This book is the second in the sojourner series and I read it in 2 days because I wanted to know what and why Lev wasn't with Elizabeth after he was s...moreThis book is the second in the sojourner series and I read it in 2 days because I wanted to know what and why Lev wasn't with Elizabeth after he was shot at the end of the first book saving Elizabeth's life. Lev is an angel so a bullet shouldn't have killed him. The story starts with the fact that Lev awakes in pain and with no memory. Evan, who is like his superior/ father type angel removed his memories of his love and connection with Elizabeth, explained in the first book in the series. Lev has been taken back in time to when he was colder, and unsympathetic towards humans as he carried their soul from this life to the next. He didn't even care for humans. He was a sojourner who carried the souls from the dying humans to their next place.
He has an accidental meeting with Elizabeth on a mission and starts to search out his memories. He is overwhelmed with emotions and can not even perform his sojourner duties, which were never a problem before. Evan will not help him, so Lev turns to a group of angels who all hold a grudge against him for past occurrences he can not even remember.
Lev finally regains his memory with the help of one of the enemy-friend angels and slips unseen to Elizabeth a few times and realizes his love for her, and her current torment at losing him. He turns to his enemy / friend angels to try to have Elizabeth's memory of him erased as a way of helping her deal with her pain, but is double crossed by the angels who pretended to be going to help.
Lev gets in a world of mess with taking an object from Evan and giving it to the angels who turned on him because of past things Lev done that they are mad at him about and Lev doesn't even remember what their problems were. Lev remembers his love for Elizabeth and now has created a new mess that he must help Evan solve against the bad angels before Elizabeth is put in danger again.
I liked this book better as it was told by Lev, rather than by Elizabeth like the first one was. In Lev's torment and love for the human Elizabeth, he knows he can not be with her, but will still protect her as best he can.
I look forward to the next book. There were many typos in this book, but I still enjoyed the story.
I was given this book from the writer, but was in no way paid for the review.(less)
This is the 3rd book in the Sojourner series, and I enjoyed it as much or more than I did the last two. In this book Lev (the angel sojourner who carr...moreThis is the 3rd book in the Sojourner series, and I enjoyed it as much or more than I did the last two. In this book Lev (the angel sojourner who carries the souls of the dying) and Elizabeth find each other again. Elizabeth is determined to find Lev somewhere eventhough all her family & friends think he died because he was shot in book 1. Elizabeth's family & friends will not understand that he was an angel & could not die. Elizabeth puts herself in danger to find another sojourner to try to gain info about Lev. She finds another angel who denies being an angel & this only adds to Elizabeth's hurt and madness as her friends & family see it. Elizabeth is also in a new town & school and meets Cain, and other new "friends" who aren't so much friends as she thinks. The other sojourner she met tries to warn her of her new friends, & she begins to hate him. She is influenced by the black angels and is tricked by them & only Lev can save her if she will let him. I hate to give away endings, but this one had a great, unexpected ending! (less)
I have thought about Moonlight on the Nantahala by Michael Rivers for a few days, and I know I can not offer a review good enough to do this beautiful...moreI have thought about Moonlight on the Nantahala by Michael Rivers for a few days, and I know I can not offer a review good enough to do this beautiful, heart warming, hilarious story justice. The characters feel so real and alive, and the friends are so genuinely good and true to each other. The story is about true love, family, & friendship and the good that comes from experiencing life as it should be.
The story begins with Edward who walks to his old house place daily to revisit memories of his younger, happy, yet short life with his deceased wife Celia. Edward has observed Lena for a few years, walking along the river on his property where his beloved Celia used to walk. Once Edward and Lena meet, despite the many years that separate them in age, they become close friends comparable to father and daughter. Edward senses Lena’s troubles instantly, but being the wise man he is, lets her story unfold slowly as Lena becomes comfortable telling it.
The vivid descriptions of the beautiful scenery make you feel as if you are sitting on the grass watching Lena and Edward talk. During their talks, Edward’s story of his undying love for his late wife Celia unfolds as Edward relives memories he and Celia shared during the 3 short years they were married. Lena’s story of a horrible marriage to a horrible man and her emotionally unsupportive family is then revealed to Edward. Lena feels she has nobody to turn to and has no way out of her current situation. Edward is determined to help Lena without interfering in her life. A bit of supernatural must intervene (as well as an occasional appearance by Celia) to make this story a true winner.
