Saturday, October 14, 2017
From Goodreads.com: Darla Weaver writes out of her own struggles with Christian discipleship so that others will know Old Order Mennonites are human too and often long to walk closer to God. She bares her heart in these 90 devotionals drawn from her home-centered life in western Ohio's hills. While family, gardening, cooking with home grown food, and living as naturally as possible off the land are the focus of her days, her utmost goal is to serve and honor the Christ she loves and serves through all aspects of her life. Women especially will relate to these meditations generously sprinkled with stories from Darla's children, marriage, community and wider friends and family. Daily scripture readings, poignant prayers and journal prompts or ideas for active responses are included with each inspiring devotional.
My Take: I don't know about you but when I think of Old Order Mennonites and even the Amish I think that both have got this Christianity thing down pat and they would never struggle with the things that are addressed in this devotional. After all they don't live with all the technology and rush rush of our modern world. But just like the Israelites in the Bible struggled , they struggle too. And we in all our technology and rushing around just might have something to learn from the people we may think are a little backward compared to us. I would highly recommend this book if you feel the need to maybe slow down a bit and spend more time with God.
I received a review copy of this book from Herald Press in exchange for my honest opinion.
My take: This book didn't come in time for me to participate in the blog tour given by Handlebar but I wanted to read it anyway. The main focus in this book is to make sure that we as Christians are focusing on the inner (devotions, reading the Bible, Praying, slowing down , taking time to be quiet) instead of only looking on the outward (appearance, busyness, success, world). I became disabled a few years back and even when I can't get around as easily as I use to I still was focused on the busy, going to Dr. appointments, doing therapy and going to Physical therapy. Even when you would think I would have had the right time and place I still needed to be reminded to slow down and take time for the more important things instead of the immediate. I plan on reading this often just to make sure my life is in the right order.
I received a review copy of this book from Handlebar Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
from Goodreads.com: he Next Wave of Stories in the Harbingers Series Arrives
Cycle 2 of the Harbingers series continues the story of four gifted strangers brought together to fight a growing darkness.
In Bill Myers's "The Revealing," the team finds themselves in Rome trying to retrieve the mystical spear Hitler once owned--the very spear that pierced Christ's side. This task will take them from hidden chambers inside the Vatican to a mysterious seaside cave with powers they could never expect.
Frank Peretti's "Infestation" unleashes a microscopic evil on the world that deceives, blinds, kills, then spreads. The Harbingers team must confront a monster bent on seducing and destroying mankind.
In "Infiltration" by Angela Hunt, the team is wounded and barely holding together. Forced to split up, they realize their investigations have led them into dangerous waters.
Alton Gansky's "The Fog" unleashes a supernatural mist unlike any other. There are vicious things in the fog that kill whatever they find. One team member realizes that the ultimate sacrifice may have to be made.
My Take: I have read the first 4 books in this series but have not written a review for them yet. I would suggest reading the first books as you will get to know the characters better and I think enjoy these stories more. But these can be read separate. I enjoyed these novellas very much maybe even alittle bet better than the first books. Each story is meant to be read in one sitting and they all interconnect although each author has taken one of the main characters and chosen to write from that point of view. I found the different adventures of this group of people very interesting and at the end of each of the stories I wondered what the team would be doing next. The team consists of an aethist ex-priest, a street wise tatoo artist, the ex-priest's assistant and the only Christian in the bunch a big football player. There is also a young boy who doesn't have stories told from his point of view. I did find that the story The Fog was very reminiscient of Stephan King's "The Mist".
I received a review copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
from Goodreads.com : New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eric Rickstad delivers the electrifying sequel to The Silent Girls, and features once again detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a depraved killer through rural Vermont.
Every murder tells a story. Some stories never end . . .
In a remote northern Vermont town, college student Rachel Rath is being watched. She can feel the stranger’s eyes on her, relentless and possessive. And she’s sure the man watching her is the same man who killed her mother and father years ago: Ned Preacher, a serial rapist and murderer who gamed the system to get a light sentence. Now, he’s free.
Detective Frank Rath adopted Rachel, his niece, after the shocking murder of her parents when she was a baby. Ever since, Rath’s tried to protect her from the true story of her parents’ deaths. But now Preacher is calling Rath to torment him. He’s threatening Rachel and plotting cruelties for her, of the flesh and of the mind. When other girls are found brutally murdered, and a woman goes missing, Rath and Detective Sonja Test must untangle the threads that tie these new crimes and some long-ago nightmares together. Soon they will learn that the truth is more perverse than anyone could guess, rife with secrets, cruel desires, and warped, deadly loyalty.
Mesmerizing, startling, and intricately plotted, The Names of Dead Girls builds relentlessly on its spellbinding premise, luring readers into its dark and macabre mystery, right to its shocking end.
