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.