A number of months ago I did a brief mention of an up and coming book by Raymond Rose. Since then, I’ve reviewed his first novel: The Fire Inside andA number of months ago I did a brief mention of an up and coming book by Raymond Rose. Since then, I’ve reviewed his first novel: The Fire Inside and now his second book has been released- Better Together. Better Together, for those of you who might not remember, is the manuscript I spoke of all those months ago.
When Paul Rhoads moves back to Pennsylvania he’s not entirely sure what is waiting for him. Being a well known author he’s met with a writers worst nightmare- ongoing writers block. With hopes of finding a level of inspiration and returning to his roots Paul isn’t expecting to end up in a relationship to boot. Annie, his High School love, is there to support and adore him as she had always been. With her infant son from a previous marriage Paul is brought into unknown territory. In a whirlwind moment Paul and Annie marry and feel they could never be happier.
This book was read every Christmas Eve, a tradition in my household and still is even though I'm 24! What is not to love about this specific edition oThis book was read every Christmas Eve, a tradition in my household and still is even though I'm 24! What is not to love about this specific edition of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas? The artwork is beautiful and vibrant, the familiar storyline just adds to the magic, and you also get more then just TTNBC. Also included in the book is The Nativity Story also with gorgeous artwork and after all of that- Christmas carols! As a child when I was too young to read I would stare at the pictures, mesmerized by the beauty and story it depicted, and when I was older I would take the carols and sing them while picking along with the keyboard.
My copy is nearly falling apart due to 24 years of reading the book over and over but I'll always keep it and plan on reading it to my children when/if I ever have any....more
I had the pleasure of getting to read this novel prior to it's release. I was worried about it though... it's more or less supernatural and it's strucI had the pleasure of getting to read this novel prior to it's release. I was worried about it though... it's more or less supernatural and it's structure is built upon the storytelling that the majority of comic books lack: neither of these subjects do I read much of (if you exclude vampires, which by this point, I think you can). I've never read a comic book in my life (except for one manga series... which I'm pretty sure are two different things, almost?) and action packed scifi stuff is above and beyond me. I was figuring this would be a tough read, it would be a read that I found myself dragging through and unable to relate to in any way.
I was wrong. Entirely. I flew through the pages of this book and was done before I wanted to be. Well, I use pages loosely since it's an ebook.
There has been a change in the world of young adult fiction. Vampires have ruled the bookshelves for the past few years but they are losing their placThere has been a change in the world of young adult fiction. Vampires have ruled the bookshelves for the past few years but they are losing their place. In are coming the wave of angels, kicking vampires back into the darkness and stepping into the limelight. Cynthia Hand's yet to be published novel joins this fleet of angels. Due out early next year, Unearthly, the first book in a trilogy, is certain to create a great fan base.
The story follows Clara Gardner, an almost typical teenager who is forced to move away from her childhood home with her mother and brother. Most would assume she has to leave because of her mother- a job change or something typical like that. However, the move is entirely because of Clara. Being a quarter angel (her mother is half, her father is a regular human being) Clara begins to see visuals of her purpose= to save a boy. (I refuse to go anymore into it with risk of giving out too many facts! You need to discover all of this for yourself!)
It began just as the snow was disappearing. People were beginning to emerge from their homes, wearing lighter clothing and breathing the air more willIt began just as the snow was disappearing. People were beginning to emerge from their homes, wearing lighter clothing and breathing the air more willingly. Everyone had brighter eyes and seemed more willing to be rebellious and just try something new.
That's when I met a customer, a gruff man who gave off the persona that he would much rather be building something with his hands then ever, never, being caught reading a book. He looked around the store and saw me, his eyes widened and he walked over to speak to me, "I'm looking for a book..."
That's when we went on a hunt that resulted in the man grabbing The House of Mango Street off of the bookshelf. "I don't read much," he began, holding the book in his hand and giving it a slight shake, "But I've been told to read this. That it is really great."
The man walked away, buying the book, then disappeared into the spring-like day. Months have passed and I've kept this man on my mind. Every time I saw the book on the shelf, I thought of him. Every time I decided to buy a book, I considered getting this one. Generally, I don't buy books that I want to read right away. I take my time and see how my opinion of it changes over a period of time.