The Wolves of Mercy Falls: Shiver book 1 By Maggie Stiefvater

Well book starts off really cool it pulls you in instantly. I love how you get both charters thoughts about what’s going on in the story. First we get Grace who I just fell in love with she’s laugh out loud funny yet I could really relate to what she is going through and feeling. Then we get Sam who sounds to me to be Hot in his own sort of way. Grace is trying to fight to keep him while Sam is trying just as hard to Not leave her. This is a great love story with a different take on the whole Werewolf story line. I love The Wolves of Mercy Falls!!!! Please keep a look out for my review on Book 2 in The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy!!! called Linger

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God is more than Enough

I loved this book by Tony Evans he did a wonderful job with this book! I found this book to be very well written and easy to read as well as understand! I really felt the lord truly made it possible for me to review this book. The book hit key points over and over about a lot of items going on in my own life! This is a great and easy read enjoy!!!!

Understanding Color in Photography by Bryan Peterson

What’s Inside:

Veteran photographer and instructor Bryan Peterson is best known for his arresting imagery using bold, graphic color and composition. Here he explores his signature use of color in photography for the first time, showing readers his process for creating striking images that pop off the page. He addresses how to shoot in any type of light, and looks at color families and how they can work together to make compelling images in commercial and art photography. He also helps readers understand exposure, flash, and other stumbling blocks that beginning and experienced photographers encounter when capturing images, showing how to get the most out of any composition. With its down-to-earth voice and casual teaching style, Understanding Color in Photography is a workshop in a book, helping any photographer take their images to the next level.

Who Wrote It:

Bryan Peterson is a professional photographer, an internationally known instructor, and the bestselling author of Understanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Learning to See Creativity, Understanding Digital Photography, and Beyond Portraiture. In addition, he is the founder of the online Photography school the Perfect Picture School of Photography. He lives in Chicago.

My Thoughts:
I’m so glad I was able to review this book, I took both a Film Photography an a Digital Photography class when I was in College. I love how simple yet easy to read this book was I do like how it didn’t read like a boring Textbook. Mr. Peterson’s pictures are truly amazing through out this very colorful book. I can’t wait to get my new camera so that I can practice some of his techniques. I will most definitely be checking out his other books as well. 

Star Rating:
I give Understanding Color in Photography 5 Stars


~ I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review.~

 START WHERE YOU ARE WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE DIARY by Meera Lee Patel

What’s Inside:

 START WHERE YOU ARE WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE DIARY


In her journal Start Where You Are, Meera Lee Patel helped readers look inward to discover their dreams and navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life. This planner represents the next step in the process– a tool both newcomers and Meera’s existing audience can use to plot out the practical steps, day-by-day, week-by-week, of accomplishing those dreams. This perpetual week-at-a-glance diary features illustrations and patterns created from the existing art that add visually vibrant inspiration and encouragement to appointments and deadlines.

Who Wrote It:

 MEERA LEE PATEL


Meera Lee Patel is a self-taught artist and author of the bestselling journal, Start Where You Are. She creates work that inspires others to connect with themselves, each other, and the world around them. You can visit her online at http://www.meeralee.com.

My Thoughts:

I love the colorfulness of the planner/diary the cover is very soft as well as smooth. I like the horizontal boxes in this weekly planner/diary but I do wish they were lined since I have a hard time writing straight. The binding is nice but I think it should have been a spiral bound so that it could be easier to write in an lay flat. Overall it’s a great diary an beautifully made it truly is perfect for School, Work or even for Journaling.

Star Rating:

I give the Start Where You Are Week-at-a-Glance Diary 4 Stars

~ I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review.~

That’s so ’90s Pop! By Patrick Sullivan

What’s Inside:
Join Britney Spears in a maze searching for the necklace she once thought the old lady dropped into the ocean. Join Mandy Moore for a Candy-fuelled adventure in her green VW bug. Color in the scorching tattoos on Nick Lachey’s rippling biceps. All this and so much more to be discovered within the pages of That’s so ’90s Pop, a fill-in activity book featuring a bevy of beloved musical pop stars from the late ’90s/ early ’00s.


