Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Book Review: Broken by Jonathon Fisk

Broken: 7 “Christian” Rules That Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as PossibleBroken: 7 “Christian” Rules That Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible by Jonathan Fisk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked the content of this book. Pastor Fisk does a fantastic job of identifying what is going wrong in the church right now. It causes you to take a hard look at yourself and make sure that you keep yourself in check and rely totally on God and his promises for you in the Bible. The reason I only gave this book 4 stars is because the writing style was tough for me. He used different fonts, sizes, he bolded random words, there were a ton of pictures in the background and margins of pages. It was just kind of hard for me to stay focused so it took me a little bit longer to read then a traditional book. That was my only criticism. Otherwise, this is a fantastic book that is worth the read.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Queen and Commander by Janine Southard

 Title: Queen and Commander  
Author: Janine Southard
Summary: On a world where high school test scores determine your future career, six students rebel. A pair of star-crossed lovers plot to stay together, rather than be separated by the system's college plans. A former off-worlder instigates: there's a ship in orbit, he says. We could take it and run away. But to take the ship, the three conspirators need more friends. Enter Rhiannon, the girl who set herself up for the ultimate success on this planet. She made sure her test would give the desired result: Queen. But her best friend begs her to take control of this plan to run away. So she drafts a would-be doctor who believes in following his Queen with all his heart. She finds a genius who can't seem to make the system work for him. And then she gets them qualified for the ship in orbit. The ship to freedom. Now what will they do with it? And was freedom what they really wanted? Check out the UK cover! qc_uk_5x8
ExcerptWinning a ship means surpassing the competition. The three competing Queens swiveled their heads, hare-quick, to home in on new prey. They’d ignored her until she’d made that noise. Now they had the scent of fresh insecurity and would peck away until they laid her meager confidence bare for the massacre. “What a sweet little girl,” gushed the one in red. “Where’s your mother?” Dead, actually. Well, if this Queen planned to come after her for her age, she’d show her appreciation in the way only a younger person could. She raised her eye­brows and furrowed them down the middle, then pulled her head back onto her neck as though repulsed or doing a proper sit-up. From the way the older woman cringed back, Rhiannon knew she’d succeeded in making the derisive Did you seriously just say that to me? face that she’d seen on her more critical peers. A teenager can out bitch-face you any time, Queenie. Don’t try that tactic with me. The eldest cocked her head, more curious than cruel. Perhaps she found it as difficult to gauge Rhian­non’s age as the other way around. As far as Rhiannon knew, this woman had been one of Dyfed’s first Queens, self-made and just as untrained as herself. “Why do you think you deserve Ceridwen’s Cauldron?”

About the Author

Untitled Janine A. Southard writes speculative fiction and videogame dialogue from her home in Seattle, WA. She sings with a Celtic band and is working on the next book in the Hive Queen universe. She’s also been known to read aloud to her cat. The cat appreciates all of these things. Maybe. Website Twitter Goodreads Amazon - US UK B&N Nook- US UK iTunes- US UK Kobo- US UK