Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: Among the Red Stars

30122938 Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

World War Two has shattered Valka’s homeland of Russia, and Valka is determined to help the effort. She knows her skills as a pilot rival the best of the men, so when an all-female aviation group forms, Valka is the first to sign up.

Flying has always meant freedom and exhilaration for Valka, but dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. The war is taking its toll on everyone, including the boy Valka grew up with, who is fighting for his life on the front lines.

As the war intensifies and those around her fall, Valka must decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she once called home.

Inspired by the true story of the airwomen the Nazis called Night Witches, Gwen C. Katz weaves a tale of strength and sacrifice, learning to fight for yourself, and the perils of a world at war.


* I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

I loved this story! It's about Pasha and Valka during WWII. I've always been fascinated with girls and women like Valka throughout history, fighting for change. I loved seeing the story from her point of view and enjoyed the history woven throughout. Well written, complex characters, and plenty of action with a dash of romance and loss!

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Review: Revive Your Life! Rest for Your Anxious Heart

35006599 Revive Your Life! Rest for Your Anxious Heart by Pamela Christian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vast numbers of people are protesting against the failure of government and politics, the demise of marriage and family, the breakdown of job and economic markets, the antagonistic cultural and social issues, and more. People everywhere are searching for meaning and purpose in life and to become part of a movement that will bring much-needed reform. But where do we start?
History reveals that when God is the focus of a people, their nation flourishes. We must start with a reconsideration of God. The restlessness in our hearts is evidence that God, whom we’ve pushed out of society and deemed irrelevant, is the Reformer we need.
Revive Your Life! Rest for Your Anxious Heart is written to help people discover truth, discover life’s meaning and purpose, and step into a reformation that will change the world for the better. Find answers to questions such as:
•Is mankind the supreme authority over world events?
•Does God exist and if so, what is His character, will, and intentions for the world?
•There are many religions; is there more than one God?
•Where can I find the peace and rest for my soul?
•What are my life’s meaning and purpose, and how can I make a significant impact in the world?
The significant impact you long to make is possible. Revive Your Life! Rest for Your Anxious Heart is written so you can become all you were meant to be.


This is Book III in the multiple award-winning Faith to Live By series, endorsed by many well known Christian leaders.


*I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review*

Such a great book! Well written. This is my first time reading a book by this author, but Pamela Christian does a wonderful job taking common questions and struggles, and directing readers to a godly answer. Dealing with feelings of dissatisfaction and lack of purpose and showing readers that God always had a purpose in mind, and that when we align ourselves with that purpose, we find joy and inner peace.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Top-ten Tuesdays: A bookish meme started by The Broke and The Bookish, continued by That Artsy Reader Girl. Find the full list here.

I'm sort of doing this topic with the 'Down the TBR hole' posts, but I'll go with it.

  1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  2. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  4. Audacious (Ella #1) by Gabrielle Prendergas
  5. The Sisters of Sugarcreek by Cathy Liggett 
  6. Lioness of Kell by Paul E. Horsman
  7. Ashen Light by Keller Marie
  8. Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
  9. Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury
  10. The Brave by Nicholas Evans








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Blogtour: Hidden Truths 1-4



Convenient
Lies
Hidden
Truth Book 1
by
Robin Patchen
Genre:
Christian Romantic Suspense



420
pages

Of
course, no matter where in the world she was, she could never have
stayed hidden, not as long as he was willing to kill innocent people
until he found her. The question was, had he stopped killing people,
or was she next on his list?”





She
married her enemy…

When
investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband is
part of an international crime family, she flees Paris with their
newborn and returns to her childhood home in New Hampshire, where
she’ll gather her inheritance before she disappears forever. She’ll
do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father.

He
never quit loving her.

Detective
Brady Thomas discovers Rae is back and in trouble, and he plans to
protect her and her son, whether she wants his help or not.

The
death toll rises.

But
when Rae's husband starts killing people to smoke her out, she has to
decide what—and who—she’ll have to sacrifice to save her son.








Twisted
Lies
Hidden Truth Book 2

398 pages

Marisa
peered down the stairs, toward the street, at the sidewalk. Her
sister and her daughter had been there just a moment before. They
should have been staring back up at her, waving, smiling. But they
were gone.”




She
thought they’d never find her…

Marisa
Vega’s life as an adoptive mom in a tiny Mexican village isn’t
what she’d dreamed while growing up in New York, but as the target
of a man who’s convinced she stole millions from him, Marisa
believes hiding is her only way to stay alive. When her daughter is
snatched and held for ransom, Marisa must discover who really stole
the money in order to rescue her. 

