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November 26 2014 4 26 /11 /November /2014 02:58

     "Tears of the Sea" is the latest tale by MaryLu Tyndall, which she self-published. This book is a little different than those that she has previously written, but still just as dramatic and with the usual pirate and ships flair. Instead of a historical genre type, this is more of a historical-fantasy, if you will.

An evil warlock has cast a spell upon Perdita, causing her to be a mermaid with a three-month opportunity every ten years to break the spell by finding a true love to die for her. For three hundred years or so, she's been trying, but now she's just hoping for death. True love does not seem to exist, so she abides her time healing wounded sailors.

Saving Ryne knows he must complete the mission his father sent him on before he can return to his kingdom. When he comes across Perdita, he knows she seems familiar, but also knows of his personal history with beautiful women.  Thus, he decides to drop her off at the next port.  Meanwhile though, Perdita seems to be trying to seduce him, and danger seems to follow her wherever she goes, no matter how many times he drops her off.  That poses a problem, because he has a strong calling to save helpless people from danger.

     I really enjoyed this book, even though it was different from MaryLu Tyndall's "normal" fare.  It was kind of hard to get into, just because of all the fantasy explanation (I'm not really the fantasy-genre type) and character's names, but once I mostly understood it, the story picked up nicely and I was hooked.  This book is just as great as any others by MaryLu Tyndall.

     Thank you so much to MaryLu Tyndall and her promotional team for including me in this promotion process! I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.

 

 

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November 12 2014 4 12 /11 /November /2014 20:15

 

"The Wishing Season" by Denise Hunter is the latest book in the Chapel Springs Romance series, which is published by Thomas Nelson. The first book is called "Barefoot Summer", and the second " Dancing with Fireflies".  These books follow the McKinley family children, starting with Madison, then Jade, and now PJ.

PJ McKinley has always dreamed of opening her own restaurant in her hometown, tourist attraction of Chapel Springs, ever since she graduated from culinary school. Now she's gotten a house rented and a building for her restaurant. Her life seems to be falling into place, until one night when an intruder comes across her doorstep.

Cole Evans has had a hard life since going into foster care at age 12. Now he has the chance to give graduating foster children another step to getting a job and moving out. Now finally, Cole has a house he's rented to stay in while he remodels the building he will use to mentor kids who have recently graduated from foster care. There's only one little mix-up: it seems that the house has been rented to both Cole and the pretty little lady who knocked him over the head when he entered the rental house.

Well the people of Chapel Springs decide to have the two of them split the building and have a contest to see who is more successful in a year, and thus will be able to keep their business. It would be a good plan if the two could get along...

I was not disappointed by this newest book by Denise Hunter. She has kept me hooked into her stories and characters, and this one was no different. The plot was amusing and the characters deep and captivating.

Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for providing me with a review copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review.

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November 5 2014 4 05 /11 /November /2014 20:38

"The Petticoat Detective" by Margaret Brownley is published by Shiloh Run press. It is the first book in the new series "Uncover Ladies".

Jennifer Layne is fairly used to odd disguises, since she is a Pinkerton detective, but posing as a "loose" lady in Miss Lillian's house and parlor that sells everything from boots to singing lessons certainly takes the cake. As she tries to juggle holding onto her morals while tracking down the infamous Gunnysack Bandit, the last thing she needs on her hands is a handsome former Texas Ranger who happens to be a prime suspect for a recent murder at the parlor.

Tom Colton just wants to clear his brother's name. He wants to get back and take care of his dead brother's son. He wants to stay on the right side of the law and lead a quiet, upright life. So having a sweet parlor girl around isn't helping anything.

This book was interesting, but I honestly didn't like it as much as I did her previous book, "Gunpowder Tea".  The characters didn't seem to have as much chemistry or tension, but the plot was unique, at least. I probably wouldn't read it again, but I would continue to read others books by Margaret Brownley, because I've seen that she can write better. So if this is your first book by her, I'd steer clear and check out "Gunpowder Tea" instead.

Thank you to Shiloh Run press and Net Galley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own; I was not required to give a positive review.

