Book Review: Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone


This book was not exactly what I expected. The description had me thinking it was more of a physical revenge but it turned out to be emotional as well. There are definitely some adult moments in this book, but everything balances out nicely.

In this story, we are set into the shoes of a woman betrayed, but she is betrayed in a way that she doesn’t even realize at first. As her world crashes down around her, she has decisions to make. What will she do when somebody shows up dead? Will she protect her husband? Or does life have something else in store for her?

With devastating passion and emotional waves, this book is a fantastic portrayal of some of the more negative emotions that can overwhelm a person in moments of betrayal. Speaking from the soul of a woman who tries to rebuild her life after the disaster while learning more about herself along the way, this is a deep book that will grab you and pull you in.


Book Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events Book #8 – The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket


This is the eighth book which you have managed to get past the miseries that fill their pages. Why you would insist on reading eight of the most horrible, sob-inducing stories? Well, whether or not you have a reason, the fact is you’re here. So let me tell you about it.

In this book, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are on the run. Assuming you read the seventh book, you would know of the horrible misfortunes that befell the Baudelaires in the village of V.F.D. But that was a better part of this tale, and the bad luck continues here. If the village was not the right V.F.D., perhaps it’s the Volunteers Fighting Disease? The orphans might just strike lucky, and not with the information you’d expect.

More questions and fewer answers. It seems that you will have to pick up the next book to find out more. But there are other things to read. Perhaps you should make up any ending you’d like and just forget the book. No?

Book Review: Oz Book #9 – The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum


Yet another wonderful addition to the ever-expanding lore of Oz. Enter Trot and Cap’n Bill, characters from other stories by Baum that his ‘little tyrants’ demanded be added to the extensive roster of the Fairyland of Oz.

Add in Button-Bright, the list little boy who worries about nothing, as well as our old friend the Scarecrow. With other new characters, such as the Orks, and a new part of Oz, Jinxland, that is separate enough that witches are still around. What will happen to Trot and Cap’n Bill, especially from King Krewl?

With his usual whimsy and the characters that children live, Baum has added another gem to the crown of Oz, and if you love his other tales, this one will thoroughly please his fans.

Book Review: Firing Jesus by Greg Stier


This book takes a look at what it would be like for Jesus to be a youth leader. The thought of Jesus leading a youth group appealed to me. I read this when I was a teen, and it was nice to go back.

While the premise is good, I had trouble linking with the writing style. The narration of the church meeting seemed a bit awkward. The dialogue was a bit clunky. However, the POV shots of the thoughts of individual characters were incredible. Maggie’s was especially great.

The problem with books like these, the problems with ministries like Dare2Share, is that they push ONE WAY to do things. Not everybody is wired the same way. There are many ways to serve God. This book is a good start, especially for teenagers, but not everybody makes disciples in the same way. I pray that people come to understand that.

Book Review: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis


Mere Christianity is a great look at what Christianity is from a layman’s perspective. Lewis takes a difficult subject and tackles it with the wisdom that God grants His people. The explanations are such as can be understood by Christians and non-Christians alike.

Though Lewis makes many excellent points, I found his apparent belief in the theory of evolution to be distasteful. Whether or not he actually held the belief of evolution is unclear, but besides that, the book is a clear and simple explanation of what the author calls ‘mere’ Christianity.

If you’ve ever had questions about what Christians believe, why they have reason to believe it, and how it affects their behavior, this is the book for you. Take your chance and see what the book has to say to you.

Book Review: East Book #2 – West by Edith Pattou


After so long a pause between ‘East’ and ‘West’, I had lower expectations for this story. Was it a cash-grab? How could Rose’s story possibly go on? And yet go on it did, into a fantastic, beautiful story about the love of a wife and mother as she tried to protect and save her family.

Rose is just as wonderful a character as she was in the first book. Delving even deeper into her mind, we get to see the maturity that she developed in the first book guide her and grow even more in this one. With old enemies, new friends, and more mythology, all written in a superb style that truly speaks to the heart, this book is an excellent sequel to Rose’s initial adventures with her white bear and her journey to the place that lies east of the sun and west of the moon.

Enthralling beyond even ‘East’ this book helps us to dive deeper into this grand world that author Edith Pattou has lovingly crafted. One of the best sequels I’ve ever read! If you love mythology, definitely pick up this series and give it a try. You won’t regret it!

Book Review: The Lord of the Rings Book #2 – The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien


The great tale of the Ring continues. Now that the Fellowship is broken, the stories diverge. The first part of this book focuses on Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, with a break for Merry and Pippin. The second half tells the tale of Frodo and Sam after they parted from the others.

With breathtaking descriptions of both setting and characters, this book continues on the path set by the first one. As Tolkien guides us deeper into the world of Middle Earth, we get to know more of the terrain and of the characters. Exciting and full of suspense and mystery, this book delves into more of the lore and history of the fascinating land and develops each character on this long, perilous journey.

If you want to know more of Frodo and company, this is the book for you. The great depth of writing in this series may make some people bored, but many more have fallen in love with Middle Earth. Which side are you on?