Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Blast: The Curly Wolf


curlywolfbookblastcoverThe settlers in the Redbud Valley are peaceable, God-fearing folk who try to follow the golden rule, but they've been pushed too far by the mayor of Blue Stone, who wants their land and seemingly has the law on his side. Just as the nesters are banding together to resist the land grab, Blue Stone's newest deputy rides through their valley. Before they realize the sleepy-eyed youngster called Arizona is a veteran gunfighter hired to bulldoze them off their claims, he has already broken bread with them, danced with their daughters…and stolen the heart of one.

Young Theresa Gutierrez believes Arizona is more than a curly wolf with quick trigger fingers and a stone-cold heart, but her parents and neighbors have good reason to believe otherwise. What everyone agrees upon is that, in the brewing range war, the Arizona Kid is liable to be right smack in the midst of the killing.

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M.R. Kayser grew up in the West--first in the frontier-like wilds of Alaska, then the rugged deserts of New Mexico, where western culture and folklore made an impression which lasts to this day. He's been a soldier, a film maker, a hot-rodder and an all-around social misfit, but has always had stories to tell--whether of the old West; the present day; or of distant galaxies and alien dimensions.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review: Choose and Choose Again: The Brave Act of Returning to God's Love

29532932 Choose and Choose Again: The Brave Act of Returning to God's Love by J. Kevin Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Thank you!

Blurb:
In Choose and Choose Again, the reader will encounter story after story of different people, most of whom are from Hope Community Church of Detroit, where Pastor Butcher has been sharing the healing love of God for thirteen years. They represent men and women, African American, Caucasian, Latino, and Asian, urban and suburban, professional types and prostitutes, clergy and addicts, drunks and lawyers and convicts--wounded human beings who have found themselves empty, dying, and longing to be filled.

The stories are not only about their own healing and restoration but also about how the love of God heals. Butcher hopes that readers will find before them a path of healing that they feel compelled to embrace. He begins with his own story of emptiness and despair, and his journey to healing, but the ultimate power of his message is that this healing journey is for anyone who is willing to own his or her emptiness and hold one's heart out to God, who is desperately longing to love each person all the way home.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Review: Supernova

25619356 Supernova (The Star-Crossed Saga)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Blog Tour: The Silent Land (Review, Excerpt)


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The Silent Land by David Dunham

Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Matador
eBook & Paperback; 300 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Rebecca Lawrence reached a count of sixty in her head and slid her finger into the back pages of her mother’s diary. Mistaking the diary for a book granted her innocence the first time she’d opened it. She had no argument for innocence now.’

Just when Rebecca Lawrence believed joy had come into her life, she learns the truth about how her mother died years before. Marriage to her first love and motherhood pulls her back from resentment, only for the First World War to threaten her peace when her husband is sent to fight.

When she discovers another lie which could fracture her world, she is faced with the choice of ignoring it, or letting the scars of the past corrupt her.

Set between 1903 and 1919, The Silent Land explores the complexities of love and the pursuit of truth in grief. The inspirational purity of the heroine will draw readers in, demonstrating how strength can be found at times when it would have seemed inconceivable.




The Silent Land explores the different shades of grief – the loss of a mother through assisted suicide, the loss of a father through a heart attack, and the loss of a husband through conflict. Comparable to works by Colm Tóibín and Sebastian Faulks, this is a moving and eloquently written tale of the overwhelming struggle faced by women left at home during the war.

"A poignant tale through a woman's viewpoint that won't scare the horses or male readers with an especially effective second half." – the bookbag.co.uk

"I loved the story… makes you appreciate life and what you have." – Mojomums.co.uk

"A detailed story that shows what happens when there are dreadful and terrible secrets within a family and how the shadow of the great and terrible Great War was a long a dark one." - thatsbooks.blogspot.co.nz

Amazon UK | WH Smith | Waterstone's | Whitcoulls

Review

 A beautiful coming-of-age tale that starts just before WWI. A brilliant historical fiction that is well written, and emotionally grabbing. I loved this book, and highly recommend it! The story is told from a woman,  Rebecca Lawrence, who was recently married, and has her husband taken away by the war. Full of the horrors and shadows of war, and the hope and strength of both the soldiers, and those who wait at home. This tale is an emotional roller-coaster that brings to mind Downton Abbey. This is one of those stories that stay with you for a long, long time!

