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September 10 2016 7 10 /09 /September /2016 23:09

 

Love, Lexi

By Sherry Kyle

Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

 

The book Love, Lexi by Sherry Kyle is a stand-alone devotional directed towards pre-teens and tweens.  The book is written stylistically as the personal journal of Alexis (Lexi) Dawn Cooper during her seventh grade year. It shows her ups and downs, her awkward moments, her attempts to be popular and stylish, and her crush on a boy.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but there were some things that I felt like they didn’t match with reality.  For one, it was a story of a boring, awkward girl who tries to become glam and a part of the “cool kids” club.  It also illustrates her crush on a boy that she has known since the first grade and seems to really like as she pursues a relationship with him.  I thought that this book was a little typical: awkward girl wants to become cool and get the cute boy.  I did enjoy her hilarious quirks and fun moments, however, and I would definitely recommend this book to girls ages 10-12.

 

Thank you so much to the Tyndale Blog Network for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

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September 2 2016 6 02 /09 /September /2016 02:02

 

    Just a Kiss is the third book in the Summer Harbor series, written by Denise Hunter and published by Thomas Nelson.  I have really enjoyed this series, and am sad to see it end.  I was hoping that this would be the best book of the series, but for some reason, something felt off about it to me.  The story seemed to be researched with regard to Riley's injury, but, well, I don't know. Riley's character didn't seem as realistic as he did in book one.

 

     Paige Warren has always had a thing for the Callahan boys.  First she was best friends with Riley through tough personal problems of her own, then she dated the eldest, Beau, which made Riley crazy, then after Riley enlists to get away from seeing Beau and Paige together and returns, she's caring for Riley.

 

     Riley Callahan has always loved Paige, and it was torturous to watch her with his brother.  Thus, he enlisted into the Marines--only to have the couple break up around his going-away party.  Now back from deployment with one less leg than he left with, Riley has mixed feelings about seeing Paige again.  On one hand, he is excited to be reunited with her after all their Skype chats, but on the other hand, he doesn't feel worthy to be with her because of his survivor's guilt, PTSD, and one leg.

 

     I wish that I could pin down what felt "off" in this book.  Maybe it was the fact that Riley had to stay at Paige's house during his recovery.  Or that Riley didn't seem as realistic of a PTSD victim as did Jake Porter in Becky Wade's A Love Like Ours.  Maybe it was how Paige and Riley fought over stupid things and had poor communication even though they were supposed to have this great, long-lasted friendship.  Friends have to know how to communicate.  Maybe it was also that the climax seemed weak, and the romance not as strong as in the first two books.

 

     Really though, I did enjoy this book--I read it over one weekend.  I would still recommend reading it, especially after reading the other two in the series, although it does work as a standalone.  It was a sweet story, and I hope I didn't dissuade anyone from reading this, as it is still worth reading.  I only wanted to explain why it was four instead of five stars for me.

 

     Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

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August 30 2016 3 30 /08 /August /2016 23:52

 

      Becoming a Woman of Excellence by Cynthia Heald was published 30 years ago, and now has been updated for a 30th year edition with extra commentary from the author after 30 years.  It was a short book, a little over 100 pages, but it was packed.  I really enjoyed the study and will loan it out to many other girls, as it was thought-provoking.  My only complaints about it are the 1) The Bible verse references are printed, but the reader has to go and look up the verses themselves, which requires having a Bible right there.  It's not a huge deal, but it made the reading choppier.  2) There isn't a lot of space to write thoughts and answers to questions, but there's just enough space to make it look like the reader is supposed to write in the book.  Otherwise, I thought this was a very inspiring book, and I enjoyed it.  I didn't have a group to study it with, so I read a chapter a day, if anyone is wondering how much to do when going through it alone. :)

 

     Thank you so much to Tyndale publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive, nor was I compensated in anyway aside from receiving the book.

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August 26 2016 6 26 /08 /August /2016 01:17

 

    She Walks in Power is the first book in a new medieval romance series called "Protectors of the Spear" by MaryLu Tyndall.  I have been eagerly awaiting this new release and I am so pleased that it is finally here! Fans of Tyndall may worry that this isn't a pirate book like most of her others, but I can assure you that it is still phenomenal.  Also, there seems to be quite the trend recently with young adult red-headed heroines in the Christian fiction market.  Authors including Jody Hedlund, Melanie Dickerson, and now MaryLu Tyndall have all recently released novels with this in common, but again, I can assure you that this book is still worth the read; it stands out among the rest and is in fact my favorite of the three.

