If you're at all familiar with me, you know I have minimal tolerance when it comes to Christian art. Too often it's just a flimsy marionette of a story held up by obvious strings of preachiness. I'm happy to say this is not the case with The Calling of Jesse Turner, a historical fiction novel … Continue reading Book Review: The Calling of Jesse Turner
I was already a Mark Carver fan after reading Indelible, which I reviewed here, but I have to say I enjoy Beast even better. It's not trying to say nearly as much as the other book, but it succeeds in being more entertaining. TITLE: Beast AUTHOR: Mark Carver with Michael Anatra GENRE: Disaster thriller THE … Continue reading Book Review: “Beast” or “THIS is Why We Should Drive Electric Cars.” (8/10)
This may be the most metal book I've read all year. Or...ever, which says more about me than the book. Oh, well. I just happened to pick this book up when Crossover Alliance gave away all their books for free one day (That was an awe. some. day.). I've seen Carver's name around, but finally … Continue reading Book Review: “Indelible” or “Tattoos are Forever, Stupid.” (8/10)
You read that right: a Christian vampire. Well, that's just unique enough to pick up. Oh, and it's on sale through Halloween, which is perfect when you think about it. TITLE: Blood for Blood AUTHOR: Ben Wolf GENRE: Christian, Fantasy STORY The aptly-named Raven Worth has been a vampire for 80 years, drinking human blood, … Continue reading “Blood for Blood,” or “See! Christians can be Vampires, too!” (4/5 stars)
TITLE: Steps of Power, The Kings Book one: Kings or Pawns AUTHOR: J.J. Sherwood GENRE: High fantasy STORY: An elf kingdom is about to be ripped apart from within and without. Inside its walls, a newly-throned king beats his head against the rock of his corrupted council and tries to unravel their schemes while a mighty warlord … Continue reading Book Review: “Kings or Pawns”
TITLE: A Time To Die AUTHOR: Nadine Brandes GENRE: YA Dystopian Future STORY: Over one hundred years in the future, everyone knows when they'll die thanks to the Clocks which count down to the person's end. Parvin Blackwater is 17 and only has one year left. She's wasted her life so far, but wants to do something memorable, … Continue reading Book Review: “A Time to Die”
Okay, so I know this book came out like two years ago, but that was also the point I officially ran out money. I knew of the library's existence, but somehow didn't connect the dots. Anywho, I still think it's good to give a shoutout to good art. Right now, that means Frank Peretti's most … Continue reading Christian Critic: Illusion–Good ol’ Frank Peretti
Perusing the Christian section of the bookstore, I'm always on the lookout for a book that isn't a period piece, sports drama, an allegory, or a political/police thriller. That usually leaves me empty-handed (which is why I'm writing my own, shameless self-promotion), but this time, I found Billy Coffey's When Mockingbirds Sing and gave it a … Continue reading Christian Critic: When Mockingbirds Sing (Novel)
The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars by Donovan M. Neal Rating: 3/5 Stars. Story Summary: Calling itself "The Prequel to the Bible," this story is about Lucifer's fall from Heaven and becoming Satan. The Bible says that Lucifer was cast out of Heaven after an attempted rebellion, but the details are mum. Donovan M. Neal weaves a … Continue reading Blogger Book Review: “The Third Heaven” –The Prequel to the Bible?
Mortis by Hannah Cobb Rating: 3/5 stars Summary: Mortis is a school that trains children from birth to become assassins. It's a place where death is so commonplace, no one even questions its morality. Except Jane. Though she begins as callous as the rest, Jane begins questioning whether killing is right or wrong. When she finally … Continue reading Book Review: “Mortis” School of Assassins. ‘Nuff Said.