Friday, August 29, 2014

Girl at the End of the World

I was raised in a homegrown, fundamentalist Christian group—which is just a shorthand way of saying I’m classically trained in apocalyptic stockpiling, street preaching, and the King James Version of the Bible. I know hundreds of obscure nineteenth-century hymns by heart and have such razor sharp “modesty vision” that I can spot a miniskirt a mile away.

Verily, verily I say unto thee, none of these highly specialized skills ever got me a job, but at least I’m all set for the end of the world. Selah.

A story of mind control, the Apocalypse, and modest attire.

Elizabeth Esther grew up in love with Jesus but in fear of daily spankings (to “break her will”). Trained in her family-run church to confess sins real and imagined, she knew her parents loved her and God probably hated her. Not until she was grown and married did she find the courage to attempt the unthinkable. To leave.
In her memoir, readers will recognize questions every believer faces: When is spiritual zeal a gift, and when is it a trap? What happens when a pastor holds unchecked sway over his followers? And how can we leave behind the harm inflicted in the name of God without losing God in the process?
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Girl at the End of the World is a story of the lingering effects of spiritual abuse and the growing hope that God can still be good when His people fail.

Includes reading group discussion guide and interview with the author*

I enjoyed this book. It was good, but a book definitely for girls--not boys. The story drew me in, and brought awareness to Elizabeth Esther's story.

I didn't always agree with the theology, and at the end the MC *SPOILERS* became a Catholic *SPOILERS END*. I'm fine with Catholics, I suppose, but I don't always agree with them. 
There were some references to some older content.

It was a wonderfully told tale, and it was a true story. I enjoyed it!

3.5 stars. It was good, but the end was a bit iffy, and there were some things I didn't agree with. 


*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Forget Me Not--a review

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother's favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They're not just jewellery, they're part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery's power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device -- and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she's Enemy Number One. She's forced to leave her father behind when she's taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends' lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

Okay, this book was interesting. I liked the premise, and when I saw a chance to get the book, I thought, "Hey, why not?". 
I first read this book because it was written by a person who had given me some valuable information on pitching a story and guided me through the confusion of the Pitcharama contest, which resulted in my first request from a publisher. 
Okay, I'm sure you'll all saying,
Uhm, yeah. I didn't tell y'all. I wanted to wait until I heard back from them. And, quite frankly, I haven't yet. Either my novel was so bad they didn't want to tell me, OR they're still reading, OR they're drafting a rejection letter right now. :) Don't worry, I'm fine. I expect them to reject my novel. *shrug* 

Forget Me Not was... well, there was a love triangle.
In love triangles, one guy gets a broken heart, and the other gets the girl. Love triangles are desperately cliche. :/ I was a bit upset over it, because I had been enjoying the book. The MC also does several things that are deliberately idiotic. 
Forget Me Not was an interesting read, don't get me wrong. The cliches wore me down, thought.

What do I rate it?
Three and half stars.


*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review