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Review: Devil’s Pathway by Vicki Lucas

“Vampires are overrated and hugely overdone, there just isn’t anything new about them anymore. And there’s definitely nothing at all Christian about them.”

And Vicki Lucas said: “Challenge accepted.” And then came through with flying colors, as I’ve come to expect from her work (check out my review of Toxic!). She spends the next 110,000 words of Devil’s Pathway dismantling every objection brought up, in the process weaving a story so in-depth you forget those objections were even there in the first place.

Nic has always known he was a little different from the rest. He sees things, things that he knows no human should ever have to see. And he feels it inside of him, as well. But when he moves from the big city to rural Idaho, life become much more escalated. Nic finds himself the focal point of an ancient war, and both sides are urging him to join their cause. All he’s ever wanted was peace, but they are all running out of time.

Faith has never meant much to Nic – if anything, it’s always let him down. But the spiritual realm is about to open up on his doorstep. And this time, it’s not just his family that’s in danger. It’s the whole town.

Faith is challenged in a way unlike anything else in this book of spiritual warfare and growing up. Nic has spent his life running, but there’s not much room left. Soon, he will be forced to make a choice – or the choice will be made for him.

The reader has no problem feeling bad for Nic as they learn more of his experiences. Sympathy comes easy as we learn more of what he’s had to endure. Yet, this is no time to hide in pity as the action heats up. The reader almost feels sorry for Nic – “can’t he just get a break?” Ah, but if he were to get a break, there’d be no story.

And then there’s that little issue with his blood – what’s that about, anyway? Ms. Lucas does an excellent job of revealing information piecemeal, just enough to keep the reader on their toes. The continued mystery keeps the reader turning pages, just as much as the action does!

This book is an intense read, with plenty of soul-searching and lessons on redemption, God’s love, and much more. It doesn’t really answer that age-old question of why bad things happen, but I love what it did instead – showed how God is still there even in the midst of all the bad, even when we can’t see Him. Sometimes, we don’t need to know why – we just need to know that God is there.

That ending, though! If I wasn’t reading on my tablet (and if I didn’t treasure books so much), I probably would have thrown it. The author gives just enough answers to keep the reader going, but the ending leaves you hanging, gasping for more. It’s the first of a series, and I’m already anxious to see what happens next.

The book is marketed for YA (young adult readers), but the story is intense enough even for adults to enjoy. I would also note that it may be too intense for some younger readers (such as preteens), but for middle-older teens, it’s a great read, and very thought-provoking!

Review – Miracles in Disguise

Typically, I’m not a huge fan of romance. It’s too – too romantic. I’m an action-movie kinda girl. Some of my favorite actors are Bruce Willis and Jason Statham – two actors who really know how to blow up a set. Not to mention that the latter looks good without his shirt (or with it, for that matter!), but hey, that’s beside the point, right? 😉


Anyway – “Miracles in Disguise” by Michelle Brown is nothing like the cheesy romances you’re used to. She pulls no punches in the hard lives her characters are given.

You can run, but you can’t hide in this hard-hitting romance. The past is always waiting right around the corner.Kristina Talbot is on the road to a new life when she runs into her first obstacle, brought upon her by a broken-down vehicle. Nathan wants to be her knight in shining armor, but he doesn’t know just how much her dreams have been tainted. Before there can be a future for the two of them, they must first confront her dark past.

Come along with Kristina as she learns trust. Not every man is a bad guy; in fact, there is one man who very much wants to treat her like the princess he believes she is.

This is a wonderful story for anyone struggling to recover from a dark past. The characters are in-depth and accurately depict the face of abuse and how it affects victims. Kristina finds herself bound by what she has experience. And as much as he’d like to be, Nathan is no knight in shining armor. He faces frustration, annoyance, and confusion as he determines to understand her struggles. The characters are very human as they face an evil that has afflicted too many.

Well worth the read! (BONUS: This book is the first in a series, and it’s FREE!!)

Review: The Third Heaven

098948050X.main.jpgWhen the world was young, it was without sin. Then pride came, and it brought with it a war that ripped the very threads of Creation. A third of the angels were in rebellion, headed by none other than Lucifer himself. The fall of Lucifer – how it began, up until the point that he was thrown out of heaven, exiled for his crimes against the Lord.

The Bible describes very little about the actual battle and subsequent fall. A few isolated passages mention a war in heaven, and how Lucifer drew a third of the angels over to his side. At the end of the battle, Lucifer was cast down to the earth. We don’t know much about any of this. Now, we get a glimpse at this battle, as it might have occured.

