Reviews by swimgirl98
On 3/17 swimgirl98 wrote: The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron, which may sound like a sequel to The Ringmaster’s Wife, is not. Both are stand-alone novels. Wren Lockhart was an apprentice to Harry Houdini before he died, and now she is the only one who knows how he did his tricks. This puts her as a target for ... New Favorite!
On 2/23 swimgirl98 wrote: An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray is the sequel to The Loyal Heart, which was number one on the list of My Top Ten Favorite Books of 2016. So needless to say, I was super excited for this book to release, and had very high expectations for it. An Uncommon Protector met and exceeded those ... An Uncommon Protector
On 1/17 swimgirl98 wrote: I don’t know about you all, but I loved watching the Olympics this summer, and every four years. I am always inspired by the gymnasts and their stories of how far they’ve come–their struggles and triumphs, their hopes and fears. I love watching as they progress throughout the Games, and usually ... Great for Girls!
On 10/1 swimgirl98 wrote: Just a Kiss is the third book in the Summer Harbor series, written by Denise Hunter and published by Thomas Nelson. I have really enjoyed this series, and am sad to see it end. I was hoping that this would be the best book of the series, but for some reason, something felt off about it to me. The ... Great Conclusion to Series!
On 8/23 swimgirl98 wrote: To Have and to Hold is a collection of three novellas in the "Year of Weddings" series, this being the autumn addition. The first, "Love Takes the Cake: A September Wedding Story", is by Betsy St. Amant, the second, "The Perfect Arrangement: An October Wedding Story", is by Katie Ganshert, and the third, ... Cute Stories! Some of Best in this Series!
On 8/19 swimgirl98 wrote: Uninvited is the latest release by Lysa Terkeurst. I've really enjoyed her past releases and have found them to be very relatable. This was no different. Uninvited discusses the power of rejection. With real-life anecdotes from the author and applicable Scripture verses, this book really touched ... Her Books Just Get Better and Better!
On 6/3 swimgirl98 wrote: The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson is the second book in the "Medieval Fairy Tale" series, the first of which was The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I liked this one as well. The main characters from the first book carried over into this ... One of the best by this author!
On 5/9 swimgirl98 wrote: Unashamed by Christine Caine caught my eye as soon as I saw it in a newsletter I received from the publisher. I have listened to several of Ms. Caine's messages online, and I have consistently been blessed, encouraged, strengthened, and challenged in each of them. Thus, when I saw that she was coming ... Unashamed
On 5/3 swimgirl98 wrote: Go Big or Go Home by Scotty McCreery isn't exactly an autobiography. It's more like what you'd expect if you sat down and talked with Scotty over coffee and had someone type up everything he said. It's the story of his childhood, American Idol ride, faith, and more. If you or someone you know is a Scotty ... Great Read!
On 5/2 swimgirl98 wrote: Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer is published by Thomas Nelson. As a reviewer, being the same age as the author, I say kudos to her and her success. While I could tell that she wasn't as "polished", if you will, as professional writers, I thought that she did a good job, and many teenage girls will ... Not Bad/ Gorgeous Cover
On 4/10 swimgirl98 wrote: The Wonders of Creation coloring book is published by Zondervan. These intricate designs have become popular, bringing a coloring book trend to adults. I personally have several friends who enjoy coloring while listening to an audio version of the Bible or music, so I was delighted to receive an invitation ... Wish it had more Scripture
On 4/4 swimgirl98 wrote: A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the "An Uncertain Choice" series, but it works as a stand-alone. The series follows the adventures of the Duke's three best knights, first introduced in An Uncertain Choice, and this book specially follows Collin Goodrich. Julianna Wessex ... Better than the First in the Series/Bonus Review: A Daring Sacrifice
On 3/1 swimgirl98 wrote: The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter is the second book in the "Summer Harbor" series. I know it's not very far into the year yet, but I think this may be my favorite book of 2016, or at least high on my list. I really liked the themes of forgiveness, reconciliation, and unconditional love. Lucy ... The Goodbye Bride
On 2/17 swimgirl98 wrote: Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton is the third book in the "Four of Hearts Ranch Romance" series. It works as a stand alone, although it mentions the two brothers from previous books. I've read the second book in this series also, but thought both worked well as stand-alone. Jarrod Monahan ... Cute Story!
