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Creston Mapes – Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol

28. Dark Star: Confessions of a Rock Idol by Creston Mapes (2005)
Rock Star Chronicles Book 1
Length: 403 pages
Genre: Christian Fiction
Started: 19 December 2011
Finished: 20 December 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Cheryl at Media Guests for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 14 December 2011
Why do I have it? I was intrigued by the concept and Creston Mapes is a new author for me.

The heavy metal band DeathStroke had it all: adoring fans, money, fame and a high-selling music career. The four members of the band were life-long friends who had already been through so much together. Their lead singer was the one who led them to stardom and he knew it! Everett Lester was a man who had everything: drugs, women and a true God-given talent which he was currently squandering while on a dangerous and destructive path.

Everett ostensibly had everything he had ever wanted in life; and yet he had nothing that he truly wanted – love, acceptance and contentment within himself. Then a young Christian woman begins to write to him. Her letters are bewildering to Everett – she professes to hate everything he stands for but to love him with Christ’s pure love.

As Everett continues to spiral down into darkness, he clings to the lifeline Karen’s letters to him represent. He is completely unaware of the spiritual battle that is being waged for his very soul. When Everett is charged with the murder of his personal psychic – a murder that he doesn’t remember committing – he is thrown in jail and threatened by the powers of darkness.

Can Everett as a newly-saved Christian survive the trial and successfully turn his life over to God or will Satan entice Everett to fall again?

I have to say that I enjoyed this book very much. I started reading this book honestly believing that the plot of rock and roll, drugs, and loose women might not lend itself very well to Christian fiction. I was wrong. It was tough starting it, true, but once I began reading it, I couldn’t stop! I give this book an A! and look forward to the next book in the series.

A! – (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Connie Corcoran Wilson – Laughing Through Life

27. Laughing Through Life by Connie Corcoran Wilson (2011)
Length: 115 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Started/Finished: 15 December 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Connie and Teddy Rose a tour guide from Premier Virtual Author Tours for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 27 October 2011
Why do I have it? I liked Ms. Wilson’s It Came From the ’70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now and jumped at the chance to read her next book.

This is a collection of humorous essays written by Ms Wilson as part of her newspaper column. I absolutely loved this book and chuckled all the way through it – from start to finish. There have been comparisons made between Ms. Wilson and Erma Bombeck. I have read several of Ms. Bombeck’s books years ago and I have to totally agree with these comparisons. It was also an incredibly fast read for me as well. I give this book an A+! and look forward to Ms. Wilson’s next book with bated breath.

A+! – (96-100%)


May you read well and often

Alyssa K. Harrell and Marlene Siegal, DVM – Demi and the Dolphins: A Lesson in Ecology

26. Demi and the Dolphins: A Lesson in Ecology by Alyssa K. Harrell and Marlene Siegal, DVM (2011)
Length: 108 pages
Genre: General Fiction
Started: 13 November 2011
Finished: 14 November 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 12 October 2011.
Why do I have it? I have always considered myself an animal lover with a special love for dolphins.
Captain Demi is the youngest tuna boat captain ever. She is smart, stubborn and as such willing to break the laws protecting dolphins from tuna fishing nets on the ocean. Demi’s mind and heart is changed due to the intervention of the mythical god Neptune who turns her into a dolphin so that she can see life from the sea creatures perspective.

I really enjoyed this story written by a ten year old animal lover. It is a wonderful opening lesson on ecology. I give it an A!

A! – (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Ann McGovern – Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest

25. Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest by Ann McGovern (1968)

Length: 128 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Started: 12 November 2011
Finished: 12 November 2011

Where did it come from? From Bookmooch
Why do I have it? I’ve always had an interest in the Robin Hood legend.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 15 December 2010.

I know that this is a children’s book but I truly enjoy all tellings of the Robin Hood story. This book was full of adventure and even though it was written in 1968, it still held my attention and was riveting. I give this book an A!

A! – (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Andrew Friedman – Say Not What If

24. Say Not What if by Andrew Friedman (2011)
Length: 51 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 11 November 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Andrew for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 November 2011.
Why do I have it? I do really like short stories but I haven’t read much lyrical poetry.

This is a 10,000 word rhyming poem on the importance of time, and living for the now the best you can. It also discusses the morality of the death penalty as well. A man is given the death penalty after murdering a ten-year-old girl. He has spent his life overworking at his job, ignoring his wife and generally living the good life for himself. Fate allows him to witness the outcome of his actions in murdering the little girl – the lives and possibilities that he ruined by his vile act. 

I, myself, am neither for nor against the death penalty but can certainly understand the feelings of victims of violent crimes who believe that the only justice they can find is in fulfilling the death penalty. I give this story an A! It is very thought-provoking.

A! – (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Kathryn Meyer Griffith – The Heart of the Rose

23. The Heart of the Rose by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (1985) (Revised Author’s Edition 2010)
Length: 266 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Started: 19 August 2011
Finished: 22 August 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn who sent me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 7 November 2010
Why do I have it? I have enjoyed Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s work since I read her book Witches back in high school.

Bronwyn is a lowly peasant girl forced to fend for herself and her sisters when her parents die. She finds work at a tavern as a barmaid and a singer. Her beautiful voice and kind nature soon attracts the attention of the nobility, just as her healing powers attract the gossiping whispers that she is a witch out to snare King Edward IV himself. Now, as England tears itself apart in civil war, Bronwyn finds herself trapped between two men – one intent on possessing her, no matter what the cost, and the other whom she has seen in her dreams.

But when she is set to burn as a witch, who will step forward to save her from the boiling hatred and intrigue. Will jealousy and greed claim her soul, or will her heart win in the end? I found this story very interesting and enjoyable. It was Ms. Griffith’s first ever published and I have to say that except for some paranormal elements in the story, this is primarily an historical romance. I know and enjoy Ms. Griffith’s horror books better, but as a first story, The Heart of the Rose is a very enjoyable read. I give it an A!

A! – (90-95%)


May you read well and often

Shirin Yim Bridges – Sorghaghtani of Mongolia

22. Sorghaghtani of Mongolia by Shirin Yim Bridges (2010)
The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses Book 3
Length: 24 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Started/Finished: 10 August 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to the lovely tour guides at Goose Bottom Books for sending me a copy to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 May 2011
Why do I have it? I do enjoy true history geared toward children.

Sorghaghtani of Mongolia was married to one of Ghengis Khan’s sons and ruled her husband’s lands for her sons. She ruled in her own right after her husband’s death. This book covers how to pronounce names, what Mongols ate, how they dressed and their lifestyles. I enjoyed this book very much and give it an A+!


A+! – (96-100%)


May you read well and often