Book Site Alert!

Book and reading sites are starting to pop up all over the internet, intended to create special, unique places for readers to connect and share their favorite books.

A new site, called ShelfJoy has recently come across my radar, and is intended for Twitter users (it will still function properly, and you will still have access to the full site without a Twitter account, however without one, you cannot partake in creating shelves or following those who have made shelves, you will be restricted to simply browsing).

The purpose of this site is to allow you to share what books you have been reading for others to find, and for others to help you find new books, by creating shelves. You navigate by tags rather than titles, and as I briefly mentioned, you may follow specific people and their shelves via Twitter. As of now, there is no app for mobile devices, it is strictly a website.

What’s my opinion of this site? I like the idea of it, however I am very new to Twitter so am still learning how to do a lot, and since ShelfJoy is Twitter revolving, I’ve had some difficulty understanding how to work it, though I do plan on possibly using it in the future 🙂 So go check it out Twitter users and have fun finding new books!

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Pursue Magazine; BECOME by Tessa Emily Hall and Others

About this Issue:

Are you ready to embrace your uniqueness, discover who you are in Christ, and BECOME?

In this first issue of PURSUE Magazine, our team of writers have come together to inspire teens to become all they were created to be in Christ. Through our conversational articles written for the busy teen-on-the-go, you will be equipped to…

• Understand God’s calling on your life
• Tap into the gifts and talents you have been given
• View yourself as a child of God, destined for a purpose

and more!

Features include: Quiz Yourself (a quiz that will help you learn how to make the most of your personality), Filling Your Creative Tank (a tip that will add color to your daily Bible studies), From His Perspective (young guys share the esteemed qualities they look for in a girl), as well as an interview with fashion model and blogger, Tara Michelle Brose.

PURSUE is an e-magazine that encourages and inspires girls to make the most of their youth. Check out our weekly blog posts at http://www.PursueMagazine.net.

Review:

Magazines that have real, inspirational, and meaningful messages are incredibly hard to find in today’s culture. Most magazines, especially for women and teens, are focused on how to make themselves accepted in society be changing themselves, but Pursue Magazine, intended for teen girls and young women, focuses on embracing who you are, and who God created you to be.

In this first issue, called BECOME, the columnists and guest writers pour their hearts out to encourage and inspire girls to become the special person that they already are, meaning to find their identity in Christ and to pursue their passions.

Some articles are incredibly vulnerable from the author, some are light-hearted and entertaining, and some are interactive for the reader. The pictures are matched up well with the articles and are very official looking; the design is creative, neat and easy to read from, and the passion that the staff has for the magazine sets it apart from others. It’s not overwhelmed with advertisements, though there are some books displayed on the sides.

Overall, I am very pleased to have come across a Christian girl’s magazine and encourage girls between ages 14 to upper 20s (as there are college related articles) to check out the magazine for yourselves, I’m sure that you’ll be able to get something out of it!

Disclaimer– I am a contributor to the magazine as a monthly columnist, however my participation in the publication does not change my opinion of the magazine, as I would still promote it should my article be taken out.

To learn more about the magazine and read the online blog, please visit PursueMagazine.net . Also, below is a link to purchase the digital issue for $1.99 from Amazon.

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Time of Useful Consciousness by Jennifer Ott

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Louisa Unger, a young German woman in Post-War World II Germany kills a man in cold blood. Despite her crime, her fate is up to her – give up her countrymen for her freedom. She decides to play the loyalty card and remain in prison. During the interrogations, Louisa weaves her tale of the events by evading any real information. She relives reuniting with her estranged brother Freddy, falling in love with Kris, a former reconnaissance pilot and learning to fly to a plane. She recounts in fairy tale fashion of monsters cloaked in shadows and lessons learned by incorrigible children. Seduced into the bliss of romance and flying, Louisa fails to recognize any threat. She grows immersed in the life of a smuggler, a pilot and a lover. It is hard to come back down to earth, when soaring so high.

Review:

A novel that captures the pain, heartache, trials, and even the bit of hope and romance that so many people endured through WWII.

Even though I probably could have fallen in love with the story for Time of Useful Consciousness, I did not care for any of the characters nor was I pleased with the amount of cursing and sexual conversations and actions that were present in this novel. And because of that, I dropped the book fairly quickly.

I do have to applaud the author on her writing style because I love her use of vocabulary, and the intelligent way that she wove the story together. The only reasons that this book receives such a low rating from me, is because of the above mentioned.

I give it 2 out 5 stars and do not recommend to readers who are wanting a clean WWII novel.

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The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother’s friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she’ll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves. Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wear–having lost her fiance in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together. But then Mack’s letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself. Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friend’s war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she’ll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?

Review:

A beautifully written historical novel that has the ability to bring the readers into the story.

Eva Marie’s writing style is one that will certainly capture the reader, as well as being perfectly suited for the genre she has chosen to write. The One True Love of Alice-Ann is a clean, sweet romance set during The Great War. The characters are all very well developed, believable, and will be remembered for some of their dialogue.

I did find the story to be slightly cliche when it comes to this genre, but historical romance is a hard genre to stand out in, but I do think that the subplots of this novel help it to do so.

So overall, this was an enjoyable read and I give it 4 out of 5 stars, recommending it to historical fiction fans.

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott {Audiobook Review} Narrated by Andrea Emmes

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I received this audiobook from Audio Book Worm for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women.

Based on the author’s childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.

Review:

Because I have already reviewed the book Little Women, this review is specifically for the audiobook version narrated by Andrea Emmes, if you are seeking a review of the book itself, please visit this review. Thanks 🙂

Andrea Emmes has the prefect tone of voice to narrate Little Women, with her tone being soft, gentle and captivating. She does very well at giving the girls a distinction between voices so the listener can guess accurately who is speaking before she says it.

I did find the flow of her words to be a bit choppy, especially when she read dialogue containing “he said” or “she said”, it just seemed that she would add these with too much delay in the sentence.

Overall, I enjoyed getting to listen to Little Women and I give this audiobook 4 stars out of 5 and do recommend it 🙂

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