Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Welcome to Celebrate Lit's Scavenger Hunt Featuring Caryl McAdoo. Be sure you visit each blog to find the secret word for the giveaway.
I have read a lot of books by Caryl and have become a huge fan of her writing. She is very gifted and makes each story come to life. If I could write a perfect description for this story, it would be something like " The End of Times has come to Texas in this perfectly illustrated story." The author has once again surprised me with her gift of exploring a theme that many have talked about but few are ready for.
From the very beginning, I admired Jackson. I found him to be a very compassionate and smart young man. What would you do if suddenly there was no electricity? You could hear chaos going on in the streets and you knew you had to get your siblings to safety. Jackson takes command in an orderly fashion and decides the best thing to do is go to where his grandparents live. McKenzie and Cooper were not quite sure if they should leave the safety of their home, but Jackson knows it's time to get out of there.
I was very intrigued by the old man who appeared to Jackson. His wisdom was helpful and guided Jackson on the journey that lay ahead. Would it be hard to listen to someone you couldn't see? That is exactly what God wants us to do. I could sense Jacksonngrowing in faith as he became more in tuned with the voice. The siblings meet several characters along the way that will be a challenge for them. m the very beginning, I admired Jackson. I found him to be a very compassionate and smart young .
I loved the dog and found him to be a valuable character in the story. He was loyal, protective and has a keen sense of danger. I loved how he took to the kids right away. It seems like he was sent to protect them. Isn't that just like God to send us something for protection ? The story is very intriguing and I was very impressed with how the author delivered a story that makes us think about how much faith we need to have if we were faced with a similar situation. She writes with such depth and details that you feel a part of the story. This is one series you don't want to miss. I am anxious to continue reading the next book to find out what happens to Jackson and his siblings? Do they reach their destination? Where did their mother disappear to? What dangers lay ahead for them? Will they stand strong and trust God? Get ready for an action packed story that will have you on the edge of your seat.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the author. The review is my own opinon..
Historical family sagas, Caryl's most popular series,
undoubtedly’ll offer readers copious gaggling and tearies!
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Sunday, April 15, 2018
About the Book
Title: The Revolutionary: Liberate the Captives
Author: Kristen Hogrefe
Genre: Young Adult, Action, Adventure
Release Date: March, 2018
Freedom costs more than Portia wants to pay, but revolutions run on sacrifice … and blood.
Three months a satellite prisoner, Portia wonders if the Brotherhood has left her to die—until she plunges into the domain of an underground smuggler contacted by her brother. But her rescue comes with a price tag only she can pay, and now, she must forfeit her identity to act as a spy back in the dizzying politics of Crystal. There, she learns that her enemies want the Dome to approve mass satellite executions. No one knows why. Worse, they’re using her friend Luther, now a Court Citizen intern, to sign the short-term orders. She desperately wants to confide in Luther, but can she still trust him with the company he keeps?
Plagued by shadows and guilt for leaving her protector Gath behind on the satellite, Portia must find a way not only to rescue him and the other prisoners, but also to destroy the slave camps once and for all.
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About the Author
Kristen Hogrefe is a multi-published novelist and teacher who challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.
Her publishing journey began in 2010 with the first book in her young adult (YA) suspense trilogy Wings of the Dawn. She completed the trilogy in the fall of 2014, and in 2016, contracted with Write Integrity Press for a new YA dystopian trilogy: The Rogues.
Kristen also has the heart of an educator and mentor. She teaches secondary language arts for Alpha Omega Academy and served in youth ministry for many years. Through Word Weavers International, she encourages aspiring writers and acts as president for an online writing group. She enjoys speaking events that allow her to connect with readers and other writers.
A lifelong Florida resident, Kristen loves adventuring outdoors and running with friends. Connect with her online at KristenHogrefe.com.
Guest Post from Kristen Hogrefe
Identity, Coffee, and a Sprinkle of History in The Revolutionary
The primary purpose of fiction is to entertain, but I think good fiction goes deeper by teaching us something about human nature, something about ourselves.
