Dream Treaders by Wayne Thomas Batson – Book Review

Wayne Thomas Batson is my favorite YA author. He weaves Christian virtues into his books so well, one would really have to look for them to find them. Not to mention he wrote a pirate book, and that right there had me hooked, but he also talks with his readers. When I first read his books, I stalked his blog and e-mailed him, and he always replied back to me. To this day there is an interview on his blog that I conducted with him for a school project. Anyway, that’s my spiel on the author. Now time for this book.

At first I had a difficult time getting into it, mainly because I didn’t have the time to dedicate to it. Once I did though, I fell in love. The story is about Aiden who can, as the title denotes, tread dreams. He is one of three Dream Treaders and his job is too make sure the dream scape doesn’t mold with reality. If that happened, no one would be able to separate the two from the other. In short, the world would go insane. So here is Aiden, an appointed Dream Treader from basically God himself, and then there is a group of other kids who have some how (through a sciency way) learned how to walk in their dreams. This is bad. This creates bad things. Now, not only is Aiden trying to prevent dreams from becoming reality, but now he has to try and convince these other students to leave as well. Should we add more to his plate? Probably not, but Batson did. The other two Dream Treaders have been kidnapped by our main antagonist: The Nightmare Lord. (He’s evil. Stay away.) No one has ever been able to get close to the Nightmare Lord, but Aiden did, and Aiden cut off his horn. But now, Aiden has to take down the Nightmare Lord for good to save his allies. He might just have to do it alone, or he might just have to ally himself with the same students he’s trying to get out of the dream world, and it all has to be done before the clock strikes twelve.

Honestly, there is so much good character development. Like I said, once I began making time to read the book, I couldn’t put it down. The plot line moves along nicely, and I never felt bored with the development. I recommend this for any age to read. Probably not younger than eight, but upwards of that is good. It really brought me to think about dreams: how to work them and what they mean. Trust me when I say, this is a book you need to pick up.

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Celebration of Discipline – Book Review

This was honestly such a good book. (And if I’m being completely honest, I finished it at the beginning of January. Oops.)

Richard J. Foster so excellently takes the reader on a journey of spiritual maturity all while keeping it–as Pastor Beth Jones would say–basic. It was easy to understand, instructional, relatable, and very simple. Foster explained fasting, prayer, solitude (or silence), simplicity, celebration, and other disciplines in a way that made it easy for new and old Christians to begin inserting in everyday life. I suppose “easy” isn’t the right word, as we are talking about discipline. Any discipline is difficult and takes commitment (which really is a discipline in itself). I loved the book so much, I can guarantee you I annotated the pages. I underlined whole paragraphs, wrote notes in the margins, and exclamation marks in areas that really meant a lot to me.

One of the best things about the book is it is completely scripture based. It is not Foster’s ideas or opinions, but what he has seen in his life, in others’ lives, and read in the Bible. Jesus is Foster’s prime example, and he mentions him a lot.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is trying to do monthly resolutions, better their life, or just needs a new revelation from the Lord. As I said, this is good for the new Christian and the “seasoned” Christian. Get it. Annotate it. Tell me what you think!

Memories

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Memories are shifty things. They’re from your perspective and a lot of the time can’t be trusted. For example, my family has moved around a lot. We lived in the trailer, moved to Grandma’s house, went to the apartments, lived in the duplex, moved into Grandpa Willsea’s house, and then we moved into the house my family is in now. At the time we lived in the trailer, my family owned a pizza restaurant. In my memories, we lived in the pizza restaurant before we lived in the trailer. Like, I know we didn’t live in the restaurant, but I don’t ever remember being in the trailer because we were always in the restaurant. I asked my mom where we lived while we ran the pizza place, and when she told me the trailer, I didn’t believe her at first.

The whole reason I’ve been running back through all my memories is because I’m trying to find my earliest memory. Right now I think my earliest memory is from when we opened the pizza place and I went on a delivery run with my dad. It was late at night and I remember the man at the door giving me a wad of cash. (At least, that’s what my memory says happened.) I remember sitting in the car with dad and thinking all the money was mine and had been given to me. Although, now that I know my family lived in the trailer at the same time we had the restaurant, I don’t know if that really is my earliest memory.

Through doing this, I have begun to remember a lot of things I thought I had previously forgotten. It’s been fun reminiscing on all the things from my childhood until now. Even more amazing, is seeing how much God has redeemed me from my past. I remember having many anger issues growing up, but I only remember very few moments of when I was angry. I know there were many more, because I screamed and yelled my way through middle school and most of high school. The fact that I don’t remember many of those moments, I think, goes to show that my mind is healing itself and that God is redeeming me.

To think, all this started because I began watching a Turkish show that started with the main character recalling her earliest memory.

