Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Arms of Love


By Kelly Long
Published by Thomas Nelson


This was an interesting read about the Amish life. It starts out about an Amish family (Yoder) who loses a mother in the birthing of another baby. Lena (the oldest daughter) must try and work out a way to keep her family together and safe, even if she has to marry for convenience instead of love. Her father is in jail due to the fact he would not let the British soldiers take his last cow (cause he wanted his children to have milk). The young boy (10 years old John) rebels. The littlest sister Abby looks for comfort.

Adam Wyse loves Lena Yoder but promised Lena's mother (Mary) not to marry Lena until he is out from his fathers house and rule.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description
The year is 1777. America is in turmoil. And Amish life is far different than today.
Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn’s Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish.
Surrounding this peaceful people were unavoidable threats: both Patriots and the British were pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war, young Amishmen were leaving the faith to take up arms and defend freedom. A simple walk in the untamed forests could result in death, if not from bullet or arrow, then from an encounter with a wild animal.
Amid this time of tumult, Adam Wyse is fighting a personal battle. To possibly join the war efforts and leave his faith, which would mean walking away from the only woman he’s ever loved: Lena Yoder. But for that love he’s made a promise that may keep them apart permanently.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Crater



I love reading Science Fiction novels and this one seemed to be a neat idea. A colony of people living on the moon (Earth is over-populated). They all have a job up there doing something, and the suit colors match what they do. There are scragline pickers, who have grey uniforms. Scrapper, loader, shuttle operators, who have Navy blue uniforms. Explosive experts (called Devils) who have red uniforms. Mechanics (called Orangutans) who have Orange uniforms. Solar furnace operators (called Sun dancers) who have Yellow uniforms. Blue Bangers wears Navy blue coveralls with white stripes on the sleeves. Medics who have Green uniforms.

This story was really hard to get into, especially at the beginning. After a few chapters it did pick up some and wasn't too bad. I have to say (like most people will likely say) that i loved the illegal Gillie (who knows it is illegal). It has some very funny parts.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description
All titles published by Thomas Nelson are written from a Christian worldview—all of our authors are Christians. But our titles are classified differently based on each book’s level of overt Christian content: some are classified as Christian fiction; others are classified as General fiction. Crater by Homer Hickam (author of the novel behind October Sky) is classified as General fiction.
A mining colony on the moon. A teen sent on a deadly mission. And a secret bigger than two worlds.
It’s the 22nd Century. A tough, pioneering people mine the moon for Helium-3 to produce energy for a desperate, war-torn Earth.
Sixteen-year-old Crater Trueblood loves his job as a Helium-3 miner. But when he saves a fellow miner, his life changes forever. Impressed by his heroism, the owner of the mine orders Crater to undertake a dangerous mission. Crater doubts himself, but has no choice. He must go.
With the help of Maria, the mine owner’s frustrating but gorgeous granddaughter, and his gillie—a sentient and sometimes insubordinate clump of slime mold cells—Crater must fight both human and subhuman enemies. He’ll battle his way across a thousand miles of deadly lunar terrain and face genetically altered super warriors in his quest to recover an astonishing object that will alter the lives of everyone on the moon.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Garden of Madness


Garden of Madness
By Tracy L. Higley
Published by Thomas Nelson

Average Blogger Rating: 4.64 Stars

I found this book was very interesting to read. It took me a bit to kind of get into the plot but once it did, i loved to continue to read it. I would recommend this book for a nice little read to anyone.

Tia at a young age, had to do a treaty marriage,m and she went through with it for her father. Her father is "ill". Her husband lives for 7 years and then passes. Her mother is now saying she is to be wed again for a different treaty, which isn't something she wants.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.





Book Description

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.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Covenant Child



This is a very touching story to read. it is about 2 children who lost their mom at a real early age (so they'd never remember her). Their father remarries and they call her (Amanda) mom, they then lose their dad, and get wrenched away from Amanda to live with their other grandparents (on their moms side), who only wants their money. Amanda is continually trying to get the kids back to her loving arms, but it seems it may never happen. The children's grandparents bad mouth Amanda and so the kids learn to hate a woman they haven't seen (or at least don't remember seeing).

I loved reading this book




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

Amanda’s heart broke as she watched them drive her beloved twins away. She resolved to hope . . . and to fight for them to her last breath.

Kara and Lizzie are heiresses to one of the largest fortunes in the country. But when their father dies suddenly, the toddlers are ripped from the arms of Amanda, their loving stepmother, and given to their maternal grandparents, who only want the children’s fortune for themselves.

