Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review: H20 By: Austin Boyd and Brannon Hollingsworth

H2O the NovelH2O the Novel by Austin Boyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A most amazing, vivid tale filled with amazing imagery. Kate Pepper a 29yr old woman that seems to have it all together, but scratch the surface and there is a much deeper hurt and a much deeper purpose. As she goes through her life, in one heart racing moment she is hit by a vision. These visions come each time water comes in contact with her and their persistance and intensity only increases.
Kate has it all, a great job, dating her boss (who is verbally, emotionally, and physically abusive), an expensive bike -- or does she? What can she be missing? As the visions appear more happens to her, from her injuries, crashing her bike, to losing a job, losing her boyfriend (which is no loss), to noticing the simple qualities of life. What is the connection between it all, from the simple kindness of a special needs waitress to a boy that is in recovery from cancer, will she find that connection and make it?
Water flows throughout the book, from rain to snow, from shower water to tears and all affect Kate and her visions. She is drowning in a life that has no meaning and as the past, present and future converge only one thing is needed.
There is a lot of symbolism in this book and I am sure that each person will find different symbols closer to the surface and the meaning the reader can find long after putting down the book. "Come thirsty and drink deeply from the living water" I once read in another book, and H20 will help with the thirst.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Game Of Thrones By: George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or die"
This is an amazing book, epic in a sense.
Welcome to the world of the Seven Kingdoms, filled with deceit, fabled animals, the Others in The Haunted Forest, death, survival, and amazing characters. Written in third person but each chapter written in different main characters the book flows fluidly.
The King has come to Winterfell appointing his new Hand, the Long Summer is ending, and everyone is looking to take over the Throne. There is no trust and as Kings Landing has as many secret tunnels there are more secrets and motives to uncover. Like chess pieces moving across the board, each character brings forth this "game of thrones" bringing with them kidnapping, murder, destruction to the buildup of war.
The book ends with the reader wanting more and thankfully there is.
If I could give this novel more than 5 stars I would. I was taken into another place and time, into the minds of such well written third dementional characters that are still stuck in my mind. From description to style Mr. Martin has outdone himself.

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