Edward and Betty, his strong willed house keeper and long time friend, add many laughs to the story along the way with their good humored teasing and wise remarks to each other. Edward, Betty, Lena, and Celia become what a true family should be. Yes, even Celia has her part to play in this story that brings together lost souls that need each other, and proves love can go on forever. The story has a wonderfully funny surprise ending that makes the lives of all involved just fit in a way that can do nothing but give us all a little hope for the future. (less)
My son and I read this ebook last night and I was very impressed. Most of the children's ebooks I have seen have horrible illustrations, but the illus...moreMy son and I read this ebook last night and I was very impressed. Most of the children's ebooks I have seen have horrible illustrations, but the illustrations in this book were simple yet very professional and entertaining. The story flowed nicely and my son (6 years old ) read it to me. It had a very heart touching ending which I wish could be hinted at in the title, without ruining. My son laughed with me throughout the book. To me that is a good book. A book that both entertains & interests the child, and it is always a bonus if the story also gives them something to fill good about. I am a graphic designer and illustrator myself, and I loved the illustrations. Very touching, funny, & awesome story!(less)
I liked this second book in the trilogy better than the first one, I think because I have always liked books about witches, magic, warlocks & such...moreI liked this second book in the trilogy better than the first one, I think because I have always liked books about witches, magic, warlocks & such. I will have to refer to my notes for a more in depth review because I am horrible with names, but this was an excellent book with a lady who doesn't know she is a witch, but just as she is realizing her powers, a powerful warlock comes around putting his spell on her and trying to take them away. She luckily has a strong network of true friends who assist her ...
I will definitely write more later, but not enough to spoil the ending. (less)
I read this story last night in a single setting because I couldn't wait to see if it ended well. I am not usually a sci- fi type of person because I...moreI read this story last night in a single setting because I couldn't wait to see if it ended well. I am not usually a sci- fi type of person because I get lost in the unimaginable descriptions, but that was not the case here. I loved the characters, and even in the dreary conditions Ainka lived in, I do appreciate that she was not a whinny teen with the poor me syndrome. She was quite the opposite with a might as well make the best of the situation, even when she had to go live with the alien next door (presuming that she was going to somehow be a servant or something).
I liked the characters and their appreciation for honesty in the story. I am so glad to finally read a book with a girl willing to sacrifice herself for her father and make the best of her dreary living conditions before her decision, rather than sitting around complaining & wallowing in self pity.
I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that the arrangement she agreed to with the alien to keep her father safe proved to be a learning experience. I wondered if the story was going to teach a lesson in prejudice & I guess in a way it does. The alien does his best to make her comfortable and even allows her contact with her family which I did not expect.
I hate to compare it to Beauty and the Beast because it is so much more than that in many ways.
I loved the descriptions of the different planets and moons which made it all feel real and make sense to me as I read, without pouring on too many strange names and losing me in made up words like a lot of sci-fi type stories do. This was a good read because of the excellent character development and the admirable qualities found in both of the main characters. I loved that the ending had the little surprise twist. (less)
A unique coming-of-age novel about the stunning consequences of choices, presented through Native eyes by a member of the Cherokee Confederacy. Torn between two worlds, Dina Youngblood must make a choice...if it doesn't kill her first.
Cheha Youngblood disappeared without a trace from the Bitterroot Confederacy three months ago, and her older daughter, Dina, is determined to find out why. What do the clues in her mother's journal mean? Who is the giant-winged creature that so terrified her mother, a Native Christian convert? Could any of the tales that are as old as the Indian nations and told in the blackness of deep nights in the South Florida Everglades be true? And why are owls beginning to perch outside of Dina's home?