My Take: This is a part of a series. Not sure if it is the 3rd or second as different places say different things. Anyway you can read this book by itself but there is probably alot of back story in the previous book(s). I haven't read them but I did enjoy this book. I have always wondered how victims must feel when whoever committed a crime against them no matter what it may be gets out of jail or prison. This book helps to answer that question to a degree. The good guys are great and the bad guy is a very creepy. There is plenty of suspense and thrills to keep you reading as fast as you can as you will want to find out what happens. It is a dark story so be warned of that.
I received a review copy of this book from Partners in Crime in exchange for my honest opinion.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
From Goodreads.com - Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.
Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?
In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass...
My Take: Kids attend a mysterious Academy where they are taught to be assassins but they have no memory of said assanations. Later said kids live a "normal" life but Academy keeps track of them and makes progress notes and case notes on them. I liked this book. I have been really getting into books like this were the main characters are not really what they seem and they really have anyway of knowing what they are and how they got that way. Some language and sexual tension.
I received a review copy from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for my honest opinion.
From Goodreads.com - The stars predict a wedding-day disaster, but San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never expected murder
Julia Bonatti is alarmed by the astrological signs looming over Geneva Leary’s wedding day, but nobody asked Julia’s opinion and being a bridesmaid means supporting the bride no matter what. Even with the foreboding Moon-Mars-Pluto lineup in the heavens, no one’s prepared for the catastrophes that strike: a no-show sister, a passed-out wedding planner, and a lethal shooting in the dead of night.
With anger and grief threatening to tear the Leary family part, Julia is determined to understand how such a terrible tragedy could occur. As she digs deeper into the family’s secrets, her astrological insights will lead her to the truth about a criminal enterprise that stretches far beyond the California coast.
My Take: I really like cozy mysteries so I requested this book without really reading the description. Since because of my religious beliefs I don't believe in astrology I was a bit leery of reading this book. This is the second book in this series but it is the first book I have read by this author. Although astrology is mentioned in the book it is really about the mystery. There are alot of suspects and it will keep you guessing unlike some series where is you have read the books before it is usually easy to figure out the murderer.
I received a review copy from Partners in Crime in exchange for my honest review.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Duplicity by Jane Haseldine
From Goodreads.com :In Jane Haseldine's new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city's most devious criminal--and her own painful past.
Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished facade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace.
Julia's marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims--including the prosecution's key witness--and leaves David critically injured.
Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives--including her children's--hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters...
My Take: This Book is the second in a series but it can be read as a stand alone. I really enjoyed this book and will be looking for the next installment of the series. The main character Julia is a crime reporter who is trying to do her job but also keep up with her marriage. Her husband is and Assistant District Attorney and he is prosecuting Nick Rossi. Just when the main witness is coming into the courthouse a bomb goes off in the courthouse. Julia's husband is injured also. She feels she needs to prove who the bomber was and bring him justice but other's in her family may been collateral damage. There is alot of action and twists and turns. That is just the way I like my mysteries.
I received a review copy of this book from Partners in Crime in exchange for my honest review.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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In the bloody clash between Christians and pagans in fifth-century Alexandria, a servant girl becomes the last hope for preserving peace in this evocative and thrilling tale—a blend of history, adventure, religion, romance, and mysticism reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon.
“Written in the Ashes is one of those rare novels that sets ‘history’ afire, to bathe readers in the glow of a greater, hotter truth. Fans of The Mists of Avalon will find this romantic/alchemical/feminist/spiritual epic equally captivating.”— Tom Robbins, bestselling author of Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life and Villa Incognito.
After she is abducted from her home in the mountains of Sinai, Hannah is enslaved and taken to Alexandria, where she becomes the property of Alizar, an alchemist and pagan secretly working to preserve his culture. Revered for her beautiful singing voice, the young slave is invited to perform at the city’s Great Library, where she becomes friends with the revered mathematician and philosopher, Hypatia, as well as other pagans who curate its magnificent collections. Determined to help them uphold pagan culture and traditions, Hannah embarks on a dangerous quest to unite the fractured pieces of the Emerald Tablet—the last hope to save the pagans and create peace.
On this odyssey that leads her to the lost oracles of Delfi and Amun-Ra and to rediscovered ancient cities and rituals, Hannah will experience forbidden loves, painful betrayals, and poignant reunions. But her efforts may be in vain. Returning to Alexandria, Hannah finds a city engulfed in violence, even as her own romantic entanglements come to a head. Now, it’s not only her future, but the fate of all Alexandria that is at stake.
My Take: Being a book lover I have always been interested in the burning of the library in Alexandria. Such a waste of story and history. This book is told mostly from Hannah a young girl who was sold into slavery in Alexandria. It also has as a character Hypatia who I had no knowledge of. I enjoy historical novels as I always learn something new either about the time period or about someone who lived at that time. This is book 1 of a series and I am looking forward to reading the next book. This was a great debut novel by the author.
