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KM- Personal Demons – Ali Cross

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Title: Personal Demonds

Author: Ali Cross

Series: Desolation Diaries (follow up to Desolation series)

Category: Drama / Action / Paranormal

Length:  59 pages

My Rating: 5/10

This is a short story to follow up the end of the Desolation series. Miri and James have moved to Paris, and James is the first-person narrator. Hel has come back to Earth, and is trying to snare James as her slave again. He desperately tries to get rid of her and fears how Miri will react when she finds out what he truly went through while serving as Helena’s personal slave in Helheimer. He finds help in a very unlikely place.

This was simply a short follow-up, that I felt obligated to read after finishing the Desolation series. Just out of curiosity. It was decently written, but was too short to really offer up much in the sense of entertainment. I would have liked to hear what was going on with Desi and Michael, rather than James and Miri.

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KM-Misery’s Flight – J. Barbara Yandell

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Title: Misery’s Flight

Author: J. Belinda Yandell

Series: Yes (#2 of the Cadian Chronicles)

Category: Drama / Historical Fiction / Mystery / Fantasy

Length:  301 pages

My Rating: 8.5/10

***********WARNING: This review may spoil the ending of the first book if you have not read it yet***************

Misery’s Flight picks up where Misery’s Child left off. Prince Scearce and Lillitha successfully make their way away from Oman Teret back to Jeptalla, not knowing what death and damage their elopement left in their wake. Once they arrive in the seat of Jeptalla, they are immediately married, and the province rejoices at having the beautiful new princess in their midst.

Soon, however, Lord General Bastrop, godfather of Prince Scearce, and good friend to both Rowle and King Tullus brings news to the Jeptallan seat and informs them of the demise of both of their fathers. Princess (now Queen) Lillitha screams so loudly and sorrowfully that it can be heard throughout the kingdom.

Slowly, Lillitha seems to lose her mind. They keep all sharp objects from her to keep herself from killing or harming herself. She is pregnant, and quite sick in the mind. Chancellor Paglia, still reeling from the loss of Lillitha as shallana breda, coerces the Shallan Varden to abolish the house of Kirrisian, turning the vidor-ship of the province over to Danaus, as well as put a bounty on King Scearce’s head. Worst of all, he convinces the Shallan to curse Lillitha and her child. The curse states that the child will be Tey Mysseratti (the cursed one), and that Lillitha shall labor for 7 days and 7 nights, one for each of the summers that she denied from the Shallan. Lillitha died during the 6th night of labor.

A group of citizens of Jeptalla conspire to break in and kill King Searce and tey Myseratti, believing that the child (an Abomination) is the reason the rains have stopped for so many seasons. They are unsuccessful due to one of them realizing, with a little heart, that the child is just that… a child.

Follow the adventure of a young girl barely 12 years old that must hide where ever she goes, and rely on only one man to protect her through the most difficult times of her life. For if she thought she was treated unfairly in the palace, she knows nothing of what awaits her on the outside.

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KM-Misery’s Child – J. Belinda Yandell

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Title: Misery’s Child

Author: J. Belinda Yandell

Series: Yes (#1 of the Cadian Chronicles)

Category: Drama / Historical Fiction / Mystery

Length:  198 pages

My Rating: 8/10

The novel follows the almost Medieval sounding adventures of a group of territories, most notably, the house of the vidor (ruler) of the land of Kirrisian . Every noble family is supposed to prepare one daughter to be consecrated to offer to the Shallan for choice. When the Shallan chooses a wife, he keeps her for six summers, and requires a male child to be born. Whether the woman births a male child or not, she becomes a cadia, and is taken care of for the rest of her life, as well as her family is given honor; however, she may choose to return to her home after her 6 summers are up.
The vidor, Rowle, or Kirrisian, has a daughter named Lillitha that is being prepared for consecration. She is to be given one tenth of all that the family has (as a tithe to Oman), and is only allowed out of her tower if she is covered head to toe in veils and skirts. Her life consists of rituals required by Yannamarie, who dilligently teaches her how to be refined and completely consecrated.
The younger sister, Marta, is jealous of Lillitha’s special treatment, although she knows she is allowed to do things that Lillitha can never even dream of being able to do. The oldest born, a male named Jonil, has perished from his rogue-ish ways. Also, Lillitha has a childhood crush, Prince Scearce, whom she has not seen in ages, and stopped writing to her suddenly, and inexplicably.
The time comes for the families and citizens to make the pilgrimage to Oman Teret, the home of the cadia and the Shallan. Will Lillitha be chosen? She is both excited and nervous, frightened, and doubtful by the time she actually makes it there. Between rogues, murder, riots, and many other harmful things for her family… In the end, what will it all come to?

