I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Review: A Grimm Legacy

I really liked this book by Jenna Jennings. I loved parts of it. The plot idea of kids being descendants of real fairy tale characters is an intriguing one. The way the teens are written was believable, and I liked that they all came from different backgrounds, and weren't the blond-haired, blue-eyed cutouts we've become used to from Disney movies. The action was really good when they are pulled from their own worlds, and continued at a fast pace for pretty much the remainder of the book.

I liked the characters they met along the way, and the things they learn and pieces they put together in order to make their way around the fairy tale land of Elorium. I did enjoy the scrapes they got themselves into and found it all to be very interesting.

The trouble comes in the last third of the book. I really feel like it started to get repetitive. I can only take so much adventure. I was getting a little tired of them being drug around by everyone and having to rescue each other. However, those who LOVE adventure stories and fairy tales will truly enjoy this book. I would recommend it for young adults, and advanced readers age 10+.

I received this book free from Patchwork Press in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: Trading Secrets by Melody Carson

Trading Secret by Melody Carson is a sweet romance for teens or kids from even age 10. Through a misunderstanding because of her name, Micah's Amish penpal Zach thinks she is a boy. They have been writing for six years, and Micah feels he has become a good friend to her, even helping her through her mother's death.

The problem is, Zach has been invited to spend spring break with Micah. Luckily, or not so luckily, Zach is stuck at home helping his father finish the planting. He instead invites Micah to visit him on the farm, thinking if they both work together, it will get done faster. Micah is torn, and has to decide if she will tell Zach she is a girl, or show up dressed as a boy, and see how things pan out.

When Micah finds out Zach is struggling with being Amish and hiding his desire to further his education, she must decide if she will encourage him to leave and pursue his dreams, or stay on the farm she thinks is idyllic.

This story is very sweet. I enjoyed getting to know Zach's family, (mostly his sisters) and thought Micah was a very true representation of a young teen girl struggling to do what is right, even if it conflicts with her heart's desires.

I think this story is great for any young person, but will most likely appeal to girls. Highly recommended for teens and younger, not so much for the adult crowd.

I received this book free of charge from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Review: Christmas at Rose Hill Farm

This book by Suzanne Woods Fisher was a wonderful love story with great characters. I enjoy Amish fiction, and was excited to read this book. However, the Amish are not portrayed in the traditional way. There are different orders of Amish, and some are stricter than others. If this had been written with characters who were not Amish, the story would've been more plausible. There were many instances that didn't mesh with Amish culture (I grew up in Amish Country, Ohio) and made the characters a bit far-fetched to me. This is why I rated it four stars.

Back to the story. I really loved the way a history of roses was woven throughout. At first I thought it would be boring, but the way the information was presented was not at all like a lecture or textbook. I never knew anything much about roses at all, and thought this was a neat touch.

I was very sad for Billy and the way he was brought up. Sometimes it seems people who are trying to live righteously get the short end of the stick over and over. It seems Bess's aunt's house was a wonderful refuge for him, even if she was overbearing and gruff.

The circumstances that tore Billy and Bess apart were completely due to a lack of communication, and Billy's pride. If he hadn't run off, things would have turned out very differently. It is a good lesson to us all that we should never assume we know what another person is thinking. Best to talk things out. 

I liked the internal dialogue of both Bess and Billy. It was very realistic. The character of George was a bit odd, but was not done in a cartoony way, and I really liked him. I did feel that things between Billy and his dad wrapped up a little too neatly, but sometimes it's nice to read a multi-happy ending story. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes a sweet romance, and roses.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

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