Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Noble Servant

The Noble Servant

Summary:
She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant.
But she might just gain what she’s always wanted . . .
if she makes it in time.
The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor baron’s daughter? It seemed too good to be true.
On the journey to Wolfberg Castle, Magdalen’s servant forces her to trade places and become her servant, threatening not only Magdalen’s life, but the lives of those she holds dear. Stripped of her identity and title in Wolfberg, where no one knows her, Magdalen is sentenced to tend geese while she watches her former handmaiden gain all Magdalen had ever dreamed of.
When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen begins to suspect he carries secrets of his own. Together, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot against Wolfberg and the duke. But with no resources, will they be able to find the answers, the hiding places, and the forces they need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?
New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson beautifully re-imagines The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm into a medieval tale of adventure, loss, and love.

Review: I've looked forward to reading The Noble Servant since it was set in the world where we had previously met the Margrave. This book continued on with a character we in the past book, Magdelen. She is a daughter of a poor baron, who died, and is now given the chance to marry someone who will provide for her and her people. But after she arrives as a servant instead of a bride, she realizes that there is more going on than just a wedding to be announced, or her former servants trickery. Now tended the geese, she keeps a careful eye on those around her, and the one she was said to be betrothed too. But once she meets a man who she thinks she recognizes, it is only so long before the lord of the castle finds out who else faking their identity.
 I love the setting of these books; I can almost imagine the castles and villages mentioned and are "placed" throughout Germany. Though not my favorite book by Melanie Dickerson, I did enjoy this book, and though I have never read "The Goose Girl," I look forward to discovering this "new" fairytale.
If you are looking for a sweet, easy read, The Noble Servant is a great story for any tween to read.

Genre: Fairytale retelling
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received this book free from the publisher for an honest review.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Beautiful Word ( 365 Devotional )





Summary:   
He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Ecclesiastes 3:11



Your devotional time is precious as you draw near to the Lord and experience His love in your life. The Beautiful Word Devotional is the perfect companion to help you experience His goodness through His Word as beautifully lettered Scripture.

This devotional includes:


  • 182 verses illustrated in full color

  • Special places to write your own reflections

  • Warm devotions for each day of the year

Dive into 365 devotions to nurture your spirit and encourage your heart as God’s Word washes over you with its promises. With lovely devotions and inspiring images, The Beautiful Word Devotional will refresh your heart daily as you seek to enjoy God’s Word in a creative way.
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I hadn't even had this book for a full day before God used this devotional to speak to me. I had opened it up to a random page, and its lesson was based on something I had been thinking about only a couple hours before. It encouraged me so much.
How awesome is out God!

Not only is this beautiful devotional for the whole year, but every page includes a decorative verse, and a place for notes; almost like a journaling Bible. Each lesson is based on our modern day living, and challenges us to put away out phones and social media for time with God.
I highly recommend this book, and am excited to see how else God uses it.

Genre: devotional
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free for an honest review

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

King's Blood

King's Blood (The Kinsman Chronicles, #2)

Summary: In the second volume of Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home. 
As the king's illness worsens, SAr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life. 
One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?


Review: Would you believe I ended up with three copies of this book before I finally read it? I know, crazy XD Not even sure how I ended up with one of them lol.
I loved Jill Williamson's Blood of Kings series, and was excited to start the Kinsman Chronicles, which take place a few hundred years before. In this book, the Armanians and others are searching for a new land, but there is a danger that is chasing after them.

I love all the characters. My favorite is probably T, but I have loved all the characters Jill has introduced. There were a few different perspectives at the beginning of the series, but as the story goes along, it was just fine keeping in sinc with perspectives changing. The descriptions the author uses to let you experience the land and the people. They aren't long and droning explanations that take forever, but just enough to where she can bring it up every now and then to give you a reminder of what something may look like or how something works. (it's a big book, so it's easy to forget details) Also, How Jill writes series this huge is impressive. I love them and have no clue how I could write anything as large and as amazing as hers. I also love how the books are based of the Old Testament. I loved reading a scene and then being like "I know what story/scene this is based off of!" Her writing also gives you a different experience, and I must say I loved it. I'm looking forward to her next book.

I wouldn't suggest this book for younger readers. There is a lot of darkness in the first and second books, along with many different gods and demons. So an older teen audience for sure. (the author suggests it for 16 and up I believe)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free from Bethany House for an honest review

Friday, March 3, 2017

A Question of Honor



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I am very excited to take part in my friend's book release. A Question of Honor is now available for purchase, and I cannot wait to get my hands on an actual print copy of it. I was given the privileged to beta read for Jesseca, and I have to say I loved the story so much. It is set in WW2, and has wonderful characters, and a sweet story line. I encourage you to read it, and you may get a chance as there is a giveaway link at the bottom.


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About the author:Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

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About the book:A man. A child. A war. 

When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met. 

David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.

A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives. 

Will he chose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.

















Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Shattered Vigil


Summary:

Their victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they've been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. One of the Vigil has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms' ability to defend themselves.

Worse, a deadly new threat has emerged--assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it's too late. To thwart the perilous new risk, the church makes the drastic decision to safeguard the Vigil by taking the surviving members into protective custody. But there are secrets only the Vigil can unearth, and so Pellin makes the heart-wrenching choice to oppose the church in a race to turn back the evil that threatens an entire continent


Review:
It had been a while since I had read the first book, but once I was refreshed on all of the details and storyline, I was excited to continue reading the next book in the saga.

Willet Dura was one of two who had survived the Darkwater, but he didn't leave untainted. Because of the darkness that is still in his mind, the Vigil do not trust him.

