Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Random Kids' Book - My Review of Night Night, Train

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

I love reading children's books with the hope of sharing them with my nieces and nephews. My nieces and nephews love trains, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review Night Night, Train.

Night Night, Train  -     By: Amy Parker    Illustrated By: Virginia Allyn

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are kind of cute. I think that they could be cuter, but they are okay.

Who This Book is For:

I think that this book would be good for babies, toddlers, and younger school aged kids.

What I liked:

I like the size and shape of this book.

I like that this book is colorful.

I like padded board books, and that is what this book is.

What I didn’t like:

I thought that the "story" of this book was really random and I wasn't really a fan of it because of that.

My conclusion:

Overall, I didn't care for this book too much.

I give Night Night, Train 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.

One Year of Being a Published Author!

Today is the one year anniversary of my debut novel coming out! No Longer Broken was released on July 26th, 2016. This book was written by me and my sister, and I am still very proud of it.

No Longer Broken is a story of forgiveness, of family, of hope. Please show your support and purchase the book and read it for yourself. We would especially love it if you left a review after you are done!

Thank you!



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Monday, July 24, 2017

A Different Kind of Read - My Review of The Writing Desk

Published by: Zondervan
Written by: Rachel Hauck

For some reason, I entered this book expecting to dislike it. I had read some good books right before it, and I didn't think that the plot sounded too interesting. I ended up getting sucked in.

This book tells the story of a woman who is struggling to write a second book after her debut book was a smash. This book also tells the story of a woman in the past who is trying to work as an author but who has many obstacles in her way. This book includes two loves stories that are very different from one another and yet, similar, too.

The Writing Desk    -     By: Rachel Hauck

Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy romances with more to them will like this. Authors, like myself, will be able to identify with those in the book.

What I liked:

I like that the female characters had the same career choice as I do.

The characters are all likable and fun to read about. I found myself eager to get back to one of the stories and then eager to get back to the next.

I like the history in this book, a look at a different time in a way that I have never read before.

There are parts of this book that are humorous.

What I didn’t like:

I thought parts of the book were a little far-fetched or strange.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this was a fun book.

I give The Writing Desk 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. 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, July 18, 2017

An Okay Read - My Review of With You Always

Published by: Bethany House
By: Jody Hedlund

My sister loves Jody Hedlund's books, and I finally gave in and took advantage of the opportunity to read and review one from her.

With You Always is the story of a young woman who is an orphan and trying to make a way for herself and those she cares about in New York City in the 1850's. 
With You Always (Orphan Train Book #1) by [Hedlund, Jody]

What I liked:

The characters in this book are somewhat likable.

The story is different from others that I have read.

There are parts of the story that are a little exciting.

I like that history is a part of this book and it helped me learn a bit about the past.

What I didn’t like:

There are parts of the story that are pretty boring. I had to skim a lot of it.

The ending of this book was a little too abrupt for me.

My conclusion:

Overall, this book was okay but not my favorite.

I give With You Always 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, July 14, 2017

Cute and Fun - My Review of My Great Big God

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Andy Holmes
Inspired by: Marta Alvarez Miguens

I enjoy checking out children's books, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review this Bible story collection.

My Great Big God shares a variety of Bible stories with a rhyming text.

My Great Big God: 20 Bible Stories to Build a Great Big Faith  -     By: Andy Holmes    Illustrated By: Marta Alvarez Miguens

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are pretty cute. I have seen cuter, but I still like them.

What I liked:

The book is colorful and fun.

The rhyming text is fun to read.

I like the sturdiness of this book.

I like the size of this book.

The stories in this little Bible are pretty true to the Bible.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I really didn't like.

My conclusion:

Overall, I like this little book.

I give My Great Big God 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.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

An Interesting and Enjoyable Read - My Review of Love that Boy

Published by: Harmony Books
Written by: Ron Fournier

I enjoy reading stories of people's real lives. I like to hear about all that a person has gone through. I was excited to have the chance to read and review Love that Boy because I knew that it was a memoir that would give me a peek into lives that are quite different from mine.

