Friday, February 22, 2013

Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson

The story starts out as a mystery and gradually becomes a story of attraction between two law officers. He from the FBI and her as a homicide investigator. As the story goes on we discover she is also a writer of true crime fiction based on the friends around her.
            She also has secrets. She has nightmares based on her present book she is working on.
            Two plots are going on. Plot one is a case centered around of the lady killer who sends tapes of contracts to murder done in the past..
            This book can’t be placed completely in the genre of mystery even though there is a murderer out there called the lady shooter. She sends letters to Paul offering tapes that are of old murders. She only killed people whom she was contracted to kill. The tapes would expose who issued the contracts, It seems there is government involvement.
            The second plot has to do with romance. And the process of attraction. Paul is falling in love with Ann who is the other main character in the story. She is the homicide investigator who has big secrets.
            It intensifies as the John Doe case is opened and the former VP of the United States pulls both Paul and Ann in to close the case. This case is linked to the lady shooter case.
            The story is multi-view point. It is mostly from Paul’s point of view.
            This book will hold the interest of romantics. The mystery is secondary to the romance.
            The author is not afraid to bring her faith into the mix. Both main characters are Christian. This adds another dimension to the story.
            This is recommended highly by a person who is not into romance. Give me a good mystery over romance any day.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Heaven's Lessons by Steve Sjogren

This small  160 page soft cover book put out by Thomas Nelson Publishers has as its theme ‘knowing God.’ The subtitle of this book is ten things I learned about God when I died.
            I wasn’t comfortable  reviewing a book that purports to be an after death experience. But this is not the jest of the book. I allowed this book to be sent to me as a complimentary copy  as part of the  BookSneeze book reviews program. I was not required to give a positive review.
            The premise Sjogren gives to the book is that he learned a few things about God when he suffered a near death experience. There are some things that are beyond our understanding as fallen creatures, and one of them is a so called near death experience. So I won’t comment on that aspect of the book.
            It is a hard book to pin down. He spends time on his experience and at the same time attempts to teach spiritual truths.
How did he do?
            The information conveyed was  interesting but not earth shaking.. I was interested but not inspired.. It did not cause me to think deeper thoughts about God.
            I would  not recommend this book to others if they are looking to know more about God. It seemed to be another attempt to justify experience over truth.
            As I said above I received this book complimentary from BookSneeze to review on my blog and I was not required to give it a positive review. The views expressed are those of the book reviewer and not those of the publisher.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Reviewing Books

 This being a book review blog you may be eager to learn how to review books.  You may want to know how do you go about getting books to review.
   After all, I didn't just wake up one day and say, wow, I know howm to review books. I had to review books for my Englkish class so I know all about it.
   No, there are steps.
  Let me introduce a book you may want to use if you are at all interested in doing book reviews.
   It doesn't matter if you review books for pay or for the pure joy of having your name in print as a book reviewer.
  Getting paid is best if you can swing it. You won't get rich if this is what you want to do. But you will be able to hold your head up and say you are a writter.
        you will also need a good printer as you will want to have copies to show your firends.  You need a portfolio.
   So you can either go to office max or go on line at their web site
   What ever you do be sure to take a good look at what I am offering you in this blog.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

              Every year around February the city of Santa Monica has what is known as a city wide read. What this means is that the city library host city wide discussion groups centered around a book chosen by a committee. Each year the book chosen is centered on a major issue, it seems.
                This year the city of Santa Monica is reading and discussing Wonder. It is a young adult book and the issue is acceptance.
                The main character is a ten year old, August, who has been born with a cleft palate. Now he is going to enter fifth grade and is being sent to a school with other children. Formerly he has been home schooled.
                His daily struggle to accept himself and have others accept him is the main story.
                “My name is August, by the way. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” is how he starts it out.
                Structure wise it is in eight parts and seven voices. All are in first person. The one year is the time period covered.
                Palacio handles the characters well. They are believable.
                I recommend it be read by all. It is not just for young adults.