Fairy Metal Thunder is a very original story – unlike anything I have ever read. I read it in one sitting, and had a blast reading it. I found it to b...moreFairy Metal Thunder is a very original story – unlike anything I have ever read. I read it in one sitting, and had a blast reading it. I found it to be very creative and a different spin on a Faerie tale.
Jason is a not so popular junior in high school who has started playing in a garage band as a guitarist. This band gets more time playing in the garage than any paying gigs. And to top it all off, his parents do not want him to hang out with or be part of the band. So, what does Jason really gain from being part of the band? He gets to spend time with the lead singer Erin. But, Erin has a boyfriend – how does he compete with that?
One evening while watching his little sister, something really strange happens. He is introduced to the Faerie realm, and in the end, he has the answer to the band’s problems. He finds some amazing instruments that turn their world around. The problem is, he did not come across these instruments honestly, and they have their own set of issues. Will it be worth it in the end?
This was a very quick read, and very enjoyable. It was anything but predictable. You have a high school mish-mash band trying to catch a break, a burger joint where the high school kids hang out, over-protective parents, and then throw the Faerie world into the mix. I just found it fun, fun, fun!!! (less)
Oh, my goodness! I just read my all-time favorite book! No kidding!! I really, really loved this book! My Loving Vigil Keeping by Carla Kelly is of co...moreOh, my goodness! I just read my all-time favorite book! No kidding!! I really, really loved this book! My Loving Vigil Keeping by Carla Kelly is of course from my favorite genre – historical fiction & it also includes romance!! The title comes from the lyrics of a very popular lullaby “All Through the Night” – one of my favorites as well.
Della is a young woman who had been orphaned early on- her mother had left when she was an infant, and her father was killed in a mine accident. She grew up in the home of her wealthy uncle, where she was looked down upon, and pretty much took care of herself. She got herself through school and eventually earned a one-year teaching certificate. After a couple of years teaching in a typical community/school, she goes out on a limb and applies for and accepts a position in a coal-mining community called Winter Quarters, located in Scofield, Utah.
It’s almost as if she were returning home – there are many similarities to her childhood community. However, the people of Winter Quarters relate her to the wealthy family that raised her and wonder why she is there. She has to earn the respect of these people of Winter Quarters and find herself.
Owen, oh how I loved Owen!! He is such a sweet, gentle man. The father of a beautiful little girl who also lost her mother at a young age – her mother died giving birth. Own is so perfect for Della. This growing, possible romance was so great to read. What I loved most about it was that it was not rushed. Real people with real issues and histories to overcome. What happens in the end, I will let you read the book to find out.
You will not believe everything that goes on in this story!!! Let me just tell you, there are many, many ups and downs. Times I laughed and times I really cried! I was cheering Della on throughout the whole book! I found her to be the best protagonist I have encountered in some time. She was just so real – emotions and actions so authentic. The other characters – especially those in Winter Quarters – were just what I imagined. They honestly made me want to check the place out for myself. Sounds strange doesn’t it? Why would I want to go to an old coal-town? Well, I was born and raised in West Virginia – where coal mining is a mainstay for many. While I did not grow up in a family of miners, many of my friends did. The town I grew up in was not a coal camp, but many years before I was born, that is what the town was all about! So, many of the same characteristics and lifestyles still lingered. Therefore, I completely related to the individuals in the novel.
Carla Kelly definitely knows what she is doing when writing a historical fiction. The events in the story are based in part on a very tragic mining event – the Scofield mining disaster of 1900. Lots of chilling events – many that made my heart bleed!!! At one point I was so angry with what was going on – or really, what I thought was going on. I was very happily surprised with the turn of events as the story unfolded. This is most assuredly a must-read – so don’t let it get by you!!!! (less)
AMAZING! This book is soooooo good. I honestly got more than I had hoped for with this one!! When I first picked up this book for review, I did not re...moreAMAZING! This book is soooooo good. I honestly got more than I had hoped for with this one!! When I first picked up this book for review, I did not realize that it was a second book in a series. Now, I was more than able to keep up with what was going on, but I know that I would have had an even better time reading it if I had read the first book. I also know that I will be picking up the first book, Book of Dreams, as soon as I can!!