The Revolutionary begins three months after Portia arrived at a satellite prison camp. She feels forgotten by her brother and friends who promised to rescue her. Deeper than the physical pain of starvation, she battles the emotional rawness from the dehumanization of her identity. A number replaces her name, and the Wasps who mistreat prisoners mockingly call them “rabbits.”
When a two-faced smuggler helps her escape, her identity struggles continue. She dons multiple aliases to survive and help the Brotherhood launch a daring plan to destroy the satellite camps and oust the ruling Friend and Dome.
The theme of identity is one I hope will resonate with teens and adult readers alike. At some point, we all ask ourselves, “What defines me?” Is it our friends, an academic program, a relationship, or a job? While those things describe our day-to-day lives, they themselves shouldn’t define us. The source of our true identity must come from somewhere deeper. That’s the question Portia has to wrestle with, and one I hope readers will consider.
A Cup of Joe
Confession: One aspect of characterization I enjoy is giving my characters a small piece of myself. One of my early readers for book one, The Revisionary, remarked, “Let me guess. You like coffee.”
I laughed and replied, “How could you tell?”
Maybe lines like this one gave the fact away: “I start a pot of coffee. At least the aroma makes life smell better” (Portia, The Revisionary).
In book two, I incorporate the memory-association of coffee for Portia as she thinks back to simpler times (like dorm life with Lydia). Coffee also serves as a catalyst for an important scene where Portia, in disguise, serves her enemies and in turn learns of their disturbing plans for the satellites.
What about you? Are you a coffee drinker? If you are, I hope you’ll enjoy a giveaway opportunity for a Starbucks gift card. After all, coffee does make life smell better.
A Sprinkle of History
Two summers ago, my brother and I had the opportunity to visit the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. It’s the historical site for the “shot heard round the world” that ignited the American Revolution.
In book two, Portia and the Brotherhood launch their own threadbare revolution. Though the odds are against them, they’re determined to stop the abuses by those in power.
My own visit to this famous site helped inspire Portia’s journey of discovery and the Brotherhood’s fictional parallels to the American Revolutionary War. Writing the scene where she rediscovers this birthplace of liberty was one of my favorites, because I walked the North Bridge and poured over books researching what happened that fateful day. I hope the scene comes alive for my readers and quickens their interest in history and its relevance for us today.
I really enjoyed this book and loved the adventure it took me on. I don't read much young adult books, but I can tell that I have been missing out. What I liked most about the book was the details of how fighting for freedom resonates with what people are doing today. The main character Portia is one fierce young woman. I know she is destined for big things and I loved reading about her transformation. It must have been hard for her to feel alone without family around.
What would it be like to be told you have been selected for a mission that could cost you your life? Portia seemed almost numb to the danger she faced and the author gives readers a person we can cheer for. Her escapades are very intense and I held my breath as she quietly found a way to deliver information she had found out. She does question who she can trust and the author does a great job of keeping the reader guessing as who the enemy is. I just loved how the story flowed and gave me a sense of being there when the action started.
Lord Osborne is not a very easy person to like. He is always very demanding of Portia and cares little for her safety. He is someone Portia needs to be careful around. His anger and vengeful nature could prove to be Portia's downfall. I loved how the author had me questioning each character and their loyalty. How far will Portia go to get to the truth? Will she be able to do things against her beliefs in order to survive? The story is action packed and is filled with survival and danger as Portia gets closer to the truth. The horrors she has suffered as a prisoner will help her to fight for freedom and the truth. I loved the ending and thought the author did a great job of combining historical facts to the time period that the story takes place in. I kept thinking how desperate I would be to expose those who go against the laws of the land . Portia's story is very pivotal to me because her character never gave up, relied on her instincts and trusted God .
"Lies can protect us . But only the truth can free us."
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Kristen is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!!
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