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- Print Length: 203 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 097631262X
- Publication Date: January 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BEIQYPC
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very hard review for me to write. As an author myself I know first hand just how much work and how much of their heart an author puts into their book.
What I liked: I have never before read anything quite like this book! The story was very unique and well thought out, it does require you to suspend disbelief due to its implausible nature, but I personally really liked the storyline. It was a lot of fun to watch all the pieces fit together. This was a very interesting read and I liked how the faith story played out. There were also some very humorous moments that I loved reading! This book was also very well edited, I did not notice any proofreading errors.
What bothered me: There was a lot of head hopping (when the point of view switches between characters without a break or at least a double space between paragraphs) which doesn't bother me if it happens occasionally, but unfortunately it happened often in this book, sometimes jumping between several different characters' perspective in a single scene, which prevented me from being able to connect with the story as much as I would have liked to as I was constantly having to reorient myself as to whose mind I was in. The other thing that really bothered me was that this book contained lots of swear words, no F-bombs, but A** was said several times, as was H*** spoken as a swear word, and B**** was spoken once as part of a characters' threat to slap another character, there were also a few instances of God's name being spoken in an irreverent and/or disrespectful manner, this is something that I personally consider to be taking, or using the Lord's name in vain and to me seems completely unnecessary as well as highly inappropriate in a Christian Fiction novel.
Honestly, if I was to rate the storyline itself I would give it 4 stars because it was interesting and I really did enjoy it, but I just can't give this book more than 2 stars because of the swearing, if the swearing wasn't there A Rabbit's Tale would easily be a 4 star read for me. I think this author shows promise and I would be willing to try another of his books!
I received a copy of this book from the author. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
There were some highs and lows for me in the book. What struck a chord with me was the parallelism in portions of the novel. As the book's "back cover" text suggests, the story opens with the ordeals experienced by a young Juan and sets up some of the conflicts later in the novel. What it also does is provide some really clear cut scenes of his family trying to handle theological and existential questions. Later on, those very same questions are tackled by the adult versions of the kids from the novel's start and it was quite moving. A particularly stirring part of the book, came when the bully-kid Monty demands a kid pray to save an insect he planned to crush, which Monty intended to show God doesn't exist. No spoilers, but for a topic that could easily have been heavy-handed in Christian fiction, it was natural and deftly handled and its ultimate parallel was well-timed.
Other aspects of the novel left me a little more conflicted. The characters and dialogue occasionally felt off to me, but most of the time they were nicely done. Monty is loathsome, Angie is a soft-spoken force of peace, and Juan’s snarky inner thoughts help ground a reader in the story and its stakes. There are plenty of moments of humor, while still being a heart-wrenching story where you burn through the pages hoping to find justice for the characters; particularly for Juan. The thing I most wished for was fewer jumps between various characters for point of view. As the novel reads now, it seems fairly necessary, but I couldn’t help feeling I wanted more of Juan’s point of view.
All told, I enjoyed the novel. It gave some really poignant moments of substance and thoughtfulness and those much needed moments of humor as promised.
The scene shifts as Monty moves away and Juan grows to adulthood. Sadly, Juan follows in his father's footsteps and gives up his dream of photography to marry Leigh, who turns out to be a self-centered selfish brat. But Juan's sister Angie marries Ray and has two beautiful children who adore Juan. When Ray talks Juan into dressing up as the Easter Bunny for a holiday party, an outlandish set of events is put into play leading to a shakeup of family relationships, embezzlement, and attempted murder. Juan becomes a victim once more; it appears that his life will be ruined. Characters from past and present are intertwined in a melange of emotions and devious plots.
The Easter story is woven into the well-developed plot and interesting characters. As the title indicates, this book is part of the Christian fiction genre, though it relates a sometimes funny, sometimes sad commentary on what life can dish out.
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