Book Review: The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch

Title: The Coronation

Author: Livy Jarmusch

Genre: Contemporary

*Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of The Coronation in exchange for an honest review.*

Okay, this was a super sweet story about the royal family of a fictitious kingdom. It takes place in present-day, but has the feel of a fairytale. At first a struggled a bit to keep track of all the siblings, but after a few chapters I enjoyed learning about them.

Addison, the oldest, is preparing for his soon-to-come coronation as king. The older sisters are all trying to figure out boy drama, self-esteem, and wanting to see the world beyond the sheltered castle. Meanwhile, a new security guard is torn between loyalty to the royal family and committing in act of treason for his criminal father….

There’s a lot of story lines but they are all balanced well and I never felt like the book was cluttered. It’s a pretty long book (over 450 pages) but is also a fairly easy read. The length is due mostly to the high number of characters as opposed to overly-wordy writing.

There are some sweet themes like trusting God, loyalty, purity, and overcoming heartbreak. Some mature topics are mentioned, but are very brief and described tastefully. Christianity is a key part of the siblings’ lives, which I appreciated. And they’re homeschooled! That’s also a plus, as it’s rare to find homeschooled characters in fiction.

I did have a couple complaints:

First of all, there was quite a bit of head-hopping that I found distracting–especially since there are so many different character perspectives. I would have rather just had one character’s perspective per scene rather than several.

Also, I thought it was a little unrealistic that all of the older siblings were having similar relationship drama situations at the exact same time. Not to mention, it’s a bit obvious who is going to end up with who, in my opinion. Not quite “insta-love”, but still very clear that the two characters liked each other right off the bat.

Other than that, I thought this was a cute story left open for a sequel. Fans of fairytales and contemporary stories should enjoy this! You can learn more about it on Goodreads.

Have you read The Coronation? What did you think?

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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

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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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