 

Excerpt

The boys were sat at the table, their hands on their laps.
‘Please, begin,’ said Rebecca, pulling out her chair.
James and Sebastian began to eat. Rebecca waited until their mouths were full and said, ‘I’ll be coming with you in the morning. I’ll meet you after school and we’ll travel home together.’
James swallowed. ‘Why will you be in Worcester all day?’
‘I’m not, darling. I’ll be in Birmingham.’
‘Why are you going there?’
‘To visit your Uncle Teddy.’
James looked confused. ‘Why is he in Birmingham?’
‘He’s in hospital.’
‘Is he poorly?’
‘I don’t believe so.’
‘So why is he there?’
Rebecca hesitated and said, ‘I expect he’s hurt.’
‘From the war?’ asked Sebastian.
‘Yes.’ Rebecca took a sip of wine, hoping the questions would stop. James was soaking a potato in melted butter and Sebastian was chewing on a piece of bread.
‘Was Uncle Teddy with Papa?’ said James.
Rebecca remembered what Edward had written: Giving his life to protect mine. ‘He might have been.’
‘How do you know he’s in hospital?’
‘He wrote to me.’
‘What did he write?’
Rebecca took a longer sip of wine. ‘He told me the hospital he’s in and the time I could visit.’
‘Can we come?’ asked Sebastian.
‘No, you need to be at school.’
‘Can we go on Saturday then?’
‘Perhaps.’
James stabbed another potato with his fork. ‘Why didn’t he tell you what was wrong with him?’
‘I really don’t know, James.’
‘Can I read his letter?’
‘No, you can’t.’
‘Why not?’
‘Because you can’t.’
‘I don’t understand.’
‘It was addressed to me, that’s why.’
‘But…’
‘That’s the end of it. No more questions.’
James released his cutlery on to his plate.
‘James!’ snapped Rebecca, banging her fist on the table. ‘You will not behave like that.’
James dropped his head. He finished his dinner in silence and was excused from the table, taking Sebastian with him. Rebecca looked at the three empty chairs and reached for the wine bottle. She poured herself a second glass and then a third, and a fourth, not touching her food. The boys had gone to Rupert whenever she had raised her voice. Now they only had each other.

About the Author03_David Dunham

Having spent his career in the media industry, David Dunham has worked as a reporter, deputy editor, senior producer and homepage editor. David lives in New Zealand, where he was born, though from time to time can be found daydreaming about Worcestershire, England where he was raised.

For more information please visit David Dunham's website. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: ProtoStar

25735531ProtoStar by Braxton A. Cosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received a free ecopy from the author in exchange for my honest, unbiased review** Thank you!

Blurb:
The critically acclaimed, breakaway YA, dystopian, Sci-fi debut from award-winning author Braxton A. Cosby, in the spirit of The Hunger Games and the Divergent Series.

Gold Medal Winner of Reader's Favorite and Literary Children's Classics Award for Sci-fi Young Adult

What Would You Choose: Love or Duty?
As the Torrian Alliance continues its age-old mission of hunting down Star-children, King Gregorio Derry reluctantly agrees to send his only son, William, to planet Earth on a mission to bring honor back to the Royal Family name. The target: Sydney, a young teenage girl, unaware of her alien heritage. When an unforeseen accident delays the assassination, William begins to realize a connection forming with Sydney and struggles to follow through with his orders. With the fear of Civil War imminent back home, William must make the ultimate choice between his irrevocable duty and love, sacrificing everything he believes. But as a hidden menace emerges to secure a vested interest, and impossible odds begin to mount against them, William and Sydney wonder if a connection between two Star-Crossed lovers is enough to save them from destruction.


Top Ten Tuesday: Movie Freebie


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish

This weeks topic was:
Movie Freebie -- top ten all time favorite movies, top ten foreign films, top ten rom-coms, top ten 90's movies, top ten action flicks, top ten tear-jerkers, top ten movies your favorite actor/actress is in, top ten movies with PoC leads, etc. etc.)

For mine, since I've read SO many amazing books, these are my top ten I would love to have a movie for! (Think Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings quality, Not...well you know the ones we shall not name ;) As always these are in the order I think of them, and are not ordered by preference. XD

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J Maas - I know I'm not alone in this, and I can easily see someone picking this one up. My biggest fear is that they are going to completely ruin it, and NO I can't take that kind of disappointment! O.O

2. Ink and Bone (The Great Library series) by Rachel Caine - Because come on, a story about a group of teens recruited to work in the Great Library, AKA the Alexandrian Library?! Sign me up! Filled with drama and danger this could be epic!

3. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas - Again with the SJMaas, but her books are so good, and I need me a fae mate! (LOL ;) Anyways we might just get this one, and I am so excited! *fingers crossed* it could really be good if done right.

4. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers - While I am not normally a fan of strictly romance books, this one took me by surprise, and I love it! There was talk about a movie, and I was super excited, and sadly it's not happening, at least not for now, but I really want it to be a thing!

5. Blood Lust (The Blood Sisters trilogy) by Jill Cooper - Because who doesn't want to watch a sassy red-head, and her sweet innocent sister beat some demon butts?! RIGHT? (Really I'll all about seeing Duncan, but I have to admit I love the sisters too!)

6. The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble's Braids by Michael McClung - This one strangly I feel would be better done anime style. I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but hope to get caught up. I would love to see this one done, but with the high level of gore, I doubt it will. Still it would be a great anime movie!

7. Risuko by David Kudler - This is another that would be cool as an anime. Being Japanese it would fit perfectly, but I would also enjoy it as a live action, as long at it's true to the story! The prequels, and likely the rest of the series would also be great movies.

8. The Rhodi Saga by Megan Linski - Because I love it! No it really would be a great story. Dealing with cutting, depression, and just the struggles of life, from death, to danger, to growing up and being accepted, it is a powerful book, that doesn't skimp on the action, and also has an interesting romance that isn't lame or unhealthy.

9. Red Winter by Annette Marie - Another Japanese story, this one is a mythology. Again an anime would be cool! (I keep imagining something along the lines of InuYasha haha)

10. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab - This one reads like a movie, or at least did for me and would be a great addition to YA movies because it's a different take on monsters, and who is really the dangerous monsters, and who are the heroes.

Well here are a few more, because I would also love to see them as movies XD


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - This one is another unique read, and I would love to see it at the movies! 

 The Reader by Traci Chee - I'm not sure about this one, but since I love the characters, and enjoy a good pirate movie, I can see potential here. I'm waiting to see what happens next before saying it as a series should be adapted though.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake - Again it has great potential, but I want to see where it's going first. I enjoyed reading this, but want to see the next book before declaring my love once again for a series that isn't finished XD

So those are my top movie picks. What are some you would enjoy seeing, do you agree or disagree with any I listed? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments in the post, and if you posted a TTT for today, or if you have done this topic before please share! I love reading what others write, and often add a few new titles to my TBR! XD

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Blog Tour: The Last Winter Moon



YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: The Last Winter Moon (The Cycle of the Six Moons #3) by Adelle Yeung. This tour will run from November 7th to 11th. Check out the tour schedule below.

The Last Winter Moon (The Cycle of the Six Moons #3)
by Adelle Yeung
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 11th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:


The Goddess of Starrs has vanished… 
Arriscyal has fallen… 
Gediyon is missing… 
Dreana holds the answers to everyone’s pasts…
When Michelle returns to Starrs, the world is in chaos. No one knows who to trust, and even faith in their Goddess has dwindled. Michelle must reveal the truth of the Cycle; only then can she hope to unite everyone.
The Sixth Moon looms overhead. The end of the Cycle is nigh. Michelle and Jayse must stop it once and for all.
Previous Books in the Series (click on images for Goodreads links):
 
Excerpt from Chapter Three:  The Ascension Plan



“You should, perhaps, be a little more concerned for yourself, Michelle, as your blood will aid my ascension as your next god.”
He grabs me by my hair and drags me through the doors back into the hall.  I feel my blood smearing across the floor.  The king barely acknowledges the slaughtered men in the other hall, and he drags me past them.
“He’s dead,” I hiss.  “Your true god is dead.  You can’t replace him.  You’re nothing.  Your powers aren’t even real.”
He laughs.  “The truth will be more painful than anything you hear from me, Michelle.  There is always a way.”  He grabs me by the collar of my shirt and shoves me face-first into the floor.  His foot stomps onto my back, the impact sending stars flying before my eyes, and I can’t help but shriek as I feel his fingers dig into the wound of my back.
I manage to raise my eyes to his.  The light of the hall pulses with my heartbeat.  As if his hand is smeared with honey, he licks my blood clean from his palm. 
I’ve never felt more violated. 
I can tell from the look in his eyes that this is just the appetizer to the feast he has planned.
I’m too weak to stop him from throwing me into another elevator behind me.  He locks the lever into the down position, then he slams the gate shut.
“I’ll be with you soon,” his sing-song voice echoes down the shaft, “then you will feel the authenticity of the power I have over you.”
Darkness eats the last trickle of light.