He
swore he’d never play the hero again.

Months
after being kidnapped, tortured, and left with PTSD, Nate Boyle is
ready to live a quiet life in rural New Hampshire. When the source of
his breakout newspaper article—and the woman who haunts his
dreams—begs for help, he gets pulled into a riddle that’s proved
unsolvable for nearly a decade. 

Can
Nate and Marisa unravel the years-old mystery and bring her daughter
home?

Romance,
suspense, and a darling four-year-old girl you’ll fall in love
with.  










Generous
Lies
Hidden Truth Book 3

390 pages

A
pistol pressed against his son’s temple. A dark hand came into
view, then an arm. Then a man came from behind the door and lifted
his finger to his lips.”




He
had no idea it was so bad.

Former
FBI agent Garrison Kopp suspected his teenage son was in trouble, but
a midnight summons to the ER reveals the drug problem is more
serious than he thought. Desperate to get his son away from negative
influences, he asks a beautiful and kind new friend who owns rental
properties for a place to stay. 

She’ll
help, as long as she doesn’t have to risk anything.

Vacation
homeowner Samantha Messenger is happy to provide Garrison and his son
a lake cabin where they can regroup. She helps him search for a good
rehab facility and tries not to hope for more than friendship. After
what she’s been through, more isn’t an option, no matter what her
heart wants.

Big
trouble comes in tiny packages. 

Sparks
fly between them as Sam and Garrison work together to help the
resistant teen. 
But
that becomes the least of their problems when a package planted in
Garrison’s car lures enemies to the idyllic cabin on the lake. With
their lives—and love—on the line, can they protect all they hold
dear?






Innocent
Lies
Hidden Truth Book 4

"Kelsey
didn’t want to reach for Carlos. Didn’t want to willingly walk to
him. But she had to do what she could for Eric. Maybe Carlos would
let her see him one last time. She took Carlos’s hand, swallowed a
sob, and stepped into the house."



A
lost little boy steals his heart.

When
Eric finds eight-year-old Daniel alone in the woods, he has no idea
where the boy came from or how he's survived the wintery New
Hampshire weather. He figures once he hands the boy off to child
services, his part in Daniel's drama will be over. He couldn't be
more wrong.

She’ll
do anything to keep her son safe. 

Kelsey
sneaks into Nutfield with a goal and a secret, but when she's
arrested and sees Eric, her first and only love, all her plans to
expose her enemy fall apart. 

The
past catches up with them.

Together,
Eric and Kelsey fight to protect Daniel, an innocent child caught in
a dangerous game. Can Eric help Kelsey bring down her enemies without
risking his heart...again? Will Kelsey have to walk away from the
only man she's ever loved...again?





Review: I loved this series! I started with the first one, not sure how I would like it, but quickly flew through the other few! In a world of lies Reagan McAdams is on a search for the truth...Simple enough beginning, right? But this series is so much more! I love a good Inspirational read, but this was a thrill-ride from the start! Full of suspense, drama, and unexpected twists! Each of these books tells a complete story, and wow, what a story! Each one is well written, full of suspense and hang on to your seat, because the twists and turns are full of surprises!



Robin
Patchen writes contemporary Christian suspense, romance, and romantic
suspense. Her books are often set in New England, where she grew up.
She creates strong, protective heroes and intelligent, courageous
heroines. 


Aside
from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing
and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time
sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and
beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire
world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about
her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin
to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to
go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she
can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the
power and magic of story.







Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!










Review: Fire and Bone

33140157 Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Gossip Girl meets Percy Jackson in the glitz and grit of L.A...."

In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.

Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she’s asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glam, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could boost her rank in the Otherworld.

As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing's for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.


*I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review*

I...LOVED..THIS...BOOK! From the opening lines, I was hooked! So good! I loved Sage's tragic character and the fact that she is a demigoddess with fire powers?! To cool! Living on the streets, she has hit an all-time low, but suddenly things change as she meets mysterious strangers, and things start to get interesting! Unsure what's happening, she soon learns she is the daughter of a Celtic goddess, but that's only the start of her problems!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Blitz: Truth Stone

Blogtour: The Tombs





SYNOPSIS

Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn

New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.

Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on “patients”…and no one knows why.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where her novel The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and an artist whose work always has an element of fantasy to it, and since she also studied architecture, settings are equally important. It was on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal that she imagined a girl with the ability to see energy, and the seed of The Tombs was planted. She collects old bottles, and her favorite holiday is, you guessed it, Halloween. Deborah lives with her family and two dogs in Maryland, just outside DC. Visit her at deborahschaumberg.com.

