Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting-On-Wednesday: A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith

Jill is an incredible author, and I love how she creates a beautiful web around familiar Bible stories, while still staying within parameters that keep it in possibilities that aren't detailed in the Bible, but could be right anyway. Hannah's story will be published in February 2018.


Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband's new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah's cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

Waiting-On-Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

Goodreads Blurb....

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

5 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry, but I'm gonna have to delay this until I get to reread this book. JUST KIDDING!!!! I want you to know about this beautiful piece of art. But seriously, I'm craving to read it again. And I finished it less than 12 hours ago. As far as Lynette Eason's books go, this is now at the top of my list! (Which is substantial. I've read dozens!) I will admit that this one didn't have as big of a scare factor as they usually do, but I'll attribute that to the fact that I wasn't reading in the privacy of my own room, but rather the noisy environment of the dorm. Along the lines of characters, well, these were some of my absolute favorites. I picked Tabitha St. John as my favorite from this book the first time I saw her. (Wow, I'm really glad only fellow book nerds read what I write. Otherwise I might be considered certifiable....) These characters are... to use a word that has recently become one of my most used, much to both my roommate's and my own annoyance... simply stellar! Did I mention yet that I really just want to open it back up and read my favorite parts again? ;) No, really, the plot was special, the people were special, the place was special, (And I am very glad it was set in Colombia and not Greenville this time!) The bad guys didn't really have a POV in the book, which let me have more time with the ones that I love, and I also thought it was neat how the bad guys were coming from all sides. And then they worked together so how is that even a thing?? It was great, in a "I'm really glad that Izzy and Ryan are heroes" kind of way. How can I make this review say what I want it to say without sounding redundant? Basically, this book is so good that I'm almost (I said almost! And it's a half almost, so there!) afraid that book two can't beat it! (No, that's not really ever happened before for these books, but ya know...) I can't wait to read the next book though, and hope that each of the St. John children gets there own book so that it can be a beautifully long series and I can enjoy my new favorite characters for even longer! Bottom line... You won't regret reading this book.

(Take a peak at this gorgeous cover! Don't you love the colors? One of my favorite Lynette Eason book covers!)

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Revell publisher.

Now, you leave a comment and let me know what you think, and I will go reread this book! (But for the record, I will read and reply to your comments.)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: The Shock of Night by Patrick W Carr

Here is the book description (copy and paste) from Goodreads. [Yes, again!]

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded on the streets of Bunard, Willet Dura is called to investigate. Yet the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers. As Willet begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.

Willet returns to the city, no closer to answers than before, but his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, a twist seen at the edge of his vision, and it's as though he can see their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he's been passed the rarest gift of all: a gift that's not supposed to exist.

Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he's pulled into a much more dangerous and epic conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world--a conflict that will force him to come to terms with his own tortured past if he wants to survive.

Now, the harder part. The review. Boy, oh boy. Trying to make sense of what doesn't make sense. Is that me talking about the book, or my feelings on the book, well, your guess is as good as mine. I know this book deserves at least 4 stars, probably even a 4.5, but I'm thinking.... Anyway, back to actually doing things. This book is very well written. You must remember (as if you could forget!) that this is fantasy so it's doubly make-believe. The characters are strongly written, and you don't really have passive feelings for even the minor characters. I think part of that is the fact that while most of the book is written in first person, the other part is third person of Pellin, which makes it really neat. Then you get to become the character, but while you are just traveling from one side of the city to the other or knocked unconscious, the storyline keeps moving forward and nothing really drags. It is a multi-faceted storyline and that sucks you in pretty well. While I did not read this book in one sitting (It's 400+ pages for goodness' sakes!) I did go at it pretty hard and really did enjoy it. Thankfully, I was able to read this as the fantasy it is and not take offense at the strange weird things that happen in its pages. If you enjoy fantasy, and if you can handle the weirdness of switching POVs so drastically (I realize this could be obnoxious for a lot of people) then go for it. I enjoyed it immensely, and suspect you will too. (P.S. This is the first in the series, and I had already read the second book a year or more ago, so that may have influenced this review a tad. Link to the review for The Shattered Vigil below picture. I hope it isn't a terrible one. I know it's from early  on so....) 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Here is the official blurb thingy.... from Goodreads.

The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common--they're also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son.

But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she's next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client.

Bestselling author and fan favorite Lynette Eason drops readers right into the action in this fast-paced new series with a unique twist. Readers will love these strong female characters who put it all on the line to save lives.

And here is the official review thingy.... from Me! (Okay, that was a silly joke. Forgive me, I'm not all the way awake yet and haven't had any nectar of the residents of Mount Olympus  coffee yet. I'm giving this book 5 stars and here is why it absolutely deserves them. If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed my tweets on this book last night. Basically that's my review in 3 140-character pops. But I'm gonna give you the long version. First off, Lynette Eason writes spine-tingle-ers, I know this. And yet, I was surprised when it started in at chapter 2. 2!!! WHAT!?!?! And of course, it didn't stop. Not till the very last page. And even then I read the rulebook for next semester to just calm myself. I was pretty sure that I was sleeping with the light on several times during the book. Okay, this is very realistic writing is my point. But enough about my over-dramatic imagination. Let's talk characters. Let's talk traumatic past meeting traumatic present and uncertain future. Let's talk insecurity and high security. Let's talk don't trust anyone. Let's talk not trusting anyone, not opening up to anyone. Let's talk how this book is very scary for the Greenville resident.

