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.