Sunday, July 3, 2011
Tuck EverlastingTuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt My rating: 4 of 5 stars Synopsis: Ten-year-old Winifred Foster's accidental encounter with the uncommon Tuck family, their hidden spring, and their extraordinary secret transforms her life and leads her to make a noteworthy decision. Genres: Fiction, Classic, Fantasy Review: I really liked this story. It was very unique and had a good plotline. The subject is very interesting. The analogies and lessons where great. It was a quick read for me but a very enjoyable one. I loved the writing style and how it was completly clean. A read the can be enjoyed by all ages.
Little Lord FauntleroyLittle Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett My rating: 5 of 5 stars Synopsis: Young Cedric Errol lives in poverty in New York with his mother. On the death of his English father -- disinherited for marrying an American -- Cedric is summoned to the family castle by his grandfather. There the crotchety Earl plans to transform the boy into a docile, traditional lordling. But Little Lord Fauntleroy does the converting. Through his goodness and innocence, he wins the hearts of his English relatives, who welcome his mother warmly. Genre: Fiction, Classic Review: This is one of the best books ever. My mom read it to us. It's about a little boy, who is like amazing. Almost an angel. He's kind, caring, loving, loves to serve, and just obediant and pure. Something very hard to find these days. It's got great lessons and is a very special story of a very special little boy. For all ages.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The Hiding PlaceThe Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom My rating: 5 of 5 stars Synopsis:The Hiding Place is a riveting page-turner describing how a middle-aged Dutch watchmaker's daughter became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. Genres: Auto-Biography, True Story, WW2, Historical, Christian, inspiring Review: THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! It's a wonderful read. It's the truly powerful and inspiring story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family in WW2 and their experiences hiding Jews and their life in a Concentration Camp. Corrie constantly amazed me with her faith in the Lord and how she kept him in her thoughts when she would start to think bad thoughts about all the horrible things that were happening to her and her family. It's a ruly amazing and enlightening book. Highly recommended. Not recommended for anyone under 12 (It is sad espescially dealing with the WW2 topic).
Anne of Green Gables  (Anne of Green Gables, #1)Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery My rating: 5 of 5 stars Synopsis: When Marilla Cuthbert's brother, Matthew, returns home to Green Gables with a chatty redheaded orphan girl, Marilla exclaims, "But we asked for a boy. We have no use for a girl." It's not long, though, before the Cuthberts can't imagine how they could ever do without young Anne of Green Gables--Marilla says to Matthew, "One thing's for certain, no house that Anne's in will ever be dull." Genres: Classic, Fiction, Humor, Adventure Review: A wonderful Classic and delightful read about a spunky red-head. There is much fun and many wonderful lessons in this elegantly written novel. You'll have fun reading this and laughing along with Anne (with an E) and her adventures. A delightful classic girls of all ages with love.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Synopsis: After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus. Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Adventure Review: I just loved this book!!!. It was gripping from literally the first page. The idea is totally clever and original, with plot twists and surprises that make you never want to put this book down. It's well written, and reading from the protagonist Percy's POV(point of view) is totally fun. It's hard not to fall in love with Percy and the world that Rick Riordan has so masterfully created and crafted. You also learn about Greek Mythology along the way. Very fun and enjoyable by all pre-teens, teenagers and even adults alike. Content: Clean
The Witch of Blackbird PondThe Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare My rating: 4 of 5 stars Synopsis: A high-spirited teenage girl rebels against the narrow-minded ways of Puritan Connecticut and befriends a lonely old woman who is subsequently accused of being a witch. Genres: Historical Fiction, Classic Review: This book is very catching. It starts off a little slow but once you are into it you are pretty much hooked. The topic is an interesting one, and very historical while the novel itself is fiction. Speare weaves and intricate story. It's enjoyable and fun to read. Plus you learn some things about the topic if covers, The Salem Witch Trials. Well written and enjoyable.
The Swiss Family Robinson (Evergreen Classics)The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss My rating: 5 of 5 stars Synopsis: After a shipwreck, the narrator, his wife, and four sons find themselves castaways on an uninhabited island. Retrieving what they can from the ship, they construct a life for themselves through their own resourcefulness — building a tree house, finding such foods as coconuts, sugarcane, honey, and potatoes, and securing themselves against danger. Genres: Classic, Adventure, Survival, Fiction. Review: I love this book! It's a wholesome enriching classic. Full of adventure and other fun happenings, it follows a family of rowdy boys and their parents. The things they create to survive on an island are quite ingenius and creative. It's very fun to read. The writing is enriching. There are some hard words, but it is generally understandable. One thing I love is that the family does not forget to thank God for their blessings and the things that work out for them. A classic everyone will enjoy.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Before You Meet Prince Charming: A Guide to Radiant PurityBefore You Meet Prince Charming: A Guide to Radiant Purity by Sarah Mally

