Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A review for Gathering Shadows by Nacy Mehl

When I read the back cover of this book i was sure it would be an amazing book, and I was right! Gathering Shadows by Nacy Mehl is about a young woman named Wynter (I love that name) a reporter with a haunting past. Her little brother was taken when she as only nine, and after that horrible day her family fell to pieces. She hardly recovered from it, and somewhere inside she knew her little brother was still alive. So when she sees the picture of a young man that shockingly looks exactly like an older version of her little brother she doesn't hesitate to set out to find him. But the town that he calls home has a bigger population of secrets then it does people!

I didn't expect this to be written in first person, but when i began i found it more then enjoyable. It gave me plenty of detail without going too fast or too slow. The author gives you clues about who it was who took Wynter's brother, but I still found it impossible to put all those little and weird little pieces together, so you probably won't find out either unless you have superpowers. And like any good mystery anyone could be the suspect, even with the town of Sanctuary seeming to be the perfect little country town, but some people there are just what they seem. I will leave it to read the book and find out the truth.
The cast of characters was amazing too, they were all so amazing. My favorite would have to be the cameraman who joined Wynter, i found him easy to relate to and very funny! The book also made me find this verse, which is somewhat fitting to the book.

"Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." 1 Corinthians 13:7

Never give up hope, no matter what you go through, no matter if you are lost while others have been found, Love is with you for God is love and he will never leave you to face these challenges alone.

It's time to start the Spark...well at least the review for it anyways!

The LORD is my light and my salvation -- so why should I be afraid? The LORD protects me from danger -- so why should I tremble? When evil people come to destroy me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will know no fear. Even if they attack me, I remain confident. The one thing I ask of the LORD -- the thing I seek most -- is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high, above my enemies who surround me. At his Tabernacle I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the LORD with music. Listen to my pleading, O LORD. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me." And my heart responds, "LORD, I am coming." Do not hide yourself from me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don't leave me now; don't abandon me, O God of my salvation! Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close. Teach me how to live, O LORD. Lead me along the path of honesty, for my enemies are waiting for me to fall. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I've never done and breathe out violence against me. Yet I am confident that I will see the LORD's goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD." Pslam 27:1-14

I know i don't normally start out with so many verses, an entire chapter in fact. But I feel this Pslam written by David fits the book Spark by Evan Angler so perfectly I just had to share it with all of you! Now i don't want to spoil too much of the book for all of you since it is book four, and I haven't had time to tell you all about the amazing other books in this series (Since I haven't read book 3 yet) But I will say that you could read this book without reading the first three, but it wouldn't make as much sense if you didn't read them.

Now for those of you who have read the books, this fourth one is about a whole new character Ali, a beggar living in the Dark Lands city of al-Balat. When a little device in the shape of a rat leads her into a whole lot of trouble this little beggar is brought into a world she never knew. Ali herself is a interesting character, how Evan Angler came up with her I would love to know, but I think he's still in hiding (For those of you who've read the book you'll get this, for these who haven't don't worry he hasn't done anything bad!) and I found it funny how the very author of these books managed to put himself in the story, though only in mentioning, so seamlessly, it was very funny and a great little perk in the book.

Now as I said I can't tell too much or i might get in trouble with newbies to this series but I would like to say that Evan Angler has once again made a book that has captured my attention, and kept me hooked on it. So I can't wait to see what will come next in the swipe series, i must be off with The Dust, the end is coming! (Again if you have read the books you will get this)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Liebster award.....I've been nominated!

Hello everyone! I address you today because I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog award by the creator of one of my favorite blogs: Victoria W. of Miss Tadoodles Corner. Thank you so much!

What is this award you ask? Well it's an online only award for bloggers! Now it's not a chain award, or like the contests of figment for whoever has the most hearts (oh so very annoying) anyways I am honored to be nominated for this award!

Now as or the Rules, here they are:

1. Post the award on your blog

2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog

3. Write 11 random facts about yourself

4. Nominate 5-11 bloggers you feel deserve this award and have less then 1,000 followers

5. Answer the 11 questions posted b your presenter and ask your Nominees to answer  11 questions.

Here are eleven random fact about myself!

