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Blog Tour Part Two: Ivy Introspective – Kellyn Roth (Book Review)

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Hi everyone! Kellyn Roth is hosting a blog tour for her recently published books, The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective, the first two books in her series, The Alice And Ivy Chronicles. This book review is going to be shorter than usual.

-> CLICK HERE TO SEE PART ONE OF MY CORNER OF THE BLOG TOUR, MY REVIEW OF THE DRESSMAKER’S SECRET<-

Ivy Introspective

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I love this cover!

Trapped in a world where she doesn鈥檛 belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter鈥檚 inability to fit in, Ivy鈥檚 parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can鈥檛 seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?

Amazon ~ Goodreads

 

 

Title: Ivy Introspective

Author: Kellyn Roth

Rating: 4/5 stars

Age range: 12+

Era: Late 1800’s (4 years after the happenings in book one, The Dressmaker’s Secret)

Source: received an free e-book copy of it in exchange for an honest review

Where you can find it: Amazon ~ Goodreads


Wow! I loved this book! I felt as though the plot was ‘too small’ for the length of this novel, but that’s probably just me imagining things. 馃槈

Violet Angel was my favorite character. She’s a sarcastic, rebellious, girl who needs love and is hurting. I felt so sorry for her, and I just loved her to bits. I’m so glad Kellyn included her in this book.聽 I liked how it didn’t exactly ‘show’ that she became a christian, because in real life, sometimes it’s not like that. It was implied that she would think about it, and that she was open minded about it all. But it wasn’t very clear that Mr. Parker became a christian, it was only left for us to think, although that didn’t change how I saw the book.

I thought Dr. McCale would be a guy who deems these children in his school as ‘insane and teach them in a whole different way as it showed in the book. But I really liked his character. I loved the way he taught his students. I sort of found McCale House not very believable because of how little students there were, but that didn’t matter.

Posy is such a sweet girl; tough, yet yearning for the love of her father.

I loved how Ivy’s newfound hobby was (SPOILER ALERT!) music. (END OF SPOILERS) I believe that music is a powerful and beautiful thing, and I just loved it! She is such a sweet young lady.

The setting, as usual, is very clearly and wonderfully described all in dialogue, description, and names.

Kellyn’s writing is amazing. I very much enjoyed reading her book, and look forward to reading the next books in this series!

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Be sure to check out this giveaway included in Kellyn’s blog tour.

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-> CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY<-

(for wordpress.com bloggers)

or

-> CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE

GIVEAWAY <-

(for Blogger bloggers)

Unfortunately, this is open only to residents of the US, but there is an international version that gives away free e-book copies. Be sure to check it out!

Author bio:

Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she鈥檚 had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

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Website Blog Newsletter Facebook Amazon Goodreads

Follow along on the blog tour:

Tuesday the 20th

-Lana @聽The Music of Words聽(book and character spotlight)

Wednesday the 21st

-Faith Blum @聽Bookish Orchestrations聽(author interview)

Thursday the 22nd

-Leona @聽Great Books for God鈥檚 Girls聽(review of IvIn, author interview)

Friday the 23rd

-Jordy @聽Jordy Leigh聽(author interview)

Saturday the 24th

-May Everly @聽Forever and Everly聽(author interview)

-Zane Jones @聽Simple Impossibilities聽(author interview)

Sunday the 25th

-Dani Eide @聽Perspective of a Writer聽(character interview and spotlight)

Monday the 26th

-Anika Joy @聽This Journey Called Life聽(review of TDS and IvIn)

-Maddy @聽Girls Living for God鈥檚 Glory聽(book spotlight)

Tuesday the 27th

-Heather @聽Frozen Books Blog聽(guest post)

-J.C. Buchanan @聽Beyond the Amethyst聽(review of TDS and IvIn)

Wednesday the 28th

-Jesseca Wheaton @聽Whimsical Writings for His Glory聽(author interview, book spotlight)

-Jaylee Morgan @聽Jaylee Morgan Writes聽(character interview and guest post)

Thursday the 29th

-Zielle @聽My Homeschool Notebook聽(review of TDS and IvIn)

-Sarah Briel @聽Penumbra Reviews聽(review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)

-Sel H. @聽Hearth聽(author interview)

Friday the 30th

-Angela R. Watts @聽The Peculiar Messenger聽(author interview)

-Lainey @聽Direct My Paths聽(reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)

-Dawn Dagger @聽Dawn Dagger鈥檚 Official Blog聽(review of TDS, author interview)


chat with me!

Will you read IvIn? | What did you think of this review? | Help congratulate Kellyn with me by commenting and liking and following along with the blog tour!

