Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Of Kidnap, Love, & New Orleans

HurricaneHurricane by Jenna-Lynne Duncan 
"I anxiously looked around, my heart palpitating, just in time to see an alligator slink into the green algae covered water that was on either side of us. I swallowed hard, and my heart raced even faster. Alligators were a different type of predator—the one thing I was afraid of. Now I was on my own personal swamp tour. What if my kidnappers left me in the middle of a swamp with five of them creeping up on me? I’ve had that nightmare before and—oh no, if my dreams really are a sign of the future—I couldn’t breathe now." 

Adriana couldn’t decide what was worse—that Hurricane Katrina was heading for New Orleans, or that she might not survive her kidnapping to see its potential effects. She had trusted Hayden, even fallen for him, and now he and his brother Luke were taking her deeper and deeper into the Bayou. Why had two of her classmates, the mysterious Boudreaux brothers, kidnapped her? Why had Adriana’s dreams started predicting the future? Most importantly, would she make it out of the Bayou alive…

This book touched something special in me because I've lived in the New Orleans area for my entire life. I knew that as soon as I read this book it would be different from all the other books that I've read with New Orleans in them. This book actually talked about home, life in New Orleans, the history of this mysterious city. Hurricane did that and more because Jenna-Lynne actually lived here. She described everything down to the color of the street signs in the French Quarter. 

It was interesting because the main character, Adriana, she lives in basically around the corner from where I live in reality. Every moment out of the book I could see happening in front of my eyes by just looking out my window. Jenna-Lynne combined realty and the book world and made them one for me. I've never experienced anything like it before. Then, when she got to the parts about Katrina I flashed back to my personal experience with evacuating and seeing the news show how that hurricane destroyed everything I knew and loved. I feel connected to this book because it's so close to reality; New Orleans is the city known for mystery and the paranormal. 

I loved this book. I think out of the two male leads I like Hayden but there is just something about Luke. He just makes me want to pay more attention to him; he is the quiet type but also observant. While Hayden has more classic gentlemanly qualities, Luke has a more modern twist to it. Anyway, Team Luke all the way! Everyone should read this book because it shows the true New Orleans in all its mystical and party glory. 

Overall, this was rated:
- Gilbert

P.S. - the proceeds from the book go to Habitat for Humanity-New Orleans.

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