Thursday, May 3, 2012

Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann

Trevor MacDaniel is an outfitter and part of a rescue team in Colorado. During a daring rescue, Trevor saves a young boy from a mountain lion. Through this he gets to know the boy’s aunt, Natalie Reeve, who is an extremely gifted sculptor. They begin a relationship, and Trevor starts receiving chilling photographs from an anonymous source. A he tries to track down the culprit; he begins to wonder if the people he loves are in danger.

This is a very enjoyable follow-up novel to Kristen Heitzmann’s last book, Indivisible. It drew me in right from the start and kept me wondering what was going on. Heitzmann does a great job developing new characters in this book as well as adding more to previously known characters. There are times that her prose tends to be a tad confusing as events sometimes rush together. Overall, I really liked this book and I hope that she writes more books with these characters. Recommended

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Illusion by Frank Peretti

Dane and Mandy Collins were a famous magic act for forty years before they decided to retire to a quiet life on their ranch. But on their way home, they are in a car wreck that takes Mandy’s life. Dane is devastated and after the funeral tries to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. But one day while in town, Dane runs into a girl who has an uncanny resemblance to Mandy. Dane takes the girl, an aspiring magician, under his wing. But as many more similarities between the girl and Mandy emerge, Dane begins to wonder what is really going on.

This is Frank Peretti’s highly anticipated first book in six years, and he doesn’t disappoint. His in-depth and enthralling writing style is immediately apparent as we go deep into the lives of the two main characters and try to figure out what is going on in this story. Peretti does a great job describing the rather complicated story line and made me want to keep reading. While it did suffer from a somewhat slow start, the pace picked up quickly and led to a quite satisfying conclusion. While the story doesn’t have the obvious spiritual overtones of his most popular stories, there is a wonderful underlying theme of God’s love. For all those who have enjoyed Peretti’s previous works, I have good news: Frank is back!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Frank Peretti's Illusion Giveaway!

After 6 years Frank Peretti has finally released a new book! I have a copy of Illusion to give away so here's how to enter:

Send an email to:
1. Subject line should say "Illusion Giveaway"
2. In the body of the email include your name and mailing address

That's it! You have until March 28 at 4:00 cst to submit your entry. The winner will be announced that evening.

I will be posting my review of Illusion in a week or two. Good luck!

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Crossing by Serita Jakes

Ten years ago, teacher BJ Remington was killed on a school bus on the way home from a football game. Her best friend, Claudia, stuck by her side as BJ slowly died. Now Claudia is married to the assistant district attorney and does all she can to forget that night. But the killer was never caught and now her husband is reopening the case. Helping him is Casio Hightower, a town cop who has a vested interest in the case. Casio was a star football player whose career was ended on that bus when he was also shot by BJ’s murderer. Now Claudia has to try to keep it together as her husband and Casio try to find the killer.

This is the first novel by Serita Jakes, and I was really impressed. There were times where the dialogue seemed forced and some of the characters actions seemed unrealistic. But still, the book took me in right away and kept me intrigued throughout the whole story. The plot kept me guessing as I was unable to figure out who the killer was until the very end. As a lover of suspense and thrillers, this book met my high expectations. But even more powerful than the plot of the story was the underlying theme of God’s grace and love. I look forward to more stories by Serita Jakes. Highly recommended.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer

Jaimie Piper has the same problems that most foster kids have. But she has another problem as well; she can sense evil. One night she runs to one of her teachers for help. The teacher, Crockett Gray, does what he can to help the girl, but gets caught up in something that neither of them understand. Crockett gets accused of abusing the girl and realizes that he has gotten himself in a mess. He has to get himself out as well as try to save the girl from whatever is hunting her. As Crockett encounters a psychiatrist, an exorcist, and a Cardinal from the Catholic Church, he thinks that he may have gotten caught up in a conspiracy within the Vatican itself.

This is the second book I have read from Sigmund Brouwer and I did enjoy it. The story is interesting all the way through and kept me wondering what was going on. Few authors want to tackle the notion of demons, but he does a good job staying consistent with research and theology. Jumping from character to character kept me from getting too attached to any of the people in the story. Also it was also a tad disjointed which made the story somewhat confusing. Still, the book was very well written and I look forward to reading more stories from Sigmund Brouwer in the future. Recommended.

Monday, December 5, 2011

For Men Only by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn

For Men Only is a nonfiction book which tackles a huge issue for most men: Why do women do the things they do? Most men have a tough time understanding women and this leads to some major issues in their relationships. Jeff and Shaunti have talked to hundreds of women and taken several surveys to try to understand the thoughts and beliefs of women. Topics in this book include listening, security, and of course, sex. Each chapter talks about a problem, women’s thoughts, and practical ideas for men.

For Men Only is the follow-up to Shaunti’s book, For Women Only. Jeff is the main author of this book while Shaunti adds a few thoughts and ideas. I’ve been in a committed relationship for over 5 years now and am engaged to the love of my life. Over the years, we have had many disagreements, and I think many of these conflicts stem from just misunderstanding the opposite sex. The authors do a great job of outlining the problems and what to do to fix them. I am going to take each of the chapters in this book to heart and apply it to my relationship. I think this book will really help me as I give my life to my wonderful fiancĂ©. Highly recommended

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir

Ray Quinn is working on keeping his new private investigator business alive, but he’s finding that paying the bills can be tough. When he meets a new rich client, Ray thinks he may have caught the break he’s needed. But Ray soon finds that the client may be holding some important information back from him. With a murdered ex-cop, a biker gang, and a flirtatious receptionist, Ray thinks he may be in over his head.

The Corruptible is the second book in the Ray Quinn series by Mark Mynheir. I enjoyed the first book the series and I enjoyed this one a great deal too. I can tell that Mynheir (a former cop) knows what he is talking about in the books. The biggest issue I had with this book was that most of the “twists” were pretty predictable. Most of the time I knew what was coming. Still, it has been good getting to know Ray Quinn and the other characters. I’m looking forward to the next installment in this series. Recommended.