1. Everything about World War II freaks me out beyond normal reason, don't ask me why I still haven't figured it out!

2. I read probably 200 pages of a book each day.

3. I. LOVE. COFFEE!!!!! a lot...

4. When I get really really tired on Christmas eve I wake up my sister and annoy her with lots of crazy things I see in Disney movies.

5. I'm trying to learn to knit...it's not going very well.

6. I actually don't like being on the computer for long periods of time.

7. I watch old Disney movies more then anything else!

8.  I use to hate reading Ebooks, now I'm actually starting to like it.

9. When my family and I went to Disney World for the first time ever I went on a Lilo and Stitch craze, most of the stuff i got was of the awesome little blue alien!

10. While in Disney World a duck stole my ice cream cone, no joke, has to be one of the funniest moments of my life.

Here are my answers to Victoria's questions!

What's your favorite time of the day and why?
Okay, I am 100% a night owl (Though I am trying to change that lol) The night is so peaceful, there's little noise and I just feel closer to God at night.

How would you describe your eye color in a book?
Oh geez, you aren't going to make this easy for us are you? well if I had to describe them I would say... Deep brown, and in low lighting hard it's hard to see, but they have tiny specks of light brown closer to the Sclera then the Iris.

If you had three wishes from a Genie whay would you ask for? (And the three rules apply: you cannot make anyone fall in love with you, You can't bring someone back from the dead, and you can't kill anyone)
Okay,  wish 1: world peace! (It may sound cheesey but I am tired of chaos!!! Let peace reign!) Wish 2: start up a church in Texas Wish 3: I wish I had wings so I could fly!

What's your favorite Band and why?
Hm, I have so many. But if I had to settle on one it would have to be FireFlight. They are one of the best Christian bands ever! They always manage to come out with something new that speaks to my heart, and makes me want to dance and sing at the same time. I never get tired of their music

Favorite childhood memory?
Playing Baseball with my two older sisters has to be one of my very favorite memories. Playing with them outside in the warm sunshine and chasing after the ball when it went out of m reach, the one time I actually managed to hit a home run, I will never forget those times.

Would you marry someone twice your size?
If it was God's will and I loved him then there would be no doubt about it; I'd marry him!

What's your top six food/drinks that you couldn't live without?
Okay. My favorite drinks are Diet soda, milk, and sweet tea. My top three foods would have to be fried chicken, chocolate chip cookies, and black olives.

Okay, now cut that in half! Which three of the six would you live without forever!?
This question is hard!!!!!! (cries in corner for ten minutes, then returns with all the strength I can muster) I would have to live without sweet tea, diet soda (Though I love it oh so much) and black olives......I don't like this question

Which do you like better, heat or cold?
I like cold better, it's easier to warm up then to cool down, and it's just easier to breathe with cool air!

When was the last time you had peanut butter?
Last week....I had chocolate chips with it too....so yummy....

Do you Love/Follow Christ?
Yes I do! and I am proud to be one of His many followers!

Here are my Nominees!

Sabrina Giles at Sabrina Giles

God Girl at Forever changed Network

Brianna at Bri's literary Giants

EEB at EEB writing

Ashlyn James at Busy Bee

Now for my questions for the nominees....hehehehe...

1. If you had three wishes from a Genie what would you ask for? (And the three rules apply: you cannot make anyone fall in love with you, You can't bring someone back from the dead, and you can't kill anyone)

2.  What's your favorite time of the day and why?

3. Favorite childhood memory?

4, Which do you like better, heat or cold?

5. If you could any one superpower what would it be?

6. which do like more paperback books or Ebooks?

7. Out of the three which piece of technology which one do you think you could live without, TV, smartphone, or computer?

