I am in need of suggestions on what books I should read next. I've been scouring the shelves for books similar to Twilight or Harry Potter. I've found some books I like such as Fallen and Percy Jackson but I would like some of your suggestions! What would you recommend? I appreciate your thoughts! :)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 2009
Travel between two worlds with Thomas Hunter. In Green, Thomas hasn't dreamt in years and the Circle is weakening because there's no sign of their Creator, Elyon. When Thomas' son, Samuel, loses the faith, evil from both worlds tempts him to initiate war. Will Thomas be able to save Samuel and the Circle?
Thomas Hunter has saved Earth from a deadly virus and fended off the Horde. Thomas no longer dreams, but this does not mean there are not events happening in the Earth world that will gravely impact Thomas' forest world. Though unaware of the coming events on Earth, Thomas suspects there is a war fast approaching. His beloved son has created turmoil and unrest throughout the Forest people. Thomas must find a way to bring his people together again and save not only his son but the future of the Forest. With multiple betrayals, this task will be the ultimate challenge.
Ted Dekker does it again. His final chapter in the Circle series will have the reader turning pages long into the night. The suspense enthralls the reader to continue the journey through unsuspecting turns and astonishing twists. There are a few new characters introduced while other absent characters return. Green is not only the sequel to the series but the prequel as well. In addition, Dekker does a fabulous job of weaving in connecting series' such as The Paradise series and The Lost Books series. It was a fabulous end, or beginning depending on how you view it, to a most-engaging series.
Publisher: Westbow Press, 2004
Some say that the world hangs in the balance of every choice we make. Now, the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance of one man's choices... an unlikely hero who may not survive the next 24 hours.In White, Thomas Hunter struggles to stave off a war and a virus that are simultaneously ravaging two world's populations. Meanwhile, he must also contend with the ramifications of an incredible love story that unfolds--consequences that are far more crushing than anyone could ever imagine. This final installment brings the groundbreaking series to a close in a completely unexpected manner, filled with final plot twists that will richly reward those who have taken this epic journey.
Thomas Hunter's life is never easy these days. The threat of the unleashed virus weighs heavily on Earth. A terrorist, who unleashed the viral weapon and holds the key to the antidote-which can be exchanged for the world's nuclear power, is on the hunt to kill Thomas. Being killed is the least of Thomas' worries as he furiously attempts to retrieve the antidote before it's too late. Though Earth is being ravaged by a virus, Thomas has little control over when he sleeps and the events that occur in them. While trying to unite the Forest people and fend off the Horde, Thomas' heart has fallen for a woman. However, this is no ordinary woman. The consequences of their love with surely bring war and death to the two as well as Thomas' people.
Ted Dekker's third installment does not disappoint. The development of the characters brings to light various emotional traits: love, sacrifice, pain, and strength. The reader finds that there are characters worth rooting for while there are others to loath. The quick-paced writing found in the previous two novels, is not lost in the third. The Circle series is a continuous thrill ride. The reader is engulfed by Dekker's writing style as his depictions surround the reader to feel and see as the characters feel and see. A fantastical, thrill of a ride to be taken by any reader willing.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 2004
"We have stepped off the cliff and are falling into madness."
The mind-bending pace of Black accelerates in Red, Book Two of Ted Dekker's groundbreaking Circle trilogy. Less than a month ago, Thomas Hunter was a failed writer selling coffee at the Java Hut in Denver. Now he finds himself in a desperate quest to rescue two worlds from collapse. In one world, he's a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he's racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos through an unstoppable virus.
Two worlds on the brink of destruction. One unthinkable solution.
A life turned upside down and inside out is the life of Thomas Hunter. As he teeters between two not-so-different worlds, Thomas finds himself racing against time to advert destruction. In our world, it is a race to find a cure for the Raison Strain-a virus that has annihilating properties. A monumental battle against the ever-imposing Horde is on the horizon as the Forest people begin falling apart at the seams in Thomas' dream world.
Ted Dekker's second book keeps the reader completely engaged. It is a fast moving storyline on both world accounts. In the midst of journeying with Thomas' characters between the two worlds, the reader begins to contemplate which world is the real world and which is the dream world. The characters are well-written and believable. It is easy to relate to the characters as exciting to see them develop even further. Dekker's writing pulls the reader in to the point of feeling in the middle of it all. It is a book packed with action, sacrifice, suspense, and above all, love. Though this book has Christian undertones, it can easily be enjoyed by any reader.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, 2004
Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black.
