North! Or Be Eaten - Andrew Peterson

North! Or Be Eaten
by Andrew Peterson

Genre: YA Fantasy

Peterson’s first book, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, was a quirky romp with surprising depth and a dash of scare-inducing moments. The second book in the Wingfeather Saga, North! Or Be Eaten takes the series to the next level: deeper, darker, heart-wrenching, hilarious, hopeful, redemptive.

As the Igiby family sets off for the promised safety of the Ice Prairies, they’re separated both physically and emotionally. The book follows Janner, the oldest sibling, as he struggles to find his family and come to terms with the conflicting feelings inside him. Along the way, he’s chased by Fangs, captured by cold-blooded thieves, held prisoner in the dreaded Fork Factory, and battles all sorts of ferocious, unique fantasy creatures. It’s a journey, a quest, and though somewhat episodic in nature, it never feels disjointed as every event pushes the characters toward the climax.

Though darker than the first book, it’s an organic change as the Igibys face a dark world and find their own hope in each other. It’s Peterson’s Empire Strikes Back. The end of the book is a game-changer, making me antsy for book three.


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Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

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Amazon Description:
In the rough, shadowy hills of Appalachia, a nation carved from the United States following years of government infighting, Caitlyn and her companions are the prey in a terrifying hunt. They must outwit the relentless bounty hunters, skirt an oppressive, ever-watchful society, and find passage over the walls of Appalachia to reveal the dark secrets behind Caitlyn’s existence–and understand her father’s betrayal.

In this engrossing, lightning-paced story with a post-apocalyptic edge, best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer weaves a heroic, harrowing journey through the path of a treacherous culture only one or two steps removed from our own.



When they say "lightning-paced," they mean it. This book starts fast and just keeps going until the end. The futuristic/alternate reality Brouwer has created portrays the frightening concept of a dictatorial theocracy that tells you what to believe and how - and makes you disappear if you don't obey. Amidst this oppressive society, Caitlyn struggles to find the secrets to her past - why she is different, why she and her father have been hiding from the Outside her entire life - so that she can unlock her destiny. Add just a dash of science fiction, and you've got a book that's part X-Men, part Bourne Identity, all thrills.

Though only in hardcover right now, the paperback releases on May 5.

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The God Cookie by Geoffrey Wood

The God Cookie by Geoffrey Wood

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Amazon Description:
Meet Parrish. He’s a regular guy, owns a coffee shop. He happens to be shooting the breeze with his buddies at the neighborhood Chinese buffet, talking about the dents in golf balls and such, when the discussion develops into a debate on whether or not God still speaks to people.

When his friends skip out and he is left alone, Parrish tells God he's “all in.” Ready to listen, do what he’s told, and see what happens. Only moments later, back at his table, he opens his fortune cookie to find a surprise -- instead of a proverbial statement, he reads a directive from God.

“Take the corner.”

God, via cookie, sends him on this first step of a seemingly absurd adventure. His quest sends him to the corner bus stop, where he finds a dropped and forgotten letter, written in a desperate tone, to help those God brings across his path. There, Parrish befriends Audra, a nursing student who rides the bus home. And together they begin to follow the god cookie message, pursuing the random threads of the experiment, tying them together and discovering more about themselves than either ever imagined possible.


First Line: Perhaps none of this would have happened had they not been arguing about golf balls.


Geoffrey Wood, author of Leaper (another fine, hilarious read with surprising depths), has done it again with The God Cookie.

The premise of this novel amused me, so I picked it up, and before I realized what had happened, I'd read the first thirty pages. The writing is playful, the dialogue crackles, and I laughed out loud more times than I can count in the first chapter alone.

As in Leaper, Wood makes you laugh until you cry - and then makes you cry. I can't wait to read this one again.

Cross-posted to christianbook.

Encouragement for Today: Psalm 150 (The Message Bible)


Psalm 150 (The Message)

 

Psalm 150


 1-6 Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy house of worship,
      praise him under the open skies;
   Praise him for his acts of power,
      praise him for his magnificent greatness;
   Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
      praise by strumming soft strings;
   Praise him with castanets and dance,
      praise him with banjo and flute;
   Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
      praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
   Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
      Hallelujah!

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book recommendations?

hey, I just got out of a bad relationship...
or rather, a good relationship that ended badly. where the guy broke my heart and has totally changed.

anyways, I was wondering (as well as my friend who is struggling with similar things) if anyone has any book recommendations or anything about how to be satisfied in God with being single?

I've read "Captivating" which is great... I may need to read it again.
And I've recently read "KIssed the Girls and Made Them Cry" by Lisa Bevere that was good.

Anyone have any recommendations?
Anything on relational brokenness, intimacy with God....?

My friend has recommended "sexgod" by Rob Bell

book rec: cute contemporary romance

If you're looking for a cute contemporary romance, I've got just the series for you.

Let Them Eat Cake and Bon Appetit by Sandra Byrd

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These cute novels star twentysomething Lexi Stuart, who's graduated from college with a degree in French but is having trouble finding a job. She knows a desk job isn't for her, but what kind of career could she possibly find that combines her love for French culture and her knack for baking?

Enter the French bakery L'Esperance. Lexi gets to speak French, help with the baking, and it doesn't hurt that her boss is an attractive, flirtatious Frenchman.

These books are cute and fluffy - rather like the French pastry that plays such a vital (and hunger-inducing) role in the stories. They entertain while at the same time touching on the serious topics of finding your calling in life and navigating family relationships while trying to establish your independence.

(A third novel, wrapping up Lexi's story, is supposed to be out next fall.)

Sweet, fun reads to pass cold winter evenings.

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I have many Dekker books on my shelf but have yet to read any of them. This one sounds pretty interesting though. I'm going to have to pick it up right away.

Kristin Lavransdatter

I'd like to mention my all-time favorite novel, which is also a very Christian book.

"Kristin Lavransdatter", by Sigrid Undset, was written as a trilogy: "The Bridal Wreath", "The Mistress of Husaby" and "The Cross". (Although you might be able to find an older version where all three books are included in one volume).

The story takes place in Norway in the 1300's. The heroine, Kristin, has a torrid love affair when she is a teenager and this influences the entire course of her life, for both good and bad.

This is no cheesy romance novel. In fact, Undset won the Nobel Prize for Literature for this in 1928. If you like sweeping historical novels from a Christian POV, check out this book.
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