Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones

Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 13, 2010) 320 pages

Maxwell Unger loved the stories his gran told him about the world before the Destruction--about nature, and books, and the silver owls. In times of darkness, the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the power of the dark. The time of the Owl Keeper is coming soon. Illustrations.

from Amazon)
Allergic to sun particles, Max Unger is forced to stay inside during the day with his caregiver, Mrs. Crumlin. He loves the night, since it has pleasant memories of his beloved grandmother, so he sneaks out and visits a silver owl and his new friend, a spirited girl named Rose. He knows that if he is caught he will be in trouble, for silver owls are evil in the eyes of the High Echelon. When Max discovers that Mrs. Crumlin and the High Echelon are preparing him for a sinister job, he makes a daring escape, taking Rose with him. The two follow the words of "the Silver Prophesy" to find the Owl Keeper and hopefully destroy the evil High Echelon for good.

My Review:
I just adored this story!! It’s very clean and appropriate for all ages. A great thing about this book is, it’s great for boys, too. Sometimes it seems like there’s more options for girls to read.
I loved that the author was able to “sneak in” little bits of educational facts into the story. I don’t know if she did this intentionally, but I think it was great. Max, the main character, maintains respect for the adults through the whole story, even when they didn’t necessarily deserve it.
The Owl Keeper is targeted for ages 9-11, but as an adult I hung onto every word. I just couldn’t wait to see what happened. It’s a very adventurous book, and I think you would enjoy it no matter what age or gender. I think the story was set up to be a series, but I don’t know that. I hope there’s more!

*Thanks to the author for my copy of this book that I won @ Books On The House.

Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (January 13, 2009)272 pages

Description:(from Amazon)
When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . . Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.

I've decided on my "not clean" books to basicly give the reason it's on that list, and not a review. I will say this book is like they took the full length book and chopped it in half(or thirds-I think there's 3 in this series). There's no ending. It just stops!

Parental Concerns: The "b" word is used several times along with a few others. There's a detailed kissing scene.

A Few More Giveaways

Lena always has several giveaways every week @ A Christian Writer's World . Winners are announced on Saturdays, but you have to go look @ the post to see if you win. You won't get an e-mail.

Deborah is having a giveaway for Lucky Baby @ Country At Heart . Ends August 1.

This is a giveaway site for jewelry and clothes. As much as I love books, I would also be very excited to win one of these giveaways!! :)

Dandy Giveway

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Few Giveaways To Check Out

Abi (Apple Blossom) @ Scraps of Life has been having a giveaway each week this past month. Be sure to check out the last week's giveaway. You can choose from several books to win.

I still need somebody to enter with me in the Love Finds You in Calico, California contest @ The Borrowed Book. If you enter and say I sent you, we'll both be entered. This is the last week and if you win, you'll get a copy, along with 5 more to give to friends.

There's a new blog called Faith With Action that will be having a challenge August 9th-15th of putting your faith into action. They're new and looking for followers.

And I just saw Julia @ Dark Glass Pondering is having a giveaway for Rain Song by Alice Wisler. Her two book giveaway is still going on, too. It's posted in my sidebar.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Angel Song by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman

Thomas Nelson (August 10, 2010) 352 pages

Description:(Thomas Nelson Publishers)
When Annie Fletcher returns to Charleston to see her younger sister, Sarah, receive her master’s degree, she finds herself riding in the back of an ambulance, watching helplessly as Sarah fights for life. During the ride, Sarah appears to talk to someone who is not there, humming a melody Annie has never heard before.

Neighbor Ethan McKinney lends a shoulder when Sarah unexpectedly dies. And as a carpenter, Ethan volunteers to help Annie get the Fletcher family home into shape for selling. Ethan’s presence is distracting, but what troubles Annie is her neighbor Tammy’s 12-year-old son. Keith has Down Syndrome and the guile to believe he can see and hear angels.

God begins to reveal Himself to Annie – both in her newfound friends and through heart-rending and clearly supernatural events. Annie discovers faith in God, finally experiencing the comfort that His angels really do surround us.

