Wednesday, September 18, 2019

WWW Wednesday: September 18, 2019

Every Wednesday, we participate in a blog post known as ‘WWW Wednesdays.’ This was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words. 

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You may be wondering what the three Ws stand for. The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

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What do you think you’ll read next?

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What Are You Reading Wednesday?: September 18, 2019

What Are You Reading Wednesday was created by RhiannaMarissa, and Kendall. The idea is to create a space for book lovers to share, discuss, and recommend the books they are currently reading and loving. All you have to do is answer the questions about your current read and then head over to one of the host’s sites to link up your post! Have fun and don’t forget to check out everyone’s posts as well!

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MY CURRENT READ

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Evermore

(The Lost Princesses #1)

by Jody Hedlund (Goodreads Author)
 4.33  ·   Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  84 reviews

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

 

 

1. Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content?

Content, I received an ARC of the first book, and loved it!

2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why?

Hmm…I really like Aaden, but it’s fun to see Talise’s POV.

3. Will you finish this one?

Yes!

4. This book reminds me of…

I have only recently started reading this genre/similar books, so I don’t have many I’ve read yet, here’s one I have read that isn’t Christian but is YA Fantasy:

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1) by Laura Sebastian

Here’s some the sound similar, and are listed as Christian, on my TBR:

The Warrior Maiden (Hagenhe... • The Piper's Pursuit (Hagenh...Flight of the Raven (The Ra...

5. What type of read is this one? (Slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)

As with the first, this one starts out pretty tense, and the tension and danger grow as the story plays out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday’s Wishes: Foremost (The Lost Princesses #2)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.Wishful Wednesday

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Foremost

(The Lost Princesses #2)

A second princess. Another key to the treasure. And a cruel king desperate to squelch the growing rebellion.

Raised in an isolated abbey, Lady Maribel desires nothing more than to become a nun and continue practicing her healing arts. She’s carefree and happy with her life…until a visitor comes to the abbey and reveals her true identity as one of the lost princesses.

When he was a young boy, Edmund Chambers helplessly watched King Ethelwulf murder his family. Edmund escaped and has lived in the abbey ever since, uniquely trained to work with wild animals. Secretly, he loves Maribel and desperately hopes she doesn’t complete her holy order vows.

When King Ethelwulf’s army arrives at the abbey to capture Maribel, she flees with Edmund across the desolate Highlands in an attempt to reach Adelaide’s rebel army. Edmund can no longer hide his love, but can Maribel give up her dreams of becoming a nun to love him in return?

Expected publication: September 24th 2019

 

ARC Review: Always

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Always

(The Lost Princesses 0.5)

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

Release Date: August 13th 2019
Publisher: Northern Lights Press
Review: *I received a copy for my spot on the blog tour. This does not affect my review.*

I loved this story, and even read it twice already! Both times I fell in love with the story and characters all over again, and can’t express how much that means to me! I often don’t reread, and almost never reread back-to-back, or soon after finishing since the story is too fresh and I’m not a fan of predictable, but this one was different, and it’s so exciting to find a story I can enjoy again and again, and the emotions are still fresh and exciting as if I was reading it for the first time!

I really enjoyed the balance of duty and honor, the plot involving the princesses, and their stories, and the budding romance in this story. While this is a prequel/novella it sets up the rest of the series beautifully and has a complete story in itself, or mostly, but also leaves readers wanting to know how things play out for the princesses now that we learn how they spent many of their early years.

I’ll admit, I enjoyed the slow-burn between Lance and Felicia, but I liked that their mission and purpose remained focused on the princesses, and that their safety and well-being was paramount to the story, as it’s their story too, and I’m equally excited to find out what happens to the sisters, and how they handle the news of their birth and origins!

Monday, September 16, 2019

ARC Review: Ella and Ash

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Ella and Ash

(Happily Ever After #1)

by K.A. Last 
Three years after her mother’s death, Ella is left with an absent father, a cruel stepmother, and a magical pendant so powerful she must keep it hidden. The pendant is the only connection Ella has with her mother, and she will do anything to protect it—even if it means becoming a servant in her own home.

To escape her wicked stepfamily, Ella finds solace under the branches of the weeping willow beside her mother’s grave. Ella thought she could practice her magic there in secret, but when she is caught by Ashwin, the son of the richest lord in the county, Ella fears she may lose her pendant after all.

Ashwin gains Ella’s trust by promising not to tell anyone about the pendant, but Ella knows they are from different worlds, and she is reluctant to open up to him too much. When Ashwin invites Ella to a masquerade ball, she sees it as a chance to escape her life, even if it is for just one night.

But her pendant isn’t the only secret Ella has been keeping. If Ashwin learns who she really is, will the truth ruin her chance of happiness with him, or will it set her free?

Find out in this sweet and magical re-imagining of Cinderella.

Release Date: September 9th 2019
Publisher: Indie
Review: *I received an early copy from the author. This does not affect my review.*

I really enjoyed reading this retelling! I loved Ella and Ash’s easy relationship, and enjoyed the added details of the artifacts the characters used. This story was a quick and enjoyable read, and one I easily finished in close to a day.