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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dark Eden


Bookworm's Ranking - 1 Worms
Storyline - On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say—and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return. But young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will abandon the old ways, venture into the Dark…and discover the truth about their world. (Copied from Goodreads.com)
 
Author - Chris Beckett
 
Publisher - Broadway Books
 
Age Group - 17 and up
 
Content - *May Contain Spoilers* When others didn't think or agree with the main character, he would ruminate how they are simple minded. Everyone seemed to have a problem with everyone else if they didn't agree with how they think things should be done or people behave. A physical romantic scene between a fifteen year old and a woman with several children. The protagonist risked his life to save another.
 
Personal Opinion - I didn't make it past the fifth chapter. My main issue with the story was the "slip" scene, fairly detailed, between a fifteen year old and older woman. For being what I thought a young adult book, this was unnecessary. Morally, I had a problem with this and is what caused me to stop reading the book (that and, according to other reviews by those who did finish the book, it sounded like there were going to be more of these scenes). Because I stopped reading the book, I have no idea what the author was trying to say about this stuff and might have had a good message about the whole "slip" thing but how it was going about the point was completely unnecessary. Before you think I'm just a prude, this is not the only reason I was frustrated with this book. For the first several pages, there was no description even though events were happening so it was hard to picture. Not only that, everything had different names than I am use to because it was a different planet so it was  confusing. The new language techniques, which I would have appreciated if it had been toned back a bit, were over used to the point they just became annoying instead of creative. The cover was very well done and represented well how the trees were suppose to give off light as well as the animals which I think sounds really cool. Having the characters reminiscent of caveman was fun and unusual. I am sorry I wasted mine, the author's, and publisher's time, though. This just teaches me once again I should research a book a little more before taking it.
 
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Disclaimer - In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from the publisher through Blogging for Books.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Knight of Eldaran: The Traitor's Heir

"Every Man has a Destiny.
His is to Betray."
 
Bookworm's Ranking - 4 Worms
 
Storyline - Eamon Goodman has dreamed of becoming a member of the Gauntlet for years. But, when he makes his oath to the Master, something isn't right. Something is speaking to him and making him do things he is shocked at. When his life is turned upside down and meets another who seems to stand for what he believes in, Eamon must make a choice. Serve this over thrown King and betray his Master or betray this King, once a friend, and keep the oath he has made?

Author - Anna Thayer

Publisher - Kregel Publisher

Age Group - 16 and up
 
Content - *May Contain Spoilers* Several characters put themselves in harms way to protect another and desire to do what is right even though they question sometimes what that path is. A man attacks a woman but is not detailed. A few English swear words and some intense fighting scenes.

Personal Opinion - The cover made me first become intrigued with this book as well as the premise of trying to discover what side is right. It is not like some Christian fantasy books that make it really obvious and almost too easy for the character to choose the right side. Instead, Eamon's struggle is clear and well presented for both sides. It might seem obvious which side he should choose but, at the same time, the debate is real and the reasoning is understandable. The characters as so well created and so is the world that it seems like a real world. Just when it seems the story might be slowing down and getting too much detail of regular life, new information is revealed and adds new mystery to the story and characters. There were several scenes that surprised and shocked Eamon which didn't seem to make sense because they happened in broad daylight and in front of witnesses so I would have assumed that he had known this before. Also, a handful of scenes that made the characters seem like they were in high school instead of adults that didn't seem to fit. None the least, those who love C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and Jill Williamson's Blood of Kings will proudly include this new fantasy to their bookshelf.

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Special Notes - Book 2, The King's Hand - Coming Soon

Disclaimer - In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from Kregel Publishing.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Yawning at Tigers

"You Can't Tame God,
So Stop Trying"
Bookworm's Ranking - 5 Worms
About - We often talk about God's loving kindness, mercy, and companionship. Yet, in making God a buddy, we tend to bring God down to our own understanding, taming the tiger that He is. Beautiful and majestic yet capable of being ferocious and dangerous. With detailed sources from the Bible as well as scholars, Drew Dyck takes readers though an adventure of seeing both sides of this loving yet dangerous God that we call Abba, follow, and love.

Author - Drew Nathan Dyck

Publisher - Thomas Nelson

Age Group - 17 and up

Personal Opinion - The premise of this book, that we shrink God down to a size we understand thus remove his awesomeness, hit home because it is something not only have I done but have seen in similar instances that Dyck cited. I loved how he used personal and media stories to introduce the topic of each chapter, bring it home, and the quotes he used to support his points. I also love that, despite this book is about not shrinking God to being your best bud but also seeing his wonder and power, it was not fire and brimstone either but brought back to the contradiction, near and fare, merciful but just, loving and wrathful, He has always been. This book was true to life and made me think of God in a new way but not contradictory to my faith. Instead, renewed the view of him. One thing I wish this book had done more was give ideas of how to renew that image and relationship with God. It mostly brought an awareness of what was happening but maybe that is a good start to changing how we approach and treat our Lord.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Frames: 20 and Something

"27% of Young Adults 
Have Clear Goals
for the Next 5 Years"

Bookworm's Ranking - 4 Worms
 
About - Today, 20+ year olds are coming of age in a world different from their parents. As they complete their education and find their way in the world, their thoughts and feeling of the world abound. In 20 and Something, research is gathered to give insight into this group of people; how they see the world, value their education, and feel about their faith. This ever changing world will have to be ready for these different humans who are entering, and planning to change, everything around them. Watch out for their hope, determination, and dreams.

