Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: Angels in Action by Diane Williams


This is my first non-fiction review, and so I’m going about it in a totally new and different way. Well, not totally new. But whatever. (At any rate, I’ve decided not to use stars on nonfiction.)



Angels in Action is a collection of short stories the author has put together about things that have happened in her life. The stories all contain lessons that she has learned through different circumstances in her life. The stories were great, for the most part. Each had a bit of Scripture put with it. Not all of the contents of this book are something that I would necessarily agree with, but for the most part, it’s pretty good. And there are lots of people I’m sure who would agree on everything. It is definitely food for thought and I enjoyed the writing style, as it was a pretty enjoyable read. It was also easy to read, since the stories in it were mostly stand-alone. There is surely a lesson for everyone to learn in this book. So while this isn’t a book I would have picked for myself, I don’t really regret reading it. And I finished it, which is a really big accomplishment for me where nonfiction is concerned, since I usually find it a struggle.



Sorry if the new style of review isn’t what you’d like. I just am not sure how to go about this. Nonfiction and I….. Well. It is what it is I guess, so thanks for your patience with me. I realize this isn't my greatest worded or put together review.

Thank you Diane for sending me your book.





Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

Lately I've been reading up a storm, but I just keep forgetting to write the reviews. Sorry.

About

Four Best Friends.
And Then One Went Missing . . .

In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled.

Now years later, Griffin has left the police and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he's living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top--and they aren't Civil War-era.

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

(Yes, I did steal that from the website.)


I'm going to give this book 5 stars.

1: The intercharacter dynamics were amazing. I loved how they worked together in the different situations. And Finley and Griff make the CUTEST couple. Ever.

2: Super scary. Super dangerous. Lots of dead people. A tangled web that would impress Charlotte (from Charlotte's web, in case you didn't follow my maybe funny joke.)

3: The spiritual journey's of the different characters were great. One of the reasons I love Dani Pettrey's books.

4: The crazy part of this book, and this might or might not be a SPOILER, is that there are two sets of bad guys, which is a really unique way to go. You just play the bad guys off of each other and then distract them that way. Genius!

5: By the end, I was in tears. I didn't want it to stop. Talk about emotionally over-investment. But that's not always bad. (Or is it? I don't know.)



Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero

So this is gonna be a long post again guys! But that's okay, because I know you're gonna like it!


Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?
Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?
As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?


I'm giving this book 5 stars!

1: First off, this has a really captivating storyline. I was rooting and cheering, and about half-way through or maybe less I just let out a rush of air in complete frustration. I was totally in there. And I read it straight through. No way was I going to put this book down!

2: The author made completely lovable characters. I kept bouncing back and forth between wanting to see through Ellia's POV and Raoul's POV. I loved both those characters, and Noel, and Dumphey, and Jolin so much. I just want to read more about them. I want to know what happens next. And I know you will too after you read this book!

3: Ellia finding her way to Christ in the dungeon was so amazing. And seeing the way her limp truly worked out for the best was incredible too!

4: There are very few bad guys I've hated more than Bioti. She was just so.....(You can't tell but my fingers are doing that weird dance thingy over the keys because I can't find the right word to vent all my anger and frustration)

5: That ending though... just about squeezed my heart out! I was not ready for the book to be done! At all.....



I received this book through CelebrateLit. This is my honest review.




About the Author

Amanda bio picAmanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.
If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!


Guest post from Amanda Tero

Do you ever have plans that come up from almost nowhere? That is kind of how “The Secret Slipper” started. I had written a fun novella, “Befriending the Beast.” It was a stand-alone. Just for fun. My relief project during a longer project. Well, no sooner had “Befriending the Beast” released when a friend asked me, “Hey, have you considered a father/daughter Cinderella story?” That night I stayed up until after midnight, mulling over ideas and coming up with the title. Lord Kiralyn, who appeared in “Befriending the Beast” as Belle’s uncle now had a story—involving a daughter that I didn’t know existed, but whose existence created a whirlwind of adventure, heartache, and excitement. And now that I have two books in the series, my brain is already pulling at ideas for a book three. But that’s another story for another day.


Are you ready for a giveaway? Well... duh! I know you are!


Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Amanda is giving away a grand prize of paperback copies of Amanda’s three novellas: Journey to Love, Befriending the Beast, and The Secret Slipper.Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b994



You will love this book! I'm being serious!
Click here to purchase your copy.



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Blog Stops

June 6: Remembrancy
June 10: Reading Is My SuperPower (Spotlight)
June 12: A Path of Joy
June 13: Bukwurmzzz
June 13: cherylbbookblog (Spotlight)
You are here- June 16: Live.Love.Read.
June 19: Henry Happens
June 19: Bookworm Mama (Spotlight)


Thanks for sticking with me. I know it's a long post. But totally worth it! Am I right?!




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Meet the Author: Beth Durkee

Hey guys! I'm super excited to introduce you guys to Beth Durkee and her book. I love doing author interviews, and I know you love reading them. I was so super excited when I saw Beth's comment on the blog! I know you're as stoked as I am for this interview!

But first, a little bit about Beth!


About the Author
Beth Durkee (born April 9, 1969) is an American author and inspirational personality. Her message is that life is often hard, but God is with us through it all. She specializes in short reads for the Christian market that bring awareness to God’s quiet callings and His whispered presence in our daily lives.




Beth answered a TON of my questions, which is super awesome! Enjoy getting to know her a little better. (And yes, I probably will be putting random comments in the middle, because I can't help myself. I'll use italics or something so you can tell)



What was your first book?
The first book I wrote was The Disposable Noble Wife (2009). The first full-length book I read was Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis. (Oh my word, I love Narnia!)

When did you start writing?
I think I was in about seventh or eight grade that I began writing my first book. I gave up after a few years, when I was only about 20 handwritten pages into it. (Thank goodness because, in retrospect, it was pretty awful.)

