Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #106

Happy Thursday, all! I hope you are having a good week. We started our new school year this week which is always exciting! The girls just couldn’t wait anymore, and their begging finally got me to do the prep work and get us going. We are doing a Children Around the World curriculum this year and studying countries and cultures as we go. I would love to hear from you in the comments, especially if you are not from the US, about any books from your childhood that 1) might be available in English, and 2) highlight some cultural aspect of where you are from? Thanks in advance!

Even though the days before we begin our year are always the craziest for me, I still managed to read two really great books this week. I’ll be reviewing them soon as they were both really enjoyable and had things about them that I really want to share! So keep on the lookout for some new reviews here at Mommynificent soon!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!



I’m linking this post up at Literacy Musing Mondays, Cozy Reading Spot, and The Book Nook at Create with Joy.

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #105

Happy Thursday, all! I hope you are having a good week. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Colorful Bookshelves – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #104

Hi all! Happy Booknificent Thursday! Look at this adorable drawing my five-year-old made of me this week. She gave it to me and said, “This is you, Mom. You are picking a book from this colorful bookshelf and then sitting in this blue chair to read it.” Does my daughter know me or what?! :)

Maisy drawing

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share from your bookshelves with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Surprising Book Facts – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #103

Good Thursday to you friends! I hope you’re pumped and ready for Booknificent Thursday! I sure am! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

But before you go, I had a friend share this infographic today on facebook, and even though I think I’ve seen it before, I still find it shocking. Can this really be true? It makes me so sad. What are your thoughts?

Literacy statistics

Well, regardless, let’s do all we can to reverse this trend!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Splash Summer Novella Collection Review

When I agreed to receive a complimentary copy of Splash! 9 Refreshing Romance Novellas Filled with Faith in exchange for my honest review, I had no idea what a great deal I was getting!!! This is nearly 1,000 pages of really quality writing – all of which is not only clean but spiritually uplifting. I had only heard of one or two of the authors before and so it also had the added benefit of introducing me to some new authors. I will be looking into the other books written by every single one of these authors because they each write well with a distinct voice and style and have a commitment to Jesus that shines through their books!

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There really is so much to love about this collection. I love that the authors gave themselves “rules” as follows: Christian contemporary romance stories between 20,000 and 35,000 words in length, in summer, with water. Those parameters really helped to tie the collection together, and it’s really fun to see how each author’s creativity and writing style shone through when given such loose parameters. The novellas have a wide variety of settings in really cool places! I loved how the settings played a pretty major role in each book, and I felt like I got a world tour as a bonus with this collection as we visited Australia, Canada, Scotland, Alaska, Oregon (with a character pretending to be French so lots of French language and cultural references), Chincoteague, Virginia with its fascinating wild ponies, Savannah, Georgia, and finally Zambia with a few scenes in England to boot! One of the novellas is even set in Missouri near my hometown so that was fun.

I highly recommend this collection of novellas. At 99 cents for now, it is such a good deal for so many great reads! Click here or on the picture below to buy it from Amazon. (affiliate links)

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Here are descriptions from the authors along with just a few of my thoughts on each of the novellas. As they go on sale individually, I’ll add their book covers and my Amazon affiliate links to them here, but I really do highly recommend the collection. As you’ll see, the collection actually costs less than some of the individual books for now!

His Perfect Catch by Narelle Atkins (Australia)

A holiday romance isn’t part of the plan when Mia Radcliffe temporarily moves to Sapphire Bay and lives next door to Pete McCall, her secret crush from years ago. Pete prefers the simple life. Can Mia leave behind her big-city dreams and settle with Pete in the seaside town?

My review: While an enjoyable read, this was not a stand-out for me. Mia was pretty high maintenance which made it hard for me to like her. Pete was sweet though, especially putting up with her :), and it was a solid, sweet, clean, romantic read.

Sweet Serenade by Valerie ComerSweet Serenade by Valerie Comer (Canada)

Carly and Reed thrive on the rush of running rapids in a canoe until they capsize in both river and romance. Will secrets from the past drown their future, or can this idyllic summer romance lead to a lifetime of sweet serenades?

My review: I always enjoy Valerie Comer’s Canadian settings. She does such a good job making the places come to life and making me want to be there! I also liked the characters of Carly and Reed. The message of the importance of sexual purity, while perhaps a little heavy-handed in this short read, is a very necessary one these days and I thought it was handled well.

