Review: The Spring of Candy Apples - Sweet Seasons #4 - Debbie Vigue -Jan 2009
As it seems more often than not, I tend to occur a habit of reading series out of order due to the way that my library purchases them, as today's book is a series that I read a review about years ago and it looked like something great and back then , the library did not purchase the series but today in new books, what do I see but Book #4 in the series, so of course without any hesistation I took the book and went straight to reading it.
The story focuses on the main character Candace aka Candy who has just found out that she has been nominated and is in in the top 5 running for a scholarship at Florida Coast College. However this Spring is about to become a time of new beginnings for Candace as she experiences relationship problems , enemies who soon become frenemies , future education choices, drama and of course most important thing in Candace's lfe is God. The saying and bible verse , " when God closes one door , he open another " definitely rings true in The Spring of Candy Apples as we see numerous doors close and twice as many open this season for Candace.
As we readers move into a new season , depending where in the world you are - will it be a summer of hope and love and of course fun in the sun, or will it be a winter of sitting in front of the fireplace, snow in your frontyard and a time to reflect .
As always , this was a perfect read and a series , I wouldn't mind backtracking and reading Books 1-3
Its spring and Candace is busy working at the Zones Candy Counter while struggling to make decisions about her future. Shes been accepted to two different colleges, but family and friends are pressuring her to stay local. Her coworkers, however, are urging her to follow her God-given dreams no matter how far away they take her.The Sweet Seasons series has been one of my favorite YA series from the time I picked up the first book. Debbie Viguie writes in a perfect teen voice and really gets you into the story. There's no label dropping and teens come across as very real. It's also one of the funniest and just plain enjoyable YA series that's out there. It's Christian YA but it's not preachy at all.This book features Candace in her last season working at The Zone amusement park. She's been working there for almost a year and it's about time for her to leave not only the park but make plans to leave for college as well. This time the mission for the park's employees is to put on a talent show. While this may sound boring, the results definitely are not and it's a hoot watching Candace's group perfect their talent. And then of course, there are new things to discover about the The Zone which is always really exciting to read about. I think that these kids have the best job a high schooler could ever have.I don't want to spoil the story about who Candace ends up with but let's just say I was super geeked and it was done absolutely perfect. Honestly I really can't find any fault with this book other than I'm really sad that this is the final book of the series. I've grown to love Candace and the gang at the Zone. I loved reading about their adventures in the park and seeing how the characters have grown and matured over the past year. I totally wish that The Zone amusement park existed in real life. It is pretty much the theme park of my dreams. If you're looking for some fun light YA reading, this series is definitely for you. HIGHLY recommended.
Book four of the Sweet Seasons Novel series is a delicious treat. It can be easily read and appreciated on its own. The story grabs the heart of teens as two high school teenagers, Candice and Tamara--best friends solve problems as only teens can. The characters are slightly flawed and therefore, quite believable. The plot includes college applications, boyfriends, work at The Zone, Man of La Mancha, and a talent show. The author has teen dialogue down pat; I enjoyed the parts where the kids text.As in book three, parents, teachers, and employers are respected. There's a bit of romance, a time of tension between two opposing viewpoints, a sad scene that causes the need for a tissue, and a delightful ending. The real meaning of Easter is covered. If you have a teenager or know one, this teen fiction is a good idea for them! I'm passing my copy along to my granddaughter.
The Spring of Candy Apples is one out of a set of four written by Debbie Viguie. The story takes place at The Zone, an amusement park, where Candy is the main character. She has made friends while working there when she discovers someone has turned her name in for a college scholarship. Candy has been dating the same boy for quite some time, but knew deep in her heart he was not the one. Through different situations and circumstances she comes to find out that the boy she calls her friend is the one she falls for. This novel takes you through Candys life and to the point when she finds out what college she will be attending. This is a book that will grab your teenager and keep them reading to the end. It shows the importance of friends, family, relationships & God. Great read for any teen.