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Friday, August 30, 2013

The Twins on Thursday: Prodigal by Rektok Ross

"The Twins on Thursday" is reserved for the Twins' joint reviews. It is a special feature of our blog that discusses books that we either both like, dislike, or have mixed feelings about. This is also the day where we post reviews for books (and ARCs/Galleys) that have been sent to us by authors/galley sites/publishing houses. And because we don't believe much in uniformity, we'll be trying to mix things up a bit by adding random stuff in relation to our review (well, mostly for books we purchased anyway).

Title: Prodigal
Author: Rektok Ross
Format Acquired: eBook
Publication Date: January 31, 2013
Publishing House: lc13 Books
ISBN: 9780988256811
Source of Copy: Sent for review by author


It was supposed to be Lexy Quinn's year.

The hard-working wallflower has finally landed the coveted spot as Editor of her school's newspaper. Then the rug is ripped out from under her when she finds out her mom is sick, and the family is moving half-way across the country to Preston Hills, Texas. Lexy can't think of a worse place to be than at a school full of snobby rich kids where she'll have to start all over to get people to notice her writing, or - who is she kidding? - notice her at all.

When the most swoon-worthy boy in town, who also happens to be the jock celebrity quarterback, gives her an exclusive interview, Lexy's life takes an unexpected turn. Ash Preston is the perfect guy, and even better, he sees Lexy as she wants to be seen. But can she trust him?

(Image, summary, and information courtesy of Goodreads)


Just when Lexy Quinn lands the most coveted job of newspaper editor in her school, her parents drop a bomb on her. Her mother's sick and they'll have to uproot to Preston Hills, Texas. Lexy's convinced that she'll once again be the dirt under every rich kid's shoe in Preston Hills, but when Ash Preston, the most popular guy in school, offers her his help in nabbing a spot at the school newspaper, Lexy may find that things are looking up. And just as much as she needs Ash in this confusing and terrible time, Ash might just need her as much.

Ross has created for herself a decent batch of characters. Lexy is determined, relatable and so very forgiving. She's got a few issues with her dad but they're both just trying to cope with her mother's sickness. Ash is the resident bad boy and heartbreaker, he's got his own fair share of issues and demons that get in the way of him having a stable relationship. He's managed to push away his friends and develop trust issues. The thing we liked about Ross' characters is how they don't fit a certain mold. The mean girl isn't just a mean girl, the brooding bad boy isn't just a jerk because he wants to be one or because it's ingrained in his system. 

The romance may have progressed a little bit too quickly for our taste but it wasn't that bad since Lexy and Ash are cute together - especially when Ash gets all jealous.

We were also caught quite off-guard that this was Christian fiction. It's not that we have anything against God or anything, but some books we've read that had God in it was just too preachy for our liking. Thankfully, Rektok Ross' Prodigal is anything but a YA version of a droning sermon from your local priest / pastor. The faith is applied in context, so the stuff on faith isn't exactly triggered by random events. 

We recommend this book to people who are on the lookout for an adorable story about love and finding your faith. But, as we said, its not preachy or anything so anyone on the lookout for a sweet, contemporary read, we do suggest that you pick this one up.



  1. I really hate the cover but am surprised you gave this 3 stars. Lemme read my copy soon! :D

    1. :) This book was surprisingly good. Hope you get to your copy soon!