Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bathsheba: A Reluctant Beauty by Angela Hunt

  • ISBN-10: 0764216961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764216961

From the Publishers:

A Vivid and Moving Portrait of a Reluctant Queen

After sending his army to besiege another king's capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier's wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king's household.

Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.

Bathsheba by Angela Hunt is the second book in her Dangerous Beauty series. It's a blend of historical fact and fiction regarding the age old biblical story of Bathsheba and King David. 

Ms. Hunt brings refreshing new life to a well known story through her insight, creativity and writing style. I really enjoyed reading Bathsheba.  

One of the main reasons is how Ms. Hunt made this story and it's characters come to life.  My heart ached with Bathsheba and quaked for the decisions David made. The story just drew me in and kept me engaged from start to finish.  

I highly recommend Bathsheba  and I am giving this book  ~ 4.5 Stars!

A big thank you to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Return Once More by Trisha Leigh ~ Well Worth the Reading!

  • ASIN: B011KRC8XS

Release Date ~ October 20, 2015

From the Publisher:

If you could learn the identity of your one true love-even though you will never meet- would you?
Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect-predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?
Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians-a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past-and she can't resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she's broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?
But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn't belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own-and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it- in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

~ Cover Art ~ 


~ The Story~ 

Spine Tingling


Action, Suspense, Intrigue

Time Travel

Great characters

Wonderful Story !

Rating: 5 stars

I sure hope that Ms. Leigh is going to make Return Once More into a series!

Thank you to Bloomsbury Spark and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Souldrifter: The Dreamweilder Chronicles Book 2 by Garrett Calceterra

  • ISBN-10: 1626817073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626817074

Release Date ~ September 29, 2015

From Amazon:

From the author of DREAMWIELDER comes an enthralling story of the shifting sands of identity, the perils of power, and the endless search for a hero. 

In the shadow of Emperor Guderian’s fallen empire, young Queen Makarria finds her throne―and her life―in grave danger. The Old World Republic has come, demanding that Queen Makarria bring order to the struggling Five Kingdoms by forming a new empire, one she would rule as the Old World’s puppet. When Makarria refuses them, the Old World threatens war and unleashes a nefarious spy to sow discord in her court. Before she knows it, Makarria’s budding romance with Prince Caile has been exploited by the spy, and Makarria finds herself embroiled in a complex game of power and lies in which she can trust no one. 

Betrayed and lost, Makarria is forced to shed all pride and discover the true nature of her power as a dreamwielder in order to recreate herself and face the sprawling threat that is the Old World Empire. 

Souldrifter  by G. Calceterra is book 2 in the Dreamweilder Chronicles. The cover of this book is captivating. The story is well written, full of action, magic, mystery and romance. Add in some unique characters and there is all the necessary ingredients for a good story.

As I read Souldrifter, I realized that this book is not a stand alone read. To really get the full enjoyment of the story, you need to read the first book  in this series, Dreamweilder.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

The Isle by Jordana Frankel ~ Waiting on Wednesday

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

My choice for this week's pick is ...

  • ISBN-10: 0062095374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062095374

Release Date ~ January 19, 2016

From Goodreads:

The heart-racing and thrilling sequel to The Ward about a teenage female drag racer who will do anything to save her sister—and a flooded futuristic Manhattan.

Drought season is coming....

The Ward is in trouble—its streets filled with seawater after a devastating flood and its impoverished inhabitants suffering from a deadly disease called the Blight.

Ren, with the help of her scientist friend, Callum, and her racing buddy, Derek, has discovered a cure—miraculous spring water—administering it to her sick sister, Aven. But when Aven is kidnapped by Governor Voss, the malevolent dictator of the United Metro Isles (UMI), Ren must go on a dangerous mission to save her sister, again.

The mysterious healing water is the only source of freshwater throughout the entire UMI—water that Ren had been tasked by the government to discover. Although she refuses to give up the water’s location, Governor Voss has his own selfish reasons for wanting it. And he will do anything to satisfy his thirst for unquenchable power.

But Ren and Aven have more enemies than the governor. An ancient order, the T├Ętai, has been guarding the magical water for hundreds of years. And they will kill to protect it. With the Ward in desperate need of freshwater and wracked by disease—and deadly enemies at every turn—the sisters face a dangerous journey, marred by mysterious secrets and horrifying truths, to save their friends and neighbors, and a city. 

