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Gives Light (Gives Light Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Rose Christo , indelibleCHAOS
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"Skylar is my name, tragically."

Sixteen-year-old Skylar is witty, empathetic, sensitive--and mute. Skylar hasn't uttered a single word since his mother died eleven years ago, a senseless tragedy he's grateful he doesn't have to talk about.

When Skylar's father mysteriously vanishes one summer afternoon, Skylar is placed in the temporary custody of his only remaining relative, an estranged grandmother living on an Indian reservation in the middle of arid Arizona.

Adapting to a brand new culture is the least of Skylar's qualms. Because Skylar's mother did not die a peaceful death. Skylar's mother was murdered eleven years ago on the Nettlebush Reserve. And her murderer left behind a son.

And he is like nothing Skylar has ever known.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 716 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 315 Seiten
  • Verlag: Rose Christo; Auflage: 1 (10. Juli 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B008JYCVW4
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eine ungewöhnliche Geschichte 21. Januar 2014
Von javelinx TOP 500 REZENSENT
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Skylar St Clair hat mit seinen 16 Jahren schon viel mitgemacht. Seit seine Mutter von einem Serienkiller umgebracht wurde, ist er durch schwere Verletzungen am Hals stumm und schlägt sich mit seinem Vater in dem kleinen Kaff Angel's Falls durch. Als sein Vater von einem Tag auf den anderen verschwindet, geht Skylar zur Polizei - und gerät in das amerikanische Pflegesystem, da zunächst keine leiblichen Verwandten auffindbar sind. Bis seine Großmutter in einem Indianerreservat ausfindig gemacht werden kann, in dem Skylar seine ersten Lebensjahre verbrachte. Auch hier ist er allerdings nicht richtig zuhause, denn er ist zwar ein Halbblut, aber blond, blauäugig und sommersprossig. Dass er stumm ist, macht seinen Einstieg auch nicht einfacher. Das gerät alles zur Nebensache, als er das erste Mal Rafael Gives Light gegenübersteht, dem Sohn des Mörders seiner Mutter. Er ist seinem Vater, an den sich Skylar nur zu gut erinnert, wie aus dem Gesicht geschnitten...

Bei dieser Geschichte weiss man am Anfang überhaupt nicht, was einem bevorsteht - von einer paranormalen Fantasy-Romanze im Stil von "Twilight" bis zu einem Thriller mit einem Serienmörder im Milieu eines Indianerreservates scheint alles drin zu sein. Was letzten Endes dabei herauskommt, ist umso überraschender und beeindruckender und sehr berührend geschrieben.

*Wer nicht wissen möchte, um welches Genre es sich handelt, sollte nicht weiterlesen - milde Spoiler *

Anstatt einer gängigen Romanze im Stil von Twilight wird von der Autorin geschildert, wie Skylar trotz seiner Vorgeschichte und seinen Einschränkungen im Reservat Freunde findet und aufblüht.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazingly written! 18. Februar 2014
Von Justme
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
If I have to describe this book just in a few words I'd chose

beautiful

quiet

warm

poignant

and sweet.

It's a YA book but it is one of those books I'd recommended even as a family reading in front of the fireplace, yes, for a whole family, because there is so much heart and soul in this book; there is nothing forbidden dark or melodramatic here; there are no any sexual excesses in it.

The heart-warming book tells in a very poetical way the story of of Skylar, a half white/half Native American 16 years old boy who has to come back to the place of his birth, in the Shoshone Nettlebush reservation, because his farther disappeared.
This reunion with his past will change his life.

Gives Light is about friendship,trust, lost, love and...life how it is- unpredictable, tragical, intense and... grateful...

Amazingly written!

Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I hate coming-of-age stories 11. September 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I recently picked up reading when I read the Hunger Games trilogy after I heard someone say that the books were better than the movies. It turned out that the books were very good and my favorite part was the romance between the main characters. I guess I must have been a little envious of epic heterosexual romance so I tried to find fictional books with gay leads. My short search led me to Goodreads (Google it if you want some great book recommendations), which in turn led me to a few self-published authors in the kindle store. While the stories weren't bad, they lacked the enslaving story telling that enabled me to finish reading the Hunger Games in a month or The Joy Luck Club in 2 days (way back when I was in high school). So I was sure after I finished Kim Fielding's Stasis trilogy I would only read non-self-published book (I'm sure there's a more succinct way to put it but I don't know how). So while compiling a list of books to read next, I found that 'Gives Light' was available for sampling in the Kindle store and figured I'd give it a shot. I read the sample 2 days ago...as in finished 2 chapters in 5 minutes and loved it. I promised myself I'd back get to this as soon as I finished 'Equipoise'. After about 30 minutes of trying to read that book I was on the Kindle store buying 'Gives Light'. I read the damn thing overnight and am so in love with it that I'm afraid to read the 2nd book because it might not be able to live up to my expectations.

So what's so great about it? Many things...what drew me in was my fascination with a mute character - how does he communicate? I get tired of justifying/explaining/apologizing for being gay so how does he get any understanding without a voice? But it was much more than just an interesting protagonist that kept me reading. The author kept the book moving at a natural pace - it didn't feel rushed or too slow, she described thing with so much detail that one could imagine themselves there and all the characters are depicted as fully formed human beings without any judgement. There were times when my brain protested that there was no chance one could find their 'true-love' so conveniently or that things could work out well for a gay couple without conflicts, but my heart asks why I could believe that being bitten by a spider could give you arachnid powers or that exposure to gamma radiation doesn't give you cancer but makes you green and super strong (while accidentally hurting Liv Tyler) or any other super hero scenario, but I couldn't accept this world where two men could love each other without reproach? I had no answer so I just enjoyed the book without questioning the idyllic setting which seemed as plausible as Middle earth.