Now, let’s create some dialogue. What is your earliest memory?

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What To Expect

Believe it or not, I actually have a couple book reviews that I will be posting next week. Yay, yay, yay. The books I finished are The Celebration Of Discipline by Richard J. Foster and Dreamtreaders by Wayne Thomas Batson. Both of those books are fabulous and I can’t wait to talk to you about them.

Currently, I am reading The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima. It’s a Japanese book translated into English. The book is fabulously written. I am finding the descriptions incredibly sexy. (Not sexy as in naked and steamy scenes, but if you took an adjective and put it in lingerie, then yes. Like how guys look at a car and call it sexy, that is how I feel reading Mishima’s descriptions.) I will try to finish it quickly and tell you all.

I will update you on school and just life probably Friday night or shortly after I take my exam Friday morning.

Tomorrow, for all of my writing friends, I am going to share the template I use to create characters and flesh them out. I don’t talk about writing much, and I want to do that a bit more.

Here and there I’ll also share more poetry. I also have a lot of God to talk about. The rest of my ideas are written in my bullet journal. All in all, just stay tuned for what’s to come. Who really knows what I’ll post next. Haha.

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The Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn – Book Review

I am so in love with this book right now. I just finished it yesterday on the way back home. I started it in the car, and I finished it in the car. Haha. Reading like a beast. (Is ‘Lolz’ appropriate in a book review? Asking for a friend.)

Emperor of the Eight Islands was so well written. I think the only thing I didn’t like about it was the character development was slow and almost non-existent. I get that it is one book in a series, but I expected more. Another thing about this book, was each chapter switched between point of views among the characters. It made it semi hard to keep track of everything, but I did it.

The Emperor of the Eight Islands is about Shikanoko and basically the abuse he went through to become what he does in the end of the book. This poor kid is basically left for dead in the mountains by his uncle, is then found by a sorcerer who binds him in one place by a spell to make him “Shikanoko,” and allows the kid to basically be raped multiple times for the spell to work. (Let me tell you, this woman who “rapes” him is horrifying. Whatever you do, don’t trust her.) Then he ends up working for the King of the Mountain. Then he ends up working for Kiyoyori (He’s cool) and then he ends up with the Prince Abbot who he leaves in the end. There is so much that happens all against Shikanoko’s will, and he just goes with it. He’s just like, “Whatever. As long as I can kill my uncle, I don’t mind being forced to become the most freaking powerful sorcerer ever.” And in the end, he’s still as immature as if he never learned anything the past year and a half or however much time passes in the book. But, despite the immaturity, he’s still cool, and I seriously love the kid.

Look, if you don’t read this to get to know Shikanoko, at least read it for the beautiful cover. That’s honestly why I bought it in the first place, and I’m happy I did buy it. The book was good, and so well written I was taking notes in my head on what I can learn from the writing style. I really recommend you read it. Please do so. Let’s all talk about this book together. I would love to hear what you think about it.

Whispers of the Fallen by J. D. Netto – Book Review

Pat me on the back! I finally finished The Whispers of the Fallen by J. D. Netto. Okay, I’ll be honest, I finished it over Thanksgiving break. What can I say? I was busy and honestly just ignored the blog for a while to focus on myself. But I’m back, and I’m back with a book review!

The Whispers of the Fallen was good, but there were so may grammar issues and character inconsistencies that it was hard for me to fully enjoy the plot. However, what the author did do well was gradually reveal information and move the plot along. The character development was sometimes overwhelming, but it wasn’t horrible. Honestly though, with all of the little things, I would reread the book. There were a couple of really good sentences I highlighted, and I feel there was something I didn’t catch my first read through because I was too busy looking at errors.

The book is about the two characters Isaac and Demetre. This first book, however, mostly focuses on Isaac. In the book the two characters are in the middle of a war between what can be classified as angels and demons. Why are they in the middle of this war? Isaac and Demetre have special journals locked away in boxes which can only be opened by their blood. Depending on who has the journals and if they have been unlocked, could determine the course of the world. Through trying to avoid giving his blood to open these journals, Isaac loses Demetre (He comes back much later on in the book), gains and loses several allies, discovers he has wings in the process (which is really cool), and ultimately Isaac escapes evil. Well, as far as we’re aware. This is a first book in a series, so it leaves us with hope that Isaac and Demetre survive and win, but it also leaves us with the knowledge that the bad guys have a back up plan for a comeback.

The plot moves along really well, which is what kept me reading this time. There were times I lost track of characters simply because too many were involved in one scene. At other times I was left pondering a sentence for several minutes. This book, premise wise, plot wise, was really good. I think if the grammar was dusted up a little bit, then this could be great.

