Book Review: The Methuselah Project

Methuselah Project, TheThis book is Gunner’s Run meets Captain America: The Winter Soldier meets Jill Williamson’s Replication. Young Roger Greene was born to fly and fated to crash. Stranded in Axis territory, he is quickly captured and escorted to a cell, but he hasn’t been delivered to any ordinary POW camp. Roger finds himself one of seven men subjected to an experiment designed to extend mans’ lifespan to match Methuselah’s. Unfortunately for Roger, it works.

The mashup of history, sci-fi, and flat-out adventure story in this book made for a fast paced ride, even when Roger was spending a lifetime languishing behind bars. At the beginning of the story, overly informative dialogue got distracting quickly but gradually wore off as the story progressed. The last 100 pages or so kept me up until one in the morning. Imagine combining an epic, cross country chase and manhunt combined with a WWII era guy trying to figure out McDonald’s and cell phones.

Overall, if you’re willing to overlook some clunky dialogue, strap on your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Guess a Quote [9.29.15]

Alice in Wonderland [GaQ]Our last Guess a Quote was challenging. So challenging that even I’m a little confused, and I picked it! The quote was,

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

We got three different answers for which book it came from. Some of you said Alice In Wonderland, some said Through the Looking Glass, and some said The Princess Bride. I plugged the quote into Google when I began writing a new post, and it the first result said it came from Through the Looking Glass. However, on Goodreads it says it’s from Alice in Wonderland and I’m pretty sure I grabbed the quote from Goodreads. Since Hanna R. mentioned seeing it in Alice in Wonderland at the store, I’m going with Alice in Wonderland as the right answer. Oh the irony of being confused by a quote from Lewis Caroll since I find his books supremely befuddling!

Melody, Andrew Abraham, and Hanna R., congratulations on getting it right. Honorable mention to WriteKat who said Through the Looking Glass. For all I know, you’re correct.

This week’s quote is a salute to my Texas roommates. They adore the book this quote comes from.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Happy Guessing!

Hello & Book Review: The Maze

Maze, TheHello everyone! At long last, I’m back–literally as well as virtually. After a four month internship in Texas, I’m home in Connecticut and enjoying the start of the marvelous New England fall. Being home should mean a bit more freedom to put time into blogging, and I can’t wait to reconnect with you all.

On the way home from Texas, my family and I hit some National Parks. I picked up The Maze, by Will Hobbs in a Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Center.

Rick’s life is in shambles. Frightened and with no one to turn to, he resorts to the only solution he can land on. Running away. Desperation leads Rick to one snap decision after another until he comes face to face with the owner of a vehicle he “sort of” stole and gets a terse but unexpectedly lenient reaction. With no where else to go, Rick stays with Lon, who turns out to be a scientist working to reintroduce Condors to Canyonlands National Park.

With Canyonlands on our itinerary to visit later on in our trip, reading The Maze was especially fun. I was also pleased to find that I had discovered a book about a foster kid without even trying to. My only bone to pick with the book was a few paragraphs about the “pre-historic” past of the Condors. Other than my difference of opinion with the author concerning the age of the earth (and therefore how long Condors have been around for), The Maze is a fantastic middle age novel. Totally clean and lots of action. It was the perfect entertainment for our long car rides across Arizona and Utah!

While we didn’t visit The Maze area of Canyonlands (which is only accessible with an off-road vehicle), here’s some pictures we took in Canyonlands.




If you have any questions about CollegePlus, I’ve been answering them for the last four months and still love doing it, so ask away! ;) I’d also love to know what fun and exciting (or run-of-the-mill) things you all have been up to this summer.

Author Interview and Blog Tour: Jaye L. Knight

My Ilyon Chronicles adventure began when I purchased Resistance during a Kindle $0.99 sale. It was mostly for my brother because he had previously enjoyed the author’s Makilien Trilogy, written under a different pen name. He loved it and even agreed to review The King’s Scrolls if I got a review copy. His enthusiasm got me curious. Now I’m hooked on the Ilyon Chonicles and Jace is one of my favorite characters.

So, without further ado, here’s my interview with Jaye.

If Jace had to choose an alias, what would it be and why?

When I first read this question, I had no idea what Jace would choose for an alias since I never really thought about it. However, I then saw a character on TV that had the name Wolf. Right away, I was like, yeah, I could see Jace using that alias. After all, he has a pet wolf and loves animals, so it just seems to suit him.

If Jace lived in 2015, what would his profession be?

A horse trainer. Definitely. He loves horses and would be the type of person to work for himself on a ranch.

What is Jace’s favorite verse in the King’s Scrolls and why?

I guess that would depend on what point in Jace’s life he’s at. Early on, he doesn’t really have one. Later on? Well, I could see Ps. 34:4 being one of his favorites: I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for my review of Half Blood. In the meantime, here’s some more fun info about the books!

About the Book
The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.

For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.

Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?

See where Jace’s story all began . . .

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About the Author
JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Etsy, and on her new fiction forum where you can interact with other readers of the series.

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Half-Blood, a blue feather bookmark hand crafted by Jaye, a bronze sword pendant, and a $5 Amazon gift card! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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Tour Schedule
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Guess a Quote [6.30.15]

Epic of Gilgamesh [GAQ]Hello all! Thought it was time to blow the dust off and start posting again. A lot has happened over the past few weeks and unfortunately that meant the once-a-week post didn’t happen. But, I’m back now with the secret you’ve all been waiting for. That’s right, the answer to the last guess a quote.

Our last quote came from The Epic of Gilgamesh and starshining4ever guessed it correctly.

Our new quote is…

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Sounds like an ambitious morning to me!

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: The Case of the Tabloid Tattler

Tabloid TattlerKitten has a startling secret and an important request. She knows how to write and would like a real name to replace ‘Kitten.’ Keith, the detective who took her in, takes an understandable several minutes to accept this dumbfounding fact about his adopted cat. After he recovers, he dubs her Mia. Soon, Mia has made herself a member of Keith’s detective team, assigning herself the roll of undercover spy. Someone is leaking private information to tabloids. It’s either the housekeeper, cook, maid, or maintenance man. Mia has her suspicious, but she doesn’t have long to prove them.

This is an adorable book for young readers who enjoy series like The Boxcar Children and The Pony Pals.

A Quick Update

Hey everyone. Sorry I’ve been AWOL! Life is going great, but it’s very busy and my brain has been refusing to function for writing blog posts. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you all, and I miss you. Despite the lack of posts, I’ve been working on an idea for something I think will be a lot of fun for the community here on this blog. Not giving anything away yet but it has to do with all of you interacting with each other and all of you getting some new books. No, it’s not a book club or anything like that. Feeling suspenseful? Stay tuned!

Guess a Quote (5.17.15)

Beowulf [Guess a Quote]Hey everyone! Two weeks into my new job and I’m considering blogging only once a week for a while. My idea is to alternate and do a book review one week and a guess a quote the next. Thoughts? Hate the idea? Love it? Neutral?

Anyway. Our last quote came from Beowulf. Mark, writefury, and Hanna R. all guessed correctly! Good job everyone! :)

Here’s a quote from a book often spoken of alongside Beowulf.

As for man, his days are numbered, whatever he might do, it is but wind.

Happy Guessing!