Friday, April 20, 2018

Where Shadows Lie

Cover retrieved from the
Goodreads page.
Where Shadows Lie is a Christian New Adult book with thriller themes mixed in with themes of clean romance, family, and the redemption in Christ.

My Goodreads review can be found here.

My Amazon review can be found here.

*Disclaimer: I won this book in a giveaway hosted by the author. This in no way affects my thoughts and views on this book. All thoughts are my own.

Sentences in this shade of blue are random thoughts that I had while reading the book or any thoughts not exclusive to the review.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

GoScribber March 2018 Box Unboxing - Emotional Touchpoints

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to be unboxing the first ever GoScribbler box.

GoScribbler is a monthly subscription box created by Lindsay Cummings and Victoria Scott that focuses on teaching writing from experienced authors. For the main focus of the box, you receive a writing passport that is written by a guest author that specializes on a specific part of writing. You also receive a book from the author of the passport of that month.This particular box's theme is "Emotional Touchpoints."

Pricing of the box itself is pretty good at a monthly rate of $29.99 (and a little less for 3 month and 6 month prices), but it's the shipping that gets you. The total for me, as someone who lives in Georgia USA, ended up being $36.98. However, I ended up getting a lot more things than I thought I would, so it was worth it for me.

Also, it's automatically renewed on the 28th of each month, so if you only want a few boxes a year, you have to go in and manually cancel and renew your order before then.

The company is located in Texas, so it originally was only going to be for residents of America, but it now can ship to Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia!

They announce when orders are ending for the month, so keep an eye on their twitter page for when they open and close.

So that's the boring stuff. Now for the fun unboxing!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

So Much More - The Worrying and the Confusing

Picture taken from
book's Goodreads
** Missed the first post? Find it here.**

Welcome to Part 2 of my So Much More review, where I talk about the things that are worrying/confusing. Though this was written with good intentions, there are things in this book that raise quite a few red flags.

As a side note, the authors were 19 and 17 when this book was published, and it does show. (They do admit to their youthful idealism on their personal website, so that's another point in their favor.) When reading, it comes off as idealist, rigid, and full of "tips" for situations that they have never obviously never experienced.

*Any words written in the blue like this are side notes*

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Crimson Ash Review + GIVEAWAY!

(Picture retrieved from
book's Goodreads page.)
Today I'm going to be reviewing Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich. This is a New Adult Sci-Fi/Dystopian set in the future. It features sisters Solanine and Ember and the fight to save their relationship.

*Note #1: Due to the age and genre of this book, there is content not suitable for younger audiences. There is also trigger (listed on the copyright page of the book) and content warnings (on my Goodreads review). A quick list can be found here.

*Note #2: If you're not Christian/only here for the giveaway, it's clearly marked so feel free to scroll down. 

I was approached by Ms. Sulich to review her book before the release on May 10. After she sent a summary of the story (this was before there was a Goodreads page and my review requirements), I accepted.

I was not disappointed.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018

So Much More - The Good

In one of my literature classes, I heard that you should always point out what you agree with so that when you disagree with something the disagreement has more weight. I found that to be a good idea, so that is what I'm doing today.

So Much More was published in 2005 by the Botkin sisters, Anna Sophia and Elizabeth, through Vision Forum. We saw how well that ended. I did enjoy a lot of their stuff, both from the girls section and the boys section. Even though she dislikes it now, I still like Joyfully at Home by Jasmine Holmes, which was also published by Vision Forum.

SMM has caused a lot of stir in the Christian community. Normally I would tell you to read it for yourself, but there are a lot of good books out there and I want you to read those first. So I'm taking this bullet for you. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I Guess That's Why They Call it "Amazing Grace"

I Guess That's Why They Call it Amazing Grace  

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now I’m found,

Was blind, but now I see!

Was blind to the things I needed to change. Was trying to save myself. Was trying to escape the darkness. That’s how I was when He found me. Since that day, He has given me light to see. Love to give to others and love for me. The love and grace I never would have deserved or earned on my own. I guess that’s why they call it, ‘Amazing Grace’.

‘Tis grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved!

How precious did that grace appear,

    The hour I first believed.

That grace grows more precious as time goes on, as I make more mistakes. As I fail, time and time again. That love that never leaves me, when I do or say something I never should have. Sometimes I feel like I am a waste of mercy, and that He will leave me. But He never does, and sometimes I don’t understand why. I guess that’s why they call it, ‘Amazing Grace’.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,

I have already come!

‘Tis grace that has brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.

What I have come from, some could call a living hell. But God brought me through every time, every circumstance. I now can say, those times have made me stronger, because of the blood that came from my Savior, and because of the thing called, ‘Amazing Grace’.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun!

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,

Than when we’ve first begun.   

But sometimes I feel like He doesn’t exist. Like He isn’t there. But when I look at a flower, a blade of grass, an ant, a thunderstorm, a sunrise, a sunset, my family, I realize He is. I think about the grace I really, really don’t deserve.

I guess that’s why they call it, ‘Amazing Grace.’

*Originally posted on my first (and now deleted) blog on 02/28/2013