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?
I would be a very bored, disabled homemaker.

Any books upcoming?
June 23, 2017 hails the release of my 2-volume set, “A Memoir. A Testimony.” in electronic form. Both of these volumes are stories from my own life where I have seen and felt the direct influence of heaven in my own life. The set will be exclusively available from Amazon and will be enrolled in the Kindle Online Lending Library program upon release. (I'm gonna have more info about this later on)

Who was your favorite author growing up and why?
This is very much too difficult to decide as I had access to so many wonderful books (literally thousands of them!) in my parent’s basement library. In my top four are Alan Dean Foster, Christopher Stasheff, Isaac Asimov and Piers Anthony.

What has been the most encouraging comment you've gotten on a book?
The most encouraging comment I ever received was sent to me in an email from an 86 year old retired reverend to whom I had given a copy of Memory of Miracles, volume one in the two volume set that is being released this June. He said, “I enjoyed the victory and testimony of the reality of Jesus presence 
in your life.  I am sure it will have a ministry for many years -- maybe 
as long as John Newton's OUT OF THE DEPTHS, written over 200 years ago??”

What are some things that you would say to fans if you met them?
My heart swells when I think of my fans. By investing their time in reading my books they let me know that that my words matter to them. Every reader makes it all worthwhile to me.

About how long does your typical book take to write?
My first book took the longest. It was an emotionally difficult one for me and took about 5 months of devoted, every minute of every day, writing and editing. It was also my longest work and my only “novel,” at just under 50,000 words. My other books range between 10,000 and 25,000 words and usually take only about one or two months to complete.

Outline or Make it up as you go?
My works are mostly literary non-fiction so I just tell it like it happened and insert appropriate scripture to bring out certain points, although I suppose I do have two that were not like that. One of those I outlined. The other I made up as I went along. Like children of the same parents often need different parenting approaches, different types of books by the same author often need different writing approaches. (That was probably the best answer to this question ever!)

What is your cure for writer's block? Or do you even get that?
I don’t get much writer’s block. Usually I get more of a “how do I tell this part now” block. In those instances, I just stop writing and pray about it. When I wake up the next morning, I know the answer.

Why did you pick the genre you write in?
It is kind of strange to me that I write any Christian books because I prefer to read Fantasy and some Sci-Fi. I will read about relationships or finances and other non-fiction subjects, but not Christian (except the Bible, of course). So I don’t really know that I picked the genre I write in. I think it must have picked me by giving me a framework for understanding my own life experiences.

What social media do you like to share your works through most? How can readers best connect with you?
Readers can find me on Facebook, Beth Durkee Fans (Right here  folks), and Twitter, @Beth_Durkee. (Why yes, I am providing a direct link) I had a blog on Blogger called A Writer’s Blot for a few years that still contains a bunch of personal stories and musings, but I don’t really write in it anymore. (In case you're interested, I've linked this too)

What was the most difficult thing about publishing your first book?

I would have to say the most difficult thing about my first publishing was lack of confidence in my writing abilities combined with the negative reviews that every book, especially those on controversial topics, naturally receives. After pouring my heart and soul into its pages for several months: Rereading, rewording, editing till I was blue, then submitting and winning a competitive award for the book, I was truly ill-equipped to handle so much negativity from readers who picked it up on its first (and only viral) “Amazon free download” day, read it and absolutely hated the story. That was a truly devastating blow to my ego.

How do you choose the names for your characters? Do you research the etymology of the names you use?
I kind of just go with names I like or think are appropriate, like “Faith” in my first book. Sometimes I look up “popular male [or female] names” and choose from the more popular, like “Greyson” in the second volume of, “A Memoir. A Testimony.”

Which of your character would you want to be your best friend?
I have a YA fantasy series under a pen name that I have kind of paused working on. There is a character named Barwick in the series that I would definitely want for a best friend. He has integrity, loyalty, a gentle soul and an injured past that he overcame. I think we would get along quite well.

What advice can you give to fledgling writers?
For independent authors, my advice is edit, edit, edit! A large majority of indie writing is poorly edited, which makes it quite difficult to find book bloggers willing to give good reviews. Poor editing also frustrates readers, which means fewer repeat purchases. Personally, I think I spend at least as much time editing as I do writing a story.



Beth's book is releasing through Amazon on June 23rd. Here's a direct link to Beth's Amazon page so that you can find not only her upcoming book, A Memoir, A Testimony, but also her other books. (There are quite a few!) Make sure to check it out, and follow her too.


Beth, I'm so glad that you chose to do this! Thank you! It was great getting to email back and forth! (And yes, I am obsessed with exclamation points)

If you have any other questions, or comments, feel free to leave them below or tag Beth on Twitter and Facebook! We'd both love to hear them!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pictures from last week's trip!

So, yeah. I totally meant to put these pictures up on Sunday or Monday or something, but that didn't happen. Now I'm actually going to do them. You can enjoy these pictures while I'm at the beach with my best friend, soaking up some sun... You know. Also, reading lots of books. (Mom packed three books, I've got four, plus all my ebooks on my phone, and yet I'm still trying to fit more books in my bag.)

(Oh, by the way, I WON'T be getting "gorgeously tanned", I'll be burning. Like a marshmallow held too close to the flames.)



I left the house at 3 (Bleh!) to catch my flight. The sunrise was gorgeous though, and they fed me my favorite airplane fare. (Shoutout to American Air!)




First stop, after I got picked up in Boston, (Well, besides Dunkin', cause New England runs on Dunkin', not even lying!) was Mystic Aquariums. The Beluga whales were so adorable and playful. I got to touch a ray for the first time, and my sister flipped over the pings (Penguins.)

We were in the Penguin gift shop, when suddenly Jaye yells, "Look at that ping! He's sooo RICH!"


