Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: Mirrors Lie by Dream Summore

This book is quite different than what I usually read, but it was a dramatic and good read. There were times my heart broke for the main character, Toni, but I was unable to connect with her as much as I would have liked. Overall the writing was very good, but there were many sections of the story that were told rather than shown which sort of distanced me a bit from the story and I think it is also part of what made it difficult for me to really get to know Toni the way I would have liked to. 
The faith story was inspiring and very well done!
This is not a light read, but I would recommend it to older teens and adults who enjoy books that are filled with depth and gritty realistic storylines. I think this would be a great book for teens and parents to read together and discuss.

A note about the content: this book contains a couple of sex scenes (none of which were graphic and overly detailed but the first one especially was a bit more steamy than I personally want to see) there was also a rape scene, again not overly detailed but a bit more so than I wanted to see; also several mentions of a character being gay; a couple instances of underage drinking; and several mentions of immoral lifestyles. I'm sorry to say that the content did lower my rating of this book. (2.5 stars)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Review: Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

5 Stars!
Lynette has done it again! Just when I think her books can't possibly get any better, they do! Oath of Honor reaffirms why Lynette is on my list of all time favorite authors. I loved both Izzy and Ryan as main characters and it was a lot of fun to watch their romance develop. 
And I just have to say that as a fan of the show Blue Bloods, I have been so excited about the similarities between it and this series ever since I first heard the Blue Justice series was going to happen, and now after reading Oath of Honor I can say that I loved all the similarities to Blue Bloods, but I also loved that the Blue Justice series is a unique story and brings something all its own to the table!
And by the way I am in love with the St. John family, so I CANNOT WAIT to read Chloe's story when it releases later this year! I don't know how many books are planned for this series but I have my fingers crossed that each of the six siblings will get a book, because I simply don't want to say goodbye to this family anytime in the near future! 
And the suspense, gah, soooo good, Lynette's books never fail to get my adrenaline pumping and bring me to the edge of my seat, and Oath of Honor just may be her best yet! 
I don't know want to risk giving anything away so let me just finish by saying that I absolutely loved this book, it will be on my list of favorite reads from 2018, and needless to say I HIGHLY recommend it!
Seriously, you MUST read Oath of Honor, ASAP!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Friday, January 19, 2018

My Favorite Books of 2017!

My Favorite Books of 2017

It is always so hard to narrow down my favorite books of the year. There are a bunch more books that I loved this year that are not listed here simply because if I was to list them all then this post would never end! I didn't set out to read any classics this year, but through the recommendations of friends I discovered a few that I absolutely loved! My two favorite classics I read this year are listed at the bottom!

The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Moving Target & Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

Life After by Katie Ganshert

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

True To You by Becky Wade

The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

Buying Love & Finding Love by Toni Shiloh

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli 

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman

High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

Ordinary Snowflakes by Jennifer Rodewald 

All This Time by Melissa Tagg

The Lilac Girl by Ralph Henry Barbour

The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

5 Stars! 
This book was so worth waiting for! I have been in love with this series since the prequel novella, and have been so looking forward to finally getting Ian and Sierra's story! I think I enjoyed the second half of this book a bit more than the first half, but I still was most definitely not disappointed in the slightest! It was so awesome to see Ian and Sierra both finally overcome their issues and find their way to each other. This story has such a strong message about trusting God and not trying to control things (especially in the face of all the obstacles that the characters faced, any of which I know would turn me into a basket case!) and was exactly what my heart needed to hear! I also loved that we got to see the next chapter in Pete and Jess' relationship, I can't wait to read their story. 
This is going to be kind of a short review, but I always struggle to review one of Susan May Warren's books because as a writer and a reader I am in awe of her amazing writing and storytelling brilliance, and I always feel like there are no words that I can say that will even come close to doing her books justice! I loved this book so much, and cannot wait to read Ty's story when Storm Front releases later this year! 
I highly recommend this series, but recommend you start with the prequel novella, this is one series that is definitely best read in order, plus you won't want to miss a single moment of the awesomeness that is the Montana Rescue series! 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

4 Stars!
This was such a great debut! I loved how the historical and contemporary stories intertwined so beautifully. Being that this was my first time reading a book by Jaime Jo Wright I wasn't sure what to expect at first, I am thrilled to say that I was blown away by the complex intricacies of the plot! This book is definitely not your traditional suspense and I loved that about it, it was so thrilling to see how Ivy's and Kaine's stories fit together. I absolutely loved the faith thread in this story, so well done and definitely the center point of the story! 
I will say that I did guess most of the twists before they happened (though there was one large twist that did greatly surprise me!) but regardless I couldn't stop reading because I just had to know what would happen next! I highly recommend The House on Foster Hill and cannot wait to read more from this fabulous new author! 

I received this book from the publisher. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Review: Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

4 Stars!
This was an absolutely lovely debut novel. I loved the story within a story approach, so cool and so perfect for this book! As a writer myself I always love books where the main character is a writer and this one was no exception, I found myself relating to Aurelie in so many ways! I loved both Silas and Aurelie, they were perfect for each other and I immensely enjoyed watching their romance develop. I also especially loved side character Nelle, I am so hoping that perhaps she will get a story of her own someday! 
I really liked the mystery of what happened to Lady Jayne, it added wonderful intrigue to the story and culminated in a very satisfying ending. This book is told primarily in first person POV from Aurelie's perspective, first person tends to be less popular with a lot of people, but I personally adore first person and I felt that it was the perfect choice for this novel. 
The faith thread in this book was excellently done, and was perhaps my favorite part of the story! 
Overall, Lady Jayne Disappears was an engaging, delightful, well written, entertaining, and inspiring debut novel which I feel blessed to have read, and highly recommend! 

I received this book from the publisher. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

3.5 Stars!
This is the seventh of Lisa Harris's novels that I've read. I have been hooked on the Nikki Boyd Files series since the start of book one and have been eagerly awaiting the revelation of what really happened to Nikki's sister Sarah! So needless to say Vanishing Point was one of the books I was most anticipating in 2017. 
Unfortunately, I'm sorry to say that Vanishing Point just fell flat for me and left me feeling quite disappointed. I liked the main characters Garrett and Jordan, I felt for them and all the tough things they faced in life, but I never really connected to them and I don't really know why. The story was good, definitely a page turner and I read it in less than two days, but it seemed that up until the last fifty or seventy five pages or so this book seemed to be lacking the edge-of-your-seat suspense and action that usually fills this author's books. I really liked the unique way this story was told, meaning all the large jumps forward in time, I had been wondering how that would work and I think the author pulled it off beautifully! 
The writing often felt flat and a tad bit disjointed and unfinished to me, which made the book somewhat difficult to read at times and made me a bit sad because I know the amazing writing this author is capable of, as a writer myself I know firsthand that "All writing is rewriting"  and I kind of wish this book had gone through a few more edits to really make it shine! 
I love that we got to see Nikki and Tyler and got updated on their lives, but at the same time as that made me really happy I was also very disappointed and a bit let down by the ending.
I highly recommend the three previous books in the Nikki Boyd series. And I do recommend Vanishing Point, even though it didn't become a favorite for me I am sure lots of people will absolutely love it and review it so please don't judge it just on my review. 
I am looking forward to reading more of Lisa Harris's books and I am hoping to reread the first three Nikki Boyd books sometime in the future! 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.