Monday, April 22, 2013

April Antagonists: Characters in Costume Challenge...

I joined the fun April Characters in Costume Challenge, that the talented Gillian Adams has lovingly put together. Last month's was so much fun!

This month we're focusing on our villains.

Photo is not of me. :-)
The BIGGEST villain in my book series The Chronicles of the Key Holders is a character called Nyoka. He is in all three books and causes much trouble to my poor "good" guys. There is not one ounce of good in him. He is complete darkness and symbolizes all that is bad. His name has a fitting meaning behind it. No feeling pity for this villain!

A key characteristic of him is his hair color and voice. His hair is brilliantly blond and his voice always sounds lyrical, deceiving others of his dark soul.

Many have fallen to his lies, yet those who have stood up against him, know that the Light will conquer the darkness, even when all hope seems lost.

Be sure to check out the other participants in this fun challenge. Thank you Gillian for letting me join in on the fun and for putting it together. I hope to join in on your next character challenge in May. I'll be sure to give more teasers on TROH.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A short review on the movie Life of Pi…

Started off okay, quickly turned boring, then became scaring, flipped over to being good, became a little strange, and ended on a confusing story that I still can’t wrap my mind around. All in all I would NOT recommend it. The religious side to the movie was sad, confusing, and straight up wrong. There is only One True God and He doesn’t abide in every religion. I know that a lot of people are confused by this and it is truly dangerous. The writing was… mind boggling in the end. Was it symbolic or not? I’ll never know. The acting was well done and the special effects were beautiful, I loved the tiger, but this doesn’t make it worth seeing. Glad I didn’t spend money on it in theaters. It also should have been rated PG-13… some very disturbing parts in it for young minds.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Team Novel Teen: Search and Rescue...

About the Book:

Series: Rock Harbor
Book One: Search and Rescue
Author: Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll
Reader Age Range: 10 and up  
Page Count: 242
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre:/Christian/ Mystery/Adventure/Young Adult

 In "Rock Harbor Search and Rescue," a middle grade fiction novel based on Colleen Coble's bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery.

Emily O'Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom. She is even selling homemade jewelry to save up for her own Search and Rescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor's fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she'll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team.

Emily isn't willing to give up on her Search and Rescue dreams that easily, and she sets out to find the real culprit and to restore her reputation. With a few suspects in mind, Emily is determined to uncover the truth, but she isn't prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescue dogs sniff out in the process. This exciting mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and have them pining after a Search and Rescue puppy of their own!
My Review~
The truth is I wasn’t a fan of this book. I didn’t hate it… I just didn’t enjoy it.  One big thing I greatly disliked and is a complaint from most readers, was Emily's dad. No descent parent would be that mean to their daughter. If she was a known liar than I would understand, but she wasn’t. Emily’s character wasn’t bad and it made me dislike the dad throughout the entire book. In a big way he seemed abusive and I don’t mean to sound dramatic on that. Some things in the story line were just a bit too over dramatic for me, while others were things we all can relate with.

The good things I liked about this book was that it did have a Nancy Drew feel. Who doesn’t like Nancy Drew? ;-) I also liked the theme of Search and Rescue with canines. It was interesting and nicely put together. Girls who love their dogs would greatly enjoy it. The loyalty of true friendship was sweet and  siblings coming together in a time of need was also a nice plus. Emily was a very likable character and the mystery of who really stole the necklace was very well done.

All in all I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for a younger audience.

To purchase Search and Rescue go to: Amazon Book Link

To find out more about the author Colleen Coble check out her website:

To find out more about the author Robin Caroll check out her website:

And be sure to see what others for this months blog tour are saying about Search and Rescue. :-)
Book Nook 4 You
Blooming with Books
Christian Bookshelf Reviews
CTF Devourer
Jill Williamson
The Ramblings of a Young Author
Realm of Hearts
Terri Harr

In conjunction with the Team Novel Teen Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, Jill Williamson, Team Novel Teen, Katie Powell, and Thomas Nelson.