Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY: TOP TEN CHARACTERS + A DESERTED ISLAND



TOP TEN TUESDAY



I haven't a TOP TEN TUESDAY in so long and this one sounded like fun, so here is Top Ten Characters you would want with you on a desert island. 






1. Thorin Oakenshield

I just love this character, in the book and the films. He is so complex and while he makes really tough decisions, maybe ones you would not chose yourself, you empathize with him. Not to mention he is a total warrior, and you can always use protection, right?!



2. Guy of Gisborne from BBC's Robin Hood

Guy is quite good with a sword, so I think he could be the hunter/food gatherer.






3. John Thornton from BBC's North and South

Hmmm....I think there is a trend going on! lol When your overwhelmed about how you'll get off the island you need someone to talk to. John is definitely that guy.




I know this is supposed to be a TOP TEN, but I honestly couldn't come up with any more than these three.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

REVIEW: Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black







Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black



{About the Book}


Author of the popular Kingdom Series returns with this thrilling new novel for young adults.

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn. Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl offers encouragement through her faith, but Drew is too logical and scientific to believe that her prayer of healing was anything but coincidental in the restoration of his eyesight. As his sight returns, he discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to see fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist? The only one who can help him, his genius friend Benjamin Berg, has disappeared. In Drew's quest to find Ben, he discovers that the invaders themselves are at war, for his efforts to thwart the devastating actions caused by the dark invaders are aided by invaders with a different nature. Time grows short as the dark invaders close in on Drew. With skills that no other man possesses, and help from Benjamin and Sydney, Drew initiates a plan to expose the invaders to the world.










{My Review}

Rating: 5 Stars!!

First things first, the cover is phenomenal! The cover matches the story so very well. So well done cover designers, well done! Now the story inside the cover was incredible! I was blown away buy this novel about spiritual warfare. For me it was a very fast-paced novel and the time just flew by while I read this. I just could not put it down for any reason under the sun. I highly recommend this one for Fantasy/Speculative fans!

Friday, July 18, 2014

REVIEW: Death Takes a Ride by Lorena McCourtney




 Death Takes a Ride by Lorena McCourtney







{About the Book}


Cate Kinkaid arrives at H&B Classic Auto Restorations to give a friend a ride. But, as usual, trouble finds Kate even there--this time in the form of one dead man, one wounded man, and what appears to be a pretty obvious case of self-defense. Owner Matt Halliday wants to hire her, but not for this case. Instead, Cate is charged with finding a man who owns a particular motorcycle Matt would like to buy. As her search progresses, she begins to suspect that the shooting in Matt's office may not have been as cut-and-dried as it appeared.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lorena McCourtney takes readers on another wild ride of mystery in this clever cozy mystery, part of her popular series The Cate Kinkaid Files.









{My Review}

First off, I hate the cover. For me, I think it is to childish. It looks more like a children's book than a mystery novel written for an older audience.  I don't like this cover one bit. Now on to the actual contents of this cover. This was just an okay mystery novel. I've read much more interesting and intriguing mystery novels before this one, Blood Bayou by Karen Young is a great example. Now that was a great mystery in my opinion. I did not care for the characters and just could not become invested in them. I found them utterly boring and uninteresting. Overall, this book was not my cup of tea. However, don't let my review hinder you from picking up this book, while I did not enjoy it, that doesn't mean you won't.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

REVIEW: Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble






Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble




{About the Book}

"Complex characters and a tense plot make this a thrilling tale of romantic suspense. Fans of the other titles in the series will not be disappointed with this gripping installment, and the intricate and eerie story line will entice readers who enjoy books by Ted Dekker, Iris Johansen, and J.D. Robb." --"Library Journal "

In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger's memories . . . before they cost her everything.

Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.

But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks--and vivid dreams of being strangled--she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor's murder.

Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked--by a man she's only met in her nightmares.

The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin's daughter.

Of course, he doesn't know about that. Yet.

Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there's no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her--before she remembers too much.








{My Review}

5 Stars!

Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble was quite a fast-paced, suspenseful, quick read for me. The story centers around Elin Summerall, she survived a heart transplant, but someone wants her dead. The cops pushing her and her story off to the wayside, except for one FBI Agent, Marc Everton. Elin is also holding something back from Marc, the fact he is the father of her daughter. Together Elin and Marc have to find the villain before he finds Elin. Like I said earlier, it's a quick read and it's perfect for a read at the beach.

Review: Love Comes Home







Love Comes Home



{About the Book}

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are busy welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline wants a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be–a life with a man who will never come back. And little Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.
Through the heartfelt storytelling of bestselling author Ann Gabhart, readers join these endearing characters as they walk an uncertain road. Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.








{My Review}

5 Stars!!

I absolutely adored Love Comes Home. It's set right after World War II in the 1940's, which I love because I am absolutely obsessed with that era. The story centers around Lorena, who is adopted, and her sisters are getting ready to settle down and have families, and while Lorena also wants that she also wonders about her birth family. The pace of this story was so perfect, as was the character development. I felt everything the characters felt and I became quite invested in them. Overall, this is the perfect historical fiction read for your Summer afternoon at the pool.

Monday, July 14, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish







 Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish


{About the Book}

"The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion." --Reverend Billy Graham The Question Is Not If Attempts Will Be Made 
to Limit Religious Freedoms, But When. 
And When That Day Comes, Will You Stay Silent? 
A storm is coming. 
The most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther's endorsement as critical. 
But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option--putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation's freedoms.





{My Review}

This is one of those quintessential political thrillers, almost non-stop action and was written beautifully. This story is about when the door is opened to legislation that would begin persecuting Christians. This is a very real and very relevant story for today and is a warning of where our country is heading if we don't start standing up. The main character was likable and I was definitely invested in the character. This read is something you men would really enjoy.




{Giveaway}

I have been given the opportunity to give away one copy of Persecuted by Robin Parrish. To enter please comment with your "Favorite president and why?" and with your email so I can contact you if you are the winner.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

REVIEW: The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher






The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher




{About the Book}

Naomi King, soft spoken, loyal, and easily overlooked, has a gift. She sees what others can't see. Intuition, she calls it. Others in Stoney Ridge don't know what to make of it and dismiss her hunches and inklings altogether.

When a young woman arrives at the Inn at Eagle Hill with a shocking secret about Tobe Schrock, Naomi fears the worst. She can't ignore the feeling that something sinister is at work-- something more than a threat to the tenuous love begun between her and Tobe.

As signs mount, they begin to point to Jake Hertzler, the elusive mastermind behind Schrock Investments' downfall. Soon, events spiral hopelessly out of control and Naomi must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.

In this riveting conclusion to The Inn at Eagle Hill series, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher pulls out all the stops with a fast-paced tale of deception, revelation, and just the right dose of romance.










{My Review}

3 Stars!

The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher is exactly what I thought it was going to be, a cutsey Amish tale. Maybe it's just me, but I really could not get into it much at all. The Revealing is the all too familiar Amish novel and I hope we soon get some Amish novels with some different twists.