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I am so excited to share this book review!!  I've been following GirlDefined for a few years now and have enjoyed every book they have published and have grown and been encouraged so much by their ministry.  I signed up to be apart of their launch team for their new devotional and was so beyond excited to be chosen!  This journey has been so exciting and fun and I'm so glad I got a chance to be a part of it! I love Kristin and Bethany’s heart for the Lord.   They’re desire to put Him above all else in their lives and to share and encourage girls and young women to do the same.   The thing that first stood out to me as I began to read their Shine Bright Devotional was this line in their intro- “just keep in mind that this devotional isn’t intended to replace time in God’s word each day; it’s meant to supplement it.” I think this is so important to realize as we start each new devotional or christian book.   We are meant to read God’s word and be in daily fellowship with Him.   T

May Books

Book of a Thousand Days:
I thought this book was fun and cute.  It is a fantasy young adult story of a diary of a maid, who along with her mistresses was to be locked in a dungeon for seven years because her mistresses had denied to marry a wealthy man.
Dashti, the maid, must take charge and be the leader, as Saren seems too depressed to keep going.  Two of Saren's suitors come to visit, one with evil intents and the other with honest and good love.
But things turn for the worse, everyone seems to have disappeared and Saren has lost all hope. Dashti must get them out of the tower if they want to live and find safety away from the evil in the kingdom.
~Just a warning...This book had two weird parts, though at first they may seem to be bad they turn out to be not so and rather quick~

Anastasia's Secret:
This book was a disappointment.  I loved the first half and it was one of those books I just couldn't seem to put down.  The thrill, mystery and the young love, was enough to keep me wanting more and more. 
One thing I hate is when you are reading a book, love it and dying to know what happens, it then turns out to be bad. Deciding between putting it down and to keep reading it is so very hard, especially for me.  I have probably read through books I shouldn't have, but this book to me was obvious.  I couldn't read it and I didn't want to, it had gone too far.  Let's just say the young love turned into a lot more and thus I stopped reading it half way through. 


The Princess Spy:
I really liked this story.  It was a cute love story, of a dukes daughter, Margaretha, who just wants to find her true love.
She has yet to find true sparks, but her new suitor might just be the one, until an injured man comes, claiming he, (Margareth's suitor)  has evil intents to ruin her and her family.  If it is true how will she save everyone from such a man?


Frozen Fire:
This was the most interesting book I have ever read, I couldn't tell you for sure if I liked it or not, but I don't necessarily recommend it either.  There was a lot of things in here that was iffy and I most likely should not have kept reading it, but I was so close to being done. Ugh..
Anyways this book was about Dusty and a strange boy who just keeps coming up and knowing everything about her.  Not only does he know everything about her, but he draws her in even more with the one things she wants more in life than ever, her brother, Josh, who had disappeared.  Now she wants more than ever for this boy to give her more information and she won't give up on him, lying to her parents and getting caught up with the police too.  It turns out this boy is very famous among the police accused of many horrible things.
  • I would say there is some blasphemy in this book.  The boy doesn't quite know who he is and he is a very powerful person.  Some readers may think he is an angle or even a god. 
  • The girl was rude and known for her troublemaking spirit.  She lies to her parents and is very disobedient.
  • There is language in this book, many uses of God's name in vain, especially.
  • Now for the worse and quite honestly the hardest, there is mention quite a few times of rape in this book and though it may seem just a little bit of this book, as you read on it doesn't get better.
  • Another thing to mention is a small part in the book when Dusty's dad has a date with a women named, Helen, and they end up sleeping together, though that is all.

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