Category: Review


Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek is the first book in the Good News Shoes series. This is a young reader story that I think 8-11 year old readers will enjoy.

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The story is about a twelve year old girl, Riley Mae. While her father had a meeting, the manager of a company (Swiftriver) who makes designer athletic shoes asks if his daughter could be the spokesperson of a new line. At first Riley Mae is excited to have a shoe line named after her and enjoys the publicity. However, it isn’t all fun and games. She soon finds out that being a spokesperson means missing out on softball games and hanging out with her best friend, TJ. She has commercials to shoot and lots of work to be done afterall!

This book has humor and the adventure I think young girls would enjoy reading. Riley Mae is a like-able character throughout the book and she is someone young readers can relate to. I’m interested in continuing the series to see what trouble Riley Mae and her friends will get themselves into next.

4/5 stars

Note: I received this book free from the publisher through a book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Pirates on the Farm is written by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Baretta. It is from The Next Door Series of children books. This is a quirky and silly story with a great lesson to be learned. In the book we are introduced to the Sanders family who are farmers. One day a group of pirates move in next door, but instead of looking for gold and jewels, they want to try their hand at farming! While Mrs. Sanders is unsure about the pirates, the rest of the family try and help their new neighbors out by teaching them the right way to farm, go to church, and behave during dinner. I thought it was a great way for children to learn to “love thy neighbor” and see the good in people rather than the bad.

I loved the illustrations. Each page was colorful and had a lot to look at. They had a fun way to represent the family and the pirates. I would also like to note that some words a child between 4-8 wouldn’t understand. After the story, there is a dictionary of some of these hard to understand words, such as “hardtack” or “scrimshaw”.

Overall, I thought this would be a cute book for a young reader, especially if they enjoy stories about pirates. It is a quick read, but filled with adventure and heart.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher through a book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

It is time once again for another book review. This time, I picked up “Andi Unexpected” written by Amanda Flower. The book starts off by introducing us to two sisters, Bethany and Andora Boggs (who goes by the nickname “Andi”). Tragically both their parents died, so they are forced to live with their aunt.

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While exploring the attic to clean it out, Andi discovers a forgotten truck from the Depression era hidden inside a secret panel within the wall. Inside the truck she uncovers all sorts of items including evidence about a child who was also named… Andora. How mysterious! As you can expect, Andi is intrigued with this other Andora and will do anything to find out more information about her.  Along with her new friend, Colin Carter, they seek out the answers.

This children’s book was fantastically well written. I felt the characters emotion as they longed for their parents, but also felt their excitement as they came across a new clue. Honestly, I had a hard time putting this book down. It is just that good! The whole mystery behind Andora and the secrets of the other characters as well (who can you trust?) was a splendid read. I was very happy with the conclusion of the book. Usually with mystery novels I have an idea what the ending might be. “Andi Unexpected” was truly unexpected with a nice twist towards the end.

As you can see with my review, I recommend picking up this book and giving it a chance. If you have any interest in mystery, this one is a no brainer. :)

Note: I received this book free from the publisher through a book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

_240_360_Book.989.coverI had the opportunity to review this deluxe set which includes two CD’s and the story book. Adventure Bible Storybook written by Catherine DeVries is very well illustrated and a great introduction to the Bible for young children. You may want to discuss more of the Bible with your child as you follow along with the book. Each “chapter” is quite condensed at being merely 2 or 3 pages long, so I thought certain pages were lacking the finer details; However, it gets the point across and will warm the hearts of the children who follow along with the audio. Included at the end of each Bible story is a short section called “Adventure Discovery” and “Words to Cherish”. “Adventure Discovery” is a sentence or two of additional knowledge of that particular Bible story, while “Words to Cherish” are direct quotes from the Bible. The audio CD’s I thought were fantastic. Music and sound effects really made each Bible story come to life! One thing I felt was missing from the CD’s was a small chime to let the reader know when to turn the page.  Because of this, a younger child who cannot read yet will have trouble following along.

Overall, I would have to give this book a 4 out of 5. I loved the audio and illustrations, although I took off a point since I would have liked more detail in some of the Bible stories.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher through a book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

              This is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Hauck and boy, did I pick a good one. “The Wedding Dress” is not just one story, but in fact four that are intertwined all because of a wedding dress. The story begins with Charlotte, a soon to be bride who also happens to own a bridal boutique. She discovers a beautiful and stunning wedding dress inside a trunk that she purchased at an auction house. The dress is in pristine condition even though it’s vintage.

Charlotte goes on a quest of some sorts to discover who the previous owner of the dress was.  The reader is then taken back generations to multiple different eras to figure out the questions and mysteries surrounding the gown and its owners. Why was this dress locked in a truck? This was one of the many questions I wondered as I read this fantastically well-written historical (and contemporary) fiction novel! The romance and mystery were perfectly scripted and I was rewarded with a lovely ending. If you are interested in romance and mystery, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Note: I belong to a book review program and received this book free from the publisher for my honest, thoughtful review. These are my own thoughts and I did not need to leave a positive review.

