There was something about this story that captured my attention from the beginning. I’m not sure what it was, but I didn’t want to put Hand-Me-Down Princess down. Maybe it is the behind-the-scenes feel of the story. It’s fiction that could be real, but even if it were real the story would not be public knowledge because the royalty’s PR would keep it quiet.
The heroine is a very young nineteen year old who has to deal with an arranged marriage to royalty, the death of her father, and some surprising personal news – all in the first quarter of the story! Jessabelle has been given a good foundation of faith and poise by her father and previous situations so even when she finds herself floundering she doesn’t quit. She is able to change, grow, and face the world as a royal, young adult with the help of the prince and the Lord.
Deadlock is the third and final book in the FBI: Houston series, and it is fine as a stand alone book. I did read the first one [Firewall] over a year ago, and this one mentions the other characters but the stories are separate.
In Deadlock both of the main characters are FBI agents. The heroine, Bethany Sanchez, has just transferred and is nervous about working with her new partner, anxious to solve the case, and frustrated with her bad family situation. In many ways she could be the girl next door. I love that she has an African Grey parrot, and has to manage her diabetes. Sometimes it felt like she was too brave; for example, I would not be staying in my apartment after I knew that someone had broken in. I don’t see much development in her personally; the qualities that she has at the beginning are the same as at the end.
The hero, Thatcher Graves, has confidence in his job and wants to make the new partnership work. His life change happened shortly before the story started when he accepted Christ into his life. He’s changing his lifestyle and nervous about letting people know how and why he’s different. For about a half a page I worried that he wasn’t going to make it.
This is a Christian Dystopian story written for middle school age children or YA. I found The King’s Highway (Days of Dread) (Volume 1) to be an interesting read with a good mix of action and introspection.
My favorite character is Boggs, the dog. LOL At first I found it a bit disconcerting to read the dog’s thoughts but figured it out quickly. He is sent to guard them, catch food for them, and help them along their way.
Jackson, the main hero, does a good job of leading the group to safety. He learns to listen to those around him for advice, and yet stay strong in his decisions when he needs to. He is a 15 year old thrown into an adult position in which he is now responsible for younger children in a world gone crazy.
Notice: You should start at the beginning of this series with the free prequel – Tremors. Then read the first of the series – Thunder. Next there is another short ebook you can get for free – Aftershock. After all that…read Lightning.
There is so-o much action in Lightning: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles)! The characters are constantly on the go as they try to stay alive and beat the clock. The characters that we got to know in the previous books are back to continue their journey of saving their dystopian world. It is fast paced as the main characters split into two groups, so when one isn’t in trouble the other group is.
Reading this book felt like I was hearing a story of a friend’s life. Firefly Summer (Hometown Romance) is messy and real, but thankfully still has a happy ending.
I appreciate that the heroine, Sessa, is not a starry eyed twenty year old. She is someone that has been through the pain of losing her husband through death, and losing her son through his bad decisions. Sessa has a great support group that are there for her – sometimes more than she wants them to be. She is a hard worker that has regrets, but keeps doing the best that she can and doesn’t give up. The changes that she goes through during the story are emotional and mental decisions.