Sunday, March 30, 2014

Book Reveiw - Holy War by Mike Bond

A War Thriller
Holy War
By:  Mike Bond
Publisher:  Mandevilla Press
Publish Date:  April 1, 2014
 
The war in Beirut is filled with hatred, hostage-taking and passion.  Neill is a journalist on a secret mission for the British MI6 who is searching for Hezbollah terrorist, Mohammed.  Neill is going into Beirut without backup and knows he will be in danger every step of the way.  The British are not the only ones who want to find Mohammed.  French Commando, Andre wants to find him to avenge his brother, Yves, U.S. Marines and French paratroopers that were blown up by Hezbollah.  Rosa is a Palestinian guerilla, who will do anything to save Mohammed as her people feel he is their greatest hope. 
This book takes place in war-torn Beirut.  I found this book to be a very fast paced thriller filled with terror and intrigue.  Because of the nature of this novel and so many vital characters in different countries, you definitely had to pay attention as it switches often from Beirut to political subterfuge in London and Paris.   This is a deep, well-written book about politics and the horrors of war that could only have been written by someone who had first-hand experience. 
 
This is not a book for the faint of heart and it is definitely an adult book. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Mandevilla Press, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review - Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett

Historical Romance



Out of the Ruins
By:  Karen Barnett
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Publish Date:  May 6, 2014

Abby Fischer prayed for a miracle as her beloved sister lay dying.  She just didn’t realize that God would answer her prayer by sending Robert King, a handsome doctor who was experimenting with treatment for a cure for her sister’s condition.   Abby accompanied her sister on the journey to the hospital in San Francisco and stays with her throughout the treatment.  The treatment cannot save her sister and Abby’s feelings toward Dr. King become all mixed up.  Along with sorrow, the San Francisco earthquake and the fire it becomes a struggle to survive.  She finds herself alone in the burning streets of the city and wonders why God isn’t answering her prayers.  As she watches the city burn she wonders if she will be reunited with the rest of her family or if they have perished in the fire and if Dr. King will find her before it is too late.

I fell in love with the spunky character of Abby the moment she fell from the tree into Dr. King’s arms.  From that moment I felt her sorrow, joy and grief as she had to deal with one blow after the other.  I felt her anguish when she felt God had forsaken her and her joy when she realized He was with her through all her struggles.  I would recommend this book if you desire reading a little about history, tragedy and love.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Abingdon Press, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

 

 

Book Review - Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig


Raptor 6
By: Ronie Kendig
Publisher:  Barbour Publishing
Publish Date:  May 1, 2014


Zaharah Zarrick is a U.S.  missionary- teacher in Afghanistan, who also happens to have a degree in quantum cryptology.  Because of her degree she is captured by the Afghans to help break the code for the US military.
Captain Dean Watters of the U.S. Special Operations, lets no one near his heart.  His team is his focus.  All he knows is, he cannot fail in stopping hijackers from stealing US military codes, but when Zaharah is captured his heat begins to open.  He does all he can to insure that Zaharah will be returned safely but also to keep the codes from being stolen.  How high will the cost of opening his heart be?  Will he save Zaharah and the US military codes?  The answers to these questions are between the covers of “Raptor 6”.
“Raptor 6” had my attention from the first page.  This is a fast paced novel filled with mystery, intrigue, romance and faith.  Although Dean couldn’t keep Zaharah from being captured and tortured, she never lost sight of her faith.  Through her faith she helped Dean to open his heart to those around him.   Ronie Kendig does a superb job of incorporating bits of faith with intrigue without being over-bearing .  I would highly recommend this book for all those who enjoy military intrigue without explicit language and sex. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Barbour Publishing, Inc., through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Reveiw - Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman

 
Murder Simply Brewed
by: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher:  Zondervan
Publish Date:  March 25, 2014
 