Then Tuesday we started off with Animal Adventure Park, where we got to see April, Oliver, and Taj. And the most adorable baby camels ever!!!!!!!!! Oliver wasn't too happy since no one was giving him carrots though.



This place is the awesomest (I know that's not a real word but whatever) zoo ever. You could feed literally all the animals. (Albeit, sometimes you just tossed a grape down a tube so your hand didn't get bitten.)

Then the Crayola Experience, where we all got crayons with our name on them! It was so neat.

Taylor of Jaye wanted a picture with the huge mosaic of Scarlet. Taylor's really starting to "pose" for pictures, as you can tell by her feet.


Then Colonial Williamsburg Wednesday, which silly me forgot to take pictures of. It was really nice, but super hot. The highlight of the day might have been when Jaye caused a guy to come out of character to rescue his ruler from her.

We had a great trip, and I wish I had taken more picture. Honestly though, with a kid holding each hand, it was a miracle I got what I got. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you.







Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

Ummm.. yeah. So this time you are definitely getting the "back-of-the-book" summary. There's no way I can do this one.

Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.


Right.. so.. stars. 4.5!

1: Spine-tingling quality.... check. I mean really. And the needles. I mean come one guys. (Okay, technically one) but seriously, both mysteries I read today had needles. Why? I can barely stand to read the word. (Which is terrible and babyish of me I know.) But totally a scary mystery!

2: I knew it. I never felt comfortable around *********** (That's the guy's name. Not that it's the right length. Nevermind.) I just felt uneasy around him. Well, reading a scene with him in it then. Whatever.

3: So Tony and Kate were a super sweet couple. I loved that they drew strength from each other like that. *cue melting heart* Also, it wasn't a romance with a mystery. It was a mystery with a romance. If that makes sense. Does anything I'm saying right now make sense? Probably not.

4: I absolutely loved Tony helping Kate grow closer to the Lord again. And Leon helping Fred with that as well. Can't get any better than that, now can it?

5: You know I ALWAYS have to say something about the endings. This one...well... it wasn't exactly the neat bow that either I or Batterson wanted. Which means that while it may not have been my favorite ending ever, it's probably the most realistic one ever ;)




I received this book for free through NetGalley.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Series Review: Alaskan Courage by Dani Pettrey

This is a series of five books all set in Alaska (YAY!). It follows the lives of the five McKenna siblings through several spine-tingling mysteries. I'm telling you what, people are dropping like flies in this series ;) But sereiously, I loved this series. The writing was the kind that pulls you in. I love a book that transports. (Honesty, if it isn't like that, I probably won't finish it!) I loved seeing each person's struggles throughout the series. Loved watching them all grow. Each book had lots of deep Scriptural truths. I loved the McKenna family. They were perfect, because they weren't perfect. (Did that make sense?) And of course, each book had one of the McKenna siblings falling fast and hard for a special someone. It was a little too lovey-dovey for me in parts...but...anyway, I still loved the romance. It was so super sweet. I think the last one was my favorite, well... maybe not my favorite story, I couldn't pick one for that, but I loved the ending. A strong, good, complete ending is absolutely needed for me to enjoy a book/series to the fullest. (Guess what... Dani Pettrey delivered!) All in all... spine tingling goodness getting 4 stars!





Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: Playing The Part by Jen Turano


Lucetta Plum is angered when she is forced to go on the run after her step-father decides to gamble her away to an annoying admirer. Her friend, and self-appointed matchmaker, Abigail, carries her away to Ravenwood Castle, which just happens to be owned by Abigail’s grandson Bram. Abigail is sure that Bram and Lucetta would make a great match, but Lucetta is not ready to be set up. Besides, Bram has secrets. Secrets that make him look a few marbles short. So why, then, is she feeling attracted to him?



I’m giving this final installment in the A Class of Their Own Trilogy 5 stars.



1: This was the funniest one. It was HILARIOUS. But almost to the point of ridiculousness. However, it never quite crossed over. It was the perfect amount of humor. (This was the funniest but the first one was my favorite.) It’s a perfect balance of lightheartedness and weight. With a nice mysterious air thrown in there for kicks.

2: Abigail. She is the classic match-maker grandmotherly type. I love her so much. And she got the perfect ending that I’ve been wishing for since book one. Plus, she got to repair her relationship with her daughter, at least a little bit. Which I thought was very nice for her.

3: Poor Lucetta. She had so much more baggage than she gave herself credit for. 😉 I felt so bad for her, but the baggage turned her to God, so I don’t feel as bad as I could. And I think she got a little bit of that dealt with. Not all of it, but some of it for sure.

4: I loved that everyone got to come back for at least one scene in the book. Even Buford, for whom I have a soft spot as large as he is. Did I mention that this book has the most perfect ending? Like ever.

5: I totally had Mr. Grimstone and his identity pegged before the book was half over. I had to stop reading, while I just…. Processed is a good word, but not the perfect word.



I’m sorry the review was kinda skimpy. It’s 1:15. I shouldn’t be awake, much less writing a review. I promise, I read it. I loved it. I laughed. It's great. Me, not so much.




As you can tell, I wrote this during vacation, after a really long day. I read the book during a seven or eight hour drive (It didn't take me that long, I was also sleeping a tiny bit and talking some) and then wrote the review. I barely even remember writing it. Sorry. I hope it's still good.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Review: Pursued by Lisa Harris

Nikki is contacted by the FBI to find a material witness, the only witness, for a high profile case. The woman was sitting next to Nikki on the plane when it crashed, and now she's disappeared. But time is running out for Erika. Nikki needs to find her before it's too late. But things keep happening to distract her. First, the plane crash itself, and then an incident at the prison, and new information that keeps coming up. Plus there's some health and romantic distractions. Nikki is under so much emotional and physical stress. And now, she's pretty sure the FBI isn't shooting straight with her.