More than Friends by Autumn MacarthurMore than Friends by Autumn Macarthur (Scotland)

When nurse Catriona asks for help with her Vacation Bible School for disabled children, she never imagines how much could go wrong on a simple seaside day out — or that the colleague she’s secretly loved for years might come to see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

My review: This was a very sweet day at the beach in Scotland. It was fun to get to know Cat and Ally and learn their history as it was slowly revealed throughout the novella, and I really appreciated Cat’s journey of learning to receive grace. I loved the characters of the disabled children; I thought the author did a great job of showing how unique and precious each one was while not sugar-coating their challenges or those of their care-takers. This novella serves as a gentle encouragement to all of us to notice the needs of care-takers of disabled children and do what we can to give them a break or at least some encouragement. I was also totally intrigued by the concept of “messy church” and definitely want to learn more about it!

Love Flies In by Heidi McCahan (Alaska)

He’s a seaplane pilot determined to honor his convictions. She’s a kayak guide who mocked his faith for sport. One small lakeside cabin in Alaska can’t house them both.

My review: This was a very interesting novella in that the characters’ shared history lay in the experience of the female mocking the male for his faith in college. She has since come to faith but he doesn’t know that. The Alaskan setting adds much to their complex journey toward forgiveness, restoration, and finally, love, and I really enjoyed traveling it with them.

Testing the Waters by Lesley Ann McDaniel (Oregon)

After breaking up with her ultra-critical boyfriend, Teresa decides to reinvent herself. She meets a nice guy named Curt on the beach in Crescent Cove, Oregon, and tells him she’s Terése from Paris. Pretending to be someone else is fun until the unthinkable happens — she starts to fall for him.

My review: This one was a little less enjoyable for me as it was the hardest to believe. Novellas give such a short time for the characters to get to know one another (which is why so many of them rely on previous shared history), but in this one, the characters not only have no history, but the vast majority of their experience in the short story consists of her pretending to be someone else. I also had a hard time connecting with the depths of Teresa’s low self-esteem. What saved this novella for me was the secondary characters of the family that Teresa and Curt got to know and the fact that no commitments were made – just that they all (including the family) found out at the end that they live quite close to each other and could continue getting to know each other. Viewing this novella as the beginning of a story rather than a story in itself made it okay for me.

The Lifeguards, the Swim Team, and Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado (Missouri)

Lifeguard Alivia Collins looks forward to another summer on the guard stand at the Serenity Landing Aquatic Center. This year, she’s going to have to keep herself from falling for the cute, new guard — or realize it’s time to give love another chance.

My review: Neither the title nor the synopsis for this one impressed me, but it actually ended up being one of my favorites. I enjoyed the young adult feel as well as the first person narrative. I found the characters really engaging – I loved Alivia’s tender heart for children and the little girl she was a nanny for. And I loved the new life guard CJ – I really enjoyed the slow reveal of who he was and why he had really moved to town. And he was so sweet in the way he treated not only Alivia but also his sisters. I highly recommend this one!

Time and Tide by Lynette SowellTime and Tide by Lynette Sowell (Virginia)

When out-of-work fashion journalist Karyn Lewis uses the summer to regroup on the coast of Virginia, she plans to lie low at Pine Breezes campground. She doesn’t plan for her heart to be on a collision course with old friend Brodie Reed. They must decide if the past that looms between them will be too much for them to have a future together.

My review: The highlights of this one for me were the setting on Chincoteague Island, a place I’ve been fascinated with since reading Misty of Chincoteague as a little girl, and the slow reveal of the tragedy in the characters’ shared history. This was really well done. I didn’t connect as well with these characters, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless.

Draw You Near by Jan ThompsonDraw You Near by Jan Thompson (Georgia)

Savannah artist Abilene Dupree keeps her personal life out of her commercial paintings except one. That one painting has now brought Londoner Lars Cargill back to the coastal town and into her art world. Can she hold him at bay before he invades her personal space and her heart?

My review: My favorite part of this story is how loveably quirky Lars is. He is truly unique and, as such, you never know quite what to expect from him. His obsession with a painting and thus its painter is actually pretty funny as are said painter Abilene’s reactions to him. I really enjoyed the interactions between these two, especially as they were just beginning to get to know each other. They were hilarious! I also love the unique church community introduced in this book. I hope to get to know many of these other characters in other books by this author!

Orphaned Hearts by Marion Ueckermann (Zambia)

His faith buried with his wife, Simon devotes himself to raising his daughter and orphan elephants. Lady Abigail postpones an arranged marriage, leaving England to teach the children of Africa. Will his past—or her future—keep their hearts orphaned?

My review: I loved this story, its characters, and its setting. My only complaint was that I wanted so much more! This story, in my opinion, had the potential to be a nice long novel so that we could really get to know not only the main characters better but also the kids in the orphanage, the workers at the elephant sanctuary, and even some of the main characters’ extended families. I wanted to go so much deeper into the emotional and spiritual journeys of the two main characters. I so hope that this writer writes a whole lot more books and that they are long, satisfying reads!