Olivia can't allow herself to feel anything. She's safe because she hasn't let anyone close to her. She won't let the pain in.
Wade, well, he just wants to be let in. And he is shocking himself by even caring. He's also been closed off. But not anymore!

I love the romance, which was sweet and not harsh or tooooo fast. Loved Amy, and how developed her character was, especially the growth that little Amy went through. 

The concept of an all women, elite bodyguard company is an incredible thing. Okay, to be all hip/cool... THIS IS LEGIT! I'm very eager to read the second book in the series. It happens to be the only one that I haven't read. (SO far. I'm seriously hoping for a continuance in the story line. Make it a super long series.) 

Can we talk about the villain... without it being a spoiler? I don't know... I'm trying. How twisted can you be? And then.... well, I can't tell you what happens then, but even I was surprised when it dawned on me. I mean, I sort of had the stalker pegged, but then things happened and I figured it out about 2 pages before the name came out. And I was mad. But if I continue this you'll soon know the ending. So there's that. 

So, be on the lookout for the killer the whole time that you're reading. (Seriously, a ton of people died!)  After you go buy the book. Because this is one adventure you don't want to miss. Predictable... NOT HARDLY!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

It's 2018 Y'all!

Hey guys! First post since January started! I'm very excited. I think I'll just give a general update about what's happened and what's gonna happen.

What's happened:

1: I finished my first semester at Bob Jones University. I joined the Chi Kappa Delta Dragons as my society. I was elected as spirit leader for my society next semester. I made a ton of new friends and participated in a lot of fun outreaches and other things. 

2: I've gotten my first real job. I work as a late stay worker, teachers' aide, and music hall monitor at Bob Jones Academy

3: My friend Suzanna taught me how to play the ukulele. I'm addicted!

4: I learned how to crochet. I'm pretty okay at it. 

5: I survived Atlanta airport by myself. Twice. I was impressed with myself. 

6: Today I went to Ollie's and got Always Watching by Lynette Eason, The Shock of Night by Patrick W Carr, and Sabotage by Dani Pettrey and I got Chinese food so that's nothing to sneeze at! Also got my new glasses.

What's going to happen!

1: Classes resume on Wednesday I think, but I'll be back down there no later than Monday.

2: On January 23rd Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse are going to be at the BJU Bruins Shop and I literally CANNOT wait! It's going to be so epic. My goal is to get pictures and post them. Time permitting. Fingers crossed. Two of my favorite authors at once! Whatever will I do? (Probably make a fool of myself with nerves but whatever!)

3: The two year blogversary is going to be in March and I am trying to think up a great prize. Input appreciated.

4: Other things that I'm not aware of yet but I will let you know. Probably. I'm sorry I'm not around as much as I used to be. College is keeping me plenty busy.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Review: Little Mouse's Sweet Treat by Shana Hollowell

In this sweet picture book Little Mouse asks all his friends to help find a sweet treat. Unfortunately, they all have different tastes when it comes to what is delicious. The sweet rhymes in this book are great and the illustrations are beautiful. I think all kids would love this picture book, and I'm sure they would giggle when Cow tells Little Mouse that grass is a very good treat. This is one to share with the kiddies for sure. You'll be asked to read this one over and over I'm thinking, and you won't actually mind that much. I'll probably read it to my sisters when I see them. Thank you, Shana, for sending me your book. It was a pleasure.  And it's not all that often that I actually like picture books this much. You did great! I'm giving this little book 5 stars.

(See how sweet that cover is? Look how cute Little Mouse is!)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Abigail is a matchmaker's worst nightmare. She's been sent back more than once for being too hoity-toity. Helena Bingham has one more plan for this girl though. Helena plans to take Abigail out West to help instruct a town full of prospective grooms who need the rough edges sanded....a lot. Mack Cleveland is about the only man in town who didn't send off for one of the mail-order brides. His plans really get changed around though when Abigail Grant shows up with her sweet freckled nose stuck in the air. Helena sees a good match coming, and it may just happen beneath a prairie moon.

(Full disclosure: I did not read the back of this book before signing up. I simply saw the author and flipped out! I was pretty excited.) Anywho, the review... This book, well, let's just say that I've never felt this way about one of Kim's leading ladies. I was actually shocked that I didn't fall instantly in love with Abigail. In fact, it was a good 150 or 200 pages before I even liked the girl! Helena was my favorite though. I loved Mack and Bill, but I enjoyed Helena's POV the best. This was a great book. And the plot was very unique. It was a very interesting concept. Yes, a mail-order bride isn't that unusual for a storyline, but I think this one was taken in a whole new direction which added both intrigue and humor. So many eye-roll worthy moments. And somehow, Kim Vogel Sawyer always knows exactly how I want her books to end, and with one exception (I've been saving that review... it's a bit rant-ish) she has delivered every time. This book had the best ending I could ask for. And those last hundred pages or so... I was in shock basically. It was not a twist I had prepared for and I loved it! Did I mention yet that I love the ending??? ;P I would absolutely recommend this book for its dynamic characters, original plot, and brilliant writing. Just sayin', but there at the end I was alternating between giggling my head off and screeching. It's a good thing my brother wears headphones. He'd probably think I had lost all sense. I'm giving this book 5 stars.

I received this book through the Blogging for Books program.