Then handsome Marty Osceola, the son of the most powerful witch on the Florida East Coast and the boy Dina had a crush on in grade school, arrives back in town.... "An enlightening peek into contemporary Native America."-Craig Stephen Smith (Ojibwe), Native American Evangelist, author of White Man's Gospel. "A heart-thumping face-off between good and evil that will keep you in suspense until the very last page "-Dana K. Cassell, Writers-Editors Network. "A courageous book that breaks new ground...a fascinating story by a new voice in Indian America."-Principal Chief William "Rattlesnake" Jackson, American Cherokee Confederacy. "Native American Christians have long known what a struggle it is to live in two worlds, torn between traditional beliefs and the Christian faith. The characters in Gray Rainbow Journey speak for so many of us."-Betty Mae Jumper, Tribal Elder, Doctor of Humane Letters, author of Legends of the Seminoles Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. "An exciting coming-of-age novel. I can definitely relate to this book's characters. I can't wait for the second book."-Carla McKay, Indian Life newspaper.(less) Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Oaktara (first published July 1st 2008) ISBN 1602902208 (ISBN13: 9781602902206)
MoonShineArtSpot's Opinion: by Lisa
I found this coming of age book very heart touching, and felt deeply for the young girl trying to find her place in the world. I had never considered the problems, especially religious, that the Native Americans still deal with today. Nor had I considered that their living conditions on or near reservations might not be as OK as I thought they were. You just don't hear much about the Indians in Mississippi any more unless it has to do with the casinos in mid Mississippi. I assumed they live pretty much as the white people today. I wish I did have more information about this and could possibly trace my own Indian ancestors. I knew that of course Indians were cheated out of their land and forced onto reservations. I know that as a part of history, but have seldom given thought to what they do and how they feel today. It is sad that I am little educated about it because I have a lot of Native American ancestors that I can not trace. My ancestors were Native American women who married white men, stayed in north Alabama and Mississippi, and were not accepted among the whites (this happened on both my father & mother's side of the family and my great grandmother would not even discuss her Indian mother because of the prejudice that she had suffered as a child). Considering that, when I try to find out who my great, great, grandmother or any of the other great, great, Indian grandmothers were, I run into a brick wall where my family is concerned because our elders would not discuss it because of prejudices at that time. Now that those of us who are proud of the heritage can not even get a NAME OR TRIBE name to start on our search.
I knew the Native Americans had a very hard time in the past, and I am very glad to have read this book to gain information about the struggles they still face today with religious choices vs. the old ways that their elders may feel that they are turning their back on if they go the "white man's way". Today, and since I was a child & my dad told me that we were part Indian and should be proud of that, I long to learn more about it. This book is not just for Indian loving people though. It has many points of view of many young women torn between what their society wants from them and something they have found they might want for themselves. Young women have many tough decisions and whether to follow old superstitions or family ways is common in most young girls (not just Native Americans).
This book was also a love story type with a strong young girl needing to find her own way, and not be lead by her boyfriend nor anyone else's beliefs. She, as all young girls, had to make her way though her family's ideas, her boyfriend's ideas, and her community's ideas to find what she needed form her own ideas to make herself whole and happy.
It is easy to be lead astray from your own beliefs by boyfriends, friends, family, or many others who think they are leading you in the right direction. Everyone, at some point in their life, needs to decide which path is best for them to follow in order to find their happiness.
This book is wonderful and full of hope for anyone!! I loved it.
5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son by Vicki Courtney (Goodreads Author) 3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 · rating details · 143 ratings ·...moreBook description:
5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son by Vicki Courtney (Goodreads Author) 3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 · rating details · 143 ratings · 31 reviews From the cradle to college, tell your sons the truth about life before they believe the culture's lies.
For parents with boys newborn to eighteen, 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Son will be as much a part of the boyhood journey as those Legos you're still finding under the sofa cushions and the garage full of sports equipment. Award-winning youth culture commentator Vicki Courtney helps moms and dads pinpoint and prepare the discussions that should be ongoing in a boy's formative years.
Fully addressing the dynamic social and spiritual issues and other influencers at hand, several chapters are written for each of the conversations, which are:
1. Don't define manhood by the culture's wimpy standards; it's okay to be a man!
2. What you don't learn to conquer may become your master.
3. Not everyone's doing it! (And other naked truths about sex you won't hear in the locker room.)
4. Boyhood is only for a season. P.S. It's time to grow up!
5. Godly men are in short supply-dare to become one!
The book also offers invaluable tips on having these conversations across the various stages of development: five and under, six to eleven, and twelve and up. Paperback, 272 pages Published June 1st 2011 by B&H Books (first published May 2nd 2011)
I have been reading this book, sections at a time since I received it quite a while ago free for review. There are many string points that will help any parent and give you plenty to consider in how to properly guide your son (future man) in through out his childhood. I will refer to this book many times.
As with many books about raising our children, there will be things you agree with, things you don't, and things you never considered. I love that this book gave me many extra suggestions / excellent ideas to help my own son.
Growing up is tough and it is a parent's chief responsibility to educate themselves about TODAY ~ not back in the day when they were kids ~ educate and guide your children through THEIR childhood based on what the child needs to become a better man in the future.
