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The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas
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I cannot even begin to express how wonderful I think this book is, in every way! It is absolutely gorgeous and is destined to become a children's Christmas classic!
The illustrations are vibrant in color and skillfully done. I liked how realistic they were and some almost appear dimensional. A good story is important (and this is one!) but illustrations can make or break a book where children are concerned.
A young boy named Sam is excited about Christmas, like any other child during the holiday. But this is where the similarity with many other Christmas story ends. The focus is not on "Santa", or what gifts Sam is going to get. The story centers on caring, doing for others in need, and Jesus.
Sam's mother puts a beautiful silver box on the mantle. All she will tell him is that it is a special gift called a Sparkle Box. She explains that it must first be filled before it can be opened. Each time he asks, he is told they must put more things in it. Throughout the book, the family is shown giving to those less fortunate. What amazed me was that Sam as a youngster noticed where people were lacking. This is such a great example for children reading the book, as most are about,"me, me, me."
Christmas morning they open the Sparkle Box. In it are slips of paper and written on each one are the acts of benevolence their family has had been undertaking throughout the holiday. His mother explains that they are their gifts to Jesus in honor of His birthday. Sam was confused as they had given the gifts to people, not Jesus. His mother explains that when we give to others we are giving to Him.
There were so many things I liked about this book. First, Christmas was being celebrated with all the decorations and special traditions, but that was not the emphasis. The focal point was Christ and the less fortunate. It is quite the opposite nowadays as else is highlighted by all the worldly activities and Jesus is pushed aside.
I also liked the fact that Santa wasn't mentioned once. His image as grown to such proportions that he takes the place of Christ. Not only in celebrating Christmas but sadly in the hearts of children. Little ones love to give and this book introduces them to the idea of how to give gifts to Jesus by helping the needy.
I was surprised and delighted to see in the back of the book was a Sparkle Box to put together! You can start your own family tradition of giving gifts to the One Who gave all to us! A must have for anyone that has children or works with children! It is a book to be treasured through generations!
I received this book free from Ideal Publications. www.idealbooks.com I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Judas Child
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A+ Excellent plot

David Gets in Trouble
David Gets in Trouble
Author: David Shannon
Genre: Children's Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Everybody in my Kindergarten class seems to like this book...except for David.

Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 19)
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Love the series.

Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 19)
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A great romping laugh.

When Demons Walk (Sianim, Bk 4)
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Great heroine.

Embrace Sin
Embrace Sin
Author: Kirk J. Scott
Book Type: Paperback
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My perusal of it looks like it's aimed at youngsters that want to revolt from their parents' ideas without working too hard.

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
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The fascinating tale of a successful female pharoah during the 18th dynasty of Egypt. This brilliant woman manipulated the ancient Egyptian patriarchy to become first regent and then co-king, ruling alongside Thutmose III. Well-organized and easy to read. I would highly suggest this book to anyone who is interested in learning about powerful women in history.

I received a copy of this book free through Library Thing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.

Night
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Very well written tale of how the Jews were persecuted by the Germans.

Zero-G
Zero-G
Author: Alton Gansky
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Paperback
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I've read a lot of this author's work recently. I really enjoy it. Interesting science fiction but with a gentle and positive message! Zero-G is the best one yet!

Enemies
Enemies
Author: Richard Harris
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Paperback
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I enjoyed this book once it got going. Little slow at first.it was well written and kept my interest

Bluegate Fields: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel (Mortalis)
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Inspector Thomas Pitt is shocked. The body of a boy, clearly from the upper classes, has been found in the filthy sewers of Bluegate Fields, one of London's most dangerous slums. What's more, the unfortunate boy had been violated before he was murdered.

But when the Waybournes, the boy's family, refuse to answer the police's questions, Inspector Pitt begins to wonder what secrets they are trying to hide. Pitt's wife and help mate, Charlotte, is determined to find out–even if it means tearing down the facade of an oh-so-proper family.

Shattered Justice (Family Honor, Bk 1)
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Might've been a good book, but couldn't keep my interest. It just wasn't what I needed at the time I picked it up. Didn't finish it, made it half way through.

From A Name to A Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography
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This book changed my life so much. For one, I don't complain anymore, about anything. As soon as I think about complaining, I compare my problems to Wieners. From the invasion of Poland by the German army in 1939, to the murder of Wiener's father, to his older brother snatched from their home in 1941, to the author himself snatched and sent to a series of forced labor and concentration camps starting in 1942, my childhood problem were absolutely trivial in comparison. And any problems I would still complain about today, again, they are nothing in comparison to the lingering effects of the traumas Wiener suffered before he was imprisoned, during his 35 months of imprisonment, and even after liberation. Please consider reading this book. It will change your life. If you do, keep in mind that a review posted on Amazon (in addition to PaperBack Swap) is the best way to share the love with the rest of the world. Thanks for considering.

