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‘Christy Miller Collection Volume 1’ Book Review December 13, 2012

thTitle: The Christy Miller Collection Volume One (books 1-3)

Author: Robin Jones Gunn

Date I Finished Reading: December 13,2012

My Rating: 4/5

Never having even HEARD of these books before, I was not entirely sure what to expect. I was delightfully surprised! I found that the story was very intriguing, quickly drawing me in for good!

This volume contains three separate books, Summer Promise, A Whisper and A Wish, and Yours Forever. Each one adds to the story of Christy Miller, a young teenage girl who desperately desires to just fit in. After giving her life to the Lord over summer vacation with her aunt and uncle, she also desires to please the Lord. But both may turn out to be MUCH harder for her than she had imagined.

I definitely liked these books! I was hooked as soon as I began book 1, and they never left me go. When I was done, I found myself thinking I have got to find volume two! Gunn’s writing style was very interesting, with characters whom you quickly became attached to. I love how each book does so well of adding onto those before it (unlike some series, where the books just do not go well together), and enhancing Christy’s story.

The only issue that I had would be how obsessed Christy was with guys. It almost seemed that her thoughts were constantly on the boy that she liked…which became somewhat irritating at times.

Outside of that one fact, I loved this book! I would most definitely recommend this to others! (I would be cautious, though, of younger readers. Drugs alcohol were mentioned more than once).

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

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You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Whisper-Forever-Christy-Collection/dp/1590525841/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

 

‘Against the Tide’ Book Review November 11, 2012

download Title: Against the Tide
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Date I Finished Reading: November 11,2012
My Rating: 5/5

This book had me hooked from the prologue to the end. It is one of the best that I have read in a while! Lydia has secured herself a nice job as an interpreter for the Navy yard and despite her rather shifty and uncertain childhood, her life is routine and secure. Then enters Alexander Banebridge, the man who both annoys and intrigues her. Bane, as he is known, continuously brings Lydia seemingly useless, unrelated articles and papers to interpret as a small side job.
However, the task is not as useless as it first appears. Bane is working towards abolishing the smuggling and distribution of opium, an addictive drug. Lydia soon joins Bane in his work, hoping to earn enough money to keep from loosing her apartment. It is dangerous, risky business, but Lydia is determined to prove to prove herself to Bane… because whether or not he wants to admit it,something is growing between them. Unfortunately, Lydia soon finds that she may have gotten in too deep when she finds herself fired and evicted. Bane has left town, and Lydia feels empty and alone… what now?
This book was well written with great characters. I was quickly drawn to the plot and attached to the characters. I honestly have no complaints whatsoever! This book is an excellent blend of adventure, mystery, excitement and romance. I would HIGHLY recommend this book!!
Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here! :http://www.amazon.com/Against-Tide-Elizabeth-Camden/dp/0764210238/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

 

‘When Comes the Spring’ Book Review October 20, 2012

Title: When Comes the Spring (Book Two In the Canadian West Series)

Author: Janette Oke

Date I Finished Reading: October 20,2012

My Rating: 5/5

This was another excellent book in an excellent series by an excellent author! In this book we follow the newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Wynn Delaney as they travel west to live in Beaver Creek. Elizabeth is determined to prove herself to Wynn, and assure them both that she can, indeed, endure life in the rough territory. However, upon arrival, Elizabeth is frustrated, lonely, and feels out-of-place. God is faithful, however, and places into her life the friendship of several indian women…. if only she could break through the communication barrier.

