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Finding Jesus: A Review

On each page ofFinding Jesus, the Son of God is hidden in a crowded scene--from a rock concert to a wedding to a grocery store. The objective for the reader is to "find Jesus" in the detailed illustrations--and it's not always easy, what with Jesus's propensity for walking on water and turning the other cheek!

If you ever liked Where’s Waldo this is for you. Finding Jesus is exactly that, find him in a crowd. There are sixteen scenes to find him in. I’ve always liked this types of books they are fun to see what else is in the crowd. Like one scene is a movie theater filled pop culture references and then there is Jesus. It was really fun. And a book that is categorized as religious humor, don’t worry. It is tastefully done and nothing offensive inside.

I received this from the blogging for books program for my honest review. 

The Princess Spy: A Review

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and she hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story. Unable to pass his message on to her father, the duke, Margaretha convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. But when Colin asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment for retrieving a lost heirloom, Margaretha discovers that she might be very wrong about both Colin and her potential betrothed. Warning: This is a 5th book in a companion series, so if you don’t want to know what happens to the other characters, warning.
This story is about Margaretha, and Colin a stranger trying to find a man who killed his sisters friend and his friend. I really did enjoy The Princess Spy, it’s funny, it has action, it has the hot guy and the damsel…

The Daughter Of Highland Hall: A Review

Eighteen-year-old Katherine Ramsey travels to London with her family to make her debut into society and hopefully find her future husband. Her overbearing aunt insists she must secure a proposal from a wealthy young man who is in line to inherit his father’s title and estate. 
But Katherine questions her aunt’s plans when she gets to know Jonathan Foster, a handsome medical student and strong Christian who is determined to protect the poor and vulnerable in London’s East End. When a family scandal puts a damper on Katherine’s hopes for the season, she has time to volunteer with Jonathan, caring for children in one of London’s poorest areas, and romance blossoms. 
Katherine’s faith grows and she begins to envision a different future with Jonathan. But when Katherine’s work in the East End puts her in danger, Jonathan distances himself from Katherine to protect her. A wealthy suitor reappears, and Katherine must choose which path to follow.
Warning: This is a second book in a series so spo…

Hit: A Review

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her … that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—one that will declare her feelings once and for all. Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning. But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.
The cover is what pulled me in, it’s such a beautiful cover. This book is about a 18…

Candy Aisle Crafts: A Review

The ultimate materials for fun, whimsical crafting are right in your grocery store!
From party decorations to children’s toys, from wearable art to cute gifts, you need look no further than your supermarket shelves for the materials to make these unique (and kid-friendly) food crafts. For special celebrations, rainy-day activities, and much more, treat yourself to the sweetest projects.
Colorful candy canes are fashioned into heart-shaped necklaces, melted peppermints are molded into a festive bowl, cookies and ice cream cones are transformed into a fanciful castle, marshmallows are snipped into a polar bear, and gumdrops become everything from adorable frogs to bumblebees and ducks.Candy Aisle Craftsis packed with simple ideas for charming crafts that both  kids and parents will love.

This is such a cute cook craft book. This is also my first cook book, I thought it might be a risk to review something like this. I’m not a foodie or some type of wiz at arts and crafts either. But the tit…

Revolutionary: A Review

Number #3 in the Anomaly Trilogy
After months in New Hope and Athens, Thalli had almost forgotten what living in the State was like. Programmed to be without emotions or curiosity, she was always an anomaly there. Too emotional. Too curious. Citizens of the State should behave exactly the way the Scientists designed them to behave: working in their assigned fields, maintaining productivity. Thalli’s entire genetically engineered generation has been eradicated by a scientocracy that believes human life is expendable. Now, a pawn in a mad game of manipulation, held hostage and tortured in the name of the State, Thalli can barely summon the strength to hope that the future of humanity could be any better. She clings to her new faith in the Designer. But when Thalli discovers that even the surviving aboveground villages are in danger of State domination, her fragile faith begins to crumble. As Thalli, Berk, and Alex make plans to overthrow the evil Dr. Loudin, a chilling secret explains why t…

Book Haul Sunday - August 31

Book Haul time!

