Passionate about Books!

I love to read and I read a lot! My favorite genres are Christian fiction, historical fiction, especially anything set in Ancient Rome or Egypt, horror and thrillers.

A River of Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa

— feeling horror
A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea - Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi, Martin Brown A compelling journey that was both horrifying and heart-breaking! This one was hard to put down; I read it in one sitting. An eyewitness look into the North Korea behind the façade that it likes to portray.

The Handyman by Bentley Little

— feeling crazy
The Handyman - Bentley Little

Typical Bentley. He has a knack for taking a seemingly innocent type of character and turning him into something that gives you the chills and leaves you feeling uneasy. In this case a run of the mill handyman who not only does shoddy work, but throw in some Vietnamese voodoo witchcraft, and you have a handyman from hell.

 

 

This one was creepy as heck, but fun read. Recommended for horror fans.

 

A Farewell to My Arms by Alan Spencer

— feeling bloody
A Farewell to My Arms - Alan Spencer, Kristopher Rufty

This one reminded me somewhat of the movie called "The Cabin in the Woods". If you've seen the movie, you'll know what I mean. This one has a bit more gore to it and some of the weirdest monsters I've ever read.

 

 

Devil's Island by Mark Lukens

— feeling unhappy
Devil's Island - Mark Lukens

Not my favorite book by this author. Ended up skipping portions because I just wanted it to be over. Maybe because stories about haunted houses tend to be the same thing told in slightly various ways, so they don't surprise me anymore.

The Last Child by John Hart

The Last Child - John Hart

There are a lot of great reviews about this book out there already, so I just want to say- I loved this coming of age, mystery!
Don't get me wrong though...this book is dark, but the characterization is excellent, especially of the main character, Johnny. This kid carries a heavy burden, with his twin sister having disappeared a year before, his father leaving, and his mother- who is a ghost of her former self. I really felt for this kid.

 

The author is coming out with a follow up to this next year and I am definitely looking forward to it.
5 stars and a favorite. Highly recommended!

Eternal Darkness by Tom Deady

Eternal Darkness - Tom Deady, Pete Kahle, Richard Chizmar

 Picked this one up after really enjoying the author's book, "Haven". I liked this one even better.

Another coming of age story, but this time with vampires. The ending left room for a sequel, which I hope will follow.
4.5 stars rounded up to 5.  

 

                                                    

 

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley, Leah Remini

This book is unreal! You have to read it to know what I mean. Leah Remini is so brutally honest, I tend to believe her. What these people do is just despicable. Kudos to Leah for getting herself and her family out.

 

The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea

The Jersey Devil - Hunter Shea

 

 

I found this a tad predictable, but still with some good horrifying moments. It did have a sort of an 80's horror, campy film feel to it.  Rated 3.5 stars.

 

 

The Imam's Daughter by Hannah Shah

The Imam's Daughter - Hannah Shah

This one was heart-breaking, but I couldn't stop reading it! Kudos to the author for speaking out, especially on the subject matter and of a culture that most of us don't understand.

 

Synopsis: She lived the life of a devout Muslim in a family of Pakistani Muslims in England, but behind the front door, she was a caged butterfly. For many years, her father abused her in the cellar of their home. At sixteen, she discovered a plan to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, and she gathered the courage to run away. Relentlessly hunted by her angry father and brothers, who were intent on executing an honor killing, she moved from house to house in perpetual fear to escape them. Over time, she converted to Christianity and was able to live and marry as she wished. Hannah found the courage to live her live free from shame, free from religious intolerance, and free from the abuse that haunted her childhood. This is a remarkable true story of how a young girl escaped a life of torture...a story you won't forget!

 

 

Panacea by F. Paul Wilson

Panacea - F. Paul Wilson

A great conspiracy thriller, except for the part where they make Christians the evil ones. That seems to be the thing nowadays, in a lot of books. It's getting old.

 

With this book, I reached my goal of reading 150 books this year, with over 3 months to go! Yay, me!!

The Store by James Patterson

The Store - James Patterson

To me, this was a poor ripoff of Bentley's "The Store". There was a reason I quit reading Patterson's work a long time ago. I should have stuck to my guns. This guy puts out like 50 books a year (being a bit sarcastic, but not far from the truth), and it shows.
Not recommended.

The Field: UFO, Alien Abductions, Science Fiction by Glenn Gillis

The Field: UFO, Alien Abductions, Science Fiction - Glenn Gillis

Got to about 47% through the book and gave up. There were too many grammatical and spelling errors, but the worst of it was the continuity errors. Because of this, the story did not flow well and in the end, I had to stop reading. The book could use a professional editor. Sorry.

UNDISCLOSED by Steve Alten

Undisclosed - Steve Alten

I love conspiracy theories and ones dealing with UFO's/ aliens and secret technology, ranks right up there as my favorite.


The author labels this book, not as fiction, but "faction", facts woven into a fiction story. The information comes from Dr. Steven Greer, M.D., and the huge amounts of secret files, documents and witness testimony that he has.


Now, I am not going to sit here and tell you that I agree, or disagree, with all the information contained in this book. That is something that everyone should decide for themselves based on the information and their own research. But, the book was very exciting and just thinking about the possibility...well...it does make one wonder. I thought that the possibilities of zero-point energy and trans-dimensional surgery was pretty amazing.

 

Recommended (especially for all you conspiracy buffs out there, or if you loved the show X-Files)!

The front cover is pretty cool too!

 

 

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A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

A Voice in the Wind: 1 (Mark of the Lion) - Francine Rivers

One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read! This is a must read, and although it is Christian fiction, I think anyone could come away from it learning some truthful life lessons. Being a Christian myself, I found it to be one of the finest examples of God's love and mercy.

 

Highest recommendation!

A re-read for me, and one I should re-read more often.

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