Friday, January 30, 2015

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GIVEAWAY & review of "Rasmus and the Vagabond" by Astrid Lindgren

about the book....

After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Rasmus dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?

Children will hang onto every word as Rasmus and his unlikely friend discover hidden treasure, dodge a shady pair of villains, and rescue a lady in distress. Here’s a gripping plot interweaving cops and robbers, a deserted village, a desperate chase, and a surprising, thoroughly satisfying ending. 

my review....

If you are looking for an accurate review of this book, then you need to hear the voice of my 9-yr-old daughter, who simply devoured this book and declared that she loved it! Why? She couldn't put it down! She loved Rasmus and his friend, Paradise Oscar, and was held in the grip of the action-filled scenes, the suspense, and of course the thoroughly satisfying ending (which she said was her favourite part!) Of course I won't ruin the book for you by giving it away, but I will say that I agree wholeheartedly with my daughter that the ending is perfect! The book is written in a wonderfully engaging way, and I can see why it has survived throughout the years and has been re-released for a new generation. Sometimes I find that classic stories don't resonate with children today, but that is definitely not the case with this story. Readers aged 8 - 12 will be fully engaged in the story, and I am sure that many adults are going to enjoy reconnecting with this story again as well. I myself loved the adventure, the humour, and the great characters that grace the pages of this book.

I'm not sure how I've missed reading this book up until now. "Rasmus and the Vagabond" is a timeless children story that readers, young and old, are going to love! My daughter and I highly recommend this story and award it 5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer - I received a free copy of this product from FlyBy Promotions and B&H Kids in exchange for my honest opinion shared in this review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family. I'm including this disclaimer in accordance with FTC Guidelines and Regulations.

 about the author....

Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and heaps of other awards and honors.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Christa Parrish's "Still Life" is a beautiful read!

Katherine Cramer is supposed to fly home to her husband and family, but her desire to have one more night with the man she's having an affair with leads her to give up her seat on their over-booked plane to world-famous photographer, Julian. When a tragic plane crash ensues, Katherine is left with guilt that she survived only because she was indulging in the forbidden. Julian's wife, Adah, finds herself adrift in the face of his loss, still trying to navigate a strange world she's only just been introduced to. Until marrying Julian, she was living in a fringe religious sect with her family, cut off from the ways of the world. In the face of pain and loss, both Katherine and Adah find themselves searching for meaning and for a way to move forward when the future seems so unclear.

"Still Life" is a beautifully written novel that surprised me at every turn, while gently nudging me towards the truth of what Jesus has done for each of us in offering us new hope for our lives. The characters portrayed in the pages of this book are truly like no other, as readers meet people who are human, people who've been abused, people who have found unexpected hope in the actions of Julian, who has sought to be the hands and feet of Christ. I loved the contrasts present in this book, as readers can witness what happens to a marriage when God is nowhere to be found, or can peer into the lives of those caught in a sect where God is only known as someone who is harsh and judgmental and devoid of grace. I often lament that character-driven plots can move too slowly to keep my attention - but this is not one of those books! The uniqueness of the characters, and the different perspectives used in the story, kept the pace flowing along, and I simply didn't want to put the book down! Christa Parrish has written some wonderfully unique stories, and I think this is one of my favourites so far.

I greatly enjoyed "Still Life" and I wish there were another story in the works that would allow us readers to connect with these characters again! I award this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and the Booklook program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Christa Parrish is the author of five novels, including the 2009 ECPA Book of the Year Watch Over Me and the Christy Award-winning Stones for Bread. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, writer and pastor Chris Coppernoll. They have four children in their blended family.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

A fantastic new novel from Thomas Locke: "Emissary"

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about the book....

With his twenty-first birthday, Hyam begins a journey that will lead him to his destiny--or his doom.

Hyam has always shown a remarkable ability to master languages, even those left unspoken for a thousand years. But now the shadow of suspicion that was cast upon him as a child prodigy at Long Hall is lengthening, and he must keep his identity hidden--or face annihilation. 

As Hyam's mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall before he settles down to farm his land. This journey born from duty becomes an impassioned quest for the truth. War is coming swiftly, and Hyam must rely upon his newfound powers and the friends he meets along the way in order to unravel the puzzling past and ensure that he--and the realm--will have a future.

In a world where magic has been outlawed for centuries, one young man discovers that he possesses powers beyond his wildest dreams. 

But he does not realize how pivotal this gift will be in the days to come.

my review....

Fans of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis will rejoice at a new addition to the realm of epic fantasy with the arrival of "Emissary".  From page one, I was captivated by Hyam and his story, as his status as orphan garnered my sympathy while the explosion of his powers onto the scene held me captive to the point I simply couldn't put the book down. I had to find out, just who is Hyam? How did he come to have these mysteries powers? I absolutely love characters who come from humble beginnings, only to discover that their future holds more than they could have imagined, and Hyam is just such a character. As with books by Tolkien and Lewis, "Emissary" isn't overtly Christian in that God or Jesus aren't mentioned anywhere in the pages. Yet Christian themes abound, from Hyam having a purpose that is beyond himself, to the age old fight of good versus evil. I greatly enjoyed watching Hyam discover his powers and fight for not only his own survival, but the survival of the world around him. This book has it all - mystery, intriguing characters, epic battles, and romance that serves to move the story forward.

Locke does an excellent job at setting up this story as the first in a series, because despite the triumphant ending readers are still left with an ominous sense of foreboding that there is much left undone, that Hyam's destiny isn't fully realized. So I found myself turning the last of the pages feeling unsatisfied by only one thing - I have to wait an entire year until I find out what is coming next for Hyam! However will I survive the wait?

Those readers who typically read fantasy novels are going to love this book. And those who have never given the fantasy genre a chance should definitely plan to do so now. "Emissary" is well worth the read. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Davis Bunn

Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. He divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. Davis's screenplay adaptation ofEmissary is currently under development as a feature film with a British production company. Learn more at