Author: Richelle Mead
Released: November 10, 2015
Description: In a village without sound… For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation. One girl hears a call to action… Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon. She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever… And unlocks a power that will save her people.
Thoughts: I wish I had enjoyed this more. The story seemed to start out pretty slow so it was hard to get into it. It is unique to have a story where the characters can’t talk. I was excited to have a story completely different than her two series. Unfortunately when I finished the book I just didn’t really have a satisfying feeling, there weren’t too many parts that kept me wanting to read in long periods of time.
Title: The Choosing
Series: #1 Seer
Author: Rachelle Dekker
Release date: May 19, 2015
Description: “Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.” Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority. But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within. Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her. (more…)
Title: Grumble Hallelujah
Author: Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira
Release Date: August 31, 2011
Description: If you had told Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira while she was crying on the kitchen floor that she could find a way to praise God in this situation, she wouldn’t have believed you. In fact, she might have thrown something at you. Looking around at a life that was disappointingly different from what she’d dreamed, she couldn’t imagine honestly singing out a hallelujah. But then it occurred to her that, well, maybe she could manage to “grumble” one. Have you been there? During life’s lowest moments, it is so tempting to blame ourselves, our circumstances, or God. But what would happen if we turned to God and managed to praise him instead, in whatever way we could? Might he show up and help us find the things in our lives that he made to be loved? “Grumble Hallelujah” offers humor, candid stories, and solid scriptural backing that will help you see clearly just how your life is meant to be lived–and loved.
Thoughts: Grumbling is something common. When something doesn’t go right it is easier to complain and get angry. When life goes downhill the last thing we want to do is find something to be happy about. Through personal stories from the author the reader can relate times to their own life. This book will help you to find the silver lining in more and more moments in your life.