About the book: Dras Weldon is the son and brother of pastors. He has grown up believing in God, but at 22 is really not grown up at all. He wastes hiAbout the book: Dras Weldon is the son and brother of pastors. He has grown up believing in God, but at 22 is really not grown up at all. He wastes his rent money on action figures, money he usually has to get from his parents, and spends his nights getting loaded at The Rave Scene. Rosalyn, his best friend since they were kids, usually is the one who cleans up after him and makes sure he gets home okay. They can usually be found together, and if not at The Rave Scene are watching movies together or on the phone. Dras hasn't given it much thought, much like his faith, but really couldn't live without Rosalyn.
Rosalyn, however, has been accepted at a college out of state. She is not sure she is going to be able to leave Dras, even though they are just friends. Then, one night at The Rave, she dances with a stranger, one that leaves her breathless and lingers in her mind. Unfortunately, he is the devil in disguise, and he is both attracted to her and wants to kill her, as she reminds him of someone from his past.
This Strange Man - as the few who see him in his true form think of him, has not walked the streets of Greensboro for a long time. There are stories that have been passed down from generation to generation about the bogeyman that scratches on children's windows and if they are still awake he snatches them away. Could this be the bogeyman?
The Strange Man realizes that he will not be able to have Rosalyn until Dras is out of the picture. Their love and loyalty for each other is too pure, so he shows his true self to Dras. He finds he cannot harm Dras as he is protected by God, so tells him to leave town or Rosalyn will pay. Dras realizes he cannot leave Rosalyn to face the strange man alone and sets out to share with Rosalyn about God's love - but will it be too little too late? Has the life he lived up to this point made too big of an impact on her already?
My thoughts: This is one book that I could not put down! I ended up staying up way later than I should have one night to finish it - and then remembered it was the first of a trilogy!!! I can't wait for book 2 to go on with the story. Where it was a good ending for book 1, there is still so much that can happen and so much that we don't know. I really liked Dras. He was very realistically portrayed as a young 20 something in today's world - someone who is searching for something, but at the same time not really looking. The book would be great for someone who is on the line about their faith or as a good jumping off point to introduce someone to Christ without overwhelming them at all. I can't say it enough - terrific book and terrifying at the same time!
My Synopsis: Zoey Redbird is leading a somewhat normal, if non-desirable teenage life in Oklahoma when she is "marked". Marked means that she will beMy Synopsis: Zoey Redbird is leading a somewhat normal, if non-desirable teenage life in Oklahoma when she is "marked". Marked means that she will be leaving everything that she knows to take up residence at the House of Night and learn how to become a vampire as her body changes. Many fledglings, as new vampires are called, do not survive the changes and die.
Zoey never really felt like she fit in at her human school or even with her family - especially since her mom remarried a few years earlier. She has a secret hope that at the House of Night she will finally fit in. Her mark fills in overnight though and this immediately sets her apart from the other fledglings. This is usually something that happens over the course of their training. Neferet has also become her mentor - and this is definitely a big thing. Neferet is like the high priestess at the House of Night.
It doesn't take long for Zoey to make some friends - Stevie Ray - her roommate, Damien, and the twins (not really) Shaunee and Erin. Then there is also Erik Night, someone for whom Zoey feels an instant attraction.
On the other end of the specturm is Aphrodite. She is currently the leader of the Dark Daughters - sort of the elite group at the House of Night, and thinks she is still Erik's girlfriend - even though he has made it very clear that they are through. Hoping to intimidate Zoey, she invites her to one of their rituals. Unfortunately, things don't work out exactly as Aphrodite had planned. The things that Zoey is learning about herself though also leaves her feeling unsettled and unsure - especially of her mark and what makes her special.
I cannot believe that it has taken me so long to start this series! I had given this first book to my sister, and after receiving Burned, knew that I had to get it back and get reading! I was sucked in pretty quickly - but who doesn't like a story about beautiful (mean) rich girl vs beautiful (but thinks she is ordinary) nice girl - Then throw in a little romance, some good friends, and vampires and it is a win-win! ...more
In a few days, on April 20th, it will be the tenth anniversary of the Columbine tragedy. Two boys, armed with guns and bombs, killed 12 students and aIn a few days, on April 20th, it will be the tenth anniversary of the Columbine tragedy. Two boys, armed with guns and bombs, killed 12 students and a teacher before turning the guns on themselves. One of those students was Rachel Joy Scott.
Rachel was not the most popular, or the smartest, or the prettiest - but she had a light shining within her. This light was the love and personal relationship she with the Lord. This light was Jesus living inside her.
Not until after her death did her parents even realize the depth of Rachel's personal relationship with Christ. This was discovered through the numerous journals and drawings that she left behind.
Rachel's Tears gives us a glimpse of this amazing girl's short life. Told through stories and observations from her parents, family and close friends, we see what a special girl Rachel was. She reached out to anyone who was needing, regardless of race, popularity, looks, etc.
Through writings from her journals we see her deep love for God and her willingness to serve Him and do His will. We also her humility and her struggles.
Dear God, Why do I feel dry in Your Spirit? Why do I feel that the fire has died withing me, yet so many claim they see he light of You, oh God, burning brightly? Why do I have to feel moments of doubt, distrust, disbelief, stages of anger and stages of loneliness when it comes to You, Father? Why do I lose focus of you during praise and worship as well as prayer? Why can't I completely be consumed by You? Why can't I be used by You? Why do I feel self-righteous at times? Why do I feel afraid? (Rachel's Tears, p111 - an entry from her journal)
This book has touched me in many ways. It makes me see how I would like to be with my walk with God - how I would like my family to be. It shows how God can take a tragic situation and use it for His good. It shows how one person, one child, can change so many. ...more
Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods is the first book in The Sweet Magnolia series. I saw Swan Point advertised sometime last year, and as it is the latestStealing Home by Sherryl Woods is the first book in The Sweet Magnolia series. I saw Swan Point advertised sometime last year, and as it is the latest in The Sweet Magnolia series, I wanted to go back and start at the beginning. (Swan Point is book 11, so I have a ways to go!)
The Sweet Magnolias are comprised of Maddie, Dana Sue and Helen, best friends since high school. Stealing Home is Maddie's story and it starts out with Maddie finding out about her doctor-husband's affair with his nurse. Well, she is pregnant (and 16 years younger) and he wants a divorce. I have a feeling that this happens more than we would like to admit in the medical field.
After wallowing in some much deserved self-pity, her friends set out to give her a new purpose by deciding to open a new spa/health club in town. They decide that Maddie needs to be the one to run it - to put her unused business degree to good use. Dana Sue already runs a very successful restaurant and Helen is a very successful lawyer.
As with all of Ms. Woods' books, there has to be some romance - and this comes in the shape of a much younger, easy-on-the-eyes ex-ballplayer (who just happens to be Maddie's son's baseball coach), Cal Maddox. Cal remembers the first time he saw Maddie, and never dreamed that her 20-year marriage would soon be over. Wanting to give her time to heal, but also needing to be there to lend a hand, he slowly develops a friendship with Maddie - both denying the attraction that is simmering under the surface.
I have read The Ocean Breeze Trilogy by Sherryl Woods and knew that I would enjoy this one. I was looking for a light-hearted romance that would be an easy read, and this one fit the bill. I look forward to continuing on in this series. The second book, A Slice of Heaven, is Dana Sue's story. ...more