Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Peter Pan retellings I've read this year





Title: Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook
From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became hi...Author: Christina Henry

Pages: 292

Genre: retelling

Rating: 4 stars
     My favorite retelling of Peter Pan that I've read this year. It's told from the point of view of Captain Hook starting from his childhood. This one was the story of Hook that I've wanted to read since I was a child. I always knew that was more to the story than what Barrie told.


Title: Hook's Tale Being the Account of an Unjustly Villianized Hook's Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by HimselfPirate written by Himself

Author: John Pielmeier
Pages: 288

Genre: retelling

Rating: 3 stars
     Is Hook's story told from his point of view. An adult fiction book.
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Two Chicks On Books: Cover Reveal & Giveaway! UNHOOKED by Lisa MaxwellTitle: Unhooked

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Pages: 342

Genre: teen fantasy retelling

Rating: 3 stars
     Peter Pan retelling with a fantasy twist that looks at the pirates in a new light.







Never NeverTitle: Never Never

Author: Brianna Shrum

Pages: 356

Genre: retelling

Rating: 3 stars


     A Peter Pan Retelling that's actually a prequel to Peter Pan.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Reading this week


Finished
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel
The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson
Death overdue by Allison Brook

Currently reading
These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson
Hardcore Twenty Four by Janet Evanovich

Non-fiction reading
A gift from Bob by James Bowen

Getting ready to read
To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R King
Firstborn by Tosca Lee
Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
O Christmas Bree by Erynn Mangum
Cat about Town by Cate Conte
A Christmas Tartan by Paige Shelton
Riverdale
Batgirl and the birds of Prey

Reviewing


Solve by Christmas by Amber Schamel

Devotional reading
365 Devotions for Hope


Did not Finish



Reviews Posted this week 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review of Once Upon a Eliza

Once Upon Eliza (The Carrington Springs #2)Title: Once Upon a Eliza

Author: Erynn Mangum

Series: Carrington Springs book 2
 
Chapters: 20

Pages: 322

Genre: Christian Chick lit new adult

Rating:  5 stars

     Once Upon an Eliza is the second book in the Carrington Springs series by Erynn Mangum. Even though it's not a true sequel you do need to read Katie in Waiting first. As most of the character's are introduced in the first book.  Eliza is a maternity nurse who moved to Carrington Springs to get away from her brother Mike and his friend Cooper.  Since losing both of their parents Mike has become overprotective of his little sister.  Eliza sees Cooper her brother's best friend as a slight pest. he's a firefighter when not working is always trying to find things to fix at Eliza's house. 

     I liked Eliza better than I did Katie. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I could relate to Eliza; and what she had gone through in life. I too lost two loved ones one suddenly the other slowly just like Eliza did.  Unlike Eliza though I don't know the loss of both parents, but do know the sting of the loss of a mom.  It's a sting that doesn't begin to ease quickly. 

     I've been a fan of Erynn's books since I accidentally discovered Miss Match in the Lauren Holbrook series in the teen selection of my library. Miss Match wasn't teen it was basically Christian Chick lit. A chick flick you can read. I had tried to read chick lit before but had always been disappointed by the content. But Erynn's books our different the chick lit is infused with Christian faith and message of and lesson of learning to trust God and his promises and to rely on him.  Each of Erynn's books are no different and Once upon an Eliza continued that trend. I discovered her books in my early twenties the same age as most of the characters in that first series, and now at 30 her three heroines in the Carrington Springs series are also in their 30s. Erynn's books always find a way to be relevant for whatever age or stage in life I am. 

     I enjoyed book two and I can't wait to see what book three holds. There's a seen towards the end between Eliza and the hero that starts her realizing that what she wanted was actually right in front of her all along. Which I thought   was cute. You never know where loves going to find you. 


Monday, November 13, 2017

Reading this week


Finished
Seasons of Waiting by Betsy Childs Howard
A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
The Blue Tattoo by Margot Mifflin

Currently reading
These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
A Room with a Brew by Joyce Tremel
A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden




Non-fiction reading


Getting ready to read
To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R King
Firstborn by Tosca Lee
Hardcore Twenty Four by Janet Evanovich
Death overdue by Allison Brook
The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson


Reading for School

Classic

Audio on the Way to Work

Mystery Book Club at work


Reviewing


Solve by Christmas by Amber Schamel

Devotional reading
365 Devotions for Hope


Did not Finish
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa da La Cruz
Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's first female Serial Killer by David Wilson



Reviews Posted this week 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review of A Moonbow night

A Moonbow NightTitle: A Moonbow Night

Author: Laura Frantz
 
Chapters: 32

Pages: 378

Genre: Christian Historical fiction Christian Historical Romance

Rating: 5 stars

     Moonbow Night is Laura Frantz's 2017 novel. A novel that takes fans back to the Kentucky Frontier. Temperance Tucker's family came to the frontier with Daniel Boone when tragedy struck. But they press on to Kentucky because due to other events her has father has a price on his head or so he thinks. 

     They start the Moonbow Inn in which everyone around thinks is run by the widow Tucker and her children. Her father stays hidden for the majority of the year. In order to protect his family. Tempe's claim to frame is she's a good shot and an even better guide, though she's a petite thing.  When Scion Morgan's surveying  company needs a guide they hire Tem Tucker not realizing that they guide isn't a boy but a young woman.

     A Moonbow Night is different in many ways from Laura's previous novels. The heroines cut from a rougher cloth than her previous heroines.  In many ways Scion Morgan is even rougher around the edges than even Red Shirt. Who just happened to be my favorite hero until Seamus came along in Mistress of Tall Acre. Scion has since become my second favorite hero with Seamus being number one Red shirt rounds out the top three. 

     Temperance Tucker doesn't really fit with Laura's other heroines and that's not a bad thing. Tempe is a young woman shaped by events of her past as well as the Kentucky frontier. With a brother unable to hunt and run the woods and an absentee father Tempe learned to shoot not only for protection but to put food on the table. Tempe's a tomboy in time period that it wasn't a thing. 

     Tempe and Scion surprisingly bring out the best in each other. Her more so if they can both let go of the past and learn to trust God. 

     Reading A Moonbow Night was slightly bittersweet. That had nothing to do with the book or the writing style. Just the fact that this was the first Laura Frantz book that I was able to enjoy reading without my mother.  But all in all I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Laura's previous novels. Readers who love historical fiction and novels set in the Bluegrass state. 


Monday, November 6, 2017

Reading this week


Finished
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Fundamentals of Children’s Services by Michael Sullivan

Currently reading
These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa da La Cruz



Non-fiction reading
Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's first female Serial Killer by David Wilson

Getting ready to read
To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R King
Firstborn by Tosca Lee


Reading for School

Classic

Audio on the Way to Work
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Mystery Book Club at work


Reviewing


Solve by Christmas by Amber Schamel

Devotional reading
365 Devotions for Hope
Seasons of Waiting by Betsy Childs Howard 

Did not Finish
The Chick and the Dead by Carla Valentine



Reviews Posted this week