The Knight Before Christmas

I didn’t actually watch this Netflix movie (actually, I walked in at the end of it – twice!), but my sisters did. They said it was extremely cute and innocent. They liked it so much they watched it again with our cousin.

The story is about a British knight who goes on a quest and finds himself transported to present day New York. On his journey to become a true knight and return to England, he touches the lives of everyone in the town, helping to spread joy, happiness, and Christmas spirit.

In terms of quality, this is akin to a Hallmark film. So if you need a light-hearted, kid-friendly, holiday movie to veg out to, you might want to give The Knight Before Christmas a try.

The Beginning, Book 1, Part 1

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The Beginning, Book 1, Part 1 of the McKinnon Legends, by Ranay James tells the story of a duchess named Morgan Pembridge who escapes her abusive uncle. Disguised as a boy, she encounters a night named Nick McKinnon, and together they flee her uncle.

It is hard to give much more of a synopsis without giving away the plot, but I’m sure if I tell you that this feels more like a romance story than a time-travel story (which is what it claims to be), you can figure it out.

Honestly, I think this is one of the hardest reviews I’ve written. It’s very easy to write reviews when you obviously love something or obviously hate it. This book was sort of in the middle. The story was not strong, but was promising. I didn’t want to put it down . . . until the last 1.5 hours (I listened to the audio book). In that last 1.5 hours, I found myself rolling my eyes and saying “Oh, come on! We are really going to do this again?!” (Imagine a tone of sarcasm and exasperation as you read that sentence.)

It is hard to justify why I believe events in the story were unrealistic and drawn out without actually giving away spoilers. So, you will either have to trust me, or read the book yourself. 🙂

If you want a very thorough review, you can check out Hayat’s review on Goodreads. Please note, that my review is only of Part 1. Apparently, parts 1 & 2 were published as separate books but have since been combined into one book. Hayat’s review is of part 1 and 2.

Also, I will say this book is probably PG-15 for some sexual references. Not enough to warrant my “sensitive reader alert” but enough to caution parents about letting their teens read it. 

P.S. And no, if you are wondering, I will not continue to read this series.

Candy Jar (Netflix)

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Candy Jar is a Netflix film (rated TV-14) about two high school seniors who hate each other, yet are forced to compete as a team for a debate competition. While the debate scenes are kind of boring, the rest of the show is kind of sweet. There is some crude language in the show, but if you can over look that it is a mildly entertaining way to spend your time (if you don’t have anything better to watch.)

Woven by Michael Jensen & David Powers King

Woven.jpgJust finished reading Woven by Michael Jensen & David Powers. Its an odd, yet entertaining story and a fun read if you are looking for some enjoyable summer reading.

The story is about a young man who is murdered and returns as a ghost and “haunts” a young princess until she promises to assist him in finding his murder.

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

HeartStone.jpgI’m proud to be a woman. I won’t deny that women aren’t perfect, even though we like to pretend we are. But often times in movies and books, I find the female characters lacking. They are either physically strong to the point where they lack any emotional capability, or they are your stereotypical female and focused on romance and their physical appearance. That is why Heartstone by Elle Katharine White was such a pleasant surprise. White’s story features a female protagonist, Aliza, who is strong, courageous, and loyal, but at the same time possesses the unique traits that make women women.

The story portrays familial loyalty and love in a positive light. The family dynamics between Aliza, her parents, and her sisters, are very relatable. Being the oldest of five girls myself, I appreciated the different siblings’ personalities. It reminded me of my own siblings.

This fantasy-romance-adventure novel is just pure, clean fun. There is no sex and no profanity. (The word “ass” and “bastard” are used once in the book, but they were used appropriately and not in anger. This is, after all, a medieval-fantasy book.) The romances between the characters are pure, not the lustful “romance” so often featured in novels.

Interspersed with humor, sadness, and innocent, honest love, Heart Stone by Elle Katharine White, is an entertaining, enjoyable read and appropriate for all ages.

There is so much that I liked about this book it’s hard to convey it all in a review. So, you will just have to check it out for yourself. It’s definitely getting added to my “favorites” list, and I look forward to reading other books by Ms. White.