illuminating gracie

illuminating gracie As an old woman s lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity the chance to do it all again But that is easier said than done In o

  • Title: illuminating gracie
  • Author: Lisa C. Temple
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  • Page: 244
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  • As an old woman s lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity the chance to do it all again But that is easier said than done In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should haveAs an old woman s lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity the chance to do it all again But that is easier said than done In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little than sarcasm and self pity to keep her company.But things are about to change for Grace While delivering food for her family s bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny.It s on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men Together the group fights the demons that surround Grace, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine Illuminating Gracie is, at once, a metaphorical tale of the fight between good and evil and a spiritual saga of one girl s journey from darkness into the light If you liked Twilight and The Hunger Games, you will love the story of Gracie.

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    1. When I learned that my childhood friend, Lisa C. Temple, had written a book, I was very impressed by the sheer accomplishment of such a task, and I ordered a copy. What a treat was in store for me!One of the first things that struck me, was that I knew these places described in the book. I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, and often traveled those back roads to Lake Martin, as well as Wetumpka, and surrounding areas. So I really felt like I was with Gracie as she drove down that dark r [...]

    2. Up to page 159- Halfway Point This…this is shocking. I am slowly but surely falling in love with this book. The descriptions are beautiful, and the characters are written so well. Gracie Bennett is the picture of a sullen, self-conscious teenage girl, with the sarcastic attitude to dominate them all. Her story really kicks off, when after delivering food to some secluded house down some Alabama dirt road, she’s given a job offer from the sassy and stout Mrs. B, and her kind hearted, instant [...]

    3. *I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*Illuminating Gracie is a paranormal take on a coming of age story. I think at some point we've all wished for a 'redo' for some event in our lives. Can you imagine the opportunity for a complete 'redo' of your entire life? Grace's story is complicated by the influences of good and evil vying for her soul. The choices Grace makes and will make affect so much more than her life, but she is a confused, bitter seventeen year old [...]

    4. I have to say I really didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book. I was drawn in from the onset by the intrigue and mystery of the mansion, the characters that Grace met at the start and by the sudden love triangle she found herself in. I'm a huge fan of supernatural stories and I particularly loved the way that the author described the physical change that the Angels would go through when taking on their "True" form. "Illuminating Gracie" packs in everything you could want fro [...]

    5. I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.Illuminating Gracie is a good young adult fantasy. It grabbed my interest from the beginning and flowed well. Lisa C. Temple’s writing is easy to read and I enjoy her sense of humor.The first half of Illuminating Gracie is about Gracie finding out who the new people she has met actually are and how she is connected to them. She starts out as a typical negative teen with a poor self image, but as the story progresses she begins to mature [...]

    6. I found this book to be wonderfully well written. The author has a talent at drawing you in to the story with such clear descriptions of the surroundings that you feel that you are there. The way she has written the characters make them feel real to you as you read. I loved Gracie from the moment she thought that she was just a pair of stiletto heels and a tube top from a bad b movie! Then she checked to see if her shoes were tied good in case she had to run from werewolves or zombies! Yep, that [...]

    7. Wise Bear Media Reviews "Illuminating Gracie" by Lisa Temple -- 4 Paws!I want to give a little background as to how I came to read this book because I’m not a huge fan of young adult fiction and my religious leanings are definitely secular. The author, Lisa Temple, had been a recent guest on a weekly podcast I host (wisebearmedia/quotable) and I was so impressed by her humor and southern charm during our discussion that I was interested to learn more about Lisa Temple as a writer. I don’t re [...]

    8. (4.5 stars) This is one of those books that the longer it sits with me, the more I like it! While I was reading it, there were parts that I absolutely loved and highlighted, especially near the beginning. Then it took a strange turn, yet that part was still essential to the story. It ended strong, though, and I enjoyed getting some questions answered. Finally, there was the Epilogue which was unsettling but has me wanting to read the next book asap.I enjoyed Gracie's relationships. She met two g [...]

    9. I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you so much Itching for Books and Lisa Temple for the chance of reading Illuminating Gracie.I thought this is going to be another book about an obnoxious teenager. Guess who was wrong?! I couldn't believe how perfect the story is written. Everyone had moments in they're life where they just want to go back in time and redo something. We wished it so hard and still nothing. So we accept the situation. But, this isn't the case. We have i [...]

    10. Partially through the book review:Just received this yesterday and I'm already half way through it. Lisa does an excellent job keeping the reader interested in the book, I also must say you feel you really connect with Gracie herself, as if you're almost there with her. After finishing the whole book review:I thoroughly enjoyed Illuminating Gracie! It kept me on the edge of my chair waiting to find out what would happen next. I am not an avid reader, but finished it in a couple of days. I felt a [...]

    11. Wasn't sure what to expect when I began to read "Illuminating Gracie". What a Treat! It's a YA book that should be read by any one young or old (like me ;-)) You'll find humor, self-doubt, mystery, and plenty of angel against demon action. Gracie is a very believable teenager that many if not all can identify with. Time after time something she either said, thought or did triggered a memory that had me nodding and saying to myself "that is so totally me when I was a teen". It has a wonderful mes [...]

    12. I love the unexpected in a book and Illuminating Gracie delivered! It was a page turner from the beginning and the end was a very delightful "Wow!". The characters in the book were intriguing, unpredictable, and complicated - but also comfortable; the kind of people you would want to know and spend some time with. In addition to the wonderful characters and story, there is an uplifting message of purpose and hope. I highly recommend this book!

    13. From the very beginning I was fascinated with the concept of being able to redo your life. There are parts, some big, some small, that we would all love the chance to go back and do differently. Lisa Temple has done a wonderful job of letting us do just that with Mrs. B. and Gracie. Her characters are beautifully written and keeps you hurrying to finish each page.