Okay so this will be a quick one. I got these at my local thrift store and one from a library book sale. 
(Left to Right)

Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
This was $1.00. I was looking through the kids books (my sister just had a baby, I'm an auntie!) and this was in it. I thought it looked cool but bam! the first page I see had a womans boob just staring at me. (Not for kids)

Next is...

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
This was a $1.50. I've read books by both of these authors and really enjoyed them. This book is an ARC but I have no problem buying it. If it is beyond amazing I'll go out and buy the hardcover. 


Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin 
It was a $1.50 as well. I watched the movie and really enjoyed it. So once I heard it was a book I put it on my wishlist and I go to the thrift store and fine it. Awesome. 

Annd Next is....

Do you see it, do you!?!?!?!?!

Battle Royal by Koushun Takami
Like all the other paperbacks this was $1.50. $1.50. $1.50…

Book Haul Sunday - August 24th

Book Haul Time!
This is an exciting one. So First one. (Right to Left)

You should already know what it is. Look at it's greatness, it's beauty. It's the new Harry Potter box set. Ever since they said they were designing new covers I was excited to see it. When it showed what it looked like in box set form I had to get it. 

It's my first brand new box set $58.42 from amazon. (Be warned all of the books front and back have those buttery(?)covers.They could get dirty pretty easily.)

Next is...

The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This was a bargain book from Walmart for $7.95, it's not the complete works but most of the complete novels. I've been wanting to read all the Holmes books for a long time.


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
This is another book from Walmart for $8.50. It was the last one on the shelf I quickly grabbed it. I am so excited to read this book, but what makes me so much more excited is in the back there …

Dear Like, We Need To Talk, Darth: A Review

We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can? In the riotously funny collectionDear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth,John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.

FromThe Walking DeadtoThe Wizard of Oz,from Billy Joel toBreaking Bad,no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon J…

Book Haul Sunday - July 27th

Book haul time! I got some from the dollar tree and some from the thrift store.

We will start from left to right.

Selena: Coma La Flor by Joe Nick Patoski
I found this at my local thrift store for $2.00
I've always wanted a book about Selena, love her music, and the movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Next is..

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim
I was very surprised to find this at the Dollar Tree, but I've found tons of First Second graphic novels there.
It's hardcover, has this really cool plastic dust jacket which has the fishes on it.
Also, I saw BookRatMisty haul it on youtube.


It's book 7 and 12 of the Gossip Girls series.
Nobody Does It Better & I Will Always Love You by Cecily Von Ziegesar (how do you even say that name) I found these two books at the Dollar Tree which I think is a weird series to find.
I really want to collect all the series before reading the first. (I put the stickers on the spine to know which order they go in. There are tons of series with tons of …

Book Haul Sunday - July 20th

It's time for a book haul! I guess you could say it's a dollar tree book haul. This time I only found graphic novels which I so love.

I bought these from the Dollar Tree so naturally all of these were one dollar.
I'll start off from right to left.

Number one

Tekkonkinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto
I actually didn't buy this it's a preview for the graphic novel. I bought Tekkonkinkreet the movie at the Dollar Tree and the preview was inside. So cool.


Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
It looks a little young for me but the publisher is Amulet books. And unfortunately their books show up at dollar tree, but I have not read a book by Amulet that I didn't fall in love with. (I also found Me and Earl And the Dying Girl at the dollar tree a few months ago.)

Last one...

The Odyssey retold by Fiona MacDonald
I think a lot of people agree with me when we runaway from a retold classic. I've found a handful of these graphic novel classics. I really enjoy them, each one is i…

The Harlem Hellfighters: A Review

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks
In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy.  
Right now I can say I’m really in love with graphic Novels. To me it’s rare to find a graphic novel that has a non fiction sort of feel to it. Usually they are paranormal or contemporary. The Harlem Hellfighters is a historical fiction. The Harlem Hellfighters were real people. Max Brooks is taking his own fictional spin about what happened in WW I.
When I think about Max Brooks all I think is zombies, Mel Brooks, and just silliness. I th…

Book Haul Sunday - July 13th

I really want to try this thing where I put up a book haul up every sunday. I wanted to try to do it every month but sometimes I get a lot of books and its hard to keep track of what I got. 

