Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne Review

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Synopsis: On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American woman on vacation with her family, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies, and when a simple plan of revenge goes horrifically wrong, Faoud must go on the run while the women come to terms with the terrible consequences they have set in motion.

My Thoughts: The premise of this story was great but it just wasn’t executed the way that I prefer. The pacing was slow and the writing, although beautiful, had too much of a literary quality for my liking.

The book deals with current issues and dilemmas that people are faced with today in an interesting way, which I found interesting. I also liked the characters, they were very well fleshed out and developed.

If you like a slow burning story with some drama, then this would be the book for you.

My Rating: 3 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible review

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Description: Easy to color and easy to read! Reflect on the precious truths of Scripture with the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible, Large Print, featuring beautiful line art for coloring and a large type size. Perfect for all ages, this Bible’s thick white paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins provides ample space for your own artistic expressions and journaling.

The NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible, Large Print is a perfect gift that will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

Features of this treasured Bible include:

Hundreds of verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art
Readable 10-point type size
Thicker white paper for enduring note-taking
Lined, wide margins for notes, reflections and art
Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
Easy-to-read black letter text in a single-column format
Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
Ribbon marker

My Thoughts: I was delighted when I received this Bible, it is beautiful! I love the cover, it’s a cloth cover with a very pretty floral design. The size of the Bible is also perfect, in my opinion…I used it in church and it sits open in my lap nicely without closing, as smaller Bibles sometimes do.

The text is easy to read and there are large margins, which leave room for Bible journaling. The artwork is beautiful and relevant, with a lot of space to color. The pages seem thicker than normal Bible pages, which should be helpful when coloring.

Out of all the Bibles I’ve reviewed, this is my favorite. I love the looks and feel of it, as well as the size. The NIV translation is also what I prefer. I would highly recommend this Bible if you are looking for a nice Bible for coloring.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this Bible from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.