Monday, October 20, 2014

"The Jerk Magnet" by Melody Carlson



About this book:

  “When Chelsea Martin's future stepmother helps her transform from gawky and geeky into the hottest girl at her new school, Chelsea is pretty sure it's the best thing that ever happened to her. But her hot new look has a downside. She's attracting lots of guys who all have one thing in common: they're jerks. And stealing the attention of all the guys in school doesn't endear her to the girls either.
Chelsea finally finds a true friend in Janelle Parker, and a non-jerk, Nicholas, catches her eye. Janelle keeps telling her to be herself, but Nicholas is the only guy around who doesn't give her a second look. Can Chelsea and Janelle come up with a plan to get his attention? Or will Chelsea's new image ruin everything?”



Series: Book #1 in the “Life at Kingston Hill” series. {There are a total of three books in this series.}


Spiritual Content- When she was eight, Chelsea & her best friend committing their loves to Jesus but both were short lived; Chelsea sends up a “Please, God” and a thank you Prayer; Youth group & Chelsea goes to a Christian Concert and Prays to become a Christian; Nicholas has a strong Faith & witnesses.
*Note: a mention that a room looks like a shrine to drama.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crud’, two ‘dumb’s (one being “dumber than dirt”), four ‘duh’s, five ‘stupid’s; an offensive word is almost said; some coarse language (and a curse) is said but not written; Sarcasm; a Mention of divorce; Mean & Petty girls.
*Note: Rob P*ttinson & Edward C*llen (Chelsea wakes up from a dream with him in it and calls him “dreamy”) and Twilight & Dracula are all mentioned; Many, many brand names, celebrities and movies are mentioned.

Sexual Content- a ‘smoking’, a ‘sl*t’, 9 “hot babe”s; 27 forms of ‘hot’; a jerk tries to kiss Chelsea; Chelsea comments how kids at school fall in & out of love all the time; Chelsea asks if Kate is pregnant (she’s not); Mentions of an affair; Crushes, boyfriends, girlfriends, ex-es, dating & on-again-off-again relationships; Chelsea’s dad says that teenaged boys are only have one thing on their minds and that church boys are the worst of them (Chelsea later tells Janelle that her “dad’s always going on about hormone-driven seventeen-year-old-boys. He thinks they should be locked up until they turn twenty-one.” “Does he honestly think they’ll improve by then?” “I don’t know. But maybe their emotional maturity will catch up with testosterone by then.”); A teacher flirts with a student (Chelsea); Bikini wearing & flirting; breasts, lack of them, & bras are mentioned twice; Guys check girls out; Noticing biceps; Wearing outfits that show off curves; a wondering if a couple broke up because of s*x.

-Chelsea Martin, age 16
                                        P.O.V. of Chelsea
                                                   217 pages

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Pre Teens- 

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens- 
(and a half)

My personal Rating- 

{ Best for older girls who have been in this situation. }
{ Rating *might* be higher for those in Public School. }
As a Home Schooled High Schooler, this book didn’t really pertain to me as all of it is centered around Public School and drama there.



See y’all on Wednesday!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Friday, October 17, 2014

"The Brickmaker's Bride" by Judith Miller



About this book:

  “In the Clay-Rich Hill of the Newly Founded State of West Virginia, Tow Families Tentatively Come Together to Rebuild a War-Torn Brickmaking Business.
  Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it’s Ewan’s job to get the company up and running again.
  Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man—a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he’ll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.
  But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?”


Series: Book #1 in the “Refined by Love” series.


Spiritual Content- Genesis 11:3 at the beginning; Ewan has a strong Faith & witnesses as well; Church going; Scriptures are mentioned; Laura questions God’s plan; Many talks about Heaven, God, His plans & Him blessing us; Prayers.
*Note: “folks refer to Pittsburgh as h*ll with the lid taken off” and “some say that living in Pittsburgh is good practice for those who are on their way to that fiery furnace the Bible promises.” are both said once.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a “blarney” and a “shoddy”; Winston says he’s heard that Irish men are prone to drinking; Mentions of gambling & Mentions of drinking; Pipes are smoked.


Sexual Content- six semi-detailed kisses; Notices of lips & touches; *Spoilers* A baby is conceived (and later born) out of wedlock (the jerk told the woman that he doubts the baby is his and “that a girl that was as easily bedded as me had surely been sleeping with every man she ever met.” (which isn’t true); Laura can’t have children because she was thrown from a horse at age 13. *End of Spoilers* Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Laura Woodfield
-Ewan McKay
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                                           Set in 1868-1870
         {Chapters 1-12: 1868; Chap. 13-28: 1869; Chap. 29-End: 1870}                                                    
                                                                   346 pages

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Pre Teens- 

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

While at first learning about the making of bricks was interesting, it was much slower in the beginning than at the end. It was pretty cute though.


