Allens first book "Legend of the Jewel", was just a set up to wet your appetite. This book made me drool. Within it's pages lies intrigue, murder,touc...moreAllens first book "Legend of the Jewel", was just a set up to wet your appetite. This book made me drool. Within it's pages lies intrigue, murder,touch of romance, plotting,whit, legend, jealousy, mummies, secrets, and a disgraced daughter? Is she, or isn't she? Allen writes a tale that I have never see coming! With all of my experience with books and analyzing them I usually know what is coming. But this one was such a sweet surprise. So far only Allen could weave such a master story.
She writs in a language that is formal, in which is appropriate for the time that is set in. Some characters are stronger then others. I would like to see The French mans character play a bigger role, the same with Phillip and Sally. I didn't feel that their characters are as strong developed as I'd like them to be. Still, I have loved the characters in the books. I hated the ones that you are supposed to hate and loved the rest. Now much is expected for the next book.(less)
This took me along time to read, only because I am experiencing my own drama. I still loved this book. You can see his growth within these pages. It i...moreThis took me along time to read, only because I am experiencing my own drama. I still loved this book. You can see his growth within these pages. It is a emotional book.
A friend of mine said after she read the book she looked at the world around her differently.
Not only he talked about what it is like living with a half a heart, but also the death of his brother. I can relate to his phrase called:
"The Waiting Psychosis" a- state of peril in social standstill b- lack of progression. Nothing moving forward until a concluding event.
Cardall, himself gives lots of advice on how to get through some dark times. He admits to falling into depression. We all do that in sometime in our lives. Cardall tells some amazing ways to combat depression, even when you are limited in what you can do. One thing I have learned from Cardall, is that you always need to focus on the positive side of everything. One very positive side is you are always in Gods hands, nobody can take that from you. The other positive side is, God is always in control, it is always in His time frame. Even When things feel out of control, and we want it now.
I hate the waiting game. I have decided that if the waiting game was a Olympic event my family and I would have a great chance of getting GOLD. I have always been told to be patient. My conclusion is that, I must not be a very patient girl, but when you are experiencing something intense for 8 years and counting, you want it over now, you don't want to hear be patient.
This is a good book, but some advice, read it when you are not experiencing some intense drama. Cardall have helped me with seeing somewhat of a larger picture of Gods understanding for His love for us. Not the whole picture, unfortunately my eyesight is still limited. (less)
I first read this when I was in high school, in fact I was a sophomore. What caught my attention to this book was it's lyrical prose, meaning that this...moreI first read this when I was in high school, in fact I was a sophomore. What caught my attention to this book was it's lyrical prose, meaning that this story was song. I loved it because the story was in song. It is supposedly the first French medieval love story to date. I learned a lot how medieval stories was represented to the people. They were in lyrical prose thus song.
It is a typical love story from that time. The handsome Nicolette fights for the beautiful maiden Aucassin, who was captured. They run off together and marry.
A very fun story about Snow White,Cinderella,and time travel. I had fun reading this. It is your typical teenage story; however I loved how Snow white...moreA very fun story about Snow White,Cinderella,and time travel. I had fun reading this. It is your typical teenage story; however I loved how Snow white was a nit-whit. I absolutely love reading the reaction of the seven dwarfs.
Janette ties in every separate story perfectly in the end. Also tell how you cant trust, Fairy's, wizards, leprechauns, and princes.
**spoiler alert** H.G.Wells has excellent prose in this book and in War of the Worlds. I did at first feel sympathetic for The Invisible Man, I just c...more**spoiler alert** H.G.Wells has excellent prose in this book and in War of the Worlds. I did at first feel sympathetic for The Invisible Man, I just couldn't help it. Then when Griffin (aka Invisible man) tells his story, I was shocked that he was actually a mad albino Scientist. Hooked on making light go around/bounce of objects, but it will only work if the object is white.
Griffin was actually the smartest, dumbest character I think I have ever met. He can only be invisible if he is of course naked. So *MR. Genius*, burns his own cloths with shoes in the middle of winter. So of course he gets a cold and so in his stupid reasoning, because of his stupidity, he assaults,take cloths, shoes, and money. He also resorts to attempted murder.
So over all I thought that this book was entertaining, and in some areas funny. He is also a perfect example of the phrase "Too smart for your own good"(less)
This book really sucked me in it's story. I had a very hard time putting it down. Look out, within it's pages lies an emotional roller coaster.
The ma...moreThis book really sucked me in it's story. I had a very hard time putting it down. Look out, within it's pages lies an emotional roller coaster.
