Monday, August 15, 2011

Book Review - From Dust and Ashes

Posted by Katie Garvin at 9:28 AM
Another week of August has begun! Days are just flying by! Today I have a review for y'all. It's by Tricia Goyer (who co-authored Praying for Your Future Husband) and it's called From Dust and Ashes. There are some books that were so powerful and touching, you could read them again and enjoy experiencing everything all over again. From Dust and Ashes is one of those kind of books! This is the second time I've read it, but I enjoyed it as much, if not more, than my first time through. :-)

My Review - Star Rating: 5

I’ve always enjoyed history, and therefore historical fiction is my favorite genre (after suspense, that is! ;-). Recently I’ve become really interested in books set around either of the World Wars, and From Dust and Ashes, set in 1945, really intrigued me. Presenting many somber facts about the cruelty of war and a prisoners life after being set free, Tricia Goyer holds you captive with her amazing story plot that will leave you amazed.

From Dust and Ashes is not your typical historical. There’s three main characters—Peter, Helene, and Michaela—and I honestly did not know how this book was going to end. A rather thick book, I soon forgot about the length and became immersed in these characters. Each one was so amazing and memorable. All were well portrayed, vividly described, and so believable, I almost wanted to go search up these names and see if Lelia and Michaela really were liberated from a death camp by Peter Scott and nurtured back to health by Helene Volkneir.

Tricia Goyer did an amazing job with this work of fiction. She wrote with such passion and strength in her words, I could almost feel the grimness of the time period. From Dust and Ashes doesn’t talk about the fighting against the German’s on the front lines, but instead the sobering facts of the camps. What people experience in the death camps can never truly be understood unless by those who’ve actually experienced. But Tricia got as close as possible, in my opinion.

Wording her story so beautifully, Tricia always kept the book accurate, realistic, and true to facts. It’s amazing how much research was put into From Dust and Ashes. But it shows. Throughout the book, accuracy shines. This was the first book I read by Tricia Goyer, but I can promise you it won’t be my last! I cannot wait to read more historical fiction by such a talented author. One thing really stood out to me throughout the entire book is that Tricia Goyer wrote this story from the heart. It shines from every page. I highly recommend it for any historical fiction fan.

I reviewed this book for Moody Publishing. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.


Charity U said...

Went on my to-read list. :) WWII is an amazing time period to read about.

Katie McCurdy said...

Charity - Wonderful! I know, isn't it?! I've recently sparked a big interest in WWII, through books like this and Sarah Sundin's series. :-)

Charity U said...

Have you ever read anything by Bodie Thoene? Her Zion Chronicles series is about right after WWII and The Zion Covenant series is a little before (I think). She's a favorite author of mine. :) I like the Chronicles best.

Katie McCurdy said...

Charity - I've never read anything by Bodie Thoene, but I discovered her work not too long ago. I just recently ordered the first book in her A.D. series - First Light, I think is what it's called. I look forward to reading it. All their books seem really good! :-)

I saw the Zion Chronicles and Zion Covenant and am VERY interested in reading them! Which series would you recommend I read first? Chronicles or Covenant? Is there a certain order?

Charity U said...

Her A.D. series is also very good! I've read all but the newest one, and enjoyed them a lot. :) They are very good!

I read the Zion Chronicles first and they're still my favorites. The Zion Covenant is cool because some of the characters you meet (and love) in Chronicles are first introduced in Covenant. What you kinda want to do is read both series enough times that you know who each person is when you encounter them in other books. That's one of the cool things here...they're all kinda tied together. Each series includes a few characters from the other, which is so fun!

Incidentally, I just finished (well, last month) reading "Twilight of Courage," which is a gigantic book that fits between the two series.

Also, there is another series concerning the characters, but I can't recall what it's named, and I didn't enjoy it as much.

FYI, there are five Chronicles books and at least six, maybe eight Covenant books. (I discovered 7 and 8 online the other day, but am not sure if they were correctly labeled, as being in the Covenant series).

Ah, I am passionate about these books. :)Reading the second Chronicle right now, between other books. I'll review it soon, hopefully.

Katie McCurdy said...

Charity - Cool! I enjoy biblical fiction, and from the large series and many positive reviews, I figured I'd like it.

Okay, neat! So the Zion Covenant series comes first? Is it important to read them in order, do you think. You read the Chronicles first - did that ruin the Covenant series for you?

I'm really interested in this series. As I mentioned, I've become really intrigued about WWII from books like this one and Sarah Sundin's series. I will definitely have to look up these two Zion series!! :-D

Awesome! I love talkin' books, too. It's SOOOO much fun to rant and rave over books you love! :-D

I'll be on the lookout for reviews on the Theone books!

Charity U said...

Yes, the Covenant series comes before the Chronicles. Reading the Chronicles first, though, didn't ruin it at all! I think it made me more alert when one of the characters who's primary in them came up as a minor character in the Covenant. :)

I know, isn't it awesome to "talk books?" Especially when you both love (or hate) them. ;)

I would love to hear what you think of these when you finally read them!

My reviews may be a little while in coming...They're my "filler books" right now, so I only read them when out of anything else. :)

Katie McCurdy said...

Charity - Okay, neat! Those two series are on my "need to get and read asap" list! ;-)

LOL! Yes! Though I prefer talking about books I love. ;-) Okay! I'll try to remember to post a review of First Light when I read and finish it, as well as these other two series, when I get 'em. :-D

Haha! Ya, I know what you mean. Any book that I purchase or win in a giveaway goes into that pile - I've gotta get through the books that NEED reviews posted asap.:-)

Charity U said...

You have a "need-to-review" pile? Awesome. Me too. It's always got four or five books on it. Plus the ones in my room that haven't reached the pile yet but are finished. And a variety of others. Oh my, it's almost comical. :P :)

Katie McCurdy said...

Charity - Yes, I do! That pile seems to ALWAYS have a few books stacked up on it. I still haven't figured out the trick to keep up with it. But oh well. It keeps me busy....and HAPPY!!!! ;-)

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