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- Dirty Little Angels
on Aug. 16, 2010
I LOVED this book! Not only did I fall for and keep rooting for the characters...specially Hailey, I wanted their story to continue. I was not ready for it to end. Set in New Orleans...this "coming of age" story is full of drama, intrigue, mystery, death, drugs, sex and just about everything else there is in life. Sadness, love, anger and forgiveness. Although the characters live in a down-trodden part of town, although there isn't much to do to occupy them (hence the cause of SOME of the trouble they get into), they still HAVE lives (as some of us seem to forget when thinking of people in their situation). They do the best they can with what they have. Chris is able to portray a pretty valid comparison, although unstated...that their lives can closely parallel anyone else's life...no matter level of education, social status, bank balance, etc. This book is gripping and as others have said...a "new" To Kill A Mockingbird. It's THAT thought-provoking. You'll find yourself thinking about it days after your finished with it.
- Delver Magic Book I: Sanctum's Breach
on Nov. 19, 2010
Another amazing book by Jeff! I read "When Do I See God?" and was blown away! I just finished Delver Magic I and am on Delver Magic II and can't say enough about this series! It's a fantastical cross between "Avatar", "Harry Potter", Wizard of Oz" and "Lord of the Rings". All wrapped up into one thrilling, captivating series...and yes, there is a Delver III, I just don't see it on here. All of his books are easy-reading, but you simply cannot put them down. I read them on my Nook and it literally goes everywhere with me...that way I don't have to miss a single word or wait until I get home to start the next one. This series would make a BLOCKBUSTER movie and I hope Steven Spielberg or James Cameron is paying attention because they really should jump right on this! Jeff is able to bring all his characters to life in ways you wouldn't believe...even the landscape and sky is right in front of your eyes in bold, brilliant detail! How he does it is beyond me, I'm just glad he does! You will NOT forget any of his characters and you'll find yourself wondering what they're up to long after you finish the books. You just have to remember, they are not real...but the product of a dazzling author's imagination. Keep going, Jeff! And Hollywood....PAY ATTENTION!