Before this book, I had never read a zombie book. What I expected out of a zombie book was the typical horror-story, scare-your-pants-off gorefest tha...moreBefore this book, I had never read a zombie book. What I expected out of a zombie book was the typical horror-story, scare-your-pants-off gorefest that every zombie movie I had ever heard of was. I was warned that this book was different, but I didn't imagine how different it could be.
Soren Narnia did a wonderful job on Song of the Living Dead. In the story, there has been a so-called zombie outbreak, though the zombies simply wake up to walk around and die again. There is no violence, no gore, nothing. The story itself is narrated by Lloyd, who is roaming the country with his band of nobodies, including his wife, a professor friend, a teenage girl who he is close to, and a man who has went AWOL from the military. Though there aren't many zombie sightings near the beginning, there are more and more until you reach the climax of the story, which features hundreds.
I have to admit that the twist at the end really through me for a loop. It was definitely unexpected, and shed a whole new light on the events that occurred through the story. Though it is a short book, it is definitely worth the time to read.(less)
I hard a really hard time reading this book. While I initially thought the idea of a demonic child was interesting, it became harder and harder for me...moreI hard a really hard time reading this book. While I initially thought the idea of a demonic child was interesting, it became harder and harder for me to believe that this wasn't a child. Needless to say, the ending was hard on me. I couldn't help but cuddle my daughter for extra long afterward. (less)
**spoiler alert** I'm not typically much for horror, but the Amityvlle Horror drew me in. Since I had never seen the movie, I expected it to be gory a...more**spoiler alert** I'm not typically much for horror, but the Amityvlle Horror drew me in. Since I had never seen the movie, I expected it to be gory and full of death. However, I was completely wrong. This story is more about the effects the possession of the house had on the family who lived there. The only problem I saw with the book was that it was rather anti-climactic. It seems like the "climax" of the book was the white hooded figure pointing at the family, but I would have liked to see.... more. I really appreciated the floor plans of the house being included in the story since they helped me visualize the house better. All in all, I enjoyed this story, though I felt that more paranormal activity could have been included.(less)
"Only You, Sierra" by Robin Gunn Jones is the first work of Christian fiction I have ever read, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was surprise...more"Only You, Sierra" by Robin Gunn Jones is the first work of Christian fiction I have ever read, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I was surprised to see how prevalent Sierra's faith was in the story. The entire story revolved around Sierra waiting for "God-things", or events caused by the creator that were meant to lead Sierra to something.
As a mother, I found this to be a great story. Sierra is a very polite, moral young lady who is not afraid to follow her heart. Her relationship with her parents is very open and adult, with both sides willing to listen to each other and compromise. Sierra definitely thinks about her actions and what effect they will or have had. More than once in the story, she admitted she was wrong and apologized. This character is one that every parent will wish they had.
The only part I was concerned about was Sierra's strong desire to have a boyfriend. For being a Christian novel, I was rather surprised that was the focus of the novel. However, I can recall my teen years and yes, my life revolved around boys. I really commend Jones on her ability to show something most teens worry about in a way that still puts the main focus on God.
One thing I did notice about the novel is that it was originally published in 1995, and it seems like Jones tried to do some minor updating. There are a few times when sentences about cell phones or emails look like they were added in at the last minute. This doesn't change anything about the story, but I found the lack of technology to be refreshing. So much of our lives today focuses on technology, it was nice to read about a family who likes to spend time together.
I would give this book 5 of 5 stars. Jones did a great job writing a story that focuses on real-world problems like dating and relocating that is also wholesome and entertaining. I would recommend this book to any Christian.(less)
Summer Promise is the story of Christy Miller, a 14-year-old girl from Wisconsin that is spending her summer with her aunt and uncle in California. Sh...moreSummer Promise is the story of Christy Miller, a 14-year-old girl from Wisconsin that is spending her summer with her aunt and uncle in California. She has trouble making friends in the beginning, but after her aunts gives her a complete makeover she gains the confidence to finally go out and socialize. Her new friends seem wonderful, but looks can be deceiving. Christy has a wild and eventful summer, during which she learns all about herself.
This is another book that, as a mom, I would encourage my daughter to read in her teens. Though Christy has to deal with some tough issues, including death and finding herself, she shows younger girls that it is okay to be upset. The main message I took from this book was that when you put your life in God's hands, he will help you deal with your problems.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is a wonderfully wholesome and entertaining story. This book was hard to put down. Though the religious aspect was a bit overpowering at some parts, I couldn't help but wonder what was going to happen next. I'm still left wondering what is going to happen next, and encourage you to read the story and find out why. (less)