This book focuses on a father's journey to love his son. His son has Aspbergers, and the father tries to understand him. The father and son spend time traveling together as they attempt to connect.

Who the book is for:

There are many parents who will benefit from this book. There are also people like me who will enjoy reading it simply to have a peek into the author's life.


What I liked:


The way in which this book is written makes it really interesting and enjoyable to read. I was sucked in the whole time that I was reading it, as if I was reading fiction. I really found it educational and fun.

I like the way that the history of various presidents is shared in this book, and the way that I was able to travel along with the author on the journey that he was taking.

This book has good information for all parents in regard to the way that they are raising their children.

What I didn’t like:


There were some things that I disagreed with the author on, some ways in which his beliefs differed from my own. I'm not sure our morals are 100% in line with one another, and there are things that the author shares about in this book that might bother some.


Some of the language in this book is a little inappropriate.

My conclusion:


Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.

I give Love that Boy 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.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fun to Read - My Review of The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Celeste Fletcher McHale

I love a good book that you can lose yourself in, and that's what this one was for me. I was happy to have the chance to read and review The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories.

This book tells the story of a man and woman who had their lives forever changed because of a flood that they lived through. They were stranded together during that flood, and this book tells of what comes after.

The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

Who the book is for:

Anyone who loves a quick moving romance that has more to it than just a love story will enjoy this book.

What I liked:

The chapters in this book are pretty short and easy to get through.

The whole book kept my attention and there were not really any boring parts.

The characters were interesting and likable.

Parts of the book are humorous. Parts of the book are touching.

What I didn’t like:

I found the Christian content of this book kind of... interesting. There is not a lot shared in that regard, and it is hard to know what some of the characters actually believe. I can't say more without spoiling some of the story but I just thought it was worth mentioning.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book.


I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. 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, June 28, 2017

A Bit Boring to Me - My Review of True to You

Published by: Bethany House
By: Becky Wade

I enjoy reading romances that have something more to them, that have a really good story along with the mushy stuff. I was excited to read and review True to You because it sounded like something with heart.

This book tells the story of a former Navy SEAL and a woman who falls for him. The man is looking for his birth mom in order to find out more about an illness that he is facing, and the woman is eager to help him.

True to You, Bradford Sisters Romance Series #1    -     By: Becky Wade

What I liked:

The characters in this books are very likable.

The story of this book is interesting and different from anything else that I have read.

Parts of this book are funny, parts are fun to read, but...

What I didn’t like:

...a lot of it is just really boring. I found myself skimming much of this book.

This book has something in it that is very farfetched.

My conclusion:

Overall, I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I thought that I would.

I give True to You 3 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.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Unique Book for Kids - My Review of Wow! The Good News in Four Words

Published by: Tyndale Kids
Written by: Dandi Daley Mackall
Inspired by: Annabel Tempest

I love checking out new children's books, and I was excited to have the chance to read and review Wow! The Good News in Four Words.

This book shares the gospel message with children through the emphasizing of four words: Wow! Uh-oh! Yes! Ahh.

Wow!: The Good News in Four Words  -     By: Dandi Daley Mackall    Illustrated By: Annabel Tempest

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are very colorful and bold. They are not the cutest, but they are fun.

What I liked:

This book truly shares the gospel message, which I think is really cool. It could be a good gift for kids because of that.

This book is colorful and fun.

I like that there are references shared in the back of the book - "for further study".

What I didn’t like:

I like that this shares the gospel message, but I don't like that it kind of just drags things out. It goes on for longer than I felt it should.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a unique type of book.

I give Wow! The Good News in Four Words 4 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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sparkly and Cute - My Review of Princess Prayers

Published by: ZonderKidz
Written by: Crystal Bowman
Inspired by: Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson

My niece loves all things princess, and I have gifted some of the other books from The Princess Parables collection to her. She loved them, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review Princess Prayers.

