Aug 16, 2017

Review: The War of Words

The War of Words The War of Words by Amy Neftzger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

book description:

Sometimes there's no better way to understand reality than through fantasy, and the best way to find truth may be in a book - if you can find the right one.

Battles against darkness, a quest for truth, and a search for the book that no one can read are all part of the fantasy adventure in The War of Words. As an evil sorcerer wages war by using mysterious shadows and seeks to gain control by confusing the residents as to what's real and what isn't, the fate of the kingdom rests in the hands of Kelsey and Nicholas.

As the youngest officer in the king's army, Kelsey fights the evil sorcerer s shadows on the battlefield as she explores the kingdom searching for the key to winning the war. Nicholas, a young sorcerer in training who is mastering his craft, discovers how the right words can change the course of the future.

Explore an enchanted maze, uncover the power of words, and learn about friendship in this whimsical tale.

Review:

The War of Words by Amy Neftzger was a hilarious, fun, and very thought provoking read. I would suggest this book to anyone from middle grades to adulthood. The fantasy story demonsrated, through words (understanding & misunderstanding) how perception can destroy or create ... using words and the understanding (common understanding) can make or break a relationship or even a kingdom / war / world.

I am often not a big fan of fantasy with sorcerers, kings, and alot of imagnary characters, but I completely loved the characters in the book. Kelsey is a soldier fighting in the king's army against an evil sorcerer's shadows. When I first started reading I though, "Oh this is going to be just too unreal", but I was wrong. The book quickly picked up adding different characters with various talents and strategies and eventually gets to a hilarious gargoyle and a good sorcerer. Their witty back & forth had me just about rolling in laughter.

The story progresses, taking the reader along through the understanding of words and how important words are in anyone's life. How words are used, misused, understood and misunderstood is shown, not just talked about. As the story progresses with misunderstandings and consequences, the reader can see for themselves how our words not only affect the present, but also the future. Perception, how we perceive what someone is saying, can also cause happiness or damage so sometimes quick reactions to misunderstood words can cause wars, destruction, hurt, etc.

I am very thankful to have received this book for review because it is not the kind of book (fantasy) that I would have sought out to buy. I will share this book with my 10 year old and also suggest anyone of any age read it because of the truth and knowledge that is clearly presented here in a fun way without being preachy or "education talk". GREAT READ !!

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Review: The Skeleton Paints a Picture

The Skeleton Paints a Picture The Skeleton Paints a Picture by Leigh Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Skeleton Paints a Picture by Leigh Perry, was a refreshing and fun mystery. As a former art, graphic design student, I loved the setting - art college. I read this mystery pretty quickly and the pace was perfect for just kicking back and relaxing. I adore the idea of the living (not quite living ) skeleton who has become a part of this family. I like the thought of having a best friend (skeleton) to help solve mysteries. So many of these cozy mysteries just have a busy body / nosy, feel, BUT NOT this one. I appreciate the relationship / friendship and the confusion & fun of having a secret friend looking out for you and doing some extra investigating.

When I saw this book is part of a series, I looked into the other books. I have to say the other books in this series have much more creative illustrations on the covers. I will be buying the first books because of the illustration style. While this cover is ok, I much prefer the previous illustration style featured on the earlier books.

I was provided this book free of charge for the purpose if giving an honest review.
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Aug 11, 2017

❤️ SAVE FRANKY ❤️


This sweet baby, named Franky by his rescuer, was found in Mooreville, MS, on August 7, 2017. He was quickly transported to Baldwyn Veterinary Hospital where he will remain inpatient until further notice. The vet has not been able to do any lab work due to his severe dehydration and emaciation. They are hopeful to be able to do so in the next few days. At this point, they've only been able to determine that he is full of parasites.
His determination to live pulled him through this far, so we are determined to get him the care he needs to be healthy again. After all he's been through, he's such a trusting and loving boy. He will make a wonderful addition to someone's family once he's back to 100%.
If you can find it in your heart to donate, please do so. Donations start at just $5. There are no words to describe how much your help will be appreciated.
Let's work together to save Franky!!



❤️ SAVE FRANKY ❤️

This sweet baby, named Franky by his rescuer, was found in Mooreville, MS, on August 7, 2017. He was quickly transported to Baldwyn Veterinary Hospital where he will remain inpatient until further notice. The vet has not been able to do any lab work due to his severe dehydration and emaciation. They are hopeful to be able to do so in the next few days. At this point, they've only been able to determine that he is full of parasites.
His determination to live pulled him through this far, so we are determined to get him the care he needs to be healthy again. After all he's been through, he's such a trusting and loving boy. He will make a wonderful addition to someone's family once he's back to 100%.
If you can find it in your heart to donate, please do so. Donations start at just $5. There are no words to describe how much your help will be appreciated.
Let's work together to save Franky!!




Aug 8, 2017

City of Gosts By J.H. Moncrieft


 
City of Ghosts ****
By: J.H. Moncrieft

I enjoyed reading this book. It is a supernatural- suspense - mystery - “ghost” story set in China where the culture is very much different than our American culture. The Chinese view ghosts more as demons and torturers. Much more macabre, and it definitely sets the tone for the story.
The book wasn't fast paced like a runaway train – but it was as fast as a runner sprinting for the finish line. I guess I mean that the action and events go fast, but not so fast that you miss or lose detail.

It was a fascinating story that kept me reading – compelled to find the truth, if you will. It did not disappoint.

The story had several characters and several locations. None of the characters or locations were actually given a lot of “depth”. It would have been nice to have more vivid descriptions. It would have grabbed the reader and drawn them into the characters and the story more. My ARC Kindle edition of the book did not display a book cover (not the authors fault in any way), so I had no idea until several pages into the book that the main character, Jackson, was black. While this fact doesn't make one iota of difference in America, it most definitely does in China! Of the 1.3 BILLION population in China, the only statistic I could find on “African” in China states there are 5,000 Africans in China. This clearly gives Jackson an almost celebrity status. Same goes for his red haired female friend Kate.

Jackson Stone is part of a tourist group in China. He has this awesome plan. He's going to make a living getting people to pay him to travel. {My first thought was, what? Like a “Go Fund Me” Account? Awesome plan}
His plan is to spend the night in the world's most haunted places and write books about his experiences. Being a skeptic, what he never imagined was actually encountering real ghosts! In particular the very powerful and angry ghost of Yue'Hai. Yue'Hai attaches herself to Jackson when he deliberately gets left behind at the Hensu Temple ghost city. The ghost of Yue'Hai demands that Jackson tell her story and the truth of what happened to her. It's not that simple though since Yue'Hai herself isn't allowed to just tell him. As he attempts to do so, his life turns into one nightmare after another.

The ending is both heartbreaking and terrifyingly intense. The book is well worth the read.

Thank you netgalley for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for my honest review.


Review: The War of Words

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