Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christy Miller Collection: A Review


Christy Miller Collection by Robin Jones Gunn
Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn packs each one with enough action, romance, and drama to keep you reading and wanting more. It all starts the summer Christy vacations on a California beach and meets two friends who change her life forever. But after moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where she’ll fit in. A red-headed new best friend, a try at cheerleading, a job at a pet store, and expectations for the prom fill Christy’s high school years with a string of laughter-and-tears moments. Fireball Katie keeps everyone guessing what she’ll do next, and surfer Todd keeps showing up while popular Rick has determined to get her full attention! As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a “peculiar treasure.” Follow Christy Miller as she stays true to her identity in Christ, drawing closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments. 

The Christy Miller series, I'd heard about them once upon a time. But never read them. When I saw heard it was for review I snatched it. I was excited to read them. I was not disappointed, I loved the sweetness to these books. I haven't really read any teenaged based christian fiction. 
I loved the characters, I only disliked Christy a little when it was question this and question that. But I guess who wouldn't have questions. I also enjoyed the descriptions about everything, detailed nicely. Only I hate, and I do mean hate is I could close my eyes and imagine the beach, but I open my eyes and no longer a beautiful beach, just a winter wonderland. These books sucked me in, to the world of Christys' wonderful Aunt and Uncle. To her semi pitiful parents. And to the crush Todd. 
These books were so full of ups and downs that I just had to keep reading. It was one enjoyable ride. 


If you want to check out Gunns other series, or read the first chapter of the Christy Miller series. Head over to her website. http://www.robingunn.com



I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Wreath Of Snow: A Review


A Wreath Of Snow By Liz Curtis Higgs

Christmas Eve 1894

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home. 

Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame. 

When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?

As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.


You know when people say don't judge a book by it's cover. Well in this I kind of did, the first moment I saw the cover and read the little description on the front "A Victorian Christmas Novella" I had to get it. The artwork on the cover is so cute. I loved this book. The only thing I think I regret is not reading this closer to Christmas time. It would be a awesome book to read sitting in front of a frosted window or a fireplace. This book was heart warming, sad. All at the same time. In the beginning of the story you have the main character, Meg fleeing from the house in tears. Leaving her family behind. I was instantly interested in what was happening. 

The book was quite short and right to the point. It was a nice little book, in the beginning of each was chapter was a little quote from a author and such. And something else that I truly loved where it was based, in a little wintery town in Scotland. Higgs took me on an adventure from front cover to back.

Head over to Higgs site to read the first chapter of A Wreath Of Snow. And her other historical fiction. http://www.lizcurtishiggs.com/



I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

52 Little Lessons from It's A Wonderful Life: A Review



Do you pay a visit to Bedford Falls every Christmas? Does December feel incomplete without a reminder that “no man is a failure who has friends”? If George and Mary Bailey are annual guests at your home during the holidays, you already know that It’s A Wonderful Life is far more than just a festive seasonal film. It’s a reflection of what we can be when we’re at our best and a reminder that our lives can change everyone around us—for better or worse. Revisit the defining lessons in Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, and discover new dimensions of the film you’ve seen time and again. What can you learn from Mary’s quiet contentedness? Does George’s selflessness make you rethink your own priorities? And how about Clarence’s dogged commitment to his assignment? Join author Bob Welch for a close-up of the characters and themes that shape this beautiful story. You’ll be reminded that life’s most important work is often the work we never planned to do and that God can use the most unlikely among us to get the job done.

 

 

52 Little Lessons from It’s A Wonderful Life, just took me back to my favorite Christmas movie. When this came up for review I was excited to read it. I watch the movie every year. So it begins the first “little lesson” talking about the angels and who will be sent down to help Bailey. What I really liked about Bob Welchs writing was that, he gave us a little insight about what the angels were about. And more insight about how Capra directed it. That’s also something I really enjoyed in the book as well. Welch added little details about behind the scenes of the actual movie. And back to the little lessons. All of them took me back to the movie, and made me remember how much I loved the movie, the characters and Bedford Falls. The only downfall I’d say to this book is the lessons go everywhere in the movie, couple lessons talk about the beginning then go all the way foreword to the ending and back again. I would of liked it to dissect the movie beginning to the end. But other then that it is a heart warming book.

 

 

 

 







I received this book for free from book sneeze (book sneeze.com) for my review.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Running For My Life: A Review


Running for My Life
is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a stark reminder that saving one can help to save thousands more.

Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong's incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable, even from circumstances that might appear hopeless.

Lopez Lomong, I’d heard the name before I’d even seen him carry in the flag in 2008. And that was it, I didn’t watch most of the Olympics that year to know he was in track. When this book came a long I was interested. I’d never read a book about boy soldiers. But never really heard about one that escapes. In the beginning Lomong narrates the book. The book spans over 21 years, and it’s only 227 pages so I thought parts were a little crammed. Other then that I thought it was an interesting read. What I enjoyed the most was how Lomong was strong through out the entire book, or I guess his life. When he had his dream he would follow it. This was what made me like it even more. No complaining, no element of weakness, and he created a foundation for the “lost boys” and everyone else he left behind.

