Saturday, March 26, 2016

Book Review: "The Progeny" by Tosca Lee

I DEVOURED Tosca Lee's newest novel The Progeny: A Novel (Descendants of the House of Bathory)  (Howard Books) in just about 2 days!  This novel is fast paced and completely riveting. 

Emily pays to have her mind erased to forget her past and ends up in the run of her life to save herself.  With her memory gone she does not know who to trust.  She however does find out that she is a descendent of the worlds most notorious female serial killer, and because of her blood she is now being hunted.  The action does not stop as she traverses the world to unravel the secret she has hidden from even herself.  The information she held had to be of major importance if she was willing to erase everything she knew from her memory for it.

I have not read a book that has sparked my imagination like this one has in quite some time.  Tosca Lee is a brilliant storyteller.  I found myself googling Elizabeth Bathory just to try to find out how much of the story was truly imagined.  Lee does a phenomenal job at blurring those lines.  I CANNOT recommend this book enough!  RUN to your local bookstore in May and pick it up; better yet just preorder it now!

A copy of this book was provided to me for review by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Book review "A.D. 33" by Ted Dekker

     If you haven't read Ted Dekker's A.D. 33: A Novel (Center Street), his follow up to last years A.D. 30, it is the perfect time to devour it.  What a perspective to gain right before Easter 
     In A.D. 33: A Novel we still follow Maviah and other characters introduced in the last novel.  Maviah has been restored as queen, has adopted a son, and is successfully leading a people when everything goes wrong.  Follow Maviah as she journeys to save her people, her son, and herself.  Maviah knows that after experiencing the presence of Jesus that she can't do this without him.  She searches for him and is present during intimate historical moments like when Jesus was arrested and at the foot of the cross.  The love Maviah develops for Jesus is what I would imagine would happen if just any one of us could look into his eyes for just a moment.  She is a woman overcome and wildly in love with her creator.  If only we didn't forget who we are so often, we would feel the power of that love all the time.  She learns to put 100% trust in Jesus during the most trying time of her life, after an intense battle with herself to take up the fight on her own.
     This novel is thought provoking, imaginative, and so close to the truth it's scary.  Your heart will fall and soar, and fall and soar along with Maviah's.  I definitely recommend this series to every reader.

A.D. 33: A Novel was released October 6, 2015.  What experience has taught you to better trust Jesus?

A digital review copy was provided for me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts are my own.