Epic video game, Dante's Inferno, Pilgrim's Progress meet 19 year old girl. She rocks! As the main character goes into Hell to rescue friends she meet...moreEpic video game, Dante's Inferno, Pilgrim's Progress meet 19 year old girl. She rocks! As the main character goes into Hell to rescue friends she meets many horrid obstacles along the way. This is non-stop excitement. Minor romance but not as bad or as angsty as most YA's. This girl is on a mission. Her will and self-worth are on the line the whole way. I have got to wonder if the author had nightmares many a night as she wrote this. Oh, and there's a horse!
There are places I found the tenses going astray but it was in first person and in your face. There, also, were times of repetition, but I suppose faced with the challenges the main character faced, I would not only be repeating myself but stuttering like a fool comes to mind. Great story!(less)
The characters were well developed. I didn't expect to actually have tears in my eyes at several spots in the book. The spiritual issues were handled...moreThe characters were well developed. I didn't expect to actually have tears in my eyes at several spots in the book. The spiritual issues were handled gently. You aren't forced to believe as the author. Often I was angry at the author, but just as I thought there were hypocritical issues, highly judgmental ones, those issues were dealt with. Religion is undercurrent but not pushed down your throat.
What was dealt with in a way I haven't found in other young adult books is a family member who has an extreme disability, yet deeply loved. Being a teen is tough enough but if your family has such great needs, those teens live with much greater challenges. The autistic younger sister presents the family with great opportunities of love but reduces the chance of independence at at time (adolescence) when one wants to fly.
There were a few editing issues, but the biggest was the "ddd" sectional dividers. Very distracting. I have ordered the next book in the series but it will be a while, holds suddenly became available for me at the library.(less)
Whew! Glad I am finished reading this. I couldn't read it as a bedtime book as I am sure I would have horrid, angsty dreams. But I read the last part...moreWhew! Glad I am finished reading this. I couldn't read it as a bedtime book as I am sure I would have horrid, angsty dreams. But I read the last part during the morning hours so there is time to shake it off.
I am jealous. This is your first book, Ms. Courtney Allison Moulton? Wow! It kept me on the edge of my seat! Congratulations on a job well done!
This was angel meeting hell-hounds. It was, also, teen girl in high school. Thank goodness there were no pompous girlie bullies, that gets so old. But grades, and parents and growing and trying life. And love.
There was a bit of spirituality tucked in but it wasn't pedantic or preachy. It was brave and edgy. I loved the characters, except her father... I wonder what gives with him?
If there is a book two, and I feel there must be, I will have to find it. This was a library find that was quite accidental, but rather serendipitous.
Read it. Tell me what you think. The only reason this isn't getting five stars is I am still shaking from the evil spawn. (less)
This was a very short book about what its title says. What I enjoyed was the more spiritual aspect of meditation and breath control. When it came to t...moreThis was a very short book about what its title says. What I enjoyed was the more spiritual aspect of meditation and breath control. When it came to the exercises... well, I'm more visual and need to SEE the exercise done. There were no pictures. (less)
Yay! I won this on First-Reads giveaway! I can hardly wait to read it! Thanks! Received today. :)
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I cannot believe I read this book. I can't belie...moreYay! I won this on First-Reads giveaway! I can hardly wait to read it! Thanks! Received today. :)
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I cannot believe I read this book. I can't believe that I couldn't put it down for two whole days. When I opened it and read the first page I wondered at my sanity that I had wished for a book about churchianity. I groaned. Then I re-read the book description and realized that it might be interesting to see this take on, for me, a too well worn topic. Many churches rob souls from the bodies that faithfully attend. What is left is paper-thin people with no gumption left in them. It seems to hit women and girls the hardest. After all the Bible was written by men and for men.
So it was that this book captured my attention and held it. It didn't hurt that it was about an Earth mother of home-birthed, home-schooled children. I related. And though I didn't have as many children, I related to the fears of social workers. Now with adult children I am proud to know as people, not just my offspring, I am happy for the times we spent together, even when it was hard.
Meg Moseley was eloquent and inspired in the way she gave depth to each of the characters and plot twists, bringing out internal doubts and fears we all have. She gave instruction to those women who are controlled to rebel, step out for what you believe and stop taking abuse whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Find help and don't close yourself off from others who might see things differently.(less)