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Book Review- Divergent by Veronica Roth

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After I finished The Fault in Our Stars I immediately started on Divergent. I had heard a lot about it, yet I knew nothing about it. A few of my bit more conservative Christian friends had even read it. And as with TFIOS there is a movie coming out soon, and I wanted to read the book first. (It’s funny, the girl who plays Hazel and the boy who plays Augustus in TFIOS are the same ones who play Beatrice and her brother, Caleb, in Divergent.)

My immediate thoughts were that it felt like mouthwash after reading TFIOS (only one minor cuss word) and that it reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games. Only, without all the killing. In the Hunger Games, every kid from 12-18 is subject to the possibility of their name being drawn and having to compete in the Hunger Games, where they kill other kids until there is one victor. It is set in future North America, called Panem. There are no longer states, but districts, 12 of them. In Divergent, when you turn 16 you are required to choose which faction you will be in for the rest of your life. There are 5 factions. You are free to choose whichever, but not choosing the one that you were born into, may mean shunning from your family and faction. You are given an aptitude test which helps you decide which faction you belong in. And after you pick your faction you go through an initiation process.

Beatrice Prior has 5 unique factions to choose from.

There is Abnegation, the faction she was born into. The people in it are known to be selfless. They are a lot like the Amish in a way. They believe that not one person is to be higher than another, therefore, they all wear loose fitting, dull, gray clothing and only cut their hair every 3 months. They cannot look in a mirror and the only adornment they are allowed is a watch, as it is practical.

There is Candor, the honest.

There is Amity, the peaceful.

And Erudite, the intelligent.

And finally, Dauntless, the brave.

Which will she choose?

She falls in love with a man in her faction of choice, but it is not easy. And on the way, Beatrice learns of many secrets. Secrets of her mother, secrets of her brother, secrets of her new love and she, herself is keeping a very important one.

Now, as a final review….

I loved the book. I actually liked it more than The Hunger Games series. It’s set in future Chicago, which made it interesting, since I have been to Chicago recently. It made it real, as a lot of the landmarks I saw were still there, like the ferris wheel I rode. It would be appropriate for about 14 and up. There were no bedroom parts, per se. Although, she almost gets raped by some of the other initiates, and it mentions that they “grabbed” her and laughed saying that she was no more than a little girl. She and the man she loves kiss quite a bit and he unzips her jacket and kisses the tattoos on her collar bone. They do not sleep together though, as it is made known that they are both afraid. I did not have a problem with any of this, I am just letting you know as I know some mothers may be reading this review with their kids in mind, so I hope to give you an idea of what they will be reading. I would be okay with my 14 year old sister reading it, but not my almost 13 year old sister. I cannot wait for the movie and I look forward to reading the second book, Insurgent. (I will write reviews on both)

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Book Review

 

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Book Review- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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I am on Instagram a lot. Too much. That’s a different story, but through it I get a pretty good idea of what “kids these days” are into. Well, I recently have seen a lot of “Okay? Okay.” and a lot of #tfios going around. So, curious ol’ me asked what TFIOS meant. The Fault in Our Stars, I was told. Apparently it’s being made into a movie coming out this year. I am a bit of a movie geek and searched it on one of my favorite apps, IMDB. Through that I learned the synopsis. The Fault in Our Stars (by John Green who is a vlog brother if you are familiar with them on YouTube.) is about a teenage girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster who is fighting lung cancer who meets a teenage boy named Augustus “Gus” Waters who previously fought cancer and lost his leg. They fall in love, as predicted, but there is a whole lot more to the story. So, anyway, I decide it actually looked pretty good and put the book on hold from the library.

It took it’s sweet time getting to me, of course, as it had over 100 holds on it, but the other day, I finally got it. So, what did I think about it? Let me start by mentioning that growing up, I picked books mainly from the children’s section. At that age, they didn’t have to be Christian, as they were usually fine. However, if a book had even one cuss word, I returned it without finishing it. As I got older I ventured in to Christian fiction in the adult section. I rarely went into the young adult area, because the normal fiction was disgusting and the Christian fiction was made for either boys, and was about dragons, or for teen girls and was about shopping and boys. Neither interested me. So I stuck to the adult section. I read mainly historical fiction and some Christian romance. I am not very adventurous in my reading. So to read TFIOS was different. It wasn’t Christian, it was in the young adult category and just not what I read.

