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Not By Sight: A Book Review

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Not By Sight

Kate Breslin

Historical fiction, especially Christian historical fiction, has been falling farther and father down my list of to be read books.  Why?   Because they tend to be slow, and extremely predictiable - not just in the plot but the characters as well.  So while my life gets busier and busier with family, books that are repeats of other stories aren't grabbing me.

Yet, there was something about Not By Sight that demanded I pick it up and read.

Needless to say, I was incredibly shocked at how much I enjoyed this book.




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Story Overview 

Not by Sight** follows Grace Mabry, a wealthy daughter of an Irish business man living in London in 1917.  Once Grace's brother leaves to fight in the War, Grace feels a great sense of patriotism in order to bring her brother home quickly.  In her passion, she sneaks into a masked ball to hand out white feathers to the men whom she feels need to be fighting not socializing.

Jack Benningham, the future heir of Stonebrooke, was enjoying an evening of soaking up the attentions of young pretty women at the masked ball.  He was more than pleased to be one of the few young men at the social event, since the war was in full swing.  He played into the idea that he was a rich man, who would rather enjoy the easy life instead of fighting in war.

The two are both about to pick up cards in the game of life that will change everything for them.  And the journey it leads them on is fast paced and exciting.  

Personal Likes

Maybe it is because I've been let down by so many Christian Fiction books, but I greatly appreciated that fact that while it was clear Grace is a Christian, and many of the characters go to church and pray, this book did not push any religion on the reader.  This allowed the author to focus more on the development of the characters and their story - not on sharing a message from God in some way.

The pace of the book kept me interested.  I wanted to know what was going to happen to Jack.  Grace's naivete also allowed for some extra intrigue.  It was like I was learning about the era and life through her eyes - it was refreshing for a historical Christian fiction work.

I really enjoyed how each character realized their need for hope.  And then following them to see where they found a source for hope.


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Personal Dislikes

My biggest issue with this book is probably the coveting and lusting that was going on between Grace and Jack while Jack was engaged.  Engagement is too close to marriage, especially in a Christian book, to allow such behavior be a pivotal reason for the characters to get together.  There seemed to be no issue that there was so much lusting going on with the engagement characters.  I realize this is a popular character behavior, and I wouldn't have thought much about it from a book directed at secular audiences, but in this case it seemed wrong.

Also, a character is killed in this story, and it felt like the death was strictly because the author wasn't sure how to conclude her storyline any other way.  I was disappointed.  Sure it would have meant more writing and possibly a longer book, but still.

One minor issue I had, and a reason why I've been struggling to read books published from smaller publishing companies (and many Christian fiction falls victim to it) is the grammatical errors. Yes, mistakes happen.  I make them on this blog all the time.  There is just something about a published book that has so many errors that it distracts from the flow of the pace of the book.  


Reasons to Read

This is the perfect read for fans of historical fiction. It has some mystery and tons of questions.  While I did have my suspicions of what was going on, even I was surprised as the details started to come together & that doesn't happen often.

Also, for those who want to read christian fiction that is quick paced.  While this isn't the kind of Christian work that is full of scripture, it is interesting and worth a read.

Pick up this book if you are a fan of Kate Breslin.


Reading List Rating

four heart rating on Reading List

I'm giving this book a four heart rating because I enjoyed the journey so much.  I couldn't give it a five star though because of some issues I had with the morals of the characters in a book that is for a Christian audience.  








My Suggested Audience

I suggest any fan of Christian Fiction and/or historical fiction.  I would guess that women would pick this book of more often then men, but don't let that scare you away if you are a guy.  Jack, the main male lead, is an interesting character, and tells a good chunk of the story.

There are some scenes that might not be appropriate for younger readers, as there is a lot of clean romance that goes on between an engaged man and a single woman only a month before the wedding.  However, this is a clean read, and the issues are on a high moral level. 



Fans of Christian historical fiction... what's your fav? This might be my new fav! @Reading_List1 #NotBySight


Are you a fan of Christian historical fiction?  What would you recommend for me in the genre? Or what genre should I reach for next? 