Now Thomas wakes from a deep sleep, remembering the vivid dream he just had of being chased. Incredibly real. His head is even bleeding – but he's fallen on a rock. He's in a green forest, waiting to meet Rachelle, the woman he's falling madly in love with.
That night, Thomas tumbles into bed and falls into a fitful sleep. He dreams. But here comes the real mind bender. Every time Thomas falls asleep in one reality, he awakes in the other. He truly no longer knows which reality is real. Each reality has dramatic impact on the other, each proves to be real, each presents huge stakes, and the fate of each will depend on one man: Thomas Hunter.
Though Thomas Hunter's life is far from a success, he is the key. After being cornered in an alley by an unknown man bent on killing him, Thomas begins to dream when he sleeps. Not ordinary dreams, however, dreams where fantasy becomes reality. Thomas is thrust into a world if imagination and almost killed by ravaging beasts. He soon discovers that when he sleeps he not only dreams, but travels between two realities-both in despair and in desperate need of saving.
The suspense and intrigue flow throughout the entire book. Dekker's style of writing is amazing and unlike any other author. His ability to grab the reader with his creative story-telling is remarkable. The characters begin to develop into relateable beings and the reader is introduced to two very different, very similar worlds. Dekker's adrenaline-laced writing will draw the reader into a world where two realities not only coexist but depend on each other.
My rating: 5 lattes for all four books because each book kept me wanting more. The storyline was suspenseful and exciting. It was well-written with fully developed characters. I highly recommend this series to a read who loves fantasy and/or suspense with a little love thrown in.
Book photos and information found at Goodreads.com.
Here in Colorado, it's beginning to get warm. Thank goodness-I've been praying for warm weather! The cold and I are not real close friends. :) So...since it's getting warm, let the drinking of cold beverages begin!
Although Chai (rhymes with fly) is not technically coffee, I LOVE it! Chai tea is basically a spiced tea. Some place have really spicy Chai and others have a smooth Chai. The amount of milk you add to the Chai will also determine how spicy your drink is. This drink can be consumed in the form of an herbal tea, a latte form, or a frozen drink. Personally, I enjoy iced Chai lattes with a touch of vanilla and occasionally I'll splurge and get a frozen/blended Chai.
The nice thing about Chai? You can buy it at the store and make it at home...quickly! It takes almost no time to make an iced Chai at home-just pour half Chai (I do less to stretch the Chai), half milk (using Half & Half cream or Soy makes it amazing!!!), and some ice cubes and there you have it!
They both disappeared-knife, books, and all-before Thomas could utter another syllable. There one moment, grappling and bleeding, gone the next.
Author: Ted Dekker
Publisher: Doubleday Religion, 2010
Is it really possible to love one’s enemies?
That’s the question that sparked a fascinating and, at times, terrifying journey into the heart of the Middle East during the summer of 2008. It was a trip that began in Egypt, passed beneath the steel and glass high rises of Saudi Arabia, then wound through the bullet- pocked alleyways of Beirut and dusty streets of Damascus, before ending at the cradle of the world’s three major religions: Jerusalem.
Tea with Hezbollah combines nail-biting narrative with the texture of rich historical background, as readers join novelist Ted Dekker and his co-author and Middle East expert, Carl Medearis, on a hair-raising journey. They are with them in every rocky cab ride, late-night border crossing, and back-room conversation as they sit down one-on-one with some of the most notorious leaders of the Arab world. These candid discussions with leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas, with muftis, sheikhs, and ayatollahs, with Osama bin Laden’s brothers, reveal these men to be real people with emotions, fears, and hopes of their own. Along the way, Dekker and Medearis discover surprising answers and even more surprising questions that they could not have anticipated—questions that lead straight to the heart of Middle Eastern conflict.
Through powerful narrative Tea With Hezbollah will draw the West into a completely fresh understanding of those we call our enemies and the teaching that dares us to love them. A must read for all who see the looming threat rising in the Middle East.
This enlightening book, Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies Table Our Journey Through the Middle East, delves into the reason behind one of the most widely known biblical stories: The Good Samaritan. However, it is not "another religious-fanatic" book. Dekker and Medearis traveled across the Middle East, meeting with various fighters, religious leaders, and common civilians, in order to unearth the true teaching and belief behind The Good Samaritan story Christ spoke of in hopes of unearthing the truth behind loving ones enemies. These two men interviewed a wide range of officials and posted the interviews, word for word, within the book. Raw emotions and thoughts are woven throughout this journey.
