Friday, July 31, 2015

Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve (Review)

This is a past read and reviewed book. I finished this book March 21, 2015. This is book 1 of the Supernatural Prison series. I received a free copy of Dragon Marked for an honest review. There is an incessant amount of cursing that started right from page one but gets a bit better as the story goes on.

I love Jessa and Braxton and all the other Compasses. This story was extremely well written and makes you not want to put the book down. I can't wait to see who Jessa ends up with as her mate. We get the vibe it will be Braxton but the author throws Louis into the mix adding him as a possibility, although Jessa repeatedly says that most stick with their own. Jessa and Braxton are best friends and will not want to chance their friendship on a deeper relationship but could turn out amazing.

This was an amazing story and I can't wait for the next one. I would highly recommend this book with a bit of parental guidance due to the numerous references to sex and intended rape. There are no actual scenes, just inferences to past events. And one time where Jessa asks if two supes were having sex in prison under a jacket. 4 out of 5 stars.

From the back cover:
There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey.

Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She’s a wolf shifter, and her father leads the town council. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all.

She is dragon marked.

Jessa only knows what she’s been told about the dragon marked, that they are dangerous and must be eliminated to prevent the rise of the dragon king, the powerful warmonger who had his head removed a thousand years ago. So now Jessa's on the biggest hit list of all. Dragon mark hunters are lethal and her only hope to evade detection is to keep the energy contained.

As more secrets unfold she finds herself locked up in Vanguard, the notorious American supernatural prison. Thankfully she’s not alone. Braxton, the dragon-shifter has her back. Together they must survive long enough to free themselves and the other dragon marked.

Because it’s time for the dragon marked to rise.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

First World by Jaymin Eve (Review)

This is a past read and reviewed book. It is book 1 of the Walker Saga series and took me by surprise since it totally wasn't what I was expecting. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Throughout the book, there is some use of strong language, no sex although mention of some. There is a ton of violence and adventure.

The author sets the stage incredibly even though it began slow. Once I began reading I actually had to go back to the information about the book to understand what was going on. Starts out with Abby on a desolated Earth and having recurring dreams about people she never met. Once on First World she meets Brace, one of the people in her dreams. We find out that Abby is a Walker, someone who can walk between world's.

Christian parental advisory- at one point in the book, it tells us that everyone was created due to a random burst of energy and then the different worlds were created.

Would recommend this book to teens, with discernment and supervision due to some questionable elements, as well as adults. Wish these books were available through the library, not just on Amazon for cost. I would love to read the next books in this series. 4 out of 5 stars.

From the back cover:
A paranormal romance series. 
An epic journey. 
If the Seventine are released, will anyone survive?

Abigail Swish might not love her life, living in gang-ridden New York in 2035 and training to fight and survive with Compound 23. But she is grateful for a few things, especially her no-filter-between-brain-and-mouth best friend Lucy and her escape each night into a dream world far different from her own. 

In fact, sometimes she lives for the fleeting moments she spends at night with the man who fuels every romantic fantasy she’s ever had. But each morning reality returns. She could just cry. But she won’t of course; tears don’t change a damn thing.

Then without any warning, a month before her eighteenth birthday, everything does change. A guardian finds her. He explains, in a strangely familiar accent, that she was stashed on Earth for safekeeping and has been lost to her family ever since. And it is time to return home. To the First World; a land of unimagined beauty. 

Abigail and Lucy find themselves escaping New York, ending up on another planet and traversing through an unforgiving wilderness. Yeah, because that sort of thing just happens every day. Luckily an unexpected saviour arrives; the man from her dream-world. Brace is six-and-a-half feet of gorgeous perfectness, wrapped in an arrogance like no other. Unable to trust his assistance, and unsure which of her instincts to follow - kiss him or punch him in the mouth - Abigail eventually accepts his help to find her family. 

And what a family. Enter Josian, her father; larger than life and apparently not even human. He is Walker, a planet-less race revered as gods, causing mischief and mayhem through-out this star-system. Unfortunately, there is no time for a cosy reunion, since no one explained that by returning to First World her half-Walker genetics would act as a catalyst setting forth a chain of events which could spell disaster for not only her existence but that of all worlds.

