Friday, July 15, 2011

"Winter" by Keven Newsome Book Review

Genre: Christian Horror

Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 5/5

What’s your spiritual gift?

Winter Maessen’s is prophecy, even if she isn’t the most mature Christian yet.

Winter is a new believer and a new college student attending a small Christian university. God directly told her to go to this school shortly after she was saved because He has a mission for her – to stop a serial killer.

Keven’s writing is natural, his characters realistic, his story intriguing, and his action well-paced. The best part of this book, however, is watching how Winter develops through the course of her young life. Having experienced tragedy and then God’s redemption, Winter shows us exactly how events in our lives can change us and what it means to be a work in progress. I also appreciated the importance Keven places on friendship and looking beneath the surface of things. God knows exactly when we need a friend or two to come alongside us and He knows that our character is shown by more than our appearance.

Whereas this is a perfectly clean, Christian novel, I do have to warn you that it is not a pretty book with a completely happy ending. There is murder, there is gore, there is occult practices, there is rape. As you read and begin to care about the characters, you will find some things happening to them that you didn’t want to happen. This of course makes for a more realistic read, but I’m just letting you know – it will get to you emotionally.

Overall, I’m giving Winter a very hearty recommendation of Excellent and will look forward to the much-needed sequel.

Winter is available from Splashdown Books Darkwater.

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