* Paperback: 272 pages * Publisher: Water Brook Press; First edition (September 19, 2000) * ISBN-10: 1578561264 * Cover Art: This is the cover I have
* Paperback: 272 pages * Publisher: Water Brook Press; First edition (September 19, 2000) * ISBN-10: 1578561264 * Cover Art: This is the cover I have, but out of all of them it is my least favorite. * Author: Liz Curtis Higgs * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: My personal book shelf.
Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today’s modern woman is surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living, and burdened by her own desires.
So what’s a good girl to do? Learn from their lives, says beloved humor writer Liz Curtis Higgs, and by God’s grace, choose a better path. In Bad Girls of the Bible, Higgs offers a unique and clear-sighted approach to understanding those “other women” in Scripture, combining a contemporary retelling of their stories with a solid, verse-by-verse study of their mistakes and what lessons women today can learn from them.
Whether they were “Bad to the Bone,” “Bad for a Season, but Not Forever” or only “Bad for a Moment,” these infamous sisters show women how not to handle the challenges of life. With her trademark humor and encouragement, Liz Curtis Higgs teaches us how to avoid their tragic mistakes and joyfully embrace grace. (Synopsis provided by Goodreads)
This was a fabulous follow up to Higgs' first book Bad Girls of the Bible. In this one we get to learn about women who were "worse" then the women in the first book. Like the first book, Higgs is super funny and fun! That's a great way to describe these books fun! She didn't get preachy in this one either and like the other book she started off with a fictional story that was similar to the Biblical one.
As a Christian woman, I have learned so much more from these books then I ever would have on my own. The amount of research that Higgs does before she writes is amazing. I believe that even non-Christians can get enjoyment out of these books.
If you're still thinking about picking up her books, think no longer and run out and get a copy. You are in for a good time and lots of laughs! ...more
* Hardcover: 352 pages * Publisher: Candlewick (September 11, 2012) * ISBN-10: 0763655279 * Author: E. M. Kokie * Cover Art: Love it, it conveys so m * Hardcover: 352 pages * Publisher: Candlewick (September 11, 2012) * ISBN-10: 0763655279 * Author: E. M. Kokie * Cover Art: Love it, it conveys so much I want a poster! * Overall rating:*****+ out of 5 stars! * Obtained: I received an ARC for review. Thank you!
Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
After his older brother dies in Iraq, Matt makes a discovery that rocks his beliefs about strength, bravery, and honor in this page-turning debut.
Ever since his brother, T.J., was killed in Iraq, Matt feels like he’s been sleepwalking through life — failing classes, getting into fights, and avoiding his dad’s lectures about following in his brother’s footsteps. T.J.’s gone, but Matt can’t shake the feeling that if only he could get his hands on his brother’s stuff from Iraq, he’d be able to make sense of his death. But as Matt searches for answers about T.J.’s death, he faces a shocking revelation about T.J.’s life that suggests he may not have known T.J. as well as he thought. What he learns challenges him to stand up to his father, honor his brother’s memory, and take charge of his own life. With compassion, humor, and a compelling narrative voice, E. M. Kokie explores grief, social mores, and self-discovery in a provocative first novel. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
You know that rare feeling you get with a book? The one where you read the first chapter and already feel like you've known the main character your whole life? Or the feeling you get from a book where you have to stop yourself from reading more just to make it last longer and to sleep?
Personal Effects gives the reader both. Just from the synopsis I guessed what the "shocking revelation" about T.J. was. Even having guessed it, it didn't take anything away from the experience of reading this book. I loved Matt. He was such a strong character and had such an awesome voice I was sucked in after the first page.
When we learn of T.J.'s death, my heart broke for Matt. He went through so much after he finds out about the death. All of this makes the reader's heart break even more. Matt has a very close friend Shauna who I really liked. I wish she had had more face time in the book, but at the same time I think that what time she had was just right.
This is such a powerful book, I don't think there are enough book on this subject in the Iraq War. Kokie did such an amazing job on showing us what Matt was going through.
Having a male narrator was a refreshing change in YA. I loved this book. This is a book I will buying a finished copy of when it releases. If you want a new book, with a strong male voice I would highly recommend this book.
