I think the novel Entertaining Angels holds real value in today's world. Every teenager or person, for that matter, struggling with self-acceptance should read this book. It portrays, Maddie, an overweight teen who has very low self-esteem. She doesn't think she's thin enough or pretty enough for anyone, and her negative attitude toward herself has her in a really bad place. But as it turns out, there is someone who cares for her, no matter how she views herself. The book delves not only into her self-discovery and acceptance, but it hits on the spiritual side of things, as well. (Yes, there is an angel, duh!) It depicts her struggle with herself, the spiritual battle, and then the acceptance.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the dynamics in Madison's personal relationships with family. I liked that Maddie had a lot of support, but I also really felt that all of her interpersonal relationships were really well portrayed and realistic. Overall this was such a tender read and so perfect for teens and a YA fan base, especially for those who want a CLEAN read -- which can be hard to find.
Before We Say I Do is such a sweet sequel to the book. I felt it was the perfect length and am glad that we got to continue with the characters and get even closer to them. In this story, Mads and Chase get married. It's fun to watch Maddie with nerves and this book is not without its struggles for the characters. Chase must overcome some unresolved issues with his father before walking down the aisle. Though this is a short story it certainly isn't lacking depth and really worked to draw me in. Even though it's a sequel I think readers would enjoy it on its own. Awesome follow-up!
Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.
Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.
Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?
Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.
Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?
Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.
Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.
*This is a short story and isn't a prequel to Entertaining Angels. In order to understand it, you'll need to read Entertaining Angels first.*
Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.
She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!
She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!
She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.
READER REVIEW: "The Up North Adventure series might be a refreshing alternative to some of the young adult series out there. Griffy and Pike are 'tween boys whose world is devoid of the petty longings of the boys in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Instead, [their] adventures are reminiscent of the Hardy Boys." --Katherine Prior
Price:FREE Rating: 5 Stars
For Corbett Griffith III, divorce and two busy parents mean goodbye city life, hello great outdoors. With their busy Chicago careers and schedules, his parents just don't seem to have any time for him. When his mother sends him to his uncle's Wisconsin fishing resort for the summer, Corbett feels that there's no one pulling for him or caring what happens to him.
But all of that changes at Whispering Pines Lodge, Corbett learns he is never really alone, thanks to his Uncle Dell, who takes care of him, and his new friend Pike, who pulls him into one mischievous adventure after another. It's a summer of change for ten-year-old Corbett--even his name changes, when a cute girl calls him "Griffy," a nickname he likes enough to keep.
When Griffy catches two elusive walleyes, he is surprised to discover how much he likes fishing. Eager to test his newfound skills, he and Pike are stunned to hear that a seventy-pound muskie is on the loose. They resolve to catch the ferocious fish, no matter what. For Pike catching a world record muskie would be about the sport. For Griffy it would be about something more. Maybe, just maybe, if he caught that fish is parents would take notice.
Will they be able to catch the muskie and stop it from attacking anyone or anything?
G. M. Moore is a former newspaper writer, editor and columnist. The author grew up battling game fish on the lakes of northern Wisconsin. During the summer months, you can still find the Chicago-area author up north and out on the lake.
Amazon Reader Review:Lee Edward Fodi, the "Wizard of Words", returns with his newest adventure in, Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve. In his legendary way, Author and illustrator, Lee Edward Fodi, flawlessly mixes magic, monsters and mystery for his readers...Mythic archetypes, hair-raising action and humor makes this installment of the Kendra Kandlestar chronicles a book fans of fantasy will be tempted to stay up all night to read. This family friendly series and exciting book is filled with thought provoking issues, Kendra Kandlestar and the Shard from Greeve will entertain readers of all ages. -- Hassler's Review
PRICE: FREE RATING: 4.9 stars
TRAPPED IN A PIT OF MONSTERS . . . When young Kendra Kandlestar is granted a wand by the ancient tree of Een, she yearns to become a great sorceress. But magic doesn’t come easily to Kendra, and she soon turns to the shard from Greeve—and its dark power—to help her rescue her brother from the Rumble Pit, a deadly gladiator arena where all manner of mythical creatures are forced to fight in a fierce contest for survival. Yet, as Kendra is seduced by the power of the insidious shard, she discovers that the greatest battle just might be the one brewing inside her own heart. Is this a war she can win? There’s only one way to find out: Behold the Shard from Greeve, and enter a world of magic, monsters, and mystery!
Lee Edward Födi (or Mr. Wiz, as he is so often called) likes to think of himself as a daydreaming specialist. When he is not daydreaming himself, he teaches daydreaming—mostly to kids who, it seems to him, are already pretty good at daydreaming, though they just haven’t learned how to put it to good use yet. Födi loves mythology and visiting exotic places where he can explore tombs, mazes, castles, and crypts—not to mention tiny places tucked between here and there. http://www.kendrakandlestar.com