Series Review: War of Rain by H.W. Vivian

First of all, I would like to thank the author for sending me both of her novels so I could review them!

There are two books in this series: War of Rain and The Goddess. War of Rain is about a teenage girl who is sent on a journey to save her people. The Goddess is about a teenage girl whose world is turned upside down. There are some similarities in the stories–an impending war between people groups due to the protagonist’s actions, a subtle hint of romance, the protagonist wondering if everything they grew up believing is a lie. The plots were quick-paced and both books were fairly easy reads.

The stories had enough differences to be unique from each other, however. War of Rain had more of a fantasy feel while The Goddess felt more futuristic. Overall, I thought the story of The Goddess was more engaging and offered more in the way of plot twists.  I enjoyed the crisp first-person writing in both books. Not too wordy with a decent amount of emotion.

Here is my biggest complaint: While I was under the impression that the books were Christian, after reading them I decided the worldview does not reflect a Biblical one. War of Rain,for example, wonders why the different religious groups don’t just get along because they all serve the same God. Jesus makes it clear that He is the only Savior (John 14:6). This (short) article also points out that various religious can’t all be true if they contradict each other in their basic beliefs about God. I didn’t notice this view in The Goddess; but both books overall depicted general spirituality, not a personal relationship with the one true Savior, Jesus Christ. While I enjoyed the suspense and the writing, the un-Biblical worldview was a  turn-off for me.

Your turn: Does a book’s worldview affect your opinion of it?

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Book Review: Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig

This Is the Way the World Ends.

Four years after a tragic mission decimated his team, Cole “Tox” Russell has been disavowed by the United States. And that’s fine–he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers–and a cure. As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

With time running out and the threat for a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.

*Book cover and synopsis found on the publisher’s website*

Secret organizations+Biblical history+a dangerous virus=Conspiracy of Silence.

Conspiracy of Silence is very exciting. Wow. The action is nonstop and you’re never sure who to trust. There are tons of twists that resulted in me quickly turning pages to figure out what happened next.

Also, I loved the fact that Biblical history and archeology played a big role in the plot. The book frequently refers to the book of Numbers, and I appreciated reading a book where the Bible events are regarded as history.

I’ve read several Christian mystery books, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them have overpowering romance elements . Not so with Conspiracy of Silence. Romance is present, but it doesn’t dominate the story. I do feel like the relationship could have been developed a little bit better, but overall I was pleased that the actual mystery was given the highest priority.

If you enjoy quick-paced suspense novels, I think you’ll like Conspiracy of Silence!

*My Rating: 4 of 5 stars*

Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy of Conspiracy of Silence! The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Do you enjoy books where Biblical history play a big role?

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Highlights of 2016

Well, it’s officially 2017!

I can’t believe 2016 is over. It was a pretty big year for me, and it flew by so fast. Also…I updated my blog’s theme! 

Some Cool Things That Happened in 2016…

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A Star Wars Geek’s Review of Rogue One

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

I apologize that I haven’t been very regular with posting this month. Between finals and preparing for Christmas, I haven’t had a lot of time to post. But I will be more regular now!

One exciting thing that’s happened is that I got to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last week.

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Book Review: Life after ELE by J.C. Morrows

life-after-ele-jc-morrows-hd-coverExtinction Level Event: An event where all species on the planet can become extinct.

Rule#1: Be inside the gates before sunset.

Eve was born inside the caves. She was taught that rule – and many others – before she could walk. It should be the easiest thing in the world for her to remember.

But life is not always simple.

Life does not always go as planned.

When a rogue moon was discovered on a collision course with the Earth, we thought we had a solid plan.

We were wrong. And we were lied to.

Now Eve is in a race against time, discovery and danger around every corner – to find a truth that has been hidden for more than ten years.

A truth her father died to protect her from.

*Image and blurb taken from the author’s website*

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Top 3 Fictional Heroines

Female protagonists are all the rage these days.

I almost always write from a girl’s perspective; that’s just what comes naturally to me. I love reading a book or watching a movie where the protagonist is someone I can see as a role model. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find female characters who actually are role models.

So….*drumroll*….here are my top three fictional heroines!


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Book Review: Reached by Ally Condie

The final installment of a trilogy is always bittersweet.

There’s the excitement of finally seeing how the story ends. There’s nothing more satisfying than to come to the resolution of a series you’ve invested time and emotion into. But there’s also a bit of hesitation. What if the series doesn’t end as you hoped it would? There’s the realization that this is the last time you’ll visit the world and characters.

Isn't that cover amazing?
Isn’t that cover amazing?
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3 Novel Planning Tips


I’m what’s known in the writing world as a “plotter”.

Basically, I plan my novels in advance before I start writing them. I do outlines, character sketches, and detailed synopses before I ever type out “CHAPTER ONE”. This is just what works for me; it prevents me from losing focus halfway though the story. Extensive plotting keeps me from being overwhelmed after I finish the rough draft, since I was able to (mostly) avoid needless subplots.

Throughout the years, I’ve come up with some fun ways to make story planning easier. Here they are:

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5 Novel Trends I’m Tired Of

As if this wasn’t totally obvious…I love books.

And I’ve read quite a few of them.

The more I’ve read, the more I’ve noticed trends that just drive me crazy! Some things were clever the first few times, but after a while I realize I’m seeing them everywhere. And some things I’ve always found irritating.

So here it is…


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