So let's begin.

Okay most of these I got at a thrift store but not the first one on the left.

Number one

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks 
I got this book from blogging for books so I could review it. Review will be up on Monday.

Okay now the books from the thrift store.

Next one

Dracula: The Un-dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
I got this for $2.00. I sincerely doubt that Dacre Stoker is his real name and that he is anyway related to Bram Stoker. Although I'm a sucker for Dracula type spin offs and such. 

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Another $2.00 book. I got this mainly for the cover. Just look at it. It reminds me of Amelia Anne Dead And Gone. Unfortunately this is YA and it's a series, so of course they changed the covers. Now it looks like a typical YA book.
 Okay it doesn't …

Currently Reading - July 10th

Sometimes I find myself reading more then one book, I probably shouldn't. How can someone just read one book, I have so many on my to read shelf. All of them I wish I could just pick up and read. 
Starting from the left.
The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks. (Illustrations by Cannan White) This is a graphic novel about the 369th Infantry Regiment in WW I. It's brutal but so entertaining. I got this book for review from blogging for books. I'll have my review up sometime next week.

Next is
Beneath The Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler This book is just a fictionalized version of Elle and Blairs youtube careers and some how I wanted to read it. Also it's based in Los Angeles, and since it's summer I some how think they go together. 
Last book 
Frannie In Pieces by Delia Ephron I picked this up at a couple years ago from a library book sale. The reason why I'm reading that is because I've had it for a while and it's based in the summer season.
(Aaannd D…

Mother, Mother: A Review

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas
Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison.

Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he’s separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in th…

The Martian: A Review

The Martian by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
I feel if this book didn't have the words “A Novel” on the cov…

The Queen's Handmaid: A Review

The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley
From the servant halls of Cleopatra's Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled. Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra's palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm's length. She's been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life. But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she's had to family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme. Trapped among the scheming women of Herod's political family-his sister, his wife, and their mothers-and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must de…

A Stillness Of Chimes: A Review

A Stillness Of Chimes by Meg Moseley
When teacher Laura Gantt comes home to Prospect, Georgia to settle her recently-deceased mother’s household, the last thing she expects to encounter is a swirl of rumors about the father she lost to the lake twelve years ago—that he has reportedly been seen around town. Elliott Gantt’s body was never found and he was presumed dead.

Reeling from the sharp loss of a parent, Laura must now grapple with painful memories surrounding her father’s disappearance and the sense of abandonment she experienced after his death. Life-long friend and former beau Sean Halloran wants nothing more than to protect Laura from the far-fetched stories of Elliott’s resurrection and to care for her, but he has his own reasons, troubling echoes from his childhood, to put Elliott’s disappearance to rest.

Working together, Laura and Sean begin to uncover the truth, one mired in the wooded peaks and deep waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Prospect. Can they fathom ho…

Merlin's Blade: A Review

Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard
When a meteorite crashes near a small village in fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow---a power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthur’s kingdom, as well as the new Christian faith. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy, half-blind swordsmith’s son named Merlin. As his family, village, and even the young Arthur, are placed in danger, Merlin must face his fears and his blindness to take hold of the role God ordained for him. But when he is surrounded by adversaries, armed only by a sword he’s named Excalibur, how will he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this deadly evil ... without losing his life?

Merlin the old and wise. Merlin who helps King Arthur of the round table. I love that Merlin. I’m not to sure if I really loved this book. Starting out as Merlin is young and in his teenage years. It was really sort of slow. There were little …

Luminary: A Review

Luminary by Krista McGee (Book #2 in Anomaly Series) Warning may have spoilers. Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly aboveground? After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, aboveground for the first time. As the defectors cross the forgotten landscape, the three youths see things they had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope. When these survivors reveal the truth of what happened years ago, Thalli is left unsettled and skeptical of everything she’s ever been told. Can she trust anything from the State, including her own feelings for Berk? When she volunteers for a peace mission to New Hope’s violent neighbor, Athens, her confusion mounts when the supposedly ruthless Prince Alex turns out to be kind and charming. Although everyone in New H…