Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review of The Job

The Job (Fox and O'Hare) by Janet Evanovich Lee Goldberg. Can't wait November 18thTitle: The Job

Author: Janet Evanovich

Series: Fox and O’Hare
 
Chapters: 29

Pages: 289

Genre: Mystery chick lit

Rating: 4 stars


The Job is the third book in the Fox an O’Hare series. To me the books just keep getting better.  With it being the third book the relationships and the storyline has already been established so it doesn’t have to take the time to build on it.  If you haven’t picked up the first two books The Heist and The Chase you need to. This series is a mixture of burn notice, and leverage. If you like those TV shows then you will like this book and series.  I have to say that Kate O’Hare is my favorite heroine that Janet writes. 

Review of When Mercy Rains

Title: When Mercy Rains

When Mercy Rains (The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy) by Kim Vogel SawyerAuthor: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Series: The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy book 1
 
Chapters: 40

Pages: 329

Genre: Christian Fiction

Rating: 4 stars


When Mercy Rains is basically about a Mennonite family but more importantly it is a novel about God’s mercy and how even though we don’t deserve it He  gives it to us.  

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mini Nonfiction Reviews

Duck Dynastys JaseTitle: Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl


Author: Jase Robertson

Pages: 256

Genre: non fiction

Rating: 4 stars

Good Call is Jase’s turn to tell his story and life with the Robertson’s. Out of all the brother’s I have to say that Jase is my favorite.  I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about Mia. 





The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family WorkTitle:  The Women of Duck Commander


Author: Kay Robertson, Korie Robertson, Missy Robertson, Lisa Robertson, Jessica Robertson

Pages: 288

Genre: Non fiction

Rating: 4 stars

It’s the women’s the turn to talk  about life with the Robertson’s.








unPHILtered: The Way I See It by Phil Robertson
Title: UnPhiltered

Author: Phil Robertson

 
Chapters: 15

Pages: 212

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Rating: 4 stars

In this book Phil basically tells it like it is in love.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Review of As You Wish

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Book $18.71Title: As You Wish: Inconceivable  tales from the making of the Princess Bride

Author:  Carey Elwes
 
Chapters: 13 plus epilogue

Pages: 259

Genre: Memoir

Rating: 4 stars


The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies ever, and it was nice to read  As You Wish because if gave behind scenes information on filming the movie.  Also what it was like for Carey of pretty new actor to be working with the people  he worked with.  It was a fairly quick read, and I finished in a few days once I finally got a chance to set down an read it. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Reading this week


Finished
Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete fairy tales by Jacob Grimm
The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen by Daniel Thomsen
Match Made by Erynn Mangum

Non-fiction reading  
American Sniper by Chris Kyle

Getting ready to read
Mission to Murder by Lynn Cahoon
Doon by Carey Corp
 Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
Five Glass Slippers by Elisabeth Brown
Pirates and Prejudice by Kara Louise
Hazardous Homecoming by Dana Mentink
Protected by the Warrior by Barbara Phinney
The Falcon and Sparrow by Marylu Tyndall
Surrender the Heart by Marylu Tyndall

Classics    

Reviewing





Devotional reading
Bible through in a year
The Girl’s still Got it by Liz Curtis Higgs

Did Not Finish




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Friday, December 26, 2014

Review of The Reliance

The Reliance .Title: The Reliance

Author: MaryLu Tyndall

Series: Legacy of the King's Pirates series book 2

Chapters: 41

Pages: 334

Genre: Christian historical fiction, pirates

Rating: 5 stars  

The reliance is the sequel to The Redemption but happily ever after hasn’t come easy for Edmund Merrick and Charlisse. Their love and faith will be tested in this sequel.  An old enemy returns to try to tear the couple apart.  I enjoyed this book, because Charlisse seemed to be stronger in this one, and her faith was stronger after it was tested.  I love how Marylu’s books focus on God and Jesus as well as faith.
There are returning characters in this book but there are even new characters like Lady Isabel Ashton, who becomes the new damsel in distress.

