Reviewed by: Sara
Finding the Raven is a magical tale of friendship, love, deceit, life, death and the space between the two. Two young women from completely different backgrounds find their fates intertwined and both fight their struggles together, refusing to surrender to their harsh circumstances. After Julia’s father tragically dies during an act onstage and her inheritance seems to have been swindled away, she discovers a stone that is more precious than gold. Guided by her visions and a little help from a psychic, the pair manage to sort their troubles out slowly over time.
Living in a time when ladies were held to higher expectations of behavior, they both wanted something more. After being forced to leave a low-paying factory job, Julia completely transforms herself and later becomes a business owner all while falling in love with a man who possesses a gypsy heart. Rose, meanwhile struggles with the decision of letting the opinions of higher society direct her life choices or allowing her heart to be the judge. Through many unexpected twists, turns and divine interventions, Julia learns to trust her visions and realizes that she is being guided by something or someone from the other side.
Finding The Raven is such an intriguing story that the reader simply cannot walk away without turning another page. Once in a while a reader will have the privilege to stumble upon a story that totally absorbs them and with each word the characters come to life and bring the reader into their world with them. Poetically written, Patty Dickson Pieczka fills your imagination with the wonders of their place and time and into the very hearts of Julia and Rose.
reviewed by jason
The story took place in the summer of 1972, a group of scouts and their leaders undertook a planned bicycle trip that was over 1400 miles long. They started in Wood Dale, Illinois, went through eight states to end up in Jacksonville, Florida. The author was fortunate enough to be one of the scouts on this journey and this book is a series of his personal recollections of this adventure. Once the reader makes it to the actual journey he or she will find it very interesting and engaging for it explored the hopes and goals behind the excursion, as well as the challenges and unexpected surprises that the troop encountered along the way.
Unfortunately it took me a long time to finish this book for it just didn’t keep my interest until I got past about 1/3 of the book. After that, I almost couldn’t put it down for that is when they were finally on their bike trip. I think this is an excellent book for someone who enjoys the Boy Scouts and biking. I would like to give this book 5 stars but due to it taking such a long time to get past the introduction and into the story itself, I will give this book 4 stars.
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Reviewed by andre
The first page had me thinking, “oh my”, with the cockroach and other things that were crawling around on a restaurant floor. With everything that was going on in the story, such as his mother and stepfather taking all the restaurant profits, etc. I kept thinking, “he needs to sell”. Over all, it was an interesting story that did keep me wondering what was going through the authors mind as he wrote it. I am sure this was the desired effect that he was hoping for.
The scene was set as a small town where everyone knew everyone else and their business. A small town setting that I am sure almost everyone reading this can relate to. Despite being a small town there seemed to be a lot going on besides the residents squashing bugs, pissing on windows of closed shops, and being paid $20.00 for being sprayed in the face with pepper spray for entertainment.
Spoil alert! The author wasted no time into spinning the story of a small dead town where nothing exciting ever happens into a strange yet compelling tale of weird and mystery. It all starts just hours before Jack is to inherit his dads restaurant when a sweaty man breaks into the restaurant. He no sooner leaves after swallowing his sought after treasure before two more mysterious guys show up looking for something else.
I was almost expecting / anticipating the ground to start shaking as some giant man eating worms began working their way to the surface. But despite the bugs and lack of man eating worms, I have to say that “Jacked” was a fun read. Therefore I am giving it 5 stars as I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I have no choice but to rate Hawthorne: Chronicles of the Brass Hand – Mystirio Astronomiki (Volume 1) 5 out of 5 stars. I was very impressed with the authors choice to waste no time getting to the story. He dives right in with a brief introduction of his characters. The main character, one Edgar Hawthorne, a young man who ends up leaving his home aboard an airship to investigate some interesting things going on in South Africa.
An attacked forced Edgar to land his airship in an African Jungle. I was excited to find the airship stocked with a wide range of mysterious characters that left me unsure of who I could or could not trust. Once I started reading, I could not put the book down for the story is engaging and action packed. Wild Apes, Pirates from other airships, discovering ancient temples and secret societies left me wondering what was going to happen next.
I really like this story, it is very well written. The reader can tell that the author put a lot of thought into the creation of his characters and the action was non-stop. Steampunk references were well thought out as well. This book is a must for anyone who likes a good blend of scifi and fantasy.
I have added volumn 2 to my must read list.
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Diary of a Displaced Dog: Millie’s Story by Lee Sherrill is a Young Adult book about a rescue dog’s experiences while living with different owners. It is the first installment in a series about abused or neglected animals. Based on a true story, it is written from the dog’s perspective. When writing this book, the author speculated what his own dog’s life may have been like before he adopted her.
A young boy and his mother adopt a rescue puppy, Millie, and provide her with a happy home, for the most part. All goes well until the family loses their home and ends up giving Millie to a man who has less than honorable intentions. Neglected and locked in a dog pen with several other dogs and not enough food and water to go around, Millie struggles to stay alive. When one of the dogs attacks the abusive owner through the fence, things take a turn for the worse.
I loved this heartwarming and heart-wrenching tale. The book is told as a series of diary entries written by Millie. It is an effective way for the story to unfold since I was easily able to understand the roller coaster of the dog’s emotions.
The descriptions are vividly and realistically written, as Millie adjusts to a range of new experiences. The Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations are a joyous time for the young dog, even though she doesn’t quite understand why she is being given special food and gifts. On the other hand, the boy’s father is strict and Millie’s fears are conveyed well as he ties her up in the barn overnight after she has a potty accident in the house.
The book also includes several poems written from either Millie or the author’s point of view. As much as I loved the story, these poems were so moving that that I reread all of them after finishing the story. The Author has a real talent for capturing the essence of a dog’s feelings.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I went through a whirlwind of emotions while reading this story and it is a story I won’t soon forget. I recommend this book to dog lovers, particularly those who own rescue dogs or work for animal rescue organizations. The story is categorized in the Young Adult genre. However, please note that there are a few graphic, violent scenes that may not be appropriate for younger teens. If you have ever wondered what rescue dogs might feel about the changes in their lives, read this book.
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