Book Reviews

Beneath the Forsaken City- C.E. Laureano

Beneath the Forsaken City

Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must return to find the harp that could end the Red Druid’s reign of terror, but in the midst of their escape, he and Aine are torn apart once more. Surrounded by despair and thrown into as much danger as they left behind, Conor and Aine must cling to the whispers of Comdiu’s plans for them and the homeland that depends on their survival. But at what cost? Will they learn to depend on Comdiu completely? Or will they give up hope?
So, I have one requirement. Before you read this book read the first one! I know, what a strange requirement right? I mean who reads a series in order?? Unheard of!
I cannot say that i enjoyed or even finished this book because i have no idea what was going on. I did not realize it was book 2 until i opened the pages and felt i had just been thrown into the center of a plot line. What i did read was impressive, however. I really love the author’s writing style. If nothing else my curiosity is piqued in regard to the first book. My advice, if you read and enjoyed the first one check this one out. You might enjoy it. At this point my advice falls just short of useless. So enjoy the book!
Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.

The Presence- Alec Rowlands

I must admit that I did not finish this book due to a lack of time to read, and the book has seemed to drag on, and its not super engaging. Which is why it took me so long to finally write a review. But aside from that, it’s a fantastic book that has helped a ton of people with their personal relationship with God.  The Presence is a book that challenges believers into the presence of God. Author and Pastor, Alec Rowlands of Westgate Chapel in Washington, invites the reader on “a quest to discover what it means to experience the awesome, yet very tangible presence of God”. In his book Rowland not only shares his personal stories on some major “Jesus moments” in his life that brought him closer to God, but he also gives help and advice so that others can do the same and experience His presence for themselves. A must read for new Christians, as well as those who are older more “experienced Christians” who want to know how to get that close relationship back if they’ve lost it. This book’s main focus is not about having supernatural experiences, but on the revival of a Christian’s spiritual life. Its about renewing our relationship with Him and about having a closer walk with God who is still alive and active in our world today, even though we don’t always “feel” His presence.   But, overall, I find the book to be inspiring, and somewhat entertaining at times.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.

From God to Us- Norman L. Geisler & William E. Nix

From God to Us

From God to Us is a documentary on how we got our Bible. I requested this book because I’m a serious history fanatic, I must admit though that I never actually finished the book. Before I got far I was swamped with a lot of other books and school and I soon lost this book to the bottom of my “To Be Read” mountain. By the time I found it again I realized that the review was way over due.

I have skimmed it and read like three chapters though, and from what I have read I love it.  It’s full of information that should be read multiple times to provide information for future reference. I would highly recommend this book for anyone learning Apologetics. And the best part is it’s not boring!!! (Coming from someone who reads history books for pleasure reads….. the pleasure aspect may vary according to different persons and their interests.) I am still reading through it at the moment but as I said from what I read I give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

I requested this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions were formed in my own mind.

Undetected- Dee Henderson


Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: “I’m in the Navy.” But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping her crew trained and alert during ninety-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and handles it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating around the Pacific Rim, the Navy is glad to have him.

Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, with a lovely smile, and very smart. She’s a civilian, yet she understands the U.S. Navy culture. And he has a strong sense that life with her would never be boring. But she may be too deep in her work to see the potential in a relationship with him.

Gina Gray would love to be married. She has always envisioned her life that way. A breakup she didn’t see coming, though, has her focusing all her attention on what she does best—ocean science research. She’s on the cusp of a major breakthrough, and she needs Mark Bishop’s perspective and help. Because what she told the Navy she’s figured out is only the beginning. If she’s right, submarine warfare is about to enter a new and dangerous chapter.

I got this book because it is military based and Gina is an expert on ocean sonar, I like these types of books because you can always learn something in the way of how things work and at the same time get a good story (of coarse you cannot always assume that the information given is legit). I thought the author did a good job balancing the story and the information in the story. The book was funny and I liked the characters a lot, my only problem was that it seemed to focus soley on each one’s wish for a spouse. There was too much romance for me, making the story drag on. Henderson did keep it pretty clean though, there was little violence and no sexual content to my knowledge. All in all I would give this book 4 stars and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone younger than 15 at least. Overall I did enjoy this book and wouldn’t mind reading another from this author.

