It’s December and, in keeping with the holiday season, I have come across a book that is all about Christmas. Quinn’s ChristSnagging an Author Review:
It’s December and, in keeping with the holiday season, I have come across a book that is all about Christmas. Quinn’s Christmas Wish is a cute story about love, trust, and friendship. The type of story you just want to snuggle up with on a cold winter’s day with heavy snowflakes slowly falling from the sky and a cup of hot cocoa sitting beside you. You know what? That is exactly what I did. The story is short, but one where the reader quickly falls in love with Quinn, Amanda, and the handsome trapper Samuel. The trio makes for a quaint family scene, despite Samuel being new in the neighborhood. Set in 1912, the townsfolk of Bandit Creek are what you would expect from a small town. Everyone knows one another and people are happy to help each other.
Then Jazira comes along. She is an eleven-year-old girl turned into a very large wolf after having drowned in the town’s flood the previous year. She is saved from Lost Lake by Samuel and then befriends Quinn. The two quickly become the best of friends, but things turn sour when the townspeople want her dead. Jazira quickly settles in your heart and you find yourself rooting for her.
There is one minor character I enjoyed that makes repeated appearances, named Jack, who is constantly drunk, and spews out ‘warnings’ or ‘predictions’ by spitting his whiskey in the snow and looking at the pattern. This lovable village shaman is just another dimension the author has added to a charming story filled with emotion.
The antagonist is the rich and powerful Mr. Ellis who wants Amanda as his wife. He’s even willing to have his son beat up Quinn to make Amanda agree to this arrangement. So you can imagine what he thinks when he finds the very handsome...didn’t I say that before? Yes, I did, as I was saying...very handsome Samuel standing in Amanda’s house. The relationship develops at warp speed between Amanda and Samuel, but we have to remember that we are dealing with a novella. On the other hand, Samuel and Quinn develop a male kinship with one another, which adds to Quinn’s character. We can see that, although he is twelve-years-old, he is much more mature for his age.
The author has succeeded in writing a beautiful story, in which the reader is easily pulled in, and before you know it, it is quickly over. I’m clamoring to know more and the author does mention she wants to write a follow-up. I sincerely hope that she does. This was a remarkable and truly enjoyable read. Do yourself a favor. Make a cup of hot chocolate, grab a warm blanket, sit back and enjoy an afternoon reading.
As part of my ‘Snagging an Author’ Reviews, I peruse the internet, secretly looking for books that deserve to have a spotlight put on them. I am not pAs part of my ‘Snagging an Author’ Reviews, I peruse the internet, secretly looking for books that deserve to have a spotlight put on them. I am not paid for these reviews and the author is unaware that I am even reading their book, until I post my reviews. That is why I am so happy to bring this book to your attention. If I can help shed some well deserved light on this dazzling piece of work, I will go to bed with a smile on my face. While reading It Is Said I embarked on a journey I will not soon forget. In fact, I even urged my eldest daughter to read this stunning gem of a book.
I have decided not to reiterate the plot in this review, but instead I want to concentrate on conveying this message: how fervently I want people to read this book. By the end of my adventure into this wondrous world, I sat back, thinking, “Wow!” How’s this for an idea: Imagine taking your imagination for a walk in its own imagination...I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in...
Now, imagine your imagination living in a world where imagination is not allowed. It’s not a tongue twister, it’s a brain twister and that’s what I absolutely loved about this book. It makes you stop and think. The scenes make you scratch your head (in a good way), as you try to figure out what is real and what isn’t. Beware, though, because once you think you have things figured out, something else creeps up to completely twist things around. This story is so out of the ordinary, it’s Alice in Wonderland stuck in Dorothy’s tornado from the Wizard of Oz, and by the end of the book, I wanted more!
What I also loved was the constant play of opposites. The scenes are whimsical and dark, the characters are wild and fun and the writing...let me say this about the writing: The chemistry of the words blend into an alchemical potion that makes the writing sing straight off the page with such lyrical sweetness. The story emanates a force that pushes the mind to read faster and faster, yet there’s an ease imposed on the words, so that you simply glide along as you read.
