Thursday, January 29, 2015

Falling Behind on Friday 8

Falling Behind on Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me. In this one, we all pick a book that has been on on TBR pile for a long time. (At least one month.) That we just haven't gotten to yet. Or a book we have been meaning to buy and haven't picked up. I know most of us have massive TBR piles and this is a great way to single out one to share with others.
To be clear the book must already be published. I am sure we all find many that we either didn't know about or that we have forgotten about.
So, to participate, simply grab the "Falling behind on Friday" graphic above, post  the cover art to the book you have fallen behind on and leave a comment linking me to your post so I can stop by and see it. Also, be sure to add the instructions in your post so others can play too!

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

A Shakespeare type story! I love those there has only been one that I truly hated. That one I put in the recycle bin. It was awful! I have had this one in my TBR Pile for a long time. I need to pick it up and give it a read. 
What book have you fallen behind on? Leave me a comment and let me know. I'll be sure to stop by.

So say we all!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Heaven is for real mini review

  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (November 2, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0849946158
  • Author: Todd Burpo
  • Cover art: Simple, but less is more sometimes.
  • Obtained: Bought
  • Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars.

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren't expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed--a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy's trip to heaven and back.

Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery-and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.

With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how "really, really big" God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton's uniquely simple words, "Heaven Is for Real" offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, "Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses."

"Heaven Is for Real" will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child. (Synopsis provided by goodreads.)

This book was a very quick read. The writing is more simple, but I think that due to the nature of it, that actually helps the book. I think 12 year olds could easily read this and be able to understand what Burpo wanted to communicate. I do think however, that it's a book that needs to be discussed. It is a conversation starter.

I was intrigued by Colton Burpo's descriptions of Heaven. As a Messianic, I believe in Christ, and Heaven. Yes, this book is "aimed" to believers, but it's not preachy, and non-believers can enjoy it as well of course.

I found it interesting how the child knew a ton of things that no one had ever told him. 
I would recommend this book if you liked the movie (which is super close to the book) or if you want to know what a boy saw when he went to Heaven.


Monday, January 19, 2015

The One

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Not Indicated edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Author: Kiera Cass
  • Cover art: Love it!
  • Obtained: Bought 
  • Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants. (Synopsis provided by Goodreads)

Alright, I want to start this off by saying it's been several months since I read this one. I loved it! I was anticipating this one since the end of the first book. I guessed who the "winner" was going to be. I was right, however the way she became the winner was not how I was expecting.

There were several things in this book that I "saw coming". There were several things I had no idea would happen. The middle of the book and close to the end were far from what I was expecting. The surprise was  welcome though. 

I loved the way America's character developed. I know a lot of readers had issues with her in the first two books. I always liked her, however, I do see how others may not have liked her. That being said, I believe that she really grew into her own in this last installment.

Maxon, Maxon, Maxon, Maxon. What I can I say about the Prince? He was amazing in this one! He faced a lot of difficult issues in this book and he came through better then I can say I would have if I had to face even a sliver of what he faced.

If you liked the first two books, I would highly recommend this one. I am looking forward to reading more  in this world when The Heir is released this spring!

So say we all!

Friday, January 16, 2015

I am back!

Hey y'all just a quick note to say I now have computer access more then just a phone and I will be getting back to blogging. I have a stack of books I need to write reviews for. Look for the first of these on Monday! I missed blogging, but the break was nice.
We had a few deaths in and around the family in the past 6 months, school has started up again and work has slowed down so that means more time for blogging. I did't forget about you I promise!