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Book Review: Alienation: a C.H.A.O.S. Novel by Jon Lewis

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My generation loves to watch read books about vampires, play video games with zombies, and watch movies about aliens. Alienation by Jon Lewis would appeal to many young adults. It is set in a time where human’s have found life on other planets. It is the C.H.A.O.S. government agency’s job to protect the earth from the frightening alien race, the Thule, who, after destroying their own planet, are bent on taking over earth and destroying mankind.

Alienation is the second book in the C.H.A.O.S. trilogy (first being Invasion). The story centers around a 16-year-old  boy named Colt who, with his best friend’s Oz and Danielle, are headed to the C.H.A.O.S. academy to start their counter alien attack training to counter the pending invasion. Yet, all is not as it should be, Colt is continually being hunted by someone (or something) because he has a secret that will defeat the Thule hoards.

This book is fast paced, easy to read, and riveting. The protagonist moves from one adrenaline high to the next. I haven’t read the first book (Invasion). This book did enough recapping that I easily followed the story, yet I still found myself wanting to read the first book. An interesting note is that Jon Lewis is a comic book writer, and this novel certainly carries the comic book feel. In fact in the end of the book, he tells how comic books are made and even a little story to start your own comic book.

The book also has a slight Christian undertone (it is slight). People in it refer to God and the Lord, and Colt wears a medallion with a verse on it about God being our refuge and help. In conclusion, the book is more entertaining then allegorical. It’s a clean, fun book that any teenage boy (or girl) would enjoy.

 

This book was given to me by Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their Booksneeze program. I am writing my own, unbiased review.

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Book Review: 50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know: What to do, What to say, How to Behave

by Kay West with John Bridges and Bryan Curtis

 

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Many people believe that etiquette is a thing of the past. Our culture’s relative philosophy believes that people can do whatever they want. Yet, in reality, this concept doesn’t fly.

This book by Kay West is (in essence) an etiquette book for young ladies (approx. middle school age). Unlike the books of the past, this one is relevant to the 21st century. Each of the 50 chapters covers one “thing” such as accepting a compliment or making an apology. It is relevant to today’s young ladies who use cell phones, social networks, digital cameras, make-up, and fragrances. They succinctly explains the proper behavior surrounding those subjects with a brief introduction then a do, don’t, and why not.

Another positive element of this book (other than its adorable pink and gray cover), it begins with simple information—such as the importance of saying please, thank you, and excuse me—then it moves to more “mature” subjects such as borrowing clothes from friends, place settings at a formal dinner, and being asked to dance.

Even though I’m not a “young” lady any more, I really enjoyed this book (and even learned a few things too). I would recommend it as an easily understood and applicable book for any early 21th century young lady, especially in a time where everyone delights in informality, yet they are still impressed with those who still use good manners.

This book was given to me by Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their Booksneeze program. I am writing my own, unbiased review.