Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
April 2011 by Knopf Canada
Source: ARC win from GoodReads
Beautifully written, hauntingly told, a New face of Fiction novel that in its storytelling and recounting of a multi-generational family story brings to mind Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude - and in its evocation of the mythic wilderness, Joseph Boyden's Three Day Road.
My grandfather lifted the cup of tea and blew on it again. We were waiting for him to speak, and like any good storyteller he savoured the anticipation, letting us dangle for just an extra moment. "I came back," he said "to introduce Stephen to his grandmother." "What?" My mother stared at him as if he had lost his mind. "Why have I come back to Sawgamet? Why now?" He looked at me. "I've come for your grandmother," he said. "I've come to raise the dead. This is Sawgamet, a mining boom town gone bust, a logging village where the cold of winter breaks the glass of the schoolhouse thermometer, where the dangers of working in the cuts are over shadowed by the dark mysteries lurking in the woods." Thirty years after his grandfather's pronouncement, Stephen, now a pastor with a wife and family, returns on the eve of his mother's funeral, to reconnect with the stories of his mythic grandfather and to confront the losses of childhood. Introducing a world of wonder and tenderness, a world where the monsters and witches of the woods are set against singing dogs and golden caribou. Touch is a haunting tale of three generations of love and loss in a town in Northern BC.
I was very excited to read this one as it was an ARC win from GoodReads...my first one!
I will start off saying that this was definitely not something I would normally read. However, I really enjoyed it. This is a true storytellers story. It reminded me of listening to my grandfather talk about his days as a young man and the adventures he lived. I found the whole reality of what this family lived through to be extremely fascinating. I think we all take for granted the many aspects of modern day life. I am not so sure I could handle everything that this family lived through. I found Alexi Zenter's writing to be beautiful and heartbreaking. My only complaint really? I found the bouncing back and forth between the generations to be a little distracting. There were many times I had to stop and think about who Stephen, the narrator, was talking about. I do recommend you do give this one a read though. It is a truly beautiful, fascinating, heartbreaking tale.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
It's time for another weekly meme started by Marcie over at To Read or Not To Read. This meme was started as a way for book bloggers to get to know one another with book and non-book related questions. This weeks question...
This is actually a hard one for me. I really had to think about it. I don't really have too many. I would say my number one is TEA! In any form. But I guess, there is really no guilt involved with this one! Of course right now I would also say Books! All I can say is thank God for the library. I go through a lot of books, but I only purchase ones that I would definitely read over and over again. That being said one of my book related guilty pleasures? The Immortal Instrument series and most definitely Jace. I am REALLY looking forward to The City of Bones movie being made and being released on DVD and if all our wishes come true and certain someone is cast as Jace? Then this is will become a hugh guilty pleasure...
Saturday, March 19, 2011
2009 by Thomas Nelson
Travel between two worlds with Thomas Hunter. In Green, Thomas hasn't dreamt in years and the Circle is weakening because there's no sign of their Creator, Elyon. When Thomas' son, Samuel, loses the faith, evil from both worlds tempts him to initiate war. Will Thomas be able to save Samuel and the Circle?
Green. The beginning or the end? I will have to admit that I am with the majority on this one. I truly believe if you plan to read this series, that you start with Black and end with Green. I think the experience of The Circle with be so much more enjoyable. Green was an amazing read as were the other 3 books, however, it was definitely the darkest out of the 4 books. Not necessarily a bad thing...just be forewarned that you are entering a very dark and evil world. I loved this series, but I am left utterly speechless. I will say this. I have never had a book or series of books leave me so utterly and completely exhausted as these. Emotionally, mentally and physically. Ted Dekker is a master at creating a world filled with both good and evil, light and dark and the struggles between them. I highly recommend reading The Circle series!!
After reading some other reviews, I have learned that his other series - Paradise and The Lost Books - are all connected. I will be adding them to my TBR list!! Thank you Ted Dekker
Rating: 5 Stars!
This is a weekly meme started by Zakiya over at Butterfly Feet Walking On Life. Each participant will share - 'what I've finished in the past week, what I am currently reading and where I am in the book/s, what I plan to read next, and possibly what I plan to buy/get.'
Now for my own status:
Finished this week:
White by Ted Dekker - you can read my review HERE.
Green by Ted Dekker (pg 286) - Amazing thus far. I will post my review tomorrow!
Reading next week:
Touch by Alexi Zentner - I won an ARC copy from Goodreads!
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
What I plan to purchase next?
That is an easy one! City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare!! I am counting down the sleeps!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
2004 by WestBow Press
One of the highlights of the year in religious fiction has been Ted Dekker's striking color-coded spiritual trilogy. Exciting, well written, and resonant with meaning, Black, Red and now White have won over both critics and genre readers. In the conclusion of the series, plot surprises abound as Thomas Hunter frantically struggles to save two worlds from the ravages of war and virus. An epic journey completed with grace.
