Monday, September 28, 2015

A Humorous Read - My Review of When Clowns Attack

Published by: Ten Speed Press
Written by: Chuck Sambuchino

My brother has an abnormal fear of clowns and it is a joke in our family. I choose to read and review When Clowns Attack with him in mind.




Who the book is for:

Those who fear clowns and feel that they are out to get them. Those who are looking for a humorous read.


What I liked:

I love the title of this book.


I like the cover. The simplicity of it is cool.

There is some humor in this, and it is written in a special way.

What I didn’t like:


There is some language in this book that I do not appreciate. I wish that the author would have kept it completely clean so that I would feel good sharing it with my brother, as I know that he would dislike the language more than I do, even.


This book is a little boring at times, and I found it a struggle to get through it.
My conclusion:


I like the idea behind this book, but I'm not a big fan of the book, itself.


I give When Clowns Attack 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.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Simple Ingredients, Great Pictures - My Review of 5 in 5 for Every Season

Published by: Clarkson PotterWritten by: Michael Symon with Douglas Trattner

I love every chance that I get to look through a cookbook - especially when that book is full of colorful pictures of the food that the recipes create - so I was happy to check out 5 in 5 for Every Season.




Who the book is for:

Those home chefs that want to have some simple meal options available that are great tasting and special.


What I liked:
The recipes in this book take just five ingredients each (beyond pantry staples) which is amazing!

There are many pictures in this book, which I really like to see in any cookbook.

The recipes are simple and delicious.
What I didn’t like:
There isn't much that I felt was missing from this book.


My conclusion:

I love the simplicity of these recipes and the many pictures.


I give 5 in 5 for Every Season 5 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.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Not My Kind of Children's Bible - My Review of Just Like Jesus Bible Storybook

Published by: Tyndale Kids
By: Stephen Elkins

I  love reviewing children's books and Bibles, and that is why I was excited to read and review Just Like Jesus Bible Storybook.



The story:

This book shares many examples of different traits that were true for Jesus in his time on Earth.

The illustrations:

Are adorable.

How strong is the book?

This book seems sturdy and has a padded cover.

Who the book is for:

Parts of this book would be appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers, and then parts are too confusing for such young children.

What I liked:

The pictures in this book are really cute - I don't think I've ever seen a cuter John the Baptist than the one in this book.

There are some good lessons and the stories are short enough to keep a kid interested.

What I didn’t like:

I feel like a lot of this book is random, like the message that is given doesn't go with the story.

Parts of this book feel like they are written for adults not kids. For example, this book says that God is not a "genie in a bottle". How many kids would understand that? I know that my nieces and nephews wouldn't.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this book was a little weird - a good idea, but not my favorite children's Bible.

I give Just Like Jesus 2 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale Blog Network. 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 14, 2015

A Bit Too Silly, Maybe - My Review of Bible Stories Gone Crazy!

Published by: Lion Hudson
Written by: Josh Edwards
Illustrated by: Emiliano Migliardo

I am always excited to check out any children’s books that I can, so I was happy to have the opportunity to review Bible Stories Gone Crazy!


The story:

This book shares various Bible stories in a short way, accompanied by pictures.

The illustrations:

This pictures in this book are colorful, complicated, and fun.

How strong is the book?

This is a fairly sturdy book, and the pages are thick and glossy.

Who the book is for:

I would think this book is good for ages four through eight, or so.

What I liked:

The pictures are full of color and excitement.

Children will have fun looking through the pages.

This is a Bible story book that is trying hard to be fun and appealing.

What I didn’t like:

I think that this book could be misunderstood by kids, as it messes up Bible stories – intentionally – and might confuse them.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is an interesting book.

I give Bible Stories Gone Crazy! 3 out of 5 stars.


I received this book free to review from a Kregel Blog Tour. 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.

Not What I Was Expecting and Not Recommended - My Review of The Chase

Written by: Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky
Published by: Revell
I always enjoyed reading Karen Kingsbury's books, so I was excited to get a chance to read a book written by her daughter and son-in-law when I was given the opportunity to read and review The Chase.



Who the book is for:

I have to admit that I didn't know who this book was for when I first decided to read it, I thought it was for anyone and everyone and simply about God pursuing an individual. This book is actually for teen girls and young women who plan to get married at some point in their lives.