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: This guide to radiant purity combines the thoughts and events in the life of a young princess with solid, clear teaching of Biblical convictions that young ladies today need to grasp. Through a captivating fairy tale, modern day examples, practical instruction and abundant humor, Sarah Mally challenges young ladies to turn to the Lord for fulfillment, to guard their hearts and minds, to identify and avoid the world's thinking and to shine brightly in this generation.

Genres: Teen, Religious

Review: This was a wonderful book! Sarah Mally, is trying to address how instead of getting yourself immersed in boys and dreaming about your own "happily ever after" romance, you could be using your time as the Lord would want you to. It talks about how you should wait upon the Lord and he will bring your and your Prince Charming together when HE is ready. Not You. It is full of amazing suggestions, ideas, and scriptures, and lots more! to help illustrate her point, she has a princess theme going and at the beginning of each chapter you read part of a princess story. Altogether this is an amazing book for all Teenage girls 12 and up. I Loved this book, although there were some points I did not agree on, based on my beliefs. However this book is very good and I do really enjoy it.
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective TeensThe 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: National Bestseller. In the bestselling tradition of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, this invaluable guide speaks loudly and convincingly to teens and provides them with universal principles sure to enhance their effectiveness and guide their future decisions.

Genres: Non-Fiction

Review: I would give this book 10 stars if I could! This is one of the BEST BOOKS EVER! It can be life-changing. Sean Covey takes the 7 habits from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and applies this to teenagers and their lives. He makes really great points.

I loved reading this. Sean Covey makes it fun to read with great stories, cute drawings, comics and thinking activities. It really made me think. It is also really uplifting and inspiring. Every Teen should read this books at least once. This is a MUST-READ!!

(Wow.....I think I used the word "think" like..2 times in 2 sentences.)

Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Edmond Rostand's bittersweet melodrama tells the tale of France's master swordsman--Cyrano de Bergerac, a valiant soldier cursed with the face of a clown. Gallantry, love, poetry, and failure all combine in this timeless classic.

Genres: Historical Fiction, Play, Comedy

Review: This is like one of the most amazing books that I have ever read! It's a Play, and a Heroic comedy. EPICLY ENTERTAINING AND JUST SUPER FUN TO READ. I wouldn't say it's the easiest play to read but it is for sure not Shakespeare. :D I recommend this book to like every adult and teen out there! EPIC FUNNY!

Personally I didn't like the ending. But that is not an excuse to not read the book. It is worth it despite the ending.
The Lord of the Rings The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring -- created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier -- is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron's lair.

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Classic, Action and Adventure,

It's a clever, humorous, awesome, epic, ADVENTURE!! Full of fun, action, and SO MUCH MORE!!! Ah it's a total classic. BUt the awesomest one at that. EVERYON HAS TO READ IT. It's a MUST READ. It's got everything. Action, Romance, Elves. Mythical creatures. Magical tools, wizards, great morals. Awesome hero's and heroines. It's packed. The Languague is not modern easy breeze-through. It's more difficult. Full of good lessons and heroism for the right.

