Friday, July 24, 2015

Starring Me Book Review

Starring Me, by Krista McGee, is book two in Krista McGee's companion novel trilogy of Biblical Allegories.  Book one is called First Date and is a re-telling of Esther. I reviewed First Date February this year.

Starring Me is a Isaac and Rebekah re-telling, you can find the real story in Genesis 24.  This book is told from both of the main characters point of view, unlike First Date that is only from Addy's point of view. The "Rebekah" character's name is Kara McKormick.  She was a side character in the first book First Date, and I LOVED getting to know more about her. The "Isaac" character is Chad Beacon, and he is one of my favorite book boys!

The main plot is that Kara is trying out for this new show and Chad is going to be on the show, but she does not know.  His parents are being really picky about who his co-host is going to be and that she needs to share his faith.  Chad's parents set up a deal with the company that is making the show to have their very close family friend, Flora, to pick out who the co-host will be.  The company has a month long audition where nine girls that are all trying to win are living in the same house and going to auditions with Flora as the house mother. I love Flora!

The tv show they are competing to star on is like a teen run, and family friendly version, of Saturday Night Live.  This book really is about how Kara gets saved by God, not by some boy.  In this book you still get to see a lot of Addy and Jonathon (from First Date).  They are in a few parts together and with their friends. There is also a lot of auditioning and scripts in this book, and I loved that! This book is about God, family, friends, acting, and love. This book is fun like the first book, and like book one may make you cry in one part.  But the book and main characters are so different from First Date, and they are done so well by Krista McGee.

I recommend this book for ages 11 through adult, just like for book one. The romance is so clean. This is one of my favorite books.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Top 10 Most Influential Books

1.  The Holy Bible
I try to read the Bible everyday.  It contains all my favorite quotes ever, and all my favorite love stories ever.  It is so historical.  Every word of it is true.

2.  Mystery At The Ski Jump and The Clue Of The Velvet Mask by Carolyn Keene
This was the first Nancy Drew I ever read.  
Mystery books were like all I ever read for years and years and years. 
This is probably where I got my love of mysteries.

3.  Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue by Chuck Black
Lady Carliss was like a knight, and she slayed the dragon. She's all cool.  I really look up to her.  
Also, this series really opened my eyes to Spiritual Warfare stuff.

4.  Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker
The author was really influential in this book.  She was homeschooled, like me.   Her books were published when she was still in high school.  I love the way she wrote the characters.  They were so impactful.  You felt all there emotions, and more.  I really related to the main character, Scarlet, and her family.  

5.  In Front of God and Everybody: Confessions of April Grace by K.D. McCrite
This was the first "Christian" book that I read and was like:  they can be funny and not all formula.
I really related to April Grace and her struggles.  I related to all of her problems, except I didn't have snooty-falutey neighbors living in my house.

6.  Swipe by Evan Angler
Swipe is the best dystopian book I have ever read, and I have read buckets and buckets of them.  When I read this book, I was thinking this could actually happen in the near future.  Instead of thinking, oh, that might happen hundreds of years in the future.  I could be young, not dead, and this stuff could happen.  Also, the series is Biblically sound as you go on through the books.
7.  So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones
After reading In Front of God and Everybody, I had not found another funny Christian book, until this one. This one was perfectly my sense of humor.  The Confessions of April Grace series was just a little off my sense of humor.  Bella was very girly, yet still an awesome mystery solver.  I liked seeing that, because by the time I read this that were like kick-butt girls, with no emotions, that were not girly at all. 

8.  The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
This was the first book that I wasn't annoyed with the romance.  I wasn't like, "Ah!  Stop being stupid! Ah! Communicate! Ah! Ah!".  Also, Sophie was one of the first characters with very similar traits to me that I had read in a long time.

9.  Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally
This book is all about living for Jesus while you're young, not waiting until you're older and married and stuff.  It's about not obsessing over boys while you're young, but doing meaningful things like serving God and serving others.  There's more to the book, but I plan to write an in depth review on here in the near future.

10.  Practically Seventeen by Rosamund du Jardin
This was the book that made me realize there were still good books left in the world.  Thank you, Mommy Darling!  After reading a bunch of not very good books from the Summer Reading Program one year, they were junk, junk, mostly junk.  I was like, "There are no good books."  My Mother was like, "Here read this."  I was like, "Oh, this is a good book!  Even though the cover is awful."  This book got me back into looking for good reads.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Courtship Book Tag

I was tagged by no one at all, unless you count myself.  Let's go!

1.  Initial Attraction: a book you bought because of the cover.

You can read my review of this book.

2.  First Impressions:  a book you got because of the summary.

I mentioned this in my Book Recommendations #1.  I plan to review this book in depth in the future.