    14. Like in my commentis book would be a great movie.ry deep, psychological meets paranormalLisa has created a new genre!!!

    15. What a fantastic read!! I thoroughly enjoyed Illuminating Gracie!! Mystery, snarky humor, overcoming the oddsis book has it all. I will post a much more extensive review soon!!

    16. TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL MEETS BUFFY THEVAMPIRE SLAYER!“Illuminating Gracie,” is a spiritual story of redemption and unconditional love, and a cautionary tale of the fight between good and evil forces in our lives. Grace Bennett is a young girl with a terribly low self-esteem and a fast-growing darkness with her. The book is told from her viewpoint, and the blinding honesty of this heroine makes her immediately likeable and entirely relatable. I don’t think there is a person alive has not had a [...]

    17. MORE REVIEWS AT MY BLOG"You must be most cautious of the unknown – those parading as good, when indeed they are not. And don’t forget as long as one has a heartbeat, they have a soul capable of saving. Nothing is ever as simple as black and white, dear one. You must be diligent, patient and forgiving. You must be constantly seeking ways to turn hatred into love."The kind of story that you’ll read slowly so you can digest every word that the Author says.When I first read Illuminating Gracie [...]

    18. Illuminating GracieLisa C. TempleEverybody at some point in their lives think about ‘redoing’ some events in their lives. Can you imagine about redoing your whole life? Illuminating Gracie is Grace’s story with complications of every seventeen year old girl yet completely different. She is at the crossroads of her life. The Good and the Evil are vying for her soul. But she has to make choices, whose’s influence on her life she doesn’t understand and she is forced into a world of situat [...]

    19. Illuminating Gracie is an amazing novel that is relatable and exciting. As a teenager myself I loved Grace because I have felt every insecurity that she has, possibly five times more. I was a little apprehensive when she arrived at Mrs. B's house although I knew that this would be a turning point in the novel and somehow work out for her in the end. Due to the relationship and behavior between Willem and Mrs. B I knew that something was a little strange and that Grace was not being told the enti [...]

    20. Illuminating Gracie is a book with such an interesting premise. An old lady who has lived a cold and bitter life is offered a chance to go back and influence her younger self to choose a different and better path. It really makes you think, right? What would you do if you had the chance? How would changing one decision alter the course of your life? It's an interesting concept for sure.This is a story of coming of age and of redemption with an added paranormal twist. Demons and angels in the age [...]

    21. In the beginning of the book Grace has very low self esteem and seems a little depressed. I imagine Grace to be very similar to Bella from Twilight. By the end of the book Grace is like a whole different person. She is more confident, happy and appreciates all the people that love her. It takes a lot for her to get there though. First she meets an old woman and man that want to hire her and then two men that want to date her all in one day. They all seem to be keeping secrets from her though and [...]

    22. I have often thought about what I would tell myself if I could go back in timeIf I could do things differentlyBy goodness I certainly would tell me to be less self absorbed and appreciate what gifts I had in the palm of my hands.An old woman, bitter and angry at life,is given the opportunity to go back and live a more fruitful life not just to make her own life betterbut for the bigger picture. This masterful paranormal romance is so well written that it takes its reader on a journey of self dis [...]

    23. WowI finished this book a few days ago, but life got in the way before I could review.I just need to say that this book is so wonderfully written. The descriptions are beautiful and the characters are so well developed and they feel real. The ending was perfect for the story, and the mystery was really intriguing. I recommend this to any lover of paranormal fiction novels. Five stars to the author for a great, entertaining read. Terrific. (view spoiler)[ When Merc took Gracie driving with alcoho [...]

    24. If you could see where you are forty years from now what would you change? Gracie is believable, her struggles are real. The supernatural beings that come into play keep this book moving with twists and turns. They are described in detail that make you see them as you read about what they are doing. I read somewhere that this is the author's first book, if so, she is a talented writer. This book will keep you wonder what happens next, and who the good guys really are!

    25. Illuminating Gracie is such an amazing book. It's full of suspense, humor and a beautiful message which is developed by the end. The story is so gripping it was actually really hard to put the down. The characters are so well developed that they feel real and you can't help but feel for them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!!

    26. This was very much a good vs evil fantasy novel where the main character is flawed and needs to work through her “inner demons” in order to become the person she truly is inside. The battle is a spiritual one fought between angels and demons. Gracie is a teenager with some serious psychological issues of low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder and probably some depression. She has few friends and feels deserted by her parents who have gone to live for a year to Kuwait so her father ca [...]

    27. More like 3.8 starsThis book was quite good. However, my main problem with it is that it was a bit too slow in pace for me. It took too long to get to the action. But when the action finally came, it was pretty freaking great. And the ending! Great twist, though I'm a bit confused by it. The book was also a bit predictable to me (except for the twist). I kinda knew what was going on from the beginning. The main thing that makes this book good is the main character, Gracie. She's so funny and rel [...]

    28. This book really made me think.about what I would do different if I could see myself as an elderly person, about how I treat others (and myself) now and about how I think about myself. I struggle with self-esteem and it was refreshing to see my 17-year old "self" portrayed. I remember struggling with my weightd I weighed all of 115 throughout high school (can I please go back!!). Gracie overcame some of her issues and I think seeing herself elderly will help shape her into a kinder more confiden [...]

    29. This is a fantastic read. I couldn't put it down. Intelligent, funny and heartrending, all at the same time. The main character, Gracie Bennett, is so believable because she is "every girl". Her honesty and humor make the book something very special. Dialogue is sharp and fresh, and the author does a wonderful job in drawing each character and scene. This would make a great book club book and I intend on asking my daughter's English dept. (my daughter is 17), to put it on the reading list at the [...]

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