Guest Post ~ Alyssa

Hello readers!

First of all, as you’ve probably noticed, I have changed my blog design a little because it seemed too crowded. Please feel free to comment your thoughts below! It is also now possible to like my pages, as I’ve finally discovered how to turn that setting on! But now the lovely Alyssa is going to write a review for us today. Thanks Alyssa! Enjoy…

 

Hi everyone! I’m Alyssa, and I’m doing another guest post on Simi’s blog! I’m doing a review (obviously) for a book called Dare, written by Tricia Mingerink, and the first book in The Blades of Acktar series. I hope you enjoy it!

Leith is a loyal Blade to the king. But when a nearly fatal injury and a blizzard brings Leith to the doorstep of two girls and finds out a secret that could get them killed, he starts to question everything that he’s been told.

Renna’s forbidden faith and her unwanted position weighs on her as she finds an assassin knocking on her door, the very same one that destroyed her family. Choices she makes could get her and her sister killed.

One thing is for certain: someone will die.

So, this is one of my absolute favorite book series ever! I’m really a fan of Tricia’s writing, and I love the whole story and how everything progresses and all the character development! Both of the POV characters are introverts, which, to me, is refreshing considering how nearly every book it seems is about extroverts. Leith is an assassin for the king, and, after circumstances, he begins to question his morals, and it is so cool to see how he grows and learns and eek! Renna is a very meek person, and I love her because she’s not a kick-butt kind of character, but more like us: worried about family first, just because it’s the right thing doesn’t make it any easier, etc. And then there’s Brandi. She’s Renna’s little sister, and awesome! She’s just so bubbly and funny and just overall balances out the other two’s seriousness.

This is a Christian book, but still has some violent stuff in it. There are knife wounds and fights and arrow wounds and the like, though, Tricia did an excellent job of torturing your heart, while not being too descriptive! And there is romance, but it’s really funny because it’s between two really introverted people, and end up making fools of themselves! I’d definitely recommend this book to teenagers, or older-reading level (and don’t get as squirmy at wounds) pre-teens.

Alyssa Star rating: ***** (5 stars)

 

Thanks again for guest posting, Alyssa. Have a happy weekend everyone!

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Guest Post ~ Christine

Rilla of Ingleside ~ L.M. Montgomery

Hello all! Today, I want to share with you a book from the Anne of Green Gables series that is well known, but doesn’t get enough credit, in my opinion.

Rila Blythe, the youngest daughter of Gilbert and Anne Blythe, is a vain, self-centered silly girl who longs for her family to stop seeing her as a baby. She builds a rainbow castle in her dreams of the four years from her fifteenth birthday till her nineteenth birthday, believing they will be the best years of her life. She hopes handsome Kenneth Ford will notice her, for her brother, Walter, to love her as much as he loves their sister, Nan, and for her life to become more interesting. And then it does, in a way she would never had wanted… the start of the First World War.

Personally, this book is my favorite book in the Anne of Green Gables series, as much as I love the first book. L.M. Montgomery really captured the emotions of young men and women living through the horror of war. She portrayed the fears and feeling of a young man struggling to bring himself to enlist; the sleepless nights of a young girl, praying that her brothers, sweetheart, and best friends return safely. Yet she still preserved the comic twist to her writing that we had come to expect from her, bringing all of these elements together in an amazing wartime story.

Christine Star rating: ***** (5 stars)

Guest Post Contest ~ Christine

The Young Knight 1 – Engaging the Challenge ~ Lydia K. Ware

Hello readers!

Our final guest poster is the lovely Christine from Everything is Blogsome! Thank you very much Christine for doing an awesome review on The Young Knight 1 ~ Engaging the Challenge by Lydia K. Ware! Good luck Christine!

Hello all! I’m not much good at writing introductions, but I suppose I’d better give it a shot before jumping into telling you about one of my favorite books.

My name is Christine. I am a 15 year old sister to six. I have been homeschooled completely up till this point in my life, but I’m starting a private school two days a week in six days. I don’t have very many talents, but I do love babies and toddlers. I blog at Everything is Blogsome.

This is a book my friend, Lydia, wrote, illustrated, and self published by the age of 15. Since it’s not a book many have heard of, I thought you all might enjoy learning about it. Also, Lydia based some of one of her drawings off of my brother-in-law, Kevin. It was pretty funny when his daughter at the age of 3 figured out the book’s “bad guy” was her daddy!