8. Why did you start our blog?

9. If you inherited 20 acres of land and a million dollars what would you do with it?

10. What's your goal in life?

11. Do you love/follow Christ?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Lost loves of World War II

The Lost Loves of World War II collection was an amazing book. I'm sad to say I couldn't finish this. I'm sure you're wondering why I would stop reading it if I say it's so good. Well I have this strange fear of World War II. When I hear someone speak about my goes an unnaturally fast speed, and I don't know why I am so afraid of it. Anyways my sister wanted me to read the book For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. It is set in World War II, so I thought I would try this book to see if my fear was just me over reacting, and the book jut sounded really good. As you guys can see it didn't go so well, but enough about me. Let me get to what I read of the book.

The first story of this book starts out with the student Madeline in 2004. A majoring in journalism Maddy was given the chance to interview and write down the life of a woman who was alive during WW II. The slightly strange older lady was a bit of a mystery to our Maddy, just as Maddy was strange to her. I can say I laughed out loud more then once with this short story, I also cried as well. It also didn't rise up the fear of WW II as much, I think because it did flashback to the time period as much. There is something my dad says a lot, that i really didn't understand for a long time, "Do not become of this world" In my days as a blind sinner i could not understand these words, and even in my first few days reborn in Christ I still couldn't wrap my head around it. But this story helped a little with that. My dad meant not to let myself become absorbed into the things of this world, like my Android, my computer, even myself, for there is so much more beyond it. Thanks Dad for always reminding me not to be of this world. Now I say all this to say that is what this story represents. I also think of the one verse that I'm sure a lot of you have heard, 1 Corinthians 13:11  "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.". The author blended the story perfectly, I actually loved it and think I could read it again.

Now the second story picks up a few years after the end of our first story, I'm sad to say in the middle of this story I had to stop, the pressure in my head combined with my heart going too fast was more then i could handle. But from what i did read it was another wonderful job by the author. Please pick up this book and read it. I wish I could have read more.

I received this book free from the publisher an exchange for an honest review, which i have given

Monday, May 5, 2014

Crochet that Pokemon

Okay, so many people are pokemon fans, and I am one of them. Now I look around deviantart probably more then i need to, but there is so much i can't help it! I have found quiet a few fake pokemon on there and i would like to know what you guys think I should crochet next!

There's Monzuit by Dragonith

Cubliff, DruVulf, and Vulfsage by CunningFox

Kaminagi by Dragonith

Snew by Smiley-Fakemon

Tell me which one you think i should try! please leave a comment below

#pokemon #fakemon #crochet

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Broken kind of Beautiful review

Here is another review for another amazing book!

A broken kind of beautiful was far from what I was expecting, and much better then I ever could have imagined. I thought it would be a feel good book, like a few of mine have been, and though in the end it does make you feel good there is a lot of stuff that makes me questions myself. Am I living the life God want's for me? Or am I straying from the path? 

Book description

"Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong. Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the fa├žade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?"

As I read over this book i laughed and I cried for the main characters of this story, and it was interesting to see them from the male lead's point of view. It's hard to imagine what is going on through a guy's head, and he was a very very interesting character, and I loved how he saw the world through his Camera, it was truly inspiring. Now the stepmother of our main character Ivy. She wasn't the normal wicked stepmother I assumed her to be, not even close. As a woman whom could have no children she had to face many struggles, including a Husband who cheated on her in their earlier years of marriage. When she learned her husband had a daughter with his mistress she insisted that he bring her over, and the moment she met that little girl she fell in love with her. She tried to give the love Ivy didn't get from her mother or father. I think she truly remembered many of the promises God had given her, like this one in Deuteronomy 28:1-6 "If you fully obey the LORD your God by keeping all the commands I am giving you today, the LORD your God will exalt you above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the LORD your God: You will be blessed in your towns and in the country. You will be blessed with many children and productive fields. You will be blessed with fertile herds and flocks. You will be blessed with baskets overflowing with fruit, and with kneading bowls filled with bread. You will be blessed wherever you go, both in coming and in going."
She remembered God's promises, but she did not act to gain something in return, she acted with the love God placed in our hearts and only out of love, nothing else. I want to be like her so much.

Now be forewarned, there will be many tears throughout this book, but God can turn anything that has been broken into something beyond any kind of beauty we understand. So please pick up this book and read about a broken kind of beautiful.

Read Chapter 1

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.