Title: Forbidden Rain
Author: L.L. Crane
Series: Blue Spectrum Chronicles (Book 1)
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 16 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Rain is forbidden. As a matter of fact, any teen romance is quickly snuffed out by the Administration due to the high S.L.A.G. (symptomatic latent autistic gene) rate. But that isn’t going to slow Orion down. He wants Rain, and one way or another, he’s going to get her. The problem? She isn’t interested in the hunky new boy who struts into her Geography class right after an earthquake strikes Province A. New students are rare in the Provinces, and much to Rain’s dismay she must show him around for three long days.
But there’s much more to Orion than what meets the eye. The cocky boy has secrets, not only about his family but about Rain’s as well. When a romance finally develops, Rain and Orion must find a covert hiding place so the Administration’s prying eyes won’t find them. But will it work? The hedge gap seems the perfect place, until Orion mysteriously disappears, leaving only one cryptic clue. The letter K. Heartbroken, Rain feels the loss of Orion viscerally and is determined to find him. Eventually, after giving up on Orion, Rain settles into a normal routine with her new family, trying to forget about him.
But Rain soon discovers that she has the biggest secret of all, and if the Administration finds out, there is more at stake than just a teen romance. Left on her own, Rain must face the biggest decision of her life. There are only two paths to follow. Which one will she take?
Book 1 in the Blue Spectrum Chronicles will keep you tethered to your seat, waiting to turn each page to see what happens when a young couple bravely dares to fall in love at a time when it is strictly forbidden.
I slept fitfully, missing Orion, thinking about all of the cryptic K’s that had appeared, what my mother had done, and how nice Dove had been to me.
It was a Ferris wheel in my mind, each thought slowly rotating in a slowly swinging circle. Every time it twirled, I jumped off, leaping onto another seat and spinning a new thought in my frazzled mind.
L.L. Crane lives in a remote area of Northern California with her two horses, six goats, three dogs and two cats. When she was a child, L.L. Crane dreamed of being a writer. She used the name, “Katie Bush” as a pen name for the famous writer she hoped to become, cranking out book after book on her mom’s old blue typewriter.
As life often has twists and turns, L.L. Crane found herself becoming anything but a writer. She graduated with a B.A. in Education, even though she was honored to begin her college career with the aid of writing scholarships.
After becoming a teacher, raising three children primarily on her own, as well as owning and operating a business, L.L. Crane finally pursued her dreams and began writing novels. She brings her own experiences from teaching and her love of animals to her stories.
L.L. Crane is an avid reader and writer and loves children, animals, reading, riding horses, and gnomes.
Other Works by L. L. Crane
Mark of Power Series
From the Mountain (Book 1)
To the Moon (Book 2)
Blue Spectrum Chronicles
Forbidden Rain (Book 1)
Vanishing Rain (Book 2)
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
This is the second book by L.L. Crane I have reviewed and I was not disappointed. I love the style and flow of Crane's writing. The characters are interesting without being overly stereotypical and while I am not a fan of first person stories, I have to say that I was pleased and completely unannoyed by this one. The Dystopian genre has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years, but this book contains everything that is right with the genre without going to far or becoming confusing and unreadable.
Rain lives in a world that she years to escape. Her education as well as every aspect of her life is monitored and mandated by the government. Her mother is absent more often than not and her father could not be more in the doghouse. The only things Rain has to look forward to are her Brother, Snow, and the fact that she will be headed off to college in the near future. That is, until a new student arrives and changes everything. After living in a predictable world for her entire life things change in ways she never expected and all she can do is go along for the ride. Will it all be worth it in the end, or is too much change more than this young woman can handle?
If you are a fan of YA Dystopian, I recommend you get a copy of Forbidden Rain and prepare to read from beginning to end in one setting because you will not be able to put it down.