The Girl's Guide to Conquering Life

The Girl's Guide to Conquering Life Erica & Jonathon Catherman Revell
     Okay, first off, I don't think that I'm really the target audience for this book--which is something that I didn't know from looking at the cover and reading the blurb. I assumed that it was going to be more of an "adulting" handbook for women in the twenty-ish age bracket, but it's really much more juvenile. The how-tos are incredibly basic and the small handful of sections that I thought might be useful for me personally didn't give me much help; I think I'd get a better idea of how to change a car tire from youtube or my dad, for instance. Maybe my parents just prepared me very well for the world, but I can't imagine not knowing a lot of stuff in here. I can see this book maybe being useful to a girl with a single dad who can't really teach her how to shave her legs, shop for a bra, etc., but a lot of the skills it tries to teach are learned more by hands-on …

The Wounded Shadow

The Wounded Shadow Patrick W. Carr Bethany House Publishers
The kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, desperate to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the desperate into its shadow, creating a growing army held in its sway. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet and the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the evil they face. They delve the mind of an old enemy and find an answer far worse than they could have imagined.
Danger stalks the cities of the north, striking at the rulers of the kingdoms. As Willet and the rest of the Vigil seek to find answers, the group is scattered with an ever-growing darkness around them. Will they discover a path to keep their land safe, or will an ancient evil reclaim the world it once called its own?
     I wish I could write a better review for this book, but the fact remains that I had a lot of trouble remembering who everyone wa…

The Weaver's Daughter

The Weaver's Daughter Sarah E. Ladd Thomas Nelson
Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?
Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder --including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.
Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth fro…

Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky

Sibley Birds of Land, Sea, and Sky David Allen Sibley Clarkson Potter
Today I'm reviewing something a little different- a set of bird-themed postcards illustrated by David Allen Sibley.

The postcards come in a well-made, sturdy case and are divided into 5 sections: Waterfowl, Woodpeckers, Wading Birds, Songbirds, and Owls & Raptors. My favorites were the songbirds, but I also really liked some of the woodpeckers and owls.

The postcards also look very well made (they are nice and thick) and the illustrations are very pretty, with good quality printing.

Overall, this is such a lovely batch of postcards! I've been wanting to start doing more letter writing (I recently bought a wax seal to motivate me) and I think this will be a great addition to my newly started stationary collection.

I received this product from in exchange for my honest review.

A Light on the Hill

A Light on the Hill Connilyn Cossette Bethany House
After being branded during the battle of Jericho, Moriyah has had no prospects for marriage--until now. She hopes to please the man, but things go horribly wrong and she is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the Levitical cities of refuge, she is unprepared for the dangers she faces, and the enemies--and allies--she encounters on her way.
     Yikes. I have no idea what to say about this book. Part of that might have to do with the fact that the blurb didn't really give me a good idea of what the story was about. In one way that was good, because everything was a surprise. On the other hand, I was expecting most of the story to take place in the city of refuge, but almost the whole novel is about the journey getting there. I'm not usually a fan of "travel" novels, so I admit I felt a little disappointed when I realized this. Also, Moriyah's journey involved using a lot of deception, which, under…

Daisy Cakes Bake

Daisy Cakes Bakes Kim Nelson Clarkson Potter
A beautiful baking cookbook of 100 recipes for the delicious cakes that made Daisy Cakes a huge success story of ABC's Shark Tank, plus cookies, pies, cobblers, and more--with 60 photographs evoking a sense of nostalgia for making your own family recipes.
The scent of cake baking in the oven, the pretty sheen of frosting being whipped up nice and light, or the glorious mess of measuring and mixing ingredients for cookie dough are memories cherished by many a home baker. Kim Nelson grew up learning to make family recipes alongside her mother, grandmothers, and great aunt. This pastime blossomed into Kim's beloved company, Daisy Cakes, which ships delicious Southern layer cakes in keepsake tins all across the US. Daisy Cakes Bakes shares those family cake recipes, as well as recipes for cookies, bars, confections, pies, ice creams, and more. The flavors are rich but never cloying, the recipes are crowd-pleasing and simple to make, and K…

Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Reclaiming Shilo Snow Mary Weber Thomas Nelson
Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.
But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.
     I hate having to wait for the next book in a series- besides being impatient, I often…