Book Review: Flight by: Charlene Moncrief

Publication Date: February 11, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: 18 year-old socialite Camille Vanderhale’s life is not going the way she had planned. Her days are normally spent attending one vapid social event to another. Ballroom galas, charity auctions at the Met and afternoon tea with New York’s elite is how she spends most of her time. The Vanderhales are American Royalty and she is the perfect gilded princess. Between her countless social obligations, and watching over her partying 

16 year-old sister and best friend, Noelle, her path is clear and her destiny certain. 

But Camille’s perfectly predictable life is turned upside down when she develops supernatural abilities, abilities she can’t explain. It’s a secret Camille has to keep safe, even from Noelle. All of that confusion is brought to a halt when she meets a mysterious stranger, Xavier Williams. His unusual sense of calm and tranquility stills the storm that is her life. But Xavier’s got his share of secrets too, secrets that are going to affect her in ways she never imagined possible. 

Unfortunately for Camille, developing these superhuman powers isn’t her only problem. The history books she studied in school about the birth of our nation, and her family’s role in it, couldn’t have prepared her for the truth: the Vanderhales are part of a century’s old secret society consisting of America’s most prominent families, with dark intentions and even darker secrets hidden in their history. 

All that Camille’s ever known, all that she’s ever believed in, has been a lie. Camille must make a choice – choose the path that has been destined for her and continue her family’s legacy, or choose the path less certain. Either decision could cost her greatly, maybe even her own life.

Review: FLIGHT is the story of Camille Vanderhale, pampered daughter of the elite Vanderhale family, who feels like she doesn’t always fit in. It was hard to have a lot of sympathy for Camille’s poor little rich girl attitude and her need to keep up with the standards of her family. She spends time worrying about what others think about everything she says, does, wears, etc. While Camille is coming into some strange powers, she meets Xavier Williams, who is not all he seems either. The beginning of the story wasn’t very eventful, but as we got into the history of Camille’s family, the truth behind their success, and what Camille’s powers mean, it got more interesting. I didn’t feel much of an attachment to the characters in FLIGHT and the ‘conflict’ was a bit predictable, but I liked what I felt the author was trying to convey throughout the story (the bigger picture/moral lesson). FLIGHT may appeal to readers who enjoy YA/NA romance with supernatural flair.

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