Sunday, December 25, 2016

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

17927395A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Review: The Secret Heiress

13039610 The Secret Heiress by Terri Reed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb: Finding out she is heir to a fortune shocks Caroline Tully to her core. And to "qualify" for the inheritance, she just has to visit her newfound grandfather's Mississippi home from Christmas to New Year's. Adopted as a baby, Caroline knows nothing about her mother's family…and doesn't realize they can't be trusted. When attempts are made on her life, there's only one man who can protect her. Donovan Cavanaugh—a man who made her lonely heart want to love again. Posing as her fiancĂ©, Don promises to find the would-be killer. But will his protection—and his love—be enough to keep her safe?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review: Angels Walking

Angels Walking Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on.

A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.

A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step.

It is time for the mission to begin…

Review: Where Does Love Hide?

26459991Where Does Love Hide? by Mary Manz Simon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

* Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Thank you!

Blurb: In Where Does Love Hide? children are reminded that they not only receive love but have the opportunity to share love. Looking under the fun, lift-a-flap feature, children will see examples of everyday love opportunities. Each page includes a memory verse and an example of a way to share God's love. In life, children hear the words "I love you" repeatedly, often beginning before birth. However, because love is an abstract concept and young children are concrete thinkers, they must gradually learn to understand love by what they experience. In Where Does Love Hide? children are given the opportunity to see love in action and learn what love looks like.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review: Lost Legacy

Lost Legacy Lost Legacy by Dana Mentink
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb: Brooke Ramsey is running out of time. She needs to save her father's reputation before she loses him to illness. That means finding the painting that went missing while in his care. Fast. Which is why she teams up with Victor Gage, owner of Treasure Seekers agency.The charming private detective has more at stake than uncovering a lost masterpiece. He's investigating his wife's death, and the artwork holds the answer. As Victor and Brooke draw closer to each other, so does a murderer. Someone wants the past to remain buried and will kill again to keep it hidden.

Review: Devil's Night Dawning

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Review: Throne of Glass

7896527 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blog Post: Now and Forever

About the Book:

Can Shaan and Ruhi face their biggest fears and unite together?

Shaan and Ruhi Ahuja, very much in love Indian newlyweds, discover each other in Simi K. Rao’s Now and Forever—the sassy and sexy sequel to Inconvenient Relations. After getting the scare of their lives while traveling in the Grand Canyon, Shaan and Ruhi go back home to one dilemma after another. Shaan’s job is in jeopardy, and one of Ruhi’s closest friends, Sunshine, needs her. How will Shaan and Ruhi handle life’s hurdles, while still trying to get to know each other as husband and wife? Will they be able to forsake all others and consolidate their relationship?

Book Links:

Goodreads * Amazon

Personality talks, it walks and rocks

This statement is
absolutely true. At least it is for me. For example, how often have you come
across someone who’s gorgeous to look at but then they start talking and you
realize they aren’t so hot at all. You almost wish they hadn’t opened their
mouths. The opposite also holds true.  
Its personality or
character that makes or breaks a person. The same goes for a good novel too.
What I’m getting at is character development. I may get drawn to a book by its
attractive cover and plot summary but if the characters are insipid, if they
don’t talk to me or get under my skin my interest quickly dissipates and I will
usually dump the book.

I’d like to say the
characters in my books have several dimensions (they aren’t necessarily
schizophrenic), with subtleties that are revealed slowly or kept hidden like
many people we all know and acquaint ourselves with. I cannot write my
characters unless I know them or I am them. Often I also live and dream
them. They are my friends; I talk to them. I ask them how they feel then jot
down what they say.

Inconvenient Relations and its sequel Now and Forever have some
interesting characters. Please note that it is vital to read Book 1 to enjoy
Book 2 because essentially this story is a study of a relationship and its
various phases.

An imperfect yet perfect

Ruhi or my
chile dulce
(sweet chili pepper) as her spouse Shaan likes to call her, starts
of like any young woman from a cherished background, with dreams of building a
future with her one-in-a-million husband who has been carefully picked for her
by her parents. But her hopes are challenged right from page one. She is
coerced into taking on a role that is quite alien to her or maybe had been held
back and didn’t have the chance to manifest thus far. It isn’t uncommon for
certain personality traits to reveal themselves only under times of duress.
Instead of bowing down and mutely accepting what destiny has doled out to her, Ruhi
chooses to stand up to it. She shows her husband the mirror by turning the
tables on him. She disguises her vulnerability in a bold and brazen avatar. She
is a novice hence perhaps rash in her ways and often undiplomatic in her
conversation yet she is also coy and secretive. All in all, she is a clever and
maddening bundle of fun and mischief who adroitly twists her willing hubby
around her little finger and exhibits no qualms about it. She loves him with a
passion and won’t stop at anything to get him what is rightfully his. She is a
woman to be reckoned with.

Sona munda Shaan Ahuja (heat factor to the power of infinity) is a
gorgeous nerd who falls for the wrong woman and ends up paying for it dearly.
He quashes the dreams of his new bride by announcing on their wedding night
that he loves another and then surprise, surprise finds himself in a pickle.
Shaan is a sensitive man with an arrogant streak who is devoted to his wife and
his job. He is at once a jealous lover and a possessive husband. He falls for
his wife at the outset and doesn’t recognize it or is kept from acknowledging
it by his ego and maybe his insecurity. Regardless she drags his feelings out
in the open after a cat and mouse game and they have a grand time until life
tests him again. But then he has his trump card at his side.

I cannot conclude
without talking about
Sunshine, who happens to be my favorite character
in the books. A frail septuagenarian, she is the catalyst in Ruhi and Shaan’s
bonding. But don’t be deceived, this little old lady has a verve for life that
is rare even among those a quarter her age. Enough said, I need to leave
something for my books. Happy reading!

About the Author:

Simi K. Rao was born and grew up in India before relocating to the U.S., where she has lived for several years. The inspiration for her books, and other projects, comes from her own experience with cross-cultural traditions, lifestyles and familial relationships, as well as stories and anecdotes collected from friends, family and acquaintances.

Rao enjoys exploring the dynamics of contemporary American culture blended with Indian customs and heritage to reflect the challenges and opportunities many Indian-American women face in real life.

Much of Rao's down time is devoted to creative pursuits, including writing fiction, poetry and photography. She is an avid traveler and has visited many locations around the world.

A practicing physician, Rao lives in the United States with her family.

Contact the Author:

Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Other Books in the Series:

Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.

This multi-cultural contemporary romance story of an arranged marriage is a beautiful blending of showing the Indian and American cultures. Readers will learn more about the Indian heritage and the romance that happens behind closed doors in an Indian relationship in Simi K. Rao's Inconvenient Relations. This coming of age story about true love explores multi-cultural issues.