I can tell you plenty of good things about Emily's book Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life and when I heard about a review opporI can tell you plenty of good things about Emily's book Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life and when I heard about a review opportunity for a new book I jumped into it not even really looking at the book subject. Graceful (for Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life is an echo of things I remember reading in Grace for the Good Girl, but they are written for a younger audience with more mention of school and college and jobs than motherhood and marriage as in the original book. However, as someone who has read both books, there are different details in each that make both a worthy read. Graceful is about the voices within that allow us to hide from who we can be in Christ, while Grace for the Good Girl is about masks. I am not exactly the "young woman" that this book is written for as I'm married with two children already, but it was not long ago that I was and the words in this book still speak strongly to me and where I am.
Apparently I'm a dreamer, and I never really realized it. Emily has a way with her books that really gets you into thinking and I know that her words are in the right direction, because with the first book and again with this one it is shocking how hard and fast the enemy seems to attack. My book is all marked up with tons of things outlined here and there. There is so "much" in this little book and I really recommend it.
*Thanks to Revell for providing a copy for review.*
In anticipation of the September release of The Crimson Shard, the second book in the The Blackhope Enigma series, Templar Books, an imprint of CandleIn anticipation of the September release of The Crimson Shard, the second book in the The Blackhope Enigma series, Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press is re-releasing the debut novel in an affordable paperback format. According to what I’ve read, Teresa Flavin is an author turned illustrator and who could weave a more intricate and fascinating visual story than one that lives to put stories to page for other people’s vision.
This chapter book with scattered black and white drawings through out weaves a mystical tale that brings adventure from the first page. True to entertain the young and adult and middle grades it might also appeal to adults as well much in the way of Narnia and Middle Earth. These stories too are captivating by layers of a painting. Enchanting and page turning.
*Thanks to Candlewick Press for providing a copy for review.*...more
Combine Jane Eyre with a bit of Beauty and the Beast and you might have found yourself in The Merchant's Daughter. Earlier this year I found myself reCombine Jane Eyre with a bit of Beauty and the Beast and you might have found yourself in The Merchant's Daughter. Earlier this year I found myself reading Melanie Dickerson's debut being a mixture of Tristan and Isolde with Sleeping Beauty in The Healer's Apprentice. I was very delighted to learn that this fall she had something new in The Merchant's Daughter. Again I have the same qualm as before in that... my first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don't agree with that, it's not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read, but it is definitely one for girls of marriageable age and boy is it an adventure. ... but then perhaps I just do not understand the genre behind "young adult" as I thought I did.
In a way, there is even a bit of Cinderella here. Not in the plot line perhaps, but in the personality of Annabel. There is not magic in the sense of the Disney Beauty and the Beast, he doesn't suddenly float in the air and become beautiful. In a sense, it's always there, just marred and hidden until an unexpected (to him) healing can occur. Yet... isn't that what the entire book is about? You read it, and tell me. :)
*Thanks to Zondervan for providing a copy for review.* ...more
As much so as I enjoyed Perfectly Dateless last summer, I enjoyed Perfectly Invisible this one. Kristin really brings out the inner thoughts that areAs much so as I enjoyed Perfectly Dateless last summer, I enjoyed Perfectly Invisible this one. Kristin really brings out the inner thoughts that are pretty much right on key for a teen late in high school. Brings back memories of my own school experiences as well as while I was a long term substitute teacher.
Again, truly I could not turn the pages fast enough and I overall enjoyed this story. I think that it could be valuable read for many different people. Very enlightening to both girls, guys and parents who want to care or understand. It was interesting to me however, for a girl without cable TV that she was familiar with so many current day television references, but then I guess they're out there beyond the tube or flat screen.
There were some plot things that had me quite confused in this story, but then coming from a teenage mind, I think that was the point that I was just as confused as Daisy was. Overall, I have to admit it makes me wonder about things as my own daughters grow. Truly there is no perfect childhood or youth and I think attempting to stage one would cause more harm than good. But one can only pray for help.
I truly enjoy both adult and youth books from Kristin Billerbeck and cannot wait for more.
*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
Did you see the guest post from Jennifer? What a turn of events! Such madness with a creativity avenue underlying -- desperate to break through.
I thinDid you see the guest post from Jennifer? What a turn of events! Such madness with a creativity avenue underlying -- desperate to break through.
I think it was when we lived in Monroe, where I discovered a quaint children's book shop that specialized in getting teens into reading. The shelves were lined with books of interest. While I perused I was shocked and taken aback and some of the genres. Books that I felt certain should be classified as adult romances were being sold, and apparently written and addressed directly for teenagers! Yet then there were also some almost nauseating happy-go-lucky harmless and gentle books as well. Nothing it seemed for a normal girl. For a girl who wants a real book, but not to be corrupted by all the sex and so called romance out there. In the Christian market I have found such books from authors such as Melody Carlson, Lisa Samson, Kristin Billerbeck, Shelly Adina, Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt as well as Barbour Books' Camp Club Girls Series but I have more more than delighted to find from a publisher that I am fastly coming to love there is another series about to start that is exactly what I would want in a book when my daughter gets to her teen, or even tween years.
Enter, The Aristobrats. I love the cover! From the best friend charms I remember from my own youth to matching outfits and to LYLAS! Love Ya Like a Sister! I cannot tell you how many times I wrote LYLAS (and even LYLAB) in notes passed to a certain duo of friends. This is a book that is current and real and one definitely approved for the bookshelf without having to look over your child's shoulder.
*Thanks to the author and Kay Mitchell from Sourcebooks, Inc. for my review copy in exchange for posting my honest opinion of the book.*...more