Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen

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

The Synopsis:

Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows.

And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town.

When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known—including his growing relationship with Stormi herself.

Review:

Trying to fit the Gospel into a YA novel, and still have it sell, is very hard to do, and though I applaud Jonathan for trying, I think he may have spent a little too much time on trying to fit the Gospel in than he did to develop the story.

It was very well written and I fell in love with both Jonah and Stormi (Arthur too), I was just left with unanswered questions and was very confused at the ending. Stormi’s gifts aren’t really explained until the middle of the book, the antagonists aren’t dealt with in the end, and honestly, I wasn’t really sure what the plot was as I read.

Now don’t get me wrong, the way it’s written made it impossible to put down and I enjoyed reading it, I’m just left with many questions, but perhaps this is what the author wanted. Regardless, I’m only going to give it 3 out of 5 stars, though I do recommend it to anyone who wants to give this Christian YA a chance, maybe its plot will be clearer to another reader.

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On The Ropes by Hallee Bridgeman

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

The Synopsis:

Doctor Ruth Burnette has everything she has ever dreamed possible: the perfect job, a twin sister who is her best friend, and a fiancé who is retiring from professional boxing as the middleweight champion of the world.

Then came that fateful night when she witnessed a mafia execution. When her sister is murdered she knows she’ll battle to the last round and never, ever throw in the towel. Now she’s down for the count, in witness protection, anxious, alone except for the faithful company of her German Shepherd at her side.

As the time draws near to when she has to leave her safe little corner she stays on her toes. She has to testify against one of the darkest criminals in New York, she shores up the courage to face the accused from the witness stand. Unexpectedly, he’s not the one who worries her. She wonders what coming face-to-face with his son, VICTOR KOVALEV…her former fiancé …will bring.
Will Ruth have a fighting chance against the Kovalev family, or will Victor keep her pinned ON THE ROPES?

Review:

In On The Ropes, we read of a young girl named Mara Harrison trying to escape her hidden past. With the story changing timelines, we soon find out the link between her two worlds and are able to fully understand who Mara is.

The book is well written, but has a mostly predictable story line. Although, it does have a few twists that keep you “On the Ropes”. The plot is easy to understand. So, for those who enjoy an easy read, as well as a little bit of mystery, I would suggest this book.

Overall, this story is youth friendly and keeps the mind active. The author uses great descriptive appeal to really draw you into the scene. The story is defined and focused. I would rate it at 3 out of 5 stars.

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Film Review: Champion

I was offered a chance, from the producers, to screen this movie in exchange for an honest review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

About the Movie:

In the supercharged world of dirt track racing, a single mistake causes the lives of two men to change forever. One must fight for his family, the other must fight to forgive.

Review:

Coming to Select Theaters: May 19th, 2017

“Forgiveness doesn’t erase our past, but it does help us rewrite our future.”

Champion is a movie that tackles many subjects and weaves them all together into a beautiful story. Forgiveness is the main message that is advertised, but there is also the Biblical truths of the need for a father figure, a heart-wrenching take on what many foster children go through, the loss of a loved one, and overcoming pain caused by someone else.

The acting is done incredibly well, the soundtrack is quite wonderful, and I love the storyline immensely. You can tell in some of the scenes that it is a low-budget film in comparison to a lot of big-time movies, but it is handled very well and I really enjoyed getting to watch it.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars and encourage you to go watch it when it releases in theaters on May 19th!

Official Trailer & List of Participating Theaters

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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!

ShelfJoy

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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