First World is book one in the Walker Saga, a seven-book paranormal fantasy series.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Perfect Cast by T.K. Chapin (Review)

"Roy’s appreciation for the country life stemmed from his love of God and His creation. He felt the cities were overcrowded and destroyed pieces of God’s beautiful land." He was glad he would get his grand-kids for the summer.  "Jess missed a step on her way down the stairs and tumbled to the bottom... Glancing up. she was greeted by laughter from a rude, but very attractive, brown-haired boy with the bluest eyes she'd ever seen." 

Jess' parents split up and her mom decides it would be good to get her kids out of Seattle for the summer, and take a trip to Roy's farm, where Jess hasn't been in the past 5 years. Jess can not even imagine what she is going to end up doing on a farm for the whole summer, without modern conveniences like cell phones and cable television. Her attitude changes as the book goes on and she ends up falling in love with God, the farm and the least likely guy.

The Perfect Cast is book 1 in the Love's Enduring Promise series. I was contacted by the author to review this book. Thank you T.K. Chapin for the opportunity to read your book. The prologue, which is a diary entry from Jess, and italic thought comments throughout are written in the first person and the rest of the book is in third person written from the perspectives of Jess, Roy (Jess' grandfather) and Levi. There are some present/past tense issues mainly toward the beginning of the book when Jess is thinking about things she and her father used to do before her parents split. The pacing and flow of the story are moderate to fast and some chapters overlap the timing of the book to give a better idea of what is going on. Tempers arise throughout and a death occurs but God prevails and finds some of his lost sheep. The end was shocking, unexpected and a bit anticlimactic. 

This was a coming of age Christian romance; the author accurately portrays the teenage innocence at the beginning of the book and we see Jess and Levi grow and depend on God. This is a quick read that I would recommend to teens and adults. 4 out of 5 stars. Christian approved.

From the back cover:
“Meeting him was fate, loving him was a choice, and spending the rest of my life with him… well that was destiny.” 

At the brink of adulthood Jess thought she had it all figured out, that was until her parents split and her mom whisked her away to the middle of nowhere. Her Grandpa’s farm was the last place on earth she wanted to be, and with no cell phones, internet or cable she was destined for a summer of boredom. 

Man of Her Dreams 
Clint Foster, the man who has everything going for him. Successful, charming and downright gorgeous; Can Clint be the true love she's been waiting for? Her only problem is her Grandpa’s farmhand Levi keeps getting in the way. 

Trading in rock concerts for chicken coops and sneakers for cowboy boots; join Jess as she finds love in the unexpected places. 

A clean christian romance about faith, love and family. 

Bound by Sacrifice by Reyna Pryde (Review)

This is a past read and reviewed book. I finished this book April 7, 2015. This is book 1 of the Road to Ruin series. I received this complementary book in exchange for an honest review. This was a very interesting book. We learn about the Bible story of Cain and Abel and this book brings that story to life and what could have happened after Cain killed his brother Abel. I very much enjoyed this book and was sad to see the end, especially since everything was left in limbo. I love the ups and downs of Acelynn and how she is surprised by who and what she is after over 80 years of life.

The Bible is God's word to us and we know that intercourse is to be between a married couple. Abel, being a blessed man of God, having been in Heaven, why would he not marry Acelynn first before having sex? Also, the details of the intercourse are not necessary in the book. I get that the purpose of their intercourse is so Acelynn is pregnant with a child of the son of Satan.

I would not recommend this book to my Christian friends even though it was a great book, due to the sex throughout majority of the book. 2 out of 5 stars.

From the back cover:
Find a new kind of PARANORMAL from the world of Traversing Eternity ... Monsters of fantasy and myth, angels and demons, vampires, shapeshifters, and a world full of magic!

All legends are created out of truth, join Acelynn on her journey to find that truth in the first installment of The Road to Ruin Series: Bound by Sacrifice, a Traversing Eternity book.

