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Friday, April 20, 2018

First Line Friday + Spotlight - Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Happy Friday!

I received this book this week from the publishers. It was like Christmas when I opened the package. I was left with such conflicting emotions at the end of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (you can find my review here) that I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of Reclaiming Shilo Snow. Mary Weber is an incredible author and has such vivid stories, that you can't help but be swept away into a different world. Here is the first line and don't forget to start with book 1, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow...

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

Reclaiming Shilo Snow
Mary Weber



The Taking
Four years to the day after the alien planet arrived above earth, Sofi's papa had collapsed on the rickety front porch of their buttermilk-yellow farmhouse.

GOODREADS | AMAZON



About the Book

Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unravelling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unravelling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.
But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.
About the Author
Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Amongst the Roses & Giveaway! - A Keystone Legacy Book One - Meghan M. Gorecki

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book
The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the homefront?

Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?


The three bloodiest days in America’s history brings these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.

My Thoughts

Meghan Gorecki brings to life the beauty and the tragic horrors of the Civil War.

Margaret Bryant is a force to reckon with. I love her strength and tenacity. Her protective heart and stubbornness. I loved watching the Bryant family interact. Support each other, fight with each other. They felt real and tangible. Adam Doyle is the opposite of Margaret in oh so many ways. But their differences complete each other.

This era can be such a downer. Brother fighting against brother...A country at war with itself...I can't even imagine the heartache, the fear, the cost...that each family had to make. Ms. Gorecki takes one of the most brutal portions of our young history and weaves a thread of hope, life, and dare I say...Romance...Lighting the dark corners of war.

I received a complimentary copy of Amongst the Roses. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author

Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.





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Monday, April 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - My Favorite General Market Books


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and today is a Freebie week. I decided to share my top ten-ish favorite books that I really enjoy that are NOT Christian Fiction...*GASP*...I know...But there are some really good books outside the Christian Book world. (You still love me right?) 

Most of these are YA or Classics...It has been quite a while since I have read some of these (which is why you won't find a review on my blog for them). 








What are some of your favorites?



Friday, April 13, 2018

First Line Fridays - Jody Hedlund

Happy Friday!

We are in the midst of a spontaneous remodelling session! I know...We are crazy! It all started with just a little paint. Haha! It is stressful but fun, and we are almost done with stage one! YAY! And I am taking a break to post my first line. I am a HUGE fan of print books. I love the convenience of reading books on my kindle, but nothing beats the feel (or smell) of a REAL book in your hands. So...I have been building my collection of print books...slowly but surely. And I recently purchased a couple of Jody Hedlund's books. And I couldn't decide which one to feature today, so I am doing both hehe! 

Happy Reading!

Today’s first line is from...

Jody Hedlund

Presque Isle, Michigan
June 1859
The blast of a gunshot awoke Emma Chambers.
GOODREADS | AMAZON | MY REVIEW
Maidstone Castle, Hampton
April, in the year of our Lord 1391
"You have one month to pay the debt," Captain Foxe stated, his tone as rigid as the plate armor he wore.
GOODREADS | AMAZON


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Red Queen - Red Queen Series Book One - Victoria Aveyard

My Rating
 - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)

About the Book
This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts
Y'all probably know by now that when I find a YA series that I really like...I binge read (see my reviews on The Selection, Leviathan, and Lunar Chronicles) the ENTIRE series. While I attempt to SWOOF (squeeze words out of feelings) Red Queen...I am already in the middle of the next book. Because...I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!!


Not gonna lie...I was a bit sceptical when I picked up this book. But I was quickly pulled into the world of Reds and Silvers and the Red Guard. I found myself listening to this book every spare minute I had. Intrigue, secrets, unknown powers, fears, lies, family, betrayal, and HOPE bleed onto the pages of this book in a neverending flow.

I still don't know who to trust, although I DO know who is evil...I think...You know, come to think of it...I have no idea...afterall...

Anyone can betray anyone.


It is ridiculously hard to review a book like this...Only because I don't want to give away spoilers. So I will leave you with this...If you love YA books...and have a fascination with dystopian/sci-fi type books...You should definitely give Red Queen a try. I think you will really enjoy it! Now excuse me while I finish the series....

I borrowed Red Queen on audio from my local library. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


About the Author
https://www.victoriaaveyard.com/about
Victoria Aveyard is an author and screenwriter, born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. Both her parents are public school teachers, as well as avid film, television, and literature fans. Victoria grew up on a steady diet The Lord of the RingsStar WarsIndiana JonesHarry Potter, and LOST. She pursued a degree in Writing for Film & Television at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating college in 2012, Victoria moved home from Los Angeles and began writing the manuscript that would become Red Queen

She has since published three #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling books, two New York Times bestselling novellas, and continues pursuing her writing career while living full-time in Los Angeles, California.