Book Review: Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

Amazon summary
Her birth was shrouded in mystery and tragedy.

Her destiny is beyond comprehension.
Her pursuers long to see her broken.
She fights to soar.

In the rough, shadowy hills of Appalachia, a nation carved from the United States following years of government infighting, Caitlyn and her companions are the prey in a terrifying hunt. They must outwit the relentless bounty hunters, skirt an oppressive, ever-watchful society, and find passage over the walls of Appalachia to reveal the dark secrets behind Caitlyn’s existence–and understand her father’s betrayal.

In this engrossing, lightning-paced story with a post-apocalyptic edge, best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer weaves a heroic, harrowing journey through the path of a treacherous culture only one or two steps removed from our own.

My review
Broken Angel and its sequel Flight of Shadows take place in an alternative future…or maybe not-so-alternative. It’s obvious that the author wrote this story as a cautionary tale, a warning of the possiblities awaiting our country if we don’t change our path. The story is great and stands on its own, though.

Caitlyn and her father, Jordan, have been living in Appalachia, which is now an oppressive country bordered by fences and thrown back into the dark ages by a dictator who refuses his subjects the right to read or to enjoy any privacy. Jordan Brown chose to live there 16 years ago because a life “Outside” was impossible with the authorities looking for him. But, now it is safer for Caitlyn to be Outside and Jordan will sacrifice anything to help her get there.

This is an emotional and suspenseful book. Jordan and Caitlyn are pursued by Appalachia’s most feared bounty hunter, as well as a federal agent from Outside. Local police are soon involved and no one can be trusted. Yet, Caitlyn is forced to trust her new travelling companions, while we learn that things are not always what they seem.

I received Flight of Shadows as part of a review program without realizing that it is a sequel. I did realize it before I started it, though, and got Broken Angel from the library. I’m really glad I did. Not only is it a fabulous book, but the two books really should be read together. There is an ending in Broken Angel, but the story is not complete, and if you only read Flight of Shadows, you’ll be missing important information. I suppose the second book could stand alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I really don’t think it would be as enjoyable.

You can read an excerpt here.

About the book
Title: Broken Angel
Author: Sigmund Brouwer
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Release date: May 20, 2008
Pages: 256
Where I got the book: From the library
Rating: 5 stars

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Changes from Google, Changes on This Blog

I found out accidentally today that as of March 2012, Google Friend Connect will no longer be available on non-Blogger blogs. And, yeah, this is a Blogger blog, but I will be moving it to WordPress as a self-hosted blog in December. I’ve been planning this for several months; I’ve just been trying to find 2-3 days without some kind of giveaway or event so the disruption wouldn’t be as bad if I’m offline for a couple days.

Soooo, decisions, decisions. I thought about removing the GFC widget, but there really is no need for that. It’ll still work for a few months. But if GFC is the primary way you follow this blog, you’ll need to find a new way to follow. I apologize for the inconvenience, but I believe switching to WP will allow me to make the blog better in the long run.

I’m all over the place, so there are several ways you can follow me.
Twitter
Facebook
bloglovin’
Google+ (There is no widget on the sidebar for Google+ because IE not only wouldn’t display it, it caused the whole page to disappear.)
Follow via email or a reader

I truly appreciate each and every one of my readers and I’d hate to lose anyone. This will also affect any other WordPress blogs you’re following, so you’ll want to find new ways to follow them as well.

Here are the the Official Google Blog posts where they talk about all the changes they’re making.
A Fall Spring Clean
A Fall Sweep
More Spring Cleaning Out of Season

Ending “Make It Mine” Mondays Through the Holidays

Because of the holidays and because I have a lot going on personally for the next few weeks, I’m going to put a hold on the “Make It Mine” Monday listings for a few weeks. Possibly permanently, but I haven’t made a decision on that yet. I will still be participating in giveaway hops. I’m participating in two in December and three in January, so you’ll still have several opportunities to win books from this blog. The Giveaway Page will remain, so even when I don’t have a giveaway going, you’ll still be able to find book giveaways to enter.

I appreciate everyone who has entered and shared my giveaways. Thanks for being patient while I figure out the best way to share with my readers and still be productive.

Stick a Fork In Me; I’m Done. Until the Next Trip.

