The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Elizabeth George Speare

Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit’s friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty.

 

 

Stars!

Strong language – 0

Romance – 4

Graphic Details – 2

Magic – 0

Believe it or not, this book isn’t about a witch.

Despite it’s title, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a clean, fun read.  My mom read this aloud to my siblings and I. 🙂

Kit is an unlikely heroine, being direct from Barbados (where you can swim without being suspected as a witch!) To top it off, she moves to Connecticut during the era of the Salem witch trials.  Being able to swim is unacceptable. 

Mercy is such a sweet person!  She is probably close to my favorite character.  Hannah Tupper is a very kind old lady.  Prudence is a nice little girl, and I feel so sorry for her!

All of the characters are believable, whether they’re annoying or nice.  (Some of them are very annoying! 😉 )

The plot is really good, too!  Between love affairs, being accused of being a witch, and midnight escapes, this book also keeps you reading from the first page to the last.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond is on Amazon HERE!

See you all next week!

~ Molly ~

 

P.S. Sorry this post is a day late

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Kingdom Series |Pt. 2

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Kingdom Series | Pt. 2

Chuck Black

 

#4

A sworn enemy of the Prince vows to eliminate his Followers.
Until the Prince saves his life…

For generations the Noble Knights have been in service to the King. Following a strict code of conduct, they preserve the peace in Chessington, the King’s chosen city, and rule its citizenry. Sir Gavin is a young and promising Noble Knight, devoted to King and Code.

Then a peasant disrupts the tranquility of Chessington, brazenly challenging the Code while claiming to be the son of the King–a Prince. When it is learned that he is actively training a force of men in defiance of the law, the stranger is arrested and executed.

But his Followers continue to defy the Code, and Sir Gavin swears to destroy this threat to Chessington–until he himself is grievously wounded in battle. As he faces his own death, Gavin is saved by someone who will transform his heart and change his life…

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil–and one brave man stands against the Dark Knight.

 

#5

He was called to fulfill a mighty quest, filled with fierce battles.
A quest to bring hope to the kingdom…

Having narrowly escaped death at the hands of the evil Shadow Warriors, Sir Gavin is given a new name by the Prince to signify his new allegiance–to the cause of the one he once swore to kill. Called to share this message to everyone in the land of Arrethtrae, Sir Gavinaugh takes up his sword and embarks on an epic journey.

Winning hearts and minds with the power of his words and his skill with a sword, Gavinaugh travels from one end of the kingdom to the other, telling Outdwellers about the Prince, convincing them to join him. And though Gavinaugh is at times beaten, thrown in prison, or stranded far from home, the Prince himself guides his words, his sword, and his pilgrimage.

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil–and the Prince’s chosen messenger speaks boldly of his quest.

 

#6

An evil army masses against the Knights of the Prince, and they are outnumbered.
Only the King can save them…

While the Knights of the Prince train in the Kingdom Across the Sea, the Dark Knight, Lucius, reigns in Arrethtrae with complete authority. But when a small group of loyalists swears allegiance to the King, the Prince returns, and in a mighty battle, Lucius and the Shadow Warriors are vanquished and imprisoned in the Wasteland.

Peace and prosperity renew the land, and the Prince rules from the royal city of Chessington. While the heroic Cedric travels as ambassador, he sees that every corner of Arrethtrae reaps the benefits of prosperity brought to the land by the Prince’s reign.

But not everyone will swear allegiance to the King, and it seems this paradise may be lost yet again because of the pride and greed of evil men who plot to free the Dark Knight and his minions. Cedric rides desperately to bring the news before it’s too late…

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil–where the King reigns…along with His Son!

 

Stars!

Strong language – 0

Romance – 2

Graphic Details – 5, a few scenes with details of battles/battle wounds.

Magic – 0

Note, and a bit of a spoiler.  Written in white, so highlight to read. 🙂 When the Prince (representing Jesus) dies, he gets hung rather than dying on the cross.  This is a bit disturbing, as there must be blood to cover sins. and blood is lacking. 😦 

The third, fourth, and fifth books in The Kingdom Series cover the Apostle Paul to End Times.  Of course, there’s knights in shining armor and damsels in distress, so that’s all cool!

(Depending on your theology), these books are biblically accurate.  I highly recommend them!

And since I always find myself at a loss on what to say about books, that’ll be all for today.

On Amazon  Kingdom’s Call  Kingdom’s Quest  Kingdom’s Reign

See you all next week!

~Molly

 

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A Knight’s Guide on How to Slay a Dragon

Hello everyone!

Today I had a rhetoric assignment in school that I thought I’d share, just for fun.  Enjoy!

How to Slay a Dragon

If you are reading this (and obviously you are), you must want to know how to do the aforementioned deed.  If so, keep reading; you will not be disappointed.

