Book review: Running Around (And Such) by Linda Byler (9781561486885)

I am a big fan of young adult and Christian fiction and was excited about reading Ms. Byler’s debut novel. However, I found the book to be choppy and slow to get to the meaning of the book title, running around. It wasn’t until most of the way through the book that the main character, Lizzie, spoke about the concept.

Personally, I did not like the main character, Lizzie, one of five Amish children, who seemed much more immature than her younger siblings. Her whining and “whoa is me” tones about her life in a new community were nerve racking and I just wanted the author to get on with the story.

Unfortunately, I found the story to be disappointing due to the main character and how it skipped months at a time between chapters and did not have a nice flow.  I will probably not read the next book in the series where I hope Lizzie starts acting more mature.

Book review: Future Hope by David Gelber (9781934572344)

It’s 2156 on Earth and the United Nations is the top governing body of the world, religion is eliminated and banned, rapid population expansion is slowed by using limited government sanctioned pregnancies, medicine can cure virtually every disease leading to increased longevity and energy concerns have been eliminated. However, humans have used up the resources on the planet and in the galaxy.

So is interdimensional space exploration the next step? Dr. Deborah Tennyson, a brilliant mathematician, certainly thinks so and she is willing to send the best astropilot, David Sanders, to test it out. The first space flight proved successful as a dog named Little Bit was transported and returned relatively unscathed.

But will David Sanders succeed? He is an excellent astropilot, but he’s going into the unknown and what he finds changes his belief in God and mankind.

Senator Adrian Leavitt wants the Interdimensional Travel Program to fail and would try anything to stop it from happening. Will he shut down the mission before David Sanders can return?

This is an interesting blend of science fiction and Christian fiction. The interconnection is brilliant and Dr. Gelber takes you on a thrilling ride into the universe and beyond.

A warm thank you to Dr. Gelber and PR by the Book for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Book review: The Secret by Beverly Lewis (9780764205712)

This is the first book in Beverly Lewis’ series, “Seasons of Grace” and it is clear from the ending (which was not satisfying for me) that the story continues on.

This story is about two young women, Amish Grace Byler and graduate student Heather Nelson who have to face difficult decisions in their lives. Grace is conflicted about her feelings for her beau, Henry, and she needs to find out why her mother, Lettie, ran off in the middle of the night with no explanation to her family. Heather is in denial about her cancer diagnosis and her fiance, serving in Iraq, has broken up with her after meeting a fellow woman soldier overseas.

I have to say the book is pretty depressing, but somehow it kept me reading with the suspense of finding out why Lettie ran off without telling her family.

Book Review: Prime Choice by Stephanie Perry Moore (9780758218636)

075821863X.01._SX50_SCLZZZZZZZ_Perry Skky Jr. is in his last year in high school. He’s the star receiver on his football team, the envy of all of his friends, the top college recruiters are scrambling to get him on their team and, most definitely, a virgin. He is working on his relationship with God, but the peer pressure and all that life throws at him is making him question his belief and his choices.

This is a Christian, young adult fiction novel and it pleases me to see a strong adolescent male character who learns from his mistakes and tries to choose the right path. The characters are well developed and believable and Ms. Moore’s story is a pleasure to read. I believe that young adults as well as “older” adults will enjoy this coming of age novel.