Final Thoughts

While I did really enjoy each of the novellas in this series, I have to be honest and say that the introvert in me finds it hard to invest in characters for the short length of a novella and then never see them again. It was especially hard for me reading through this collection quickly in order to review it on time. I felt like I’d just been to a week-long retreat of meeting new people every day that I’d never see again. I was so emotionally exhausted that my husband actually laughed at me! I had to read a long series with the same characters after that to recover – (I chose Robin Lee Hatcher’s Sisters of Bethlehem Springs Collection and really enjoyed it!)

Had I read this collection without a deadline, I would have stopped after each novella and gone to find out whether the author had any more books set in that world and especially where those characters recurred. I would have read those before moving on to the next novella. When I shared this with one of the authors, Valerie Comer, she told me the good news that quite a few of the Splash! stories are in series where there are or will be recurring characters. Here is what she shared with me:

  • Narelle Atkins’ novella, His Perfect Catch, is a spin off of her novel Seaside Proposal.
  • Carol Moncado’s characters from The Life Guards, the Swim Team, and Frozen Custard have been around before and will be again. (I found this to be particularly exciting since I found myself rather attached to these characters. When I looked at Carol Moncado’s other books, I couldn’t really tell which books would include these characters, but it looks like both of her existing series take place, at least in part, in the same town as this one. And when I looked, a couple of them were free for Kindle!)
  • Autumn Macarthur’s characters in More Than Friends were minor characters in A Model Bride, book 3 of her Love in Store series. (I was excited to see that book 1, The Wedding Listis free for Kindle and books 2-4 are available for Kindle Unlimited subscribers! I’ll be reading this series very soon!)
  • Heidi McCahan’s Love Flies In is related to her novel Unraveled.
  • Jan Thompson’s Draw You Near will be recurring characters (7 novellas set there). (The first of these seven, Know You More, is already out, and I’m really excited to read the rest! It looks like they will be characters from that unique church community I mentioned! Yay! The Amazon page for Know You More, linked above, has a description of the plan for the whole series.)

So which of these novellas sounds the most interesting to you? Have you read any of these authors before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Hallelujah! It’s Working Again! – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #102

Thank you so much for your patience with me over the past two weeks with all the problems my blog was experiencing! You all were amazing and flexible and I appreciate you so much! I am so happy that everything seems to be back up and working, and we are here and ready for a new Booknificent Thursday!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

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  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
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Happy linking and have a great week!


Resources for Moms and Kids to Learn More About the Life of Moses – Freebie and Giveaway!

It would seem that this is the year for our family to study the life of Moses. It began with my reading and reviewing Mesu Andrews’ most recent book, The Pharaoh’s Daughterwhich gives some very unique perspectives and definitely sends you to the Bible to figure out where the author got her ideas.

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Then, Daddynificent and the two older girls were able to get into a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) group here in Malaysia. I think BSF is a wonderful program, especially for homeschoolers like us as it allows my kids to have a classroom-like experience and really teaches them to dig deep in the Bible. I also love that the kids are studying the same thing as the adults! Even though I’m not able to attend right now as the women’s one is too far away to be practical for our family, I love that we can read the passages together as a family in the evening and help the kids answer their questions. Then Daddy answers his on his own later. The BSF groups in Asia run about 6 months behind the ones in the U.S., so we are about halfway through the study of the life of Moses.

So I was really excited when I received an email from Grapevine Studies asking if we would be interested in reviewing their newest study on, you guessed it, the life of Moses! What a perfect way to supplement and add to what we are learning through BSF! Plus, the younger kids would be able to be involved as well!

Grapevine Studies

We think Grapevine Studies is a wonderful Bible study technique in which students/participants work through passages of Scripture and draw stick figures to learn the stories and aid in recall. It is definitely designed with kids in mind, but it is excellent for adults who want to learn the Bible as well! As I’ve said in both of my reviews of Grapevine Studies over at Desperate Homeschoolers (Birth of Jesus and Life of Moses), I would love to see this product being used throughout the world – in homeschools, classrooms, Sunday Schools, Bible clubs, and adult Bible studies in both print-based cultures as well as more oral ones where literacy is not yet a valued skill.

Grapevine Studies was kind enough to send us the teacher’s guide for the Life of Moses study as well as the two types of student guides – one with traceable figures and one with blank spaces for kids to make their own figures. The Life of Moses study has ten story lessons, plus a timeline lesson which is done at the very beginning and two review lessons for a total of thirteen lessons. The ten story lessons are the Birth of Moses; Moses in Midian; Moses Returned to Egypt; The First Plague; Frogs, Lice, and Flies; Livestock, Boils, and Hail; Locusts and Darkness; Passover Instructions; The Exodus; and The Red Sea. These give the students a really good understanding of the life of Moses.