I have to share my absolute favorite passage:
‘A life is an amazing gift. It’s not something to be lost or wasted or forgotten about. It’s an adventure to be grasped. You must be big and bold in the choices you make. Strong in your convictions. You will gain wisdom but you must retain a child-like fascination with everything new. And you must always see beyond your limitations.’
Heck, that’s my life’s motto! I had to reread this passage quite a few times, that’s how much it resonated with me.
There is only one thing I regret with this book. That I didn’t have the chance to read it all in one sitting, as life usually tends to get in the way! There aren’t enough hours in a day, but you know what? I will reread this book, and to be able to do it in one sitting will be worth it for the ride that Edward Medina takes you while you’re reading.
And so, I take to my feet and give a standing ovation to the author for such brilliant writing, and gladly hand over 5 dazzling stars. ...more
Recently, I have had the immense pleasure of reading Daimones, by Massimo Marino. We begin with excerpts of real news articles about the death of thouRecently, I have had the immense pleasure of reading Daimones, by Massimo Marino. We begin with excerpts of real news articles about the death of thousands of fishes and birds. For those of you who keep up with current events, you will have noticed that the internet has been peppered these past few years with such articles.
Our main character Dan is a loving family man who does the daily drone of going to work. What I really enjoyed at the beginning of the book is the description of the work environment, the peer competition, and the office politics. Here I’m thinking the author might be pulling from real life experience and I like it, because it’s believable! Write what you know as they say, right?
Dan is not happy with some of his coworkers, specifically the kiss-ass types who always manage to push their ideas onto the head honchos, despite the fact that it wouldn’t be in the company’s best interest. I’m talking about Carl who can and will suck up to every honcho in the company for his own advancement. Sound familiar anyone? On the other hand, we have Dan. To use Dan’s words, ‘he refuses to oil squeaking wheels or lick boots.’ Suffice it to say he gets fired and it’s the last ‘normal’ day he’ll ever have....at least for a while that is.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes: ‘I (Dan) was an impediment for someone, or considered to be one, refusing to put lipstick on pigs.’ Ouch!
Dan drives home while listening to a barrage of bad news streaming from the radio. Reading this part reminded me of why I don’t listen to the news. Waaay to depressing! But Dan on the other hand can’t believe how disastrous humanity has become. Killings, terrorist acts, species dying with no apparent reason, countries at war, on and on it goes. I almost wanted to smack Dan on the shoulder and tell him to shut off the radio.
Fast forward and Dan gets home to his family and is pummeled with more ‘evil’ news on TV. The author succeeds in showing just how decrepit the human society has become. And you know what? Things can actually get worse! Dan, along with his wife, Mary, and his daughter, Annah all head to bed at the end of the evening. All seems normal and poor Dan is now wondering what he’s going to do for work.
He wakes up in the middle of the night because of a strong windstorm blowing outside. The next morning the family is chipper and Dan heads out to bring Annah to school. On the way, he spots a tractor with the driver slumped over. He calls his wife and asks her to call the emergency personnel. Then he gets on the highway and that’s when things take a queer turn. There are cars everywhere, having crashed in one way or another. Nothing moves and there is no noise. Dan freaks and heads back home.
From there the story takes us through Dan’s discovery of what has happened to the people of the community. He goes to see if his neighbors are all right and comes back wishing he hadn’t gone looking. Confusion, sadness, and fear start to mix into a potent mixture. What has happened? I’ll let you discover this for yourself.....Will you believe me if I say that Facebook just might save the day?
The scenes the author has created made me laugh, made me feel sad, and had me questioning myself if I were put in that same position. What would you do if you knew your child could be the only one left alive in the world with no hope of a future, only waiting for her dying day? See what I mean? Makes you think. One particular scene even freaked me out. I mean really freaked me out! I’m not joking! Sitting alone in my office with darkness outside my window, I couldn’t take it anymore one night and had to shut the blinds. The next scenes seem to dig into my unconscious fears. What if I saw that glow? Aack! Lying in my bed that night, I kept expecting to see that slow moving glow to show up in my hallway! I don’t watch horror movies and there’s a reason for it...I have an over active imagination and I scare easily.
