Tag Archive | loss

The Death Cure by James Dashner

the-death-cure“It’s the end of the line. Wicked has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends – the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. What Wicked doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a world of what they say. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all. The time for lies is over.”

This is the third book in the Maze Runner Series. Picking up where the second one left off, we are able to continue on with Thomas’ story as though the previous novel had never ended. I’m going to be honest that this novel did take me longer to read than the previous one had. I started this one as soon as I finished the second book but after the first few chapters I just couldn’t get into the story. On one hand I wanted to know what happened and what trials they had left to face before everything was over, but on the other hand I was a bit tired of the story. Continue reading

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Scorch Trials“Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. The Gladers have two weeks to cross the Scorch – the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has been sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction – and they’re determined to survive.”

This novel is the second book in the Maze Runner Series. Just like the first novel this one also seemed to follow a similar pattern. The new setting was laid out for us prior to the action scenes and by the end answers were given out but not before new ones were formed. The stakes were higher in this novel and the scenery was even more gruesome than imaginable! I am not a fan of scary things and the images that my brain conjured up gave me goosebumps. People who are missing noses is not exactly what I prefer to imagine before going to bed. Continue reading

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief“By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.”

I’m not sure exactly where to start with this book. I will say that I didn’t choose to read it voluntarily. It was actually required for a class that I’m taking and since I found it in the young adult section of the local library here, I decided to go ahead and blog about it. I had mixed emotions about this novel. At first I absolutely disliked it, hated it even. I couldn’t bear to read it. If it wasn’t required I probably would have given up on it before I hit page fifty. Continue reading

Roses For Mama by Janette Oke

Roses for Mama“It had all turned out to be so strange, so ironic. Angela Peterson’s family had moved west because her mother had not been well and the doctor said the cooler, clear air of the region might be easier on her lungs. Her father sold the farm and loaded everything they could take with them in three wagons. They found new land and a new life, setting about to build another farm. Her mother’s health did improve – at least for a while. Then a winter cold put her back in bed and it became clear she had only months to live. Angela was just fourteen at the time, and in those intervening months her mother tried to prepare her for the responsibility of raising three young siblings. But no one dreamed that something would happen to their father. For Angela, now seventeen, and her older brother Thomas, the profound events that reshaped their family also changed their lives. Angela does her best to care for the children, but still wonders if she is providing everything they need – like her mother did. And as the children grow, the questions and challenges intensify, at times even feel overwhelming. Preparing them for life seems to require something more.” Continue reading

A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks

A Walk To Remember“Every April, when the wind blows in from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister. A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter’s life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood.”

Years ago, when I first discovered Nicholas Sparks, this was the first novel that  I read by him. It was actually purely coincidental. Continue reading

Love Finds A Home by Janette Oke

Love Finds A Home“Belinda Davis’s move to Boston had introduced her to a life she never could have imagined growing up in the West. But even the opportunities of wealth, literature, and travel left her feeling empty. Realizing her faith had been pushed into the background, she once again invites God to have first place in her life. But now she faces new life decisions that seem even more difficult than before. Torn between two contrasting ways of life, one full of fascinating opportunities in the East and one represented by the beloved farm home in which she was raised, she clings to the principles that are her parents’ legacy: faith, love, and family.”

Love Finds A Home is the eight and final novel in the Love Comes Softly series. Even though I knew that this book was the final one in this series I had a difficult time accepting it. After Belinda had realized that her faith had been pushed back she decides to reevaluate her life and make a few changes, ones that she realized shouldn’t have been altered in the first place. With Aunt Virgie making an unplanned trip to New York, Belinda decides that it would be a perfect time to go home and visit her loved ones. Continue reading

Love’s Unending Legacy by Janette Oke

Love's Unending LegacyMarty and Clark Davis arrive home from a visit out west with daughter Missie knowing there are changes ahead for them. But are they prepared for the changes that already have taken place while they were gone? Clare and Kate are eagerly anticipating their new baby, but what lies ahead will test their faith in ways they never expected. Luke wants to become a doctor, but his studies will take him far from home. Ellie has blossomed into a lovely young woman, but is there a young man around worthy of her hand? And then there’s Nandry, who seems to be blaming God for Clark’s accident.”

Love’s Unending Legacy is the fifth novel in the Love Comes Softly series. This novel picks up almost exactly were the previous one ended, not completely but pretty close to it. As Marty and Clark settle back into their old routine they find themselves with a great number of unexpected surprises. In that one year that they had been gone a wedding had taken place and life decisions had been made. It was interesting to continue reading about the life that Marty and Clark had built together. Continue reading