Thursday, 28 February 2013
I loved this book and gave it five stars. This is my review. I’m not going to do a breakdown of the story of Dreamlander, because a number of reviewers have already done that. What I am going to say is WOW!!! This is an amazing fantasy. It is so intense and powerful, while at the same time there are moments of humour thanks to a sweet little character called Pitch. He became a favourite of mine, along with Orias Tarn the Charazii warrior. There are a large cast of characters in the book, but the writing is so good that I lost track of no one. In the beginning of the book the main character Chris Redston was understandably anxious and unwilling to embrace his calling as the gifted to the dream world of Lael. His desire to return to his own world forces him to do something that brings about disaster in both worlds, and he finds himself thrust into a war that is both grisly and terrifying. At first I found Chris frustrating, but I grew to like him more as the story progressed. I was impressed by the way the writer moved so fluidly from one world to the other. It could have been a disaster, but it worked brilliantly. The writing is so descriptive that I felt myself drawn into the scenes of war. One could almost hear the clash of swords…the thunder of gunfire, and the screams of the dying and injured men and horses. The conclusion of the story took me by surprise, but nevertheless I loved it. Dreamlander is an emotional roller coaster ride. However, like all good rides you feel exhilarated and satisfied at the end of it. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it.
Monday, 25 February 2013
An exciting fantasy 25 Feb 2013 By daisy Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase A thoroughly enjoyable 'can't put down' read. The author portrays a gripping tale of personal sacrifice for the greater good as Irene embarks on her terrifying quest, guided by her unusual and endearing companions. Gently clocked in Christian ethos of trusting in God, the author has produced a fast moving but sensitive story involving peril, humour and perhaps a hope of romance?! A great read for teens and adults alike. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
God is good, and the angels were busy this morning, because hubby or I could be dead now or badly hurt! Our extremely heavy double glazed door that leads into our conservatory fell into the lounge. Amazingly, half an hour before it happened I was standing in front of it ironing, I was getting warm so opened it, Keith had nipped out, and so I was alone. He returned with some oil and decided to do the locks; I was upstairs putting my ironing away. He shouted to me and when I went down, to my horror there was the door lying on the floor. How I didn’t hear the crash I don’t know. But praise the Lord, Keith had been on the other side of it, and was okay, and amazingly nothing in the room was damaged. Between us we managed to lift it enough to rest it against the armchair. Then Keith went next door to our neighbour, a kind young man who came and helped. He and Keith managed to get it back up and temporally secured. But until it's fixed we can't go into our conservatory. There is definitely an assignment against us. The problems and dramas are nonstop. Can't think why, we're only a couple of oldies. But I guess anyone who belongs to the Lord whatever age is Satan fodder. BUT HE WON'T WIN. WE HAVE THE VICTORY IN CHRIST JESUS! A few days ago I might not have been able to say that with such conviction, as I was extremely low and floundering. But thanks to the anointed prayer of a dear sister, I am strengthened. So watch out enemy my anger is now focused and you are the target, and believe me you won't like it! God is the strength of my life and my peace. While all the drama with the door was going on, our doorbell rang. I went to answer it, and there was a young man standing there with a large box. I looked at him, and I looked at the box, and attempting to be nice and stay calm, I said, "I'm sorry we don't want to buy anything!" He looked at me, smiled and said. "I'm not selling anything. If this is...and he read out our address, and you are Mrs Lee, then this for you.” So I signed and took it indoors. Amidst all the chaos and angst, we had been sent a gift from a friend in Australia. Talk about timing. God is awesome!! :) The amazing thing is, this morning our daily reading was about the protection of Angels. We don’t see them, nevertheless they are there and the benefits they bring surround us every day. Psalm 91 :11 and Hebrews 1 :14
Friday, 1 February 2013
I really enjoyed this book and gave it five stars. Here is my review: A Stop in the Park would not normally be my chosen genre to read. But sometimes it's good to expand ones literary horizons, and in this instance, I'm so glad I did. Seeing the amount of reviews this book has received, I wondered whether I should bother to write one. But then on reflection if we all thought that way, no one would bother to do reviews, and that would be a shame as authors need them, and are encouraged and sometimes challenged by them. I'm not going to outline the story, because other reviewers have already done that. All I want to say is...this book is wonderful! It draws out many emotions from the reader. The characters are so real that you feel everything they are going through. I felt sympathy for both Michael and his wife Jamie, and even though they are fictional characters I felt drawn into their lives...I cared what happened to them. The story is gripping and realistic, but there is no gratuitous sex or violence and no particular bad language. Sometimes it's hard to find a book that is honest, gritty, and enthralling, yet at the same time what I would call clean. However A Stop in the Park, most certainly is. I loved it, and if I had bought the paperback instead of the eBook, it would be on my bookshelf among my other favourite novels. If this is Peggy Stack's debut novel, all I can say is watch out for her next book. I really hope there will be more!