This is the second book in the Legacy of the King’s Pirates that I have read and the sixth book that I have read by Marylu and I cannot believe that I didn’t start reading her books till this year. I’ve missed out. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Mini Teen reviews

Rites of Passage  by Joy N. HensleyTitle: Rites of Passage

Author: Joy N Hensley
 
Chapters: 43

Pages: 401

Genre: teen chick lit

Rating: 4 stars
Dean Drill
Sam McKenna


Sam McKenna signs up to be the first of four or five girls to make it at a military school. A school that doesn’t want to change the status quo. But she’s determined to make the McKenna proud. She comes from a military family.
Rites of Passage had me hooked as soon as I found out that it was about a military school, and a military brat. I think I was the only kid I knew who wanted to go to military school at one point. I guess it was the military brat in me. I really enjoyed this book, I wish there was a sequel.






Take Me On – Katie McGarry https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18333898-take-me-on

Title: Take me On

Author: Katie McGarry

Pages: 544

Genre: new adult chick lit

Rating: 4 stars

Take Me on is the fourth book by Katie McGarry though technically not a sequel to anybook in the series, it has characters from the three previous books in it. It is a sort of sequel to Crash into Me, in the since that it has the main character from Crash into Me brother in this book.  Wes is the bad boy brother of Rachel’s. Haley is a girl who use to be a fighter. She trained at her grandfather’s gym and was going places until something happened with her ex-boyfriend .  That leads her to give up fighting until Wes needs her.
Take me on is my second favorite of Katie’s books, behind Crash into me. Wes actually surprised me in this book.  There is more to Wes than meets the eye.  It was also nice to get even more background information about Rachel’s and Wes’s family.

While this book is technically a teen book I was stress that it is for older teens and twenties somethings. This is due in part to language and some situations that the character's  find themselves in.




 Title: Wildflower

Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker http://www.amazon.com/dp/0316251380/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_PV.Ztb130YNBNVS9Author: Alecia Whitaker

Series: wildflower #1
 
Pages: 320

Genre: teen chick lit

Rating: 4 stars

A cute little read about teen musicians, and singer. With a mix of bluegrass and country. I enjoyed this book more than I did her first book.  


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reading this week

Finished
The Job by Janet Evanovich
Navy Seal Noel by Liz Johnson
The Restitution by MaryLu Tyndall
Tears of the Sea by Marylu Tyndall
Holiday Defenders by Debby Giusti
Out of the Storm by Jody Hedlund
The Shell Game by Janet Evanovich
Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
Deception’s Princess by Esther M. Friesner
Snow White Red Handed by Maia Chance 
Sugar Plum Season b Mia Ross

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete fairy tales by Jacob Grimm
The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall

Non-fiction reading  

Getting ready to read
Mission to Murder by Lynn Cahoon
Doon by Carey Corp
Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer
Five Glass Slippers by Elisabeth Brown
High Country Holiday by Glynna Kaye
Pirates and Prejudice by Kara Louise
Hazardous Homecoming by Dana Mentink
Protected by the Warrior by Barbara Phinney
The Falcon and Sparrow by Marylu Tyndall
Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Classics    

Reviewing
 The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson




Devotional reading
Bible through in a year
The Girl’s still Got it by Liz Curtis Higgs

Did Not Finish



Audio






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Friday, December 19, 2014

Review of The Captive Maiden

The Captive Maiden - Melanie Dickerson.Title: The Captive Maiden

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Series: YA Romance Fairy Tales series

Chapters: 31

Pages: 284

Genre: Christian teen romance, fairy tale retelling

Rating: 4.5 stars

The Captive Maiden is another fairytale retelling by Melanie Dickerson. This one is a Cinderella retelling.  It is the sequel to The Fairest Beauty which was a Snow White retelling. I didn’t think I would like this because Cinderella has always been my least favorite fairy tale. But I loved The Captive Maiden, though it wasn’t my favorite of Melanie’s that will always be The Merchant’s Daughter because Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale.
Valten the hero in this one is Gabe’s brother.  Gisele is the Cinderella character.  While it is a fairy tale retelling Melanie doesn’t focus on the magic of fairy tales instead her stories point to the power of faith and God’s amazing love.  While the stories are about love and true love she points towards the ultimate true love, the love of God. The love that God had for us to send his only Son to die for our salvation now that’s true love.

