Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Eye of the Oracle"

"Eye of the Oracle" by Bryan Davis is the first story in the book series, Oracles of Fire.

This book covers the life of dragons, from the time of Noah's Ark, all the way down to the 21st century.
It's a great read for anyone who loves fantasy.  The best part? It's all about God, and glory is given to him throughout the book. But it's not a cheesy religious book.

Bryan Davis crafted sentences so intriguing, that at times, I had to read it over and over, not wanting to move on to the next sentence, because the words seemed so carefully chosen, so delicate and so powerful.

All the characters felt real, and I felt like I could relate to many of them. Now, I'm going to give my personal rating.

Overall Rating - 5. The book itself was great. I'm usually not one to love fantasy, but this book stood out to me, and kept me turning the pages.

How Well the Book was Written - 4. The book was very well written for the most part (as I mentioned before), but unfortunately, it seemed like certain sentences lost their magic, and snapped me out of the world I had found inside that book. They just seemed... well, plain? I suppose that after reading the first few chapters, I began to expect a lot from the author, Bryan Davis. So, at times, a chapter would leave me disappointed.

Appropriateness for all Ages - 4. The reason I gave it a four in this area, is because there was so much good in this book, that there had to be some bad. Therefore, some chapters in the beginning could turn young readers in the wrong direction, as Morgan is a very evil character. Also, there were some battle scenes, and quite a few injuries.

Other Things (Or, Negatives and Positives) - 3
This book is 609 pages.
Some characters seemed to just disappear from the book all together, which I thought was strange.
It took a little while to get through the book. I didn't really get into it until the tenth chapter.

Okay, now I'm going to add up my ratings, to create the average score for this book!

4 Stars!!!


A Couple Thoughts.


If I actually have anyone reading this, I just wanted to let you know that while I haven't been reviewing many books, I have been reading frequently, and therefore, I'm behind.

Really behind.

So, please just hang in there, as I do my best to write my book reviews. The next couple may be shorter, with a short synopsis, and my opinion.

Also, I'm creating a new way of giving "stars" to the books.
Usually, I just thought, "Oh, this was a good book, but not my favorite, so maybe I'll give it 4 stars."
But now, I'm going to get the root of what I liked, and didn't like, and rank the book based on the following:

Overall Story - (plot, characters, setting, writing techniques, et cetera.) I will rank it on a scale from 1-5, with 1 being the worst, and 5 being the best. This used to be all I would use to rank my books.

How Well the Book is Written - (I will see if the book was awkward in it's usage of similes, or if it worked well, and I will also take note of the narrator, the adjectives, verbs and nouns used.) I will rank it on a scale from 1-5, with, once again, 1 being the worst, and 5 being the best.

Appropriate for all ages - (I want all the books I review to be good in every aspect possible. However, some of the books I've come across lately have had some language or thematic elements, and so I thought that I should take those into account for the ideal children's book).
I will rank it on a scale from 1-5.
5= G rating
4= PG rating
3= In between PG and PG-13 rating
2= PG-13 rating
1= R rating (Hoping to never have to give a book a 1 in this area!)

Negatives and Positives - Okay, so this can go along with the appropriate for all ages, but sometimes, a book just isn't that - good. I'm not sure if you really know what I mean, and if not, that's fine. But sometimes, a book is just weird. It might not work for me. So, I'm going to weigh the things I liked and didn't like, and take those into account. Once again, it will be ranked on a scale from 1-5, with 1 being the worst, and 5 being the best.

One more thought (promise.)

I've been thinking of making a little link-up party, for bloggers out there looking for book recommendations. Basically, you would post a book review with one of your favorite books, and other people would get a chance to look at it. I might do it monthly, but first I would need some people to give me an idea of whether they would do it or not. Let me know what you think!

That's all for now. Stay tuned for book reviews!