Wednesday, July 30, 2014

REVIEW: CRATER TRUEBLOOD AND THE LUNAR RESCUE COMPANY by Homer Hickam






CRATER TRUEBLOOD AND THE LUNAR RESCUE COMPANY by Homer Hickam




{About the Book}


A kidnapped lunar heiress. A deranged-science syndicate. An imminent asteroid impact. Crater Trueblood has more to rescue than just his ex-girlfriend . . . namely the entire human race.

Maria Medaris is the 21-year-old matriarch of the most powerful family on the moon. She is gorgeous, she is powerful, and she is high maintenance. But when Maria is kidnapped by purple-faced, gene-splicing scientists in league with her father, her only hope is the very man she once spurned: Crater Trueblood.

Much more than Maria is at stake: the planet Earth, majestically rising over the lunar horizon, is in the crosshairs of an asteroid engineered by Maria's abductors. If Crater can't stop it, then Earth faces a dinosaur-style collision. And humanity faces an extinction-level event.

Along with Crescent, his fiercely loyal, bioengineered she-warrior, Crater and the Lunar Rescue Company must come to Maria's rescue--before she joins forces with the brainiac lunatics who have taken her hostage . . . and who want to make her queen.

Can Maria finally look beyond her own selfish love of power? Can Crescent overcome her jealous attachment to Crater? Can Crater rescue his former fiancee and divert the apocalyptic asteroid in a single day?

The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance . . . and the clock is ticking.









{My Review}

Rating: 3 Stars!


I am normally a HUGH Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan, however this book was not for me. There was a lot of info dumps and the romance didn't do anything for me either. The characters were not likable in my opinion and I could not get invested in them and their goals. 



Friday, July 25, 2014

The Bucket List Tag






I saw this tag at Hayden's blog, Story Girl. (Click the link to see her tag post.) I thought it looked super fun, so here is my Bucket List Tag.




I know it may be kind of silly, but I have a love for vintage typewriters.



What kind of geek would I be if I didn't want to attend Comic-con! And it's going on right now and I am so jealous.


Work/Volunteer for my local library would be so much fun, and something I hope to start doing this Fall.


You know actually finish and publish a novel you can be proud of. I'm working my way toward this at this very moment.


Fall in love & get married. What girl doesn't want this.


I want at least two kids, a boy & a girl. Maybe three. I even have some names already picked out.


Me & my mom have done this to an extent, but I would love to dig deeper.


I am an #Anglophile and I really want to visit England. & I happen to be part English too.


I've always had a fascination with the famous red phone booths.


Ireland, such a beautiful country. I'm also part Irish too.


Another beautiful place. And yes, I'm part Scottish.


Visit a castle, yes please. Especially Blair Castle, which is the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. (My ancestors.)


I have always wanted to visit Egypt. From a very young age I have been fascinated with Ancient Egypt and it's culture.


Meet Richard Armitage
If I met Richard, I could die happy!


This was a fun post to put together and if you have a bucket list and a blog, please feel free to make your own Bucket List post.

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.