Monday, December 16, 2013

Cloak Of The Light: A Review

Cloak Of The Light by Chuck Black

Drew is caught in a world of light - just inches away from the dark
What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if...our world wasn't beyond their influence?
Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.
As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe 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?
With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?


I was definitely excited to read this book. I've heard a bunch of good things about Chuck Blacks books. So I was excited to pick it up. I thought after reading the description I was kind of confused it sounded like it was going all over the place.
Once I started to get into it it kind of goes no where but its really interesting. Drew the main character seems like he has a horrible life. But I thought Drew just makes the story, he was powerful, and had a really strong story. Even in the slowest parts Drew just made it. I think he is probably one of my favorite main characters of this year. Even when times got tough, horrible and confusing. I like that he knew what to do.
So enough about Drew, as a complete story not a whole lot happened. It’s going to be a series so I’m excited for that. I like how the ending happened. It defiantly sets it up for more frightening and fierce enemies. For more challenges for every character in the series.
So if you want to read about any of his other works and maybe a chapter from Cloak Of The Light, you can find it on his website.



I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. (http://waterbrookmultnomah.com)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Aquifer: A Review

Aquifer By Jonathan Friesen


In the year 2250, water is scarce, and those who control it control everything. Sixteen-year-old Luca has struggled with this truth, and what it means, his entire life. As the son of the Deliverer, he will one day have to descend to the underground Aquifer each year and negotiate with the reportedly ratlike miners who harvest the world’s fresh water. But he has learned the true control rests with the Council aboveground, a group that has people following without hesitation, and which has forbidden all emotion and art in the name of keeping the peace. And this Council has broken his father’s spirit, while also forcing Luca to hide every feeling that rules his heart.
But when Luca’s father goes missing, everything shifts. Luca is forced underground, and discovers secrets, lies, and mysteries that cause him to reevaluate who he is and the world he serves. Together with his friends and a very alluring girl, Luca seeks to free his people and the Rats from the Council’s control. But Luca’s mission is not without struggle and loss, as his desire to uncover the truth could have greater consequences than he ever imagined.
 Excitement was the first thing I felt when I heard about this book. Jonathan Friesens first book he ever had publishes. Jerk, California has been a book that has stuck with me. A fiction book about Tourette’s Syndrome, it was something that had surprised me. So when this book came up I immediately grabbed at it.
I had high hopes for this, but with each chapter, each page I was slowly let down. At some points it was really confusing, I had to back track and read it again. And then suddenly it was the opposite, I was enjoying it. The characters were something I really found enjoyable. I did like Luca, and Tayla and Seward. Everyone had nice, interesting back stories I wish I could read more about. Unfortunately I was left hanging on some things. There were nice twists and surprises in the book. But some of those surprises were left unfinished and left me with a big What?

For the most part I did enjoy it, the book is kind of short. The one major problem I had with this book, which confuses me even now. But was that really the ending? Is this going to be a series or was that really it. The ending bothered me. If you couldn't tell.

I was given this book for free for my review from BookSneeze (www.booksneeze.com)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Dear Mr. Knightley: A Review

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story—by giving that story to a complete stranger.
Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.
But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.
As Sam’s dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.
Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.

Dear Mr. Knightley  may have been the saddest book I’ve read in a while. This book was incredibly sad, but packed with incredible characters. The Muirs, Stanleys, Father John and of course Alex Powell, they all played essential roles in the book. I had some ups and downs with this book. One of the main topics of this book is child abuse. And that is a really hard topic to read, I’d think for anybody to read.

I think Reay definitely did a great job on how rough orphaned children and fostering can really be. She took it into great detail, without it being too vulgar or too R rated. And I do like how almost all of it was in letter form, I love books like that.

Also, I did love the main character Sam, she was strong and had no stopping in the sarcasm department. And never ending quotes from classics, which Ill admit I’ve only read half. But sometimes she got so sad, and so down about everything when she spent all this time just trying to survive and see the future so brightly it was kind of sad when she felt differently.

Finally I can say I think the book was 50 times better when Alex Powell stepped into Sams life. This made me smile and frown through every page. Austen fans, Bronte fans, I think will surely love this.


I was given this book for free for my review from BookSneeze (BookSneeze.com)

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Church Builder: A Review

The Church Builder by A. L. Shields


Bethany Barclay is running for her life. She’s a struggling attorney who’s been framed for the murder of a client. To clear her name, she must follow the trail left by her friend Annabelle to find out who killed her and why. Meanwhile, members of a centuries-old secret society known simply as The Garden track Bethany’s every move, aiding her when they can. Because The Garden knows that Bethany has been targeted by the ruthless Wilderness Society . . . and to advance their agenda in a centuries-old battle they’ll find out what she knows and then kill her too.
Each of the novels in this series revolves around the struggle between The Garden and The Wilderness. Working insidiously over the centuries, The Wilderness orchestrates “snakebites”—tiny scandals that cumulatively will bring an end to belief.