When you make a deal with the Devil, it can be Hell...
Acelynn made a deal to save her sister's soul, kill Satan's son or become Satan's bride. It seemed impossible to find a legend like Cain, but after decades she finally got a lucky break. This break happens to be one sexy immortal, the type of man Acelynn can't let herself fall for. He's full of hope, a light shining brightly, and all Acelynn knows is darkness. And the darkness keeps growing as vampires, werewolves, and other magical creatures change the course of her journey. Will her heart be the only thing that stands in the way of saving her sister's soul? Or will she always be bound by sacrifice?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bathory's Secret by Romina Nicolaides (Review)

This is a past read and reviewed book. I received complementary copy of this book for an honest review and finished it January 29, 2015. This is book 1 of the Affliction series.

Parental advisory: this book portrays a warped sense of what Christianity is. Priests who pray to God, capture, contain and rape vampires, all in the name of Jesus, as well as drink vampire blood to elongate their own lives. I've never read a vampire novel before, but it was a good read, with thought-out, well developed characters. I would have given this book a higher rating were it not for the graphic scenes beginning in chapter 8.

I love how the book opens up to explain about a virus that changes your body composition and how the person then becomes "Afflicted" or otherwise known as a vampire. It also explains from a first person point of view, all the myths about vampires, such as using garlic or a crucifix o ward off a vampire. Silver is specifically pinpointed as something that can harm someone with the VN73 virus.

This author has very poor usage of commas, which prevents the sentences from being read smoothly and I have had to reread numerous sentences to understand what is trying to be said.

Our main character, Kati, is a 14 year old, underprivileged girl, who lives with her mother. She is approached by the Countess, Bathory, to work at her castle and bind a bunch of papers into books. Kati can not read up to this point, which is what the Countess is looking for in a book binder. The Countess brings in 4 young, wealthy girls to teach how to become ladies, one of whom befriends Kati and teaches her how to read.

*Graphic Spoiler Alert*
Kati begins to read the Countess' journals and we discover the Countess' childhood. Up to the chapter 8 mark, this was a clean book, but at the middle of this chapter, there is a graphic rape scene between the captured young vampire and a Priest. We are told that this would be a nightly occurrence, and not necessarily by the same Priest, each time. There are also other scenes between the girl and her vampire keeper, Vyktor, later on in the book. This book ends with a cliff hanger. What happened with the Countess' son who was to be healed? Is that in the supposed next installment that the author mentions at the end?

All in all, I would recommend this book to those that have a firm understanding of Christianity and know that what the Priests in the underground compound, are not correct in their thinking and warp what the Bible says to be true. Use your own judgement. As a Christian, I would not let my children read this book because it goes against what we believe to be true. 2 out of 5 stars.

From the back cover:
Do Vampires live forever? Hell no! Immortality is earned...

The year is 1609 and fourteen year old Kati lives a quiet rural existence with her mother in the outskirts of Csejthe Castle, the home of the powerful Countess Erzsébet Báthory. When the Countess personally shows up at Kati’s house offering her a job as a servant, she is happy to go if it’ll help her mother break out of poverty. Once at the castle the Countess ensures that Kati is illiterate before giving her the task of binding a series of centuries old notebooks which hide a blood soaked and violent past. As the months progress Kati discovers that her new mistress is fearsome, cruel and dangerous, but she is unable to leave without fear of retribution. She realizes that her only hope of understanding and escaping the Countess hides within the journals she is unable to read. Finding herself in a desperate situation Kati must uncover the secret behind the Countess’s erratic behavior and stop her before it’s too late for her and everyone she loves.

Run by Becky Johnson (Review)

This is a past read and reviewed book. I finished this book on May 12, 2015. This is book 1 of the Charlotte Marshall Mystery series. I received it through the Read it and Reap program in exchange for an honest review.

This was a truly a true page turner. Once I downloaded it, I could not put the book down and stayed up late into the night to finish reading it. I love Charlotte and everything that she accomplished. I can not wait for the next book. I was hoping for this book to end with her and Jack getting together.

This book was well written and well researched. You could actually feel Charlotte's emotions along the way and how scared she was throughout the book.

I would totally recommend this book to all my friends. 5 out of 5 stars

From the back cover: 
A decades old mystery and a deadly game of cat and mouse will change Charlotte Marshall forever. 
Charlotte has a good life: friends, family, a successful career. Her perfect life is destroyed when research for a book and a connection from her past plunges her into the middle of her worst nightmare. 
On the run, with no one to trust, Charlotte begins to unravel the work of a sadistic murderer. Afraid and alone, she will learn the meaning of trust and just when to run.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Warning Signs by Katy Lee (Review)

This is a past read and reviewed book. I finished this book on May 15, 2015. This is book 1 of the Stepping Stones series.

