Lucy and Edmund find themselves on Caspians ship along with their cousin Eustace. Caspian is on a quest to save some of the lost Lords. It very much r...moreLucy and Edmund find themselves on Caspians ship along with their cousin Eustace. Caspian is on a quest to save some of the lost Lords. It very much reminded me of Gullivers Travels, but on a much younger level. All the adventures the children had along the way had morals to be learned. And it was made much clearer the parallel between Aslan and Christ.
All in all, I did enjoy this Narnia book, altho the first one is still my favorite.(less)
I won this book from Firstreads and I was really excited to get it as I had read all the others before it. Maybe my expectations were too high but aft...moreI won this book from Firstreads and I was really excited to get it as I had read all the others before it. Maybe my expectations were too high but after reading it I was rather disappointed.
The story is Our Hero (why doesn't this guy have a name? I can't remember if he had one in the other books, its been too long since I read them) teams up with Will to find yet another Insight which is made up of Integrations. Always before Each Insight was seperate and just connected to the next in line. Anyway, all these integrations connect together to give us the power to stop Armageddon. Instead of invoking a Holy War we are actually given a Revelation to connect with the divine and solve the worlds problems. There is more philosophy here than actual storyline. Thats the biggest problem I have with this book. The guy without a name simply picks up where he left off in the last book. Its like the last several years never happened. He has no job but plenty of money to go running to Egypt. He also has no relationship/girlfriend and its not ever mentioned what happened to the previous women in his life. And it seems as though he views relationships like that as spiritually beneath him. He only wants to have relationships with women on a platonic plane.
The begining of the book reviews things that were experienced in the earlier books except for some important things in The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight were just ignored particularly about dealing with past lives. He met up with Rachel and seemed to connect with her on a deeper level and this possibility of a past life experience was just ignored. Shouldn't he have integrated these insights into his life pretty thoroughly by now?
I agree that the world is headed in a bad direction and it will take all of us to make a difference. And the possibilities of terrorism are very real and very scarey. But, this book is more philosophy than story and alot of attention to detail was lacking. Such as the descriptions of people, I could get no clear picture about who these people were that he was interacting with. And other little things bugged me, such as they did all that traveling on a little bit of salad and a granola bar. (less)
I want to thank Firstreads for giving me a chance to review this book. And I absolutely loved it!
This is a retelling of the biblical story of Esther...moreI want to thank Firstreads for giving me a chance to review this book. And I absolutely loved it!
This is a retelling of the biblical story of Esther who married the Persian King to save her people. Wolf really brought this story to life. It was so easy to get pulled into this story and it flowed so well that it was really hard to put down. The characters were really brought to life and we see the reasons behind the way they acted the way they did. Esther never thought that she would become queen and when she did she didn't forget where she came from. She was a good and kind woman and that was exactly what the king had saw in her and who he fell in love with. This is a wonderful telling on the love story between Esther and the king and it is full of joy as well as sadness and betrayal.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anybody that loves historical fiction or biblical fiction. Its one that I shall read again. Sorry bookswappers, this one stays on my bookshelf. (less)
I loved this book, but I admit it is certainly not for everybody. It absolutely drips with satire.
In this book we hear Lucifer's side of the story ab...moreI loved this book, but I admit it is certainly not for everybody. It absolutely drips with satire.
In this book we hear Lucifer's side of the story about everything from his fall to what happened in the Garden of Eden and even about the crucifiction. If you are easily offended about religious matters then this is definitely not the book for you. However, for those of you who are not this is a fun read. It has humor, sadness, philosophy, and ways of looking at things that I had not thought about (and many that I had but would never say outloud). I'm glad I took the time to hear Lucifer's side of things because it was difinitely a wild ride. (less)
I appreciate FirstReads giving me the opportunity to read and review this book
This was an awesome read. A coming of age story full of mystery and Voud...moreI appreciate FirstReads giving me the opportunity to read and review this book
This was an awesome read. A coming of age story full of mystery and Voudoo. As a young girl Maya is forced to leave Haiti under horrible circumstances and makes her way to Miami in a rickity boat. The sole survivor she is found by a young boy and taken to live with Madame Mirta the local Voudoo priestess. Maya brings with her the pain and resentment of having to leave her family and first love behind because of the wealthy landowner that her mother works for. She grows up with all that anger in her heart and never able to let it go. Throw into this mix of emotion her love and talent for Voudoo, co-narrated by Baren Samedi, and it makes for a wonderful story. We see the complicated caste system of Haiti along with being intrduced to the ceremonies and Gods of the Voudoo religion which adds alot of flavor to the story. The characters themselves have a complexity that really brings them to life. As the story progresses we find that they are definitely more than they seem. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a good story, or a good mystery, that definitely has a twist. Loved this book!(less)