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Magelica's Voyage: Children's Corner

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Children's Corner

Fairy tales hold so many amazing possibilities for kids.  They open up the imagination and allow kids to experience things that are completely different from their reality.

There are many parents, and some schools, that are moving away from fairy tales.  Pointing to the need to teach children.  

I fear this is a mistake.  Fairy tales were designed to teach lessons in ways that allow the lessons to sink in deep. 

If you have tapped out the classic fairy tales and would like some new options for your kids, check out these new fairy tales. The Magelica stories are full of fantasy and magic, but they also show children to love themselves and trust in their own abilities.  These books are fun reads, that are great beginner chapter books. 

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About the Books

Magelica's Voyage, Book 1

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Title: Magelica's Voyage | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Publication Date: June 1, 2013 | Publisher: Magelica Inc. | Pages: 48 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn't know where she came from or who she really is. But when she's transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.
* Available in English / French / Spanish *

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The Rescue, (Magelica's Voyage, Book 2)

Magelica The Rescue

Title: The Rescue (Magelica's Voyage, Book 2) | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Publication Date: May 27, 2015 | Publisher: Magelica Inc. | Pages: 48 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 Summary: When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows.Can they save Prince Will before it's too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough?
* Available in English / French / Spanish *

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The Buzz About the Books

"Magelica's Voyage is an inspiring, magical tale of a world that I did not want to leave. The author's imagination takes off with vivid magical characters transformed into beautiful illustrations that your child will love... When you open this book you'll instantly discover that magic is indeed in the air." ~ 5 Star Review, StevieV, Amazon
"This is a wonderful, enchanting book! The story is so imaginative and the illustrations are beautiful! It is delightful to join Magelica on her adventure to the Isle of Dreams, and it is great to see such a positive, confident heroine." ~ 5 Star Review, Laurie J., Amazon
"Magelica is easy to love; a child who accepts herself as she is but who questions the very world around her, is someone many children will be able to relate to. Give this wonderful story a try- you won't be sorry you did." ~ 5 Star Review, Shelley V., Amazon
"Magelica's Voyage by Louise Courey Nadeau is a beautifully written enchanting tale filled with alluring adventure. The story is magnificently illustrated, from the winsome depiction of Magelica to the creative Isle of Dreams, the authors gifted imagination is prevalent on every page... I highly recommend picking up a copy.." ~ 5 Star Review, Stacie T., Amazon
"I recommend it to every kid between the age of 3 until 9 whether it is a girl or boy. The energy when reading it is indescribable. Both [books] are well made and I recommend it to every parent that cares about how their children should be raised!" ~ 5 Star Review, Hassan, Amazon
"The Rescue is a beautifully illustrated and beautifully written children’s story with an important message about being happy and staying positive, even in very difficult circumstances. Louise Courey Nadeau presents this gentle lesson in a light-hearted and brilliantly illustrated manner that draws in readers young and old." ~ Bil Howard, Reader's Favorite, 5 Star Review
"Magelica’s Voyage: The Rescue by Louise Courey Nadeau is a beautiful story that will teach kids valuable lessons pertaining to staying true to their heart." ~ 5 Star Review, Jeff, Amazon


About the Author: Louise Courey Nadeau



Louise Courey Nadeau

Passionate about empowering and inspiring children around the world, Louise Courey Nadeau, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and mother of two girls and two boys created her first fairy tale Magelica's Voyage, with the second book in the series, The Rescue, launched June 2015. "Through life's trials and tribulations, I always believed I could. With the Magelica book series my goal is to take young girls and their parents and teachers on empowering adventures and to inspire and encourage them to believe that they are amazing just the way they are, and to discover the power of love, positivity, and believing in themselves. "Magelica's Voyage is inspired by my life, my family, and the special people and places I love", says Courey Nadeau. "All of the characters in the story, including Magelica are reflections of the person I am- the wacky part, the funny part, the philosopher, the teacher, the caretaker, the chosen mom, the giver, and of course the dreamer. What would Magelica do, I often ask, and I get the answer. When you fly with Magelica, the possibilities are endless and there is magic allaround." To read her blogs and learn more about Louise Courey Nadeau please visit Magelica's Voyage website at Magelica.com. You can also follow Magelica on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Magelica's Voyage... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Current book:

Magelica's Voyage

Louise Courey Nadeau

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Sneak Peek:

"Maybe love was the most powerful feeling of all. If she believed in love and trust herself, maybe she would find out who she was."   p 35






Thank you to A Daily Rhythm for inspiring Reading List's Saturday Sneak Peek link up!


Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!

This particular link up will be open for a month, so stop by often to share a new sneak peek, and grow your own TBR list!




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The Young Elites: A Book Review

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Young Elites

Marie Lu


The other side of the story, or rather, the vantage of the villain, seems to be the fad story to tell right now.  My guess is Disney somehow started this fad, what with the focus of villains in their hit show Once Upon a Time taking a look into the villains back stories this past season and then The Descendants book and movie captured young teens this summer.  It only makes sense that the literary community would be on this train as well... I mean there is a whole slew of books for kids that look into the vantage of the villain.

I personally have gone back and forth on this technique.  But since I enjoyed Lu's Legend trilogy, I figured I'd give this new book a shot.



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Story Overview 

Adelina survived the blood fever as a child, when so many others did not.  She grows up in a world where life is hard, and getting harder, especially for her.  While she is physically scarred, she is also finding out the fever left behind a power she has no idea how to control. As her father's abuse escalates Adelina flees, and finds herself in a group of other fever survivors, The Young Elites**.  Teren pulls Adelina into the society and tries to guide her in her new life. However, it doesn't take long for Adelina's abilities to attract the attention of Enzo, a leader in a special sect - The Dagger Society- which further pulls her into this world she is fearful of. Through a series of events Adelina learns to slowly control her new found gifts, but will it be in time to help Enzo, or will everything fall apart, as it always seems to. 

Personal Likes

Lu is incredibly gifted in creating characters that seem so real.  Her masterpieces in this particular story are Teren and Enzo.  Both of these characters are complex and full.  They capture the readers attention fully, and honestly kept me turn pages long after I should have turned off the lights.

Adelina, the main character, has an intense background.  She survived a horrible disease only to find herself the brunt of her father's hate and abuse.  There is no wonder why she ran, or why her abilities are so twisted and dark.  I kept hoping that she would catch a break, find love, want to rise above. That just wasn't Lu's goal with this story.


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Personal Dislikes

This is one very dark book.  It honestly is the making of a villain, plain and simple.  Still I had hoped something would happen, but ***SPOILER ALERT*** it doesn't really.  Adelina is too deeply scarred by her father's hate to turn around.  She spirals out of control to the pit and her powers reflect that.

The bullying and abuse of Adelina's childhood are difficult to read. So if you are not into stories that contain such story lines you might want to skip this one all together.

It comes down to the fact that I want my books to end well, not with a horrible death scene that cements a villain's course for this anti-hero.


Reasons to Read

For those who simply love the "other side" of the story, this book could be very interesting.   So often characters go through a horrible chain of events, but end up finding their happy ending, but this book is the exact opposite.  Mostly, this is nothing like anything else I've read in years, in fact I can't come up with another.  Maybe Shelley wrote some points that echo this, but that's only a maybe.  So if you are looking for something different, this is your book.

Also, as a dark fiction, this book gives a good reason to need light, hope.  It is amazing how bright gold can be when it's next to black - when was the last time you reminded yourself of the opposite side?


Reading List Rating

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I so wanted to give this a great rating, but I can only get it a three heart rating.  It was very well written, and I could see a big audience for this story.  Personally I am on the fence for the sequel that is scheduled to come out soon. 











My Suggested Audience

While this is found in the Teen section in the stores, I would suggest a mature audience for this one.  Teens that can understand the evil side of the world, could handle this, but there is a ton of death, darkness and abuse in this one.  Young adults might be the best audience out there.

I could see many adults getting into this series.  The characters are well established and there is a refreshing side to the newness of the whole perspective.  Especially dystopian and science fiction fans will enjoy this read, no matter their age. 



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Anti-hero is defined as a central character in a story who lacks conventional heroic attributes.  A dark hero is one who displays no heroic abilities, yet ultimately sides with good.  Do you have any examples of either hero type? Would you teach these character types to your kids? 

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