Despite a few grammar issues, I truly enjoyed this book. The writing is witty and sharp, and the author has obviously done his research on doomsday theories. In the end, when everything is explained about the First and Second Loss; it’s like watching a marathon of Ancient Aliens, which I absolutely love! All of the information condensed in so few pages was truly mind-boggling. The author provides so much accurate information on so many different scientific notions that you can’t come away from reading this book without having learned something. The ending leaves the reader with a sense of hope for humanity. As I said before, this book will make you think. All in all, this is a highly recommended read! ...more
I hesitated between giving this book 2,3, or 4 stars. I hesitated between loving it and hating it. I even hesitated about writing a review. Suffice itI hesitated between giving this book 2,3, or 4 stars. I hesitated between loving it and hating it. I even hesitated about writing a review. Suffice it to say this book had me on a roller coaster. In the end, though, I decided to give it 4 stars. Why? Is it because it's over 600 pages long and you like big books, Natasha? Uh, no. Is it because the writing was very eloquent, so eloquent in fact, that you could get lost in the meaning of a phrase, because it was so long, that sometimes your mind began to wonder, only then to realize that you hadn't understood a thing and had to reread a whole lengthy paragraph or two? Definitely not. Is it because you discovered after buying the book that your favorite character, H.G. Wells, was not primarily the main character and that the book was split into three parts? Nope. Why, then?
I give it 4 stars for the simple fact that Felix J. Palma succeeded in sustaining my attention through this monster a book, despite all of that.
Two thumbs up, for me, this is the best one yet! The shocking twists, the plotting, the details that emerge through this book had me riveted. By the tTwo thumbs up, for me, this is the best one yet! The shocking twists, the plotting, the details that emerge through this book had me riveted. By the third book, I was wondering what more could the author have to entertain his audience. Let's not forget that the size of each installment is enough for you to exercise your arms with...if you chose to do so. Thankfully, A Storm of Swords did not disappoint. I kept shaking my head and blurting out random words while reading like "No!" and "What?!" It was enough to have my kids look at me in a queer way, but hey, the book got under my skin. That's how much I loved it. The ending had me gaping like a carp sucking for air and turning blue, and I kept thinking, "No, he did not dare end the book in such a way!" It's a good thing that I've got the next book already at home, so it won't be too long before I plunge into the world of the Seven Kingdoms once again. Let me finish by saying this: George R.R. Martin takes you on a ride that is peppered with curve balls and you'll never see a dull moment....more
This story encompassed a whole range of emotions. And I say this, because the book is all about human emotions. The main character Douglas goes througThis story encompassed a whole range of emotions. And I say this, because the book is all about human emotions. The main character Douglas goes through turmoil, love, denial, and friendship. Friends, new and old, come to help each in their unique ways, a man that is lost at sea, and no I'm not talking about the ocean he sails on, but the sea of emotions that have been locked away for so long.
The story mainly happens on his sailboat, and you may think not much happens, but you'd be wrong. Dannie Hill manages to capture the beautiful setting in which our main character finds himself in. The sailing jargon is used to make the story plausible, but not to the point so the reader who knows nothing about sailing (like myself) feels overburden with all the terms.
The book has a gripping beginning where the reader is immediately thrown into the action. The story then takes a turn, deep into the human psyche, then becomes suspenseful with the rescue mission. But throughout all of this, there are beautiful and very poetic descriptions of the sea, the night sky, sunrise and sunsets. Life on a sailboat is wonderfully depicted. This brings me to another character that took me by surprise.
Dannie Hill manages to breathe life into a sailboat by the name of Tirak. She (yes, Tirak is a 'she') becomes part of the cast like any other character that we come to know. It was wonderful to see the sailboat portrayed with a personality, moods, and ability to seemingly accept or reject the females onboard. And by the end of the book, I was just as much attached to Tirak, as I was to Mei Yue and Jamila. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book....more
I almost gave up on this book! So, I went on Goodreads and went to see what other people thought of it. There was one comment that said you need to paI almost gave up on this book! So, I went on Goodreads and went to see what other people thought of it. There was one comment that said you need to past the first 400 pages before the story takes off. I was on page 118. Needless to say, because of that comment, I plowed on and I don't regret it. By page 800, I loved the characters so much, I didn't want it to end. This book should come with a warning: Be ready to learn in the beginning! There is so much new vocabulary, which you can look up in the glossary, but if you have some French, you'll understand some of the words more easily. In the end, I am very happy to have read this book....more