A very interesting premise for a novel - how angels are trained before they come to earth. Some come as guardian angels, others are born as humans (thA very interesting premise for a novel - how angels are trained before they come to earth. Some come as guardian angels, others are born as humans (that have completely forgotten they are angels) I found some parts of the story quite confusing and had to reread several portions to make sure that I hadn't missed anything. The ending in particular was not very satisfying. The characters enter the Veil and then the book is over. Assuming there will be a sequel?...more
This was a very quick read but satisfying. The story opens just after Hitler has shot himself in his bunker. He wakes up in a "way station" between HeThis was a very quick read but satisfying. The story opens just after Hitler has shot himself in his bunker. He wakes up in a "way station" between Heaven and Hell. There is no way Hitler can go to heaven and he is considered even too evil for Hell. He is led on a journey to redemption. But I will tell you no more. I loved the ending!
Move Over Robin Cook. You have strong competition for writing a medical mystery with ethical questions brought into the mix. While Mr. Nayes wasn't quMove Over Robin Cook. You have strong competition for writing a medical mystery with ethical questions brought into the mix. While Mr. Nayes wasn't quite as adept as Mr. Cook with the explanation of the science behind the 'drones', the novel was very exciting. There was much action and I couldn't put the book down. I am looking forward to many more novels from this author....more
Anyone who has read Harry Potter is familiar with the story of the Phoenix – a mythological bird who dies in an eruption of flames and is reborn fromAnyone who has read Harry Potter is familiar with the story of the Phoenix – a mythological bird who dies in an eruption of flames and is reborn from its ashes. The novel, Phoenix, follows the story of a young man who is trying to reestablish society after its self-destruction in the 21st century.
Twenty-three year old Jacen meets up with a mysterious traveler who joins him in his pursuit to establish a new settlement in the American West. During their adventures, Hakim, who is a Christian, asks many questions of Jacen which cause him to question some of his most strongly held beliefs. The first being – why is life precious and why it is a sin to kill someone? Hakim’s questions make me consider my own beliefs. I share Jacen’s self-imposed morals but what is our justification for them. While I didn’t agree with Hakim’s answers (that man is made in the image of God and to kill God is a sin), his comments were thought provoking.
The back cover of the novel informs that the writer is a teaching pastor, and this is evident throughout the book. Hakim is his voice. His take on forgiveness is thought provoking and I learned much from his telling of the story of Jesus. Some readers, however, might find the book a bit too religious for their taste.
In addition, Hakim’s explanations of how the world came to self-destruct weren’t completely plausible for me. Several world-wide epidemics have been experienced in the last 100 years, Spanish flu, SARS, H1N1, AIDS, etc. I cannot believe that the group responsible for the small pox virus in the novel would honestly believe that the virus would not spread outside of America. I also found it hard to believe that birth rates for Christians would fall and for Moslems would rise enough that Islam would become the dominant religion in Europe, and the governments would become Islamic.
Although the book is quite religious, Mr. Cobb is an excellent storyteller. During times of conflict, he slowly builds to a climax with much descriptive language and detail. The personalities of the main two characters are very realistic and many of the people that have much smaller roles in the story have also been well described. Jacen undergoes a personal journey of becoming a wiser man as well as a physical journey. The novel contains the three conflicts of an exciting novel – conflict between men, conflict between man and nature and conflict between man and himself. A enjoyable and thought provoking read. ...more
Not having read previous books by Ms. Hellman, I was a bit confused at the beginning of the novel by the strained relationship between the two main chNot having read previous books by Ms. Hellman, I was a bit confused at the beginning of the novel by the strained relationship between the two main characters of the story Matt and Georgia. However, it quickly began to make sense. Matt is a practicing Jew and Maggie is a Christian which places many challenges to their relationship. In addition, according to police policy they are not supposed to have any relations at all which cause problems later in the book. I found the Jewish customs and history interesting but I didn’t know what some of the items mentioned were. Unfortunately, Ms. Hellman did not describe what they were so hopefully they weren’t too important to the story.
When I reached Chapter 9, I was unsure as to what the events eight years prior had to do with the current investigation. It wasn’t until much further in the book that I began to make links between Maggie’s life and the deaths in the present day. But once the connections are made, it all makes complete sense. I was rooting for Matt to make the connections as well and was excited to see where he took this once the link was made.
Not a bad read, but a few bits were confusing, especially when Matt discovered who the killer really was and where to find her. However, Matt’s dilemma over his religion and his love interests were interesting to watch. ...more
Ever since the popularity of Harry Potter, there are many new novels for middle school children, especially boys on the market. The Magi is one such bEver since the popularity of Harry Potter, there are many new novels for middle school children, especially boys on the market. The Magi is one such book. Our hero, Elijah begins the book as a regular teenager, with regular parents and the big sister who loves to bug him but really does love him. It is only after his parents are killed in a horrific multiple murder, that he comes to discover that there is something special about him and his family.
The novel recounts his journey of discovery as the four areas of magic – earth, wind, water and fire. He finds his own magic for water and begins to develop this talent. Elijah also learns that there are two types of magicians in the world, those who wish to live in peace and those who wish to take the world for their own and destroy those without magical abilities. The latter killed his parents and now wish to take him as well – to destroy or to kill, it is not clear.
The only time I was a bit confused was when Elijah and his friends are saved by a miraculous earthquake. I didn’t really like the explanation given and would have liked it much better if it had been explained as Elijah using his powers without even knowing it.
Each of the main characters’ personalities are well developed and even though this novel is a fantasy, it is strangely believable. I loved how the author explained how those who work magic are connected to the earth’s elements. The water is described as calm and wanted to collect together, to pool itself. Fire is described as destructive, wanting to spread itself out.
I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Turner’s work. ...more
As a fan of Edgar Allan Poe I was truly looking forward to this novel. I was disappointed. I had a hard time with the time frame of the book - it coulAs a fan of Edgar Allan Poe I was truly looking forward to this novel. I was disappointed. I had a hard time with the time frame of the book - it could have been the future, the past or the present. I also couldn't make a connection to the location of the city. The motives of several of the main characters were unclear and perhaps they will be expanded upon in the sequel. While I usually do not sympathize with the motivations behind the villians characters in a novel, I could not fathom why the Prince is so evil. I kept questioning how could someone be this evil?? And when the leader of the Malcontents is revealed, my thought was 'oh please!'...more
One of my top two favourite reads this year. I had been wanting to read forever but was waiting on the library to get it in. It has everything a dystoOne of my top two favourite reads this year. I had been wanting to read forever but was waiting on the library to get it in. It has everything a dystopian novel should have, a YA with special unexplainable and dangerous powers, a confusing love interest, a world destroyed by global warming, and a corrupt government trying to reinforce order by taking everyone's rights away. Plus a few plot twists of course. The story is full of action and excitement and I could not put it down. I was amazed that Shatter Me is Ms. Mafi's first novel. I hope that this is the first of many, many to come. Can't wait for the sequel....more
I was so looking forward to reading this book and was quite disappointed. While the author did a great job of introducing the characters, their actionI was so looking forward to reading this book and was quite disappointed. While the author did a great job of introducing the characters, their actions didn't stay true. For Harmony to have left her religious community as she is unhappy with who she wants to marry is quite believable. However, for her to throw away all her religious upbringing to fall into bed with a sperm donor romeo was too far of a stretch. I also found the switching back and forth of the narration between the twins confusing. Not a keeper.