Friday, October 31, 2014

"Beyond The Attic Door" by Tracy Del Campo



About this book:

  The year is 1925, and the nation is at odds as the "trial of the century" approaches. Mr. John Scopes, a schoolteacher, has been arrested for teaching evolution. Creationists and evolutionists are debating the existence of God and the authority of the Bible. Many believe religion may be doomed.
  Meanwhile, eleven-year-old Lulu and her seven-year-old brother, Buddy, are visiting their grandmother in the Missouri countryside. On a dark and stormy night, they sneak into the attic workshop of their uncle, a brilliant scientist and inventor, and suddenly find themselves on a harrowing journey through time.
  Join Lulu and Buddy on this incredible adventure filled with history, humor, and hair-raising excitement, as they discover the meaning of faith: Beyond the Attic Door.



Series: As of now, no.


Spiritual Content- Psalm 19:1 in the Dedication at the front; Blessings over food; Church going; A mention of a couple side-characters believe that Darw*n is right; Lulu asks her father three times if God is real and the things written in the Bible really happened (he says “yes” every time); Noah, his ark & time-traveling to then; Many talks about God & Him loving us.   


Negative Content- Sybil (Lulu & Buddy’s Mother) says “how I hate this heat”.


Sexual Content- Lulu daydreams that a “young, dashing prince will ride in on a white steed and whisk her far away. She’s never told anyone about these romantic thoughts,, expect for her cat, Princess, who would never tell a soul. Thank goodness!” {Too cute!}; Lulu spots a handsome, young man in church; Warren & Sybil share a quick kiss {But they’re married}

-Lulu, age 11
-Buddy, age 7
                                        Told in a present tense, narration form.
                                             Set in 1925
                                                   87 pages

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Early High School Teens- 
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My personal Rating- 
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This was such a cute & fun read! Many parts bought up some of my old creation science lessons! “Beyond the Attic Door” was a short book {only 87 pages! A good size for new readers! :) } with nice size chapters…great for reading a chapter every night before bed and would open up for family discussions about creation & the Creator! :)
View some of my favorite quotes from the book Here!


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 Author for this review.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"End of the Trail" by Vickie McDonough



About this book:

  “He won a ranch in a card game. She claims the ranch is her inheritance. He's not leaving--and neither is she.
  Brooks Morgan is quick on the draw, but his weapon of choice is his smile. He’s smart and witty and has charmed his way through much of life, but now that he’s growing older—and a bit wiser. He wants to stop drifting and settle down. He sees his chance when he wins Raven Creek Ranch in a poker game, but when he goes to claim his prize, a pretty woman with a shotgun says the ranch belongs to her. Brooks isn’t leaving his one and only chance to make something of his life—but neither is she. Can they reach an agreement? Or will a greedy neighbor force a showdown, causing them both to lose they want most in life?



Series: Book #6 in the “Texas Trails” series. {Can be stand-alone novels. I have not read any of the others on this series. More about this series:
a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896.”}  


Spiritual Content- Praying; Will was a Christian; Church going & sermons are written; Mentions of Scriptures & Scriptures are quoted; Keri believes that God doesn’t care about what happens to her, Lulu tries to tell her differently.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘hush’, a ‘sissy’, two ‘darn’s, two ‘idiot’s, five ‘stupid’s, six forms of ‘dumb’; Brooks has to empty messy buckets (barely-above-not-detailed, all that’s mentioned is that it’s foul smelling); There’s a murder (semi-detailed); a man almost gets hanged (semi-detailed); a mention that two men were hanged; Guns are pointed & shot; A card game; Mentions of shooting & killing animals (barely-above-not-detailed).