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October 29 2014 4 29 /10 /October /2014 03:40

 

     "The Princess Spy" is the latest stand-alone novel by Melanie Dickerson and published by Thomas Nelson.

     Margaretha, daughter of a duke of Hagenheim Castle, is a romantic at heart, chatterbox, and currently interested in Lord Claybrook.  Her brothers tease her and she just wants to figure who she is.

     Lord Colin is a runaway from England, chasing after the killer of his sister's friend, which leads to the death of his good friend along the way.  Colin gets injured and left to die along the road to Hagenheim, where he is picked up by a friendly passerby and dropped off at the local healer.  Margaretha gets word of this and goes to visit and help take care of him to get away from the craziness at home.  He is feverish and frantic, and constantly tries to warn her that she is in danger.  At first, Margaretha doesn't know what to think, but eventually decides to believe him when he rescues a family heirloom out of a well, and tells her that Lord Claybrook is a murderer, and asks her to spy on him.  Margaretha doesn't think that she is up to the task because her family always tells her that she talks too much.

     I thought that this book was pretty good; it is more of a teen book, but it has good messages about discovering who you are.  The plot was interesting, if seemingly cliche, and the characters sweet.

     Thank you to the BookLook bloggers program and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

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October 15 2014 4 15 /10 /October /2014 13:09

The NKJV study bible is published by Thomas Nelson. The main marketing point on this Bible was that it was full color, but honestly that mostly means that some notes are in a colored background, and introductions to books have pretty pictures relating to a verse in that book. The maps are spread out through the Bible and collected at the back of the book. There is an index, concordance, list of the parables of Jesus, and several other similar charts. The print is very very tiny yet the Bible is very thick and heavyweight, which was kind of disappointing, but there are a lot of notes. I was really glad to see that this was the New King James Version too; it's one of my personal favorite translations, and I am so glad to have an edition with many notes. I would just enlarge the letters so I can read it better and darken the black of the print so it's easier to see. I love that there are several maps and that they are woven throughout the Bible so that I don't always have to flip to the back, but if I did, it's great to know that I can find them all in one place. Overall, bringing the charts and tables, commentary and concordance, NKJV and notes all together in this one Bible was a fantastic idea. Just be aware that's it is very heavy!


Thank you to Thomas Nelson and BookLook bloggers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review; all opinions are my own. I was not required to give a positive review.

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October 1 2014 4 01 /10 /October /2014 18:37

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     "Willy's Redneck Time Machine" is written by John Luke Robertson and Travis Thrasher and is the first book in the "Be your own Duck Commander series", which is published by Tyndale House publishers. The other books in this series are "Si in Space", "Phil and the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca", and "Jase and the Deadliest Hunt". 

 

    As you travel through time you visit Noah's ark, the future, high school, and plenty of varied places.  With a mysterious outhouse as your transportation you and John Luke travel through time, although you are still learning the rules of time travel.  At first, you think it might be a prank, but the whole book is comprised of decisions for you to make, and to see what happens as a result.  You experience danger, adventure, and what it is like to be a duck commander. 

 

      Honestly, I enjoyed this book very much. It is full of excitement. Based on the context of "Willie's Redneck time Machine", I would recommend this book to grades 3rd-7th and ages 6-11 even though it really would be enjoyable to practically anyone who likes this genre of book series.  This is a great book to read with your children and discuss how the decisions we make affect our lives. 

 

     Thank you so much to Tyndale House publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review. 

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September 24 2014 4 24 /09 /September /2014 17:03

 

"The Lighthouse Thief" by Bo Burnette is a mystery about a young boy who lives on St. Simon's Island and his cousin from Chicago who comes to stay with him for a week. The two boys discover a plot to potentially harm the lighthouse, decide they must do something to stop it.

