Saturday, September 25, 2010
This fantasy is interesting, colorful, and drew me in immediately. I enjoyed reading about the different races and peoples, with characters realist and life-like. Donita K. Paul has a wonderful way with words. It was especially neat to read about the birth of each dragon and find out what their special gift was. My favorite quote is found on pg. 237. "Frightened," Leetu continued. "Well, it is a lie to face scary things and pretend you are not frightened. Just as it is deceitful to look at the beauty of that scene" --she nodded toward the mountain range-- "and pretend the grandeur does not stir your soul. Perhaps not false, but folly, to take in with the eyes and deny with the heart."
I enjoyed this book, even though parts of it were predictable. It is similar to other young adult novels I have read lately, but it contains its own twists and turns, which encouraged me to continue turning the pages. I didn't want to put it down and look forward to reading the sequel, "Crescendo."
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Six wonderful Christmas stories are included in this book by Robert L. Morgan; stories that you will want to share with your family and friends during the holiday season. How can losing your car, or forgetting your lines, or impending tragedy, or a honeymoon, or a carver and a cradle bring out the true meaning of Christmas? You will need to read the book to find out! Each story points the way to the true meaning of Christmas and how to make the beauty of the season shine through words, giving, and celebration. The characters are real and the stories easy to identify with. The wonderful photography adds texture and realism to each tale.
I really enjoyed reading this book. From the first page, the stories captured my attention and I couldn’t put the book down until it was finished. This is a book I will share with my family during the holidays, and will purchase as gifts as well. These are stories that will remain with me throughout the year, not just the holidays. I want to thank the Booksneeze program for the opportunity to read and enjoy this book!
Monday, September 20, 2010
I had a hard time getting into this book because of the graphic violence. But, once I got to the second section, I wanted to know more. Bruce Machart has delivered a book that will be a success! Thank you, Barnes & Noble First Look, for making it possible for me to read the book before it comes out! It was well worth the initial struggle! This is a great book for discussion groups.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Outlive your life? What does that mean? In this book, Max Lucado, provides answers and examples to help and encourage everyone to live life to its fullest, in turn, touching the lives of others. With chapters like, “Calling Mr. Pot Roast,” and “Let God Unshell You,” it is easy to see that each person can make a difference. Actions don’t have to be out there for everyone to see, but can be simple, everyday things that encourage people as they pass along our path. God uses the simple things to get our attention, and normal, average people to accomplish his plan. Will you be one who will “Outlive Your Life?”
This book made me think of the song, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are,” and I have been happily singing that for days. It has been an encouragement to me, and I encourage everyone to pick up this book and let it make a change in your life. You should also find it useful in a book discussion group. It is especially wonderful to note that all of the author’s royalties will be donated to benefit children and families around the world.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
There is an actual "Butterfly Effect," and I enjoyed reading how it went from something scientists thought was laughable to a scientific fact called, "The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions." It is a quick read that will change your philosophy about the seemingly inconsequential things in life. I am thankful to the Book Sneeze program for having the ability to read and comment on this book. This is great reading for everyone, and I recommend the children’s companion, "The Boy Who Changed the World."
Does what you do really matter? Even when you are a child? Yes, each life matters. "The Boy Who Changed the World" is a wonderful story for children showing how each person affects others around them. Norman Borlaug was a normal young man who loved to play in the cornfields. But, there was something Norman didn't like and that was knowing that someone didn't have enough to eat. His plan was to grow special seeds to grow super plants and try to stamp out hunger. Norman studied and succeeded, but was Norman the only one responsible for this success? You will need to read the book to find out!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I enjoyed reading this book while thinking about the children in my life who would love it. The illustrations made the reading so delightful, and I loved its ending of folding hands in prayer! It makes a great baby shower or birthday gift, and a great addition to any home library. Thank you to the Book Sneeze book reviewer's program for the opportunity to have a copy.