**Disclosure** The books were sent to me free of charge for my honest review from my participation on the Z Blog Squad.

curioCurio
by Evangeline Denmark

Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may not actually need.

By working at her grandfather’s repair shop, sorting the small gears and dusting the curio cabinet inside, Grey has tried to stay unnoticed—or as unnoticed as a tall, strong girl can in a town of diminutive, underdeveloped citizens. Then her best friend, Whit, is caught by the Chemists’ enforcers after trying to protect Grey one night, and after seeing the extent of his punishment, suddenly taking risks seems the only decision she can make.

But with the risk comes the reality that the Chemists know her family’s secret, and the Chemists soon decide to use her for their own purposes. Panicked, Grey retreats to the only safe place she knows—her grandfather’s shop. There, however, a larger secret confronts her when her touch unlocks the old curio cabinet in the corner and reveals a world where porcelain and clockwork people are real. There, she could find the key that may save Whit’s life and also end the Chemists’ dark rule forever.

My Review

When I got this I was so excited this cover is so pretty, not into steampunk but wanting to read this book. But this book shortly in just made me want to fall asleep. I only got to page 50 and that took me over an hour to do. For this reader this story had nothing to keep me reading and was so slow that I fell asleep reading it.

inspiringwords Inspiring Words
Coloring Book for Ages 13 +

Take time to relax, sit back, and meditate on God’s Word. Inside these pages, you’ll find thirty unique and creative illustrations focusing on key verses from the Bible, each offering an opportunity to connect with Scripture while exploring your creativity. Throughout, NIV verses are paired with detailed line art, and each page is printed on high-quality, thick paper stock that won’t bleed through. And when you’re finished coloring with markers, pens, watercolors, or colored pencils, the completed page can be removed, allowing you to display your work for even more daily inspiration.

 

My Review

Finally a coloring book that focuses on God’s word. Each page is one sided and is perforated so you can easily remove it.  You also don’t have to worry about marker bleed-through if you use markers instead of colored-pencils.

thestoryofgodsloveforyouThe Story of God’s Love for You
by Sally Lloyd Jones
Nonfiction, Teen & Adult companion to The Jesus Storybook Bible

every story whispers his name…

It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne—everything—to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life! You see, the best thing about this Story is—it’s true. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. The Child upon whom everything would depend.

 

All the stars and mountains and the oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children. He would move heaven and earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him, he would always love them. And so it was that the wonderful love story began …

—from The Story of God’s Love for You (originally published as The Jesus Storybook Bible)

My Review

A wonderful book for beginners in the faith, young children and adolescence. Easy to understand and comprehend.