Archer, a page boy in the Middle Ages, has spent his life since the age of six being pushed around and bullied. Without father or mother, he has no one to turn to… except for God, and his friend Rowan Ebba. One tournament changes his life for good. When the knight he serves under is accidentally killed, the champion comes and requests Archer as his pageboy, rather than leaving him to the mercy of the bully William. The knight, Sir Aldrich, then takes Archer home with him to a small village, where he treats him kindly and continues to train him. But there are so many pieces of the puzzle of Archer’s life left unsolved…

This book is amazingly written with a wonderful Christian message. I would recommend it for ages ten to thirteen. However, at the age of fifteen, I do not mind rereading it from time to time. The one thing I would point out is that Lydia did not have this book edited, and it does show from time to time in grammar and spelling. Altogether, she did amazingly for the young age she finished it.

Christine Star rating: **** (4 stars) for a captivating tale!

Thanks again Christine for writing this wonderful review! This book sounds really interesting! Please go and check out Christine’s blog (link above) and buy the book! Have a great weekend!

*update: there is a trailer for this book that you can watch here*

Guest Post Contest ~ Trinity

The Lunar Chronicles ~ Marissa Meyer

Hello everyone!

My penultimate guest poster in my competition is the lovely Trinity from Lord’s Girls! Thank you so very much Trinity for doing this awesome review of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! Enjoy everyone!

Hello everyone! My name is Trinity and I am from Lord’s Girls. If you wish to visit me and read my nonsense ramblings, then you can just type in lordsgirls.blogspot.com and it’ll take you there! The internet is wonderful, is it not? Yet however wonderful you think it may be, it is not as amazingly amazing as BOOKS!!! Have you heard of The Lunar Chronicles? The three books that are out so far are titled Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, with the fourth book that is coming out this fall named Winter. Let me just tell you, I am SO EXCITED to get my hands on that beautiful book! Anyway, enough of that! I bet you are sitting there reading this and just dying to know why I love these books so much and why I chose them for this review. 🙂

These books are about classic fairy tales such as Cinderella (Cinder), Red Riding Hood (Scarlet), Rapunzel (Cress), and Snow White (Winter) all combined together into one series. It’s really hard to explain all of this in one paragraph, so I’m going to get some professional help from Wikipedia! (LOL) Here it is: “The Lunar Chronicles is a series of five young adult fantasy novels by American author Marissa Meyer. Each book entails a new take on an old fairy tale, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. The story takes place in a futuristic world where humans, cyborgs, and androids all coexist.”

I love this series so much because of how the characters react to certain situations, and how Marissa Meyer actually gave the characters personality! I’m sure that all of you are really skeptical (just like I was) about reading these books, because this doesn’t sound very interesting, but it really TRULY is amazing! When my friend recommended this book to me, I almost didn’t even read it. After all, it sounds really weird. :/ But you should really read it! Just give it a chance!

My favorite characters are Cinder, Kai, Cress, Carswell, and Jadin. You’ll meet all of them over the course of the three books. 😉 I also really like these books because they have romance in them, but not THAT kind. Not the kind that is in most YA books, because that is just nasty. Bleh! 😀 It’s just the average fairy tale stuff, really. 🙂

Below are some quotes that I love from these books! Sometimes, I just have to 😀 :

Trinity Star rating: ***** (5 stars)

Not surprising, is it? 😉

Thank you so much Simi for asking me to do this guest post! I really enjoyed doing it, and I hope that this review helps others about their new to be read list, because after all of these posts I’m sure that a lot of people will have one! Anywho, I am sad to be saying: Goodbye and thanks for reading! 🙂

Wow! Thank you so much Trinity for doing this wonderful review! I loved it! I’ve never reviewed a whole series in one post before! There’s an idea… 🙂 Please go and check out Trinity’s blog (link above) and buy the books! What do you think of them? Comment below! Have a great weekend everyone!

Guest Post Contest ~ Alyssa

The Giver ~ Lois Lowry

Hello readers!

This is the second week of my August guest post competition and Alyssa from Writinganyone is guest posting! Thanks so much for writing this fantastic review of The Giver by Lois Lowry, Alyssa! Enjoy!

Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself. I’m Amelia Jessica Pond from Leadworth, Doctor Who… joke :). Actually, I’m Alyssa from the US. I’m the 13 year old writer from Writinganyone and today I’m gonna review… *drumroll* … The Giver!

Jonas is an Eleven. His life is filled with Sameness. Everything is the same; no color, no weather, there’s not even feelings. Every December all the Elevens become Twelves. Along with that, they get their job assignment and are no longer considered children. When Jonas is told he’ll be the next Receiver and will be trained by the old Receiver, The Giver, he’s shown marvelous and awful things. He desperately wants to share it with everyone, but will he be able to?

