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October’s Feature Author

Don’t forget to check out my Feature Authors Page. This month’s feature author is Tosca Lee author of Demon: A Memoir. On this page you will be able to read the first chapter of her book. If you’ve been reading my blog you will know that I absolutely loved this book. This is my review of Demon.

As a member of the FIRST blog alliance I post the first chapter of the author’s latest book on the first day of the month. Another perk is I have been able to read and review the books! I love my life! If you are interested in joining click on the FIRST button in my blogroll.

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Demon: A Memoir Book Review

Much to Best Friend’s happiness I have finished Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee so she can now read it…only hubby has picked up the book and is now reading it. Since he’s my husband, he gets to read it before her. Oh well.

From the back cover:

Recently divorced and mired in a meaningless existence, Clay drifts from his drab apartment to his equally lusterless job as an editor for a small Boston press–until the night Lucian finds him and everything changes with the simple words, “I’m going to tell you my story, and you’re going to write it down and publish it.”

What begins as a mystery soon spirals into chaotic obsession as Clay struggles to piece together Lucian’s dark tale of love, ambition, and grace–only to discover that the demon’s story has become his own.

And then only one thing matters: learning how the story ends.

My thoughts:

This book had me from the beginning. I read about the book on Camy Tang’s blog. She featured the book and an interview with the author on her blog and I knew I had to read it. Actually, I was scared to read the book because I’m a chicken when it comes to anything that might be suspense. I have to say again, this book had me from the beginning. It was very hard to put down. It made me think and stretch my imagination. It made me rethink everything I thought I knew about angels and demons and ultimately God. The images I had in my head based on her words are unbelievable…remarkable.

The images…scenes…wow! My mind is still reeling. I am still digesting the fall of the angels. Creation was one of my all time favorites…I think that is when I started underlining. I love the way the author, Tosca Lee, was able to use mere words to create paintings in my mind. There were several times during Lucian and Clay’s conversations that I would have to pause and reread what was written so that I could think it about it some more. I would go to bed at night thinking about Demon and wake up in the morning still trying to dissect it.

Lucian’s tale not only became a part of Clay but ultimately a part of me. I am still pondering this tale and am very glad to have read it. This book is not for those who will not stretch their minds. Sadly, I know a few people like that. This book is for everyone who will read it as a work of fiction based on the Bible. To see God’s plan of salvation through the eyes of a demon is amazing. I challenge everyone to read this book. Hopefully, you will be deeply affected by it like I was.

Sushi for One? Book Review

I have finally gotten my hands on Camy Tang’s book Sushi for One? (The Sushi Series, Book 1). Everyone… I asked my library to order this book because I thought others would also enjoy it. I was ecstatic when I found out they ordered it and kept it for me so I could be the first to read it!

From the back cover:
Lex Sakai’s family is big, nosy, and marriage-minded. When her cousin Mariko is gets married, Lex will become the oldest single female cousin in the clan.

Lex has used her Bible study class on Ephesians to compile a huge list of traits for the perfect man. But the one man she keeps running into doesn’t seem to have a single quality on her list. It’s only when the always-in-control Lex starts to let God take over that all the pieces of this hilarious romance finally fall into place.

My thoughts:

I loved this book. I was actually sad when it ended. I mean I read the final sentence and was sad that I wouldn’t be able to look into these characters lives any more. I was totally immersed in what was going on with them that to end it is ending a part of me. That’s how much I was drawn into the book. While I was formulating my review in my head I was reminded of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics). Not that Sushi for One? (The Sushi Series, Book 1) was similar to Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics) but because I had the same feeling when it ended. These were characters I had fallen in love with and wanted to see more into their lives.

The back cover blurb does not give Sushi for One? (The Sushi Series, Book 1) enough credit. This book is so much deeper than that. Sushi for One? (The Sushi Series, Book 1) is not just a cute, light read. It may be chick-lit but it’s chick-lit with power. Camy Tang dealt with some deep truths in what it means to be a Christian. There are Christians by name and then there are Christians who actually try to live the way Jesus taught. We are not perfect. Lex was definitely not perfect yet she strived to live what she believed. She didn’t settle for anything even when she was desperate.

Camy Tang’s first novel is a must read and I can hardly wait until her next novel, Only Uni (Sushi Series), comes out in February 2008.

Productive Saturday and Other Ramblings with a Book Mentioned Also

Today has been a very productive Saturday. This is what I have accomplished…nothing. Absolutely nothing and I planned it that way. I take that back…I did go running this morning…but after that I did nothing.

