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.

An Okay Children's Book - My Review of When God Made You

Written by: Matthew Paul Turner
Illustrated by: David Catrow
Published by: WaterBrook

I enjoy checking out all kinds of children's books - and there are so many out there! I was happy to have the chance to read and review When God Made You.

When God Made You  -     By: Matthew Paul Turner

The story:

This book shares a poem of sorts that talks about how much God cares about the child who is reading the book. It talks about how God planned out that child and their life before they were born.

The illustrations:

I am not a big fan of the illustrations in this book. They are a little "out there" on some of the pages and just not cute.

Who the book is for:

The back of the book says that it is for those aged 3 through 8, but I think that younger children might enjoy it, too. There are also parts - and words - that no one under 8 is going to fully understand.

What I liked:

This book has a very positive message in regard to the child and their life. A message of God's love and his plan for them.

What I didn’t like:

I am not a fan of the illustrations.

I think that the book could have been written a bit simpler for young children to understand it.

My conclusion:

This is an okay book.

I give When God Made You 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.

Very Informational and Fun - My Review of Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?

Published by: Tyndale Kids
Written by: Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley
Illustrated by: Ailie Busby

My nieces and nephews love to learn, and most of them are big fans of animals. I was excited to receive the chance to read and review Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? because I knew that it would be something that they would all like. I am so excited to share it with them!

This book asks questions about animals - such as why giraffes have long necks - and then it answers those questions in a fun and rhyming way.

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies?  -     By: Crystal Bowman, Teri McKinley

Who the book is for:

This book is perfect for any children who love to learn. This is great for toddlers all the way up to age eight or so. I know that my seven-year-old nephew will be interested in the facts shared in it.

What I liked:

This book is full of information! This book helps children learn facts about all kinds of animals in a fun way.

This book is cute. The rhymes are cute.

This book is fun to read.

What I didn’t like:

The pictures could be a little cuter, but that's not a big deal to me.

My conclusion:

Overall, I loved this book.

I give Do Baby Bears Have Mommies 5 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.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Not as Good as I Wanted It to Be - My Review of You'll Think of Me

Published by: Thomas Nelson
By: Robin Lee Hatcher

I was excited to have the chance to read and review You'll Think of Me because the story sounded interesting. I hoped to get sucked into it and fully enjoy it.

This book tells the story of a young woman who is raising her daughter all on her own, and a young man who was asked by his friend to act as a father to that little girl. This is a story of hurt and love.
You'll Think of Me  -     By: Robin Lee Hatcher

Who the book is for:

Those who like a love story with more to it might like this book.

What I liked:

The characters are likable enough.

The idea behind the story is good.

What I didn’t like:

I found the overall story and the way that it was written to be a bit boring. I skimmed it more than actually reading it.

I wish that there was more to this book. There are issues that are mentioned but then kind of overlooked. I wanted more from it.

My conclusion:

Overall, I didn't think this book was great.

I give You'll Think of Me 3 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, April 18, 2017

A Touching Story of Moving On - My Review of The Memory of You

Published by: Thomas Nelson
By: Catherine West

I love reading all kinds of fiction, and I was excited to have the chance to read and review The Memory of You.

This book tells the story of a young woman who is having a hard time moving on from a mistake that she made as a teen and the loss that she suffered because of that. It is a story of a man who is dealing with a lot in his life, including pain from his past. It is a story of moving on from the past.

The Memory of You  -     By: Catherine West

Who the book is for:

This book is great for anyone who likes a touching story focused on family and love.

What I liked:

The characters in this book are very interesting and I felt like I really had the chance to get to know them.

The story is interesting and it kept my attention.

I really liked the way that this story is focused on family. I enjoyed reading about the relationships between adult children and their parents/grandparents.

This is an emotional read.

What I didn’t like:

There is a part of the story that runs through the whole book that just goes against my beliefs. I won't share it because of the spoiler that it is, but I really wish that the story could have been written without that controversial issue being included.

My conclusion:

Overall, I was a fan of this book.

I give The Memory of You 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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

An Interesting Love Story - My Review of The One True Love of Alice-Ann

Published by: Tyndale Fiction
Written by: Eva Marie Everson

I was curious about this book as soon as I saw the cover and read the title. I knew that it was going to be something different and fun.

The One True Love of Alice-Ann tells the story of a young woman who fell in love with her brother's friend. The friend heads off to protect their country, and life changes for Alice-Ann while he is away.

The One True Love of Alice-Ann  -     By: Eva Marie Everson

Who the book is for:

This book is something that will be enjoyed by those who like historical fiction and love stories.

What I liked:

The story of this book is different from many others out there.

I like the history in this book.

The story is interesting.

I felt drawn into the story.

What I didn’t like:

There is not much that I disliked when it comes to this book. It was a good read.