For me, this book had the best imagery that I've read since I read "The Book Thief" about 10 months ago. I could clearly see every scene described in my mind. The characters and setting were charming, yet the plot was kind of predictable and the clues easy to solve, but then again that's coming from a reader of many mysteries and ciphers, so it may just be that I've had practice. The clues were very clever though, and poetic (bonus!). "The Lighthouse Thief" was like a combo of imagery from the likes of "The Book Thief", sweet characters like in "Heidi", and of course mystery like that of "The Boxcar Children", so I really enjoyed it because those are pretty much all my favorite books. Amazon says this book is set for 3-8 graders, but because of the extensive vocabulary of the author, I would recommend grades 5-9.

The book will leave you connected to the characters and their relationships, and make you wish you could stay in St. Simon's Island forever too. Well done!

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September 17 2014 4 17 /09 /September /2014 20:36

 

      "Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari" by Jill Osborne

 

        "Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari" is by Jill Osborne and is the third book in the Good News Shoes series.  Riley Mae Hart, a pre-teen "spokesmodel" is now in Kenya, Africa!  Itching to run, Riley Mae is excited to learn that Kenya is the perfect place to train for running, with the high elevation and other Olympic athletes.  It's also the ideal spot for Riley and her Swiftriver friends to hide from enemies back in the States, but how long until they come searching after her?

 

        Adjusting to the strange, new Kenyan culture is difficult for Riley, but she doesn't give up, because she enjoys being with the influential Kenyan women in the village.  Riley soon finds herself growing stronger in her relationship with the Lord and spreading the Good News all around her.  She grows to love the ways of the village, along with hanging out with an orphaned girl wanting answers to her many questions.  But things take a turn for the worse when Riley stumbles into an encounter with the enemy.

 

     I liked this book because I enjoyed learning about Riley's adventures in Kenya, and also because I think it had a really interesting and good plot.  I also enjoyed seeing how Riley's faith in God grew, even in dire circumstances. 

 

     Thank you so much to ZonderKidz publishing and the Book Look blogger 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.

 

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August 27 2014 4 27 /08 /August /2014 02:02

 

     "God Wrote You a Love Letter" by Dan Kelly is published by Xulon Press.  I was blessed with an opportunity to personally meet with this author and talk, and he was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this book to review.  He did not require me to give a positive opinion; he just wanted an honest one.  So here it is!

     This book is set up to be a chronological, 52 week study of the Bible.  It is broken up into easy to read portions, perfect for a children's Sunday School or homeschoolers.  The lessons are in a sort of story format that makes comprehension easier for younger children.  The lessons are only a couple of pages long each.  I thought that this book is perfect for the recommended target audience because of the content amount in each lesson, and the written-in questions in the text are related to both the lessons and the audience of them.  This book is a great introduction to and overview of the Bible.

     Thank you so much to the author for letting me have a copy of this book to promote.

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August 20 2014 4 20 /08 /August /2014 02:00

Here is a book report I did on "Little Women". Letters "X" and "Z" were excused.

A: Alcott.  Louisa May Alcott is the author of “Little Women”.  The book was published in two parts, one in 1868, and one in 1869.  The book is loosely based off the author’s life with her three sisters.

B: Beth March.  Beth is the third child in the March family.  She is sweet and compassionate to those around her, and has much joy in playing the piano.

C: Civil War.  The book is set in the midst of the Civil War, which Mr. March is away fighting in.  He writes his four daughters letters.

D: December.  The novel begins with the four March sisters lamenting about the probable lack of Christmas that they will have that year, as their father is away and the family is fairly poor.  The sisters are talking with one another about the presents they wish to receive, and the ones they are excited to give to their mother.

E: Europe.  Later on in the book, Meg and Amy have separate opportunities to travel to Europe.  The March’s neighbor Laurie also makes several trips across the ocean.

F: Family.  Family is a very strong focus point in this book.  Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are very close with one another, and share a special bond as sisters.  The whole immediate March family supports one another and loves their neighbors as themselves.

G: Girls.  “Little Women” begins with the sisters being fairly young; some are teenagers and some are a few years younger.  Because of this, as the book continues the reader can see how each of the characters mature and reason with one another.  Seeing the healthy transition from girlhood to womanhood in each March sister is one of many aspects that make this book a charming read.