Princess Prayers  -     By: Jeanna Young, Jacqueline Kinney Johnson    Illustrated By: Omar Aranda

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are one of the best parts of it. They feature the princesses from this collection doing various things. They are colorful, pretty, and fun.

What I liked:

As I mentioned, the pictures in this book help to make it special. I think that little girls would enjoy looking at those pictures as they read the book.

Each prayer that is a part of the book includes a Bible verse that fits with it.

The cover of this book is my favorite part. It is glittery and fancy and fun.

What I didn’t like:

While I am usually a fan of padded covered board books, this one doesn't really make sense to me. My niece who loves The Princess Parables collection is six. She doesn't typically read this kind of a book, and yet, the prayers are not really something that a toddler or baby would sit through.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is an okay book.

I give Princess Prayers 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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

An Okay Read - My Review of Behind the Scenes

Published by: Bethany House
By: Jen Turano

My sister really enjoys Jen Turano's books, so I thought I would give the author a chance. I read and reviewed Behind the Scenes because I thought that it sounded like something that would be interesting.

This book tells the story of a young woman who works secretly as a reporter. When she uncovers a scary plot to kill a man in her city, she must convince that man that he is in danger and that he needs her help.

Behind the Scenes  -     By: Jen Turano

What I liked:

The story of this book is really different from others that are out there.

The characters in this book are fairly likable and unique.

What I didn’t like:

I thought that this book was really bland. There was not a lot to it.

There were parts of this book that were really boring to me.

Some of this book was a little farfetched.

My conclusion:

Overall, I wasn't really a fan of this book.

I give Behind the Scenes 3 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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Really Beautiful Bible - My Review of the ICB Blessed Garden Bible

Published by: Tommy Nelson

My niece is a little princess. She loves all things girly and "fancy", and I was excited to have the chance to check out and review the ICB Blessed Garden Bible because I thought it was something that she would like. I am excited to have a special Bible that I can share with her.

The ICB Blessed Garden Bible, Hardcover  -

Who the book is for:

This Bible is perfect for any little girl, as it has a beautiful appearance and it is a version that is made special for children.

What I liked:

This Bible is beautiful in appearance.

This Bible seems sturdy and strong.

The font size used in this Bible is really nice for children. It's hard to find Bibles with a font that is large enough to be read by beginner readers.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn't like about this Bible.

My conclusion:

Overall, I really like this Bible.

I give this ICB Blessed Garden Bible 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. 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, June 7, 2017

A Nice Children's Bible Storybook - My Review of My Bible Adventure through God's Word

Published by: Tommy Nelson

I am always interested in checking out new children's Bibles, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review My Bible Adventure through God's Word.

This Bible storybook features fifty-two stories, covering many of the more classic Bible stories and then some more obscure ones.

My Bible Adventure Through God's Word: 52 Bible Stories for Kids  -     By: Johnny Hunt

The illustrations:

There are actually not a whole lot of pictures in this book, but the pictures that are included are pretty cute.

What I liked:

This book shares stories in a way that helps children understand them.

This book includes many stories.

This book has a ribbon bookmark built into it, which seems appropriate and handy.

What I didn’t like:

I'm not sure I see the point in this book being like it is. I don't know who reads Bible stories just once a week.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a decent Bible storybook for kids.

I give My Bible Adventure through God's Word 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.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cute and Fun - My Review of All Things Bright and Beautiful

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Illustrated by: Dawn Machell

I thought this book looked cute and that is why I chose to read and review it. I was not disappointed in regard to cuteness. I am excited to share this with the next new baby to enter my family.

All Things Bright and Beautiful shares a poem that many know, and it does that while also sharing fun and cute pictures.

All Things Bright and Beautiful: Make Believe Ideas  -

The illustrations:

The pictures are really fun and cute.

What I liked:

I love this type of book - the padded board book.

The pictures in this book are so cute!

The colors used in this book are modern and fun.

The glitter on each page really adds to the book.

What I didn’t like:

There is not really anything that I dislike about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this book is really cute.

