"We're [men] not only to wield the plow but to bear the sword...To be a man is to stand up and be counted when there is danger or other evil."
Like Father Like Son by Pete Alwinson is written by a Pastor who sees men as Warriors. A father can nurture, protect and prepare a young man for life's adventures and adversities, feed his spiritual thirst and develop a Christian theme or completely destroy.
This book interested me because my husband didn't grow up with the most supportive father and found it difficult to raise our son. We'd visited many marriage programs and family services that catered to both my husband and son as focus, but nothing every got through. This book helped break the barrier. It allowed him to see the changes within himself so he can then properly train our son in the manner he should go.
I also took the opportunity to see myself in this book, finding Christian attributes that could be applied towards myself and daughter.
There is nothing more important than carrying a strong relationship with God, thus allowing me to create strong and loving relationships with my family, I found this book enlightening, funny and thought-provoking. Not one time did I feel preached to and the references Mr. Alwinson used made the book easy to read and study.
Speaking of study, the questions provided allowed my husband and I to go deeper into our thoughts and prayers, I felt empowered in seeking His desires for us as parents and encouragers, more than our own wants. I will pass this book to any of my friends and family who wish to read it, (and you KNOW how I am about loaning books) but it has to come back in goodt condition. I really want to keep this one and go back periodically. That's the definition of a good book.
On to the next book and have a great day!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The 5th Wave is next.
**Book provided by Litfuse Publicity Group, for an honest review.
Deathly Dreams, by The Panther is a unique YA tale of Jason Anderson. While visiting camp, he's chosen to be leader over a domineering co-camper, which creates a bit of unknown tension. While on a hiking expedition, at the top of a place called Echo's Peak, Jason is pushed off a cliff, his attacker falling to her death. And then the dreams begin.
I like Wattled. It's an app available for both Apple and Android devices. An author, both seasoned and green can use the app to write, or online publish. That's where Deathly Dreams by Panther is available.
I found this story very interesting. This is the author's first serious writing and seems to be pretty popular so I gave him a read.
First I have to say, I was sorta bummed when I found out there were no aliens! When I saw this cover, I thought, "Oh yeah- abduction!" NOT! I can't say enough how a cover must give you a little something bout your tale, or it's a bit deceiving. But it's okay, that can always be changed.
The story was very original and I appreciated the dream sequences. They're always cool to me. What I found difficult was the progression. Sometimes as writers, we see so much going on in our heads that we
don't transition them well when our fingers do the typing. I was a bit lost on how fast things happened and even the part where Gabriel was possessed happened so suddenly, I didn't have time to even figure out what happened to him. Those types of plot holes can confuse a reader. The best thing is, The Panter has time to work on these.
Here's a story that breaks your heart and builds hope at the same time! Imagine a world, where the air is poisonous, there's no wild life, other than enormous rats called Jumpers, and the smallest of cuts can cost you life. Oh, and you have to work every single day of your life, just to make scraps because everything's taken (what little there is) by Nazi-like bosses called Superiors.
The Treemakers, by Christina L. Rozelle, is about a large group of children, treated as slaves in a world where no one's around to care anymore. They've had to survive in a world that protects them just enough to do one thing: Make mechanical trees that process air. They eat a nutritional slop daily, unless they make a mistake, and the only way they're able to conduct any form of hygiene is by spraying off with a hose, as a group every evening before bed. Is there anything better? Any form of escape?
There is, but they have to escape the clutches of those who'd do anything to keep them working, tortured and without. This escape is down below ground. Very far beneath the surface, but with a little help, they endure... but is there such thing as Paradise?
I have to admit, I was duped by this book. I was expecting a fictional tale like Eat, Pray, Love, that would encourage me to always go for what I desired in life. Instead I got an out and out, self-help book. It's okay though... I liked it!
Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert is all about finding the inner-You! It's about seeking what your heart truly longs for then hot to g about making it yours. Broken down into six sections: Courage, Enchantment, Permission, Persistence, Trust and Divinity, you're equipped to, as she explains how to "bring forth the hidden treasure within you." Nothing wrong with that, yeah?
What I love most is how she encourages you to not go about taking on loans to attend universities but to bravely explore on your own, making your experiences your teacher instead. She also suggests you do what you want, regardless of what it may be, in order to be happy doing that thing instead of trying to be famous or rich. Don't do it for money but for the love and experience of it all.
I liked this book because it reads as though Ms. Gilbert is sitting with me, sharing first hand. She's open and honest. Her words are soft and encouraging and not like a therapist telling you about life. I think looking towards life, chucking away the fears and doling what I'd love is a great way to make some Big Magic in my life. Take a peek! 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*The Treemakers is next.
