Monday, October 12, 2015

Lightning by Bonnie S. Calhoun - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

About The Book:
Selah's past and her future are about to collide . . . and time is running out.
Selah Rishon thought that finding her real father would solve her problems. Instead it has created a host of new ones. She is feeling strange, destructive flashes of power within her body. The family she left behind is being sequestered in the Mountain. And if her father and his team cannot find the key to the West and make contact with the Third Protocol of Landers, Selah will fracture.

Selah is trying to accept this new world, but none of the facts she's learned about novarium or Landers are adding up. Determined to find answers, she launches a new rescue effort to the Mountain. But will the prison that holds her family become Selah's grave?

My Thoughts:
“Then what does novarium mean?”

“It means you are the new one.  The one who holds the keys to the kingdom.”  (p. 48)

When Glade speaks these words to Selah early in the book, she becomes frustrated and angry.  She couldn’t begin to understand the gravity of her place in this post-apocalyptic world.  Once again, Bonnie Calhoun has written an action-packed novel filled with twists and turns that have all of the main characters in the cross-hairs of deadly force time and time again.  Some survive….others aren’t so fortunate.  The journey that begins in this novel is one that sets Selah on a countdown toward her own, unavoidable demise.  The indicators of this become more and more apparent throughout the novel, adding another layer of urgency to every action taken by each character.

More than action, Lightning is a novel filled with satisfying relationships.  Some secrets that have been hidden for year come to light, and the consequences are never clean, but rather complicated and messy.  Whether historical, modern-day or, in this case, futuristic, human relationships are timeless in the way challenges force change upon us.  Sometimes these changes are necessary, but the journey through is uncomfortable and calls for sacrifice.  Deception abounds, and that only adds another layer of complexity to this action-packed novel.

Young adults will totally engage with this novel!  There are many realistic life lessons to be learned as the characters race to forge a path to the West.  This is a rich, vibrant and multi-layered story that offers much to readers of all ages!  I am happy to recommend this to readers!

About The Author:
Bonnie S. Calhoun is the author of Thunderand Lightning, the first two books in the Stone Braide Chronicles. She loves to write, but it doesn't make her happy unless there are the three Bs: body count, blood, and blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML and website design. Bonnie lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass. But she'd rather buy fish, ready to eat and under plastic, at the grocery store. She shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she is waitstaff. Learn more at

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