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Book Review: My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni


My Sister’s Grave (click on book for description or see below)
By Robert Dugoni
Releases 11/1/14
Downloaded free as my October Kindle First Read

Rating: 5 bones

Finish Time: 8 nights.  Don’t let that fool you though – it took me a few nights to get going (and I’ve been extra tired), but I finished probably 75% of it in the last 3 (late) nights.  This book really surprised me and I’m happy to have another 5-bone review this year finally!

This book was the whole package for me and I really had no idea where it was going to go.  It kept me interested, throwing around different theories in my head, and completely guessing and frantically turning pages until the very end.

20 years ago, Tracy and Sarah Crosswhite (sisters) parted ways from a shooting tournament, Tracy to go get engaged, Sarah, supposed to be headed home.  The next morning it was discovered that Sarah never made it home as her truck was discovered on the side of a country road.  While her body was never found, a local with a sketchy past, Edmund House, was convicted of her murder and sent to jail.  While for some, like Tracy & Sarah’s parents, this was closure enough (at least it was prior to their deaths), it wasn’t for Tracy who wouldn’t be satisfied until she knew the truth.  At the time of Sarah’s disappearance, Tracy was a teacher/professor, but her own personal investigation into her sister’s death, began an obsession, and led her to make a career as a homicide detective in Seattle, WA.

The story picks up at current day, 20 years after Sarah’s disappearance, when Sarah’s body is finally discovered.  Motivated even more by new evidence, Tracy pushes to get the case re-opened by helping to get Edmund House a new trial based on inconsistencies she had found in her own personal investigations on his first trial.  She is thrown back into a world that she has somewhat put behind her, in the community of Cedar Grove, who is still mourning the loss of one of their own.

I enjoyed Tracy reconnecting with a childhood friend, Dan O’Leary and his two big dogs, Sherlock and Rex, as Dan also recently returned home to practice law.  I enjoyed the banter with the local “brass”, as she called the authorities, and also with her co-workers in Seattle.  Everything just flowed together flawlessly and made for a really enjoyable read.  As I mentioned in true mystery novel sense, I had my guesses as to “who killed Sarah” and even came up with some theories of my own, but not one of them was close to the real story, which was nicely wrapped up in the end.  It’s not that cut and dry, the book is so choke full of suspense, thrills, edge of your seat excitement, twists and turns, and even a little romance, that I’m afraid I’ll divulge too much if I say anymore!

And bonus points to Mr. Dugoni for author’s notes at the end.  Those are quickly becoming my favorite things to read as just a glimpse into the author’s background on why they wrote the story, who helped them, and/or how they came up with it.  I will definitely read more of his books as the opportunity arises and kuddos to Kindle First for choosing this book to offer for October.  Check out his website here too for more info.  And I did just notice that My Sister’s Grave is the first in a series, and while I’m not usually a series fan, this one has me hooked, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for that one!

My Sister’s Grave comes out Saturday November 1st – you really don’t want to miss this one!

Book Description:

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House—a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder—is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past—and open the door to deadly danger.

 

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Book Review: The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg


The Moonlight Palace (click book or see below for description)
By Liz Rosenberg
Releases 10/1/14
Downloaded free through Kindle First Program – September 2014

Rating:4 bones

Finish Time: 5-6 nights.  I was excited to see a historical fiction read on the Kindle First list for September and this month has (you still have time to get one Prime members!) some pretty good selections compared to some past ones.  Upon my highly technical Google search, I learned that this was actually a true historical fiction in that the Kampong Glam Palace (pictured below in present day) does exist and was under control of Sultan Hussein. This story follows Agnes Hussein, a direct descendant of said Sultan, who appears to be fictional.

Malay Heritage Centre, Istana Kampong Glam 3, Dec 05.JPG

17-year-old Agnes “Aggie” and random family members reside in the now crumbling Kampong Glam Palace in Singapore in the 1920’s.  At first appearing naive, then coming into her own as the story proceeds, she makes it her mission to save her family’s home.  The story contains a vibrant cast of characters ranging from her Uncle Chachi, to Nei-Nei Up and Nei-Nei down.  Throw in a British Grandfather, some palace employees and boarders, along with a few outsiders, this story was full of drama from start to finish.