My conclusion:

Overall, I enjoyed this book.

I give The One True Love of Alice-Ann 5 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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Good After the First Few Chapters - My Review of Still Life

Published by: Bethany House
By: Dani Pettrey

I enjoy reading suspenseful fiction every now and then, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review Still Life.

This book mixes the story of a couple falling in love with a mystery surrounding the disappearance of the woman's best friend.

Still Life  -     By: Dani Pettrey

Who the book is for:

This book is something that any lovers of suspense will enjoy. It is also something that fans of romances will like.

What I liked:

The story of this book is unique.

The story is written in a way that kept me wanting to read more.

There is a subtle message of healing from the past and moving on in the book.

The characters are really interesting and likable once you get into the book, but...

What I didn’t like:

...it took me quite some time to get into the book and understand who was who and what was going on. Don't give up without getting past the first few chapters.

I felt like the book didn't fully finish up at the end. It kind of left me wanting a little more.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good read.

I give Still Life 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 17, 2017

A Heartfelt Novel - My Review of Life After

Published by: Waterbrook
Written by: Katie Ganshert

I love those works of fiction that are full of heart and have a story that touches the reader. I was excited to receive an "uncorrected proof" of Life After to read and review in advance of the book's release.

This book tells the story of a young woman who survives a horrible attack. She is left to face her ghosts, and while doing that she discovers others who are also dealing with the repercussions of that attack.

Life After  -     By: Katie Ganshert

What I liked:


The characters in this book are likable. I enjoyed getting to know them.

The story is touching and beautiful.

The emotion in the story was real, and there are also a few funny parts.

My attention was focused on the book the whole time I was reading it.

What I didn’t like:


I don't want to give away a spoiler, but there is one thing that I disagree with the author on when it comes to the views that are shared in the book.

My conclusion:


Overall, I really liked this book.

I give Life After 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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cute Book for Daddies and Their Children - My Review of God Loves Daddy and Me

Published by: Tommy Nelson
By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by: Laura Watkins

I like checking out all kinds of books, and it seems that there are many children's books out there that focus on moms and their children. This book focuses on dads and their children, and I thought that was special. I was happy to have the chance to read and review God Loves Daddy and Me.

God Loves Daddy and Me  -     By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Who the book is for:

This is the kind of book that dads can read to their children and enjoy with them. I think this would be a good gift for baby showers and for births. This is good for babies up through about four years old.

What I liked:

This book talks about the way that God and dads show their love for children.

I like padded covered boardbooks.

The pictures in this book are really colorful and cute.

This is a fun little book to read.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I did not like.

My conclusion:

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

I give God Loves Daddy and Me 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.

Cute Book for Mommies and Their Little Ones - My Review of God Loves Mommy and Me

Published by: Tommy Nelson
By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by: Laura Watkins

I love reading children's books, and I was happy to have the chance to check out yet another children's book author. I was happy to have the chance to read and review God Loves Mommy and Me.

God Loves Mommy and Me  -     By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Who the book is for:

This is the kind of book that moms will love to read to their children. I think it would make a great gift for a new baby or a baby shower. I think this book is appropriate for babies through about age four.

What I liked:

This book talks about all of the things that God has done for us.

The pictures in this book are sweet and cute.

This book has a positive message focused on love.

I like the padded cover.

What I didn’t like:

One thing that I found weird was more a messup by the author than anything. The books says that when we make mistakes, we say "I forgive you". I thought that it was weird that it said that instead of we say "I'm sorry".

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a cute book.

I give God Loves Mommy and Me 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, February 28, 2017

Fun Book - My Review of Ready, Set, Find Easter

Published by: ZonderKidz

I like having themed books that I can give to my nieces and nephews for different occasions. For their birthdays, I always give them birthday books, and I am excited to have another Easter book to give to them this Easter.

Ready, Set, Find Easter is something that I think that my nieces and nephews will find to be a fun book.

Ready, Set, Find Easter  -     By: Zondervan

Who the book is for:

I would think that the book is made for those aged about two to four, but I can see my older nieces and nephews having fun finding the various pictures in it, too.

What I liked:

This book has pictures on each page of items for children to find, keeping children entertained as they read it.

The pages are tabbed, which helps in turning them and just makes it more fun.

This book is colorful.

What I didn’t like:

Something about this book just seems cheap, but there is nothing truly wrong with it.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that young children will enjoy this book.
I give Ready, Set, Find Easter 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.

Interesting Read in an Interesting Setting - My Review of In the Shadow of Denali

Published by: Bethany House
By: Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

I liked Tracie Peterson's books back when I was younger, and I was excited to have the chance to read something new from her. 

In the Shadow of Denali is set in Alaska in the 1900's. I found it an interesting setting and an interesting time to read about. This is a story of family, love, and deceit.

