All I Want for Christmas- Jenny Hale

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Cover: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

Dates Read: December 17th-December 26th

I have come to really enjoy Jenny Hale’s work. Her writing is so fun and sweet. She has a way of creating characters that stick with you even when it’s months after you’ve finished the book. I knew this book was coming out around the start of the holiday season, so I snatched it up as soon as I could. However I wanted to save it and read it around Christmas so it would be that much more special. This story is about a lovely mom Leah and daughter Sadie who have dreamed of living at their family’s plantation Evergreen Hill. However when their Nan unexpectedly dies, their plans have been altered and they now share ownership with a man that Leah grew up with. I absolutely loved this story. I loved how this is the third book of Hale’s that I have read and it is still as family oriented as the first one. (I see a trend with Grandmothers throughout her books!!) I look forward to her next books that will be released. If you are sad that Christmas is over, and you want more then pick this book up and relish in the holiday spirit a little while longer.

Read on,

Brianna

 

 

DISCLAIMER: I received an early copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my HONEST opinion.

 

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31 Verses to Write on Your Heart- Liz Curtis Higgs

Dates read: November 18, 2016- November 21, 2016

Cover:5/5

Overall:5/5

This book was so wonderfully written. I really noticed how full of love and happiness this writing was. It oozed off every page. I so enjoyed this book that I will be giving it out to a dear person for a Christmas gift. I think this book would be the perfect gift for the Jesus loving women in your life. Every verse spoke to me and Liz Curtis Higgs had a way with wording that made you feel like you were at brunch discussing Jesus with a long time friend. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to challenge their relationship to grow deeper, stronger, and better with Christ. I have so many people in my life who I think would benefit from reading this. Now to actually be able to hold myself back and wait to give it to them until Christmas….that is an entirely new challenge. We shall see if I make it. Go pick this book up and read the words that will make you feel so very loved and hopeful.

P.S. there is a study guide in the back along with tips to help you memorize each verse. How cool is that?

Much love and until next time,

Brianna

 

DISCLAIMER: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

 

Home on the Range- Ruth Logan Herne

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Dates read: November 9th 2016- November 13th 2016

Front and back cover: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Plot:5/5

Overall:5/5

If you scroll through my reviews of 2016 you will find my review of the first book in The Double S Ranch series, Back in the Saddle. I fell in love with that book and was so excited for the release of the second book in October 2016. I finally got my hands on a copy and dove right back into the amazing world of Grays Glen Washington. I love the Stafford family so being back with these characters was so fun. In the first book we follow Colt Stafford who comes home to his family’s ranch, while in the second book we follow his younger brother Nick Stafford and his two daughters who were abandoned by their high class mother three years prior. His oldest daughter is lashing out and ends up in some sticky situations so Nick finally takes the advice of everyone, and takes his daughters to see therapist Dr. Elsa Andreas. Elsa teaches the girls coping mechanisms and helps them move past their mothers leaving. Nick grows as a Christian and man and has one of the greatest character developments I’ve read along with his brother Colt. He faces many unwelcome thoughts from his past and throughout this Nick and Elsa develop a relationship that is sure to hit some rocky roads in the book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the first one or loves a good family oriented read.

p.s. I am totally fangirling for the third book that is due to come out in 2017. I want more of the Stafford family and the Double S Ranch.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review by Blogging for Books. Everything in this review is entirely my own opinion.

The Snow Queen-Hans Christian Anderson, Sanna Annukka

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Cover: 5/5

Story: 5/5

Illustrations: 5/5

Overall 5/5

This edition of a classic fairy tale is absolutely beautiful. It is filled with intricate illustrations that flow with the story. Each piece is so unique and really captures the attention of the reader. I love everything about this book. Every last detail is stunning and you can tell that the Sanna Annukka really took her time in incorporating the story in each image. This will be a great addition to any bookshelf and even make for great decor in any room. I highly recommend this to everyone!

 

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my HONEST review. Every thing in this review is entirely my own opinion.

Why Not Me-Mindy Kaling

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Time Spent Reading: 2 days

Covers: 5/5

Essays: 4/5

Overall: 4.5/5

This is a memoir of a semi-famous actress Mindy Kaling who has acted in and written many great things. I was so excited when I got my hands on this book I pretty much started it right away. I did not want to put it down. I was in the middle of a different book that I was disliking and begging for an excuse to put to the side, and then this book appeared on my doorstep. It only took me two days to start and finish this book because it was just so funny. I am very confident that everyone can relate with at least one of the essays in this book. If not then they will find them funny anyways. I knew nothing about the author (minus what she acted in) before picking this book up. While reading it I felt like I was reading a book that one of my close friends had written. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. If you love humor and being privy of others life, then you will devour this book like no tomorrow. This was easily one of the best books I’ve read in a few months.

Y’all go pick this up like now. You will not regret it.

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM BLOGGING FOR BOOKS IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST OPINION. THIS REVIEW IS SOLELY MY OPINIONS AND VIEWS ON THIS BOOK. EVERYTHING IN THIS REVIEW WAS CREATED IN MY MIND AND TURNED INTO WORDS TO SHARE WITH YOU.

The Glorious Heresies- Lisa McInerny

TRIGGER WARNING FOR THIS BOOK. THERE ARE A LOT OF HARD TOPICS THAT TAKE PLACE. The plot of this story is what instantly caught my eye. You have murder, love, and drugs all in one book. There was never a dull moment in this book. Between prostitutes, drug lords, and killers you are set for a raw and emotional story from the beginning. I really enjoyed some of the characters (Ryan and Karine mainly) at first, but by the end of the book I did not care for any of the characters.You learn about the life of different people, and how their back story will affect their future. Each character is somehow intertwined with the others. I loved the setting of this book and how it was in Ireland during a recession. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It flowed like a movie in some parts grasping your attention and not letting go. I hope one day this is turned into a movie because I believe it would do really well.

Read August 26th-September 4th

Cover:5/5

Plot:5/5

Pacing: 3.5/5

Characters:3/5

Overall 4/5

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Blogging for Books

The glorious heresies review

 

To Monster-Inlaws

Dear Monster-Inlaws,

I want to start with the fact that this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with you. I tried hard to get along with you. Some people just weren’t meant to click. I do not hate you, but that doesn’t mean I like you. I tried to be your friend. You wouldn’t let me. I tried to help you, but you didn’t want to help yourself first. You came and went, but only came when you needed something. I gave you all I had and that was a mistake. You took with no intent of ever giving back. It was a waste. I was ok when you treated me badly, but I was livid when I saw how bad you treated your own kid. Did you not feel love? Was that the problem? If so then I am truly sorry, because you are missing out on the greatest thing life has to offer.

Did you know how your actions hurt and affected those around you? Well if not then let me tell you.You took a small person and belittled them.You made them smaller. You took everything they had to offer and threw it away, and got mad when they had nothing left to give. You left them broken and with a sour view of ever helping anyone else. Their trust was diminished. How could they ever be able to recoup from such a low blow. They blamed themselves at first, until they saw you hurting others the same way. You had them on a marry go round. Doing the same things over and over expecting different outcomes. You would say you were better and then go right back to how you were before. Never wanting to accept that you were responsible for every single thing that happened to you. Your choices were exactly that, YOUR CHOICES. No one else could make them for you. No one else had that power. No one told you what to do or tried to control you. No one belittled you the way you belittled others. No one took from you, because you always took from them. You spent your days making new schemes, instead of actually trying  to help yourself. You wanted people to fight a fight that wasn’t theirs. You were angry when no one had anything nice left to say, because you were blind to your own actions. You pointed fingers forgetting all the ones that were pointing right back at you.

I thought for the longest time that I was the problem. You after all led me to believe that I wasn’t doing enough to help you. You made me the bad guy, and that’s ok. You needed someone to blame so why not me, because now I know better. Now I am better. None of this had anything to do with me and everything to do with your own problems. I had a good heart and you took advantage. I cut you from my life because I deserve better. Your child deserves better than anything you have to offer. The truth hurts but it’s time you heard. I pray to God that I can offer more for my child than all the pain you gave your kids.

YOU were absent. YOU were small. YOU were spiteful. YOU  pointed fingers instead of accepting YOUR consequences. YOU were a beggar. YOU were a liar. YOU were a cheat. YOU threw shame. YOU were jealous. YOU were the best teacher I have ever had. I learned not to give out chance after chance. Some people don’t even deserve a second one.I learned that you can’t change anyone but yourself. I learned that I will never be good enough for you, and that’s your problem not mine. I learned above all that people’s actions bring equal consequences into their life. I learned that I don’t have to be sad that our family will never be the picture perfect family.

I want to end with the fact that we no longer have a relationship, and right now I don’t want one with you again. This has everything to do with you, and nothing to do with me.

Sincerely,

The One Who Sees Your True Colors