In conclusion, just try the sample - it's free.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Truly excellent 11. November 2012
Von octobercountry - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've just finished the Gives Light quartet by Rose Christo. And I'll say right off that I found the books very moving. The books, in order, are 1) Gives Light 2) Looks Over 3) St. Clair 4) Why the Star Stands Still .

Here we have a study in contrasts, between two very different boys. While Skylar has a naturally outgoing and optimistic personality, the horrific attack he suffered at the age of five at the hands of his mother's murderer has left him with a scarred throat and taken away his voice, which does distance him from society to a certain extent. Rafael, the son of the murderer, is gruff and taciturn and forever an outsider on the reservation because most people only see his hated father when they look at him.

The first books tells what happens when these two meet and forge a relationship; how they change one another and help each other move past the figurative scars that are chaining them both to their pasts. And what I took away from the series as a whole is that yes---really terrible things do happen in life. But it's possible to survive disaster, to do your best to become something more and make a positive difference in the world. And that's a message worth sharing.

I've noted before that if I really care for the characters in a story, and find the situations interesting, I'm willing to overlook any number of shortcomings a novel may have. And make no mistake, I found portions of this story incredibly moving. But in this case, there weren't any major shortcomings to overlook.

Now, I'm not saying the books are perfect. I think they are well written, but occasionally I would come across a stray word that seemed like an odd choice to use. And the manuscripts could have been tightened up a bit---there's some repetition from one book to the next. Perhaps a few of the plot points seemed a bit "iffy" to me; occasionally I would think that situations wouldn't logically have worked out the way they did, and there were a couple of coincidences that, while advancing the plot, seemed extremely unlikely to me. However, due to the emotional impact the story had on me overall I can't say I had too much of a problem with these smaller issues.

The author doesn't make these novels seem like lessons, meant to instruct the reader about Native American culture---far from it. But she works in a fair amount of information throughout the stories, regarding Native American history and traditions, and what life is like on the smaller reservations today. I can honestly say that I probably learned more about indigenous peoples in the past two weeks, from reading these books, than I had in my entire life previously. The author obviously feels very strongly about certain modern-day issues and problems that Native Americans face even today, and when reading these stories the audience will share these emotions.

This series of books shows precisely how drastically publishing has changed in the past few years, since the advent of e-readers. They are self-published---which I hasten to add is not at all the same thing as the vanity presses used in the past. Since getting my Kindle, I've read quite a few self-published works. And yes----some of them are dreadful. But others are quite as good as---or even better---than the material that is coming from the big six publishing houses. (I think the trick to producing a work of professional quality---apart from innate talent, of course---is to have a good editor. And there's no reason a self-published title cannot be every bit as good as what hits the store shelves every month.) I think these stories could have used just a bit more polish, but I'm not complaining. I don't know that the big six would have touched them, perhaps thinking that their appeal wouldn't be wide enough, and that's a shame.

By all means, try the first and see what you think; if you like it, move on to the others.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A rare five-star from me: an exceptional YA book 9. Oktober 2012
Von Ulysses Dietz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
This book was recommended to me on the AfterElton.com gay book forum. I resisted, but finally let him talk me into it.I a so glad I did. I've read a great many YA books with central characters who were gay. I've never read one quite like this. It is not grand, but it is almost magical in its simple, poignant, and moving narrative.

The story of this book is, ultimately, the distant aftermath of a series of horrific acts of violence, although that truth is only gradually unveiled to the reader. At first, we just have a sixteen-year old boy in a shoddy southwestern town who seems to have been abandoned by his father. Oh, and he's mute. The child protective services take him to his grandmother's house on the Nettlebush Indian reservation. There, Skylar St. Clair reestablishes contact with the people and the customs of his tribe - the Shoshone - and with him we learn the truth behind the scars on his throat and the mystery of his father's disappearance.

And then there's Rafael. Skylar's unlikely friendship with this dark, brooding boy, becomes the golden thread woven through the dark and complex tapestry of the Nettlebush saga. It is awkward in a very believable teenage way; it is romantic in a way that will touch all but the stoniest of hearts. In a world full of hate, I am always drawn to stories in which the power of love is manifest. All you need to know is that "Gives Light" is Raphael's family name to know that love will play a major role here.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb 19. August 2012
Von Andy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Gives Light is an excellent novel and I eagerly await the next installment of the trilogy. The author has written an engaging novel with well developed characters and an intriguing plot.

This coming of age story centres around Skyler, a sixteen year old boy left mute by a callous act of violence eleven years previously. The story follows his life over one summer that sees him having to deal with the abandonment of his father, adapting and embracing his and his fathers Native American heritage when placed in care with his grandmother and coming to terms with same sex attraction.

I read this book in one sitting. I simply couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this novel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen enjoyable and interesting 25. August 2014
Von wordyjmm - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Well I certainly learned a lot about Native American culture and stories - and since I like learning new things I enjoyed it - Rafael and Skylar are very cute together and the other characters in the book are great too
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