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Brave Enough Book Review

Brave Enough Book Review

  I thought Brave Enough was a cute story. I liked the authors note at the end because it made the story more personal. Cason is a ballerina, it’s her life, and then she gets Bone cancer and her life as a ballerina just might be […]

The Hazel Wood Book Review

The Hazel Wood Book Review

I started reading The Hazel Wood via audiobook back in March and I thought it was fantastic so I bought my own copy to finish reading it. I read this during May for the Cursed Books Bookclub! Overall: I really loved the first half of […]

Moms Who Stay and Fight

Moms Who Stay and Fight

Hi friends! I hope you’ve all had an awesome week and that you’re enjoying the three day weekend, I know I am! I took a step back from my blog and Bookstagram for a few days/weeks to think about what I really want to accomplish here. I’m happy to say that I think I finally figured out what I’m wanting to do. From now on I’ll still be writing mainly about books and bookish things on this blog but there will also be more about lifestyle, faith, mental health, and family!

I just finished reading the book Moms Who Stay and Fight. My mother in law gifted this book to me for Mother’s Day and I’m so grateful I read it. It’s all about moms and the huge roll we play in our children’s lives. As a brand new mom I am constantly thinking and planning things I want to do in the future with my daughter, this book was a great reminder of the things I can focus on so that Von can grow up with good morals, faith, and be an overall good person.

There were so many sections that I loved but I think one of my favorites was the section that talked about how we are not alone. We have God on our side and so many people surrounding us. Being a mom, especially during the first few weeks, felt so isolating to me. I hadn’t felt that alone in a long time. This book reminded me that I’m not the only one who’s ever felt that way and that I really am not alone in this motherhood journey.

This book definitely has a lot of LDS (Mormon) references. But I think it’s a great read for any Christian mom! I really loved reading it and always walked away feeling better about my efforts, especially on the hard days. This book is encouraging. I think it would be a great read even if you aren’t a mom yet but hope to be in the future! I gave it 4/5 stars.


Moms Who Stay and Fight by Kristyn Trimble

A mother is a child’s first line of defense against the world— the first protecor, the first teacher, the first friend. With a spiritual foundation, Kristyn Trimble dives into the joys of being a mom, the divine role mothers play in this life, and the daily trials that they face and overcome. Discover what it means to raise the next generation of heroes with inspiring true stories on topics including • Overcoming the temptation to compete with other mothers • Supporting your husband and nurturing your eternal marriage • Being a righteous example to your daughters in how you dress, speak, and act. • Knowing that discipline isn’t something you do to your child, it’s something you do for your child Today’s children are our future leaders in government, leaders in business, leaders of religion. They are our future! If we want an honest world, we need to raise our children to be honest. If we want a kind world, we need to raise our children to be kind. If we want a virtuous world, we need to raise our children to be virtuous. Mothers have the power to change the world one child at a time. 

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Do you have any books about parenting that you love? I’m looking for recomendations!

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Furyborn Book Reveiw

Furyborn Book Reveiw

Furyborn was one of my most anticipated books of the year! I planned to read it this spring and I’m so glad I did! I flew through this book in just a couple of days! It hit the shelves on May 22nd and you definitely […]

Children of Blood and Bone Book Review

Children of Blood and Bone Book Review

I just finished reading Children of Blood and Bone. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2018, but even after I had the copy in my hand, I was nervous to start it. I have a love/hate relationship reading hyped books because I’m […]

The Belles Book Review

The Belles Book Review

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Publication date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: YA fantasy (idk if this is actually what it would be but this is what I’m saying)
Pages: 448
Source: Personal Library
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SUMMARY

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. 
With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

I was so excited to read The Belles, and I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint. The beginning was a little slow, but the story was so interesting and I kept coming back for more. This book is beautiful and I really recommend it.I took my time reading The Belles and I’m so glad I did. I went back and forth between loving it and not loving it. I thought it was slow at first, but I kept reading because the story was so interesting. The Belles talks about beauty in a way that I’ve never seen done before. The imagery was incredible and the setting really came alive as I read! The setting was so vividly described. I felt like all of the descriptison made getting into the actual story a little bit slower (and maybe it’s just because it took me a few weeks to read this one since I didn’t read it as quickly as I often read books.) Because of the slower beginning, I wondered if I’d only give The Belles 3 stars.

But once Camilla gets to the castle and starts learning the court’s secrets and interacting with Princess Sophia, things started to get more interesting. And then the last few hundred pages… oh my goodness! You’ll just have to read it to find out what I mean! And here are some of my other thoughts I had while reading:

Impossible beauty standards surround us every single day. This book was made up of a society that lived for those standards. They wanted to be the most beautiful, according to the latest trends. The Belles made me think because it really makes you wonder how far people might go for beauty.

Sometimes following the rules is good but sometimes it’s not. Basically, I’ve just been thinking about that quote from Harry Potter that says sometimes we need to choose between what is right and what is easy (that quote is from HP right? I’m not crazy??)

Sometimes the people we look up to or the people that we trust aren’t always the people we should be leaning on. Sometimes you just need to go your own way and sometimes you need to trust your gut.

All in all, The Belles was a beautiful book and I am so glad I read it. I have no idea what to expect in book 2 but I’m ready for it now! 5/5 stars.

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Have you read The Belles yet? What did you think? What are some of your favorite dystopian fantasy books?

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Geekerella Book Review

Geekerella Book Review

Geekerella By Ashley Poston Website | Twitter | Facebook Publication Date: April 4, 2017 Publisher: Quirk Books Genre: YA Contemporary Pages: 320 Source: Library Add to Goodreads Available for purchase: Amazon | Book Depository SUMMARY Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction […]