Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review of Lois Lane: Fallout

Lois+Lane:+FalloutTitle: Lois Lane: Fallout

Author: Gwenda Bond

Series: Lois Lane book 1

Chapters: 26
 
Pages: 304

Genre: teen

Rating: 4 stars

Move over Superman and Clark Kent. It's Lois's turn to shine. Fallout takes place before Lois meets Clark Kent. Her father's job in the Army has kept Army Brat Lois moving around, everywhere she's lived she's managed to get into trouble. In Metropolis is going to be different.


It was nice to read about Lois as a teenager. The tag of comparing it to Veronica Mars and I was hooked, and the mention of her online friend Smallville guy it was like a trip to my teenage years. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Review of The Death code

Epic Reads Cover Reveal: THE DEATH CODE by Lindsay Cummings - on sale April 21st!Title: The Death Code

Author: Lindsay Cummings

Series:  The Murder Complex book 2

Chapters: 113 plus epilogue
 
Pages: 496

Genre: teen dysption

Rating: 4 stars

The Death Code picks up where the Murder Complex leaves off. Meadow wants to finish what she started in The Murder complex but she doesn't know if she's going to be able to pull it off. I actually enjoyed book two more so than book one.  

The ending was a good. It summed everything up and gave an ending that was perfect for the books, but also left it open at least to me for the possibility of   another book. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Reading this week

Finished 
Mine is the night by Liz Curtis Higgs
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
A Fire Within by Kathleen Morgan
A Ghostly Demise by Tonya Kappes
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden
If Onions Could Spring Leeks by Paige Shelton

Non-fiction reading

Getting ready to read
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea
From Boss to Bridgegroom by Karen Kirst
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett
An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laurenco
Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
The Road to You by Alecia Whitaker
Finding his way Home by Mia Ross
The Rancher's Second Chance by Brenda Minton

Classic



Reviewing





Devotional reading
Standing Strong: How to Resist the Enemy of your Soul by John F MacArthur JR
The Woman's study Bible, NKJV
Precept upon precept Jeremiah part 1


Did not Finish




Reviews Posted this week 

Review of Nowhere but Here

Dreaming Under the Same Moon : Cover Candy, Edition 20Title: Nowhere But Here

Author: Katie McGarry

Series: Thunder Road book 1
 
Pages: 496

Genre: new adult

Rating: 4 stars


Nowhere but Here is the first book in the Thunder Road series. It is a series about a motorcycle club. Emily has thought for her whole life that her dad didn't want her. That he left her and her mother.  What she doesn't knew is that they couldn't be farther from the truth. Oz has only wanted one thing and that is to become a member of the reign of terror.  He believes that Emily is going to ruin it for him.  I actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I would say that is a new adult book because there are some scenes that would not suitable for younger readers. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review of Bake Me a Match

Bake Me A Match (Lauren Holbrook #5)Title: Bake Me a Match

Author: Erynn Mangum

Series: Lauren Holbrook 5
 
Chapters: 21

Pages: 95

Genre: Christian chick lit

Rating: 4 stars

Bake Me a Match picks up where leaves off Annie has made a decision about her job. But other aspects of her future or still hazy. She still doesn't know where she stands with Zach. But Annie is learning to trust God with her future.


Bake Me a Match was a fairy quick read and for the most part a good wrap up to the Lauren Holbrook series. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Review of The Mistress of Tall Acre

If This is actually the cover I love it. can't wait (September 2015) The Mistress of Tall Acre: A Novel by Laura Frantz http://www.amazon.com/dp/080072044X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_QOi9ub1G8AEN9: Title: The Mistress of Tall Acre

Author: Laura Frantz
 
Chapters: 38

Pages: 395

Genre: Christian Historical Romance, Christian Historical

Rating: 5 stars

The Mistress of Tall Acre is the newest book by Laura Frantz. Just like her previous books it was awesome.   The Mistress of Tall Acre is a sound alone novel, set during the 18th century at the end of the American Revolution.   I enjoyed this stand alone novel; it was nice that the whole story was in one book.  

Seamus Ogilvy is a scared General inside and out. The war was long and hard.  Some of the injuries of war are easier to get off than others.   He just wants to get Tall Acre back up to the noble home it was till the war. He also wants to raise his daughter Lily-Cate. But more than anything he wants to live the past in the past.

Sophie Menzies has been all alone since her brother left to fight, her mother's death and her father running back to Scotland.  She's all but given up.  Sophie is strong in her faith and is determining to follow God's leading. However with nowhere else to go Sophie agrees to marry Seamus. An arrangement that they both thing was always be in name only.   His daughter needs a mother and Sophie needs a home. I normally don't love marriage of convenience stories, but I loved this one. Because it didn't take away from the story if it anything it added to the story. 

I love how that both Seamus and Sophie are older a little older late twenties and earlier thirties.  It made it easier to relate to the characters.  The fact that Sophie was strong in her faith, because at many through the novel many times it is the only thing getting her through.  Both Seamus and Sophie have a lot to learn not only about each other, but life, and most importantly faith. The journey to the ending is full of twist and turns but all so worth it.


