Book Review: The Journey of Joseph Winter by John Anthony #BookReview #20booksforChristmas #Christmas #ReadingChallenge

The Journey of Joseph Winter

by John Anthony

41i-+IoHaVL._AC_SL1500_

My thoughts:

This story begins with Geraldine, an older woman who brings all of her family–children and grandchildren–together to share a story none of them have ever heard: the story of her brother, Joseph Winter.

“The mind of a child is one of the places all adults wish to exist again. Only there, surrounded by youthful innocence, do dreams never disappear.”

Joseph has been living his life with regret, missing out on all the possible joy in his life. As a child he said something to his mother that he’s never been able take back, and it’s haunted him for what feels like forever. When a mysterious package arrives at his door, he has no idea what’s in store for him. Then a stranger appears and takes Joseph on a journey by train toward the North Pole where he revisits old memories, meets some very special people (including a sweet, young boy named Max), and in turn learns what it means to forgive.

Continue reading “Book Review: The Journey of Joseph Winter by John Anthony #BookReview #20booksforChristmas #Christmas #ReadingChallenge”

Book Review: Day Zero (Day Zero Duology #1) by Kelly DeVos #BookReview #DayZero #YoungAdult

Day Zero (Day Zero Duology #1)

by Kelly DeVos

ezgif.com-gif-maker

My review:

This book turned out to be great. It literally had me on the edge of my seat!

The main character is Jinx Marshall. She’s like any other typical teenager and enjoys her junk food and playing video games after school. What makes her different is that she’s the daughter of a genius: her father who is a survivalist and has spent years preparing her for doomsday.

Continue reading “Book Review: Day Zero (Day Zero Duology #1) by Kelly DeVos #BookReview #DayZero #YoungAdult”

Book Review: Noel Street (The Noel Collection, #3) by Richard Paul Evans #Christmas #BookReview #NoelStreet

Noel Street

by Richard Paul Evans

81Sseewq1QL._AC_SL1500___1574249629_174.241.2.225

My thoughts:

Elle is a single mom living in Mistletoe, Utah. The year is 1975 and her husband has passed away in the Vietnam War. She struggles financially while trying to raise her son, Dylan.

The people in Mistletoe are kind, but when Elle meets a local mechanic named William, he puzzles her. After a kind gesture, the two connect, and Elle discovers that William is a Vietnam POW who’s still living with demons.

Continue reading “Book Review: Noel Street (The Noel Collection, #3) by Richard Paul Evans #Christmas #BookReview #NoelStreet”

Book Review: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12)

By Lemony Snicket

ezgif.com-gif-maker (1).jpg

My review:

We’ve finally finished the 12th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events “The Penultimate Peril.” This turned out to be one of our favorite installments.

Mild spoilers

In the beginning of the story, the Baudelaires are traveling with Kit Snicket to the Hotel Denouement. Here they’ll take up positions as concierges to spy on some of the guests staying there. Their mission is to discern who’s working for and against V.F.D. and to investigate who this mysterious J.S. person is in the hotel.

“You’re not children anymore, Baudelaires. You’re volunteers, ready to face the challenges of a desperate and perplexing world.”

The children split up to assist guests of the hotel and all run into familiar characters from previous installments, eventually having a run in with Esme, Carmelita, Principal Nero, and Count Olaf once again. Count Olaf’s plan remains finding the sugar bowl (a mysterious object all the enemies want) and also the Medusoid Mycelium (deadly fungus that nearly killed Sunny) from the previous book The Grim Grotto. Continue reading “Book Review: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction”