Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review: Gilt Hollow





Book Description

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves.
Books published under the Blink imprint are intended for a general readership without being overtly Christian.

My Review: 
This isn't my typical genre, but I am so glad that I decided to read Gilt Hollow. There's lots of mystery and suspense in this book, which was very interesting and kept me guessing, but there's also some romance for readers like me who think romance makes everything a little better 😉. The characters are very intriguing, even the bad ones. You can't help but to ping pong around in your mind who you think the true killer might be. Even some of the seemingly nicer characters come under suspect a few times and really make you think about people's ulterior motives. Ashton was a very captivating main character and really made me care about him and the fact that he was falsely convicted. His and Willow's friendship/romance was very starcrossed lovers meets childhood sweetheart and I absolutely ate it up. I read through this book fairly quick because I just could not get enough. I think you would enjoy this book just as much as I did if you are a fan of YA with friendship, mystery, suspense, and some romance. 

** I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. **


Monday, December 26, 2016

Prayers and Answered Prayers - Published by Thomas Nelson


Prayers and Answered Prayers



Published by Thomas Nelson




Book Description


Prayers and Answered Prayers will engage young minds and hearts as kids learn more and more about how God answers prayer.
With its two-in-one format, kids will have the chance to write down their prayers and thanks and then record how God answers their prayers as well. With examples of the great prayers throughout the Bible, many Scripture verses, guided prompts for children to grow more comfortable in their prayer lives, and ways to help them discover how their prayers were answered, this two-books-in-one format will be a fun, attractive way to learn one of the most important pieces of faith—talking and listening to God.
Designed as a first prayer journal for young believers, the book features two smaller booklets in one bright, full coverage glitter cover. Kids can write down prayer requests and then record how their prayers are answered inside.
Prayers and Answered Prayers engages children with prayer through an interactive, unique format that will draw the attention of parents and children alike!
Help your young children learn about God’s way of communicating and loving His children through the unique prayer journal Prayers and Answered Prayers.

My Review
I knew that we would love Prayers and Answered Prayers. Right away it is cute and glittery and pretty neat because it is two books in one. Plus most kids love books that have places for them to write and that ask them to answer questions. This one not only does those things but is special because it helps your child to learn and think more about prayer and ultimately to bring them even closer to God by doing such. If you want to encourage your child in prayer and help them to understand it even more, then this is a great book to do just that. It would make a wonderful gift. My only note about it is that it is glittery and has flowers on it, so you may want to consider that and to make sure the person you are getting it for would appreciate those things in it's appearance. 
** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission.**

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Doodletopia Fairies - Draw, Design, and Color Your Own Super-magical and Beautiful Fairies




I love to draw and I love fairies, so this was a fun book to get my hands on. I love that you can draw, design, and color in this book or use the drawings and tutorials to draw on a separate piece of paper as well. The drawings are adorable and fairly easy to duplicate. My daughter and I enjoyed spending time together copying the pictures from this book and making up a story for our new cute fairy creation. I liked that it starts with learning how to draw the faces, then the bodies, then clothing, accessories, and such. There is even a section with some cute fairy homes as well. There's a variety of different fairy looks and the fairies are all doing different things which makes this really fun and makes you want to try to draw them all.This is my first doopletopia book but I will certainly be looking for more of them to explore with some other fun new things to draw. 


** I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. **






Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shift by Sidney Bristol

Shift by Sidney Bristol


Shift (Hot Rides, #2)




3.5 stars


Shift is the second book in the Hot Rides series by Sidney Bristol. The first book Drive, introduces Aiden and his team, who work at a classic car garage that is also a front for their FBI operations. Shift picks up shortly after the happenings in Drive and focuses on Emery aka "The Walking Brain" and Tori who is hiding from the Russian Mob. When things hit the fan we find out that they have both been harboring a secret crush on each other without the other ever knowing. Emery is a tech genius and Tori is a mechanic but boy when these two get together do they seem to be just the right fit. Things get hot, fun, and a little crazy while they're on the run but that only helps to bring out the feelings they might would otherwise hide.

