***Thank you Margherita Gilley for the free copy of Thomas Grove: The Dead in exchange for my honest review.
Margherita Gilley is a gifted***Thank you Margherita Gilley for the free copy of Thomas Grove: The Dead in exchange for my honest review.
Margherita Gilley is a gifted writer who intrigued me within the first sentence of the first page and kept me interested with natural dialogue and distinctive characters.
One of my favourite aspects of Thomas Grove: The Dead is how Thomas refers to himself as ‘the dead’. He feels dead and acts dead, choosing not to speak. Because of this, I feel like I’m in on a secret that only Thomas and I know about. Unlike the characters in his world, I can hear his thoughts, I can laugh at his unspoken humor, and I can giggle at the cartoon images he sketches in his mind as he observes the people around him.
I also enjoyed the relevant themes addressed in this novel such as high school loyalties, growing up, and facing things you don’t want to face.
My two favourite quotes from Thomas Grove: The Dead are:
“Most of the time people are so wrapped up in whatever they are doing that a whole crew of dead corpses could just circle around them and I’ll bet they wouldn’t even skip a beat.”
“It would all be explained to me, regurgitated, and fed back to me like the mother bird that feeds her fledgling blue jays in the big maple outside my window, until I was cured of myself.”
(Disclaimer: I don’t advocate the foul language used in this novel - although it's not excessive, in my opinion. For this reason, I can’t recommend this book for younger audiences.) ...more
The Prodigy is a well-written, fast-paced book. I was hooked on the first page.
Its quickly moving plot certainly held my interest, but I tThe Prodigy is a well-written, fast-paced book. I was hooked on the first page.
Its quickly moving plot certainly held my interest, but I think it was actually the controversial themes presented in The Prodigy that kept me reading. I appreciated how the topics of demonic influence in people’s lives and whether or not miracles still occur today were respectfully explored.
On a note of personal preference, I’d like to point out that The Prodigy has many subplots - something I’m not usually fond of. You see, I don’t like hopping from one story to another and trying to shift my brain over to where the author wants me to go. Surprisingly, however, I enjoyed the subplots in Alton Gansky’s novel. He did an excellent job of keeping the plot grounded at all times by his main character: the prodigy child. He also created characters I could care about, which meant that I liked the side characters equally as well as any of the others and wanted to discover where their stories would end up.
Although The Prodigy held my attention throughout, I must admit that I liked the first two-thirds of the novel best. It seemed to me that nearer to the end of the book, the author switched genres, so I felt like I was reading an action novel (which may not be a bad thing for another reader) instead of a thriller. Also, I generally like to read fiction books that stretch my thinking just a bit more than this one did; and the ending felt a little too “wrapped up” for me. For these reasons, I gave it four stars instead of five....more
Jesus – Safe, Tender, Extreme is a long walk with a good friend. It is filled with insights, humor, and stories about real life: not the life we feelJesus – Safe, Tender, Extreme is a long walk with a good friend. It is filled with insights, humor, and stories about real life: not the life we feel we should be living, but the life we’re actually staggering through.
Adrian Plass is brutally honest without being disrespectful; he is funny without sounding cynical. His writing challenges my thinking. I don’t agree with everything he has to say, but he says it in such a way that I’m left knowing he’s perfectly okay with me not agreeing with him and he might very well be proud of me for having my own opinion.
To be clear, this book is not a thriller. It is a gentle, encouraging read that speaks to your heart. It is a trusted friend sitting across the table from you, making you laugh while you sip a comforting cup of coffee. I will admit there were moments in this book when I felt the conversation lagged. I wished Adrian would get to his point just a little faster, or at least before my coffee cooled; however, I also found that the lulls were comfortable, meaningful, and for the most part, essential to the message of the book.
My favorite quote from Jesus – Safe, Tender, Extreme can be found on page 70:
“Accepting something doesn’t mean that you applaud it or like it or want it or stop praying against it; it just means that you’re facing the truth and getting yourself ready to do anything that needs to be done.” ...more
Immediately, I fell in love with Margaret. I wanted to pick her up and snuggle her and tell her that she is seen and loved.
Margaret and thImmediately, I fell in love with Margaret. I wanted to pick her up and snuggle her and tell her that she is seen and loved.
Margaret and the Moth Tree has a quick-moving plot and distinct characters; and is full of true-to-life insightful observations. The writing style manages to address serious themes, yet still entertain us with fantastical plot twists, such as the appearance of talking moths. It is playful and honest, full of both joy and pain.
I appreciated the themes of courage, perseverance, and hope.
From a parent's perspective, this is a very clean book. No swearing. No inappropriate content. Just honesty, reality, a splash of imaginative fantasy, and an ending filled with hope.
This book is so lovely, I wish I'd written it!...more
Stones of Time is a time-travel middle grade adventure that combines historical fact with fantasy. Its character(Warning: Ending spoiler.)
Stones of Time is a time-travel middle grade adventure that combines historical fact with fantasy. Its characters enjoy the natural banter of siblings and friends amidst a plot of mystery and action as they work collectively toward a crucial end goal: getting back home.
Although I found the theme of time travel and the historical background of Cree culture informative and interesting, I felt that the plot lagged, as it took place almost entirely in one main setting. Albeit, the setting does jump back in time, which is neat.
Stones of Time is essentially a story of three kids who seem to bite off more than they can chew, yet manage to return home stronger and wiser than when they first embarked on their adventure.
As for sensitive content, this book is very clean. I would gladly let my 9 and 11 year old read this creative adventure novel....more