Middlebury, Indiana, Amish Artisan Community is a wonderful place to visit; stroll the streets, relax and enjoy the quietness, until one morning Amish girl and employee of the Artisan Community, Hannah Troyer, finds the manager of A Simple Blend, Ethan Gray….dead.  It appears he may have had a heart attack due to vandalism, however things just aren’t adding up.    Amber Wright, Hannah’s boss, appoints Hannah as manager of A Simple blend.  She has many misgivings being at the head of the store when she feels her calling is in the quilt store where she previously worked.  Amber and Hannah form a close bond as they work to find out what happened to Ethan and what disrupted the calm life in Middlebury, even though they are from different walks of life.
I have always been intrigued by the life of the Amish and have traveled extensively through-out the Amish communities of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.    Over the years I have watched them go from being truly a separated people to being integrated into the English community.  I enjoyed MS Chapman’s storyline, although I wish she would have developed the character of Seth a little more.  I wanted Hannah to help him overcome his awkwardness.  One thing I didn’t like about the book is Charlie, the boa constrictor.  I have an aversion to snakes and I didn’t see that coming.  I almost didn’t finish the book, but am glad I persevered. 
This book was filled with a lot of twists and turns and if you enjoy reading about the Amish this is a must read book. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Zondervan, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 


Book Reveiw - Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

Blossom Street Brides
By:  Debbie Macomber
Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group - Ballentine
Publish Date:  March 25, 2014
 
Lauren Elliott finally realizes her long-time boyfriend Todd would never propose to her because he was waiting for his career as a TV anchor to happen.  She learns that her younger sister is pregnant and is happy for her, yet disappointed because she wants to be a wife and mother.  After her break up with Todd, Lauren makes a list of what she would like in a prospective husband, never expecting to meet “Mr. Right”.  However when Bethanne Scranton’s long-distance husband comes to Seattle to see her, he brings his biker buddy and business partner, Rooster, with him.  Rooster and Lauren meet accidentally at a restaurant while she is waiting for Todd to show up.  When Todd doesn’t show up, she makes a bold move and leaves with Rooster aka..John Wayne.  In an intricately woven story, what happens to Lauren and Rooster will be revealed as you turn the pages of this book. 
Although Lauren and Rooster are the main characters their lives are intertwined with several other couples.  The characters all play an important part in the culmination of the story.  This book deals with problems between mothers and daughters and mother’s learning they have to let go and trust their daughters.  It also touches on issues that older adopted children sometimes suffer from previous foster homes.    
Being a fan of Debbie Macomber’s  books, it was a no brainer when I received the opportunity to read and review this book.  It didn’t disappoint.  If you like books about everyday life situations and a little romance thrown into the mix this is a must-read book. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group - Ballentine, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Reviee - The Ether by Laurice E. Molinari

Good vs Evil
A Children's Book
The Ether
Vero Rising
by:  Laurice E. Molinari
Publisher:  ZonderKidz
 
From a very young age Vero Leland knew he was different from other kids.  He was obsessed with flying.  If only he could get it right.  He nearly gave his parents heart failure.   He also knew he was adopted, but didn’t know the circumstances behind his adoption.  When he was 12 he found out he was a guardian Angel.  He was transported to Ether, the realm between Heaven and the bottomless pit, where he had to learn to conquer his fears and hone his powers.  He along with other angels in training must fight the evil maltures, Leviathan from Job 31 and come face to face with Abaddon of the bottomless pit.  Once Vero has passed his training he knows he will have to give up his earthly family.  
In my opinion this book if far better than the Harry Potter series.  This book grabs you fast and holds your attention till the end, leaving you longing for the next book in the series.  This would appeal to both boys and girl.  It would be a delightful book to read with your children.  I loved so much that it was actually about angels and real life people rather than about witches and magic.  It brings home a great message about bullying and doing what is right.  The twists and turns in the story line will keep your child turning the pages. 
“The Ether Vero Rising” is a great beginning to a wonderful series.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review - NIV The Jesus Bible

Easy to Understand Format For the Young Tween to Teen Age Child
The Jesus Bible (NIV)
Publisher:  ZonderKidz
 
