Lines in the Sand (Crossing the Line #0.5) by S.C. Montgomery
Title:Lines in the Sand
Series:Crossing the Line #0.5 Authors:S.C. Montgomery Published:18th November 2014 by Talos Source:E-ARC from the author for my honest review
Two best friends. One emotional adventure. When Reed Young and Jonah King unearth some mysterious remains at their favorite beach hangout, their summer is thrust into an exciting tailspin. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, they embark on a heartrending journey to find out the truth . . . and make it right. But neither of them expected the secrets they would find. ***Reader note***While Lines in the Sand is a standalone novella, appropriate for younger readers, it is intended as a prequel to Two Blue Lines, which continues Reed Young’s story as he’s forced into a situation nobody wants to find themselves in at sixteen. Read and enjoy at your own discretion.
This is a prequel story to Two Blue Lines but the style is very different as the characters are as lot younger in this book. Lines in the Sand follows Reed Young at the age of 13, on a Summer adventure that redefines his life. This is not a YA book even though the rest of the series is, it reads more as a middle grade story, but it is still very enjoyable and gives you a better insight into Two Blue Lines.
I like reading books in a male POV because it's not something you see too often. Reed was only 13 but I found him to be fairly mature for his age, he still had his boyish innocence and curiosity but he was also able to understand some pretty deep concepts.
The story was only very short and simple. it was enjoyable and I really wanted to find out who was on the beach and why. This story is a pivotal moment in Reed's life that redefines everything, where he discovers what family really is. It is only a very short story but it gives a lot of insight into Reed's character.
I would really recommend reading this book if you're planning on reading Two Blue Lines as you really get to see Reed grow and understand some of the references to 'that Summer' that are throughout the book. The books are written in very different styles at the character is at different stages if his life throughout each but they are both very well written and even though Lines in the Sand was obviously younger, I still really enjoyed it.