We put our son in Cub Scouts hoping to get all that is offered to build his confidence, but have sadly found out that while leaders socialize and leave the young boys to themselves boys are still kicked out of games, told to shut up by other kids, & still sadly bullied & left out. Be aware of what is happening to your child and guide your child to proper behavior themselves. This book is full of good ideas & I will also be purchasing the accompanying book that goes with it.
I admit I chose Seduction by MJ Rose 98.9% because of the cover. I was quite disappointed and it took me forever to finish the book because I just cou...moreI admit I chose Seduction by MJ Rose 98.9% because of the cover. I was quite disappointed and it took me forever to finish the book because I just could not stay interested. I was given the book from publishers via NetGalley for an honest review and have spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to say about it in a kind way. I was first if all disappointed to find out I was in a series & had no previous telling. That's not a big deal, unless you are already disappointed in the read.
At times the book seemed to have promise and the most interesting parts seemed to be Victor Hugo's past with trying to reach the dead after his daughter's death. Too bad there want more about that.
The modern day story seemed rather bleak & childlike for a fully grown woman. The story seemed to drag on and on from one tragic revelation to another, but in a less than exciting way.
The book did have it's moments that were ok & if I were stranded with only it as entertainment I would go look for other humans to get to know. Sorry, I would get interested once in a while only to be let down as the story being unrealistic in the character's reaction or behaviors, etc. I really wanted to like it. (less)
Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley's wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She's always believed he woul...moreDescription:
Ever since she escaped the city within the Wall, Lark Ainsley's wanted one thing: to find her brother Basil. She's always believed he would be the one to put an end to the constant fear and flight. And now, hidden underground in the chaotically magical city of Lethe, Lark feels closer to him than ever.
But Lethe is a city cowering in fear of its founder, the mysterious Prometheus, and of his private police force. To get the truth about what happened to Basil, Lark has no choice but to face Prometheus.
Facing her fears has become second nature to Lark. Facing the truth is another matter.
Lark never asked to be anyone's savior. She certainly never wanted to be anyone's weapon. She might not have a choice.
This second installment gives enough back history while also jumping into action that I did not feel lost although I did not read the first book. It immediately becomes evident that Lark has been used and abused because of her rare abilities in the past. There is also the looming fear if the "shadows" who are fine during the day but when taken from light or magic they become monsters. Lark is fighting her own personal demons as she has lost many friends and trusts very few.
As she searches for her brother she encounters an old friend and is offered new alliances, but struggles with her own self control.
The story is interesting and action packed. There are so many personal battles inside the array of characters as well as action packed adventures they must face just survive the dishonesty and truth of how the world has come to be. I enjoyed this book a great deal because in truth there was no telling what could happen next nor whether it will be good or the end of it all.
Plenty of surprises and action.
I was provided a complementary copy to give an honest review. (less)
During an early morning jog, Atlanta attorney Tom Halloran discovers the body of his friend and colleague, Elliot Carter, hanging fro...moreBOOK DESCRIPTION:
During an early morning jog, Atlanta attorney Tom Halloran discovers the body of his friend and colleague, Elliot Carter, hanging from a tree in Piedmont Park. Even worse, the private and dignified Carter is grotesquely dressed in women’s clothes. Halloran is convinced that Elliot’s death is murder, not a tragic accident of autoerotic asphyxia-gone-wrong.
But the medical examiner’s investigator, Hollis Joplin, is skeptical. He knows how difficult it would be to fake that kind of death, and he’s seen too much in his years on the Atlanta streets to be surprised by what people are capable of doing—to themselves or others. Then two more people die, and the clues lead back to a twenty-year-old kidnapping.
The under-staffed Atlanta PD can’t give the case attention unless Carter’s death is ruled a homicide, so Joplin, with an eidetic memory that allows him to recall in three dimensions everything he’s seen, sets out to investigate it himself. Piece by piece, he and the relentless Halloran unravel a tale of greed, revenge, and family secrets—and put themselves right in the crosshairs of a calculating and ruthless killer.
MOON SHINE ART SPOT:
This book reminded me of the strictly mystery, figure it out books, I read as a teen. There are plenty of clues and lots of people to suspect. I will admit I was suprised at the ending though. The murder was not someone I suspected for quite a while.
The characters in this book were well developed and if you like a mystery this will be a good one to try to figure out. I really liked the character of Joplin. I found myself rooting for him in many situations and I appreciate his dedication to finding the truth of the situation. (less)