Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Treasure Hunt

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Description: They were silent a moment each thinking of the strange clue and even stranger signature. Anna was first to speak. "It seems like some sort of treasure hunt."
A boring summer vacation turns into an exciting adventure when Anna and her brother David discover a mysterious note. Soon they are hunting for clues, solving puzzles, and cracking codes--all on their own farm!

This story was so much fun! This is the kind of book that I wanted around when I was younger. It was a fun story about siblings on a treasure hunt that lasts a few days. What is not to love?

The style was charming. There was nothing deep in this book, although faith is mentioned. It’s one of those books that would make a delightful summer afternoon read for a kid. Although, they might start making treasure hunts themselves.

The characters were defined enough that I never mixed up siblings, which is impressive for a first book. Well done Kate Willis!

I highly recommend this for younger readers who like contemporary mysteries and stories about happy siblings.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Woodcutter Quince

Description: In the depths of Black forest, strange creatures are rumored to exist. Casperl isn't sure he's seen any of them, but he does know that there is a princess trapped on top of an enchanted mountain. Only a true prince can free her. He's certainly not one.

It’s been a while since I’ve read any of the Bookania stories, but I’ve had this story my Kindle a while. I found that this story was easily enjoyed all on its own. While it wasn’t long, is still found myself adoring the characters.

Casperl is a sweet hero. I love how he is so kind to the princess who is trapped in the enchanted castle, and how he always hoped the next prince would rescue her. The princess is also a good character. I enjoyed her old-English way of talking, and her kindness to others.

While there were mentions of the princess being under a spell, there wasn’t a lot of magic. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. The ending was perfect!

I recommend this for those who like fairy-tales, short stories, and sweet heroes.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Dylan's Story

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Description: Terrified of telling too much, ten-year-old Dylan Sedano wishes his little sister, Fern, would stop talking. But when army reserve officer Scott Wood and his wife, Autumn, tell Dylan that God is ready to help him. Dylan isn’t buying. If God did care for them, why hadn’t He been there months ago when the trouble started and his dad disappeared?

I have yet to pick up a book or short-story by Rebekah Morris that I didn’t just love. Her stories are wholesome, devoid of anything objectionable, and always have a realistic faith element that blesses me.

This story featured some of my favorite characters yet! Scott and Autumn were a sweet, godly couple. I loved how loving they were toward each other both physically, emotionally, and with their deeds. I really loved how they interacted with each other. It was written in such a pure way, yet still very romantic that is hard to find these days in books. However, I did want to spank his sister, Fern, a couple of times.

Dylan tugged at my heart. He was so old for his years, such a sweet boy, yet so broken. His struggle to forgive and accept God’s forgiveness was presented in a very realistic manner. I loved how his story came out little by little throughout the book. I was pulled along with his emotions, feeling his joy, anger, frustration, and fear.

The plot to this story was fascinating. As Dylan’s backstory is told in bits and pieces, it becomes more and more interesting. There is a bit of mystery to this story, but not very intense. Even the youngest readers will enjoy this book

I highly recommend this book for those who like wholesome stories, faith-building messages, and lovable characters.

I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Befriending the Beast

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Description: Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: "The king refuses to see you." Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn. Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?

I’ve wanted to read this retelling for a while. Tero came up with a brilliant idea when she decided to retell Beauty and the Beast, casting Belle’s father as the beast. I’m happy to say that this story met my expectations.

You can always count on Tero to have strong faith element. I loved how Belle did what she knew was right even if it wasn’t easy. I like how she did what was right even when people older than her, who also loved the Lord, tried to convince her to do something else. It is an excellent lesson for younger readers.

The setting was fun and fairy-tale like, minus the magic that normally makes its way into these kinds of stories. Kingdom fiction seems to be the best classification for this tale. The castle and gardens that were described were beautiful and a worthy setting for the story.

There are several notable characters in this story, but some of them come across as flat, and motivations are at times fuzzy. However, I would say that is more than made up for by the stellar plot and well-written story.

I highly recommend this story for anyone who loves fairy-tales, faith-building stories, and happy endings.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Enjoy the Poodle Skirt

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Description: Rule one: Keep your hands clean.
Rule two: Careful with the food trays.
Rule three: Visit the soda fountain as often as you like, but don’t make yourself sick.
Rule four: Enjoy the poodle skirt.
Canary is excited to spend a whole week helping her newlywed aunt and uncle run a 50’s diner along with her older siblings Rose and Michael. Even the rules for working there are fun!
But when a routine cleanup presents a mysterious, hand-drawn map, her vacation gets even more exciting than a banana split with hot fudge sauce. And that’s saying a lot!

This is an adorable short story. Its part mystery, part sibling adventure, and one-hundred present fun.

The setting of a 50’s style diner was so much fun! I wanted to visit this place! It actually made me think of a place that I had visited in Fredericksburg, Texas (though this diner sounded even more fun). Reading this will probably make you hungry for a burger and milkshake.

Canary and her siblings are great characters. I love how they work together to try to solve a mystery. It isn’t a scary mystery or a big one, but it is fun. I love how the siblings look out for each other, even in a small way.

I highly recommend this story to those who like short, contemporary stories with hints of mystery, and happy siblings.