I really had a vivid picture of this crumbling palace around them (not at all like the picture above!) Almost everyone seemed to accept their situation, but Aggie knew there was something more and was determined to save her family.  A bit of mystery was thrown in at the end and left me wanting so much more when it was over.

Sequel?  I hope so, I felt like it ended well, yet left so much to be desired.  Thanks Amazon for a great September selection!

Description from Amazon:

Agnes Hussein, descendant of the last sultan of Singapore and the last surviving member of her immediate family, has grown up among her eccentric relatives in the crumbling Kampong Glam palace, a once-opulent relic given to her family in exchange for handing over Singapore to the British.

Now Agnes is seventeen and her family has fallen into genteel poverty, surviving on her grandfather’s pension and the meager income they receive from a varied cast of boarders. As outside forces conspire to steal the palace out from under them, Agnes struggles to save her family and finds bravery, love, and loyalty in the most unexpected places. The Moonlight Palace is a coming-of-age tale rich with historical detail and unforgettable characters set against the backdrop of dazzling 1920s Singapore.

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Book Review: Fantastik by C.A. McGroarty


Fantastik (click book or see below for description)
By C.A. McGroarty
Released 6/5/14
Downloaded free through Amazon on 8/28/14

Rating: 3 bones

Finish Time: 5 nights.  It took me a few nights to figure out what was going on in this book.  It was an impulse download, I tend to do that when I have too many books in my queue, that I don’t know where to start.  Weird, I know.  I had trouble getting into this – and maybe was only reading a little at a time, so it took me until about halfway through to realize that was kind of the point – the main character of this book didn’t even know what he was doing!

I’m all for trusting your gut, but Charlie Boone had some deeper issues and his gut was making him do some crazy things.  Even his wife would agree.  It takes a little for Charlie and Jake’s paths to cross, but when they do, hang on for a wild ride.  From two different worlds are these two men, but they both learn and grow from each other in a quite unexpected journey.

Charlie, product of a rough childhood, is having dreams and visions of things he cannot decipher.  But when he meets Jake Mott, things become a little clearer, in that he knows he is supposed to follow him.  Jake, just released from prison, where he was for 30 years, just wants some quiet and time to readjust to society.  But when Charlie is persistent, knows things no one else ever knew, and predicts certain events, Jake just can’t say no.

It was an interesting story that had me cringing at times yet warmed my heart at others.  It was part mystery what Charlie’s visions would reveal.  Part self-discovery for both characters and even a little faith thrown in, which I love, especially when it is not expected.  And even a little love between Charlie and his wife.  I don’t even want to mention the ending, but I will say it was satisfying yet heartbreaking at the same time.

Overall a good story, I went with 3 bones because it was hard to get into and simply comparing it to other books that held my interest a letter better, but not a bad free read.

Description from Amazon:

Charlie Boone, a city bus driver and the bastard son of a schizophrenic woman, still lives in his boyhood home with his wife and two kids and cares for the ailing mother who made him promise…he’d never let them take her away.

But Charlie’s unfortunate childhood isn’t the only thing haunting him. Tormented by unsettling dreams and disturbing visions of his own, he now finds himself on the brink of insanity, and the thought that he shares the same affliction as his mother is beginning to look like a reality. The prospect of losing his wife Lisa and their two boys has him desperate for answers.

Jake Mott, an ex-con, has spent the last three decades in a maximum security prison for killing a man in cold blood. Still struggling with the guilt of his youth and life in the free world, he is planning a trip to California to reclaim a bag of money he buried thirty years ago.

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Book Review: Four Letters by Lisa M. Harley


Four Letters (click on book or see below for description)
By Lisa M. Harley
Released 12/9/13
Downloaded free from Amazon on 8/3/14

Rating: 2 bones

Finish Time: 3 nights.  Page turner this was, quality read this was not.  And also not my typical kind of read, I couldn’t see the cover on my Kindle Paperwhite.  Not that I have to stick to one genre, but this is not my type of read.  Needless to say, I will still review and although it did hold my interest, I felt the story was overshadowed with sex and just lacked any depth.  Maybe that was intentional, but did not make for a book that I would recommend to others.

