I am pleased that the author has asked me to review this book--looking forward to reading it!
Spin the Plate introduces us to Jo, a woman haunted by he...moreI am pleased that the author has asked me to review this book--looking forward to reading it!
Spin the Plate introduces us to Jo, a woman haunted by her abusive childhood, who looks for the lost and abandoned, both human and creatures. Private by nature but large in stature, she captures the attention of Francis, who appears not much more than a religious down-on-his luck admirer. He gradually earns her trust and in doing so, helps her change her life.
I was truly caught up in Jo's quiet world--her tattooing shop, her apartment filled with strays, her forays into the evening to enact a bit of vigilante justice for the creatures and girls of the night. It reminded me very much of PUSH by Sapphire, of a woman beaten down by parental abuse, but able to rise above and maintain love in her heart.
My few complaints are these: The cover is far too dark and the graphic a bit too vague for the overall novel. I like the colors of the e-story better. Even so, my eyes look for books with interesting colors, so I feel this does a disservice to the book.
The ending, while sweet, seems to take an odd turn and tone from the rest of the book. I liked it, but something about it left me with a lingering befuddlement. It's the only reason I deducted a star from an otherwise pleasurable and plausible read.
Overall, I am genuinely glad to have read this and look forward to Anastasi's future works.(less)
Just when I thought I was satisfied with the vampire genre as is, even beginning to feel it was over-saturated (with blood?), the first of a trilogy f...moreJust when I thought I was satisfied with the vampire genre as is, even beginning to feel it was over-saturated (with blood?), the first of a trilogy found its way into my hot little hands and into my heart.
Look out Stoker. Beware Meyer. Ellen C. Maze and "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider" has found a niche like no other: Christian Horror/Paranormal.
While staying true to many of the accepted perameters of the vampire-verse, Maze adds a Christian touch that is neither heavy-handed or preachy, but at the same time, is a book that Christians can feel comfortable reading. While it is for older teens and adults, the language and descriptions of any vampire activity is not gratuitous.
Beth Rider, an author, has written a book called "The Judging: The Corescu Chronicles" (not ironically, a series also written by Maze that I can't wait to delve into). Vampires who read it are finding themselves transformed, which angers the ruling Rakum--the race of the vampire. Soon, a price is put on Rider's head, labeled a "Rabbit" and the chase is on. Even with God on her side, how will she evade these supernatural predators?
I think the intermingling of the two series is pure genius. And while I felt there were questions left unanswered, I was advised by Maze to read "Loose Rabbits", as it is a sort of "Rabbit, vol 1.5" in the series. Though I am torn as to whether read the "Rabbit" series first, or intermingle with the "Corescu Chronicles," it is a lovely dilemma to find myself in.
I want to thank the incredibly gracious Ellen C. Maze for sending me down a different type of rabbit hole, and indtroducing me to Rabbit Addiction.(less)
Fabulous graphic novel--you forget you're reading one after a short while. Both my daughter and I loved this and the foreign film based on the book. I...moreFabulous graphic novel--you forget you're reading one after a short while. Both my daughter and I loved this and the foreign film based on the book. I actually bought this for my teen daughter who could not put it down.
Although I couldn't grasp all the subtleties with the times and politics, I enjoyed this immensely. There is something quite lovely and haunting about it, and ultimately triumphant.
I look forward to reading more of Satrapi's works.(less)
I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to read "The Less-Dead". I enjoy Young Adult books, but even moreso for the subject matter: the struggles b...moreI am so pleased that I had the opportunity to read "The Less-Dead". I enjoy Young Adult books, but even moreso for the subject matter: the struggles between Christianity and the GLBT community.
Noah's father is a famous radio broadcaster who preaches mainlline Christianity, especially the message that homosexuality is a sin. When 2 gay foster youth are murdered, Noah becomes concerned for a new friend, Will, who is living on the streets.
Although some of the book had that "afterschool special" touch to it, on the whole it was very readable and I feel had a good message to share, especially with pre-teens/teens--that of tolerance, acceptance, and respect.
The mystery of the killer's identity made this more than just a book about tolerance, however. I do wish the book had been a bit longer, my only reason for giving it 4 instead of 5 stars.
This is the first Christian book I've read with such a loving message towards GLBT. As a Christian who is bisexual, I wish there had been books like this around growing up; perhaps I would have been able to help my friends who, at the time, hid their sexuality for fear of rejection. Perhaps it wouldn't have taken me so long to accept my identity.
At the end of the book is a list of resources for GLBT teens, the passages of the Bible that are traditionally used to bash gays (and what they probably mean, in historical context) as well as other texts.
I look forward to passing this book to my teen daughter, who is much more tolerant than I was at her age. This is a true gem, and I hope to see more books follow in its footsteps.(less)
I read this book shortly after losing my MIL to a 5 year battle with cancer. I was beyond consoling, yet Sheila Walsh, in her gifted and blessed ways,...moreI read this book shortly after losing my MIL to a 5 year battle with cancer. I was beyond consoling, yet Sheila Walsh, in her gifted and blessed ways, gave my heart ease as I worked through this book. Her books have always had special meaning to me, but this one ranks as one of her best.(less)