3.  Sweet Talk:  a book with great writing.

4.  First Date:  a first book of a series that made you want to pursue the rest.

5.  Late Night Phone Calls:   a book that kept you up all night.

You can read my review of this book.

6.  Always On My Mind:  a book that you cannot stop thinking about.

You can read my reviews of So Not Happening, I'm So Sure, and So Over My Head.

7.  Getting Physical:  a book which you love the way it feels.

You can read my review of Swipe.

8.  Meeting the Parents:  a book that you would recommend to your friends and family.

On my list to review.  Every un-married girl needs to read this!

9.  Thinking About the Future:  a book, or series, that you know you'll re-read in the future.

You can read my review of this book.

10.  Spread the Love:  Who would you like to tag?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Save The Date Book Review

Save The Date, by Jenny B. Jones, is the companion book to There You'll Find Me, by Jenny B. Jones.  I reviewed There You'll Find Me last week, and was not planing on reviewing this book until I was trying to think of a book that had some thing to do with the 4th of July.  I came to this book, because there is a 4th of July celebration in this book! And it is so fun!  Also, the main man Alex's birthday is the 4th of July, too.  This book is very patriotic for more than four reasons (1. and 2. I mentioned previously):  3. Set in the USA 4. Has political stuff  5. Beach House (doesn't Beach House just say "The American Dream?!) , need I say more? I think not. If you have not read my review for There You'll Find Me, Finley is in this book; she is Alex's sister.

Now that that's done, let's get on to who this book is about.  First, we have Lucy, a twenty something.  She is not like most girls we read about.  Lucy is in a nerdy group/club called The Hobbits.  She loves her nonprofit job at Saving Grace, a place for young women who have graduated from the foster care system to live (And just so you know Saving Grace is a real place!  I know!  So great!).  I have to say something about how Lucy is described, and how it is not like most books you read where the girl is said to be "slight and thin".   Lucy is curvy and not a size 2.  And how many books have you read that the main girl character has naturally curly hair?  In this book she does!  I do have to say, I think the cover model does not look like how I imagined Lucy at all, or maybe not just as much.

Save The Date is also told from Alex Sinclair's point of view.  Alex is a former professional football player, whose father owns Sinclair Enterprises.  Alex is running for Congress, but because of his bad boy name from being a playboy football player, he is having a hard time getting people behind him .

So, now you know the main characters, on to plot.  When Sinclair Enterprises, the largest donor, starts pulling funds from Saving Grace, Lucy will do almost anything to find the money to keep the place open.  Everyone loves Lucy, so Alex strikes up a proposition.  If she will pose as his girlfriend and fiancee, then he will give her the money she needs to keep Saving Grace going.  She agrees to this, and the rest is spoilers!

I do have to say, I really see this book as Alex and Lucy learning that they have got to go to God and let Him work things out.  Also, that they don't need to be anyone else, but the people God made them.  I think you can guess that this is a romance, but this book is not as cliche as the synopsis makes it sound.  This book has PLOT twists!

Just so you know, the epilogue takes place after There You'll Find Me, so there really is no "right way" to read them in.  This book is so funny it had me laughing like CRAZY!  Lucy is funny.  Her friends are funny. Alex can be funny.  But this book is not just funny,  the story has ups and downs, and even sad parts. Save The Date is not all fun and games.

I have to say that I have read a lot of reviews on this book that are on, and one review on Save The Date said that there is a gay man in the book.  A lot of people commented on that review, and said they were so glad to read the review and they would not be picking up this book, because they did not want to read a Christian book with a gay character.  I never once thought the character that reviewer was referring to was gay in the reading of this book.  *Not that having a gay character in a book is such a horrible thing, depending how it is done.*  I just have to say there is no one in this book who says they are gay.  There is a male character who cooks, dresses nice, and is a kind person, but that does not make him gay! And that particular review makes me mad for a lot of reasons, but one is that this person is just going to go and say that all nice boys with fashion sense, who are able to cook, are gay, because no straight boy is like that. That is a lie!

*I have read a Christian book that had an openly gay character.  The author did a great job.  The book was set in California, and from what I know, having the book setting and character ages as they were would have been unrealistic not to have even one gay character.  Let's face the facts, there are homosexuals in the Bible.  They have been around since B.C..  And yes, that is a sin.  But we are still supposed to love sinners.  We should not be applauding sin, or normalizing sin, but we are all sinners and all sin separates us from God.  All humans need God's love, and those of us that follow Christ are supposed to show all sinners His love.  Jesus hung out with prostitutes, thieves, lepers, tax collectors (aka crooked banker/politicians) and loved them all.*

I recommend Save The Date for ages 13, or 14, and up, mostly because of the age of the characters, some kissing, and some life issues younger audiences may not be ready for.  I still have a little trouble relating to twenty-somethings, being a teenager myself.