I received a review opy of this book from Virtual Author Book tours in exchange for my honest opinion.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counsellors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.
Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.
My Take: This book is the the Grimm's fairy tale that you wouldn't want to read to your kids before they go to bed but the ones that the Grimm brothers really wrote. There are no birds doing the house work in this story. There is besides a serial killer plotting his next kill. And remember all those horror films that are set at a summer camp well this one is too only alittle souped up. If you enjoy horror, mystery, thriller or even suspense you may find this book enjoyable. There is course language, sexual references and sex scenes, violence and horror so be aware.
I received a review copy of this book from Partners in Crime in exchange for my honest opinion.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Number 1 in Horror
Number 1 in Crime
Number 1 in Women's Adventure
Number 1 in Men's Adventure
"Don't go down into the cellar, Mommy..."
From Thriller Award winner and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author comes the long awaited sequel to the No. 1 Overall Amazon Bestselling suspense thriller, THE REMAINS.
"Sensational...Masterful...Brilliant." --New York Post
"Gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting." --Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Six Years
"Tough, stylish, heartbreaking." –Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of Savages
HORROR IN THE DARK WOODS
It’s been eight years since artist and single mom, Rebecca Underhill, was abducted and left to die in an old broken down house located in the middle of the dark woods. But even if her abductor, Joseph William Whalen, has since been killed, another, more insidious evil is once more out to get her in the form of the Skinner. The son of an abusive butcher, Skinner intends on finishing the job Whalen started but failed at.
How is he going to get to Rebecca?
He’s going to do it through her children, by luring them into the cornfield behind the old farmhouse they live in.
HORROR IN THE DEPTHS
Now, armed with the knowledge that the Skinner has escaped incarceration at a downstate facility for the criminally insane, Rebecca must face the most horrifying challenge of her adult life: Rescuing the children not from a house in the woods, but from the abandoned tunnels that run underneath her property.
But the Skinner is watching Rebecca’s every move.
Horrifying question is, will she live long enough to save the children?
My Take: This is the second book in a planned triology. Reading the first book would be helpful but it is not entirely necessary. I was intrigued by Skinner in this book as why certain people do what they do and others don't has always intrigued me. There is a bit of language and talk of sex. There is also some graphic descriptions of what Skinner did to his victims and what other insane patients behavior in an institution. There was enough things that weren't anticipated to keep you guessing as to if anyone was going to get hurt, live or what. This would be good for someone who likes to read horror books.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion from Pump Up your book.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
From Goodreads.com - MIRACLE MAN by William R. Leibowitz has been unanimously heralded by reviewers and readers. With numerous 5 Star ratings in the United States and overseas, and WINNER OF A NATIONAL "BEST THRILLER" AWARD, the enthusiasm for this unique novel has been overwhelming.
MIRACLE MAN is a medical/conspiracy/psychological thriller that explores extraordinary genius, Big Pharma corruption, CIA machinations, metaphysical forces, and one man's tireless quest at terrible cost to validate his life.
---The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real. So begins the saga of ROBERT JAMES AUSTIN, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from and why do so many want to destroy him? Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand. Robert James Austin is REVERED by many and REVILED by some. But none can doubt that he is REMARKABLE.
My Take: I liked this book. I gave it a 4 stars on Goodreads. You can't help but feel for the lead character Robert James Austin. He has an IQ that can't be measured, there is no one that can keep up with him when he is working. He doesn't really have any friends, everyone wants something from him. He makes very powerful enemies and fuels his existence with alcohol and drug use. I did figure out some of the twists in the book before they were revealed but that didn't make the book any less enjoyable and I didn't figure out the twist at the end. Some of the scientific language and ideology was over my head but I felt that lent to the authenticity of the story. I would recommend this book but be aware there was a bit of profane language and sexuality was talked about. Like I said there was alcohol and drug use.
I received a review copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for my honest thoughts.
Friday, May 5, 2017
When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year-old CJ discovers an unusual "clock world" where most of the citizens are clock parts, tasked with keeping the big clocks running. But soon the seemingly peaceful world is divided between warring factions with CJ instructed to find the only person who can help: the elusive Tick Tock Man.
With the aid of Fuzee, a partly-human girl, he battles gear-headed extremists and razor-sharp pendulums in order to restore order before this world of chimes, springs, and clock people dissolves into a massive time warp, taking CJ's quiet New England town with it.
My Take : This was a cute and adventurous book that told the story of the main character CJ being involved in an other world adventure that the rest of his family doesn't even know exists. CJ notices that things are a bit off with the clocks in town and enters into the world where there is a war going on. Fuzzie is a very good character as she is a strong female and doesn't let others determine her actions. This was a quick read and would be perfect for summertime for young readers. The main character is 13 but this book will keep adults turning pages too. Great adventure.
