#2: The Embittered Ruby   -     By: Nicole O'Dell
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Sixteen-year-old Carmen Castillo desperately wants her mother and father to get back together so she can return to her lavish lifestyle. When that fails---and her boyfriend's family rejects her---Carmen's faith in her parents and in God shatters. Will she find hope and healing from her hurt and anger at Diamond Estates, a home for troubled teens? 368 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Barbour Books
ISBN: 1616266406
ISBN-13: 9781616266400
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Series: Diamond Estates

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Join embittered sixteen-year-old Carmen Castillo on her journey to hope and healing as she leaves her hurtful world behind and moves into Diamond Estates, a home for troubled teens. This brand-new novel for teen girls will not only entertain, but also promises to capture your heart and challenge your faith.

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Filled with the problems faced in every high school, this book is much better than I had expected. While a little bit choppy in parts, a very fine addition to most Christian High School libraries. There are good discussion questions at the end for each chapter, though just the book itself lends itself well to discussion without the help.

The author helped the character go beyond a 180 turn of attitude. I was pleasantly surprised by this. I found the "realness" of each of the teenage characters so very refreshing and enjoyed learning about their lives! Once I finished this book I found out it was a series, I cannot wait to read the first book "The Wishing Pearl" and I'll be waiting quite impatiently for the next one as well! 

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Second Book to the Diamond Estates Serie
    September 4, 2012
    shellie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Carmen Castillo devises the ultimate plan to escape the horrors of poverty and root herself in high-class society once again. Except her plan, devised of treachery, deceit, and dishonesty, turns inside out. Instead of high-class, she ends up in high trouble. Diamond Estates and the girls who live there are willing to teach Carmen the value of honesty and integrity, two concepts foreign to this Jersey girl. Now Carmen must decide to learn the lessons her housemates offer or lose everything she loves.

    Ms. O'Dell writes another wonderful story of truth and real-life drama. Carmen and her cast of characters are believable and loveable. I found myself rooting for even the nemesis to sidle up to the good side. The Embittered Ruby is a delightful read that's entertaining and challenging. You'll walk away looking at people a little differently once you've read this story.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Can a manipulative teen change her life?
    June 30, 2012
    MaryAnn
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Carmen Castillo, forced to leave her wealthy father's New York home when her divorce, detests Hackensack, New Jersey, and the impoverished neighborhood she now shares with her mother and younger sisters. Her scheme to hold onto her rich boyfriend, Nate, backfires, she is kidnapped by a gang, and she eventually ends up at Diamond Estates, a ministry for troubled girls.

    Hardened by all her negative experiences and the way she's used others, Carmen doubts God holds the answers she seeks. Her attempts to rule her own life or to fix things have not worked out. She finally faces herself and doesn't like what she sees, but eventually discovers how to become free of all that's bound her.

    This second book in the Diamond Estates series for teens shares a story youth can relate to as they accompany Carmen on her journey from bitter to better. This novel addresses prejudice, relationships, choices, the longing to belong, and the craving for contentment. This book is a story on its own, but contains some of the same characters as book one, The Wishing Pearl, which I also recommend.
  3. Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    So powerful it gave give me chills
    May 11, 2012
    Jill Williamson
    Oregon
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review by Jill Williamson

    Carmen Castillo's live is falling apart. Her parents have gotten a divorce, which meant she had to move to s new school in New Jersey, far away from her boyfriend in New York, the country club where she plays tennis, and her beautiful home. New Jersey is gross. Their new apartment is in a seedy part of town, and on the first day of school, she gets hit on my the head of a dangerous gang. Carmen just wants out. But her desperation leads her to deceive everyone she knows.

    Nicole O'Dell writes honest, gut-wrenching books about real life. They are just so powerful they give me chills. I could totally follow Carmen's logic, being raised the way she was. My heart grieved for Carmen and her boyfriend Nate. But Nicole always takes readers on a journey through the eyes of her characters, and Carmen's journey was beautiful. I loved it. These are amazing books for teen girls. I highly recommend them.
  4. United States
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An interesting book for teens
    April 23, 2012
    Irene
    United States
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I do not read a lot of young adult books but I was glad I had the opportunity to read this one. The story centers on a sixteen year old girl named Carmen. She is going through family drama and this book takes you along on her journey.

    I found the story to be realistic. I thought the descriptions of the main characters' emotions were well written. You follow the character as she justifies doing things that she knows are wrong. You really get to know her and understand why she does what she does. I did feel like it took you on this long journey that ended abruptly though. The ending is not as good as the rest of the book. That said, I still enjoyed the story and gave this book 4/5 stars.

    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
  5. Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Amazing Read from Nicole O'Dell
    April 11, 2012
    Cara Putman
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Meets Expectations: 5
    From my daughter who inhaled this book: Sixteen year old Carmen finds herself for an escape from her new home in New Jersey. After her parents divorce, her mom moves her and her sisters to an apartment on the wrong side of town. Everything she knows -- from her family to her friends -- is stripped away and she's desperate to somehow recreate what she once had. When all of her attempts fail, it feels like her life is over. She makes a string of bad choices in her attempt to break free. She's willing to do just about anything if it means creating a new family. These choices lead her to Diamond Estates in Colorado. At Diamond Estates she has to confront the consequences of her choices and decide whether to change or continue on her path. All along God's grace is waiting and wooing her...she just has to choose whether to accept it.

    While Carmen made a bunch of bad choices, I liked her story because it showed me that no matter what we do God still loves us and won't leave us. No matter what we've done, God won't turn His back on us. He's still waiting for us to turn to Him. Her story pulled me in -- I literally read this book in one night. It hit our house, and I inhaled it. I also enjoyed the return to Diamond Estates...a place I loved in the first book Wishing Pearl.
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