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*UPDATED* Blog Tour Part One: The Dressmaker’s Secret – Kellyn Roth (Book Review)

*UPDATED 1/07/2017*

Hi everybody and you probably know that Kellyn Roth is hosting a blog tour for her first two books in the Alice And Ivy Chronicles: book 1, The Dressmaker’s Secret and book 2, Ivy Introspective. I am reviewing Ivy Introspective in a separate post that I will link RIGHT HERE, so be sure to check that out as soon as you finish this. 馃檪 Let’s dive right in!

Review of The Dressmaker’s Secret

Rating: 4/5 stars

Age range: 12+

Era/setting: Late 1800’s

Genre: Christian historical fiction and romance

Source: was given in exchange for an honest review

You can find it at: Amazon,聽Goodreads,聽Barnes&Nobles,聽Createspace, Kobo, iBooks, and聽Inktera

Blurb:

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After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she鈥檚 ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father 鈥 and she doesn鈥檛. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice鈥檚 mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she鈥檇 much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother鈥檚 secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

 

**This is a review聽of the second edition of The Dressmaker’s Secret, published June 2017**

Bravo, Kellyn! You are an amazing, talented authoress! You should be amazingly proud of yourself. 馃檪

Characters:

Alice Chattoway: I loved Alice’s inquisitive, brave character, and I loved the relationship between she and Ivy. Alice is an 8 year old girl, the twin of her sister, Ivy, but a little bit older. I loved her character, and Kellyn did a great job of portraying her.

Nettie (Annette) Atwater: Nettie is Miss Claire Chattoway’s (Alice’s mother) maid, and good friend. She is also the Alice and Ivy’s nurse/governess. I loved her character; the way she was friends with Claire Chattoway, and how she loved the two girls.

Mr. Knight: Mr. Phil Knight is the owner of Pearlbelle Park, and (SPOILER ALERT) the newfound father of Alice and Ivy. (END OF SPOILERS) He is another character I like as well.

Claire (Molly) Chattoway: Miss Chattoway is a young mother trying to support her two little girls and trying to let go of her path. Kellyn did an amazing job showing her character, and just forming her all together.

Kirk Manning: I loved Kirk’s character (and I love it even more in Ivy Introspective!). I just wished there was more scenes with him included, and was so happy to see that he was also included in book two! He is the stable boy at Pearlbelle Park, and a mischievous boy.

I’m not going to include all the characters here, because there are quite a few, but let’s just say, they are all amazing.

Setting:

Kellyn did a superb job in writing out the setting. The character’s dialogue was perfect in time with the era she chose, and just the description, the names of the characters added into the touch of remembering that we were dealing with the late 1800’s. And just the way Kellyn described everything in her language as the storyteller, and not just showing it in the character’s dialogue really made me feel I was in the 1800’s as well. I could never do something like that.

Writing:

The writing was very very good! That’s all I can say. Her writing is prolific!

Overall:

Although the genre of this book is not usually my type, it was a good and worthwhile read. I didn’t really like the way things ended with them, but I got over it. 馃檪

I would recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction. You’ll find it is worth your time and money. 馃檪

Go ahead and check out this book! (Amazon,聽Goodreads,聽Barnes&Nobles,聽Createspace, Kobo, iBooks, and聽Inktera)

Kellyn Roth is also hosting a book giveaway of her two books, so go ahead and

-> CLICK HERE <-

(for wordpress.com bloggers)

or

-> CLICK HERE <-

(for Blogger bloggers)

 

Author bio:

Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she鈥檚 had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

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Website Blog Newsletter Facebook Amazon Goodreads

Follow along on the blog tour:

Tuesday the 20th

-Lana @聽The Music of Words聽(book and character spotlight)

Wednesday the 21st

-Faith Blum @聽Bookish Orchestrations聽(author interview)

Thursday the 22nd

-Leona @聽Great Books for God鈥檚 Girls聽(review of IvIn, author interview)

Friday the 23rd

-Jordy @聽Jordy Leigh聽(author interview)

Saturday the 24th

-May Everly @聽Forever and Everly聽(author interview)

-Zane Jones @聽Simple Impossibilities聽(author interview)

Sunday the 25th

-Dani Eide @聽Perspective of a Writer聽(character interview and spotlight)

Monday the 26th

-Anika Joy @聽This Journey Called Life聽(review of TDS and IvIn)

-Maddy @聽Girls Living for God鈥檚 Glory聽(book spotlight)

Tuesday the 27th

-Heather @聽Frozen Books Blog聽(guest post)

-J.C. Buchanan @聽Beyond the Amethyst聽(review of TDS and IvIn)