Well.... I'm going to go with 5 stars for this.

1: My first time reading Lisa Harris! I was not disappointed! The story had great hooks, and the style of writing was awesome!

2: This was one of the most action packed books. From the first line, until the last, it keeps moving. And it all takes place in the space of like two days. So that makes it even more action packed. And the mystery itself was pretty scary. Just the way I like them!

3: Tyler and Nikki's relationship was really something special. Their love for each other was so unconditional. And then add Liam to the mix and it's adorable.

4: I loved how Nikki realized that she wasn't strong enough in herself. She was always leaning on the Lord's strength.

5: Definitely I want to read more of these books, because I want to know if Nikki ever finds Sarah. Talk about a hook.

I received this book for free through NetGalley.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Review: Crabby the Crab by Dr. MC

This picture book (free on Amazon Kindle, last time I checked) is a great little read. It has more words than some picture books, and a sweet message. It tells the story of Crabby the Crab who feels like he's too old to play with his little sisters. In the end though, he realizes that he can enjoy their company. The pictures were a little small on my Kindle app, that is the one thing that I would change. But I feel confident that this is a great bedtime story that you can read to your kids in 5 minutes or less (depending on how good you are at "the voices") 4 out of 5 stars for this cute picture book. (Y'all noticed that I use cute a lot when describing picture books? I'm starting to drive myself crazy!)


Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Update

So... I'm still on the trip. But, I think you should know what else is coming up this month. After this trip, I'm headed back to the beach in a few days. I don't remember a summer when I've been this crazy busy. Then later this month I'll be going to Summer Orientation for college. And VBS is this month. The last week I think. It shouldn't stop me from posting, but who knows. Anyway, that's the crazy hectic stuff. Here are some posts to look forward to.

June 13: Author Interview with Beth Durkee (Squee)
June 16: Celebrate Lit tour The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero

Sometime this month I'll also be reviewing Pursued by Lisa Harris, Danger on the Mountain by Lynette Eason, Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin, and the books I got through Thrift Books. So be on the lookout!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waiting-On-Wednesday: Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

So if you've been around for very long at all, you realize that I go through Lynette Eason books like I go through air. I'm sure I've almost driven her crazy tagging her in all my reviews on Twitter. ;) And it was a book in the same series that Chasing Secrets is in, Moving Target, that started it all! Here's my waiting on Wednesday. I have to wait til August! Isn't that awful!

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.
When a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan's life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after she has an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her--and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories--and the depths of the heart--Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley's past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won't quit.

Waiting-On-Wednesday is hosted at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Series Review: Striking A Match by Tracie Peterson

I love this series! I'm going to go ahead and say that it's going to be 5 stars. But, back to the stuff. This series, set in Texas, follows mainly the love story of Deborah Vandermark and Christopher Clayton (Kelleher), but also follows a few other romances, including Deborah's mother and brothers. The series is multi-layered, touching on many topics, including women's education during the 1800s, KKK and racial issues, and just the things that were going on in that day. The characters are ones that stand out in my mind, and have since the first time I read this. While Stuart Albright is a truly despicable man, the other characters all have strengths and weaknesses that cause them to be much loved. Throughout the series are multiple discussions about trusting God, and about finding His will. To be honest, while reading this I kept thinking, Why isn't this a movie series? and then I wanna be in that movie! But, I digress! I loved Deborah's relationship with her mother most of all. And, this is going to sound awful, but one reason I love the books so much is the raised lettering, not only on the title but also on the spine and the ribbonny thing across the front! It's super awesome.

I've read these books several times before. Mom saw me get them out this weekend. This is what our conversation went like.

Mom: Why are you reading that again? The story hasn't changed!

Me: That's the whole reason I read them. Because it hasn't changed.

That's the kind of story these books tell. The kind you want to come back to over and over again.

Okay, end of rant. Sorry.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: Chicken Does Not Want To Be A Chicken by Elsa Takaoka (And update)

This picture book gets 5 stars from me! I'll let you know soon what my little sister thinks. First off, it was an easy read. I mean for like beginners. The words weren't too hard. A first grader should have little/no problem with this book. Also, it was downright hilarious. Chicken has four steps to become a dog. Cat puts a kink in chicken's plan, and coupled with super cute illustrations, this book had even me laughing. And the overall message is a great one too. Chicken learns that's it's okay to be a chicken. To be yourself. Who you were made to be.

For a while... at least when I'm writing this, I don't know when I'll post, but for a while this is available as a free Kindle eBook.





Alright. So, here's the deal. This whole week, I'm going to be gone. In fact, I'm most likely gone right now. I'm pre-writing this, scheduling ahead. Hopefully, by the time you read this, I'll have a post scheduled for every day. Maybe not. We'll just see. There are going to be a couple more picture book reviews going up, because I'm spending time with 5 and 9 year olds. Also, I'm going to try my very very best to upload pictures of the trip on a blog post. Definitely keep an eye on Twitter though. A list of stops this week include: April the Giraffe, colonial Williamsburg, Crayola experience, and possibly an aquarium with beluga whales. I'll keep you updated through Twitter. And I'll try through Facebook and the blog too. I just can't make any promises. Hope that you enjoy this week though. I really want to share it with all of you.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review (And CelebrateLit Blog Tour): Love Among the Lilacs by Jenna Victoria

Hey readers! I think you're really going to enjoy the CelebrateLit Blog Tour posts that I do. Instead of just the regular review, it will have the author info, the amazon link, and a lot of other good stuff! It's gonna be a long post though, so hold onto your hats. (That was in case you were wondering what in the world is going on with my posts)

About the Book

Book title: Love Among the Lilacs
Author: Jenna Victoria
Release date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Sweet romance
Bookkeeper Mollie Wright knows about living on the streets, and her purchase of sweet Lilac Cottage is a dream come true. She is determined to stay and fight when a legal error puts her ownership at risk. Attorney Sean Grady never wanted his great-aunts to sell their cottage in Westchester County, New York, so when a paperwork snafu puts the deal on hold, he moves swiftly to evict the pretty, feisty squatter. Mollie finds unexpected allies in Grady Cove neighbors and a member of Sean’s own family but knows the clock is ticking. Will a theft and her past secrets force a showdown to heartache, or will Mollie and Sean discover home is truly where your heart is?


