Monday, April 27, 2015

"Thick as Thieves" by Susan K. Marlow

About this book:

  “It's no secret that Andrea Carter would rather ride her beloved palomino, Taffy, than do anything else. Now Taffy's having her first foal, and Andi can't wait to train it to become as good a companion as its mother. The only distraction from those delightful plans is the fear that something may go wrong. When her foaling fears are realized, Andi is grateful for her brother Chad's intervention. It looks like smooth sailing from now on!
  Unfortunately, life as a teenager might not be all fun and games after all. There's a new girl at school assigned to sit beside Andi--but Macy Walker is nothing like the other girls. She's homeless and ill-bred, and her mistakes do more than make Andi uncomfortable; they put her life in danger. Meanwhile, cattle rustlers have suddenly descended on the Valley and the Circle C ranch is a target. These outlaws mean business--and their business is theft.
  When the thieves change from stealing cattle to stealing horses, it means heartbreaking loss for Andi. Her unpleasant classmate Macy may hold the key to getting Taffy's foal back. Can Andi trust Macy to do the right thing? Does she have a choice?”

Series: Book #1 in the “Circle C Milestones” series. {This series is a continuation of this author’s other series “Circle C Beginnings” (for ages 6-8) and the original, “Circle C Adventures” (for ages 8-14). {More about this new series: “Picking up the story line of Andrea Carter and the Price of Truth, Thick as Thieves sees Andi growing up just in time for her loyal readers to grow alongside her. The Circle C Milestones series will follow Andi from age 14 to 17, as she begins to tackle the more serious issues facing an older audience and--eventually--discovers love.”} }

Spiritual Content- 1 Peter 3:8 at the beginning; Prayers; Talks about & mentions of God & trusting Him; Scriptures are quoted and mentioned.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a unfinished ‘what the—‘, two forms of ‘shut up’, three ‘stupid’s, four ‘dumb’s; Curses are said but not written; Macy is spanked, slapped, thrashed and ruler swatted by her brothers & mentions of it (she also punches a boy in his eye); Macy is quite mean & rude; A mention of an Indian fixing to scalp someone (barely-above-not-detailed): Rotting livestock (barely-above-not-detailed); Knifes & Guns (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of hanging thieves; Mentions of a saloons, drunks & drinking;

Sexual Content- A jerk touches Andi’s check and she tells him to never touch her again; A couple mentions of crushes, winks & a kiss that didn’t happen.
          *Note: Foals are born (semi-detailed).

-Andrea “Andi” Carter, age 14
                                        P.O.V. of Andi
                                              Set in 1882
                                                        173 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
(and a half)
Early High School Teens- 
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
(and a half)
I wasn’t aware that this was a sequel series but I was able to follow along well (though it would have been nice to know all of Andi’s siblings' ages), but I am looking forward to reviewing the original series. I liked the Spiritual Content but Macy’s brothers were a bit much. Not for sensitive girls.
See y’all on Wednesday 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 (Kregel Publications) for this review.

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