A decent book, that’s what I would call this. It was a decent thriller. I can say the book is very quick and fast paced. The characters, are interesting enough I suppose, I do like the main character Bethany she was quick on her feet knew what to do when the time came for her to act. The others, the Church Builder, the hidden creepy villains, I think they were really interesting and well built characters. But I don’t know if this is silly for me to say, but sometimes from the characters there were these cheesy one liners. For example The Church Builder was the one to say them all, like “it’s unfortunate that’s she gone through so much pain, but she has more to come” Or Something like that, it was only in the middle of the book. Something I guess you could roll your eyes to.

This book took a little longer for me to go through. The book is laced with detail left and right, information about people, places, everything. I did enjoy most of it. But it did get a little slow, there was a whole bunch of nothing. It was a interesting mystery, thriller, it has its exciting moments and slow moments. It was a well built story all the way down to the finish.

It is a beginning of a series so it’s exciting what happens, and where it goes from The Church Builder.   



I got this book for free for my review from Booksneeze. (Booksneeze.com)

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Governess Of Highland Hall: A Review

The Governess Of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Two worlds . . . one calling. In 1911 Julia travels from the exotic land of India to Highland Hall, a magnificent English country estate. Will she follow her heart and stay on as governess for Sir William Ramsey, or will she return to her mission work and the life she left behind in India?
Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.
Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.
While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?

I love this book, I love it so much. I can probably say it my favorite read so far this year. And the reason why is that, I compared it to Downton Abbey. I love Downton Abbey, I’ve watched all three seasons. But besides that, the story starts out with an innocent missionary who has to come back because of her sick father. She has to become a Governess for a rich family.
The story takes place between Julia, Sir William Ramsey, and a bit of the staff. I can say I love the hero’s and the villain’s. Turansky does really great with the descriptions, and giving great story to the characters. The book is in a slower pace, but she found some way to just make it fun and great. Before I picked up this book I’d heard and podcast with Carrie Turansky, and she talked about how she came to write The Governess of Highland Hall, and how she wanted to have elements of Downton Abbey, and Jane Eyre in the mix, she wanted to have the fun and the dark elements mixed in. And I think she did exactly that. I’d say anyone who loves early 1900’s England will love this.
So checkout Carrie Turanskys website, there is a beautiful book trailer for The Governess of Highland Hall. So check it out.  
This book will be released on October 15, 2013


I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. (http://waterbrookmultnomah.com)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Anomaly: A Review

Anomaly by Krista McGee
Number 1# in the Anomaly series.
Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.
Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won’t threaten their lives again.
But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli’s secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.
She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods.
As her life ticks away, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.
Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out…

                How do I even start this review. This book was so up and down for me. I was so excited to read this book. Not a lot of christian science fiction has come out that sounds really interesting.  I must say the plot sounds like its done time and time again. A whole civilization is now living underground from the apocalypse. I’ve heard it before, but Krista McGee gave it a really cool twist. Everyone who lives underground has no emotion.

Except for certain people of course. I thought the book was a little lengthy where nothing happens in between. I’m pretty sure the setting was supposed to by where Thalli had to go through these things time and time again, but it ended up getting kind of boring. I did like the characters, they were different from each other. And they didn't get on my nerves, which is good.  Over all this book was excited and I’m glad I read it. I'm kind of excited for the sequel next year. 






I have received this book for my review from Booksneeze. (Booksneeze.com)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Once Upon A Prince: A Review

Once Upon A Prince By Rachel Hauck
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.
Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.
The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.
Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.
I do not think I can really tell you how disappointed I was with the book. Reading the description just made it sound amazing. However, the moment I opened the book the main characters Nate and Susanna were whining and complaining. It got on my nerves more then I could say.

There was list of how this just did not fit for me. Nevertheless, I will not do that. When I got this, I thought of The Prince And I movie. The similarities are a prince hiding in broad day light. That idea, I thought was just so exciting. In addition, Nate was cute and fun, but did not seem proper enough.

I am sorry I am venting. Susanna’s family I would say was the best part. All though it had its rough spots through out the whole book. But it did get better and better and the ending was the best part.   


I was given this book for my review from booksneeze. (www.booksneeze.com)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gone South: A Review


Gone South by Meg Moseley

The charm of the South drew her back to her family’s roots. But when the town’s old resentments turn the sweet tea bitter, can Tish find a welcome anywhere?
 