Pop Stars Include:

· The Spice Girls

· Backstreet Boys

· Britney Spears

· N Sync

· Christina Aguilera

· 98 Degrees

· Mariah Carey

· TLC

· Mandy Moore

· Enrique Iglesias

· Destiny’s Child

· Jessica Simpson

· Macy Gray

· Alanis Morisette

· Aaron Carter

· Usher

· Lil’ Kim

· Pink

· Blink 182

· Los Del Rio

· and more!

Who Wrote It:

PATRICK SULLIVAN is a Brooklyn based graphic designer and illustrator. Often focusing on pop culture, Patrick has contributed work to New York Magazine, Random House, and Marvel. He currently designs apparel for Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and more.

My Thoughts: 

I loved it I feel like a total “Teenybopper” as my mom calls it haha. I loved the coloring pages, dot to dot and so much more…My daughter wants one now for herself… Patrick Sullivan work is so right on I love all the detail. I highly recommend this activity book it’s That’s so ’90s Pop fun for everyone. Thanks for giving me a teenage flash back!

Star Rating:

I give That’s so ’90s Pop 5 stars I absolutely loved it

{ I received a copy of That’s so ’90s Pop for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review}

A Shadow Bright and Burning

What’s Inside:

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

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Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Who Wrote It:

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JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories. Visit her at jessicacluess.com and follow her on Twitter at @JessCluess.

My Thought:
This book was on my To Be Read List for a couple of months. I’m so happy that I read this book the Characters where truly amazing, I love Henrietta she is a take no crap from anyone kind of girl who can basically turn into Flames!!! This book was very well written I’m so happy to share with my 13 year old daughter wants to read it now. The only thing that did nag at me when reading this book was the fact that at times I felt like it was a little drawn out or there were parts of the story that really didn’t fit well together. Since this is book 1 in the series I’m sure a lot of my unanswered questions will be addressed in the next book which I will be reading I can’t wait to see what happens next to all the characters.

Star Rating:
I give A Shadow Bright and Burning an overall star rating of 4 1/2 Stars I give the Cover 5 Stars!

~I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review.~

The Angel of Forest Hill

What’s Inside: The Angel of Forest Hill

A time of anticipation. A season of miracles.


Because of Joel’s impossible situation, twenty-one-year-old Rose must sacrifice everything. As days pass into years in the midst of the beautiful hills, the laughter of children, and God’s providence—is it too much for Rose to hope for love in return?
An amazing journey toward love and belonging, filled with the wonder of the season of Christ’s birth.

 

When Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to leave her family, travel deep into West Vir­ginia, and help Joel Dienner with his children in the wake of tragedy, the quiet young woman recognizes a home where she might find kindness instead of criticism and hope replacing harsh words. She agrees to stay in Forest Hill and become Joel’s wife for the sake of his family needs, but their marriage is to be a partnership, one built from need, not love and affection.

 

As the years pass, Rose continues to beckon Joel to join life again, to take joy in his growing children, and to awaken his heart to the possibility of new love. Joel hopes that Rose can move beyond deep-rooted hurts to see the beautiful Christmas ahead, their season. But will the arrival of a beautiful widow and a series of misunderstandings reverse how far Rose and Joel have come?

Who Wrote It:

Cindy Woodsmall

  is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book my heart was breaking for Rose I could completely understand why she felt the way she did her upbringing was horrible she never truly knew what love was from her own family that is why she second guess everything even her own feelings. Then we have Joel who lost the love of his life not knowing how he is going to make it with 3 very small children. I could not put this book down I read it in one sitting! I love how no matter what the situation looks like all you need to is to trust in God an he will bless you just like he did for Rose & Joel just in time for Christmas.

Star Rating:

Overall I give The Angel of Forest Hill 5 Stars it was beautiful written an pulled on my heart strings from the very first page.
Note: I received this book for free in return for my honest review from Blogging for Books.

Boys Among Men by Johnathan Abrams

What’s Inside:

 

The definitive, never-before-told story of the prep-to-pro generation, those basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the jump directly from high school to the NBA.

When Kevin Garnett shocked the world by announcing that he would not be attending college—as young basketball prodigies were expected to do—but instead enter the 1995 NBA draft directly from high school, he blazed a trail for a generation of teenage basketball players to head straight for the pros. That trend would continue until the NBA instituted an age limit in 2005, requiring all players to attend college or another developmental program for at least one year.