It did rope me in.  Set up a little different from what I expected, the book was separated into a few different sections.  I figured like a lot of books, it would go back and forth between different stories, but this one told each story up till a point and left of eluding to a letter.  I shortly realized said letters would not be revealed until the very end with an additional follow-up story.  And for me, this story was way to predictable, I had it figured out pretty quickly.  Well not the content of the letters, but what was going on.  The stories all lead up to a certain event that was not entirely predictable but still not as dramatic as the build-up promised.

I honestly don’t want to get into more of the story lines or characters at risk of spoiling the story, the summary does that.  Let’s just say the three stories cover romance, lust, passion, family, fear, and a whole range of emotions.  As the reader, I found myself angry, frustrated, and somewhat feeling for the characters, but not too much.  I’ll hold off saying what I really wanted to do to the characters as it may spoil some things too.

Again, I hate to judge a book by its cover, and I’m really not doing that here, as I did read the book, but had I seen the cover in color, I would not have chosen this book.  And my dislike of the book is probably more personal, but hey – isn’t that what a review is for!  If you don’t mind some graphic scenes, this book will have you frantically turning pages, but may leave you wanting more.

Description from Amazon:

In Four Letters you’ll learn all about three couples…

Sterling and Skye~

Skye is a spoiled little rich girl, who has never had to do more than bat her eyelashes at her father to get whatever she wanted. When she received her degree, her plan was to open an art gallery catering to the uber rich. The last thing she needed was a man getting in her way. But, there’s just something about Sterling. He’s an alpha male that gives her what she’s always craved, the ability to let someone else take control. Could Sterling be the man Skye needs to help her relinquish control and change her spoiled ways?

Asher and Lilly~

When Lilly was a small child, her parents were killed in a fire. Since the loss of her parents, she’s never truly felt loved or safe. Now that Lilly’s dream of becoming a teacher has come true, she worries that her dream of finding Mr. Right might not. That all changes the day that Asher literally runs into her in the park. Could Asher be the man to make Lilly feel safe and give her the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of?

Tanner and Adlee~

To say that Adlee had a rough childhood would be quite the understatement. When she was barely ten years old, her mother killed herself, leaving Adlee in the care of her stepfather, Paul. Paul was not a nice man. When Tanner walked into the café she was working at and witnessed the way Paul treated her, he knew he had to step in. Could Tanner be the man to prove to Adlee that she is worthy of love and help her regain her self respect?

Read Four Letters to see how all of these lives are intertwined…

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Book Review: The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

The Prayer Box (click book or see below for description)
By Lisa Wingate
Released 8/16/13
Downloaded free on 7/15/14 through Amazon

Rating:5 bones

Finish Time: 6ish nights.  Another book that got me through my move.  And a great one to do so.  This book had it all and was really a great read and as I started writing my review – realized it would be only my 2nd 5 bone review of the year!  I really liked it!

Meet Tandi.  A newly single mom, running away from an awful past with her 2 kids, not knowing where her next paycheck is coming from, just trying to get by and figure out who she is.  She rents a cottage in on Hatteras Island (which sounds beautiful!), quickly goes through what money she received from her divorce, and scrambles to figure out what is next.  The cottage or bungalow, as a few call it, is owned by a woman, Iola Anne Poole, who we never meet in person in the book, but really the story is just as much about her as it is Tandi.

Tandi never met her landlord, but when she needed her one day, she ventured over to the “main house” on her property, where Iola lives, only to find her passed away.  Panicked and afraid of what will happen next, Tandi does the right thing and calls the police, but it was a weird struggle for me whether to trust her or not.  Throughout the book we learn more about Tandi’s past, and it comes to make sense, but I could never tell if she would do the right thing, or had the right intentions.  She does have a big heart, but she is also getting pretty desperate, so who knows what that will drive someone to do.  So it took me some time to trust her (not that I have to trust my main characters) but I guess as any relationship, that was all part of it and I felt made for a great story.

In fear of losing her house and on edge, Tandi is approached by the church, who has taken control of the property, to clean it out in exchange for staying in her bungalow.  And as she starts sorting through Iola’s things, she discovers more than she bargained for, but in a good way.  Iola didn’t have the best reputation on Hatteras Island, most thought she deceived an old man into getting control of her estate.  But like most rumors, no one had all the details, and Tandi made it her mission (after much thought) to bring out Iola’s story.  Which was truly fascinating.