The maine character Tori, reminded me a lot like Bella in the Twilight series, they have almost the same personality. They both cannot survive with out there love interest, they can they just wont. So that was a annoying for me to read. Tori's love interest, Eric becomes.......okay this whole loves story between Tori and Eric, is a lot like Bella and Edward, in Twilight. What is up with that? Eric not only needs to protect Tori but also the rest of them who has special gifts........what book did I just read?
Okay this book was about an advance secret society, one name is Atlantis among several, they almost wiped themselves out. So those who has survived secluded themselves, their society is in the Himalaya mountains. There is twist, turns, teen love, forgiveness, murder, mystery, plotting, prejudice, fantasy, puzzle, with an emotional roller coaster. This book was very clean, every time I think that the author will have the two love sick teens Tori and Eric do something, they don't do anything, Yay!
So in truth in my opinion this book is so much better, and cleaner, then Twilight, and no where as creepy. Eric doesn't watch Tori sleep without her knowing, she does fall asleep against his shoulder, but it's not creepy. The characters were well developed, some very small editing problems, but all in all good story to get sucked into. Clean and all around good fun book. (less)
I had to stay up until 4 A.M. it was way too exciting to put it down. I even loved the end of the book, end of the series. I didn't think "thank heave...moreI had to stay up until 4 A.M. it was way too exciting to put it down. I even loved the end of the book, end of the series. I didn't think "thank heaven's it's over," like I have with others. Their was a lot of comic relief.
At the every end of the book, Brandon mentions that he might do more with the characters, but it will be with a complete different series. I would like to see that happen. The Characters are fun and very likable. It would be smart to start a completely different series if he would do more with these particular characters.
I've got my mother hooked on the series. She got so frustrated with Seth's character, and she almost through a couple of my books. I looked as Seth's character just as a normal brother. Lets face it, natural boy curiosity; if one of my brothers had the same choices, they would do the same thing.
Thank you Brandon Mull for letting me be part of your journey though Fableheaven. It was fun.
This book was the best murder mystery I have read in a very long time. I stayed up until the wee hours in the morning trying to find out who done it....moreThis book was the best murder mystery I have read in a very long time. I stayed up until the wee hours in the morning trying to find out who done it. Love it, I could not figure out who done it.
Some of the characters were madding, others, were a surprise, for the roles they had played. The book it's self was slow to get started, but once it did it was well worth staying up until the wee hours in the morning. (less)
**spoiler alert** This little book is packed full of amazing history. It is about How Handle's Messiah came about, and of the people who were honored...more**spoiler alert** This little book is packed full of amazing history. It is about How Handle's Messiah came about, and of the people who were honored to first sing the "Messiah". There is an author note, very important:
"When quoting Eighteenth Century Documents, I have preserved contemporary spelling, Capitalization, and punctuation. It is hoped by this that the reader will catch the spirit of the time-and, upon reflection, gain a greater appreciation for English teachers."
It was said that Handel wrote the "Messiah" in total of 28 days, without food or drink. That is not entirely true. He did write it in 28 days by plagiarizing other composers music. It was a very popular thing to do among composers before copyright laws were created. I have always wondered why a lot of the music around that era sounded a lot alike. Only a few songs were original for the "Messiah." Handle mostly *recycled* his own work. By doing so Handle offended King George by recycling a piece of music that Handle wrote for the death of Queen Caroline. Before the 28 day of work Handle hired a gourmet cook. He ate and drank well, he would half to; dehydration would take place and he would die after 3 days. Within 14 days his major organs would become weekend, would soon stop working.
Their was an alto soloist named Susannah Cibber, she was Handles favorite alto soloist. He spent hours with her teaching her his songs. her husband Theophilus Cibber owned the theater where Handle introduce himself to Susannah. He had her sing many solos for him in his various Oratorio's.
Theophilus Cibber was always in debt, he was a gambling man, and a drunkard. He was so steep in debt he rationalized that it was ok to use his wife Susannah for his own purpose. He worked her to death, and he also escorted Susannah to another mans (a Scottish Lord's) bedchamber. Theophilus turned his own wife into a whore, What Theophilus didn't count on what that Susannah and the Scottish Lord falling in love. They were both lonely. Before the affair and after Theophilus was very unfaithful to his wife. Theophilus publicly denounced her. She had to leave London. She came back first in Ireland, for Handle, for the first ever performance of "Messiah". When Susannah sung the solo "Surely he hath borne our Griefs....." Dr. Delancey rose and with tears in his eyes proclamation fervently in a voice heard throughout the Hall"woman, for this, be all thy sins forgiven." After she died She was buried in Westminster Abbey, The same with Handle in the poets corner.
Documents where found and placed in the book. During the composing the Hallelujah Chorus Handle said "Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not. God knows."
