Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Apocalyptic Review: The Mark (Left Behind #8) by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

The Mark (Left Behind #8)
by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins


Description:
The exciting eighth book in the Left Behind series has sold over 2.5 million copies in hardcover and is now available in trade paperback. With over 40 million products sold, the Left Behind series is an international phenomenon.


My Review:
This one is exactly what it sounds like, all about how the mark of the beast comes about. I thought it plausible in the scope of the story, especially blending in chip technology. It was interesting that none of the people that already bore the mark of Christ were in the least tempted, even when faced with the enforcers (guillotines).

The deadline for complying ramps up the tension as well, as the various members of the Tribulation Force scramble to do as much as they can, save as many as they can, from behind enemy lines. David Hassid was again my favorite in this. Still, some of the missions seem a little botched to me.

One thing I did enjoy was the ramping up of Carpathia's sinister nature and the abandonment of giving any pretense of choice for the masses. It was creepy to the max.

Overall, I liked the story. If you enjoyed the previous installments, you'll likely dig this one.

I borrowed this from a friend.


About the Authors: 


Timothy "Tim" F. LaHaye was an American evangelical Christian minister, author, and speaker, best known for the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, which he co-wrote with Jerry B. Jenkins. He has written over 50 books, both fiction and non-fiction.

Timothy "Tim" F. LaHaye was an American evangelical Christian minister, author, and speaker, best known for the Left Behind series of apocalyptic fiction, which he co-wrote with Jerry B. Jenkins.

He has written over 50 books, both fiction and non-fiction.




Jerry Bruce Jenkins is an American novelist and biographer. He is best known as co-author of the Left Behind series of books with Tim LaHaye. Jenkins has written over 185 books, including mysteries, historical fiction, biblical fiction, cop thrillers, international spy thrillers, and children's adventures, as well as non-fiction. His works usually feature Christians as protagonists. In 2005, Jenkins and LaHaye ranked 9th in Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary list of Hall of Fame authors based on books sold at Amazon.com during its first 10 years. Jenkins now teaches writers to become authors here at his website. He and his wife Dianna have three sons and eight grandchildren.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Blitz: Something Just Like This by Tracy Krimmer

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Something Just Like This by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 14 till 15 February. Read on for more information about the book, a teaser image and a giveaway for an Amazon gift card! See the tour schedule here.

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Something Just Like ThisSomething Just Like This
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: February 14, 2018

Blurb:
Love? Second chances? That crap is for romantics, not realists like Juliette. She has a bad attitude about love and an even worse one when it comes to second chances. And she may dress like an elf for a few weeks out of the year, but that doesn’t mean she loves Christmas.

Stability? Purpose? Landon is surfing a pleasant wave of both until he's fired. Devastating news from his sister certainly doesn’t help. At least he has the holidays to look forward to.

When Landon shows up at the mall and Juliette prevents a disaster, he can’t stop thinking about that sweet elf. Juliette doesn’t believe in the spirit of Christmas, but she can’t help but wonder why Landon was in her line that day. Could Landon deserve one of those second chances she's so unwilling to give?


You can find Something Just Like This on Goodreads

You can buy Something Just Like This on Amazon for only $2.99 through February 15.
It is available to read with Kindle Unlimited.

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Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy Krimmer loves coffee, popcorn, Drew Barrymore, and the movie Saving Silverman. She enjoys reading great books (of course) and writing realistic characters for you to enjoy. When she listens to music she prefers the 80s and 90s music she grew up on. In a typical day you’ll find her writing at one of her favorite spots--on the couch, at the kitchen table, or at her favorite hometown coffee shop.

You can find and contact Tracy here:
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- Facebook
- Reader Group
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Bookbub
- Instagram
- Newsletter

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dystopian Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent #3)
by Veronica Roth
Narrators for the audiobook: Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford


Description:
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


My Review:
Ok, yeah, this one takes your heart and stomps on it, but still, it is fantastic!

I went into this with a great sense of trepidation, having heard all the outpourings of dismay from fellow readers. I managed to avoid reading spoilers, though, so this book came as a complete shock to me.

Now that I’ve read (listened to) it, I can’t imagine it any other way though. Everything makes sense, as much as it can, and while heartbreaking, I found the ending satisfying.

The dual narration threw me off at first, but like everything else in the story, it makes sense by the end. Wow! Both performances were spot on.

Overall, this book and the series are excellent reads, but they don’t take any prisoners. Be prepared to feel this story to your bones.

I borrowed this audiobook from the library, basically binged the trilogy.


About the Author:

 
Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series and Carve the Mark. She was born in a Chicago suburb, and studied creative writing at Northwestern University. She and her husband and dog currently live in Chicago.