My Review:
You will definitely want to keep some tissues handy with this book! It's one of those with an overall sadness to it. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading Angel Song.
I was expecting more "supernatural" events from what I read in the description. That's a very minor part of the book. You're mostly left with the decision of what you want to believe about the book and the characters. I couldn't help but think that the angels of this story are just as mysterious as the ones in the Bible. God didn't give us a whole lot of information about angels. I like to think He wants to save them as a surprise when we get to Heaven. :)
This is also one of those books that you know what's going to happen. There really aren't any surprises and yet I was really drawn into the story and couldn't wait to see exactly how things came together.
I grew to love most of the characters. You can't help but love Keith! It really brought to my mind the verses about having faith like a child. This book will really make you think about angels and people in general. After reading this book, I plan on re-reading the Bible story of Hagar, because it is mentioned several times throughout the book.
I'm so glad that I got to read this book, and I highly recommend it.

*This review copy for provided to me from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Scrapbooking Giveaway

It's been awhile since I've had a giveaway, because I end up keeping most of my books to pass around to my family. So, I bought this book just for a giveaway. :)
I've also included a couple of scrapbooking decorations. I love scrapbooking, but I haven't did it in awhile. Maybe I'll get inspired to start back up! Click here for details of book @ Amazon.

To enter:
-Simply leave a comment telling me you want to be entered along with your favorite childhood memory. (and your e-mail address)
-U.S. residents only. Sorry, I'm planning on trying to have an international giveaway of some sort soon.

This giveaway will end @ 11:59p.m. on August 1. I'll post the winner Monday morning(the 2nd).

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


He Gathers Every Teardrop
Glenda Fulton Davis

Regardless of the circumstance,
Regardless of the fear,
Regardless of the pain we bear,
Regardless of the tear

Our God is ever in control,
Performing as He should,
And He has promised in His Word
To work things for our good

But as a loving Father would,
He sometimes lets us cry
To cleanse the hurt out of our heart,
To wash it from our eye

Yet gently gathers the tears
Within His hands to stay
Until He turns them into pearls,
and gives them back someday

Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen

Everybody's Free
(to wear sunscreen)
Mary Schmich
Chicago Tribune

This is also on Baz Luhrman's CD, Something For Everybody(One of my favorite CD's ever)!!! This song became somewhat popular for the class of '99, so I don't know if most of you would remember it, but it has some great advice. If you get a chance to listen to the song version, it's more powerful. (to me, anyway). :)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '??... wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT.

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

You are NOT as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This Mom's Delight Blog

This Mom's Delight is having a giveaway for the month of July. Just click here and pick which book you want. You can get extra entries by commenting on Tami's other posts during the month of July. She does book reviews, healthier habits posts, and family and home posts. Be sure to go check out Tami's blog. :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Review: Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther by Ginger Garrett

David C. Cook(March 1, 2010)304 pages

Description: (from Amazon)
The story of a girl unsparingly plunged into heartache and chaos, who would save a nation … of Esther, who would be queen.

Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him a queen. While conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther’s mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future—and that of an entire nation.

My Review:
I will admit that as much as I wanted to read this book, I was afraid it was going to be too “history bookish” for my tastes. I ended up loving Chosen. I didn’t take everything in the book to be true, because it wasn’t in the Bible, but it had so much background information to help me better understand Esther’s life, and the customs and traditions of the time. I gained even more respect for Esther and the sacrifices she made. It was very interesting and I can’t wait to read more of Ginger’s books about the ladies of the Bible. I'm looking forward to reading Esther's story in the Bible now that I have some background knowledge!

*Thanks to Charity for this copy that I won @ Giveaway Lady!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Does The Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions? by Randy Alcorn

This isn’t really a review, exactly.
I had never heard birth control and abortion used in the same sentence up until a couple of weeks ago. And I will admit, I was thinking to myself, “That is crazy!!!” I try to keep an open mind, though, so I did some research. I’ve been shocked at the information I have found. I am also shocked that this is the first I’ve heard about it.
I’m going to include some links to a few websites.