This sweet book gets 4.5 stars!


1: This book will leave you craving a vase-full of Lilacs. The lilacs are a sweet added layer, and they seem to bind the story, and the characters lives, together in a fragrant way. (Anyone who wants to send me some lilacs, just know that I will accept.)

2: Aunt G was probably one of the funniest characters I've read in a while. And even Maria had a moment that caused me to laugh out. But she wasn't as funny as Aunt G. Aunt G does beat all.

3: It was great to see Mollie's and Sean's healing. They both had a lot of baggage to take care of, and by the end of the story, I think their healings were going really well. Well enough for them to be able to be together without the baggage tearing them apart.

4: There was a point where the book got so intense that I had to put the book down, and remind myself to breathe. I was definitely cringing at someone's idiocy (No names, but we're looking at you Mr. Big-Shot Lawyer)

5: The whole ending though! It was perfection through and through. Even more perfect than I had thought I needed. I mean it! Especially after all the crazy twists and turns it took to get them to this place. Everything turned out for good!



I received this book through Celebrate Lit for free. I was not required to write a review. This is all from my own little head.

About the Author

beth head shot smallerEver since her grandfather co-created Twinkies, Snowballs & Hostess cupcakes for Intercontinental Baking Company, circa 1955, Jenna has yet to taste a cake she hasn’t liked.
Jenna writes books for readers who enjoy sweet & compelling romances, and also for those who look for her “fiction that feeds your faith” titles – happily-ever-after romance & romantic suspense stories with a Christian world view. Her stories emulate those she enjoys reading…with a heroine who is in grave danger & a hero who is smart enough to get out of her way as she kicks butt & takes down names… and those that feature satisfying fairy-tale-endings.
Her clean romances won’t put you into a diabetic coma, and her faith-based romances aren’t preachy or unrealistic. It is her glad purpose to glorify God and His sacrificial love through His Son, Jesus Christ through books that illustrate hope & peace in unbearable situations. Her first triple negative breast cancer diagnosis in 2012 has led to surgeries, radiation, reoccurrences and incurable metastasis. Still, Jenna continues to praise God and trust His oversight in her life; and continues to write more books.

AND..... A guest post! (What! See how awesome this is guys!)

Guest Post from Jenna Victoria

I am thrilled you will be introducing my newest novel, Love Among the Lilacs, to your readers and visitors through CelebrateLit. I am excited to share this sweet love story with quirky characters who hijacked the plot mid-stream, and took me places I did not anticipate!
So – Why Love Among the Lilacs? I chose the title and a subplot regarding lilacs for one reason – I absolutely adore the scent! The fact that a lilac’s bloom is so fleeting, makes their fragrance that much more memorable and anticipated.

jenna pic 1Mollie Wright anticipates something too – finally buying her own home, Lilac Cottage, after a childhood of homelessness. Genevieve Carter, one of the two elderly sellers, leaves her a note of welcome next to a small bouquet of lilacs in Mollie’s new bedroom, after the closing. This helps readers experience Genevieve’s spirit of generosity. Isn’t the bedroom phone antique? The sisters lived in the cottage for more than 50 years, and changed little of its amenities.
How did I choose to write about Mollie? What if a character dreamed and saved and finally bought a house after a childhood of homelessness? Then, due to a real estate closing error and interference by the seller’s great-nephew, her sweet cottage ownership is in real peril. Dare she hope for a positive outcome?

Jenna pic 2Attorney Sean Grady didn’t want his maternal great-aunts, who lovingly raised him and his younger brother Mark, to sell Lilac Cottage. After a rookie mistake led to a tragedy when he was an associate at his family law firm, Sean decided to concentrate on elder law. He’s seen plenty of abuse of the elderly in his ten year career, and something about Mollie Write doesn’t sit well with him.
Mollie finds support from her neighbors – including long retired Emily Rogers (Genevieve’s BFF) who often visits Lilac Cottage’s back garden through this connecting gate. It’s so beautiful! She reveals her profession which is perfectly suited to Mollie’s needs. We see selfless giving and stalwart friendship in Emily’s character.

Jenna pic 3Mollie has secrets to hide, and a far away half-brother and Mother who aren’t exactly upstanding members of society.
When her half-brother unexpectedly surfaces, bringing a mountain of trouble with him, the budding love between Sean and Mollie takes a hard tumble.

The theft of an antique necklace, Sean’s renewed lack of trust and Mollie’s shame at her past – not to mention final outcome of legal decisions – pull them further apart.

Jenna pic 4The intervention of others gives Mollie and Sean a chance at reconciliation – but is it too late? Can they finally unpack and empty baggage from their past?

I hope you enjoy Love Among the Lilacs as much as I did writing it!

Happy Reading!

p.s. my selected giveaway, an authentic Coach Disney X Mickey Mouse accordian zip wallet in glovetanned leather was chosen to represent the transformation of Mollie’s negative childhood experiences into memories of acceptance and joy among the trials.

It GETS BETTER!!! (Yeah, I know, You aren't sure how that's possible,, but it is!)

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jenna is giving away a grand prize of an authentic, new in unopened gift box Coach zipper accordion leather wallet – from their Disney X collection (Value $140.00)!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b673




Want to know what other people think of this book? Well, guess what! You can follow the whole blog tour. I've got them all linked below.


Blog Stops

May 26: Carpe Diem
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Thanks for reading guys!

