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“The Destiny of a Galaxy” by Sarah Holman ~ Book Review

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‘The Destiny of a Galaxy” by Sarah Holman

Book Three in the tightly knit Destiny Series

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

Time Has Passed…
In the three years since Maria Morris found the farmer-boy-prince, the Followers have multiplied. As Wyndemere’s empire cracks and unrest rises, the Legatee orchestrates the Rebellion.
Danger Has Not Disappeared…But Neither Has Hope
Though the overthrow of the tyrannical regime is imminent, Maria’s role as the “woman who started it all” is not widely known. So why the foreboding of danger?
Promise floats in the air. Many around her find happiness, even as the tension spirals toward a breaking point. But Maria flounders. What does Maria Morris want to do with her life?
What is her destiny…now?
Rendered Powerless, Maria Must Make A Painful Choice…
One That Will Alter the Future of the Galaxy
Forever
When James invites her to headquarters where Maria assumes a new role among The Followers, tragedy strikes. The enemies she had thought long gone are capable of far more than she imagined. Will she have the courage to stand for what she believes, no matter the cost? Will she have the strength to surrender her dreams when all seems lost and she can do nothing at all?

 

My Thoughts:

What a great conclusion to this three book series! This one was really packed with action, excitement, and reminders to trust God for our strength – apart from Him we can do nothing.
In The Destiny of a Galaxy, which starts off some years later from the second book,Maria begins the story questioning God’s destiny for her, feeling left behind and bored. But soon enough adventures unfold, drawing her into the thick of it. We see her take joy, stand up against horrible trials, and learn to surrender everything that is dear to her to the Lord. It’s a powerful story, to be sure.
There was a relationship “plot-twist” I didn’t see coming, but I can’t say I didn’t approve in the end. ;)
We got to see the familiar characters of Quint (love him!), Winter, and James, as well as meet another new face or two.
The dangers, the trials, and the joys were very present in this story, and you become easily engrossed. I’m generally not much of a sci-fi reader, but this series has definitely kept my attention!
Well done, Miss Holman.

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman

The Destiny of One (The Destiny Trilogy Book 1) by [Holman, Sarah]

The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman

Christian Sci-fi

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

Destiny – it’s a word that plagues Maria Morris. What does God want her to do with her life? Should she go to college or does God have other plans for her? When her parents go missing during a business trip, Maria embarks on a quest that will change her life forever. Trying to fight against an overbearing Milky Way Government, Maria travels to earth in search of a lost prince and some crown jewels. Her faith is tested, however, when a new law is passed. Will Maria be able to find her parents and the crown jewels before it’s too late? Is she strong enough to stand up for her faith even if it means never seeing her family again? Most of all, will Maria discover her true Destiny?

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve had this series waiting on my Kindle for a while, and now that I’ve read the first one, I don’t know what took me so long to start it! Generally I don’t read a lot of sci-fi type books, but this was excellent! Maria was a great and very real character, and it was all written extremely well. And goodness did I love the message of waiting and trusting God for His plan in our lives – that was just fantastic. So often we’re told we need to have our lives figured out by 18 years old, which in my opinion is so not old enough to know what we want to do, but in “The Destiny of One” Maria doesn’t know where God wants her, and the best thing? Her whole family supports her in waiting on God to show her. That was a breath of fresh air to me. It doesn’t matter how long the wait may be, it’ll be worth it to follow God’s chosen path for us!
Each character was really well-constructed, and I’m really looking forward to continuing the series. And seeing more of Quint…turned out being quite fond of him. Not right of the bat, but pretty soon after. ^.^
If you feel that you’re being pressured to choose your life’s path, read this book and be encouraged. While it may be fiction, it has a great message!

 

 

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Book Review: Prankster by Sierra Blasko

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Space Kitties: Feline Forays Through the Galaxies (#1): “Prankster” by Sierra Blasko

(This book contains multiple stories, but today I am just reviewing the first one by Sierra Blasko)

Review copy source: The author

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the book:

“Close your eyes. Imagine kitties were in space. Open your eyes. Read”

Light-hearted tales of feline adventure from across the cosmos, by a collection of authors from across the country. Many sci-fi fans have noticed the lack of an animal element in their fare for a long time.. and now we have changed that! Eleven far thinking spec-fic authors banded together for a collection of fun, unique and suspenseful stories about kitties in space. What could be better?

Subtly humor-slanted focus, to be in keeping with the cute and fuzzy kitty on the cover. A variety of styles… and varying lengths: from 300 words to 10k… and a wide range of subjects & themes…. all with a cat involved with outer space in some way.

