Category: Book Reviews

Mar 19
CFBA Tour Review: Poison Town by Creston Mapes

CFBA Tour Review: Poison Town by Creston Mapes

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingPoison TownDavid C. Cook (February 1, 2014)byCreston MapesABOUT THE AUTHOR: Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as “The Shop.” Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author. ABOUT THE BOOK There’s More Than One Kind of Poison in This Town People are sick and dying. Rumors are swirling. Some claim chemicals leaking from a manufacturing plant are causing the cancer that’s crippling people on the poor side of Trenton City, Ohio. Yet nothing at the plant appears amiss. The problem remains a mystery until reporter Jack Crittendon’s long-time mechanic falls ill and he investigates. Soon Jack becomes engulfed in a smokescreen of lies, setups, greed, and scandal. The deeper he digs, the more toxic the corruption he uncovers. As he faces off with the big-time players behind the scenes… Read more »

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Mar 19
Book Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

Book Review: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

My Thoughts:  So, I had seen Nantucket Red around the web, on WoW’s and Wishlists and I knew I had to have it, too. When I was approved to review a copy, I researched it some more and knew I had to read book 1, Nantucket Blue, first. And, I found a copy of it for super cheap (thank you Amazon!) and snatched it up. I devoured this book. Due to my father being in and out of the hospital and finally into a rehab, it did take a little longer to read but Ms. Howland hooked me, hook-line-sinker, with this awesome book! I devoured it best I could as I was dealing with my father. Oh.My.Goodness. It was the perfect read for the spring-y weather we had over the weekend.  I loved the story line, of happiness, sadness, anger and love. Cricket is a wonderfully chiseled character and getting to know her was a fabulous experience. And Zach…..well, let’s just say “oh to be a teenager again…..”. Swoon. Seriously. I loved him. My heart went out to him so many times through out the story, when death invaded and heartache ensued.  The scenes of summer, and the emotionally moving… Read more »

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Mar 13
Book Review: In The Shadow Of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews

Book Review: In The Shadow Of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews

My Thoughts: I love Biblical fiction…….I love the feel of comfort and warmth you get as the author creates a novel of Biblical times making it come alive. The books just suck me in and keep me hooked. It’s a wonderful feeling really, and Mesu Andrews is on of the most talented Biblical fiction authors. Truly. She is amazing and her stories are an escape for me into a world where I can breath easy. Jehosheba, or Sheba as many may know her, is an amazing character! I loved how she was created, and I felt as if I was reading her story straight from the Bible. Ms. Andrews truly created her story in such a life like manner! I love it. Watching as Sheba was married off and came to love her husband, watching as he taught her about the love of God, become so captivating to me, that I stayed awake until 3 in the morning turning the pages. It’s just incredible how Ms. Andrews creates a passionate, emotionally moving story. I definitely recommend this book with the highest of 4.5 stars. While it’s the fourth in Ms. Andrews’ Treasures Of His Love series, it’s most definitely easily… Read more »

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Mar 12
Berkley/Obsidian Blog Tour Review: Keeping Mum by Alyse Carlson

Berkley/Obsidian Blog Tour Review: Keeping Mum by Alyse Carlson

My Thoughts: This was a great read! Though third in the series, this book is easily read as a stand alone. From witty characters, to a plot line full of twists and chuckles, it keeps the pages turning long in to the night. And, being set in Roanoke Virginia made me love it all the more, since I’m a Virginia brat. Ms. Carlson’s cast of characters were ones that quickly became friends and I was happy to follow Cam and Annie around on their Garden Society crime solving. Politics and murder. The two things that always seem to go together. Ms. Carlson did a fabulous job at blending the two. Cam and Annie’s characters were likable and often laughable, as they plotted and planned a silent auction for the high society folks of Roanoke. Concluding on a murder mystery style function, they were in for a big surprise when a guest really does turn up dead! The who-done-it of the story came to full play as they picked and weeded through who could have wanted the guest dead (and oh there were plenty!). Add to the murder a missing person and Ms. Carlson rounded it out perfectly. Each page brought… Read more »

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Mar 11
Book Review: Whispers From The Shadows by Roseanna M. White

Book Review: Whispers From The Shadows by Roseanna M. White

My Thoughts: Awesome! That’s what I have to say about this book…….awesome! Ms. White is a surperbly talented author and one who has been on my favorites list for a long time. Her writing style just pulls you in and keeps you hooked until the last page is turned. Gwyneth and Thad are beautifully created. Both are full of spunk and charm, while being completely addictive. Their roles in the plot line were wonderful. The ups and downs that they had to go through quickly became my ups and downs. Following them on their journey, watching them grow in their feelings and learn along the way, was an adventure I won’t soon forget! I highly recommend this book of encouragement, faith, hope, and love. Written by a magnificently talented hand, this book is filled to overflowing with secrets, characters that steal your heart and a beyond 5 star worthy plot line that won’t let you go. As with her first two books, (which are full of amazing characters too!), this book was a long-into-the night, oh-ah-wow page turning experience for me!  I am anxiously looking forward to grabbing a copy of book 1 and starting from the beginning!

