping it won’t take too long to land. I need to get on solid land again, and a small thrill of excitement shoots up my spine at the thought of seeing grandma and grandpa. Without Erik around, I’ll be the one they spoil. Not to mention, I really want to talk to Aiden again.
Thirty minutes pass, and then an hour, and we’re still circling the airport. My stomach rumbles, and I swallow hard. My throat is dry and scratchy, and my temples throb with an impending headache. I really need to get oft this stupid plane. I take a drink and the warm liquid turns my stomach.
What I really want to do is go back to sleep, but that’s not going to happen, so I turn on the small television and flip through the channels. I settle on a bad 80s high school drama. The acting is horrible, and the special effects are even worse. I settle into my seat, the ache in my head getting worse.
The plane shakes, and the captain’s voice comes over the intercom again. “We’ve run into a bit of turbulence, folks. Nothing to worry about. We’re going to make a larger loop back around and hopefully we’ll have clearance to land by then. Thanks for your patience and for flying with SunDun Airlines.”
I groan inwardly. We’re never going to get off this plane at this rate. I close my eyes for only a second, and then the small TV screen goes totally black. What’s going on? I look over the seats in front of me and see their screens are blank, too.
A tall man with black hair, wearing a suit, rushes up the aisle, and from the corner of my eye, I see a flash of silver. A badge. The air marshall? He disappears into the cock pit. What on earth is going on?
A second later, the flight attendant’s calm voice surrounds me. “It appears as though the pocket of turbulence we’re experiencing is larger than we originally anticipated. The fasten seat belts sign is back on, and we ask that everyone remain seated with the seats upright and the trays closed. Please stay calm, and we’ll be out of this in no time.”
No sooner does she quit talking than the plane dips sharply, rises, and then shakes violently.
About the Authors:
David Jemal: After graduating college with a major he created in finance and culture, he jumped into the world of sales and thus began crisscrossing North America. When he’s not selling people stuff, he’s busy writing new stories.
Kara Leigh Miller: Kara is a full-time wife; stay-at-home mom to 5 kids, 4 pit bulls, and 6 cats; writer, and the Editorial Director at Anaiah Press. She’s previously published two adult Christian romantic suspense books. Warped Remains is her first young adult book, but it won’t be her last.
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