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Four Times Blessed

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What if one of history's (cough, cough) less-fortunate heroes got a second chance? Watch ancient myths and modern legends clash in this sugar-and-spice, down-home tale.

Back from military school, adventurous dreamer Crusa is once again in the embrace of her aunt's magical kitchen. Her whole family (or at least, one side of it) is thrilled, because (finally!) they can throw her a most-advantageous wedding.

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Four Times Blessed

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Overview

What if one of history's (cough, cough) less-fortunate heroes got a second chance? Watch ancient myths and modern legends clash in this sugar-and-spice, down-home tale.

Back from military school, adventurous dreamer Crusa is once again in the embrace of her aunt's magical kitchen. Her whole family (or at least, one side of it) is thrilled, because (finally!) they can throw her a most-advantageous wedding.

Fate's funny. It begins with an unwritten recipe...

Crusa's summer escapades get a rough start, as her not-quite-fairy godparents hire her a personal bodyguard, the fiery and mysterious Lium, so she won't get kidnapped (or wander off). Crusa has fun with the rough, easily frustrated man who she likes to refer to as the "babysitter guy" (to everyone but him, of course).

Little does she know, the playful, thrill-seeking Lium and his moody brother Hale are fighting to hold their own against both sides of her feuding family.

They're joined by a rambunctious cast of characters revived from ancient myths and colorful New England legends.

At its heart, the story of a girl, her family, her friends, and her island. Quick wit and slick talk spur Crusa's story to a wild conclusion with equal parts humor and heart through this spirited family drama.

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In this YA novel, when 17-year-old Crusa returns home after graduating from an elite military academy, she finds herself embroiled in all sorts of family drama. Thrown back into her huge extended family after time away at military school, Crusa is all set to marry Andrew, a good boy from another respectable family, whom her relatives have arranged for her to wed. But things get complicated when she falls in love with Lium, her roguish, bad-boy bodyguard provided by her family. The romantic setup is funny in parts and moving in others, but it ultimately feels a little too familiar. Luckily, it's not the book's sole focus. Different situations with Crusa's family and her appetite for adventure make for several entertaining side plots. Though set in a somewhat futuristic alternate reality, the good story doesn't get bogged down with details of the world, instead focusing on Crusa, her family and the dilemmas that surround them. Much of the novel is written in fast-paced dialogue, which can be confusing, although it's entertaining more often than not. Crusa is supposed to be a self-assured, headstrong young woman--an appealing characterization, though her internal thoughts often only feature her telling readers how intelligent she is. Her voice doesn't convey any sort of depth of thought, and she often states the obvious or makes jokes that fall flat. The narrative could have highlighted Crusa's intelligence by having her see something unexpected or revelatory in her world. Nonetheless, even though her smarts don't always come across in her voice, she's a girl worth following, and her story makes for a compelling read. A flawed but heartfelt YA novel with a memorable heroine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615759548
  • Publisher: Alexa T. Liguori
  • Publication date: 2/20/2013
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexa lives in the southeastern corner of CT with her family, her old yellow lab Buddy that she has to carry up the stairs, her new yoga bolster for her writer's back and reclining fish pose, her overgrown romaine lettuce, and two of the most beautiful (she thinks) blue hydrangea bushes.
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