Monday, May 27, 2013

Team Novel Teen Blog Tour; Captives by Jill Williamson

One Choice Could Destroy Them All.

When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he'd find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many-including his fiancee, Jem-taken captive. Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.  

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Land has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago...and it's rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar's dreams. 

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands and may be able to use his captivity to save not only his people, but also find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone inside the Safe Lands. 

Can Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Land's facade before it's too late?


I have read other books by Jill and they are unique story lines and very well written. They grab my attention right away. Captives is based on the story of Daniel. These young people are taken to the Safe Lands. They are told pleasure is what they need to focus on. There are many odd things about how the Safe Lands do things. I don't want to give away a bunch of spoilers so I won't go into them. You will have to read them for yourself. This book is focused on high school age but I think adults will really enjoy it. 

Jill has an amazing imagination. The world she has created in this book is amazing. There are two different "worlds". One is very primitive and the other is way technically over the top. She has taken every type of extravagance and made it something they do in the Safe Lands. The Safe Lands are anything but safe. They don't realize they are captives. But things are about to change. Pick up a copy today and find out what this exciting book has to offer your imagination.   


Book Trailer


How she got the idea for the book


Here is the link for the Safe Lands Website, as if you are online in the Safe Lands website 


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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ring of Secrets by Roseanna M. White

Love Has No Place in a World of Spies...

1779--Winter Reeves is an aristocratic American Patriot forced to hide her heart amid the British Loyalists of the city of New York. She has learned to keep her ears open so she can pass information on British movements to Robbie Townsend, her childhood friend, and his spy ring. If she's caught, she will be executed for espionage, but she prays the Lord's protection will sustain her, and Robbie has taught her the tools of the trade--the wonders of invisible ink, secret drop locations and, most importantly, a good cover.

Bennet Lane returns to New York from his Yale professorship with one goal: to find General Washington's spy hidden among the ranks of the city's elite. Searching for a wife was supposed to be nothing more than a convenient cover story for his mission, but when he meets Winter, with her too-intelligent eyes in her too-blank face, he finds a mystery that can't be ignored. 

Both are determined to prevail at any cost...and each is committed to a separate cause. Will God lead them to a shared destiny or lives lived apart?



This book grabbed my attention from the beginning. The descriptions in the book make you feel as if you are right there in the room with her characters. The mystery behind many of the people was a great twist. I had to read on to find out their true motives and loyalties. This story has so many strong characters that I love, not just the two main ones even if a few of them were "on the wrong side" of the war, so to speak. I am looking forward to the next two books in the series to visit with them more.

The history in the book fascinates me. I was never very good at remembering history in school, maybe because of the dry text books we had. But when it is in a novel it comes alive with the people around it. I love that Roseanna puts information in the back of her books telling what parts of history are actually documented and what people are real. That makes her books more valuable. 

I recommend this book for anyone, probably even as young as seventh or eight grade reading level. It is a book that shows how America was during this time period and the hard times it was between families and friends, not unlike the civil war. It is a sweet romance in the middle of a difficult time for our country. 

Bravo, Roseanna! You did it again! Great writing, great story-line, great history, great characters. Never stop sharing your God-given gift with us, please.


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Culper Ring Series
Book 1: Ring of Secrets
Book 2: Whispers from the Shadows August 2013
Book 3: Circle of Spies February 2014

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