Author - David H. Kim

Publisher - Barna Group: Zondervan

Age Group - 18 and up

Personal Opinion - I found this book interesting because I am 20 and something. The research and numbers sometimes surprised me while others it was what I expected. I especially liked the interpretation of the results like we are dreamers who want to make the world a better place and have hope despite the mistrust of organizations. It was written almost like a textbook (but more interesting) and the colorful diagrams helped illustrate the results of the research on this demographic. I could also see, from experience, that these results hit close to the mark and gave me hope for the future of this group. Honestly, though, it was the conclusion that I was disappointed in. I also believe that Jesus and the Church is important for your life but the rest of the book had been objective and the argument for needing God was personal experience and reasoning with no numbers. It almost seemed preachy with no research to back up what it was saying unlike the rest of the book's reasoning. Still, I believe God is important to someone's life and He gives meaning and this world needs it, but the book didn't build well to that and almost seemed like a slap in the face with no real suggestions on how to bring God in our lives. Besides the ending needing to be stronger, the thinking and believes of 20+ are something I have seen within my generation.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wars of the Realm: Cloak of the Light

"Drew is Caught
in a World of Light -
Just Inches Away from Dark."
Bookworm's Ranking - 3 Worms
Storyline - Drew and his mother has suffered terrible afflictions all his life. Death almost seems to be just a step behind him. Then, one day, he suffers a terrible accident and goes blind. When miraculously his sight returns, he begins seeing people, or invaders, that no one else seems to see. The invaders seem interested in humans, but why? Drew has to figure that out with his friend Ben, who is missing, all the while trying to not get caught by the invaders or to reveal that he sees them, as well as learn is God is real, or just a myth.

Author - Chuck Black

Publisher - Multnomah Books

Age Group - 17 and up

Content - *May Contain Spoilers* Two deadly car accidents and several snering Invaders are featured through out the novel as well as one kid and a couple girls almost getting attacked.
A school shooting takes place. Drew doesn't believe in God but in interested in a girl who does. Characters try to look out for each other even if it means getting themselves in danger. 

Personal Opinion - I read Chuck Black's Kingdom Series years ago and it was really good. In Cloak of the Light, I like how Black developed his character and gave him a history of trouble and struggle to make him believable. Drew's trials help the reader identify with him and his experiences which showed him be a good person who made mistakes and bad things happen to. The Invaders were well portrayed to in how they influenced people or tried to strike out at them. Yet, I had trouble finding this book as a whole interesting because of how long it took. Drew's high school experience had to completely be depicted even though the catalyst event didn't happen until he was in college, one hundred pages into the book. Lastly, I was a little disappointed on how the issue of not believing in God was handled making Drew's reasons for disbelief make him look like he was stupid (Drew's disbelief wasn't brought up until he was in college either). I didn't feel that it was portrayed well and, if I had given this book to someone who didn't believe in God, they would have been insulted by how their view point was displayed. Cloak of the Light does hold promise, though, because the pace picked up speed halfway through and Drew is a good person who wants to protect others and fights for those who cannot.

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Special Notes - This author previously wrote The Kingdom Series which I recommend.

Disclaimer - In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Working on Reading

So frustrated!

I have been such a bad reader this semester. One, I haven't read too many books that have interested me and, two, I just haven't had much time to read because of school. So, I have not been taking care of this blog like I would like. But, I am reading some good books so here are my impressions so far on them:

Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel: Good storyline but a little slow. Also, this is in first person where as the second book, Serpent of Moses, which I read first, was in third so that is new.

Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney: A funny autobiography of a woman's journey of the dating world and not getting a boyfriend. I find this funny and witty and at times kind of sacrilegious on some religious aspects. Release date: January 14, 2014

And, I'm looking forward to read:

Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black: I read this author's Kingdom series which were good (read them if you are interested). So, this should be a good book as well. Release date: March 18, 2014

So, no definitive opinion on these books but I have high hopes. Some other good books are becoming available soon so I hope to get my reading back on track. But all of you keep reading and, if you have any recommendations, let me know. Thanks.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Grab Bag Giveaway

Hey Everyone!

So sorry about not posting for so long. Life has been crazy and I haven't had much time to read or write reviews. But, I decided to hold a giveaway to do a little house cleaning of some of the books I've gathered for giveaways or some I'm just okay with not owning anymore. So, this is how it works. I have five iteams to giveaway. They are:


1. CIAO by Melody Carlson (ARC Copy)
2. Swipe by Evan Angler
3. If We Survive by Andrew Klavan
4. Merlin's Importals (Books 1 and 2) by Sigumond Brouwer
5. The Youngest Templar (Books 1 and 2) by Michael P. Spradlin

Some good books, right? Anyways, there will be five winners (one prize per person) and they will be random. To enter, just use the Rafflecoptor below by answer the question in the comment tab in the comment section below and any other sections that you want. There will be five winners. Now, each book has been assigned a number (not in the order above) and will be given to the corisponding winner. The funny part... The winner won't know what they have won until I email them to get their address. Fun, right? So, enter and I hope to get a book read soon.

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