The Wrestler: The Pursuit of a Dream by Bill Vincent

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The Wrestler: The Pursuit of a Dream, written by Bill Vincent, is a book for preteen boys. It is a story of Nicky, who grew up very poor and was bullied as a teenager. Despite being poor he and his brothers would wrestle and often watched wrestling. As Nicky grew up he became a wrestler and eventually wrestled in Japan making $50 a night. Now he is back home and is broke.

When the contender for the Wrestling Championship Match became injured, a new contender needs to be found. The World Champion selects Nicky to fight. The Champion has a plan to let Nicky fight for a little while and take him down. But Nicky takes this fight seriously. He trains and works out and is ready to fight for the Championship.

This is a good clean book for per-teen boys. The story show us how Nicky is able to get back into shape and fulfill his wrestling obligation. The story does have the violence that surround the sport but also shows the reader the respect Nicky and the Champion show each other after the match is over. The story also shows us how Nicky wants to help his girlfriend with his winnings instead of using them for himself. The part in the book that I really enjoyed is when Nicky took his wrestling obligation seriously and trained to get in the best shape possible. The story does mention the Nicky is a Christian, but there is no follow up on that. The story also leaves a few questions unanswered, like this could be the beginning of a series.

The author has been a pastor for over 20 years and has written many books that have helped people overcome the spirits and curses of Satan.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash and this is my honest review.

110 pages

ISBN: 9781684110667

Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory

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The Angry Fighters Story, by Bill Vincent

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Bullied at a young age, David develops a hot temper and needs an outlet to challenge his aggression into. When he learns about his Uncle’s past, David decides to follow in his footsteps and become a champion fighter, but it won’t be an easy journey. Can David live out his dream?

The Angry Fighter’s Story, written by Bill Vincent, is a story of a young man who has been bullied from a young age. As a baby, David Hunter was left on the steps of a boys home with a note saying “Please keep him safe, someone will come for him eventually.” Over the years other boys have been adopted and left the home, but not David. He is now a senior in high school. He continues to be bullied. One day a group of boys ganged up on him and hurt him so bad he was hospitalized. This is when his aunt comes to get him.

The bullying does not end. One day at school he is ganged up on and he lets his anger take over. While his aunt is at the school, he hits a door in her home. The door opens and a poster of a fighter is revealed. When his aunt realizes he saw the room, she tells him about her late husband, who was a fighter. She offers him to train to be a fighter and he accepts. Under the training of his late uncle’s trainer, he not only learns how to fight, but he is also taught good manners.

This is a good clean book, written for a pre-teen boy. There is a considerable amount of violence revolving around the anger within David. The story shows us how David has developed this anger as a result of being placed in the boys home and not getting proper care. But it also shows us the love he is given when his aunt takes him home to be with her. The story also show us how David changes within himself with the training he is receiving. The parts in the story I really liked are when we see the changes in David with making friends. The one thing I wish were different about the book would be more Christian aspects in the story. The only thing that is mentioned is David goes to church and likes it.

The author has been a pastor for over 20 years and has written many books that have helped people overcome the spirits and curses of Satan.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash and this is my honest review.

124 pages

ISBN: 978168411510

Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory

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Storm by Bonnie S. Calhoun

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Storm, written by Bonnie S. Calhoun, is book 3 in the Stone Braide Chronicles. The Sorrows happened 150 years earlier and the story takes place in post apocalyptic United State. Selah is just 18 years old and is a novarium trying to complete the Third Protocol. Selah, along with a few friends and her family, work endlessly to get the clues Selah needs.

After the Sorrows the atmosphere is covered in volcanic ash. The group finds out there are two domes that cover entire cities where people live. These domes are in original cites from before the Sorrows, Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois. The group go to Cleveland just as a major storm arrives. They are forced to stay at the dome several months. While there, Selah works with the Keeper to learn more about the protocol and how she can complete it. Moljica, Yaraji and Bodhi get go through training for combat and survival. Selah’s younger siblings spend time reading the fairy tales from The Stone Braide Chronicles.

