FREE amazing reading game!!

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Do your kids love reading? Do they maybe just need a way to review what they’ve learned at school? Or maybe you just want to help them learn to read? I recently learned of a program through Usborne Books that you can get for your child completely free (the computer version) an all online. My five year old has been trying to learn how to read. She starts school in the fall and I know she’ll learn in school, but why not get a jump on it? She already knew all her letter sounds and some basic blends. She also had started sounding out simple words like dog, cat, etc., and I know that she learns very quickly by either playing a learning game or watching an educational show. So when I learned about this program I jumped at the chance!

tymtr1.jpgThis game called Teach Your Monster to Read has three levels. The first level covers the basic steps, letter sounds, basic blends, etc. Then you move up from there. (Each level is explained in more depth on the website) My daughter started at level one because I wasn’t sure if level two was too advanced for where she already was or not. She flew through level one and is currently working on level two. I was shocked that she could read simple sentences and was learning tricky words like “the” and “to” as well as others after only 1 week! She loves it, and begs me to play. First, your child creates his/her own monster, then they begin to embark on an adventure to help repair an alien spaceship. As they play different games they learn new words, new sounds, new blends, new tricky words, and I noticed as she plays level two she stops every so often to read a sentence that directs her to do something. For example, one of the sentences was “Get the big cat.” She then had to click on the big cat to direct her monster what he was supposed to do. I was so impressed with this game and the progress that my daughter made I wanted to share with other parents out there! It’s perfect for early learners or just for summer review for the more advanced readers. The computer version is completely free, but if you want the app for your phone or tablet that costs money. I looked on my Kindle at it, and I believe it was $4.99, but I decided to just let my daughter play it on my laptop. You should definitely check it out!

If you want to try it out, go to www.teachyourmonstertoread.com, and register your child today!

This Life I Live by Rory Feek–Book Review

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“My life is very ordinary,” says Rory. “On the surface, it is not very special. If you looked at it, day to day, it wouldn’t seem like much. But when you look at it in a bigger context—as part of a larger story—you start to see the magic that is on the pages of the book that is my life. And the more you look, the more you see. Or, at least, I do.”

By now, the world knows the story of Joey Feek’s battle with cancer. How she and her family were so strong through those last days. In this book, Rory Feek opens up not only about the rest of their story as husband and wife, but about his story. His past, his struggles. How Joey helped him to be a better man, a better Christian.

I didn’t follow Joey’s story as faithfully as most probably did. I heard of her remarkable strength, her courageous battle, and her tremendous faith. This book was remarkable. I loved that Rory was so transparent about his past and his struggles; I also loved how he talks so much about his faith and how important it is in his life. One of my favorite things is to read nonfiction books about real people with real faith, who aren’t afraid to be just that REAL. They don’t sugarcoat their life; they are open and honest with their readers, because that is who God made them. Their past is just that the past, and God used that to make them who they are today. He brought them through it. This is a book worth reading. Go grab your copy today!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

For No Apparent Reason by S. K. Derban–Book Review

for no apparent reasonMy Review

Since she’s been focused on law school, Madison really hasn’t had a lot of time for romance. However, when she finds a returned package on the porch of a man accused of killing his wife, her curiosity is piqued. She takes the package, and finds herself compelled to return it to the rightful owner and prove the innocence of Samuel Livingston. Unknowingly, she has caught the eye of FBI Agent Court Braxton in more than one way. From the moment they met, there seemed to be sparks. Will those sparks turn into more? And more importantly, will they be able to prove Livingston’s innocence before it’s too late?

Full of suspense and romance, this book was amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very relatable, and you will fall in love with each one. I felt as if I was there with the characters as they investigated the case, and I felt their frustrations right along with them. I did not want to put it down. I wanted to know if they’d solve the case, and most importantly what happened to Madison and Court? So if I’ve got your attention, and you want to find out….go, go get your copy now! You won’t be disappointed!

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

skderbanAbout the Author

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, S.K. Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries. 

Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe.  S.K. Derban has smuggled Bibles into China on five separate occasions, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips.  When writing, she relies on all aspects of her life, from a strong faith in the Lord, to her unique combination of professional experience.  The many personal adventures of S.K. Derban are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters.

