Scarlet Moon by S. D. Grimm

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Scarlet Moon is book one in the Children of the Blood Moon written by S. D. Grimm. Jayden spends her time hanging out with her brothers and learning how to throw her dagger even though she does not want to kill others. This comes in very useful for her as the story goes on.

Soldiers are going around collecting the Children born on the Blood Moon. The soldiers arrive at Jayden’s home and kill her family trying to get her. As she is fighting one of the Feravolk, Ryan, her betrothed arrives and they escape on Jayden’s horse. Ryan is injured during the escape. They end up in the Forest of Legends. Jayden goes for help and wakes up in Anna’s home. She ends up bringing Ryan to Anna’s.

Ryan has been shot by an poisonous arrow. His only hope is to be treated by a rare plant. Anna is a healer and she tells Jayden and Logan, a protector who has also just arrived at Anna’s home, they need to go get a special plant to save Ryan’s life. This plant only grows in the Valley of the Hidden Ones, which is home to dangerous animals including unicorns. Ryan needs this plant right away and the trip to get is will take them by the Royal Army, the soldiers trying to collect all the Children.. Ryan is also a Child of the Blood Moon.

This is a fantasy fiction. If you like fantasy you will like this book, but this book is not for everyone. There is a lot of violence and killing in the story. As well as wolves, lions and unicorn that are dangerous. Some of the characters bond to animals and have conversations with them. Logan has a wolf he communicates with that ends up help Logan save his and others lives. The story also deals with magic. There is so much action in this story that even if you do not care for this type of story, you will want to keep reading it to see what happens to the Children.

I chose to read this book thinking as it was advertised as a Christian book. I was disappointed as the only Christian reference was to “the Creator” in a couple instances. The story also bounced around a lot from character to character so I found it slow reading to follow the story. I wish the author would have taken more time to explain the background of the Children of the Blood Moon.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network and have written an honest review.

Series: Children of the Blood Moon (Book 1)

382 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1683700500

Publisher: Gilead Publishing

God’s Little Lambs ~Bible Stories~ by Julie Steigemeyer

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God’s Little Lambs ~Bible Stories~ is a cute cushioned hard cover book for young children. Julie Stiegemeyer has taken stories from the Bible and rewritten them in easy to understand short stories for children. There are 17 stories from the Old Testament and 18 stores from the New Testament. Each of the stories are just a few pages long and include colorful pictures, drawn by Qin Leng,that correspond with the story. At the end of each story is a small block with a little lamb and a short verse that go along with the story.

This little Bible story book starts out with explaining who God is and that God made all things. Some of the stories in this book are children’s favorites. The stories include those of Adam and Eve, Danial in the lions den, the flood, Jonah and the whale, Joshua, Joseph and Moses of the Old Testament. Stores from the New Testament include, the birth and childhood of Jesus as well as his ministry, death and resurrection.

This is a really cute book. The front of the book has a page to fill in if given as a gift. This is a wonderful book to read to little ones to help teach them the Bible stories. The author has summaries the stories so little children will understand them.

I really like this book. This book is the perfect size for little ones to hold and carry. Each of the stories is a good length to read to a toddler as well as for a young reader. I really enjoyed the short verses at the end of each story. This is a great way to help talk with the little ones about the story. Also letting the children find the little lamb is a nice way to interact with them as well. The colorful pages are also shinny so will not get dirty from children touching them. The cover is also easily cleaned and durable.

I received this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers and have written an honest review.

Pages: 157

ISBN: 9780310723646

Publisher: Zonderkidz

Summer’s List by Anita Higman

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Summer stops in unexpectedly to visit her Grandmother after canceling her engagement. Her Grandmother has unhappy news to tell Summer. Granny is going to die. Granny has made a list of items she wants Summer to do. Granny wants Summer to take time off from running the bookstore Granny started and she wants Summer to do things that Summer has not taken time for. Granny has one stipulation. Summer is to do the list with Martin Langtree.

Summer put off going to college to care for her ailing parents and took over the operation of Granny’s book store. Summer has put off fulfilling her dreams to help others. Summer also has not been lucky in finding love. The list is Granny’s way to force Summer to revisit her youthful dreams and possibly find love.

Summer and Martin were childhood friends that lost track of each other after Martin’s mother died and he moved with another family. They have not seen each other for years. Their friendship is quickly reborn and they go through the list together. While going through the list, Summer helps Martin and his two brother to find out things they did not know about their past and their family.

