Daughter of Light

Book title: Daughter of Light (Follower of the Word Book 1)

Author: Morgan L. Busse

Starting age: 14

Summary:

Banished from her village, Rowen Mar sets out to the White City in order to get a job that will offer her security… that is, if no one finds out her secret. But some things that are hidden should not be, and Rowen finds that the secret that has caused her so much pain is actually a gift.

But gifts can come with a price. When a friend of Rowen’s is severely injured, Rowen faces a life altering choice: watch him die, or reveal what she has striven to hide in order to save Daughter of Lighthim. Either choice will bring about consequences.

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Eragon

Book title: Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, Book One)

Author: Christopher Paolini

Summary:

Eragon is hunting when a blue stone of unmatched beauty appears. Mystified by its appearance, he takes it home to his uncle. But no one – not even the traders – know what this stone is, nor what it is made of.

And then it happens. The stone that was unbreakable cracks, revealing a dragon. As the Eragondays pass and the dragon grows, Eragon fears the attention it will draw. But is the attention of simple townspeople all he should fear?

Eragon, along with a dragon and an old storyteller with many secrets, begins the long hunt for the creatures that murdered his uncle. But is there more to this than he anticipated? What about the mark on his hand? And what about this mysterious storyteller?

But will a mere, untrained Rider, an old storyteller, and a dragon be able to face off a dark and powerful evil – and live?

Pros:

Eragon learns of sacrifice, perseverance, and loyalty.

*Cons:

Eragon goes to a fortune teller/witch to get his fortune told.

Enjoyable rating:

4 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

While Eragon is by no means a Christian book, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The story is of writing style that is somewhat similar to that of Tolkien and Donita K. Paul.

Eragon is a book full of twists, surprises, and mystery. With nearly 500 pages, it is a slightly longer read. For anyone who loves the fantasy genre, Eragon is a book worth reading.

   “You were foolish to escape from me in Gil’ead. It will only make things worse for you in the end.”

   “You’ll never capture me alive,” growled Eragon.

   “Is that so?” asked the Shade, raising an eyebrow… “You can’t stop me now. No one can!”

 

*Note: Magic is used in this book

Daystar: The Days are Numbered

Title: Daystar: The Days are Numbered

Author: Anne Hamilton

Summary:

Prince Ancelin Bedwyr Cai, better known as Ansey, keeps his ability of the Flair secret. After all, who cares if he can converse with animals? For Ansey, his one goal is to become a knight – but his father stands in his way.

Fern McDey prides herself with her ability of invisibility. In fact, she is so practiced at being invisible, that her own father seems to forget she’s alive. To Fern, no one knows she daystarexists, nor do they care.

Ansey’s life is turned upside down when his dream is crushed. But after a run in with a strange girl from another world, the White Three of the White Tree, two secretive children, and being victim of a kidnapping, Ansey’s life is set on a path he never imagined.

When she is tricked by her stepsister, Fern is drawn into a world on the brink of destruction. Swept along in a journey beyond her imagination, Fern learns of the long searched for ‘King Who Guards the Gate.’ Who is this person, and what does this whole chaotic mess have to do with the legendary Seven Powers. And who is this Ancient of Days?

When the Dark Sleeper awakens, will Fern, Ansey, and their odd assortment of friends discover who they really are?

Pros:

Daystar: The Days are Numbered shows the gift that true friendship offers.

Cons:

There was one instance of the expletive “d- – -“.

Enjoyable rating:

4.5 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Daystar: The Days are Numbered posses a unique plot. I was drawn in and hooked. Plenty of action and danger spiced this book to make an enjoyable read. Although my only complaint is the usage of the “word”, which unfortunately docked it from a rating of 5 to 4. Daystar: The Days are Numbered is a worthwhile and intriguing read – one I will definitely read again.

“What’s to stop me from killing you and taking the Powers?” The giant raised the sword. “All I see is a dwarf, a pony, and seven children, none of whom is even remotely capable of resisting the might of Uller Princekiller.”

 

 

Daughter of Light

Book title: Daughter of Light (Follower of the Word Book 1)

Author: Morgan L. Busse

Starting age: 14

Summary:

Banished from her village, Rowen Mar sets out to the White City in order to get a job that will offer her security… that is, if no one finds out her secret. But some things that are hidden should not be, and Rowen finds that the secret that has caused her so much pain is actually a gift.

But gifts can come with a price. When a friend of Rowen’s is severely injured, Rowen faces a life altering choice: watch him die, or reveal what she has striven to hide in order to save Daughter of Lighthim. Either choice will bring about consequences.

With evil rising up all around her, and an invasion that could mean the end of her new life, Rowen must put her faith in the One who created her and use her gift to help save her friends.

Pros:

Sacrifices are made for others, and trust and faith are forged.

Cons:

None.

Enjoyable rating:

5 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Daughter of Light is now one of my favorite books in the fantasy genre. I could not get enough of it and was barely able to put it down. Daughter of Light is a quick paced, action packed, page turner. It is a definite must read.

From the end of the first paragraph to the last word in the book, I was hooked. If you’re looking for a wholesome, Christian, entertaining read, here you go.

 

Fear punched her in the stomach. Rowen stumbled away from the rocks…What had happened? Had the assassins – No! Rowen shook her head in an effort to clear away the shock. She needed to be focused. Here. Now.

 

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

 

Cloak of the Light

Book title: Cloak of the Light (book 1 in the War of the Realms series)

Author: Chuck Black

Starting age:  13

Summary:

Drew Carter has no need for God. Why should he when God took away his father whom Drew loved dearly?

Cloak of the Light When a horrific accident occurs, Drew finds his world changed dramatically when he sees what no one else can. Invaders. What stymies Drew is that some are good, some bad; and they are at war.

What Drew doesn’t know is that he is watching a war for the world. A war that might just help lead him in the direction of the God that he scoffs.

Pros:

Sticking with it, having faith in God even in a tough time, defending the underdog, doing the right thing, and not giving into pressure (in this case it’s drinking), are all quality ideas embedded in this book.

Cons:

A few of Drew’s comrades get drunk.

Enjoyable Rating:

5 out of 5

Musings (see my tab How I Rate the Books):

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My thoughts: 

Cloak of the Light is a captivating well-written book that grabs your attention, twists your heartstrings, and gives a glance into what spiritual warfare could look like, and by far one of my favorites. I’ve had this book for two years, and have probably read it eight times. After you’re done reading it for the first time, you’ll immediately go to the front and start over. It’s that good.

If you’re looking for a book that  will challenge your faith and give you hours of enjoyable reading, I would highly recommend Cloak of the Light.

The light invader made one quick slice that found its mark deep in an opponent’s chest, then turned, dodged two rounds, and used the brick wall to launch himself at the dark invader attacking from above.