In each lesson, as in all Grapevine Studies lessons, the teacher reads through the passage with the students and then shows them how to draw simple stick figures to represent what happened. At the end of each lesson, review questions are given to make sure that the students have grasped the main points of the passage. There is a memory verse for each lesson as well. Several words are given in each lesson for older learners to look up in a Bible dictionary. Application is left to the discretion of the teacher based on what they feel the Lord leading them to emphasize.

One of my favorite things about the Grapevine lessons is that all of my kids engage with the same Scripture together at their own level. This has been the best method we have found for family devotions. We are able to read big chunks of Scripture aloud together and even the littles listen quietly while tracing the figures on their pages. Here is a picture of everybody working on their sheets.

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And here are some close-ups of their papers. First, the 2-year old’s page:

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Now, the newly 5-year old’s page, which I just loved:

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If you’d like to try out Grapevine Studies before buying, they offer a number of single lessons free as samples. You can find the samples here. I can’t emphasize strongly enough to you how great a way this is for you to study the Bible with your kids!

I’ve also been given the privilege of offering the first lesson from this Moses study as an exclusive gift for Desperate Homeschoolers readers! If you’d like this lesson, just hop over to my review in Desperate Homeschoolers (which looks very similar to this post but has a little more detail for homeschoolers), and scroll down a ways for the download link.

And if you just want to browse and look at all the great curriculum options offered by Grapevine Studies, you can go to their homepage using our affiliate link by clicking here. I’ve said this several times over at Desperate Homeschoolers, and I’ll say it again here: In my opinion, every Christian, regardless of age, should work through their single eLesson on the Gospel and review it at least annually. It is usually only $2.50 (right now, it’s on sale for $2.00!) and can be downloaded anywhere in the world, and it makes sharing the Gospel easy and fun while giving the learner confidence to do so. You can buy the Gospel eLesson at this link. You will need to select “The Gospel in Stick Figures” eLesson from the dropdown menu under the price.

And finally, the giveaway! Please enter the Rafflecopter below to win a $25 shopping spree in the Grapevine store!

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Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #101

Hello, dear friends! Hope you have had a good reading week! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!


Book Review: The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima

I haven’t had a chance to post a book review outside of Goodreads in a while, so I’m excited to be posting this one today! (By the way, are we friends on Goodreads? If not, please friend me! :)

Today I want to share with you Annie Douglass Lima’s latest book, The Collar and the Cavvarach.

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About the Book

Title: The Collar and the Cavvarach | Author: Annie Douglass Lima | Publication Date: May 9, 2015 | Publisher: Annie Douglass Lima | Pages: 337 | Recommended Ages: 10 and up

Book Description: Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

Mommynificent’s Review

Wow! I really enjoyed this book a lot. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it because of the cruelty involved in setting the stage of the world of slavery the characters exist in. It wasn’t that anything was over the top or anything; it was just that I knew if I let myself love the characters, it would be painful. I’m so glad I pressed through though and got to know these characters.

This is a wonderful story of unconditional love and sacrifice, full of adventure, danger, and excitement. I highly recommend this book for adults, teens, and even for kids as young as 10. There are a few comments made about how slavery is worse for girls than boys and that girls are sometimes forced to do awful things, but these are said in such a way that I believe the reader will interpret them according to their own experience and they would not violate the innocence of a younger reader. I have already told my 10-year old that she may read it and that I expect that she’ll love it. This is an especially good book for boys as it is full of valor, intense loyalty, and putting one’s life on the line for the sake of another.

I also found this book particularly poignant because, as my husband commented when I told him I was reading a book set in a modern world with slavery, we in fact live in a modern world with slavery. It is hidden well for the most part, but both child slavery and human trafficking are very real problems in many parts of the world and they affect us all no matter where we live. For example, did you know that much of the world’s chocolate is planted and harvested by child slaves in West Africa? Now that I know that, I have a hard time eating chocolate unless I know where it came from.

Anyway, while the author keeps it fairly light, there are a few places in the book where some of the free people deal with their consciences regarding slavery and how they benefit from it even while opposing it on principle. My favorite quote from the book is from one of these places, where a free person is giving a slave a pep talk:

Quote from Collar and Cavvarach

“’…You’re going to show the world that you’re every bit as talented, every bit as capable, and that nobody has any right to look down on a person just because they wear a collar.’

See? he told his conscience. I’m striking a blow for fair treatment of slaves. Or…something like that.

His conscience rolled its eyes and refused to dignify that with a response.”

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About the Author: Annie Douglass Lima

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies (highly recommended by Mommynificent and talked about here!), a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #100

Hello, dear reading buddies! Can you believe it’s our 100th party?!

We’ve had an exhausting week this week with very little time for reading, but I finally got a good solid chunk of reading time in yesterday so I feel better! :)

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share with us this week. Happy linking and hopping around!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want. (I’ll visit all of them, but I may only comment on one or two of them.)
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Happy linking and have a great week!