**Book provided by Shelf Awareness for an honest review.
I knew nothing of the Huckleberry series when I got this book for a review. When I saw the cover, I thought, "Oh... another romance." Boy was I wrong!
Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand is number six in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and a very crazy story, but one easy to fall in love with. The story is about Cassie, a girl who left her Amish home to go to college. Normally when one leaves the Amish community, they're shunned, but nosy Annie and Felty, Cassie's grandparents aren't your average Mammi and Dawdi. These octogenarians steal the story! They're hilarious and so full of love and nosiness- you can't help but laugh throughout the book!
It's also a romance, where a handsome Zach is looking for someone who isn't putting in his hands. Cassie carries her own and independent. She's deep and interesting, but he's got to prove himself to her in order to win her. And that's where I always begin to feel like, Ugh... I am so not in to romance, unless it just grabs me! I loved everything about this book, except when it came to Cassie and Zach's relationship- even though it was good.
Jennifer Beckstrand is a great author and her stories will be loved by many. I read way too many Silhouette & Harlequin books as a teen to stay with romance, but if
you like it- especially Amish romance, you will absolutely LOVE this book. Cheers- I'm on to another book! 📚
Oh- there's an awesome giveaway! Check down below for your chance to win the _ENTIRE MATCHMAKERS OF HUCKLEBERRY HILL COLLECTION! Click HERE!
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Big Magic is next.
** Book provided by Celebrate Lit, for an honest review.
Maybe because I didn't read the previous books. Maybe because none of my homosexual friends behaved in the manner these characters did. Maybe because I never hung around people that constantly got into trouble after trouble, after stinking trouble. I just could not relate to Vive, Blake, Taddy and the rest of the crew. They seemed to hemorrhage issues that can get pretty old after a while.
I'm not going to say I didn't like this book, but I really couldn't get into it. I found the style a bit off, but the voice was consistent. I also found they were the most immature bunch I've ever reason. It's sorta funny, because even though I was curious about boyfriends, sex and partying, I was also mature enough to only want love and keep away from people I knew were trouble, long before I ever got to college.
I understand there's a series to this book and Xo, Blake is just a small piece to the collection. I'm not sure I'm ready for the previous books. I'm not even sure I'm ready for the ones after this one! I can say this, Avery Aster has a style all his own and it shows in Blake, the main character.
Xo, Blake is about a young man who's found family in a group
This book is rated differently. There's no way I can use the same sort of scrutiny with a novel to an adult coloring book.
First off, it's still an actual book. the story is about a red haired fairy. She lives inside a clock. One day she wishes to leave the clock to explore the outside world.
She leave the clock and bestows gifts to the little girl who's bedroom is near the clock. From there, the red haired fairy leaves gifts of elegance and mystery.
The book isn't supposed to carry a strong story, so much as give the reader pages of elegant and mysterious items to color and fall in love with.
The book is my first adult coloring book, but I can say, anyone of anyone would love it. So check out Daria Song's The Time Chamber. 📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*XO, Blake is next.
**Coloring Book provided by Blogging for Books (Penguin Random House Books) for an honest review.
Have you read this book? OMGosh- it was amazing! The story, the plot, the twists that threw me off to think the one person who'd been perfect as the Antagonist WASN'T! Sandra Brown's Friction novel is an excellent read! This pretty lady is one heck of writer... but many of you may already know that.
The story is about Crawford Hunt, a US Marshall who's been dealt a terrible hand with the death of his wife. Due to the devastation, he gave custody of his one-year old to his in-laws. A move that many would consider honorary, until he recovers and decides to get his daughter back. During a custody session, an armed gunman barges in, firing maniacally and kills a deputy bailiff and the story rolls on to a non-stop adventure.
This book was a rapid read and I didn't dislike a single bit of it. I mean, Crawford was a bit of a bully and his temper never seemed to ease; his temper is a quality he's known for but he's a good guy. One of the best. The characters in this story are so vivid, it's like watching an HD movie in your head. I see why the author's a New York Times best-seller! She has a way of weaving the tale to keep you guessing and loving everything about it. I just knew I had the villain... and I wasn't close; I did have great motive though. And the one who was wasn't even in my sites... well, he was but I didn't think he was in the way he was! LOL
You won't get it unless you read it! Go to your local library or buy this book! It's a ride📚
Who hasn't ever wondered about their dreams?
