Devil in the Countryside by Cory Barclay

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.

It’s 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever — or whatever — the killer might be. He’ll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who’s recently stumbled into town. Though they’re after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart.

And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.

Review:

Exciting. Thrilling. And brimming with adventure, Devil in the Countryside is a historical suspense novel with the twist of paranormal. Because it is based on the true historical werewolf hunt, it is different than most werewolf-containing novels, though it still has it’s fair share of heart-stopping moments.

The characters are all very-well developed and so different that the story always seems to have a fresh take on the mysterious murders. There are a few instances where cursing is used frequently, as well as some sexual comments/actions that are in the bars of the small town. Because this takes place during the Reformation, there is a lot of religious talk between the Protestants and the Catholics, the fighting gets escalated between the two parties, and there is a lot of talk of “devilry” and black magic.

So overall, I really did enjoy this book and learning a bit about the werewolf hunt (because my curiosity had me reading some documentaries at the same time) and this might be a good side-read if you’re studying the time of the Reformation.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers older than 15 years of age.

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Film Review: Voiceless

I screened this movie from the producers in exchange for my honest review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Battling his own inner-demons, Jesse (Rusty Joiner: Last Ounce Of Courage, Dodgeball, “Days of Our Lives”) encounters a young, pregnant teen overcome with grief that, after an impulsive abortion, has her family blaming Jesse for more than just her final decision. Jesse’s wife Julia (Jocelyn Cruz: Strike One, This Is Our Time) must come to terms with her own choices and decide if she can support her husband as opposition mounts against him. Comedian Paul Rodriguez also stars as Virgil with James Russo as Pastor Gil.

Review:

In Theaters: OCTOBER 7, 2016

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Voiceless is a very bold movie, dealing with the constant debate of whether or not abortion is okay and what the church’s responsibility is when regarding this subject.

The actors in this movie are very good in their roles and the storyline is easy to follow because of their acting. However there wasn’t much dialogue to really keep my interest in particular, just a lot of dramatic music scenes flashing the characters’ different actions in how they respond, rather than talking about it.

The story progressed kind of slowly and I found quite a few of the lines to be rather cheesy, however the movie did have a very deep message that had me thinking about it and comparing my life to how I would respond if I were in this situation, and I think that this is what the makers of the movie had wanted to accomplish. As for content, there are no cuss words, however the intensity of the movie, and a semi-detailed death scene, earned it a PG-13 rating.

Overall, I was pleased with Voiceless though not totally awestruck by it and therefore give it 3 and half stars out 5, but I do recommend families (especially Christian families who are against abortion) to go and see this movie in theaters when it comes out October 7, 2016. Movies like these take a lot of courage to make and in order for them to get better, they need to have support and know that their fellow Christians want to watch them.

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Rated: * * * 1/2

 

The House on Seventh Street by Karen Vorbeck Williams

I received this book from the author/agent for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Winna returns to her Colorado hometown to settle her father’s estate and sell his last residence, the grand Edwardian house built by her grandfather. She shares childhood memories with her married daughter as they clean and sort through both trash and treasure. Winna hopes to reconcile with her disinherited sister Chloe, and resumes relationships with her best friend and her high school boyfriend.

As the house gives up its secrets—a handwritten will, old love letters, an unfinished story in a notebook, and a diamond ring hidden among her childhood marbles—Winna calls into question everything she ever knew about her beloved grandmother. Then in the dark of night come footsteps on the stairs and numerous break-ins. Valuable art and jewelry go missing, her car’s brakes fail on a mountain road. Winna has an 80-year-old mystery to solve and needs to stay alive long enough to do it.

Review:

The House on Seventh Street is a special read that reveals two separate stories intwined with one another. Its mystery is subtle and creative, and the characters are very well made.

Though the synopsis is enticing and sure to grab the interest of any suspense and thriller fans, the actual story is considerably slow in actually getting to the mystery. Most of the whole first half of the book is just feel-good memories without any action and too many descriptive scenes about what something looked like. I know this sounds a bit harsh, but in all honesty I became extremely bored with the storyline to the point that I didn’t even finish it.

In addition to the book not living up to it’s synopsis; there were several mild cuss words and a few scenes were a young couple were making out in which it got decently detailed. Overall, I really wasn’t as impressed with The House on Seventh Street as I thought I’d be, and can only give it 2 out of 5 stars for not holding my attention and having content that I really didn’t care to read.

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Rated: * *

Light of the Last by Chuck Black

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The Synopsis:

After an accident left him temporarily blind, Drew Carter didn’t just regain his sight. He now sees what others can’t imagine–an entire spiritual realm of mighty beings at war.

Forget the gift, Drew just wants his life back. Part of that involves Sydney Carlyle, a woman he is inexplicably drawn to. When he’s offered the chance to become a CIA agent, it seems the way to redeem his past. The only problem–his visions of the supernatural realm are increasing in frequency.

It’s up to the warrior angel Validus and his hand-picked team of heavenly agents to protect the unbelieving Drew. Validus now knows that the young man is at the epicenter of a global spiritual war, and the angels must use a millennia of battle experience keep Drew alive, for the Fallen want him dead.

Surrounded by spiritual warriors and targeted by demons, Drew’s faced with an impossible decision that will forever alter the destiny of America…and his own soul.

Review:

In this third installment of the Wars of the Realm series, Light of the Last has the perfect amounts of suspense and believable characters to keep it’s plot engaging and thrilling, causing many to call it the best book of the series.

The intense battles of the supernatural realm (angels and demons) keep the book from having a lot of physical bloodshed, however the graphic battles are still very intense because demons fight with much deadlier weapons and with much deadlier consequences. In addition to this suspense, the plot line also deals with large amounts of terrorism, diseases, and plots against America that are incredibly believable.

There is not any cussing (that I caught) and the romance was very mild, only containing a few kisses (not considerably detailed). The scenes featuring demons do tend to be very dark and may cause unwanted fear in younger readers, but this book is extremely eye-opening to the reality of the supernatural realm all around us, and for that it is very well done.

Overall, this book (along with the entirety of the series) is a wonderful read and I give it a full 5 out of 5 stars; recommending it to an audience of 16+.

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Sins of the Father by Jamie Canosa

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Monsters exist. Not in closets or under the bed, but within each of us. And sometimes . . . they win.

Kidnapped. Confused. Afraid.
Ophelia wakes up to find herself an unwilling pawn in a plot for revenge.

Pain. Blood. Loyalty.
These things bind Sawyer to a promise he struggles to keep.

Sawyer doesn’t want to hurt Ophelia. Ophelia doesn’t want to be hurt. But somethings are unavoidable. What happens when trust is broken? What happens when fear and love collide?

Hearts get broken and lives get shattered when the Sins of the Father are brought to bear.

Review:

Suspenseful action. Fast moving storyline. And a smooth, detailed writing style. These are some of the aspects of Sins of the Father as we follow the life of Ophelia and Sawyer.

Honestly, I couldn’t even finish chapter one. The book opens with a party scene at college, an almost rape and cuss words used profusely. A** was used more than 5 times, d**n used twice, sh**head used once, and the “f” word used twice, and I didn’t even finish the chapter. I was probably 5 pages into the book with all of this going on so I can only imagine how much more was used through the rest of the 305 pages of this book.

I’m sorry to say that even though the storyline may be intriguing and well written, the cursing and content present is not worth that story. I can only give Sins of the Father 1 out of 5 stars and do not recommend it to any of my followers.

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