Wednesday, October 12, 2016

In Over Their Heads by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released
books hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This week's book ...

  • Series: Under Their Skin
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN-10: 1481417614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481417617

Release Date~ April 11, 2017!


Nick and Eryn must figure out a way to save the world without sacrificing their newly discovered family in this follow-up to Under Their Skin, which Booklist called “crisp, intriguing, and thought-provoking” in a starred review.

In Under Their Skin, twins Nick and Eryn successfully met their new step-siblings, Ava and Jackson. But in doing so, the twins found themselves on a mission to discover how to prevent humanity from facing certain doom.

Now, their two families are joined together to save not only themselves, but everyone—human and robotic. Can they figure out how before it’s too late?

I'm a big fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix and I'm currently reading Under Their Skin, Book 1 in this series.  I'm trying to stretch out reading this book but it's not happening .. I am too wrapped up  the intrigue and suspense of this book to put it down! 

I guess April is not that far off  to wait to read In Over Their Heads. At least I  am savoring the anticipation of reading it! :)

What books Are You Waiting To Read?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Mary Chosen of God by Diane Wallis Taylor ~ Celebrit Blog Tour!

About the Book

“Blessed are you, Mary, chosen of God.” 

Mary is ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores, she daydreams about a handsome carpenter’s son named Joseph, and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates the stars.

But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news—and her life is changed forever.

Experience the life of the Messiah from the perspective of his mother, who must place her trust and obedience in Adonai, the Most High, as he fulfills centuries of prophecy in the middle of her daily life. Walk with Mary as she witnesses Yeshua grow, mature, minister, and even be crucified—and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.

About the Author

Diana Wallis Taylor has written eight biblical novels, including Mary, Chosen of God, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, and Ruth, Mother of Kings. Well-known in the Christian book industry for her biblical fiction, her most recent five books have received over 3,000 ratings on Goodreads. Taylor is a former San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild’s “Writer of the Year” and her biblical novels have earned her a variety of awards. Diana lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

Blog Stops

October 5: Proverbial Reads
October 5: I Hope You Dance
October 6: Book by Book
October 10: A Greater Yes
October 10: Back Porch Reads
October 11: The Power of Words
October 12: Book Babble
October 13: Mary Hake
October 14: Splashes of Joy
October 15: Bigreadersite
October 16: Henry Happens

 Give Away

To celebrate her tour, Diana is giving away a gift basket that includes Mary, Ruth, Whitaker House’s study Bible, and The Lord is my Shepherd candle from Abba Anointing Oil! 

Click here to enter:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley
Series: Magonia (Book 2)
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0062320556
ISBN-13: 978-0062320551
Release Date ~ October 4, 2016!

The stunning sequel to Maria Dahvana Headley’s critically acclaimed Magonia tells the story of one girl who must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes—and two versions of herself.

Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She’s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if you’ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that your song can change the world.

As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground.

When Jason’s paranoia over Aza’s safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza finds herself a fugitive in Magonia, tasked with opposing her radical, bloodthirsty, recently escaped mother, Zal Quel, and her singing partner, Dai. She must travel to the edge of the world in search of a legendary weapon, the Flock, in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever.

Told in Maria Headley’s trademark John Green–meets–Neil Gaiman voice, Aerie is sure to satisfy the many readers who can’t wait to return to the spellbinding world of Magonia.

 Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley is the second book in the Magonia Duology. While each book in this series can be read as stand alone books, I  recommend reading them in order to best enjoy this unique series. 

I found the beginning of Aerie to move a bit slowly but the story quickly picked up pace and moved steadily through till the end. It is an engaging read that kept me on my toes! 

The only thing that was a bit of a negative for me was that there was a bit too much angst and drama between Aza and Jason. So much so that at times it overwhelmed the beauty of  this story.  Overall though, I enjoyed reading Aerie!

Rating: 3.5

Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson

Series: The Seeds of America Trilogy
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
ISBN-10: 1416961461
ISBN-13: 978-1416961468
 Release Date ~ October 4, 2016!

Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which The New York Times called “a return not only to the colonial era but to historical accuracy.”

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge—but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state—where bounty hunters are thick as flies.

Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but Isabel and Curzon won’t stop until they reach Ruth, and then freedom. 

I have been a fan of this author for years and have been eagerly awaiting to read Ashes, the third book in the Seeds of America Trilogy.   

History came to life within the pages of Ashes. I found the story to be compelling and the characters jumped off the pages to capture my attention from the first page through the last page. I felt their pain, fear, sorrow and joy. I rooted for their accomplishments and grieved with them in their disappointments. Ms. Halse Anderson certainly out did herself with this book! 

Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you to Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books and Edelweiss for the free gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.   

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

Series: Tales From Ivy Hill (Book 1)
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ISBN-10: 0764218131
ISBN-13: 978-0764218132
Release Date ~ December 6, 2016! 
The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn.

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora's wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them--and her future--in a different light.

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love? 

Recently I had been looking for a wonderful historical fiction ~ romance novel to just immerse myself in and escape from the day to day world for just a bit.  I was blessed last week to have some time to read a rather fantastic Regency Romance novel ~ The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen.

Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I carried it everywhere with me and kept reading it at every available opportunity.  The story was captivating with it's twists and turns and the characters were truly engaging. The main plot and sub-plots were creative and complemented each other within this story. All in all, this book ended up being just what I needed and wanted to read.

I have to admit I fell in love with the world and the people of the Ivy Hill Inn and I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you to  Library Thing and Bethany House Publishers for the free gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.