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Friday, October 29, 2010


The Almost Human Trilogy is a paranormal fantasy that involves a vampire and a young woman. They are joined by a cast of characters as they deal with addictions, desire, struggles with abuse, morality, college life and zombies.

Volume 1: Fatal Infatuation
Fatal Infatuation: ALMOST HUMAN ~The First Trilogy~ (Volume 1)

Felicity views going away to college as an opportunity to mature into a confident young woman, but her new beginning turns out to be more of an adventure than she bargains for when she finds that her school is plagued by vampires!

Cain is an elder vampire who displays quiet confidence even as he struggles to overcome sins of his past. Surprisingly, he found that in losing his life he gained his faith and a purpose.

His mission: find the hostile vampires that inhabit this small college town, and educate them to live in peace with humans. Their leader, Sindy, is a wicked temptress who has set her sights on Felicity's new friend Ben. She will be difficult to control, but after meeting Felicity, Cain's most difficult task lies in controlling himself.

My Thoughts-

I have always been a fan of vampires and Ms. Nowak's first volume of the trilogy was great. The way the author alternated chapters between characters was very clever and kept me interested. All the characters were developed nicely and I could feel their emotions. I was unsure of who the good or bad guy was and that kept me thinking throughout the book. I have been waiting for another series similar to the Twilight Series and after reading the first volume, I can't wait to sink my teeth into the other two volumes.There are some unanswered questions that I hope will be answered in the next two volumes but I knew that this was not a stand alone novel before I started reading it. If you like vampires, mysteries and romance this is the book for you.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book by the author for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books.  A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured.  The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between!  Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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David C. Cook; New edition (August 1, 2010)
***Special thanks to Audra Jennings Senior Media Specialist from The B&B Media Group for sending me a review copy.***


Travis Thrasher is an author of diverse talents with more than twelve published novels including romance, suspense, adventure, and supernatural horror tales. At the core of each of his stories lie flawed characters in search of redemption. Thrasher weaves hope within all of his tales, and he loves surprising his readers with amazing plot twists and unexpected variety in his writing. Travis lives with his wife and daughter in a suburb of Chicago. Solitary is his first young adult novel.

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Product Details:

List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (August 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1434764214
ISBN-13: 978-1434764218


1 . Half a Person

She’s beautiful.

She stands behind two other girls, one a goth coated in black and the other a blonde with wild hair and an even wilder smile. She’s waiting, looking off the other way, but I’ve already memorized her face.

I’ve never seen such a gorgeous girl in my life.

“You really like them?”

The goth girl is the one talking; maybe she’s the leader of their pack. I’ve noticed them twice already today because of her, the one standing behind. The beautiful girl from my second-period English class, the one with the short skirt and long legs and endless brown hair, the one I can’t stop thinking about. She’s hard not to notice.

“Yeah, they’re one of my favorites,” I say.

We’re talking about my T-shirt. It’s my first day at this school, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think carefully about what I was going to wear. It’s about making a statement. I would have bet that 99 percent of the seven hundred kids at this high school wouldn’t know what Strangeways, Here We Come refers to.

Guess I found the other 1 percent.

I was killing time after lunch by wandering aimlessly when the threesome stopped me. Goth Girl didn’t even say hi; she just pointed at the murky photograph of a face on my shirt and asked where I got it. She made it sound like I stole it.

In a way, I did.

“You’re not from around here, are you?” Goth Girl asks. Hersparkling blue eyes are almost hidden by her dark eyeliner.

“Did the shirt give it away?”

“Nobody in this school listens to The Smiths.”

I can tell her that I stole the shirt, or in a sense borrowed it, butthen she’d ask me from where.

I don’t want to tell her I found it in a drawer in the house we’re staying at. A cabin that belongs to my uncle. A cabin that used to belong to my uncle when he was around.

“I just moved here from a suburb of Chicago.”

“What suburb?” the blonde asks.

“Libertyville. Ever hear of it?”


I see the beauty shift her gaze around to see who’s watching. Which is surprising, because most attractive girls don’t have to do that. They know that they’re being watched.

This is different. Her glance is more suspicious. Or anxious.

“What’s your name?”

“Chris Buckley.”