Click Here to read Randy Alcorn's book. I didn't read through this entire book, so I'm not saying I agree with everything. I think in book form it's around 80 pages. I hate the picture at the top of the website. I think that could have been done more tastefully!

Click Here for a quick video. I'd actually recommmend watching this first. It gives you the basics in a few minutes.

Another website I found after all this info. I think this is a Catholic website. It has some useful information. (Planned parenthood options, other than birth control).

There's tons more websites that I've found searching if you want to study further. Most of them give you information in a much more readable version for those of you who don't want to read Randy's whole book.

*I am not trying to push an opinion on anyone!!! This is simply for those of you, like me, that would have loved to know this information. If anybody has any other websites to include or info, please feel free to include them. :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

INSPY E-Book Challenge

Edgy Inspirational Romance is hosting a new e-book challenge. I've been downloading all the free Christian books at Amazon lately, so I have lots of new books to read. They're perfect for those nights my little boy chooses to stay up till 2 in the morning. (I can't read my regular books in the dark!) :)

To participate in this challenge:

1. Grab a challenge button and post it in a blog entry or your sidebar.

2. Blog about this challenge, then link your blog entry or challenge page to the Linky Tool @ Joy's blog so we can hop over to follow your progress.

3. Start reading your six (or more) inspirational ebooks. They don't have to be romance. But it would make Joy's heart sing if you chose at least one inspy romance for the challenge, and bonus points if it's edgy!

4. In the comment section of Joy's post, come and tell us which books you've completed. And if you review them in your blog, leave links so we can follow. To be eligible for the prizes, make sure to update your original post when you've finished the challenge.

5. Joy will have blog award buttons available for everyone who completes the challenge. One person from the Linky Tool who finishes 6 ebooks will also win a $10 Amazon gift card. The winner will be chosen 12/31/10.

Here's my list of inspirational ebooks (I'll update it each time I read one):
1. Critical Care by Candace Calvert 7/17/2010
2. Highland Blessings by Jennifer Hudson Taylor 8/18/2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Review: A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman

Revell(May 1, 2009)480 pages

Description:(from Amazon)
Young Elizabeth O'Connor is the little sister John Brady always longed for. But she wants much more than that from her spiritual mentor. As she blossoms into a beautiful young woman intent on loving John, he must push back the very real attraction he feels for her. His past just won't let him go there. Unfortunately, Lizzie won't let him go anywhere else--until she discovers he is not all that he seems. Can true love survive such revelations? Full of the romance and relationships Lessman readers have come to love, A Passion Denied is the final book in the popular Daughters of Boston series.

My Review:
I don’t think anybody can write emotion like Julie. I could feel it seeping through the pages. Nothing makes me cry quicker! Like the other two books, this one deals a lot with forgiveness, which goes along with being a Christian. It’s so hard sometimes, though, as the characters prove.
A Passion Denied mainly focuses on Beth and Brady’s story. (Lizzie and John) I enjoyed reading about another shy bookworm, since I am one also.
While I think this may have been my favorite book of the three, Collin and Faith will always be my favorite couple. They are just so sweet and romantic!! I couldn’t help but look forward to the scenes with them to see what was going on in their lives. I liked the “homey” feeling of A Passion Denied. Charity and Faith are both married now, so when they all gather at the O’Conner house, I could just feel the love through the pages. I really enjoyed reading about Charity’s pregnancy, and Mitch is just as grumpy as always.
This book was like a marriage lesson. It proves that marriage is hard, and sacrifices have to be made. Along with complete trust in God, and lots of strength. I don’t think I could have been as strong as Marcy at one point in the book. I loved reading about all the headstrong women trying to be Godly wives. Being a wife and mother myself, I guess I related to this book more. As always with Julie’s books, I highly recommend reading them!!
I am extremely happy that technically, my wait for A Hope Undaunted recently got shortened by a month! I thought it was coming out Oct. 1, but it’s Sept. 1. I can’t wait to read about Katie and Cluny’s story. Cluny is introduced in A Passion Denied, and you can’t help but fall in love with him.

