Friday, April 13, 2018


My favorite part about this book was the dialogue.  It sets the stage for an awesome epic fantasy.  While the dialect is unique, it isn’t stilted. 

This is a fast-paced fantasy.  At 317 pages, it might look long, but I was surprised at how fast I devoured it.  The world building draws you in.  If you’re looking for an epic fantasy, look no further.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

FAST-PITCH LOVE by Clay Cormany

This book was awesome in a number of ways.

For one thing, it involves sports, and I’m not a sports person.  I enjoy reading outside of my comfort zone.  You could really feel  how much the author loves sports, as it comes across in Jace.

For another thing, the main character is a boy.  You don’t see that a lot in young adult books.  Usually the stories are about a girl, with maybe a few chapters given to the boy.

Last, this book is fun.  It doesn’t involve dark topics, so it is safe to read with parents!  The innocence and romance feel natural.  This is an excellent book, and when my son is older, I’ll get a copy for him.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

TAINTED WATERS by Lucretia Stanhope

This is a fast-paced fantasy with romance and adventure.  Everything flows well and Alice is easy to relate to.  I felt for her, not fully feeling like she belongs.  Her emotions are clear.  She feels very real, and I liked that no one was fully good or fully evil.  That just felt so realistic, and reminded me of our own world.

Definitely a fantasy to check out.  It’s the type of book you can get through in a day or two, which means you can lose yourself in the action.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Coach Wooden's Forgotten Teams

I received a copy of COACH WOODEN’S FORGOTTEN TEAMS: STORIES AND LESSONS FROM JOHN WOODEN’S SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS by Pat Williams with Jim Denney from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review.  The foreword is by Nan Wooden.

I went into this new to Coach Wooden.  I knew only about him from reading the blurb of the book, but I was intrigued.  I don’t know much about basketball.  I’m always willing to learn and explore a new topic, and I knew that this would be a good book to discuss with my uncle, who is into basketball.

I found the book enlightening.  Coach Wooden is a man to admire.  I found it fascinating that he ran summer youth basketball camps for twenty years.  He made a huge difference in the lives of boys and girls.  Even if you aren’t big into basketball – like I was not – you’ll find yourself engrossed in the enlightening stories and hearing bits from Coach Wooden himself (albeit through quotes).  The book is written not in a way that scream “non-fiction,” but in a way that will make you feel like you’re a part of the team. 

If you’re looking for a book you can read in short intervals, a book that will make you look at your life differently, then this is the book for you.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Raising Passionate Jesus Followers

I received a copy of RAISING PASSIONATE JESUS FOLLOWERS: THE POWER OF INTENTIONAL PARENTING from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.  It is written by Phil and Diane Comer, with a foreword by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs.

I was excited to read this because I have a toddler.  I want to ensure he grows up to be a good Christian.  I was a little worried this book would start off about teenagers, and by the time he is a teenager, I would forget what I read or it would be too late.  Luckily, that’s not the case.

The book teaches about teaching your kids through every age.  I can see this being a helpful read for expectant parents as well as current parents. 

RAISING PASSIONATE JESUS FOLLOWERS is a fast read with each chapter broken up into short sections and Bible quotes.  The book goes in-depth and provides fascinating insights about things I hadn’t thought of before.

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Rescue

I received a copy of THE RESCUE: SEVEN PEOPLE< SEVEN AMAZING STORIES by Jim Cymbala with Ann Sprangler from Zondervan via handlebar in exchange for an honest review.

Going into this, I was prepared for stories told by seven different people, stories that would stick with me and inspire.  I thought to relate to them and hopefully share them with others.  All this is true, now that I’ve read the book, but it was so much more. 

Each story will make you think.  I love collections like this, because the stories are true, and they tug at you.  They make you question the world around you.  Once you’re done reading, you’ll feel a deep connection to each of the seven people.  The people are at their lowest points and you are able to see how they are rescued.  It goes to show that there is always hope, even if you can’t see it at the time.

I recommend this to anyone who is going through a dark period, or to anyone who wants to read about lost souls being saved.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DWARVES OF CALCUS by Katie Hamstead

This is the third book in the “Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles.”  It works as a standalone. 

I’ve come to expect unique fairytale retellings when it comes to this series, and book three didn’t disappoint in the least.  This is one of the best Snow White retellings I have ever read.  Not only was it comical in places, dark in others, but I couldn’t stop reading until I discovered what happened next. 

Definite 5 stars!