What I liked:
This is an interesting book that is easy to get through when you are reading it. It includes many stories to keep one's attention.

The look of this book is cute and modern and fun.

What I didn’t like:

There are so many messages in this book that I didn't like and disagreed with, some subtle and some bold. This book is all about how the guy has to lead a relationship, and how a relationship is sure to fail if the girl steps in to make the first move or asks the guy out or leads in any way. This book is all about how every single girl is going to get married and should be praying for that future husband that is out there - not everyone is meant to marry. This book is all about how girls need to let guys be leaders and gentleman, even telling a story that tears down a woman who didn't want a random stranger getting the door for her. This book is old fashioned and weird, not what I was expecting at all.


My conclusion:

Overall, I am not a fan of this book and I could not recommend it to teens.


I give The Chase 2 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 11, 2015

Cute Book with Good Message - My Review of Thankful

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by: Archie Preston

I am always interested in all of the children's books that I can get my hands on, in order to check them out and pass them on to my nieces and nephews. I was very happy to have the chance to read and review Thankful.



The story:

This book shares a text about gratitude and the many individuals who are grateful for different things.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are simple but cute.

How strong is the book?

This is a jacketed hardcover book that seems pretty sturdy.

Who the book is for:

The back of the book recommends it for ages four through eight, but I really think that younger children would appreciate it more than older ones.

What I liked:

The message of gratitude is given in a simple way.

The pictures are fun.

This is an easy and quick read that will keep children interested.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, this is a nice book.

I give Thankful 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.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Interesting Film - My Review of Uncommon

From: JCFilms

I enjoy checking out a movie every now and then, and I was interested in the story that I saw on the trailer of Uncommon.

This movie is available at Walmart and Family Christian Stores.

This movie tells the story of a student who is looking to make a difference in his school but who is met with much opposition.



Who the movie is for:

This is a great movie for students, parents, and teachers. I think it is a great eye-opener in regard to the public school system and should cause some Christians to think about the way that they rely on that system.

What I liked:

This is a good movie for opening eyes in regard to all the bad that is out there in public schools.

The story is interesting.

The acting is pretty good for a Christian film.

What I didn’t like:

There isn't much that I disliked about this movie.

My conclusion:

I thought that this was an interesting movie, overall.

I give Uncommon 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this dvd free to review from Edify Media. 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.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Left Me Longing for Pictures - My Review of Grill It, Braise It, Broil It

Published by: Clarkson Potter
I enjoy looking through cookbooks to see all that they have to offer and finding recipes in them. I was happy to have the opportunity to check out Grill It, Braise It, Broil It.

This book features 175 American Heart Association recipes for foods that are healthy and made in a variety of ways.




Who the book is for:

Those who are looking to cook food that is healthy and tasty.

What I liked:

I like the fact that the recipes in this book are healthy - we all need more healthy recipes to try out.


The recipes in this book are mostly made out of "normal" ingredients that are easy to find and readily available.

The recipes offer a variety of flavor options.

What I didn’t like:

I really, really wish that there were more pictures in this book. I like to see the food that I am going to make before I actually make it and I like to turn through the pages of picture filled cookbooks just for fun. This book only includes a few photos, and I longed for more..


My conclusion:
Overall, I think that this is a decent cookbook.


I give Grill It, Braise It, Broil It 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.

An Interesting Novel for Adults and Teens - My Review of Never Said

Written by: Carol Lynch Williams
Published by: Blink Books

I am always looking for good books to read and always excited to check out new fiction. I was happy to have the opportunity to read and review Never Said.


This book shares the story of twin girls who are teenagers and faced with their own unique struggles, and the journey that these two go through as they seek healing.



Who the book is for:

This book is written by teens, but I found myself sucked into it as an adult, and I think that it could be something that would be good for adults to read in order to get a peek into a - fictional - teen mind.

What I liked:

The characters are likeable.


The story is different from a lot of other ones out there.

This book shares a realistic story.
What I didn’t like:

There isn't a Christian message in this book like I expected there to be.


My conclusion:

Overall, I found this to be an interesting read.


I give Never Said 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.