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

 

The Carousel Painter

Book title: The Carousel Painter

Author: Judith Miller

Starting age:  14

Summary:

Carrington Brouwer finds herself in Ohio at her rich friend’s home after her father’s death. She is in need of a job, but lacks the skills to become a lady’s maid or seamstress – two of the few jobs that single women are allowed to do.

If only she could get a job where she could do what she does best – paint. When Carrington finds out that a painter is needed at her friend’s father’s carousel factory, she enlists the help of an unlikely ally to secure the job.The Carousel Painter

But the men aren’t one bit happy about having to work with a woman, and Carrington finds herself despised by all. Worse than that, she doesn’t even get to paint!

But Carrington finds that her problems are just beginning when her friend’s suitor makes unwelcome advances on her, and when she is targeted for a crime she didn’t even commit.

Can Carrington convince the police that she didn’t commit the crime? And what about her growing feelings for the grumpy manager at the factory? Will Carrington turn from her pride and to God before her whole world spirals out of control?

Pros:

The study of God’s Word is encouraged, faith is grown, and the lesson is learned that trusting in God is the best thing to do, even in the hardest of circumstances.

Cons:

A few parts of the book are a bit confusing if you don’t read through it slowly.

Enjoyable rating:

4 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

What makes this book unique is that it is written in first person. The way that Judith Miller paints Brouwer’s emotions and feelings is stupendous, and the first person POV makes it all the better. Miller did an excellent job writing The Carousel Painter, and with the attention capturing POV, I found myself quickly entranced by the book.

Life is better with your nose in a book.

The Door Within

Book title: The Door Within (The Door Within Trilogy #1)

Author: Wayne Thomas Batson

Starting age: 13

Summary:

Aidan Thomas is disgusted with how his life is going. He’s had to move across away from his best (and only) friend, he knows no one in town, and he’s saddled with his wheelchair-bound grandfather. And the nightmares he’s having aren’t adding anything pleasant to the situation either.The Door Within

But when scrolls suddenly appear, Aidan can’t help but read them. Scoffed by his parents, he keeps quiet, but the scrolls are ever present in his mind.

Aidan takes a step of faith and enters into a world he never knew existed – a world on the brink of war.

Pros:

Aidan learns respect for his grandfather, and finds that even a fraidy-cat teenager like him can be used by the King for the greatest of purposes.

Cons:

Aidan is disrespectful about his grandfather.

Enjoyable rating:

4 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

The Door Within is an attention grabber. I devoured this book and reluctantly allowed it to leave my hands so that my dad could read it. This book will keep you up all night finishing it.

Batson has crafted this book so that when you’re done reading it, you can barely contain your curiosity as to what happens next. The Door Within is a book that, no matter how many times you read it, will never get old.

 

After I read a good book, I have a hard time coping with reality. ~ Unknown

 

 

The Book of the King

Book title: The Book of the King (The Wormling Series #1)

Authors: Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry

Starting age: 13

Summary:

Owen Reeder has never been anything special. How could he when he is ultra-shy, totally geeky, and limps when he walks? The only friends Owen has are those within the covers of books. Well, and an annoying little girl Owen has nicknamed “Constant.”

When a mysterious man comes into Owen’s father’s bookstore and offers Owen a book unlike any he has ever seen, Owen is ready to snatch it up. And Book of the Kinghe would have if his father hadn’t chased the mystery man out of the building.

But what Owen doesn’t realize is that when he opens the book, his whole life will forever be changed. Owen finds himself an integral part in an epic adventure to battle evil and help good prevail.

Pros:

Sacrifices are made, hope is uncovered, and a new life is restored.

Cons:

Owen thinks to much about a girl (there are no inappropriate thoughts).

Enjoyable rating:

4 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Written in a mixture of second and third person, The Book of the King makes for an interesting read.

When Owen first discovers hints that all is not as it appears, Jenkins and Fabry do an excellent job of playing up the emotion. When Owen is frightened and confused, you will feel those same emotions coursing over you. When he is fighting for his life, you feel as if you are there with him, also fighting for yours.

All in all, this book is an attention grabber, and you will find it a battle to turn your thoughts away from this excellently crafted novel.

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. ~ Oscar Wilde