The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart, is about Brock, a man who has mysterious dreams, none of which I'll share, due to my 'NO SPOILERS' policy. Anyway, he has these dreams that leave him baffled and curious. After speaking to a friend, he's referred to a book on lucid dreams. In the book, he discovers he can take control of his dreams; he can make them different.
So he dives right back into his dreams, with a plan. He decides to explain things to himself and get himself to do things differently. The problem is, things don't go so well.
This book was so fun and incredibly relatable, because we've all been in Brock's position. What position is that? Why, wishing we could go back and do things differently! If only...
This book blew my mind and I couldn't put it down. READ IT!
* Friction is next.
**Book was provided by BookLook Bloggers for an honest review.
Because of this book, and the knowledge that it's part of a series, I now must go back and read the previous book. I must admit, my ventures in to science fiction normally bordered the lines of Doctor Who, Star Wars, Halo and Doom. This was the first time in quite a while that I took on a book such as The Light Side of the Moon. I'm happy I did. Elizabeth Guizzetti has broadened my horizons and showed me, I can actually take the time to fly to realistic galaxies and even work on the moon. Ha! Who'da thunk it?
Normally I can't read a book this fast! i received Love the Fox from Magnetic Press and it's even more amazing than the preview shots I'd first received.
The story is unlike any other, in that there are no words to read. This graphic tale is filled with beautiful illustrations, showing life in the forest. The circle of life, so to speak. Things are living, killing and flourishing, but when a volcano erupts, a set of events go into motion. You see everything from land, air, and beneath freezing waters.
In every photo, you understand the fear, the frustration and the need to survive. And then there's one fox. She's an eyewitness to the events and watches how easily agitated some of the dominant predators can be when faced with the unknown danger. What you don't see is why this fox is making her way through thunderous, treacherous territory. Not until the end anyway.
This is a great book- one my son would appreciate but I refuse to give him. LOL It's all mine and I won't give it up. So check out this deafening yet silent tale. You will love it
as much as I did. And I'm on to another book!📚
* The Light Side of the Moon is next.
**Book is from Magnetic Press, but reviewed from my personal collection..
*All Photos Property of IDW Comics, J. Hill, G. Rodriguez and J. Fotos.
Have you listened to an audio drama before? I've been caught up in them because they provide the story and sound FX while you just relax and see it all in your mind's eye. They're amazing! I've loved titles like Wormwood, The Leviathan Chronicles, We're Alive and The Heavenfield. They're the best because they bring imagination to life. This audio drama, taken from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic book with the same name has created a story like none I've ever read or listened to!
The story, Locke and Key, is about a mysterious collection of keys that have been entrusted to the Locke family. The only issue is that if you're an unsuspecting adult or simply a non-believer in the magical realm, you can't see the affects of the keys.
Enter Body, Kenzie and Tyler: their father's been killed by a crazed teen (Sam) who'd been instructed by an evil entity trapped in a well on the Locke property. when Tyler, Kenzie and Body are moved to Locke House by their mother, who's alcoholic and distraught at the loss of her spouse (and killed Sam's accomplice). All around the house are these keys that unlock magical doors. One can open a closet that repairs anything that's been broken. Another can open a closet that takes you
I've never had a book that's perfect for my coffee table before, not until now. Most folks have books of European countries or photos of fantastic dinners and hors d' oeuvres. Me, I now have the lovely Misty Copeland.
This young lady, used to play basketball and dance at the Boys and Girls Club- having fun just being a kid. But her teacher saw something special in her and managed to get her a scholarship. Four years later, she was the first African-American female principal dance for the American Ballet Theatre.
Richard Corman's book, Misty Copeland: Power and Grace shows the magic of the blessings she was given and the opportunity to become what many "little brown girls" only dream of! The photos show litheness, symmetry, and inventiveness. She's not only beautiful but what she does with her body and those magical feet is beyond dance.
This more of a picture book than a novella or novel, but it's one that your table will crave! I'm so happy to have received such a lovely book! Check it out! 📚
* The Light Side of the Moon is next.
**Book provided by The Reading Room and Graphic Arts Books, for an honest review.
First off- you can't tell me these covers aren't delicious! I love them like crazy, man! There's something sexy about an apocalyptic situation with a man standing, ready to fight. He can be fully clothed or Conan the Barbarian-like and it doesn't matter, I love it! Enough salivating and on to this amazing trio.
My review is based on the first three books of Peter Troy. From what I understand there's another book coming next year. The story is about a group of people, led by who else? Peter Troy. He's something of a zombinologist. His entire life has been spent studying every zombie movie ever made, no matter how cheesy. Sounds like my life. There are some really cool references to Sharktapus and The Walking Dead and other shows on SyFy that keep me very happy, but the story itself is fast paced and full of decayed wonder...
