Sunday, January 13, 2013

Angel Reviews--Grandelyn by Dionne Lee Nelson

GrandelynGrandelyn by Dionne Lee Nelson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me just start by saying: This book was awesome!

I am an avid reader of both the sci-fi and fantasy genres and I know very well that sometimes it takes quite some time to get sucked into the story. With Grandelyn I did not have this problem. I was hooked by page 3. This almost never happens!

The characters, and their world are described in such vibrant detail that as you read, you feel as if you are mentally surrounded by this exotic place. The sights, the smells the sounds appear and you are there.

It's exciting, it's emotional and it's convictions are relevant to here and now. Is it a good fantasy story? Yes. But, it is so much more. The lessons about life and inner strength are so empowering. It made me feel hopeful and not much does that for me these days. I enjoyed and approved of this book so much that when I was done, I handed it off to my 11 year old daughter and asked her to read it. She read it and loved it and when I asked her what she thought she said "I wanna be as confident as Ariyah." I just smiled knowing the message that got through to me, also got through to her.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fantasy world, also women, young girls and just basically anyone who likes stories of empowerment and people overcoming the obstacles of life.

5 big bright shining stars for this one.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Angel Reviews: Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin

Good Christian BitchesGood Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I came across this book by accident, at the library and just kinda giggled at the title. I picked it up and read the back and thought, what the hell, I'll give it a go.

At first it was a little funny but, the more I read the fluffier it got and by the end it just seemed like a rip off of Mean Girls only with supposed adult characters.

Sure there were some really amusing situations but the story line just wasn't there and closure? forget it! loose ends abound!

Nice try I guess but no.....

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Angel Reviews -- Falstaff's Big Gamble by Hank Quense

Falstaff's Big GambleFalstaff's Big Gamble by Hank Quense
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was supposed to write this review ages ago but life got in the way. But you know what they say, better late than never right?

Let me first start by saying I am a huge, huge Sci-fi/fantasy fan. I am not, however, a Shakespeare fan. I have never read his works--at all. (although I will admit to googling the characters so I didn't completely miss the satire.)

I imagine Falstaff's Big Gamble could possibly piss off some people. You know, those with no sense of humor...but if you like a good laugh, dry humor and cheekiness mixed with just enough serious emotions to make it impossible to stop reading, you're gonna LOVE this book.

When I began reading I was really worried that I wouldn't "get it" since I really wasn't familiar with Hamlet at all but once I was finished reading I realized that I hadn't needed to google those darn characters anyway! Mr. Quense weaved the tale so that even literary dummies like me could enjoy it and laugh and actually feel....a little smart.

I don't know what else to say besides... just read it! If it doesn't make you giggle, there is seriously something wrong with you!

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