Wonder Woman Movie

I just watched Wonder Woman!  If you don’t already know I am a big lover of Wonder Woman, so this is probably my most looked forward to movie of the year. 😀

This movie was FANTASTIC!  The action sequences were incredible, and so thrilling!  I got goosebumps so many times watching this movie.

It was so amazing having an entire superhero movie based on a woman!  It did make the reason for fighting, and the plot slightly different, which was cool.  I was so hopeful and pumped for this movie, and it is just as Wonderful (get what I did there) as I thought it was going to be.  This movie did NOT disappoint.

I absolutely love this movie!  It is definitely my favorite superhero movie (next to Guardians of the Galaxy).  Patty Jenkins directed an incredible movie, Gal Gadot played an INCREDIBLE Wonder Woman, and altogether I love the movie.  Wonder Woman’s backstory was very well thought out, and the plot was great.

I give this a 5 star because it was just so WONDERFUL!

Young Adult Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Hmmm. . . How do I start?

I rarely read teen books, but starting this year I decided to try more teen books because they can’t all be as bad as my bad experience.

Guess what?  I was right!  I really really enjoy this book.  In fact, I read it in one day!  I tend not to read books in one day because I am pretty busy during the day.  However, I enjoyed this book so much that I stayed up late to read it (even though I probably shouldn’t have)!

Lily was a surprisingly funny heroine.  Cade was okay, a little to cliché for me, but not that bad.

The story itself was incredible!  Kasie West’s writing is SO good!  The character’s and their misunderstandings of each other were very perfect, realistic, and just complex enough (which is something most authors miss).

 

This book is a teen book, so if you’re not a teen you probably shouldn’t read it.  That being said, there were a few kisses at the very end, but not anything even close to inappropriate.  I think girls 13 and older can read this book.

I give this book a 4 star because I so surprisingly really enjoyed it! 😀

 

Link to book summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25486998-p-s-i-like-you?ac=1&from_search=true

Happy Victoria Day! // Free Book and Giveaway!

Hey everybody! I am so excited to be entering into a giveaway of the book London in the Dark by Victoria Lynn (hosted on her blog). You’re all welcome to enter to get a paperback version of her latest book! 😀

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In exchange for the free copy of my book you receive, I would expect an honest review on amazon.com and if possible, goodreads.com

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Christian Fiction Review: Shattered by Dani Pettrey

This book was so good! Of course I was already going to say that regardless of what the book was like because I knew I would like it! 😀 It was about Landon and Piper! Who can’t like Landon and Piper! 😀

This book seemed to have a lot more romantic tension than the first which I wasn’t a huge fan of, but it was still good. The beginning was actually kind of depressing but at the same time it was needed for the plot, and if a I can feel sadness from reading a book that shows signs of good writing. After the first few chapters things definitely weren’t as depressing or sad.
The mystery and adventure of this book were actually very good. I did not figure out the mystery until the characters themselves realized the culprit.
Piper and Landon were both adorable! Their banters were awesome! I just realized I am totally fangirling which is really weird ’cause that is NOT me. 😀

I was actually a fan of Darcy and Gage which I wasn’t expecting. I love Darcy! She was so cool! So once again I am looking forward to the next book! 😀

They said Cali again! AHHHH!!!! 😀 A Californian’s worst nightmare. But there was this part that they went to Southern California and I knew every place they were going to. That was a lot of fun. 😀

Warning: This book again has content more geared towards older teens and adults. I would not recommend anyone under the age 13 or maybe 14 read this. This doesn’t make it an inappropriate book just not right for certain ages.

I give this a 5 star review.

Link to summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15713049-shattered

Kids Book Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

This is such a perfect elementary to young middle grade book! I would seriously recommend that kids read this book.
The only things I didn’t like so much was that the dialogue just wasn’t very well thought out. I probably wouldn’t have noticed this so much if I had been reading it instead of listening to the audio book.
Besides the dialogue the book was fantastic. I love the story plot. It’s basically all book nerds’ dream right? 😀 The story was very clever. I would never have been able to think up anything like it. Also, Mr. Lemoncello and the librarian (I can’t remember her name) were just so cool.

I without a doubt recommend this book to kids of any ages (or people who enjoy cleverly written children’s books). This book is really fun to read (or listen to :D) so I give it 4 stars.

Link to the book summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16054808-escape-from-mr-lemoncello-s-library?ac=1&from_search=true

What God Has Shown Me Through Growing Up

I’m not sure about you, but junior year in high school has been pretty stressful.  There was once a time when I just could not wait to become an “adult”, but now that the time has finally come I find myself scared.

At the beginning of the school year (late August 2016) I was suddenly overwhelmed with the amount of important things I had to accomplish by the summer 2017 in order to become a “proper” almost adult.  My list of “important stuff” contained:

  1. Get permit/liscense
  2. Study for SAT and ACT
  3. Get good grade on SAT and ACT
  4. Start picking and touring colleges
  5. Find out what I want to major in
  6. Get a job
  7. Gain more volunteer experience
  8. Start attending Community College classes (I’m homeschooled)
  9. Stop procrastinating and actually start checking things off the list

I became way more intimidated by this list than I ever thought I could be when I daydreamed of this day at 6 years-old.  I guess I realized that many of the things on this short list were deciding what course my life was going to take.  So many doubts started flooding my head, ruining the “perfect future” I’d imagined for myself.

