Book Review: Parallel Worlds by Wynne Stevens

410ZlnXsMwL._SY346_Synopsis: Is our world unique? Many scientists theorize that there are worlds just like our own in other dimensions of time and space. We are not one-of-a-kind individuals. Copies of ourselves exist in these parallel worlds living lives virtually identical to our own. Were we able to travel across the Universe, could we observe ourselves as we live in these parallel worlds?

This story is about one young man who is given the opportunity to “visit himself” and discover how his life might have been under different circumstances. Here in this other world he finds himself as a demented and broken old man, waiting to die after a meaningless and wasted life. It is a shocking discovery. The young man undertakes the responsibility of giving the old man purpose so that he may know love one more time.

Review: Parallel Worlds by Wynne Stevens was an unexpected pleasure to read. It was reminiscent of everything that I loved about The Notebook, yet having its own flare and uniqueness. The narrative starts with our perception of reality and interpretation of that reality. It’s a brief introduction used as a segue into the essence of this wonderfully woven story.

Parallel Worlds is a story of acceptance, love, betrayal, faith, humility, sacrifice, and redemption. It’s a journey to save one soul while simultaneously allowing that positive energy to encompass another’s reality or existence. “Three Seconds” can be a lifetime, depending on what you do with them.

I loved the concept of God used throughout Parallel Worlds. It wasn’t presented in a “preachy” manner, but flowed eloquently, interwoven into the plot to move the narrative forward. I also enjoy the explanation of a Soul Mate, and how allowing yourself to truly merge with one created for you can strengthen and enhance all that you are. Albeit, rejecting that merging of spirit can have detrimental consequences. Just as choosing a path of corruption and greed can send you spiraling down a imperceptible decline of moral turpitude and destruction.

The storytelling from the demented mind of Jason was compelling and extremely touching. It truly caused me to feel for the character as he suffered through his trauma and past mistakes. However, there can always be redemption if you know where to look, and accept it when it’s offered. Emilee’s naivety and loss, made her the perfect counterpart for Jason Abrahms. And their relationship and bond was heartening.

I will definitely be reading more from Wynne Stevens.

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Book Review: Voices in Crystal by Mary Woldering

51gsH52FsyLSynopsis: When Marai, a shepherd living at the foot of Mt. Sinai in the third millennium BC, sings to his goddess one night, he sees a falling star. Tracking it, he discovers a strange vessel containing crystalline entities resembling earthly stones and gems: the Children of Stone. The Children delight in this simple shepherd and his songs of love.

They ask him to host their intelligence; to bring them to the sages and priests who have spent their lives seeking the wisdom of the stars. When he agrees, he is transformed into a godlike being. Still a passionate shepherd at heart, Marai gathers others, like lambs to his fold. His journey to the wise men of ancient Kemet won’t be easy. Things hidden, that wait in darkness, are always there.

Children of Stone Book 1 – Voices in Crystal begins Marai’s journey toward wisdom. Blending history, ancient literature, mythology, classic archetypes, and personal inspiration, Woldering takes the reader on a speculative and emotional journey through the ancient world, and worlds beyond. Marai and his companions, through the help of the Children of Stone, find themselves walking into, and becoming part of ancient legends.

“Years ago, when I began to study mythology, writes the author, it occurred to me that the gods and goddesses never seemed divine. They acted like super-talented people full of very human passions and shortcomings, appearing in different legends like threads woven into the tapestry of time and culture. This series is the story of some of these ‘gods’.”

Review: Children of Stone Book 1 by Mary Woldering is a well-crafted and detailed story encompassing several genres and epochs seamlessly. Author Woldering has an exceptional expression of prose, delivering an almost lyrically impassioned style interwoven with a dense multi-layered plot.

Marai is but one of the fascinating multi-dimensional characters that you will love. Woldering draws upon aspects of histories, ancient cultures, and religious ideologies while inserting moral lessons and challenges that cause you to not only think, but that pull you deeper into this story until you are lost in her fantastical creation.

Highly recommended. This is not only an Epic Fantasy, it is a wondrous story that magically crosses and merges genre lines with seamless perfection. I have ordered the next book in the series.