I received a copy of OSWALD: RETURN OF THE KING by Edoardo Albert from Kregel Publications. Once in a while there is a book that leaves you saying “woI received a copy of OSWALD: RETURN OF THE KING by Edoardo Albert from Kregel Publications. Once in a while there is a book that leaves you saying “wow.” Then you flip back through, shocked it Is over. You reread a few of your favorite parts, put the book down somewhere special – for me it was the trunk in my room – and then you return to it in a few days. It keeps calling you back.
OSWALD did that for me. It is the second installment of the Northumbrian Thrones series. Christianity and kingship unite; love is tested and good values shine through. If you enjoyed the first book in the series about Edwin, this one is just as great. Oswald picks up where Edwin fell. The tales focus on a period of history that is not always covered in today’s historical fiction, and that makes it all the more rewarding.
I recommend reading this outside on you handmade porch swing. Okay, that’s how I read it, with the sun baking down and the excitement sweeping me away. Or, you can read it in your favorite spot. This is definitely a book not to miss. I’ve already recommended it to many of my reading buddies. ...more
I received a copy of THE PRINCE WHO WAS JUST HIMSELF by Silke Schnee from Plough Publishing House. This is a picture book illustrated by Heike Sistig.I received a copy of THE PRINCE WHO WAS JUST HIMSELF by Silke Schnee from Plough Publishing House. This is a picture book illustrated by Heike Sistig. The book focuses on a prince who is born with Down Syndrome and saves his kingdom from an evil invader.
At first I wasn’t a fan of the illustrations. They are similar to what a child would do, and to me it didn’t feel professional. The more I looked at them, however, the more I realized how well that works for children. It can help them feel better about their own artwork.
The story itself was sweet and family focused. I can see it being perfect for a classroom or a home. I have passed this book onto my friend’s sister for her to share with her special education class. ...more
This is a delightful book. I hadn't planned to, but I ended up reading this in one sitting! The characters are realistic and the descriptions beautifuThis is a delightful book. I hadn't planned to, but I ended up reading this in one sitting! The characters are realistic and the descriptions beautiful. The entire book is tohught provoking, and it is all tied together with lovely illustrations. Highly recommended!
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review....more
I received a copy of HEARTBREAK TRAIL by Susan K. Marlow from Kregel Publications. It is the second installment in the Circle C Milestones series. TheI received a copy of HEARTBREAK TRAIL by Susan K. Marlow from Kregel Publications. It is the second installment in the Circle C Milestones series. The series is geared toward young adult girls who enjoy adventure with a strong sense of religion. The religion isn’t overpowering though. I like how it is gracefully woven into the tales of young Andrea Carter.
This story involves Andrea turning fifteen. She asks to go on her family’s cattle drive. I loved the realistic descriptions of the cattle drive. None of the gory details were left out and the adventure felt very raw. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but the trip is far from pleasant for Andrea, and mosquitos are the least of her worries! Andrea also takes a liking to a certain boy. Her emotions are realistic and will have you giggling over how she is (finally!) growing up in that aspect.
Overall, I highly recommend this book series. It is solid young adult fiction with strong morals. The reader gets to figure out Andrea’s adventures right along with her. I can’t wait for the next book!
Another huge plus for this series is that there are two other series about Andrea, but geared toward younger readers. Fans get to grow up with “Andi” right along with her. ...more
I received a copy of KAYLEN’S RISING, book one in the Tomes of Taria series, by Yves Robichaud in exchange for an honest review.
First I must point ouI received a copy of KAYLEN’S RISING, book one in the Tomes of Taria series, by Yves Robichaud in exchange for an honest review.
First I must point out the cover. I love it! It evokes mystery, danger, a bit of comedy, and has a strong comic feel. I love comics! I also must point out the name. I have a cousin named Kaelin. When she’s a little older, I will recommend this book to her. This is a young adult fantasy, so she’s just a few years early.
The book is exciting from start to finish. Kaylen is an elf on a mission. I found it cool that he’s a teenage elf. Normally in fantasy novels, they are kids or adults, but not elves.
I recommend this strongly to fans of YA fantasy. ...more
I received a copy of DIRECT HIT by Mike Hollow from Lion Hudson via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. Normally I start off reviews with a recapI received a copy of DIRECT HIT by Mike Hollow from Lion Hudson via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. Normally I start off reviews with a recap of the story, and what I liked versus didn’t like about the novel. I’m actually going to start this one with recommendations. This is perfect for my dad and uncle, and I sent links to both of them to see if they would be interested in it. Crime. World War I and II. Drama. It is right up their alley. This felt like a “boy book,” but as a girl I still greatly enjoyed it.
Now for the plot. Detective Inspector John Jago is investigating a murder. The setting is London on the onset of World War II. You get nonstop action within the 320 pages.
The pages contain intriguing description. No part of the novel dragged, nor did it feel as if there was too much description. Dialogue flowed. Each character had a strong personality, even the minor players. The backstory wasn’t too much of an info dump. That’s a huge plus for me.
This is a very impressive debut novel! I can’t wait to experience more from author Mike Hollow. ...more