Monday, June 18, 2018

Plunge into Darkness: Book 1 By Kristin N. Spencer

 I received this book from Celebrate Lit Blogger Program and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book.  The opinions expressed here are my own.


 Book Description:

Two girls.

A village with a dark secret.

Their only hope is a mythical figure Ever Morena has only read about in her father’s lone book.

Ten years ago Ever’s best friend disappeared without a trace. Though the loss of her friend only came close to killing her then, the truth of what happened might finish the job now—just when her future as the village healer is looking bright.

Ever must risk everything she loves in order to plunge into darkness on an impossible journey in the middle of the Concealed Forest.
Never before has redemption been so costly.

Please note: This book contains subject matter which some may find troubling as it spotlights helping those who have experienced abuse. I tried to handle this topic as delicately as I could, keeping the reader’s experience in mind.
 My Thoughts: 

Plunge into Darkness is Kristin N. Spencer latest book in her new series, WOW! I don't often read Christian Fantasy but this book caught my eye and I couldn't pass it up, especially the cover of this book.  Kristin N. Spencer is a new to me author so that was another reason to read it! Kristin N. Spencer writes with authority about loss,mystery, and folk lore. This book really had a hold on me, I couldn't put it down and it kept guessing. I held my breath in many parts, hurt for the characters, bubbling with anger, and cried through good and bad parts. I truly enjoyed this book. I did appreciate the heads up about the sensitive material, not many books do that. I am sorry that I cannot do right by this book. This book is one that will stay with me for a long time.  I highly recommend this book and this author to anyone who enjoys Fantasy/Christian Fantasy, you will not be disappointed. 
I give this book 5+ STARS!!




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About the Book

Plunge into Darkness
Title: Plunge into Darkness  
Author: Kristen N. Spencer  
Release Date: February 27, 2018  
Genre: Fantasy
Two girls.
A village with a dark secret.
Their only hope is a mythical figure Ever Morena has only read about in her father’s lone book.
Ten years ago Ever’s best friend disappeared without a trace. Though the loss of her friend only came close to killing her then, the truth of what happened might finish the job now—just when her future as the village healer is looking bright.
Ever must risk everything she loves in order to plunge into darkness on an impossible journey in the middle of the Concealed Forest.
Never before has redemption been so costly.
Please note: This book contains subject matter which some may find troubling as it spotlights helping those who have experienced abuse. I tried to handle this topic as delicately as I could, keeping the reader’s experience in mind.
Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Kristin Spencer

Kristin N. Spencer spends part of each day imagining up new worlds and beings when she isn’t busy taking care of her three children and writing partner husband T. E. Spencer. When she’s not writing you can find her working in full time ministry, sewing cosplay costumes, or watching geekesque movies. She writes whatever genre she wants including but not limited to Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, Space Fantasy, and traditional Fantasy. Kristin studied Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach and received a Bachelors, which she fondly calls a degree in reading. Her favorite movie is Sabrina (the Julia Ormond version) and her favorite person is Jesus.

Guest Post from Kristin N. Spencer

Life is messy because people are messy. While I was missionary in Athens, Greece I spent a lot of time around profoundly broken people who were making brave choices to change their lives and the lives of their children. Human trafficking creates a unique kind of broken, and the people that minister to people who have survived this difficult journey also have to reach an understanding of what the people they’re ministering to have been through. After a while serving in a ministry that works with women who have been rescued out of prostitution, the founder and director sent me a message. She said she wanted to have a sit down talk so we could get to know each other. As I nervously tapped my foot on the plastic metro floor on my way to the meeting, a picture came into my head. I saw a young woman sitting next to a dark pond filled with sledge, and knew instantly that something that could help her was inside there, and the only way to help her was to jump into the sledge and find it… to experience the darkness as a witness as a way to understand it. When I got to my meeting with the director, I told her about the picture I had seen on the metro. She said it was a perfect illustration for the work we do as advocates for survivors of sexual abuse. It was then that I thought, “This is more than a picture… this could be a story to illustrate how sometimes the only way to help hurting and broken people is to go through the darkness—though to a lesser degree of course—ourselves.”
When you have a friend or acquaintance that is healing from a difficult ordeal, one of the best ways for them to heal is to be able to talk about it. The simple truth is, hearing about someone being raped is horrific and uncomfortable. But imagine how much more horrible it is to actually be raped, and then never feel like anyone wants to let you talk about it. Not only are you reeling from the sexual assault, but also from the society imposed silence everyone expects you to keep.
Enter Ever, Dawn, and the Man of Sorrows. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you read the story, you will see the clear implications of how what I’ve just described came to be crafted into a fantasy story that deals directly with the character of man versus the character of an all loving, creative being. I hope you love this book and it leaves you wanting more even though the topic is a difficult one.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Together Forever: Orphan Train Book 2 By Jody Hedlund

I received this book from Celebrate Lit Blogger Program and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

Book Description: 

Will the mistakes of their past cost them a chance at love?

Determined to find her lost younger sister, Marianne Neumann takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York. She not only hopes to offer children a better life, but prays she'll be able to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train so they can finally be reunited.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing-out trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with children, firm but tender and friendly. Underneath his charm and handsome looks, though, seems to linger a grief that won't go away--and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden.

As the two team up, placing orphans in the small railroad towns of Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.


My Thoughts: 

Together Forever is the second book of Jody Hedlund\s series, Orphan Train, and it is great! As a fan of Christian Historical Fiction and Jody Hedlund, I couldn't wait to read this book.  Jody Hedlund writes with authority on The United States during 1858 especially New York and Illinois, Children's Aid Society, The Orphan Train, and the connection between these adults to the orphan children. I love learning new things and Jody Hedlund didn't disappoint. I had heard of the Orphan Trains but learned so much more about it after reading this book. I also learned so much more about the US during 1858. I found myself researching more to learn more. One of the many reasons I love Jody Hedlund's books. The characters in this book are well written and very real. I found myself drawn to Marianne. She is such a well rounded character. Her perseverance in finding her sister and love for children are admirable. I love her personality and how she deals with everything.  Jody Hedlund's style of writing truly put me there right in the story, going on these journeys with Marianne and Andrew. I have not read the first book of this series yet and it definitely can be read as a stand alone. I could NOT put this book down, from start to finish kept me guessing until the end. I highly recommend this book and author to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I give this book 5 STARS. 

I would like to apologize to Jody Hedlund and Celebrate Lit for the lateness of this review. I had some personal things that prevented me from posting this review.