I am looking forward to reading Melanie’s next book The Princess Spy.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant EverTitle: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Author: Barbara Robinson
 
Chapters: 7

Pages: 70

Genre: Children’s Christmas fiction

Rating: 4 stars


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was my favorite Christmas book as a child. I had to read it every year.  To me it was the perfect Christmas book for a child.  It is a novel about a Church putting on the Christmas Pageant, and how members don’t want the Herman’s to have any roles in the pageant. However looking back as an adult reading the book I realize that the Herman’s needed to be a part of the pageant. They needed to hear the Christmas story, those kids the kids that the town had basically written the Herman’s off as throw away kids. That they where outcast, but it was these people that need to know the love of Jesus that the baby born was the Savior. That the Gospel message is somewhat hidden in this novel for kids. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Mini Christmas Reviews

Title: The Navy’s Night Before Christmas

The Navy's Night Before Christmas by Christine Ford                     
Author: Christine Ford, Trish Holland

Pages: 32

Genre: Children’s Christmas book

Rating: 4 stars

The Navy’s Night Before Christmas is a retelling of  The Night Before Christmas. On Board a Navy Ship, and it is a really cute and sweet read. To remind us to remember our military at Christmas and every day o f the year.  I wish this book was out when I was a kid an my dad was deployed during Christmas.  


Title: Mr. Miracle

Mr. Miracle | Debbie Macomber On Sale October 7th 2014          
Author: Debbie Macomber

Series: Angelic Intervention book 10

Pages: 256

Genre: Christmas

Rating: 4 stars


Mr. Miracle is another Christmas novella from Debbie Macomber. Who is another author that I read her Christmas novels every year. 



The Christmas Light by Donna Van LiereTitle: The Christmas Light

Author: Donna VanLiere

Pages: 224

Genre: Christmas

Rating: 4

The Christmas Light by Donna VanLiere is another sweet Christmas read by Donna VanLiere the same author who wrote The Christmas Shoes.  I always try to read one of Donna’s books at Christmas every year. 



Ho-Ho-Homicide (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery Series #8) by Kaitlyn DunnettTitle: Ho Ho Homicide

Author: Kaitlyn Dunnett
 
Chapters: 15

Pages: 294

Genre: cozy mysteries

Rating: 4 stars

Liss and Dan Runkin

Five years after Vampire bones and treacle scones

A Christmas mystery sort of. It also happened to be my least favorite of the series but it is still a cute winter read. 



Title: Finding Father Christmas
Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn 
Author: Robin Jones Gunn

Series: Father Christmas Book 1
 
Pages: 176

Genre: Christmas

Rating: 3 stars


Even though I love Robin Jones Gunn’s books I didn’t really like this one but it was still a cute Christmas read. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Reading this week

Finished
The Reliance by Marylu Tyndall
Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs
Voyger by Diana Gabaldon


Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete fairy tales by Jacob Grimm
Tears of the Sea by Marylu Tyndall
Navy Seal Noel by Liz Johnson
Deception’s Princess by Esther M. Friesner
Snow White Red Handed by Maia Chance

Non-fiction reading  

Getting ready to read
Mission to Murder by Lynn Cahoon
Doon by Carey Corp
The Yuletide Rescue by Margaret Daley
Sugar Plum Season b Mia Ross
Twin Threat Christmas by Rachelle McCalla
Classics

Reviewing
 The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
The Job by Janet Evanovich




Devotional reading
Bible through in a year
The Girl’s still Got it by Liz Curtis Higgs

Did Not Finish



Audio
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Playaway audio when doing chores)
Heist Society by Ally Carter (Audio on my way to work)






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