Archive | January, 2013

Drawing Out the Dragons

28 Jan

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I received an ARC of this book from the author, James A. Owen.  Thanks James!

This is the book you will reach for time and time again. It’s a quick read (less than 90 minutes) but the messages and inspiration will stay with you. James A. Owen, master story weaver, tells a different story with Drawing Out the Dragons. Instead of dragons and mythical lands, he write about illness, Superman rings and Hollywood. This autobiographical story pulls the reader in and refuses to let go. Need inspiration? It’s here. Need motivation? It’s here. Need entertainment? It’s here. 

Not only have I read and reread this book, I read it to each of my 8th grade classes. Some lessons are best learned early — and James provides them. No matter if you are young, or not-so-young, you will find what you are looking for in Drawing Out the Dragons.

The content of this book is appropriate for all ages, but will be best appreciated by readers (and listeners) ages 11 and up.

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The Promise of Stardust delivers more than expected

28 Jan

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I was given an opportunity (by Bookreporter.com and William Morrow books) to read and review this book.  Thanks for this amazing  gift.

Matt and Elle have a wonderful life but it is not without struggle.  They first met as infants, became more than friends as teenager and married each other more than a decade later.  All that is missing in  their life is a baby.  But this is not your average “We want a baby” book.  Through twists and turns in the story — twists that will keep you turning the pages as quickly as you can — you will be kept on the edge of your seat.  Not only will you be entertained, you will be intrigued and, if you are at all like me, become emotionally invested from the start.  Days after I finished the book, months later, I am still haunted by their beauty of the love between Matt & Elle, and I still feel an emotional connection to them and their plight.

This book was riveting.  It’s more than a love story, more than a book that will motivate you.  It will crawl into your heart and soul and stay there long after you have finished the book.  But be careful — it will ask you to think about issues you may want to ignore.  And, if you are at all like me, you will resent anything that keeps you away from finishing this book.  Things like sleep, work and family.  You will be so glad you read it — and you will fall in love with the characters, like I did.

This is Priscille Sibley’s debut novel — and I can’t wait to read more!

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