Easter Stories and Prayers by Kathleen Long Bostrom

Easter Stories and PrayersEaster Stories and Prayers by Kathleen Long Bostrom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Adorably cute book for the very young. Short and colorful without leaving out anything vital. I showed the book to a young friend and we ended up sitting down for over an hour. She really enjoyed the book and wanted to take it home with her. While not in depth the book covers the important aspects and plants those much needed seeds in the young. I can easily recommend this for anyone who deals with the young. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review through Tyndale Blog Network. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and The Shield #1) by Michael Gibney

The Three Thorns (The Brotherhood and The Shield #1)The Three Thorns by Michael Gibney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gibney has written an exciting fantasy adventure sure to keep younger readers turning pages and talking about their newest favorite book, with clever wording and colorful descriptions to keep easily distracted minds focused on the story. My son (10) and I enjoyed reading passages out loud to each other. More than once I caught him smiling as he read and not once did he put the book down on our trip. He says he likes the creativity in the story and wants to read more. We hope to eventually get a copy for our local library. We received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.

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The Trouble with Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, #1) by Maggie Brendan

The Trouble with Patience (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, #1)The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book brings both good and ‘needing editing for flow and content’ to the table. While the story itself is very well conceived the delivery suffers with dialogue choices and a feeling of disconnection between characters. This may not bother some readers while others will find the book less enjoyable. With a few changes this has the potential for a fantastic read. Overall it’s a decent read. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Fingers in the Mist by O’Dell Hutchison

Fingers in the MistFingers in the Mist by O’Dell Hutchison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hutchison does a fine job crafting a creepy tale that will leave many readers sleeping with a light on, or at least reading with an extra one on. The writing is intelligently written with no glaring mistakes to distract the reader. A few moments during my read I felt a hint of familiarity but each time Hutchison took a fresh path making this feel unique. The characters are well fleshed and layered adding to the enjoyment of the read. The plot is well planned and threaded with enough extras blended in to keep the reader both guessing and wanting to read the entire book. Overall I feel this is an entertaining read for a wide age and genre range. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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David’s Song by A. R. Talley

David's SongDavid’s Song by A.R. Talley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you don’t take this read seriously you’ll likely enjoy it. It’s certainly not the sort of standard I’d want anyone to take and I have issue with certain aspects of the story. That said, the writing is well done and has good flow from start to finish. The characters, while I personally didn’t connect or agree with them, are fleshed out enough to make them feel real. The plot isn’t fresh or new or even exciting but it is decent and threaded nicely through the book. Overall I feel this one will hit high marks for some readers. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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They Are Watching What You Read . . .

Jenn:

I’m not very pleased to find this out. Seriously? Stay out of my e-readers!

Originally posted on So, I Read This Book Today :

Borrowed from: Security Wars: Inside the Military’s Big, Messy Fight With Palantir, the Company They Pay to Spy on You Online

Warning: Rant Alert! ;-)

Maria at Bear Mountain Books posted an article that caught my attention, and I think it is information that, if you haven’t read it already, you really should.

Keeping Tabs on Best-Seller Books and Reading Habits

The article points out something that I didn’t know – and which honestly gives me the “Creeping Willies” – you are being tracked, just like a terrorist or a criminal wearing an ankle bracelet.

e-book retailers are now able to tell which books we’ve finished or not finished, how fast we have read them, and precisely where we snapped shut the cover of our e-books and moved on to something else. – New York Review of Books -They’re Watching You Read by Francine Prose.

