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When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review by Midwest Book Review:

Sudden Moves: A Young Adult Mystery

Kelli Sue Landon

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781432767136

Reviewer: Theresa La

“Sudden Moves” is a young adult mystery novel. The novel immediately captures the reader’s interest, just from the short summary on the back of the book. From the first page, the story has a very interesting plot; however, during the middle of the book, the storyline fell a bit flat. This was mainly because the romantic aspects of the story overtook the mystery aspects of the story, just after the mystery was heating up. However, the story soon picked up once again and the ending was interesting and appropriate to the reading level.

Katie Brashers has disappeared after spring break. She told her friends that she was vacationing in Florida but when everyone else returns to school, she does not. No one knows where she is, including Katie’s boyfriend and Michelle Martin, one of Katie’s friends. Michelle and Katie’s boyfriend become amateur detectives of sort.

The characters are average high school students and very believable, which adds to the believability of the story. The book was not very long, only about 207 pages – a good size length, not too short that the reader felt rushed reading the story but not too long that the reader would want to flip pages to find the ending to the mystery more quickly. The cover picture was interesting and fit the story appropriately. This book would be appropriate mostly for preteens and early teens, from twelve to fifteen-years-old, but anyone older who enjoys a light mystery read would also enjoy “Sudden Moves” by Kelli Sue Landon.