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‘A Cast Of Stones’ Book Review February 19, 2014

downloadTitle: A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword book 1)

Author: Patrick W. Carr

My Rating: 5/5

I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book to read it. What I found was a delightful surprise. With an entirely  unique spin to the typical story of kings, adventure, sword fights, and quests, this book grabbed my attention and had me hooked to the very end.

Errol Stone has no idea of the amazing talent and potential that he possesses. He sees himself as almost anyone else does. As  a drunk. However, when someone offers to pay him for delivering a message, he quickly accepts, thinking that the money would help him to purchase more ale. What follows this seemingly simple task is an unforgettable, and unpredictable adventure that will change his heart, and his destiny.

I absolutely loved the setting of this book. Carr did an excellent job at painting a vivid picture of Errol’s surroundings that helped me to become much more engaged in the plot. The time and culture in which this story occurs drew me in quickly and easily. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the way in which Errol’s character matures, changes and learns throughout the book. This made him seem so much more real and believable. I soon became very attached to his character, and found myself rejoicing in his victories and grieving over his trials.

My only negative remark in regards to this otherwise wonderful masterpiece would be that at times I felt that particular characters entered and left the story far too quickly, leaving little time for them to truly become developed or contribute much to the plot. I found myself waiting for them to somehow be worked back into the story, thinking that they had left far too abruptly, but they never did. However, this is only the first book in the series, so perhaps Carr plans to reunite the characters in a later book.

Over all, I would say that this creative, engaging and wonderfully written book is one that I would most definitely recommend, and greatly enjoyed!

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

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‘The Wild Goose Chase’ Book Review January 20, 2013

imageTitle: The Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God
Author: Mark Batterson
Date I Finished Reading: January 19,2013
My Rating: 5/5

When you think of pursuing God, what comes to your mind? Duty? Struggle? How about adventure? Do you ever view your walk with God as an exciting, adventurous thing? In this book, Mark Batterson discusses spiritual barriers that can prevent us from growing closer to God, or finding satisfaction in him. He explores the barriers of:
~responsibility
~routine
~assumptions
~guilt
~failure
~fear
He discusses how each of these things can, at times hinder us from growth, and the signs of them in our lives.
One thing I liked about this book would be Batterson’s writing style. He writes with honest humor that makes the book an easy, enjoyable read. I also liked how applicable this book is. The issues addressed and the actions recommended are practical and applicable to our personal and daily lives.
I really had no complaints about this book, besides the fact that Batterson becomes a bit repetitive at times. Other than that, I have none!
I would highly recommend this book to you, especially if you are struggling with spiritual growth and desire a resource to help you identify what barrier may be hindering you from pursuing and growing closer to God.

Note: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Goose-Chase-Adventure-Pursuing/dp/1590527194/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358641942&sr=8-1&keywords=wild+goose+chase

 

‘the Orphan King’ Book Review October 3, 2012

Title: the Orphan King (Merlin’s Immortals Book One)

Author: Sigmund Brouwer

Date I Finished Reading: October 2,2012

My Rating:4/5

Imagine, you have been enslaved in a monastery to abusive monks for eight years. You carry a secret and a glorious destiny. However, you know fulfilling your destiny will require risking everything… including your life. This is the predicament that eighteen year-old Thomas finds himself in. When he sums up the courage to flee the monastery, there is no turning back. With his mismatched team that includes a knight, pickpocket, and beautiful Isabele, he sets out to retrieve what is his.

This book was an engaging read. The author did an excellent job at keeping your attention and making you anxious to read more. The plot was well thought-out and the characters were very well-developed. My only complaint would be that at times the story became a bit confusing, and hard to follow. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it to you. I am very excited about book two, which will be released in February, 2013.

I recieved this book free from the Blogging For Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, but my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here:http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-King-Merlins-Immortals/dp/1400071542/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349287344&sr=8-1&keywords=the+orphan+king

 

‘Chosen’ Book Review September 29, 2012

Title: Chosen ( The Lost Books #1)
Author: Ted Dekker
Date I Finished Reading: September 28, 2012
My Rating: 5/5

This book greatly surpassed my expectations. I was a bit sceptical at first, believing it was going to be a crummy attempt at a young adult series. Needless to say, I was incorrect. The plot of the story goes like this: Thomas Hunter has selected four teenagers to assist in leading his army in battle against their enemy, the Horde. He then dismisses them on a short mission to test their skills and wisdom. His words of advice? “Think with your heart.” However, when the mismatched lot sets out, the story that unfolds is unpredictable. Is Johnis really the chosen one? Are the legends true? And are they willing to sacrifice their lives for the destiny that Elyon has called them to?
Dekker did a superb job at combining excitement, dread, suspense, and adventure. It truly left you hungry for more and eager for the remainder of the series! I definitely enjoyed this read and recommend it to you!

You can find a copy of this book by using the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Chosen-The-Lost-Books-Dekker/dp/B004IEA2X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348942661&sr=8-1&keywords=chosen+ted+dekker