This is the type of book that readers will either love or it will step on toes. In any case, it may elicit a strong response from anyone reading it. The premise behind the story in this book is spiritual warfare. It’s not your usual idea of spiritual warfare which we often tend to view in theoretical terms, philosophically discussing things without getting emotionally involved. Instead, you will find spiritual warfare involving people personally from the very beginning.
The main character is Brenda Sue Parrot and her mom, Linda. Home life for this teen was a horror. Her father was always drunk and violent. He was a drug dealer. Her mother works several jobs to hold the family together. Brenda, in usual teen fashion, has little respect for her mother, often blaming her for her troubles. So the beginning part of the story feels like teen angst. But it quickly deepens as strange events begin to happen in her town, to her family and her friends. Fortunately, Bren has grandparents and family that are supportive and help them when the situation begins to look dire.
The second part of the story shifts from Bren’s high school life to something much more serious. Her perception shifts as she became more and more aware of the battle she was witnessing around her. She moves in with her grandmother at a place called The Haven. For a reader, this part of the story gets a little puzzling and intense. It’s not exactly what I would call action packed, although sometimes it feels like that. I would say it becomes more suspenseful in anticipation of something big that was coming, building on that suspense chapter by chapter. The author does a good job of anticipation and suspense and stretching out mystery as far as it can go. To some extent, I felt the mystery and chaos was being stretched a little bit too far and for too long. However, I got to the point where I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to solve the mystery, and the missing information and the gaps made me curious.
The final chapters are basically a showdown between good and evil. Yet it is a physical battle with real physical danger and threats of death everywhere around The Haven. This part of the book is intense, filled with chaos and chaotic events. But in this section you see the most character growth in our main characters, Brenda and Linda, Falon, Moses and GG. Not only do they grow in awareness of more than one type of danger, they grow in maturity and purpose.
So in the end, there is a touch of fantasy, other-worldliness, lots of suspense and anticipation, a sense of danger, a mystery, some back story, conflict, a gospel message and a salvation message from a Christian point of view, and much more. I believe the intended target audience is YA, although this book could appeal to many ages. This is by no means a boring book! I enjoyed reading this and would read other books by this author.
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