First, gather the things on the list below.

  • A sword
  • A horse (a skateboard works too)
  • Two sombreros (one for you, one for the dragon)
  • Paper and pencil (to write an epic poem of your deeds)
  • A compass and map
  • Food
  • A pack of bubble gum

Gather these items in a backpack, mount your gallant steed (or skateboard), and get out your map.

Now the problem is where to find the dragon, as dragons are rather hard to find.  The only surviving dragon species is located in the country of Galoompifus, between Madagascar and Mozambique.

These dragons are infamous for keeping fair ladies captive.  If it is your wish to rescue a fair lady, then read on.  If it is not your wish, go find your skateboard and go on your trek without help from me.

Once you arrive at Galoompifus, you should be very careful.  Though the dragon-beasts look harmless, they are very dangerous.  (They look much like teddy bears until they stick out their spines.)

Ride your horse (or skateboard) up the large mountain in the center of Galoompifus until you find a dragon’s cave.  They are every where, and thus not hard to find.

Inside the cave a fair maiden will sit, bound to a chair with cords.  Typically, dragons don’t tie knots, but these are Galoompifus dragons.  As I said, they’re more like teddy bears.  Cut the cords with your sword and let her go free.

Soon the dragon will arrive.

Give the lady some gum so that she won’t scream while you’re fighting the dragon.

Toss the sombrero over to the dragon, then put your own on.

Fight the dragon.

Kill the dragon.

Ride down the mountain on your skateboard (or horse) with your fair lady.

Go home.

Chances are you’ll need a nap.

THE END

Let me know how you liked it!  And also, check what’s between Madagascar and Mozambique. 😉

~ Molly

Kingdom Series | Pt. 1

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Kingdom Series | Pt. 1

Chuck Black

#1

Kingdom's Dawn (Kingdom Series) by [Black, Chuck]

Sixteen-year-old Leinad thought he was a common farmer’s son, nothing more.  He wondered why his father had trained him for years to master the sword – not exactly the tool of the trade for farmers.

Only then does he begin to understand his calling – a calling no other man in the entire kingdom of Arrethtrae can fulfill – a calling given by the King Himself.

Teamed with a young slave girl, Leinad is thrust into adversity and danger  – for the Dark Knight and his vicious Shadow Warriors will stop at nothing to thwart the King’s plan to restore the kingdom.  Leinad will need more than a sharp blade and a swift hand to fulfill his mission and survive the evil plots of the King’s sworn enemies!          

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil – and the future of a kingdom lies in the hands of a young man.

#2

Kingdom's Hope (Kingdom Series) by [Black, Chuck]

Fairos thought he had sentenced Leinad to death in the Banteen desert.  But Leinad returns – a true Knight of the King.  His skill with the sword is unmatched this side of the Great Sea and he is determined to free the people from their bondage to Lord Fairos.

Leinad quest takes him from the chains of slavery, near the jaws of dragons, and close to the arms of love. And when the rest of the kingdom turns away from the King and the Code, Leinad turns to his most faithful ally, Tess. With her help, Leinad struggles to conquor his own doubt.  But he must do so soon, for the King’s archenemy, the Dark Knight, is about to unleash his entire evil force and only Leinad can stop them…

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil; where the future of the kingdom is at the threshold of either victory or defeat – and one man holds the key.

#3

Kingdom's Edge (Kingdom Series) by [Black, Chuck]

For Cedric of Chessington, every day is the same: full of poverty and despair.  He knows that it will never change.  Or so he thinks.

Then, a stranger comes to the city.  Drawn to the man’s mysterious ways, Cedric discovers the stranger’s humility belies great strength and wisdom.  That’s when an astounding truth becomes clear – the stranger is a Master of the Sword, and He is there to train Cedric.

Suddenly propelled into a desperate battle against evil, Cedric must rely on the Master’s training if he is going to survive.  But the ultimate battle is yet to come, for the Dark Knight is at work, implementing his plan to take over the kingdom.  Will Cedric be ready to stand in the face of pure evil?

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil; and where hope and compassion are as powerful weapons as the sword.

Stars!

Strong language – 0

Romance – 2

Graphic Details – 5, a few scenes with details of battles/battle wounds.

Magic – 0

First off, the names are really cool!  Leinad is Daniel spelled backwards.  Arrethtrae is terra earth spelled backwards (terra is Latin for earth.)

The Kingdom Series starts in Kingdom’s Dawn with the story of Leinad. Leinad represents the Old Testament people from Seth, Adam’s son, to Malachi.

Second is Kingdom’s Hope, which continues the story of Leinad, including the captivities.

Third, and last for the day, Kingdom’s Edge is where Leinad is left behind and Cedric comes into the picture.  And that starts the New Testament stories.

