Tuesday, February 2, 2016

review of The ICB, Princess Bible, Hardcover, Purple International Children's Bible

ICB, Princess Bible, Hardcover, PurpleInternational Children's Bible

When I saw this bible I knew instantly that I wanted to get it for my daughter! :-)

The Princess Bible is not only very lovely with it's appealing purple/pink cover and faux pearl/glitter finishes but also a hardcover ( a must for most children ) and written on a third grade reading level. I know my daughter has expressed interest in reading the bible by herself but at times would have a hard time because of the hard to understand wording. I feel like the ICB Princess Bible will help her to be able to read more on her own and to understand what she is reading. She was very excited upon seeing the beautiful cover and immediately started checking out the inside features. She really liked all the bible help pages with titles like Bible Verses to Know and How Do I Pray. It was easy to find these pages since they were made a little thicker and sleeker than the paper pages and had the purple glittery border. The key verse highlights and concordance were also a couple of wonderful features worth mentioning. She started reading from her new bible to us and seemed to really enjoy herself. She kept showing me all the "cool " things she was finding like maps and such and told me how much she loved her new bible. Overall I don't think we could be any more pleased with this ICB version Princess Bible and am very glad that I came across it. I will be sure to recommend this bible to anyone who knows a little girl who would enjoy reading this beautiful bible while getting to know God's word. Love it! 

* I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.*

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Review: Cats in Paris ( A Magical Coloring Book )

Cats in Paris is an absolutely stunning coloring book aimed toward adults. My daughter would disagree with that statement and say that it is perfect for her as well. I really love this one because of the gorgeous variety of cats illustrated within as well as a couple of cool Paris backgrounds too. One feature I thought extra cool were the pages with the depictions of different types of cats and the name of what type they are. Of course it also has thick pages good for coloring with any type of product, as well as a removable cover jacket that reveals colorable images on the front and back of the book. Kitties sitting looking cute, cats swimming or batting at objects, this book has it all. Which I thought was super fun. In fact the only thing I didn't like about this coloring book was one single page that was of a cat graveyard. I found that a bit morbid and depressing. I guess it was supposed to express the love for cats even after they have passed on. I don't know. But other than that this was a homerun and definitely something I would think about purchasing for any of my cat loving friends. 

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    Monday, January 18, 2016

    review: A Seal's Touch by Tawny Weber

     A Seal's Touch is a quick read with a friends to lovers theme that I really enjoyed. This is the first book that I have read by Tawny Weber but I have a few of her other books ready on my kindle as I type this that I can't wait to read now. Although these books can be read as standalones I believe I am going to go back and start from the beginning now that I know what I have been missing out on.

     Weber's writing although quick and pleasurable also has a little more depth than just romps in bed and flirting, while still managing to stay fun despite touching on some more serious topics. It has just the right amount of angst to keep it from being too fluffy while still maintaining that light new romance feel. Plus I always love when I am reading a story that makes me say " Yes, These two are perfect for each other!" and that's exactly how I felt about Taylor and Cat. The alternating points of view made things interesting and gratifying. I found it especially delightful hearing Taylor's thoughts on wrapping his mind around Cat evolving into this beautiful woman to him from the tomboy girl that he always thought of her as. His descriptions of her and how beautiful he finds her was very sweet and made me smile. I can't wait to try out more books not only from this series but from Weber's other series as well!

    ** Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this digital review copy **

    Saturday, January 16, 2016

    Review: Grumpy Cat Volume 1


    Grumpy Cat meme's have become one of my personal favorites. I just love the cute grumpy faces paired with the hilarious sayings. Needless to say when I saw this on Netgalley I just had to check it out! While the images are cute and I loved Pokey's youthful optimism and naivety I didn't seem to connect so well with my beloved Grumpy Cat on the pages. Instead of the witty one liners and snappy comebacks I was expecting, I felt that that this was too reminiscent of Garfield playing tricks on Odie. In fact I seemed to keep hearing Garfield's voice in my head as I was reading Grumpy Cat's narrative. I did think some of the stories were cute if not exactly what I expected and although I can't say I loved this as much as I was hoping, I also can't say that it was bad. I can however say that I thought the illustration was great and that I think others would definitely enjoy this book especially those who may not go into it with predetermined expectations such as I had. If your a  fan of Garfield and his trickery then you may enjoy The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey ( Grumpy Cat Volume 1 ).

    ** I received this galley from Netgalley in exchange for honest review. **

    Monday, January 4, 2016


    absolutely adore the eclectic style of this coloring book! It has such cool pictures, the adorable animals among my favorites to color. There was a neat mirror or kaleidoscope effect going on that I thought was really unique and something I hadn't seen in any other coloring pages before. I also liked that the images weren't quite as small as some of the other adult coloring books. The charming images would appeal to those of many ages in my opinion, especially considering my daughter thought this one was fabulous! I think it will be fun for us to color some of the pages together. One of the major bonuses of these coloring books are the thick pages. You can color with pencil, crayons, markers, whatever! and it doesn't bleed through. I especially liked this feature since markers are super fun! :-) This also mean these would make excellent gifts as they are beautiful and very sturdy. So what are you waiting for? Get one of these beauties and get to coloring

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    Review : Bitterroot: Part 3 by Heather Hildenbrand and S.M. Reine

    Bitterroot: Part 3 

    Bitterroot: Part 3 by Heather Hildenbrand and S.M. Reine

    My rating: 4.5

    I was really anxious to read this final installment in the Bitterroot serial series. I'm so glad that I didn't have to wait long and that this final book left me rather satisfied with the way it ended. I wasn't sure how things could possibly be resolved with the hea ending that I so desperately craved, but I should have known not to worry that these talented authors had it all under control.
    Part 3 picks up with the girls now having to compete for alpha. They both want it but for very different reasons. With tensions high and the treachery afoot this one is a fast paced page turner. I really enjoyed this series and am so pleased with the way things worked out. These two authors apparently work great together because the books turned out fabulous!

    ** I received a digital copy of this book for review. **

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Review: Branching Out by Kerstin March

    Branching OutBranching Out by Kerstin March
    My rating:
    3.5 stars

    Branching out is a beautifully written, heartwrenching story of loss, grief, and forgiveness. It picks up shortly after the events of Family Trees and starts at a wedding. March has done a great job at weaving in details from the first book and things that happened between the two without it feeling like a history lesson. I love how poetic the writing feels and March definitely has a way with words. I do admit though that I had some trouble connecting to the story until about 80 pages in, at which point I then was completely enraptured. Branching Out definitely delivers a powerful message and although at times is rather despondent it is also very beautiful. If you love a good emotional story that will make your heart ache, then Branching Out is perfect for you. Just don't forget the tissues!

    P.s. I highly recommend reading Family Trees before reading Branching Out.

    ** I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. *