Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Time to Speak Book Review

I finished reading this book a couple weeks ago, and I finally got to writing a review.  It was on my to-do list for who knows how long.  I know.  I am the queen of procrastination.  Literally.

Warning: If you have not read the first book, A Time to Die, please stop reading this post now!

Okay, moving on...

Can we all take a moment to admire this cover?

About the Book

What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow. 

The Council is using Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes. Parvin and Solomon team up to rescue the people. Instead, they find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?

My Review

Overall, this book is a must read.  This series is a must read.  The only "negative" aspect I found in this book is that I would recommend it for teens and up.  Not a big deal, right?  I mean, it is a YA novel.  One of my favorite things about this series is it is clean, no language or anything, and it had a strong Christian message.  I absolutely love how this author writes the romance, too.  Not too much, but just enough to have me shipping like crazy.

Plot: Nadine kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.  The plot twists threw me for a curve, and I was so clueless at what would happen next.  I could have read this in one day, except life kept me from reading it all at once.  

I thought that the transition from the first book to the second book was really good as well.  With Reid and Jude's death at the end of A Time to Die, I wasn't sure how the next book would start out.  I'll tell you that I wasn't disappointed.

Characters:  Starting with the main character, Parvin.  I can relate to her so much.  Her constant faith struggle is so realistic, and her confidence in God is inspiring.  She isn't that perfect main character that isn't broken and without a weakness.  I was thrilled when Solomon Hawke came back in the picture.  I am telling you, he is the sweetest guy ever.

The Ending: Okay, I am not going to spoil anything, but Nadine is killing me.  I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY IT HAD TO END THE WAY IT DID.  Well, I do, but...  If you read the book, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.  I am counting down the days until A Time to Rise comes out.

I give this book five stars and two thumbs up.  You should really read this book!

- Mickayla

About the Author

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by 'bumbershoot'.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.

Friday, February 12, 2016


,          Words create. Words inspire. Words encourage. Words express who we are. Words define us.  They have power.  Power to overcome.  To bring life and hope.  They give us the power to share ourselves with the world.

          God, the great creator of all the universe, could have done anything to put the world into motion; but, he chose words.  God spoke your surroundings into existence.  God used words to create our beautiful universe.

          God used words to give me life.  ME.  "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:26-27).

          The very same words that God used to make the earth revolve around the sun has inspired us.  Words have a special purpose in our world.  Yes, they can hurt people; but, they can also bring us joy and encouragement.  These words have inspired us to write.  To write stories and poems from our imagination.  The spoken word inspires us to get something done, or fight against something.  A powerful sermon inspires us to come closer to God, or change something in a certain area of our lives.  God can use words to touch those around us.  That leads me to words that encourage.

          A few simple words can encourage someone to make it through a rough day.  Words can bring hope and encouragement.  "Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." (Ephesians 4:29)  One of my favorite phrases that lifts me up is "I am praying for you".  I believe that someone really cares about me when they say this to me.

          I have a challenge for you this week.  *drumroll* Find someone that needs encouragement and tell them that you care about them. Whether is a phone-call or a letter, use words to reach out to them.

- Mickayla