The build up and intensity of the writing is something you rarely find! This kind of suspense is what makes reading a pleasure! Davis Bunn is a remarkable author who knows just how to grab a reader and keep them enthralled! The content of Hidden in Dreams is so complex, yet so what the reader needs in order to get the plot. I loved how Bunn intertwined the characters' Christian faith with the scientific facts, economic issues, and notion of foretelling. These elements combined to create a very compelling, almost frightening, thought-provoking tale.
If I would not read another book this summer, I know that Hidden Dreams has provided me with far more than I ever get out of most summer reads! I am going to be telling everyone about his one!!
*I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.(less)
You'll have to hold on while reading this one, because T. Lynn Adams provides such non-stop action that you'll not know whether you are coming or goin...moreYou'll have to hold on while reading this one, because T. Lynn Adams provides such non-stop action that you'll not know whether you are coming or going!! Not only that, but the amount of history and archaeological information that has gone into this story tells me that the author dove right in when he wrote this one. He had to put a significant amount of time into his research to make this so realistic.
To think all this happens when friends get together to go camping! I guess you just never know what could happen, huh? They boys stumble upon artifacts that launch them into a very harrowing adventure - with others who are very interested in what they have found. Could you imagine? It all becomes about trust - who can they trust?
I loved jonathon, Severino, and Tallie. They were very fun to tag along with. The skill and thought that they put into everything they did made the story what it is!! The fact that they cared enough about the significance of what they found puts them on a level far above their typical peers. The fact that they even had to think about whether that significance overshadowed their own survival was amazing!
The accuracy and truth behind the ancient facts / history truly made the story for me. Nothing was sugar coated, rather just put out there for the characters and the readers to take it at face value. I really appreciate the fact that the author put in the time and effort into the research.
This is a story that will spark the interest at any age group as well as male and female alike. It is very well put together - a fun action adventure.(less)
Charlie's Girl is a very beautifully written book! My heart was totally engrossed in the characters and their story from page one all the way to the e...moreCharlie's Girl is a very beautifully written book! My heart was totally engrossed in the characters and their story from page one all the way to the end - family, friends, tragedy, small town, faith - what more could a reader ask for!!
Rosalind, Oh Rosalind! I totally fell in love with her. Everything about her was so real - to the point it hurt sometimes. My heart poured out for her; she has had such a rough life. And Grace, there were times I totally hated her, just to turn around and make me love her. I could not imagine having to deal with all the losses she had faced. The supporting characters: Mark William, Muriel, The Watson family - all very well-developed - loved each and every quirk!
How the authors were able to put so much reality and life into all the different situations in this book - and there were many. Wow! They either had to have personal experience or did some deep research. Everything had such an authenticity about it. Kudos to the authors!!!
Very strong emotions and faith-based / religious issues involved in this book. It is definitely not for the weak at heart! The family dynamics and relationships were very deep - the ups and downs really had me going. The religious controversies involved - I learned so much from. These issues truly made a person think hard and long about their own beliefs. I thought the authors handled this very well. They did not push heavily toward one belief or the other, but made it thought provoking so that the reader could make their own choices.
Wow, the end was so powerful! I really hated that the story ended. I am wanting to know what is going to happen next. I do hope that the authors consider writing a follow up - maybe dealing more with the mom's (Nellie's) side of the family - as this one is based on the father, Charlie's family.
This one is definitely a 5 star pick!!!! Get it - read it! You won't regret it!!(less)
What an unexpected surprise! With the short blurb about the book, and a cover that did not reveal much, I was not sure what to expect with this one....more What an unexpected surprise! With the short blurb about the book, and a cover that did not reveal much, I was not sure what to expect with this one. Much to my pleasure, it turned out to be a wonderful story.
Many supernatural romance stories kind of flow in a very similar fashion, but The Hollow of Mont Noir is unique. Nothing was predictable, and it just had a tone to it that made me want to dig into my comfy chair and stay put. The pacing was very comfortable - not too fact, but no where near slow. The writing style brought so much to the book. The author has a way with words that built intrigue, but not so much that you were stressed by the time you go an answer. Just a very pleasant book.
Allison in my opinion is pretty typical. She is not popular, but she is not in the lower rung of the student caste. She is faced with a very stressful situation - her brother comes up missing - and then her parents throw another twist on her - they are moving! And moving right before her senior year in high school!!! She hates the fact that she has had to move, but she deals with it. She makes some new friends, and even finds a boy she is immediately attracted to. However, this boy is not liked by others, has the nickname "Bulldog" and is known to be rude - a jerk. What we eventually find out about him, though, is really what makes the story!!!