While even the stipend their guardians get for supporting them is squandered, the children are left to raise themselves. Kara and Lizzie grow up believing they are worthless . . . until the day when they learn the truth.

Here's Lily



Lily has a best friend named Reni. Lily is always polite even when people are making fun of her looks. In her head she is always saying how Reni is so cute. She complains in her head about her looks, like her frizzy red hair and how she bites her nails. That is in part due to the other kids saying mean things to her.

The girls all go to the library for beauty tips, The woman named Kathleen is the one talking about it. She picks a volunteer, who turns out to be Lily. She shows the girls how you don't want to use a lot of makeup and how you want to just try and enhance your already beautiful features. She explains how they should stand and walk easier.

Lily has a nine-year-old brother named Joe and their older brother named Art. Who also make fun of her. She get into a modeling class run by Kathleen (who invited her). I hope everyone enjoys reading this, i know me and my daughter did.





Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is.

In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion magazines, and a private “club” with her closest friends. But when the unthinkable happens the night before the fashion show, Lily learns a valuable lesson about real beauty.

This best-selling, Biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory. As readers come to love Lily and her stories, they’ll also benefit from the companion nonfiction books that will help them through their own growing pains.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Beauty Book



This is a great read for all ages. It helps show you that God loves us no matter what we look like, or what the "IN" look is. It gives great quotes from the bible proving their points in this book.

My daughter wants to re-read this already and I thought it was a good read.

It tells of many different aspects that everyone should think about.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

Learn with Lily and her friends just what it means to be beautiful in God’s eyes—inside and out!

In a society so focused on the idea that external beauty reigns supreme, it can be difficult for young girls to figure out what “true” beauty is all about. This unique and creative book for girls ages 7–11 answers the common questions girls ask during this often confusing and overwhelming stage in their lives in an inviting and conversational manner.

Filled with fun quizzes, imaginative activities, and cool illustrations, The Beauty Book offers cool, relevant information about everything from great hair styles to tattoos, from skin care to clothes, and much more. Above all, the message that God-confidence is beautiful is highlighted on each and every page.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Crazy Dangerous


By Andrew Klaven
Published by Thomas Nelson



This is a great read, i can really feel the pressure he is getting from the other children. This book is a great read for young adult and adults. I throuhgly enjoyed reading this book and hope to read more like it.

This book is about how Sam Hopkins (a preachers kid) is sick of being treated differently and falls into the wrong crowd. He realizes he needs to break away from them but is unsure how. Until a girl (Jennifer) is almost beaten up by them. He saves her, and gets many hit, punches, and kicks for it. Now she seems to think that he is her friend and his name is magical (she has schizophrenia, or so every believes). Jennifer tells Sam that something very bad is going to happen and soon, she told him of her this tree with a lake (and later he realizes he knows where it is). On Sunday, she later figures out and tells him, the bad thing will happen on Sunday.







Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

"You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and—oh yeah—the weird murder . . . you're definitely going to want to hear about that."

Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it’s only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.

But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.

Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here’s the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies—prophecies of something terrible that’s going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.

With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Spirit Fighter - Son of Angels 1


By Jerel Law
Published by Thomas Nelson
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 256 pages


This is a great read for young kids (like my daughter), to teens, to even adults (like me).


Jonah is 13 (his brother Jeremiah is 7, & his sister Eliza is 11). Their mother is Eleanor Stone. They are all part angel (from one who is a fallen angel). Jonah has a hard time in basketball practice. Afterwards he prays in the field (which is something his father said to do for guidance, and he is a pastor). He kicks a soccer ball in anger and it goes launching. He later tells his father (who in turn talks to his mother) and they sit him down (without his siblings) and tell him he (and his siblings) is a quarter angel, and his mother is half angel. He finds out that good and evil are still waging war, and that he will be expected to fight in the war.

Marcus and Taryn (who are angels) deliver the news/order from God that Jonah and Eliza must find a way to rescue their mother from the fallen angel's clutches. Jonah is given a watch thing called a MissionFinder 3000 to help find his mom.

This is a great novel. I couldn't put it down, nor can i explain all that much more without giving a little too much away. All I can say is anyone and everyone will likely like this book. It is a great spiritual adventurous novel to read.






Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

“In his exciting debut novel, Jerel Law transports readers to a place where supernatural forces of good and evil collide. Young readers will be entertained and inspired by *Spirit Fighter. I heartily recommend it.*” —Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of the Tides of Truth series

Percy Jackson, move over! Jonah Stone is here!

What if Nephilim—the children of angels and men—still walked the earth? And their very presence put the entire world in danger? In Spirit Fighter, Jonah and Eliza Stone learn that their mother is a Nephilim and that they have special powers as quarter-angels. When their mom is kidnapped by fallen angels, they must use those powers to save her. Along the way, they discover that there is a very real and dangerous war going on between good and evil and that God has a big part for them to play in that war.

Parents today are looking for fiction that makes Christianity and the Bible exciting for their kids. This series is the Christian answer to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Secret Series and other middle-grade series packed with adventure, action, and supernatural fights. Son of Angels, Jonah Stone will be the first series in the market to explore this topic from a biblical perspective with content that is appropriate and exciting for middle-grade readers.

“Jerel Law has crafted a fantastic story that will leave every reader wanting more. Stop looking for the next great read in fantasy fiction for young readers—you’ve found it!” —Robert Liparulo, bestselling author of Dreamhouse Kings and The 13th Tribe

Behemoth


By Jonathan C. Leicht
Published by WestBow Press

This is a great book to read. It is about two different groups (who don't know each other and don't know that the other group is doing the same thing) who are going out to prove that dinosaurs are still living.

I am going to call them into 2 different groups since they are indeed that.

The first group is about Stephan Gregory and others, who has lost his job and his reputation due to the fact that he shows slides about how dinosaur tracks and human tracks are intertwined into a fossil. Many do not wanna believe that humans and dinosaurs lived in the same era. He is summoned by John Maxwell (who likes scientific artifacts) who gave him a free airplane ticket to get him to his estate. He asks if he will help lead an expedition. They head into Congo (Likouala Swamp region), though they also thought of heading to Cameroon.


The second group has a few main people in it. Jim and Ben keep finding dead animals on their Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. There is 3 dead elephants and 1 Cape Buffalo Bull, they were gored to death, by one really long horn/weapon, and with the tusks of the elephants intact they know it can't be poachers. Ben speaks Swahili but Jim doesn't. They find weird foot prints in the mud around where the bull was killed. They takes some casts of them. Jim send one of them to a friend, Dan. Who is excited by the fact that they found a great fossil of a Ceratopid (in which there are 4 possibilities, one being the Triceratops). They come across a tribe who's chief told them of an animal he seen as a boy. He had made a sculpture of it and showed them. It is a Centrosaurus.


This is a great read, and in fact, i thought it could be very believable. I hope that this review is enjoyable to all who read it and inspires them to go out and buy the book to read for themselves.






Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

Author Jonathan C. Leicht, who travels the country teaching creation seminars, bypassed his busy teaching schedule long enough to pen this adventure-filled novel that will have readers at the edge of their seats. At the center of Behemoth is Jim Thompson, chief game warden of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. Jim has a major problem. Three of his prized elephants have been gored to death in the past month. The only clues are mysterious tracks reportedly belonging to a creature long thought extinct. Thompson suddenly finds himself on a tumultuous adventure across the African continent, hoping to convince himself and the world that he is on the verge of an incredible discovery. He is not alone. On the other side of the world, Professor Stephen Gregory is embarking on an adventure of his own. Forced to resign over his unpopular scientific beliefs, this once-distinguished professor gets the chance of a lifetime when he is offered an expedition into the heart of Africa in search of a creature that could prove his theories true once and for all.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Need You Now




Great book about a family who moved from the city into the home of (the mom's, Darlene) late grandparents. She meets up with her next door neighbor, Layla, (who helps her kill a snake in her bedroom) and is a formal movie star with some problems of her own and who doesn't believe in god. The mom has a need for independence and wants to get a job. She gets one at a school for special kids. At the school she does afternoon one on one sessions with a special girl named Cara. Cara's dad is named Dave and starts to slightly fall for Darlene. Darlene loves her husband Brad and her children, Chad (male), Grace (female) and Ansley (female).


This book is a great book. Has great details but doesn't go overboard with it. Had many religious parts in it. It tells of real life type family problems and how this family deals with them. All in all I loved reading this book.






Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.



Book Description

When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.

Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.

Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises.

While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of the students starts paying more attention to Darlene than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time.

If Darlene ever needed God . . . it’s now.

Experience a family’s triumph over lies, betrayal, and loss while still clinging to the One who matters most.