CBTT’s Top 10 Fiction Picks of 2019

Author Glenn JPEGWe added twenty-two new reviews in 2019, bringing our single book review total to 202.  Many of the books reviewed are part of series, meaning there are over 705 books by 131 CBTT-recommended authors for readers to explore. Most of our top picks for 2019 were published in the last two years.

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God's Crime Scene for Kids book cover10. God’s Crime Scene for Kids 5-Stars

by J. Warner Wallace

Target Audience: Boys, Ages 8-12

This is a real jewel for kids in this age range and up which will entertain their spirit and challenge their minds. Bonus, the author created a Kids Academy that “… provides FREE videos, fill-in sheets, activities and parent guides for each chapter. Your kids can even earn a graduation certificate for all three academy courses. Learn more at CaseMakersAcademy.com!”

2017, David C. Cook

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enemy book cover9. Enemy (The Eli Diaries, Book 10) 5-Stars

by Shawn Hopkins

Target Audience: Boys, Ages 12-18

Shawn Hopkins continues the Eli Diaries providing a fast-moving action, suspense and great insight into human nature both today and 2000 years ago. Enemy explores the power of the gospel and Eli’s unwavering willingness to forgive even the worst of people. At 89 pages this novella makes a quick, enjoyable and stand-alone read.

2018, Amaris Media

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rumor of a werewolf book cover8. Rumor of a Werewolf (Monster Mysteries, Book 4) 

by Eddie Jones

Target Audience: Boys, Ages 12-18

Rumor of a Werewolf continues fifteen-year-old Nick Caden’s adventures as a cyber detective. With nice action and pace, this mystery keeps you guessing and Nick is a fun, if somewhat nerdy character with whom to take an adventure.

2019, Illuminate YA Fiction

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launch book cover7. Launch (Rise of the Anointed, Book 1) 

by Jason C. Joyner

Target Audience: Boys, Ages 12-18

Launch is a snappy paranormal that brings people with extraordinary Biblical gifts into the 21st-century. The nice character development and imaginative plot make this a great page-turner as well as a stimulating spiritual challenge.

2018, Little Lamb Books

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6. Twisted (Roped, Book 2)

by DiAne N. Gates

Target Audience: Girls, Ages 8-11

With high action and mystery, flavored with a little first crush, Twisted grabs your attention and keeps it through the very last page. This is a fun read for teens and tweens that also features a high level of spirituality woven into the plot. Crissy learns about courage, controlling her temper, honesty, forgiveness and above all, faith in book 2 of the Roped Series.

2017, Prism Books

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showtime book cover5. Showtime (The Eli Diaries, Book 8) 5-Stars

by Krista McGee

Target Audience: Girls, Ages 11-18

Martha, a deeply injured, perfectionist high school senior has some tough choices to make when her world is turned upside down by her classmate, Eli. Now she must search her heart and face issues of faith, love and true significance. This novella is another stimulating read in this series.

2018, Amaris Media

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with the tide book cover4. With the Tide (The Eli Diaries, Book 9) 5-Stars

by Melody Carlson

Target Audience: Girls, Ages 11-18

Maggie, from the Eli Diaries, continues to evolve in Melody Carlson’s fascinating study of a high school bad girl trying to change her reputation and the trajectory of her life.

2018, Amaris Media

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The Line Between book cover3. The Line Between 

by Tosca Lee

Target Audience: Mature Readers

A riveting thriller, well-crafted, fast-paced and terrifyingly realistic. The story shifts back-and-forth from a child to a teen to a 22-year-old running for her life. It is a story of survival, love, and faith in a dystopian world that is easily within our immediate reach.

2019, Howard Books

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Logic's End book cover2. Logic’s End (The Origins Trilogy, Book 1) 

by Keith A. Robinson

Target Audience: Mature Readers

Rebecca joins a team of astronauts rocketing to planet 2021 PK in search of life. During her sojourn, Rebecca, an ardent atheist, has her faith in evolution shaken to its foundation. Excellent sci-fi with a compelling plot and fantastical characters. It also reveals in a winsome-way the bankruptcy of macroevolution as a theory and the shocking alternative.

2018, Keith A. Robinson

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1. The Eli Diaries (The Eli Diaries, Book 1) 5-Stars

by Bill Myers, Melody Carlson et al.

Target Audience: Mature Readers

In this spiritual speculative, Jesus (Eli) comes to earth in an alternative universe in the equivalent 21st-century where he attends a local California high school. This volume chronicles five characters as they interact with Eli the Messiah beginning with Satan, Maggie a.k.a. Mary Magdalene, Jude a.k.a. Judas Iscariot, Thomas, Peter, and Martha. This is one read you will not want to miss.

2018, Amaris Media

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