The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Synopsis:

the-scorch-trialsSolving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

My Review:

You can read my review of book #1, The Maze Runner, here.

After reading The Maze Runner, I was extremely anxious to start The Scorch Trials and continue this amazing story, however, I was very disappointed with book #2.

For one, there were several mild curse words thrown in, in addition to the crude talking that was present in the first book. There were also several kissing scenes that were not grossly detailed, but they were NOT “I love you so I’m going to kiss you” type kisses, they were out of vengeance and anger, so that was a little odd. But the main cause for my disappointment would be the violence, which was awfully close to horror.

Zombie like creatures make an appearance, horrible deaths occur in gruesome detail, and the storyline seemed to falter further into the book as the author seemed to put all of his focus into the gore rather than perfecting the story.

Dashner is an incredible writer though, and I was in awe at the power he had over his readers because of his effective wording and imagination. I just wish he wouldn’t have focused so much on the violence in this particular series.

But, because of the above stated, I am only going to rate The Scorch Trails 3 stars out of 5 and hope that The Death Cure (book 3) will be more like The Maze Runner instead of this one.

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When Camels Fly by NLB Horton

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

when-camels-fly.jpgA mother’s fatal shot. A daughter’s deadly choice.

In Israel, archaeologist Grace Madison shoots her daughter’s abductor. Seconds later, a handsome shepherd drops from the sky to kill a second assassin. Their world crumbles in two blinks of an eye.

Unbeknownst to them, a fierce evil is destroying everything in its path—the unconventional path Grace and Maggie, a hydrologist, take as they struggle to right a wrong as old as time. But they soon discover time is running out. A vortex of intrigue and espionage threatens to sweep away everything and everyone they hold dear, extinguishing old flames even as it ignites new loves.

When the scale tips precariously toward disaster in the Middle East and beyond, family and friends with secrets of their own are exposed and millions of lives hang in the balance. Mother and daughter realize nothing is as it seems.

Even each other.

Because choosing what’s right is all that’s left.


When Camels Fly is a really good book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and traveling across the Middle East with them.

The novel is written extremely well, with enough suspense to keep you reading, but ensuring that the story is completely clean, unlike most suspense authors. There were absolutely no sexual scenes, no language (not even taking God’s name in vain), and the action wasn’t gory in the least.

The characters were, for the most part, all Christians and portrayed it, but, they we not the “perfect Christians” that you tend to find in Historical Fiction. These characters messed up, asked God to forgive them, and then tried to do better, only to do worse, and I liked that about them. They seemed more real. I also enjoyed the simple family quarreling and the siblings picking on each other even adulthood, it lightened the book up!

So I give When Camels Fly 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it as a very entertaining read!

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