Friday, February 14, 2020

"Flirting With Disaster" by Sandra Byrd


About this book:

  “In a shocking turn of events, all writers for the "Wexburg Academy Times" will cast their votes for next year's editor—and it looks like Savvy's vote will be the tie breaker! She must choose between a nasty-girl-turned-nice, with a sudden interest in letting Savvy get what she wants, and the prickly Hazelle, who promises nothing at all. Savvy then finds herself wrapped up in a new, seemingly innocent but potentially dangerous activity. It's all at risk in this book: her position on the paper, the boy she likes, the ministry she wants to go well. At a critical moment, Savvy must figure out how to rely on God rather than luck and to overcome temptation before it is too late.
   London Confidential is a new series for young girls. In the series, British fashion, friendships, and guys collide as an all-American teen girl learns to love life and live out her faith. The series follows Savvy's entertaining attempts to fit in during her first year at a new school in a new country.”


Series: Book #4 (of four) in the “London Confidential” series. Reviews of Book #1 Here, Book #2 Here, and Book #3 Here!


Spiritual Content- Matthew 6:4 at the end; Prayers & Thanking God; Scriptures are read & mentioned; Church going & going to youth group; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Savvy is baptized & shares how she became a Christian; Savvy has a misunderstanding that the phrase “God helps those who help themselves” is in the Bible; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, Bible studies, those in the Bible, events, & Scriptures; Mentions of churches, church going, youth groups, services, & pastors; Mentions of worship teams & worshiping; Mentions of Christians; Mentions of a Christian ministry; A few mentions of crosses;
             *Note: Many mentions of horoscopes, superstitions, & luck/jinxing; Mentions of a girl saying she’s not interested in “religious stuff” in the prior book but later changes her tune when she needs something from Savvy in this book; A couple mentions of people thinking others are religious fruitcakes/nutcases; A mention of how close the word denim is to demon.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘drat’, a ‘duh’, a ‘dumb’, and a ‘stupid’s; Some eye rolling; Many mentions of forward emails/messages (Savvy learns half-way that forwards promising luck are bad because of viruses attached to the messages); A few mentions of a plague & the symptoms; A few mentions of dislike/hatred; A few mentions of lying & lies; A few mentions of gas; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of rumors; A mention of a drug addict;
             *Note: Mentions of celebrities, singers, songs (Taylor Swift), TV shows; Mentions of designer names & shops.


Sexual Content- A barely-above-not-detailed kiss (Savvy says that until her wedding day, there’d be nothing more); A friendly hug; Noticing & Nearness; Savvy isn’t allow to date one-on-one until she’s 16; Savvy and her friend discuss boys’ body language & what they look like when he’s about to kiss you (mentions of this again later); Many mentions of boyfriends, girlfriends, couples, & dating; Mentions of kisses, kissing, & seeing couples kiss; Mentions of dances & dates; Mentions of crushes & blushes; A few mentions of winking;
             *Note: A handful of mentions of a girl thinking her weight is heavier than other girls & making herself sick after eating.


-Savannah “Savvy” Smith, age 15
                                         1st person P.O.V. of Savvy
                                                        256 pages

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Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
When I started this final book, I thought that it would probably be my least favorite in the series because of all the forwarding, superstitions, and horoscopes. Thankfully, it didn’t last the entire book and Savvy learns her lessons about those. I quite liked the ending and consider this one to be a good series for older preteens. :)


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, February 7, 2020

"Redeemer" by Katie Clark


About this book:

  “In this final chapter of the Enslaved series, Hana is faced not only with a new life, but an entirely new way of thinking. Unexpected friends give insight into who the Greaters truly are. Deciding what to do with this information sends Hana on what may be her very last journey. Ever.”


Series: Book #3 in the “Enslaved” series. Review of Book #1 Here! and #2 Here!


Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned, remembered, & thought over; Prayers & Thanking God; Going to a church service; Witnessing & Talks about God, Jesus, the Bible, & witnessing; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Christians & spreading the gospel; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of churches/chapels, services, & music; A few mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of miracles; A mention of crosses;
             *Note: Religion is outlawed.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, an ‘oh my…’, and five ‘stupid’s; A mention of people cussing (said, not written); Eye rolling & Sarcasm; Hana (and a couple others) have to knock others out for their safety (we do not know if they are killed or not); Being shot at (barely-above-not-detailed); Pain, Blood/Bleeding, & Injuries (up to semi-detailed); Vomiting; Many mentions of wars, weapons, fighting, prisons, a riot, being shot at, & death/bodies (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of violence; Mentions of pain, injuries, being shot, screams, bruises, & blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of criminals, thieves, & stealing; Mentions of pills & drug addicts; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of hatred; Mentions of rumors; Mentions of throwing up; A few mentions of threats & threats of executions; A couple mentions of jealousy.


Sexual Content- two cheek kisses, a head kiss, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and a semi-detailed kiss; Wanting to be kissed (barely-above-not-detailed); Remembering a kiss & touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Hand Holding, & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Blushes; Noticing & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of Hana’s best friend, Jamie, who got pregnant and sent away when she wouldn’t have an abortion; Mentions of boyfriends, girlfriends, & being called someone’s girl; Mentions of kisses & kissing; A few mentions of jealousy; A mention of a man’s eyes going up and down Hana’s body; Boy troubles, a love-triangle, & the emotions.

-Hana Norfolk, age 18 (?)
                                       1st person P.O.V. of Hana
                                                {Dystopia}
                                                        257 pages

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Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
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My personal Rating-
Hmm. I’m trying to gather my thoughts about my second reading of this trilogy and all I’m coming up with is that it wasn’t my favorite ending, but it did end decently. I think I would have liked it to be a little more drawn out and more details about what happened in the last chapter and epilogue. But at the same time, I like the impression that Hana and everybody’s story isn’t over just because the reader is done with the book. The ending isn’t opened, but it isn’t quite closed either. 
I definitely do appreciate that while there was a war going on and fighting, there wasn’t unnecessary gore and fighting details within those parts. 
I’m glad how the love triangle ended up, even if Hana wasn’t sure who to pick until the end of the story.
Overall, this series is a good one for fans of dystopian time periods and rebellion plots. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite of this genre, but I did enjoy this trilogy. 


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, January 31, 2020

"Grace and the Bully" by Norma Jean Lutz


About this book:

  “The ten-year-old Grace Morgan can't stand the dirty, unkempt boy who harasses her meek and quiet cousin. But Grace soon gets a taste of the bully's hard life of poverty when her hometown of Cincinnati is struck by a serious drought, affecting both farmers and Ohio River businesses.
As Grace and her cousin's family finances dry up like the once mighty river, they learn an important lesson about judging other. What can they do to help their loved ones, the bully, and a mysterious, glamorous young woman who's just arrived in town?”


Series: Book #8 in the “Sisters in Time” series. Click on the numbers to be taken to that review: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, & #7.


Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are mentioned & quoted; Payers; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Church going & thinking about the sermon; Singing hymns; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of churches, church going, pastors, sermons, & hymns; A couple mentions of Bible reading.


Negative Content- Grace goes to a place her parents have forbid her to go to (the tavern) & later goes there again blatantly disobeying her parents after they told her never to go there again (her heart is in the right place  for her reasoning, but she does get a list of chores when she tells her parents what she did); Being in a bad storm & seeing lightening up close (barely-above-not-detailed); Drew goes hunting & shoots at a grouse and squirrel (up to semi-detailed); Drew helps dress two rabbits his brother caught (skips over most, but what is said is border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); All about bullies, his actions, & the victims and many mentions of all of it; Mentions of thieves & stealing; Mentions of a tavern, beer, drinking, drunks, & drunks hurting/killing others; Mentions of hunting, dressing the animals, & guns (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of wild animals attacking children seriously hurting them; A couple mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of getting ill after eating rotten meat; A couple mentions of tobacco; A mention of fighting/wars; A mention of people killing others for their money.


Sexual Content-
             *Note: A mention of butting into a conversation.

-Grace Morgan, age 10-11
                                P.O.V. switches between Grace & Drew  
                                              Set in 1819
                                                        142 pages

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New Teens-
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My personal Rating-
All right, I quite liked the ending of this one. For some silly reason, I didn’t see it coming, but I liked how it played out. Grace learns the lesson about praying for someone who bothers you and trying to help that person.


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.