 

     The novel centers around a girl of noble birth who is hiding out in the woods since an assassination plot on her life almost a decade before the book begins.  She is a follower of Christ and has been gifted with a spirit of discernment, which may be disconcerting for some readers, but I believe in it and loved to see it interwoven into current fiction.  Anyway, this girl, Alexa, was entrusted by her mother with the spearhead that pierced Christ's body to ensure he was dead on the cross.  This has been passed down through the ages in the story, and is now protected by Alexa.  Alexa is also a Robin Hood type figure, who hunts in the forest where she lives for food for nearby villagers.  She also tries to keep crime low and morale high.

 

     Ronar is a local knight who happens to be traipsing through Alexa's forest one day.  Naturally, she attacks him, and naturally, he fights back and tries to catch her before realizing that she is a woman.  This catches both of them off guard: Ronar isn't used to being ambushed, and Alexa's not used to being caught.  The story that ensues from this meeting follows the two as they try to follow God, defeat evil, and per the series title, protect the spear.

 

     I have been a fan of MaryLu's writing for many years now, and I must say that this is one of her best books yet.  I loved, loved, loved the spiritual aspects woven in, the characters were so fun to read about, and the plot was very unique.  The only thing that I could complain about was that the story's narration jumped to and fro from four or five different characters--some of which weren't even main characters.  It was very confusing and frustrating, but not enough to dissuade someone from reading the book over.

 

     Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a electronic copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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August 21 2016 1 21 /08 /August /2016 00:52

 

     To Have and to Hold is a collection of three novellas in the "Year of Weddings" series, this being the autumn addition.  The first, "Love Takes the Cake: A September Wedding Story", is by Betsy St. Amant, the second, "The Perfect Arrangement: An October Wedding Story", is by Katie Ganshert, and the third, "Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story" is by Becky Wade.

     Personally, I requested to review this book for the sole purpose of being able to read Becky Wade's addition, but I made the mistake of not reading the description of the book in my excitement, and was disappointed to see that it was the same novella that was released last year by her.  Oh well, I thought to myself,  I guess I'll just read the other ones.  Boy, am I glad I did! Both were cute, fun stories, and one was even a spin-off of Pride and Prejudice, which completely and totally made up for my mistake--I let out a giddy squeal as soon as I read the first line!  None of the stories are boring or rushed, as novellas in collections can tend to be; all were fresh, original, and adorable.  I would totally recommend this to anyone looking to get a quick read in amidst all of the back-to-school busyness.

     Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson and their Book Look Bloggers program for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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August 11 2016 5 11 /08 /August /2016 04:35

 

     Uninvited is the latest release by Lysa Terkeurst.  I've really enjoyed her past releases and have found them to be very relatable.  This was no different. 

 

     Uninvited discusses the power of rejection.  With real-life anecdotes from the author and applicable Scripture verses, this book really touched me.  I think everyone has dealt with rejection in one form or another; I know I have.  Uninvited not only provided ways to deal with past rejection, but also helped to prepare for similar pains in the future.  This is a book that you will want to buy in paperback so that you can properly highlight it and write notes in the margin.  I would highly recommend this to all women, especially those who are teens or above.  It's a message that will appeal to many generations.  In addition, I have heard that all of the profits of this book are going to charity.  Also, I just really love the cover. :) 

 

     Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson publishers and their Book Look bloggers program, as well as Net Galley, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. 

 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.* 

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August 2 2016 3 02 /08 /August /2016 03:00

 

    Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah Ladd is the second book in the "Treasures of Surrey" series, which is published by Thomas Nelson.  It was my first novel by this author, and it worked as a stand-alone for me.  Seeing as I expected this to be like Jane Austen with a dose of mystery, I am sorry to say that this didn't measure up to my expectations.  Of course, to be fair, who could measure up to Jane Austen?