It is in fact, the supernatural element that brings this book to life. Not only is Allison the "Crazy Animal Girl" with her Crittervision, but we find out she has some "magic in her blood". It is not what happens in school that holds the intrigue, it is what happens beyond the school day - starting when she goes for a run in the woods.
I did not know until the end that this book was the beginning of a series. I am so glad to hear it. There are so many unanswered questions I have. I am really hoping that these get answered in future books. I do think that Jennifer Krey is a very promising author, one that I know that I will seek out. I am so glad that I gave this book a shot - and so will you. (less)
I still have this book and the characters rolling through my mind! This book was AMAZING!!!!
When I first started this book, I was totally unaware of...moreI still have this book and the characters rolling through my mind! This book was AMAZING!!!!
When I first started this book, I was totally unaware of what I was getting into. I actually struggled to get through the first couple of pages. The language was a little rough for me at first. I had even considered giving it up. But that was just the first 2 or 3 pages. I couldn't give up though. I kept telling myself - just one more page! Once I got through those pages and got accustomed to the language, I was hooked!!! I am so absolutely glad that I did not give in. The book was much more than what I expected, and I am hoping to find more by this author!!
Kait is such a strong character. She is strong-willed and stubborn. She does not let her culture or any man get in the way of what she wants. I think at times, that this surprised her as well! Eamon is a selkie man. He is very attractive - alluring!!! He, like other selkie men have a "lure" over women, and Kait was no exception. Their relationship starts out as one of revenge, but becomes one of love - even beyond!
This is the first book I have read of this type, so that is what originally attracted me to it. The Scottish setting was wonderful - so beautifully depicted. As I stated above, the Scottish language / dialect is what threw me off in the beginning, but I worked through it. The folklore of the selkie was told in such a way that I really believe I learned a lot about it, and even want to read / learn more. The author definitely has done her research or has an intimate background that allowed her to put some much forth - very well done!!
There is some sexual content to this book, but not very explicit. The nature of the sexual content is very much related to the lore of the selkie - so necessary. If I had one complaint about the book, it is the cover. My own images of Eamon is so much hotter!!!! I must say, the boy pictured on the cover is just a "pup" like the story describes. However, I did picture someone even more attractive. Just a little funny - I did not even pick up on the skin on the cover until I started into the book a ways. That part of the cover is great!!
I would highly recommend this book to others. And, I will be looking for more to come from this author, as well as more of this genre.(less)
This book has everything that I love about historical fiction / romance novels! Sandra Byrd is now one of my favorite authors! I absolutely loved her...moreThis book has everything that I love about historical fiction / romance novels! Sandra Byrd is now one of my favorite authors! I absolutely loved her writing style - so very easy to read. She has an obvious expertise in the Tudor time period. The book was so rich in historical facts, but not so much that it took away from the narrative. I have not read the first book in this series, but I know now that I will - as a matter of fact, I just ordered it!!!
Juliana St. John is a fascinating heroine. I loved that the author did not paint her to be perfect - rather showing her flaws / weaknesses. Juliana had the gift of prophesy, which was very dangerous in this time period. She had her share of both friends - some of which were quite controversial - and enemies - adding to the danger. Juliana became part of Kateryn Parr's household, prior to her becoming queen. During this time, Juliana became close friends and confidant to Kateryn. This allowed Juliana to take part in most everything - even the most intimate events. Such detail was provided throughout for the characters and events that I often felt as if I were actually there - taking part! The imagery was amazing!
I fell in love with both Juliana and Kateryn. Both women were very generous in character, in ways beyond wealth. It was a shame that not everyone loved them - although many did. Their relationship was very complex, and so different than the bitter, jealous women of that time. The love interests of both women were very intriguing. The motives behind the interests in these men, quite captivating. There is definitely no comparison to today's world - quite a difference. There is an obvious difference in the roles of women at the time, no matter what your status.
I must say that I have learned quite a bit about Henry VIII. I had learned a lot in school about him, but this put a new perspective on the time and person - and the novel was quite accurate to any of the historical accounts that had ever read or been exposed to. Kateryn's love, Sir Thomas Seymour, sure had some ups and downs. I both loved and hated him. The plot twists involving him and Juliana were quite surprising!!!