What may seem as just another one-religious-based book, is in fact an account of a journey to uncover the commonalities between Christians and Muslims as well as Americans and those who reside in the Middle East and shed light on the growing situation in the Middle East. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a deeper knowledge of the religious basis of the people who are living in the midst of war in the Middle East. It was a quick-paced narrative paced with thought-provoking insights. I was pleasantly surprised to gain a new understanding and perspective through the eyes of numerous individuals living in a world unlike mine. I devoured this book in a matter of a couple days. Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis do not disappoint!
My rating: 4 lattes because it was a quick read with enough thrill to keep me wanting to turn the page and continue reading. It was enjoyable to gain new insight into the ideas of some of those who live in the Middle East. Dekker did a fabulous job on writing an excellent nonfiction thriller.
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Publisher: Puffin Books (division of Penguin USA, Inc.), 1986
(picture from Goodreads; description from back cover)
When Professor William Waterman Sherman leaves San Fransisco in a hot-air balloon, he intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. Instead, through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, a legendary island of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and fantastic balloon inventions. Once Professor Sherman learns the secrets of Krakatoa, he must remain there forever-unless he can find a means of escape.
William Pene du Bois' book is categorized as a young adult book, though it can easily become a beloved story for all ages. Though this book was originally written in the 1940s, it is a timeless classic. Winner of the Newbery Medal, this story can truly be read over and over again and still maintain the excitement. I found this story completely engaging from the beginning. The characters are unique and quirky with something to hide-making the story a fun and thrilling read. The civilization as well as the island seem to have appeared out of nowhere and the mystery of it all kept me reading to find out the secrets of the island and it's inhabitants.
I read this book as a younger teen and absolutely loved it. Being so, I decided to share it with my fifth grade class last year. We were reading nonfiction information about the real island of Krakatoa and this book fit into comparing the fiction story to the nonfiction information. The kids really enjoyed the outrageously hilarious events that occurred in the book. I highly recommend this book to readers of fantasy and adventure. It is a great read.
My rating: 5 lattes because it is an absolute pleasure to read. It is grammatically sound and the plot kept my interest with it's twists and turns. I never get bored reading this book over again.
Ted Dekker's The Bride Collector is his latest thriller. Since I've always devoured his books, I am excited to read this! (Bought @ Amazon)
Hood, written by Stephen Lawhead, was recommended to me. It seemed to have an interesting take on the Robin Hood idea so I thought I would try it. (Bought @ Amazon)
Poison by Sara Poole is a book I won. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Kira Henehan's Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles is a book I won. It seemed like a book I would like!
What did you all get recently?
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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Burn by Ted Dekker
Fatally Frosted by Jessica Beck
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Jekel Loves Hyde By Beth Fantaskey
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
Knightly Academy by Violet Haberdasher
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
Sprinkle With Murder by Jennifer McKinlay
Erin Healy's first novel, Never Let You Go, is on sale now. There is a free preview of the first 3 chapters available on her website. Click here to take a sneak peek.
Erin Healy is a fairly new solo author, however, that's not to say she's unaccomplished. Prior to writing books, Healy edited them. She recently co-authored two books with Ted Dekker: Burn and Kiss.
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Author: Ted Dekker and Erin Healy
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Master of evangelical Christian suspense, Dekker (Thr3e; Blink; Skin) joins first-time author Healy in this thriller, no less fast-moving than the Christy Award–winning author's solo prose, but also more gripping as it plunges into the life of a woman with frayed and painful family relationships. When a tragic auto accident leaves Shauna McAllister's brother brain-damaged and erases her recent memories, she discovers she has a paranormal ability to steal memories from others, a capability that will either get her killed or unveil hidden sides of the very people she thought she could trust. Against this background, she attempts to uncover the ugly truth about her father's dark secrets and to upend his run for president of the United States. True to Dekker's penchant for twists that keep you guessing till the very last page, Kiss also attempts to return to snappier dialogue and more logical plotting than Skin. A psychological suspense thriller that shines light into black-market child trafficking, Dekker's latest will satisfy Christian fiction lovers who want complex characters and who believe in the stark realities of true good and heinous evil.
Shauna McAllister's life becomes a complicated web of truths and lies from the moment she awakens from a coma due to a terrible accident. Her pre-coma memories are absent but she has gained the ability to retrieve information from the memories of others. A particular gift that will aid her in finding the truth behind her families web of lies, but a deadly ability to those whose secrets must be kept. To find the truth Shauna must trust, but trust is a dangerously valuable thing when it seems that those around her are not trustworthy.
