Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Stories of the Night by Lauren Smyth, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Stories of the Night
Author: Lauren Smyth
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: July 1, 2019
Genre: YA Suspense
Alisen, a teenage girl, is routinely awakened by the same terrifying dream.
The nightmare gets more detailed and longer every night, but the terror remains the same. She tries to dismiss it as something she ate, or maybe a book she read, but then she meets Kale.
Kale is having the same nightmares.
Believing there must be a deeper meaning, Alisen and Kale delve into politics and biblical prophecy. Together, they discover that everything in their dreams has a counterpart in real life, which leads them to believe that something terrible is coming. Is there any way avoid this catastrophe and save thousands of lives? Or will their worst dreams come true? They must choose whether to turn to God or to each other to save them from the very end of the world.
Stories of the Night combines political intrigue, biblical prophecy, and military adventure into a suspenseful story that leaves the reader with the choice of where to place their ultimate hope.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lauren Smyth is a sixteen-year-old homeschooler with a passion for writing, acting, and music. As the daughter of an Air Force fighter pilot and university professor, she has lived in many places across the United States and Europe, from which she gained her love of travel and foreign languages. She currently lives in Ohio with her parents and her two cats.
It has been a while since I read an end-times book. Stories of the Night is an end times book for teens. There are many interesting parts to this book, not the least of which is the parallels to today’s society. Lauren Smyth has obviously done her research when it comes to the political climate and possible interpretations of Biblical end times prophecies. She doesn’t pull any punches when discussing the differences between the Democratic and Republican Parties.There will be those who read this book and proclaim – It couldn’t happen in America. But if we honestly look at our country, we may have to admit, It could.
While prophetic dreams are a part of the story, I was disappointed that those who had the dreams did not readily recognize the events as they occurred even though they were almost verbatim from the dreams. Also, I’m not sure the final chapter was needed as part of the plot. I think the book probably could have been a little better edited.
Lauren Smyth is a teen author and Stories of the Night is her first novel. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
I would not hesitate to add Stories of the Night to my K-12 Christian School library. I believe it to be appropriate for middle school and above, maybe even some fifth graders.
I want to thank JustRead Tours for the complimentary e-copy of Stories of the Night.
(1) winner will receive a signed print copy (US only)
plus (1) additional winner will receive an ebook
Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight July 8, 2019 and last through 11:59 PM EST on July 15, 2019. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print US only. Ebook available internationally.
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