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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wanted: Volunteer Book Reviewers

As you may have noticed from the little notification above this post, I'm looking for Christian girls/women to review clean reads for a new blog, Christian Lasses & Their Books! If you're interested, you can find the full details and volunteer application at this link.

Have a blessed evening!!

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

ENTWINED // Book Review

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Entwined was... okay. It had its fun moments, but, like many books, it had its dull ones, as well. For me, Azalea was a bit flawless, so I had a pretty hard time connecting with her, and the only character I could really relate to was the king. The writing style was not my favourite, and the action scenes were kind of hard to follow.

[Here's a random, slightly fangirly spoiler (which I've turned white, for those who haven't read Entwined, yet; to read the spoiler, simply highlight it with your cursor): I ship Clover and Fairweller SO HARD!!!! THEY ARE SO PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER AND IT'S JUST SO AMAZING!!!! ... *straightens bowtie* Okay, I'm done.]

I would recommend this to tween girls (and a little bit younger), though! Entwined had its dashes of romance hither and thither, but just to the point where it remained, for the most part, appropriate.

You may want to know: There are a few scenes in which a certain antagonist (very) forcefully kisses a character. There is also (welcomed) mild kissing, as well as fantasy violence and an important event in which a character dies of a fever.

Have you read Entwined, before? What did you think?

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

ELLA ENCHANTED // Book Review

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Ella Enchanted was delightful. Incredible. Divine. And, to my great pleasure, a very different tale from the film.

I really, really liked this book. There were a couple of times I had to go back and reread a line or two, and I wasn't much of a fan of young Char. But as time went on, the writing became more and more rich, and Char (*swoons*)... Well, he's wonderful.

And I'm a huge fan of Ella! Witty, clever, and strong -- yet not afraid to shed tears -- she seemed like someone I would love to know in real life. And there's also Mandy, Areida, Lady Elinor, and so many others... (*sighs*) The characterization was awesome.

Worldbuilding- and plot-wise, I was impressed. There were several different races and kingdoms, all with their own quirks and languages. There was no epic quest to find Lucinda, but rather a small portion of the book in which Ella pursued her. Char and Ella's romance was not cheesy or sweet, but loud, powerful, and, to a degree, inspiring.

So it was great. Definitely something I recommend! And I may see this in my to-read-again list. ;)

You may want to know: There are several scenes involving ogres, who possess the intention of consuming humans and gnome children. There is also brief kissing, the minor (and mostly innocent) use of magic, and a rather cruel father and step-family.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

THE OLD RIVER ROAD // Book Review

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Oh, where to begin? First off, I loved The Old River Road, and secondly, it's one of my new favourite books.

Though the first few chapters were good, the story got even better, and soon, I was hooked. I wanted to know more about Clara, William, and the members of their family. It was a wonderful sort of story: the kind with no particular plot, but in a lovely way -- a way that bases your desire to continue reading on the lives of the characters rather than the story itself.

And the writing was excellent, too. Ivy did a great job of keeping the writing simple, yet she still allowed it to carry with a strong sense of elegance.

So it was amazing. Go read it... Now.

You may want to know: There is minor kissing, a brief scene with a drunkard, and the mentioning of death due to illness.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

WHILE YOU'RE AWAKE // Book Review

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I don't typically read contemporary romance, but While You're Awake sounded intriguing. 'Cause a coffee-consuming Sleeping Beauty? Yes, please! And I'd had my eye on some of the author's books for a while, so when a friend sent me a copy, I was thrilled!

While You're Awake was like peppermint tea. It was the perfect length (I suppose that part doesn't necessarily sound like peppermint tea, but otherwise, it was just like it *smiles*), and the plot and writing style were absolutely refreshing. Though I wasn't sure of the characters, at first, they won my heart and had me reading the rest of the novella with a grin; While You're Awake is definitely worth the read. :)

You may want to know: There was some minor kissing, as well as a brief flashback to an event in which a man was shot and killed.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Beautiful People: Leysa, a Hufflepuff-Turned-Gryffindor

I've missed it for a few months, lately (and probably will, again), but it's time for the Beautiful People meme! Today I'll be giving ya'll a glimpse of Leysa, the protagonist of The Somewhat Secret Project. So without further ado, let's turn to Sky and Cait's questions!

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1. How did you come up with this character?

From a dream (actually, that's pretty much where the entire story came from). I was Leysa, so I saw everything through her eyes.

2. Have they ever been starving? And what did they eat to break the fast?

I highly doubt Leysa's ever been starving; she's lived a pretty sheltered and plentiful life.

3. Do they have a talent or skill that they're proud of?


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Leysa is incredibly good at algebraic math (something which I will never understand)! She was incredibly proud of it when she was younger, but as she grew up, she began to lose confidence in her talents.

4. List three things that would make them lose their temper.


  1. Someone calling her an experiment.
  2. Someone telling her that her nogi and narni (father and mother) only took her in because they were desperate for a child.
  3. Someone trying to take away someone/something she cares about.

5. What is their favourite type of weather? Least favourite?

Though I've been tempted (as pluviophiles often are) to make her a fellow pluviophile, I'm afraid she doesn't enjoy and does not have longtime experience with rain. So her favourite type of weather would probably be mere grey skies. ;)

6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?

I'm not good with assigning my characters Meyers-Briggs personality types, but I know quite a bit about Hogwarts! When the story first starts out, she'd probably be a shy, low-energy Hufflepuff, but I hope that, by the end of it, she'll end up as a courageous Gryffindor!

7. Are they more likely to worry about about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?

OH. BOTH, DEARIE. BOTH, FOR CERTAIN.

8. What is their favourite thing to drink?

A strawberry smoothie (and I am pleased to say they have strawberries on planets other than Earth)! As someone who dreads each workday, strawberry smoothies make for her favourite kinds of breakfasts. :)

9. What is their favourite colour? Least favourite?

Cream. It's a human colour. How many cream-coloured androids might one see flitting about a satellite? As to her least favourite colour, it would probably be a pure white or black, since you see those colours everywhere in futuristic engineering.

10. What is a book that changed their life?

Possibly an old Earthen classic, called Cinder by Marissa Meyer. (*winks*) (No, it's not a classic, yet, but I'm sure it will be deemed so in years to come!)

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Have you done Beautiful People, this month? Will you be doing it? Feel free to let me know (and maybe leave a link to your post!) below!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Beautiful, Wonderful (& Undesired to an Extent) Change

I'm not a fan of change, and I know that very few people are. Yet it's a part of life. People change as naturally as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. Some friends get married, have kids, and develop new friends. Other friends move away, find steady jobs, and simply have no desire to start a family.

So time marches onward, as it always has and always will. Families change, friends change, enemies change, you change. And yet there is a bit of comfort there: Everything changes, save for God.

Hebrews 13:8 (ESV) states:

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

And while life often seems a cycle of losing and gaining friends, God is there for us, keeping us, guiding us, protecting us. And He always will be.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

CINDER // Book Review

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Whooooa, okay, Cinder was so amazing. The writing style was amazing, and it made me never want to put Cinder down. The plot was amazing, with twists and turns aplenty that made me gasp for breath. The characters were amazing, larger-than-life, intelligent, and simply begging for the reader's attention.

Just go read Cinder. Now. Because it's awesome.

Please excuse me while I go wait for my hold on Scarlet in the library.

You may want to know: There is some kissing, as well as a few swear words, the brief and undescriptive mentioning (due to medical purposes) of a character's reproductive system, multiple deaths, fantasy violence, and rather detailed descriptions of the plague.

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Are you a fan of The Lunar Chronicles?

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