Stopped Cold

Book title: Stopped Cold

Author: Gail Pallotta

Starting age: 15

Summary:

Margaret McWhorter had no idea that life could take such a drastic turn. That is, until her brother suffers a stroke. But this is no ordinary stroke, for Margaret and her family are stunned to discover that steroids triggered it. Now, Margaret’s brother is lying on a hospital bed, unresponsive.

Margaret vows that she will find –  and get even with – the criminals who sold her brother this deadly drug. Pairing up with  two of her friends, she sets out to get revenge. But thingsStopped Cold are much more dangerous than they seem, and Margaret finds herself and her friends in danger. Margaret discovers that turning to her faith might help her with this fiery resolve for revenge.

Margaret wonders if her life will ever return to normal. But can this tragedy possibly have a silver lining?

Pros:

The dangers of drugs and the importance of leaving revenge to God are shown throughout Stopped Cold.

Cons:

A minor character is flirtatious, mentioning that she needs to go find a “sexy outfit”.

Enjoyable rating:

5 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Stopped Cold captured my attention right from the start. Showing the dangers of drugs, Stopped Cold is a book that all teens should read.

The way the book is crafted makes it extremely easy to connect with the characters. I loved the way the suspense is built. And as for the ending, well, God often uses the bad to draw people closer to him, as Margaret discovers in this adrenaline building tale.

Reality – that annoying time when you’re not reading. ~ Unknown

 

Hear No Evil

Book title: Hear No Evil (Rustic Knoll Bible Camp Book 1)

Author: Mary L. Hamilton

Starting age: 13

Summary:

Brady McCaul isn’t sure what’s going on with his mom. She is acting strange and Brady is afraid that something is wrong. At camp, she tells him that he won’t be coming home. Brady is stunned. Why? What did he do wrong? He tries to change her mind, but to no avail. Crushed, Brady wonders how he’ll make it through the week long camp. Rustic Knoll #1

As if his mom’s decision wasn’t bad enough, Brady has a bully in his cabin – and Brady is the target. Why can’t the kid just leave Brady alone?

During the middle of the night, Brady decides to take matters into his own hands. Maybe then his mom will want him back. But what happens when a terrible storm comes up? Will Brady’s plans be foiled? Can God use the storm to show Brady His never ending, unfailing love?

Pros:

The dangers of running away are shown, friendship is encouraged, and forgiveness is shown.

Cons:

A fellow camp mate is a bully, often spewing hateful words.

Enjoyable rating:

5 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Hear No Evil is a wonderful story. My heart ached for Brady, and the way the author incorporates God into the story is absolutely amazing.

This book is a must read, and kids from the age 13 and up will thoroughly enjoy it. Rustic Knoll is the dream camp with sports, lessons, and fun. I was so happy with the ending; for a while there I wasn’t sure how it would end!

Crack open the cover and you will find yourself immersed in the fun and activities of Rustic Knoll Camp.

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books – and that’s kind of the same thing. – Unknown

 

Chapel Springs Revival

Book title: Chapel Springs Revival

Author: Ane Mulligan

Starting age: 15

Summary:

Claire Bennett has a habit of sticking her mouth in her foot. Fortunately for her, she always has her best friend, Patsy, to rescue her from the… predicaments that Claire finds herself in.

But right now, that’s the least of her worries. Her husband is despondent, her eldest son is getting married, and she and her entrepreneur friends are giving Chapel Springs a   Chapel Springs Revivalmakeover.

Add in that the mayor is a pain in the derriere, the soon-to-be-blushing bride’s mother is quite difficult (that’s the nice way of saying it) and wants Claire to handle everything, and that Patsy is also having marital issues, and trouble is bound to happen.

From nearly burning down a building, to almost being late to her son’s wedding, Claire and Patsy must somehow survive the coming weeks. But that might not be humanly possible. Can they count on God to carry them through?

Pros:

Forgiveness is shown, and the lesson taught that communication is the best thing. Also, not giving up on your spouse just because they are a bit difficult is an important thread.

Cons:

Patsy and Claire assume the worst about someone, and Claire flirts a bit.

Enjoyable rating:

5 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Chapel Springs Revival is a cute, hilarious story. I laughed several times at Claire’s and Patsy’s antics, and thoroughly enjoyed the story.

I felt so bad for Claire; she tries time and time again to do things right, but stuff never turns out like how she wants it to. The less that goes wrong (at least where she’s concerned), the less she has to deal with obnoxious comments from annoying townspeople. And plenty of stuff goes wrong.

All in all, Chapel Springs Revival is a wonderful, entertaining story. You’ll not regret reading this book.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney

 

The Gifted

Book title: The Gifted

Author: Matthew Dickerson

Starting age: 14

Summary:

Elynna watched her village be attacked by the dreaded Daegmon Lord. Few survived. Heading to Citadel in hopes of securing help, Elynna is disappointed by the outcome.

Joining a band of survivors, she leads the group in hunting down the Daegmon Lord. Their The Giftedgoal? To put an end to the horrific murders and terror their enemy is carrying out. After a deadly battle, the Daegmon is finally slayed. But at a great cost, for there are few among Elynna’s comrades that are not severally injured.

Returning back to the battle site, horror spreads when there is no sign of the body. Traveling and searching for answers, Elynna’s band is betrayed, captured, and taken to Citadel. With the order of their deaths, the captives see their last remnants of hope slipping away. But what will happen when an unlikely ally comes to their aid?

Pros:

Defending the innocent is a main thread in The Gifted.

Cons:

Elynna is a bit ridiculous with a crush she has, and in turn, is rude to a comrade.

Enjoyable rating:

4 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

The Gifted delves into the mind of one struggling to banish an evil foe, and Matthew Dickerson does it well.

The attention to detail is wonderful, and the landscapes come to life as you read. The characters are well written, and I found myself holding my breath as I read the battle scene. The Gifted leaves you wanting more and waiting impatiently for the next book in the series to come out.

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. – Mark Twain