“The Skin Map”, a Bright Empires Novel, by Stephen R. Lawhead is a hold-your-breath beginning to a new series. This novel mixes ancient history, time travel, alternate realities, mystery, physics, and fantasy, to create a story so compelling that I find myself recommending it to any who will listen.
The unlikely Kit Livingstone finds himself in the center of a life threatening race to find the Skin Map; a map of symbols tattooed onto the abdomen of a brave explorer. These symbols hold the mystery of ley line travel, pathways to other worlds, and not merely British legend. As all good epic stories include, evil plots to destroy good and unexpected twists and turns maintain a heart-pounding pace. The only disappointment I felt was that I have to wait until the fall of 2011 for the next installment of the Bright Empires series!
This year should be the best of Sophie Ramsay’s life. She’s friends with all the right people, she’s a shoo-in for editor of the school newspaper, and she’s managed to turn the head of one of the hottest guys in school.
But something’s not quite right. Sophie has a secret–one she won’t be able to keep under wraps for much longer.”
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You like books about quirky people? Small towns? Simple joys? Then this series is for you! You’ll find yourself giggling and then holding your breath to see what happens next.
Mrs. Froese says: “SUCH a refreshing look at the foibles of standard “Christian” outlook on events in life! And really apt insights into human nature, together with gentle reminders to look at life as a blessing. I expected to be bored, but there is nothing boring about this book.
This charming mystery series will have you chuckling while you wonder “who-dun-it”.
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“Although this story is set in 2001, the fabric of time itself fluctuates in Peck’s thrilling novel. Following the 9/11 attacks, Susan and her half-brothers, Charles and Murray (could the brothers’ names be a nod to Charles Wallace Murray, one of the time-traveling children in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time?) are sent to live with their Uncle Farley in Canada, until things are calmer in America. But the children notice strange things about the boat-like mansion that is to be their new home: Drift House seems “crooked,” a dumbwaiter magically delivers whatever food they desire, and Uncle Farley’s parrot has a better-than-average grasp of the English language. When they awake one morning to find the house adrift on the Sea of Time, Uncle Farley reveals that Drift House is a “transtemporal vessel,” capable of navigating time. Murray, the youngest, disappears into the dumbwaiter and returns with hazy memories of his own future, and Susan is drafted by mermaids for a special mission. Peck depicts an affectionate bond among the siblings (Charles, brilliant but ignored as the middle sibling states, “I am not a boy-slave and I am not a baby and I am tired of being sent away!”), and an eccentric but credible guardian in Uncle Farley. Readers will flip madly through the many pages of this book to see how the siblings navigate the hazards on the Sea of Time and get Drift House safely back to shore.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
Do you want to read about rock bands? Fame? Mystery? Homicide? Start off with book 1: Always Watching . . . and find out what happens to sixteen-year-old Shayley when a frightening murder occurs after one of her famouse mother’s rock concerts. She tries to help the police find the killer and determine whether her long-lost father has some connection to the crime.