Before Time (The Time Trilogy: Book One) by Xunaira J. is a story set in Pakistan which shares the online friendship between Onaiza and Asher (aka Impassioned).
In the story I watch a friendship grow (largely through text messages) to the point that, on a site built around anonymity, the two begin to trust each other. They look forward to the time when they can chat again and even go on to share their real identities and photos with each other.
Before Time isn't a thriller, nor is it filled with suspense. Even so, I continued turning the pages, wanting to see what might arise next in their conversation.
As I read the story, I kept thinking of Asher being a wise soul for his age. Sometimes the comments he made seemed off the wall, until I thought about them for a few minutes.
As I continued reading, I was saddened by some of the revelations Asher shared about his life, the heartache he had lived through, how tragedy stole his passion for living.
Before Time is definitely a story you want to take your time reading so you can fully absorb the conversations taking place between the characters. If you are anything like me, you'll want to see what happens in the second book, which should be released later this year.
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The Accidental Healer by Joshua Graham was my introduction to this writer and what an introduction it was! I won't say the story is categorized as being Christian-based but, for me, I could see Biblical connotations attached to some of the incidents in the story.
From the time I learned the identity of the screaming lady in the dark alley - whom Jack managed to stumble upon in his quest to find a place to commit suicide - every instinct within me sensed the story was centered around a few Christian principles and teachings.
I loved the story which, despite the subject matter, was entertaining. I enjoyed the author's sense of humor which shone through his character, especially when we were privy to his thoughts.
I especially enjoyed one of the themes I took away from The Accidental Healer - that one gains his life when he is willing to lose it, when a man is willing to lay down his life for his family and friends.
I won't tell you anything else, for fear of spoiling the story for you. I want you to decide for yourself what the story means to you. However, I will tell you that, after searching Amazon (just now), I was surprised to see "Horror - Occult" listed among the categories because I would never categorize this book as such.
If you would like to learn more about the book, please visit its page on Amazon.
I've read other titles during February, 2015, but these two titles are the ones which stood out. These are the stories that, if I could twist your arms and elbows and force you to buy them, I would - but let's hope it doesn't come to that. :)
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