Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Rock Harbor Search and Rescue" by Colleen Coble & Robin Caroll

{{This is an updated review. Originally posted June 25th, 2013, it was updated on April 5th, 2020 to the Official Rating System.}}
About this book:

  “Emily O'Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom. She is even selling homemade jewelry to save up for her own Search and Rescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor's fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she'll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team.
  Emily isn't willing to give up on her Search and Rescue dreams that easily, and she sets out to find the real culprit and to restore her reputation. With a few suspects in mind, Emily is determined to uncover the truth, but she isn't prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescue dogs sniff out in the process. This exciting mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and have them pining after a Search and Rescue puppy of their own!”


Series: Book #1 of the “Rock Harbor Search and Rescue” series. Connected to the series “Rock Harbor” which is aimed for adults.


Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & talked about; Talks about God & His protection; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; Brandon is vague on what he believes, but it seems like he believes in the Windigo as much as Emily believes in God; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, pastors, & preaching; A few mentions of thanking God; A couple mentions of sins;
             *Note: Many mentions of an Ojibwa legend, the Windigo (Emily tries not to believe that it is real, but still gets freaked out); Mentions of a necklace that was “blessed” by a medicine man; Mentions of good vs evil; A couple mentions of supernatural things in a forest.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crummy’, a ‘dumb’, a ‘gosh’, a ‘oh my gummybears’, a ‘rats’, a ‘sheesh’, a ‘shut up’, and seven ‘stupid’s; A bit of sarcasm; Emily’s mom scares her ever since she tried to make Timmy sick on purpose (& mentions of it); A mean girl & her comments; Pain, Blood, & Freaking out (up to semi-detailed); All about mentions of thieves, stealing, & a stolen necklace; Mentions of criminals & attempted murder; Mentions of men who stole money; Mentions of prison; Mentions of almost drowning & remembering it (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of Emily’s mom who left their family; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of rumors & gossip; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of nightmares & monsters; Mentions of divorces & rough patches of marriages; Mentions of wondering/thinking if a dog was caught by predators; A few mentions of cancer; A couple mentions of breaking curfew; A couple mentions of throwing up; A mention of loan sharks;
             *Note: Mentions of the Windigo’s story & trying to kill it (up to semi-detailed); A few mentions of movies; A few mentions of vampires, werewolves, & zombies.


Sexual Content- A hug & hand touch (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of crushes, noticing, & cute boys; A few mentions of girlfriends/boyfriends; A few mentions of boy-craziness & a date; A couple mentions of couples kissing;
             *Note: Emily is embarrassed by her obvious curves & a few mentions that she hates that her chest is larger than all the other girls in her class; A few mentions of a bathing suit model; A couple mentions of plastic surgery; A mention of jealousy over a woman’s figure; A mention of someone butting into a conversation.

-Emily O’Reilly, age 13
                                P.O.V. of Emily
                                           244 pages

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My personal Rating-

A fun middle-grade mystery. I really enjoyed all the Search and Rescue parts and as a dog lover, those were my favorite parts. I haven’t read the Rock Harbor series, but I was able to follow along well. The Windigo story seemed silly to me, but I was happy with the ending.

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.

Monday, June 24, 2013

"A Simple Song" by Melody Carlson



 About this book:

“Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina’s best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father’s health worsens. He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents’ wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world?
Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it’s over?“



 Series: As of now, no.
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Spiritual Content-
(It’s an Amish book.) Katrina puts her life in God’s hands.


Negative Content-
Breezy comes into the hotel room drunk.

Sexual Content-
Tyler asks Katrina if she loves him; A kiss; Breezy says a pair of shoes makes her look sexy.

-Katrina Yoder

                                         P.O.V. of Katrina
                                                                                           280 pages

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I want a sequel! I waited for months for ‘A Simple Song’ to come out, and I was not disappointed. First book I’ve bought new in a long time.




 




*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, June 14, 2013

"Savannah from Savannah" by Denise Hildreth



{{This is an updated review. Originally posted June 14th, 2013, it was updated on February 24th, 2020 to the Official Rating System.}}



About this book:

  “I'm coming home to prove something...to my city, my mother, and myself.
  It is a place known to most as Savannah. It is a place known to me as home. I wish I could tell you it was my love for this city that precipitated my return. But I did not return out of a mere longing for home. I returned because I have something to prove to home. I am Savannah...from Savannah.”


Series: Book #1 in the “Savannah” trilogy.


Spiritual Content- Prayers, Blessings over food, & Thanking God; Church going; Sermons & Talks about God; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles, those in the Bible, & Bible studies; Mentions of churches, church going, sermons, & pastors; Mentions of a Methodist evangelist & Catholics;
             *Note: A mention of a family being like gods in their city; A mention of a judge referring to himself as a god of the pageant; A mention of Hades; A mention of a sin city; A mention of a ghost.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blah, blah, blah’, a cut-off ‘sucks’, a ‘wimpy’, two ‘oh my word’s, two ‘screwed up’s, two ‘shoot’s, four ‘dumb’s, six forms of ‘stupid’, and eight ‘idiot’s; A bit of eye rolling & sarcasm; Mentions of slaves, slavery, & racism in current America; Mentions of criminals & burglars; Mentions of jail & breaking and entering; Mentions of alcohol, being drunk, & singles’ bar; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of a murderer & murders; A few mentions of killers & possible killers; A few mentions of a drunk who beats his wife and children; A few mentions of blackmail; A few mentions of cigarettes; A few mentions of lies & lying; A couple mentions of (teasingly said) killing someone; A mention of wars; A mention of a wife leaving her husband; A mention of a woman who cusses like a sailor & smokes like a forest fire;
             *Note: Mentions of TV shows, celebrities, & politicians (including a mention of a biography of Hillary Clinton that Savannah’s mom wouldn’t let her keep and a George W. Bush one she bought to replace it); Mentions of movies, books, characters, & authors; Mentions of singers & songs; Mentions of car brands; Mentions of designers, brand names, & stores; A mention of a football team’s cheerleaders; A mention of Girl Scouts.


Sexual Content- a ‘floozy’; Savannah comments on her ex’s fiancĂ© negatively (such as calling her a floozy once and mentioning that she must has fake beauty); Mentions of dates, dating, guys, & an ex; A couple mentions of a first kiss & a first love;
             *Note: Mentions of pageant girls making snide/rude comments about others (we see that a bit from different side characters); Mentions of pageants where girls prance around in their skivvies, swimsuits, & cleavage; Mentions of behinds & kicking butts (including a hint about where to pull something out of); A few mentions of the birds-and-the-bees talk & behavior; A few mentions of plastic surgery; A couple mentions of a clothing store called ‘Jezebel’; A mention of the Lord knowing what goes on inside a massage parlors; A mention of adult entertainment; A mention of a hickey; A mention of men’s boxers; A mention of Savannah commenting that it was sick of a man (23-years-old) to snatch up a 17-year-old as his wife in the 1950s.

-Savannah Phillips, age 24
                                1st person P.O.V. of Savannah
                                                        324 pages

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My personal Rating-
When I first read this book in 2013, I enjoyed “Savannah from Savannah” for its wit and southern charms all throughout the plot. It’s overall pretty clean for older high school girls, but I do remember not enjoying the rest of the series as much as this first book. It is quite nice though that it is not romance based! Savannah mentions her former boyfriend and we see him a bit, but a romance story is definitely not the point of this book and I so appreciate that. I wish there were more stories in the Christian Fiction like this book in that regard. Some readers might find this book a little slow/not interesting due to this fact, though. While I enjoyed this novel, it did feel a little long at some points.


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.