World of the Innocent by Nadine Keels–Book Review

Book Blurb:

“Are you ready to love this young man?”
Jhoi: she’s poetic. She’s guarded. And she couldn’t imagine having much to do with a guy like Marcas. Sure, Marcas is a brilliant fellow artist, admired by plenty of fans. But he’s so remarkably…strange.
Still, Marcas touches Jhoi’s soul. And through the counsel of a shrewd old neighbor, Jhoi will discover a link between intimate friendship and becoming a steward of an era.
A tale of love, enduring belief, and the meaning of innocence—based on a true story.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2sogKnV

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35019244-world-of-the-innocent

My Review

world of innocentJhoi has never been in love, and certainly couldn’t imagine falling in love with Marcus. He was just a friend. He didn’t care for her that way, did he? Follow Jhoi on this journey as she finds out what it’s like to find true love.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well written, and I believe is perfect for young adults and teens alike. Too many people today don’t really know what love is or what it looks like. In my opinion, Keels perfectly captures what it looks like to find true love. A love with substance, not purely physical, a love that has a real connection. Love isn’t always like you see it on TV or in the latest movie, there’s more to it than meets the eye. This book was clean and the characters were well developed; they were very relatable. I loved the innocence of Jhoi, and how she strove to please the Lord in her relationship. Overall it’s a great short read, perfect for young adults! Go grab your copy today!

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

nadine-c-keels-squareNadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”

With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.

World of the Innocent on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2sogKnV

Find Nadine online at Prismatic Prospects: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/

Join Nadine’s new readers’ group, Faith, Hope, and Book Love on Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/FaithHopeBookLove/

The Memory of You by Catherine West–Book Review

 

After thirteen years, Natalie Mitchell is faced with going back to the place where her sister’s tragic death happened, a place she’s avoided since. She is forced to face her past as her father instructs her to check on the status of her grandfather’s winery and possibly shut it down. When she arrives, her childhood friend, Tanner Collins, is anything but happy to see her. As they are forced to work together, they find they both have secrets in their pasts. Will she be able to face her past and move on with her life, or will it haunt her forever? Will she be able to save the winery or will she blindly obey her father’s wishes as she’s always done?

 

Beautifully written, you will not want to put this book down. I loved this book, I loved how the characters were flawed and very well developed. Their struggles are struggles that many people can relate to. I love how West shows how they learn to trust God as they work through their problems. To trust that God makes no mistakes and He has a plan in everything, no matter how horrible it looks to us. I highly recommend this book, go grab yours today!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review through the Fiction Guild program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Never Unfriended by Lisa-Jo Baker–Book Review

Do you ever find it hard to find good friends? Friends that won’t dump you at the first rough patch? In this book Lisa-Jo Baker  shows women how you can find those lasting friendships by first becoming that type of friend. 

As women, we’ve all been there. We go through patches of our lives where it seems  like we just have no friends. Or maybe you had a really close friend who has said some really hurtful things to or about you and you can’t seem to work through it. No matter where you fall, as women, I think we all could read this book. I know I learned a lot from this book on how to be a better friend, and recognized things I can do in my current friendships to ensure that they are lasting friendships. This was a great read! If you haven’t yet, go grab your copy today. You won’t regret it!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Dear Joey by Alicia Eggers–Book Review

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“Dear Joey” is a book written to encourage mothers to fully embrace motherhood, and recognize it as beautiful. It was written in response to a blog post Alicia Eggers wrote when she was inspired Joey Feek’s last months with her daughter. I can’t think of any better way to summarize it than what the back copy says, “Her [Joey’s] life and death can encourage every mother to fully embrace every single breath and to live fully in each moment. Alicia shows the reader that living on purpose, through the anchor of Christ, is the most abundant life to live.”

 

Do you find yourself dreading certain things about motherhood? Or maybe you just feel frustrated all the time? I think every mother has been to a point where she has lost it on her family or she just gets really irritated when the kids want 50 million things at bedtime. I love how Alicia encourages mothers to embrace these little things, because as cliché as it may sound it won’t last forever, they’re going to grow up way too fast, and one day we’re going to wish we had enjoyed our children’s childhoods a little more. I’m guilty, I know I’m not alone, I get so irritated at small things, but after reading this book, I am working on trying to embrace my motherhood every moment, and live to the fullest, because there are women out there who would give anything to have their child beg for more glasses of water, to lay with them because they are scared, to talk their ears off, but for one reason or another they don’t have those opportunities. That one thought alone made me stop and think, “Wow! I really need to work on that!”  I also love how real she is, there are real life examples throughout the book as well as a few more of her blog posts. Overall, it was a very encouraging and thought provoking book. As a mother, I believe every mother should read this one! Go grab your copy here!

**I received this book free from the author in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

(Disclaimer: I got this straight from the back of the book.)

Alicia Eggers lives with her husband, her childhood sweetheart and best friend in rural North Carolina. Together, they have five children and are learning everyday to fully embrace the beauty and the chaos that comes with raising a large family.

Alicia is passionate about Jesus, homeschooling, writing, reading, raising children and chickens, and encouraging other moms through the blog she shares with her sisters.

To learn more about the author, check out her and her sisters’ blog at www.honestlymotherhood.com.