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If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

If I Fall, If I DieIf I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christie does a fine job at telling this story as though it were true. The characters feel authentic and are well fleshed out. The blend of heartwarming moments with anxiety and solemn with a dash of mystery and suspense is refreshing and enjoyable. A few minor details could be omitted along with a bit of pulling back on the mystery would help this book reach that fifth star. Overall this is an enjoyable journey to read and one I can easily recommend. I received an ARC through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1) by Jill Eileen Smith

The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1)The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Smith does a fantastic job bringing Rahab to life as though she knows her personally. Very well written and edited. Very smooth flow to the story with rich scenes and details adding to the enjoyment of the read. This has a very researched feel to it even though it’s fiction. Highly recommended read for Christian Fiction readers. Well earned five stars. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Antique Magic by Eileen Harris

Antique MagicAntique Magic by Eileen Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although the read feels slightly rough at the start it quickly smooths out and keeps a good pace throughout the book. A few switches between views and added notes give the reader enough information to remain interested and the pages turning. Harris shows a good grasp of language and story development. The characters are well fleshed and interesting to connect with and learn about. Overall this is a good mystery and one I can easily recommend. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review through b00kr3vi3w tours.

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Help This Young Swimmer Follow His Dreams

 

Ok, I know this isn’t a book review or even book related, but please read on. It’s important and close to my heart. Thank you and God Bless.

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Please Help This Young Swimmer To Continue To Swim!

Junior was born with several holes in his heart and was later diagnosed with PDD and Apraxia. Rarely did he make a sound, only speaking to his teachers in brief sentences and never speaking to anyone outside his immediate family.
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That is until he discovered swimming. When he started swimming something else happened. He began to open up and see the world around him, and he spoke to others! Swimming is his key, unlocking the shell around him bit by bit.
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We also discovered he has quite the talent for this sport! He’s joined a swim team and has improved his skills dramatically. He even competes against other teams and states! He recently announced his dream is to swim in the Olympics!
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But to get there he has to train, and training is expensive. Especially for a single mother. Every penny donated through this will go directly to his swimming costs: Training and coaching fees, pool fees, transportation, and equipment fees. You can help. Every single dollar makes a difference! Thank you and please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
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http://www.gofundme.com/Junio

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Where Rivers Part (Texas Gold #2) by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Where Rivers Part (Texas Gold, #2)Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very well written and edited. Richly compiled use of language and scene setting. Gilbert takes the reader on quite the journey with plenty of ups and downs. Intriguing plot weaved expertly though the course of the book. A few moments are heart-tugging while others bring a smile to your face. Well worth the read. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This on no way influenced my opinion.

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Light Of Lorelei (Tales of Skylge #2) by Jen Minkman

Light Of Lorelei (Tales of Skylge #2)Light Of Lorelei by Jen Minkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Over the past several books by Jen, I have become quite the fan of her writing. Jen Minkman has fully developed as a writer, bringing a beautifully imagined story into this second book in the Tales of Skylge series. The story feels well developed and is well delivered with good flow and an exceptional grasp of dialogue delivery. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and can easily recommend this to a wide audience. I love the depth of character and the ease of connection with them. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

Bonita AvenueBonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If you can imagine a type of drama and chaos, it’s likely somehow involved in this book. The family dynamic is a complete mess and only gets worse as the book goes on. The shifting about didn’t help matters any. I found it difficult to connect with any of the characters, barely finishing the book after many eye-rolling moments. I believe there is an audience for this sort of book, it’s just not for me. I received an ARC through Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Beneath the Forsaken City (Song of Seare #2) by C. E. Laurean

Beneath the Forsaken City (Song of Seare, #2)Beneath the Forsaken City by C.E. Laureano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Laureano does a fantastic job bringing the world building and level of action to this second book in the series. You’ll want to read the first book prior to delving into this read. Once starting this book it became difficult to put down. Be prepared to lose sleep and let those chores become neglected. Very well written with great flow and content. Well worth the read. I received an ARC through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Enslavement by Melinda Friesen

Enslavement (One Bright Future, #1)Enslavement by Melinda Friesen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My dystopian reading son enjoyed this book immensely through the first 3/4 of the book but isn’t thrilled with the way everything wraps up. Personally I feel the book gives a fresh take on an often overdone genre. The read is easy and flows nicely. I agree the ending was too quick too easy to wrap up all the various plot threads and ideas. Overall this is an entertaining read and will likely please those who devour dystopian themed books. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.

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