I give All Things Bright and Beautiful 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 31, 2017

Interesting Historical Fiction - My Review of To the Farthest Shores

Published by: Bethany House
By: Elizabeth Camden

I usually enjoy contemporary fiction more than historical fiction, but I chose to read and review To the Farthest Shores because I like Elizabeth Camden and the way that she does historical fiction.

This book tells the story of a young nurse who is working the night shift while haunted by her past in various ways. It shares the story of a military man who is ready to settle down and live a different kind of life. It tells of a man who is fighting addiction while trying to become a better person. It tells the story of a little girl who is living without her mother. It shares many stories, each in a special way.
To the Farthest Shores  -     By: Elizabeth Camden

Who the book is for:

This is something that will interest many adults, both women and men.

What I liked:

The characters in this book are very likable - both the main characters and the extra ones.

The plot is interesting and unique.

This book shares history in a way that makes it enjoyable to learn.

I was into the book the whole time that I was reading it and it had an exciting story to it.

What I didn’t like:

There is not much in this book that I didn't like.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book.

I give To the Farthest Shores 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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Interesting for Kids - My Review of Kids' Visual Study Bible

Published by: Zonderkidz

My seven-year-old nephew loves to learn about anything and everything. He knows the heights of all kinds of animals and he knows what they eat and where they live. He is interested in the world around him, and I was happy to have the chance to read and review this Kids' Visual Study Bible because I think that he will enjoy using it and learning from it.

NIV Kids' Visual Study Bible, Hardcover  -

Who the book is for:

This is an NIV Bible, so it really could be used by anyone of any age. I know that adults are interested in some of the things that it has to share - and I feel that I could learn from it. It is most appropriate for those from seven to twelve or so.

What I liked:

There are notes in the Bible that help young people understand what they are reading.

There are maps and pictures and all kinds of "extras" in the Bible.

The setup is nice. Each page seems relatively easy to read.

What I didn’t like:

I wish that the font was a little larger, as I'm not sure my little nephew will be able to read it well on his own.

My conclusion:

Overall, I like this Bible.

I give Kids' Visual Study Bible 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. 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, May 22, 2017

Good for Young Teens - My Review of Let's Be Real

Published by: Zondervan
By: Natasha Bure

My sister and I have been watching Natasha Bure on Facebook for quite a while. I've watched her mom on Full House and Make It or Break It. I watched Natasha as she performed on The Voice. Even though I am not the intended target of a book like this, I was excited to have the chance to read and review Let's Be Real.

Let's Be Real  -     By: Natasha Bure

Who the book is for:

This book is something that was written for teens and preteens, girls in particular. I think it would be most helpful to those who are about twelve to fourteen.

What I liked:

Natasha Bure is very real in this book as she shares about struggles that she has had and ways that she has hurt.

This book has many positive messages to share.

What I didn’t like:

This book was hard for me to identify with, but that could be because I am an adult, not a teen. I think some teens may feel frustrated with the way that Natasha seems a bit "spoiled".

The actual writing is not always the best.

My conclusion:

Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of this book.

I give Let's Be Real 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. 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, May 19, 2017

Cute and Fun - My Review of Jesus Loves Me A Sing-Along Book

Published by: ZonderKidz
Illustrated by: Gynux

I am not always a fan of books that are based on songs and that simply have lyrics instead of a story, but my nieces love Jesus Loves Me. I knew that they would be excited about this Jesus Loves Me Sing-Along Book.

Jesus Loves Me, A Sing-Along Book   -     By: Illustrated by Ginux    Illustrated By: Ginux

The story:

This book shares the words to Jesus Loves Me with two verses I don't think I have heard before.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are really cute and fun. It features a lot of different animals and everything is just simple and cute.

How strong is the book?

This book is a padded board book and something that I think is relatively strong.

What I liked:

The pictures in this book are so cute!

I like the simplicity of this book.

I like the size and shape of this book.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a cute and fun book.

I give Jesus Loves Me A Sing-Along Book 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.