Monday, January 28, 2013

Captive Trail

The Captive Trail is part of a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896.  Although a series, each book can be read on its own. Taabe Waipu has run away from her Comanche village and is fleeing south in Texas on a horse she stole from a dowry left outside her family's teepee. The horse has an accident and she is left on foot, injured and exhausted. She staggers onto a road near Fort Chadbourne and collapses.On one of the first runs through Texas, Butterfield Overland Mail Company driver Ned Bright carries two Ursuline nuns returning to their mission station. They come across Taabe who is nearly dead from exposure and dehydration and take her to the mission.With some detective work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu's identity. He plans to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas. Through Taabe and Ned we learn the true meaning of healing and restoration amid seemingly powerless situations.

This series is very well written, each book can be read on its own as each doesn't have a lot to do with the one before it. I would recommend this series to any Christain fiction lover or someone who enjoys westrins. I recieved this book for review thru Moody Publishiers.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The girl who could fly

You just can’t keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods.
Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie.
Sure, she hasn’t mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she’s real good at loop-the-loops.
Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma’s at her wit’s end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents’ farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities.
School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences.
Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore.
At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester’s debut novel has been praised by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, as "the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men...Prepare to have your heart warmed.” The Girl Who Could Fly is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly.
Praise for Victoria Forester and The Girl Who Could Fly:
"It's the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men. I was smiling the whole time (except for the part where I cried). I gave it to my mom, and I’m reading it to my kids—it’s absolutely multigenerational. Prepare to have your heart warmed.” Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga
"In this terrific debut novel, readers meet Piper McCloud, the late-in-life daughter of farmers...The story soars, just like Piper, with enough loop-de-loops to keep kids uncertain about what will come next....Best of all are the book’s strong, lightly wrapped messages about friendship and authenticity and the difference between doing well and doing good."--Booklist, Starred Review
“Forester’s disparate settings (down-home farm and futuristic ice-bunker institute) are unified by the rock-solid point of view and unpretentious diction… any child who has felt different will take strength from Piper’s fight to be herself against the tide of family, church, and society.”--The Horn Book Review
This book is amazing, a lot like Miss Peragrines house for peculiar children. I enjoyed reading it and couldn't put it down. I would recommened this book to older children and young adults.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sisters in Faith Holy Bible

The Sisters in Faith Holy Bible is a sister-to-sister guide through the Word of God. It demonstrates how His Word is active and will impact ever interaction of life in a practical way for the African-American woman.  Where can a woman go to find help with life's struggles? Executive editors Michele Clark Jenkins and Stephanie Perry Moore believe the answers to life’s problems can be found in the Bible. The Sisters in Faith Holy Bible seeks to highlight where the Bible speaks to the five major areas of life: God, Family, Others, Self, and Career. Additional contributors include recording artist Joann Rosario Condrey, novelists Kim Cash Tate, Vanessa Davis Griggs, and other scholars and artists committed to encouraging and empowering African-American women with God’s truth.
 Features include:
*                        Arise—devotionals that teach how to apply the Bible
*                        Quest and Discovery—notes that use scripture to answer common questions about life and faith
*                        She Speaks—creative articles written from the perspective of women in the Bible
*                        Authorized King James Version text
*                        Center-column References
*                        Concordance
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
The King James Version—The most successful Bible translation in history with billions of copies published
I am not an African American woman but still enjoyed flipping thru this Bible and it was very easy to use and the added features are well worth reading. I received this Bible for review thru Thomas Nelson; I was not made to write a good review only to voice my option.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

At Every Turn

A Heartwarming Historical Sure to Delight
Caught up in a whirlwind of religious fervor when two missionaries speak at her church, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. She's certain her wealthy father will simply hand her the money. But when he refuses, she must either stand up in front of the congregation and admit failure, or raise the money herself.

Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles. It's 1916, and the latest advancements in car engines allow some to post speeds upwards of seventy miles per hour! When she discovers her father's company has sponsored a racing car that will compete in several upcoming events--races in which the driver will be paid and could win as much as five thousand dollars in prize money--she conspires with her father's mechanic, Webster, to secretly train and compete.

But as Alyce comes across needs in her own community, money slips through her fingers faster than she can earn it. And when her friends cast aspersions on Webster's past, she believes she might have trusted the wrong man with her secret. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?
I really enjoyed having the chance to review at every turn, it was a very thought provoking historical fiction title. I really enjoyed the time period it was set in and how the main character was so willing to do whatever she had to to get the money she promised the church. All in all it’s a good historical fiction title. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I was not made to write a positive review, only to voice my opinion on the book. I received this book through Bethany House Publishers.