I really enjoyed reading this book. There were twists and turns through out the whole story. There actually were little stories within the main story and it was fun to see how they all tie in together. It was fun to read how Martin’s step brothers were affected by their childhood and how they were able to move past it. I liked that the brothers went from being completely dependent on their parent’s money to getting jobs and reaching out to others. As well as to see how the characters changed their feeling about God.

This is a very good contemporary Christian fictions story. The Christian part of the story is so mild that I think everyone who enjoys contemporary fiction would enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers and I have written an honest review.

288 pages

ISBN-13:9780802412324

Publisher: River North

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God’s Gift by Lee Ann Mancini

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God’s Gift is written by Lee Ann Mancini and is part of the award winning Adventures of the Sea Kids series. It’s the Christmas season and the Sea Kids are helping their families get ready for Christmas. Christian helps his father put lights on the tree and decorate the manger with Baby Jesus. Jacob helps his father prepare for Hanukkah. They put a giant menorah in their yard and light candles each day.

The next day while playing at the coralhood playground Christian and Jacob get into an argument over who gets the most gifts. When the children get home they question their parents about getting more gifts. Christian and Jacob’s mothers take the children to each others homes to teach them the difference between Christmas and Hanukkah. Even though they celebrate the Christmas season differently they celebrate for the same reason. They learn that Christmas is about God sending Jesus as a gift. The lighting of the menorah reminds us of miracle of light given to the Jews from God. The children learn that Christmas is not about gifts under the tree or gifts on each day of Hanukkah, they learn the true meaning of Christmas.

The is a wonderful Christmas story for children that teaches the true gifts from God. The book is a shiny hard cover book with shiny brightly colored pages. The story is perfect for a story to be read to a young child or for a young reader to read. The story is a great way to teach children about difference that each family celebrates as well as to help them learn Christmas is not just about getting gifts.

Like the other book in the Adventure of the Sea Kids, this book has hidden objects in the pictures for those reading it to find. This is a great way to interact with children while reading and discussing the story.  The pictures also contain brightly colored sea creatures to help teach children about sea animals.

The author has written an award winning series that helps children learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ. and build a relationship with Jesus. This series is great, but this Christmas story is absolutely wonderful! This is a series that would be great for every family with children to have. With this book , part of the proceed is being donated to Christian children’s charities. The author, Lee Ann Mancini holds a bachelor of Religious Studies, a Master of Christian Studies and is an Adjunct Professor as well as a wife and mother. Dan Sharp, the illustrator is an artist with over thirty years illustrating children’s books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  I want to thank the author, publisher and Book Crash for giving me this wonderful book.

Series: Adventures of the Sea Kids

30 pages

ISBN 13: 9780986360497

GLM Publishing

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The BEST Christmas Gift EVER! by Melinda Rambaugh

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“It’s Christmastime, and the Veggies are celebrating in many ways. But they know that Christmas is really all about God’s gift of Jesus.”

The BEST Christmas Gift EVER! Is written by Melinda Rumbaugh, Illustrated by Lisa Reed and Designed by Georgina Chidlow. This story follows the VeggieTales kids through Christmas. They take a ride in a sleigh, decorate a Christmas tree and sing carols. They give gifts they buy, make or bake.

The story points out that the gifts we exchange during Christmas show that we care. But the best Christmas gift came a long time ago, born far away in a manger lit up only by a bright star. “The present was Jesus, God’s gift to the earth, who came here to save us – a king at his birth!”

This is an adorable book for young children, especially for the Christmas season. It is a small board book just perfectly sized for young children to hold. The pages are shiny and stiff so easy to clean and will not be damaged easily. But the pictures are amazing, they will hold a child’s interest for a long time! They are so detailed in very bright colors, that will make interacting with a child a fun experience. But my favorite part is the story. It is short but direct. It covers common Christmastime traditions but focuses mainly on the birth of Jesus and that He was sent by God to save us.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has children in or visit their home. If I could I would give this book a 10 star it is that amazing!

I want to thank Worthy Publishing and First Look Blog Tours for this book! It is simply amazing and I have written an honest review.

18 pages

ISBN-13: 9780824919900

Publisher: WorthyKids/ Ideals

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The New Believers Guide to the Christian Life by Alex Early

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As a new believer, you may have questions about what to expect. You wonder how to please God, or what will happen is you mess up. But being a Christian isn’t about what you do. It’s about who you are: a child of God. And God loves his children unconditionally. Through his overwhelming love, he changes us from the inside out.”

Alex Early has written this book to help new believes in Christ in their Christian walk. He attempts to answer some of the questions new believer have as well as give them understanding and direction in their new life. The book contains nine chapters that cover topics such as being a child of God, prayer, baptism, being part of a church and money.