This story was wonderful, and illustrated God’s faithfulness and provision in the lives of his children. It also realistically portrayed the struggle within Elizabeth’s heart to humbly follow her husband’s wisdom and guidance. I absolutely loved the book and have no complaints! I am very excited to continue on in the series 🙂

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/When-Comes-Spring-Canadian-West/dp/0764200127/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1350766516&sr=8-2&keywords=when+comes+the+spring

 

‘Rules of the Road’ Book Review October 18, 2012

Title: Rules of the Road

Author: Joan Bauer

Date I Finished Reading: October 17,2012

My Rating: 5/5

Jenna is sixteen years old. She absolutely loves her job, and strives to best serve each of the customers that walk into Gladstone’s Shoes Store. She seems to have quite the knack for it, too. She is also very close to her mom, sister and grandmother. So why does she so eagerly accept an invitation to spend her summer break driving the elderly, demanding Mrs. Gladstone across the country? It is simple. Jenna needs an escape. She needs to get away, clear her head. Why? Daddy’s back in town, and Jenna is not sure how to respond to her long absent, alcoholic father… so she goes. What unfolds is unpredictable. Throughout the next six weeks God uses the people that he has placed in Jenna’s life to reach out to her, and teach her how to overcome dilemmas and trials that appear in her life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Joan Bauer is a talented author who does an excellent job at drawing you into a story, and causing you to become attached to the characters. It was a very interesting, inspiring plot, as well.  I really have no complaints! I would most definitely recommend this book to you!

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Road-Joan-Bauer/dp/014240425X/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1

 

‘To Love Anew’ Book Review October 15, 2012

Title: To Love Anew (Sydney Cove Series #1)

Author: Bonnie Leon

Date I Finished Reading: October 13,2012

My Rating: 3/5

The following paragraph is a book description from Amazon.com:

Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left–her dignity. When she is banished from London, she is certain God has turned his back on her. John Bradshaw was a successful businessman whose untamed spirit sometimes wanted more. When he is betrayed by those closest to him, he loses everything–his wife, his business, even his freedom. John’s and Hannah’s paths are about to cross. Aboard a ghastly, nineteenth-century prison ship from London to Australia, John and Hannah must keep hope alive and trust God’s unconditional love.

While I believe that this story had an original plot with much potential, I do not believe that the author did an effective job executing the story.  I did enjoy the story line, although it is not a happy, uplifting one. However, parts of it I found myself going “Really? Seriously?”.

For instance, the characters in the book hardly saw each other, and practically knew only each others names, but they seemed to have magically fallen in love. In my own personal opinion, it was rather unrealistic in that regard. Also, the ending was rather disappointing. Although Hannah knew she needed to tell John about her past, in order to have an open and honest relationship, and that she was being encouraged to do so by godly ladies, she changes her mind the day before the wedding, and marries him without doing so. Really?

So, although the story line was unique and intriguing there are a few downfalls. Overall, though, I would say that teens and adults may enjoy this book as a quick read (I say teens and adults because there are parts that I would consider a bit mature for younger audiences).

This book is FREE for the kindle here:  http://www.amazon.com/Love-Anew-Sydney-Series-ebook/dp/B001GQ2BC2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350498641&sr=8-1&keywords=to+love+anew

 

‘the Orphan King’ Book Review October 3, 2012

Title: the Orphan King (Merlin’s Immortals Book One)

Author: Sigmund Brouwer

Date I Finished Reading: October 2,2012

My Rating:4/5

Imagine, you have been enslaved in a monastery to abusive monks for eight years. You carry a secret and a glorious destiny. However, you know fulfilling your destiny will require risking everything… including your life. This is the predicament that eighteen year-old Thomas finds himself in. When he sums up the courage to flee the monastery, there is no turning back. With his mismatched team that includes a knight, pickpocket, and beautiful Isabele, he sets out to retrieve what is his.

This book was an engaging read. The author did an excellent job at keeping your attention and making you anxious to read more. The plot was well thought-out and the characters were very well-developed. My only complaint would be that at times the story became a bit confusing, and hard to follow. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it to you. I am very excited about book two, which will be released in February, 2013.

I recieved this book free from the Blogging For Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, but my opinions are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here:http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-King-Merlins-Immortals/dp/1400071542/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349287344&sr=8-1&keywords=the+orphan+king

 

‘Mockingjay’ Book Review September 30, 2012

Title: Mockingjay (Book Three in the Hunger Games Trilogy)

Author: Suzanne Collins

Date I Finished Reading: August 23,2012

My Rating: 4/5

Okay, so  I finished this book over a month ago and somehow it slipped my mind to put it up here! How?! I haven’t the slightest clue.

