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The Ardent Reader’s Book Frenzy Tag

The featured image wasn’t workin’ for me guys. What’s with it? It looks so messy! *runs around the room and screams about how un-perfect it is * Because I’m a perfectionist as you can tell. In some areas.

Honestly, I haven’t read that many books in my lifetime. I’ve just re-read the same amazing books over and over again. That’s one of the reasons I run The Ardent Reader; so I can find new books. But, unfortunately, a lot of the books I read are on Kindle, so I don’t have them in my bookshelf which is pitifully sad.

I wanted to do something other than book reviews, although book reviews are awesome, so I’m creating this lame tag with the long title.

The ARDENT Book Frenzy-1


  1. Answer the 15 questions.
  2. Thank the person who tagged you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Include the featured image in your post.
  4. Provide a link to The Ardent Reader.
  5. Create 5 questions (or more or less) about reading for the next blogger to answer, as well as the questions in this post. (optional)
  6. Copy and paste these guidelines/rules in your post.
  7. Tag as many bloggers as you like.
  8. Have fun! 🙂

Le questions|

1 – Favorite book you have read?

Well I have a lot of favorites, but I’ve loved the book Jotham’s Journey for a long time now. It’s an adventure book settled in Bible times just before Jesus was born, about a boy name Jotham. When his family thinks he is killed by a jackal, they move on without him and he sets out to find them.


2 – What is your favorite genre to read?

I like fantasy, like fairytale fantasy, but currently I’m reading Dreamlander by K.M Weiland which is a bit of a darker fantasy. And I love adventure as well. I also like every day life, like diaries and such. Occasionally I like a little mystery.

3 – What is your all time record for re-reading a book (how many times)? Which book is it?

I’m not sure. I remember this classic book called Little Meg’s children (thoroughly depressing, trust me. I cried every single time), and I used to read it all the time. I don’t know how many times, so I’m just gonna go with ten. 😉

4 – When you’re feeling sad, what book makes you happy reading it?

Hmmm… any book really, unless I don’t feel like reading it. 😛 A Year in The Life of a Total And Complete Genius is a good laugh.

5 – Do you pay attention to aesthetic covers? 😉 

Sometimes, not since a little while ago, because the books we have in our house are all old books with covers that just have the title the author and a color and some fancy swirls.

6 – What fiction world would you go to in a book?

Ooh! I’d go to Narnia when there is no war. Because Narnia is awesome! Pitifully, I haven’t read the books. I’ve only watched the movies. how could I

7 – What do you look for in books (good dialogue, descriptive etc.)?

I like good dialogue and adventure, and I like reality in books. Like reality of the characters’ speech and such. I also like showing and not telling because as you can probably tell I’m a perfectionist in those areas; I will probably chop of a star in a review if things like those are a let down. XD

8 – If you were to be a book character, who would you be?

I think I’d like to be Elly in the book, Beyond The Horizon, because I want to marry Aron. 😉 Or I’d be Susan or Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia.

9 – Top 5 – 10 favorite books?

This cover is so gorgeous

sorry for the bad quality

The Big Nate novels. This was the first Big Nate book I ever read and it is awesome!!

Hehe yes, I still like these books
And yes, these too. 😛

10 – Worst book you have ever read?

I don’t know. I don’t really read books I think I won’t like. 😛 But I didn’t like Alone In London (classic) because the main character died. I was devastated.

11- Funniest book you’ve ever read?

Just Stupid (and his other books like these) by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (illustrator) and A Year in The Life of a Total And Complete Genius. They are hilarious. 😀

12 – Sweetest book/s?

Beyond The Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton, maybe A Question of Honor by Jesseca Wheaton, Megsy’s Influence (classic), and maybe Befriending The Beast by Amanda Tero {Review}.

13 – What’s a book you thought you’d hate but ended up loving it?

Umm…wow. Nothing.

14 – Say you didn’t like the genre of mystery. What is a book you’ve read with a genre you didn’t like, but when you read it, it made you love that genre?

Well I wasn’t to keen for mystery, but I read Enid Blyton’s mystery books; The Secret Seven (which I didn’t like much), The Famous Five (the best in my opinion) and her others.

15 – What is a book you’re currently reading, and what do you think of it so far?

I’m reading Dreamlander, as you can see in my sidebar. It’s been amazing so far. I actually started reading it ages ago, but I stopped (I don’t why. This book is awesome!). It’s a darker fantasy then I’m used to, but it’s filled with adventure. The main character is Chris Redston. It’s sort of creepy though. 😛

All the questions:

1 – Favorite book you have read?

2 – What is your favorite genre to read in?

3 – What is your all time record for re-reading a book (how many times)? Which book is it?

4 – When you’re feeling sad, what book makes you happy reading it?

5 – Do you pay attention to aesthetic covers? 😉 

6 – What fiction world would you go to in a book?

7 – What do you look for in books (good dialogue, descriptive etc.)?

8 – If you were to be a book character, who would you be?

9 – Top 5 favorite books?

10 – Worst book you have ever read?

11- Funniest book you’ve ever read?

12 – Sweetest book?

13 – What’s a book you thought you’d hate but ended up loving it?

14 – Say you didn’t like the genre of mystery. What is a book you’ve read with a genre you didn’t like, but when you read it, it made you love that genre?

Well I hoped you enjoyed that!

I will tag all of my followers, because if they’re following me, they probably like to read.  I also tag anybody else who would like to do this. 🙂


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Befriending The Beast by Amanda Tero {Review}

Title: Befriending The Beast

Series (if applicable): Tales of Faith {Book One}

Era (if applicable): Medieval

Author: Amanda Tero

Genre: Fiction, Beauty And The Beast re-telling

Content: 0/5

Nothing at all. There is mention about sin, but why would I call that content; wait why did I even write that down…

Age-range: 12+

Overall rating: 4/5

Source: Amazon Kindle

Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn.

Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?


This book was simple, heartwarming and so beautiful. Befriending the Beast is a re-telling of Beauty And The Beast, but for those of you who don’t enjoy re-tellings, I promise you, this is very unique and not at all like the fairytale. It has a very powerful message about faith (hence the series title), and trusting God in every situation.

Characters 5/5

I felt so much with the characters. I felt Belle’s thoughts, her feelings, it was all put together very nicely. I really loved the part where Percy is giving advice to Belle; that was lovely. I didn’t like Anis at all. Her name reminded me of a Filipino word, ‘inis’, which means annoying. XD Whenever she would stop Belle and reprimand her about not entering a room like a Princess should, I would always think, “Hey Anis, you’re stalling the story! I don’t like you!” I’m not saying that Anis shouldn’t have been in this novella, I’m saying that Amanda so very well developed her characters, that I felt that. And I loved Keirstrider! Keir is a horse, by the way.

But I thought that Belle’s Father was a little incomplete. The first thing I thought when Belle had the accident and her immediately changed a little, I felt it was too sudden. But as I read on, that worked perfectly. I also felt that her Father was a little immature. It’s just me though. And I would have liked to see more scenes with him.

Plot 5/5

The plot was amazing. Amanda thought, ‘What if the Beast was Belle’s Father?’. That worked so well. The story kept a lot of things about Beauty And The Beast, but it was so unique. I personally like to read books with a lot of action, this book didn’t have much of that, but everything else fixed that.

The plot had a lot of turns that surprised me and made the book a lot more interesting. The end was nicely resolved.

Writing 4/5

I felt like I was in the book when I read it. I felt all the emotions the characters felt. But I don’t seem to recall having any notes on what Belle looked like. That’s totally fine and it doesn’t really change anything, but I would’ve liked to see more of how the main character looked. I thought it was a bit boring at times, but that’s just the way I read books. 😉 It was a bit dragging at the beginning, though.

About the medieval time era, the language the characters spoke in was perfect, even the way the author wrote depicted the medieval time. The author certainly did her research.

Other notes (overall)

I would definitely recommend this to anyone, but probably would best suit ages 12 and up. I loved the christian values and the powerful message in the book. I was a bit confused though; what was Belle’s sin? Leaving her Father? Was Belle’s Father angry that she left him? I think Belle left him because her Father was altogether ignoring her after his wife passed. I love the cover, I love the book, Amanda is very talented.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book, and I will most likely post a review to it here.

On the side note, I am accepting suggestions for books now. Please head over here to learn more. 🙂

About The Author

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

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Dusk {The Turglar Trilogy} by Aidyl Ewoh

Title: Dusk

Series (if applicable): The Turglar Trilogy

Author: Aidyl Ewoh

Setting: Turglar (fiction land)

Genre: Christian Fiction

Content: 0/5. None whatsoever.

Age-range: I would recommend this for youth, although older people may enjoy it as well.

Overall rating: 3/5

Source: Amazon Kindle

When Turglar was taken over by mean and controlling Andor, the royal family was destroyed. Rumor has it though, that baby princess Shalom survived. Now, two decades later, the truth has been confirmed and it’s young Natalya’s mission to find and tell the news to her grandfather, a legend in his own right, known to all as Beniel the goat-keeper.
If they find the princess, who has been sold as a slave, will she give Turglar the hope it needs? Or will she take after the harsh and demanding ways of the people who now govern the land by force? Is there any hope of her becoming a Follower? Or will Turglar sink lower and lower into the pit that is being dug for it?


I liked this book, yet I didn’t love it. The author is a very talented writer, but I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would.

Characters 3/5

I really liked Erick’s character, and Grandfather’s and David’s.

Plot 3/5

The plot needed some help with not going of track. In all honesty, when I read the blurb I expected to be reading an adventure book. If it weren’t for all the stops and cuts in it I think it would be a good adventure book. But there are two more books, so there is more room for that.

I liked the Bible stories and christian themes, but I felt there was way too much talk of it. I like it when christian themes are included in books, but there was too much in this book for me, and honestly, it dragged on a lot.  There a few passages that were unnecessary, and to be honest, it was quite boring. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the christian values; it was encouraging and somewhat inspiring to read. I just wish there was less of it at the beginning.

Natalya’s quest is to find the Princess and bring her home. But it was all interrupted by useless passages. I think there was too much switching between characters, most of which were a useless addition to the plot. But, as I said before, there are two more books to this trilogy, so I will be looking forward to when Natalya and her Grandfather Beniel finally finds Shalom. 🙂

Writing 4/5

Aidyl is a talented writer, but there were also some confusing parts such as at the beginning, and in some dialogues, I wasn’t sure who was talking. There were a couple of other annoying things like too many adverbs, but that’s not such a big deal; it’s just me. 😉

The formatting on the Kindle version I read this book from jumped all over the place sometimes as well.

Despite all that I just said, I enjoyed reading some parts of this book. I felt so happy when Natalya finally found Beniel.

Other notes:

I am writing this review as I read the book, and I was so disappointed when I found that the book did not have any breath taking adventure as I thought would take place due to the blurb. I think the book had some good values, however, there were a lot of scenes that were unrealistic.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed at the outcome, but I enjoyed reading some parts, and I would recommend it to people who enjoy christian fiction. And I think this was a sweet book and it was quite inspiring as well, and it’s about putting your trust in God, and believing that He will always be there for you.

About The Author

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Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something adventurous author who is partial to hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe, visiting friends in Africa, growing up in a barn and everything in-between. She was trained as a John Maxwell coach and her passions include self-development and Christian apologetics. One of her life-long dreams was realized when her first book, “Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl”, was published by Answers in Genesis in 2013. Find her online at her BlogFacebookTwitter, Goodreads, and Google+


All thoughts and opinions are mine.