Miriam is deaf and is the principal of a hearing school. She is targeted for what she saw as a child. While figuring out who is behind a drug operation she meets Owen and helps him find forgiveness and love.

What an amazing book. I have never read a book quite like this one. It is filled with inspiration and the love of God. 

5 out of 5 stars. A must read.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

One True Path by Barbara Cameron (Review)

"Michael accelerated from the curb, taking off with such speed the rear end fishtailed... He slammed on his brakes, but the bumper caught Sam and the impact tossed him into the air like a rag doll."

Rachel Ann has been going through her running around years and seeing an English guy named Michael. One day Michael shows up while Rachel Ann is babysitting her 4-year-old brother and Michael gets annoyed that she can't go for a ride so he speeds away, makes a U-turn and races back to talk to her again when Sam darts out into the street. He ends up in a coma for weeks. All through this time she comes to see Michael's true character and realizes that he is just looking to have a good time and does not really care about her or her family. Her neighbor and childhood best friend, Abram,  helps her and her family through everything,  even so much as working for Rachel Ann's father at the furniture shop and having the boss pay her father for everything Abram does. He finally admits how much he cares for Rachel Ann and she had no idea. Was love just next door all this time?

This is book 3 of the Amish Roads series. It is a very fast, short read. Pacing and speed are moderate to fast, told from the third person following Abram and Rachel Ann. This is not your typical Amish book. Our characters are a bit older than u would normally find in an Amish book, them being in their early 20's. The bishop in this community must be very lax since Abram has a cell phone and the women are allowed to wear colored dresses instead of black or even grey. This community aounds more Mennonite than Amish. 

Good book, especially if you are looking for something to read quickly over 2 nights. I finished it in a day, but I read fast. Christian approved. Very predictable. 3 out of 5 stars. I would recommend.

From the back cover:
Amish marriages are forever. Abram Lapp believes he could love his neighbor forever, but Rachel Ann is enjoying her Rumschpringe, exploring Englisch life with a very Englisch boy named Michael. As Abram watches Rachel Ann stray from the life he had hoped for them, he regrets not telling her that his feelings for her have deepened. Rachel Ann loves the freedom she has away from the familiar Amish rules and responsibilities. But when tragedy strikes and her brother is critically wounded in an accident, she begins to feel a pull toward home. She struggles with guilt and throws herself into working two jobs to help with hospital expenses. Leaning on Michael for support, she realizes he might not be the man she needs or wants. Could the husband she has hoped for be waiting right next door?"

Friday, July 24, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant (Review)

No one is too broken for God to heal.
Stella is still recovering from her ex-husband's deception and abandonment. Every time she has a memory, she has an anxiety attack and passes out. She is an interior designer and needs a job desperately or will need to move back in with her parents. Her mom gets her a job to revamp an old theater with an out of town contractor, who happens to be her sister's ex-boyfriend who fell in love with her instead, got scared, and ran away. Chase is back and can not believe that the designer for the theater is the one person he should avoid after causing a world of hurt to Stella and her family, many years ago. He has his own brokenness to overcome, after loosing his fiancee in a fire, and is hopeful to be the one to help Stella while on his own journey, since he never stopped loving her.
This book is written in the third person point of view following both Stella and Chase. It is a fast paced book that keeps you guessing how Chase and Stella are going to get through their past mistakes, however, the flow is stilted at points due to a lack of editing out certain extra words or fixing tenses correctly. Usually I don't mention editing issues like this but it is throughout the whole book and makes the reading stutter. It is as if the book was written and then changes were made but not fixed or proofread afterward.
This is a good Christian book and I recommend it and look forward to reading this author again. I only hope other books are edited and proofread better. 3 out of 5 stars.