Wednesday the 28th

-Jesseca Wheaton @聽Whimsical Writings for His Glory聽(author interview, book spotlight)

-Jaylee Morgan @聽Jaylee Morgan Writes聽(character interview and guest post)

Thursday the 29th

-Zielle @聽My Homeschool Notebook聽(review of TDS and IvIn)

-Sarah Briel @聽Penumbra Reviews聽(review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)

-Sel H. @聽Hearth聽(author interview)

Friday the 30th

-Angela R. Watts @聽The Peculiar Messenger聽(author interview)

-Lainey @聽Direct My Paths聽(reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)

-Dawn Dagger @聽Dawn Dagger鈥檚 Official Blog聽(review of TDS, author interview)


chat with me!

What do you think about The Dressmaker’s Secret? | Will you read TDS? | Will you enter the giveaway? | Are you excited for Kellyn? Congratulate her along with me!

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9 Books/Book Series I Love

Hi everyone!

First off, don’t forget to check out a game I originally made on my old blog. You can find it if you hover over the ‘Fun And Games’ page. And you can find that page in ‘For Bloggers’ if you hover over that page. 馃槈

Today I’m sharing with you 5 books I LOVE. Our house is filled with bookshelves upon bookshelves of old books that we don’t have enough room in the house for all of them. So here is the list of books:

Family book series for advent by Arnold Ytreeide (pronounced Yeh-tree-dee) (Age range: for the family/9+)

This image does not belong to me. I found it online, but here is the place where is came from: via

Unfortunately, this doesn’t have Amon’s Adventure in this collage, which is one of the five books. The books are in this order:

  1. Jotham’s Journey
  2. Bartholemew’s Passage
  3. Tabitha’s Travels
  4. Amon’s Adventure
  5. Ishtar’s Odyssey

I love these books, as well as the rest of my family do. 馃榾 These books take place in the time of Jesus, like when he was born.

I might do a review on Ishtar’s Odyssey when I get the chance. I think I’d rate them all 5/5 stars because they are amazing! Actually, Amon’s Adventure and Tabitha’s Travels I would rate maybe 4/5. Or maybe Amon’s Adventure 4/5 only. 馃槢 I love the wit of the characters in these books! They are family Advent books. Like for Christmas, Easter, etc. I HIGHLY recommend these books. They are filled with adventure and I just love them.

Janette Oke’s Children’s Books series (Age range: 9+)

The next book of my favorites is the Janette Oke children’s book series. Such as Maury Had A Little Lamb, Spunky’s Diary (I have read this book so many times and every time I’ve cried my little heart out 馃槢 ), etc. These series are all about animals, but some of them include humans. Actually, most of them do. 馃檪

Trailblazer Books (Age range: 8-12 but the books are goof for young adults or adults as well)

And then there is the Trailblazer series by Dave and Neta Jackson. They write historical fiction, somewhat like famous peoples biographies in story form and with different main characters. My favorites of the series would be Listen For The Whippoorwill, about a African slave girl traveling through the underground railroad with Harriet Tubman to find her Father, and maybe Kidnapped by River Rats.

Megsy’s Influence (Age range: 8-12?)

Then there is Megsy’s Influence, an old book about this little girl who, with her mother, goes to live with her step father and step siblings. After her mother dies and she is left to care for her little baby sister alone because no body else wants the baby, she runs away.

Beyond The Horizon (Age range: 12+ or 14+)

This is a newfound favorite of mind by Jesseca Wheaton which I recently did a review on. You’ll find out about it if you read my review, and then maybe if you read it for yourself, you’ll know why I love it so much! 馃槈 I love the cover.

A Question of Honor (Age range: 14+)

Love this book! See this review by Kellyn for this book. The cover is amazing! 馃榾 See for yourself!

Little House on The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Age range: 8-12)

Image from Amazon.com

I also love the TV series for these ones as well. 馃檪

Fight For Kidsboro (Age range: 8-14 or 8-12)

I loved this book! I haven’t read it for so long, though. I need too! Eversince I read it, I wanted a little town for us kids to run all by ourselves. How cool would that be? I did a review for this book on my old blog. Another book in this series is The Risky Reunion. Do you listen to the Adventures in Odyssey podcasts? They are really good!

(last, but not least) In Grandma’s Attic series (Age range: 8-12)

The stories in these books are so funny, about this grandma who tells stories to her grand daughter of stories when she was a child. If you’re wondering why it’s called In Grandma’s Attic, it’s because the girl finds old things in her Grandma’s attic which lead to another story that her Grandma tells her. 馃槈 One of my favorite stories in when Mable (the Grandma), when she was younger, along with her friend Sara-Jane found a magazine about skin care. In there they found a recipe for a cream to put on their faces so that they could get rid of wrinkles and freckles. After they made it, they tried to put it on and it stuck to their faces! XD Ouch. I know, it’s much funnier when you read the story itself. 馃槢

Have you read any of these books?

