Review: Children of the Night

Children of the Night
Children of the Night by Dan Simmons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dan Simmons’ “Children of the Night” had a great story in-between some of the excess information. Even though, there were many times I was lost with all the medical jargon and extensive descriptions that Simmons found necessary to insert, I was anxious to read to the end to see how, or if, Kate, the heroine would find and bring home her strange, adopted son. The book definitely was more exciting toward the end, moving along quicker with many unexpected twists and turns. As a suggested read for those who love the vampire genre, I would recommend “Children of the Night;” just skip the excess, though, and get right into the story.

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Review: The Book of Negroes: A Novel

The Book of Negroes:  A Novel
The Book of Negroes: A Novel by Lawrence Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a story that could have belonged to so many people – it is based on the inhumanity of man to his fellow man, yet at the same time the victim becomes, in a way, the conquerer. It has always saddened my heart what we humans can sometimes do to each other, but in this story I cried and rejoyced in the heroine’s victory over life. A must read.

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Review: The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An intriguing story of settling matters from beyond.
The Lovely Bones sweeps you into Susie Salmon’s life as she hovers between earth and the hereafter, trying to let her family know who it was that had so brutally murdered her. She watches as her family is torn apart by her death, and how each one handles the situation so differently. She watches as the man who plucked her life from the world begins to unravel himself. She watches as he flees – but there is no escape for such as he, is there?
An intersting way to tell a story of retribution. Well worth the read.

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Review: BoneMan’s Daughters

BoneMan's Daughters
BoneMan’s Daughters by Ted Dekker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At first, one might think this is just another sick story about a psycopath capturing young girls and doing horrible things to them – well, it is that, but also much more. Reading Ted Dekker’s reason for writing this story gave me a much deeper appreciation of it.
Dekker creates a father who will do anything to save his daughter from the monster who has taken her – even if it means stepping outside of the law to do so. This novel is a page turner, but not for the faint hearted. If you love programs like CSI and Criminal Minds, you will love Ted Dekker’s “Boneman’s Daughters.”

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Review: The Last Templar

The Last Templar
The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Last Templar was an exciting read, melding an ancient organization (The Templers) into the new world. Much like The Da Vinci Code, this story takes you on an adventure to recover the lost secret of the Templars.
Tess Chaykin, a female archaeologist, is at the museum the evening a group of men, dressed as Templar Knights and riding horses, invades and steals one of the Vatican artifacts. Her eyes connect with those of the thief, for but a brief moment. Outside the museum, Sean Reilly, an FBI agent, is trying to make sense out of the blood bath that has just taken place.
Enter into the story, Monsignor De Angelis – are his intentions truly in line with the church he serves, or is there something more sinister propelling him to get his hands on the artifact that was stolen.
Tess decides that for her to find the artifact will be her crowning moment in her career. As she follows the clues, she is joined by Sean, whose intention is to protect her. Of course, what would a book be without a touch of love…
De Angelis has Tess followed – he knows she might be his best bet to locate what he is looking for.
Danger is around every corner. What will Tess do with the artifact, once she finds it and realizes what is in the little box, which has been kept secret for centuries, could change the whole world’s idea of what Christianity is all about.
The Last Templar – well worth the read!

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Review: The Help

The Help
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Help” is a story that will take you into a world that you would wish was not real. Unfortunately, despite the actual story being written as a piece of fiction, there are way too many truths hidden between the lines. “The Help” will make you think about human’s inhumanity to their fellow humans. There will be laughter mixed with tears, for you will not be sure whether to laugh or cry at some of the events that unfold throughout these pages. Well worth the read – well worth thinking about.

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Review: Stay the Night

Stay the Night
Stay the Night by Lynn Viehl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I decided to do one review on this entire series of the Darkyn books by Lynn Viehl. I found them to be intriguing from the first one “If Angels Burn” right through to the final chapter “Stay the Night.” Alexandra Keller is a first-class reconstructive surgeion, who is drawn into the world of Michael Cyprien, who is the head of the vampire jardin in America. Michael needs her expertise to reconstruct his face, which was badly mangled by a group of individuals who were on an ageless vendetta to destroy the vampire race. One thing leads to another, and soon Michael realizes that Alexandra is the soulmate he has been searching for, for centuries. However, even though he turns her, Alexandra searches for a cure for the vampire curse. Will she find it? For that, you must read the books!
I enjoyed the continuity of the main characters, as well as the addition of new characters spotted throughout the series. I liked the modern day setting, and the touch of historical background as to how the vampires came to be, but I won’t give that away, either, because that would spoil it for the readers.
I would suggest, if anyone is into the vampire genre and wishes to read a series that won’t keep them awake at night, (unless it is to read another chapter), that they embrace the Darkyn series, and make sure you have all 7 books because you will want to keep reading.

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