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Blogtour: Animal Graph






Title: ANIMAL GRAPH

Author: M. Black

Pub. Date: June 7, 2017

Publisher: M. Black

Pages: 157

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, TBD



NOW A SCRIPT FOR MOTION PICTURE 06/2017. SCRIPT REQUESTED TO REVIEW FOR FEATURE FILM DEAL BY TWO COMPANIES 07/2017.



ENTER A WORLD OF ANIMAL GRAPHS in this SciFi FANTASY DYSTOPIA that is also called a "YA AMAZON POST-APOCALYPTIC


never-before-seen-concept in a kind of HUNGER GAMES meets DR. Moreau!"


GET LOST WITH JIN IN A WORLD OF EXOTIC ANIMALS, LANDSCAPES, RIVERS, WARRING GROUPS, AND AN EVIL RULER. When prisoners are experimented on by the ruler of the Americas, after a nuclear war, their cells are grafted with cells and neural tissue from animals of the Amazon. Release to be hunted in the Amazon, to train soldier, Jin finds another Graph like herself named Adan and the two have to survive the Amazon if they are going to live.


Immerse yourself in the gorgeous and dangerous Amazon, find new creatures, learn about new exotic countries, travel the highlands, savannas, and plateaus in this breath-taking, page-turning book, ANIMAL GRAPH.


"AN ACTIVE AND EXCITING STORY THAT WOULD BE ENJOYED BY YOUNG ADULTS AND MATURE READERS. M. BLACK PACKS IN A LOT OF INTERESTING CONCEPTS. FANS OF DYSTOPIAN FICTION LIKE THE HUNGER GAMES WILL ENJOY THIS VERY CREATIVE STORY." -Netgalley


"WOW! WHAT A CONCEPT! I CAN SAY THAT THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK OF THIS KIND THAT I HAVE READ." -Amazon Reader


"THIS WAS AN AWESOME STORY. IN THE APOCALYPTIC FUTURE THEY ARE EXPERIMENTING ON PRISONERS." -Amazon Reader


"M.BLACK’S ANIMAL GRAPH IS MORE THAN A DYSTOPIAN TALE FROM THE CREATIVE GENIUS OF THIS AUTHOR’S MIND. IT RAISES THE QUESTION OF SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, OF LIVING IN HARMONY AND QUESTIONING WHAT IF THE ODDS ARE ARTIFICIALLY STACKED AGAINST THESE NEW CREATIONS." -Netgalley


"ANIMAL GRAPH TAKES A FRESH AND INTRIGUING LOOK AT ANIMAL-HUMAN PAIRINGS" -Avid Amazon Reader


"THE CHARACTERS HAVE EXTRAORDINARY ABILITIES FROM THEIR ANIMAL GRAPHS, BUT THESE ALSO COME WITH WEAKNESSES. IT'S A REALLY GOOD BALANCE." -Netgalley


"IT IS GOOD, VERY STRANGE ON ONE HAND YET THRILLING AND EDGE OF YOUR SEAT! I LOVE THE BEGINNING WHERE THE READER IS IN THE ACTION FROM THE START! I ALSO LOVE THE WHOLE IDEA OF THE GRAPHS." -Reader Review


"THIS BOOK HAD ME HOOKED FROM THE BEGINNING." Netgalley


"YOU ARE ONE OF THE FEW AUTHORS WHOSE BOOKS LEAVE ME WANTING TO READ MORE OF YOUR BOOKS." -Amazon Reader


"GOOD STORY! I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END!" Amazon Reader


"I HAD ANXIETY ATTACKS WITH JIN. IT REALLY BOTHERED ME THAT I HAD TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN TO DO NORMAL THINGS LIKE EAT. LOL." -Amazon Reader


Book Trailer:



Review: Jin is such a fun character! I loved this book and the strange world of sci-fi where humans are created with animal graphs. Both Jin and Adan have animalistic characteristics and abilities, but will it be enough to survive? Not knowing who to trust, they are on the run for their lives. Such a unique and exciting story!

About M. Black:


M.Black is Ami Blackwelder and writes for the brand ENTER TOMORROW. She is a Montessori teacher, helps the deaf and hard of hearing, is an avid Pescetarian, believer in animal rights and wildlife conservation, and a lover of books. she is the author of the never-before-seen-concept Animal Graph, and dubs herself the 'Robot Girl' since many of her stories revolve around robots and A.I. She has a Siamese cat names LOTUS from Thailand when she was an educator there and he show sup in all her robot books. She adopted a cat named Ash in the States who also shows up in all of her robot books. She loves reading on Kindle Unlimited and only buys paperback. She enjoys many vegetarian dishes like veggie lasagna and four bean chili. She also likes watching movies, gardening, the beach, and hanging out with friends. Of course most of the time you will find her at home, pounding away at her computer.






