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Beds Are For Flowers Kindle Edition
- "Beds Are for Flowers, R. K. Gold's newest thought provoking fantasy adventure is amazing. Both the language and storyline are so delightful you'll want to read this one straight through."-Saundra Wright, Goodreads
- "This book gave me some serious Wizard of Oz feels in the beginning and I'm so here for it. Such and interesting story like nothing I've read before." -Bailey's Book Babble
- "Imaginative and Vivid I'm not much of a fan of middle grade but this one was great. A beautiful exploration of Life and Death, Hope and Fear, and the blindness we have for out own flaws." - Anne Nelson, Goodreads
- "Author R.K. Gold spins an adventure full of life and death, nature and its beauty, and three kids who carry the weight of multiple worlds on their shoulders. A read that will be sure to leave you with an introspective heart and a smile on your face." -Bookish Pisces
From the Author
I didn't go in this direction. Since the book deals with reapers, monsters, and death I thought it might be better to make Clarence thirteen. I put a lot of thought into what makes life so beautiful, and I know even a book couldn't come close to an answer, but when I think of beauty I obviously jump at low hanging fruit like color and sound. So, when the world lost its life in this story, color and sound were among the first casualties. I imagined a gray, twisted, shell of the world we all know, sort of inspired by Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi "you paved paradise, put up a parking lot."
Balance is one of the main themes in this book. Paradise and the mortal realm are two sides of the same coin and when one gets sick the other suffers. This is going to make me sound like such a hippy but I guess I wrote this as an ode to the innocence of nature. It doesn't try to be beautiful, it just is, and we turn our backs on it too often for our own convenience, preferring a road to a forest.
I hope this insight makes some sense. I'm worried it sounds like a ramble.
Anyway, I hope you like the book and I'm always interested in more ARC readers.
Thanks for your interest.
- ASIN : B07H519PRQ
- Publication date : October 17, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2876 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 166 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,124 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The reapers' numbers have been dwindling for some time and it gets harder to keep the balance between worlds and reapers and humans intact. The humans are nothing but a nuisance on life itself and the reapers have other intentions for their futures, ones that require the help and easily persuaded minds of humans, a sinister plot is brewing and our realm isn't the only one in trouble.
Author R.K. Gold spins an adventure full of life and death, nature and its beauty, and three kids who carry the weight of multiple worlds on their shoulders. A read that will be sure to leave you with an introspective heart and a smile on your face.
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So I did this whole thing a little backwards and I read book two before I read Beds Are For Flowers, this should have made it more difficult to understand the story but with the way R.K. writes I had no problem jumping back and forth, as a friend I admire his passion and his unique perspective with his writing and as an author I love his ability to take you on a ride and make a completely captivating story. Let's get to it✨
As far as main characters go I had no trouble at all falling in love with Clarence, he's headstrong, willing to prove his worth, and the annoying little brother we all can't help but love. Clarence is tasked with finding The Reaper in The Tree and of course he doesn't even hesitate to reach out a helping hand, oh and the hands of his friend Wakoba and older sister Jessi. They also manage to snag a reaper with the help of a flower from a certain Neighbor's garden.
While on this adventure you encounter magical creatures who's sole purpose is to make sure the kids don't reach their destination and an apathetic reaper who seems to care only for his own wellbeing and outcome. Let me just say that if I encounter a cottage in the woods with weird ladies sitting at a table, I'm running far in the opposite direction. The children also go through their own self discovery during the trying adventure, each of them coming to important realizations that only further their development in the second book.
The most beautiful aspect of this book was the nature, everything is connected human and reaper alike; Ganedyn and our realm as well. The Reapers are able to manipulate aspects of their power with their scythes and draw their power from nature as well so for my fellow earth lovers, this is the one you want to read.
The question of what happens after we die is also brought up within the pages of this middle grade fantasy as you watch young Clarence and his group of heroes deal with grief and accepting the death of loved ones. ─── ･ ｡ﾟ☆: *.☽ .* :☆ﾟ. ───
If you're a fan of middle grade novels pick this one up. It's a quick read, as well as being a story that will stick with you even after you're done, I've fallen in love with these characters over and over again for their humor and humanity and their willingness to make mistakes. The ending is exciting and I couldn't help but to speed through the pages. Special shoutout to Jessi's character for being a complete badass and stealer of the show with her sass, backbone, and her ability to show courage even when she feels none herself. Overall I rated this book 4/5 🌟 and I recommend it for its representation of Black and Jewish POC as well!
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The book is repetitive, relies heavily on whatever is convenient at the time, is inconsistent in its characters, plot, and world rules, and the author never shows but always tells the reader what they should be thinking. There is an entire chapter of the main characters just summarizing what is good about each of them instead of the author showing any of these positive traits through actions.
Further, the author feels the need to recap every other chapter about things that just happened, and, every time Gold wants to build tension Clarence suddenly can't move. This paralysis happens <I>four</I> times in a book that clocks in at under 200 pages and several of those times it starts and stops for no good reason.
Add in Gold's incredibly choppy, often confusing, writing style with language use that is inconsistent with the time period/setting/tone of the rest of the book and you've got the recipe for one disappointing read.
<I>I received an advance review copy for free from BookSirens in return for an honest review.</i>