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The Bandit of Ashley Downs – Dave & Neta Jackson (Trailblazer books)

**The way in which my reviews are structured is not yet finalized. If you have any ideas PLEAAAAAASSSSEEE tell me. I feel this format is copying Reveries Reviews and I want it to be different. Thanks so much for your help!**

Title: The Bandit of Ashley Downs (book 7/40)

Author/s: Dave & Neta Jackson

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Series (if any): Trailblazer books (Thrilling adventure stories introducing young readers to Christian heroes of the past)

Genre: Christian historical adventure/real historical events

*note from authors*

George Müller founded an orphanage in Bristol, England, that at first cared for thirty children. By faith, and without going into debt or revealing financial needs to anyone but God, the orphanage grew until Müller had cared for more than ten thousand children during his lifetime.

The fictional character of Curly Roddy is based on a real boy – William Ready (who was not, however, a bandit). As the story states, William was brought to Ashley Downs in 1872 by James Walk, a city missionary connected with St. George’s Church on Bloomsbury Way in London.

All other characters are fictional, but each event at Ashley Downs involving prayer and faith is true.

Era: Late 1800’s

Setting: London, England & Bristol, England

Content: 0/5

Curly receives a beating from Spuds. No details. Curly’s memories of his violent Dad, no details. No kissing or romance. No language.

Age-range: 8-12 (but I would recommend it for readers who are older as well)

Overall rating: 5/5

Source: I actually have no idea. 😛 But you can get it of AMAZON KINDLE.

Introducing George Müller

By the time Curly Roddy was twelve years old, he’d already survived six years as a homeless orphan on the cruel streets of London in the 1870s. He slept in dustbins and ate orange peels when he could find them. Sometimes he earned a few coins by singing and doing acrobatics in pubs. He had perfected his skills at snatching purses and picking pockets.

But when Curly overheard that a church was raising £3,000 for an orphan house in Bristol, his scheme of an armed robbery promised to bring him enough money for a lifetime. Enlisting the help of a local thug and thief, Spud Baxter, a plan is soon put into place. With Spud’s pistol and brute force, the church’s treasure should easily be taken.

But the highway robbery brings Curly more trouble than he had bargained for. Is it scarier to be sent to the orphanage from which he stole the money than to be sent to prison? Will George Müller, the man in charge of the orphanage, make Curly into a slave to earn back at least a portion of the money? Or might they do something even worse?

Curly’s in for the biggest surprise of his young life!

An adventure story, ideal for readers 8-12 years of age.


Wow. Just wow. This book had adventure, thrill, christian values, and everything awesome mixed in. No moment was dull when I read this book. I loved how the book started of with adventure, with the MC, 12 year old Curly Roddy in danger. This series has always been a family favorite. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves christian historical adventure.


I believe characters play a big part in books, and these characters nailed it. I think Dave & Neta Jackson developed their characters very well. Curly is a boy who’s spent six years of his life living on the streets and some of it staying with a thug and thief, Spud Baxter. Curly is very adventurous and headstrong, at the same time caring. I loved his character so much. There was also Spud. He’s not a big time thief, until Curly drags him into a big theft. He has mood swings, but he’s a pretty decent guy. He was very well developed.


The dialogue and the description told us everything about Curly’s life, the way he lived, and where he lived. I had no trouble remembering it was in the 1800’s.

PLOT 5/5

I’m giving everything 5/5 here! The plot was full of twists and adventure. Never, ever a dull or unexciting moment. The plot flowed very well; I loved the idea of it all.


Seriously amazing! It described a lot; the action and adventure was so good. I LOVE THIS BOOK! The Bandit of Ashley Downs is a book I certainly will read over again. I actually have read many of the Trailblazer books more than once. I think this whole review pretty much covers all the other books in the series!

So go ahead and read this book! I promise, you won’t be wasting your time.