Friday, July 9, 2010

My Review: The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Bantam (March 16, 2010) 288 pages

Description: (From
In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world-no matter how out of place they feel. Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother's life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew-a reclusive, real-life gentle giant-she realizes that mysteries aren't solved in Mullaby, they're a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes. Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson's cakes-which is a good thing, because Julia can't seem to stop baking them. She offers them to satisfy the town's sweet tooth but also in the hope of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Flour, eggs, milk, and sugar . . . Baking is the only language the proud but vulnerable Julia has to communicate what is truly in her heart. But is it enough to call back to her those she's hurt in the past? Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily's backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

My Review:
I had been looking for this book for awhile, and I was also wanting to give audio books a try. I decided to sign up for the free trial at and I downloaded this book. I discovered that I am VERY picky about my audio voices! As Amber @ Season's of Humility wrote in a recent book review, a woman changing her voice to sound like a man is very distracting. I'm also just picky about the voice in general. People's voices have never bothered me, so I'm surprised I'm so picky about this! I'm still looking for an audio voice that I like reading the Bible. I think it would be perfect to get in some extra Bible "reading" time. But anyway, thankfully, I found the actual book at a flea market, so I got to read this one the old fashion way.
This is one that is hard for me to review, because I don't want to give anything away! I pretty much figured everything out, and I think you will, too, but I don't want to take the chance of ruining it for you. I will say it's not what I expected. From the description, I expected it to be more magical and whimsical than it ended up being. It does have magical elements sprinkled throughout, but not anything like I expected.
This was a fun, light read, and I don't think you will be disappointed, as long as you don't go into it wanting to read a fantasy novel. I liked it enough that I would like to read Sarah's other two books.
The ending would lead you to believe there's a sequel, but from what I can find, there is not going to be one.

Parental Concerns: The concerns are very mild! There's some light profanity and a mild sex scene, but with no details. It is between two people that are not married, though.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

My Review: Amazing Adventures, Creative Connections, and Daring Deeds by Tim and Alison Simpson

NavPress(June 15, 2010)192 pages

Description: (from Amazon)
Say good-bye to passive family devotions! The energy and creativity of these 40 activities, which can be adapted to all ages, is a great resource for individual families or for churches with family and intergenerational ministries.

Instead of reading a verse that is soon forgotten, you and your kids will engage in activities both inside and outside the home that demonstrate biblical faith in action. The result? Seeing how you can live as disciples whatever your sphere of influence.

Each of the 40 activities includes a creative introduction, a brief exploration of a Bible passage, and active ideas for applying biblical truth

This great discipleship and outreach tool includes age-appropriate discussion questions and activities for age four through teens.

My Review:
I’m so glad that I got to review this book, because this is definitely one that will be used in our family in the years to come!
I think it would be great to pick a certain day of the week or month(whatever is best for your family), and do a chapter on that day. It might be wise to plan ahead. I like the idea of putting all the chapter numbers in a bowl and drawing one out for the next week or month’s activity. That way any planning and preparations can be made. With planning, the challenges can be done very economically.
Each chapter (there are 40) consists of the following:
A Bible verse and an opening statement
Reaching In- an activity with some questions to ask afterward
Reaching Into the Word- a Bible passage and a statement about that passage and 2-3 questions each for different age groups(ages4-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14 and up)
Reaching Into the World- a challenge out in the world
Some of these truly are a challenge. Do you think you could box up all the non-perishable food in your house to give to the needy? The point is to trust in God to provide for your family, help the needy, and teach selflessness.
I really liked the challenge of purchasing Bibles for anyone who may need one. (They don’t have to be new). The Simpson’s suggest maybe there’s a child who attends church who doesn’t have a Bible. They also suggest downloading free audio Bibles on the internet to distribute to those who have bad eyesight. I think this is a great idea! And there’s so many more great ideas throughout this book.
I really think the activities in this book will bring a family closer together and to God. And in the process, you’ll be helping so many people.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Scholastic(21 July 2010) 432 pages

Description: (from Amazon)
In SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in LINGER, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping dangerous secrets. For Sam, it means grappling with his werewolf past ... and figuring out a way to survive the future. But just when they manage to find happiness, Grace finds herself changing in ways she could never have expected...