Sexual Content- a kiss on the check & three semi-detailed kisses; Wanting to kiss; Staring & Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed);  Lulu says that “men like to gawk at women and fantasize about what’s under all those yards of fabric” then adds “And when you wear pants, there’s nothing left to guess about.”; *Spoiler* A bit half-way through the book, it’s relieved that Keri’s mother lived in a brothel and was a prostitute, Grace grave Keri up for her own protection. Brooks wonders if Grace hadn’t if the same thing would have happen to Keri. *End of Spoiler*; Mentions of a brothel (anything really detailed is cut off, but there are hints of what happens late at night there.); Keri was born out of wedlock (barely-above-not-detailed, her parents were only together one night); Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Keri Langston
-Brooks Morgan
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                           Set in 1896 {Prologue set in 1886}
                                                   250 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- 
(and a half)

While I was eagerly waiting the scene where the heroine points a gun at the hero (don’t ask me why but I just really like those kinds of scenes, I’ll explain more in a week or so. ;) ), I had to lower ratings because of the hangings & Sexual parts.


See y’all on Friday 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 (Moody Publishers) for this review.

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Willie's Redneck Time Machine" by John Luke Robertson (with Travis Thrasher)



About this book:

  “Willie finds a mysterious wooden crate in the Duck Commander warehouse. Only John Luke is around, so the two of them open up the box and find a strange device. It turns out it's a time machine that looks a bit like an outhouse. Willie and John Luke test out the machine and find themselves journeying back and forth in time. They have crazy adventures but know they need to make it back to West Monroe. But will they make the right choices to get back at the right time?


Series: Book #1 in this series. {There are a total of four books in this series; “
Willie's Redneck Time Machine”, “Phil & the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca”, “Si in Space”,” Jase & the Deadliest Hunt”.}


Spiritual Content- A mention of a Church play; Older John Luke (in 2038) said he found a girl who loves the Lord & that God has been good to them; One Time Travel was in the Bible days of Noah (so lots of that); Mentions of Joseph, Moses, Jesus & Trusting God; In “A Note from John Luke Robertson” at the very end of the book, John Luke talks about God and quotes James 1:14.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, a ‘dummy’, a ‘sissy’, a ‘stupid’, two ‘shut up’s, and four ‘idiot’s; a Mention that people were cursing (not written); The time machine looks like an outhouse (so there’s a mention of that, your bladder, when they go in to the “Time Machine”, John Luke comments that “it doesn’t look used, no po*p on the seat.”. Phil later comments that “a man doesn’t go into an outhouse unless he’s got business to take care of.”); Mentions of a Port-A-Potty and a Port-A-Po*ps (Ew. Just Ew.); piles of poo; a Mention of a f*rt bomb and a bomb that smells like a pig’s gut; a Mention of holding a dead deer’s beating heart; a Mention of a wedgie; Bloody noses, slaps, fighting and most ending end with Willie/You being hit or dying.
*Note: Many celebrities (Britney Spears, Rick Astley, Jimmy Kimmel, Psy (& his song, Gangnam Style), Bell Biv DeVoe, Jon Bon Jovi, ZZ Top, Spock, Godzilla, and Chewbacca), Songs, TV Shows & Movies(America’s Funniest Home Videos, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Survivor, Lord of the Rings, Groundhog Day, The H*nger G*mes, Back to the Future, Blade Runner, The Terminator, and The Matrix) plus Twitter and Radio-Shack are all mention once or many times.


Sexual Content- A mention of High-School aged Korie kisses John Luke (thinking he was High School Willie.)

-You as Willie Robertson
                                        P.O.V. of You/Willie
           Throughout the book you go to: Today, Tomorrow, ????, 1863, 1963, 1990, 2038, 2319, and“A Long, Long, Long Time ago.”.
                                                   252 pages

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Pre Teens- 

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens- 

My personal Rating- 
(and a half)

{ Because of the potty humor/mentions, some girls may not like this book; Some Brothers, on the other hand, may like it. Depends on the family & their rules. }
I reviewed this book for girls who like to hunt (like one of the sweet girls I babysit, love you S!). Now, my family (okay, really just my Dad & older sister…my Mama doesn’t like their mouths (“cr*p” is said a lot in the show which is a huge no-no in our house) and I’m iffy and don’t agree with everything they say. Though I love Mia! She’s a doll! :) ) watches the show with the Robertson family and the opening pages of “Willie’s Redneck Time Machine” seriously sounded like Willie and they way he talks. This was the first time I had reviewed a “choose your own adventure” book. (Challenging but fun.) Most of the endings ended kind of randomly though.  


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.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Tyndale) for this review.