Reviewer: Cierra Loften
I usually don't tend to go for YA books that center on the medieval or fantasy, though Camille Esther's 'Dorian The Daring' has a believable balance of family life/drama, action and adventure, and spiritual growth. The cover contains a dark-hooded human figure with blue and black smoke enveloping him which is not what you'd expect from a Christian novel but it's a good perk! It shows that not all religious, particularly Christian, books have to be full of flowers and hearts. Overall, I found the main character, Dorian, to be an engaging teenager whose determination, humility, and ability to recognize his weaknesses made him all the more likable and believable. I thought the author did a wonderful job of creating the atmosphere of medieval times and I could tell she did her research on the times before diving into writing. 'Dorian The Daring' earns a solid 5 out of 5 stars from me.
pursuing her, despite the fact that everyone knows dating a co-worker is career suicide.
Using her software, Merrideth gets a first-hand look at Brett’s ancestors, the courageous pioneers of the Illinois Country who withstood Indian attacks, hardship, and loneliness to settle there in the 1780s. One of the settlers is James Garretson, who risked his life to take the Gospel to the very tribe that wreaked havoc on his family. Merrideth is amazed that he could forgive a crime so huge.
She would love to tell Brett that he is descended from heroes, and that he inherited his black hair and green eyes from James Garretson. But she is determined to safeguard her program, and discretion is not Brett’s strong suit. She also has secrets about herself that she’d just as soon he didn’t find out either.
One virtue Brett does have is patience, and he’s quite willing to wait for Merrideth to figure things out.
Reviewer: Stephanie Thomason
Genesis ignited something within my soul that I haven’t felt since reading the Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis or The Golden Key by George MacDonald.
The book starts a little slowly with a little bit of “telling” instead of “showing,” yet after the first few chapters, the pace increased, excitement mounted, and I no longer sensed any “telling.” Shores’ knowledge of the Bible and use of biblical characters enhance the Christian message, which is woven throughout this beautiful story. I fell in love with the lead character, Essie, and grew deeply concerned about the choices she was making between what she knew in her heart to be right and her escalation of commitment in what was wrong. I found myself carried away into a spiritual world with contrasts between angels and demons, humility and pride, and love and deceit. I cannot wait until her sequel comes out as the characters are still etched in my mind and I long for the choices Essie makes to be those guided by God above.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Once Beyond a Time by award-winning author Ann Tatlock should come with a warning - "Once begun you will be unable to put it down." I loved everything about this book. The characters were real and well developed, the settings clearly described and the story was incredible. I loved that each chapter would be coming at you from the point of view of a different character. For instance, how did Meg feel about Sheldon's marital infidelity? We find out. How did Sheldon feel? He tells us in his own words and their teenager, Linda? Well - she has some serious issues to deal with.
I thought this was a time-travel novel at first, but it is far more unique than that. The characters find themselves living in a house where all time intersects - The Eternal Now. Whoever lived in the house in the past or future can appear at a moment's notice - like a ghost. And the relationships that develop between the Crane family and those from the past and future will keep you reading long into the night.