Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday Book Review--The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen  YA fantasy

This has been on my TBR book pile for a while. I had to get a lot of other things out of the way first, but so worth the wait. Let me tell you about it.

Sage and three other boys, about fourteen to fifteen years of age, are collected from orphanages around the country by a nobleman with less than noble motives. (This story reminded me a lot of 16th century England and the scheme-after- power-hungry-scheme various nobility attempted to dethrone Queen Elizabeth. They did it in the name of religion but most wanted to retain the power for themselves.)

Sage becomes part of a deadly competition to see who will come out on top and win the role of Prince Jaron, long lost son of King Eckbert and Queen Erin.

One problem with winning is Sage doesn't care enough about winning to kill for it. He's a rebel. He doesn't care much for titles and appearances. If he does win, he does so at the cost of the other boys' lives. All losers must be killed to ensure the secrecy of this plot.

Another problem with winning is Conner, the less-than-noble-nobleman. Whoever wins will be nothing more than a pawn in Conner's pocket. The winner would never win his freedom. Sage values freedom above riches, and death begins to look like the best alternative.

Why I liked this book:
1) The book trailer is way cool.
2) The characters are very believable.
3) Even though I figured out parts of the plot, there were plenty of surprises.
4) It had a satisfying end although it's the first of three in the series.
5) It was a lot of fun to read. I had a hard time putting it down. I can hardly wait for the next two books.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thursday Movie Review--The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green  by Disney Rated PG  It's a fantasy.

This is a bittersweet story of a young couple, played by Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton. Unable to have children of their own, they write out all of the talents and attributes they want in a child. They carefully place all of their hopes in a wooden box and bury it in their garden.

A ten-year-old boy (CJ Adams) comes to them "home grown" and changes their lives forever. He manages to change the lives of everyone in their small hometown.

This movie is filled with love, life lessons, and tender moments. Take a box of tissue with you when you see it. It is a very enjoyable, and worthwhile family movie.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday Movie Review--Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris PG 13 directed by Woody Allen

A charming story of a writer, Gil Bender (Owen Wilson) who dreams about the "golden age of Paris". Re-thinking the course his life is taking leads Gil to walk the magical streets of Paris at night. 

When the Cathedral's clock strikes 12 midnight, he finds himself taken back to the Paris of the 1920's. He meets some of his favorite authors--F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

It reminds me of a coming of age tale where the main character gets the chance to examine his life before it's too late. Gil learns something from a beautiful woman he meets in 1920. Her idea of the "golden age of Paris" was the 1890's. When the two of them get to the 1890's they meet men who think the "golden age of Paris was thirty years before that.

Have you ever caught yourself thinking, "If only I'd lived back then?" This is a wonderful movie for anyone who loves to live in the past--like me.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday Book Review--The Lost Stones by Paul Rimmasch

The Lost Stones by Paul Rimmasch

This book was so much fun to read! It has everything--adventure, Book of Mormon archaeology, and a wee bit of romance.

Ammon's seemingly innocent question regarding the sixteen stones the Jaredites used leads him into the adventure of a lifetime. He gets to meet some very interesting people and some dangerous people. He is pushed beyond what he thinks his physical and spiritual limits are as he tries to keep up with his new friends, John, and his daughter Sariah. It turns out to be a good thing they had Ammon along for the ride.

I've always been fascinated with Book of Mormon archaeology--who isn't? I learned new things without feeling like an info dump. This book combines an exciting mix of real research, folklore, and a conspiracy theory (which I like to believe in myself). I sometimes wonder how much farther ahead mankind would be if it weren't for conspiring men.

I'm in total awe of all the research that went into this endeavor. Research is Eternal and the author has definitely done his homework. I can't wait to read the next in the series!

Check out the Book Trailer here:

The Lost Stones

There is a link for purchase info at the Author's website here:

http://www.loststonesbook.com/

He's also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theloststones

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Author Spotlight--Paul Rimmasch, author of The Lost Stones

Welcome to author Paul Rimmasch author of The Lost Stones

About this author

Paul Rimmasch was born and reared in the Salt Lake Valley. He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminalistics and a minor in Photography. Paul has spent the last fourteen years working as a Crime Scene Investigator for Weber-Metro CSI and is active in Forensic Science education and Law Enforcement training. He lives in Ogden Utah with his wife and three children and is an avid hiker and gardener.
Paul has parlayed a life long interest in Book of Mormon Archaeology and LDS Church History into his first novel, The Lost Stones.

Thanks to Paul for letting me review his book. You can find my review on this blog tomorrow morning, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

The Interview

 Of all the research you've done, whose work influenced you the most?
       
        The late Henriette Mertz and her book called The Mystic Symbol: Mark of the Michigan Mound Builders. Without the amazing discoveries detailed in that book I doubt The Lost Stones would ever have gotten off of the ground.

Aside from the Book of Mormon, what is the one book everyone should read?

        A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I read it every December. It helps remind one of what Christmas, and essentially life, is all about.

If you could time travel within the Book of Mormon, who would you most like to visit with, besides the Savior, of course?

        That is a hard question. There are so many obvious answers. I guess I will have to say Teancum. His mixture of obedience and rashness has always fascinated me.

Do you have any other works in progress or research projects at the moment?
       
        The sequel to The Lost Stones is already completed and I am currently in the research and early writing phase of the third Ammon Rogers adventure.

Thank you for consenting to this interview. I know this reader is anxiously awaiting book #2. Stay tuned tomorrow for my review.

Check out the author's website:
and book trailer: