Monday, February 10, 2014

Echoes of Mercy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Caroline Lang is an undercover agent investigating a suspicious death in the world famous Dinsmore's Chocolate Factory. Ollie Moore is also an undercover agent, but he is the son of the factory's owner and is investigating the working conditions of the factory. Soon Caroline and Ollie discover that they are on opposite sides of child labor issues, but can they form an alliance against an even greater evil ?
   This book was ok, but it didn't really speak to me at all. It seemed to me that the book was shallow in some way. I thought the suspense and the plot were under developed, and the emotions and romance seemed kind of hurried and insincere.
   It's not that I disliked the book, but I just couldn't get into it. If you like historical romance, you may enjoy this. It seems I am the odd one out on this book, it gets a lot of 4 and 5 stars reviews. So, I think a lot of you actually will enjoy it.
  I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, February 3, 2014


Luminary by Krista McGee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Thalli and her friends believe that they have outsmarted the scientists, but in reality they have just walked into a trap.
  This is a really hard book to review. I really enjoyed it, but I don't think I liked it quite as well as I liked Anomaly. Don't get me wrong, it is still a very exciting book and well worth reading. Some parts just seemed a little much like parts in the first book, and I kind of got the feeling " Oh, this is like that part in Anomaly where____________." Great book, but perhaps my expectations were so high that I couldn't enjoy as I could have.

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Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest

Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest by Chuck Black

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Sir Rowan is a decorated tournament champion, and he believes that is his calling in life. But when Rowan is bettered by another knight and left to die, he reconsiders his priorities. Finally, he decides to serve The Prince at any cost and finds his true calling is greater and more important than anything he could have imagined. His path is riddled with danger and heart-break, but The Prince is with him through it all.
   While I really enjoyed this book, it is my least favorite of The Knights of Arrethtrae series. Like all the books in this series, it contains a challenging message and is very interesting to read. It just seemed to me that the story was perhaps a bit hurried, and it just didn't seem quite as personal as some of the other books. That being said, this is still an excellent book and I would most highly recommend it and all the rest of the books in this series to absolutely anyone. Just because it is the least favorite of mine from the series in no way down plays this one, but that should tell you just how good the other books are!

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Like Moonlight at Low Tide

Like Moonlight at Low Tide: Sometimes the Current Is the Only Thing that Saves You by Nicole Quigley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"This is not a story about suicide. But you should know that when I was seventeen, the only boy who ever called me by my full name took his own life...Nothing else I do for the rest of my life will ever be able to change this fact. This story is actually about three boys. One who loved me. One who couldn't. And one who didn't know how."

Missy Kaiser has been bullied and teased all through school. Now when she returns to high school Sam King, whom Missy has dreamed about dating for years, starts to show her attention. Everything seems perfect for Missy, but her next door neighbor, Josh, always seems to be interfering. To make matters worse, her home life is in shambles; and it seems that Missy is doomed to a superficial life devoid of love. Then Missy learns that there is a God Who loves her, and will forgive her past if only she will let Him. But can she let go of her pain and trust Him?

   This was an exceptional book, especially for a debut novel. It powerfully expresses the heart-break and emotional trauma that bullying causes. It was a very vivid look into what so many people suffer on a daily basis. The story itself was gripping, very hard to put down. I would recommend this as a good book for 15 and over, as it contains some things that may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
   I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

Sir Quilan and the Swords of Valor

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor by Chuck Black

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 Sir Quinlan answers the call of The Prince and never looks back. But he could never have imagined the evil he would face, and he never knew how many souls were at stake in the fight.
   This was an excellent book. It was not my favorite of The Knights of Arrethtrae books, but that is certainly not to say that is was not very enjoyable and thought provoking. I most highly recommend these books to any child or adult that I know.