Well, I’m so glad I decided to drive today to miss the bad weather. Because it rained. All. The. Way. But, it was interesting, as always.

Bennett entertained us by singing the Addams Family theme song, and “Deck the halls with boughs of polly.” I didn’t get the polly song on video, but I’ll try to get that posted for you as a Christmas gift.

Bennett: Did you get me from the Bennett machine?
Me: I…uh…what?
Bennett: Did you get me from the Bennett machine?
Me: Um, no. Why?
Bennett: I used to be a robot.

Jeffrey: When we get home I need three things. But I can’t remember the third thing.

Bennett, while eating at Burger King, looking around: Where’s the Burger King?

Jeffrey can’t pronounce “peculiar” very well, and he asked Bennett if he could say it.
Me: He can’t say some of those letters, so probably not.
Bennett: I can only say, “I love you,” and some other stuff.

We stopped for gas at a station with a Subway restaurant inside. I was pumping gas, so I missed the conversation inside the car, but as we drove away, Bennett said, “I want the big letter!”
Me: What? The big letter? What big letter?
Jeffrey: The Subway “Y”?
Bennett, bursting into tears: Yeah. I want the Subway “Y”.

We’re home now, and somehow we survived. Even without a Subway “Y”.

What A Lovely Day…Despite the Rain

Well, it didn’t start off well, and I wasn’t happy when I woke up at the crack of dark and couldn’t go back to sleep. At a decent hour, we got up and got ready to go to our family reunion.

We stopped at Kroger to grab some drinks (non-alcoholic) to take to the potluck. Of course, it started raining while we were inside the store, so we had to run to the car. And some idiot had parked their cart behind my car, so I had to take the time to move that before I could get into the car. Did I mention it was raining? 
Oh, and then there was the new bypass that they’ve been talking about building for 30 years. Guess what? It’s finished. Neither the GPS nor I had a clue. So that was interesting.

Things improved dramatically when we got to the reunion. One of my cousins who I haven’t seen in 11 years was there with his fiancee and kids. And two other cousins had their babies with them. And of course all the rest of my family. There are a gazillion of us and not even half were there today, but it was still fun to see everyone. 

We’re driving back to GA tomorrow, so maybe we’ll miss driving in the bad weather. Because there is apparently supposed to be snow. In Arkansas. In November. We were wearing shorts on Friday and they’re expecting snow on Sunday night. Nice.

Amanda

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I Haven’t Done Anything Useful, So Here’s What’s Going On

I seriously over-estimated how much I could get done while visiting my parents this week. Too much going in too small a space to be able to focus to write reviews. Ugh. I did get a couple things done that I’ve been wanting to do on the blog. I finally got my Amazon store set up and added to the site. You can find all the books I’ve reviewed on the blog, as well as a few that I haven’t reviewed here, but I do recommend, including several books about Asperger’s and autism.

I also added some discount codes for several different online booksellers. These will be updated frequently as the stores change their sales. The codes and the link to the Amazon store can all be found on the Store Links & Coupons page.

I’ve also added links to my Giveaway page for lists of book giveaways on other book sites. So after you enter my giveaways, you can jump over and enter to win more books. They’ll also be there in between my own drawings, so you’ll always have drawings to enter.

So you have a few new things to click around on if you have some time to spare. And I’ll try to be more productive.

I Haven’t Done Anything Useful, So Here’s What’s Going On

I seriously over-estimated how much I could get done while visiting my parents this week. Too much going in too small a space to be able to focus to write reviews. Ugh. I did get a couple things done that I’ve been wanting to do on the blog. I finally got my Amazon store set up and added to the site. You can find all the books I’ve reviewed on the blog, as well as a few that I haven’t reviewed here, but I do recommend, including several books about Asperger’s and autism.

I also added some discount codes for several different online booksellers. These will be updated frequently as the stores change their sales. The codes and the link to the Amazon store can all be found on the Store Links & Coupons page.

I’ve also added links to my Giveaway page for lists of book giveaways on other book sites. So after you enter my giveaways, you can jump over and enter to win more books. They’ll also be there in between my own drawings, so you’ll always have drawings to enter.

So you have a few new things to click around on if you have some time to spare. And I’ll try to be more productive.