Friday, February 26, 2010

The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello

I just finished reading this novel today, and I am not sure if I like it or not. I should say there were things I did like. Once the story got going around, I did not want to put it down. I thought I knew who did it, but I was never sure until the very end. I like the suspense and mystery.

What I did not like was the multiple story lines that did not add to the development of the story. Some of the story lines were not tied up at the end of the book which, of course, leaves the reader wanting more. This yearning will hopefully be satisfied in the next book in the series, The Mountains Bow Down. I did not read The Rivers Run Dry which is the first book in the Raleigh Haron series. I think if I had read that first book, I would have a better understanding of the characters in this book.

I do not get the family dynamics of the main character. She talks about the loss of her father multiple times but only mentions her adoption once. Her mother, who lives with her, is either insane or suffering from Alzheimer's, and the daughter does not know what is going on with her mother's mental health. It does not make sense to me. Another oddity is her car. The vehicle called K-Car is mentioned so many times that it sounded like a character in the book, yet a character that does not add anything to the storyline.

I consider myself an avid reader with a decent vocabulary, but the author uses words I have never seen such as sibilant (p. 94), tremulous (p. 95), gibbous (p. 115), and sonorous (p. 115). That was just the first third of the book. After that I stopped trying to understand what the author was saying. The writing is just too verbose.

So overall the book is ok. I am more ambivalent about this book and do not plan to read any more books in this series.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas

This was a cute story about a little girl named Katie searching for a talent for the school talent show. She has many talents and cannot think of which one to perform. Her dad reminds her that he loves her many talents, but loves her heart even more.

I expected this book to be more like the previous Tim McGraw children's book My Little Girl with a focus on the father-daughter relationship. This story was not that at all, but instead was about a little girl discovering her true talent. Her talent was not something to perform but something to share with others. A great example of how God made each of us special with our own talents to share.


To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Revolved 2010

As a mother of a preteen, I want to be aware of what is out there for my children. I am grateful that they have access to Bibles and Christian literature that was not available to me at that age.

Revolve 2010 is a new testament in the New Century Version. I prefer the New International Version, but this NCV is readable and relateable in today's culture.

This Biblezine is an interesting method of getting the Word into the hands of teenagers. I like the size and structure because it feels more like a magazine and less like a book. It is lightweight and easy to carry. This will make it easier to tote around and more likely to be used. I am grateful for anything that encourages the reading of God's Word.

The columns and added bits of the information in the Biblezine was interesting but not necessarily deep in theology. This presentation of the Bible is a good place to start for someone who is just starting to read God's Word. This would not be good for someone who wants in-depth Bible study. I would recommend the New Inductive Study Bible from Precepts Ministries for deeper study into God's Word.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.