“Good taste in music, Chris,” Goth Girl says. “I’m Poe. This is Rachel. And she’s Jocelyn.”

That’s right. Her name’s Jocelyn. I remember now from class.

“What else do you like?”

“I got a wide taste in music.”

“Do you like country?” Poe asks.

“No, not really.”

“Good. I can’t stand it. Nobody who wears a T-shirt like that would ever like country.”

“I like country,”  Rachel says.

“Don’t admit it. So why’d you move here?”

“Parents got a divorce. My mom decided to move, and I came with her.”

“Did you have a choice?”

“Not really. But if I had I would’ve chosen to move with her.”

“Why here?”

“Some of our family lives in Solitary. Or used to. I have a couple relatives in the area.” I choose not to say anything about Uncle Robert. “My mother grew up around here.”

“That sucks,” Poe says.

“Solitary is a strange town,” Rachel says with a grin that doesn’t seem to ever go away. “Anybody tell you that?”

I shake my head.

“Joss lives here; we don’t,” Poe says. “I’m in Groveton; Rach lives on the border to South Carolina. Joss tries to hide out at our places because Solitary fits its name.”

Jocelyn looks like she’s late for something, her body language screaming that she wants to leave this conversation she’s not a part of. She still hasn’t acknowledged me.

“What year are you guys?”

“Juniors. I’m from New York—can’t you tell? Rachel is from Colorado, and Jocelyn grew up here, though she wants to get out as soon as she can. You can join our club if you like.”

Part of me wonders if I’d have to wear eyeliner and lipstick.


“The misfits. The outcasts. Whatever you want to call it.”

“Not sure if I want to join that.”

“You think you fit in?”

“No,” I say.

“Good. We’ll take you. You fit with us. Plus … you’re cute.”

Poe and her friends walk away.

Jocelyn finally glances at me and smiles the saddest smile I’ve ever seen.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified.

I might look cool and nonchalant and act cool and nonchalant, but inside I’m quaking.

I spent the first sixteen years of my life around the same people, going to the same school, living in the same town with the same two parents.

Now everything is different.

The students who pass me are nameless, faceless, expressionless. We are part of a herd that jumps to life like Pavlov’s dog at the sound of the bell, which really is a low drone that sounds like it comes from some really bad sci-fi movie. It’s hard to keep the cool and nonchalant thing going while staring in confusion at my school map. I probably look pathetic.

I dig out the computer printout of my class list and look at it again. I swear there’s not a room called C305.

I must be looking pathetic, because she comes up to me and asks if I’m lost.

Jocelyn can actually talk.

“Yeah, kinda.”

“Where are you going?”

“Some room—C305. Does that even exist?”

“Of course it does. I’m actually heading there right now.” There’s an attitude in her voice, as if she’s ready for a fight even if one’s not coming.


She nods.

“Second class together,” I say, which elicits a polite and slightly annoyed smile.

She explains to me how the rooms are organized, with C stuck between A and B for some crazy reason. But I don’t really hear the words she’s saying. I look at her and wonder if she can see me blushing. Other kids are staring at me now for the first time today. They look at Jocelyn and look at me—curious, critical, cutting. I wonder if I’m imagining it.

After a minute of this, I stare off a kid who looks like I threw manure in his face.

“Not the friendliest bunch of people, are they?” I ask.

“People here don’t like outsiders.”

“They didn’t even notice me until now.”

She nods and looks away, as if this is her fault. Her hair, so thick and straight, shimmers all the way past her shoulders. I could stare at her all day long.

“Glad you’re in some of my classes.”

“I’m sure you are,” she says.

We reach the room.

“Well, thanks.”

“No problem.”

She says it the way an upperclassmen might answer a freshman. Or an older sister, her bratty brother. I want to say something witty, but nothing comes to mind.

I’m sure I’m not the first guy she’s left speechless.

Every class I’m introduced to seems more and more unimpressed.

“This is Christopher Buckley from Chicago, Illinois,” the teachers say, in case anybody doesn’t know where Chicago is.

In case anybody wonders who the new breathing slab of human is, stuck in the middle of the room.

A redheaded girl with a giant nose stares at me, then glances at my shirt as if I have food smeared all over it. She rolls her eyes and then looks away.

