This was part of the required reading for my 6th grader. It gave her nightmares and we pulled her for homeschool during reading. Would not recommend b...moreThis was part of the required reading for my 6th grader. It gave her nightmares and we pulled her for homeschool during reading. Would not recommend because of war themes and graphic nature. There is also a public bathing scene with teenagers.(less)
Regency Romance is one of my favorite genres, and Sarah M. Eden is a great go to Regency author. In her latest, For Elise, Miles Linwood, a marquess,...moreRegency Romance is one of my favorite genres, and Sarah M. Eden is a great go to Regency author. In her latest, For Elise, Miles Linwood, a marquess, is traveling the country when he happens upon his long lost childhood friend. Elise, now called Ella is a very young widow with small child, living a life of poverty. The two were the best of friends growing up until a murder tore their lives and inherited estates apart. Ella is guarded and seems burdened with so many emotions bottled up, that when Miles steps in to offer her a new life, she's not sure she can open up again and let him in. Eden addresses deafness, prejudice of social classes and trust between friends. There's plenty of suspense as mysterious handwritten notes start showing up as a threat to Elise. The murderer is lurking nearby Tafford Estate where Miles now lives.
I read For Elise in one day, start to finish. With returning characters from her previous novels and a dreamy landscape, once again Ms. Eden had me fully engaged. I recommend all of her books!
Content: clean, some kissing & tension, moderate violence, rape (but not described.)(less)
An audiobook narrated by the author? Tyler Whitesides can not only write, but he has more than one voice! Mr. Garcia with rolling “r’s” and the middle...moreAn audiobook narrated by the author? Tyler Whitesides can not only write, but he has more than one voice! Mr. Garcia with rolling “r’s” and the middle school bully Dez are just two of the characters portrayed in Janitors #4. My children adore this series. We listened to it to and from school and once again were not disappointed in the action packed, middle grade magic. In installment #4 Spencer and his crew and fighting a hybrid race of “toxites” and the evil Mr. Clean. Armed with glop, brooms and squeegees the war is on!
If you haven’t read the rest of the Janitors series, start with book one and then get to book four around Halloween time. The tone and music is perfect for a suspenseful read with witches and warlocks. Tyler Whitesides know how to reel in this family and I’m sure he will yours!(less)
In a world where children will be forced to make some hard decisions, Girls Who Choose God gives them examples of women from the Bible to look up to a...moreIn a world where children will be forced to make some hard decisions, Girls Who Choose God gives them examples of women from the Bible to look up to and emulate. With stunning hand painted illustrations by Kathleen Peterson this book is a work of art. My children are still a bit young to truly enjoy them, but we will be using it as a read aloud and Sunday School tool. The authors highlight strong women and ask readers a question at the end of each story. A wonderful addition to your library and a great way to get discussion going about what you would do in a difficult situation to be more like these girls in the scriptures. Girls Who Choose God has a multi-cultural and ethnic feel. The pages are vibrant. Love the message!(less)
Where to begin? Wow, this a whirlwind of a book! So much plot packed into a small amount of time. Lots of drama, twists and turns. Carolyn Steele's Wi...moreWhere to begin? Wow, this a whirlwind of a book! So much plot packed into a small amount of time. Lots of drama, twists and turns. Carolyn Steele's Willow Springs reminded me a lot of Carla Kelly's romance novels, also by the same publisher. If you a re fan of the Wild, and I mean, Wild West, books set in the 1800's, you will like this one. Crissa is a Swedish immigrant who leaves her homeland bound for America. Once arrived, her life is about as complicated and cursed as they come. Luckily she has some great people to take care of her when sinister plots unfold.
There are definitely darker elements to this one as rape, prostitution, murder and violence are addressed. I think for my taste, it was a bit TMI in some parts. I'm not sure I would categorize it as completely clean. Though sex is not described in detail, it is a prevalent theme of the story.
I always enjoy historical elements in romance. And the main hero Drake was wonderful. The cover--gorgeous! There were a few editing issues, but since we received an e arc, I'm hoping those are fixed in the final copy. Lots of action, some fun references to the early Mormon church and an intriguing enough read that I finished in one day.
Not a bad debut! Thanks so much to the author for her kindness and to Cedar Fort for having us as a part of the blog tour.(less)
I picked up a copy of Destination Unknown from the Zondervan booth at ALA in Las Vegas this year. I know I can always count on Zondervan for high qual...moreI picked up a copy of Destination Unknown from the Zondervan booth at ALA in Las Vegas this year. I know I can always count on Zondervan for high quality, clean Christian reads. Destination Unknown is the second in a series about cousins, but having not read the first, I had no problem picking it up and loving it! SO, really it's more of a companion novel. Author Amy Clipston does an excellent job exploring the painful process of "finding oneself" as teen and separating your wishes from the pressure of peers and the expectations of parents. Whitney is in her senior year, coasting by as head cheerleader, and up until this point she's been the perfect child. 4.0 student, accepted into a prestigious college, with the popular football player boyfriend. A domino effect of events including a "D" in calculus causes a shift. Suddenly she's painfully aware that her mom's plans for her life may not be the same as her own and maybe her "friends" and true friends after all.
