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“Midnight Comes” by S. J. Blasko ~ Book Review

My devotional post will be up next Monday. For today, please enjoy this post about “Midnight Comes”!

 

 

Midnight Comes (Refractions: Fairytales Between the Lines, #1)

 

“Midnight Comes” by S.J. Blasko

Refractions: Fairytales Between the Lines, #1

review copy from the author

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

Once upon a time…
There was a sorceress, who cursed a prince to become as beastly as his pride
There was a daughter, who watched from her window and ached to see the world
There was a mermaid, who traded her voice in the hope of a soul
There was a stepmother, who saw beauty only in others, never in herself
And there was a boy, who forgot the warmth of love.

In five narrative poems exploring the darker, more human side of these classic fairytales, rediscover the characters as they are given a voice of their own.

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This is a creative collection. After reading novel after novel, I enjoyed reading this book of poem-like retellings. They are unique in the telling of familiar fairy tales.
My favourite of this collection would certainly be “Mermaid’s Soul” – it flowed beautifully, and had a bittersweet tone of reality.
I’m a lover of words and seeing them in this format makes for an enjoyable read. It was a short collection, so perfect to read in one sitting.
I look forward to Miss Blasko’s future writings. :)

 

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Book review: “Distorted Glass” by Sarah Holman

Distorted Glass: A Snow Queen Story

“Distorted Glass” a short story by Sarah Holman

A modern fairy-tale retelling

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

Sixteen-year-old Jared is sure that this Christmas season is going to be the worst ever for his family. His fifteen-year-old sister, Amber, is scaring their whole family with how little she is eating and her obsession with winning a beauty pageant.

When Jared seeks help from his pastor, he comes up with a plan to help his sister by Christmas. As the days pass and he sees no change in his sister, he wonders if he can reach his goal.

A Christmas short story about faith, family, and unconditional love.

 

My Thoughts:

This was such a fantastic and impacting little read. Truly inspiring. I love the godly truths and encouragement Miss Holman weaves through each of her books, novels and short stories alike. Absolutely God-glorifying. Though only seven chapters, this tale had me tearing up at the end and really ministered to me. The message of loving others even when it’s hard and it changing us really meant a lot to me.
Jared’s love for his sister was special, and I really appreciated the ending – read for yourselves and find out why! :) Oh and the message on modesty too was also lovely! Such deep meanings in just a short tale.
Beautiful book and I’m so glad to have read it in one sitting!

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Book Crash Review: “Word Changers” by Ashlee Willis

“Word Changers”

by Ashlee Willis

Review copy from Book Crash

About the book:

Escaping from the turmoil of her home, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt … the library. When she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words as she usually does…

Its words devour her.

Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale in turmoil. Characters whisper of rebellion against their Plot. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial, before her own role in the book comes to a horrible end.

With the haughty Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the treacherous Wild Land forest that lies beyond. Secrets are buried there, dangerous and deadly.

Yet the darkest secret of all is the one Posy carries within herself.

Soon it’s clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy’s concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.

My Thoughts:

I was interested in reading this book because really, falling into a book sounds pretty neat. :) And seems like it’d be a good premise.

However, I was concerned at the beginning of the book for a couple reasons. One being the fact that magic is involved. I know magic is common and an infatuation among many, but I must be honest and say that it is not something I am comfortable with in the least. I do not believe magic is of God (and since it isn’t of God is can only be from one other source), and thus try to steer clear of books containing magic and ‘powers’ because of my beliefs and convictions. I was also a bit… uncomfortable with the owl figure, who ‘dabbled in magic’.

I, like many, am fond of fairy-tales, but I am not fond of the magic and often ungodly treachery involved.

Personally this book was just not for me, but of course my opinion is only one of many.

 

I received a complimentary ecopy for review from Book Crash. All thoughts are my own.

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BookLook Book Review: “The Princess Spy” by Melanie Dickerson

http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Spy-Melanie-Dickerson/dp/0310730988/ref=sr_1_1_twi_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1415835601&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Princess+Spy

“The Princess Spy” by Melanie Dickerson
Review source: BookLook Bloggers
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story.

Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.

My Review:

I haven’t read any of Miss Dickerson’s books previously, though I wanted to, and so when I saw this book available to be reviewed, I jumped at the possibility. It was very good, and I will most definitely continue to read books by this author.
“The Princess Spy” has a light, fairy-tale feel to it, without the magic, and most importantly, with faith as a big aspect, which I really liked. This is a book I would allow my younger sister (and future children of my own one day) to read at the right age.
From what I gathered, this book was a sort of retelling of The Frog Prince. There wasn’t a whole lot that gave clues to that, but I also am not overly familiar with that fairy tale to begin with.
The characters were fun, and likeable (except for the unlikeable ones – the bad ones!), and reading about Margaretha and Colin’s journey was enjoyable. I liked the little boy they found later on, too – he added goodness to the tale as well.
The only thing I would have liked is just a little more God-oriented moments. But really, for the most part, that was handled well.
I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good fairy-tale retelling/feel, and enjoys a fun read!

