Saturday, April 28, 2012

Behind the Mist by M.J. Evans

Behind the Mist (The Mist Trilogy, # 1)Behind the Mist by M.J. Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Behind the Mist
Author: M.J. Evans
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Release date (or anticipated release): Jan. 3, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9766168-3-2
Specs: soft cover, 5.5 x 8.5, 226 pages, mass market
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Category: Young Adult/Fantasy/Adventure

Review Summary:

Nick met Jazz, his black stallion during vacation in Colorado, at twelve years old. There was an electrifying bond between the two immediately. Nick survived the lion attack by the grips of the horse’s teeth that flew the mountain lion at least seven feet away from the young lad. Five years later a major accident takes place, but Nick and his horse went into the midst to a magical kingdom known as “Celestria” which is a fantastical lifestyle with beautiful unicorns, fairies, and healing power beyond belief.

Dream Moment(s): In this mystical realm, experience the power to heal and hear animals speak as well as an adventure to enrapture on this reading journey of this novel. Nick’s power source was love and encouragement in which helped him refocus his strength and thoughts. This is a dream moment for young adults to see the power of love, encouragement, and refocus your thoughts to positivity. “We have no power if we have fear. Replace fear with love” (page 70).

Dream 4 More: The moral of the story is “freewill” and choose to be either good or evil, which path you choose isn’t always easy especially coming to the light (good). Nick had the power. You also have the power to choose your path on this life journey. What I loved most about this book: Nick was able to see dreams, create and speak things into existence, and a heart to love and help a young girl in need—to rescue her out of the darkness. Moreover, I am a dreamer, thinker, and doer—Nick exemplified all these things and hope it encourages young people to do the same in their lives. The readers for this book are 12 years old and up; however, the author’s writing style is precisely for older teens.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Growing pains: Kendra's diaries by K.P. Smith review

Title: Growing Pains: Kendra’s Diaries
Author: KP Smith
Publisher: Doin It Publishing
Release date (or anticipated release): 2011
ISBN: 9780615390307
Specs: paperback and ePub/mobi versions are available
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Category: Young Adult (YA)

Review Summary:
Kendra, the oldest sister, has to share with her younger sister, Patrice, about her parents’ verbal attacks and daily scrabbles usually around managing their finances and providing for the family.

K.P. Smith wrote a cutesy, witty, and fun chick lit with some moral lessons and interweaves some faith-based concepts in this teen literature. She also briefly covered in the first chapter on ethnic issues especially in New Orleans that was cleverly done in a humorous way for teens (and adults) who reads their copy.

Dream Moment(s): As a teen girl, Kendra wondered when her countless prayers would be answered by a Mighty God and pondered on sayings that most believers said to her, “You have to wait on Him” and “He’s always on time.” Which she beg to differ, since on her watch seemed to be very late and not sure how long she had to wait for her prayers to be answered. Kendra later realized based on one’s life choices that there will be consequences but not to quit or be a quitter even through the most difficult times. As a reader and reviewer, I also liked how she put in the Creole lingo/dialect in the reading.

Dream 4 More: Kendra Foster may have undergone some of the same things that other teens may have gone through such as argumentative parents over the household expenses; self-esteem; and building their confidence and faith in accomplishing their dreams while in junior high (8th grade). Kendra tries out for a cheerleading team, after two years, she finally makes the team. She works on her confidence and trusts in her instincts that she can accomplish anything her heart desires; making her dreams a reality. This character is relatable and can help encourage and edify other teens going through similar issues at this prime time in their lives. Moreover, I would recommend this novel to pre-teens (tweens) from 11-12 years old to older teens.

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