And I’ll defiantly be looking out for him in London.

 

 

 

I was given this book by BookSneeze for my review (WWW.BookSneeze.com).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Garden Of Madness: A Review

Garden Of Madness by Tracy L. Higley

The Untold Story of King Nebuchadnezzar’s Daughter.

For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted away from the world.

Since her treaty marriage at a young age, Tia has lived an indulgent palace life. But when her husband dies and a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own newfound freedom is threatened.

As the queen plans to wed Tia to yet another prince, the powerful mage Shadir plots to expose the family’s secret and set his own man on the throne. Tia enlists the help of a reluctant Jewish captive, her late husband’s brother Pedaiah, who challenges her notions of the gods even as he opens her heart to both truth and love.

In a time when few gave their hearts to Yahweh, one woman must decide if she is willing to risk everything—her possessions, her gods, and her very life—for the Israelite’s one God. Madness, sorcery and sinister plots mingle like an alchemist’s deadly potion, and Tia must dare to risk all – to save the kingdom, and to save herself.



This book right off the bat had me interested. You start off with Tiamat on nightly runs. Definitely something you wouldn’t expect from a princess of that time. I am not really familiar to the bible and the stories . So I was a little put off for getting this. But once I opened the book and started reading I was addicted. I love Higley attention to detail, I loved the characters, even her witch of a mother.  And I love the emotions  between Tia and Pedaiah. And I love the twist in the story later on. Also what I enjoyed the book was like a murder mystery, Tia in the middle of it all. And she wants to find out who is doing it, even if it means her life.



I was given this book for free, for my review from booksneeze. (www.Booksneeze.com)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Eye Of The Sword: A Review


Eye of the Sword by Karyn Henley. 2nd book in the Angelaeon Circle series.

Where angels walk the ground and the future is told in song, does a man of low rank have a chance at love with a princess?

In Camrithia, a land of shadows and mystical secrets, Trevin lives to serve King Laetham. But his heart belongs to the princess, Melaia. When the King sends Trevin on on a dangerous quest to find the missing comains—captains in the king’s army—he must leave Melaia to the advances of a swaggering Dregmoorian prince.

Challenged to prove his worth, Trevin throws himself into his quest. Striving to prove his love, Trevin undertakes a second mission—find the harps Melaia seeks in order to restore the stairway to heaven. Through fire caves, rogue winds, and murderous threats, Trevin remains steadfastly dedicated to his quest—even when he is falsely accused of a heinous crime. As Trevin’s time runs out, he realizes he must face the shame and horror of his own past and the nightmare that has come to life. Will he have the courage to finish what he has started?

Karyn Henley has done it again. She has given me a great story, and a great adventure. The first one when I heard about it I didn’t have very high hopes for it but I loved it. This book was no different I easily fell in love with it. Trevin the main character was just awesome to read about. I’m glad Henley didn’t keep it to Melaia all though I loved her in the first. It was a good move to move beyond just here. The story was great, there was action, a little romance. It was filled with awful villains, and beautiful twists and turns. I enjoyed this one so much, it sucked me right in. And it also kept me guessing, there are a lot of parts filled with suspense and it leaves you wondering what will happen next.
Also check out Karyn Henley’s website, to read the first chapter in this book, and her other works.

 I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Alienation: A Review

This is a second book in the series. (Beware..no spoilers)

Alienation by Jon S. Lewis

The invasion was only the beginning . . .

“After his parents were killed in a car accident, Colt McAllister was drawn into a world he thought only existed in comic books—one where mind control, jet packs, and flying motorcycles don't even scratch the surface.

Along with his best friends Oz and Danielle, Colt is now training at the secret Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural academy. But strange accidents seem to follow him. . . even with the security of the school grounds. What first seems random soon turns deadly. But who is targeting Colt?

As the alien invasions increase in frequency and force, C.H.A.O.S resources are taxed to the limit and they're forced to utilize the new recruits. In the midst of battle, Colt will discover some startling revelations . . . about himself, his friendship with Oz, and why he has been chosen to defeat this alien attack against earth.”

Alienation I have to say was kind of “Eh” to me. I still think the first one was a little more exciting to me. Don’t get me wrong this book was action packed and filled with strange things like the first one.  The characters were just as funny and great to get to know all over again. There were some twists and turns all along the book, some of them were exciting and just awesome. Some of the twists and turns were kind of sad. I have to say the book was a bit shorter then the first and I’m kind of glad it was. There were some parts in this book I don’t think were really necessary .  Like with Colt spending all that time with his Grandfather, don’t get me wrong I love the Murdoch man. But he was just in there a lot and so was Colts love interest. And I don’t even remember her name. And one thing that happens in both books that anger me are that Colt has what six, seven brothers? And they are only in the books once. You’d think Colt was an orphan. Or at least I do, the book kind of makes Colt seem like he has no one beside his Grandfather and his CHOAS friends.

Well enough of me ranting, I did still enjoy this book, and I’ll be looking forward to read the last book in the series. Coming out sometime in 2013 I think?

 I was given this book by BookSneeze, for my review. (www.booksneeze.com)
~Kellie