Glancing down at my shirt makes me think of a song by The Smiths, “Half a Person.”

That’s how I feel.

I’ve never been the most popular kid in school. I’m a soccer player in a football world. My parents never had an abundance of money. I’m not overly good looking or overly smart or overly anything, to be honest. Just decent looking and decent at sports and decent at school. But decent doesn’t get you far. Most of the time you need to be the best at one thing and stick to it.

I think about this as I notice more unfamiliar faces. A kid who looks like he hasn’t bathed for a week. An oily-faced girl who looks miserable. A guy with tattoos who isn’t even pretending to listen.

I never really fit in back in Libertyville, so how in the world am I going to fit in here?

Two more years of high school.

I don’t want to think about it.

As the teacher drones on about American history and I reflect on my own history, my eyes find her.

I see her glancing my way.

For a long moment, neither of us look away.

For that long moment, it’s just the two of us in the room.

Her glance is strong and tough. It’s almost as if she’s telling me to remain the same, as if she’s saying, Don’t let them get you down.

Suddenly, I have this amazingly crazy thought: I’m glad I’m here.

I have to fight to get out of the room to catch up to Jocelyn.

I’ve had forty minutes to think of exactly what I want to say, but by the time I catch up to her, all that comes out is “hey.”

She nods.

Those eyes cripple me. I’m not trying to sound cheesy—they do. They bind my tongue.

For an awkward sixty seconds, the longest minute of my sixteen years, I walk the hallway beside her. We reach the girls’ room, and she opens the door and goes inside. I stand there for a second, wondering

if I should wait for her, then feeling stupid and ridiculous, wondering why I’m turning into a head of lettuce around a stranger I just met.

But I know exactly why.

As I head down the hallway, toward some other room with some other teacher unveiling some other plan to educate us, I feel someone grab my arm.

“You don’t want to mess with that.”

I wonder if I heard him right. Did he say that or her?

I turn and see a short kid with messy brown hair and a pimply face. I gotta be honest—it’s been a while since I’d seen a kid with this many pimples. Doctors have things you can do for that. The word pus comes to mind.

“Mess with what?”

“Jocelyn. If I were you, I wouldn’t entertain such thoughts.”

Who is this kid, and what’s he talking about?

And what teenager says, “I wouldn’t entertain such thoughts”?

“What thoughts would those be?”

“Don’t be a wise guy.”

Pimple Boy sounds like the wise guy, with a weaselly voice that seems like it’s going to deliver a punch line any second.

“What are you talking about?”

“Look, I’m just warning you. I’ve seen it happen before. I’m nobody, okay, and nobodies can get away with some things. And you look like a decent guy, so I’m just telling you.”

“Telling me what?”

“Not to take a fancy with the lady.”

Did he just say that in an accent that sounded British, or is it my imagination?

“I was just walking with her down the hallway.”

“Yeah. Okay. Then I’ll see you later.”

“Wait. Hold on,” I say. “Is she taken or something?”

“Yeah. She’s spoken for. And has been for sometime.”

Pimple Boy says this the way he might tell me that my mother is dying.

It’s bizarre.

And a bit spooky.

I realize that Harrington County High in Solitary, North Carolina, is a long way away from Libertyville.

I think about what the odd kid just told me.

This is probably bad.

Because one thing in my life has been a constant. You can ask my mother or father, and they’d agree.

I don’t like being told what to do.

My Thoughts-

I have never read any of  Mr. Thrasher's novels before. I found Solitary to be creepy, bizarre and an unpredictable read. While reading the book, I got to know about the town and the strange things that are happening around the town.  I have always loved horror novels and Solitary is appropriate for the older teen. I did feel that there was a bit to much dialogue but that did not keep me from enjoying the novel. There were times that I was unsure of what was going on at the time and there were a few unanswered questions. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books.  A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured.  The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between!  Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Zondervan (May 7, 2010)
***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Brandilyn and Amberly Collins are a mother/daughter team from northern California.

Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense, is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, Crimson Eve, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels.

Visit the Brandilyn's website.

Amberly Collins is a college student in Long Beach, California, majoring in marketing. She’s active in her Alphi Phi sorority and dotes on her Yorkie puppy, Bear.

