So, it’s the beginning of a new month, which usually means a new theme. However, it’s also been a very busy month for me, so I haven’t picked or read books for a normal theme. Therefore, this months theme is miscellaneous books. And we’re kicking it off with a contemporary story about…well, you can read the review to find out.
Jack’s perfect vacation with his mother ends in disaster before it even starts. He wakes up the very first day to discover that she and almost all their camping gear is gone. At first he assumes she’s coming back soon, but as hours and then full days pass, he has to face the fact that she’s really gone, and he needs to fend for himself. His first priority is to avoid getting picked up by the police. That would result in the DSS getting involved and Jack doesn’t want to be taken away from his mother.
This was a really good book, not because it leaves you with warm fuzzies, but because it is realistic. It makes the reader enter into the mind and emotions of a young boy forced to take on adult responsibility because his mother doesn’t have the mental capacity to parent him properly. And it manages to stay realistic without being depressing, so double win.
Posted by Leah E. Good on March 7, 2014
Hello everyone! Back for another round of Guess a Quote. Last weeks came from The Fellowship of the Ring. My brother, who’s a massive Lord of the Rings fan, suggested the quote. I’ve come to realize that posting anything from Lord of the Rings in these posts is dangerous. Y’all leave me with tons of identifying material to remove. I can understand knowing which character said something, but the chapter title too? Anyway. It’s fun to see the enthusiasm you all attack Lord of the Rings quotes with.
So, yes, last week’s quote was from The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, from the chapter “The Ring Goes South”, and spoken by Gimli. Narniahannah, Kiri Liz, Emily Ruth, R.G. Nairam, and starshining4ever all got the correct answer in varying degrees of complexity. Good job!
And now here’s the quote for this week. Short and sweet, but quite memorable.
Let us be elegant or die!
Posted by Leah E. Good on March 5, 2014
Sometimes the cleaning bug bites even the best of us. Or should I say “messiest of us”. Whatever the case, it bit me this week, and it involved weeding some of the books off my poor, overstuffed bookshelves. As I contemplated what to do with them, I decided to try to imitate Olivia over at Fresh Modesty, and host a Shop My Bookshelf sale. I’ve never done this before, so please be patient!
You can view the books for sale and read the details on the Shop My Bookshelf page. Just follow the link, or run your clicker over the “Store” button on the blog menu and select “Shop My Bookshelf” from the drop-down menu.
I hope you have fun looking through the books!
(P.S. The Guess a Quote should be up tomorrow.)
Posted by Leah E. Good on March 3, 2014
“Listen to me, kid. It don’t matter what happens. It don’t matter what anybody thinks or does. All that matters is that you keep fightin’ and never, you hear me? never give up.”
I think this is the first time I’ve given a self-published book a five star rating. I found “Never” through a blog scavenger hunt the author did to celebrate the book release. When I downloaded the free sample, I didn’t know what to expect. The sample definitely hooked me.
Travis Hamilton, a scholarly young man, is an unlikely suspect for murder. When he is convicted and sentenced ten years labor in Dead Mines, his brother Ross is determined to clear Travis. Ross knows his brother cannot survive the sentence, and he knows Travis is not the murderer. But the web of deception is more tangled than either brother imagined. As their journeys increase in difficulty, both brothers turn to moral convictions that must “never” be abandoned, no matter what the cost. Can Travis survive the evil rule of the mine boss? Can Ross reach the bottom of an ever deepening mystery before it’s too late to rescue his brother?
Some of Travis’s experiences in the mine might make this book unsuitable for young children. If it was a movie I’d give it a PG rating. That said, this story was refreshing. Even in Christian fiction, it’s rare to see heroes sticking to what they believe as tenaciously as Ross and Travis. The author did a wonderful job showing principled good winning over unprincipled evil. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from this author.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Author: J Grace Pennington
Genre: Historical Adventure
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*Review originally posted January 11, 2013
Posted by Leah E. Good on February 28, 2014
Back by popular demand. I’m glad to hear you guys/gals enjoy trying to guess the weekly quote. If anyone would like to suggest some quotes, please use the contact me page to send them my way. I really love it when people do that. Also, if anyone would like to volunteer to put the Guess a Quote post together once a month (or more!) that would be awesome.
Also, for those of you who entered the book giveaway, I haven’t forgotten! I’m a little behind. Be expecting the announcement about who won along with another author interview and a new giveaway in the near future.
The last quote from the last Guess a Quote post came from The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare. Becky B. and emilydm544 go it right! Good job!
And here’s the quote for this week. It’s short, but I’m hoping a lot of you will recognize it. I find the book it’s taken from a little hard to read (many will dispute me on that point), but the quote is one of my favorites.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
Posted by Leah E. Good on February 24, 2014
I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews for The Heart of Arcrea, so it’s been on my to-read list for quite a while. The homeschooled author theme for this month seemed a perfect reason to finally get to it, and I had good intentions, but it didn’t quite happen. So starshining4ever saved me by agreeing to do a guest post and review it for me. Enjoy her review!
This is a great read! No magic but clearly a fantasy because of some fictional names, creatures and plants. I love the strong Christian message! It’s not often you get that in a fantasy.
A boy’s father being taken from him sets off a passionate quest. The strong moral character of Druet faces its tests when he is joined by a series of unlikely companions whom he must mold into a successful traveling band. Jealous lords, spies, a princess bound by fears, and betrayal pose challenges to the achievement of his goal. Can Druet find the heart of Arcrea and become the land’s king? Can he even hold his group together? Or will it be torn apart through internal strife or by outside enemies?
The characters are amazing… Druet is really someone you can sympathize with and Nathaniel is the perfect “mate” (aka friend) for him. Talon and Bracy are hilarious—unlikely companions who learn to get along and become best friends. And can I just say that Renny is really cool?
The medieval setting is well done. The fights are really well written. The mystery is well carried out…I was still guessing through most of the book. There are even sprinkles of humor. It’s a really great, encouraging book all around.
“We found the heart of Arcrea and all I got was this stupid tunic.”
Best. Line. Ever.
Posted by Leah E. Good on February 21, 2014
Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that my schedule is really busy right now, so I think I’m going to take a week off with the Guess a Quotes. And while we’re taking a break, I wondered if all of you are still enjoying the Guess a Quotes or if you’d like to try something different. Any suggestions to make Guess a Quote better or add something new and exciting? Let me know.
Posted by Leah E. Good on February 18, 2014