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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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‘Paper Roses’ Book Review September 27, 2012

Author: Amanda Cabot

Date I Finished Reading: August 16, 2012

My Rating: 4/5

I was not really expecting to like this book (I think it was the fact that Sarah was a mail-order bride that had me hesitant). However, I was delightfully surprised! I found myself quickly becoming drawn to the characters and feeling for them in their pain. The characters were real, down-to-earth and so was the story. They did not have one of those easy-cheesy, happily ever after love stories. Both of the lead characters had struggles, they both needed to learn to forgive someone who had caused them tremendous pain. Neither wanted to let go of the anger they felt towards these people. However, when they found God’s love and forgiveness they discover that they were called to forgive as they had been forgiven. This was such a good story, I cried (shock, shock).  I really recommend this book!

This book is occasionally FREE for the kindle! You can get it by following this link: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Roses-Dreams-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B001N2MBJW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348770036&sr=8-1&keywords=paper+roses

A paper copy can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Paper-Roses-Texas-Dreams-Book/dp/080073324X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1348770036&sr=8-1

 

‘the Scarlet Letter’ Book Review September 23, 2012

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Title: The Scarlet Letter

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Date I Finished Reading: March 20,2012

My Rating: 4/5

The Scarlet Letter is not a new thing. It has been around for quite some time.  If you are anything like me, you probably expect this book to be boring, dry, maybe even pointless. But I was wrong! Hawthorne is an exceptional author and presented his plot well. The characters are well-developed, and symbolism is used both generously and effectively. Yes, it is written in an older, more eloquent form than we are used to, but reading this type of writing style can actually be very beneficial to us! Hawthorne does an exceptional job at displaying the toll tat sin and guilt can take on a person (displayed primarily through the character of Arthur Dimmesdale) as well as the importance and freedom of repenting your sins to God and to others…

You can get this book for FREE on your kindle by clicking this link:http://www.amazon.com/The-Scarlet-Letter-ebook/dp/B0084BL4NY/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Or you can purchase a paper copy with this link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Scarlet-Letter-Nathaniel-Hawthorne/dp/1613822030/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1348430652&sr=8-3&keywords=scarlet+letter#_