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.

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.