Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review: "Dragon Slayer: Beginnings" by Carey Green

Dragons have been forgotten, relegated to the realm of legend and myth. But tales of horror circulate among the common people. Rumors of their attacks float on the night wind. They are a fearsome presence that haunts the memories of the old and the nightmares of the young.
They are forgotten, but they are not gone.

The dragon masters wait, a dark force lurking in the shadows of every land. They will have their opportunity. They will rise.

A young boy is stripped violently from his family and thrust into the conflict between dragon masters and feudal lords. Through tragedy and loss Hon is swept into the conflict while battling the fear and pain that grips his own soul.

Dragon Slayer: Beginnings is a story of life and the growth of faith in the midst of loss. It’s about the battle every person goes through to become more than their past has destined them to be.
 

He is the first. He will be the best. He is the Dragon Slayer.

My Thoughts/Review

Wow I thoroughly enjoyed Dragon Slayer: Beginnings! What a great first novel in what is sure to be an epic series!

From the very beginning Carey had me hooked and captured my heart with little Hon! From then on suspense, humility, fear, humbleness, and other amazing qualities flowed throughout all of the novel! 

I was slightly hesitant on what kind of Biblical message this book would have, but there was so many that I was stunned! Carey really shows what it means to be a man after God's own heart and what God's role is for these men in the family as well as community! Plus, he really portrays the beauty of God being God in our lives and that deep love He has for us! I was so humbled by many scenes with Stewart and Hon because they were discovering this in a very slow, painful journey!

The story itself is fantastic! The description of the places really made me feel as if I was there! I felt like I was just a random outsider sitting in with the characters while they talked about dragons or were encouraging one another! However I will mention that at first it can be a little confusing because there is no set one main character for the duration of the book! I didn't personally mind this because I enjoyed seeing what was going through different character's minds throughout the novel, but I wanted to mention it!

If your into fantasy don't miss this one! It is not only filled with action and suspense, but there is a deep Biblical foundation that does not go unnoticed! I was not only entertained, but greatly inspired and encouraged! I can't wait for book two this fall!

I give Dragon Slayer: Beginnings a 5 out of 5 stars!

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.*



About the Author

Carey Green was born in Pampa, TX and grew up in what he calls a "two-fer" family. His mom and dad got two families for the price of one! Three children were born, and many years later, were followed by his older brother and himself. According to Carey's mom, his older brother was an "accident" and Carey was his playmate. Nice to be wanted, huh?

Carey is a follower of Christ, husband, father, retired pastor, author, podcast producer, loan originator in Colorado, and overall multipreneur. His writings are drawn from his experiences in church leadership and pastoral counseling, as well as family life with his wife and 5 children.

Carey has predominantly written non-fiction in the spiritual growth and family life genre, but has also moved into the realm of Christian fiction with his "Dragon Slayer Chronicles" series, which is being very well received by audiences. You can find more of what Carey is up to at:

http://www.ChristianHomeandFamily.com
http://www.DragonSlayerBook.com
http://www.CareyGreen.com
http://www.PodcastFastTrack.com
http://www.PassTheSafeExam.com
and
http://www.FreeAudacityTutorials.com

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Dragons have been forgotten, relegated to the realm of legend and myth. But tales of horror circulate among the common people. Rumors of their attacks float on the night wind. They are a fearsome presence that haunts the memories of the old and the nightmares of the young.
They are forgotten, but they are not gone.

The dragon masters wait, a dark force lurking in the shadows of every land. They will have their opportunity. They will rise.

A young boy is stripped violently from his family and thrust into the conflict between dragon masters and feudal lords. Through tragedy and loss Hon is swept into the conflict while battling the fear and pain that grips his own soul.

Dragon Slayer: Beginnings is a story of life and the growth of faith in the midst of loss. It’s about the battle every person goes through to become more than their past has destined them to be.

He is the first. He will be the best. He is the Dragon Slayer.
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Giveaway Time!

The author Carey Green is giving away 2 ebooks of his novel Dragon Slayer: Beginnings to two random winners (check out my review here)! Enter in the widget below! Ends 4/25 1:00 am EST (open INT)!   

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Review (and Save the Date!): A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong
 
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.

If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the fa├žade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?



My Thoughts/Review

 Wow this was such a beautiful and heart-wrenching novel! How Katie could finish writing A Broken Kind of Beautiful is beyond me because I barely could finish it with the tears rolling down my face!

In the beginning it was a little hard to relate to Ivy because there were so many walls that she had up! However as the story progressed it was almost devastating to see the growing pain in Ivy's life! My heart broke for her in the love that she so desperately sought and didn't believe she could ever have (in many ways I could relate to her once she started opening up and the real her started to come out)!

It was amazing to see Ivy transform as the ending came near! I was so humbled by the message that Ivy as well as Davis received because I felt I needed it too! Also just to see them grow into the people God made them to be was awesome and wonderful!

This story is definitely not a warm, fuzzy kind of novel! It's really a novel that digs through all the inner pains of the heart, but yet shows how great God's love is for us! There is such a beautiful message weaved throughout that it will leave you breathless and blessed!

I give A Broken Kind of Beautiful a 4.5 out of 5 stars! (Don't miss this one!) 
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About the Author

Katie Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she's not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. She is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows. Visit her website at katieganshert.com



 

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WHEN: Monday, April 21st from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, CST

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