Oh and I should probably mention the prayer boxes in the title.  That is how Tandi learned everything about Iola.  From a young age, not having a confidant, Iola begins writing letters to her father, which Tandi learned (a bit slower than I did) is the Almighty Father in heaven, so they are not letters, but prayers.  Through joy and tears, Tandi is transported into Iola’s past and learns so much more about this woman who had an amazingly big heart, but preferred to remain in the background.

I’ve already rambled on a lot and feel I haven’t even touched the story.  Throw in a (not so appreciative) boyfriend, a terrifying ex-husband, nosy townspeople, her sister, that cute dorky guy from church, her kids, a sea shell stop, the handy-woman hidden inside her, and an open heart for the Lord, really this story had it all.  Really it does.  You won’t be disappointed – check it out!

Description from Amazon:

When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper–the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.

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Book Review: Just One Thing by Holly Jacobs

Just One Thing
By Holly Jacobs
Released 6/10/14
Borrowed free through Amazon

Rating: 4 bones

Finish Time: A few nights.  Honestly, I finished this book a few weeks ago, and have finished 3 since, so this will be a short review.   We’ve been busy with moving and while I’m constantly reading, it’s been hard to sit down and write.  But I’m going to try today to knock out a few and play catch up – so here goes!

This was a sweet story.  Like many of the books I read – a solid 3-4 bones.  Nothing that stood out as “you have to read this book” but one that made me smile and had a little different twist on it.  Lexie McCain lives alone.  Her kids are grown, her marriage is over, and she is in a period of self-discovery.  Quite the introvert, she spends most of her time at home, except Mondays.  Mondays, Lexie walks down the Corner Bar.  She has one beer and comes home.  Over time, the bartender and owner, Sam Corner, begin short conversations that become known as “One Thing.”  It’s a question Sam poses to Lexie each week.  She started out small but each week gets bolder and takes time to come up with her one thing.

Eventually the game goes two ways and Sam starts revealing more about himself and how he got to where he is.  It’s just sweet and cute and yes, a bit predictable.  But it’s fun to learn more about Sam and Lexie through flashbacks, leading up to each of their Monday nights, and then their relationship as it grows.

A true story of rediscovering who you are later in life.   Great characters and really great build-up to a fun ending where Lexie kind of has a “big reveal!”  A good book, not to heavy, but still substantial to help me through my move – I think you’ll like it too!

Description from Amazon:

“Sometimes, you find yourself inadvertently in the dark. But I’d discovered that if you stopped fighting against it and just stood still, sometimes something marvelous comes along.”

Artist Lexie McCain spends her days literally weaving the story of her life into a gorgeous tapestry. But on Monday nights, she walks to the Corner Bar, drinks a Killian’s, and answers the same question every week from Sam the bartender: “One thing?” She starts with her name, then her cottage, slowly moving on to the devastating tragedies that tore her life apart.

Sam Corner’s smile doesn’t seem to hide any pain. One night, Lexie turns the tables on him, asking Sam, “One thing?” To her surprise, Sam reveals his own tragic history. Together, Lexie and Sam learn that, with good beer and a trusted friend, sharing just “one thing” might lead to the one thing they both thought was lost forever: love.

From award-winning author Holly Jacobs comes the story of heartache, hope, and the power of sharing just one thing.

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Book Review: Rain Girl by Gabi Kreshlehner


Rain Girl (click on book or see below for description)
By Gabi Kreslehner
Releases 8/1/14
Downloaded free through Kindle First program

Rating: 2 bones

Finish Time: 3 nights.  Overall I’ve been impressed with the Kindle First selections and have made an effort to read one each month.  This month was kind of disappointing, I wasn’t too excited about any and unfortunately this book lived up to just that.

I enjoy a good mystery and thriller, as this book is set up with a murder and subsequent investigation.  I enjoyed the chapters dealing with the investigations, but there were others thrown in from different story lines or different voices and I was never really able to fully follow and I walked away still not knowing who was who and how they were connected.  Because of that the characters were kinda blah to me too.  No one very likable as they all dealt with their “issues.”

Marie, the rain girl, is alive in a few flashbacks, but her murder is the main story line of the book.  She had quite the load of issues as more and more was revealed about her.  Throw in a personal tie to one of the investigators (not a spoiler – this is set up from the beginning) and I wanted to find out how the book ended.  But fast, thus my quick finish time.

