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Stars Above... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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Current book:

Stars Above

Marissa Meyer

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Goodreads Summary:

The enchantment continues....

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

Sneak Peek:

"He had long ago determined that he would not let his birthright go unearned, that the history texts would not condem him as an worthy emperor. And while he may still have been plagued with doubts every single day, he knew deep down, that he was doing his very best." p 306

Initial Thoughts

I absolutely loved The Lunar Chronicles, so of course, I had to read this collection of short stories.  Granted I had already read a few of them!  Overall this is a fun collection of fan fiction - it is only for fans, if you haven't read Cinder or the rest of the series, then you probably won't care about these little side stories.

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

Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:

Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa @ Sunrise Avenue

Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.

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Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.

Here are some rules if you decide to join in:

• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 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 Cozy Reading Spot #144

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! 

This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

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I have been trying to find different prints to decorate my mantel for each season, and after spending way too many days shopping at the local stores, I decided to create my own.  Of course, that means I want to share them with this community!  These prints are sized to print on an 8 x 11 sheet, so you might have to size them down to fit in your frame... I have them printed to fit into 5 x 7 frames and they are pretty cute.  One is a scripture verse, and another one of my favorite Tolkien quotes.  I hope you like them!   

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Last Week's Features

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My favorite link from last week was by Hannah from Seeing the Lovely: Books I'm Into - May 2016.  She shares her reading list from the month and thoughts about what is next on her list.  
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The most popular link from last week was by Lisa from Syncopated Mama: Awesome Children's Books. Her 5 After 5 post featured 5 awesome children's books that really are classics.  
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Queen: The Blackcoat Rebellion - A Book Review

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Queen: The Blackcoat Rebellion #3

Aimee Carter

Well after almost a year, I have decided to finish up this series of book reviews... mostly because I don't like to leave things incomplete.

I wish I could say that I waited this long because the books were so amazing that I wasn't sure I could do them justice in my review and reflections... but honestly, this last book was not as good as the first, not even close.  I am fearful that this is a result of publishers pushing for a trilogy on a tight deadline that resulted in a hurried and flawed finale to the series.  (hear the disappointed sigh in that thought...)

Queen by Aimee Carter a Book Review on Reading List

Story Overview 

In this finale to the Blackcoat Rebellion, Kitty Doe continues on the rebellion side, as they surge to completely overthrow Daxton and his terrible reign. Mostly Kitty is beginning to learn that even if they make it through this change in her world, the resulting world will not be the wonderful world she dreamt of as a child - she is growing up with a more realistic, maybe even pessimistic view of people and what motivates them.

Knox steps into the role of strategy-maker as he leads large sections of the rebellion.  His decisions do not always sit well with Kitty which results in a large portion of the book where they are separated. These are the moments when Kitty starts to really, truly doubt if the rebellion stands a chance.  Her despair is palatable often through a good third of the book. 

Personal Likes

I did appreciate the fact that Kitty grew up a little bit - granted she could have grown up more- in order to actually make some decisions and act in this book. There were many scenes where we truly get to see inside her heart as she struggles to keep moving forward while the world seems to be completely destroyed, at least for her.

I still say Knox, as a character, is what made this book.  His character evolved through the entire series, and was able to seem true on many counts.  Honestly, if this story had been from his point of view, at least half of the time, this series would have been a thousand times more interesting.

Queen by Aimee Carter a Book Review on Reading List


Personal Dislikes

Overall this was rushed.  It was obviously in the transitions of the story - chapters jumped, characters seemed to suddenly have different vantages or thoughts that didn't fit... the signs of a rush piece.

The other disappointing detail of this book was Kitty - she never really evolved.  Yes, she experienced a ton, and should have changed more, but didn't. I wish I could be more specific on this, but overall I was just disappointed that this wasn't development as well as the first book was.

Reading List Rating

two heart rating on Reading List

I can only give this last book a two heart rating.  I am honestly surprised I even finished it, I guess I'm just that loyal to a series... Overall I would say, if you are not a huge dystopian/YA fan, then skip this one.

My Suggested Audience

As I mentioned in the previous two reviews, the whole Blackcoat Rebellion is violent.  The world is violent, the regime in power is violent, and of course the rebellion to take back the lives of the people is violent.  There is not a lot of focus on the communication side of politics and war in this book, just action, Kitty's emotions, and the fall out.  That being said, I have no issue calling this a Teen fiction, because it is honestly written for teens - but maybe older teens, 16 and up. 

Wondering Questions to Consider

While there are many hang ups I have with this series, I also know that the premise that started this series is one that is worth pondering.  Just because science and technology can offer ways to keep people's appearances looking a certain way, should we allow it to be used?  What would happen if a power group was able to use science and medicine to keep a figurehead young and alive in order to keep control over people? Where should humanity draw the line between science, medicine, and technology from morals and upright character?

"Sometimes you have to sacrifice your queen to capture the king." #Queen @Reading_List1

When was the last time you finished a book series simply because you started it? What are your thoughts on where morality should override the advances of science and technology? 

I'd love to hear from you, please leave me a little note!

Marissa @ Reading List

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**** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, BethanyHouse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Children's Corner

Perfect Devotionals for Young Warriors & Princesses

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Perfect Devotional for Preschoolers & Toddlers

Goodnight Warrior & Sweet Dreams Princess

It might surprise you, but I started this little blog as a way to stay connected to the adult world when I had my first kid.  I was sure I wouldn't write anything about kids, nothing...  Clearly that is not how it turned out!

As I have been going through the archives, pulling out some of Children's posts that have been hiding, I knew I had to share the first kids book to find it's way to Reading List...

Shelia Walsh is one of those Christian women who can really speak to other women.  Maybe it has to do with her amazing accent, but when she speaks, ears perk up and minds become engaged.  So it only makes sense that she would have put together some amazing kids devotionals. Goodnight Warrior and Sweet Dreams Princess are wonderful bedtime devotionals based on scripture.

Perfect Devotionals for Young Warriors & Princesses

About the Book

The idea of the book is to have small bedtime devotionals based on scripture on a nightly basis - you could easily use it at both nap and bedtime, or just one. The writing is simple and cute. Most importantly, it speaks right to your little warrior, and not at him. Granted some of the devotionals are still a little heavy - I mean we are talking about the Bible here - in those moments, parents can easily simplify the points to be understandable.

Each section is four pages long, two of them are devoted to a simple story from the Bible. Although not verbatim, it is close. The next two pages make up the devotion. Usually, the devotion has some questions about the story that you can discuss with your little warrior or princess. Finally, it ends with some form of prayer. A section can easily be read through in five minutes, so with some discussion in the devotion area, parents can easily get through one in about fifteen minutes, max.

Why We Like It

One of the main reasons why I like these books is that there are some less common stories in here. Sure there is the creation story, Adam and Eve, Jesus' birth, death, resurrection. However, there are also stories like Rebekah's and Esau & Jacob, which tend not to make the cut in the more common children's story Bibles.

Although I doubt my kids would second this, my favorite was "A Great Prayer" based on Psalm 23:1-6. The verses are paraphrased in a more conversational, or prayer like format. The devotion that went with it was very nice. It discussed how David was a shepherd before becoming king and how much God cares for us. My son showed some interest in it because we have been talking about sheep and shepherds, which meant he didn't mind spending a little more time talking about it! The devotion on this one ended with a prayer of praise - really great.

Something to keep in mind is that the two books are fairly identical as far as content.  The only real difference is that one is written to be read to a little boy, and one to a little girl - the devotions, topics, and stories, are the same.  So if you want to save money, no need to purchase both, as really we are all warriors.

Psalm 23:1-3

Title: Goodnight Warrior  [or]  Sweet Dreams Princess
Author: Shelia Walsh
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: October 2008
For ages: 3-7 (although I've read some to my 2 year old before)
Type: Prayer, Devotional, Children's book

Perfect Devotionals for Young Warriors & Princesses

Wonderful bedtime #Bible stories, #devotions, & #prayers for your warriors & princesses.  @Reading_List1

Tips and Tricks to help with Kids' Devotionals   

  1. Kasey shares 3 ways she has incorporated Bible time with her toddlers.
  2. Jenn has put together a wonderful list of 10 Bible verses every toddler and preschooler should know.
  3. Katherine has a wonderfully encouraging article about how her family has incorporated Bible devotions into their daily routine.
  4. Tara put together a wonderful list of resources that will help you engage young children in Bible verses and reading.
  5. Luke & Trisha have put together a great article on the importance of memorization for younger kids if you are looking for some motivation to get started on your own family devotion time.

Do you make it a priority to do some kind of Bible time with your toddlers and preschoolers?  What tips do you have for other parents who might be considering doing devotional time with their young kids?

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