About the Author

Dave and Neta Jackson, husband and wife writing team, are the authors or coauthors of more than 120 books that have sold over 2.5 million copies. They are best known for the 40-volume Trailblazer Books series for young readers and the Hero Tales series for families. Adults love their Yada Yada Prayer Group series, House of Hope series, Harry Bentley series, and Windy City Neighbors series along with numerous nonfiction books. They make their home in the Chicago area. Find out more about them at



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Beyond The Horizon – Jesseca Wheaton (Book Review)

Hello, my friends! 🙂 How are you?

How do you like my new header? I know I only had the old one for only a day, but I old you HERE it was a work in progress. 😛 Do you like it better than the old one? I do.

Disclaimer: I got the book clip art in the header from HERE.

My Homeschool Notebook

Hi everyone!

Yesterday I found this book via Reveries Reviews, Beyond The Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton. And from Kellyn’s review, I immediately saw it as a great book. So enough of that, let’s get on with it. 🙂


Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: Amazon Kindle

Age range: 12+

Era: Late 1930’s (WW2)

Beyond The Horizon

This cover!!

Eliana longs to see the world beyond the mountains that tower above Salzburg, Austria, but knows that dream will never see such adventure- and neither will she.

Surrounded by a world of cruelty, she lives for the weekly visits of Aron, a boy she met on one of her rambles through the countryside.

But as the years pass and she begins to grow older, a new and unwelcome world is opened up to her.
On a fateful night at a party she vowed she’d never attend, she comes face to face…

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Blog Tour Part Two: Ivy Introspective – Kellyn Roth (Book Review)

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Hi everyone! Kellyn Roth is hosting a blog tour for her recently published books, The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective, the first two books in her series, The Alice And Ivy Chronicles. This book review is going to be shorter than usual.


Ivy Introspective

Ivy Introspective 1.jpg I love this cover!

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

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Blog Tour Part One: The Dressmaker’s Secret – Kellyn Roth (Book Review)

Hi guys! My “first review” here. I’m putting it in quotation marks coz’ I’m just re-blogging this from my personal blog (CLICKY DA LINKY! It leads to what it says). 😛 But, I hope you enjoy this. Currently, I don’t have a review system I’m sticking to (like the way I will structure all my reviews), because the one I’m using in this post is sort of copying Kellyn’s system from ReveriesReviews (great review blog, btw), and I want it to be different. So I’m working on it, and if you have any ideas, please don’t hesitate to let me know! 🙂

My Homeschool Notebook

Hi everybody and you probably know that Kellyn Roth is hosting a blog tour for her first two books in the Alice And Ivy Chronicles: book 1, The Dressmaker’s Secret and book 2, Ivy Introspective. I am reviewing Ivy Introspective in a separate post that I will link RIGHT HERE, so be sure to check that out as soon as you finish this. 🙂 Let’s dive right in!

Review of The Dressmaker’s Secret

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Age range: 14+

Era/setting: Late 1800’s

Genre: Christian historical fiction and romance

Source: was given in exchange for an honest review

You can find it at: AmazonGoodreadsBarnes&NoblesCreatespace, Kobo, iBooks, and Inktera


The Dressmaker's Secret 1 (1).jpgthis cover is gorgeous!

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father ……

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First Post Evah

Hi guys!

This is Zielle here. You might know me from My Homeschool Notebook. I started this blog to share book reviews, book tags, books I love, and just anything booky.

I wouldn’t consider myself as a pro at reviewing books, but I do my best!

Further into the future, I’ll be accepting books for review, but for now, I’d like to jump of the edge starting with books I choose to review. 🙂

As you probably saw in the header, ardent means enthusiastic or passionate. That’s me, when it comes to reading books. Sure, I like to skim over books sometimes to find out what happens next, but don’t we all? Sometimes I tend to judge books by their covers, or more by taking on look at a randomly opened page and judging by that if I’d enjoy it or not. 😉 Well no need to be shy, I know you do it too. But, all the same, I love and cherish books. If they weren’t a part of my life I’d probably die. 😛 So I hope you enjoy my reviews and opinions on the books I read!

Please be polite and God-honouring, and you can hang around for as long as you like. 🙂

Welcome, and happy reading!