“Kate Triumph” by Shari Arnold Review
“Kate Triumph” would make a great Christmas gift – well, not for a guy of course. It’s new YA fiction so the women and younger women on your Christmas list would enjoy this novel. They can sip hot cocoa by the fire and enjoy the book you gave them this year.
The debut novel by former Utah resident Shari Arnold is also a good choice for book clubs if you need something fun and light to read. After more than 20 years of reading together, everyone in our book club knows the 7 habits we should have, the Secret to have a parking space magically open up, and we just need a break during the holidays.
Arnold said she spent 6 months writing and 3 more months “tweaking” her first publication. As an avid reader of YA literature, it was a great genre for her.
She shared a little bit about her writing journey and gave some advice to others who want to publish. Her writing class instructor gave her important feedback and the courage to keep writing.
“I’ve been telling stories and writing them down in notebooks since I was a child, but I didn’t discover my true love of writing until I took a creative writing class in college,” she said.
Arnold added, “I find that reading is essential to being a writer. I love reading as much as I love writing. I find that when I’m stuck and I can’t quite work out a scene if I take a break and read for a while the scene will work itself out”.
Describing the main character, coincidentally named Kate Triumph, Arnold reveals that there is another book in the series coming soon.
“Kate Triumph is the first in a series,” Arnold said. “She has far more adventures looming than I could provide in one book. As for a tantalizing clue - let’s just say that some of the characters you thought were ‘taken care of’ in the first book, may pop up in books to come. Oh! And there will be more romance, of course.”
Without revealing too much about the story, it’s about a seventeen-year-old girl who can run freakishly fast and has the unusual ability to heal herself. Kate’s mother has protected her and kept her secret talents hidden as much as possible.
After her father comes back into her life, Kate tries to trust this stranger as she faces terrible danger and tries to find the truth about her genetic anomalies. Adjusting to a new high school on Mercer Island is easier with the help with a handsome, popular neighbor but it’s his older brother Zack that makes her heart skip a beat.
I enjoyed reading “Kate Triumph”. Arnold has a gift for story-telling and the ability to keep her reader engaged in the lives of her characters. You may want to read it yourself and then give it as a gift. Just be careful not to spill any hot chocolate on the pages before you gift wrap it.
“Kate Triumph” by Shari Arnold is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions.