Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Out of the Shadows" by Emma Carrie

Sci-fi, YA, and Christian fiction intersect in Emma Carrie's Out of the Shadows, the first novella in her Tacket Secret series.

A genetically enhanced teen assassin on the run. A rogue general on the hunt. And a relationally damaged detective sucked into the chase.

Three years ago, Emily Brelin escaped the general who trained her. She fled across the globe to Golden City, New York, where she sought anonymity and redemption.

But now her murky past is about to catch up with her.

When the professor who protected Emily’s secrets dies, the will names Detective Victoria Tacket as her new guardian. The detective botches the adoption process, leaking Emily’s location. Emily fears the general will kill anyone to recapture her, so rather than risk the detective's life, she plans to run away.

Detective Vick Tacket is shocked when she learns her best friend has died. Furthermore, her friend had a hidden dependent and named Vick—a single woman with no maternal interest—as the girl's guardian. Convinced she'd be a terrible mother, Vick plans to decline guardianship, until the teen disappears.

Vick scours the streets of Golden City, searching for Emily—but what she discovers threatens not only her own life and Emily’s, but others' lives as well.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Out of the Shadows, but the cover copy intrigued me enough to see what it was all about. I'm glad I took a chance!

Out of the Shadows is a novella that can be read in an hour or two. It's the story of Emily Brelin, a girl with strange talents and abilities, and Detective Vick Tacket, the woman who must decide whether to adopt Emily.

While the action moves at a rapid pace, Emily's secrets are revealed slowly, with the reader only learning about Emily as Vick does. But enough was revealed in this novella to pique my interest, and I certainly want to continue with the series. 4 stars.

Note: I have had some bad experiences with self-published books by unknown (to me) authors. I rarely agree to review them, and when I do, I often regret it. Let me assure you, though, that I was pleasantly surprised by Carrie's book. I did not catch a single typo or grammatical error, and the writing flows naturally—it doesn't come across as stilted or awkward. Basically, it reads like a book you'd find from one of the major Christian publishers. 

Buy the book.

Emma Carrie is a speculative fiction author and opportunist. She’s explored an active coal mine, fired a Gatling gun from a Humvee, examined chromosomes with a scanning electron microscope, hitched a ride in a corporate jet, and wiped out on stage while modeling. Fun moments like those fuel her stories.

Emma loves quirky characters who are driven by unconquerable determination—the encouragement she hopes readers take from her stories. For more information on Emma and her books, visit her website at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. 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."

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