Whitney starts a downward spiral of small rebellions against her uber strict mother, and spends a lot of time on her knees. I absolutely love when teen titles encourage prayer. Christian behavior vs. church going Christian by name only is also explored. I will be passing this book on to my daughters and purchasing the author's other titles. I highly recommend it as a clean, contemporary read that hits on so many things: coming of age, bullying, repentance and loyalty without being heavy handed. Loved it!(less)
Meghan McGlinchey is set to clutch her eighth grade election when a chain letter shows up in the mail from Ireland and sets off a spree of bad luck. L...moreMeghan McGlinchey is set to clutch her eighth grade election when a chain letter shows up in the mail from Ireland and sets off a spree of bad luck. Luckily, her family is all set to go to Ireland and meet her father's long lost sister, but in the mean time there's a lot of mishaps coming her way!
What I loved about this book
It's part of Cindy Callahan's international middle grade series. We loved Lost in London and this one, set in Ireland is just as fun
The main character shares a first name with one of my daughters. She was all over it when this book came in the mail!
The setting- castles, people who look like leprechauns, sheep in the street and a bit of magic.
It explores looking at life as a glass half empty or a glass half full. There's a discussion about superstition.
Lucky Me is an age appropriate, fun, easy read.
The covers are colorful and will make a great gift set for your tween.
It gives a brief but realistic snapshot of some of the Emerald Isle's sites.
What I wish
I wanted to know more about Finn, the side characters and Meghan's parents. The story line is very focused on one girl and one boy.
Was hoping for a few more laugh out loud moments.
A winner. We will definitely be buying all of Cindy's books!
Content: sneaking out, one kiss, some snarkiness between school girls (less)
I have been a fan of the Otis books since the very first picture book in this series came out. Who wouldn't fall in love with a tender hearted old fas...moreI have been a fan of the Otis books since the very first picture book in this series came out. Who wouldn't fall in love with a tender hearted old fashioned red tractor that makes the best of friends with everyone on his farm?
Fall has set in, the leaves are changing, the pumpkins are ready to harvest and there is a chill in the air. Along comes a new addition to the hill, a scarecrow! At first everyone is scared of this sour faced, stern statue who stands watch each and every day alone. But soon, the crows pick at him and all turn away to ignore him. Otis, friendly as he is, can not understand why Mr. Scarecrow is so serious! There are no smiles, no greetings, no hellos. Can anyone befriend him?
With beautiful illustrations and a message that will bring a smile, we give Otis and the Scarecrow 5 stars. Loren Long teaches that even the unfriendliest of neighbors need someone to stand by them. Otis has won us over once again!(less)
I grew up in a home with a very prepared mother who was always storing water, toilet paper, and "you name it" in our pantry, under our beds. I underst...moreI grew up in a home with a very prepared mother who was always storing water, toilet paper, and "you name it" in our pantry, under our beds. I understood the importance of personal preparedness and emergency supplies. Still, I didn't know the deeper ins and outs of home storage or water purification. The Practical Prepper looked awfully daunting at over 300 pages, but once I dove in I found myself easily gliding through it all and soaking up the practical advice within. This book has websites for research, vignettes that illustrate different types of people, spreadsheets to help you plan your 72 hour kit and photos of the essentials.
I learned a lot and the authors really got me thinking about what would occur in the event of a natural disaster or war related threat and how my family would cope. I also truly enjoyed stories of canned goods that have stood the test of time in a sunken ship. Even for the most skeptical storer, this book is a must have! I do wish there was a list of supplies discussed at the end of each chapter because I found myself making mental lists and wanting to write things down as I read. It would help to have a shopping list or simple checklist for those of us who like to see things laid out and ready to mark. Otherwise, the Practical Prepper was the best book on preparedness I have read thus far. I would recommend purchasing it!(less)
Simon Peter is a man we know about from the Bible. A man who was asked to cast his net and then leave behind his life as a fisherman to follow Christ....moreSimon Peter is a man we know about from the Bible. A man who was asked to cast his net and then leave behind his life as a fisherman to follow Christ. In The Peter Potential, we learn even more about this story and the many others that came throughout the ministry. We are asked to apply the teaching to the multitude, the personal invitations to cast out a little form the shore and then into the deep. Through nautical photos, graphics, quotes, scripture and text, the authors challenge the reader to a higher level of discipleship, a trial of faith and the ship overflowing with blessings when we take a challenge from the Lord. This is a book I'm going to have to read several times to pick up on the layers and lessons. I've been through it twice and it's left me pondering how I can become more like Peter.
The only drawback with the flow of the book, is that I wish the authors would have separated Peter's distinct experiences and stories by a small break or chapter. There are several vignettes rolled into one book. It was a bit hard to know where one ended and the other began. Overall, an uplifting and though provoking gift quality read that holds hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. Beautiful.
My Favorite Quote To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy of that moment finds them unprepared and unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour- Winston Churchill p.20
The Lord is completely aware of you, He has miracles in store for you, and He knows what He is about to do. Give Him all that you have to offer. He will bless it. He will make it more." p.64(less)