The fighting scenes are very well portrayed, which is great!  (Those scenes are really hard to write well.)  And these books, though allegories, are very biblically accurate!

On Amazon Kingdom’s Dawn,  Kingdom’s Hope, Kingdom’s Edge.

And I almost forgot: there are audio books too!  The narrator is really good;  there are also sound effects. 🙂

Audio: Kingdom’s Dawn, Kingdom’s Hope, Kingdom’s Edge.

See you all next week!

~Molly

 

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The Hobbit

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The Hobbit: or There and Back Again

by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

 

 

Stars!

 

Strong language – 0, I think

Romance – 0

Graphic Details – 4

Magic – 5, yes it has magic, but it’s not dominating.  Similar to Narnia.

 

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

So starts the prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous work, The Lord of the Rings.

Hobbits, known for their hairy feet and complete lack of height, generally stay at home and quite away from adventures.  Bilbo Baggins is not exception.

But when visited by a wizard named Gandalf and a whole troop of dwarves, that’s about to change.

The Hobbit is a fun story (with a bit of suspense mixed in) that the whole family will enjoy!  Bilbo is a great main character.  He’s funny.  He’s a poet.  And, of course, a great burglar. 😉   Definitely a great read!

Find The Hobbit on Amazon HERE!

~ Molly ~

 

 

(P.S.  I read The Lord of the Rings before I read The Hobbit.  Well, that was a bit of a mistake.  Though do-able, The Hobbit has a lot of information that makes the plot in The Lord of the Rings more clear.)

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Announcement!

Today I have an announcement! *Drum roll*

asparkleoflight.wordpress.com has officially become….

sparkle

Which means all those annoying advertisements won’t be around any more. 🙂

What do you think?

I’m super excited for this and I hope it will work out well!

Look for another book review on Friday!

~ Molly

 

 

Photography

Hi!

I’ve been trying for a while to do a photography post and haven’t gotten around to it.  But, finally, here it is!  Enjoy!

 

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A butterfly on some Russian sage.

 

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Camping. ❤

 

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And last of all, a blackbird hanging out on a rock.  I wonder what he’s thinking?

 

Which picture is your favorite?

TTYL!

Molly

The Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkein

 

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

Stars!

Strong language – 0, I think

Romance – 3

Graphic Details – 5

Magic – 5, yes it has magic, but it’s not dominating.  Similar to Narnia.

Do you like stories of adventure? Journeys to free lands from an evil, tyrannical overlord?  When up to the very last moment you’re wondering what will happen next?

Congratulations, you’ve found a new favorite.

Frodo is a normal hobbit.  But even when you’re ordinary, extraordinary things can happen.

Kingdoms are at stake.

Will Frodo fulfill the quest in time?

(Frodo also has a not-so-normal cousin named Bilbo, whose adventures you can read about in The Hobbit. (Actually, I would recommend reading The  Hobbit first; The Lord of the Rings is a sequel to it.))

Lord of the Rings, an incredibly crafted story.  Sure to be a favorite.  (That is, if you read it!)

Lord of the Rings is on Amazon Here!

Well, that’s all for today!

~Molly

 

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The Star Under the City

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The Star Under the City

by Maggie Joy

(Maggie blogs HERE)

When Ellen is suddenly orphaned and dropped alone into a strange city under tight Nazi control, she struggles to survive from day to day. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious, metal six-point star that is slightly different from the ‘Star of David’ all Jews are forced to wear. Not only does the star feel like a sign of hope, but it sets her on a mission to find out what it really means. As she begins to wonder if she’ll ever find answers, she meets Lenz, and her life is flung into a whirlwind of danger and hardship, new friends and new enemies, and opportunities to learn trust and true sacrifice. As she attempts to find her place in the conflict, she discovers she is a part of something so much bigger than she could ever imagine.

 

Stars!

Strong language – 0

Romance – 1 Derick and Amelia ❤

Graphic Details – I’ll say 4, ages 10 and up

Magic – 0

I first found out about Maggie on Noble Novels, a young writers’ site I am a part of.  I was very impressed with her writing; soon I found her blog.  In 2016-17 she talked a lot about her novel that she’d written in NaNoWriMo, and that she was then editing.

When it finally came out, I was so excited! I pulled weeds in the yard to earn a copy. 😉

Then I read it in less than 24 hours.  Let me tell you why.

THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE!!! I mean, I loved it!!! The characters are real and relatable.  The plot is excellent.  The emotion is amazing.

Tytus is so funny!  Lenz and Willie just about tie for favorite character.  Ellen is so relatable.  I just want to sob along with her when *ahem* bad things happen!

All that said, please read this book!  Find your copy here.

Talk to you all later!

Molly

NOTE: I have done a review on The Star under the City before, but I decided to re-do it with the new system.

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