Tuesday, July 01, 2014

My story by Elizabeth Smart



It's hard to write a review on a book with such a difficult subject. I can remember much about the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart because I lived in Utah when it happened. Now, 10 years later Elizabeth Smart has told her story from her point of view. There have been other books written about what happened and none of them compare to this.*

Elizabeth tells her story from that fateful night until her rescue, which had to be difficult to relive. She gives just enough detail that you understand what happens to her but not so much to turn you away. The authors voice clearly reflects one who is looking back. Elizabeth at times comments on the possible motivations of Brian David Mitchell and experiences with the maturity of one who has survived. Elizabeth gives some light to an otherwise heavy retelling by describing some of the miraculous events that helped her survive particular moments. The miracle of her rescue is perhaps the most amazing part of her story and clearly could not have happened without divine intervention.

Book Rating: 5 stars

*There was one terrible account written by a true crime writer who lived with excommunicated Mormons in order to gain perspective on why Brian David Mitchell did what he did. The book was full of inaccuracies about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. None of the people directly involved with the family or investigation cooperated with the author. I tried to find this book again and couldn't. Perhaps its been long forgotten.

The books I select for review are books which I personally select from my local library. I do not receive any reimbursement from authors or publishers or free books. I do provide links to Amazon as a convenience to the readers of this blog. I do earn a small referral pittance which is not even enough to buy a soda.

Monday, June 23, 2014

This time forever


Rachel Ann Nunes writes Christian fiction, mostly romances. I picked up This Time Forever because it is available for free for the Amazon Kindle. You do not need to own an Amazon Kindle to get free Kindle ebooks. The Kindle App is available free for most devices.



In this story Mickelle Hanson's marriage is in trouble. Her husband's epilepsy has caused personality changes turning him to an angry abusive husband. In an act of spite, Mickelle's husband kills himself leaving Mickelle to pick up the pieces. Meanwhile Rebekka leaves France to work for handsome Damon Wolfe, a wealthy business owner and widower. Soon, the lives of these characters become intertwined through a serious of comedic events. Each finds love, but not in the way they expect (though as a fluffy romance, you can bet it all turns out happy).

This is first in a series of three stories and the first Nunes book that I have read. I enjoyed it enough to finish this one story, but I wasn't motivated to seek out the rest in the series. It was good for a light, quick read. The story contains the characteristic cliches, but is not preachy. The last I checked, the book is still available for free in the Kindle store.

Book Rating: 4 stars.

The books I select for review are books which I personally select from my local library. I do not receive any reimbursement from authors or publishers or free books. I do provide links to Amazon as a convenience to the readers of this blog. I do earn a small referral pittance which is not even enough to buy a soda.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Old Man's War


Sci-Fi literature has fallen in popularity in the last several years. Space operas and adventures do not seem to interest people unless it is wrapped around a familiar universe like Star Trek or is led by a super hero. I wonder how much longer before people tire of the dystopian young adult love triangles. Anyway, John Scalzi has penned a modern Sci-Fi novel with plenty of space action, futuristic tech, and of course, evil aliens.

Old Man's War interested me because Scalzi begins his story with old people. The Colonial Defense Force recruits people who are old. Once you join up, you will never return to earth again. You will be fighting aliens on distant planets in the hopes that humans will be able to settle there. Of course the question remains - how can old people with limited mobility and impaired health hope to do this? I won't spoil that part of it. Though if you have read or watched lots of sci-fi, the idea will not be entirely unexpected. I found this to be the most interesting part of the story.

The remainder of the book is essentially about the war between the aliens and humans. Characters die. Battles are won and lost. In the end, you get an inkling that there is more to the battles and motivations of the Colonial Defence Force than you initially believe. Though answers to those questions are left for later stories.

I enjoyed reading a real Sci-Fi novel again. The story would be rated a hard PG-13 and contains content that you might expect to see in any Sci-Fi movie including sex and violence. I am curious enough about where the author will take the rest of the story that I may pick up the next in the series.

Book Rating: 4 stars

The books I select for review are books which I personally select from my local library. I do not receive any reimbursement from authors or publishers or free books. I do provide links to Amazon as a convenience to the readers of this blog. I do earn a small referral pittance which is not even enough to buy a soda.