About the Author
Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy adventure.

She is also a voice-over artist who can’t go a day without a cup of tea. When she’s not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. She lives in California with a cat that dreams of eating the pet bird.

She has provided script supervision for the independent animation, Shattered Heaven, and is head script editor and one of the co-writers for the upcoming game Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.




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Review: Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus Through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas

29532934 Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus Through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas by Leslie Leyland Fields
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. **
Thank you!
Blurb:
The gospels are dramatic, wild, and wet--set in a rich maritime culture on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus' first disciples were ragtag fishermen, and Jesus' messages and miracles teem with water, fish, fishermen, net-breaking catches, sea crossings, boat-sinking storms, and even a walk on water. Because this world is foreign and distant to us, we've missed much about the disciples' experiences and about following Jesus--until now. Leslie Leyland Fields--a well-known writer, respected biblical exegete, and longtime Alaskan fisherwoman--crosses the waters of time and culture to take us out on the Sea of Galilee, through a rugged season of commercial fishing with her family in Alaska, and through the waters of the New Testament.

You'll be swept up in a fresh experience of the gospels, traveling with the fishermen disciples from Jesus' baptism to the final miraculous catch of fish--and also experiencing Leslie's own efforts to follow Christ out on her own Alaskan sea. In a time when so many are "unfollowing" Jesus and leaving the Church, Crossing the Waters delivers a fresh encounter with Jesus and explores what it means to "come, follow me."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review: 4001 A.D.

30058117 4001 A.D. by Matt Kindt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**I received a free ecopy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**


Blurb:
One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people can thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity…and Father’s control.

A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.

Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…

Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself…on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.

Earth must rise. Father must fall.

Collecting: 4001 A.D. 1-4


Friday, November 4, 2016

Blog Tour: The Order of the Eternal Sun & Arcana


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.


The Order of the Eternal Sun: A Novel of the Sylvani
The Order of the Eternal Sun
(A Novel of the Sylvani #2)

by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 308 pages

August 23rd 2016 by Talos



Lucy Sinclair’s debut will be a parade of everything opulent Edwardian London society has to offer. Most importantly, it will be nothing like her older sister’s dangerous experience—especially if her overprotective brother-in-law, Lord Thornewood, has his way. As if screening her dance partners isn’t enough, Thornewood insists that his brother, James, train Lucy in self-defense. She wouldn’t mind so much if her treacherous mind didn’t continue to replay the kiss they once shared.



But awkward defense lessons are the least of her problems. Her arcana, a magical talent that allows her to mentally enter any scene that she draws, grows stronger by the day. Again and again Lucy is compelled to draw a portal to her mother’s realm of Sylvania—and with each stroke of her pen, she risks attracting the attention of the Order of the Eternal Sun, the sinister brotherhood that steals the power of Sylvani blood for their own dark ends.



When a bold new suitor arrives from India, Lucy can’t help but be intrigued—though her family questions his mysterious past. But as Lucy’s own suspicions grow, and the threat of the Order looms larger, Lucy will have to learn to harness her unpredictable power or risk falling under the Order’s shadow forever.

Review: This second book can also be read as a stand alone. I am so glad a read both though, because I love Leake's writing style! This was another exciting read, and equally enjoyable! This time we see Katherine's sister, Lucy as she prepares for her fateful debut. Only will she be ready, and will her mind take off without her in the presence of the handsome, yet seemingly unavailable James? I loved how their relationship and story progresses, from the beginning it is a delightful, and amusing read! 


Other Books in the Series

Arcana
Arcana
(A Novel of the Sylvani #1)

by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook 288 pages

November 18th 2014 by Talos



Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.



Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.



But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.



With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?

Review: Such a great story! I loved the characters, and the plot was well thought out and executed! Katherine is a sharp-tonged and strong character who is about to make her debut in London. Unsure who she can trust or where to turn, she seeks comfort in her mother's words in the form of a diary. I believe this is Leake's first work, and either way she has gained another fan! Fantastic job creating an intriguing world and lovable characters!



Jessica Leake has been in love with historical England ever since her first literary crush: Mr. Darcy. After embarking on a quest to bring her own intriguing and headstrong characters to life, she decided to quit her day job as a clinical therapist and spend her time weaving arcana with words. She lives in Greenville, SC with her brilliant husband, four painfully cute children, and two mischievous dogs.

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