Friday, December 26, 2014

A Year in Review

Listed below are the top 10 books of 2014 that I have read. Some were published years before, some were published this year. In January I will start a new list of reviews of new authors, favorite authors, and classic authors. Hope you stick around. Share with others about Rebel Book Reviews. Take a chance on a new title or new author. Enjoy the list and why they impacted me more than others. If you wish to discover more about the book or author, click the title's link.

Happy New Year!

1. Infectious  

Elizabeth Forkey turns a zombie tale into a new imaging using Revelation as a guide and painting a realistic and horrifying scenario...takes a new direction on a subject written most famously by Jenkins and LaHaye

2. With Autumn's Return

Amanda Cabot gives exquisite detail to the settings and culture...taste the dust, feel the heat, and hear the bells and chimes of the late 1880's. An extraordinary book dealing with a doctor and lawyer of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

3. A Lady's Honor

Laurie Alice Eakes' exceptional descriptions landed me in the 1811 countryside...vivid imagery, historically accurate, and pure emotions make this book a top winner.

4. Opening Moves

Love books by Flynn, Ludlum, and Clancy? Steven James tops them all with action, authenticity, and grittiness. He portrays the reality of a criminal's mind and the complexity of the detective Patrick Bowers. It's clean. It's fun. It's action packed. It's mesmerizing.

5. Darlington Woods

"Something evil is drawing them here..."
Mike Dellosso blends symbolism, faith, and the darkness of humanity into a masterfully written tale that surpasses Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti.

6. Dynamo 

God takes the bad and makes it good. God equips the called.
Powerful...gripping...Eleanor Gustafson wrote a great Christian literary fiction. It's a story that stays with you long after the book is closed.

7. All For a Song 

Allison Pittman brings to readers a story that is so enjoyable and so heart endearing you'll read it again and again. The juxtaposition of two worlds and the norms of society add flourish to the 1920 setting.

8. The 20th Christmas

Andrea Rodgers brings to life a story written in the wake of Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Margaret Mitchell. With the lines: "Please God, please! I want nothing else in life! I'm begging you with every fiber of my being! Keep him safe and bring us together again!", the stage is set for a remarkable story.

9. Dark Biology

With a Robin Cook style plot and Tess Gerritsen type characters, Bonnie Doran presented a book that is a well blended story of faith, hope, betrayal, and pulse pounding action. Scarily realistic, this is an adrenaline producing thriller.

10. At Bluebonnet Lake

Amanda Cabot's beautiful, contemporary romance is a delight. From a budding romance to unconditional family love, this is a great Texan story.

Friday, December 12, 2014

20th Christmas by Andrea Rodgers

20th Christmas
Andrea Rodgers
(Ambassador International 2014)

There are hardly any books out there that can be written in passive storytelling, such as Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Margaret Mitchell, and still hold fast to the reader's attention. To write this way is to balance a precarious load in equal portions of narrative, backstory, and dialogue. Many fall short and I'm not able to read beyond the 3rd chapter.

Twice I sat this story aside. Not because I became bored or because of novice writing, but because I had to ponder what I read.

Experiencing death is one thing, but experiencing the endless unknown is another.

Writing this type of story is a major undertaking; reading this type of story is a major blessing.

No one is Job. No one can be found as perfect and upright as God saw Job. Things happen to strengthen our walk, our faith, and our love. God answers prayers and not always and most times never with "our" timeframe.

20th Christmas brings this to life. Arianna screams, "Please God, please! I want nothing else in life! I'm begging you with every fiber of my being! Keep him safe and bring us together again!"

Thus, the stage is set.

Heartache to happiness, Andrea Rodgers brought to life a remarkable story.