Friday, March 11, 2016

When the Time Comes to Light a Fire by Nicole Campbell (Gem City Book 3)

When the Time Comes to Light a Fire
by Nicole Campbell

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Gem City - Book 3
Publication Date: April 1, 2016
Publisher: Nicole Campbell
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Print Length: 285 pages
Available from: Amazon
There comes a time in every girl’s life when she is forced to pose a troubling question:

What have I done?

Sixteen-year old Vanessa Roberts is quickly learning how to deal- with her annoying pretty-boy lab partner, her incredibly ADD best friend, and the seemingly widening gap between her and her mother. Zack Roads should have been everything she deserved. He is more than just a nice distraction; he is also the cause for every envious glance shot Vanessa’s way as she enters her sophomore year at Gem City High. What happens when she finds herself amidst a storm of hope, regret, and the danger of losing herself along the way?

Readers have come to love Vanessa as the sharp-tongued best friend in What Comes of Eating Doughnuts With a Boy Who Plays Guitar and How One Attempts to Chase Gravity, and they now have the chance to see her transformation through her own tough choices and mistakes.

When the Time Comes to Light a Fire by Nicole Campbell (Gem City Book 3)
When the Time Comes to Light a Fire (Gem City Book 3)Ah yes, high school, raging hormones, angst and the fear of not fitting in, welcome to Vanessa’s story as we see, feel and follow her life through one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. What, you don’t believe Vanessa of the attitude and forceful personality could have doubts about her life and what is going on in it? Could Vanessa be losing her edge or has she finally discovered that maybe, just maybe, she needs to do some very important changing and re-evaluating of the person she is becoming?

Nicole Campbell’s When the Time Comes to Light a Fire is another revealing journey through those teen years as parents become strangers, friends can get on your nerves and the boy who sets your heart on fire may not be who you want him to be. Vanessa has some difficult times to face, but is she as ready as she once thought? Bad decisions, a sometimes shallow interest pool and the fight to cut loose from the parents’ restrictions are going to try Vanessa to her very limits, but nothing will bring more chaos than Zack.

Zack is a status symbol, hot, older, charming and one of the big men on the high school campus. He is also giving Vanessa shivers, makes her mind fuzzy and her common sense has left the building. Just maybe, Vanessa may see she is out of her league, status be damned or she will continue to make mistakes that can cost her more than she is willing to pay.

Nicole Campbell has put the teen years into clear focus; they are not all beach parties and proms. They are years of painful growth, mistakes and consequences. They are also the time when true friends will still be there, no matter what. A coming of age story that will hit home, regardless of your age, because if you are not living it now, you did and you will remember and maybe cringe at your own teen years.

I received this copy from the author, Nicole Campbell in exchange for my honest review.

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