Saturday, February 22, 2014

Firstborn: A Novel





By Lorie Ann Grover
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 3.25 Stars

Got the book and started in reading.

This is a very interesting story. It is about how if your first child is born male, he is fine, but if you are a female, you are left by the cliffs to die and be killed and eaten OR your parents have to declare you a male and raise you to be a male. As a female (who was declared male) while you grow you would have to suppress ALL feminine urges or you will be killed the moment they find out. This book follows Tiadone through about a year of her (his) life.

I was sorry to see it end and wish there would be another book to follow up on the ending. (I can't really say much more or it will ruin the ending but I would love to read more.








Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men?

When Tiadone was born, her parents had two choices: leave their daughter outside the community to die in the wilds, or raise her as male and force her to suppress all feminine traits. Now, as the first female living as male in her village, Tiadone must prove her father didn’t make a mistake by letting her live.

As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone knows every eye on the community is on her, and desperately wishes to belong and finally be accepted. But at every step, traditional feminine gifts and traits emerge, and the bird she's been twined with is seen as a sign of the devil.

Worse, as Tiadone completes her rites, she finds she is drawn to her male best friend in ways that are very much in line with the female gender.

Confused and desperate, Tiadone tries to become what she must be while dealing with what she indeed has become: a young woman who may be able to stand up to her despotic rulers and uncover her real purpose in life.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Outcasts - The Safe Lands Series



By Jill Williamson
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 5 Stars

I was happy to receive this second book in the series of three. The first book told of how a village was taken into the Safe lands so that they can produce babies that are uninfected by the thin plague.

This book continues to tell you their story, they also find out that since they got their women out of the harem, that Jackson's Peak was invaded and they captured some men and women (that weren't killed in the fight).

We find out that they always try for the female to have more than one baby. We find out how many babies that Shaylinn (Shay) and who the father is, with the help of Mason's digging. This is a very inventive story set in the future and I believe a lot of people will enjoy reading this.








Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives.

Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined ... and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason’s brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason’s younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante.

Soon all three brothers are being watched closely - and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.