This hard cover Bible is sure to inspire your young Tween to Teen Child.  It shows Jesus’ words in red.  It is set up like an adult Bible with helps such a table of weights and measures, index of devotions, index of hints of the Savior/Jesus revealed, concordance and much, much more.  There is also a listing of the books of the Old and New Testaments in order and also in alphabetical order.
I loved reading through this Bible.  I was especially impressed with all of the study helps in easy to understand format.  One of the things that I really loved was the simplified “Family Tree of Jesus”.  It was so easy to understand, showing the father’s line, God’s line and mother’s line.  I also liked the Miracles of Jesus page, and the Time Line of Jesus’ Life.  The Bible ends with pictures of the Biblical times maps. 
There isn’t anything that I didn’t like about this Bible.  I really wish that KJV would publish a Bible like this for children who attend church where they use only the KJV Bible.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions by Robin Schmitt


365 DAYS OF SHARING GOD'S LOVE WITH YOUR YOUNG CHILD
NIV Adventure Bible Book of Devotions
By: Robin Schmitt
Publisher: ZonderKidz
 
This year long devotional is written specifically for early readers.  It is filled with fictional stories about kids finding adventure in the real world, all the while learning about God and faith. 
As I read through this Devotional I was impressed with the simplicity of each story and the message it portrayed.  Each devotional has a Bible verse and is one page in length so it will insure that your child will stay focused. 
I discussed this devotional with my son, who said it would help parents like him have easy to understand devotionals with their children.  I feel this would be a great way to start a family devotional time. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Book Review - Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek by Jill Osborne

Riley Mae Series
Great for Tweens
Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek
by: Jill Osborne
Publisher:  Zondervan
Riley Mae loves sports and shoes so when the Swiftriver Shoe Company wants to sign her up as their spokesperson she is all for it….but…. her parents are not so sure because she is like every typical girl.  They agree to something but when it gets in the way of something else they want to do, they want to quit.   After much prayer and discussion she does become the spokesperson and it takes her on an unusual journey.  She is faced with making her best friend TJ mad and friending another girl Rusty.  Through her journey she is faced with sharing her faith with the people she meets and although she understands and trusts her faith she is often not sure how to present it to others.   As the plot unfolds you will see Riley not only grow in her faith, but also learn how to share it with others. 
I loved this book for several reasons.  It will appeal to those tween girls who love God, sports, shoes and a mystery.   It also shows the struggle between making friends happy and doing what is right.  It made situations that children are faced with everyday become manageable if they follow their heart,  remember to pray and ask for help.  It was a fun book to read and I can’t wait to pass it on to my granddaughter.  I know without a doubt she will want to read the whole series.
If any parent is looking for a good wholesome series of books for their young tween…this is it!
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Review- New International Sequin Bible (NIV) - Zondervan

New International Bible
Zondervan
NIV Sequin Blue Sparkle Bible
 
I have just spent the last three and a half hours checking out this beautiful NIV Bible.  I can promise you the picture doesn't do the sparkle justice.
 
Studying the Bible can be done in style for any girly-girl with this new glitzy sequined Bible from Zondervan.  It sports a flexible lay-flat cover with tons of sparkle and shine.  Bling at its best.  The Bible is approximately one inch thick, making it a handy size to carry.  It has standard size print and the words of Christ are in red.  Inside the front cover is a beautiful "presented to” page, followed by the table of contents listing all the books in the Old and New Testament.  The end of the Bible has a page of weights and measures commonly used in the scriptures.  These are converted from Biblical measurements to American and Metric measurements.  If you are looking for a special gift to give this year that will portray the true meaning of Easter to your young to teen age daughter, this would be the perfect gift. Zondervan has outdone its-self in appealing to the younger generation. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Zondervan,  for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 
 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review - Nature Girl by Karen Whiting & Rebecca White

Pre-release Review
A Great Book for the "Tween" Age Girl
Nature Girl
by:  Karen Whiting & Rebecca White
Publisher:  ZonderKidz
Publish Date:  March 11, 2014
 
