Friday, March 27, 2015

A Bit Mature for Young Children - My Review of The First Easter Ever

Published by: ZonderKidz
By: Dennis Jones

I like receiving children’s books to read and review, and that is why I chose to check out The First Easter Ever.


The story:

This book tells about Jesus’ life from the time that he set out from his parents’ home until his ascension into Heaven.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are colorful and somewhat realistic.

How strong is the book?

This is a flimsy paperback book but seems okay for the price listed on the back.

Who the book is for:

This book says it is for ages four through eight, but some content might be a bit mature for those ages.

What I liked:

The price is really low for those buying the book.

The story is true to God’s word and covers a lot.

The pictures are nice, except…

What I didn’t like:

The one where Jesus is being whipped is a little too realistic and dark for a four year old or other young child to see and think about.

The book is a little mature for young children.

My conclusion:

Overall, I’m not a big fan of this book. There are better options out there.

I give The First Easter Ever 3 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Book Look. 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, March 25, 2015

Good Read but Sometimes Boring - My Review of Deadly Echoes

Written by: Nancy Mehl
Published by: Bethany House

I enjoy reading suspense books, especially when they have a story to them, so I was excited to receive the chance to read and review DeadlyEchoes.

This book tells the story of a young woman who must take in her niece after her sister – the girl’s mother – is murdered. The woman is haunted by the way that her sister’s death seems similar to their parents’ murders and she wants to find out what is going on.


Who the book is for:

Those who like a suspense book that has a story to it.

What I liked:

The characters were interesting.

I didn’t figure the story out until the very end.

I liked the fact that the main character was raising her niece, it brought something different to the story.

What I didn’t like:

There are some things in this book that are just poorly written or don’t need to be included, they don’t add to the story.

This book was boring at times.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is an okay read.

I give Deadly Echoes 4 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, March 20, 2015

Full of Gluten Free and Vegan Recipes - My Review of Bread and Butter

Written by: Erin Mckenna
Published by: Clarkson Potter

As someone who is eating gluten free, I was excited to receive the chance to review Bread & Butter. This book includes vegan and gluten free recipe for bread products and more.


Who the book is for:

Those who are gluten free and vegan but can include oats in their diet.

What I liked:

There are a lot of recipes in this book, which is great for those who find the recipes to be fitting with their diets.

There are a lot of pictures included in the book.

The recipes are vegan – which is nice in the way that they don’t include eggs.

The cover is fun and colorful.

What I didn’t like:

Most of the recipes include oat flour in them, and my sister does not like to eat oats.

There are some recipes in the book that don’t really belong – like recipes for cookies, dips, etc..

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a good cookbook for those who find it appropriate to their dietary needs.

I give Bread and Butter 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.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cute Story of a Boy and His Search for a Pet - My Review of Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Andy Andrews
Illustrated by: Colleen Madden

I love reading and reviewing children’s books in order to share them with my nieces and nephews, and I could tell just by seeing the cover of Henry Hodges Needs a Friend that it would be something that I would want to share with those special kiddos.


The story:

This book tells about a lonely little boy and his search for the perfect friend.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are colorful and bold and cute. I really like them.

How strong is the book?

This is a relatively sturdy, hardcover book.

Who the book is for:

This book would be appropriate for toddlers through about age six, I think.

What I liked:

The text is rhyming.

The story is fun.

The pictures are cute.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn’t like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a cute/fun book.

I give Henry Hodges Needs a Friend 5 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Book Look. 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, March 11, 2015

Heartwarming Story with Suspense - My Review of Twisted Innocence

Written by: Terri Blackstock            
Published by: Zondervan

I have been a fan of Terri Blackstock for a long time, and I always love the way that she can weave a heartwarming story with a lot of suspense and interesting twists. I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to read and review this book.

Twisted Innocence tells of a young mother and her quest to live right, it tells of drug dealers and those who catch them, it shares a story of families and love and suspense.


Who the book is for:

Those who like their suspense to have a good story to it, and those who like a good story with a bit of suspense.

What I liked:

The characters are really interesting.

There was a heartwarming story to this book.

The suspense toward the end of the book.

What I didn’t like:

There could have been a bit more suspense in my opinion.

I would have liked to get to know the characters a little better.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a good read.

I give Twisted Innocence 4 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from Book Look. 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.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fun Journal - My Review of Q & A a Day

Published by: Potter Style

I was really curious when I first read about Q & A a Day. This journal sounded really interesting and unique to me. What you do with this book is write in an answer to a question every day for five years, comparing your answers as time goes on.


Who the book is for:

I think that this book would be an excellent gift for graduates in particular, and I feel that it is geared more toward girls than guys.

What I liked:

This book is a cute size and looks cool.

The questions are interesting.

The whole concept is really unique and fun.

What I didn’t like:

The book is kind of hard to open, would be better if it was spiral bound, I think.

There is a sticker on the back of the book that kind of takes away from its good looks.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a fun book.

I give Q & A a Day 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.