Join this twelve pack of literary entries as kitties take to the stars amid the cosmos of your imagination…

My Review:

Having gotten to know Miss Blasko a bit online, I was eager to read some of her written work – what a delight! Her tale of this little Space Kitty was charming. I admit I have quite a soft spot for kitties, so this book concept enthralls me. ^.^
Miss Blasko’s writing is very talented, and easy to follow. In a short story, she did very well! “Prankster” had the endearing cat, a touch of mystery and adventure, and a good conclusion.
Definitely looking forward to more from this author in the future!
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Book Review: “Dash and Cinder” by Bridget Ladd

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“Dash and Cinder”  a unique Cinderella retelling

by Bridget Ladd 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

This short-story is a retelling of Cinderella with a sci-fi, Indian, steampunk, twist . . . where Cinderella may not be entirely human, with a setting in an alternate version of India, and where a young man will do everything he can to find the love that was once stolen from him . . .

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy Cinderella retellings. They are almost always so fun. This one was no exception – it was different, unique, and enjoyable. I had never read any steam-punk type books previously, so this was a first. I didn’t dislike it – in fact, I liked this short tale. Somehow, Miss Ladd made a loveable, hero of Dashnu in just a short amount of time. I call that talent. :) And of course you feel deeply for Anora/Cinder’s plight and like her as the main character. I liked each of the characters in this book – besides Madame and her two daughters…they were rather disagreeable. ;)

Though I do not think it was intentional, I saw  the Greater Love Story played out through this book. I think much of the classic Cinderella story reflects that – we love these tales, because we yearn to be pursued and fought for. In the fairy tale, it is by a Prince, but in real life it is by our Lord – Prince of all princes. He does pursue and fights for us at all costs. He is our greater love story.

And so I thought that neat, intentional in “Dash and Cinder” or not.

The beginning of the book took me a tiny bit to get into and fully understand (however, I think that was just me adjusting to the new genre), but another reading of it shall cure that I think. And I shall read it again. :)

The only thing that I did not overly care for was a part in the end, where, like in the movie Frozen, the female character is the ‘stronger’ one instead of the male character. I see nothing wrong with letting the man save the women. In fact, I think that is partly why we love the tale of Cinderella, because she was saved in a way, and cherished enough to be so.

Other than that, though, I enjoyed this light read!

Oh and I love the cover – it is just brilliantly beautiful!

Thank you so much, Bridget, for sending me the complimentary copy of “Dash and Cinder” – I greatly enjoyed it!

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Litfuse Book Review: “Destiny Defied” by J.A. Marx

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Destiny Defied
Book One in The Destiny Series

By J.A. Marx

Review source from Litfuse Group
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About:
A dramatic shipwreck emancipates Riki Hammad, but the island where she finds refuge is compromised. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to defeat her dark past, she will choose death over returning to captivity. Lord Vétis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim their chosen one. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her four self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life…something she has never known.

My Thoughts:

Wow. Really, that is almost all I can say. This book was just…amazing. I was soo pleasantly surprised by this gem.
The setting is on an island in 1990, yet has a sci-fi tone to it most definitely.
And the spiritual aspect – perfect. This book dealt with spiritual war-fare, which we all need to be made more aware of. It is real – not fiction. And this book, I think, portrayed that well. It also portrayed healing and dealing with out past very well too. This author knows what she is writing about, and I am definitely a new fan of hers!
“Destiny Defied” had so much packed into it. Times where you’re laughing, grinning, tear-y eyed, and tense. And shocked/scared. All wrapped into one book. Amazing book. I know I keep saying that, but it’s true. I really enjoyed this one.
It was so captivating and not once did it get boring or ‘dull’. Getting to know the main character, Hope (though she had various names throughout the book, which was neat), was really cool. And same with all the guys, too – seeing their characters, their strengths and weakness and how they battled that, was good as well.

My only complaint is: Why did it have to end and how long do we have to wait for the sequel?? :D This definitely is a book that requires the sequel – meaning, be prepared to get to the last page and crave for more! I kind of just stared at the last page with my mouth hanging open, and then immediately tried to figure out when the next one would be available. Still working on that. =)

I, personally, would recommend this book to be read, at the youngest 14 or 15, for mature content and very real spiritual war-fare. Yes, we need to be made more aware, but we also need to be prepared to read it. =)

I received a free copy of this book from the author and Litfuse publicity group in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.