Friday, August 19, 2016

Type X


Type X (Project W. A. R. Volume II)



No matter what I do, no matter what steps I take to avoid it, I'm always playing right into somebody's hand.


Playing the role I was destined for. 


Two years have passed since her willing return to the DSD, and Wynter Reeves is no longer the timid girl who only wanted to blend in. Strong, confidant, and in control of her once debilitating powers, the world trembles at her feet while news of what she’s capable of spreads like fire among the State’s enemies. As the death toll rises and Dr. Richter further warps her into a weapon of war, Wynter is forced to embrace the daunting reality of what she’s become. With the remnants of her humanity hanging on by a shoestring, she must choose between the one sacrifice that could lead to her salvation or the dark path of destruction from which there can be no return.


Torn between two sides of a war she never asked for, will Wynter find her freedom, or will she be doomed to remain a monster forever?




“Please . . .” he mutters.

A single tear slides along his dirtied cheek. As it does, the faint flicker of my humanity responds.

The vision hits me like a flash of lightning, placing me in a new scene of destruction. Everything is ruined. There are no people. No lights. There’s only me.

Me and him.

I scrutinize the man, trying to make sense of why he’s familiar. I must know him. Otherwise, why would I be seeing this?

The stranger meets my gaze, and an emotion I can’t comprehend in my inhuman state burns in his eyes. Something tells me I might not want to understand it.

A few stray tears rush down his cheeks, and a single utterance expels from his lips a moment later.

“I’m sorry, Wynter.”

My heart clenches at the sound of his voice, but the scene around me reverts to the death-filled battleground before I have the chance to react. Blinking away the vision, I lock eyes with the soldier still cowering on the ground. His expression lights up with hope, but I can’t give him what he’s asking for. I can’t give him anything except the one service I was created to provide.

“Please . . . .” In spite of my desire to spare him, I only hear the voice from my vision when he speaks. It beats through my head like a raging drum, haunting me.

Taunting me.

A flush of anger shoots through my body, and my head shakes in wild jerks as my hands dart to my hair. My fingernails dig into my scalp as if I’ll be able to make sense of my crumbling sanity by doing so. As if I’ll be able to manage my thoughts and end this madness, once and for all.

Irregular, shallow breaths pour from my lungs as I peer into the eyes of the soldier at my feet. Except, it’s not him I’m seeing. It’s the man.

I see his face.

I hear his voice.

My fingers grip my skull even harder, and the familiar pressure climbs up my throat like vomit. The anger follows behind it until I can no longer hold what I’m feeling at bay.

I stare at him, but there’s nothing I can do to stop my emotions from taking over. As I focus on his face, seeing only the man from my dream, I allow them to destroy what little humanity I have left.

“Get out of my head,” I breathe.

The soldier’s eyes widen in the exact moment I snap his neck.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Realm of Darkness

I received a copy of REALM OF DARKNESS by C. F. Dunn from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review.  This is the fourth installment in the Secret of the Journal series. 

It is a mixture of romance and fantasy, with Christian elements, all tied up with the perfect amount of creepiness.  Overall, I enjoyed the book. It had all the mixings – likable characters, believable events, vivid setting, and catchy dialogue.  It is an intelligent read that makes you think.  I have gotten to enjoy the earlier installments, and I liked how some secrets are revealed in here, but you are kept wanting more!  It is great that the sequels live up to the first book, unlike some series. 

This book, in a nutshell, involves Emma preparing to marry Matthew.  Emma strives to protect Matthew’s secret while someone from her past tries to sabotage them.  I don’t want to give too much away.  If you’ve read the other books, you won’t want to miss this one. If you haven’t read the other books, this one is still a treat, but I do feel they work better read in order.

REALM OF DARKNESS comes with my seal of approval and my recommendation. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Jesus Talked to me Today

I received a copy of JESUS TALKED TO ME TODAY: TRUE STORIES OF CHILDREN’S ENCOUNTERS WITH ANGELS, MIRACLES, AND GOD compiled by James Stuart Bell from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. 

This is one of those books that takes you by surprise.  I fully intended to enjoy it, but my enjoyment far surpassed by expectations.  I was going to read one of the short stories at lunchtime, and ended up reading quite a few over the space of an hour.  After that, I couldn’t wait to read the next one.

Each story is touching and many will bring tears to your eyes.  The authors recount tales from their childhood or of their own children experiencing a miracle from God.  Many of the children communicate with angels during a trying time in their lives.

I will be looking for other compilations by James Stuart Bell.  Many of the authors in this collection have written other pieces, so I will also be looking for their works.  I don’t feel comfortable picking a favorite story, as each one means a lot to its author.

JESUS TALKED TO ME comes highly recommended.  It will inspire you while speaking to your heart.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ethan's Secret

I received a copy of ETHAN’S SECRET by Patrick Hodges in exchange for an honest review.  It is the second book in the James Madison series.  I have not read the other book, but I was able to follow this installment. 

This is a romance geared toward middle-grade readers.  I found that interesting.  I read a lot of middle grade novels during my college years working toward being a teacher, and they don’t usually focus on romance.  Altogether it was cute.  I remember in junior high and high school, my friends were reading adult romance novels to get that romance fix.  When I was student teaching, the kids (as young as 5th grade!) were reading TWILIGHT.  I like how this is an age-appropriate romance.

Of course there is much more to the story than just romance.  Junior high is a tumultuous time and Patrick Hodges captured that essence well.  I am recommending this to my teacher friends and friends with junior high children.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Being Medusa

I received a copy of BEING MEDUSA AND OTHER THINGS THAT SUCK by A. Lynn Powers in exchange for an honest review.  I found this book to be absolutely delightful!  Okay, Medusa does go through some hard times, but there were lots of moments when I laughed out loud.  I love books that make me laugh. 

The author really grasps what it means to be a fifteen year old girl struggling to fit in while being different.  I can see this being enjoyed by young adults.  I am recommending this to my junior high and high school teacher friends as something to have available in the classroom. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Where Hope Prevails

I received a copy of WHERE HOPE PREVAILS by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.  This is the third book in the “Return to the Canadian West” series. 

I specifically asked to review it because I fell in love with the TV show.  I had not read any of the other books in the series, so I was going off of what the TV show had told me about the characters.  After this I will definitely look for them to read.

In WHERE HOPE PREVAILS, Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley.  There are many changes that she has to endure.  I felt for her deeply.  We are currently redoing my grandmother’s house and landscaping the overgrown outdoors.  Even though it needs doing, it is still sad. 

There are lots of hardships for Beth to learn from, and along the way she remains true to her faith in God.  This is a very inspirational book, and you really feel for the characters, especially Beth. 

If you enjoy historical Christian fiction or the television series, I highly recommend this book.  You will enjoy it.  Although, I do recommend you read the other books first (unlike what I did!).

Friday, July 29, 2016

Quest for Kriya

I received a review copy of QUEST FOR KRIYA by Rahul Deokar in exchange for an honest review.  It sounded like an interesting story, with lots of action and emotion, so I was eager to give it a go.

It easily met my expectations and then exceeded them! 

An earthquake strikes India in the early 90’s, and two sisters witness how their lives change.  It is a fascinating tale of worldwide proportions as Shakti and her friend Shiva track down Shakti’s sister Kriya.  It is as much a mystery as an adventure novel.  I loved the friendship aspects.  To me, they were the most powerful in the story.

I don’t want to give too much away, but know this comes highly recommended.