Today I’m a part of a blog tour for The Shadowed Onyx, the third book in Nicole O’Dell’s Diamond Estates trilogy about three girls on a journey to find hope and healing at a home for girls in Colorado. 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.
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.
Joy is having a tough time dealing with her best friend’s suicide. She’s looking for answers. And when some friends suggest she call on a spiritual guide, that guide appears in the form of a white wolf. At first, the wolf comforts Joy, but the longer they are together, Joy comes to learn that the wolf will not tolerate prayer to Jesus. The more Joy wants to reclaim her faith in God, the more the wolf attacks her life. Her only hope lies with the staff at Diamond Estates, but if they can’t stop the wolf from having his way, who can?
This was a fascinating and all-too-real look at what dabbling in the occult can do in your life. Scary. Séances and talismans opened up Joy’s heart to the occult, and she gave it too much freedom. Joy’s sorrow and depression was very realistic. She didn’t seem to know how to communicate her problems, even when she had a counselor and parents who were trying their best to help. But this was a book that was full of hope in the end. I applaud Nicole O’Dell for this amazing trilogy that shows girls the one hope that can turn their lives around. Bravo! If you haven’t read the other books in the series, be sure to check them out.