I was immediately attracted to Juliana's love interest, Jamie. Although at first, I was not sure they would have a chance, he was very persistent. The romantic story-line the author created was very enjoyable.
This is a very cleanly and accuratley written historical fiction, that I would would recommend to anyone who loves this genre, and especially those that like this time period.
**I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own."(less)
A very skillfully written historical fiction. If you are a fan in any way to historical fiction, this one is a must read! Slant of Light is written in...moreA very skillfully written historical fiction. If you are a fan in any way to historical fiction, this one is a must read! Slant of Light is written in the years just prior to and the beginning of the Civil War. A group of individuals take the writing of James Turner - Travels to Daybreak - and use it as a model to establish a "Utopian" society addressing the common good - all of this while the rest of the country is full of conflict and strife.
The whole story is based on this social experiment. James Turner meets his wife, Charlotte, while he is out on a lecture tour for his book. Also while on tour, to his delight, Turner gets asked to lead the establishment of this society when George Webb offers them land for this purpose. Turner sets off to get started, with plans to come back and get his wife. However, his wife decides to join him early. And, at a very opportune time, Charlotte is provided a chaperone from her father - Adam Cabot. Adam is an abolishonist that her father had saved from getting hanged. These are just a few of the many integral characters in this intricate novel. Wiegenstein masterfully created plot that involves many individuals, and was able to interweave these characters in such a way that all of them were very important to the story-line. He was able to describe each in a way that did not detract from the story, but add to it.
I am a lover of historical fiction written in the time of the Civil War. Weigenstein has taught me so much about this time in such an entertaining way. I go so wrapped up in the daily lives of the characters that I could not put the book down for long. The novel is very thought-provoking, and I found myself thinking about it even when I was not reading. I am still sifting through my thoughts on this one. I think I will carry this one around for quite some time. To me, that is a sign of a very adept author and a wonderful novel.
I loved that the author was able to not only tell a story about this society, provide it's interactions with the outside world in a time of struggle, but was also able to provide us with a well-written romance - a love triangle. This part was so fun to read. I felt tugs on my heart strings with Charlotte and Adam. In many ways I found that this romance was a necessary part of the novel - featuring the moral standards of the society. It demonstrated both the strengths and weaknesses of the society and its members.
I would definitely pick up another novel by Steve Wiegenstein. His writing is very easy to read, and appears straight forward. However, he always leaves you with something to ponder. (less)
The Rifts of Rime is a very cute and fun book. I am not usually one who likes stories with a bunch of talking animals, but this one I truly enjoyed. I...moreThe Rifts of Rime is a very cute and fun book. I am not usually one who likes stories with a bunch of talking animals, but this one I truly enjoyed. In some ways it put me in mind of Watership Down by Richard Adams. Both dealt with adventuresome animals and included great battles and triumphs, as well as a good moral background. My mother read Watership Down to me as a child, and it still pulls some strings on my heart. So, to relate The Rifts of Rime to that book really means something to me.
I fell in love with many of the characters: Pinecone, Leafe, and even The Tail - Klish - and these by far are not the only ones. I found it fun to read about the interactions of the many "quickened" animal species - wolves, squirrels, marmots, ants, etc. These chosen animals are those that are intelligent in some way. All the interactions were tied to their beliefs in the lore of the Wealdend and The Book of Quickening.
The whole storyline revolves around a power hungry gray squirrel that tries to overthrow the current sacred leaders. He does so in such a way to make it seem like those he is overthrowing have either died or have done something against the Wealdend - so that it appears that he is a "hero" and the rightful new leader. However, he underestimates some very strong individuals who stand up and demonstrate their intelligence and faith in the Wealdend. Although the true followers of the Wealdend are lesser in number than the followers of the betrayer, their united front is very strong and something to be reckoned with.
The message behind this story is quite powerful and very smart. Steven Peck is very creative, and writes a tale that I feel most middle school students could relate to on some level. In sharing some of the story with my students, many perked up and were asking questions - I think it would make an awesome read-aloud, not only to middle grade students, but to upper elementary as well.
Again, thanks to Cedar Fort for offering up a wonderful book, and allowing me to take part in another wonderful blog tour. Be sure to check out their many wonderful titles.(less)