This book is very different from what I normally read, I bought it because the author was a co-worker of mine. I really enjoyed the book and the art woThis book is very different from what I normally read, I bought it because the author was a co-worker of mine. I really enjoyed the book and the art work within, she did all the art herself and it really adds to the story....more
Fallen review by Moirae (the fates) book reviews. In Fallen by Lauren Kate we meet Luce Price and Daniel Grigori a pair of star-cross lovers…with a twFallen review by Moirae (the fates) book reviews. In Fallen by Lauren Kate we meet Luce Price and Daniel Grigori a pair of star-cross lovers…with a twist. Daniel is a fallen angel. Luce meets him when she is sent to a reform school for “problem” teens. She was sent there due to a fire at her old school, when Luce was in the room and the other student that was with her didn’t make it out of the fire. When she sees him, she feels an immediate pull to him; however, she can’t understand why he is so rude to her. Luce makes fast friends with Penn, her and Penn talk about Daniel like all girls do with their friends. Luce and Daniel are first able to interact a bit more when both of them have to do detention in the school cemetery. The relationship that blooms between Luce and Daniel felt very organic and true. Kate never made it feel forced or like it was fake. The character development was amazing in this story. I did see the book marketed as another Twilight, calling this book Twilight is an insult to Fallen. It was nothing like anything I have ever read before and saying it is like any other book, is calling it unoriginal. It is a very original book. Daniel truly loves Luce and Luce truly loves Daniel. The pair make a wonderful couple. The whole book is action-packed and Kate gives the reader a little snippet of information throughout the book and the reader can put it together like a jigsaw puzzle. The ending and the chapters just before the ending where jam packed with information and action. The twists and turns that Kate gives to the story is amazing and I never saw a few of them coming. This is going to be a four book series, the second of which Torment will be available on 28- September-2010 I would recommend this book to readers of all types. Kate is an author to watch!
What parents need to know: The book has some language, but not much, there is no sexual content so to speak in the book besides kissing, if one can call that sexual content.
Cover art: The cover art is beautiful and the reason I first picked up the book, it reminded me of Amy Lee.
Over all rating: My overall rating for Fallen is a ***** 5 out of 5 stars
* Hardcover: 336 pages * Publisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012) * ISBN-10: 0062059939 * Author:Kiera Cass * Cover art: I love it I want the dress! * * Hardcover: 336 pages * Publisher: HarperTeen (April 24, 2012) * ISBN-10: 0062059939 * Author:Kiera Cass * Cover art: I love it I want the dress! * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: I won an ARC copy from Laci. Thank you!
The Selection by Kiera Cass Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
Wow! I absolutely loved this book! It's such a fun and light hearted read. I must say though that the only similarity it has to The Hunger Games is the lottery aspect. Aside from that, the two are completely different beasts.
I really liked America's character, she was out spoken and very assertive. I was glad to see another novel with such a strong female lead. Maxon (the Prince) was also a wonderful new-comer to the book world. I really liked his cheeky side and how candidly he spoke with America.
Aspen on the other hand, I have a love hate thing going on with him, that's all I'm going to say to avoid spoilers. I really like the premise of this book and the writing style was fun.
I had a feeling how the book would end when I was reading it, but the cliff hanger ending still had me saying "That's it? What happens next?"
If you like the show "The Bachelor" and are looking for a fun, easy, light read. Then pick this one up and give it a try!
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was a Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
Juliette hasn't touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal. As long as she doesn't hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don't fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war-- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she's exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel. (Synopsis provided by goodreads.)
Most people who read my reviews know I am not a big fan of dystopian. However, I loved this book! This is a dystopian book for people who don't normally care for dystopian novels. I found Juliette to be a wonderfully likable character, she had wit, a tender side and she could hold her own and kick ass when she needed to. Her and Adam's interactions felt very genuine. With the ending of this book I had very questions, Mafi did a stellar job in answering most of my questions by the end of this book. This book is brilliant! Run out and get a copy today! I would recommend this book to everyone!
I can't wait for book 2, it will be a long year to wait.
* Hardcover: 352 pages * Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (November 15, 2011) * ISBN-10: 0062085484 * Author: Tahereh Mafi * Cover art: Awesome! * Overall rating:***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: A gift from my Dad. ...more
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry,The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
I was really excited to finally read this book, I had heard so much good buzz about it over the past year that I was anxious to find out what all the fuss was about. For me, sadly I was a little disappointed. I was expecting something on the level of some of my favorites, but sadly I found it to be average. That's not to say it was bad, it wasn't the writing was great and I enjoyed the creep factor that Yovanoff portrayed in her book and her characters were well thought out.
I did though think there was a lot of this book that could have been left out, there were times when it felt like it was dragging along at a slower rate, even though I read this in a day.
I want to know more about the why of the House of Mayhem, I don't feel like enough information was given.
However, I will read Yovanoff's next book it sounds really interesting, if you like paranormal books or books about Changelings, pick this one up and give it a try.