The author spins imagination with reality to create a stunning epic tale of heaven’s war. It is well-researched, drawing on not only the Bible, but also on other areas for inspiration. Ancient mythologies make an appearance – you’ll recognize the names of some of the ancient pantheons; Ares, the Greek god of war, is one such character.

But as much as this book has its inspiration in research, even more of it is pure imagination. At times, epic stories like this one can be hard to follow as the reader struggles to comprehend unfamiliar settings. But the author shows great talent in painting vivid pictures of even the most unfamiliar scenes – his description of Hell is acute and detailed.

The characters are distinct and realistic, each with their own separate personalities. Michael is almost childish in his loyalty and admiration of the Lord God – but rather than unrealistic and foolish, it’s instead presented as the hard loyalty of one who has never thought to question the one he serves. Lucifer is kind, but serious, and his character’s growth in the book, from kind, loyal servant to bitter, angry rebel is a clear, if heartbreaking, path to follow. The reader almost wants to cry, or to scream, or do something – anything – to stop the coming destruction. The old saying refers to watching a train wreck and not able to do anything to stop it, and that’s exactly what’s going on here. The reader already knows the end, it’s layed out in the Bible – there is a war in heaven, and Lucifer is cast out, along with a third of the angels. But the vivid detail portrayed here bring it to life just as much as any IMAX cinema. You’ll be riveted from beginning to end, and by the time it’s over, you may not have any hair or fingernails left.

As if the story line isn’t epic enough, the writing style takes a different take, as well. The book is written in a sort of lyrical style, which makes it fun to read. And with the story line that the book presents, the writing style fits it very well.

Of course, a story such as this is delicately handled. The author writes intimately about God and things of heaven, which of course are hid from people here on this earth. There may be some things here that readers disagree with. But it’s important to note that the author does not claim fact in this book – in fact, it’s very much a work of fiction. His book begins with a disclaimer, stating that he is in no way dogmatic about the events in this book. He imagines the events as they might have happened, but it’s very possible – likely, even – that they happened differently, at least in part. This is not a book to read dogmatically – but as a work of pure fiction, it surpasses any other that touches on the subject.

The Third Heaven by Donovan Neal is now available on Amazon in paperback, e-book, or audiobook. It’s worth the read! Book 2 will be out shortly.

I did do the editing for this book, but that does not affect the nature of my review. I do not review every book I read or edit, only those that I find to be worthwhile.

Review: Many Strange Women

Review: Many Strange Women, by Parker J. Cole

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He’s a repentant playboy haunted by his passions and his dreams. She’s given up on having dreams, and instead confines herself to the 18th century with costumes and old-fashioned mannerisms. They make the most unlikely couple, he the epitome of the modern world, she stuck in times past. To each other, their match is an escape – but to God, it is one ordained in heaven, to give them true freedom.

When the author first told me of this book, she described it as “edgy.” I disagree – I would rather term this book as “real.” The author delves into a realm few dare to touch. Those that do mention it do so with an aversion, barely doing more than brush against it.

In contrast, Parker dives in with both feet. The characters are both extremes, but in them can be found a reflection of every person, making the reader face full on the depths of the heart – both the good and the bad.

The book has been described as a “Christian Fifty Shades of Grey.” In fact, the marketing hashtag for the book is #Greeneisthenewgrey. Is it possible? Something as hot as the story of Christian and Anastasia, their steamy but controversial story, wrapped in the folds of Christian values?

Well now it’s here. “Many Strange Women” is passionate, but without the explicit sex scenes found in the infamous FSOG series. In fact, you won’t see so much as a single boob – and here is the true talent of an author. To make a story so passionate, so rife with sensual desires, without dropping the clothes, that takes talent.

I’ve already said that the book is Christian, and so it is. It was pleasant how the author managed to weave a Christian tale without preaching in your face about it – she simply presented the characters as they are. They are average people, with their own qualities and faults. Besides that, I loved how the author included Biblical references in the story itself – not verses, specifically, but a nod to the Bible story that this book is modeled after. Reading “Easter eggs” if you will, which were a nice touch.

The only markdown I would give for this book is the editing. Rarely would I so highly recommend a book with so many errors, but this is one exception I am happy to make. The book is indeed filled with typos and misplaced punctuation, but the story itself draws your attention away from the text itself, until all you see are the characters.

The author has certainly done a masterful job, and I would highly recommend “Many Strange Women” to any reader.