Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: Dreaming Of Antigone

Synopsis from Kensington Books :

Andria's twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, in fact--including a drug problem. Six months after Iris's death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren't enough to ward off her guilt that she--the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe--is still here when Iris isn't. And then there's Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris's death. The boy she's unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him.
Heartwrenching, smart, and bold, Dreaming of Antigone is a story about the jagged pieces that lie beneath the surface of the most seemingly perfect life…and how they can fit together to make something wholly unexpected.

My review:
 Dreaming of Antigone is a powerful and emotion driven read. It touches on some very serious and heavy issues, yet also has the promises of love and forgiveness. 
Andria is still mourning her twin sister, Iris's death, and also trying to make her friends realize she can't be a replacement for her sister. While also simultaneously and unwittingly falling in love with the boy her sister was dating. What?!! Yep, you read that right. The budding romance between them adds a bit of that forbidden love aspect that I LOVE. But they also have this amazing chemistry and deep understanding of not only each other but also what they both are going through after losing Iris. Both of which sort of blame themselves. Ultimately they find out more about what happened to Iris and the dark reasoning behind it and just let me say - Wow! I did not see that coming.  

So to summarize:  forbidden love - check
                              teen angst - check
                              heart wrenching discoveries - check
                             great read that will leave you thinking - double check

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

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: NKJV Color Code Bible

My Review
 I really like this NKJV Color Code Bible! The fact that it is designed with youth in mind is nice and means that the lay out is simple and neat. The text is very easy to read and a nice size. Which I think makes this a great bible for anyone of any age. The color coded verses during reading is really enjoyable but I especially liked that there is also an index list of the verses divided into the different colors up front that would help if you are trying to find verses on a particular subject. There are several other attributes worth mentioning such as the 365 day bible reading plan as well as a 90 day gospel reading plan, and a 365 daily topical scripture reading plan that is divided into topics such as acceptance, giving, obedience, et cetera. One of my favorite things is that in the back there's a My Bible Journal section with places to fill in things such as My Family, My favorite bible verses, My favorite songs & hymns, and much more. I think this will be a very popular feature especially with youth. The hardcover is a plus as well. Definitely would recommend and think it would make a lovely gift idea too. 

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