Ralene Burke


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Smashwords book reviews by Ralene Burke

  • Winter on June 28, 2011

    I love it when I have the opportunity to read and review a novel that is in the same genre as what I write. Suspense is great—supernatural suspense is better! I love seeing the other side of our God, the side that challenges us as humans, that goes beyond what we can rationalize, the part that pushes our faith to the next limit…and then catapults it way beyond. And that’s exactly what Keven Newsome’s new release does. Plot: 5 stars Winter is an exciting, thought-provoking, anxiety-ridden thrill ride. In addition to the jam-packed suspense and “coming of age” drama, this story addresses many issues facing our world and the Christian philosophy today. From Spiritual Gifts to alternative lifestyles to the struggles of faith, Keven brings these issues to the forefront at a small Christian university. Characters: 4 Although the plot was phenomenal, it was Winter’s character that kept me captivated. She is such a unique character, and so well written that I experienced everything right along with her. And even though she is so different (I mean, how many Goth Christians do you know?), when it comes down to it, she is very relatable. The secondary characters weren’t quite as well developed (I even think there were one or two unnecessary ones), they were still pretty interesting. Writing Style: 5 Keven’s novel was easy to read, fun to follow, and I just couldn’t put it down. It took me only 2 days to finish it. His voice is fresh and unique. His take on life and Christianity is apparent in his story. Winter’s voice leaps off the page and knocks you upside the head (as you could tell if you read her post last Thursday). Overall, Winter is an exciting read that raises many questions and provides us with insight into a different lifestyle that we may not be acquainted with. It definitely lends credence to Spiritual Gifts and God’s calling/guidance in our lives. Pay attention to that still, small voice. Our lives are much more difficult without it!