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Monday, June 14, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Ablaze Author: M. Liz Boyle On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book:  Ablaze

Author: M. Liz Boyle

Genre: Christian YA

Release date: February 25, 2021

This summer the Stanley sisters and the Miles boys are excited to hike together again, and now they have the unique opportunity to help two of their ranger friends with an outdoor program in the beautiful Montana mountains.

Marlee has always considered herself a willing follower. Give her a direction and she’s happy to help. Her older sister Ellie is a natural leader, and Marlee is content in her role as assistant.

Marlee and her sisters have been assigned to help with Ranger Rose’s team, and they are savoring the adventure. But in a heartbeat while the group is divided by a few hundred feet, fire breaks out between Ranger Rose and Marlee’s group. In this enthralling finale to the Off the Itinerary series, Marlee must face her fears with courage that only God can provide.


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About the Author

Liz is the author of the Off the Itinerary series, the wife of a professional tree climber, and the homeschooling mom of three energetic and laundry-producing children. Liz once spent a summer in Colorado teaching rock climbing, which she believes was a fantastic way to make money and memories. She resides with her family in Wisconsin, where they enjoy hiking and rock climbing. Liz and her husband have also backpacked in Colorado and the Grand Canyon, which have provided inspiration for her writing. She makes adventurous stories to encourage others to find adventures and expand their comfort zones (though admittedly, she still needs lots of practice expanding her own comfort zone).


More from Liz

After sending my five teenage characters through an avalanche and subjecting them to a lunatic with handcuffs (during a flash flood), I decided that a wildfire was the next disaster they should endure. From a plot perspective, a wildfire allows for much excitement; but I especially love the character refinement that takes place as my cast faces this natural disaster in the finale to my Off the Itinerary series. I hope your family will find encouraging entertainment in Ablaze.

My Thoughts

Ablaze is a Christian young adult book that is written by M. Liz Boyle. This is book three in the Off the Itinerary series. I have read the 2nd book, but not the first one. I read this with my 10 year old son. This book is geared toward young adult ages 12 and up. This group of friends has gone through a lot together - and this time they are out for a hike. Should be safe after the last ordeal. It has been a year since they were chased by the lunatic (book 2). They decide to go back to Montana and go on another hike. 

This book focuses on Marlee. She wants to be a leader, but is scared to do so. However, true to the bad luck that seems to follow our group, they are separated from the Ranger Rose and Marlee finds herself having to navigate through a wild fire. Marlee really has to step up to get everyone out safely. 

While I did not read book one, I love the character growth between books 2 and 3. Marlee has matured and grown. I love that the author introduced an emergency (allergic reaction) for our characters to grow and learn with. My 10 year old enjoyed learning about the various nature facts that have been dropped in here. He said he learned a lot about forest fires. 

I am sad to see the series end. The author has a gift of writing with a target audience, but wrote so that adults can enjoy the story too. 

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

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Texas Book-aholic, June 6

Remembrancy, June 7

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 8

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 8

Inklings and notions, June 9

For Him and My Family, June 10

deb’s Book Review, June 11

Rebecca Tews, June 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 13

For the Love of Literature, June 14

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 15

Mary Hake, June 15

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 17


To celebrate her tour, M. Liz is giving away the grand prize of a signed copy of Ablaze and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. I've told my daughter about this series and she is going to read it!

  2. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

  3. Your review made my day :) I love when parents and kids can share my books. Thank you for reading Ablaze!