In my opinion, the book was pretty great. I’m not usually in to historical fiction, but the Cadia and the customs of this fictitious land were quite engaging to the mind. I could almost feel Lillitha’s anguish, fear, loss, dreams, and hopes. I am definitely looking forward to the sequels!

Link to Amazon book: http://www.amazon.com/Miserys-Child-Cadian-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00CGP37RA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377372103&sr=8-1&keywords=misery%27s+child

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KM-Sam – Iain Rob Wright

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Title: Sam

Author: Iain Rob Wright

Series: No

Category: Drama / Fiction / Supernatural / Action / Mystery / Horror

Length:  253 pages

My Rating: 9.2/10

An excommunicated lesbian priest, Angela, and a “ghost hunter”/debunker name Tim are tested and brought in the dead of night to a mansion in the middle of nowhere. They only thing they are told is that the Lady of the House needs their help. No details are given as to what kind of help she needs or expects of them. The only thing they are told at first is that Jessica’s son, Sam, is very sick, and she expects their utmost respect for their privacy, and that they will be paid very well for their time. A strange butler with an air of superiority, Frank, and two body guards also occupy the mansion.

Upon meeting Sammie, Angela and Tim are unsure what to think. The child had already been viewed by almost all types of physicians, from pediatricians to psychiatrists. No one has been able to come to a conclusion. The child is pale, emaciated, and his teeth are rotting out of his mouth. He spends his time watching South Park and drawing things straight from people’s nightmares. Literally. He draws a scene for Angela of when her congregation was slaughtered right in front of her. Sammie speaks with the air of a person much older and more sophisticated than a normal ten-year-old boy. Jessica explains that there have been many “accidents” in the household in the few weeks since Sammie “got sick”. His father killed himself, staff would suffer from freak accidents causing grievous injuries and sometimes death. Most of the staff had already quit.

Angela and Tim begin as strangers and soon become close friends and allies in this house of horror, unsure of whether there is actually something wrong, or if they’re being set up for some sick joke. As things begin to get more sinister by the hour, Angela begins to reevaluate her belief in God, and Tim begins to wonder if this could be a legitimate possession. The two vow to stick it out to the end. Through twists and turns, and a rollercoaster of fear and doubt, the two struggle to survive the seemingly endless night that has fallen.

This book had me gripped from the start. The background stories of Angela and Tim are amazingly well written and thought out. The entire story is quite creepy, and I had a hard time putting it down. I even lost quite a bit of sleep because I just could not  stop reading! Sammie is quite the frightening little boy, and the entire novel is action packed. Not to mention a twist ending to blow your mind!

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Fireproof

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Title: Fireproof

Author: Eric Wilson, Alex Kendrick , Stephen Kendrick

Series: No

Category: Religious / Drama / Romance

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 2, 2008)

My Rating: 7/10

“Inside burning buildings, Captain Caleb Holt lives by the firefighters adage: Never leave your partner. Yet at home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.”

Fireproof was instantly gripping. I made the mistake of beginning it at about 10p.m., and it was nearly 4 a.m. before I reached was able to stop. Not even coming to a point that I was willing to stop at, I finally couldn’t keep my eyes open.

This is the story of a firefighter that puts everything on the line for his job, but does a less than satisfactory job at being a husband. His wife, Catherine, is finally at her wits end. At first, Caleb is indignant and decides to give up. His father convinces him to follow a plan for forty days, and see what happens. The transformations that Caleb goes through are amazing. He finds faith in God, and every aspect of his life is changed.

It’s got great scenes (fire calls; two good structure fire scenes, one intense vehicle accident), amusing chatter (you’ll come to love Wayne and Terrell), and serious every-day issues that we all deal with at one point or another. It’s a very touching story.

Honestly, this book made me think about my own standing with God. And it gave me a new insight into marriage and relationships. I don’t think I’ll ever take another relationship so lightly. It really inspires thought and revelations. I’d definitely recommend it for anyone in a serious relationship, looking for inspiration, and definitely for married couples. Also a great read for firefighters, as I know we tend to have a more difficult time with relationships than most people.

Here’s a great quote from it: “Marriages aren’t fireproof. Sometimes you get burned.” “Fireproof doesn’t mean that a fire will never come, but that when it comes you’ll be able to withstand it.”

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