Monday, May 14, 2018

Different from Other Books I Have Read - My Review of Hurricane Season

Published by: Thomas Nelson

Written by: Lauren K. Denton

I love reading all different types of fiction and I am especially attracted to fiction with a story that is different from other books that I have read. I was happy to read and review this book and find it to be interesting and unique.

Hurricane Season tells the story of a couple longing for children but unable to get pregnant. It tells of a couple working on a farm. It tells of a family member of the couple who is struggling to find a balance while dealing with her work, her passions, and her children.

Hurricane Season

Who This Book is For:

I think lovers of all kinds of contemporary fiction will enjoy this book. I think that it could be an encouraging read for those struggling to have children.

What I liked:

The majority of the characters in the book are likable.

The story has a setting that is different from a lot of books and a story that is different, too.

There is a certain kind of hopeful message to the book.

This is an emotional read at times.

This book kept me interested.

What I didn’t like:

There were some minor issues but nothing too extreme and I don't want to spoil the book by sharing the little things that bothered me about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this was a good book.

I give Hurricane Season 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Fun Craft Book for Young Girls - My Review of Create

Published by: ZonderKidz

Written by: Ashley N. Mays

When I was young, I loved looking through craft books and dreaming about all that I was going to make. I got books from the library and turned through their pages, trying to find crafts that I could create on my own. I don't know how many times I actually made anything that I discovered, but I know that I loved looking through the books.

I chose to read and review Create because I feel like it is something that one of my nieces might enjoy, just as I would have when I was their age. 

Create!: A Girl's Guide to DIY, Doodles, and Design

Who This Book is For:

I feel like this is an appropriate fit for my niece who is about to turn eight but I also feel it would be good up to about age twelve or thirteen.

What I liked:

The cover of this book attracted me right away and I like the way that it looks.

There are pictures in this book that show the finished crafts.

The crafts in this book do not use too many expensive or hard to find materials.

What I didn’t like:

Some of the crafts seem a little outdated. 

Some of the crafts create items that are not very useful.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a fun book for my niece.

I give Create 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cute Bedtime Story - My Review of Go to Sleep, Sheep!

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Illustrated by: Sydney Hanson

I like reading children's books and finding new ones for my nieces and nephews. I thought that Go to Sleep, Sheep! looked like a fun book and that is why I chose to read and review it.

Go to Sleep, Sheep!

The illustrations:

I love the pictures in this book! So cute! And, I love how one of the sheep has glasses - I have two little nieces with glasses and I know that they will like seeing them on the sheep.

Who This Book is For:

This is good for babies and toddlers and their tired parents.

What I liked:

My favorite part about the book is the pictures. The sheep are really cute.

This is a simple book that is good for bedtime.

What I didn’t like:

There isn't really anything I didn't like, I just wish there was something more to it. Something to make it special.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a cute book.

I give Go to Sleep, Sheep! 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Feels Like Something I Would Write - My Review of A Chance at Forever

Published by: Bethany House
By: Melissa Jagears

I am a writer. I like to include children and teens in my books. I like to focus on adults helping those young people. For those reasons, this book felt like something that I would write.

A Chance at Forever tells the story of a young woman who is working at an orphanage and a man who starts helping out there. The past that these two share is not a good one, but they both have a love for the children in their care.
A Chance at Forever

What I liked:

The characters are all very interesting. I feel like they stand out from the characters in other books that I have read.

The story pulled me in and I wanted it to keep going on forever.

Like I said, this book has children and teens in it and I liked that.

This is a touching read.

What I didn’t like:

I just wish that this book was longer.

My conclusion:

Overall, I really liked this book.

I give A Chance at Forever 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Fun Farm Book for Nighttime - My Review of Night Night, Farm

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Amy Parker
Illustrated by: Virginia Allyn

I have never been a big fan of "touch and feel" books but some of the things that little ones get to feel in this book are actually pretty cute and fun - such as a woolly sheep and the blanket covering some adorable pigs.

I enjoy reading children's books and sharing them with my nieces and nephews and I was happy to have the opportunity to read and review Night Night, Farm.

Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are adorable! I love them!

Who This Book is For:

This is good for any baby or toddler, especially those who love farm animals.

What I liked:

The pictures in this book are so, so cute.

Like I mentioned before, the things that little ones get to feel are fun.

This is a colorful and fun book.

What I didn’t like:

Some of the "story" and wording felt a little off to me.

My conclusion:

Overall, I like this book.

I give Night Night, Farm 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Like that It's Focused on Yosemite - My Review of Where the Fire Falls

Published by: Waterbrook
By: Karen Barnett

I have been to a few of the National Parks, and Yosemite is one of them. I went there a couple of years ago and I remember my visit so I was happy to have the chance to read and review Where the Fire Falls, a book based in that park.

This book tells the story of a woman who is running from her past. A painter, she is pretending to be a whole new version of herself because she is afraid she will not be successful otherwise. She spends time at Yosemite National Park and her whole world is shaken.

Who the book is for:


Those who have visited Yosemite like I have may enjoy this book and also those who would like to go there but have not.

What I liked:


I like all of the details and descriptions regarding Yosemite and various parts of the park.

The characters are likable.

The story is unique.

What I didn’t like:


This book is a little "blah". I wish that there was more to it and that it was a little more exciting.

There seems to be an anti-gun message in this book that I found a little surprising and weird.

My conclusion:


Overall, I thought this was an okay book.

I give Where the Fire Falls 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Cute but Doesn't Read the Best - My Review of I Prayed for You

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Jean Fischer
Illustrated by: Frank Endersby

My sister is longing for a baby. She is waiting to get pregnant, and I am praying for her. When I had the chance to read and review I Prayed for You, I really wanted to get the book to save for that day when my sister says that she is expecting.

This book is written from a mother bear's perspective, and it shares about how she prayed for her little one, and it includes the prayers that she prayed.

I Prayed for You (picture book)

The illustrations:

The pictures throughout this book are really cute and I like them.

Who This Book is For:

This is a good gift for any expectant or new mom.

What I liked:

The pictures are really sweet.

The overall idea of the book is nice.

The book is a cute one and one that mothers will appreciate.

What I didn’t like:

This book isn't really for babies as much as it is for mothers. It doesn't really read well when read aloud. It doesn't flow like I want it to.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this could be a special gift for my sister one day.

I give I Prayed for You 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.