Suddenly a million “What ifs?”  and “How am I going to get this all done?” flooded my mind.

After attempting to do everything on my list at the same time I realized that I couldn’t do it all.  God showed me that I just needed to pause for a minute and pay attention to Him. In turning to God I have begun to be more diligent in reading the scriptures and applying Him to my daily life.  Through this struggle I am closer to God than I was before.  I am better in tune with what he wants instead of my earthly success.  I don’t need to be stressed about my list anymore.  Of course I still need to do those things, but now I’m assured that everything will be alright because God has the wheel.

Don’t freak out because you don’t have everything together, none of us really do.  All I can say is pray to God, because he’s pretty great and has answered all of the questions and doubts I once had concerning growing up.  Stop thinking “How will I get all of this done?” and just check off ONE thing at a time. I’m still struggle with being anxious, but I’m also excited.  The future’s gonna be good. ;D

Christian Fiction Review: Submerged by Dani Pettrey

Oh my gosh! What can I say about this book but AMAZING!!!

To be honest I wasn’t expecting much from this book. This book was just some random book that I picked up from the library shelf to tide me over for the time being.
Once I read it however I instantly LOVED it. At this moment I am impatiently waiting to get the next book in the series Shattered. I have never read any of Dani Pettrey’s work before, but from what I have just recently experienced I am definitely a fan.

There was just enough mystery and suspense to keep you reading, but not enough to make you become bored.
Bailey and Cole’s romance was sweet and quite complicated. Either way I was completely happy and content with both of them by the end.
As for the characters I was surprised that every one of them was different. None of them were at all similar. Cole and Bailey were both so nice and amazing. I very much loved them both! My favorite character was Piper. I’m so excited for the next book because it is about Piper and Landon!

I will make sure to write a review of the next books in the series that I read, but for now I recommend this book!  This book is a 5 star for me! 😀

Warning: This book is more geared towards older teens or adults. Anyone younger than 13 or possibly 14 should probably wait on reading this book due to it having more mature subjects.

Link to book summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12963167-submerged

Kids Book Review: Diary of a Fairy Godmother by Esmé Rahi Codell

I have so many wonderful kids books to review that I was having a serious dilemma choosing this weeks review. I was trying to choose between Matilda and some Disney fairy books by Gail Carson Levine when I saw Diary of a Fairy Godmother. Since this book is much lesser known than the Matilda and all Gail Carson Levine’s books I decided to review this story.

Diary of a Fairy Godmother is one of those books that I read so often when I was young that I almost had it memorized. I have never read any other books by Esmé Rahi Codell, but remembering this book makes me want to read more works by her.

The story is pretty much about a young witch who decides to give up the witching business and pursue becoming a fairy godmother. The writing is very clever and witty along with imaginative. This book is so original and fun that I would recommend it to any young girls. I love this book so much that I fully intend to buy it (I don’t often love books enough to spend money on them).

I don’t really think an age range is necessary, but for those who are skeptical of books with magic I will inform you that this book has magic (which is kind of obvious given the name :). I do however promise you that the main character, Hunky Dory, is quite able to be a good role model. Her change from being a salty witch to a helpful fairy godmother can be very admirable to young kids. I recommend this book to everyone because I really enjoyed it and found nothing to not like (does that sentence make sense?).

I give this 5 stars because it is truly one of my favorite kids books.

Link to summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/157799.Diary_of_a_Fairy_Godmother

Young Adult Review: Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

I like this book a lot more than the first one!
The reason for that is probably because it is more based on Kenna and Duncan than Vee and Jamie. I think I like Kenna more because I relate to her more.
Anyways, I actually enjoyed the plot more (I’m saying more a lot). It did seem like history was repeating itself a little too much with the romance aspect of the story. Of course it was a little different because it was Kenna and Duncan, but still . . .
I feel as if there was less kissing and losing control on Kenna and Duncan’s part than Vee and Jamie’s in the first book. I appreciate that. However, there is still quite a bit of kissing and such. If you aren’t comfortable with that, you probably shouldn’t read this book.
I also believe there were more mentions of God in this book. It definitely seemed more noticeably Christian, but not even close to what normal Christian fiction books are like. Overall I like this book, and I think I will like this entire series.
These books are not written for girls younger than 15 maybe older depending on what you’re comfortable with. I like this series. It has a lot of making-out. I don’t love that, but it won’t ruin a book for me. If you are a more conservative reader I would recommend you not read this book or series.
I give this book a 3.5 stars.  I liked it better than the last, but not enough to give it 4 stars or put it in my favorite books category.

Link to book summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18866743-destined-for-doon?from_search=true

Kids Book Review: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

This book is incredible! The story brought me to tears, and that rarely happens! Everybody should read this book! I would write one of my super long multiple paragraph reviews but this book is to good for words! I actually mean it. I got the wonderful childish happy fantasy feeling as well as the bittersweet feeling that only good books can give you.

Who wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone they know? It was amazingly written and is a classic child’s book that everyone should to read. I would recommend this book to anyone ranging from a small child to a 100-year-old grandma.

I give this a 5 star review.  This book definitely deserves it. 😀

Link to summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2839.Bridge_to_Terabithia