I received a copy of MORTAL FIRE by C. F. Dunn from Monarch Books via Kregel. It is part of the Secret of the Journal series. I tried really hard to like this book. I love journals, I love secrets, and I love mysteries – so yes, I was excited to read this when I received it in the mail. The cover also intrigued me. I guess you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
I read this a few weeks ago and decided to sit on it before writing a review. I started one and then deleted it. So, it seems only fair to point out the positives first in this review. The story was realistic and I enjoyed the characters. I enjoyed seeing Emma, the main character, make friends and fall in love. The thing I liked the most about the novel was that Emma is a professor. I’m teaching college classes for the first time this autumn semester. I compared my college with Emma’s, and even though my community college must be much smaller than an “exclusive university.” I had fun comparing the people at the university with people I work with. I also love history, so I could connect with Emma on that level.
My major fault with the story is hard to place my finger on: I just couldn’t get into the story. The first chapter, involving a car accident, confused me, taking me out of the novel. I’m sure that other people would enjoy this, especially other professors. I will probably look for book two, ABYSS, when it comes out, so that I can give the series another chance.