I’m not sure it is appropriate for under 18. MAYBE a mature 16-17, but I don’t know. There was too much language for my taste. At least two uses of every word I am aware of. But plenty more than two of several words. I wouldn’t normally finish a book with that much language, but I never felt like I shouldn’t continue. There was a one page risqué “scene.” It wasn’t awful, but again, not PG. It was a cute story, sad too, just more than I was prepared for, having read “safe” books all my life.

Would I read it again? No. Would I let my siblings read it? No. Do I want to see the movie? Yes, I do, but I am positive there will be “stuff” in it. IF I watch it, it will probably be with my mom only, without my siblings around.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Book Review

 

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Left Behind

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I have never made it all the way through the Left Behind series. I am determined to now though. There is a new movie on it coming out next year and I want to have them all read by then.

The first book, Left Behind (written by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye) follows the journeys of Capt. Rayford Steele, his daughter Chloe, Pastor Bruce Barnes, flight attendant, Hattie Durham and reporter, Cameron “Buck” Williams as they seek to discover an answer to the mysterious and sudden disappearances of thousands of people. Join them in their earnest search for truth.

In my opinion, the first book, up until the last couple of chapters, is somewhat hard to get through because it’s very political and I am horrible with politics. The last two chapters are honestly rather scary, but it’s worth reading, I promise.

So, will you be joining me?

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” -1 Corinthians 15:52

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Book Review, Worldview

 

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Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot

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As we were packing up books, Mom handed me a book and asked me if I wanted to read it. I looked at the cover, Passion and Purity. “Yeah, sure I’ll read it.” Needless to say, I finished it in one day. Very uncharacteristic of me. If you’re looking for a good book on purity and/or relationships, this one is excellent. I have read two other books, It’s (Not That) Complicated and Before You Meet Prince Charming Both were very good, and very helpful. However, the difference in Passion and Purity is that author Elisabeth Elliot is telling her own story. She explains some of the struggles she went through. Struggles like falling in love with a guy, but not knowing how he feels about you, waiting for the right guy, how do you know if he is the right guy, when you are in a relationship, how physical is too physical, etc. Struggles that most teenage girls, or even single women struggle with. So many purity books just give tips or dos and don’ts. It was wonderful to read one that went through her own story. And it was a beautiful story. I would highly recommend it.

I was not compensated for this review.

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Glendale by Ann Goering

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I just finished reading the book Glendale and am excited to review it, but first, let me tell you how I even came to learn that this book existed.

I was at a local homeschool convention and decided to do something beyond my comfort zone when I saw an author sitting at her booth. Her books looked interesting, but I couldn’t afford them at that time. A thought struck me; why not ask her if I could review one of her books on my blog? Bravely, the introverted me, walked over to her booth. She was in the middle of talking to someone else, but while she was talking, another woman (whom I later found out was also working that booth) came over, smiling. “Hi! Can I help you?” I looked up at her, a little shocked, because I thought she had walked over from a different booth and I found that kind of strange. “Um, well, I was just gonna ask her if she wanted me to review one of her books on my blog.” She grinned excitedly. “Oh! That’s great! Are you a writer?” “Um, yes.” I still was kind of weirded out. She then proceeded to tell me about this young writer’s conference this summer. (I have to admit, I think she’s got me convinced to at least check it out!) She told me to write down my blog address and email so she could send me the info. While I was writing, the other lady finished talking, and this woman explained what I was there for. (I might add that I was very relieved that she did the part that I was so nervous about! 😉) The author turned to me and asked me a gazillion questions and even looked at my blog right there, on the spot, on her iPad. She eventually asked me if I read Kindle books. I told her I had Kindle on my iPad, but I preferred paper. (At that point I knew I wasn’t getting a paperback.) She offered to email me a code to get the book on Amazon for my Kindle and I accepted. That was a week ago and I still haven’t seen it.