First of all...Wow! I would not have thought it possible, but Ted Dekker has managed to make, White even more amazing than Black or Red. What an amazing journey. What an amazing story. I am always in awe of an author that can create a story, a world of such magnitude as this. But to create two?! This third installment was everything that the first two were...and more. The action, the adventure, the love story enveloping these two worlds? I am truly left speechless.
Ted Dekker is a master at creating a world of true good vs. evil. As a reader you are drawn into these two worlds and totally enveloped by the light and the dark. Many times after closing the cover, I found myself unsure if I was still within the story myself. Truly intoxicating.
Yes. This is an action packed thrill ride. Yes. This is a story for those who truly believe in God and his everlasting love. No. I am not a religious person...never have been. Yes. I believe that there is something in this book/series for everyone, whether you believe or not. One thing is for certain. I will look at my dreams in a whole new light!
rating: 5 Stars!!
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Mizb over at shouldbereading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two(2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
* Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser!
" I'm going back for her."
" Then we're both going back for her," she said.
" I can't ask you to do that."
" You taught me to live for danger. And although no one knows it, I'm a sap for romance."
If you decide to play along leave me a comment so I can see your teaser. Make sure you head over to Should be reading as well and leave your link.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Sunday Confessions is a weekly meme started by Marcie over at To Read or Not To Read. It is a way for everyone to get to know their fellow book bloggers.
" What do you do if a book does not grab your attention? "
Since I have discovered reading and YA books, this is a big one for me. I would like to say, yes, of course I finish everything I start! But no. There are sooooo many amazing books out there waiting to be read. If it does not grab me within the first few chapters? I can not waste my time on it. I have an ever growing list of 'to be read' books, that I will close the cover and go onto the next one. It has only ever happened a few times. And no. I do not feel bad about it at all. Not ever book is for everyone. I am sure there will be someone out there that will love that book. It just is not for me. With that said however, if I do receive a copy from an author or publisher for review? I would definitely give the book a full read even if it is not for me. I think they deserve my full attention if they are willing to put that book into my hands. Make sense? Well, it does to me. ;0)
I'd love to hear your thoughts. Let me know by leaving a comment here and then head over to Marcie's blog and leave her a comment too!
Friday, March 11, 2011
" We have stepped off the cliff and are falling into Madness."
The mind-bending pace of Black accelerates in Red, Book Two of Ted Dekker's groundbreaking Circle trilogy. Less than a month ago, Thomas Hunter was a failed writer selling coffee at the Java Hut in Denver. Now he finds himself in the desperate quest to rescue two worlds from collapse. In one world, he's a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he's racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos through an unstoppable virus.
Two worlds on the brink of destruction. One unthinkable solution.
Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide. Nothing is as it seems, as Black turns to Red.
This second installment was just as brilliant as the first one, Black. It all started even before the story began with this little message from the publishers...
Thomas Hunter's story begins in Black, Book One of The Circle Trilogy. If you've yet to read Black, I strongly encourage you to start there. Red is far richer once you've fully experienced Thomas's initial journey into two realities. There are numerous plot twists that deserve grounding before you plunge into the pages ahead.
Once you've read Black, you're ready to step into Red. But be forewarned, nothing will prepare you - or Thomas - for what awaits him in this second book of epic trilogy."
Does that not give you chills? Well, if you have read, Black, it will!! The second book was just as thrilling and jaw dropping. As the Publisher mentioned, there are some new plot twists, that I did not see coming and so very, very cool! This is such a hard book to review without giving away too much. So I won't really say much. If you are a fan of fast paced, edge of your seat, action, adventure? You will love this series. Once again there is the whole 'God' element to this book. And once again I found myself a little uncomfortable with certain aspects, but I understand where it is coming from and it would not be the story it is without them. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and very pumped for book 3, White.
Rating: 5 stars!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
'Dr. Myles Bancroft was a frumpy, short man with wrinkled slacks and facial hair poking out of his orifices, overall not the kind of man most people would associate with the Pulitzer Prize. He wore a small knowing grin that was immediately disarming - a good thing, considering what he played with.
taken from pg 73 of RED - The Circle/Book Two - The Heroic Rescue by Ted Dekker
Okay I know. That was 3 sentences, but it was hard not to put that last one in too. ;0)
Sunday, March 6, 2011
What do you do when you're not reading?
Besides the hobbies, when the weather turns warmer, we like to enjoy a lot of time outdoors. Especially now that we have the dog...our Beagle, Rudy. Once summer arrives you will also find us doing a fair amount of camping.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Welcome to the new blog. I decided to keep everything seperate. Why? Well...why not. If you are new to my blog and wondering what the heck I am talking about? I have two other blogs. One for my papercrafting(TracysHappyPlace) and one for my crocheting(MyAmigurumiHappyPlace).
Be sure to check out my 100 Book Challenge Page at the top to see what I am reading. I will be back soon with my first offical book review here on my blog.
Thanks for stoppin by...