First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!
It’s day eleven of this great event. This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring fellow fantasy author:
We’re talking about the book Wheels of Time. First up, my review:
Author I Haven’t Previously Read
A to Z Challenge book
I was given an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. The author and I are in the same blog tour with the A to Z Challenge, but do not know each other. I like the cover, as the stary sky intrigued me.
I will not critique the grammar, as the book contains a dialect of English with which I am not very familiar. I would only suggest this book to those who are capable of considering consequences, who understand the motivation behind major decisions, who have life experience and perspective, and who won’t end up in a moral dilemma as a result of reading a “children’s” book. And then, of that group of people, only to the ones who either have a strong faith in a religion or are contemplating adding that to their lives. Some, but not all, of the stories could be enjoyed by anyone. It is a clean-read book. All of the main characters were adults, and thus I have no idea why it is sold as a children’s book. I feel that I was not the “target audience” for this book. This is not my usual genre.
There are various stories. Some include a tragedy, many are spiritual. I believe the theme of the book is that no life is complete without religion, marriage, and children. I believe the main obstacles in the stories were that the characters didn’t know they needed self-improvement via spirituality, but they got it by the end of the story. The book holds a mirror up to society for anyone who agrees with that way of thinking- that one is only successful if they have religion, a spouse, and offspring. The plots of some of the stories gave me trouble, possibly because of the dialect. I frequently felt like I was missing something. There were characters I felt I should have been able to relate to, yet I was unable to do so. I just couldn’t connect to anyone in the book. Nor did any of the characters ultimately remind me of anyone I’ve ever met. I do feel bad for any child who feels they are a “discarded rock” rather than a “precious gem” simply because their parents are dead. (That was implied by a character, but not necessarily felt by any actual characters.)
In the story, “Blind Girl,” the character says she has lost her career, love, and life because her fiancée broke up with her. In “Solving Life’s Puzzle,” a successful and content thirty-four-year-old finds an orphanage in Hawaii (there are no longer orphanages in America, as they have been replaced by the foster care system). Trigger warning, the book is opposed to parents (including dead ones) who leave their children to the system. That character does adopt a child though. “Insane Angel” may trigger some, as it crosses the line between mental illness and angels (similar to the way the book and movie “K-PAX” does with aliens). “Listen from Heart” does have a character who, like me, can’t speak, so I appreciate that representation. “August Christmas” has a fun Santa story.
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
Genre: Children’s, “Clean” Reads, Fantasy, Religion & Spirituality (Fiction), Self-Help
These are 12 people, 12 tales and 12 months. Which says “When The Unexpected Leads to Expected.”
What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?
Why did you start blogging?
to explore my passion of writing
Do you have any other books coming out soon?
write from your heart
Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?
What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?
finishing one more short story book
As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
heart touching content
Link to buy the book: https://www.theblogchatter.com/download/wheels-of-time-nidhi-garg/
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