For those of you who have delighted yourself in this trilogy, you know how engrossing it can become. My family claimed I obsessed (and I am not too sure that is a false accusation).  Anyway… this trilogy was well written and very enjoyable. I need to refrain for mentioning too many details from the plot, to keep from being a spoiler. However, I will say that this series is a great read that I would recommend. It does contain occasional uses of mild language and much violence. I also need to admit that Mockingjay was, in my mind, not quite as impressive as the first two books. However, it still succeeds in gripping your attention and emotions. You will laugh, cheer, cry, become frustrated, and agitated, but that is just the result of a very talented writer.

You can find a copy of this book by following this link: http://www.amazon.com/Mockingjay-The-Hunger-Games-Book/dp/0439023513/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349024525&sr=8-1&keywords=mockingjay

 

‘Chosen’ Book Review September 29, 2012

Title: Chosen ( The Lost Books #1)
Author: Ted Dekker
Date I Finished Reading: September 28, 2012
My Rating: 5/5

This book greatly surpassed my expectations. I was a bit sceptical at first, believing it was going to be a crummy attempt at a young adult series. Needless to say, I was incorrect. The plot of the story goes like this: Thomas Hunter has selected four teenagers to assist in leading his army in battle against their enemy, the Horde. He then dismisses them on a short mission to test their skills and wisdom. His words of advice? “Think with your heart.” However, when the mismatched lot sets out, the story that unfolds is unpredictable. Is Johnis really the chosen one? Are the legends true? And are they willing to sacrifice their lives for the destiny that Elyon has called them to?
Dekker did a superb job at combining excitement, dread, suspense, and adventure. It truly left you hungry for more and eager for the remainder of the series! I definitely enjoyed this read and recommend it to you!

You can find a copy of this book by using the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Chosen-The-Lost-Books-Dekker/dp/B004IEA2X4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348942661&sr=8-1&keywords=chosen+ted+dekker

 

‘Shifty’ Book Review September 27, 2012

Title: Shifty

Author: Lynn E. Hazen

Date I Finished Reading: September 11,2012

My Rating: 4/5

I liked this book! I really was only going to read it because it was free at my dad’s Air Force wing picnic, but I ended up actually liking it 🙂 . The story is from the point of view of Soli, a 15-year-old boy living in a foster home. Soli has no idea where he comes from, who he is, or what his background is…but he wants to find out. I really enjoyed the story line, and read the book in one afternoon. Also, the book is broken down into several (and by several I mean 43!) chapters, making the book a very easy and quick read.

On a negative note, Soli is very dishonest throughout the book, constantly stretching the truth or just flat-out lying.  In doing so, he is training Sissy, (the 7-year-old girl who is also living in the foster home) to do the same. However, at the end of the story, Soli does sit down and come clean of these lies.

Even though I found the story line very enjoyable, the end was ( in my opinion) kinda depressing, but not entirely. I would recommend this book!

To find a copy of this book, follow this link: http://www.amazon.com/Shifty-Lynn-E-Hazen/dp/1582463220/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1348779853&sr=8-3&keywords=shifty

 

‘The Help’ Book Review

Title: the Help

Author: Kathryn Stockett

Date I Finished Reading: September 3, 2012

My Rating: 4/5

If you are looking for a humorous, serious, touching, well-written read…this is it. Kathryn Stockett truly has a gift for writing, and her characters are real, down-to-earth people who you can relate to. The story is written from the point of view of 3 different women all working together to make the story of the help known. The book does a great job at showing how doing what is right takes courage and sacrifices, and comes with its consequences… but it makes you so much stronger.

There are a few negative aspects to the book, however. For example, much language is used throughout the book. Also, there is one scene that I found somewhat disturbing.

Overall, I would recommend this book to you. Then, I suggest you watch the movie, which I think is pretty great, too! 🙂

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Help-Large-Print-Press/dp/1594133883/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1348778015&sr=8-2