My Review:
The ending was the only thing I liked about this book, although, let me warn you it’s another cliff hanger. The third and final book from what I’ve read will be released in 2011.
I was actually disgusted by most of this book and wanted to quit reading it. From a parental viewpoint, this is not a book I will ever let my son or future children read. I don’t like the parents in this book, but Grace is still extremely disrespectful of them. They haven’t been there for her and for a huge part left her to take care of herself. Therefore, she gets extremely mad at them and runs away when they ground her for catching Sam spending the night in her bed. Shame on them!! There’s actually disrespect for all adults. On more than one occasion the adults are called bad names. The author does write them to be unlikable, though.
Shiver alternated between Grace and Sam narrating. Linger alternates between Grace, Sam, Isabel, and Cole(a new character). With Cole comes worse language, including gd. There’s talk of sex, but no details. There’s also use of drugs. I really thought there would be more about Olivia and Shelby, but they’re barely mentioned.
I’m an animal activist. I can’t read about an animal in pain. There’s one really gross scene involving a deer. I wanted to cry!! I will admit I’m very curious what will happen in Forever(I think this is the last book’s name), but I was very disappointed in this book! Shiver wasn’t so bad. I even have it on my on the fence list, but Linger went in the wrong direction.
If you’re not concerned with my parental concerns and you liked Shiver, you will probably really like this book.

A Note

Everyone please bear with me the next couple of days. I’ve been debating the best way I want to divide up my lists and reviews. I just posted the Just a Glance list, but I’ve decided to have a separate link for each category, so the lists don’t get too long on one post. Therefore, I’ll be reposting those. Also, I’ve decided to link up each of my reviews on my sidebar by both titles and authors, so my labels don’t get too clogged up. I’ll have several lists coming up in the next couple of days.

Just a Glance At My "Not Clean" Reads

Not Clean(These had lots of cussing including the "very bad" ones, detailed sex scences, and/or extreme violence)

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
(TOns of cussing and sex)

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
(tons of cussing-which is a shame, because otherwise this is one of those books that stays with you. Very powerful!)

Tithe by Holly Black
(This book would have been rated R if a movie....purely my opinion)

Girls That Growl by Mari Mancusi

Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
(profanity and referenced oral sex)

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
(profanity, bulimic sister, rape, alcohol)

Marked by P.C. Cast
(I ended up not even finishing this one. Tons of cussing, oral sex-not detailed, just referenced)

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
(I started this book and profanity so bad at very beginning I didn't even read it)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
(profanity, reference to sex, rape and murder)

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner
(sex scene and profanity)

Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
(another one that had bad profanity at the beginning and I didn't read it).

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
(drugs, violence, talk of sex, disrespect of adults, profanity)

Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
(debated on putting this on "on the fence" list)(profanity-"b" word several times)

Just a Glance At My "On The Fence" Reads

On The Fence(Keep in mind I don't like any profanity, but these have what I consider the "minor" words of profanity. It might have references to sex, but no details, or slight violence).

Stella Fell by Staci Gillette
(profanity and a scene of sex, but not greatly detailed)

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
(There's minor profanity and the main characters sleep together, but there's no details and minor violence).

The Giver by Lois Lowery
(There is a disturbing scene of what being "released" means).

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
(light profanity and a mild sex scene)

Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman
(the "d" word is used a lot, possible disturbing scene for young readers)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Just a Glance At My Clean Reads

This is just a quick glance at my lists to give you an idea whether or not an author is clean. I will add as I go along. Some of these are before I started blogging, so all of them won't have a review. This list will not include the Christian Fiction and Non-fiction that I read. Those are usually clean.

Clean Reads:(These are great for all ages).