From the back cover:
For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.
Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn’t trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to brokenness, so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but she always falls short. So she keeps her passion for art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn’t get another job soon, she’ll be stuck living with her parents.
Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancée. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he’ll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town’s old theater and is shocked to discover that the designer for the project is his old flame, Stella.
Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and past as they struggle to compromise and work together on a vision for the theater. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness—and their unresolved feelings for each other—until Chase discovers the hidden parts of Stella, while losing her trust in the process.
A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice—to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from their brokenness.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Where did the Dinosaurs come from?

I was thinking lately about Dinosaurs after seeing the newest Jurassic Park movie in the theater. (Good movie, by the way.) If God created the land, sea, air, birds, fish, mammals, humans all in 6 days and then rested on the 7th day, where did dinosaurs come from? Or, as some believe, humans formed out of nothing when all particles collided just the right way in the Big Bang theory, where did everything else come from? We evolved from monkeys or apes? Where did those monkeys or apes come from? Single celled organisms that, over time, evolved into humans, mammals, birds, air, sea, and land? Ok, that discussion for another time.

Everything we are told growing up in school and by the media says that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. That contradicts what the Bible tells us. That God created the whole world in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. But, how can the Bible be wrong?

Genesis chapter 1  (ESV)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (the first day)
7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. (the second day)
11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[a] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. (the third day)
16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. (the fourth day)
20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” (the fifth day)
24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 26 Then God said, “Let us make man[a] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”(the sixth day)

So God created the Earth on the first day and man on the sixth day. Where are the dinosaurs that were to live millions of years ago?

"As you add up all of the dates, and accepting that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to Earth almost 2000 years ago, we come to the conclusion that the creation of the Earth and animals (including the dinosaurs) occurred only thousands of years ago (perhaps only 6000!), not millions of years. Thus, if the Bible is right (and it is!), dinosaurs must have lived within the past thousands of years." -Dinosaurs and the Bible

How could God create dinosaurs and man together? Someone can get eaten, right? Wrong! 

Genesis Chapter 1
29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God told everyone to eat PLANTS! It wasn't Adam and Eve sinned by eating forbidden fruit that death entered into the picture.

Most animals are not described in the Bible but many dinosaurs actually are so we know they were living at the same time as humans. Even after the flood, dinosaurs were in existence since God mentions one that Job is familiar with.

Job 40:15-24 (ESV)

15 “Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you; he eats grass like an ox.
16 Behold, his strength in his loins, and his power in the muscles of his belly.
17 He makes his tail stiff like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are knit together.
18 His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like bars of iron.
19 “He is the first of the works of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!
20 For the mountains yield food for him where all the wild beasts play.
21 Under the lotus plants he lies, in the shelter of the reeds and in the marsh.
22 For his shade the lotus trees cover him; the willows of the brook surround him.
23 Behold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightened; he is confident though Jordan rushes against his mouth.
24 Can one take him by his eyes, or pierce his nose with a snare? 

So if dinosaurs existed after the flood, what happened to them?

At the time of the Flood, many of the sea creatures died, but some survived. In addition, all of the land creatures outside the Ark died, but the representatives of all the kinds that survived on the Ark lived in the new world after the Flood. Those land animals (including dinosaurs) found the new world to be much different than the one before the Flood. Due to (1) competition for food that was no longer in abundance, (2) other catastrophes, (3) man killing for food (and perhaps for fun), and (4) the destruction of habitats, etc., many species of animals eventually died out. The group of animals we now call dinosaurs just happened to die out too. In fact, quite a number of animals become extinct each year. Extinction seems to be the rule in Earth history (not the formation of new types of animals as you would expect from evolution). -Dinosaurs and the Bible

What is your purpose?

Do you ever wake up in the morning and wonder what your purpose is? What we are here for? How did we get here? How is it that our heart beats and our hair grows? How do some people have black hair and some have blond? Some curly and some straight? Did we really just spontaneously form into human beings? If that is the case, where did the Earth come from? How does the ocean not overtake the land? How do we have night and day? Where do the stars come from? Why does hair grow extremely fast on the top of our head but not on our arms and legs?