This book introduces you to the beginning of the apocalypse. Peter's been dumped by his girlfriend and fired from his job as a meat monger. He feels his life sucks, but hey, he's got an abundance of science fiction/ horror movies to keep him occupied. At least, until he spots his ex-girlfriend giving a guy mouth-to-mouth across the way... or is she?
That's when the adventure begins. The story moves fast and the action is funny as well as a bit chaotic. What lost me was detail. There wasn't a great bit of detail. There's an instance where he meets Lena, a neighbor in his townhouse complex. She rushes over because she's afraid, but they never were really neighborly... but suddenly they're locking eyes and getting jealous at the rescue of big-boobed nurses! It was odd because nothing led up to the feelings, unless it was due to apocalyptic stress.
Also, I understand why Lena listened to Peter and his zombie tactics, but she, along with others were way too trusting in an apocalyptic world. Especially with Jim and Nathan! But it was a fun ride, so I moved on to book number two! Rated: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
Okay, I'm gonna be honest: I've never been one for urban fiction. Just like with movies, I shied from them, because I always thought they were full of negativity and perpetuated the views many carried for African Americans. Then I finally got off my mental high-horse and began reading them, like everything else in my arsenal of literary adventures. This one- King's Suite: The Rise of Pooch Smalls by Untamed, was a great read!
The story is about Vernon "Pooch" Smalls, a young man who's destiny was pre-planned from age five. He lost his father to the game and gained a step-father who provided Pooch with everything he needed to know. He went from wearing pj's, way too small, to running the hood, business and product on the streets. He's contriving, retaliatory, and turbulent. He's also loyal and stuck on a girl named Trinity, who won't give him the time of day.
After a close friend betrays him and the death of his step-father, Pooch steps up the game, pushes hard in the paint and gets revenge in one of the worst ways. He's determined to get the girl and live the life of his dreams, as king with the world as his suite!
I'm not even going to lie, I didn't like this book. When I saw the cover, I thought- Oh this is adorable! I expected a cute story to go along with it. Instead, 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino, offered a foul-mouthed little girl, a kind-hearted teacher and careless club owner.
The story's about a Catholic, school girl who is treated poorly by her principal, refused even the simplest of school duties and a bit disheartened at the loss of her mother. She wants one thing more than anything else: to sing. It's also about a woman who's returned home after a divorce, looking to start over and possibly get together with a long, lost love. Lastly, there's the jazz club owner who's about to lose his place because he can't afford to pay thirty-thousand dollars for breaking just about every rule he'd been warned against, at least seven times!
The story spans 24-hours and tells how the three of them come together
and help each other out to accomplish something spectacular. But the way it's told, I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh or growl and chuck the book in the rubbish bin! It's like the book was composed part poetry, part crud. I couldn't even begin to care for Madelaine, the 9-year old: she smoked, cursed like three sailors and then- when she sings, "things happen." It was ridiculous!
I was overjoyed when I finished this book. Boy, it was a bust. On to the next read! 📚
Rating: 👓/5 specs
*The Rise of Peter Troy is next.
**Book provided by Blogging for Books, for an honest review.
Do you love horror? Do you love laughing at the craziest of things while dealing with a hoard of zombies at your heels? What about being transported to another dimension- one that's worse than the one you'd previously fought to survive in and then there are smarter zombies. Along with those intelligent Z's, you have strange, alien monsters that eat both humans and the zombies when they're not riding choppers? then you've found the right series!
From the author who wrote the incredible Zombie Fallout series, here's Mark Tufo, collaborated with another great writer, John O'Brien. He's written books as popular as Leaving Las Vegas (also a movie) and A New World series. Together, they've created a world that's way too scary and hilarious because it's part of the incredible world of Mike Talbot. If you know Mike Talbot, you know these books are not just written well, they're hilarious.
When I saw Night Chill, I knew I wanted to read it. The cover, beckoned to me. I had to have it, so I sent a request that went to Mr. Jeff Gunhus directly. I am so happy he did because the book took me on a supernatural journey that compared to the greatest in horror-telling! The man can scare you!
Night Chill is about Jack Tremont and his family. Well no, that's not right. It's about a lot of people. Some very bad people. For reasons unknown, strangers are after Jack and Lauren's daughter, Sarah. And they aren't normal people. They're immortals... because they have a process called, "The Taking" and it has to do with killing young people, mostly girls. As Jack is dealing with a guilt-ridden past, he's trying to make a new life for his family when a stranger attempts to abduct his little girl while at a rest area during a thunderstorm. A supernatural game of cat and mouse ensues, leading Jack to think he's going insane, arrested for attempted murder and kidnapping!
