Eli Celata is joining us today to share her top books of 2017!
2017 has been a year of revisiting classics and finding more books on random shopping trips than in book stores for me.
Human Evolutionary Biology by Michael P. Muehlenbein
Even though I’ve shifted careers this year, I still love non-fiction – especially anything on genetics or biomechanical engineering. If I can enjoy the fun of complex evolutionary theory with dry wit, I’m having a good time. A basic understanding of evolution and genetics helps, but anyone with a love of science and a dictionary/computer should be able to get through this one no problem. Like the next book on the list, you will get somewhat odd looks depending on where you decided to read this book.
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life by Jason Hanson
Mistakes were made. I read this one on a flight to Philly, and several other passengers gave me nervous looks. Probably because I looked like my panic was rising as I read each page. Hanson’s book is informative, drawing on his CIA officer training. While somewhat self-serving in that he plugs his company’s safety/survival products, it is extremely informative, and I’ve already practiced escaping duct tape.
Night by Elie Wiesel
This book is one of a trilogy written about Wiesel’s experience as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. Short, honest, and heart-breaking, Night explores the philosophical and personal questions which surround the Holocaust and its legacy. More than once, I had to put this book down to simply absorb the horror and sadness which consumed me from the poignant and graphic writing.
The Pigeon Series by Mo Willems
My 2-year-old nephew can’t get enough of Mo Willems. As I work at a book company, I brought samples over for him, but the Pigeon has become his go-to. During naptime, he even quotes the Pigeon’s lines from Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late. Simple drawings, fun dialogue – if you have a young kid or know somebody with some for whom you need to buy gifts, I’d suggest anything by Willems.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
After watching the movie, I delayed for a while to get the book and, due to Christmas last year, didn’t actually read it until the beginning of 2017. Just as fantastic as the movie. If I loved Newt Scamander anymore, I’d feel like I was cheating on my love of Sirius Black. This was undoubtedly my favorite book of the year.
Hope you enjoyed some fantastic reads this year (electronic or print)! If you need some more suggestions, pop over to my blog where I’ll be reviewing a number of books in my end of the month rush as December is New Book Month!
Eli Celata writes young adult fantasy including an urban fantasy young adult series (Warlock of Rochester) with two books out: 1) High Summons; 2) Grimm Remains. She also has a stand-alone paranormal romance: Aisling. When she isn’t writing, Celata works at a children’s book company which sells to nonprofit organizations.
Find her here: elicelata.wordpress.com
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Immortal Descent is a supernatural thriller about one man’s journey into a dark world of ancient creatures, secret societies, and the origin of immortality. Ethan West hopes for a fresh start in college, after a lifetime of pain and loss. But instead he gets a curse—a rebirth that closely resembles a death sentence. Wielding a rare and powerful, yet unpredictable ability, Ethan becomes a savior and a danger to his world all at once. Buried throughout history, a hidden lineage of immortal ancients are at war. And Ethan’s ability can put an end to it. The only problem is that power this great always comes with an unspeakable price…
What if one man’s beginning meant everyone else’s end?
Excerpt: “Ethan didn’t realize he was screaming until he felt Rue shaking him. His eyes flew open and he stared up at her face and into those bright silver eyes. For the briefest instant, all his fear melted away when he looked up at her. He remembered the shadowed eyes of the woman from the alleyway. These eyes were so different. Never had he seen eyes as hers before, so intense—so bright, so capturing. He held her gaze, almost afraid to look away. If he looked away, what would he see?”
Praise for Immortal Descent:
“So much detail, and such complex characters! It’s a multi-layered storyline with plenty of twists and turns that really take you on a journey.” – Cindy Walker
Other fans have called Immortal Descent “amazing” and “completely original,” and say it’s a read that is “absolutely impossible to put down!”
About the Author:
Carolyn M. Walker grew up surrounded by books and has a particular soft spot for fantasy stories and psychological thrillers. With a Bachelors degree in both English Literature and Psychology from Florida State University, Carolyn loves exploring the many sides of the human psyche and building worlds that address some of life’s greatest “what-if” questions. In addition to being a creative writer, Carolyn is also a certified Copywriter, Copy Editor, and Marketing Consultant.
More about Immortal Descent:
Q) Why did you write Immortal Descent?
