A Time for Giving Thanks

t-dayAs I took time this week to pause and look at my life, I am filled with gratitude. Our refrigerator is packed with food. Our table is surrounded by family and friends. We have medical care which provides for our needs when we are sick (and we’ve all been sick this week!)

Though we had to say goodbye to both of our longtime pets – two cats we’ve had for more than ten years – we also adopted a new cat from a local shelter. He had a rough start, so … Continue reading

Checking Out the NKJV Faithgirlz Bible Edited by Nancy Rue

NKJV Faithgirlz Bible Edited by Nancy RueFaithgirlz Bible (NKJV)
Edited by Nancy Rue

The Faithgirlz Bible is a Bible with additional devotional and study content specifically focused on teen and preteen girls. This edition is the New King James Version (NKJV), but a New International Version (NIV) edition is also available.

When I saw that Nancy Rue edited this version, I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited. I love the way she relates spiritual and moral principles in her novels, so I felt like she’d do … Continue reading

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers: Review and Thoughts on Book Banning

some-girls-areSome Girls Are
Courtney Summers
St. Martin’s Griffin

Regina cherishes her position in the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique that rules Hallowell High. But when rumors begin to circulate about Regina and her best friend Anna’s boyfriend, the group turns on Regina. Revenge is the name of the game, and they won’t stop until she’s been destroyed. Regina knows how it works, because she and Anna used to terrorize other students together. Now Regina gets to see what it’s like to be on the other side. She takes refuge … Continue reading

Review: The Hunted by Matt de la Pena

The Hunted by Matt de la PenaThe Hunted
Matt de la Peña
Delacorte Press

When Shy and his friends reach the California shoreline, they find widespread devastation and panic. What seemed at first like an easy mission – transport precious vaccines to Arizona to stop the spread of a disease destroying humanity – suddenly becomes near impossible. With the border closed and vigilantes hunting down anyone on the road, the trip seems like a hopeless cause. But with more and more people dying, Shy can’t give up. He must … Continue reading

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest ClineReady Player One
Ernest Cline
Random House/Random House Audio

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Orphaned and left to the care of his neglectful aunt, seventeen year-old Wade spends as much time as possible in the online virtual world of the OASIS. From virtual school to online chat rooms to video games, Wade lives most of his life and maintains his closest relationships over an internet connection. When the OASIS founder James Halliday dies, he leaves a … Continue reading

Review: Nirvana by J R Stewart

Nirvana by J R StewartNirvana
J R Stewart
Blue Moon Publisher

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Seventeen year-old punk rock star Larissa Kenders has a cause to fight for and a soul mate who understands her better than anyone. But when her lover, Andrew, a brilliant programmer for a powerful company, disappears, Kenders has to take all she’s learned in her quest to protect animal rights to a whole new kind of fight: one to find and save the man she … Continue reading

Review: Dead Ringer by Jessie Rosen

Dead Ringer by Jessie RosenDead Ringer
Jessie Rosen
Full Fathom Five

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When Laura Rivers arrives at her new school in a small East Coast town, she’s not prepared for the fear-stricken looks from the other students. A little searching reveals the reason: Laura looks just like a girl who died last year. Though the death was reported as a suicide, a mysterious hacker keeps sending notes reminding Laura’s boyfriend of the fateful night. Notes that indicate … Continue reading

Review: The Last Faerie Queen by Chelsea Pitcher

The Last Faerie Queen by Chelsea PitcherThe Last Faerie Queen
Chelsea Pitcher

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After a brutal battle left her without wings, dark faerie princess Elora begs the queen of light to heal her. Elora and the queen share an uneasy alliance, promising to work together to stop Elora’s mother from harming humans and end the monarchy of faeries forever. But the light queen may have bigger plans than she’s sharing with Elora. Elora’s boyfriend Taylor may … Continue reading

Review: The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey


The Sister Pact
Stacie Ramey
Sourcebooks FIRE

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They were supposed to do it together. Allie and Leah had made a pact that if their parents’ failing marriage destroys their home life, they’ll escape into death together. Only, Leah makes the jump without Allie. And Allie is left behind to pick up the pieces.

So many things happen to this poor girl. Her best friend Max, who she’s in love with, totally doesn’t deserve her. But … Continue reading

Review: How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras

how-to-be-braveHow to Be Brave
E. Katherine Kottaras
St. Martin’s Griffin/St. Martin’s Press

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In the wake of her mother’s unexpected death, Georgia struggles with the advice her mom left behind. She told Georgia to be brave and do everything, and with the help of her friends, Georgia sets out to do just that. She makes a list of fifteen things she wants to do, ranging from trapeze classes to kissing the boy she’s had a crush on … Continue reading

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