On 1/8 swimgirl98 wrote: "The Golden Braid" by Melanie Dickerson is the latest fairy tale retelling that is loosely connected to her other novels, but works as a stand-alone. I was excited for this plot, as I love Rapunzal, but I felt it this followed the Disney version "Tangled" more than it did my memory of the original story. ... The Golden Braid
On 10/21 swimgirl98 wrote: "Win or Lose, I Love You" by Lysa TerKeurst is new children's book released by Thomas Nelson publishers. Yes, this book's message is basically reflected by the title, making it rather pointless to describe the book in a review, but I did want to say that I have greatly enjoyed and benefited from Lysa ... Win or Lose, I Love You!
On 9/29 swimgirl98 wrote: I enjoyed the NKJV FaithGirlz Bible because it is very tween/teen friendly and has notes and stories in it that correspond with the verses around it. Certain verses are also recognized and labeled “Treasure This”, to suggest memorization and application for girls. There are also “Dream Girl” ... NKJV FaithGirlz Bible
On 9/9 swimgirl98 wrote: The “NIV Bible for Teen Girls” was published in 2015, by Zondervan. I love to read the Bible. So when I had the chance to review one for teen girls, I jumped at the chance. I have mixed feelings about this one, however. On the one hand, this Bible contains informative character bios of women ... Good notes, not the best translation
On 7/28 swimgirl98 wrote: "Bonhoeffer Student Edition" by Eric Metaxas was a wonderful introduction to the life and times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Germany during the beginnings of World War II. I have heard a lot of good about Bonhoeffer and was becoming interested in studying about his life, so when I saw this opportunity to ... Bonhoeffer Student Edition/Wonderful Resource
On 6/10 swimgirl98 wrote: "The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God" by Jep and Jessica Robertson is the personal testimony of Duck Dynasty stars from the popular family television show on A&E network. This book offers a never before seen inside look at the childhoods, relationships, and trials of married couple Jep and Jessica. This ... The Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God
On 5/26 swimgirl98 wrote: "Married 'til Monday" is the fourth book in the "Chapel Springs Romance" series written by Denise Hunter and published by Thomas Nelson. I have really loved this series! Each sibling has their own quirks, but each is so loveable. Ryan McKinley married the love of his life after college, and after ... Great Conclusion to a Great Series/Married 'til Monday
On 5/13 swimgirl98 wrote: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest" is the latest novel by Melanie Dickerson. I was so excited for this twist on "Swan Lake" and "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" to release! I love how Melanie Dickerson weaves spiritual themes into adaptations of famous fairytales, as I've always been a reader of ... The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
On 4/14 swimgirl98 wrote: The first book in the Fairy Tale Romance Collection is the book The Healer’s Apprentice. In this book, a twist of Sleeping Beauty, Rose falls in love with Lord Hamlin, the duke’s son. The message of this book, I would say, is about being independent but courteous. I enjoyed this book, and would... Bonus Review: Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson
On 3/12 swimgirl98 wrote: "An Uncertain Choice" by Jody Hedlund is published by Zondervan. This stand-alone book has a prequel novella called "The Vow", which is not necessary for the understanding of this book, although I think it would help. Even though I just recently discovered Jody Hedlund's writing, I have quickly... Bonus Review: An Uncertain Choice
On 2/25 swimgirl98 wrote: "How to Catch a Prince" by Rachel Hauck is the third book in the "Royal Weddings" series, the first being "Once Upon a Prince ", and the second "Princess Ever After ". I liked this book the best out of them all so far, and it ties with "The Dandelion Field " for my favorite book of 2015 so far.... How to Catch a Prince
On 2/3 swimgirl98 wrote: "The Dandelion Field" by Kathryn Springer is published by Zondervan. This is my first book from this author, but several authors that I enjoy recommend her, so I thought I'd try this out. I'll admit this was pretty low in my stack of books to read, so I procrastinated and skimmed through the... The Dandelion Field
On 11/30 swimgirl98 wrote: The Princess Spy" is the latest stand-alone novel by Melanie Dickerson and published by Thomas Nelson. Margaretha, daughter of a duke of Hagenheim Castle, is a romantic at heart, chatterbox, and currently interested in Lord Claybrook. Her brothers tease her and she just wants to figure who she ... The Princess Spy
On 10/15 swimgirl98 wrote: The NKJV study bible is published by Thomas Nelson. The main marketing point on this Bible was that it was full color, but honestly that mostly means that some notes are in a colored background, and introductions to books have pretty pictures relating to a verse in that book. They aren't maps in the ... NKJV Study Bible
On 9/30 swimgirl98 wrote: "Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari" by Jill Osborne "Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari" is by Jill Osborne and is the third book in the Good News Shoes series. Riley Mae Hart, a pre-teen "spokesmodel" is now in Kenya, Africa! Itching to run, Riley Mae is excited to learn that Kenya is the... Riley Mae