My testimony

Here is my testimony in a nutshell.
John and I have been together since 2005 and were married in 2009. One day I asked him where we were going. What did he see as our next step. We got into a discussion and he asked me how I saw us being married. Would it be in a church with a white wedding dress and if so, what led me to believe that I could be married that way.
I was brought up in a house that my mom was raised Catholic and my dad Jewish. They decided that my brother and I would not be raised as anything and we could then choose what we wanted to believe.
John really got me thinking. I never actually thought too hard about what being married in a church meant. He started to ask me all these questions about what I believed and most of the answers were “I don’t know” because I really had no clue about what I did or did not believe. I had previously attended a Roman Catholic church only a handful of times with my aunt and uncle when I was younger and had attended an orthodox Jewish temple where they did not even speak in English.
What did Easter mean to me? Egg hunt and a bunny. What was Christmas? Presents and time with family. Why do we have a Christmas tree or a Menorah? I never actually thought about the reason for a Christmas tree but a Menorah candle is lit for every night of the holiday of Chanukkah. Each holiday you get gifts.
How could I make an educated decision on what I believed if I had no idea what the options were. I had always called myself an Atheist. I bought myself a New Believers Bible with a bunch of extra information in the front and began to read it and realized that I knew nothing about what I said I didn’t believe. I began asking John questions that he didn’t have all the answers to.
I discovered the purpose for us being here and how we became what we are today. Thank you Church at the Gateway. We attended, were saved, baptized, married and have 2 children that we dedicated to the Lord.
What is the purpose of your life? Spread the Good News! Jesus is coming back one day!

What is your child thinking?

(I created this post back in October 2014 on an old blog site)
So I just came across an article about 3 year olds and what their biggest issues are. Some of these are great. Below I have the issues that I can so see my son, Logan having. Here is the article by Christine Knight…
Being 3 is tough. You’re not a baby anymore, but you’re not a big kid yet, either. You’re expected to do what you’re told, but now you have mind of your own. Uh-oh! Here are times when, for a 3-year-old, the struggle is real. #firstworldtoddlerproblems
1. When there’s no whole milk left, only skim.
2. When you want a banana and there are no bananas left. And no, you don’t want a pear/grapes/apple. Yuck!
3. When you drop the last Goldfish on the floor and your parents won’t let you eat it.
4. When you take your shoes off, but can’t put them back on.
5. When Netflix is down and there’s no more Curious George or Thomas.
6. When your head gets stuck in the T-shirt hole.
7. When you want to keep playing, but mom says it’s dinnertime.
8. When you glue your art project to your pants — whoops!
9. When your latest artwork (with pens and furniture) gets you in trouble.
10. When the tag in your shirt itches your skin so much that you need to take off your shirt and no one understands.
11. When you’re strapped in the stroller and drop your car.
12. When you peed in your pants because you didn’t want to stop playing to go to the potty.
13. When you drank full-strength juice and bounced off the walls.
14. When you want more juice and Mommy says no because it is too close to bed time.
15. When you fell asleep in the car seat and woke up epically grumpy.
16. When you didn’t nap at all and were even grumpier.
17. When you’re angry — all. day. long.
18. When you wanted to press the elevator button and someone beat you to it.
19. When mom turned the TV on when you wanted to do it.
20. When you want to wear rain boots to school and Mommy says you need to wear sneakers because it is not raining.
21. When you have to share your toys.
22. When you get served peas for dinner.
23. When your night-light goes off in the middle of the night.
24. When Mommy won’t nap with you at bed time.
25. When you only want to eat crackers and your parents want to feed you vegetables instead.
26. When no one can understand what you’re saying, but you’re speaking loud and clear.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Inside Out Movie (Review)

We see Riley as a new born baby and we meet Joy who is inside Riley's head. We then meet the others inside Riley's head and how each of these voices control Riley's emotions, Fear, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and of course Joy. We see Riley grow up and have mostly good days, or as Joy likes to say, "another perfect day."

Riley's family needs to move and the little voices fight for control over Riley's emotions. One day Sadness begins to touch Riley's memory marbles and makes the happy memories into sad memories. Joy tries to control everything going on and her and Sadness end up getting sucked into the Long Term Memory tube. This puts Riley into a mental break down but in the end they all learn to work together and realize that you can have memories that are a combination of emotions, like happy tears and that it is all right to cry sometimes and to express your true feelings instead of putting on a happy face.

