Sunday, January 26, 2014

She Walks These Hills by Sharyn McCrumb

This is one of the first of the Ballad novels that I read by Mrs. McCrumb and it still my favorite.  All stories to not have happy endings and sometimes things fall apart, but that is the way of life.

An escaped convict, a graduate student searching for answers to this dissertation on Katie Wilder, a lady that sees more than most, a new deputy, relationships, new, broken, and found again, the threads are all interwoven and connected well.

I really love the excerpts from the Tennessee Methodist Hymnal which fit each chapter so very well.

The best part of any Ballad novel is they stand alone but in many some of the same characters appear so it is like meeting old friends.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Disney At Dawn -Kingdom Keepers II - by Ridley Pearson

To be a Disney Interactive Host, DHI, seemed a simple enough endeavor but as we learned in the first novel the Magic Kingdom is never simple.

During a parade in the Magic Kingdom Amanda's sister Jess disappears.  There are also wild monkeys running around and things are leading to the Animal Kingdom.  Finn is contacted by Wayne, the imaginer that helped the DHIs previously, who tells them they must fight the Overtakers in Animal Kingdom.

Good character development, fast paced, and enjoyable.  Another good read for the upper elementary reader, or anyone going to Disney Parks.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

The third in a series of a tale concerning Archangels, Fallen Angels and Nephilim. 

In this latest installment Nora Grey awakes in a cemetery with no memory of the last five months and holding a black feather.  As she searches to get her life back together she runs into a man named Jev that seems familiar, her mother is dating Hank Miller which she knows is wrong, and her best friend Vee seems to have no memory of anything that puzzles Nora.

The first two books, Hush, Hush and Crescendo were entertaining.  Character development, action, and left you wanting more.  This novel seems to be more of a "we sold a bunch of the other ones so will just throw out another one" deal.  Characters were flat, situations contrived, and the lying by Nora to everyone around her got very old.

It ends as if there will be a forth book in the series but I will pass.