 

     Isabel Creston has lived at a boarding school since she was seven, which was shortly after her mother died and father left her.  Now, she's twenty, and believes that she doesn't have any family left, except her half-sister, who is also at the boarding school.  Out of the blue, an aunt of Isabel's pops up and invites Isabel and her sister to come and stay at her house.  Upon Isabel's arrival, she finds that she doesn't quite fit in socially, plus she has two admirers, which she doesn't know how to handle.  There's also a supporting plot involving smugglers in a magical forest.

 

    I'm not sure what this story was supposed to be.  A romance? A historical novel? A mystery? Suspense? Dawn at Emberwilde seems to try to be a mix of it all, and I'm sorry to that it doesn't mix together as well as I'd hoped.  However, I would still recommend giving it a shot; I loaned it to my friend, and she liked it.  

 

    Thank you so much to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

 

     

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July 30 2016 7 30 /07 /July /2016 19:03

 

    A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears is in the Teaville Moral Society series and is published by Bethany House.  I've enjoyed previous books by this author because of her sense of humor, so I was looking forward to this book.

 

     I have mixed reactions to this book.  For one, the hero greatly challenged and encouraged the heroine in her faith and acts of service, which is something that I personally think makes a hero attractive.  However, I've read other books with similar plots--two people unfriendly towards each other, need to help each other out for common and mutual benefit, fall in love--but with those other books, the dialogue between the hero and heroine was much more witty and fun to read.  Thus, the hero of this book seemed more dull and empty.  So on one hand, he sharpened and refined the heroine's strengths, but on the other hand, he wasn't very interesting--and I personally believe that he had the potential to be both.  

 

     I still flew through reading this book, but it was slightly tedious in parts because there was no dialogue that kept me entertained while still promoting the message.  All in all, I think that this book did have a good message and was thought provoking, and I would recommend it.

 

     Thank you so much to Net Galley and Bethany House publishers for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

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July 21 2016 5 21 /07 /July /2016 03:46

 

     One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank is a stand alone book published by Blink, a division of Harper Collins publishers.  It is the first book that I've read by this author, and I thought it was a decent way to pass the time.  Blink publishing is not specifically Christian, so read with caution with books published by this publisher if you are expecting something overtly Christian.  Personally I think this book is appropriate for older teens.

 

     While many would consider a summer vacation to Paris to be amazing, Sophie Brooks does not.  You see, her dad divorced her mom and moved to Paris, leaving Sophie, her brother, and her mother in South Carolina.  Sophie's hurt and doesn't want to have anything to do with her dad, much less her soon-to-be new stepmom and stepsister Camille, the latter of which she has to share a room with.  Camille doesn't like Sophie from the start, and the two are at odds for much of the book.  Meanwhile handling her dad and new stepsister, Sophie's brother's friend comes to visit, and while Sophie has been crushing on him for years, Camille quickly takes over his interest.  And worst of all, Sophie was promised that she would be able to practice piano over the summer so that she could apply to Juilliard, but alas, there is no piano.

 

     Luckily, a friend of Camille's happens to have a grand piano that Sophie can practice on every day.  Unluckily, Camille is against anything that could benefit Sophie, including letting her date any cute friends, especially those with pianos.

 

     I thought that this was a cute teenage read, and as I previously said, I would recommend this, but probably just to older teens.  The story was cute even if cliche and the characters were a little immature.

 

     Thank you to Blink publishers and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

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July 10 2016 1 10 /07 /July /2016 23:09

 

    Forever Safe by Jody Hedlund is the fourth and final book in the Beacons of Hope series.  It is not published by Bethany House, as the rest of the series was, but is instead self-published.  This story follows Virginia Cole, the daughter of Henry Cole, who was mentioned towards the end of book three in the series and whose personal story is featured in the prequel novella.

 

     Virginia Cole is a very wealthy heiress who has a stalker.  She plans to be married but it seems as if someone is against her every attempt.  When her bodyguard is hurt protecting her, her father scrambles to find another man for the job.

 

     Tom Cushman is bodyguard who usually only takes jobs watching over older ladies, but when his friend is hurt on the job and asks him to take over watching Virginia Cole, he feels that he can't deny his friend's request.  When she's put in more serious danger, Tom feels that Virginia must going into hiding so that he can protect her.  But can he protect her from himself?

 

     I loved this book.  There was suspense and there was romance, and I read through it very quickly.  This is a great summer read that I would highly recommend!

 

     Thank you so much to Jody Hedlund for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

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