Princess Pig: A Short Vowel Adventure (BraveMouse Readers)
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This was an incredible awesome read! The illustrations cover the full page and are colorful enough with the cutest characters to catch and hold your attention! The stories are cute, simple, clever and short enough for young readers to wade through themselves or for reading by an adult maybe at nap time or bed time! At the end of the book, to encourage your imagination the author leads with a sentence that you can make your own story up! Books will be read and re-read many times as the children actually learn their vowels, without even knowing they're doing it! Wish we had had books like this when I was little! Most enjoyable, even had me laughing out loud and thinking of what my story would be!

Rat Attack: A Short Vowel Adventure (BraveMouse Readers)
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This was an incredible awesome read! The illustrations cover the full page and are colorful enough with the cutest characters to catch and hold your attention! The stories are cute, simple, clever and short enough for young readers to wade through themselves or for reading by an adult maybe at nap time or bed time! At the end of the book, to encourage your imagination the author leads with a sentence that you can make your own story up! Books will be read and re-read many times as the children actually learn their vowels, without even knowing they're doing it! Wish we had had books like this when I was little! Most enjoyable, even had me laughing out loud and thinking of what my story would be!

Gold Digger: The Outrageous Life and Times of Peggy Hopkins Joyce


A lackluster biography of a conniving, amoral female, who her contemporaries agreed was completely without acting talent and not very bright. She did have three talents: great beauty, a ready sexual acquiescence to any man who'd spend money on her, and the ability to produce a screeching, clawing hissy-fit any time she needed one to get her own way. Apparently, Anita Loos' fictional character, Lorelei Lee, was based on Peggy Hopkins Joyce; those books (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, A Girl Like I) would give you much more pleasant reading than this bio about someone who was an early example of 'famous for being famous.'

Eternal Passage (California Pioneer Series, Book 3)
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enjoying this series very much. traveling to California during the gold rush and a young lady due to extreme circumstances finds love following God's Bible

The Raven Cycle: Book 3
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I was looking forward to reading this book so much. I love Maggie and this series was quickly becoming one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the momentum that was built in the first two books just did not carry through to this third book, leaving me underwhelmed and disappointed.

The New villains were not well rounded, developed, or likeable. This was surprising given how amazing the Grey Man and laundry Kavinsky were in The Dream Thieves.

The plot was not easy to follow or well focused, making the book feel like it moved very, very slowly and making it difficult to read. The plot was also a little repetitive, the same points and ‘clues' discussed and revealed multiple times. There seemed to be a lot of metaphors and implications that I just couldn't understand.

There was a good bit of character and relationship development, which was nice. I loved the scenes with Gansey and Blue on the phone, and Ronan in this novel is just fantastic. Adam is further developed, but also very frustrating in this third installment. While these old, well-established characters are further developed, the new ones are all but ignored. This is unfortunate because there is a lot of potential.

The ending wasn't a cliff hanger like in the previous books, but it also didn't really have any kind of wow factor for me either, which was really disappointing. I'd rather be frustrated that I have to wait another year to resolve a cliff hanger.

This book was not bad by any means, but it is definitely the weakest in the series so far. The plot was hard to follow, slow, and repetitive. The character and relationship development is the highlight of this book. This was just so disappointing to me. I can only hope book four ramps back up the plot and focuses on the hunt while still maintaining and developing the characters.

The Tontine
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First published in 1955

Captive (The Blackcoat Rebellion)
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Captive was filled with very unexpected plot twists, good pacing, and well-maintained suspense throughout the story. I really liked the turn this second book took, and the additional information we gain about Elsewhere. It really helped to round out the world from a completely different perspective.

Unfortunately, the new people Kitty encounters there are mostly two-dimensional. None of them have memorable personalities or anything in particular to distinguish them from one another. The villains are particularly disappointing, given the bar that was set by the true monsters in the first book. Because of the underwhelming supporting cast, I began to really miss the presence of Celia. She was one of my favorites in the first book but plays no part whatsoever in this second installment.

Now that we have been given a perspective of the two extremes of society (upper and lower), I really hope the final installment gives us some insight into the lives of regular people living within the general population.

Overall this was another rather good, suspenseful YA dystopian novel. The plot twists were by far the best part, the characters being the most disappointing. I'd recommend this book to fans of Divergent and other similar YA dystopians.

Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages
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I don't usually read stuff set in the middle ages, but this book intrigued me. I really enjoyed most of this novel, learning a LOT about how life was back in the early 1300's, and the history of paper making. The ending was a bit predictable and weak, but this book was still enjoyable.

Worn Stories
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Worn Stories by Emily Spivack captures the idea that objects - in this case, clothing - hold memories. The book seeks to preserve these memories, one piece of clothing at a time. The book has about 70 essays from an eclectic group of individuals who each tell their stories. Some may strike a chord, and some may seem ordinary. Either way, the truth holds. We all have such stories of our lives in our closets. What is yours?

Read me complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/11/worn-stories.html

Just Before Dawn (Hideaway, Bk 6) (Arabesque)
Just Before Dawn (Hideaway, Bk 6) (Arabesque)
Author: Rochelle Alers
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I enjoyed this book, very much. Good reading.

Japanese Design Motifs (Dover Pictorial Archive Series)
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#3,274 spoke to me, somehow

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