Gotta love it. :D

Content: Clean Read
The Princess Adelina: An Ancient Christian Tale of Beauty and BraveryThe Princess Adelina: An Ancient Christian Tale of Beauty and Bravery by Julie Sutter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Departing from the isle of Iona thirteen centuries ago, Scottish and Irish missionary bands left to bring the light of the Gospel to foreign lands. The daughter of one such Ionan missionary couple, Adelina of the German Culdee Church is a virtuous woman living a simple life, when trials suddenly come upon her. Taken as queen to the pagan ruler Hedan of Thuringia, he promises to allow Christians to worship and evangelize freely; but his mother will stop at nothing to stamp out the fledgling German church. Based on a true story, this tale recounts the courage of Adelina as she overcomes persecution, slander, exile and the impending destruction of her people…and is used by God in all things!

Genres: Historical Fiction

: This book was an interesting read. It is not the easy skim-through-it-fast book. The writing is way different and challenging. If you want to read it you probably would have to buy it. But I pretty much liked the book. It was an interesting sotry and a good change from my normal readings. Adelina really had a good spirit of following God's will and trusting him about her. I would say It could be a classic. A good Christian tale for teenage girls.

Content: Clean Read!

Cheaper by the Dozen (Perennial Classics)Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: The riotous Gilbreth clan: a dozen red-haired, freckle-faced kids to contend with. Then there's Dad, a famous efficiency expert who believes a family can be run just like a factory. Finally there's Mother, his partner in everything except discipline. How they all survive such escapades as forgetting Frank Jr. in a roadside restaurant or going on a first date with Dad in the backseat or having their tonsils removed en masse will keep you in stitches. You can be sure they're not only cheaper, they're funnier by the dozen.

Genres: Biography, Auto-biography, Classic...

Review: This is a really great book. It is funny, told very well in an easy to read way, and it kept me turning pages till the end. (Always a good sign.) I could compare a little with Anne as the oldest of many siblings....not as many as her however I thouroughly enjoyed this. This should be read by all. It is a family fun book, and just a wholesome read full of lessons, family drama and humor. Very clean.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011
The Wizard of Oz (Aladdin Classics)The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the delightful adventure of the little girl Dorothy from Kansas and her adventures with The Cowardly Lion, The Tin Man, and the Scarecrow in the wonderful land of Oz

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Classic, Adventure

General Review: This is such a good classic and I chugged through it. It was SO MUCH better than the movie. The Land of China people was really interesting along with other cool things excluded in the movie. L. Frank Baum created a masterpiece to be enjoyed by all ages!

Content: Clean Read!
Betty Zane (Ohio Frontier)Betty Zane by Zane Grey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Fort Henry is besieged by British rangers and Shawnee Indians, and this small group of settlers must make their valiant stand in one of the last battles of the American Revolution. Their only hope is heroic Betty Zane, who must run the gauntlet to retrieve the last keg of gunpowder--and save the fort.

Genres: Biography, Historical,

General Review: If you like old west this is the book for you. Betty Zane is a not so well known heroine of the Revolutionary War. I love the story of Betty Zane and so will you. She taught me to not be afraid of death. People may kill your body but they can't kill your soul. It was full of fun, suspense and very clean read. I gotta say I enjoyed it.

Content: Some Battles with descriptions of some of the things therein. Nothing else objectionable.

Overall: Enjoyable. Recommended for 12+

The Scarlet PimpernelThe Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: A mysterious and daring Englishman who rescues royals and nobility from being Killed by Madame Guillotine.(French Revolution) He is only known as the Scarlet Pimpernel.

General Review: I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!! OH AN EPIC READ. I really like Margarete's POV. I had seen the movie before hand so I know the story but this was better and I still was on the edge of my seat....not literally. It's full or page-turning suspense, romance, humor, adventures, and MORE. It's bursting with flavor and spice. (Don't ask about the sudden cooking reference)

A tale EVERYONE is sure to enjoy.

Content: Clean, Nothing Objectionable

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