The Mistress of a Tall Acre is a fast paced read that you will not want to put down.  While Sophie has become my new favorite heroine of Laura's and Seamus is my new favorite hero for reasons I can't give away without giving away the story; it is all the characters that shape the story.   Without the supporting characters as well The Mistress of Tall Acre wouldn't be the story it is. And Laura adding a new twist to her writing. She added a bit of mystery and suspense to her historical romance and I love it.

I was given an E-copy from Netgalley exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Reading this week

Finished 
Safe in the Fireman's arms by Tina Radcliffe
Hooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Here Burns by Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs
The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
The Cowboy's Surprise Baby by Deb Kastner

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
Mine is the night by Liz Curtis Higgs
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Non-fiction reading
Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Getting ready to read
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea
From Boss to Bridgegroom by Karen Kirst
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett
An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laurenco
Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
The Road to You by Alecia Whitaker
Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas
Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius
Finding his way Home by Mia Ross
The Rancher's Second Chance by Brenda Minton
A Fire Within by Kathleen Morgan

Classic



Reviewing





Devotional reading
Standing Strong: How to Resist the Enemy of your Soul by John F MacArthur JR
The Woman's study Bible, NKJV
Precept upon precept Jeremiah part 1


Did not Finish
A Distant Music by B.J. Hoff



Reviews Posted this week 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review of The Isle of The Lost

The Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #1)Title: The Isle of the Lost

Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Series: Descendants book 1
 
Chapters: 27 plus epilogue

Pages: 311

Genre: fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

The Isle of the lost is the prequel novel to Disney's new movie the Descendants.  Which focuses on the children of Disney heroes' and villains.  The Isle of the lost focuses on one heroes child and four children of the villains.  Ben the son of the beast and Belle. Mal, the daughter of Malcficent, Evie the daughter of the Evil queen. Jay the son of Jafar, and Carolos the son of Cruella. 


I first I didn't know if I was going to like the book. But as I go into the book I actually enjoyed it. As a  Disney fan it was neat to read about the children of some of my favorite heroes and villains. Now that I have read Isle of the Lost I am looking forward to watch the Descendants. 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Review of Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

Dreaming Under the Same Moon : More Cover CandyTitle: Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

Author: Anne Blankman

Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog book 2

Chapters: 39 plus eliogue and author's note

Pages: 406

Genre: Teen historical fiction

Rating: 4 stars

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke picks up where Prisoner of Night and Fog leaves off.  Gretchen and Daniel both thought they had escaped the nightmare that was Hitler and Germany. But they end up getting drawn back into the fray.  

To me Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke was more fast paced than the first book.  There's more drama and danger.  In this novel Gretchen finally finds out who her friends are. Gretchen gets to be the hero in this one.   She also discovers that she is stronger than she was lead to believe growing up.  The ending of the book was perfect. I can't say that it's a happy ending because not many books set during the decade leading up to WWII as happy.   

Friday, September 11, 2015

Reading this week

Finished 
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
The Cowboy's Homecoming by Carolyne Aarsen
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Some Like it Scottish by Patience Griffin
Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson
Life is Short by Jennifer Arnold

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Safe in the Fireman's arms by Tina Radcliffe
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Non-fiction reading
Stuff Brits like by Fraser McAlpine

Getting ready to read
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea
From Boss to Bridgegroom by Karen Kirst
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett
An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laurenco
Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
The Road to You by Alecia Whitaker
Classic



Reviewing



Devotional reading
Girl Talk God Talk by Sally Miller

Did not Finish
A Distant Music by B.J. Hoff



Reviews Posted this week 

Review of Daughter of the Regiment

Daughter of the Regiment by Stephanie Grace WhitsonTitle: Daughter of the Regiment

Author: Stephanie Grace Whitson
 
Chapters: 26

Pages: 310

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance

Rating: 5 stars

In Daughter of the Regiment when Irish immigrant Maggie Malone's brothers march off to the join the Union's army Missourian Irish Brigade.  She ends up following them, and becoming a nurse of sorts.  While Elizabeth or Libbie is a southern belle who lives in fear of her brother. These two women couldn't be more different even though they live in the same town. 
Maggie believes that no man could ever fall in love with her because at six foot.  John Coulter Colt Segerent of the brigade is determined to prove her wrong.

I enjoyed Daughter of the Regiment I loved how Maggie loved her brothers enough to follow them into battle.  I also learned a little bit of history with this novel.  I knew that the majority of the Irish American fought for the north.  What I didn't know was that the Union army had whole brigades of Irish American fighters. I enjoyed reading this novel and look forward to finding nonfiction books on Irish brigades to learn more. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review of Now and Forever

(June 2015) Now and Forever (Wild at Heart) by Mary Connealy http://www.amazon.com/dp/076421179X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_PGsuub10543R3Title: Now and Forever

Author: Mary COnnealy

Series: Wild at Heart

Chapters: 33

Pages: 328

Genre: Christian Historical, Christian historical romance

Rating: 4.5 stars

Now and Forever is the second book in Wild at heart Series. This book focuses on Shannon Wilde the middle sister. Who after spending five days in the wilderness with Matthew Tucker she is forced to marry him in order to save her reputation.  It is a marriage of opposites as Shannon wants to live a peaceful life raising her sheep. She doesn't want to harm anything. While Matthew is a mountain man who makes his living by hunting and trapping things. 