Immortal Descent originally came to me as a short story idea about a glimpse into the life of an immortal, witnessed by an ordinary man. But after sitting on the idea for a while, I realized the story deserved so much more. I’d read plenty of stories about immortality, but few addressed the origin of it and why. That’s when I thought this would make a great story, so I began researching on it. Add to that: dark factions, secret societies, an underground war, plus magic and you’ve got
the world of Immortal Descent.
Q) Will this be a standalone novel or a series?
A) This story took on a life of its own. It’s become an epic tale involving ancient lore, taboo history, and the idea of immortality existing in the real world. I’d written a paranormal thriller novel revolving around a (seemingly ordinary but not) young man named Ethan West and his experiences with the supernatural, but there is SO much more. Because of the scope of Immortal Descent’s universe and the extensive history it pulls from, readers can expect a series of books. We’ll be seeing more of Ethan, learn more about the original immortals known as the Lorns, as well as dig deeper into the stories of the antagonists of this book.
Q) This book is at the threshold of New Adult with the protagonist Ethan West being just 20-years old. Was this intentional?
A) When the idea came to me as a short story, I was in my early twenties. I was still growing up and the feelings I had during that time in my life were very strong. I always knew I wanted to write a story with a protagonist at that particular age—there isn’t quite a time like it. Just as the teen years are a remarkable time, so is that short span of years thereafter. Ethan suffers from anxiety, struggled with his identity, and has other concerns common for someone his age. He’s turbulent, impetuous, and lost at times, but evolving—all elements that are pivotal to this dark story.
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2017 provided us with a fantastic new library of books to devour! I’m somewhat slow to the game of finding new books, but I always appreciate an objective and reliable book suggestion. After pouring through many amazing books, traveling to new lands and distant times, these five came out as my favorite for this year’s reading list. Not all are new releases, but I discovered these five books this year, and they deserve a spot on the best books list.
From A Distance by Tamera Alexander
Fiery, determined Elizabeth Westbrook, a hopeful photojournalist, treks out west to the wild Colorado Territory. Using this new-fangled invention called a camera, she carefully manages the intricate process of capturing nature’s beauty in order to secure herself a new career in a field where women have yet to advance. As she hunts down stories and photographs the mountains’ majesties, she stumbles upon a murder. After Elizabeth finds herself the target of a breaking-and-entering, where her camera and all of her equipment are destroyed, her disgruntled guide unwillingly escorts her through dangerous territory to acquire a photograph that will determine her destiny.
Tamera Alexander takes her readers to soaring heights and harrowing lows on this Historical Inspirational Romance. She paints pictures and phrases the narration in a way that will take your breath away. I often found myself trudging with Elizabeth among the dusty old west town, chilled to the bone along the wintry mountain passes, and absorbing heart-wrenching scenes of the bloody battle fields of the Old South. Ms. Alexander offers a vivid homage to the hearty grit of those people who forged life out of the wily west.
Escape From Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth
After losing her parents in the horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother leave New York City with their aunt and uncle, and move to the small town of Arnn. Honoria receives constant warnings of the dangerous forest outside Arnn, the forest named Witchwood Hollow. In the lure of Witchwood Hollow's perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she’s told to fear.
Honoria pushes boundaries and borders, venturing under the dark umbrella where so many have gone before, and never returned. She seeks the truth behind the madness, risking numerous lives in the process.
From the first page to the last, I couldn't put down this thrilling YA Fantasy. While we meet a different kind of heroine, we also meet a different kind of 'witch.' One poignantly considers titles and the boxes into which we put people after reading the stories tumbling from the impenetrable borders of Witchwood Hollow.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Marguerite chases her father's killer through multiple dimensions. She uses her father’s invention, called the Firebird, which allows users to jump into multiple universes.
Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. She races after her father’s assistant, Paul, across the multi-verse, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. She quickly discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.
A book reviewer friend of mine recommended this Young Adult Sci Fi to me, if anything because the cover is absolutely stunning. All three books in the trilogy have amazing cover art. What I loved most about A Thousand Pieces of You was the multi-verse premise, of moving through dimensions but not through time. Imagine if every possible version of your plotline could play out but the people would still exist in some shape or form. Ms. Gray explained the science behind it in a believable manner and then created a story so intriguing, characters so unique, and a romantic tension so thrilling, that I took my time devouring this feast of a novel and adored every second. But get ready. Here’s your warning. If you pick this one up, have the next two readily available.