I received this book from Bethany House publisher for the sole purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions were formed in my own mind.

For Such a Time- Kate Breslin

for such a time

For Such a Time is a retelling of the story of Esther,set in 1944, during the Holocaust. Hadassah Benjemin, forced to go under cover as Stella, is a Jew  rescued from death in Dachau, a  concentration camp in Germany. But being rescued by a German officer does not hold a lot of appeal to Stella. Forced to hide her true identity for the sake of her people, she becomes the Kommandant’s secretary. Suspecting that her employer a man of hidden depths she appeals to him on the behalf of her people. Eventually she falls in love with her captor/rescuer and sets to work trying to convince him to help her people.

In my opinion this was certainly a modern version of Esther. I enjoyed the book and thought it well written, the author did a good job at expressing the desperation of a subject without quite dwelling on it. Overall I liked this book a lot and would definitely request it to a friend. But of course I have to knit pick certain things, therefore i give it a three of five. first of all, the story seemed to drag on. They had the same argument over and over. Second, there was a lot of kissing….. some people might dig this but it is not my thing. Last there was (as would be expected) quite a bit of violence. Not detailed gut churning violence but the strike-a-helpless-Jew-and-beat-him-half-to-death-for-stealing-food-for-his-family kind of violence. I would not recommend this book for anyone younger than high school at least. Other offensive contents might include, lusting thoughts, as I mentioned before; well described kissing, and detailed accounts of how the Jews were forced to live.

Again this book gets a 4 of five in the matter of the contents of this book. I would definitely request this book to fans of A Beauty so Rare, Tide and Tempest, Home For My Heart and the like.

I received this book from Bethany House publisher for the sole purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions were formed in my own mind.

Echoes of An Angel- Aquanetta Gordon

Echoes of An Angel

This is a true story about a boy named Ben Underwood who lost both eyes at three years old to cancer. Normally I would not request such a book due to the fact that it is a bit depressing. But I was hooked when I read that he masters echo location in order to see. Out of curiosity I requested it, and it really is an amazing story. It is one of those books that make you realize that nothing is impossible. The book is written by the boy’s mother, Aquanetta Gordon. I think that for the most part the book is well written, overall I give it a 4 out of 5 in the aspect of pleasure reading.

“I received this book from Tyndale Publishers for the purpose of this review. All opinions and expectations were formed in my own mind”

Horse Dreams- #1 in Backyard Horses series- Dandi Daley Mackall

horse dreams- backyard horses

Ellie James, a ten year old girl, has just one dream. For as long as she could remember she has prayed for a coal- black show horse. Then seemingly out of nowhere, rides up a scrawny, dirty, half starved pinto horse that finally shows Ellie that sometimes answered prayers are not always as you expect them to look.

I requested this book with my younger sister mind. Overall I enjoyed this book, and I really like this author. She is one of my favorite children’s author. I didn’t find anything wrong or bad in the story line, one girl is a little snotty bad nothing terrible. Again this book is aimed for younger audiences.

“I received this book from Tyndale Publishers for the purpose of this review. All opinions were formed in my own mind”

Ruth’s Redemption- Marlene Banks


Short Summary:

Bo, is a freed slave, well educated and has a strong faith in God. Besides tending his farm, he also buys slaves to set them free. On one such occasion he buys a woman named Ruth. Ruth is a proud, beautiful slave. being bought and sold for breeding, she is filled with bitterness and pain. She longs to be free but when that time comes she doesn’t quite understand that when she was bought, Bo bought her freedom, not just her.

My Review:

I have to admit, I was a little startled at first. I happened to have missed that Ruth is a breeding slave. It is not very detailed in that area. It mentions it throughout the book, once she has a nightmare about it and it gets a little detailed there but not bad. I can’t say I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t dislike it either… It was kind of depressing yet it really is what these slaves went through.  I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger audiences. I’d say 15 and up is a good age. There were not a lot of dull moments, it is filled with scripture as Bo witnesses to Ruth. I think that this book was well written.

“I received this book from Moody Publishers for the purpose of this review. All the opinions were formed in my own mind.”


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