Review of The Inventor’s Secret

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What if America did not win the Revolutionary war? In a steampunk version of the year 1816, 88 years after the revolt began Charlotte and her friends live in an cavern waiting for the day that they too will be old enough to join the resistance. Everything is going as usual until the day that Charlotte brings to the Catacombs a boy with amnesia who they call Grave. Plans begin to take shape and the main characters are thrust out of their hiding into the cultured world outside.

This novel, The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Creamer, is absolutely amazing. This is the first steampunk book that I have read and I loved it from start to finish. Andrea Cremer builds an extravagant world of unusual machines, and cultured society in a way that it feels real.

 She could just make out the shape of the Pisces’s smaller side fins and massive tail. the entire submersible was covered in hammered metal scales that shifted from bright gold to onyx as they opened and closed, channeling water that would help power the vessel.

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Andrea Creamer also designs amazing machines from the Pisces, a large fish shaped submarine, to the floating city of New York is imaginative and fun. Even the weapons are cool. The Pisces has a large hot water cannon and Charlotte sometimes has her favorite gun POC (Polar Oppositional Carbine), a magnet gun, that she calls pocky.

While all of the machines that Andrea Cremer designs that is not even the best part of the book. I would say that if someone was to read the book they should read it to know the characters. Each and every one of the characters has their own unique qualities. Each and every one of them is lovable. Charlotte is a strong female character who is sarcastic, a great fighter, and determined. She is often angered by her brother, the leader of the Catacombs, Ashley. Ashley is the responsible leader who tries to keep everything under control. Jack, other than grave, is the newest person there and is also pretty sarcastic and often gets on Charlotte’s nerves. Meg is the kind caring mother figure. These are not even all of the characters there is Scoff, Pip, Grave, Birch, Coe, Linnette, Lord Ott and others. All of them feel so real that its amazing.

Grave continued his methodic sorting of parts-for it being his first time, he caught on quickly. “Does anyone think the empire is good?”
“The Brits.” she laughed coldly. “It’s working out beautifully for them.”

As far as the story goes I would say that it is enticing, but also slow at the same time. It takes quite a bit of time to get to where it is going, but it constantly keeps you getting more information. There really isn’t a part of the story where it feels overly dull, but it isn’t the fastest story either. Andrea Creamer does a really good job at milking the romance in this book. A large portion of the action has to do with the romance between Charlotte and Jack. The romance really keeps you wanting to read, and also one really good thing is that there isn’t actually a love triangle in this book. You could kind of say its one, but I didn’t feel anywhere near equally about the second guy.

Overall this is a really good book with lovable characters, an extensive and elaborate world with a somewhat slow plot. I would highly suggest the book with a couple of warnings. First, the book does have some graphic violence during a couple of chapters, including things such as seeing a person’s guts and having large rats practically explode. Second, I would warn about the romantic morals in this book. For people like me who don’t really like unfaithfulness and scenes that could be explicit I would warn that this book does have some of that, but it is not to the point that you couldn’t enjoy the book.

Wonderful Webcomics

I enjoy reading, and many of you do too. While I do like to read books often I have happened to find some great webcomics that I really like as well. I don’t know how I stumbled across these but they are great. Continue reading “Wonderful Webcomics”

The Nightingale Sings No More

He got home late that night. Normally he got home around five or six, but tonight Norman got home from work at eight. Work had run long for him that day, and somewhere between the meetings and the seemingly endless pile of work, he had gotten very frustrated. He came home in a huff, flicked on the T.V. and went to the small kitchen. He fumbled around in the cabinets to find some food with the news humming in the background about all of the horrible things that had happened that day. Continue reading “The Nightingale Sings No More”

Joshua Chapter 7

This chapter in the book of Joshua is a strange one. This chapter is a story of a man who disobeys God and what happens to him.


But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things[a]; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri,[b] the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel. Continue reading “Joshua Chapter 7”

Calling All Mystery Writers (or Sherlock Fans)

So I am a “little bit” of a fan of this one BBC show called Sherlock. I suppose none of you have heard of it before. : ) I mean I often occasionally watch an episode, I most certainly do not have a black coat and a blue scarf that I wear together sometimes and this most certainly is not my current computer screen:My computer screen

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Review of In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey

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From the first pages of In the Time of Dragon Moon you know that this is not set in the real world. With the image of a dragon sweeping over a river and a girl cutting her hair short with a knife readers are brought into a fantastic world of magic, dragons, cultures, and drama.Janet Lee Carey is wonderful at spinning a tale of drama, romance and fun.

This book is quite long but one of the best books I have read. The story is from the point of view of a girl named Uma. She is half English and lives in a tribe of people called the Enuit people. Continue reading “Review of In the Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey”

Signs of New Birth


Today in my quiet time with God I went to my devotional My Utmost for His Highest and today’s bible verse came out of John chapter 3. For some context I included the entire story that it comes from and bolded today’s highlighted verse.


There was a man the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Him at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher, for no one could perform these signs You do unless God were with him.” Continue reading “Signs of New Birth”

New Realms Magazine

Hey, guys. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I was gone for an entire month and then just didn’t get around to it so, sorry. In other news, though, back in May I submitted a short story of mine to New Realms Magazine and just last month it was published! I am really excited. This is the first time I have ever been published. You can buy a copy of the magazine here ==> [New Realm Vol.3 No. 9] for only four dollars! Plus you get a bunch of other great stories too!
Now just a little bit of information about the story. It is called “Of Mystery and Magic.” Brick and Davis are friends who are going home for spring break from the University of Washington when they come across a woman on the side of the road. Brick wants to help her and manages to start driving her to where she wants to go before he realizes the danger he put himself into by helping her. The story has a dose of magic, fun, drama and some comedy (hopefully). I really hope you guys enjoy it!