Dawn by Brad Lenaway

440 pages

Fane Graves lives in Hawaii right before Pearl Harbor and afterwards finds himself in a land called Sárin. It’s not the bombs that killed him and so he explores this dragon and magic filled land looking for revenge but finding friends instead. 

I frequently found myself reading this book long after the baby had fallen asleep in my arms. But then I also found myself frequently complaining to myself in the shower about how I don’t like the narrator. 

I did love the other 3 main characters, especially the dragon. I enjoyed the pace of the story and the adventures the group encountered. 

The thing that brought my rating down to a 3 were the errors. It needs another loop through the ole’ editing machine, assuming there is such a thing.

I did really like the characters and story so I recommend you give it a try if you like dragons, dragon hunters, wars, and friendship that can stand against any and all of the above.

This is an ARC that the author provided me in exchange for an honest review.

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Five Quotes Friday – 2/21/19

He did all of this for me? Perhaps the man wasn’t so mad after all. Or maybe it’s a madness that I can learn to appreciate.

Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg

I love crazy people that are a nice kind of crazy.

The Soul, having entered into the body, becomes confused and believes that it and the body are one and the same.”

Killing Adam by Earik Beann

The character was explaining that if you cut off your thumb, you don’t lose a piece of your soul. It doesn’t just sit in one magic part of your body… it’s everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

… after losing Mom – I learned that hate could quail the beast of misery. Hate initiates progress, movement; the catalyst to moving forward. Misery is no more than silent drowning in a pool of personal despair thicker than molasses.

Neither was good.

Dawn by B.A. Lenaway (To be reviewed)

That’s a really picturesque way of describing something awful. I wish the rest of the book was written that prettily.

She knows she’s won. When mum loses control, Elsa wins every time.

My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry by Fredrik Backman (To be reviewed)

It takes a fiction book to get great parenting advice. My four year old has admitted on several occasions that he likes making me mad. I didn’t understand why until I heard this in the audiobook. He wants to have control and if making me lose control is the only way to “win” then he will choose that route. Grr. I’ll try to remember this next time!

After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration – and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Perhaps Amor Towles carries the idea a bit too far. After all it is human nature to judge things (especially people). Still, I love the metaphors, and agree with the general principal that we shouldn’t judge. It’s something to aspire to!

Well, I hope you enjoyed these quotes from the books that I am reading, or have recently read. I’m moving slowly through these books, but all progress is good progress!