With the dwimnor about, an assassin who is unseen by all except the young, the Vigil take young apprentices to watch for the invisible enemy. But while the Vigil fight to survive, Dura also fights to find out who their enemy really is. Trying to prove that he isn't the enemy, Dura and his companions search for the hope of the protector of the evil in the Darkwater- the Sentinels

The story was just as captivating as last time, and i am eager to what happens next. It left at such a cliffhanger! There is still so much unknown, and I can't wait to find out how the enemy will be fought, but also discover who Dura really is.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free from Book Fun for an honest review

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Princess and I Cover Reveal



I am so excited for my friend Rebekah Eddy. She is releasing her latest book, The Princess and I, and I am happy to take part in her cover reveal. I beta read for her a few months ago, and can't wait to see the finished product.


Synopsis:
Megan is content with her life, despite her parents' death and her brother Malcolm's job that keeps him busy at the King's castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine's lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.

However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God's amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.

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About the Author:
Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.

She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.

This eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Martin Hospitality Blog Tour and Review






Martin Hospitality Summary:
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she’s been evicted, she spends the night in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.

The Martins aren’t a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.

When Gemma’s past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins’ trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins’ love and God’s forgiveness go?
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Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn’t completing the stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn’t for her), it was jotting down the ideas.

But in 2015, a story grabbed her—one she had to finish. Inspired by a crazy dream in a genre she no longer reads, Abigayle set off on a journey to write her first novel and she hasn’t looked back since.

Writing is her ministry, freelance editing her job, and reading her pastime—all of which prove that God really does know what He’s doing when He inspires a 6-year-old with a pencil in her left hand.







Review:

I was super excited to sign up to review Abi's book, as a lot of other fellow readers who beta read it were raving about the book. I have gotten to know Abi in the past few months, and am excited that her book is now out in the world.
It has been so long since I have read a book like Martin Hospitality and I have missed reading this style of book. The book was just so homey and had such a sweet story line. I loved all the characters, and it had a great message as well. It reminded me a lot of one of my favorite author's writing style, and I have to say it made me love Martin Hospitality even more.
Gemma and Josiah were just so sweet, and I loved them so much, as well as the whole Martin family. The book had some very sweet and comical humor, and I look forward to reading the next Martin story.


Quote:  "Why have you been here for three days?"
                      "Because I've been here for one day more than two."



Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I was given a copy from the author for an honest review

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Question of Honor Cover Reveal!!!


I am super excited for my author friend Jesseca. Her newest novel comes out this year, and her stories are so sweet and amazing. I was privileged to be able to beta for her, and can't wait for her book to come out this spring. It was just awesome, and I could not stop reading it. Below is the summary, and the cover!


About the Book:
Releases March 3rd, 2017.

A man. A child. A war.
When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met.
David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.
A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.
Will he chose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.




About the Author:

Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.
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So, without further ado I give you

A Question of Honor!


It's amazing, and you need to add it to your TBR list. All her characters and the story is just amazing!!! And it's only the first book! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Martin Hospitality Cover Reveal












I am super excited for my friend Abi whose first book is releasing Feb 4. Martin Hospitality is such a sweet and amazing read, and one I would definitely recommend. I have a review coming in just a few weeks.


Martin Hospitality Summary:
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she’s been evicted, she spends the night in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.

The Martins aren’t a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.

When Gemma’s past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins’ trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins’ love and God’s forgiveness go?
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Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn’t completing the stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn’t for her), it was jotting down the ideas.

But in 2015, a story grabbed her—one she had to finish. Inspired by a crazy dream in a genre she no longer reads, Abigayle set off on a journey to write her first novel and she hasn’t looked back since.

Writing is her ministry, freelance editing her job, and reading her pastime—all of which prove that God really does know what He’s doing when He inspires a 6-year-old with a pencil in her left hand.













And now for the reveal!




I hope you will check out Abi's blog and get a copy of her book when it comes out February 4th! It is worth the read.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Returning

The Returning (A Seer Novel Book 3) by [Dekker, Rachelle]

Summary:
They say the Awakening is coming.
That she’s the key.
But can she find her identity in the light
Before she perishes in the dark?


Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant’s baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they’ve never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he’s ushered the city into a new era of “peace”—one where the Scientist Roth Reynard’s Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion.

But the mysterious Aaron and his Seers are once again on the move, threatening the illusion the Authority has worked so hard to build. As the Seers send seven chosen warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, the lines are drawn for a final battle between light and darkness. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned—a truth she’ll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil.

Review:
When I first began to read the Seer books, I was a bit hesitant, but overall excited. With each book Rachelle writes, you can see two things. Her growth as a writer, and how each book is better than the last. I enjoyed the Choosing. It had a message young girls need to hear, and then with the Calling and finally the Returning, each message and story got better and better. Yes it may be set in a dystopian world, but it is not the old cliche type setting that's story has been told in similar and plentiful ways, It is in its own area of writing. Rachelle has created an amazing new world, where the cliche just doesn't even fit in. I found myself quite enjoying it.
So when I saw that the third book in the series was finally coming out, I was stoked to be able to get my hands on it. Set 20 years after the second book, so much has happened, yet not so much that you feel left in confusion. When Carrington and Remko had to leave their newborn child, you were left with such heartbreak, but now you are able to see her and what has happened to her.
I loved the character development with Elise and Willis, and then Jesse. Rachelle did such a good job with each of her characters, making you grow attached to them, secretly rooting for some while totally despising others.
I also loved how the authoress showed the spiritual warfare going on. I love stories that show the Light vs. the dark, and I feel like Rachelle did a wonderful job showing what was going on.
Is the Seer series one I would recommned? Yes it is. The series is a new dystopian world and has a creative and captivating storyline, as well as amazing characters,




Genre: Christian dystopian
I received this book from the publishers for an honest review.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars