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.
IN MY OPINION
Stories of the Night is a YA read with several elements—suspense, action, Bible prophesy, military, and speculative/end times. And Lauren Smyth merges them all well into one cohesive plot.
While I enjoyed this story, I couldn’t help but wonder why neither Alisen nor Kale had any sense of at least déjà vu when the events of their dreams seem to be playing out. They mention their dreams at first but don’t try and work out what they were. Another question I have is why, after so much determination to research everything she could about the dreams, she then just drops them and continues with her life. Although, admittedly, it has been more than a couple decades since I was a teenager.
This YA read will introduce a new generation (one post the Left Behind series) to end times prophecy in an informative, intriguing, and engaging way. And the fact that Lauren Smyth is sixteen (yeah, you read that right: SIXTEEN) means she’s an author we’ll definitely want to keep an eye on.
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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.
(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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