Faery Rebel: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson
(This seems targeted for middle school age, but I enjoyed it as an adult. The fairies in this book are more like tinkerbell, as opposed to the horrible creatures in the other young adult books I've read).

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Aurelia by Anne Osturlund
(Very minor violence-someone gets tampled by a horse).

The Chronicles of Faerie: The Hunter's Moon by O.R. Melling
(There's a couple of very minor words that our meaning is profanity, but I don't think they were meant to be profanity in the book).

The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones

Mr.Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Patillo

House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo(Christian book, but no Christian references)

My First Challenge

I saw the 4 Month Reading Challenge at Christy's blog(Southern Sassy Things). I like the variety of it, so I've decided to make this my first challenge.

From what I could tell, each book can only count for one category. (For example, if you read a chick lit book with a title of one name, it can only count for one of those categories).

5 Point Challenges

Read a chick lit book:
Latte Daze by Erynn Mangum(August 1, 2010)

Read a name with a proper name in the title:
Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Patillo 08/03/10

Read a historical fiction book:
Still House Pond by Jan Watson 08/13/10

Read a book with a one word title:
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater 7/6/2010

Read a book made into a movie

10 Point Challenges

Read a book with a Civil War theme (any country)

Read a Biblical fiction book:
Chosen by Ginger Garrett

Read a hardcover book:
The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien Jones 07/29/10

Read a book about a king or queen

Read a book set in France

15 Point Challenges

Read a book by an author you’ve never read before:
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen 7/9/2010

Read a biography or autobiography

Read a book with a number in the title

Read any book and then post a review
Critical Care by Candace Calvert 7/17/2010

Read any book but read it outside

20 Point Challenges

Read a book in a series AND the one after it

Read a book that was a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Read a book considered Christian fiction
A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman 7/14/2010

Read a book from The Modern Library Top 100

Read a book by an author born in July, August, September or October

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Scholastic Press(August 1, 2009) 400 pages

Description: (from
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a haunting presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human -- until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

My Review:
I don’t think I’ve compared a book to Twilight before, because people seem to hate that, but…
I loved Twilight, but unlike most people, I’ve always been “Team Jacob. ” I couldn’t help but think at the beginning this seems like a story for those “Team Jacob” fans. That being said, this book was absolutely nothing like Twilight. It was it’s own unique story. The first two-thirds of the book, I kept thinking this was a 4-star book for me, but the last third turned it into a 5-star. I’m so happy after reading so many 2 and 3 star books that I’ve read several this past month that have been 4 and 5 star books.
Shiver is one of those books that have a sad atmosphere to it. There were times where I had the overwhelming urge to cry, and there wasn’t even a scene that would have caused that. It was just overall sad. It’s funny to me that so many of the young adult books I read are great for parents, because it teaches us how not to be parents. Sam’s parents tried to kill him, and Grace’s parents act like they’re still in college without a child. Both of which add to the sad factor.
I felt it would have been more romantic if the Sam could remember more as a wolf. He doesn’t even know Grace’s name while a wolf. (Which makes me wonder how he even knows it’s her when they do meet). ???
I liked how with a couple of the characters, you have to decide back and forth whether they’re good or not.
I can’t wait to see what happens in Linger! There’s so much left open.

Parental Concerns: There are several mild words of profanity used, and Grace and Sam sleep together once. There’s no details, but it’s there. There’s a scene where dogs fight and get killed. I’d say this book would be PG, with maybe the exception of the dogs. It’s not terribly violent, though.

As a side note: On my last review, I mentioned humans having to get shots for rabies from touching bats. Shiver also addresses someone getting a rabies shot and it was a simple shot given in the arm. When I was younger, I heard the horror story of a family (they went to my church at the time) touching a bat at the park and having to get shots. I was told they were so painful that they had to be held down and it was given in their hip. Well, I decided to do some research, and sure enough, now it’s simply a series of 3 shots in the arm with a regular sized needle. I’ve let that story worry me for years(that was probably 15 years ago). Now I can let it go!!