And if you want to check out the book for yourself, click here

Saturday, May 27, 2017

10 Beach Tips for this Summer. Just In Time For Memorial Day Weekend Too!

What? On a book blog?
Yeah. On a book blog. I mean, you're gonna be reading on the beach, right? Right!

Okay, so here we go. I'm going to try to make sense. Y'all just bear with me now, okay?


1: Bring a book. But also bring a towel/sheet to put the book on to keep it from getting water/sand all in it. And also bring something with a little weight, even if it's just another towel, to put on top of it, so it doesn't blow away in the breeze while you're out in the water.

2: GET RID OF YOUR PART!!!! I'm being serious. It doesn't matter how funny you think you look with your hair slicked straight back. Get rid of the part. There is no pain quite like raking a brush across a sunburned scalp. And when the sunburn starts to peel (I know. GROSS!) it's just worse.

3: If you're using spray on sunscreen, step into a sheltered alcove, or the wind will carry some of it away. And then you burn in really really weird splotches. Been there, done that.

4: Bring an extra swim suit if you have one, because nothing is worse than putting on a wet swimsuit.

5: Ice cream melts really fast on the beach. Just saying. And then you have to wash the chocolate off your hands in the ocean. Just be a little careful. Duh-whee.

6: Don't wear your prescription sunglasses out in the ocean. At least, not far enough out that you could get knocked over and have them snatched off your face before you can catch your breath back. (Yes, that did happen to me. No, my mom was not happy. Yes, she did say "I told you so" a lot.)

7: Reapply the sunscreen sooner than the bottle says if you're in the water.

8: For easing sunburn pain try aloe, coconut oil, vinegar soaked cloths and/or aspirin *I've not had much experience with this but I'm told it works really well*

9: Bring loose-fitting clothing that won't rub your sunburn.

10: Make sure you always have something to wipe the salt or sand out of you eyes.

Okay, there ya go. If you couldn't tell, I get sunburned very easily ;) Hope this was a help.

Friday, May 26, 2017

BookApp of the Week: ThriftBooks

I downloaded this app Wednesday, and I'm not gonna lie, and say that I know all the ins and outs yet. But I will tell you that I LOVE THIS APP! I just started my ThriftBooks account a couple days ago, and I ordered three books for $10, with FREE SHIPPING for the US! It's incredible. One of the books I had picked out was condition-wise classified as Very Good, but they upgraded it to Like New for free, because it was greener that way. And by downloading the app, I got a 15% off coupon. Also, for every $50 you spend on books, you get a $5 coupon. This thing is awesome! I can't believe I only just found this site/app. I just spent like half an hour adding things to my Wish-List. Something that I really like about this app is that when you add a book that is out of stock to your wish list, it shows you how often they get a copy of that book and how many other people are watching the item. I really really want you to check it out! I'll be sharing picture, probably on Twitter, I'm sort of a Twitter-holic, (@3714Bookdragon) of the books when they come. I can't wait to share with all of you.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Home On The Range by Ruth Logan Herne

Nick is a single dad of two girls. Both are feeling the pain of mother-abandonment, especially Cheyenne, the oldest. After being hounded by the kids' principal for 8 months, Nick finally takes them to see a therapist. Elsa hasn't counselled for a while, but Nick and his girls are actually helping her come back into the real world. Sparks are even flying. But then the ex-wife shows up, and once again throws the girls' lives into a whirlwind.


5 of 5 stars!

1: I was there! Especially the scenes of Elsa's "Hobbit-house" I could feel myself being there. The beautiful descriptions in every scene made me quite forget that I was reading.

2: The sarcasm. The eye-rolling. The humor. All of this was right down my alley! I enjoyed it so much. It was a humorous read, but at the same time, a deeply emotional read. Funny, but not light. Not very light, anyway. Elsa is now one of my favorite literary characters ever. The therapist angle to this book was awesome, and I totally love the spiritual approach to counselling! YAY!

3: Quite possibly the sweetest romance I've read in a while. I know I say that more often than I should, but it just keeps getting sweeter! Not. Even. Lying.

4: Always want to say something about the cover if it's as cute as this one! The only thing was that the book was one of those narrower one, so I was worried the whole time about breaking the spine. I also got a few hand cramps. But it was TOTALLY worth it!

5: Okay, so this has less to do with the book, and more to do with the Blogging For Books program. But... The first time they sent me this book it got lost on the way. So I emailed them. They answered really quickly. Then they straightened out the problem, and I got the book really quickly. It's definitely a great service!

The perfect blend of Western cowboy stuff and not cowboy stuff. My ideal Western story!

I received this book free through Blogging For Books. This is my honest review.

Review: Goodnight Numbers by Danica McKellar

Wait.. where have you heard that name before? Danica McKellar writes math books and acts. She's in some of my favorite Hallmark movies, and she's the reason I watched Project MC2 with my siblings. But... that's not why you're reading this is it? Nope, you want to know about Goodnight Numbers. So, I've been hearing about this book everywhere! (Although, more specifically, Twitter is the main culprit here) So I decided to pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble and check it out. The rhyme is adorable. The story is sweet and is a great way to teach kids their numbers. The pictures were beautiful, and they illustrated the story PERFECTLY! It's an absolutely sweet book, the perfect bedtime story to get your kids loving numbers early on. (Am I getting repetitive? I'm sorry!) Oh... I almost forgot the stars. 5 for this cute picture book.
 I can't wait to read it to my little sister!



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Set in Alaska during Roosevelt's administration, All Things Hidden is the story of the Matanuska Project, (By the way, I already returned the library book, dumb move I know, so I am most likely going to slaughter the spelling in this post. My apologies!) and all that went on there. Gwyn has lived in Alaska for most of her life, and she is unsure about all the changes that FDR's new plan will bring. But when this plan brings a handsome young doctor, she might just change her mind. Unfortunately, Jeremiah has secrets, and he isn't sure he can tell Gwyn or her father, secrets that include a broken engagement with Gwyn's little sister.