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Mar 11
Book Review: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My Thoughts: What can I say about this book? I can say Oh.Mah.Gawd!!! I was hesitant with this book. I didn’t think I would like it at all so I put off and put off on getting it and reading it……but, I finally broke down and did it after checking it out from the library. Oh.Mah.Gawd again……. I am so pleased with every aspect of this novel! Clary’s character is wonderfully created but Jace’s character…….good lord, I loved every bit of him! The ups and downs that Clary and Jace went through was amazing and I felt like I was a part of every bit of it. The murders, the Shadowhunters, all of them added up to be one heck of a ride! Ms. Clare’s work is wonderful and I am so glad that I finally listened to everyone and read this 5 star novel. Now, I’m literally dying to read book 2. I absolutely can not wait to get it from the library and continue one with these amazing characters and the Shadowhunters. Fabulously done, Ms. Clare! Keep up the fantastic writing and you definitely have a new fan in me!

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Mar 06
Book Review: Distortion by Terri Blackstock

Book Review: Distortion by Terri Blackstock

My Thoughts: Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite Christian Suspense authors. Her skills are beyond magnificent and each book is uniquely created. Everytime I sit down to read one of her books, I always expect to end up on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, turning the pages. The need to know what happens next is always powerful. This book, while second in her Moonlighter series, is fast pace and intense, and easily read as a stand alone. From the start with Juliet and Bob, Ms. Blackstock kept me hanging on to every word, every page turn like the story was about me. That’s amazing skills and something I look for with each suspense novel I read. The intensity of the ride with the lies, the realization of what was behind those lies, all of it took me on a ride I won’t soon forget! As with all Ms. Blackstock’s books, I highly recommend this one with 4.5 stars! She’s a whirlwind author who knows what to toss readers that keep them begging for more. The ending of this book has me doing just that…….begging for more in this series! I can’t wait to find out what’s… Read more »

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Mar 03
2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge

2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge

So I’ve decided to sign up for one last 2014 Reading Challenge…..since I’ve been on a YA book kick this year, I found the perfect YA Reading Challenge. Why is this perfect? Because there is no set goals to do. I’m going to challenge myself to read 25 YA books this. I’ll keep my progress posted here on this post through out the year. Challenge is hosted by: Books And Iced Coffee How long will the challenge run? The Challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 Who can participate? Anyone can participate! As long as you can provide a link to an online shelf or blog page of where you will list the books you have read 🙂 What are the rules to the challenge? Participants must create a shelf or a page to where they can list the books that they have read for the year. Book must meet any of the sub- genres of the young adult category, whether it’s paranormal, romance, drama, contemporary, horror, etc. Must be longer than 100 pages. The year of when the book was published does not matter. As long as you have read the book in 2014, it will… Read more »

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Feb 26
Revell Book Review: The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson

Revell Book Review: The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson

Title: The Dream Dress Series: Weddings By Design Author: Janice Thompson Publisher: Revell Books Sub-Genre: Christian Romance Length: 336 pages Rating: 4 stars Available at: Amazon | Revell Books | B&N ADD TO GOODREADS Shannon’s summer just got a whole lot more . . . Amish? Big dreams take big leaps of faith . . . but what if you trip on the way? A lowly seamstress at a swanky bridal boutique, Gabi Delgado dreams of doing more than ripping out seams and fitting dresses to doe-eyed brides. She wants to see her own original dress designs gracing the young women of Texas. But when Jordan Singer, reporter for Texas Bride magazine, visits the shop to do a feature, Gabi is humbled in his influential–and unnervingly handsome–presence. Convinced she’ll never get her dreams off the ground now, Gabi needs lots of encouragement–especially from her friend Bella Neeley–to take a chance and start her business. And as she gets to know Jordan, she discovers that she may have to take a chance on love as well.

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