Up The Down Ladder, by Dolores Ayotte/ Five Star Review!

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Although this book was meant to be a self-help sort of thing for people with depression, I found that I was able to take a lot out of it. I do not suffer from depression, but rather, severe anxiety issues. Many of the issues discussed in this book hit home hard for me. I’ve felt like I was at the bottom of the ladder, as if there were nothing more I could possibly do, and at times, I was ready to give up. I’m glad that I was able to read this book, because a lot of the advice and inspiration contained within it’s pages were things I needed to hear right now. Although I honestly did not think I would walk away from this book feeling any better about myself or doing more with my life, I have been proven very wrong. I feel much better about myself, and I’ve decided to do some things to make myself feel even better. This book, actually, spurred me on, as silly as it seems, to deep clean my house. It’s something that I have been meaning to do for months, and although I don’t particularly enjoy the cleaning itself, I have always loved the feeling of sitting back and looking at the work I have accomplished. I am also going to begin riding my bike again because it’s something I so enjoy- and, as a stay at home mom, it is something that gives me that half hour or an hour to myself, to do something I enjoy, and to stay fit while I’m at it! Although this book is geared towards those suffering from depression, I highly recommend it to everyone with even the smallest inkling of self doubt, or even the tinniest of burdens. It’s an inspiration work I am very happy I read, and I believe that you feel the very same way.

*This review was done by Chelsea*

 

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Poetically Baring My Soul, by Jerald Brown/Three Star Review

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Poetically Baring My Soul was both good and bad. The bad was that I did not think the way that the poems were written were the best that they could be. The poets word usage and form were a bit unappealing. I appreciated his striving towards placing the beauty and mercy of God into every day terms or likenesses, but I simply felt it left me wanting something more. Honestly speaking, the form and wording were a bit juvenile. The joy in receiving God that I believe the poet was trying to display did not seem to come from the depths of his soul, but instead seemed rather forced. Now, I mentioned that there was good also. I truly enjoyed the fact that the poet put so much effort forth into depicting his personal relationship with God, and being a Christian myself, I always appreciate those who try to spread the word of the gospel. There were also individual poems within the text which I felt were very well written or exposed true depth of emotion. If you enjoy a christian book or poetry (and are not a finicky poetry reader like myself) I would recommend this book to you.

*This review was done by Chelsea*

 

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Rikke and the Lost Viking, by Nikolina Nilsen/Four Star Review

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This is a very cute book about a little troll who finds a lost viking. The little troll is at first afraid of the viking, but then tries to help this lost person of history in finding his way back. The moral of the story is very clearly understood, which I feel is always important in children’s books. This book also offers you and your children a great way to also learn some new Norwegian words in a way that is both easy and fun. My daughter really liked it, and was especially thrilled because she loves learning new languages. Knowing that there are more books in this general series, I will probably end up reading all of them to my daughter.

*This review was done by Chelsea*

Orangey The Goldfish, by Eddie Bee and Teri Lee/Four Star Review

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The book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, and at first, I was hesitant. It seemed s though it would be yet another one of those corny, over-rated children’s books that all parents are well accustomed to. This was not the way it ended up turning out for us, however The story ended up being very cute, and the way it was presented turned out to be highly appealing to my three year old. She enjoyed the story because she also has a goldfish, and she thought it was ‘neat’ to know what the goldfish was thinking/feeling, although she didn’t quite word it that way. For my own personal reasons, I would have given this book three stars- it didn’t impress me, but I didn’t hate it either. I give it a four star because of how much my daughter enjoyed it, and being a children’s book, her opinion is the one that is most important. 

*This review was done by Chelsea*

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Lost and Alone (Cougar Cub Tales), by Sharon Cramer/ Five Star Review!

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This is the second ‘Cougar Cub Tales’ book that I have read, and I enjoyed this one even more than the first. My daughter really enjoyed it, and was pulled into the story. She pointed things out, and enjoyed the smooth rhyming that takes you along the story. The story is very cute in general. To be honest, I did not think I would become a fan of the Cougar Cubs at first, but I have found that I really do enjoy the stories, as they tell fun tales that entwine life lessons in such a way that a child can grasp. I would highly recommend this for anyone with young children.

