Author: Cafinated Reads

Apr 18
Book Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Book Review: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

My Thoughts: As a caretake of my father, who just was released told he was now cancer free, I wanted to grab Julie Murphy’s novel and devour it. And I did. I read it in half a day. I read it in two sittings. It was exactly what I wanted it to be. I wanted something that would move me emotional, make me laugh, make angry and make me feel like I was part of the story. This definitely did all that. Alice. Bless her, I wanted to reach out to her, make her become real so I could hug her. I have not gone through cancer personally, but I went through the emotional pulls, the what-ifs, the let’s-do-this-before-it’s-too-late aspects of a cancer stricken family member. But, Alice. Oh sweet Alice she was so emotionally torn and I felt it all as if I was going through it. And poor Harvey……watching Alice from a far with Luke, loving her through it all, no matter what. That’s the kind of guy Alice needed and I loved watching Harvey with her! Luke…….and even Celeste……they made me so angry! I wanted to shout at them and ban them from the book! But, as… Read more »

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Apr 17
Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

My Thoughts: Oh. My. Lord. Give me a minute here, will you? Thanks. *reflecting* Tahereh Mafi just became my newest favorite-est author ever. This series……well, this start to this series, is by far, the most epic, and one that is on my favorite forever list! In fact, I loved this book so much, that because I had checked this particular copy out from the library, I’ve already gone and ordered a copy off Amazon to keep on my shelf! This is definitely worth the purchase!  Juliette is a chick I didn’t think I’d love. In all honesty, I thought she was a little insane in the beginning. I mean, come on. She kept crossing out her thoughts! Say what you mean, chick! But, as the story progressed, Adam came in, and then the fun began! I loved following Juliette and Adam and finding that the story really picked up pace and kept me turning the pages long into the night.  Ms. Mafi is amazing like that. I’m just finding out how much I enjoy reading Dystopian novels, and the fact that this is a Young Adult Dystopian, makes it even more incredible. This story….this story. Yea. I  felt shattered right… Read more »

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Apr 16
Book Review: A Bride For Noah by Lori Copeland/Virginia Smith

Book Review: A Bride For Noah by Lori Copeland/Virginia Smith

My Thoughts: I’ve been a big fan of Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith for some time now, and I was excited to start a new book in a brand new series by the collaborators. Sadly, I was a little disappointed in this book. It started off way to slow for my liking. But, with that said, I did push on and ended up flying through the second half of the book and enjoying my time reading this book.  Evie and Noah are both such sweet characters that found a home in my heart to stay. I loved Noah almost from the start, despite the slow beginning. He really was a character and I was happy to follow his journey! Evie. Now that’s a character that you will love. Wit and charm come head to head on this sweet journey of love and faith, hope and happily-ever-afters.  With attention to historical detail, this team has once again created a  new series that I am glad I tried. I know there was a slow beginning, but not all books are the same, and start off fast. I just had to push through the first chapters and then bam! They hit me with… Read more »

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Apr 16
CFBA Tour: Lip Reading by Harry Kraus

CFBA Tour: Lip Reading by Harry Kraus

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingLip ReadingDavid C. Cook (March 1, 2014)byHarry KrausABOUT THE AUTHOR: A Word from Harry: I started writing my first novel during my last year of surgery training at UK. I was a chief resident, and started writing Stainless Steal Hearts in a call room at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lexington. It was a crazy time to write! I had a very demanding schedule, often spending days and nights in the hospital. I had two sons at that time, and I recognized the wisdom in my wife’s urging: “Now doesn’t seem the right time for this dream.” My experience as a writer is far from typical. Having received my formal training in biology and chemistry and medicine, my only preparation for a writing career was a love for reading. The longest thing I’d written before my first novel was a term paper in undergraduate school. My first novel was accepted by Crossway Books and published in 1994, and it wasn’t until after I had FOUR published novels that I even opened a book of instruction about the craft of writing fiction. This is not what I recommend to others! Yes, I was successful, but… Read more »

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Apr 16
Book Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Book Review: Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

My Thoughts: I gotta say that I don’t read much young adult horror. A lot of times, things drag on and on for me and I lose interest really quickly. However, at the encouragement of the librarian, I checked this one out. And I have to admit that wow! I loved it!  I mean really. The cover alone is gorgeous but it’s what’s between the covers that pulled me in.  My son and I love to watch Ghost Hunters, and basically anything ghost-y on TV. So, it was definitely interesting to read about Cas……a ghost killer. On the trails of the ghost that kills his father, he finds Anna Korlov. Wowza! What a ghost! She’s the girl dressed in blood and terrorizes the town she lives in. She kills. But, when she crosses paths with Cas, the interesting twists begin.  This is definitely not your average ghost story! It’s so much better! I definitely recommend this novel with high flying 5 stars and can’t wait to read the next Anna book, Girl Of Nightmares! Great, fantastic job, Ms. Blake! 