You can find Veronica on Instagram (@vrothbooks), Facebook, or at her website (veronicarothbooks.com), or sign up for her newsletter to get book news and exclusive content here! eepurl.com/dcqzr1

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cover Reveal: Beyond the Moon by R.J. Wood

Today is the cover reveal for Beyond the Moon by R.J. Wood! This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. After you check out the new book, read on for my review of Destiny's Gambit, book one in this series. Good stuff!

Beyond the MoonBeyond the Moon (The Voyages of Jake Flynn #2)
by R.J. Wood

Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ Sword and Space/ Space Fantasy
Age category: Middle Grade/ Young Adult
Release Date: 2018

Description:
Beyond the Moon picks up after the battle above the ice planet Nystal, where Earth-kid Jake Flynn and crew have recently escaped from the Crimson Cabal. Their voyages continue on the other side of the galaxy where magic has displaced technology and monsters are real. Jake continues to grow in his new abilities to channel energy and fly tall wooden ships in space, but struggles with having been named the Justicar, a prophesied champion of the light. Pushing forward, he sets course for new planets in search of allies who will stand with him and help stop the cabal from resurrecting a long dead queen. To succeed, Jake must learn more about channeling and how to balance his new and unwelcome responsibilities with the continued search for his missing parents and a way home to Earth.

Aided and mentored by the young Life Magian, Starla Silvertree, her aged protector, Ottomeyer Riversend, and assisted by veteran sailors Jehnna Marik and Captain Billy Goldbar, Jake must make heavyweight decisions with deadly consequences.

Unicorns, ghost ships, pirates, space battles, magi wielding lightning and fire, dinosaurs, and a Valkyrie – Jake must face them all in this epic sword and space adventure. By the end, Jake will take another step toward adulthood, discover truths about his parents’ fate, suffer the death of a comrade, and muster the courage to charge into a final showdown with the terrifying snake-woman, Celia Sable.


Check out Destiny’s Gambit (The Voyages of Jake Flynn #1)!

Destiny's Gambit
A resourceful boy takes a glowing sailboat across the stars to search for his long-missing parents and becomes the target of pirates and an evil cabal with a sinister agenda.

My Review of Destiny's Gambit: 
Destiny’s Gambit is an exciting tale featuring an eclectic blend of old fashioned pirate ships, space travel and magic. In it, a young boy struggles to find his lost parents all the while learning of a fate he’d never expected. 
I thought this was a rather well done and unique story. The idea of space ships being literal seafaring ships encased in bubbles of air caught my imagination. Jake’s abilities and that of his new companions were equally intriguing. I particularly enjoyed the riddles and puzzles he and his new friends had to solve to track down Jake’s father and the hints at a greater destiny that leave plenty to the imagination and future installments. 
The author took great pains to ensure the nautical terms and activities were accurate. And Jake himself is often called to explain them to others in the story. His knowledge is explained as a result of a long-standing fascination with seagoing vessels, which comes in handy throughout the story. It seemed a bit much for an average 12-year-old, but I grant that if a kid had an obsession with a topic, such a degree of knowledge would be possible. 
Overall, I really liked this story. There’s a cool blend of exotic locations, historical seafaring, and science fiction. Added to that, the characters are interesting and diverse, and the puzzles they face draw you in. I think younger readers, in particular, will really dig this story. 
I received a review copy of this ebook from the author via Lola’s Blog Tours. 

You can buy Destiny’s Gambit here:
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About the Author:
R.J. Wood
R. J. Wood has been creating stories and adventures for others since 1979. A bard at heart, he trained in Drama (BA) and History (MA) while at university. He currently lives near Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State with his wife and children. There he does a little fishing, some adventuring, and of course, his writing.

Like everyone of my generation and beyond I have been heavily influenced by film. I like to think of my books as movies in my mind. I developed my creative writing through fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal RPGs. My degree in drama helps me with story, characters, and especially dialogue. Having an advanced history degree is excellent for plots and characters, but it also helps me with world building.

You can find and contact R.J. Wood here:
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- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Instagram

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Dystopian Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent #2)
by Veronica Roth
Narrator for the audiobook: Emma Galvin

Description:
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable - and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian DIVERGENT series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.


My Review:
The second book in the Divergent series is a rollercoaster of emotions.

Tris and Four are having troubles, Tris is traumatized, and their world is literally falling apart around them. Then add in betrayal and a horrific reality none of them could have imagined and you have one fantastic read.

Overall, loved this installment and highly recommend it to fans of the dystopian genre.

I borrowed this audiobook from the library right after reading the first one. The same narrator performs book two.


About the Author:

 
Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series and Carve the Mark. She was born in a Chicago suburb, and studied creative writing at Northwestern University. She and her husband and dog currently live in Chicago.

You can find Veronica on Instagram (@vrothbooks), Facebook, or at her website (veronicarothbooks.com), or sign up for her newsletter to get book news and exclusive content here! eepurl.com/dcqzr1