Friday, August 28, 2015

"In Between--Katie Parker Production" by Jenny B. Jones - book 1

In Between by Jenny B. Jones is a delightful Christian fiction YA book 1 in the Katie Parker Production series.  This is about Katie, who moves from the group home that she is in because her mother is in prison for dealing drugs, to a foster home with a Pastor and his wife in the little town of In Between, Texas.  She has a very low opinion of herself and doesn't trust anyone at the beginning of the story, but after making some poor choices and experiencing kindness, her attitude slowly changes and she adjusts to her new life. 

I really liked the writing style and the story.  I liked how the church youth group welcomed and accepted Katie and how Frances was such a good friend to her even when Katie resented her a bit.  The grandmother was hilarious and I enjoyed the humor and the close relationship that developed between her and Katie.  The characters were believable and the story moved along quickly.  I was drawn into it right from the start and was never bored.  It was heartwarming to see the growth in Katie throughout the book.  I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about teens and their personal growth.  This is the first in the series and I hope to continue in it.   
(Karen's review, 5 stars)

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls Tugs at Your Heart

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is a children’s story about a hard-working, determined boy who loves to go coon hunting with his two hound dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann. He lives in the Ozarks on a farm with his mother, father, and three sisters and a cat. He also has a close relationship with his grandfather who helps him out and encourages him.

I have mixed feelings about this book because I like all animals so felt a little sorry for the poor raccoons who got hunted down by the boy and his dogs. It was interesting though learning habits of the raccoons. I didn’t like the boy or the parents in the beginning when he set his traps and caught his cat several times! That got me mad. Then he redeemed himself when he loved his dogs and had great adventures with them which included some suspense. At certain parts I cheered but thought the ending was horrible.  This story has its ups and downs.  If you enjoy sad books, you have to read this one! Yes, this is a tear jerker. I think the story should have ended sooner, like after the big coon hunting contest, and I would have liked it much better. The title of the book isn’t explained until the very end which I thought a bit strange. Get your tissues ready if you choose to read the whole book!

It is similar to the Shiloh series which I loved!
(Karen's review, 3 stars)


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Court of Fives" by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott is a YA novel about a young girl named Jessamy.  She loves to run the Fives.  What that is, you will have to read this book to find out.  What I will tell you is that she should not be doing this.  If it gets out that she is, it will be very dangerous for her family.  Does this get out and if so, what are the consequences?

I thought this book was pretty good.  I really enjoyed the main character and her interaction with her family.  It has pretty good action and the ending is very good!  I will be reading book 2.
(Gerard's review, 5 stars)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays--5 Today!



Gerard's:

Anything could happen.  What if I never have this chance again?

From page 24 of Court of Fives by Kate Elliott.
  
"Is that what she's telling you?  That you don't have a problem?"
 
From page 111 of Survive the Night by Danielle Vega. (click link for review)

He hardly felt the cold through his coat.  He was too busy trying to picture what Eli's face would look like when he received their message.
 From page 26 of Vicious by V. E. Schwab. (Click link for review)
Karen's:
I had the wind of a deer, the muscles of a country boy, a heart full of dog love, and a strong determination.  I wasn't scared of the darkness, or the mountains, for I was raised in those mountains.
 From page 33 of Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

Super, she probably realized there are still some jeans left in Texas that we have yet to try on.  "It's after three o'clock!  We've forgotten to eat lunch!"

From page 3 (Loc. 473-75) of In Between (A Katie Parker Production, Book 1) by Jenny B. Jones.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along, so I thought  I  would play for fun! Just pick two sentences from the book you are reading.

Happy Reading!

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Survive the Night" by Danielle Vega

Survive the Night by Danielle Vega is a YA novel that centers on a young girl named Casey.  Just out of rehab, she goes to a sleepover with her friends from the soccer team.  Once there she blows it off to go to hang out with a group of girls that have a different life style than her soccer friends.

This book goes very fast and kept me interested.  I thought the characters were realistic but the ending was not all that great.  Overall, I liked it and thought it was pretty good.

Here's a teaser from page 111:
"Is that what she's telling you?  That you don't have a problem?"
(Gerard's review, 4 stars)

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