Monday, October 20, 2014

VeggieTales GIVEAWAY and DVD review of "Beauty and the Beet"

Check out my review of "Beauty and the Beet" 

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be sure to enter the giveaway at the end!




about the movie....

This brand-new VeggieTales musical premieres Oct. 14 and stars Kellie Pickler (American IdolDancing With the Stars), who brings her unmistakable voice to the role of Mirabelle, a sweet-potato singer whose family band is on the brink of superstardom. BEAUTY AND THE BEET blends the irresistible charm of VeggieTales with a heartfelt message about unconditional love. The DVD also includes Mac and Cheese, a giddy new “Silly Songs With Larry” segment in which Larry the Cucumber reveals the surprising and heretofore untold history of his family’s unexpected contributions to Italian cuisine. BEAUTY AND THE BEET is just the start of the fun in store this fall for VeggieTales fans, because the gang will also star in a brand-new Netflix original series, VeggieTales In the House, which premieres Thanksgiving weekend.




my review....

I was in my teens when VeggieTales burst onto the scene, and I've been watching them ever since! Imagine my excitement, then, when I learned of a new VeggieTales movie for me to introduce to my children, "Beauty and the Beet"...and right in time for the holidays! We all cozied up for a family movie night...and boy did we all get a treat. This film finds the veggies at their finest, taking a classic story and giving it a "veggie twist". The characters are full of life and the film is a treat to watch with all the action that fills the screen as well as the wonderful songs that will have your toes tapping along. My children were riveted from the start to the finish, enjoying the story and the songs...with Larry's silly song being one of their favourite moments of course! And I love that the movie is wonderfully entertaining without parents needing to be worried that the story will be too scary or that the kids will be exposed to something they shouldn't. Rather, like my children, yours will walk away having learned the important lesson of unconditional love and the power of kindness and friendship, a lesson easy to swallow with the good dose of laughter that the veggies always are able to provide. In fact, I will admit that while I did watch this movie primarily for the sake of my children, I think I enjoyed it just as much as they did! This is one of those movies that we will be watching over and over again, and I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourselves.

I highly recommend this movie to children and families, not only to be thoroughly entertained, but to gain some Biblical truth along the way. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

You will be riveted: My review of "Palace of Darkness" by Tracy L. Higley

Palace of Darkness : A Novel of Petra, Tracy L. Higley


The year is 106 AD, and Cassia and her 6-yr-old son Alexander are fleeing from a brutal past, looking for a new beginning. Cassia has suffered years of violence at the hands of Aretas, and she is desperate for family, for love and a new beginning. Together, she and her son arrive at Petra, an ancient city carved from stone, where instead of finding peace, she finds a secret that places her son at the centre of a royal conspiracy. When the unthinkable happens to her son, Cassia is ready to give in to despair, until she connects with followers of The Way, a new religious group whose members are ready to die for the Jesus they follow. Will Cassia and her son survive amidst the forces of darkness threatening to consume them?

I truly had a difficult time putting this book down once I'd cracked open the pages, because Higley's writing is so intense and powerful that she brought history to vivid life before my very eyes. I absolutely loved the characters that star the pages of this story, finding them to be intriguing and so very likeable. Each chapter seemed packed with action, each word carefully chosen to bring their world to life and unveil the deep emotions they are facing. I have never before read a story set in Petra, and I found this historical city so fascinating that I want to go visit the ruins myself! The story rushes towards one of the most riveting conclusions that I have read this year, with the ultimate showdown between forces of good and of evil. God and his word come to powerful life through the pages of this book, and I am reminded of God's perfect plans and the ultimate triumph over the evil one that awaits the end of time. Highly has written a wonderful book, one that entertains on every level, and I enjoyed it from start to finish.
Higley remains one of my favourite authors of historical fiction. I award this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Booklook program, for the purposes of this unbiased review.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Fast-paced, addictive reading: My review of "Nowhere to Turn" by Lynette Eason

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about the book....


She thought her days of hiding were over . . . but the danger has just begun

The day Danielle Harding takes her eleven-year-old son and flees from her abusive husband is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe--but in reality, things are just heating up. When Kurt was alive, he took something important from a mysterious individual--who wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long . . . 

From the first breathless scene, this tension-laced story will hold you in its iron grip as bestselling author Lynette Eason propels you along in a race to discover the truth.




my review....

"Nowhere to Turn" offers the same fast-paced, addictive reading as the first book in the series ("No One to Trust"), and I am positive that Lynette Eason fans are going to love it! Dani is a completely likable character who won my heart - and my empathy - from within the first couple of pages. Not only that, but after just a few sentences into the book, I found myself gripping the pages and racing through the story to see how things would resolve. And then, just when you thought Dani and her son were safe - a new twist would be thrown into the story! I thought that all of the characters in this book were intriguing and well-developed. Readers who enjoyed the first book in the series will also appreciate being reacquainted with the stars of that book as well, Summer and David. Also, the fact that Dani's son, Simon, was deaf added a whole new level of mystery and interest to the plot as well, and I loved that the author shows that deaf people can be every bit as intelligent as someone who isn't deaf. The chemistry between Dani and Adam makes for some well-done and believe moments of romance, with nothing that is over the top or that would turn away male readers of the book. All in all, Eason knows how to create action-packed, absorbing scenes, and she has done a fabulous job at keeping the pace at top speed from start to finish.

Readers who enjoy an action-packed blend of romantic suspense will be flocking to this story. And if you haven't read the first book in the series - no worries! You can easily dive into book two without having read the preceding book (but, if you haven't read the first, what on earth are you waiting for?). I give "Nowhere to Turn" a solid rating and 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



 about the author....



Lynette EasonLynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and she lives in South Carolina. Find out more at www.lynetteeason.com.






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