War for the Waking World Review

War for the Waking World Review

War for the Waking World by Wayne Thomas Baston is a 288 page novel in the Young Adult Christian Fantasy genre. It is published by Thomas Nelson and was released on October 27, 2015. This book is the third in the Dreamtreaders series. Purchase a copy here.


Would you be willing to fight for your dreams?

Fifteen-year-old Archer Keaton has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a Dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord who dwells beyond the Slumber Gate. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.

In this fast-paced conclusion to the exciting fantasy trilogy, the dream world and the waking world bleed into each other when a rift is formed between the two. People in the real world suddenly find their waking lives resemble their wildest dreams. Now it’s up to Archer and his fellow Dreamtreaders to race to reverse the rift before too much damage is done and to battle Archer’s ex-best friend, Kara, who sits on the throne of the Nightmare Lord. Kara is building an army of her own. Will Archer be strong enough to stand against her?

My Two Cents
War for the Waking World is the epic conclusion of the Dreamtreader trilogy. As a long time fan of Wayne Thomas Baston’s books, War for the Waking World and the Dreamtreaders series as a whole did not disappoint. Archer fights for his family and those he cares about. This book is full of fun twists and turns that kept me engaged from the very beginning! I loved the role that faith and friendship played in in the story; both are very important things to have in one’s life. This book also shows how important it is to face your fears and not let them control you. I will definitely be reading this series again!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved this book; it was full of action and creativity that left me wishing I could be a Dreamtreader too!

Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity for a free copy of War for the Waking World in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.

About the Author
Wayne Thomas Batson is an American writer. He has been married to his wife, Mary Lu, for seventeen years and has four children. He currently works as a teacher at Folly Quarter Middle School teaching sixth grade English language arts and is the youngest of four children. His most recent series, Dreamtreaders published by Thomas Nelson Inc (2014), is a modern-day paranormal YA adventure dealing with the subject of dreams.

Find Wayne online: website, Facebook

Halo Found Hope Review

Halo Found Hope by Helo Matzelle is a 228 page memoir. It is published by Dog Ear Publishing and was released on October 10, 2014. To purchase your copy, click here.


“Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room, was there any hope?

A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life… and her family waited.

Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn’t feel half of her face, couldn’t hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn’t even tell anyone that she felt hopeless… or could she?

Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles.

Helo’s story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo’s story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn’t need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.”

“Christian readers will find in these pages a powerful testament to the power of faith in dark times, and even agnostics will be uplifted by the joie de vivre of this remarkable woman.” — Kirkus Reviews

My Two Cents

Halo Found Hope is a beautiful story of how a woman put her trust in God during an extremely difficult time in her life. Helo shares a powerful message about faith, love, and the bond of family. While parts of this story did at times bring tears to my eyes, I am so glad I read this book. I am reminded of how blessed I truly am, and just how wonderful God is. As I was reading this book, I came across this quote and thought I’d share it: “Fear contorts and destroys the pursuit of hope, but God is not intimidated by the enemy” (Halo Found Hope page 21). I hope this story is just as powerful and inspiring for you as it was for me!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  This story is such an encouragement to me and will be an encouragement to others!

Thank you to Helo Matzelle and Celebrate Lit (celebratelit.com) for a free copy of Halo Found Hope in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.


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The King’s Highway Review

The King’s Highway by Caryl McAdoo is a 218 page novel in the Christian Dystopian genre. It is self-published and was released on September 26, 2015. This book is the first in the Days of Dread series.To purchase your copy, click here.


A mysterious dead man directs the small band on their journey to a much safer corridor he dubs The King’s Highway.

Airplanes are falling out of the sky, and all things electric rendered useless after a mysterious flash. It tests the grit of fifteen-year-old Jackson Allison when the care and safety of his younger siblings fall solely to him. No one knows for sure what’s happened, but danger lurks if they stay. With a fierce determination to keep his thirteen-year-old sister McKenzie and nine-year-old brother Cooper safe, the high school freshman is compelled to leave their Irving home in the shadow of the DFW Airport for their grandparents’ farm a hundred-plus miles northeast.
Thrust into a lawless, chaotic world, he’s guided by an ever-changing cryptic note that leads his growing troupe along the King’s Highway. Bullies, Russians, wild animals, gang-bangers, and kidnappers thwart their progress while a lack of drinkable water and food is a constant concern. Will he ever get his people to safety in the Red River Valley in far Northeast Texas?

My Two Cents
The King’s Highway follows three siblings and their journey to get to their grandparents house. Along the way they met other people and friendships are made. This book is a great addition to the Christian Dystopian genre. It portrays the strength of family during hardship and also how important it is to help those in need. When they encountered someone who needed help, they willingingly helped them. This book is a great read for those in middle school, high school, and even adults! It addressed growing concerns in the world while showing that God is still in control and looking out for those He loves.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. There are a few moments in this story that I felt were slow, other than that this was a great book!

Thank you to Caryl McAdoo and Celebrate Lit (celebratelit.com) for a free copy of The King’s Highway in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received and all views expressed are my own.

About the Author
Caryl McAdoo, Award winning author brings her new Christian mid-grade release, book one in the Days of Dread Trilogy THE KING’S HIGHWAY. The prolific, bestselling novelist loves singing new songs the Lord gives her and painting. In 2008, her high school sweetheart-husband Ron moved her to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and sixteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes each one ministers His love, mercy, and grace to its readers. She and Ron live in Clarksville, Texas with two grandsons, Christian and Benjamen. Find out more about Caryl McAdoo and her books at her website.

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