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Review: ‘The Littlest Watchman: Watching and Waiting for the Very First Christmas’ by Scott James

Review: ‘The Littlest Watchman: Watching and Waiting for the Very First Christmas’ by Scott James

The Littlest Watchman: Watching and Waiting for the Very First Christmas

by Scott James
Published by The Good Book Company on October 1st 2017
Genres: Children
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Benjamin is a Watchman. It's his job to watch for the sign that all God's promises are coming true—to watch a stump.
Trouble is, it's hard just waiting. And one night, Benjamin finally gives in and stops watching. But that same night, as he sits outside Bethlehem, he gets to watch something wonderful.
Kids will be gripped by what Benjamin saw, and will be excited by the Christmas story all over again.

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Review: ‘I’m not a Scaredy Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave’ by Max Lucado

Review: ‘I’m not a Scaredy Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave’ by Max Lucado

I'm not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave

by Max Lucado, Shirley Ng-Benitez
Published by Thomas Nelson on October 3, 2017
Genres: Children
Pages: 22
Format: Hardcover
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From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado comes I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat, a hilarious new picture book to help kids manage their fears and worries and learn to trust God.

Follow a silly series of misadventures as scaredy-cat faces his worst fears: an appalling abundance of (gulp!) yellow and pink sprinkles on his donut, an elephant on the verge of a ginormous sneeze, and the terrifyingly loud chime of a clock. For each of the fears, Max provides this reassuring child’s version of Philippians 4:6–9:

“God, you are good.

God, you are near.

God, you are here!

And, God, you love me.”

A fun read for children and parents, I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat will open doors for important conversations about fear in a nonthreatening way and help you instill godly bravery in your kids.

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Review: ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J. Maas

Review: ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury

by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 624
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

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Review: ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas

Review: ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5th 2015
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

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Review: ‘Empire of Storms’ by Sarah J. Maas

Review: ‘Empire of Storms’ by Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms

by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #5
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 6th 2016
Pages: 693
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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Review: ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard

Review: ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen

by Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Published by HarperTeen on February 10th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 383
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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Review: ‘Hallowed’ by Cynthia Hand

Review: ‘Hallowed’ by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed

by Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly #2
Published by HarperTeen on January 17th 2012
Pages: 403
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.
In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

Review: ‘Lover Reborn’ by J.R. Ward

Review: ‘Lover Reborn’ by J.R. Ward

Lover Reborn

by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #10
Published by NAL on March 27th 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 592
Format: Hardcover
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Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy.
When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquillity of the Fade—he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. But because Lassiter tells him he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed....
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past and a very hot, passion-filled future…but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

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Review – ‘Lover Unleashed’ by J.R. Ward

Review – ‘Lover Unleashed’ by J.R. Ward

Lover Unleashed

by J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #9
Published by NAL on March 29th 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover
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Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side... and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can—and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night—like vampires—he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide... just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

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Review – ‘Fragile Eternity’ by Melissa Marr

Review – ‘Fragile Eternity’ by Melissa Marr

Fragile Eternity

by Melissa Marr
Series: Wicked Lovely #3
Published by Bowen Press on April 21, 2009
Pages: 389
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone - but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.
Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her - but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.
In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

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