On 8/14 swimgirl98 wrote: "Thrive: Student Edition by Mark Hall of Casting Crowns" "Thrive" is a new devotional inspired by Casting Crowns' latest album and its title song. This book was published on August 5, 2014 by Zondervan. This devotional explores the idea of what life could be like if Christians did not just... Thrive
On 6/24 swimgirl98 wrote: "Four Weddings and A Kiss" is a collection of four novellas by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher. This western story collection was published by Thomas Nelson on June 10, 2014. The collection begins with "Spitfire Sweetheart" by Mary Connealy. In this ... Four Weddings and A Kiss
On 5/14 swimgirl98 wrote: This book is a great way to inspire girls to want to live a better lifestyle, and to be strong in the faith, body and health. It encourages them to build confidence and think positively of themselves. The author, Bethany Hamilton, is a wonderful role model herself. As a shark-attack survivor, Bethany ... Body and Soul
On 4/14 swimgirl98 wrote: "Young Women of Faith Bible" "Young Women of Faith Bible" is published by ZonderKidz and was released on March 11, 2014. I very much enjoyed the quality of "Young Women of Faith Bible" and found it pleasingly durable. Also, I liked the side notes here and there around the margins. I appreciate... Young Women of Faith Bible
On 2/18 swimgirl98 wrote: "Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids" "Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids" is written by Jill Osborne and is the second book in "The Good News Shoes" series, the first being "Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek ". This book is published by Zonderkids. After a traumatic experience at Half Dome... Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids
On 1/29 swimgirl98 wrote: "Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek" "Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek" is written by Jill Osborne and published by ZonderKidz. It is the first in the Good News Shoes Series, and the sequel is "Riley Mae and the Ready Eddy Rapids". Both of these books will be released on January 28th, 2014.... Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek
On 1/1 swimgirl98 wrote: "Doon" "Doon" is written by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, and published by Blink, a young adult division of Zondervan. This story is about two modern-day teenagers who are swept into the fantasy land of Doon in Scotland. They have a mystic journal that could destroy the kingdom of Doon if they... Doon
On 12/11 swimgirl98 wrote: "Country Faith" "Country Faith" is a collection of stories, hope, faith, and God's love from today's leading country artists. All fifty-six selections were compiled by Deborah Evans Price and published by Zondervan. This is pretty much set up in a devotional type format, with a few short... Country Faith
On 12/5 swimgirl98 wrote: "Andi Unexpected" "Andi Unexpected" is written by Amanda Flower, and published by ZonderKidz on September 24, 2013. After their scientist parents die in a plane crash, grieving Andora (Andi for short) and her teenage sister Bethany move to the small town Killdeer in Ohio in the middle of the... Andi Unexpected
On 12/1 swimgirl98 wrote: "Pirates on the Farm" "Pirates on the Farm" is written by Denette Fretz, illustrated by Gene Barretta, and published by Zonderkidz. It was published on August 24, 2013, and is intended for children ages 4-8. It is in "The Next Door Series". This is a very cute story about a proper southern... Pirates on Farm
On 11/12 swimgirl98 wrote: "City on Fire" "City on Fire" is a novel written by Tracy L. Higley and recently republished by Thomas Nelson. This novel is set in the ancient city of Pompeii in the time leading up to the eruption. It was certainly an interesting read and a fresh perspective on the ancient world,... City on Fire
On 8/27 swimgirl98 wrote: KJV Home School Mom’s Bible This Bible is published by Zondervan and I received it free from the Thomas Nelson’s Book Sneeze program on the condition that I provide an honest review for it. This Bible is as encouraging as any other Bible, but in addition, there is a forward by Vickie Farris,... KJV Home School Mom's Bible
On 5/8 swimgirl98 wrote: "Once Upon a Prince" by Rachel Hauck Susanna Truitt is a normal Georgia girl, working for her parent's barbeque restaurant and working as a landscape artist. She's been in a twelve year relationship, since high school, with a marine named Adam. She is convinced that when he comes back on break... Once Upon a Prince
On 4/15 swimgirl98 wrote: *Note: At the time of this post, "Joni and Ken" is only $4.74 on Kindle* "Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story" by Joni Eareckson Tada This book is not only a love story of Joni and Ken Tada; it is a love story of God and us. Through Joni's tragic diving accident that left her paralyzed when she... Joni and Ken
On 1/15 swimgirl98 wrote: Just like the actual book, "Unglued", this shortened, devotional form is EXCELLENT and very helpful. Lysa TerKeurst is a very honest and open writer; she will tell the reader of her experiences, thoughts, and reactions-which are not always pretty! She will help you take a look at your own life and understand ... Truly from the Heart <3
On 11/27 swimgirl98 wrote: Right Where I Belong is the third book in a semi-series by Krista McGee. I say semi-series because there is not really a name for the series, and each book could be a stand-alone, but the characters are in each of the other books, for the most part. This book is published by Thomas Nelson and supposedly ... Great Job!
