Book Review + Giveaway: Flummoxed by Kristin Spencer

Hey, everyone!

I’m super excited that today I’ll be posting a new book review…and doing a giveaway! ūüėÄ Keep reading to the end of the post for giveaway details.

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Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of¬†Flummoxed,¬†the sequel to her middle grade contemporary novel,¬†Newfangled¬†(you can read my review of the first book here).¬†This was a really fun sequel!¬†Flummoxed¬†continues where¬†Newfangled¬†left off, but with new challenges in Olive’s life. A family friend is getting married, Olive awaits to hear back on a writing contest she entered, and Olive has some boy drama of her own.

As I mentioned in my review of the first book, Olive is a likable and relatable character. She may not always go about it the right away, but ultimately she wants to help others as best she can. I loved reading about a character who wants to raise awareness of certain¬†issues through writing. ūüėČ She has a good support group of friends and family who help her out along the way.

Flummoxed¬†deals with controversial issues, like refugees and racism, as well as some other hot topics among Christians like if it’s okay to date a non-believer and the dangers of social media. I may not have agreed with the conclusion the characters reached on every single one of those issues, but the author’s heart was easy to see. I appreciated reading a book (like¬†Spin by Darcie Gudger) that wasn’t afraid to address difficult topics. All are addressed in a manner appropriate for younger teens, though!

Overall, this series has been a lot of fun and definitely points the reader to Christ. I think late middle-school and early high-school age readers are definitely the target audience, but I still enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing what direction the series takes in the third book!

Now, I’m super excited to announce that I’m giving away one¬†paperback copy of¬†Flummoxed.¬†To enter, just sign up for my blog e-mail updates¬†(which can be found on the right-hand side of the screen, beneath the “Welcome to My Blog” box). All you need to do is enter your e-mail address and follow the instructions in the following confirmation e-mail. Then you’ll be entered for a chance to win the book! ūüôā

The contest will be open from April 6 through April 20. The winner will be notified via e-mail after that.

Thanks for reading!

Do you think authors should address controversial topics in their books? Is there a book that dealt with these kinds of issues that you particularly enjoyed? 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Newfangled by Kristin Spencer


Hi, everyone! This week I’m reviewing Newfangled by Kristin Spencer, a Christian contemporary novel for teen and preteen girls. Plus, I’m giving away a copy! You can find details about the giveaway at the end of the post. ūüôā

TitleNewfangledPic: Newfangled

Kristin Spencer

Genre: Contemporary

*Note: I received a copy of Newfangled free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Olive isn’t happy when her Christian school closes down and she has to start seventh grade…at a public school. She tries to be optimistic, but things soon go downhill when Jacey, one of the “mean girls” makes it her personal mission to humiliate Olive in every way possible. Throw in a first crush, an upcoming church play involving aliens, a tense situation ¬†with one of her best friends, and a mystery at her dad’s job, and Olive realizes seventh grade is going to be…interesting.

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Book Review: Spin by Darcie Gudger

Spin by Darcie J. Gudger

Title: Spin

Author: Darcie Gudger

Publisher: Mountainview Books

Genre: YA Contemporary

When I picked up Spin, I branched away from my usual reading material, which tends to consist of spaceships, evil tyrants, sword fights–if it’s a speculative novel, I’m all over it. But Spin was a nice change. It was real, raw, emotional.

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