{Book Review} Speaker by Jennifer Tubbiolo

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{Book Review} Speaker by Jennifer TubbioloSpeaker by Jennifer Tubbiolo
Published by Relevant Pages Press on October 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
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Only a few weeks ago, Asher Haynes‘s crazy headmaster tried to kill him just because of a dream he'd had. As if that weren’t enough excitement for his junior year, he’s had another dream. This time, the dream warns him that the army of the Dark Prince has closed the gates connecting Heaven and Earth, locking out Heaven’s warriors.
Without the warriors, evil threatens to overcome the earth.

A Category 3 hurricane is approaching, Luke and Drew, their warrior protectors, are nowhere to be found, and they’re being stalked by putrid demons at every turn. Can Asher and his friend, Maclaine, find a way to open the ancient gate on Narthex Academy’s campus and so Heaven’s warriors can defend the world?

Asher Haynes didn’t think his junior year could get much more exciting—his teacher did try to kill him. Now Archer is having more dreams, and this time it’s about the Dark Prince closing the gates of Heaven and trapping Heaven’s warriors out, creating a world where darkness rules. With a Category 3 hurricane quickly arriving, Asher can’t count on the protection of Luke and Drew, and demons are attacking him every time he turns around. It’s up to Asher and Maclaine to open the gate at Narthex Academy and save the world. No big deal, right?

Ah, the South. Unless you live in it, you really can’t appreciate its charm. Oh wait—you can! All you have to do is pick up one of Jennifer Tubbiolo’s books. Seriously, she does South Carolina justice and adds a little paranormal flare that could keep even the most reluctant reader interested. I feel like I need to make a trip to Mount Pleasant every time I read about Asher’s adventures and carry my books with me. Beach read, mountain read, rainy day read—I suggest these.

I enjoyed Dreamer so much, and it even made it onto my list of favorite books of the year (yes, I plan ahead). Speaker did have a little bit of a slower start for me, but I got to see more of Jackson in this installment. Asher’s best friend didn’t have as big of a presence in the first book because they had just met, but he was one of my favorite characters in Speaker! I can’t wait to finish the novella and learn more about him, as well as get my hands on a copy of the third book to see how she concludes the series.

Where were these boys when I was in high school? Seriously, were they all hiding in an elite academy in the low state? Nevertheless, I particularly like that all the books are in Asher’s point of view and that the hero easily makes a difficult situation light-hearted and enjoyable without negating the seriousness of what is taking place. Asher continued to be a great leader in Speaker, but he wasn’t afraid to take criticism from those trying to help him. That being said, the new addition, Tahani, added even more girl power to the story, as if Maclaine hadn’t already raised the bar.

If you ever can get to one of Jennifer Tubbiolo’s book signings, I highly suggest it. Tubbiolo combines Christian fiction with a hint of paranormal that ceases to amaze me. I have no doubt that these books will create their own spot on bookshelves everywhere.

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