I would recommend this movie to all ages. Be aware that if you bring small children, there is a very big clown that makes a very loud noise and can scare kids during one brief part. Joy and Sadness will wake the clown up, so when you see him sleeping, you can put your hands over your child's ears if loud noises frighten. 4 out of 5 stars. Christian approved.

Movie Description:
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Minions the Movie (Review)

I watched some of this movie and could not watch anymore. There is no other word to use than stupid.

The minions decide to go to Orlando and hitchhike to get there. They end up with a family who take a pitstop to rob a bank. The girl gets upset about tripping the bank alarm. They get chased by cops and use a paint ball gun so the cops have trouble driving. The father thanks the minions for helping with the paint balls.

I would not recommend this movie. I have no idea if it gets better after this point since I could not continue watching. 1 out of 5 stars.

Now and Forever by Mary Connealy (Review)

"Matt rounded a curve as tight as dark curls-and stomped on the toe of a bear cub. A squall drew his eyes down. A roar dragged them up... that was so careless and stupid he almost deserved to die."

Matthew Tucker is a trapping, mountain man who swears he will never get married. He is a white man raised by Indians and saw what a trapper lifestyle did to the woman who raised him. He officially meets Shannon when falling down a mountain after being almost attacked by a bear. Shannon tries to save them by throwing them off a cliff into a rapid river with waterfalls. After being gone for 5 days, they are forced into marriage. Many troubles await them at every turn but peace in God is just around the corner if they just reach for it. Shannon and her sisters have internal battles to overcome as well due to their fathers insistence that they pose as men and previously fought in the war. Shannon having been first a soldier and then a medic.

This is the second book of Mary Coneally's Wild at Heart series. Written in the third person omniscient view. Our author writes amazing Christian Romance novels with just the right amount of twists and turns and mystery to keep you wanting to know what happens next. Even though this is the second book, the characters are well defined so you get a true feeling for who they are. There are a great many personal conflicts in this novel and you feel what Matt and Shannon feel toward certain characters. 

I would absolutely recommend this book, as well as any book written by Mary Connealy. I have read many books by her and she never disappoints. I can not wait for the next book, about Bailey, to come out. 4 out of 5 stars. Totally Christian approved.

From the back cover:
Saddle up for romance and adventure with the Wilde sisters!

Shannon Wilde is the middle sister--and the one who loves animals. She's established her own homestead and is raising sheep for their wool. Things are going fine...until Shannon gets swept over a cliff by Matthew Tucker!

Tucker seizes every opportunity to get away from civilization, but one particular walk in the woods ends with him sprinting away from an angry grizzly and plunging into a raging river, accidentally taking Shannon Wilde with him. Their adventure in the wilderness results in the solitary mountain man finding himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.

As Tucker and Shannon learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon's land. Someone clearly wants to drive her off, but whoever it is apparently didn't count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad--and trying to hurt the woman he's falling in love with sets off something even he never expected.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Justified by Varina Denman (Review)

"Children are a gift from the Lord," I whispered it into the warm air, reminding myself that even though I hadn't followed the proper time line; even though I had disgraced my family, my church, and my community; even though this baby has turned my life upside down... my little man was a gift.

Fawn gets pregnant by her boyfriend, Tyler, who turns out to be obsessive,  abusive, possessive and psychotic.  JohnScott is the son of the people who took Fawn in after her parents kicked her out. JohnScott's parents ask him to keep an eye on Fawn after she decides she has to be independent and moves into an isolated trailor on the Caprock. Not only does Fawn deal with snakes, JohnScott helps her learn to trust in God and find her self-worth.

This book is written in the first person from Fawn's perspective but also the third person from Tyler's perspective and JohnScott's perspective. Our author writes to keep your attention and makes you not want to put the book down.

This is a wonderful novel about a 21 year old girl who makes a mistake and her journey toward God and a loving Christian man. I absolutely loved this book. It sucked you in and you felt her emotions the whole way. 5 out of 5 stars. 

From the back cover:
In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect.

Justified perfectly captures the rhythm and romance of life in a small town, telling the unforgettable story of a woman searching for renewal, a man looking beyond what others see, and a community torn between judgment and love. It is the unforgettable story of broken dreams, second chances, and relentless hope