Really not much to say.  Not awful, just not my favorite as of late, but short so I’m glad not too much time wasted.  Will still keep reading a Kindle First selection each month, so stay tuned!

Description from Amazon:

Veteran homicide detective Franza Oberwieser prefers her job in the winter. Summer is for growing, not for dying. So when the body of a beautiful young woman is found on the autobahn, dressed in a glittering party dress and bathed in June rain, Franza is determined to give her justice.

Revealing victims’ hidden lives is part of the job, but as Franza and her partner, Felix, peel back the layers shrouding the girl’s disturbing past, darker mysteries emerge. Everyone has something to hide—even Franza, who must face her own secrets to reveal the truth.

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Book Review: My Kind of Crazy by Katie O’Sullivan

My Kind of Crazy (click book or see below for description)
By Katie O’Sullivan
Downloaded free on 5/29/14 (released 3/25/14)

Rating: 3 bones

“You might be crazy,” she whispered, “but you’re my kind of crazy.”

Finish Time: 4 nights.  Another Amazon free download.  4 in a row – going back to NetGalley next (or maybe my new Kindle First read!).  This was a cute, entertaining read.  Good summer book, nothing too heavy.  Romance, mystery, weddings, crazy neighbors and dogs, this book has lots to keep it interesting!

Kendall “Ken” recently ended a messy marriage to Chris and has spent her time, and what little money she has, fixing up a B&B in Cape Cod.  It’s getting close to peak season when the story begins and Ken is putting the final touches on her house to open it up to a few booked weddings and hopefully many more.  Surrounded by a great group of friends and other locals, when a new face shows up in town, everyone is talking.

Jon recently had some troubles of his own and retreated to Cape Cod to help with his uncle’s veterinary practice.  Upon seeing Jon with his aunt for the first time, Ken makes some false assumptions, which leads to some humorous first encounters with Jon.  Her friend Dorothy runs an animal shelter and asks Ken to take in a puppy named Midget temporarily.  Also quite humorous, as Midget is a Saint Bernard, and does not fit his name at all.

The story progresses from there with some encounters with her non-dog loving new neighbor, maxed out credit cards, canceled orders, strangers in the backyard, and much more.  Never a dull moment between the developing relationships between Ken & Jon, and Ken & Midget.  A little mystery thrown in, a bit of suspense, make for another nice story.  I toyed between 3-4 stars as I really have no complaints about this book, just really  a nice, sweet, summer book!

Description from Amazon: 

Kendall Roarke is betting everything on making her Harwichport Bed & Breakfast into the premier wedding destination on Cape Cod, despite her recent messy divorce. 

Jonathan Reynolds moved back to the Cape to take over his uncle’s business and start fresh after his own marriage ended. He’s not looking for anything complicated – until he meets Kendall, with her big plans and wild mop of curls. 

Throw an unruly foster puppy and an uptight new neighbor into the mix and things get a little crazy. Now Kendall has to decide if it’s the kind of crazy that she can live with… for the rest of her life.

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Book Review: Picturing Perfect by Melissa Brown


Picturing Perfect
By Melissa Brown
Borrowed through Amazon Prime

Rating: 4 bones

 

Finish Time: 3 nights.  I needed a fluffy filler.  I haven’t been approved for any books in my NetGalley queue lately, and I’ve finished my March Kindle First, so I went back to my trusty Kindle Best Sellers list, and decided to use my “free” monthly borrow (which I haven’t done in a while.)  I’ve been reading some heavier books of late, so just something cute, easy, and as I said before fluffy, to get me through a few nights.

This book was simply sweet.  Not too deep, not hard, not thought-provoking.  Just a sweet story that made me smile.  It was hard to rate for me, as it wasn’t what I was used to reading (somewhat challenging), but I usually go with my gut and I have nothing bad to say about this book.

The book follows Hadley Foster, a young girl just trying to figure it all out.  She had a plan that derailed, something most readers can relate to.  But in that derailment, she found a job with meaning that filled her life and heart each day.  She found some great friends.  She figured out things (people) she didn’t want.  And was surprised to figure out what she did want and how in that process it encouraged others to do the same.