The author points out that as a Christian you have already made some important decisions, you believe that God exists and that Jesus has the power to take care of your greatest fears, and take away your guilt and shame. He also points out that God wants all of us, not part of us. He saved us to have a relationship with Him, not to use us.

The author also teaches about prayer. He spends time teaching about the Lords Prayer as well as touching on how we should pray. He are to turn to God first and foremost to pray, to pour out our troubles and complain. He also points out that as time goes on we may become distracted and our prayer life may become boring. This is normal, Christians sometimes goes through a period where they feel God is distant. When this happens we need to remember that this is because of us, not God, God is not boring and has our best interest in mind.

The author also touches on church membership and it’s role in Christian maturity. I thought his chapter on church membership was especially refreshing. So often we attend the church we grew up in, or have been attending for years, even if it is nor leading us in our walk with God. The author points out that we are to find a church that exalts Jesus, one that teaches the beliefs we believe in. We are not to look for a church because we like the gimmicks, such as their music or social activities.

I think this is a really good book, not just for new believers but long term ones as well. Some of the information in this book may be a little overwhelming for a new believer, but a good refresher for a person who has been a Christian for some time. Each of the chapters end with questions to consider. This is not a book for quick reading, but rather a book to sit and think about. The author uses a lot of Bible verses and quotations from other writers to bring his information to the reader. I think this would be a good book to pass on to new believers, or someone struggling with their Christian walk.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany Publishing and I have written an honest review.

172 pages

ISBN: 9780764218361

Publisher: Bethany House

Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Really Bad Girls of the Bible covers the stories of 8 less than perfect women of the bible. The women covered in this book are lesser known women of the bible. Liz Curtis Higgs has written another great book that teaches us about the women in the bible and gives us an in site into what their lives were like. The author starts each chapter with a modern day story that ties into the Bible time story. The author also witnesses to the reader by including bits and pieces of her life prior to becoming a Christian.

The women introduced in this book are the Medium of En Dor, Jael, The Adulteress, Athaliah, Bathsheba, Herodias, Tamar the Widow, and The Bleeding Woman. Many of these stories were familiar to me, but the way the author wrote their story, it felt like I was learning about them all over again. I love the story of Deborah that is written in Judges, Liz has brought out the character of Jael in this book. The strength and courage it must have taken her to kill Sisera, after he had fallen asleep, with a tent peg and a hammer. Liz has also shown a different side to the story of Bathsheba. What would you do, the man who has authority over your husband has commanded you to come to him. I really had never thought of Bathsheba’s story like this. Another of my favorite stories of women of the old testament is that of Tamar. Having read the story many times, I now look at it differently. The author has pointed out the customs of the times and how Tamar was wronged by her husbands and father-in-law.

This is a great book to read to understand the women in the old testament. The book also includes a discussion and study guide that makes is a great choice to use for a bible study.

To read more about the book, to read about the author and read the first chapter of the book go to: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/79797/really-bad-girls-of-the-bible-by-liz-curtis-higgs/

I received a copy of the book from Blogging for Books and I have written an honest review.

304 pages

ISBN-10: 1601428618

ISBN-13: 978-1601428615

Publisher: WaterBrook

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

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The Silent Songbird is a medieval fairy tale that takes place in 1384 in Hertfordshire, England. Evangeline is the cousin and ward to King Richard II. She feels like she is no better than a prisoner in the dungeon, not being able to talk to or interact with who ever she wants. One morning while looking out her window singing, she watches the servants talking and laughing while doing their work. That day she is informed the the King has chose his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley as the man she will marry. After spending the evening with them, she packs a bag of servant’s clothing and decides to run away. She is caught by Muriel and they both run away together. They travel with Westley le Wyse to his parents home and become servants for them in the village of Glynval.

To avoid being recognized, she pretends to be mute, but when she witnesses an attack on Westley’s life, she yells for help. Sabina, a local girl who has her eyes on Westley, comes to help her. Sabina causes trouble for Evangeline. One day she gives poisonous mushrooms to Evangeline to put into the soup. When this is discovered, Evangeline is taken out to be flogged. Westley comes to her rescue and with discussion, finds out that Sabina caused the problem. Evangeline is then moved into the castle to work. It is quickly found out that she is was not a servant as she can read and has not servant skills.

Evangeline’s story is eventually revealed and she begs Westley to not let the men looking for her to take her back to the King to be married to Lord Shiveley. Glyncal village is having a celebration that will include a singing contest and Evangeline is told she will be taking part in it. Her singing voice is what she is known for at the King’s castle and she fears she will be recognized.