The keeper tells Selah she needs to go to the Chicago dome and see the Seeker. When the group gets to Chicago they experience trouble with their transport. They work on fixing it while Selah meets with the Seeker. The Seeker is not able to help her, but tells her about an old lady who might have information. Selah is told they need to go to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While on their way to Milwaukee, their transport blows up. They eventually get to Milwaukee and are not safe there. They no longer have transportation so they decide to go by train and do not know where to go. Selah’s younger siblings use the symbols used in the Stone Braide Chronicles to decide white trip to take. All the while Selah is getting very weak and it appears she will not be able to accomplish the Third Protocol.

This is a very good teen fantasy. The series should be read in order, but enough information is included in this story to understand what is happening. There is a lot of action that takes place while the group work to reach their goal alive. And there is suspense with who they can trust and with what is going to happen next as well as will Selah be able to complete the protocol. While there is violence in this story, it is not very offensive.

The parts of the story that I enjoyed the most was when the group worked together to find clues that would lead them to succeed. I enjoyed the children’s part in the story, the memorizing of the fairy tales and the mischief they get into when the transport breaks down. I also enjoyed the selflessness of Selah when she donated blood, know that it will shorten her life. I was disappointed the book is published by a Christian publishing company, yet there isn’t Christian references in the story. This story will be enjoyed by people who enjoy fantasy and action packed stories.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Publishing and I have written an honest review.

Series: Stone Braide Chronicles (Book 3)

Pages: 400

ISBN: 9780800723781

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

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The Silent Songbird is a medieval fairy tale that takes place in 1384 in Hertfordshire, England. Evangeline is the cousin and ward to King Richard II. She feels like she is no better than a prisoner in the dungeon, not being able to talk to or interact with who ever she wants. One morning while looking out her window singing, she watches the servants talking and laughing while doing their work. That day she is informed the the King has chose his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley as the man she will marry. After spending the evening with them, she packs a bag of servant’s clothing and decides to run away. She is caught by Muriel and they both run away together. They travel with Westley le Wyse to his parents home and become servants for them in the village of Glynval.

To avoid being recognized, she pretends to be mute, but when she witnesses an attack on Westley’s life, she yells for help. Sabina, a local girl who has her eyes on Westley, comes to help her. Sabina causes trouble for Evangeline. One day she gives poisonous mushrooms to Evangeline to put into the soup. When this is discovered, Evangeline is taken out to be flogged. Westley comes to her rescue and with discussion, finds out that Sabina caused the problem. Evangeline is then moved into the castle to work. It is quickly found out that she is was not a servant as she can read and has not servant skills.

Evangeline’s story is eventually revealed and she begs Westley to not let the men looking for her to take her back to the King to be married to Lord Shiveley. Glyncal village is having a celebration that will include a singing contest and Evangeline is told she will be taking part in it. Her singing voice is what she is known for at the King’s castle and she fears she will be recognized.

This is a good clean romance written for young adults. It is a very good story with suspense and mystery woven through out the story. The characters are very well developed and even through there are many characters in the story, they are introduced in such a way it is easy to follow along. The story also has humor written into it as well. This is a very easy story to get lost in. The story is so well written it is easy to get pulled into the story and not want to put it down. I especially appreciate how the author has written into the story Evangeline’s desire to read the Bible and how that becomes something she and Westly do together. This is a great story for the teen age girl but is also very enjoyable for the mature woman as well.

I recieved a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers and I have written an honest review.

304 pages

ISBN-10: 0718026314

ISBN-13: 978-0718026318

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Forever Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

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Forever Doon is book four in the Doon series written by Cary Corp and Lori Langdon. The Witch of Doon has taken over and many of the Doonians have fled Doon and arrive in Alloway. The Brig o’ Doon has been destroyed and the Doonians in Alloway work to rebuild the Brigo’Doon. When the Doonians who fled are able to return to Doon, they all work together to defeat the Witch of Doon.

This is a fantasy series written for young adults. The story includes a little romance and a lot of mystery and action. There are several fighting sections in the book that include violence. The book is intended for general readership without being overtly Christian.

I think this is a wonderful book for teens and young adults. The books can be read alone, but they are so good, it is best to read the whole series in order. The parts of the book that stand out the most for me are when advice from Alasdair is sought. I especially like the part when Alasdair tells Duncan that he has learned that the Protector reveals what they need to know exactly when they need to know it. Alasdair tells Duncan to have faith and the course will be made clear when the time is right.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review.

Series: A Doon Novel

384 pages

ISBN-10: 0310742374

ISBN-13: 978-0310742371

Publisher: Blink