The Librarian and the Spy by Susan Mann
Adventure-hungry librarian Quinn Ellington solves mundane mysteries for library patrons until handsome “insurance” agent James Lockwood appears at the counter. Requesting her aid, he quickly captures her attention and utilizes her problem-solving capabilities, the fruition of many years of work within the walls of a library. Together the two decode mysterious antique messages and unearth a priceless work of art. Unfortunately for the duo, a ruthless arms dealer has been tracking their movements. Among fast cars, heart-stopping intrigue, and international travel, the unlikely pair must crack the codes and solve the case before more people go missing…or end up dead.
From page one of this Contemporary—Fiction—I’m truly not sure of the genre, because it was a light romance, a sweet read, an action-packed escapade, and a thrilling mystery all wrapped in a fun package. The cover is not awesome and does not convey the puzzling adventure within. But this was probably one of my top reads for the year because of its fresh voice, fun story, and the captivating mystery that kept me laughing, guessing, and blushing until the final page turn.
Hope In Cripple Creek by Sara R. Turnquist
Katherine Matthews, a newly hired teacher, returns to her home of Cripple Creek to face her demons, a haunted past, and a future riddled with loss. A health scare quickly turns to epidemic, while Cripple Creek grows plagued with illness and death. Katherine finds herself volunteering to work among the sick, taking her career, and her life, in her hands. Within the borders of the classroom-turned hospital, she makes an irrevocable promise. As a result, her life—and others’—will never be the same.
Ms. Turnquist provides a delightful Inspirational Historical Fiction story of a girl following her heart, even when it forges into the wild unknown. About halfway through I just started grinning and almost couldn't stop, except a few times when my eyes widened in shock. I couldn't put this one down. Romance, heartache, a headstrong heroine, and some twisty characters who don't know how to keep their hands to themselves, the bunch of them make up the fascinating little town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. The challenges Katherine faces spoke to my heart, and I think a lot of women will appreciate the struggle and how she manages it. It's a quick read with great pacing, lovely characters, a fun setting, and I wanted it to be longer. Grab this one RIGHT NOW. You will love it.
May this coming year bring fantastic finds, electric discoveries, and stunning new territory to explore. You know you need a little more book magic in your life! I hope you will pick up one of these along the way to help carry you through time and space. Happy reading!
Fierce yet sparkly, Kadee Carder helps seekers find brave new worlds. The goal is magic, the medium is ink, and the fuel is coffee. And sometimes pizza. She teaches writing on the university level when she’s not dancing around the living room with her family, lifting heavy at the gym, traveling the planet, or bingeing superhero shows.
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Blurb: When Alanthea, high-priestess of Atlantis, connects to a woman in her dreams, she becomes haunted by a mystery. Compelled to trace the other woman's life she finds coded poems that hold clues to the predicament of her people. Now she has to venture ever farther into forbidden territory to link past and present, and understand the real danger threatening Atlantis.
Arakon always thought of himself as an orphan, a loner without any real belonging. But after a strange encounter his life changes, and he is drawn into events beyond his control.
They move parallel in their search for answers until their destinies converge, and the weave unravels. Yet what they finally uncover lies deep at the heart of collective evolution, and what has been set in motion cannot be undone.
Bio: Carol Roberts is a free lance writer with particular interest in cultural myth. Originally from Vienna, she has spent all of her adult life in the Far North of New Zealand. Her work took her to several different countries, where she indulged her fascination with stories, particularly those dealing with the creation of man. 'Atlantis' is her first full length novel; speculating on concepts of the human condition, the meaning of individual and collective destiny, and the choices within that.
Excerpt: Time shifted as Arakon carefully turned and dug his heels
into his horse Gideon’s flank. A good horse, a strong horse, just like
the old man’s had been. The shade of the trees embraced him, and
the sound of the water came closer. Would he still find the track?
Was there a track? Time shifted further, and he felt an eerie
sensation between his shoulder blades. The forest was too quiet, the
water overly loud. Gideon started to slip, and he reined the stallion
in even further.