Kiss was the product Dekker and Healy's collaboration and what a result! The pair weave an exciting journey through the paranormal all the while keeping the reader on the edge to determine who is lying, who is telling the truth, and who is the deceiver with the darkest secrets. The story was extremely well-written, keeping an energized pace while adequately developing the characters. Emotions are tried and reconciliation and love are put to the ultimate test inside the pages of Kiss. Many of the reviews I have read label this book as a romance as well as Christian fiction. The majority of the book felt like a thriller with a touch of romance. The romance did not overwhelm the story in the least nor did this book feel definitively like a Christian fiction book. This book could most certainly be categorized under numerous genres: paranormal, psychological thriller, suspense. The story grabbed my attention and had me until the ride was over.
My rating: 4 lattes because the story had an originality that Dekker and Healy exemplified into a masterful thrilling read. I found myself deep within the story trying to distinguish who was lying and who was being truthful. Excellent read!
As of now-I say now because I like to change my coffee drinks randomly, without notice-I am enjoying a coconut breva (pronounced brev-ay). This drink is something I find myself going back to often. It consists of espresso (as in a latte) but instead of ordinary milk, a breva uses half & half cream. With a touch of coconut flavoring, this drink is simply heavenly. It's smooth and creamy, which helps distract from the increase of calories by using cream instead of milk. :)
To enjoy this drink, you most likely have to go to a smaller, more locally owned coffee shop in order to get coconut flavoring (at least that is my experience). Certain large chain/franchised coffee shops do not carry this flavoring. Of course, substituting other flavors such as vanilla or hazelnut taste just as good and can be found at just about any coffee shop! Enjoy!
Crazy-for-Books is giving away 3 copies of Stephanie Meyer's adult novel The Host. Click here to enter!
The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves--Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.--From publisher description.
If you are in the Denver area Saturday May 15th then head down to the LifeWay Christian Store in Centennial, CO. There will be 3 amazing authors in one place to autograph books! Erin Healy (Never Let You Go, Burn, Kiss), Lisa Tawn Bergren (The Begotten, Refuge, The Bridge), and Kristen Heitzmann (Indivisible, Halos, The Edge of Recall) will ALL be signing books tomorrow! Here is a link for more information.
(Photos of books from Goodreads)
Publisher: W Publishing Group (division of Thomas Nelson, Inc.), 2003
Enter a world where nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy.
Kevin Parson is driving his car late one summer day when, suddenly, his cell phone rings. A man who identifies himself as Slater speaks in a breathy voice: You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse, and the car you're driving will blow sky high.
Kevin panics. Who would make such a call? What sin? Kevin ditches the car. Precisely three minutes later, a massive explosion sets his world on a collision course with madness.
From the #1 best-selling fiction author comes a powerful story of good, evil, and all that lies between.
Thr3e was the first Ted Dekker book I read. Because I assumed this book would immediately begin as an adrenaline-laced page-turner, I found myself a tad disappointed in the first few pages (hence the reason it did not receive 5 lattes).
However, that was where my disappointment ended. The first few pages introduce the character (Kevin Parson) and his nature which is critical knowledge for the rest of the book. Afterward, I was completely hooked on his books to the point of obsession. The book had me feverishly turning pages as the pace was fast and intense.
It is a race against time as Kevin's horrific past is unleashed by Slater, a psychotic killer on the path to revenge. Kevin must solve Slater's riddles before it's too late or confess the secrets of his dark past. The book had me hooked and guessing until the very last page. It is classified as an adult thriller and does not disappoint. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially thrill-seeking readers. This book's versatility allows it to be enjoyed by more than just those who read thrillers.
My rating: 4 lattes because the story was well conceived and kept me interested in the story. Though I very much enjoyed this book, I probably won't reread it.
I have been married to my amazing husband for over 2 years. I always get a kick out of people's reactions when I tell them I am 23 years old and my husband is 33. We both went to the same high school, just several years apart. We met about 5 years ago when we both were coaching high school sports for said high school. Small world! We have one cat and two dogs that we love to death! No children yet, but we're working on it. I am a die hard Harry Potter and Twilight fan! These are books I could reread over and over again!
My main purpose for starting this blog is to connect with fellow avid readers and to share my reviews. When I am unsure about a book, I look to the reviews-both positive and negative. Doing so helps me decide on whether the book is something I might enjoy. Because of this, I want to share my view on books in order to help others decide on books to read-perhaps even inspire them to try a new or different book or genre. My reading is comprised of some children, young adult, and adult books in various genres-fantasy, some science fiction, cozy reads, some nonfiction, mystery, and thriller. Hope you enjoy!
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- 5 Lattes-Blissful cappuccino; exceptionally sensational
- 4 Lattes-Sugar-free mocha; almost perfect, needs sugar
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- 2 Lattes-Burnt java; distastefully bitter
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