Friday, December 27, 2013

Great Expectations

  My rating 5 of 5 stars

Pip is a poor orphan boy living with his older sister and her husband. One day, he is quiet unexpectedly made into a "gentleman" by an unknown benefactor. Pip leaves his home and his family to enjoy his newfound wealth, but in the end he discovers that there are some things money can't buy.
This book is amazing! True, Dickens does get a bit wordy at times. But he can draw up the most complex plots! By the end of this book, you will be amazing at how everything works out. I love this story, definitely recommend!
I also recommend BBC's television production of this title, it was an exceptional movie that stayed fairly true to the book.

Jack Hinson's One Man War

My rating 5 of 5 stars

Jack Hinson was a peaceful farmer claiming neutrality during the civil War. But when two of his sons were falsely accused of being Confederate spies and brutally executed, Jack's quest for vengeance made him into a deadly sniper against that union. With his custom made 50caliber rifle, he picked off more than 100 union soldiers at 300 and 600 yard distances.
This is a fascinating book. I could not believe that I had never heard of Jack Hinson! I highly recommended this book for anyone who loves history. The author did not try to glorify the war or the bloodshed, but portrayed it as the horrific and brutal thing that it was. But he also kept it very clean and readable.

Pride and Prejudice

My rating 5 or 5 stars

I was unexcited about this book at first, but then I watched BBC's production and loved it. And the book is even better than the movie. By the time I got to the end, I didn't want it to be over. I love the beauty of the language, the social comedy, and the thought provoking displays of Elizabeth's predjudice and Mr. Darcy's pride. Such a realistic example of human nature, though perhaps we express such sentiments differently today. Excellent book, I highly reccomend it!


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

  Thalli has been taught all her life that the Scientists created her, and that everything they did was right. But Thalli is an anomaly, she feels emotions and that is strictly forbidden by the Scientists. She has hidden her feeling her whole life, but when she is overwhelmed by a piece of music, the Scientists discover her "sickness" and schedule her for annihilation. While she awaits her impending doom, she learns of One called "The Designer". She is told that He loves her and that He intended for her to have emotions. But can it be true? Is there really Someone in charge of her life besides the Scientists?
  This was one of the best books I have read this year. I must admit, I have never actually read a Christian Dystopian book before this one, but I was very impressed! It reminds somewhat of "The Hunger Games", although the stories are very different. "Anomaly" is not nearly as dark as the "Hunger Games", but the story is fascinating and very well written. This was a great book, I highly recommend it to anyone old enough to grasp it. It is very clean, and there should not be anything in it most parents would find objectionable. But it is also a great adult book, it isn't childish or anything.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merlin's Shadow

Merlin's Shadow (The Merlin Spiral #2)Merlin's Shadow by Robert Treskillard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 Pursued relentlessly by enemies who wish to destroy them and take control of the kingdom, Merlin and his rag-tag band of friends and allies are still on the run, trying desperately to protect orphaned prince Aurthur. But the forces of evil are strong, seemingly insurmountable. When only God can save them, will Merlin trust Him or will all be lost?
   This  book was just as fascinating and irresistible as the first book in the series, "Merlin's Blade". The author weaves an intriguing tale blending Arthurian legend and history, making these books quite unique. The story is absolutely gripping, I could not put it down. It is a lot darker than the first book as the conflict and plot deepen; and by the end, I can hardly wait for book three because I can't see how the story can come out well. This is an excellent read, and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys King Arthur stories, fantasy, and even pictic and druidic history.
   I recieved a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cloak of the Light

Cloak of the Light (Wars of the Realm, #1)Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Drew Carter loses his sight in a lab accident, he is told he will never see again. But when he miraculously regains his sight, he finds that he can see into the spiritual realm. Terrified, Drew is trying to rescue people from the evil invasion; but who can he tell that will not think he is crazy?
  Wow,wow,wow! This is one of the best books I have read this year, and that is really saying a lot because I have read some amazing books this year. This is the first Chuck Black book that I have read, and already he is on my favorite authors list.
     This book is a little creepy, escpecially at first. But it was so fascinating because I am well aware that spiritual warfare is going on, but I never really thought about it. And it is ultra clean, I don't know how it is possible to keep such a high action story so squeeky clean, but it is. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to any child old enough to comprehend it; yet I could equally recommend it to any of my adult friends. On a scale of 1-10, this is about a 15.
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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