The filtered light threw strange patterns onto the ground,
and when the moment came, he let go of the reins and let Gideon
run. Leaves slapped him in the face, and as the noise became
deafening, he could see the glistening spray that lay like a
shimmering web ahead of him. Gideon shied but could not stop.
They raced on until the tree line opened up, and he could see the
gorge falling away in front of him like a black, open mouth.
Everything happened at once. Gideon panicked, and with all
his strength Arakon pulled him to the left. And as though drawn
by a mighty force the horse was able to respond, avoiding the
straight drop and veering toward something that took shape
between the trees. From the mists it formed, and although it was
obscured by the play of light and shadow, Arakon was able to catch
a glimpse. Then they jumped, or did they fall?
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Take a look at this exciting new young adult action and adventure novel, The Student and the Slave, now available for purchase! This is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles, after The Collar and the Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the Guard.
The series is set in an alternate world that is very much like our own, with just a few major differences. One is that slavery is legal there. Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil. It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with "have a rack"), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge. Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades. You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.
First, a Little Information about Books 1 and 2:
Book 1: The Collar and the Cavvarach
Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?
Click here to read chapter 1 of The Collar and the Cavvarach.
Click here to read about life in the Krillonian Empire, where the series is set.
Book 2: The Gladiator and the Guard
Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didnât commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?
Click here to read about life in the arena where Bensin and other gladiators are forced to live and train.
And now, The Student and the Slave, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!
Book 3: The Student and the Slave
Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensinâs freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensinâs martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all â¦ at a cost.
Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones â¦ and live with the consequences?
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About the Author:
Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published fifteen books (three YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her studentsâ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.
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I recently received a She Reads Truth Bible to review and I decided to use it for my Colossians Bible study.
First impressions: The one I was sent was a poppy linen version that I’d describe as mango. Normally I’m not a fan of the texture of linen covered books, but this one was surprisingly smooth. I received an indexed version, which is great since I usually have to add those separate tabs otherwise.
Inside: There are wide margins if you like to take notes or journal in your Bible. I haven’t written in it yet, but I put some scripture stickers and arrows in to highlight certain passages. I saw some reviewers say they felt the pages were thin, but I use gel highlighters and didn’t have an issue.
This was my first time reading a Christian Standard version (CSB) and I found it very easy to read. I tend to like the New Living Translation (NLT), so this was nice as it is also easy to follow and understand.
There are a lot of devotionals in the Bible that tie into the readings. It also contains maps for each book and reading plans that include, “supplementary passages for added context and deeper understanding.” That was a great bonus feature for those times when you want to dig a little deeper into a section.
Pros: The reading plans, maps, and section describing the gospel all made this a standout. I also liked the fact this version was indexed.
Cons: The font could be a little bigger.
Overall, this is a great Bible no matter if it’s your first time exploring the Word or if you’re a veteran of Bible studies. It’s easy to read and has a great section that tells you how to go about reading the Bible. This would be a great gift for someone who wants to start reading the Bible as it’s not overwhelming at all and has a lot of helpful way to start your study. This is a great choice to use for a Bible study.
*I received this Bible from BH Publishing and Lifeway in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
My name is Valerie Howard. I'm a wife of a pastor, the mother to young boys, the owner of beagles, and an author. I love summer, flip-flops, and chocolate, but since I live in Maine, I can only enjoy one of those things all year round.
I write books about women who face impossible situations and the God Who loves them. My fiction books each star a woman who has had to overcome extreme obstacles – unplanned pregnancy, slavery, homelessness, abuse, death of a loved one, etc. – but their struggles always lead them to learn about a God Who cares and Who can help them deal with whatever life throws at them.
My New England Inspirations books all feature a different New England state as the setting.
Deep Blue Sea is set in Maine. It tells the story of Jamie Walker, a 30-year-old who is dealing with depression and anxiety as the cold case of her missing cousin is re-examined.
Carry Me Home is set in Vermont. It tells the story of Amanda Holbrook, a nurse who struggles to stay afloat as she loses her job and home – and meets the most difficult patient of her life.
Picking Daisy is set in New Hampshire. It tells the story of Elise Gilpatrick, a first-time foster mom, and the troubled 15-year-old girl, DJ, who comes to stay with her.
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