I really liked both Emery and Tori and thought it was nice that they were both a bit of an unconventional character. Emery has a limp and is conversationally challenged and Tori is a bit of a Tomboy who would rather work on cars than fix up and who wears a sports bra instead of lace. It was rather refreshing actually. The glimpses of Aiden and Madison were nice for me since I have read Drive but I liked that you wouldn't necessarily have had to read the first book to be able to get into this one. The characters were my favorite part of Shift. I felt that after a while the chase and all that jazz got a bit dull and dragged out, but I still liked the story plot overall. So although I didn't love this one quite as much as I had hoped, I still think it was a solid read and am ready to get my hands on Chase ( Hot Rides #3 ).



** I received this book from the publisher solely in exchange for my honest review.**


Friday, November 11, 2016

Review: The Night Voyage - A Magical Adventure and Coloring Book by Daria Song

Description: 
This third adult coloring book in Daria Song's Time series follows the little girl on a new nighttime adventure when the conductor of her toy train comes to life and helps her distribute gifts across the world.

The Night Voyage is an evocatively illustrated story of a little girl who is swept away on the eve of her birthday by her toy train conductor on a magical journey to distribute gifts around the globe. Taking devotees of The Time Garden and The Time Chamber on an imaginative new adventure, The Night Voyage continues Daria Song's wildly successful series with the beautifully intricate art that her fans have come to love, featuring a world of paper cranes, penny-farthing bicycles, trolleys, cityscapes, and hot air balloon-filled skies.




My Review:

 I absolutely adore Daria Song's work! The Night Voyage is breathtakingly lovely and I love that there is a story to go along with all the beautiful illustrations. The drawings are gorgeous and range from simple to complex and very intricate. Which is great to suit your many coloring moods. The quality of these books are superb and would make a fabulous gift. Of course you would probably want one for yourself as well! I like using color pencils most of the time but the paper is nice and thick so you could even use paint or watercolors if you like, without having to worry about leak-through. The Night Voyage is one of the most magical coloring books I have came across yet and I am going to love exploring this coloring adventure. 

P.S. There's even a card for you to color and cut out in the back! How cool is that?! 


** I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. **

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: With All Due Respect 40 Days to a More Fulfilling Relationship with Your Teens and Tweens By Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock




Book Description


With All Due Respect is a handbook for parents navigating the difficulties of the tween and teen years. Roesner and Hitchcock help parents identify what successful relationships look like and give easy-to-follow lessons in enforcing rules, communicating lovingly, resetting relationships, overcoming fears and exhaustion, and handling rebellion. Each day features a story every mom can relate to, down-to-earth questions to think about, and a prayer to launch an action plan. As a result, the reader gains new skills and perspective, greater strength, and an ability to live out faith daily as never before. With All Due Respect is for all parents seeking not only to connect more deeply with and positively impact their teens and tweens, but also to grow more deeply in faith through the process.
My Review: 
We are soon to be moving into the tween stage here in my household and when I saw this book I thought it would be a great motivator to keep things positive even as the hormones start to rage. In all sincerity I have a great relationship with my daughter but still thought this sounded like a nice read. I've never read a parenting book from the Christian perspective. I think it makes a big difference in the type of advice you receive. I believe this book has the right approach with lots of prayer and focusing on things that you can do as a parent instead of trying to manipulate good behavior from your child as some other books suggest. One of the first things this book mentions is for the parent to stop clinging to your our expectations of  your child. While this doesn't sound like a mind blowing revelation, it is sage advice. I think it's easy to put too many expectations on our children because we want better for them and from them. I think this book lays out lots of good reminders to help us to keep a healthy relationship with our kids and ourselves. The name is very suiting as I believe the whole book is very respectfully and tastefully done. 
 ** The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers for review purposes. **

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Me: A Compendium by Wee Society



About the book:                                                                                                                                


This fill-in journal was designed to help kids capture nearly everything that’s uniquely rad about them. 
With design-savvy, yet completely kid-friendly illustrations, they’re asked to draw or write about a bunch of interesting things — like what their hair looks like, what their band name would be, what they’d bring to outer space, and how they feel about lightning, lizards and pickles. There may or may not be a place for super secret stuff inside the book jacket. 
Whether kids complete their entire compendium on a rainy day, or finish it over a year, it’ll become a treasure to look back on and smile.
Hardcover, 98 pages