What I Actually Read In The Month of September

At the start of the month, I wrote a post saying what books I wanted to read/review last month. Let’s see how I did!

I read completely different books than to what I said I would read; let me tell you that.

 

I didn’t read as much as I’d wanted to, and as you can see, it is VERY much different to my to-read list on my September Reads post! XD My older sister could read 13 books in 1 or 2 days!

Next month, I’m going to try and…

  • Read 15 books
  • Review at least 5 books, including my ARC’s
  • Read 2 classics
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I think I’ve read about five of all the thousands of old books we have
  • Read The Green Ember
  • Ask for at least 3 books to review
  • Get a paperback book #desperation

Let’s see how I do at the end of the month! 😉

Do you have any books you are planning to read/review this month? Have you read any of the books I read?

Happy reading!

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The Secret Slipper by Amando Tero & The Lady of The Vineyard by Kellyn Roth {Mini Reviews #1}

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?


I really loved this book, a little more than the first one. The action was really good. I thought Raoul would be a teeny bit more happy when he found Ellia, but that’s okay.

I really loved Ellia’s character; stubborn, proud. But I didn’t like Dumphey at all. Sometimes it felt like he was older than Ellia, all though it did mention that he was younger than her.

The writing, the dialogue, the characters, the setting; everything was amazing! It is such a heartwarming novella of faith and a Father searching for his daughter whom he’d thought was dead. I loved this book!

There is no magic, not like the typical Cinderella story you all know, and instead of a Prince, it’s a Father!

Not much content warnings. Bioti slaps Ellia. No romance, no violence. Perfect for tweens or younger, or maybe young adults.

5 stars!


Since her divorce, Adele Collier has pursued her own pleasure at the expense of her daughter. When her ex-husband suddenly reappears in their lives, Adele allows him to take Judy to France with him for the summer. The time apart leads her to realize her daughter is the light of her world, yet she’s still not sure she’s ready to give up her lifestyle.

Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade her mother’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever … but someday she must return to England and her mother. However, Judy isn’t sure she can ever trust her mother again.

A novella set in pre-WW2 Europe, this sweet story is sure to delight lovers of light-hearted historical fiction.


Can a family come back together, or has too much time gone past?

Wow. This novella is amazing! I loved Judy and her father. However I don’t think Adele (Judy’s mother) was really keeping Judy away from her father. The book did say that Adele invited him to come to see Judy, but he always refused… That part I didn’t understand. (Kell if you’re reading this, maybe you can give me an answer? XD 😉 ) I also thought Colette sounded too old for her age.

My heart broke for Judy, having only the love of her Granny but wishing her mother wouldn’t neglect her. Especially when she had the talk with her mother. ❤

Kellyn’s writing is amazing, simple to understand, and the setting was perfect. I loved this book and I was really excited when I got it for free today on my Kindle! Unfortunately, by the time I got this post up it wasn’t free anymore. :/ But buy it anyway will you This was a beautiful story that I absolutely adored.

There is some romance, a great book for tweens, teens, and young adults.

5 stars!


About Amanda Tero

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Website: amandatero.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/truthpicsart/
Blog: http://www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero


About Kellyn Roth

Kellyn Roth lives with her parents, two little brothers, mad cat Sparrow, and dogs Gidget and Riley. She’s a Christian, country girl, and all-around American. Ever since she could talk, she had a fascination with words, always making up songs and poems. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time writing. Find out more about her and her novels at https://kellynroth.wordpress.com/


Thank you for reading that and I hope you check out these books!

I will be trying to post twice a week from now on, no specific days.

God bless and happy reading!

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Befriending The Beast by Amanda Tero {Review}

Title: Befriending The Beast

Series (if applicable): Tales of Faith {Book One}

Era (if applicable): Medieval

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre: Fiction, Beauty And The Beast re-telling

Content: 0/5

Nothing at all. There is mention about sin, but why would I call that content; wait why did I even write that down…

Age-range: 12+

Overall rating: 4/5

Source: Amazon Kindle


Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn.

Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?

 

This book was simple, heartwarming and so beautiful. Befriending the Beast is a re-telling of Beauty And The Beast, but for those of you who don’t enjoy re-tellings, I promise you, this is very unique and not at all like the fairytale. It has a very powerful message about faith (hence the series title), and trusting God in every situation.

Characters 5/5

I felt so much with the characters. I felt Belle’s thoughts, her feelings, it was all put together very nicely. I really loved the part where Percy is giving advice to Belle; that was lovely. I didn’t like Anis at all. Her name reminded me of a Filipino word, ‘inis’, which means annoying. XD Whenever she would stop Belle and reprimand her about not entering a room like a Princess should, I would always think, “Hey Anis, you’re stalling the story! I don’t like you!” I’m not saying that Anis shouldn’t have been in this novella, I’m saying that Amanda so very well developed her characters, that I felt that. And I loved Keirstrider! Keir is a horse, by the way.

But I thought that Belle’s Father was a little incomplete. The first thing I thought when Belle had the accident and her immediately changed a little, I felt it was too sudden. But as I read on, that worked perfectly. I also felt that her Father was a little immature. It’s just me though. And I would have liked to see more scenes with him.

Plot 5/5

The plot was amazing. Amanda thought, ‘What if the Beast was Belle’s Father?’. That worked so well. The story kept a lot of things about Beauty And The Beast, but it was so unique. I personally like to read books with a lot of action, this book didn’t have much of that, but everything else fixed that.

The plot had a lot of turns that surprised me and made the book a lot more interesting. The end was nicely resolved.

Writing 4/5

I felt like I was in the book when I read it. I felt all the emotions the characters felt. But I don’t seem to recall having any notes on what Belle looked like. That’s totally fine and it doesn’t really change anything, but I would’ve liked to see more of how the main character looked. I thought it was a bit boring at times, but that’s just the way I read books. 😉 It was a bit dragging at the beginning, though.

About the medieval time era, the language the characters spoke in was perfect, even the way the author wrote depicted the medieval time. The author certainly did her research.

Other notes (overall)

I would definitely recommend this to anyone, but probably would best suit ages 12 and up. I loved the christian values and the powerful message in the book. I was a bit confused though; what was Belle’s sin? Leaving her Father? Was Belle’s Father angry that she left him? I think Belle left him because her Father was altogether ignoring her after his wife passed. I love the cover, I love the book, Amanda is very talented.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book, and I will most likely post a review to it here.

On the side note, I am accepting suggestions for books now. Please head over here to learn more. 🙂

About The Author

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Website: amandatero.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/truthpicsart/
Blog: http://www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero

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