I was proud of myself when I read four books last week. Four fictional books within one week. That’s impressive, okay? I’m going to review those books, as well as the one I am reading right now, and one non-fiction book that I was quite impressed with. The seven books I’m reviewing are Thr3e by Ted Dekker (who is my favorite of all authors), Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, The Martyr’s Song by Ted Dekker, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks, Time Management Magic by Lee Cockerell, and Chosen by Ted Dekker.
SPOILERS AHEAD: Do not read this blog post if you are currently reading, or plan to soon read, any of these books.
1. Thr3e by Ted Dekker
First of all, Ted Dekker is my favorite author of all. Before him, it was Cassandra Clare, and I don’t think I’ve had any other favorite authors. Ted Dekker writes spiritual thrillers and supernatural thrillers, incorporating biblical truth into his stories, which makes for some interesting research into the Bible itself–mostly Genesis and Revelation.
I heard such wonderful things about this novel, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as others did. The interesting scenes were the ones of Kevin’s childhood: confrontations with Slater, as well as adventures with Samantha. Other interesting scenes were the ones of Balinda’s house and the distorted reality she created for her family. And the last two chapters–those contained the climax of the book.
I didn’t find it easy to believe that this could happen in real life. I felt the narration of the entire story was a perfectly accurate way to describe the perspective of a person with multiple personalities, a clear glimpse into their world and their life, where the people closest to them live within themselves. And yet, could one person’s mental condition create such chaos and panic that it would capture the attention of FBI agents and special agents? I always thought that it wouldn’t be so real to the rest of the world as it would be to that one person.
Then again, I haven’t experienced, or know anyone who has experienced, this sort of illness. So I can’t say. Anyway, you can use this link to purchase the book if you’re interested in reading it yourself.
2. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I don’t think I liked it. I guess I expected more of it. I mean, the following books are entitled Crescendo, Silence, and Finale. As poetic as they sound, I guess I wanted them to be something artistic and profound. It was no such thing. The back of the book made it sound like an erotica, and the novel itself was only as interesting as any other teen vampire romance novel… but with fallen angels as opposed to vampires. Nora and Vee of Hush Hush are identical to Vee and Sydney of Nerve. This “bad boy” vibe that Patch has is kind of cringe-y. And why even is his name Patch? Also, I’m not sure that any two characters had so much sexual intension without anything even happening, as Nora and Patch had. But, if you wanna read the book, you can purchase it here.
2. The Martyr’s Song by Ted Dekker
I loved this book. It was rather short and I was able to read through it in a day, but it was so poetically written. It started off as a very ordinary everyday-life scene, and soon turned into something mysterious and curious. And I appreciated the perspective as well–to honor physical beauty as something worthy of being desired and worthy of searching for, instead of shaming it and shaming the girl for wanting it badly. The courage of the young birthday girl was truly inspiring to me, and the cruelty of the commander was truly horrifying. Yet I became a little emotional when I saw how that little girl’s strength and courage and fearlessness affected all the elderly people around her, until not one of them was afraid any longer. With all his captives willing to die and unafraid of it, the commander wasn’t sure what to do or how to threaten them anymore. And hearing this story was supposed to give a regular schoolgirl true physical beauty? I wouldn’t have thought of that. If you want to read this inspiring book, you can purchase it right here.
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4. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
This book made me emotional. It made me hold my breath, and it made my heart race. On the very last day that I was reading this book, I went to bed at 9:56 PM, read this book until I finished it at 11:34 PM, and then went to sleep. I was sleepy, but the ending was too much for me to put down. I couldn’t wait until the next day.
I was very pleased with the pace at which Alex and Katie fell in love. It was patient and steady and gentle. I loved reading the flashback scenes of Katie’s life when she was Erin and she still lived with her husband Kevin. Kevin made me angry, and I admire Nicholas Sparks’ narrative style, for being able to evoke emotion in his readers. I can see how Erin turned into a Katie, considering the experience she’d had and the lessons she learned from it as well as the damage it did to her. If you’re interested in purchasing this novel, which you totally should be, because it’s so good, you can find it on Amazon here.
5. The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
I didn’t like it. It was a good story and all, but it wasn’t a great story. There was no romance in their first kiss; it seemed like more of a kind gesture than romantic appreciation. There wasn’t either anything special about the first time they made love, or about all the times after that. And the way he faded away from her… I don’t know. It didn’t work. Something was missing in that part of the book. He didn’t have any explanation for leaving her, not even to himself did he recognize why he was distancing himself. It was simply cold and unexplained, and he didn’t have anything to say for himself even when she broke up with him. To sum it up, I was able to reach the end of the book, but I didn’t enjoy the process. It didn’t hold my attention or make my heart race. But if you’d like to read this book anyway, you can find it using this link.
6. Time Management Magic by Lee Cockerell
I have read so many leadership, personal growth, business, and spirituality books. And the problem that I’ve encountered throughout so much of them, is that they’re too general. Usually, I can tell by the title if the book is going to be another copy of everything else I’ve read. This book was different from all those, because it gave some very specific ideas and suggestions. As opposed to saying, “Save time by rearranging your schedule to perfectly coordinate others’ schedules with yours,” the author said, “I leave my house five minutes before Starbucks opens, so I can arrive there the minute they open their doors. That way, I don’t have to wait in line, and I can finish my breakfast in twenty minutes,” or “I schedule my appointments for 8:00 A.M.–the first appointment in that doctor’s day–so that they can be on time.” Very specific instructions! Lee Cockerell was specific, and was not vague. And I appreciated that so much. If you want to purchase this awesome sauce book, use this link.
7. Chosen by Ted Dekker
I enjoyed this one! It was different from most of Ted Dekker’s novels. I usually read his supernatural thrillers or psychological thrillers, but this one was a little bit more like his Immanuel’s Veins–which, by the way, is the first and best novel that I’ve ever read by Ted Dekker and I really miss that book, Jeremy needs to give it back already–and I enjoyed it for that reason. Somehow it was a story of darkness and the battle of evil power, told so innocently that I could only adore it. Maybe this is because the protectors of legend are depicted as fluffy white bats that attempt to do karate and fall on their heads? The description is a little too cute to take seriously. Either way, I loved to watch how dynamic the characters were, how they discovered who was on their side and who thought only of themselves, and how it benefits one to think with the heart. Apparently this is the first of a series which is part of a universe, that I have yet to read. If you want to read this novel, use this link.
As you can see, I’ve provided for each book a link that will take you straight to the page where you can purchase that same book on Amazon! I hope you do, in fact, make the decision to read these books—at least the ones that I left a good review on. Read the other ones as well, if you like! And let me know if you find something admirable in them that I missed. If you’ve read any of these books before, comment and tell me how you liked them!