However, I noticed another author’s booth. I thought, Hey, it worked once! Maybe it’ll work again! So I stopped by. I had never heard of the book series, or the author, so I asked what she wrote about. She said that they were romance novels. Well, that caught my attention. 😉 After all, what teenage girl doesn’t enjoy romance stuff. 😜 I figured, she’s at a homeschool conference; most of us court, or at least believe in purity before marriage! Should be safe! So, I told her about my blog. She asked if I reviewed the usual way, by her giving me the book and me reviewing it. I told her I did. She appeared to not even think twice about it before handing me the first book in her series and thanking me!

So, lets get to the review, shall we? After all, that’s what this is all about!

I must admit that I was shocked at seeing the word “boobs” used repeatedly on the first couple pages. Not that that’s a bad word exactly, but as a “sheltered” homeschooler, it’s practically a four letter word! Just kidding, but it just isn’t said. (Made me blush writing it out, too. LOL) By the way, this is the story of 15 year old Jessica Cordel. Her parents just divorced, due to her father having an affaire. (The father’s new girlfriend has breast implants… to explain the “‘b’ word” usage. 😉) Anyway, she and her mother, who she doesn’t exactly get along with, move to the small city of Glendale from D.C., where her cheating Senator father lives. City girl Jessi is not happy about the move. She has to change schools, make new friends, etc. She eventually meets a nice, Christian boy, 17 year old Joe Colby. She doesn’t understand his morals and views on relationships, but he’s attractive, and she is determined to make him her boyfriend. His only goal, although attracted to her, is to witness to her. Both of their lives change as they grow closer together, making each other their gods.

Overall, very good book. Well written. I believe that this was Ann Goering’s first novel, and I think I read that she wrote it in her senior year of high school. It held my attention and left me hanging. (The sign of a wise author. 😉 It’s like a Lay’s chip, “You can’t have just one!” I want to read the next one, but I would have to buy it, because my library doesn’t have it.) It was a quick read. Most books take me about two weeks. I finished Glendale in two days. I will mention that the theme is kind of mature. Nothing graphic or inappropriate, but sex and abstinence are a constant theme throughout the book, as well as other current world issues. So, I would highly advise an age limit on this one. 15+ is probably safe.

You can buy Glendale here

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

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Jesus Calling is a devotional that was given to me by a family member as a graduation gift. I was a little skeptical of it, because as I flipped through it I realized that she wrote as if Jesus were talking to you. I don’t like it when people do that, put words in the mouth of God. I see this as blasphemous. I started to read it and changed my thoughts about it a little bit, because it kind of spoke to me where I was. But then I read this review. I HIGHLY recommend you read the review. Tim Challies gave some history of Sarah Young’s background and theology, as well as the history behind the book. I found it very interesting. I was glad that I read his review before I read any more of the book.

I was not compensated for this review.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Book Review

 

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Songbird: Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer

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It doesn’t take much for me to be impressed by a Tricia Goyer book; she just has a way of completely capturing her audience. However, I was not only impressed with Songbird, no, impressed is not an adequate enough word. Simply said, I could not put it down!

Categorized as a Romantic Thriller, it has everything from a budding romance to a hold-your-breath, page-turning mystery. Set in Germany, after World War II has ended, we follow USO singer, Betty Lake and US Army Combat Photographer, Frank Witt as they join together to solve the mysterious disappearance of actress and USO singer, Kat.

The cool thing is that the WWII era is something I have never been interested in. I liked Tricia Goyer’s Amish fiction books, so I thought I would give her WWII stuff a go. She managed to keep my interest in an area I’m not interested in! That, I would say, is proof of a great author!

You can buy Songbird: Under a German Moon
on Amazon. The Kindle version costs $7.69 and the paperback costs $12.99.

I was not compensated for this review.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Book Review, Uncategorized

 

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