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review 2018-09-13 02:24
Forever With Jesus (Sea Kids #7) by Lee Ann Mancini
Forever With Jesus - Lee Ann Mancini

In Forever With Jesus, the sea kids learn that Jesus died for their sins, and that by believing in Him they will live in heaven forever. The cousins visit their grandparents for Grandma Pinky's 80th birthday. During their visit, their grandparents' neighbor, Mr. Higgins, passes away. Grandma reads the Bible and tells her grandchildren how wonderful heaven is and how there will be no more tears, pain, or suffering. The children understand that they do not have to fear death because their belief in Jesus guarantees they will live forever with Him in heaven.

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The Sea Kids gang returns with another important life lesson to share with all young readers following their underwater adventures! Fish siblings Guy and Lena meet up with their cousins Luke, Zachary, Christopher and Isabella at their grandparents' house to celebrate Grandma Pinky's 80th birthday.

 

 

 

The day of the party is naturally a celebratory one, full of reunions, cake, playtime and sleepover fun. The next morning however, the kids wake to the sad news that their grandparents' neighbor, Mr. Higgins, has passed away.

 

Grandma Pinky uses the news as an opportunity to sit with her little blessings and discuss the topic of death and heavenly afterlife. She wants to assure the young ones that death is not something to fear, because Heaven is a place free of any kind of pain, suffering, or sadness. It's a place full of only love and light. 

 

 

The story here is a good one, approaching a tough topic in an age-appropriate way that will be easy for little ones to digest. As far as general excitement though... I mean, it's a story about death, so clearly it won't be quite as light in tone as the previous books... but just in general, the writing and engagement factor here fell a tad flatter than earlier installments of this series. Though it's always great to have books like this available to help open conversation for the sadder subjects of life, the execution here was just slightly repetitive. 

 

This series continues to be enhanced with the wonderfully colorful, movement-filled illustrations of Dan Sharp. There's not quite as much little detail worked into the scenes here as in some of the previous books, but Sharp is a master at delightful facial expressions for these characters (I love how the grandfather here has an almost Buddy Hackett look!).

 

 

As in all the other books, the spot-the-cross game is incorporated throughout all the illustrations and characters from previous Sea Kids books can be spotted in background artwork in the grandparents' home. Some also make an appearance as attendees of Mr. Higgins' funeral.

 

 

FTC Disclaimer: BookCrash.com and GLM Publishing kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own. 

 

 

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My reviews for the previous books in this series:

 

#1 Fast Freddy

 

#2 What A Bragger

 

#3 I'm Not Afraid! 

 

#4 A Servant Like Jesus

 

#5 God's Gift

 

#6 God's Easter Miracles

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text 2018-09-11 00:00
Reading progress update: I've read 300 out of 320 pages.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han

Just take it... Take my heart and break... then put it back to only break it again. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME HAN!!!! 

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review 2018-09-09 19:51
Forever Now (The Barrington Billionaires Book 6) by Ruth Cardello
Forever Now - Ruth Cardello

 

Forever Now is a compilation of love lost, hearts found and secrets revealed. Cardello continues to write meaningful stories as breathtaking as they are irresistible. For Annie and Kade the trek is long and winding, but a powerful one. From a mother's love to a lifetime of lies, nothing is as it seems. Forget the fairytale and latch on to a captivating tale of hope, faith and forgiveness. Through the eyes of love, happiness is only a heartbeat away. Out of pain comes salvation. My favorite of The Barrington series.

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text 2018-09-03 08:10
Release Day - Flirting With Forever

   

 

I've waited years for the perfect girl, yet she was right in front of me all along.

 

My best friend, Natalie, has been by my side through everything. Leaning on my shoulder, borrowing my sweatshirts…and making my pants too tight when she flashes me that sassy smile that drives me crazy. But she has no idea about that last part. She doesn't have a clue I've felt this way about her for years. Until one night after too many cocktails, we fall into bed together. I'm flirting with my forever…she just doesn't know it yet. This book is a sexy, slow-burning best-friends-to-lovers romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating. Dive in, and get ready to melt for Cam!

 

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

 

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review 2018-08-28 21:11
#47, 48, 49 - To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (series review)
Always and Forever, Lara Jean - Jenny Han
P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan

I’ve marathoned this series on Audible so I decided to write a review of the entire trilogy and not one review per book. I am a bit confused about what happened in which book so let’s just write something about the three books!

 

The whole trilogy was one of the cutest things I’ve ever read. Honestly, I am typically not a huge fan of cute stories where nothing real bad happens (I love drama!) but this series was just amazing.

 

Lara Jean and her family are great characters. I especially love how Lara Jean is a “good girl” and totally assumes it. She does not want to do stuff to impress people, her best friend is not really what you’d call a “good girl” but Lara Jean stays true to herself anyway and she does not get influenced by other people. I really loved that about her. The only problem I have with that is that it does not seem realistic to me (or relatable). Peter, on the contrary, is really realistic and reminded me of a lot of people I knew back in high school. He seems like a jerk but once you know him better, you understand he’s a good guy (and you cannot help but love him for that). All the characters were really well developed and even if you only got Lara Jean’s point of view you get the feeling that you know all of them really well (Do I need to say how much I love Kitty? She is so funny and cute).

 

The storylines of the books were easy to follow, a bit predicable but not in a bad way. You just follow the life of an ordinary teenage girl and it was refreshing to read that. Nothing (too) crazy happening to her (well, if you forgot the part about the letters), she is just having a regular life and I was glad for it, I really needed to read something like that.

The romance is one of the best I’ve read in YA contemporary; even if most of it was predictable, I really loved how it was handled. I was really rooting for this relationship and it was sometimes really cute.

 

The last book was particularly interesting as Lara Jean is going through her last year of high school and leaving for college. I know from what I’ve read that college is a really big deal in the US, for us here, it really not is such a huge change. Most of the time you go study in the nearest city or even if you are going to another city, no matter where it is, you can come back every weekend if you want to as the country is really small. So yeah, it changes quite a lot because you become an “adult” but apart from that, most people stay at home. But here it was pretty clear that Lara Jean’s life was really going to change a lot; she won’t be home with her sister and her dad anymore, she will have to make new friend,s live in a new city all by herself etc. which can be pretty scary! And I think the author did a wonderful job here. She perfectly shows that going to college (as a metaphor for going into adulthood) includes a lot of changes but it does not mean some things can’t stay the same. The really important part is staying true to yourself and I think it was beautifully shown in the last book.

 

I can’t express how much I loved this series and how emotional I was at the end of it (I finished it on my way to work and it was so hard to focus after that!).

I don’t want to say too much about it because really, apart from telling you to read it because it is cute and well written and absolutely amazing I don’t know what to say.

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