Thank you to the publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

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Book Review: “Sew, it’s a Quest” by Kendra E. Ardnek

“Sew, it’s a Quest”

By Kendra E. Ardnek

3.5 Stars out of 5 Stars.

About the Book:

Robin and Robert are royal twins. They are the only two to have received a Fairy Godmother gift in nearly a century, an amazing honor. Soon it was clear that their gifts had been switched and a search began to find the Fairy Godmother to right the mistake. When she is finally sighted by a knight, the family learns that the pair must find her for themselves and they only have until their 18th birthday … only 4 months away. Will they be able to find her in time?

My Review:

It is always a bit hard writing reviews, because I always want to be nice, but honest. Some reviews are harder than others, because of a moral standard I keep. This book is one of those.
The writing style was splendid and unique – I really liked it! And it had a very fairy-tale feel to it, which is also fun. But what made me uncomfortable was all the magic, fairies, sprites and talking to trees/wind. I understand that it seems impossible to write any fairy-tale book without these things, but I feel that if our aim is to glorify God, it most certainly is possible, and He will help us.
I admit I was torn about this book, because part of me really does enjoy all these elements, and the feel, etc. But my moral standard reminds me what the Lord has already taught me, that there are only two forces in this world – good and evil – and if it didn’t come from God, then it can only come from one other source, which would be Satan. And Satan knows how to cloak everything to look so good, like magic, and fairies, etc. Let me tell you, I had a hard time with fairies – I used to love them. Seriously. I was borderline obsessed, no joke. Of course the Lord gently led me to His truth, but it was hard, because I wanted to like fairies.
However, it is so much more enriching to follow His plan and desires. My “testimony” aside…
As I said, this book was cleverly written, and the author definitely has a talent. The story was pretty easy to follow, and entertaining, besides my previous comments. I do wish there was a lot more God involved. It was only at the very end that He was mentioned, which I would have liked changed.
There was only one scene that could be labeled ‘gory’ and it was only a sentence, but I think it was a little strong, especially if younger readers were to be reading this. It says Robin cut off the head of a wolf – even though there was no blood or gore, that sentence could’ve been worded more gently, I believe – even just say ‘she despatched it’.
The characters were pretty well constructed; Robin wasn’t a favourite of mine, being a bit rebellious and somewhat on the whiny side – I also didn’t care for her comments about being glad to not wear skirts, proving that she was unhappy with being a girl… but I did really like Robert and Rosemond, as well as Doranna. I can’t say what I thought of Eric, because I didn’t ‘get to know’ him much in this story. And I would’ve liked to get to know Casperl more – he seemed like a good character! I understand that this book is first in a series, so perhaps it carries on to a story of his own.

I greatly thank the author for sending me a complimentary ecopy of “Sew, it’s a Quest” for the purpose of this review!! Keep writing. :)

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For Sale: More books!

Yep, more books! And after this batch there is still more books. And clothing too, I just have to take pictures of those and that is harder to do… :P

Here are some more books:

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“Young Royals” by Carolyn Meyer

“Beware, Princess Elizabeth”

“Mary, Bloody Mary” — This one’s cover is pretty sun-faded =/

“Doomed Queen Anne”

Asking Price: $3.00 for all or $1.00 for each (plus shipping)

“Fairest” by Gail Carson Levine — $2 (plus shipping)

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“The Dragons of Chiril” (‘Previously released as “The Vanishing Sculptor”‘) by Donita K. Paul — $2 (plus shipping)

“Fortress of Mist” Book #2 in ‘Merlin’s Immortals’ by Sigmund Brouwer — $2 (plus shipping)

“Joseph” by Joyce Landorf — $1 (plus shipping)

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“Katie Kazoo Switcheroo” by Nancy Krulick & illustrated by John and Wendy

#1 “Anyone But Me” – has a name penned in the inside cover (not mine)
#2 “Out to Lunch”
#3 “Oh, Baby!” – has same name as #1 penned on the inside cover.
#4 “Girls Don’t Have Cooties” – has different name or something (not sure) penned on the inside cover.
#Super Special Switcheroo “Who’s Afraid of Fourth Grade?”

“Welcome to the Katie Kazoo Classroom Crew” – this is the folder in the picture above. It contains projects/activities, bookmarks, play scripts, etc. relating to the books.

Asking Price: $3.00 for all of it, or make me an offer on individual books. (plus shipping)

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Non-fiction:

“Eleanor of Aquitaine: A biography” by Marion Meade — $1 (plus shipping)

“The Oxford History of Ireland” Edited by R.F.Foster –$1.50 (plus shipping)

“Irish Folk Tales” Edited by Henry Glassie — $1.25 (plus shipping)

Okay, that’s it for now. If you want to make me an offer on any of these – please do! I am very willing to work with ya! :)