Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Alabaster


I received a copy of ALABASTER by Chris Aslan from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review.  I really wasn’t sure what to expect, as the back of the book was a little vague.  I went into it, then, with an open mind, and it blew me away.  It isn’t just the research that makes this novel shine.  The characters themselves makes this story so heart wrenching and beautiful.  They are all so real.  The setting itself feels like a character.


It took me a while to realize this was historical fiction.  That may sound odd, but if you read the book, you’ll see what I mean.


This is Christian fiction, but it doesn’t quite feel that well.  Sometimes Christian fiction can eel preachy, whereas this is smooth.  The lesson come to you as your eyes open wide and you don’t realize you are learning about life.


I would love to see this made into a movie, but I fear that would lose some of the wonder of the words.


I recommend this book if you are looking for something beautiful and captivating to read.  It is a short book at only 202 pages, so it is a fast read.  If you’re like me, you will be able to read it in one sitting.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Witchwood Hollow


 


Looking for something fun and creepy to do this summer? If nature walks where the paranormal breathes down your neck is right up your alley, then check out Witchwood Hollow. Legend has it that the woods are haunted by the spirit of a witch. If you step inside this dark, shadowed crop of trees, you may never exit.


Travelers have been coming to Witchwood Hollow for years to test this legend. Beware – this is private property, so do tread lightly. Plus, you don’t want the witch to catch you!


I caught up with a local teen, who wishes to remain anonymous, about her trip into Witchwood Hollow.


“It was scary, you know?” She kept glancing behind her during our interview. “You have to go at night for the witch to catch you. I swear I heard someone call my name and my cousin thought someone grabbed her ankle.”


Many locals dare each other to see how long they can last in the woods. If you’re up for the dare, then visit Witchwood Hollow in Arnn, New York. Anyone you ask there can point you in the right direction.


If you’re looking for a fictionalized account of what happens within Witchwood Hollow, check out ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW by Jordan Elizabeth, published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Esteemed Vampire Cat


This book is perfect for cat lovers.  Opps, I mean purrrrfect.  Colt has an awesome personality and his adventures will make you laugh, cringe, and pull the book closer, your breath coming quicker.  I’m definitely getting this next Christmas for some of my cat-obsessed friends.

Overall, I recommend this for its overall good fun and the bit of creepiness thrown in.  This is perfect for escapism reading.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

EBB TIDE

I received a copy of THE EBB TIDE by Beverly Lewis from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.  I must say, this is by far my new favorite book by Beverly Lewis and my new favorite work of Amish fiction.

I loved so many things about it.  I loved the characters.  Each one felt real.  I had a baby six months ago, so I could relate to Monique’s struggles with dealing with a newborn.  I also found myself comparing my son to Connor. 

I loved the descriptions of Cape May, although at times it seemed as if the book was written just to provide tourist information for that spot.  Cape May reminded me of York Beach in Maine, where my family and I used to vacation every summer.  After reading THE EBB TIDE, I can’t wait to go to Cape May.  I looked up the destination online and saw ads for many of the sites mentioned in the book.  I’m passing this on to my mother so she can be as excited about a trip to Cape May as I am!

I also loved Sallie’s struggles with coming to terms with her faith.  Her understanding and questions are very real, and I like the way her inner turmoil is solved at the end of the novel.


On a last point, I found the book odd when compared to other works by Beverly Lewis.  It didn’t feel like her writing.  Normally her books aren’t so descriptive.  Things about it felt as if I was reading a novel by a new-to-me author.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Damned and The Pure - Series


At first, I was a little daunted by it being a collection of 4 books.  I only get to read at night on my computer, so I worried how long it would take me to get through them.  Wellll – I flew through the collection!  Oh my goodness.  These are books where you can see everything.  They feel more like a movie than a book.  You’re in there with the characters.


With some books I’ve read lately, the sequels just falter while book one shines, or book one falters and the sequels are amazing.  Rest assured that the writing in these books stays steady. 


Be warned: This isn’t your typical angels and demons story.  Be prepared to be sucked in.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Psychokinetic & The Psychomic


I had read other books by Grace and loved them.  She has a way with words.  It paints a picture and makes you care about the characters.  You can see how well Grace has developed her writing talent.

I hadn’t read a witch book in a while, so I found it refreshing.  This isn’t your standard “witch” book.  I love Erika!

Beautiful cover, by the way. 

Heroine's Journey

At first, I was confused.  I wasn’t sure if it was the same girl (Guin and Gwen) or two girls in different universes, or two girls in different time periods.  Once I figured it out, I enjoyed the book a lot more.  I love the historical detail and how each girl became a strong individual.  Such an adventure (meeting someone in the past like that) would have been a dream come true for my younger self.