This book is geared to the “tween” age (9-12) girls.  It shows God’s approach to going green through crafts, activities, science experiments and so much more.  It gives tips on how to plan a spa day with friends for girls of this age, how to make recycled jewelry and even recipes to try.  Each chapter deals with a different topic in caring for the earth God has given us.  It also talks about being beautiful from the inside out and that every girl’s beauty secret is….self-confidence.
I am not sure what I expected from this book but was pleasantly surprised as I turned the pages.  I found this to be a wonderful book for those difficult years between wanting to be a teenager and “not quite there yet.”  This book is not only about protecting our earth God’s way, but also about building self confidence in your “tween” girl. There are projects from teaching about soil to making lip gloss that is perfect for the young girl.  I can’t wait to give this to my nine year old granddaughter.  She loves science so I am sure the book will appeal to that part of her, as well as her girly, girl side and it will cover the spiritual side, through the little snippets of scripture and Bible stories throughout.  In my opinion you don’t have to be a science major or a girly-girl to enjoy this book. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, ZonderKidz, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Book Review - Pups of the Spirit by Jill Gorey & Nancy Haller

A Sweet Children's Story
 
 

Pups of the Spirit
By: Jill Gorey & Nancy Haller
Illustrator:  Deborah Melmon
Publisher:  Zondervan

Pups of the Spirit, is a sweet book teaching children about the fruits of the spirit.  Each pup has special qualities they will share with your child as you turn each page.  Each of the nine pups show how God’s spirit grows through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

The authors did a remarkable job breaking down Galatians 5:22-23 into an easy to understand story that will teach your children the meaning of the fruits of the spirit.  Although I am a grandmother it was a nice reminder on how we are supposed to act.  What is not to love when you wrap puppies, stunning illustrations and easy reading for those in the age 4-8 category? 

In my opinion this is the perfect book for teaching your young child about how God wants you to be.  It will become a treasured book by your children not only because of the adorable illustrations and the playful pups but most importantly because of the wonderful story it teaches.  This would be a great book to add to your child's Easter basket this year. 
 Disclosure:  I was given a copy of this book by the publisher,ZonderKidz , for an honest review.  I was not required to write a favorable review, nor was I compensated for my review.  The opinions in this review are my own.

 

Book Review - Goodnight, Angels by Melody Carlson

Beautifully Written and Illustrated Bedtime Children's Book
Goodnight, Angels
By:  Melody Carlson
Illustrations by:  Sophie Allsopp
Publisher:  ZonderKidz
 
Goodnight, Angels is a beautifully written book about a little boy saying his goodnight to everything that is important to him throughout his day, ending with thanking God for his blessings.  It is written in rhyme, which most children love as it makes it easy to remember.  The pages are of thick heavy-duty chipboard, making it easy for little hands to hold.  It is beautifully illustrated.     
 
As I was reading Goodnight, Angels, it brought back many memories of listening my children and my grandchildren saying their prayers.  In their own heartfelt way they thanked God for every thing that was important to them.  As a grandmother this is a book that I would readily give in a shower gift.  At first I thought it was a spin off of "Goodnight Moon", but it is really a story of its own.  I would recommend this to any parent who wants to instill in their children, from a young age the power of prayer and thankfulness.
 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, ZonderKidz,  for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 
 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Book Review - Defending the Eyewitness by Rachel Lee

Pre-release Review



 
Defending The Eyewitness
by: Rachel Lee
Publisher:  Harlequin
Publish Date: April 1, 2014 
 

Eighteen years after witnessing the murder of her mother as a child, Corey Donahue still didn’t trust men.  Suddenly after all these years she started receiving notes that made her apprehensive and afraid.  Austin Mendez had been deep undercover for six years and needed a place to regroup so Corey rented her apartment to him, although she had previously only rented to women.  He was the only person she felt she could trust with the notes she was receiving.   As the two worked together to find out who was sending these threatening notes and if this person was her mother’s killer, they both began to heal.  Will they find who killed Corey’s mother?  Will the healing become complete?  Will they find true happiness?  These questions will be answered as you turn the pages of this book.
I enjoyed the storyline of this book.  Corey stole my heart and I was hooked from the beginning of the book.  It was filled suspense and romance.  Not to give too much away, I wish there had not been so detail in the romance scenes.  Although the plot was predictable it was an enjoyable afternoon read.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.