Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Torch Keepers by Hosanna Emily - Book Review

 To celebrate The Torch Keepers' second birthday, I decided to re-post my review of this incredible book! This book is absolutely amazing, and I highly, highly recommend it! 


The King's blue flame quivers as a new fire arises, and Kadira must hold fast to his torch. It's destiny; she's a torch keeper.

A fiery revolution sweeps across the kingdom of Erkeos, and each person must choose a side. Kadira, a girl set apart to serve the King, finds her city engulfed in the Liberation's emerald flames. Her blue eyes mark her as the enemy, and she flees from death. It stalks her anyway. When she meets Rekem, the Liberation warrior sent to kill her, she rebels against the King's ways. Two armies collide; indecision isn't an option. As hearts and lives hang in the balance, Kadira and Rekem could bring destruction or liberation to the entire kingdom. 


The Torch Keepers is an amazing book! I've been looking forward to reading it ever since I discovered Hosanna's blog, which was well over a year ago. :)

Kadira, the main character, struggled to understand the King, struggled to understand that he had a purpose for her life. Her story was a story of sadness and rebellion, but also of redemption. 

Father and Gamma, who were like a father and a grandma to Kadira, were both so sweet. I also really liked Emyir; I loved her passion for the King. She was probably my favorite character. Rekem was a hard character to like. I was hoping his story would end differently. Like many people do, he was searching for meaning in life.

This book is about on-going battles between two sides- the Liberation, which is run by the Prince, (who seems to represent Satan), and those on the King's side (who represents Jesus).

This book has spiritual lessons sprinkled throughout, which I really appreciated. One of my favorite parallels between our lives and what was portrayed in the novel was the torch keeping. People are set apart to be torch keepers for the King- they keep the King's bright blue fire burning in each town. We are also supposed to keep our torches burning in our hearts. Another interesting thing, the Liberation (the evil side) take the King's fire and turn it into green fire- which in the book represents evil in a way. The Liberation took what was good (the blue fire) and twisted it into evil (green fire). The Torch Keepers is a book I think many people need to read. 

Overall, I recommend this book for readers 14+. Nothing is described in great detail, but there are deaths, wounds, and the Liberation does horrible things. I would definitely recommend this book!

Have you read The Torch Keepers? What were your thoughts? :)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Starlight Animal Rescue Series ~ Book Review


Starlight Animal Rescue: Where problem horses are trained and loved, where abandoned dogs become heroes, where stray cats become loyal companions. And where people with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.


This is one of my favorite series by Dandi Daley Mackall. The story lines in these books are incredible! I loved how the animals helped the characters heal and how they also helped the characters know Who God is. In three out of the four books, the main characters come from rough backgrounds- a runaway foster teen, to a cancer patient. The animals always help to show God's love to these teens and kids. Although all of the books were great, my favorites were definitely Runaway and Dark Horse. The faith themes were beautifully written! 

If you love redemption stories, horses, cats, or dogs, these books would be a great choice! :)


What about you? Do you like cats, dogs, or horses better? Let me know in the comments below! :)

Saturday, July 31, 2021

"RPM" Series by Chris Fabry ~ Book Review


Tim Carhardt is drifting through life with one goal: survival. Jamie Maxwell believes she can become--no, "will" become--the first female winner of the Cup. But life isn't always as easy as it seems. What happens when dreams and faith hit the wall? You don't want to miss a second of the action. These fast-paced books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Go behind the scenes of America's most-watched sport to see what it's like inside a 200-mph racecar as engines rev and lives collide. 


I never thought I would like a NASCAR series so well! ;)

I enjoyed getting into the minds of the drivers. It was fascinating to get to hear more about how they interact, and what drives them to compete. 
My favorite characters were Jamie, Tim, and the Maxwell family. They all had their strengths and weaknesses, and were absolutely amazing characters! Butch and Chad- I couldn't stand them. (Read the books and you'll understand...) 

This series deals with the good and the bad when it comes to racing. It deals with it in a good way; and shows that keeping your standards and morals are more important than winning. Although winning is great, too! However, being an honest, fair, driver, is more important than winning the Cup. 

These books are fast paced, full of adventure, and interesting! I highly recommend checking them out!


What about you? Do you like racing? :)

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy Independence Day!!! USA

And I'm proud to be an American 
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me 
And I'd gladly stand up 
Next to you and defend her still today
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA
- Lee Greenwood, "God Bless the USA"


Happy Independence Day!!! 

Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

About the Book:

November 1958: the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York city. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition comes the most unlikely of horses--a drab white former plow horse named Snowman--and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots--and their win was the stuff of legend.

Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a bleak winter afternoon between the slats of a rickety truck bound for the slaughterhouse. He recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up horse and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry's modest farm on Long Island, the horse thrived. 
But the recent Dutch immigrant and his growing family needed money, and Harry was always on the lookout for the perfect thoroughbred to train for the show-jumping circuit--so he reluctantly sold Snowman to a farm a few miles down the road. 

But Snowman had other ideas about what Harry needed. When he turned up back at Harry's barn, dragging an old tire and a broken fence board, Harry knew that he had misjudged the horse. And so he set about teaching this shaggy, easygoing horse how to fly. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping.

Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo, based on the insight and recollections of "the Flying Dutchman" himself. Their story captured the heart of Cold War--era America--a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. 


This was an incredible story! Snowman, a horse most people didn't think would amount to much, won some of the biggest horse shows in America. Snowman was not only a well-known show jumper, but also a very sweet horse- he loved little kids, and took care of the ones who were scared to be on his back. The book was also well written. 

This book was awesome! I highly recommend it for all horse lovers! :)


What about you? Have you read about Snowman? What is your favorite horse related book?