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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You can read more about the author at:

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/authors/bonnie-s-calhoun/1994

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