Saturdays are my day of rest. The rest of the week is busy with children, school, household duties…everything. Sunday is church day and it doesn’t matter what you think…Sundays are not restful. Now, I enjoy my Sundays. I love going to church and corporately praising and worshiping God with my church family, however, it is not relaxing. Maybe it is more relaxing when you don’t have children to get ready for church, but I’m not there in my time of life. I am here. Sundays are not relaxing.

So my day of rest is Saturday. AAAAAHHHHH! It’s so nice and peaceful. It’s even more peaceful since the kiddos are at their grandparents and hub is asleep on the floor and dog is asleep in the kitchen. Such a rare moment of bliss. Heaven. So nice and quiet. Silence. I love it. It’s almost like taking a relaxing bubble bath…except I’m at the computer instead…although, in my head I am taking a hot, relaxing bubble bath and reading a book.

Speaking of which, the book I am reading now is Demon by Tosca Lee. Wow! I am loving this book. It is making me open my mind. For some reason, I have a view of what heaven, angels, demons, and whatnot should be…this book is challenging that. I know several people who will not open their minds to enjoy this work of fiction. That is sad because this book is truly wonderful. On the other hand, I have several friends who are patiently waiting for me to finish this so that they may read it and we can discuss it.

Enough about my musing of nothingness to do. Enough about my books. I am going to go back to nothing and enjoy every minute of it because eventually my kiddos will be home and my hub and dog will wake up.

Reconstructing Natalie Book Review

“I laughed. I cried. It moved me Bob.” – the famous words of Larry the Cucumber from VeggieTales. Although I laughed more than I cried.

In Reconstructing Natalie (Women of Faith Fiction #18) by Laura Jensen Walker, Natalie Moore is twenty-seven when she learns she has breast cancer. This book is her journey. Her ups and downs. Her going from a young lady that is dependent on her parents to a young lady that learns to take risks. In a single diagnosis, her life is changed. It’s up to her to decide whether it’s for the better.

I was interested in reading this book when I found it on a chick-lit list on amazon.com. I looked it up on our library’s web page and sure enough, the library had it. I was hooked from the first sentence: “I’m obsessed with breasts.”

Natalie may be a character in a book, but, she can live in all of us. We can draw from her strength and learn to look life in the eye and not give in to it when life threatens to bring us down.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Book Review

My thoughts are still going ninety to nothing after reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Book 1) by Ann Brashares. I am going to try to tame them enough to write a decent book review.

 

Carmen, Lena, Bridget and Tibby have been friends since birth. Their mothers met in an aerobics class for pregnant women. They were all born in September except Lena who was born early. They have spent every summer together until now. This summer each girl will go her own way and in the process find out life is not always about them. At the beginning of the summer they were almost sixteen and girls, by the end of the summer they are still almost sixteen but have started maturing into young ladies. Each girl has had to deal with the issues life hands us such as death, divorce, and sex. Each girl had expectations of what their summer would be like, yet life interrupted their expectations and showed them what it had in store for them.

 

The book centers around a pair of pants that magically fits each of them. Each girl has the pants for a week and then sends them off to the next one in line. By the end of the summer they should have had the pants twice. The pants coupled with their naive expectations make for a wonderful read.

 

I respect how the author handled the issues of death, divorce, and sex in a subtle way. As I stated earlier, life happens and that is what happened in this book. Life happened for each of the girls. The author didn’t have to say…”Look, big topic approaching!”…it flowed with the story line just as the issues happen in everyday life.

 

The book comes full circle with the girls back together at the end of the summer. Each one is changed in ways they never expected. Mostly for the better. They are wiser and more mature. They all have stories to tell at some point but for now are busy trying to digest what it means to them. Their friendship is stronger and so are they.

 

This is definitely a book I would recommend every girl and woman read. I loved it and only wished I would have read it sooner than I did.

It’s Finally Here…My Feature Author Page

Now that the first of September is here I can officially post the first chapter of Camy Tang’s new book Sushi for One? (The Sushi Series, Book 1). I am excited that the first chapter I get to post is hers. I first saw her book mentioned on Shelfari. I looked the book up on amazon and realized it hadn’t been released yet. I had to read this book. The reviews were excellent. It was calling to me to be read. I couldn’t let the book down now could I? I finally found an excerpt on her website.

Camy’s book lived up to the reviews. Let me tell you I laughed as I was reading it! I laughed! I love to laugh. I love to read. If I can laugh and read at the same time, I’ll be your fan for life.

Anyway, check out my feature author page and check out Camy’s book. I highly recommend her book. I can only hope that you will enjoy her as much as I do.