Monday, July 22, 2013

Maine Fun

We are having a ball – a bit cut off from the wired-world, but thoroughly enjoying every minute we are in Maine!!

Here is a bit of proof of our adventures….

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book Review : Anomaly

I know I am always raving about books that I enjoy, and I do not want to sound like a broken record, but I have another book that I really enjoyed!!

My favorite genre is Christian based, a bit of science fiction and some thrill of some sort.  This book was all of those things mixed in with a bit of sweet clean romance too.  I flew through this book in about 2 days and cannot wait to read the next one!! 


Anomaly by Krista McGee is about a period past Nuclear War, the earth is uninhabitable except for the “State” below ground.  Before the war a group of 10 scientists were developing a place for the US leaders to go to be safe in case of a Nuclear War.  Well, those leaders never made it, but the 10 scientists did and they start a new sort of life there.

The main characters are Thalli and Berk – two people who were designed to do certain things for their group of people.  People are not born any longer, and when created are designed to be void of emotion – basically human robots.  Except Thalli is different, she has emotions, she has questions, she feels things no one else does.  This leads to problems for her and her friend Berk who is designed to be a scientists, to replace one of the 10.

This is a sweet story of love, watching Thalli and Berk learn about feelings and really fall for each other.   There is a bit of thrill as well when we find out the scientists can create alternate realities that the brain cannot recognize, realities that offer feel, smell, and taste.  At times you are not sure whether the things Berk and Thalli are seeing are real or not.

I enjoyed the story, and like I said I cannot wait to read books #2 & #3.  There is a great deal of suspense, wondering what is going to happen, how things will turn out, and who will survive.

I really loved the explanation of God as the Designer.  There is one more character I loved in this story, John.  He is the father of one of the 10, and happens to be in the “state” when the war breaks out, so he is saved and allowed to live there.  John is a believer and he tells Thalli all about God.  The truths that are shared, the knowledge that grows, was true for us today. 

I recommend this story, and it would be a great youth story as well. 

About Anomaly: Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Decades before Thalli's birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won't threaten their lives again.

But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli's secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.

She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the scientists' Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods.

As her life ticks away, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer---someone even more powerful than The Ten. What's more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she's been looking for all along.

Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out . . .


Meet Krista: When Krista McGee isn't living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of "Anomaly", "First Date", "Starring Me", and "Right Where I Belong".


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NOTE : I received this book in exchange for an honest review from LitFuse.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book review : Dolled Up to Die

When I was sent Dying to Read to review, I was excited to jump into a series similar to another popular secular mystery series.  Book #2 arrived not too long ago : Dolled Up to Die by Lorena McCourtney.  I once again enjoyed this fun novel.

dolled up

There are always a few twists and turns, a bit of tension at the peak, and then a bit of romance too – all these make for a novel you are quick to get into and reluctant to put down.

The main character Cate Kincaid is in her second round as an Associate Private Investigator.  She is a young woman who ended up working for her uncle who is a PI.  Her sidekick of sorts is her boyfriend Mitch who is not thrilled with her profession but smart enough to leave it alone. 

This story is about a murder of an ex-husband, then his mother-in-law.  Cate is hired by the ex-wife and ends up spending a great deal of time with the new wife, all the while trying to untie this mess of relationships.

I enjoyed the book, I like the characters and think that I will jump at the chance to keep reading about Cate and her escapades.  I enjoy her clean, sweet relationship with Mitch, and the trouble she gets herself in while investigating.  These are certainly safe books for my young-adult readers here in my home, and they are just fun reads.

I recommend Dolled up to Die, and if you can check out Dying to Read, first!!

NOTE : I received Dolled up to Die in exchange for an honest review, by Revell Publisher.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Book Review : Daughter of Jerusalem

I enjoy Biblical fiction, I have thoroughly enjoyed many many different forms of Biblical Fiction.  As believers however, we need to make sure we line up any fiction we read with the Bible.  We need to keep these and other fiction books in their place, which is second to the Bible and not a replacement for it.


Daughter of Jerusalem is the story of Mary Magdalene,  written by Joan Wolf.  This book tells the story of Mary beginning when she is a young woman and ending after Jesus’ resurrection. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the story that Joan Wolf wove from the few details we have about Mary Magdalene from the Bible.  I felt like I really could envision what  life was like when Jesus was walking the earth.  Understanding the way the people related to each other, and how life was lived back then, is fascinating to say the least.  The people were such a close community and really depended upon each other for so many areas of life.

I loved how there was a big focus on how Jesus related to women, from the woman at the well to Mary and Martha.  My favorite thing about this story was showing what may have driven Mary to seek out Jesus and to follow him.  We all have sins we try to hide from others eyes, but Jesus can see through to who we really are. 

This was a good story to remind me of who Jesus is, what he stands for, and how he loves all of us.

I have two FREE copies to give away from Worthy Publishers!! Leave me a comment of what character you would want to read a Biblical Fiction story about and you might get a copy sent to you!!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Daughter of Jerusalem in exchange for an honest review by Worthy Publishers.


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