Happy Holidays!

December 25, 2008

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m going to be on my way to India later today, and I won’t be back until the first week of January (as I mentioned in another post). ๐Ÿ™‚

I have lots of exciting things planned for my blog in the new year. I can’t wait to announce my plans.

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Necessary Heartbreak – M.J. Sullivan

December 18, 2008

Michael Stewart is a single father struggling to raise his thirteen-year-old daughter Elizabeth. One day, Michael and Elizabeth step into a root cellar in the basement of a church. The root cellar leads to first century Jerusalem during Christ’s last week. With the help of Leah, a new friend, Michael must come to terms with the past and protect Elizabeth, so both of them can make it back home.

This has got to be the hardest review for me to post. Honestly, I wanted to like the book, but I just didn’t. I will start with the good. First, I liked the idea of traveling back to Jerusalem. My second favorite part of of Necessary Heartbreak was when Michael first meets Jesus. The flashbacks of Vickie, Michael’s wife, were also entertaining. Reading about the relationship between Vickie and Michael was my favorite part about the novel. Last, I found Leah to be a great character. Something about her just intrigued me.

Now with the bad. I found most of the characters to be flat, especially Elizabeth. Looking back, the only thing I learned about her was that she was embarassed by her father. Most people can guess that by the end of the story, Elizabeth will not be as embarassed by her father anymore. I also felt that she should be slightly younger than thirteen. She seemed too whiny to be 13. Maybe 11 or 12 would have suited her better. I liked Michael more than I liked Elizabeth, but he still lacked some depth. While readers learn quite a bit about Michael’s past, I feel that there is more to him. Maybe the next two books of the trilogy will tell more, but I don’t see myself reading them.


Story Siren’s Thank You Contest

December 15, 2008

I’m sure most (if not all) of you have visited The Story Siren. Well, right now she is hosting a great contest, so be sure to enter. ๐Ÿ™‚


A Mighty Wall – John Foley

December 14, 2008

Jordan Woods has been climbing since he was six. His body makes him an ideal climber, but it also makes him a target for bullies. Luckily, during his freshman year, he becomes friends with Casey and A.J., two football players. Life is pretty good, and during his junior year, he meets Juana, a female climber, and they instantly hit it off.ย  Unfortunately, happiness can only last so long…

I received this book from BookDivas, and I looked forward to reading it. I love reading books about people that have interests in things I am not familiar with. Another example is The HighestTide by Jim Lynch. In that novel, the main character is fascinated by marine biology. Another connection betweenย  The Highest Tide and A Mighty Wall is that they both take place in Washington. I would love to visit Washington one day.

Anyway,ย  I enjoyed A Mighty Wall. It’s pretty obvious as to what is going to happen to end Jordan’s happiness, but knowing this detail only made the novel slightly less enjoyable. For a long time, I was just waiting for it to happen, and I even became a little impatient. The greatest strength in A Mighty Wall were the characters. I loved the major and minor characters. All of them were incredibly realistic.ย  The only characters I disliked were the ones I was supposed to dislike like Briggs who bullied Jordan. Another strength was the humor. Without some humor, the novel would have gotten dull.

A Mighty Wall will be released April 1, 2009. In the meantime, you can vist John Foley’s website.


Upcoming Books – January

December 13, 2008

I am not interested in any books released in December, so I’m going straight to January. I am excited for 2009 books!

What are you interested in? ๐Ÿ˜‰


Black Friday Giveaway WINNER

December 12, 2008

The contest ended almost 90 minutes ago, and I’ve picked the winner of a $25 giftcard to amazon! The winner is….

JENNIFER G.!

Congratulations! I will e-mail you with more details. Also, thank you to all entrants. I am excited to do more giveaways in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚


Update, I guess.

December 7, 2008

I feel like I have not been reading much this last week. As a result, I probably won’t have another review until next week. Unless, I start reading more, of course. Right now I am reading The Great Gatsby for English class and Necessary Heartbreak. I’m over halfway through with The Great Gatsby and around page 33 in Necessary Heartbreak.

My last day of school before Christmas break is coming up soon. December 17. On December 25 (Christmas!), I am going to India. I won’t be back until early January, so I won’t have any updates for about two weeks.ย  I will take lots of photos and post them when I come back. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the only book I’m going to bring is a SAT study book. heh.