Reviewing “Shademaker” by A.S. Washington

Normally, I do not read this type of genre, but after being requested on Twitter to review these two stories by A.S. Washington , I was eager to do my best. I am also a slow reader, but was able to read each short story in just under an hour each. Each paragraph is so engaging that it is hard to put down!

While “An Insurrection” took place on a battlefield between the army of Garvin Desh and that of Thurstan the Mighty King, Volume 2 “Shademaker” takes place in the battlefield aftermath and focuses on Morn Shademaker and a few men in Desh’s army. “Shademaker” is a short story, like “An Insurrection”; a quick read and full of descriptive words to place you right next to Morn.

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Once said to Desh after the death of Thurstan, Morn repeated a phrase to young Ismare Morcanse:

“The first lesson that the ambitious warrior must learn is that wisdom is far more precious than pride.”

This phrase would be the theme of “Shademaker” as Morn shows wisdom while Ismare is extremely prideful. As a result, Morn teaches Ismare a lesson on pride with his supernatural speed and strength.

Without spoiling the storyline, I’d like to simply include that “Shademaker” is even more engaging than “An Insurrection” in my reading experience. It also leaves me, the reader, even more enticed to read about what comes next. I cannot wait to get my hands on–okay, loaded into my Kindle–Volume 3!

Reviewing “An Insurrection” by A.S. Washington

A couple days ago, I received my first tweet to review a writer’s work. I felt honored and quickly downloaded his work into my Kindle. There were two short stories by A.S. Washington that were attached to this tweet, both that I downloaded for free at the time (regular price is $0.99 on Kindle eReader).

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The first is called “An Insurrection: A Sword and Shield Short Book Volume 1″. In a nutshell, it’s a short story taking place on a battlefield. The main character, Garvin Desh, is a man leading an army of men who have nothing to lose. With brief moments of empathy, Desh and his men have a goal to overtake Thurstan the Mighty King.

The work is full of gory details and it places me, the reader, in the middle of the battlefield with the characters and the casualties. Although there is not much description about their individual backgrounds prior to this event on the battlefield, I do not believe it is necessary to finish this battle. And after all, it is a short story.

The ending of this story did surprise me and leaves me eager to read Volume 2, “Shademaker”, which I will review as well, once I read it.

Pre-reading “Before Amen” by Max Lucado

For several months, or maybe a year or so, I’ve desired to learn to pray. This desire resulted in my funding books about prayer, free as well as studies. But I’ve been struggling with getting past the first few days. I have seen several varieties of prayer to help guide me along the way, but none of them really helped me to understand prayer as a whole.

One day I came across a book with a title I found enticing, “Before Amen” by Max Lucado. Hmmm, what happens before I say, “Amen”? This book must be about prayer!

The best part was there was a pre-order with a discount and I could use my PayPal, which had about $20 available. So I used some of my PayPal to purchase this book and it arrived a few days after release. How convenient! A practically free book because I hardly ever use my PayPal.

Growing up, adults often said, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” So instead, in this day and age, we are exposed to reviews and comment s about different items we can buy. Unfortunately, there’s rarely a review for a book that has not yet released, so I was at a loss when I bought it. Instead, spend some time reviewing the back and inside cover of the book, the forwards, and any reviews from other great writers or authoritative figures in the industry. The book was released on September 30, 2014 and has since achieved 5 stars on Amazon reviews.

In my pre-reading experience, I found that this book sounds fascinating. Not because of it being written by a New York Times Best Selling Author, or the picture on the cover, but because it encourages me better understand prayer and what should be included in my prayers.

From the looks of it, I should start reading so I can get my prayer on…

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Renewing your library books

During fall break, we were on a trip to Disneyland. Although we had a blast and got extremely exhausted from all the walking, my son still had nine books he had to renew the day after we got back.

This stressed me out mainly because I wanted him to avoid any overdue fees. Thankfully, the Hawaii State Library system has a phone app that allows us to renew books if we can. We were allowed to renew all but one book.

So guess what? We ended up back at the library anyway. Go figure. My son borrowed more Pokémon books. Really?!

Bring your library card to public libraries

My 5 year old am I had books due at the public library, so we stopped at the library after school one day. We had all our books to return and walked into the library.

My son is looking at books while I’m scrambling looking for our library cards. Where are the cards? Hmmm…

Absolute panic! Then apologies to my son as I realize I put the cards in my purse, which I left at home.

Instead of getting angry, my son decides to make the best of this library trip and looks for books for me to read to him right in the library. We might not need to borrow the books if we read it right now!

We read books for a good hour or so, then decided we should go and accomplish a few other errands for the day.

I have AJ be moved the library cards to somewhere I won’t forget next time, ready file any last minute trip to the library. Maybe that next trip will be today!?

First kindergarten resource day to the library

Yesterday was my kindergarten son’s first resource day that his class visited the school library. I really don’t know how often they will be visiting the library since they rotate resource days for other activities as well, like the computer lab, physical education outside, etc.

For his first book he borrowed from the school library, he gets a Pokemon easy reader. It’s still a book higher than his reading level, but a topic he absolutely loves.

You mean the television show he’s been watching on Netflix also has books?! No way! Little does he realize, his older half-brother was a Pokemon fanatic when he was younger. Ten years apart and they speak the same Pokemon language, it’s crazy!

Anyway, my son isn’t new to going to a library or borrowing books. We often go to the public library and I helped him get his own library card. He’s so proud if it!

Which reminds me, his books for the public library are due on Tuesday. We need to return them all!

My son loves being read to and is learning to read himself. He’s learning that books take him to different places just like the cartoons he loves. He’s also learning the difference between fiction and non-fiction, which he enjoys as well, especially if it’s about dinosaurs.

I think he really is becoming a bookworm…

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