Monday, February 25, 2013

After the Leaves Fall

After the Leaves FallAfter the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


   Since Julia DeSmit's mother left her and her father died, Julia has become bitter and no longer believes in God. She tries to start a new life for herself at college, but makes bad choices that will forever change her life. Broken and ashamed, she returns home to her loving Grandmother and to God. There she finds love and forgiveness greater than she could have imagined.
   I neither loved nor hated this book. It had some good things in it, and some good messages. But for some reason, it just really didn't speak to me the way some books have. Still, I think it could be a good book for teenage girls, especially if you too have shared this experience. Overall, it was a sweet story of forgiveness, and the unconditional love of God and a family.



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The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


  Prince Caspian and his crew sail to the end of the world aboard the "Dawn Treader." They encounter sea serpents, dragons, magicians, and invisible enemies along the magical journey.
    This was a great story. It is my favorite Narnia book so far.



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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Clouds

Clouds (Glenbrooke, #5)Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 As children, Shelly and Jonathan were inseparable. Then as teenagers, it all blew up when Jonathan proposed to her. Shelly, now a successful flight attendant, is filled with regret for breaking Jonathan's heart. When  she accidentally meets him at a German flower stand, she thinks they may have another chance together. But a lot has changed over the years, is the gulf between them now un-crossable?
   This was a really good book. I liked how the author brought out trusting God and allowing Him to guide your life.
   I actually enjoyed this book, despite the fact that I generally don't like love stories. This book wasn't overly mushy or anything, overall it was just a nice story. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Rose Remembered

A Rose Remembered (Secret of the Rose #2)A Rose Remembered by Michael Phillips

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


   World War ll is over, but Sabina Von Dortmann's troubles are not. Her father is held in prison, and the man who once sought her hand now seeks her life. Furthermore, war is now on the horizon for east and west Germany. Then Sabina meets an old friend and they develop a daring plan to rescue her father, but the enemy is ruthless and will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
   This was a great book. It is set during a time era which I knew very little about.It is an absolutely captivating story. It is heart-breaking and triumphant all at once. It is very rich in historical detail and faith.
    This is a very exceptional book, I highly recommend it to my friends!




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Friday, February 15, 2013

Runaway, Starlight Animal Rescue #1

Runaway (Starlight Animal Rescue, #1)Runaway by Dandi Daley Mackall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


  Since Dakota Brown became a foster child, she has never done anything but runaway. She never needed a particular reason, but she felt the need to run. When she is sent to live with the owners of the Starlight Animal Rescue, she thinks things will be the same. But that was before she fell in love with a rescue horse and before she learned that a real family will love you no matter what.
    This was a really good book, I would really like to read some more from this series sometime. It was a great story of family, love, forgiveness, and , of course, horses!
    I would recommend this book to any of my friends. It is a great story for all ages. Someone as young as 10 or 12 would have no problems with this story, yet it is not too simple for a grown person.



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Today's Shadows

Today's ShadowsToday's Shadows by Becky Melby

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


    Heather Conrad had planned a one month vacation, not a month long nanny job. But when her ex-boss leaves a 7 year old girl with Heather, she has no choice. The house that Heather is staying in is full of mysteries;there are secret rooms, and old treasure chest,and a hidden past. But while Heather is exploring these things, something more sinister may be happening outside the house. Who is following her, and why? Why do they want to ruin her reputation? With the help of a security guard named Ryan, Heather must try to figure out what is going on.
    This was a pretty interesting story as far as the plot goes. I liked the history that is discovered as the story progresses. There were, however, several things I did not like about this story. First of all, the romance was way too mushy for my liking. Seriously, real people don't act like the people in this book! Secondly, I thought the characters were a little shallow and overly emotional. Thirdly, a few scenes got a little too...um, I don't know, sensual? For instance in one scene the girl is wearing a two piece on the beach and the guy is very attracted to her and it says something like " He couldn't help but think that her yellow bikini looked a little like a candy wrapper against her skin, but it really wasn't a good idea to be thinking of food analogies at a time like this." And there are several little things like that throughout the book. Now I know that a guy is attracted to a girl, but I don't really like reading his thoughts in print. Lastly, I thought the attitude towards God in this book was pretty detached. The guy tells the girl that he is "a Jesus freak", but he doesn't ever really talk about God and I don't think he is ever supposed to pray when there is trouble. I think this book's general attitude is "God is a good idea and He will make your life better, but He doesn't have to be a major part of your life."
   I really can't recommend this book to my friends. If you like a lot of romance with only a trace of religion to it, you may enjoy this book. But for me, I have definitely read better books.

  I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.



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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Eleventh Hour

The Eleventh Hour (Secret of the Rose #1)The Eleventh Hour by Michael Phillips

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 Baron Heinriech Von Dortmann watches over his family and his beautiful gardens with great love and care, even as he watches the dark cloud of Nazism sweep over his beloved Germany. But someone else is watching the Dortmann family, and their intentions are exactly the opposite of the Baron's.
    This was a great book. It had a lot of history and Bible in it, and very little romance. It is very well written, I was absolutely captivated. It is suspenseful, emotional, and just really good. I can't wait to get started on the second book!
I highly recommend this book to  any of my friends.



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Friday, February 8, 2013

Cowgirl Trail

Cowgirl TrailCowgirl Trail by Susan Page Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


 When Maggie Porter returns home she discovers that all is not well on the rocking p ranch. Her father's health is failing and her mother's doctor bills have left him deeply in debt. Furthermore, the ranch hands are angered by their low wages and are going on strike. Now it's up to Maggie and her friends to round up the cattle and save the ranch.
       I did not really expect to to like this book much, but it was actually very good. It wasn't overly romantic and the characters were really good. This book is my second favorite of the Texas Trails series so far, Captive Trail has been my very favorite.
    I would definitely recommend this book to my friends.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


  I am reading through "The Chronicles of Narnia" for the first time and I am finding it a very enjoyable experience. I have heard it said that a person should read "The Chronicles of Narnia" three times(at least): Once when they are young, once when they are old, and once somewhere in between. I would agree with that. There is a lot in these books, and I doubt you will get it all in one reading.



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Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Life of Daniel Boone.

American Legends: Daniel BooneAmerican Legends: Daniel Boone by Charles River Editors

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


So he wasn't " the ripping-est, roaring-est, fighting-est man the frontier ever knew". He wasn't "a big man", and certainly not "tall as a mountain was he". But he was Daniel Boone, a name that we will always think of as legend.
   This definitely was not the best book about Boone that I have read.It is very short and condensed and doesn't have a whole lot in it. You may like it if you only want a short overview of Boone's life, but if you are seriously interested in this legendary man this is not the book for you.



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Friday, February 1, 2013

Journeys Across Niagara

Journeys Across Niagara: The Flute, the Feather, and the DrumJourneys Across Niagara: The Flute, the Feather, and the Drum by D.K. LeVick

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


A group of young boys decide to explore the ice bridge of the frozen Niagara Falls. But the deadly ice formation traps the boys and they must try to escape.
  I actually hated this book. It had a lot of profanity and slang in it, mostly the "a" word, but I don't like books that use bad language, especially Christian books.Christian books ought to be "a cut above" so to speak. I also didn't like that it really had almost nothing to do with God. One of the boys in the story is supposed to be a Christian, but he hangs out with these other kids and doesn't even mind their bad language and coarse jokes.
Besides all of that, I thought it was really boring. I skipped chapters at a time and still didn't miss very much of the story. This is one of the worst books I have ever read, I absolutely cannot recommend it to anyone!

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