The Tengu’s Game of Go (Book 4) by Lian Hearn

The Tengu's Game of Go (Tale of the Shikanoko, #4)The Tengu’s Game of Go by Lian Hearn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before you pick up this fourth book, read the first three. Hearn does an excellent job of keeping the various plot threads woven nicely throughout the four books, bringing them through to the conclusion of the tale and fourth book. I like that there are multiple characters and not just one hero. This makes for a much more satisfying read overall. The writing continues to be solid and well edited. I feel the conclusion is satisfying, especially for the style this is written in. I like the sizes (lengths) of each book as it makes it easier to carry one with you to read as there is time, unlike trying to carry a huge thousand page novel around. I like the Japanese myth feel to the whole story. I like the majority of the characters and how they are manipulated. Overall, this is an enjoyable series with a well thought through story line. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Top Secret Files: Pirates and Buried Treasure: Secrets, Strange Tales, and Hidden Facts about Pirates by Stephanie Bearce

Top Secret Files: Pirates and Buried Treasure: Secrets, Strange Tales, and Hidden Facts about PiratesTop Secret Files: Pirates and Buried Treasure: Secrets, Strange Tales, and Hidden Facts about Pirates by Stephanie Bearce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son (11) prefers non-fiction for his reads so it wasn’t difficult to get him to read this one. He read it during a car trip while I listened to an audiobook, or at least tried to. He loved telling me about the new things he learned while reading this book then asked if he could take it to school. Of course I obliged his request. Seeing him happy with a book in hand is all I needed. I looked through the book briefly and liked the layout and how everything is presented. This would make a great book for a child’s library, or an adult who likes an easier way to learn about pirates. I can see this being a popular book in a school library as well. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second Chances By Rachel Anne Ridge

Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second ChancesFlash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second Chances by Rachel Anne Ridge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Some lessons are more difficult than others. Sometimes we need just a little push in the right direction and sometimes those little pushes come in the form of animals. Who would have thought that a donkey would be the little push for this family, much less any family. The tale is adorable and filled with practical and valuable life lessons. I love how personal the book is and how easy it is to read. This is a great story and tool for all stages of life and all ages. I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

Buried SecretsBuried Secrets by Irene Hannon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read previous series by Hannon I expected a fantastic read with this new series and I am not the least bit disappointed. Hannon has a gift with weaving an exciting page turner with well defined and fleshed out characters that feel real and authentic. I love how difficult this book is to put down once the read starts. The twists and turns are thrilling without anything over-the-top or lost to the reader. Hannon does a great job wrapping up the end of the book without feeling rushed. I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide #2 by Margaret F. Johnson

The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide #2: Activities, Exercises and Techniques for the Theatre ClassroomThe Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide #2: Activities, Exercises and Techniques for the Theatre Classroom by Margaret F. Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For anyone trying to teach Drama, it can be a daunting experience. That’s where this book comes in with various explanations on how to handle small yet important aspects of a scene and so much more. Johnson presents the information in an easy to understand layout with easy to learn “demonstrations”. I like the way everything is written and believe this would make an excellent companion for any teacher trying to teach others how to act, be it for school plays, Sunday School plays or other theatre settings. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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.

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.

Elora of Stone by Jamie Lee Mann

Elora of StoneElora of Stone by Jaime Lee Mann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My youngest son and I love to read fantasy, although sometimes he prefers non-fiction over anything else. This is an adorable tale with easy to read writing and a fun adventure true to the genre. The whole plot thread flows nicely with no unusual jumps or dropped bits. The characters are fleshed enough for the intended audience with no unnecessary extras. After reading this together my youngest gave two thumbs up and said he wished it were in his school library and worth reading points. We received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.

The Financially Confident Woman: What You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Money by Mary Hunt

The Financially Confident Woman: What You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your MoneyThe Financially Confident Woman: What You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Money by Mary Hunt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the sort of book I wish I had when I was first starting out on my own. I learned some very hard lessons along the way and never developed any outstanding habits when it comes to money. This book provides the solid platform needed to actually make it out in the harsh cruel world, in financial sense. Even for those of you who are like me and don’t understand those money related terms, this book is not difficult to understand. In fact, there is some really great advice and the steps needed to achieve those goals. This is a keeper and well worth the read. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review through the publisher, Revell. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Old Fashioned: Read the book AND see the movie!

Old Fashioned -the movie- releases Valentine’s Day Weekend up against 50 Shades of Grey. Check out this recent article in the Hollywood Reporter:
Faith-Based Movie Releases Video Comparing Itself to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/faith-based-movie-releases-video-748868

Take a peek at the web site to see for yourself. There are alternatives to movies such as 50 shades.

There are lots of questions being asked. Perhaps one of these is yours? Check out the Q&A PDF!

I know I previously posted a review on the book, but due to the upcoming movie release I am reposting this particular review.

Old FashionedOld Fashioned by Rene Gutteridge

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a well written story with a good theme. The characters are fairly well fleshed out, they just don’t develop along the same line as the story develops. Overall the story is fresh and an easy and enjoyable read. Some will really take to it and enjoy it while others will feel as I do and say it’s an ok read. Nothing really reached out and grabbed me or made me really want to keep turning pages. I received an ARC through Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest opinion.

Price of Privilege (Price of Privilege, #3) by Jessica Dotta

Price of Privilege (Price of Privilege, #3)Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off, this is the third book in a series and I highly suggest you read the first two books before this one. That said, this is one of the better historical romance books with a Christian theme that I’ve read in a long while. The historical aspect feels well researched and authentic, regardless of how accurate it actually may or may not be. The good vs. evil aspect is well handled although it might be a little much for the easily squeamish or sensitive. The characters are very well thought through and fleshed out from start of the series to finish. I received an ARC through the publisher, Tyndale, in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Sound of Sirens (Tales of Skylge #1) by Jen Minkman

Sound of Sirens (Tales of Skylge #1)Sound of Sirens by Jen Minkman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jen has learned from previous works and done quite well. Here she brings a fresh feel to a tale sure to be enjoyed by a broad audience. The characters have a uniqueness about them and they are well fleshed out. I love the way Jen describes the world and events within, bringing everything to vivid life. The plot is interesting and enjoyable to read. Overall this is a fun read and easy to enjoy. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig

How to Teach Your Children ShakespeareHow to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful tool and guide for helping younger minds grasp Shakespeare and understand his works as well as how to memories important passages easier. My son (10) and I enjoyed reading through this book and trying out the suggestions although he was not as thrilled as I was. We will re-use this book a few times during the summer to refresh his memory. This would be a great tool to use if you homeschool or just enjoy giving your kids a boost. We received an ARC in exchange for an honest review through Blogging for Books. This in no way influenced our opinion.

Kenny’s Garage by Kenny Wallace

Kenny's GarageKenny’s Garage by Kenny Wallace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is actually entertaining to read. Being a huge NASCAR fan I was excited to get to read this book. I’ve read other books with the same sort of audience as far as taking care of your car, but I enjoyed this one more because of the NASCAR connection. I believe this book would make a great gift, especially to someone who may not realize that you need to take car of things besides washing off the dirt and putting gas in the tank. I received and ARC is exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, but having such a love for NASCAR did tempt me to rate it as five stars.

Inside the Godfather By Daryl Brown & Chabries

Inside the GodfatherInside the Godfather by Daryl Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you have any interest in James Brown and you like to read unveiled secrets then you’ll like this book. The writing is solid and the research seems well done and accurate. The stories are certainly entertaining. This book is best read as entertainment, not necessarily research, in my opinion. I was provided and ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.