On 11/12 swimgirl98 wrote: One thing I know for sure about this book: its title/cover caught my eye! This is the third book in the "Confessions of April Grace" series by K.D. McCrite, and I must say that I'm a BIG fan. This series is published by Thomas Nelson publishers and is absolutely great for tween and teenage girls. It ... Great Addition to the Series
On 8/7 swimgirl98 wrote: "Starring Me" is written by Krista McGee and pulished by Thomas Nelson. It was released on July 10, 2012. This is the sequel to "First Date", also written by Krista McGee, which came out on January 10, 2012 Kara McCormick is a fiery red head looking for adventure as an actress. She auditions ... Excellent Book
On 8/7 swimgirl98 wrote: "A Shot of Faith to the Head: Be A Confident Believer in an age of Cranky Atheists" is written by Mitch Stokes, PhD and is published by Thomas Nelson and was released on April 17 of 2012. I received this book for free through Thomas Nelson's Book Sneeze program, which sends bloggers free books ... A Shot of Information!
On 4/3 swimgirl98 wrote: This is an amazing biography about the life of Scott MacIntyre. Scott was the first blind finalist to be on American Idol. He played the piano at his first wedding at seven years old. He swims. He skies. He also had stage four kidney failure. He graduated summa cum laude and was accepted into Cambridge ... Excellent Book
On 3/20 swimgirl98 wrote: Hey everybody! There's some new biblical fiction that just dropped in from Babylon. We will be zeroing in on a captive of Israel named Belteshazzer, also known as Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar has been having some really odd dreams, and he wants someone to tell him what they mean! The catch is, he will ... Babylon's Falling, God's Plan
On 3/10 swimgirl98 wrote: This Bible is in the King James Version. It is filled with notes about the history of America, and how it all relates to the Bible. These notes are written by Richard G. Lee, who also wrote "The Coming Revolution", among other books. This Bible is published by Thomas Nelson publishers. This Bible would ... Wonderful Bible, Helpful Notes
On 2/18 swimgirl98 wrote: The Coming Revolution by Dr. Richard G. Lee is a book published by Thomas Nelson publishers that comes out on January 31, 2012. I received this book from Thomas Nelson's Book Sneeze program in exchange for my honest review. This book makes you think about the reasons that we had the American Revolution ... Fight for our Country
On 2/3 swimgirl98 wrote: This is a book written by Jenna Lucado Bishop, the daughter of popular author Max Lucado. It is published by Thomas Nelson publishers. This book was written in a very easy-to-read format, which I loved. The author writes as if she is talking to you, and she is very open and honest. Mrs. Bishop ... From Blah to Awe
On 1/19 swimgirl98 wrote: I Am Second is a very encouraging book-I loved it!! It includes some well-known and maybe not so well-known people that went through hard times and hit bottom but did not stay there! They realized that God should be First in their lives and place themselves Second. They found out that when you take ... God is First
On 12/25 swimgirl98 wrote: I received this book, Daily Gifts of Grace, from Book sneeze. This book has a page-long devotion for each day of the New Year, 2012. The devotions are written by all different respected Christian authors, such as Kay Arthur, Lisa Whelchel, and many others. The topics of the devotions range from all ... Women of Faith Devotional
On 12/1 swimgirl98 wrote: Heaven is for Real for Kids is a book that I received for free from Book sneeze in return for my honest review, so here it is. This is a small, picture-book type of book that is very kid-friendly. The pictures are simply beautiful, and really make you excited about going to heaven. The words explain ... Heaven is for Real for Kids
On 11/17 swimgirl98 wrote: This is the second installment in the 'Confessions of April Grace' series. It is told in first-person by April Grace, and tells the story of her not-so-normal everyday life. In this book, April is starting junior high, and one of her best friends-Lottie-has started a clique and is leaving April Grace ... Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks: Confessions of April Grace by K.D. McCrite
On 11/9 swimgirl98 wrote: The Lucado Inspirational Reader is a book that I received from Booksneeze. It really fits its title: Inspirational. This book was a collection of writing that Max Lucado has previously written, published, and sold. This is just a volume of his best-and I must say, it is wonderful. The selections ... The Lucado Inspirational Reader