Night Chill was a great read, with lots of action, hauntings and an ancient hellion from your darkest of dreams. The actions made you either an angry or heartbroken parent or a 'fraidy cat, cringing at the creaks and shadows of your home while reading in the middle of the night. It was awesome- just the sort of book I love reading! I don't believe it was horror, but there were some seriously horrific scenes, I tell you what! lol This book was like Poltergeist and Hannibal Lector combined! If you like scary, this is the story for you.
I managed to win No Toys for Girls and Boys by Rose Frances Thomason, via Goodreads.com. I was shocked- I got the delivery on a Sunday!
So the story is about a little elf named Jingle Jangle. He doesn't work for Santa and he doesn't believe in giving the toys he makes to children. Instead he hoards them for himself. It's not until a gift he tries to give himself winds up in the hands of tiny mouse, that he realizes it can be more fun to give than to keep.
This is short and simple, but it's absolutely adorable. The illustrations (by Sarah Barrett) look like water painting and fits the story perfectly. I think children of all ages will like this story and it's right on time for the holiday season.
If you like Christmas stories on sharing and a quick lesson learned, read No Toys for Girls and Boys. On to the next read!📚
Rating: 👓👓👓👓/5 specs
*Night Chill and Night Terror are next.
**Book provided by Rose Frances Thomason (Goodreads.com win), for an honest review.
Luis A. Malave made this book real. Two Sides of the Game brings together the worlds of heterosexual and homosexual into one explosive story. Devon is street-wise and pretty much a dog playing 'The Game'. You know, no attachments, hit it and quit it- that's the life, along with other activities that lower neighborhood value and community health. It's how he came up in the world and figured he'd leave it the same fashion.
Ricky is openly gay, beautiful and loves men... with money and secrets to keep, i.e. another version of 'The Game'. It's his way of life and he does it for extra money, happiness while he searches for a normal life. But when Ricky and Devon's lives cross, something huge is made. Something unexpectedly special and that's all I'm going to say.
When I received this book, I walked in with an open mind; I had no clue what to expect What I got was amazing! What I got was a great story. Now I'm not in to lots of profanity, gratuitous sex scenes and violence, but Mr. Malave made it work. Each and every scene carried purpose and added to the story, instead attempting to raise shock value.
And each character had... well, character! Devon, as dislikable as he was, had a mission and a bit of redeeming quality, but it was Ricky, with his "On Fire" life, but definitely not flaming, that got me! I loved Ricky, but even he did things I thought were horrible. The thing is, they were refined in a way, I actually appreciated all of what took place for this story. Not many can pull that off.
Here's to the final book in the Existence trilogy. I must admit, this story was the better of them all! There's something about college adults instead of teens for this story that just makes it likable.
Pagan, now a college student has forgotten everything that's happened within the past year or so of her life. No Dank, Leif, no wandering souls. Now she has to choose between the one made especially for her, the once totally forgotten or the one lusting and stalking her every move!
I have to say that this one, minus the narrator's voice, really kept my attention. Dank, had to win her back the hard way- with no advantages of Pagan's memory. The idea of him having to start from scratch was pretty cool, but he still had an advantage. To me, Dank cheated the entire book, leaving Leif and Jay
Have you ever spied a book you just knew you had to read? Not because someone else read it and thought it was great or because it was on sale at the nearby bookstore. Simply because the cover and summary just grabbed a hold and refused to let go, no matter how much you resisted. If not, I feel so sorry for you. It's happened to me numerous times.
I especially fought when I saw the cover and summery for Warren the 13th and the All Seeing Eye, by Tania del Rio, almost two months ago. Now I receive numerous emails from groups, clubs and sites all the time. Normally I glance over titles, photos and summaries, but I just knew I couldn't let this one get away!
On first glance, it makes you think of a BBC television show, or Tim Burton's animations- but no! This story carries a life all its own... well, maybe with a British accent, it's better. I read aloud in one. I just knew the book had to be mine. So I followed the link to request an #ARC. For some reason, the link wasn't updating and I feared I'd missed out. So I later went on Twitter and posted a tweet and Whoa! The author sent me another link- and I managed to get two copies! One for me and one for homeschooling!
The first thing that turned me away from liking this book is the ambiance. For some reason, the innocence of the first book vanished, swallowed whole by profanity, sexual innuendo and extreme jealousy! Dank has turned into the boyfriend from
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