* Reading level: Ages 12 and up * Paperback: 352 pages * Publisher: Razorbill (September 6, 2011) * Language: English * ISBN-10: 1595143815 * Author: Brenna Yovannoff * Cover art: Very creepy * Overallrating: *** out of 5 stars * Obtained: My personal book shelf ...more
* Publisher: HarperTeen (May 7, 2013) * ISBN-10: 0062004034 * Author: Amy Plum * Cover Art: Beautiful, I wish you could get posters of the covers for * Publisher: HarperTeen (May 7, 2013) * ISBN-10: 0062004034 * Author: Amy Plum * Cover Art: Beautiful, I wish you could get posters of the covers for this series! * Overall rating: *****+ out of 5 stars * Obtained: From the author Thank you!
If I should die by Amy Plum Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.
Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.
It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.
After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
Wow. Just wow! That was such a great book! The series as a whole is my favorite! Going into this one, I had a few theories and I was right. Which is awesome, I am so glad my theories were right I was hoping they would be.
This one picks literally right where the last book left off. Pretty much it's the same scene! Which is fantastic! Like all of Amy Plum's books If I should die is packed with action. We get too see more sword fights and more bloody characters.
We also get to meet new characters and get to see another city which was a neat twist. I really loved the additional lore that we learned in this one and we saw a different side to Papy which was really sweet.
I really enjoyed how Georgia's character developed over the course of the three books, she was her usual funny self in this one as well as part bad-ass. Not as much as Kate but still bad-ass!
If I had to pick my favorite part of this book, I don't think I could do it. It was that amazing! My only complaint is that ended. I had to force myself to do normal things like eat, sleep and go to work. I wanted to read it all in one sitting. I am glad I didn't though I was able to enjoy it that much longer.
Plum is by far one of my favorite authors right up there with Stephen King I will read anything she writes before I know what it's about. She is defendantly an author to be watching if you aren't already. one If you haven't read Die for me, or Until I die you have to! Get to a book store now and read them, you'll be all caught up when If I should die is released in May.
This was such a brilliant ride but sadly it must come to an end. I am glad though all my favorites got what they deserved and the characters all got a great wrap up to their story. I think that most all readers will be pleased by this book and by the ending that Kate and company got. ...more
My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment t Die for me by Amy Plum
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen. Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind. While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
I LOVED this book, so much that I went as Kate for Halloween! I found the idea of the remnants to be unique, original and refreshing. (This is a book I gush about). I love everything about this book, the characters are very dynamic and their interactions all felt real. I really liked Vincent. (He's my new book crush!) I loved Kate, she felt really real and true to me, the type of character I would be friends with. I liked how Plum showed us how Kate was dealing with her Mom and Dad's death. Plum is a shower not a teller. I really loved chapter 6, I thought it was very sweet! Vincent felt different then other love interests in YA novels. He wasn't perfect and that's refreshing. The description of Paris and the homes were amazing. It's the first time I have wanted to visit Paris over any other city in the world. This is a series and author to watch!! This is one of my top 10 books of the year! This was such a rich and beautiful story I encourage everyone to read it. I can't wait till book 2!
* Reading level: Ages 14 and up * Hardcover: 352 pages * Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (May 10, 2011) * Language: English * ISBN-10: 0062004018 * Author: Amy Plum * Cover Art: I LOVE it! * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars! * Obtained: My personal bookshelf. ...more
* Hardcover: 320 pages * Publisher: HarperTeen (May 8, 2012) * ISBN-10: 0062004042 * Author: Amy Plum * Cover Art: Just as beautiful as the art for b * Hardcover: 320 pages * Publisher: HarperTeen (May 8, 2012) * ISBN-10: 0062004042 * Author: Amy Plum * Cover Art: Just as beautiful as the art for book one. * Overall rating: *****+ out of 5 * Obtained: Gifted to me by Bibliopunkk THANK YOU!
Until I Die by Amy Plum
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.
As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.
In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
WOW! This book blew me away. After book one which I loved I was really excited to get my hands on this one. This book picks up just after the ending of book one, Plum glosses over the events in book one in about half a page scattered throughout book two. (I do recommend you read book one before picking up book 2.)
We meet our heros again and we learn more about the revenants and the numa in this one then we did before. Their history really comes alive in this one! We also get to learn a little more about Jules and his human life, which was awesome. Though I admit I am a Vincent fan girl all the way! We get to see him grow as a character and we learn some surprising and great information about him that we never knew before.
This book for me was an emotional roller-coaster, there were twists and turns, some I guessed, some I didn't. I was literally laughing out loud, sighing, saying things like "Aw, that is so sweet!" and the very next page I was shouting "Holy Shit no way!"
By the end of this book I was crying thinking, no it did not just end like that, I keep picking it up hoping that magically there will be one more paragraph to let me know what happens to Kate and Vincent. I've never wanted the last book in a series this much.
If you liked Die for me you will LOVE Until I die. Both are great books, but with this installment Plum has shown she is a literary force that will go far. The wait for book three will be a long one for fans after that massive cliff hanger ending. ...more