 H: Hope.  Hope is one of the things that keep each of the March sisters moving through their work and schooling while they wait for their father to return from fighting in the Civil War.  Each girl has a special way that they hold each other up; Jo cuts off and sells her hair to provide money for the family, Amy is a companion to Aunt March, Beth plays piano and always has a kind word, and Meg takes care of a nearby poorer family.

I: Ice Skating.  In one wintery scene, neighbor Laurie takes Jo March to a party.  Amy is so upset over being left out that she burns a manuscript that Jo had been writing.  This becomes a major point of conflict between the girls, but they eventually make up when Amy follows Jo and Laurie out ice skating, and falls through the ice.  Jo and Amy realize the importance of maintaining love and forgiveness, and not letting the sun go down on their wrath.

J: Jo.  Josephine March is the second born, and is modeled after the author’s own life.  Jo is headstrong, has a hot temper, and is a tomboy.  She quickly makes friends with her neighbor Laurie.  She enjoys writing and acting, and is fairly dramatic when the occasion calls for it, but in the end, she sees the value of family and loves most of those around her dearly (the exception being Aunt March).

K: Kindness.  Kindness is a trait most apparent in Beth and Mr. Laurence, Laurie’s grandfather.  The two have a special relationship because Mr. Laurence lost his young daughter, and Beth reminds him of her.  Beth connects with Mr. Laurence because he lets her play his piano, and ends up giving it to her before she passes away.

L: Laurie.  Theodore Laurence, neighbor to the Marches and nearest to Jo’s age, is affectionately referred to as “Laurie” by his friends and neighbors, and “Teddy” by Jo.  He is best friends with Jo, but after her rejection of his proposal, ends up marrying Amy.

M: Marmee.  The March sisters’ mother, Marmee, guides the girls through growing up.  She encourages them to read “Pilgrim’s Progress”, and make their own pilgrimage through life, following God and loving others.

N: Neighbors.  The March family is a prime example of reaching out to our neighbors and community.  They help feed and take care of a nearby German family with many children in worse poverty than themselves, and they cheer up the Laurence men, who in turn provide lifelong friendship.

O: Opera.  Jo absolutely loves putting on plays, operas, and tragedies; anything to cheer up neighbors and family, and related to a form of literature or writing interests Jo immensely.

P: Pilgrimage.  The March sisters cling to their mission of being good “Pilgrims”, inspired by the book “Pilgrim’s Progress”, to make their father proud while he is away fighting.

Q: Questions.  One humorous aspect of the book is little Amy, the youngest March sister, who is always trying to act mature and use an expanded vocabulary.  Oftentimes she will ask silly questions or mispronounce words in an attempt to appear “grown-up”.

R: Robert March.  The father of the March girls, he is absent for most of the book because he is away fighting.  He gets wounded in December of 1862, and is supported by his wife and John Brooke, who is a tutor to Laurie, helps the March parents while Mr. March is wounded, and ends up marrying Meg.

S: Sisters.  Throughout the book, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy show strong love and support for one another throughout trips to Europe, their father being wounded, boy troubles, and arguments.  They provide a good example of sisterhood, and are loosely based off Alcott’s own sisters.

T: Turmoil.  Aunt March disapproves of many things about the March family, but the girls and Marmee continuously take care of her.  With their father being wounded, Beth’s death, and the drama over Laurie, the sisters have many hard times, but they come through them loving each other more and providing a good example for readers.

U: Union.  Mr. March is a chaplain in the Union army during the War Between the States, which he served and was wounded in.

V: Vivacity.  Amy, the youngest of the sisters, and Jo, both continually are outgoing and independent, while Meg and Beth are more subdued and happy to simply advise and comfort their sisters.  Each sister has a vastly different personality, but they blend together to form a warm and loving family.

W: War.  Whether it be the Civil War or the occasional sibling’s fight, turmoil is not absent in this book.  Life is not all happy for the March family, but they faithfully continued on their pilgrimage, even though some, like Beth’s, were not as long.

Y: Young teenagers.  I would recommend this book for children in their early teens, because of the length of the book and content therein.  Some scenes, such as Beth’s death or letters to and from the family may make the book hard or tedious to read for younger audiences.

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