Leaving frosty Michigan for the Deep South was never a blip in the simple plans Tish McComb imagined for her life, dreams of marriage and family that were dashed five years earlier in a tragic accident. Now an opportunity to buy her great-great-great-grandparents’ Civil War era home beckons Tish to Noble, Alabama, a Southern town in every sense of the word. She wonders if God has given her a new dream— the old house filled with friends, her vintage percolator bubbling on the sideboard.
 
When Tish discovers that McCombs aren’t welcome in town, she feels like a Yankee behind enemy lines. Only local antiques dealer George Zorbas seems willing to give her a chance. What’s a lonely outcast to do but take in Noble’s resident prodigal, Melanie Hamilton, and hope that the two can find some much needed acceptance in each other.
 
Problem is, old habits die hard, and Mel is quite set in her destructive ways. With Melanie blocked from going home, Tish must try to manage her incorrigible houseguest as she attempts to prove her own worth in a town that seems to have forgotten that every sinner needs God-given mercy, love and forgiveness.

               

                Gone south all I can say is probably one of the best books I have read all year. Since page one I wanted to read more. Tish was an amazing character, kind and very patient. When I began reading, I did not think I would like her. However, that immediately changed. The story starts sad and really kind of stays that way. Sad or not it had real life problems, and it was something I really wanted to read about it.

I really loved the characters Tish, George, Mel.  They were just so in entertaining, I loved them. They were all strong and not really anything to complain about. There was a great villain who you just could not help but hate along with the rest of the characters. The villain got on my nerves, which made it perfect.

The one thing I can say is that in the end there was something that just felt a little unfinished. But that didn’t take away from the overall story. From the first to the last I enjoyed it to no end. All I can say in the end this was a pretty perfect summer read. And can’t wait to pick it up again.

If your interested in this book definitely check out Meg Moseleys website were you can read the first chapter and check out her other works at http://megmoseley.com/
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Monday, April 15, 2013

Domination: A Review


Domination by Jon S. Lewis
Domination is book #3 in the C.H.A.O.S trilogy. Please note that certain plot points and characters might be a continuation from the prior books in the series.
Their goal is simple: total domination.
With six arms and jaws that can snap a man in two, the warmongering race of aliens known as the Thule has conquered every planet they’ve attacked.
And now their invasion of Earth has begun.
Humanity’s only hope springs from a mysterious Thule legend about a Betrayer, who they believe will rise up and destroy their people. The American government tried to manufacture their own Betrayer by injecting children with Thule blood but time after time the experiment failed . . . until Colt McAlister.
A decade later, Colt is a 16-year-old cadet at the CHAOS Military Academy where he’s training to defend mankind. But he’s afraid that the alien blood may be turning him into a Thule—and he’s beginning to suspect that fulfilling his role as the Betrayer may cost him everything.
Experience a cosmic battle filled with high-tech gear, gateways to other planets, and ultimate stakes. Not everyone will survive. But heroes will rise up and step into their destiny in this earth-shaking conclusion to the C.H.A.O.S trilogy.
                The last book in the series. Yes! I was beyond excited to hear the last book had come out. And snatched it up. And it’s back with the gang, Colt, Danielle and my favorite Oz. The book starts out maybe a couple of months after the events in the second book. Parts if the world in ruin because of the Thule. I loved how strongly the book starts out. However, sadly went down from there.

Although the book had some long long talking part. Explaining everything and anything in it, which for me was a huge flaw, the three books all contained it. A lot of talking, but it still was action packed. Unfortunately, I thought Colt spent most of the book whining, and annoyingly clumsy.

Unfortunately, I cannot say I really enjoyed the ending, thought is beyond amazing, I can’t. The ending was not really an ending, it just seemed like a stopping point, but to prevent spoiling things for anyone I’ll let you figure that out for yourself. In conclusion, I did enjoy the book and the characters in it.


I was given this book for my review from Booksneeze. (www.booksneeze.com)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Secretly Smitten: A Review


Secretly Smitten By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt 

Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!

There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?

The mystery intrigues Rose’s three granddaughters—Tess, Clare, and Zoe—and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?

Join popular romance novelists—and real-life BFFs—Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.


Yet another great book by the four friends. When I saw they were writing another Smitten book I was so excited. I had very high expectations. And I was blown away, their writing was beautiful and funny and heart warming. And yet again more characters to fall in love with. I was connected with this book the moment I read the first page. I wanted to know what was happening. 

The authors just made me love this family, and yet again the town they live in. But I might say when the description said there would be a mystery, I was a little surprised. It wasn't my kind of thing at first. But each character takes you farther and farther in that you just can't stop reading and I will assure you it is an amazing, funny. heart warming ride. And I can add, I am excited for the next one coming in 2014.



I received this book from booksneeze for my review. (www.booksneeze.com)