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Archive for January, 2016

Forbidden

Rather proud of the fact that I am still in the thick of the Reading Challenge I took on for the year.  I finished my “book from the library” by starting a series I’ve wanted to read.

“Forbidden” is the first book in a series called “The Mortals” and is written by two of my favorite authors – Ted Dekker (my absolute favorite author ever) and Tosca Lee.  It takes place 400+ years after the human race nearly destroys itself.  In an effort to bring the Chaos under control, alchemists developed a treatment they called “Legion”.  It was really more of a disease than a cure – it removed EVERY emotion except fear.  It was fear that those in power used to bring everyone under control.

Dekker is a man of deep faith and his writing always reflects that.  I’ve had the privilege of hearing him speak publicly and even got an autograph and my picture taken with him!  (Just keep scrolling and you’ll see it!)  One of the things I love about all of his books is the fact that each one is so much more than just a good story.  Yes, the writing is fabulous, the characters engaging, the storyline captivating . . . but the stories always make me think.  They push me to examine my own faith walk a little more deeply.  It’s rare to find an author that engages the imagination as well as prompting meaningful self-evaluation.

While the rest of the books in the series don’t really conform to ANY of the categories on my reading challenge list, I do intend to finish the series.

Actually . . . there WAS a sequel written called “The Keeper”.  So if I read that as well, the two books would count as “a book and it’s sequel” and I could check out book two as my “book from the library.”  Hmmmmmm.IMG_20131105_202156_425.jpg

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YA Bestseller

When I started the 2016 Reading Challenge, there were some categories I was very excited to choose a title for.  For others, I didn’t have a clue where to start looking.  And for a few, I groaned inwardly at the thought of having to delve into that genre at all.  As a 47 year old woman, I am FAR from being a Young Adult so choosing a YA Bestseller just didn’t sound like fun.  But I dove in and figured that if I got it read early in the challenge, I could move on to other categories I like more!

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman.  True, the “teen angst” was there with lots of tortured teen romance thrown in for good measure.  But I believed the story.  I won’t spoil it for you but suffice it to say that the main character, Mia, is in a horrid car accident along with the rest of her family.  Her parents are killed instantly and her 7 year old little brother is taken to the hospital.  She is also taken to the hospital then taken by medical chopper to a hospital better equipped to deal with the severity of her injuries.  This happens fairly early in the book and most of Mia’s life, friendships, and love story are told in flashback.  Mia spend most of the story having an “out-of-body” type experience where she grapples with whether she should fight to stay without her family (**spoiler – little brother Teddy succumbs to his injuries) or if she should just let go and slip peacefully into . . . well, she doesn’t really know what she’ll find on the other side of death.  So which will she choose?

The writer did a beautiful job creating the inner conflict for Mia as well as making us care for those that care about Mia.  Empathy, compassion, hope . . . Forman evokes them all in the reader.  I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

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