Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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Friday, May 24, 2019

"Latte Daze" by Erynn Mangum

About this book:

  “Maya Davis already has many titles-Christian, barista, maid of honor (new), possible girlfriend (newer), aunt (newest)-and her life is about to become even more complicated. Just when she thought things couldn't get any worse, her ex-boyfriend proposes to her roommate and best friend, Jen. It's not long until their apartment becomes Wedding Central. As if that weren't enough, Jen's obnoxious mom moves in to help plan the wedding, and Maya's genius brother and sister-in-law announce that they're expecting. Then to top it off, there's the whole matter of Jack-is it love? Who wouldn't need a coffee break!”

Series: Book #2 in the “Maya Davis” series. Review of Book #1 Here!

Spiritual Content- Many Scriptures are mentioned, read, & discussed; Bible reading; Many Prayers, Thanking God, & Blessings over food; Church going, Bible studies, & sermons/discussions; Some witnessing/discussing; Many talks about God; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God & trusting Him; Mentions of God being after certain people; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & Bible studies; Mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, services, Sunday school classes, pastors, & sermons; Mentions of Christians & faiths; A couple mentions of Easter; A couple mentions of sin; A mention of living godly; A mention of a baptism service; A mention of a cross necklace & fish bumper sticker; A mention of a Christian sorority;
             *Note: Mentions of religion courses & other religions; Mentions of those who believe religion is a crutch; A mention of global warming; A mention of meditating monks; A mention of a cult mantra; A mention of a guy playing the devil’s advocate; A mention of yoga.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blah, blah, blah’, a form of ‘crap’, a ‘dang’, two ‘dumb’s, two ‘gosh’s, two ‘shut up’s, two forms of ‘screw up’, three forms of ‘heck’, three ‘holy cow’s, four ‘darn’s, six ‘sheesh’s, seven forms of ‘stupid’, and eleven ‘oh my gosh’s; A mention of a curse (said, not written); Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Mentions of injuries; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of throwing up; Mentions of a divorce; Mentions of animal manure; A few mentions of lies, lying, & liars; A few mentions of jail & inmates; A few mentions of alcohol & drinking; A couple mentions of a movie with bloody massacres; A couple mentions of cheaters; A mention of a kidnapper; A mention of a drunk;
             *Note: Many, many mentions of singers, songs, movies, actors/actresses, celebrities, TV shows, TV channels, & fictional characters; Mentions of restaurants; A couple mentions of social media sites; A couple mentions of designers; A couple mentions of Starbucks; A couple mentions of car brands; A mention of Boy Scouts.

Sexual Content- ten cheek kisses, three hair kiss, a not-detailed kiss, and a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Touches, Embraces, Nearness, & Butterflies (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Noticing; a ‘baby’, two ‘sexy’s, two ‘slutty’s, three ‘babe’s; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of couples kissing & showing PDA; Mentions of dating, dates, boyfriends, girlfriends, & exes; Mentions of jealousy; A handful of mentions of waiting to have sex with someone (and the positives of not getting pregnant or a weird disease and having a wedding night be amazing); A few mentions of surprise babies & a mother getting pregnant while on the pill; A few mentions of couples trying to get pregnant; A few mentions of flirting & a talk similar to the cow and milk phrase; A few mentions of blushes; A few mentions of crushes; A mention of a group of people in the Bible dealing with sexual immorality; A mention of the most sensuous book in the Bible; A mention of a married couple trying to get pregnant (Maya says it’s on the verge of being TMI); A mention of wondering if someone is gay; Love, falling/being in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of Maya commenting on her own bustline, butt, and curves & her friends’ ones as well (nothing negative); Mentions of pregnancy hormones; A few mentions of a lingerie shower for a bride; A few mentions of miscarriages; A few mentions of plastic surgery; A couple mentions of menopause & hot-flashes; A couple mentions of uteruses; A couple mentions of a man dancing and shaking his rear end; A couple mentions of breeding seasons for flamingos; A mention of a high school girl wearing a top where all the secrets are out; A mention of a neckline of a dress being sexy but not slutty; A mention of even if a woman walked into a room in her bra and panties, Travis would only notice his girl; A mention of a bra strap; A mention of Maya commenting on her mom’s perfect body shape (“big boobs, tiny waist, no butt”); A mention of a husband touching his wife on the rump; A mention of butting in.

-Maya Davis, age 24
                                1st person P.O.V. of Maya
                                                        297 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
I’d like to start off this review by sharing that Maya’s humor and wit is on a level that I aspire to be. It’s been a while since I read the first book in this series, so while I was a bit concerned that it might take a bit into this sequel to remember the previous book, I shouldn’t have worried as I quickly remembered who everyone was. :)
Maya absolutely cracks me up and I love her beagle (of course), but also her friendships and seeing her walk with the Lord is so lovely and wonderful. I found myself crying from laughing so hard at many points during this reread! I can’t wait to continue the series!

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.

Friday, May 17, 2019

"Romanov" by Nadine Brandes

About this book:

  “The history books say I died.
    They don’t know the half of it.
  Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.
  Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .
  That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.”

Series: No, standalone.

Spiritual Content- A few Prayers; A couple Scriptures are mentioned & remembered; Mentions of Jesus (Iisus) & showing forgiveness; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches & nuns; A few mentions of the Bible & Bible reading; A mention of Heaven; A mention of Easter;
             *Note: Saying spells & causing healing for someone; All about many mentions of spells, spell masters, them healing/curing others, & magical items (it should be noted that when the spells in this book are said they do not provide tangible object; one spell sends Anastasia to the “spirit realm” (like a ghost) halfway in the living and halfway in the dead); Mentions of ghosts & souls; A few mentions of sirens.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’; A few mentions of muttered curses & shouting profanities; Some eye rolling; Lying (for the safety of her family); All about exile & the possibility of being killed; Stabbing someone & blood (semi-detailed); Being shot, nearly being strangled, injured, & bleeding (up to very semi-detailed); Seeing deaths, loved ones shot and murdered, hearing gunshots, injuries, pain, deaths, their bloody bodies, blood, & bleeding (semi-detailed to very semi-detailed); Seeing someone almost commit suicide (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of deaths, murders, executions, & firing squads (up to very semi-detailed); Many mentions of gunshots, bullets, pain, injuries, blood, & bleeding (up to very semi-detailed); Mentions of someone almost taking his life; Mentions of riots & their awful words; Mentions of threats; Mentions of stealing & thieves; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, & drunks; Mentions of hatred; Mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of bloody bodies (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of a possible lynching; A few mentions of cigarettes & smoke; A few mentions of gossip; A few mentions of beloved dogs being killed (no details on how, just that they are dead); A couple mentions of someone being runover (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of shooting a horse (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of a dog catching a squirrel.

Sexual Content- a boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss; Touches, Hand Holding, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to hold hands; Flirting & Winks (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of kisses, seeing a kiss, kissing, & blowing a kiss; Mentions of flirting & flirts; Mentions of a married woman spending time with a man alone (nothing happened, it was gossiped to a possible romantic tryst but was not at all); A few mentions of men who cannot keep their hands to themselves; A couple mentions of noticing; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of a married couple kissing; Some love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A threat towards Anastasia to tear off her clothing to find something she hid (does not happen); A few mentions of Anastasia and her sister stuffing items down their corsets; A few mentions of the bosom area; A couple mentions of girls’ figures.

-Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov, age 16-17
                                1st person P.O.V. of Nastya
                                        Set in 1918
                                                337 pages

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New Teens-

Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-

{Not for those sensitive to executions or magic.}

Compared to the author’s previous historical fantasy, “Fawkes”, I knew much more about the history in “Romanov” than the gunpowder plot.
Heartbreaking. That’s the best way I can describe what happened to the Romanov family.
And here’s the thing: While this fictional retelling of that historic event obviously had its sad and suspenseful moments, it had hope lined with the pages and a believable end that wasn’t the “all-wrapped-up-with-a-neat-little-bow”. It had its own heartbreaking moments, moments where you could feel the pain of Nastya.
Let’s note some details for this book’s review:
 -While “Fawkes” (which is in no way connected to this book; it’s just the same genre of historical fantasy) was set around the time of Protestants and Catholics, those two denominations were not specifically said at all during the nearly four-hundred and fifty paged book. I found the faith content to be missing in that novel. “Romanov” was refreshingly different in this way. Anastasia and her father would mention the Russian name for Jesus and pray along with read the Bible at different times. While still lighter faith content than I typically enjoy, I was happy to see that in this book as I wasn’t expecting any faith content.

 -This book felt way too short. I was imagining that this new novel would be in the 400-pages length, so when I opened this package, I was a bit surprised at how thin it was. Less than 340 pages which is pretty on par for YA, but I do think the story moved a bit too fast at times. The ending was paced out well, though.

 -On the topic of something being too fast. The romance. It really started about half-way through the book, but it seemed to develop quickly. So, that felt a little rushed to me.

 -The spells. Magic in Christian Fiction is always a touchy topic. Always. In the world of “Romanov”, the spells are/were used by those who have studied and are only used for helping others. Anastasia uses a spell to provide relief for her brother when he is in pain. With the exception of someone using a tracking spell to track someone else, none of the spells/magic were used in evil/harming ways. In all honestly, the spells in this book are probably the lightest form of “magic-y stuff” I’ve read in a fantasy (not that I read a lot of fantasy, but you know what I mean.)

 -While I know this book is historical fantasy, there were a few parts that seemed unrealistic. I’ll be honest to admit that I still don’t quite understand all the spell parts and such. But it was interesting. I really like Nastya’s character though that was shown throughout the novel.
So. All that to say that this was an interesting book. And that it’s not for those sensitive towards magic, executions, pain/blood, or very sensitive towards the topic of suicide. Nadine Brandes has a certain way about her writing that’s hard to describe but like a unique way of thinking through her writing. It’s different and it’s what kept me interested in her books even though I know there may be some content I won’t like. While “Romanov” definitely had its heartbreaking moments, there also were added parts that made this story a little more hopeful.

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.