Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Review: Rooms by James L. Rubart

Rooms: A NovelTitle: Rooms
Author: James L. Rubart
Pages: 400
ISBN: 0805448888
Source: Netgalley

On a rainy spring day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, twenty-five-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning brand new nine-thousand square foot house. And after meeting Sarah Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the beach every weekend.
When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him into an astonishing new destiny.


This book was a shocker to me. Shocker in a way that the book was not what I thought it was. It was intriguing, it included a mysterious cover, it had a captivating plot. Like some people, I downloaded this book by mistake because I was thinking of Room by Donoghue but it was not a total waste of time to read the book.

The book talks about Micah who lost faith growing and living life and gaining it back again through a journey set in a mysterious house given by a relative who died. With the first few chapters, you will instantly get hooked but as you read through, the story gets draggy and boring. I enjoy Christian fiction and I often love reading the genre but this book was not holding my attention. I initially picked up this book 2 weeks ago and I just finished it now which is rather long for my reading habit.

The book gave me mixed emotions. Rooms is indeed spiritual and mysterious yet the cover conveyed a thriller to readers. Sometimes I really don't get the ideas in the book yet it makes sense, which is weird by itself right? If you don't have an open mind, steer away from the book. If you have short attention span, do that as well. But in my opinion, the book deserves the chance to be read. Though the book isn't for everybody, it's worth the time.

Over all, the book is a middle read. Not too good and not bad at all. Mediocre

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