5 stars for this book!

1: I've never read an Alaska book set in this time period, so I enjoyed very much getting to learn about this. I honestly never knew, or never realized that I knew, I might have learned in school, about this! It was crazy, but in an kinda cool way.

2: I'm pretty sure that my favorite character in the whole story was Nasnana. She was so sweet and wise and funny and grandmothery and perfectly perfect! Oh my word!!!! I love love loved the spiritual guidance that she gave to Gwyn and Sadzi!

3: I was reading this book and I kept reading things about Gwyn and being.... Oops that's so me! The worry (Although I'm not in the habit of destroying my hankies! She definitely had it worse than I do!) and the hatred of change.......

4: Well, I'm not going to lie... I didn't actually cry over one unexpected death, simply because I didn't believe it happened. I'm serious. I think I went into denial over a book. What?!?!

5: See how pretty the cover is??? Don't you just love this! I wish I owned this book. Argh!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Who Is The Author for the Interview?

So a couple nights ago, I told you I'd had another author willing to do an interview. So here's some more info on that! The author is Beth Durkee. The interview will be on June 13th. Mark your calendars and follow to make sure you don't miss out on this! It's going to be fantastic! I can't wait to share this with you. She had some great answers to the questions (and I couldn't help myself and might or might not have added little italics comments in her answers..... which include links to her social media and blog)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: In Good Company by Jen Turano

Millie loves being a nanny, but her mischief loving soul can't seem to hold a job for too long. Everett can't seem to hold a nanny for his three charges, who also seem to love mischief. Although Everett doesn't want to hire Millie, she may be his only hope. But then sparks fly, and Everett has to decide if he is willing to feel an attraction for the woman who is "Just the nanny"


You guys know that every once in a while I just have to ramble and review in a long paragraph and not in my usual, orderly way. Well, today is that day, and this book is the book that is setting me off kilter. I'm giving this 5 stars. The story had a sweet plot. And the style of writing, well, it's one I enjoy immensely. It's light-hearted in nature, having you in stitches 90% of the time, but also can have you in tears before you even realize it. The annoying "other-woman" is of course present, and Caroline might just take the cake. Anyone who can call children such names..... well enough about her, or I might start to get a little preachy. Abigail is one of my favorite characters. She's funny and scheming and adds quite the layer to the story with her mother-henning. Everett realizing his own snobbishness was quite nice, and I liked watching him change, clean up his game. I was so so glad that his mother didn't turn out to be a society snob, although I was afraid for a page or two that she might! and Millie, with her love of big words, but lack of understanding of their definitions, is a character that endears herself to your heart forever! I can't wait to read the next book in this series, and the only thing I wish is that I could have seen a little more of Harriet in this book. I know this wasn't her book it was Millie's but still. So, I know that I can totally look this up, but before I do, just, do any of you know if there's a book about Harriet in England? Because I can just imagine how funny and sweet and awesome that would be. It's a story I'd love to read. But anyway... thanks for sticking with me through my ramble. Here's the adorable cover! Enjoy!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

My Favorite Authors

Okay, so here are a few of my favorite authors. I'm going to do my always-go-back-to and a few newer authors that I haven' read but one or two books by. Let me know in the comments if you like any of the same authors or if you have recommended authors!


Okay, so I'm just going to throw out a couple of classical authors first and then get to the others. I love Louisa May Alcott! Beyond explanation! I also love Dickens, and he has written some of my favorite books, Bleak House and Great Expectations. But he's kind of hit and miss for me. I didn't like Hard Times, and I didn't finish A Tale of Two Cities. I also enjoy Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters and Cranford.


But enough about dead people. You want to know who I like that's actually still writing! Okay, well... Tracie Peterson is my.... I don't know but I have more of her books than any other author (not counting the Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy books, since I have like the whole set of both of those!) My favorite Tracie Peterson's are... you guessed it... the Alaska ones! I found an Alaska book by her co-authored with Kimberley Woodhouse and found out that I'm a fan of her too! I've read three of her books and can't wait for more! Judith Miller is another favorite of mine, although some of her stories are definitely better than others! My favorite of hers, my all-time favorite, has to be the Postcards from Pullman series! It was the first non-kid section series I read! I've said it before, but I love Patricia H Rushford's mysteries, and I have for years! But recently I discovered Lynette Eason and her books always give me a thrill! Julianna Deering also writes mysteries and hers always make me want to watch British period dramas! Kim Vogel Sawyer has a way with words that have me not moving for 5 straight hours! Lauraine Snelling hardly ever disappoints, although obviously not everyone gets it every time. Cathy Marie Hake is another I love. My favorites of hers are Whirlwind (or maybe That Certain Spark, I can never make up my mind) and Mixed Blessings!

A few authors that I've only read one or two books by, but loved include...

1: Jen Turano- her book had me in stitches
2: Dani Pettrey- Alaska and a mystery? Does it get any better?
3: Roseanna M White- The Lost Heiress and A Lady Unrivaled were incredible!
4: Patrick W Carr- I loved his fantasy book... I'm ready for another anytime!
5: Elizabeth Camden- It takes a couple pages, but once I'm in, I'm in for the long haul!
6: Rhonda Gibson- she writes cowboy stories!
7: Sarah Sundin- WWII at it's best
8: Beverly Lewis- the queen of Amish fiction, am I right?
9: Janette Oak- hit and miss but Love Comes Softly and Canadian West are the way to go!
10: Melanie Dickerson- I've only read The Golden Braid... but it was crazy good!


I hope I've given you some ideas for new authors to check out or if not, I hope you liked getting to know who I enjoy! Can't wait to hear from you!



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yeah. I know it's really late....

