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 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review of Land of Silence

Land-of-SilenceTitle: Land of Silence

Author: Tessa Asfhar

Chapters: 31 plus epilogue

Pages: 390

Genre: Christian Biblical fiction

Rating: 5 stars

     Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar is a retelling of Biblical story of the woman with the bleeding condition. Not only did I read this book at the right time. To get out of my reading slump, but it also helped me deal with losing my   mother. 

     Tessa's books always seem to come to life for me. The characters seem so real. Land of Silence was no different. Eilanna has faced hardships in life; she's almost given up hope. When she hears of the messiah someone who can heal her. So she searches him out. In the end she doesn't just find physical healing she finds so much more.  

     I was having a hard time dealing with losing my mom, but after reading Land of Silence and the recount of the bleeding woman in the Gospels; I was reminded that I am still a daughter. But more importantly as a believer I am a daughter of the King of kinds, and Lord of lords. 


     So thanks Tessa for writing this book. It was truly a God moment that the publisher chose to release it when they did. It was released the right moment as I was reminded me of Who's I am. 

November TBR

November to finish 

Roseblood by A.G. Howard 
These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart 
WonderWoman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo 
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 
Taking Aim: Daring to Be different, Happier, and Healthier in the Great Outdoors by Eva Shockey 

November TBR

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner 
Firstborn by Tosca Lee
The Chick and the Dead: Life and death behind Mortuary Doors by Carla Valentine 
A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson 
A Dangerous Engagement by Melanie Dickerson 
It Takes Two by Jonathan Scott

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Wrap Up

October  TBR
To Finish
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
The BeeKeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King


TBR
A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson
To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander
The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson
These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
The call by Peadar O Guilin
Harry Potter and The deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Mother Daughter Book club by Heather Vogel Fredrick
Caroline: Little House Revisited by Sarah Miller

Taking Aim by Eva Shockey
Progeny by Tosca Lee

Reading this Week


Finished
On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold DNF
Taking Aim by Eva Shockey

Currently reading
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart
Roseblood by A.G. Howard




Non-fiction reading
Mary Ann Cotton: Britain's first female Serial Killer by David Wilson
The Chick and the Dead by Carla Valentine

Getting ready to read
A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson
To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R King



Reading for School
Fundamentals of Children’s Services by Michael Sullivan

Classic

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

Mystery Book Club at work


Reviewing




Devotional reading
365 Devotions for Hope


Did not Finish



Reviews Posted this week 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Reading this week

Finished
Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander
The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson
Murder Most Howl by Krista Davis
Mission Impawsible by Krista Davis
We're all wonders by R.J Palacio
The Progeny by Tosca Lee

Currently reading
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold




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

Getting ready to read
A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson
To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander
Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson
A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R King
The Chick and the Dead by Carla Valentine



Reading for School
Fundamentals of Children’s Services by Michael Sullivan

Classic

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

Mystery Book Club at work


Reviewing




Devotional reading
365 Devotions for Hope


Did not Finish


Reviews Posted this week



Monday, October 16, 2017

Reading this week


Finished
The Indigo girl by Natasha Boyd
Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller (didn't really like)
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
Lunchbox and the Aliens by Bryan Fields
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone by JK Rowling
Bone: out from Boneville by Jeff Smith
The BeeKeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King
Murder, she barked by KRista Davis
The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur by Cheryl Bardoe
A Cooked up Fairy tale by Penny Parker Klostermann

Currently reading
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart
Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander
The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle



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

Getting ready to read
A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson
To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander
The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Reading for School
Fundamentals of Children’s Services by Michael Sullivan

Classic

Audio on the Way to Work
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling 
Mystery Book Club at work


Reviewing




Devotional reading
365 Devotions for Hope


Did not Finish



Reviews Posted this week 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Reading this week


Finished
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

The Mother Daughter Book club by Heather Vogel Fredrick (school)
Harry Potter and the half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
No other will Do by Karen Witemeyer (audiobook)
Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors (Non-fiction)

Currently reading
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
The Indigo girl by Natasha Boyd
Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller



Non-fiction reading
Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

Getting ready to read
A Viscount's Proposal by Melanie Dickerson
To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander
The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson
These Healing Hills by Ann H Gabhart
Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Taking Aim by Eva Shockey
Reading for School
Fundamentals of Children’s Services by Michael Sullivan
Lunchbox and the Aliens by Bryan Fields
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone by JK Rowling
Bone: out from Boneville by Jeff Smith

Classic
M
Audio on the Way to Work
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling  
Mystery Book Club at work
The BeeKeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King


Reviewing




Devotional reading
365 Devotions for Hope


Did not Finish



Reviews Posted this week