This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time that I was reading it. Even though I enjoyed this book more than the first book in the series I am still looking forward to the third book and Bailey's story.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Review of Lion Heart

Title: Lion Heart
Lion Heart: A Scarlet Novel by A.C. Gaughen   May 19th 2015 
Author: A.C. Gaughen

Series: Scarlet book 3
 
Chapters: 33

Pages: 346

Genre: teen retelling

Rating: 4 stars

Lion Heart is the third and final book in the Scarlet series.   In which everything Scarlet and Rob have been working towards come to a head.  Scarlet gets news from her father through her grandmother that will change both her life and Rob's as well.  This news will allow them to better help the people of Nottingham.

I enjoyed Lion Heart, it was my favorite of the series.  Things happened in this book that I was waiting to happen since book one. I have to say that I was happy with the ending. After the stress and cliff hangers of the first and second book. The only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars was the language and a few scenes.   This series was my first Robin Hood retelling and I hope to read more Robin Hood retelling.  I am also looking forward to more books by this author. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Reading this week

Finished 
Lionheart by A.C. Gaughen
Out of the Past by Kalinda Vazquez
The Innocent by Ann H Gabhart
Death Under Glass by Jennifer McAndrews
The Reckoning by Marylu Tyndall
Reunited with the Cowboy by Carolyne Aarsen

Currently reading
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh
The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
A Distant Music by B.J. Hoff
Some Like it Scottish by Patience Griffin
Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson
The Cowboy's Homecoming by Carolyne Aarsen
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Non-fiction reading

Getting ready to read
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett
Dauntless by Dina L Sleiman
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea
From Boss to Bridgegroom by Karen Kirst
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
An Early Wake by Sheila Connolly
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laurenco
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Classic



Reviewing
An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund


Devotional reading
Girl Talk God Talk by Sally Miller

Did not Finish


Reviews Posted this week



Review of KInsale Kisses AN Irish Romance

Kinsale Kisses by Elizabeth Maddrey http://www.faithfulreads.com/2015/02/sundays-christian-kindle-books-late_15.htmlTitle: Kinsale Kisses An Irish Romance

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey
 
Chapters: 20

Genre: Christian Romance

Rating: 4 stars

A Sweet little romance set in Ireland. In which two Americans meet in an Irish pub. Rachel has come to Ireland because she thinks her aunt needs help running her Bed and Breakfast, but later finds out that her aunt doesn't really need her help.  Colin is doing a bit of traveling after having sold his half of a company.  

Colin and Rachel couldn't be more different. Rachel wants to plan everything. Can Rachel convince Colin to take some things seriously?  Can Colin convince Rachel that God is the one in control? I really enjoyed this sweet little romance and the fact that it was set in Ireland made it sweeter. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review of The Princess Spy

DecemberTitle: The Princess Spy

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Series: Fairy tales book 5
 
Chapters: 32 plus epilogue

Pages: 293

Genre: Christian fairy tale retelling, Christian romance, teen

Rating: 5 stars

The Princess Spy was a retelling of The Princess and the Frog. Which was one fairy tale I never really liked. But I loved this retelling. Colin the hero of this novel is the grandson of the hero of The Merchant's daughter and Margaretha is the younger sister of the heroes from The Captive Maiden and The Fairest Beauty.

In The Princess Spy the princess moves a little bit beyond the traditional fairy tale role. To the point that in many ways she becomes a hero in her own right.  Proving that she's more than a pretty face.


I enjoyed this book and there was a scene in chapter eight that reminded me a bit of The Princess Bride. Melanie's books keep getting better. I can't wait for her next book.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August Wrap Up

August Wrap Up 
In august I read a total of 19 books. I  brought six books in the month of August. Nine of which were books that I previous owned. Three of those were Kindle books of Mine. My Kindle TBR Pile is still at around 300 while my Physical TBR is at around 200.
1. American Wife by Taya Kyle  
2. Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
3. Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich
4. Suspendered Sentence by Laura Bradford
5. Wicked Weaves by Joyce Lavene
6. Fillet of Murder by Linda S Reilly
7. Bake Me a Match by Erynn Mangum
8. Weird Civil War by Mark Sceurman
9. Called to Be Amish by Marlene C Miller
10.         To Win her Favor by Tamera Alexander
11.         The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson
12.         The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
13.         The Prayers of Jane Austen by Terry Glaspey
14.         Now and Forever by Mary Connealy
15.         Out of the Past by Kalinda Vazquez
16.         The Innocent by Ann H Gabhart
17.         The Fangirls' guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs
18.         Lion Heart by A.C Gaughen

19.         Her Cowboy Hero by Carolyne Aarsen