Book #2: Rock And A Hard Place (R.E.S. Chronicles #1) by Colleen Busse


Goodreads Blurb …
Jake Morris is a regular 13 year old boy from a small town in Alberta.

 By all accounts, his life is pretty normal, but he lives with a lot of turmoil, both at home and at school. He wants his life to change more than anything in the world and one hot summer afternoon, it does.

Jake finds a meteorite with a mysterious energy that affects anyone who touches it. Could he use these powers to help people? Could the powers be used for an evil purpose? His adventure kicks into high gear when he realizes that his meteorite is much more than just a rock. He and his friends are launched into the adult world of responsibilities and find out that life is complicated.

Follow Jake, his dog Berty, and his friends as they navigate the difficult choices ahead of them. Could the fate of the planet really be in the hands of some 13 year old kids? Will they make the right choices – would you?


Cute. Odd. Hopeful.

*I requested to read/review this MG (middle grade) book by Colleen Busse from the author herself. Colleen gave me the kindle copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

I found this to be a decent read. And it tackles some hard life lessons throughout the book. Lessons such as bullying, losing a beloved member of the family, and learning -by trial and error- that life isn’t always so black and white. That sometimes the right thing to do, may go against what everyone tells you.

This story follows Jack who is 13, lives in small town central Alberta. He’s bullied at school by his arch nemesis, John, and he (Jack) is flanked by his 3 best friends – Len, Alan, and Hope. And of course his loyal canine companion, Berty. A flash appears in the sky, and seems to have landed on some property, and Jack knows it must be a meteorite. Jack and Berty are off to investigate what landed in, who we find out is, old Cullins’ unkempt land. It is a meteorite. A small piece of which Jack brings home with him. It has strange powers, that amplifies the energy around you. He gets his besties involved, and they realize that they need to “keep it secret, keep it safe.” (Sorry, I had to go LoTR on this one.) But once the powers of the meteorite are revealed, all hell breaks loose.

Jack learns that for every action – good or bad – there is a consequence to it. And through this ebb and flow, tough decisions need to be made. And that sometimes when you know something is wrong, you need to stand your ground, and fight for what you feel is right.

The biggest thing, I feel, that could have been flushed out a lot more, is the scene with the aliens. I feel that it was too rushed. 25049902._SX540_
I guess you will just have to read the book to see what I am talking about. 😉

In the end, Jack learns that when you stand your ground, speak up, and do what you know is right, things do work out for the best.

Overall, I do believe my boys would enjoy this book. Yours might too. 🙂

Overall rating: 3.5/5



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