In the Shadow of Denali #1   -     By: Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse

Who the book is for:

I think that those who are fans of the National Parks will find this book to be interesting because of the setting. I think all those who like historical fiction will find this to be a good read.

What I liked:

The characters were interesting and somewhat different from those in other books.

The story kept me interested.

I liked the unique setting.

The talk of food made me hungry.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this was a good read.

I give In the Shadow of Denali 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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cute Book When a New Baby is Coming - My Review of God Bless Our Baby

Published by: Tommy Nelson
By: Hannah C. Hall
Illustrated by: Steve Whitlow

When a new baby enters a home, it can be hard for an older sibling to adjust. God Bless Our Baby is a cute gift for the older sibling, to help them feel noticed in the midst of such a time and to help them adjust.

God Bless Our Baby  -     By: Hannah Hall    Illustrated By: Steve Whitlow

Who the book is for:

This book is good for toddlers and preschoolers who are welcoming a new baby into their family.

What I liked:

The pictures in this book are gentle and cute.

The book has a cute and positive story.

This book compares the new baby coming into the family to the older sibling, helping them to accept that little one right away.

What I didn’t like:

If I'm being picky, I will say that I do not like the font that is used for the title on the front of this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this would make a great gift for a new big sibling.

I give God Bless Our Baby 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.

Cute Little Easter Book - My Review of Really Woolly Easter Blessings

Published by: Tommy Nelson
By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by: Donna Chapman

I like checking out books that are made for a specific holiday or occasion and sharing them with my nieces and nephews. I was happy to have the chance to read and review Really Woolly Easter Blessings.

Really Woolly Easter Blessings  -     By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen

Who the book is for:

This book is good for babies and toddlers and children who are a little older, too.

What I liked:

The pictures are fun and cute and colorful.

I like the type of book that this is, with the padded cover and the overall shape of it.

The poems in the book are cute and fun.

What I didn’t like:

This isn't my favorite type of book for kids, as each page has a title and a poem and it is not all fit together in one long story or anything. Still, though, the book is pretty cute.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a decent book for Easter.

I give Really Woolly Easter Blessings 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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fun Read with a Message - My Review of Your Magnificent Chooser

Published by: Tyndale Kids
Written by: John Ortberg
Illustrated by: Robert Dunn

I love reading children's books and I was excited to have the chance to read and review Your Magnificent Chooser. The cover of this book captured my attention, and when I read about it, I thought that it sounded interesting.

Your Magnificent Chooser  -     By: John Ortberg    Illustrated By: Robert Dunn

Who the book is for:

This book is good for toddlers up to preteens, as it is a fun read and it has a message that all kids can learn from.

What I liked:

The pictures in this book are really cute and fun to look at.

The cover is pretty.

The story has a fun, rhyming text.

The message of this story - that kids get to choose their actions and how they live - is a good one.

What I didn’t like:

There are parts of the book that are just a little confusing in the way that they are written, but I think that kids will still have fun with it and learn from it.

My conclusion:

Overall, I liked this book.

I give Your Magnificent Chooser 5 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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cute and Fun Read - My Review of Noah, Noah, What Do You See?

Published by: Tommy Nelson
By: Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson

I love checking out all kinds of children's books, and I was excited to have the chance to read and review Noah, Noah, What Do You See? This book seemed like something that would be cute and fun, and it is.

Noah, Noah, What Do You See?  -     By: Bill Martin, Jr. & Michael Sampson

Who the book is for:

I can see all of my nieces and nephews enjoying this, even the six-year-old niece and nephew. I think that the book is especially fun for babies and toddlers, and I think it would be a good gift for a newborn or for a little one's first birthday.

What I liked:

The pictures in this book are really cute and fun. I love them.

The story is simple and sweet.

The book covers the basics of a number of different Bible characters in a fun way.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I did not like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a fun book for little ones.

I give Noah, Noah, What Do You See? 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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Sweet and Positive Read - My Review of Good Good Father for Little Ones

Published by: Tommy Nelson
By: Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett

My nieces like worship music and I thought it would be fun for them to check out this book, since it is based off a song that they probably sing in church. Good Good Father for Little Ones is something that was written because of the song by Chris Tomlin.

Good, Good Father for Little Ones   -     By: Chris Tomlin, Pat Barrett

Who the book is for:

This book seems appropriate for babies through young school aged children other than that padded cover and board book design that make it seem like it is just for babies and toddlers.

What I liked:

The pictures in this book are cute and sweet.

I like the message of this book and the way that it makes little ones think about God - and a famous worship song - in a whole new way.

This is a positive and encouraging book for kids.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I did not like about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I appreciated this book and all that it is.

I give Good Good Father for Little Ones 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.