The characters are lively and really warm your heart.  Hadley is a genuine person, makes choices based on her gut, and you can’t help but respect her for it.  There is the part of me that wants to be skeptical about Jason, the too-good-to-be-true male hero in this book.  But for all the “bad” guys I’ve read about lately, I needed Jason.  He is the personification of the “perfect” guy and I couldn’t help in my current state (we’ll just call it emotional) to like that.

Overall, I’ll say it again, a very sweet book.  And very quick too.  Exactly what I needed as a refresher between books.  Check it out if you could use something like that too!

Blurb from Amazon:

Hadley Foster has been through a lot in her twenty-two years: the death of her beloved father, her mother’s descent into mental illness, and the loss of her soulmate, Jason Kelly, from whom she walked away years ago.

Despite all this, Hadley has remained hopeful and optimistic about life. She has been with upstanding investment banker Tucker for six years, and the future looks bright—until a trip to Europe with her best friend brings a series of events no one could have foreseen. Suddenly the brilliant future she has envisioned for herself seems to shatter before her eyes. She is faced with a stark choice: move on again, or pick up the pieces.

Back home, nerdy but handsome Jason Kelly is now a successful writer who could have anything—and anyone—he wants. But deep down, he still misses his beloved “Haddie” and dreams of winning her back.

When destiny leads their paths to cross once more, Hadley and Jason must confront not only their painful past, but what the future may hold for them both.

 

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Let it Go and Defy Gravity

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I can’t stop singing “Let it Go” from Frozen.  I took my LL to Frozen, her first movie (see above!) in December, and I can’t stop singing!  With no expectations, I was completely blown out of the water with this movie.  The soundtrack is Broadway worthy, and it took me a few weeks to put this together, but I’ve learned a few things.

  1. I may be Idina Menzel‘s biggest fan.  She has been in Rent, Wicked, and now Frozen.  Her voice and songs bring me goosebumps and tears.  I seriously love her. (picture pulled from her website)
  2. “Let it Go” has so much similarity to “Defying Gravity” (from Wicked), which is one of my all time favorite songs.  I pulled it up today to show the kids, and by the end, LL asked why I was crying.  I absolutely love this song, it’s meaning, Wicked, everything.  Take a listen – it’s amazing.

The two songs have such a similar message too, I guess I’m not the first to link these songs (check out the cool images I found above), but I thought I would put a little lesson together, as they both have such a great message for everyone, but especially the target of Frozen, young girls.

Elphaba from Wicked, is a misunderstood green-skinned girl.  Her love for animals is one of the many reasons I love her so much, but she already doesn’t conform to society in looks alone, so she embracing that, and her “coming out” song is “Defying Gravity”.

“Something has changed within me, Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules, Of someone else’s game”

Elsa from Frozen, has always been different and isolated from the outside world.  At an early age, she discovered powers that her parents told her to “conceal not feel.”  So “Let it Go” is her coming out song.

“I don’t care, What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on, The cold never bothered me anyway”

These two characters, unlike their peers, are finally “free”.  If you’ve seen the musical/movie, you will know this does not come without consequence, but they finally discover who they are, publicly declare that, and move on.  This is hitting me in two ways.

  1. As much of a “real” rule-follower as I am, I don’t “go with the flow” and I have a partner that is the same way.  Steven and I talked about that this weekend, our decisions don’t always line up with the norm, that is just how we roll (and you may see evidence of this coming soon!)
  2. And isn’t that what it is like to be a Christian?  Knowing that you a child of God, and in his eyes, you’re perfect.  And with only that knowledge you can be free, like really free.

A few verses, then I’ll let you enjoy the song.  The message is the same, do not conform to the world, be yourself, be comfortable in that, and my added message, if God is for you and you love and obey Him, you can’t be stopped! (But use your power for good please!)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy,let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
Romans 12:6-7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

Take a listen, I hope you enjoy as much as I do.  This has become my anthem.  Not only the message of being myself, even if that is different from everyone else, but also just letting go of the little stuff and putting God first.

As Elsa says:
It’s time to see what I can do, To test the limits and break through, No right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free”

And as Elphaba says:
“It’s time to trust my instincts, Close my eyes and leap!”

Thanks for stopping by.  Please share, I had fun writing this post.  Amen.

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Lyrics from Wicked & Frozen

 

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