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Friday, December 28, 2012

Asylum by Ashley Hodges Bazer


I was really excited to read Asylum by Ashley Hodges Bazer. I'm quite the fan of dystopian fiction, as I'm sure you can easily figure out. Asylum did not disappoint. The story was intriguing and interesting. It took off quickly and kept a fast pace. This made it exciting to read and kept my attention.



The story follows a newlywed couple, Chase and Trista, who live in space. They are in service to their King who was disthroned by a corrupt government called the Legacy. In hopes of getting Chase to their one year anniversary surprise party on time, Trista takes an assignment for him. Doing so causes her to be taken by the Legacy. Chase refuses to believe that Trista has been executed and searches for her despite warnings to stop.

The book is part of a larger series and so it lacked the character development that is usually part of the beginnings of books. I recommend that you start at the beginning of the ten book series. I’m guessing that the other books would make more sense after that one. There was a helpful reference in the back, I just didn’t find it until I was finished. Most things I had correctly figured out due to the context of the book. The backstory that was missing, however, made parts of the book confusing, though they didn’t necessarily take away from the story.

Overall I was really impressed with this book and was so happy to finally have some Christian dystopian (or science fiction) literature to read. I am going to be figuring out how to get my hands on the other books.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Reason by William Sirls


When I was picking a book for Booksneeze, I wasn't initially drawn to The Reason. The premise didn't make sense, but when I started reading it, I was immediately drawn into the story. The story begins on a dark and stormy day. The lightening from the storm strikes the large wooden cross in front of a small church in Mighican. The repair of the cross unites a group of characters that together meet Kenneth, a man who is different from anyone they’ve ever known.



Kenneth joins the group as they work to repair the cross and his life begins to intersect the other characters in very mysterious ways. His faith is strong, even stronger than Pastor Jim. As this group of people faces difficulties Kenneth encourages them to “Only believe.” Will they be able to believe in the face of tremendous heartache? Trouble from the past? A belief in modern medicine?

I really enjoyed The Reason.  I didn’t want to put it down, but when I was forced too, I found myself thinking about the story and wanting to know what was going to happen. There was a lot in the book and the various and varying storylines were a bit confusing to follow at times, but they eventually all made sense. This is a great book for anyone as it is a tremendous story sure to help build or reinforce your faith.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”