A letter was found; who was the author, it doesn't say. The woman was a foreigner said "who understood the English Language but imperfectly, to enter so fully into the sublime spirit of the Words," According to Burney, Handle replied "Madam, I thank God I have a little religion."
With all people Handle also had his ups and downs. He wrote Italian Operas, Oratorio's, and others. He was always writing, even when he vowed to never compose again. Handles greatest work came when he was at his *low* point. "Messiah." Handle gave concerts to charities, started charities, one called Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children, or Founding Hospital.
A very good book to read. It was very well done. (less)
This is nothing like the movie, but the movie has the same elements. You know the wife doesn't know who her husband is, she has an ultimatum. Her husb...moreThis is nothing like the movie, but the movie has the same elements. You know the wife doesn't know who her husband is, she has an ultimatum. Her husband or her brother? She tries to saves both. The Scarlet pimpernel ends up saving all of them. Just like the movie. But the book is completely different. (less)
This is very easy reading. But it is a cute spin on "Snow White." The jealous queen is controlled by the magic mirror. The mirror played on vanity, an...moreThis is very easy reading. But it is a cute spin on "Snow White." The jealous queen is controlled by the magic mirror. The mirror played on vanity, and manipulated her every move. Aza aka Snow White becomes trapped inside the mirror meets the inhabitant and destroys the mirror from the inside out.
Aza has some gnome blood in her. She and other people mistake her to be half ogres, because everyone called her ugly even herself. The only thing that made her beautiful is her eyes and her voice. She didn't start to believe herself pretty until the prince married her and had daily influence on her.
Come to think of it, the end is a lot like "Johnny Lingo." (less)
I'd must admit that I didn't want to read this book. But I'm glad that I had. It is not as a sad book as the synopsis describes it. I was sad when it...moreI'd must admit that I didn't want to read this book. But I'm glad that I had. It is not as a sad book as the synopsis describes it. I was sad when it ended. It was a good ending but I wanted to read more.
It was very well done. I think that this book is a must read. It is emotional; so must be prepared for that.
It is a great story on having faith. One of the best that I have ever read.
Kathy Colton can't stand her brother Brett. Her family talks as if he were perfect! All Kathy knows for sure is that Brett is dead. He died of leukemia when he was seventeen and she was only two. But when Kathy turns sixteen, she discovers her brother's hidden journal—a journal written especially for her—and learns about the brother she never knew. At the same time, Kathy is mortified by an assignment to tutor the popular high school quarterback Jason West, a football jock who, even worse, is a Mormon. Author Kay Lynn Mangum brilliantly weaves dual stories of a dying brother and a coming-of-age sister who learn the importance of loving family and nurturing faith.(less)
"Suppose that the Constitution was never ratified." Bryce leaped up. "But it was ratified!" Gorham shook hes head. "Not hear it wasn't." Bryce stared, hi...more"Suppose that the Constitution was never ratified." Bryce leaped up. "But it was ratified!" Gorham shook hes head. "Not hear it wasn't." Bryce stared, his jaw slack. "IT can't be!" he whispered. "Well." Gorham said slowly, "it is. you are now in an America that has never had the Constitution."
Nathainel Gorham, an original Founding Father, visits young Bryce Sherwood, a rising aide to a Washington senator and a key player in an attempt to pass an amendment that would eliminate the checks and balances built into the Constitution. When Bryce refuses to change his position, Gorham transports him into a would where the Constitution was never ratified
IN this strange world of oppression and fear, Bryce begins to learn the true meaning of the Constitution and the price of freedom. But will he be able to pay that price? Will it cost his the love of Leslie Adams and her family?
Fans of Gerald Lund everywhere will enjoy The Freedom Factor, a gripping novel of courage and love.
Wow this was so good! It had everything conspiracy, mystery, romance, history,fiction, poetry, and science fiction. What could be better then read something like that? It had it all I also see a parallel from the book to our own government. (less)
**spoiler alert** Shannon Hale amuses me with her stories. They are delightful, fun and good reading.
I have never thought that writing a journal can...more**spoiler alert** Shannon Hale amuses me with her stories. They are delightful, fun and good reading.
I have never thought that writing a journal can lead to your death. Just goes to show that you must still be careful with your own thoughts; you don't know who is reading them.
The girl (Dashti) who wrote in her journal doesn't die of course. That would spoil everything. Dashti is a hand maid who does everything in her power to keep her Lady Saren the one who Dashti servers a live. Dashit gives up everything. In return Saren saves Dashti(less)
You know I was surprised by this book. I didn't think that I would like this book. But I thought that this book was delightful. I had fun reading this...moreYou know I was surprised by this book. I didn't think that I would like this book. But I thought that this book was delightful. I had fun reading this book. I just read as it was meant to be read and had fun. (less)