Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Book Review: Wolfsbane + GIVEAWAY

Ladies and gentlemen, I now present you with my book review for my most anticipated book release of 2011.  This book is #3 in the Discarded Heroes series, by Ronie Kendig, and if you recall my review of book #2, Digitalis, you know that there was quite the expectation that this one needed to live up to.  So, let's get on with it, shall we?

Wolfsbane (Discarded Heroes #3)

by Ronie Kendig
Published July 2011
Barbour Publishing, Inc.
320 pages
ISBN: 1602607842

From the Publisher:
Embark upon a danger-laden mission within the pages of Ronie Kendig's riveting Wolfsbane. Demolitions expert Danielle Roark thought escaping from a brutal Venezuelan general was a challenge. Now she's charged with espionage and returned to the jungle where a new nightmare begins. Will Dani survive or become just another political pawn destined to be lost forever? Former Green Beret Canyon Metcalfe is disgusted with the suits on Capitol Hill. Still wrestling with the memories of a mission gone bad, he and Nightshade launch a mission to find Dani. Can Canyon rescue Dani, armed with nothing but raw courage?

My Review:
Wow!  That seems to be what I say whenever I finish one of Ronie Kendig's books.  I'm not even sure where to begin this one...but simply put: this book ROCKED my world!  Ronie continues to amaze me with her depth of characters and plot, her heartfelt writing and her ever present message of faith.  She just keeps getting better and better.

In the previous books, Canyon is known as "the quiet and easy-going one", yet there were so many things that caught me by surprise in this book as we get to know him.  My favorite scene is when the Nightshade team has returned from their failed mission.  Canyon is in the hospital and he realizes that Dani isn’t with them.  He’s struggling to overcome his addiction, he’s riddled with guilt and he basically goes crazy.  He starts a fight with Max (never a good idea) and breaks down in tears with the weight of the world on his shoulders.  The emotion in this book was off the charts!  Ronie has a talent for making her heroes SO, SO flawed and SO real, yet in the end, they always realize that God is in control and loves them. 

Ronie possesses the unique skill of capturing the readers attention and provided a vivid background.  I adore how she can transport the reader from a family get-together in the backyard, to being stuck in a Hummer during a mudslide in Venezula, to a secluded hotel room and even to a tense court room hearing.   I really feel like I’m there and apart of the story.  Plus, probably what I loved most about this book is that her characters deal with “real” issues and make “real” mistakes.  This isn’t your typical walk-in-the-park,  boy-meets-girl/they-fall-in-love, Christian Fiction.  This book brings up suicide, sex slavery, addiction and premarital sex.  That's raising the bar, and Ronie nailed it!

After Digitalis, I didn’t think this would happen…but Wolfsbane is my new favorite of the series!  I highly recommend it.  Go out and buy this book now.  Or if you live near me, come over and I’ll let you borrow it!  January 2012 cannot get here quick enough and I can’t even being to imagine how awesome Firethorn is going to be.  Many thanks to Ronie Kendig for providing me with a signed copy of this book (I won a giveaway!  Whoop, whoop!)  Sara’s Rating: 6 out of 5 stars…yea, this one was that good too!

I was extremely lucky to win the whole Discarded Heroes series by Ronie Kendig; however, I already owned copies of Nightshade and Digitalis, so....I've decided to give them away!!  I’ll be randomly selecting one lucky reader to win these two fabulous books.  Here's what you need to do!

To enter (main entry) -
Leave a comment telling me why you love Ronie Kendig's books or if you haven't read any yet, why you are looking forward to reading them. Don't forget to include your email address!

For ONE bonus entry - Head over to Twitter and tweet the following statement:
"@saraboff is giving away copies of @roniekendig's Nightshade & Digitalis and I want to win!
Then, leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

For ONE more bonus entry -
Head over to Ronie's website,, and leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing about it is!  It could be anything - the blog, the font, her bio - anything.  I personally like the different page titles, but let me know what you think is cool.

Good luck!

**Contest closes for entries July 16, 2011, 11:59pm PST. Winner will be chosen using on July 17 and notified via the email address left in their comment. If I do not hear back from the winner after 48 hours, another name will be drawn....cause if you snooze, you lose!


Joy Tamsin David said...

I see this was a perfect time for me to delurk and leave a comment! Can you believe I've never read a Ronie Kendig book? I would love to win this giveaway because the book club is reading Digitalis next month!

I'm going to tweet this for an extra entry.

Juju at Tales of said...
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Juju at Tales of said...

Can you believe I've never tried her work before?