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Apr 14
CLP Blog Tour Excerpt:The New Ever After by Julie Farley

CLP Blog Tour Excerpt:The New Ever After by Julie Farley

Excerpt After hemming and hawing about the trip for days, Heather finally woke up on Saturday excited to go on the mysterious honeymoon with Peter. No matter what Victoria said, it was a well-deserved trip. The last time she went on an adult vacation for a week was to Paris the year before Hayes was born. The prospect was exciting, even though she was filled with guilt and would miss the kids. She knew that Donna and Phil had wanted to take the big kids for a week to the beach ever since Hank had passed away. They were excited about being able to take them now. Jenny and Janie were going to alternate mornings at the house to give Heather’s mom a little break. All of the plans were finalized. All five kids were taken care of. She was almost done packing the big guys and still had grocery shopping to do for the necessary supplies for her mom and the twins. Heather also had to get herself ready. Peter had insisted on packing her clothes, but she was determined to throw a few things in just in case she didn’t like his choices. Heather got up and ran… Read more »

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Apr 13
Book Review: Miss Mabel’s School For Girls by Katie Cross

Book Review: Miss Mabel’s School For Girls by Katie Cross

**Don’t  forget to enter the giveaway-see left sidebar for link to giveaway. Or, leave a comment below and follow my blog for two entries into a giveaway for an Amazon Gift Card or 1 of 2 Skeleton Key bookmarks!** My Thoughts: So, I will admit, as I did on her guest post page, that I shamelessy begged Ms. Cross for a copy of MMSFG. I wanted a nice, gorgeous signed copy of an awesome book on my bookshelves. And, you know what she did? She made my entire year by agreeing and sending me a copy! It’s so gorgeous. I drool over it. Literally. What? Can’t a gal have a moment? Anyway, I was so excited when she sent me a copy. I wanted to devour it in minutes! Instead, I devoured it in just a day and a half. Sadly, though, I do have some issues with the book. Oh hush now. I don’t mean I didn’t like the book. I loved the book. My issues are the fact that I have to wait. I repeat, I have to wait for the next books! I want them now. And that I want to travel to Miss Mabel’s School For… Read more »

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Apr 10
Guest Post: Miss Mabel’s School For Girls’ Katie Cross + GIVEAWAY!!!

Guest Post: Miss Mabel’s School For Girls’ Katie Cross + GIVEAWAY!!!

So, I’m super, super excited! Why, you ask? Because. I am not ashamed to admit that I shamelessly begged Ms. Cross for a review copy of her awesome sounding book, Miss Mabel’s School For Girls, the first in her Network Series. And, guess what? She agreed! *happy dancing* And, guess what else? She agreed to be featured here today with a post she wrote special for y’all. Oh, and the best part? She’s closer to me than you could imagine….I think that is just superbly awesomesauciness! *Big Grin* So, I’m turning the floor….err….page….over to Ms. Cross. Happy Reading! What Miss Mabel’s School For Girls….Isn’t By Katie Cross Like every other twelve-year-old girl, I used to count down the days until the latest romcom’s came out. Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes, Kate Winslet — love, love, love! Who doesn’t want to be swept away in the arms of love with her prince that happens to have an adorable Scottish burr and rippling pectorals? Raises hand. Me, actually.  When it comes to books (and movies since now that I’m older than 13) I’ll pass on the goopy romance, thanks. I like stories with reality and meat. I like girls that have heart and… Read more »

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Apr 07
Book Review: The Quilted Heart by Mona Hodgson

Book Review: The Quilted Heart by Mona Hodgson

My Thoughts: I’ve enjoyed Ms. Hodgson’s books in the past, and these collection of novellas was no different. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this tender book! Centered just after the Civil War, Ms. Hodgson brings to life the historical elements, the styles, the way of living after such a hard time. I loved it!  Ms. Hodgson created strong, charming characters that felt real to me. I felt like I made a new friend, or family member, through them as I followed each character from each story on their life’s journey. I loved the hidden messages of faith, hope, love, understanding and trusting that Ms. Hodgson incorporates into the books.  I highly recommend this book with 4 stars. It will move you, entertain you and keep you hooked until the end. I am looking forward to the next book that Ms. Hodgson brings her readers. She’s truly talented and this is a job well done! 

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Apr 02
Book Review: The Beginning by Karen Kingsbury

Book Review: The Beginning by Karen Kingsbury

My Thoughts: It’s been quite some time since I read a Karen Kingsbury book, so this was quite the refreshing read. She definitely did not disappoint me. It’s a quick, short read, so my review will be a quick, short review. The Beginning is a wonderful story about letting go of the past, moving on to the future, and understanding that sometimes God’s way, while it may not be our way, is the best to start a new beginning-a new chapter in your life. While the story is captivating and amazing, somehow, Ms. Kingsbury always seems to make me feel as though the story was written specifically for me. This is one of those times, with the powerful messages she incorporates. I can’t give this short story anything less than 4.5 stars. Her characters are beautiful, her story line is moving and the emotions that roll off the pages, well, simply put, they become a part of you. I am looking forward to reading the follow up novel to this story, The Bridge. I’m ready for more of the bookstore and all it’s people inside! Another home run from Ms. Kingsbury! 

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