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Book Review: Judgment Day

16 Apr

Whew — I just finished Judgement Day by Wanda L. Dyson…and what a ride!  Suzanne is a TV personality with an expose style show “Judgment Day”.  She uses her show to launch less than accurate attacks that have ruined more than one innocent person.  So when Suzanne finds herself under attack the list of people with motive for revenge is long.  And when she finds herself under arrest for murder she has to swallow her pride and ask for help from a former boyfriend who’d been a victim of Suzanne’s cutthroat, all about me behavior.

The story kept me turning pages and up well past a responsible bed time.  This is a fun read that I highly recommend.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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Book Review: Divine Appointments

28 Mar

I just finished Divine Appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich.  It was a very sweet book that has a very timely message for people experiencing changes in their life — who isn’t after all.
There were parts of the book that moved a little slowly for my taste and parts that flashed by a little to quick and would have deepened the book by dwelling with some changes more than others.
If you like books with a “real life setting” but just a touch of the mystical than you will enjoy Divine Appointments.

Finished Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

5 Nov

Okay — this is a honking big book — 750 pages (paper form) or right around 28 hours of listening time.  Frankly I think some could have been cut or trimmed…..the Dwarf council had parts that were mind numbing….But I think Paolini’s editor is really impressed with her client.  And really he’s a pretty darn good story teller — especially considering his age.  But it’s when he’s dwelling on minutiae that he goes over board and a little restraint would go along way.  Brisingr was supposed to be the final chapter in the Eragon trilogy — however, it’s not done and book four is on the way.  It’s not the best book ever – written or edited – but if you like medieval style stories with magic and dragons — you’ll probably enjoy the book — especially if you’ve followed the series at all.  It’s clear that Paolini is a big fan of JRR Tolkien…..very clear….there are some very similar themes/character types present — but maybe you can say that about most stories….

Book Review — Dark Pursuit

14 Oct

Okay — yep — I’m one of the cool kids who got to read a book before it’s available for sale.  🙂  Jealous?  You should be….not that I’m encouraging envy you understand….okay — maybe a little bit.

Dark Pursuit is Brandilyn Collins new stand alone novel that will be released in the next month.  It is a humdinger!  It’s a page-turning suspense novel that keeps you guessing.  I love the premise — you have a best-selling suspense novelist who has lost his “mojo” because of a car accident, his grand-daughter comes to him for help because she came home early from work to discover a body on her bed and she suspects her cop-boyfriend…..And the boyfriend knows she came home early!  Yikes.  Yeppers that just the first couple of chapters!  Brandilyn doesn’t say she writes seatbelt suspense for nothing kids!  This one you gotta buckle up for!!!   And again, one of the greatest gifts Brandilyn has is for writing characters that are really developed — you feel them, you get to know their hearts — and get a believable and credible peek at what is motivating them.  There are also some great thought provoking situations that really lend themselves to some great discussions amongst friends.   For example, when does the clock stop running on past mistakes?  Is it really possible to make a fresh start?  What can you learn about dealing with painful events in the past that different characters have and the differences in how they handle them.  This book is great read, but more than that — it’s very relevant and if you let it take you on the journey, there is a lot of food for thought and reflection.

Wet your taste buds with an excerpt — Dark Pursuit

Book Review – Amber Morn

19 Aug

Amber Morn is the last of the four books in Brandilyn Collins’ Kanner Lake Series…..and it is a whiz bang way to end the series (although I’m gonna miss the characters).  I started the book on Saturday and finished it on Sunday!  I didn’t want to put it down because I was on the edge of my seat to find out what was gonna happen next.  Some of the characters that had been “local color” in the previous three books got the opportunity to be front and center in the action.  Collins’ really delivered a intense read that did not become obvious.  I was expecting the action to play out in ways — and frankly that might have been very pedestrian and easy to guess — and Collins’ delivered unexpected results and twists that weren’t a “pat” solution (definitely not a Hollywood or Touched by Angel).  There were a couple of threads I’d have liked to have had sewn in — but all in all….it was a delightful, suspenseful read.  I’m looking forward to sampling other series written by Collins — I’m not expecting to be disappointed.  I’ll let you know.

Book Review – Crimson Eve

13 Aug

Crimson Eve is the 3rd book in Brandilyn Collins’ Kanner Lake series.  When I read the author’s note at the beginning of the book I sort of scoffed at her comments about what a “buckle your seat belt ride” this story was….well….my apologies to the author.  This story was one heck of a thrill ride.  While the 2nd book in the series Coral Moon features a strong influence of the supernatural,  Crimson has none of that element — but is story about the past coming home in a very threatening way…..you know secrets are never a good idea.  Some of the story line is not unfamiliar and some of the characters a little on the cliched side, but overall it’s a great read that had me reading the final pages minutes before about 50+ guests showed up at my home for the church picnic — yep I was hooked.  🙂

The Shack — an emotional must read

13 Aug

I finished The Shack about a week ago and have been stirring around for a way to summarize my thoughts about it.  The story hooked me in almost immediately even though the source of Mack’s Great Sadness was really painful.  (Mack is the main character by the way)  It is Mack’s story.  I don’t want to give too much away because part of the wonderful journey the reader goes on is the discovery of how the story unfolds.  The cover blurb — “could be this generation’s Pilgrim’s Progress” — really caught my attention.  What I found was a story that didn’t shy away from the tough questions many of us (if not all) ask at one point in our life.   I think the story deals with the subjects in a very real and authentic manner….making it that much more compelling.  I will confess that at as many as three different points in the story I sat reading with tears rolling down my face so be prepared.  

I’ve heard there are some conservative groups that have taken issue with some of the content of The Shack.  I’d say to them lighten up — this is a work of fiction — not anything claiming to be anything but a work of man.  The honesty, authentic emotions and new perspectives that the story brings forward are incredibly thought provoking.  I think it’s a phenomenal read.