Friday, October 13, 2017


I received a copy of ADORED: 365 DEVOTIONS FOR YOUNG WOMEN by Lindsay A. Franklin from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.

This book is beautiful and reminded me of the cover of a classic.  I could picture a young woman in the Victorian era sitting beneath the shade of a tree enjoying the messages disclosed.  Of course, this book faces modern topics, not just things girls faced back then. 

Each page is a different message.  These are thought-provoking passages  that don’t just provide black-and-white rules, but are intended to make girls really think.  I like the passage in particular about leggings, and whether it is appropriate to wear them.  The passage stresses that we shouldn’t reduce ourselves to only having worth in sexual attractiveness.  I took that to mean not to wear them if that’s the only reason you’re wearing them.  Wear them because they are comfortable – and make sure they look okay and are not so tight they are see-through!

This book isn’t just for young women.  At almost 30, I too could find meaning in the words.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

THE COMING FUTURE by Turner and Torres

Okay, in one word: Exciting.  You can tell the authors took a lot of time to think out the plot and setting.  Although this is a fantasy world, the characters, especially Aalok, is relatable and real.  Really, that’s what stands out the most.  The authors poured their hearts and souls into making this book the best it could be.

I recommend this to teens and adults, and it is clean enough for middle grade readers.  

Monday, October 9, 2017


This is the first book in the “Aeturnus Machine” series.

Okay, so you might not know this about me, but I am OBSESSED with steampunk!  I read a lot of steampunk novels, and I’ve noticed that sometimes they are getting stale.  It was great to read one as refreshing as this. 

Everything about this book was cool.  I loved the idea of the house.  Everything about this book is imaginative!  I read it in just two sittings.  It was addictive and I can’t wait for book 2.  Really, my favorite part about this novel (YA by the way), is the eerie feeling that follows you throughout the chapters.  Even though it isn’t technically a Halloween story, it is perfect for this season.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

SIX PACK by BW Morris

This is a fun young adult dystopian.  Unlike the normal dystopian, this one has the added bonus of showing how six young people become super heroes.  It would make a great comic book!

I haven’t often read about super heroes, other than in comics, so it was fun to check this out in a book format.  Can this be a TV show, please?

Note: Something that hadn’t crossed my mind until I looked over other reviews was that the evil guys should have super powers too.  That would be awesome for book two!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Back to Yesterday


This was a really interesting and unique book!  I love books where past meets present, and this definitely had that, as well as a clean romance and lots of suspense.  The main focus is the classic good versus evil, but this doesn’t feel like any old retelling.

What a lovely book!  I recommend it.  

Friday, October 6, 2017

THE MARKED by Emerald Barnes

This is a fun young adult novel about vampires, but it isn’t your average vampire love story you see so much of these days.  There is some romance, but I found that the focus was on the thrilling world.  Barnes has created something fresh and new in our own Smoky Mountains.  The plot is fast and the characters are relatable. 

I loved the academy idea.  Growing up, I always wanted to attend something like that, especially with the paranormal twist!

The story is clean, so you don’t have to feel guilty about giving it to a teenage or middle grade reader.  

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Stealing Liberty

STEALING LIBERTY by Jennifer Froelich

Are you looking for a wild teen adventure that’s clean?  Are you hoping for an original young adult novel that isn’t just about a romance between vampires and werewolves?  (Not that vampires and werewolves are bad, but sometimes you need a break from the norm)

Grab a copy of STEALING LIBERTY and be prepared to not put it down until you’re done reading!  What stood out to me the most was how Harry Potter is forbidden.  I know so many people who talk about Harry Potter on a daily basis.  I was even looking into themes for my son’s birthday and saw one about Harry Potter.

The writing is solid.  Typos didn’t distract from the story, as I’ve seen in a few books I’ve read lately.  The story is told from varying viewpoints, which I LOVE.  This is an excellent dystopian novel appropriate for ages 12 and up.  I’m not sure younger kids would appreciate the dystopian setting.