This has been a wonderful week! Thank you so very much for supporting BFCG to 150 reviews and 20,000 page views! I’m still in shock over all of it! Thank you!

See y’all on Monday with a new review!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this review.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

"The Covered Deep" by Brandy Vallance



About this book:

  “Some Dreams Are Worth Searching For
  Bianca Marshal is looking for a man who can quote both Jesus and Shakespeare. Not surprisingly, the man is hard to find in the small Appalachian town where she lives. Her mother insists that Bianca lower her standards. On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Bianca wonders if her mother is right.
  Still set on experiencing love, or at least a little adventure, Bianca wins an essay contest that propels her into a whirlwind search for the perfect romantic hero. Via the opulence of London and the mysteries of Palestine, Bianca’s true love will be revealed—but not without a price that might be too heavy to pay.”


Series: As of now, no.


Spiritual Content- Jeremiah 33:3 is at the front; Many, many, many Scriptures are quoted; Many, many, many talks about God; Many Prayers; Many, many, many mentions and talks about things that happen in the Bible, going to those places and Who walked there; Church going & hymns are sung and written; “Drive like Jehu!” is said and Jezebel is mention a few times; Bianca’s mother says that Europe’s museums “are nothing but a collection of idols. Dens of sin glorifying the heathen nations.”; Madeline calls the Bible a book of fairy-tales; Mr. Tabor is a Darw*n man; “Good God” is said many times. Many Musl*ms and all are violent;  
*Note: Minor cussing including: four “Great Jehoshaphat”s, three “laud”s, two “h*llish”, a “what the devil”, three “where the devil”s, a “Poor devil”, a “Devil take it”, a “she-devil”, a “devil-wind”, a “devil of a fool”, a “devil's handmaid”, a “go to the devil”, wind is described as “h*ll's fingers”, “screamed like the d*mned”.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a “curse it all”, a “posh”, a “cur”, a “blast it”, a “shut your mouth”, two “bloody”s, two “blimey”s, two 'shut up's, two “dash it all”, three 'idiot's, four “blasted”s,  five “Gad!”s, five “stupid”s; two curses are said but not written. Bianca hits a frog with a spear (to eat it; detailed); Bianca says many Shakespeare insults; Blood, Fighting, Hitting, Screaming (highest being board line semi-detailed to detailed); a Mention of a dead man’s body burning (India, semi-detailed); Prison camps (pretty detailed and gross); Mentions of suicide and a character tries to do it (pretty detailed); Mentions of drinking; Poison.


Sexual Content- Wanting to kiss; A semi-detailed kiss; Three detailed-on-the-feelings embraces; a hint about a wedding night;  two Mentions of a harem; a Mention of King David & Bathsheba and their story;  Minor cussing including: a lady is called a “cow” and a “witch”, a “wanton”, two ‘wh*re’s; three “harpy”s; On Bianca’s Soul Mate list #6 (of 7) is that he must be “a more than capable kisser”; A mentions of a woman who ran for the United States presidents it’s added “that woman has no respect for the marriage bed.”; Flirts & Flirting: Staring & Studying (highest being semi-detailed); Madeline mentions about a lover’s touch, their lips & compromising situations(highest being semi-detailed); *Big Spoiler but very important to the story* Paul is India “bed a wh*re, cause her divorce, and steal a diamond” (Madeline and it’s mentioned many times though not above semi-detailed). *End of Big Spoiler*; Madeline thought that a couple had a secret liaison (they didn’t); A women’s dress gets torn (barely above not-detailed but it’s implied that she’s almost raped); Love, falling in love, looking for a soul mate, trying not to be in love, & lots of emotions.

-Bianca Marshal
-Paul Emerson
                                        P.O.V. switches between them and Sir Adrian
                                              Set in 1877                                                    
                                                   397 pages

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Pre Teens-
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New Teens- 
(and a half) ?

Early High School Teens- 
(and a half) ?

Older High School Teens- 
(and a half) ?

My personal Rating- 
to 
(and a half) ?


{Can I not do ratings on this book? Because, honestly this has to be the hardest book I’ve ever had to rate.}
{A very trusted adult should read this book before the girl}
Okay, so I have no clue where to start on this review. Part of me wants to give it two stars because of the Negative & Sexual Contents. The other part wants to give it a three & a half because of the crazy-how-did-the-author-think-of-it-crazy plot line and the amounts of details of the Biblical content. I recently watched thoroughly the original “Around the World in 80 Days” (over the course of many days—that movie is long…and not the cleanest either…) and was reminded of it at different parts in the story (Most the India ones). This was a book with an insanely intricate plot and lots of details, but I think a very trusted author should read before the girl.



See y’all on Tomorrow!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Worthy Publishing) for this review.