Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Review: Cloak of Light by Chuck Black

Cloak of Light is a speculative fiction adventure that deals with spiritual warfare. I would describe it as Spiderman meets This Present Darkness. Drew Carter is the protagonist who has obtained some pretty strange "super powers" after a lab accident with his friend Ben. His new abilities include heightened hearing and the ability to see what is going on in the spiritual realm. Drew can now see the battle fought by angels and demons that goes on around us mere mortals all the time. He is a little freaked out by it.

The characters in Cloak of Light are interesting and mysterious. Drew is pretty well fleshed out, and so is his love interest, Sydney. Interestingly enough, Sydney is the only Christian in the story so far. Drew and his friend Ben are not believers. Drew is a very moral young man. He is always fighting for the underdog. He gets these morals from the adults in his life. His deceased father, his mother, and his mentor Jake have a good influence over him.

The plot of the story was just okay for me. This book is definitely written for a YA audience. I think it will appeal more to them than it did to me. There is lots of action and fight scenes. I think I would have enjoyed it if more of the plot was revealed. I felt like the story kind of stayed in place so more could be revealed in the next book.

Overall this was a fun book, and a good set up for the next book in the series. I think it will especially appeal to a younger male audience. I would recommend it to fans of speculative fiction and Frank Peretti's books.

I received this book for free for the purpose of review.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Twitterature ~ January 2014

Here are some short reviews of what I've been reading lately:

When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell
I really enjoyed this sequel to Into the Free. This is the story of Bump and Millie's marriage and move to Colorado. In this book, they have to deal with all the pain Millie went through before. Both of these books deal with heavy themes of abuse and forgiveness. They are both beautifully written. Very recommended.

This was an interesting twist on the tale of Scheherazade. A female pirate kidnaps a chef and forces him to cook for her (every woman's dream). The chef struggles to find ingredients to use, but eventually he prevails and impresses the Captain. I mostly enjoyed this story, but I found the middle to be a bit long.

Pilgrimage by Lynn Austin
Lovely book about the author's trip to Israel. It's very devotional in style. I'm right in the middle of it right now. I don't want to rush it.

Emma by Jane Austen
This is my Classic read for the winter. I'm loving it so far.

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