One of the reviewers had stated that this book didn't feel real and that the disciples didn't feel real and couldn't see how they went on to start a church because they didn't have enough faith. I feel the exact opposite, yes this book does show the disciples as human beings who struggled with faith as much as we do in this present age, but to me this added to the believability of this book. We have each read the gospels and we know the story and therefore we think we would have acted differently had we lived, walked, talked with and seen Jesus ourselves...however this book shows how real people without a glimpse into the future would act. More importantly I felt the character of Judas was very real. Through this story I felt his doubts, his longing for a Messiah, for someone to fight for him and for his people, to bring down the Romans with a crushing blow, to bring down the hypocrites in the temple...and his dissapointment when that did not happen. Tosca Lee does an extraordinary job in this story and it moved me to tears because it made me look at myself and all my doubts and I saw the Judas in me. It made me see that I too could have been Judas. The ending was good too but I was hoping for something a bit different, but that is the writer in me seeing a thousand different possibilities. Overall, I loved this book and look forward for more stories from this author...oh, and I highly recommend this one! It is definatly one of Tosca's best so far!
The heart pounding adventures of the 13th Tribe continues as Jaggar has to deal with both the tribe and an even worse group of immortals called The Clan. He has to leave his wife Beth and son Tyler at the monestary while him and Owen set off to stop the worse evil of the Clan. The Clan has only one goal: to grieve God by killing His people which makes them hard to track down since their acts of violence are random. In this book the supernatural clashes with the natural with heart-pounding intensity. While Jaggar sets of to stop evil, The Tribe attacks the monestary in hopes to kidnap Beth since they are under the impression that she holds the secret on how to be forgiven by God and thus end their immortality (and enter into heaven). There are interesting twists and turns and I trully hope there is more because the ending was spectacular!
I will start by saying I think this book was well writen and kept my interest to the very end, and it also makes me look forward to the next book. However I will say that though in some ways I like America (the character) there are ways in which I don't like her. I think she is double minded and selfish. She wants Prince Maxin and she want her former love too. When prince Maxin gives attention the the other girls she sees it as a betrayal all the while not seeing that she is doing the same exact thing. Still I think that perhaps this is her character flaw that perhaps she might hopefully overcome in the next book and thus I'm still giving this book a five star. There are twists and turns that I didn't see coming but enjoyed especially toward the end where we catch a glimpse into the why's of Prince Maxin
When Jesus Wept was a masterpiece with every passing word. The story of Lazarus comes alive from the very first words, sending chills through me. The Bible clearly tells us that Lazarus was much loved by Jesus and this book shows that. Yes I understand that this is fiction but it is very believable fiction where a lot of the 'whys' in the Bible are given possible answers. There are pictures that swept through my heart like the part where Jesus turned the water in to wine. The part I loved best was of course where we are given a glimpse of what Lazarus might have exprienced when he died, it was painted in vivid words that made me long for heaven. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I loved Cinder (the first book) and I adored this second book in the Lunar Chronicle series. The plot thickened considerably where now we have two important characters we get to follow and we get to know. Cinder's dilema continues as she is a fugitive of both the earthen people and the Lunar Queen. A new and enchanting character we get to meet is Scarlett who is on a quest to find her kidnapped grandmother. Along the way she meet a boy by the name of Wolf who is both mysetrious and dangerous. I loved this story and it's many twists and turns and look forward to the next book in the series.
The characters came alive as I listened to this book. Day and June are vivid characters that came alive in the depths of my imaginatiion. I loved the fast paced story line that was filled with emotion and fast paced heart thumping action. Day and June have joined the Patriots against the Republic in a goal to assasinate the Elector (leader of the Republic). At first both Day and June agree to the plan but soon both find out that not all is as it seems. Who can be trusted?
The book keeps you asking questions and gives satisfactory answers. I can't say enough how much I loved this book!
The author Kiera Cass did an astounding job with this book. America came across as a well rounded character, not shallow in any way. She was not a love sick puppy that was dying for the prince's love and attention. This story reminded me of a dystopian type of Esther story, where the prince must choose his future bride. I look forward to the next book.
To start off I will say that I loved the main character--Cinder. I thought at the begining that she was going to be your average damsel in distress...and boy was I wrong! Cinder is a strong young woman who also is a cyborg (part human part robot). She was adopted when she was eleven years old but her step-father has passed away. She is left with her step mother and two step sisters (but one of the step sister's is actualy a sweetheart). Also Cinder is a well known mechanic, this leads to prince Kai brining one of his androids to be repaired. So the story begins. In the time that Cinder lives in there is a disease that is plagueing humanity, a plague without a cure. Humanity faces many threats and the plague is just one of them. There is always a constant threat of war from the Lunars (human who live on the moon), more specificaly from Queen Luna who has killed her very own family and relatives to be queen. Now the Queen has an ultimatum for Prince Kai...soon to be Emperor Kai, marry her to avoid war. This was a fast paced book in which we see Cinder as a head-strong woman who also has many doubts about herself because of the prejudices she has to face from her family and society. She is slammed with many more prejudices as she discovers more about herself. I look forward to the next book!!
I highly recommend this book because it was fast paced and had twists and turns that kept me captivated
The Hunger Games
My favorite scene was the end when Kiera makes a choice.
I wanted to listen to it in one sitting but couldn't, but oh yes this was one that I would have if I could have.
In our quest to be conquerors we have created a supermachine to counter attack countries that are a threat to the world. These supermachines look like us, breath like us, even think for themselves. They are not human but have human DNA, they are partials. After helping us win the war, they come back and are given jobs among us, in coal mines...jobs that do not amount to anything. When they try to advance, they are rejected. They cannot apply for other jobs, they cannot seek an education, they are in so many words: slaves. They rebel, turning against their creators. And 99.96 percent of humanity perishes when they release a destructive virus called RM. The human survivors survive...but are on the verge of extinction because the babies that are born does not survive. Kiera enters the story as an intern in the matternaty ward of the hospital where for the past eleven years since the partial attack they have tried to produce at least one surviving human baby. Though Kiera is young she is smart and determined, she cannot bear the loss and is determined to find the cure for RM. And she is fully capable, her intelligence is rare and she is capable to think outside the box. As she studies the virus she realizes there is only one solution, she must obtain a Partial. However this proves to be a problem because after the final war, no one has seen a Partial in eleven years. Beyond this the Senate also opposes Kiera at every turn, determined to keep a firm hold on the remaining population. The world is turning into a dictatorship, with lust for control is rampant. Without disclosing anything further about this book, I will say that I loved each word of it. It kept my heart pumping with adrenaline (I listened to it as an audio book) and I did not want to stop. It was intelligently written, where it needed to sound scientific it succeded, where it needed to sound knowledgeable about battle tacktics it succeeded. Dan Wells did an extraordinary job and all I can say is that I hope this gets turned into a movie one day. It will be every bit as good as The Hunger Games...also I hope for a sequel.
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