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Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (May 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031071933X
ISBN-13: 978-0310719335

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My Thoughts-

I loved the book. This is the first book in the series that I had read and I was able to follow the storyline with no difficulty. There was a lot of excitement and the development of the characters was great. It was a quick read and I was able to finish the book in about three hours.The authors did a great job and I hope that they will continue to write in the future. I highly recommend the book for the young adult reader.

Friday, July 16, 2010


The Prophecy (Watchers Chronicles, The) CLOSED

In The Prophecy (Watchers Chronicles, The) by D. Miller there are five teenagers ( Jonah, J, Jenna, Sam, and Carly) who were best friends growing up and after some traumatic events they went their separate ways.  All of them do not remember the events that happened. They are all having nightmares and strange voices that help them to remember what had happened. Sam decides to contact the others because he feel that they may be in trouble. As the story progresses they realize that they are "Watchers" and  they help to decide the outcome of the battle between good and evil. The are able to see the angels that are among them. Will good or evil win and what happens to the teenagers? I guess you have to read the book to find out.

About the Author-

Dawn Miller is an award-winning filmmaker and author who has written and produced several books, a music video and an urban teen drama. She lives in St. Louis with her teenage son and is currently at work on the graphic novel and feature film version of 'The Watcher Chronicles'. 

My Thoughts-

I thought that the book was a confusing and I found it difficult to follow the characters in the beginning, but as the story progressed I was able to follow the storyline. I actually had to write all of the angels names down to keep track of them. There were suspenseful parts and I felt that the ending was appropriate. A great YA thriller and I look forward to book two in the series.

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Friday, April 30, 2010


Allon: Book 1In Allon Book 1 by Shawn Lamb, The magical land of Allon was a paradise until the fall of the Guardians and the land was taken over by an evil King Marcellus. He is being assisted by an evil spirit, Dagar and they spread fear throughout the land. The people believed that there was an ancient prophecy that will restore the guardians and the land of Allon will be ruled by a heir that will bring peace to the land.

Prince Ellis was forced to leave his home when he was sixteen and is being chased by the King’s soldiers. He runs into two strangers in the forest who assists him in his quest to destroy the evil that lurks within Allon. But before he can rule Allon, he has to prove his character, wisdom, his courage and his heart. He has to pass many tests on his way to becoming the King of Allon. Will Ellis defeat the Evil King and become the rightful heir to the kingdom?

About the Author-

 Shawn lives in Antioch, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville with her husband Rob Lamb. Married for 25 years they have a daughter, Briana, who is pursuing a career in film.

Shawn began writing in her late teens and kept pursuing a career, eventually writing for the 1980s Filmation animated series “BraveStarr.” She continued honing her craft, winning two awards and earning recognition for screenwriting from the American Screenwriters Association. While pitching historical fiction to various publishers, her daughter asked her if she could write her a fantasy story. It was a challenge switching genres but one she accepted.

Authors Website


My Thoughts-
Allon was a wonderful medieval adventure. There were many characters introduced in the book and sometimes I had difficulty following them. Otherwise, I enjoyed the book. It was fast paced, and I was able to feel the characters emotions throughout the book. Good Job, Ms. Lamb. I look forward in reading book 2 in the Allon series.

DIsclaimer: I was given a free copy of the book by Glass Roads Public Relations and the author for my honest review. I was not compensated for the review.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


The BridegroomsThe bridegrooms is set during the turn of the century and is about four sisters (Vada, Hazel, Althea and Lizzy Allenhouse) who were abandoned by their mother when they were very young. Their father who is a physician works in the basement of their house and he has become consumed by his work. The oldest sister Vada, must keep the family together. All the women are single and available. Vada is engaged to a lawyer, Garrison, who treats her very well. They all get excited when the baseball team called The Bridegrooms comes to town. There is an accident at the ball field and a man called Eli is hit with a stray ball and knocked unconscious. They bring him to Dr. Allenhouse and he cares for the injured man. Each of the girls has their own unique story that is intertwined into the plot.

The girls take turns caring for Eli who is unconscious for a week. Althea, who has not spoken since her mother's disappearance has an attraction for the man and sticks by his side the whole time writing poems and jotting in a journal. 

Hazel is constantly looking for love and she is sends letters all over the country looking for the perfect husband. Does she find him? I will never tell you.

