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So Shines The Night

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So Shines the Night Tracy L. Higley Thomas Nelson
On an island teetering at the brink of anarchy, Daria finds hope among people of The Way. She escaped a past of danger and found respite in beautiful Ephesus, a trading center on the Aegean coast, serving as tutor to Lucas, the wealthy merchant who rescued her. But the darkness she fled has caught up with her. The high priests of Artemis once controlled the city, but a group of sorcerers are gaining power. And a strange group who call themselves followers of The Way further threaten the equilibrium. As Daria investigates Lucas’s exploits into the darker side of the city, her life is endangered, and she takes refuge in the strange group of believers. She’s drawn to Paul and his friends, even as she wrestles with their teachings. When authorities imprison Lucas for a brutal crime, Daria wonders if even Paul’s God can save him. Then she uncovers a shocking secret that could change everything—Lucas’s fate, her position in his household, and the o…

Changeling

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 Changeling Philippa Gregory Simon & Schuster
So I was walking through my library the other day, and my eye caught the “Christian fiction” sticker on the side of this book. Pleased at having found a rare Christian YA novel (our library doesn’t carry many) I was instantly cautious when I caught the author’s name- I’ve never read any of Philippa Gregory’s books, but I know they’re not Christian. I could see why The Changeling might be mistaken for one, though- the plot is about an order of monks (based on a real order, actually) who go throughout Christendom searching for work of the devil- they believe the second return of the Lord is coming soon, and they’ve decided to outwit the devil’s schemes. Basically, The Changeling is the story of a young novice monk who is a detective of sorts: he investigates seemingly supernatural occurrences to see if it’s just a trick- or something demonic.
I thought the premise sounded interesting, and though this book is actually very much a historical…

The Icecutter's Daugher

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The Icecutter’s Daughter Tracie Peterson Bethany House Publishers
I know the last couple of times I’ve reviewed Tracie Peterson’s books I mentioned I wasn’t a huge fan; if so, why do I read her books every once in a while?
*blushes*
Her covers. I always, always love her covers. Besides, when our library gets any new books, I’ll take what I can get!
The Icecutter’s Daughter, while not entirely original in plot, was a fairly pleasant read. Again, it didn’t completely capture my imagination and it wasn’t an I-can’t-put-it-down type of novel, but it was okay. Here’s the book blurb:
Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she's bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses--despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladyli…

The Guardian Duke

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The Guardian Duke Jamie Carie B&H
Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King's ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind. When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.
I’ve never before read anything by Jamie Carie, although I am familiar with her name and books due to my frequency on Christianbook.com. I saw that this one got high ratings (plus I like the cover), so when I saw it was available on Netgalley, I decided to try it.
I think the strength of this book is that it wasn’t “ty…

Where Treasure Hides

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Where Treasure Hides Johnnie Alexander Donley Tyndale
I didn’t know much about this book when I agreed to review it; I admit the cover intrigued me and that’s the reason I took it. However, I ended up really enjoying it. The story drew me and it was hard to put down. Or shut off, as the case may be (I got it in e-book form. Ick. I hate e-books, but that was the only option for reviewing this book)
I really liked it, but it took a turn near the end I didn’t care for. I hate it in books when the characters think each other dead. It stresses me out and, well, I just really hate it. And I’m really hoping there’s some sort of sequel, because the epilogue, besides elaborating on the twist I hated, left me wanting…more.
I liked the characters, especially Ian. My favorite parts were with him and Libby- it was so adorable. I liked Alison, too, although sometimes she annoyed me, like when she agreed to go back under enemy lines after being safe in England. I was like, “Nooooooo!” Yes, talk about the…