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Last year I had the opportunity to review Invasion, the first book in the C.H.A.O.S book series written by Jon S. Lewis. If you don’t already know, he also writes for DC Comics. Both the first and second novel have this comic-book like feel to them. When I reviewed his first book, I thought it was good but could have been better. I thought the character development was lacking something and needed more growth. When I saw that his second novel was up for review, I decided I would give it another chance and I am very glad I did!

Alienation is a non-stop, action-packed sci-fi novel that I believe younger boys will enjoy reading. I was happily surprised with the vast improvement in character development, especially with the main character, Colt. He no longer felt distant and cold as he did in the first book.

Colt is a 16 year old boy with a lot of weight on his shoulders. The Thule, alien shape-shifters want to take over Earth (naturally) and Colt may be the only one to save it. While training at the CHAOS military academy to get ready for this invasion, he learns that someone wants him dead. Colt’s friends Danielle and Oz help him through this dangerous and exciting adventure. Meanwhile, Colt unravels a secret about his past along the way.

I would also like to mention that I have read the Percy Jackson series and find it somewhat similar in action and pace. If you enjoyed Percy Jackson then likely you will love the CHAOS series.

Overall, I have to say I really enjoyed this one and can’t wait for book 3!

Note: I belong to a book review program and received this book free from the publisher for my honest, thoughtful review. These are my own thoughts and I did not need to leave a positive review.

  I received this audio book from a book review program I belong to and after listening to all 9 discs (about 11 hours worth) I felt the story was a bit flat.

The story begins with a man named Kit Livingstone. I wish there was more about the main character, but after the first couple chapters I only knew he lived in England and had a girlfriend named Willhelmina, who, by the way, is described as being unattractive. What a nice boyfriend, huh? On the way to his girlfriend’s place he runs into a freak storm and his great grand father. He explains to him about ley lines which can travel a person to a different time and place.

Kit shows Willhelmina about this discovery, but the two are thrust into two different times separating them. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but the writing was quite bland and the story dragged on somewhat. There was too much explaining about ley lines and not enough on character development. The ending was very abrupt, like the author ran out of steam and decided to call it quits.

I really don’t like writing negative reviews, but I just can’t recommend this one. On a more positive side, the audio was quite good. The speaker wasn’t monotone as some audio books can be. He did pronounce some German words slightly incorrectly, but wasn’t too bad.

Overall, I will have to give this book a score of 2 out of 5.

I received this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, from a book review program. These are my own opinions and words.

The Slice Safety Cutter is a unique tool that works like a pair of scissors, but is more versatile and compact. The ceramic blade easily cuts through paper, shrink-wrap, and other plastic packaging that can be difficult to open.

I found it to be extremely useful while opening up DVD and CD cases, but my favorite use for it so far is cutting out coupons from the Sunday paper. I found it much faster than scissors and I still get a nice crisp clean edge. Other uses you may use this for: Scrap-booking, cutting wrapping paper for gifts, clipping news articles, and taking recipes out of magazines easily.

The Safety Cutter has a rubberized non-slip surface which makes handling easy and safe for even children to use. It also features a built in magnet and key-ring hole. You can place it on the fridge door or keep it in your purse, so it’s always in easy reach whenever you might need it.

With the holidays almost here, this would make a good gift for a couponer, scrap-booker, or to use while opening a gift!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

When I found out that The Christmas Note was available to review from my book review program I jumped at the chance. The author Donna VanLiere has also written The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Hope, both very enjoyable books.

This story is about Gretchen Daniels, a mom of two children who moves into a condo to be closer to her mother. She soon encounters a neighbor, Melissa McCreary, who seems distant and likes to keep to herself. A landlord comes over to Gretchen’s house looking for Melissa who wasn’t at home. He doesn’t have much time, so asks Gretchen to tell her new neighbor that her mother has recently passed away. After telling the news, Gretchen feels compelled to help this individual she has recently met, even though she doesn’t want it.

When they find a half written letter from Melissa’s mother while cleaning out her apartment, they take on a journey of discovering and uncovering secrets about Melissa’s family.

This is a heart warming story with an ending that is satisfying and surprising. The characters grow as the story evolves and more is learned about them and their past. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you are looking for a nice light read, I say give this one a shot. You will not be disappointed.

I received this book free from the publisher from a book review program. I did not need to leave a positive review and these thoughts are my own.

 

 

   The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy is a Christian mystery and thriller novel. It starts with Audrey, a former pastor’s wife who now owns a bakery. She is still hurt at the loss of her husband’s job. One foggy night while driving to her bakery she hits something or someone. There is a lot of blood, but no body can be found. Who did she hit and where was this person?

It is quickly reveled that the blood belongs to detective Jack Mansfield’s wife,who believes Audrey is the reason for his wife Julie’s apparent murder.

This novel kept me reading late into the night wondering what could happen next. Each chapter was filled with suspense, mystery, and action. The writing was great and I felt connected to these characters. There is an underlying message of forgiveness and keeping faith in seemingly impossible situations.

As you can see, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I can’t wait to check out other books that Erin Healy has written.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher from a book review program. I did not need to leave a positive review and these thoughts are my own.

 

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