May 16, 2017

A book review // Invitation

Hai gang. It's been crazy. Trying to finish school, birthdays, Mother's Day, end of the year programs, and all sorts of craziness. And tonight I'll be going to watch my coop's production of The Music Man, which I'm really really excited about! :) .... but despite all the stress and losing-my-mind-stuff, I have gotten some reading done *YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY* So here.... we..... gO!!! 

Summary taken from Goodreads:

In "The Call" by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached. 

Frank Peretti's "The Haunted" confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house. 

In Angela Hunt's "The Sentinels," animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi's dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory. 

"The Girl" by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent--apparently not of this world--and something wants to kill her.

Um, words? anyone? This was so much fun, man! The book is essentially split into four sections, where each writer would continue the original story, taking the journey to who-knows-where. I mean, that's so cool! Normally, I would think I'd feel disconnected from the characters because of the different writers and their different voices, BUT because each author had their designated character, I think it made the whole thing come together really nicely.

I am very easily spooked by this kind of paranormal material, so I never really read books in this genre. I have read This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, and I wasn't scared, however I think it had to do with the fact that the angels were very well prominent and present. In this book though, we see mostly evidence of darkness. YA. So I couldn't read this by myself DON'T JUDGE ME, I'M VERY SHELTERED AND I STILL GET THE SHIVERS WHEN I'M WATCHING DOCTOR JIGGLE AND MR. SLY.

I mean, don't get me wrong. This book was WONDERFUL. It didn't glorify any of the darkness, and it wasn't like... brutally graphic. I'm just a sensitive wiener when it comes to paranormal material. Ha.

And now, I'm gonna dissect the book. I mean, I COULD write just an overview of the entire book as a whole... but I want to talk about each of the separate stories because this is my review and you can't tell me how to live my life. Although you're probably inwardly groaning because I talk too much, and you may be thinking of exiting my blog. DON'T. Tell you what. Instead of writing paragraphs and rambling about each thing I loved and hated, I'll just write a list! M'kay? M'kay.

THE CALL- Bill Myers

  • Brenda. OMguac. She's the tat artist, and she's fierce and mean but not and I just really enjoyed her character. 
  • The plot was... yikes. So mind-boggling. So weird. So creepy. I'd say it was a very good introduction to the characters and their involvement with stuffs. 
  • The writing wasn't my favorite, but it's not like I absolutely hated it either. Like, it kept me interested, but not entirely enthralled, if you know what I'm saying. 
  • The attitude. I mean, this is Brenda. She's like... the savage one with dreadlocks in the group. Totally awesome, not perfect-- making the dialogue extra spunky and a fun. 
  • Ummm... that one time when that happened and I just... I was crying and it wasn't fun. Yea. Read it and you'll understand which part I'm talking about. *sniffles*
  • The elements of darkness were very well balanced with the light feels and the awkward humor. Wasn't the creepiest tbh because I knew what kind of darkness they were dealing with, and I knew what it would take to defeat it. It was still really cool and mysterious though. 
  • BABY.
And that's about it for "The Call", it was interesting and fun and scary and I liked the intro to the members of the group. They're all so weird and quirky in their own way, which made the book very enjoyable. 

THE HAUNTED- Frank Peretti

  • the Professor was definitely not one of my favorites out of the characters, but you gotta hand it to him for being such a pain. It made him that guy in the group, which gave him some individuality. 
  • The plot in this book was creeeeeeeepyyyyy man. Like, in the Call there were demons, in this story we have ghosts and stuff and I can't really do that. *shivers* Absolutely not. The story was very much a mystery/thriller and despite not being able to read it by myself, I did enjoy it a lot! 
  • I actually really liked the writing. It was very straight-forward and I was pretty engrossed. 
  • The sarcasm and the arrogance was hilarious. The professor is so smart and yet he's such a pig-head. Even though it was mean, how he treated everyone else in the group was just so funny. 
  • In the end, I felt a but like... What just happened???? But I honestly think that was the feeling Peretti was going for, so that can easily be pardoned.
  • DANIEL. 
I have to say, I enjoyed this one the most. It was exciting, and the writing never bored me. Even though I still don't like the professor, it was interesting seeing things from his POV. There was plenty of weird WHATWHATWHAT moments, which of course I LOVE. So yea, loved it. 


  • AWEEE Andi. The weird, crazy, awkward Andi, with the kind spirit and spunky personality. I love her so much. 
  • I honestly don't know how I feel about the plot. I mean, I loved what each of the characters experienced in this story, but I'm not too sure what I think about how and why they experienced those things. In the end, there wasn't really a conclusion. 
  • The writing was pretty good, but like I said the plot was kinda awkward so... idk not too many thoughts on the writing
  • The quirkiness was awesome. Seeing things from Andi's POV was fun, because unlike the professor and Brenda, she was very optimistic.
  • Honestly, the plot was a little but draggy, but I do think the things they did and how they solved some things was pretty interesting. I just didn't find myself really loving the story, I guess. 
  • DOGGY.
I know, this was pretty negative. If I don't like the plot, you can bet your bottom dollar I won't have too much fun with the rest of the stuffs. I mean, yes there was some interesting parts! Like all the visions and all that, it was cool. But... I didn't really get or care why it was all happening. 

THE GIRL- Alton Gansky

  • Oh Cowboy. Tank. Whichever. He's so innocent and empathetic and sweet, he's exactly like a baby puppy. (baby puppy? how?) a gigantic puppy. 
  • The plot was liiiiit. The mysterious girl, the stress, the dreams, the stress. It was all so thrilling and scary and I just wanted to scoop the Tank and the girl up and hug them forever and protect forever. There were so many NOOOOO moments where I was internally screaming and ripping the pages from the book. 
  •  I think the writing was just right. Not too blunt, but not too draggy. The Tank's POV was really funny, just how ignorant he is, and how he's just so translucent. 
  • The passion and compassion and all the feels were so strong! Like... I felt so much while reading this! It was soooo good I CAN'T. 
This book/section is actually (now that I think of it) probably maybe almost my favorite out of the stories. It was so exciting! And scary. But not in the paranormal way, but in the NO THIS CANNOT HAPPEN ASDJFDLK way. Cowboy was great, his heart is so pure and so caring and so gentle. Go you. YAY.


My mind is pretty blown by the creativity and thought put into this novel. I am definitely keeping this one for a future re-read! Due to some of the themes and the use of A** (only once, but it took me off guard since this is by Christian authors) i'd recommend it for mature teens and up. Otherwise, this is a great summer read! It's fast-paced, especially since each of the stories are only about 100 pages max. Totally something you can read in a day or two. :)

Have you read this book?
Heard of it?
Read from any of these authors?
What are you currently reading?

(disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my review.)

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