The youngest sister Lizzy is very popular with the boys and they are always following her around. Does she meet the right man? I guess you have to read the book.

While the injured man is in the house, Vada is attracted to the star pitcher of the team and she has to make a difficult decision. What are the girls to do? Will they find Mr. Right? Those questions are answered in the book.

About the Author-

Allison Pittman is the author of Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A former high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. Allison makes her home in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Learn more about the author at

My thoughts-

When I first looked at the cover, I thought that the book was about four girls looking for grooms, and I was surprised to find out that it was the name of a baseball team. The book was beautifully written and was easy to read. All of the characters had their own story that was combined perfectly and I was able to connect to each character. Romance novels are not my favorite genre but I really enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading more of Allison Pittman’s novels.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


The Twilight Gospel: The Spiritual Roots of the Stephenie Meyer Vampire SagaThe Twilight series has become  a major rave in the last couple of years. What are the hidden meanings behind the story? In the The Twilight Gospel: The Spiritual Roots of the Stephenie Meyer Vampire Saga, Mr. Roberts delves into the spiritual roots of the vampire saga. He discusses many of the values and ideas that S. Meyers wants to express in her books. He discusses a variety of topics including fear, enchantment, family, sexuality, myths and legends, and many other topics. In the beginning of the book, he summarizes all of the books in the series including Midnight Sun. If you have never read the series, there are a few spoilers offered. Vampires were always considered evil and the twilight series was considered controversial and many parents did not want their teens to read it.
I have read all of the books and I felt that Roberts did a good job in explaining the saga on a Christian point of view.
The book was a quick and easy read. In the ending of the book the author mentions that the series should be read with caution because there are flaws. Everyone has their own opinions and the book gives you an insight into the author’s feelings on the subject. The book is a good reference to the characters of the story and there are scriptures included to help explain the information. If you want to dive deeper in the true meaning of the series, this is the book for you. I have always been interested in the supernatural and vampires and I will always read books about them. Does that make me a bad Christian? No, I am well rounded and open to new ideas.
About the Author-

Dave Roberts is the author of the best-selling The Toronto Blessing and Red Moon Rising with joint sales in excess of 100,000. He is a former editor of Christianity and won awards for his work on Renewal magazine. He is a local church pastor and conference director for three major annual conferences on worship, children's ministry, and women's ministry.


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Sunday, February 21, 2010


Skylar Hoyt in the first book of the series, Me Just Different, was a high school girl who loved to party and wanted to be the queen of the school. When she got closer to God her life changed. She decided to change her ways. In Out with the In Crowd (The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt) by Stephanie Morrill, Skylar has to figure out who she really is and how she can live her life with the help of god. All of her old friends may still act the same but she is not included in the in crowd anymore. Her family is in turmoil. Her younger sister Abbie is pregnant and she is unsure if she wants to keep the baby. Their parents have marital issues and may be splitting up. Her mother has moved out of the house, and she wants her daughters to move to Hawaii with her. Skyler loves her whole family and does not want to hurt her father. There are secrets in the family's past that are revealed in the book. She is in love with Connor and does not want to leave him. What is a girl to do? How will God help her make the right decision?

About the Author-

 Stephanie Morrill loves writing for teens because her high school years greatly impacted her adult life. I spent the first part of my childhood in California. Long enough to be influenced, to have roots there, but not long enough to really be “from” there. I did the bulk of my growing up in Kansas City. It’s where I went to high school, met my husband, and worked a few lousy jobs. Ben and I make our life here now, along with our baby girl, McKenna, and dog, K.C. They’re the most interesting things about me. Without them I’m just a book junkie with a crazy thing for coffee, who would rather sit in front of my computer and write than go to a party. Visit Stephanie at her website

My Review-

As a sophomore in High School, I hear all the gossip and arguments in the hallways of my school and I can relate to the characters in the book. The book was well written and the plot was engaging. The characters were real and gave a true portrayal of life as a teenager. This is a great young adult book. I look forward to reading the third book in the series So Over It. Although I have not read the first book in the series, I was able to understand what troubles Skylar had in the past, and how she changed her ways.


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Disclaimer: Available January 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a copy of the book from Revell and I was not compensated for the review of the book.