I loved this book. From the moment I picked it up, ’til I last put it down, I couldn’t stop reading chapter after chapter. I loved every one of Lowry’s characters, each with their own personality. My favorites were the main characters: Gabe, the sweet, curious toddler; Jonas, the brave protagonist; and finally The Giver, a caring old man with a long, sad past.

My favorite part in the whole book was the final chapter, not because I wanted it to end, but because it was such an intriguing and masterfully written ending. I was sad and happy at the same time, which doesn’t usually happen to me during book endings. Lowry purposefully had the ending so you had to think and choose what you believe happened, which I loved.

It also was very interesting, and sad, how Lowry came up with the idea of a community so controlled that there was no color, no snow, not even love (but there was no sunburn which is a plus 🙂 ).

And with every book’s pros, there’s at least one con. This one was that in the beginning it took me a while to understand some stuff, including that everything was colorless. So it was a little low on explaining in that area, but other than that, that’s it.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend that as soon as you’re done reading this review, you read the book immediately, or put a request on it at the library. This is a book that can be read by all ages (it is a kid’s book), except little ones might not understand it. Read this, and I hope you enjoy it!

Alyssa Star rating: ***** (5 stars)

Thanks Simi for having me!

Thanks Alyssa! This was a very detailed and interesting review and I loved it! I definitely agree that some books can be complicating! Please go and check out Alyssa’s blog (link above) and buy the book! Maybe you could leave a comment below telling me your thoughts on it!

Guest Post Contest ~ Shelby

The Tale of Despereaux ~ Kate DiCamillo

Hello everyone!

This is the start of my August guest post competition and the first guest is the lovely Shelby from Every Bit of Lovely! Thank you very much Shelby for doing such a wonderful review of the Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, a story of a mouse’s love! Enjoy!

Hey everyone! It’s Shelby from Every Bit of Lovely! Before I start this post I would just like to thank Simi for asking me to do this! Thank you so much Simi!! I really enjoyed writing this! Now, let’s get started! (This is my first book review so bear with me!)

The Tale of Despereaux is a book about a small mouse named Despereaux. He was born with very big ears and didn’t quite fit in with his family. He is a sweet, soft spoken, brave little mouse who enjoys reading fairy tales in the library. One day he is drawn by a sweet
sound. It was music! He followed the sound and there he found a beautiful princess and fell deeply in love with her! He spoke to her and let her stroke him. You must remember that mice aren’t allowed to talk to humans or even let a human touch them. His brother caught him with the Princess and he was sent to the dungeon. And that is where his adventures begin! Will he be able to save the Princess and tell her how much he loves her before it’s too late?

The Tale of Despereaux is such a cute book! It’s one of my favorites! I have read it twice. I really like it also because there are 2 or 3 stories going on at the same time! But they all have to do with the situation at hand! I think it’s a good book for all ages and I highly recommend it!

Shelby Star rating: ***** (5 stars)

Thanks again Shelby! I loved reading your review! You wrote a wonderful description and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Please go and check out Shelby’s blog (link above) and buy the book! Do you agree with what Shelby thought of it? Comment below and tell me! I’d love to know! Have a lovely weekend!

Guest Post ~ Maddy

I Dared to Call Him Father ~ Bilquis Sheikh

Hey everyone! My name is Maddy from Digital Diary and Girls Living For God’s Glory. I’m very excited to be able to do a book review on Simi’s wonderful blog! ‘I Dared To Call Him Father’ is the book that I chose to do a book review on. I read it recently for school and I loved it! So, here it is!

‘I Dared To Call Him Father’ was a wonderful book! Bilquis Sheikh told her amazing story of getting to know the Lord. She was a Muslim living her normal life when she started having these weird dreams about Jesus and John The Baptist (she actually said in the book that she had never heard of John The Baptist before until her dream). Anyway, there were these missionaries that lived nearby that she never really paid attention to until now. She decided to go to their house and ask them some questions about her dream. She felt uncomfortable going over there but she really wanted to know why she was having those weird dreams. She spent awhile at their house and before the night was over, she gave her life to the Lord. Her life was changed after that. Even though all of her friends were still Muslims, she bravely told them all about the Lord. She ended up getting baptized soon after that and went to a weekly Bible study with her new friends. You could just tell how much she loved the Lord and wanted to live her life completely for Him. It was just amazing to get to read her story and all that she went through. One thing that amazed me was that, although she had to go through everything that happened, such as her friends dying, people getting mad at her for becoming a Christian, people saying that she was going to be killed, she knew that it was the Lord’s will and she just completely trusted Him in whatever happened. ‘I Dared To Call Him Father’ was just amazing and is definitely something everyone should read!

Maddy Star rating: ***** (5 stars)