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.

Reading Update August 2019

This month was a little busier than last month. I got through 10 books during the month of August.

The following is a list of completed books.

1) The End by Lemony Snicket

2) The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

3) The Sandman by William Joyce

4) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

5) Reflections on the Psalms by C.S. Lewis

6) Jack Frost by William Joyce

7) Warriors by Gurpreet Kaur

8) The Pleasures of God by John Piper

9) Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce

10) E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core by William Joyce

I loved the picture books by William Joyce, but the children’s books were even better!

My favorite children’s books from August were as follows:

1) E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core

2) The End

3) Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

Favorite Nonfiction books were

1) The Pleasures of God

2) Reflections on the Psalms

3) Warriors

I read only one fiction book that wasn’t a children’s book, so my favorite fiction book was, of course, Wuthering Heights.

And that’s all for August! How many books did you get through? How far in your yearly goal are you? Let me know!

Book Review: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero


I am not a big horror fan, but this book had me hooked from the beginning. Just the premise of ‘those meddling kids and their dog’ fascinated me. And this is indeed Scooby-Doo all grown up.

With an interesting writing style, Cantero offers a look at the idea of ‘What if it’s not just a man in a mask?’ The author delves into the past almost delicately, never fully but the glimpses are there, of the night the Blyton Hills Summer Detective Club that changed everything. As they go back to the town as adults, what follows proves that it definitely wasn’t a guy in a mask.

This is definitely not for kids, but the story is written is such a fascinating way that it should pull in the horror fans. Couple the plot with the depth of the various characters, and you’ve got a great book. If you’ve ever wanted to see the gang ‘all grown up’ this is your chance.

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!