Peacemaker (Peacemaker #1)
by Eva Gerald
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
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Maya Voland doesn’t want to spend her senior year in the cold, isolated town of Shine, Vermont. Reeling from the death of her father and the discovery that her life is a carefully constructed set of lies, Maya wants to escape to a place where she can be invisible. The residents of Shine can’t let Maya leave. She’s too important to their cause. A manipulator by nature, Maya was born with an extraordinary ability to influence the emotions and actions of others. Shiners will go to great lengths to train her to use those gifts to further their agenda, before other, more sinister forces intercede. Shea Knightly has been waiting most of his life for Maya to come back home to Shine. He, too, has powers of persuasion and he’s never encountered a girl who can say no to his stunning looks and overwhelming charm. He’ll pull out all the stops to bring Maya into the fold. Now Maya must decide—is the intense attraction she feels for Shea reciprocated, or is he just feeding her more lies to draw her into the dangerous world of the Shiners? Even if there is something real between them, what price is she willing to pay to make his cause her own?
When compiling the top ten list of my favorite books, I thought first about the qualities that I like to see when reading. I came up with four things that draw me to a book—strong (but realistic) female characters, humor, rich imagery, and plain old great writing. Each of the books I picked have most, if not all, of those characteristics. I’ve listed them in no particular order.
1. Memoirs of Geisha by Arthur Golden – This book is packed with beautiful imagery. I could have sworn that I was transported to the exotic world of the geishas during those few sweet days that I devoured this book.
2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Another book full of fantastically rich imagery. No one builds a world quite like Laini Taylor.
3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I love strong female characters so Rose Hathaway is my idea of a near perfect heroine.
4. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – Well written and moving. You can’t help but become invested in Colleen Hoover’s characters.
5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins—This book proves that the story doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. Great writing and well drawn characters are the key to a fantastic book.
6. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn – I have a weakness for historical romance and Julia Quinn is my absolute favorite author. I would recommend anything that she writes. Her female characters are amazing and her ability to write witty dialogue is unparalleled. Of her many wonderful books, I chose to put this one on the list because there is a scene in it that had me laughing so hard I actually cried. You Julia Quinn fans out there know which scene I’m talking about—pall mall anyone?
7. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – I didn’t even know I liked tattooed men until Travis entered my life.
8. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner – A book about real woman, dealing with real issues, who still manage to be endearing, funny and strong. What’s not to love?
9. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown—I know, this one is a little bit out in left field, but it’s near and dear to me. This book kept me occupied through several long sleepless nights while I nursed my newborn infant. Any book that can help keep a sleep deprived mother sane is worth its weight in gold.
10. Peacemaker by me –Yep, there’s no book closer to my heart than this one.
Eva Gerald is a mother of two beautiful, active boys and an in-house attorney for a small software company. Needing to fill her endless hours of free time, Eva decided to write a novel. Three short years later, Peacemaker was ready for publication. Just in case she was tempted to go to bed at a decent hour on a regular basis, she decided to make it a series and is diligently working on the next book.
Eva lives in upstate New York with her supremely tolerant and supportive husband and two boys.