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The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

What’s Inside:

Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant’s baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they’ve never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he’s ushered the city into a new era of “peace”―one where the Scientist Roth Reynard’s Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion.

mysterious Aaron and his Seers are once again on the move, threatening the illusion the Authority has worked so hard to build. As the Seers send seven chosen warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, the lines are drawn for a final battle between light and darkness. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned―a truth she’ll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil.

Who Wrote It:

The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.

My Thoughts:

Honestly, I can say I was surprised by this book I read the first two books in the series an I loved them. I was so nervous that I wasn’t going to like this book that it took me forever to actually read it. Overall I’m so glad I finally finished it I absolutely love it when I can read a book to where I feel part of their world. The fight against the Light & Dark wow. I felt so connected to Elise like I was with her through everything. I absolutely recommend reading the first two books in the Seer Series first before reading The Returning since this is the final book.

Star Rating:

I give The Returning 4 1/2 Stars

~ I received this book for free from Tyndale Publisher in return for my honest review.~

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Be Bold a Coloring Devotional by Ellen Elliott

What’s Inside:

Be Bold offers an outlet to simultaneously focus on God’s Word and express creativity. Using scripture as the foundation for her designs, Ellen Elliot takes readers through a series of inspiring verses reinforced with short devotional writings. Topics include joy, hope, self-image, peace, and more. Each coloring page and corresponding devotional will help the reader develop a closer relationship with the Heavenly Father.

Who Wrote It:

ELLEN ELLIOTT graduated with an art degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She works in a variety of mediums—from acrylic and watercolor to collage and digital—and is continually inspired by her favorite artists, including Mercer Mayer, Tomie dePaola, Jim Henson and many mid-century modern illustrators. Ellen has illustrated children’s books and created gift products for DaySpring Cards and Worthy Publishing. She likes laughter, feeding ducks, obsessive research, baby bellybutton lint, coffee and creating stories. She does not like Brussels sprouts, trigonometry, jerks, diet colas, rejection and cold toes. Ellen remains neutral about Switzerland. She lives in Arkansas with her two well-behaved kids and a rude cat.

My Thoughts:

Be Bold was not just a Devotional but a Coloring one at that which I loved . In this wonderful book you get devotional pages with scriptures as well as a lesson to help you understand Gods meaning along with a beautiful coloring page to go with it. In the back of the book there are also 12 lined pages for you to use as you wish. I loved this devotional so much I went out a bought a few more to share with my friends & family. I highly recommend Be Bold if you love a good devotional and to color.

Star Rating:

I give Be Bold a Coloring Devotional 5 Stars

~ I received this book for free from Tyndale Publisher in return for my honest review.~

The Keto Reset Diet by Mark Sisson

What’s Inside:

THE KETO RESET DIET

Mark Sisson—author of the mega-bestseller The Primal Blueprint—unveils his groundbreaking ketogenic diet plan that resets your metabolism in 21 days so you can burn fat forever.

Mounting scientific research is confirming that eating a ketogenic diet could represent one of the greatest nutritional breakthroughs of our time—and that it might be the healthiest and most effective weight loss strategy ever. Going “keto” by eating high fat, low-to-moderate protein and low-carb foods enables you to break free from the disastrous effects of carbohydrate dependency by resetting your metabolism and promoting metabolic flexibility—where your body learns to burns fat instead of sugar for energy, even when you go off plan.

Unlike many other ketogenic programs that require challenging restrictions and deprivation or offer misinformation, Mark Sisson, bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of the #1 paleo blog MarksDailyApple.com, presents a unique two-step, scientifically validated approach for going keto the right way.  He first reveals the real secret to rapid and sustained weight loss, which is in becoming “fat-adapted” before entering full nutritional ketosis. This process allows your body to learn to burn fat more efficiently, resulting in increased and sustained weight loss over the long-term.  It takes as little as 21-days to reprogram your metabolism to burn fat for fuel, by ditching processed grains, sugars, and refined vegetable oils in favor of nutrient-dense, high fat, primal/paleo foods–and you’ll see immediate results. Next, you’ll fine-tune with Intermittent Fasting and then foray into full ketogenic eating for a further weight loss boost and improved health.

With The Keto Reset Diet, you can eat to total satisfaction by enjoying rich, high-satiety foods, and even weather occasional slip-ups. You’ll use keto as a lifelong tool to stay trim, healthy, energetic, and free from the disastrous health conditions caused by the typical American diet. With step-by-step guidance, daily meal plans and a recipe section with over 100 delicious keto-friendly recipes, this is the definitive guide to help the keto-beginner or the experienced health enthusiast understand the what, why, and how to succeed with ketogenic eating.

Who Wrote It:

Health and fitness expert Mark Sisson is the bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and several other Primal Blueprint-branded books, and one of the leading voices of the burgeoning Evolutionary Health Movement. His blog, MarksDailyApple.com, has paved the way for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom’s diet and exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. From its humble – and controversial – beginnings in 2006, Mark’s Daily Apple has grown into one of the highest-ranked health information resources on the Internet, with some 3 million unique visitors each month. Mark, 62, has a BA in biology from Williams College and is a former world-class endurance athlete, with a 2:18 marathon and a fourth-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships to his credit.

Today, Mark directs his competitive energies into high-stakes Ultimate Frisbee tournaments against competitors decades younger. Besides blogging daily, Mark conducts seminars on the Primal Blueprint way of life and hosted 9 multi-day total immersion retreats called PrimalCon at locations across America and in Mexico from 2010-2014. He operates Primal Blueprint Publishing in Malibu, CA, publishing his own titles as well as work from other authors promoting ancestral health principles. Mark is married to Carrie and they have two children.

My Thoughts:

I was so excited to read The Keto Reset Diet, I kept hearing all this stuff about Keto but I really didn’t know or understand what it was. I found that this book was not only easy to read with great recipes but very informative. I’m excited to start my Keto Reset Diet Plan using this book as my blueprint. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Keto.

Star Rating:

I give The Keto Reset Diet 4 stars

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

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.~