Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Contentment Reading Challenge 2013: July/August/September

As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I am behind once again in this challenge and in my posting... *sigh* But I finally re-read another book! That brings my total up to 5.

When super-awesome author Krissi Dallas offered me an early e-copy of Watermark for review, it was the perfect excuse to re-read Watercrossing. It actually kind of became a necessity, 'cause when I tried starting Watermark without re-reading Watercrossing, I realized that it had been too long since I had been immersed in the White Island life. And since Watermark starts right where Watercrossing left off, I needed to be reminded of all that went down in book 3, LOL.

Doesn't this series have such pretty, eye-catching covers? Love the symbolism and colors!

So here's the lowdown...

There are four books in the "Phantom Island" series so far: Windchaser, Windfall, Watercrossing, and Watermark (officially releasing October 29th). (And, as far as I know, there are four more books coming featuring "Fire" and "Earth" - but we don't know the order yet, as that will reveal something about the love triangle... *wink*) While all of them should be read together and in order for maximum enjoyment, the "Wind" books and the "Water" books really do go hand in hand. So while you can take a break between the "Wind" books and the "Water" books, it's especially hard to break the couples up! Let's just say it's been a long wait for Watermark. (But definitely worth it!)

Anyway, this is a YA fantasy series about three best friends who help out at Camp Fusion - a camp for young people who are dealing with difficult losses. Whitnee, Caleb, and Morgan all attended the camp when they were younger, and now they're giving back. But little do they know that this summer is the summer that will change a portal located across the river sends them to the White Island, where Whitnee's past and future collide. 

And figuring out how to get back to the mainland isn't even the half of it!

I really do love this series - it's incredibly engaging. Even having read Watercrossing once, I got pulled in again this second time around, flying through the pages and feeling all the excitement of the romance and danger. There's just something magical about the settings, the properties of the White Island and its inhabitants, and the relationship drama. You can read my full review of Watercrossing HERE - and here are my reviews of Windchaser and Windfall (books 1 and 2).

I just finished Watermark...and wow. This is an epic conclusion to the "Water" books and the first half of the series. I'll be reviewing it soon, so stay tuned!

Update: I reviewed Watermark on The Borrowed Book.

In the meantime, do share what you've re-read recently, if you've had a chance to get some re-reading done! And if you're participating in the challenge, you can link up below:


Beth said...

Good on you!
Sometimes life just gets crazy, and reading gets shoved down the priority list.
Make sure you have some "You" time!

Amber Stokes said...


Awww, thank you! And that is too fitting - my little 2013 planner has this quote for September:

"Every schedule has room for even a little time that's just for you."


Saw on your blog that you made some fabulous progress last month for the challenge! You're amazing!!


Krissi Dallas said...

THIS is why you're part of my Phantom Island Team. Thanks for loving my characters through their faults and joining in on their journey! Love you to pieces.

Amber Stokes said...

Awww, Krissi!!

I am thrilled to be part of the Phantom Island Team. I've loved being a part of this journey so far, and I'm happy it's not over yet! :D

Love you, too, dear friend. ♥