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Shine by Candy Gourlay
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Forced to hide herself away from the superstitious island community of Mirasol, thirteen-year-old Rosa seeks solace online. There she meets Ansel95, and as the friendship moves from virtual to real, Rosa discovers that she's not the only one with something to hide.
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Shine is an incredibly powerful book. It has a bit of suspense mystery and darkness to it that I love very much. Even from the start it was gripping, introducing the setting and characters flawlessly and skillfully. After the first chapter I immediately be I Luke love this book. The author definitely knows how to keep the plot of the movie going. Although there where times when I felt that the teenagers were a bit awkward in their text, I think it was supposed to show how little they interact with others.

The main thing that really gripped me was how the author made up her own disease . It was well bough out and very detailed however I do think she should have at least mentioned the made up scientific name of the disease because I do not like calling it " Calm". I was also quite disappointed when the interest friend of rosa was revealed. I felt that there was a weak buildup to that moment and I had hoped for a different character who could have had more emphasis in the story.

Overall my experience with this book was very positive. A great tale with a shocking twist. I do recommend for you to try this if you would like ( especially you my fellow Filipinos, the author candy gourlay is a Filipino and we should show some pride for this wonderful woman.) ( )
  al3 | Jan 9, 2016 |
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