~ A Diamond Estates Novel ~
By Nicole O'Dell
When 17 year old Joy Christianson's BFF Melanie commits suicide, Joy's life spirals out of control. When Joy is betrayed by her best friend and her boyfriend, she is hurt. But a life-long friendship is worth more than a boyfriend, so hours later Joy seeks out Melanie only to discover her friend has ended her life because of remorse.
As Joy struggles to come to terms with Melanie's death she begins dabbling various aspects of occultism and witchcraft. As Joy goes against her beliefs in her attempts to contact Melanie her friends and family are left wondering what happened to the once happy joyful young woman.
But as Joy goes further into the spiritual as searches for peace she takes a spirit guide who may cost her her very soul and lead her down the same path as Melanie. Diamond Estates is Joy's last hope but only is she can admit the danger she is in and will call upon the Lord.
Whenever Joy tries to turn from the path she is on something happens that convinces her that she will never escape. Death is following her every move, can she embrace the gift of eternal life that is before her?
The Shadowed Onyx deals with the issue of suicide in a thoughtful way and it looks at the ramifications on those that are left to deal with the loss. This title also looks at the powerful draw Satanic worship has on those who are searching for answers. But most important is the power of the cross and sincere heartfelt prayer of both the seeker and the believer.
The Shadowed Onyx would be an excellent addition to any library and an excellent conversation starter between parents and children when dealing with these sensitive issues.
I was provided a copy of this title by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Bio: Nicole O'Dell, founder of Choose NOW Ministries and host of Choose NOW Radio: Parent Talk and Teen Talk, is a youth culture expert who writes and speaks to preteens, teenagers, and parents on preparing for life's tough choices. The mother of six, including toddler triplets, she’s author of YA fiction, including the popular Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction series and the Diamond Estates Series, and non-fiction for teens including Girl Talk, 2/1/12, based on the popular advice column she writes with her two daughters. Hot Buttons, O’Dell’s non-fiction series for parents, pre-empts peer pressure by tackling tough issues and was recently endorsed by Focus on the Family. Visit www.nicoleodell.com for access to her bustling blog network and other resources.
Book Blurb: At age seventeen, Joy Christianson is the life of the party. That is, until her best friend commits suicide. Joy’s already wavering faith slips completely out of her reach; darkness sets in, and her smile fades. Her “friends” lead her to the Onxy, meant to help her let go of the past and bring her into harmony with reality. Joy embarks on a dark journey of witchcraft. Eventually, afraid of letting the depression and evil take root, Joy decides to seek help in the haven of Diamond Estates—and try to reclaim the Joy she once knew.
Diamond Estates. Three girls are on a journey to find hope and healing. Each coming to Diamond Estates seeking solace… Each with her own unique set of struggles… And each capturing hearts and challenging the faith of teen girls.