This is a good clean romance written for young adults. It is a very good story with suspense and mystery woven through out the story. The characters are very well developed and even through there are many characters in the story, they are introduced in such a way it is easy to follow along. The story also has humor written into it as well. This is a very easy story to get lost in. The story is so well written it is easy to get pulled into the story and not want to put it down. I especially appreciate how the author has written into the story Evangeline’s desire to read the Bible and how that becomes something she and Westly do together. This is a great story for the teen age girl but is also very enjoyable for the mature woman as well.

I recieved a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers and I have written an honest review.

304 pages

ISBN-10: 0718026314

ISBN-13: 978-0718026318

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

A Servant Like Jesus by Lee Ann Mancini

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A Servant Like Jesus, by LeeAnn Mancini, is part of the Adventures of the Sea Kids series. Once again we get to visit the Sea Kids at their school. It’s the first day of school at the Fish-Care Cove School. The class room is beautifully decorated with pictures of the alphabet and the students names marking their cubbies. Some of the students struggle with having their parents drop them off. One of these students is Charlie. He hides behind the sink, but when two students get into a disagreement he speaks up. When this happens the teacher asks Charlie to be her helper.

Charlie is able to turn his eyes to see things better and he has 6 legs to carry things. He is a very good helper. While they are at the coral reef gardens, a sudden wave bumped another student into a fire coral. Charlie alerts the teacher and prays to Jesus asking for the other student to not be in pain as well as thanking Jesus that he is not to shy to not help his friend.

When Charlie is at home He reads to his brother and helps his family. He tells them “I am learning how to be brave and how to help everyone. That makes me feel good in my heart. Jesus served everyone and I was to be a servant like Jesus.”

I love this children series! This award-winning series helps children build a strong relationship with Jesus. The series shows how the Sea Kids turn to Jesus in pray, both in asking for help and in thanking Jesus. The story is very good with a good lesson within it. The lesson within this story is one of helping other and getting along with others. The books do not have to read in any certain order.

The short stories are so nicely written with larger font so are easy for the young reader to read. The story is also a good length to read to a very young child. The pictures are very colorful with a fair amount of detail to engage a child in discussion. Each picture also includes a small picture of a bible hidden somewhere. The paper pages have a glossy finish to help keep them clean.

The author, Lee Ann Mancini, is a wife and mother who has devoted her life to being a servant of God. She teaches at a bible college and seminary. The Illustrater, Dan Sharp, has been illistrating children books for over thirty years. He has illustrated for many popular companies as well.

I have received a copy of this book from the author and BookCrash and I have written an honest review.

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Series: Adventures of the Sea Kids

32 pages

ISBN-10: 0986360481

ISBN-13: 978-0986360480

Publisher: GLM PUBLISHING

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

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Wild Montana Skies is book 2 in the Montana Rescue series written by Susan May Warren. Kacey Fairing is returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana to take a break from her military career to recover emotionally from her tour in Afghanistan. She has taken a job as a helicopter pilot working search and rescue. The area is being devastated with flooding and she is thrown into her new job very quickly.

Ben King has come home to help his aging father after the father is involved in an accident. His father is not accepting his physical limitations very well. His father is also involved in the search and rescue organization Kacey is now working for. With his father’s limitations, Ben steps in to help with rescues.

He and Kacey have a background together and they have not seen each other since they were young. When Ben was in trouble, he turned to Kacey’s father who told Ben to leave town to try to become the music star her dreamed of. Even after all these years, even after Ben has become a big music star, Kacey’s father still believes he did the right thing by keeping Kacey and Ben apart and continues to try to do so.

A church group of young people are stranded with the flooding going on in the area. It quickly becomes know that Kacey’s daughter is among the group. The daughter that she had as a young girl herself. A daughter her parents were raising for her because after realizing she was going to be a single mother, she enlisted in the military to make a living for herself and her daughter.

This is a very good book! I am so glad that Susan has started a new series. I just love her stories. Just like her others, this one has real life type situations focusing on family. The story also has suspense that keeps the story moving and of course romance. The main part in the story that stands out for me is when Kacey is struggling with questions about her life, her friend tells her, “ The only one who can give you the answer to all your questions is God.” Her friend continues to tell her that maybe God brought her home to save her and to redeem her mistakes. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and I have written an honest review.

Series: Montana Rescue – Book 1

348 pages

ISBN: 9780800727437

Revell Publishing