I received a review copy of this book from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for my honest review.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Then she saw it – a sheet of paper in the mailbox, underneath the mail. It was white with large black letters and said LEAVE IT ALONE.
Mrs. B has a quiet life, and she likes it that way. Morning pinochle games at St. Mary’s Senior Center. Afternoon lunches with Myrtle, Anne and Rose. Peaceful evenings with a cup of coffee and the classic movie channel.
But one day she wakes to a phone call, which leads to consequences she could never have foreseen. Secrets snowball and threaten to change the neighborhood of Burchfield forever. Someone has to make things right. It’s up to Mrs. B.
My take: This was a really good cozy mystery. I like cozy mysteries as they don't have alot of profanity and no gory details of the crime. This one was especially charming as it involvoed a little old lady named Mrs. B. She reminded me alot of my mother in law as everyone knows her and she know everyone. She now lives in a retirement community and she loves to go to the Senior Center. The same way that Mrs. B. does. I found it interesting to see Mrs. B. learn how to use the computer so she could use it for interenet searches. I liked that Mrs. B. wanted to help others in her neighborhood and to make sure the real criminals were the ones being punished. If you like your mysteries more soft boiled and with cute little old ladies like Jessica Fletcher this is the book for you.
I received a review copy of this book from Virtual Author Book tours in exchange for my honest review.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Sometimes you get a second chance to live the life you’ve always wanted…if you’re brave enough to take the chance.
In this epic tale of love, loss, and redemption, the year is 1861, a time when women are expected to be married by a certain age. At 26, spinster Emily Wainwright has no reason to believe her sheltered life will ever change — until the charming Samuel Todd unexpectedly crosses her path.
Samuel yearns to homestead and start a family in Oregon, but he first needs to find a wife. Blinded by Samuel’s good looks, and grasping at her final chance to have a husband and children, Emily accepts his marriage proposal. However, Samuel is not the man she thought he was, and her marriage becomes a cold, cruel prison, offering her no solace amidst the hardships of farm life.
When Samuel dies and a second chance at love and happiness arrives in the form of farmhand Cole Walker, Emily must overcome her bitter past—or risk losing Cole and the life she has always dreamed of having.
My Take : This must be a new topic that authors are interested in as I have seen several books lately on the topic of women going on the Oregon Trail. Emily is a bit naive in the book and ends up in a hard life with a husband who doesn't really love her and she doesn't really love him. She ends up going out west out of desparation which I think alot of women felt back then if they weren't married and having a family by a certain age. This book is about maturing and realizing what you want out of life and if you are willing to buck social norms to get it. A great historical fiction book that helps you understand that time period.
Recommend if you like historical fiction.
I Received a review copy of this book by Virtual Author Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
Having restored Michael Johnson's ancestors' house and apothecary shop and begun applying the lessons of family and forgiveness unearthed from the past, Jennifer Rushmore expects to complete her first preservation job with the simple relocation of a log home. But as her crew reconstructs the 1787 cabin, home to the first Dunham doctor, attacks on those involved throw suspicion on neighbors and friends alike. And while Jennifer has trusted God and Michael with the pain of her past, it appears Michael's been keeping his own secrets. Will she use a dream job offer from Savannah as an escape, or will a haunting tale from a Colonial diary convince her to rely on the faithfulness of his love?
My Take: Witch is the 3rd book in the Restoration Triology by Denise Weimer. I haven't read the first two books and think that they probably would add some more light to what is happening in this book but I enjoyed this book just the same. The author weaves the past and present together to form a compelling story that is both thrilling and uplifting. I enjoyed the history throughout the book and learned quite a few things that I didn't already know about the conflict with the Native Americans. I also liked the present day story of restoration in both the buildings and the lives of the characters. This is a Christian historical fiction book and God is very much a part of the story. I hope to go back to read the other 2 books.
I received a review copy of this book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest review.
According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.
Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.
Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.
And now it is.
Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.
And she’s not giving up so easily.
A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.
Right down to the thousandth paper crane.
My Take: This was a heart wrenching, uplifting, tears streaming , grin from ear to ear wearing book. Go into this book with the knowledge that your heart will be ripped out and stomped on and put back shredded but you won't care because this book is that good. This book is about death and dying so you know that it isn't a light reading book. Definately not a book for a beach trip as you will get burned to a crisp or never come out of your motel room because you won't want to put it down. This book is perfect for those rainy days in spring that will bring the flowers just like this book has the dreariness but also the optimism. This is not your typical YA book and it deals with a heavy subject but it also deals with friendship and new love and just a bunch of emotions. Highly recommend.
I received a review copy of this book from Chapter by Chpater in exchange for my honest review.