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Friday, November 30, 2012

Orangeberry Book Tours – Treasure Me

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Orangeberry Book Tours – Treasure Me

Finalist, 2012 Next Generation Indie Awards
“Highly recommended” by The Midwest Book Review

Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.

The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freedwoman Justice Postell, who rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, she carried untold riches on her journey north. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.

If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter who has arrived in town will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, Birdie begins to discover a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she could imagine.

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Genre – Contemporary Fiction

Rating – PG13

More details about the author

Connect with Christine Nolfi on Facebook & Twitter

Website http://www.christinenolfi.com/

 

1. Did the book description relate to the story?

While reading this book it has several smaller plot threads. No, they are not all covered in the description. However, they all link together to form a great story. I feel that the description provides enough detail to peek a readers interest.

2. How did you feel about the opening / ending sequences of the book?

The opening and ending were perfect for the story in between. The story felt right. the flow and characters just fell into place.

3. Who was your favourite character and why?

Theodora. This character reminds me so much about my grandmum. A woman that does not rely on anyone including a man to get what she wants/needs.

4. What were the main relationships explored in this book?

Learning to change. Accepting yourself for all your mistakes and learning from them.

5. Was this book worth reading?

This was a good read. I liked Nolfi’s idea on exploring part of the past with a modern twist involving an unsettled female.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Orangeberry Book Tours – Angel

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Orangeberry Book Tours – Angel

 

Since the loss of his lively, charming wife to cancer six years ago, minister Paul Tobit has been operating on autopilot, performing his religious duties by rote. Everything changes the day he enters the church lobby and encounters a radiant, luminous being lit from behind, breathtakingly beautiful and glowing with life. An angel. For a moment Paul is so moved by his vision that he is tempted to fall on his knees and pray.Even after he regains his focus and realizes he simply met a flesh-and-blood young man, Paul cannot shake his sense of awe and wonder. He feels an instant and overwhelming attraction for the young man, which puzzles him even as it fills his thoughts and fires his feelings. Paul has no doubt that God has spoken to him through this vision, and Paul must determine what God is calling him to do.Thus begins a journey that will inspire Paul’s ministry but put him at odds with his church as he is forced to examine his deeply held beliefs and assumptions about himself, his community, and the nature of love.

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Genre – Contemporary Fiction / LGBT

Rating – PG13

Connect with Laura Lee on GoodReads & Twitter

Website http://angelthenovel.carbonmade.com/

 

1. Did the book description match the contents of the story?

To me, the book flowed with the description. Authors cannot describe everything in the description. If they did they would give away the whole story and Laura Lee did a fantastic job in unfolding each character and element of the story.

2. How did you feel about the opening / ending sequences of the book?

The opening and ending of the book coincides. Paul is working as a tour guide on Mount Rainier. Towards the end, the reader also reflects with Paul as he thinks about his Angel.

3. Who was your favourite character and why?

Ian was my favorite character. He is someone that has everything thrown at him. It seems like life just keeps throwing garbage his way, but he keeps trying to move forward. I loved his strength.

4. What were the main relationships explored in this book?

I know some may not agree with me on this, but I felt that the book centered more on being accepted by everyone including God. Learning to accept yourself, helps in learning to accept everything God offers. Learning to accept a relationship with God helps in having relationships with people. Whether the relationship is platonic or not.

5. Was this book worth reading?

Oh yes, this was an amazing read. This is a book that will broaden a reader's thinking. It will have readers looking back on past relationships. I recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Neiko's Last Land Adventure by AK Taylor

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The Indians and the Crackedskulls are locked in the turmoil of war and presently in a stalemate. Her enemies, Raven and Bloodhawk, have come up with a scheme to up the ante and break the stalemate into their favor. Neiko later finds out that a land she thought she had only imagined is actually real and contains a legendary and otherworldly evil within it.
Not only that, she becomes trapped there and must escape the world, the people within it, and the sinister evil within. Neiko must find her way back home and turn the tables on her enemies. Can she come back home and escape the evil that seeks to claim her?
Praise & Recognition
Winner of the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Award of Excellence
Nominated as “A Great Book for Kids” by fantasy and science fiction reviewer CC Cole along with Toonopolis: Gemini by Jeremy Rodden
“Plenty of action and inspired imagination.” ~Wulfstan Top 100 Reviewer
“From the first word, Taylor delivers a fresh, vibrant tale of two different worlds.” ~Steven Knight Book review and author of “Born of Blood”
“An imaginative journey that is that is much of an adventure for the reader as it is for Neiko.” ~CC Cole Book Reviewer and author of the Gastar Series
“A great middle school or read to me book with tons of adventure and characters.” ~Paper Mustang Book Reviewer
“A fantastical twist to the childhood game of Cowboys and Indians and a wonderful coming of age story.” ~Indie Reader Reviewer
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Genre – YA Fantasy (PG)
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Club Read: Watership Down - Richard Adams

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1. Did the book description relate to the story?

From the current description, yes the book is accurate.

2. How did you feel about the opening / ending sequences of the book?

The opening has almost a peaceful feeling. During the first chapter, readers will start to feel the unrest in the warren.

The ending is perfect. I honestly did not want the book to end. I wanted to keep reading.

3. Who was your favourite character and why?

Others in the club have picked Fiver and/or Hazel. I loved each of them. My favourite is Bigwig.

4. What were the main relationships explored in this book?

Safety, looking for somewhere so they do not have to worry about anything.

5. Was this book worth reading?

Even if you are not a fan of rabbits this is a great read. Some may feel this is not worth reading for anyone but young adults. However, readers any age can learn something from this book.

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