 Over that decade-plus period, the list of players who made that difficult leap includes some of the most celebrated players of the modern era—Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous other stars. It also includes notable “busts” who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pro generation.

In compelling, masterfully crafted prose, Boys Among Men goes behind the scenes and draws on hundreds of firsthand interviews to paint insightful and engaging portraits of the most pivotal figures and events during this time. Award-winning basketball writer Jonathan Abrams has obtained remarkable access to the key players, coaches, and other movers and shakers from that time, and the result is a book packed with rare insights and never-before-published details about this chapter in NBA history. Boys Among Men is a thrilling, informative, must-read for any basketball fan.


Who Wrote It:

JONATHAN ABRAMS is an award-winning journalist who has covered the NBA for ESPN’s Grantland, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.


My Thoughts: 

Boys Among Men is a great read for any Basketball sports fan! Abrams did an excellent job getting all the facts in order. I do agree with a lot Abrams had to say in this book the behind the scenes info the NBA stories were truly amazing. I love how in-depth Abrams went when sharing Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant even Bill Willoughby stories. I love the fact that even though Abrams kept his information in chronological order the stories were not if that makes sense. I really feel this book has opened my eyes to a lot of things that I wasn’t aware of that players had to deal with. 

Star Rating:

I give Boys Among Men 5 Stars

Note: I was given a copy of Boys Among Men from Blogging for books in return for my honest review.

All But Normal 

What’s Inside:
Growing up, Shawn Thornton’s life was anything but normal, but then, so was his mother. After waking from a coma following a car crash, Beverly Thornton’s once sweet and gentle disposition had been replaced by violent mood swings, profanity laced tirades, and uncontrollable fits of rage. Inside the Thornton house, floors and countertops were piled high with dirty laundry and garbage, because Bev was unable to move well enough to clean. Dinners were a Russian roulette of half cooked meat, spoiled milk, and foods well past their expiration dates. A moment of frustration might prompt her to hurl a knife at Shawn, his brother, Troy, or their dad or to vehemently cuss them out, only to shower them with love and affection moments later as though nothing had happened, and God help the family cat!On several occasions, Bev even tried to jump out of the car on the highway while Shawn and his brother struggled to keep her inside. Yet this same woman was also a devoted Bible reader, Sunday school teacher, and friend to the elderly, poor, and marginalized wherever she went. How the same woman could be a saint one minute and a nightmare the next was a constant source of frustration for the family. Then one day, after decades of embarrassing outbursts, a surprise discovery finally helps the Thornton family come to grips with Bev’s mysterious condition and brings Shawn to a startling realization that changes the course of his life forever. A heartwarming coming of age story, All But Normal is a powerful reminder that sometimes the broken people in our lives are the ones who need fixing the least.

Who Wrote It:
Shawn Thornton serves as Senior Pastor of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. He is also the Bible teaching voice heard daily across America on the half-hour radio program, “All Things New.” Shawn has the honor of serving on the Boards of Directors of Awana Clubs International, Awana Lifeline Ministries, the Joni & Friends Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees of his local hospital, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. He blogs regularly at PastorShawn.com. Shawn and his wife, Lesli, have three young adult children—Jon, Katie, and Megan.

Joel Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in Time magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, CBS Radio, the Dallas Morning News and dozens of newspapers and magazines. He has authored and ghostwritten more than 60 books, including a New York Times bestseller. He has reported from disaster zones and civil wars in seventeen countries, and received numerous prizes for writing and reporting, including the highest award for Christian humor. Kilpatrick earned an MS degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York in 1995. He lives in southern California with his wife and five children, most of whom he loves.

My Thoughts: 

This was a powerful read I was so moved by Shawn’s story my heart goes out to the little boy who had to grow up with so much fear an confusion. I can really relate to how Shawn felt in this book being that my own mother suffers from schizophrenia. I highly recommend this book because it’s shows just how good God can be in your time of need. I love when I can read a book an it touches me deep down in my soul. 

Star Rating: 

I give All But Normal 5 Stars this book was amazing 

Note: I received All But Normal by Shawn Thornton an Joel Kilpatrick compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review.