It was a good book. I highly recommend it for young adults somewhere in middle school and high school. At the same time, I am in neither of those age ranges and I really enjoyed it. I feel like this is a book all ages can enjoy, but I especially think this book could benefit young adults.

milk and honey by rupi kaur – Book Review

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This book. I might have written more notes in this book than I did in Amanda Lovelace’s book.

Again, this was a book of poetry. There were no capital letters, which I enjoyed. Although, one thing that set this book a part from Lovelace’s is that Kaur put drawings on some of the pages. I loved that. I wasn’t just reading things from Kaur’s point of view, but I was also able to see things from her point of view.

Both Lovelace’s and Kaur’s books are similar in content, but the delivery was different, and both of them gave me different perspectives on different matters. I really liked reading it, and I really want to go through and reread it, but that will wait for when I finish a few other books I have stacked on my floor.

I highly recommend you go buy this book. Read it and take notes then go and read it again. Let it flood your soul and enter into your mind. Let it make you think. Let it give you new ideas and a few tips on what you can do to better improve your poetry. I know it did all of those things to me.

the princess saves herself in this one by amanda lovelace – Book Review

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This book is the most fabulous thing. It is raw and honest and tore me open to be honest with myself. My personal life (past and present) doesn’t relate to half the things this book talks about, but I have a general understanding of its topics just from my own experiences. It definitely helped broaden my view of life outside of my own life experiences. I recommend this book to everyone.

the princess saves herself in this one is a book of poetry that does not use any capitals whatsoever, which I appreciated since capitals are unnecessary in the English language. Lovelace doesn’t use rhyme, but she does use line breaks, italics, and strikethrough to create a rhythm. The book tells a heartbreaking story about a girl with a desire to love and be loved.

Just within the first few pages I was pulled in. I am certainly on the lookout for more work by Amanda Lovelace.

Solo by Kwame Alexander – Book Review

This book wrapped me in its arms, tore my heart to shreds, and attempted to tape it back together. It was a wonderful piece by Kwame. This, like Crossover, was written in prose (poetic verse). One thing in particular that I loved about it were the names: Blade, Storm, Sunny, Joy, Chapel. Almost all of them resembles a key attribute about the character.

The story is about Blade Morrison, born and raised in the spotlight. However, the spotlight isn’t always great, and the paparazzi is horrible. His family, his dad, is constantly on the front cover of everything. He tries to find solace from all the crazy in his girlfriend, but her parents aren’t too fond of her dating a rock star who comes from a drug addict, alcoholic, deadbeat, rock star father. Blade wants out, and he wants out fast, especially after he hears life-altering news about himself that Storm, his sister, throws in his face. It pushes him over the edge. Way over the edge. Traveling out of the country to Ghana over the edge. There he meets a girl named Joy and a five-year old names Sia. Both of them begin to change his life, although, after meeting them, it’s everything but an easy climb to happiness from there on out.

The story really was great and incredibly inspiring. As soon as I’m done passing the book around friends and family, I can guarantee I’m going to annotate my copy. The only thing that bothered me about the book was when Blade reacted to what Storm told him about himself. I thought he overreacted. I get he was emotional, and his family was pushing him to a breaking point, but I thought it was too sudden. Also, Joy’s wisdom seemed uncanny.

Despite those two things, the story was amazing! I highly recommend it.

 

*** Also! There’s a great track list in the book. LISTEN. TO. IT.

 

 

Dust To Flesh: The Beginning of the End by R. L. Stoll – Book Review

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Dust to Flesh by R. L. Stoll is a self-published book done through CreateSpace. It is designed well, with a nice soft matte cover. The formatting on the inside is a bit off center, but otherwise, the rest of it is fabulous. I loved the story line. I felt there were a few times when the character was being to oblivious to facts. Some things, as a reader, I picked up on, and it annoyed me slightly when the character didn’t, especially since she herself is incredibly smart. There was of course the cliche love that made me roll my eyes (not sure how love can be un-cliche though, when it’s so common in every book), but it was written nicely.

The story itself is about a girl name Noelle who gets caught in a battle between gargoyles and grotesques–in a way angels and demons. Why? She’s a Plain Jane from Plainwell, Michigan. Well, it’s because of her bloodline going all the way back to Cologne, Germany. The problem with her being in the middle of this battle between gargoyles and grotesques, aside from her life being in danger, is it also puts her best friend and her boyfriend in danger. While both vow never to leave her, neither of them are fully aware of the circumstances either. Eventually, the situation gets too risky and she has to make a decision that could risk the continuation of both her relationships with her best friend and her boyfriend.

The book was was great with a wonderful progression of events. I highly recommend this book. I’m most definitely going to have to buy the second book. It’s an easy read, and will pull you in almost right away.