Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I Don't See the Point - My Review of Hit

Written by: Lorie Ann Grover
Published by: Blink

I enjoy reading fiction of all kinds, and that’s why I chose to read this book even though it is a young adult book.

Hit tells the story of a teenager who is hit while crossing a crosswalk. The man who hit her is a teacher of hers who she had had a crush on. The story is told from each of their perspectives.


Who the book is for:

Written for teens, maybe this book would be more enjoyable to them than it was to me.

What I liked:

The characters are interesting enough.

The fact that the book is written in first perspective is an interesting change.

What I didn’t like:

There’s not a whole lot to the story. Basically, the girl is in the hospital the whole time and the story takes place over the course of three days.

There’s not much of a message to this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I’m not really a fan of this book. It is okay, but could definitely have gone deeper.

I give Hit 3 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.

The Story of the Start of Jesus' Life - My Review of The Christmas Story for Children

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill
Illustrated by: Fausto Bianchi

I am always interested in reading and reviewing children’s books, and I have really enjoyed other books by Max Lucado, so I was happy to receive a copy of The Christmas Story for Children to read and review.


The story:

This book tells the story of Jesus’ birth and his life – through his baptism by John.

The illustrations:

I am not a big fan of the pictures used in this book. They aren’t cute at all, and they are a little bit scary.

How strong is the book?

This is a paperback book, but it seems relatively strong.

Who the book is for:

This book would be good for whole families to read together.

What I liked:

This book tells the story of the start of Jesus’ life in a way that is good for reading aloud – and it packs it all in one book.

The book is true to scripture.

What I didn’t like:

The illustrations bug me.

The story is dragged out a bit in a way that might make it too long for young children.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is an okay book.

I give The Christmas Story for Children 3 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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Historical Movie - When Calls the Heart

I recently had the opportunity to receive a review copy of When Calls the Heart, and my sister was happy to have the chance to watch this movie.

My sister enjoyed this movie but found that she wanted it to go on. She said that it was an interesting watch.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Not the Cure that I was Looking for - My Review of The Stress Cure

Written by: Linda Evans Shepherd
Published by: Revell

I tend to stress – a lot. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t stress over some small issue, and drive myself crazy. That is why I was excited to receive the opportunity to read and review The Stress Cure. I was hoping that this book might help to actually “cure” my stress problem.


Who the book is for:

Those who want to read a whole book on a variety of topics in order to try and fix their stress problem.

What I liked:

There is some good information in this book.

The real life stories from the author are interesting.

What I didn’t like:

This book wasn’t really a book on stress – or, at least not in the way that I expected it to be. This book covers feeling frustrated, offended, negative, etc.. A lot of those are emotions that don’t necessarily have anything to do with my stress.

I just felt like the book wasn’t really relevant to me, and it wasn’t helpful.

I’m  not a big fan of pre-written, “form” prayers, and this book was full of them.

Parts of the book get boring.

My conclusion:

This book might be helpful for some, but I wasn’t a big fan.

I give The Stress Cure 3 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Revell. 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, September 19, 2014

Cake Recipes for the Gluten Free - My Review of Let Us All Eat Cake

Written by: Catherine Ruehle with Sarah Scheffel      
Published by: Ten Speed Press

I started eating gluten free almost four months ago now, as my sister and I are trying to see if it helps us to feel at our best. When I found Let Us All Eat Cake as one of the options for books that I could review, I was very excited to check it out.


Who the book is for:

Those living the gluten free lifestyle who would still like to bake and enjoy good cakes.

What I liked:

The recipes use real, simple ingredients that us gluten free people actually have around – unlike the majority of recipes that are for those with special diets.

There are such a variety of cake recipes listed – from breakfast cakes to layered cakes.

There are quality pictures of some of the cakes…

What I didn’t like:

…but I wish that there were pictures of all of the cakes. I need to see a picture in order to use a recipe.

My conclusion:

Overall, this seems to be a really good cookbook, and I think it will be helpful as I continue to live a gluten free life.

I give Let Us All Eat Cake 4 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.