In this hopeful affirmation of God’s love for us all, author D.K.Lundin shares her experiences in conversation with God after the loss of Jonathan, her significant other.
Despite a few easily-ignored typos, God’s Truth is well-crafted, an easy read, and contains the messages the author feels that she was called to share, including those of God’s (and our souls’) gender neutrality, of God’s hopes and desires for mankind, of cautions against ignoring God’s light and straying into darkness, of the worthwhileness of our lives and our immense value in God’s eyes.
This work, rather than a cohesive narrative from start to finish, is more a collection of essays depicting the author’s interpretations of her life’s experiences, descriptions of her visitations from God’s messengers, and transcripts of the author’s conversations with God. Consisting of 139 chapters of varying length, divided into 12 parts, God’s Truth deserves consideration in light of today’s world.
We at NeoLeaf Press give this book our Gold Recommendation and rate it 3 out of 5 stars.
In Sisters of the Perilous Heart, author Sandra Vasher crafts an intriguing adventure tale set in a low tech medieval culture on a remote, alien world, sprung from Earthly explorers of the far future. Using a clever scientific premise, she creates two conflicting future “races”, Mortals and Immortals, and a well-thought-out “magic” system based on the source of their differences.
Against this backdrop of science fantasy, Sisters follows the perilous journeys, both geographical and emotional, of two diverse groups of characters who are drawn together and then separated by events as they unfold around them. Most primary characters are well-drawn, and the reader will come to care about what happens to them; others are less defined. Author Vasher’s writing is crisp, and her dialog is both believable and true to character. Her scene-setting is sparse at times, leaving more to the reader to fill in than might be wise, but the plot and narrative flow well.
Sisters in intended to be the first book in the Mortal Heritance series, and as such both stands alone well and yet does leave the reader wondering what will happen next. Something of a coming-of-age journey of one of the main protagonists brings a minimal romantic aspect to the story, which may be expanded on in future volumes. Excerpts from fictional works such as diary entries, reference books and scientific journal articles provide some insight into one group of characters who are never revealed in any detail, but the reader could be left wondering about the true reasons the protagonists are in conflict with them. One hopes this is intentional on the author’s part and will be clarified later in the series.
But Sisters is mainly about adventure, conflict both armed and unarmed, magic, royal intrigue, and the beginnings of a culture’s race for survival.
We at NeoLeaf Press give this book our Gold Recommendation and rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
Rise of the Phoenix by T. Isajanyan is filled with beautiful description of the bronze age. The story is epic, a little slow at times, but builds a great world. There is a nice balance of the seers predictions, fate, and still some unexpected surprises for the reader.
The epic heroic tale stars Hayisi, Arme, and Hayadusta. Working the plot down to the final plot and fate of Arme and Hayadusta works well.
Rise of the Phoenix is written moderately formal, which is fitting of the style and period. This helps bring you into the novel and give you a better feel of the time period. More character development would be nice as at times their development feels more superficial. Long blocks of narration do well at explaining the world, but slows she book down at times.
We at NeoLeaf Press give this book our Silver Recommendation and rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
Kingdom Cold, by Brittni Chenelle, brings you into a deep and detailed world that makes you feel immersed into the story. Kingdom Cold is a medieval style, two kingdoms, romance. Some of the these themes are old and well done, while others are fresh, giving this story a nice blend.
Kingdom Cold starts off with Princess Charlotte, forced into an arranged marriage she does not want. What is nice is to see a supportive father, trying to get her to trust him, and Charlotte’s progression through this marriage. She does not just bow down and take it willingly.
Prince Young is expecting a new world, a wife, and a kingdom, and what he finds instead is an emotional young princess that has no interest in him. With a kingdom at war, Brittni Chenelle, builds an emotional roller coaster.
Kingdom Cold is fast paced. This is not a Romeo and Juliette style story, but instead more of a Swan Princess meets Game of Thrones. The two kingdoms and building romances adds a deep and unexpected level of drama and takes an experienced prince and princess to the throne and into power. With many ups and downs, Kingdom Cold is well worth the read.
We at NeoLeaf Press give this book our Gold Recommendation and rate it 5 out of 5 stars.
Walks Through Life by Santhosh Komaraju is a collection of short stories with strong meaning. The language is formal, and almost fairy tale like which adds to the strong morals of the stories. This give the book a very unique feel. The short stories are light reads. What is most unique about this story is the formal, and correct, English used. At times this bogs the story down, and other times it builds a surreal feeling. Overall the stories are enjoyable. Walks Through Life is a good book to read when you don’t have a lot of time because it’s easy to stop between each story.
We at NeoLeaf Press give this book our Bronze Recommendation and rate it 3 out of 5 stars.