Which one did you think looked the best?

What are some of your favorite books/book series?

If you’ve read the Family Stories of Advent series, which ones were your favorites?

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Look forward to a review for Ishtar’s Odyssey! It might take a while because I only borrowed the book from my sister the first time I read it and I’ll need to borrow the book again to review it a little. 馃檪

 

Beyond The Horizon – Jesseca Wheaton (Book Review)

Hi everyone!

Yesterday I found this book via Reveries Reviews, Beyond The Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton. And from Kellyn’s review, I immediately saw it as a great book. So enough of that, let’s get on with it. 馃檪

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**UPDATE: WHAT??? WHAT WHAT WHAT? WHY DID I RATE THIS BOOK 4/5?! It is my all time favorite!! What was I thinking? This book is now officially rated 5/5. There. I am literally reading this book right now. Again. Any book that gets me to read it again for the third time has to be rated perfectly.**

Rating: 5/5 stars

Source: Amazon Kindle

Age range: 12+

Era: Late 1930’s (WW2)

Beyond The Horizon

This cover!!

Eliana longs to see the world beyond the mountains that tower above Salzburg, Austria, but knows that dream will never see such adventure- and neither will she.

Surrounded by a world of cruelty, she lives for the weekly visits of Aron, a boy she met on one of her rambles through the countryside.

But as the years pass and she begins to grow older, a new and unwelcome world is opened up to her.
On a fateful night at a party she vowed she鈥檇 never attend, she comes face to face with a shocking truth.

As the world around her teeters on the brink of war, Eliana struggles to figure out just where her loyalty lies; a decision that will drastically change the course of her life. Will she ever be free to see what lies beyond the horizon?

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Let’s just say first of all, the cover is amazing. I don’t usually pay attention to the covers of books, but I really like this one (and I LOVE the cover of A Question of Honor). It’s SO professional.

This story was fantastic. I saw that it was christmas story, a fairytale retelling of Cinderella, in Austria AND in WW2??! WOW! It’s so unique and interesting. I loved it. Jesseca Wheaton is a very talented young author and she’s inspired me to write more because she’s only 18 (I think) and she has published 3 or more books already, guys! ( :O )

This is a book I will certainly read more than once. 馃檪 (it’s because of Aron, believe me)

Characters:

Aron: Aron is this sweet, loving, amazing guy who befriends Eliana (Elly). I just – I loved him. Although, at the beginning, he is this young jolly boy and then it all changes. In the next chapter, he’s a man already and I feel as if his ‘youngness’ (that’s not a word is it) could have lasted longer. But of course, from the prologue to the first chapter, it skips to four years later so obviously I can understand that. 馃槢 I think Jesseca developed his character really well.

Elly: Elly is a girl who’s been living with her cruel Mother and her two sisters, Annie and Dalia. I liked her character, strong yet timid I suppose.

Wilhelm: I loved his character as well, but I wished there was more scenes of him. But, after all, it is a short story and he’s supposed to be ‘suddenly discovered’. I’m not going to tell you who he is, though, because I don’t want to give you a spoiler. 馃槈

Writing: I would have liked a bit more description, but other than that, the writing was great and I would definitely recommend more of Jesseca’s books (especially A Question of Honor. Can you tell how much I enjoyed it? XD ) . I’m not sure if this should be in writing section or the setting section, ( 馃槢 ) but I would have liked more description or an occasional ‘reminder’ that it was Christmas. Well there was the Christmas party, but maybe more small things showing what it would have looked like in Christmas. (BUT AFTER ALL IT IS A SHORT STORY WHY DO I KEEP SAYING THIS) I also loved that there was a little mystery in the story.

Setting: It was hard for me to remember that the setting was in Austria in WW2, and not some fantasy world. I understand though because it is a short story and how much can you fit into a novella? But I liked how (SPOILER ALERT)聽they found out that Elly was really a Jew because it added more to the touch of what was happening during that era.

Overall, I loved this book. It was so heartwarming and sweet, and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Christmas stories, or historical stories or fairy-tale retellings. 馃檪

P.S I always have trouble writing boys who like a girl because I don’t want them to be too lovey dovey or mushy, but I still want it to show that he likes her. 馃槢 Any ideas?

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Zielle

(I am currently without a signoff 馃槢 )

Do you think you will read Beyond The Horizons?

I love Aron!! 馃榾