*This review was done by Chelsea*

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Where Hummingbirds Come From, by Adele Marie Crouch/ Three Star Review

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The story was very cute, and both my daughter and I enjoyed it. I would actually rate it 3.5 stars, but obviously I’m unable to do that here. Although the story was very cute, it read just a little ‘broken’ for lack of a better word. I think mostly I tripped over all of the “grandmother said” parts in the book. I believe that the author could have reworded it a bit, or simply left out the “grandmother said” parts here and there. The pictures of the hummingbirds were fantastic! I did feel that the pictures of people were not overly appealing, but certainly not crude either. My daughter enjoyed it more than I did (obviously, as this is a children’s book), and would have probably rated it a 4 or 4.5.

*This review was done by Chelsea*

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Barely Breathing, by Heather Allen/Three Star Review

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As usually happens with follow up books, I preferred the first installment in this series. It was still a really good book and it played the story out very well. It was well-written and engaging, but I couldn’t help but feel the ending was a bit hectic, and I would have liked it better if there was less of a cliff hanger and more of a wrap up. That’s just my personal preference, of course, and I do have to say that if nothing else the ending makes me desperately want to grab hold of the third (and unfortunately, last) book in this series! I simply have to know how everything pans out for the characters, and I must know what happens after… well, I can’t say after what, but those of you have read this story know! All in all, it was a very good read, and I can’t wait for the next one. I would highly recommend this book who enjoys a good paranormal romance or a cliff hanger ending!

*This review was one by Chelsea*

 

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The Palms, by S. Celi/ Five Star Review!

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The Palms is a short story about two people given a second chance at true love. Usually, when I’ve given a short story to read, I find that it lacks necessary detail or doesn’t cover all of the many things I want it to cover. This was one of those rare exceptions. There were plenty of details to suck me into the story, and I could perfectly visualize every scene. Everything was covered too. I was left wishing there was more, only because it was such a fantastic story, but I wasn’t left feeling as though anything were missing, if that makes sense. S. Celi is an impeccable writer. The way she spins a story is both eloquent and descriptive, without being overdone. I would recommend this story to anyone look for a light read to kill a few hours with. Trust me, once you start reading it, you won’t be able to put it down until it’s done!

*This review was done by Chelsea*

Prairie Star, by Kay Blassingame/Four Star Review

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Prairie Star is the story of a young man trying to find love after having his heart crushed by a longtime love. It’s not all romance, however. Oh no, not at all. This young man is also a new music producer, and he has to deal with his sister’s crazy band along the way. He also buys a house (one I would love to own myself, in case you care to know), and really, there are just plenty of twists and turns along the way. The book is well written, believable, and you don’t feel overwhelmed by the romantic aspects of the story. The main character struggles through very real issues, which many people can relate to. All in all, I loved this book. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five was that I felt the ending was abrupt. Everything came together a bit too quickly and I was left with a good few unanswered questions. Besides that, I could not find another flaw with this book, even if I tried. I would suggest Prairie Star to anyone who likes a good light romance with a heavy dose of true personal conflict. It’s a heart warming tale that I’m positive you will fall in love with.

*This review was done by Chelsea*

Just Breathe, by Heather Allen/ Four Star Review

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All I can say is…wow. The story had plot twists and turns by the zillion, yet they were all carried out in such a tactful way that it didn’t confuse or annoy me. As a matter of fact, I was poised on the edge of my seat for the entirety of this book, which I finished in record timing because I simply could not put it down. When I first began to read this story, I’ll admit I had no idea what it would be about. I often pick up books before reading a blurb or anything. Then, once I began getting into the story, I admit I thought “oh no, this is going to be that same old new age paranormal romance crap.” I know, I’m so ashamed I even thought it. This is not the same old new age paranormal romance crap.(I’m honestly a fan of the paranormal romance thing, but I feel some things have been way over done). This book is amazing. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that a little bit of the wording was a bit hard to read. Not much, but a little. Truthfully, I’d give it a four and a half if possible. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance, and I think it would actually be appropriate for everyone around age 13 and up. It is not a graphic romance, but rather sweet…and definitely shocking.

*This review was done by Chelsea*