Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Demons by Heather Frost (Review)







Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can’t get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.






I GIVE THIS BOOK: 1 star1 star1 star1 star


MY THOUGHTS:
WOW! What a way to end of book! I am so glad that I waited as long as I did to read this book, because had I read this one as soon as I got it I would have screamed at this ending and been so annoyed at having to wait so long to read the third and final book!

Demons is the second book Seers trilogy and it picks up right where Seers left off.

Lee and Toni were even more fun in this book. I'm not sure how that's possible, but it's true.

The relationship between Patrick and Kate while great is a little too much on the physical side, they kiss a lot, of which I would have preferred there be less. They haven't know one another all that long and it just seemed like too much, too soon. Yes, in the first book they went through a lot of intense things together, but I still didn't like have quickly that part of their relationship progressed - though I was glad that all they did was kiss. I also felt really badly for Aaron. Here his girlfriend breaks up with him and not even a full week later she's super affectionate with another guy.

My favorite parts of this book were the flashback scenes in Ireland. I love seeing Patrick while he was still mortal. I'm hoping that there will be more of these in the final book.

I also loved the lack of bad language. When a character cursed all it would say is something like "he cursed" or "he used colorful language". And when actual words were used it was things like "Oh my Oreos" or "darn". I know some people might not appreciate this, but I think cursing in books is completely unnecessary and this books is one of many that shows you don't need it in there to convey the same meaning.

If you've read Seers and plan on reading Demons be prepared to want to read the next book immediately after finishing this one.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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Link to my review of Seers (book #1) on: my blog & Amazon



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Friday, July 5, 2013

CFBA: Widow of Gettysburg by Jocelyn Green

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Widow of Gettysburg
River North; New Edition edition (April 12, 2013)
by
Jocelyn Green


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jocelyn Green is a child of God, wife and mom living in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is also an award-winning journalist, author, editor and blogger. Though she has written nonfiction on a variety of topics, her name is most widely recognized for her ministry to military wives: Faith Deployed. Her passion for the military family was fueled by her own experience as a military wife, and by the dozens of interviews she has conducted with members of the military for her articles and books, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and its sequel, Faith Deployed...Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. She is also co-author of both Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front (forthcoming, May 2012). Her Faith Deployed Web site and Facebook page continue to provide ongoing support, encouragement and resources for military wives worldwide.


ABOUT THE BOOK

When a horrific battle rips through Gettysburg, the farm of Union widow Liberty Holloway is disfigured into a Confederate field hospital, bringing her face to face with unspeakable suffering--and a Rebel scout who awakens her long dormant heart.

While Liberty's future crumbles as her home is destroyed, the past comes rushing back to Bella, a former slave and Liberty's hired help, when she finds herself surrounded by Southern soldiers, one of whom knows the secret that would place Liberty in danger if revealed.

In the wake of shattered homes and bodies, Liberty and Bella struggle to pick up the pieces the battle has left behind. Will Liberty be defined by the tragedy in her life, or will she find a way to triumph over it? Widow of Gettysburg is inspired by first-person accounts from women who lived in Gettysburg during the battle and its aftermath.

MY THOUGHTS:
I'm only about halfway into the book, but it's really great so far! It's even better than Wedded to War, so far, which I loved. I'll post my full review once I've finished the book.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Widow of Gettysburg, go HERE.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Everblue by Brenda Pandos (Review)

She wanted her life to change... he wanted his to stay the same.

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:4 stars

MY THOUGHTS:
I got this book for free and really wasn't expecting much, but I very much enjoyed it. The characters were fun and entertaining. The way the merpeople transform was so well detailed, I felt like I could actually see it happening before my eyes!

This is the second book I've read having to do with mermaids and I'm surprised by how much I enjoy reading them. I hope to read Evergreen, the second book in this series, very soon.

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BOOK DETAILS:
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982903391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982903391
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Available to purchase at Amazon | Kindle (still free)| B&N | Nook

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Monday, July 1, 2013

The Offering by Angela Hunt (Review)

Normally I put the synopsis of the book in the beginning of my post, but for this book I'm not. Once you read my review you'll understand why.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:4 stars

MY THOUGHTS:
The Offering is an extremely moving and touching story. I got misty-eyed several times and believe I would have cried had it not been for the synopsis giving SO much of the story away. If you have not read the description, PLEASE DON'T! If you're anything like me it will ruin the book for you! I hate it when the synopsis tells you things that don't happen until the last third of the book! I was reading and kept thinking "okay, when is such and such going to happen?" and I hate that! This doesn't affect my rating, much, because I don't believe the author has much say in this.

The story is about military wife Mandy's decision to become a gestational carrier as a way to earn some much needed extra money for her family. The emotions she went through were so well describe, that I couldn't help but connecting with her right away.

One issue I had with the story was when Mandy was deciding for which couple she would be a carrier. She had three applications, all three of the couples were well off, two of them were your traditional couple (man and woman), but the third was a gay couple (two men). This alone wouldn't have been a problem, I know there are probably many couples of this nature who go this route. What bothered me was Mandy's response to them. The only reason she excludes them is because of there desire to only have a male child, they wanted her to terminate any female embryos and that was something she wouldn't do. I personally felt this was an easy way for the author to exclude them without seeming judgmental.

Overall, this story was great and well worth reading. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a touching story.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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Book Details
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439182051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439182055
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Available to purchase at Amazon | B & N | CBD

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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (Giveaway!)

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

GIVEAWAY!

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