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1 winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.


Ends on February 27th at Midnight EST!


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Review: How to Listen So People Will Talk: Build Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections

32510799 How to Listen So People Will Talk: Build Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections by Becky Harling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How Listening Well Builds Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections

No relationship is perfect--but it can be better. The secret to stronger relationships isn't to become more charming or funny or to solve the world's problems or to just try harder. All you have to do is listen. It's that simple.

Yet our noisy culture hasn't equipped us to do this. With warmth and a touch of humor, personal coach and expert communicator Becky Harling shares simple, practical listening tools that will help you become a person others are drawn to and want to spend time with, as well as how to:
- be fully present
- offer understanding instead of advice
- ask great questions
- create a sense of safety and trust
- manage your body language
- and more!

When you learn to listen well, your marriage will grow stronger, your parenting will flourish, your friendships will thrive, and your influence at work will increase. You will be amazed at how one simple act can transform the hearts of others--as well as your own.


*I received a copy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Very well written and insightful. I find times when I struggle to listen, and am quick to speak. This book gives useful and practical ways to practice listening and truly hearing what others have to say. This is my first time reading a book by this author, but I enjoyed how Becky Harling uses examples of her life, and other every day situations to help readers relate to the author, and see how being a better listener can help us in our everyday life. The Bible tells us to be slow to speak and quick to listen, and this book follows that example, and teaches that lesson with encouragement and respect.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Down the TBR #1

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!
It works like this:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go
I'm going to start at 10, but might bump this up to 15 each week in the future (As I have over 5K on my GR TBR... XD) If I don't comment under it, it's because I don't remember adding it to my list. (As my list started in 2012)

248375
Forging the Sword (The Farsala Trilogy #3) by Hilari Bell.
I remember enjoying this series, but it's been a while since I read it. Still I would like to finish.
KEEP

420415
The Seer and the Sword (Healer and Seer #1) by Victoria Hanley

REMOVE

3002366
The Travelers (Pendragon: Before the War #1) by Carla Jablonski, D.J. MacHale
I loved the Bobby Pendragon series, but read those at the libraries. I don't plan to buy these, and since the library doesn't have them, I'll probably never read them.
REMOVE

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Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb
I have been meaning to read Robin Hobb's work for a while, but last year I finally bought some of her books, so I'll keep this one.
KEEP

3227063
The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) by Brent Weeks
I haven't heard this one mentioned, but it has a good reading on Goodreads, and sounds like something I would enjoy.
KEEP

259836
Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Dragonlance: Chronicles #1) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
I own this one, and loved their other series, The Sovereign Stone, so I'm hoping to read it soon.
KEEP

55399
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) by Steven Erikson
I've heard good things about this series, and mean to read it this year.
KEEP

930
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I enjoyed this movie, but it's been years, and I still haven't read it. I'm not likely to forget it, so I might pick it up, but it's just taking space on my TBR.
REMOVE

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Another one that I loved the movie, and yet haven't read. This one I'm more likely to read, but still I don't think I am in danger of forgetting it.
REMOVE

3636The Giver (The Giver #1) by Lois Lowry
I have heard this one mentioned over and over, yet haven't made time for it. That said, I really want to read it, and hope that this is the year I finally get to it.
KEEP

10917
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Wow, guess what? Another movie. Again I would like to read this one, but don't think I will forget it, so it's just taking up space on my TBR.
REMOVE

Sunday's Spotlight: Pitch Dark


27414411 Pitch Dark

Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.


Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space.

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir.

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves.

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you'll hear.


My Thoughts: I haven't started this one, but it's probably my most anticipated read this month! (Well this and Sky in the Deep if I get to it!) I was approved for a copy on NetGalley, and am also taking part in the blog tour for this title and can't wait to start reading!

Review: Storytime: My Colorful Chameleon

34523875 Storytime: My Colorful Chameleon by Leonie Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Showcasing bright artwork and a fun spot and find element, My Colorful Chameleon is perfect for storytime and the classroom. A child describes her pet and it’s funny color-changing habit, only problem is, it keeps getting lost! Mom is angry at the disappearing critter, and the girl must convince her that the pet can stay. Can they find a way to stop losing the chameleon?







I received an ecopy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.

A fun story about a girl, and her pet chameleon. Beautifully illustrated, and told in an easy to follow rhyme scheme. The story talks about the chameleon changing colors to hide in different settings.

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