...but I have a lot of important things to say, so listen up! First off..... June 13th! It's an author interview and I  am beside myself! More info to come on that later, I don't want to say everything all at once. But make sure you're following the blog so you don't miss out on this. Also, follow my Twitter to get more info on the interview and for daily updates on what I'm reading.

Another thing, in case you haven't heard, I'm going to the beach this weekend, so I'm not sure what's going to be going on with my social media and my blog posts, but I'm going to try and send you pictures. And if you were wondering what books I'm taking on my vacation... Tracie Peterson's Striking a Match series is safely packed in my bag (Yes the whole series, and if I finish that, and I probably will, depending on how much I'm required to interact with people, I'll have to see what's on my Kindle app)

Anyway, that's all for tonight... or I guess this morning since it's past midnight now. Oh well. I just couldn't wait!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Review: Everyone Has a Mother by Sally Huss

This is a kid's book so it will be a short review. But I wanted to point out this book to read on Mother's Day. This book gets 4 stars. The message was golden. I loved that this book placed equal emphasis on birth mothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers. This is the kind of message that needs to be in all kids books! I truly does appreciate all kinds of mothers.The pictures were a little weird, but other than that, this book was great! Totally something to read with your kids today! Have a great Mother's Day today guys, and enjoy the book!



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

Evelyn Wisely loves working at the local orphanage, but her heart can't ignore the women of Teaville who are also in need. Her boss is willing to help build a shelter for them, but only if she gains the cooperation and financial support of other local businessmen.

While David Kingsman plans to stay in Teaville just long enough to get his father's business back on solid ground, he's intrigued by Evelyn's cause and finds himself more invested with each passing day.

Will their plans and partnership fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them, or can they trust in God's plan despite it all? (Not my words, as if you couldn't tell already!)


I'm debating with this one.... but  I think I'm going to give this one a 4.5 stars

1: I loved the orphanage storyline! I'm so interested in orphanages and one day I might work at one if I can! The kids were adorable and they added a lot to the story even though they weren't on every page!

2: When I found out what Evelyn's secret was.... well let's just say that it was the most surprising plot twist I think I've ever read, though maybe not. I can't think.... but this one was definitely a top 3 contender at the least!

3: I really was drawn to this book, as far as choosing it, by the orphanage part, not necessarily the women who also needed help, and I'll admit that that part did not appeal to me as much, even though it was a larger part of the story, but that's not because of bad writing it was just personal preference. And I do admire Evelyn and David's wanting to help those women.

4: One thing hat was really cool was that the story started with David's POV (I don't really remember any other books that start with the guy's POV) and at first I was confused, but then it wound up being awesome because the first time we see Evelyn it's not out of her eyes but the eyes of a stranger.

5: You guys know that I'm a sucker for the perfect ending... and I absolutely adore epilogue when done right! And this one was. done. SO. well! I bout burst into tears at the beauty of it. I'm such a wimp about fictional characters. 😂😂😂




                                                 I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Why a lot of my reviews are 5 star!

So if you've been here very long, you'll have noticed that I have a higher end grading scale, as in a ton of 5s. It's not a "don't wanna hurt noone's feelins"  kind of thing. Here's the deal. I get emotionally invested in almost all the books I read. Like way too badly. It's definitely a problem. So unless something happens in the book that

A: Makes me uncomfortable
B: Has language
C: Is super poorly written
D: Doesn't engage me, or make me get emotionally involved

I'm most likely going to give a 5 star rating. Then I'll go down to 4.5 or 4. I'll also grade on how compelled I am to reread it. I'm not sure that I even have a 3.5 on this blog. I know that I have a 3, and that was a book that I did not finish. The only reason that their aren't any 2 or 1 ratings on this blog is because, frankly, if it's going to get that low of a rating, I am not going to read it. I will put it down and not look back, so why even put myself through the struggle of scarring my eyes with bad lit. You feel?

Not that any of you were wondering or anything, but in case you were interested in knowing how my brain works. Also, review coming tomorrow! A Love So True by Melissa Jagears!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: No Safe Haven by Kimberley Woodhouse and Kayla Woodhouse

Jenna and her daughter Andie are stranded on the side of Sultana, their plane sabotaged by their pilot, a man they believed to be a friend. Now their only chance of survival is Cole Maddox, but can they even trust him. He says he knew her late husband, but Jenna's not convinced. The problem is, if they trust him they might die, but if they don't, they will die. The three of them work together to survive, but Jenna's still not sure why she and Andie were targeted in the first place. Something to do with Marc, apparently, but Cole isn't talking about it very much. With only God and each other, Jenna has to make a choice, for Andie's sake.




I'm definitely giving this book 5 stars!

1: Alaska! I've said this about a dozen times now, but I love all stories set in Alaska. I told my mom I was reading this and that it was about Alaska, and I was really surprised when she said "Oh, your favorite books are in Alaska!" Apparently she does listen to me ramble about my books ;) Anyway, this was great. I love native Alaskan words, and I love Denali and Sultana's original names. Way better than the other names given to them when it became a national park way back when.

2: I loved how the story went back and forth between third person for Cole and Jenna and Leaper and first person for Zoya and Andie. At first I was confused but then I really started to like it. It's really unique.

3: I liked learning about HSAN. I love a book that teaches you as you read. This was crazy informative. It was really interesting to read about. It genuinely peaked my curiosity in a really good way.

4: The mystery part was so super intense. At the end, I was so super close to tears. And it wasn't because of sadness or something like that. It was just SO intense. One of the best mysteries I've read recently!

5: Cole's conversion was possibly the best thing ever! Andie was so insistent and shared her faith so readily. And then Cole and oh my word it was the best thing ever. Best ending ever! I'm serious, go buy the book and read it! Highly recommend this book to all of y'all!

I was gonna wait and post this tomorrow but that isn't happening. I'm wayyyyyyy tooo excited!