Which books are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Amazing Book ~ Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd

  • ISBN-10: 0807570249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807570241

Recommended ages: 9 and up

From the Publisher: 

Thirteen-year-old Billie Simms doesn't think her hometown of Anniston, Alabama, should be segregated, but few of the town's residents share her opinion. As equality spreads across the country and the Civil Rights Movement gathers momentum, Billie can't help but feel stuck--and helpless--in a stubborn town too set in its ways to realize that the world is passing it by. So when Billie learns that the Freedom Riders, a group of peace activists riding interstate buses to protest segregation, will be traveling through Anniston on their way to Montgomery, she thinks that maybe change is finally coming and her quiet little town will shed itself of its antiquated views. But what starts as a series of angry grumbles soon turns to brutality as Anniston residents show just how deep their racism runs. The Freedom Riders will resume their ride to Montgomery, and Billie is now faced with a choice: stand idly by in silence or take a stand for what she believes in. 

Through her own decisions and actions and a few unlikely friendships, Billie is about to come to grips with the deep-seated prejudice of those she once thought she knew, and with her own inherent racism that she didn't even know she had.

Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd  basically blew me away for so many reasons! This book brings the past to life and allows us a glimpse of what it felt like to live back in the time of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Riders.  

While some this story's message is bold and loud, other message's are quietly subtle. Both are delivered in a way that is not preachy and leaves the reader with much to think about.  

I can't say I loved reading this book - the topic was too painful to allow that but I do feel Night on Fire is a very good book with a message that is for everyone!  

Rating for this book is 5 stars! 

A definite thank you to Albert Whitman and Co. as well as Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned, Part III ~ Must Read for Sci-Fi Fans!

From the Publisher:

The final installment in a brand-new three-part digital-first Star Trek: New Frontier e-novel from New York Times bestselling author Peter David!

Captain Mackenzie Calhoun and the crew of the U.S.S. Excalibur are back, picking up three months after the stunning events depicted in New Frontier: Blind Man’s Bluff.Calhoun's search of Xenex has failed to find any survivors, and now he is bound and determined to track down the race that killed them—the D'myurj and their associates, the Brethren—and exact vengeance upon them. His search will take the Excalibur crew into a pocket universe, where he discovers not only the homeworld of the D’myurj, but another race that shares Calhoun's determination to obliterate his opponents. 

But is this new race truly an ally…or an even greater threat?

My Thoughts ~

I've come to realize in reading Star Trek novels, not all writers are able to capture and bring to life the the qualities of the Star Trek characters and  create a vibrant, action packed sci-fi story. A story that keeps you on your toes and makes you feel as if you have come home to the world of Star Trek, whether you are reading the original series or a new book series.

Peter David excels at this and that is why he is one of my favorite Star Trek authors!

With Star Trek: New Frontiers: The Returned, Part lll he hit the nail on the head! The characters are well written, the story jumped off the pages and grabbed me from the first paragraph till the last.  

I haven't read this series Part 1 and Part 2  but I was able to follow along with the story and fully enjoy it. Still, this book was published in three parts and in retrospect, I believe that my reading experience of Part 3 would have been enriched if I had read the three parts in order.  

Overall, I loved this book and I'm off to read the first two parts! 

I give Star Trek: New Frontiers: The Returned, Part lll  a full 5 stars! 

A big thank you to Pocket Books and Netgalley for this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Summer Reading 2015 Recap

Fall is here and I just realized I hadn't yet posted my Summer Reading 2015 recap yet. 

I ended up reading 34 books between June 1, 2015 and September 7, 2015. Unfortunately, I deviated from my Summer 2015 TBR list quite a lot as I was gifted with a bunch of ARC's this summer.

I ended up reading 5 out of the 8 books I chose though 2 were carried over to the first part of September but finished before Labor Day. 

Over all, I enjoyed every book I read and looking back, I had an awesome stash of books for my summer reading! 

~ Books Read ~

I loved this book.  Katharine Swartz does a fantastic job of weaving the past and present together to make one fantastic story. This book ended up being my absolute favorite read of the Summer!

This was a fantastic read too!  I loved reading Raven's story and this book was just my cup of tea.

I am eagerly waiting to read The White Rose when it comes out on October 6.  

I intentionally set aside this book for summer reading when I could relax and fully enjoy my reading experience of The Heir

It took me a bit to get into this story but once I did, I enjoyed it as much as the prior books in this series. 

My only wish is that Kiera Cass  would write a novella about King Maxon and Queen America, sharing more of their story from the time they were married and became King and Queen up to the time frame of The Heir.

The Kanin Chronicles ended up being my second favorite read this summer!

 I have to admit that I didn't read them till the beginning of September, I did get all three done prior to Labor Day and technically, they were still part of my summer reading. If you enjoyed the Trylle series, you will enjoy this series as well!

~ Books To Read ~

Well, I didn't quite get to the following books this summer and am moving them to my Fall TBR Pile.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Are You Tired of Going Through Change Kicking and Screaming?

  • ISBN-10: 0800724399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800724399

Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life's Transitions by Kristen Strong  relays the message that change is a constant in all of our lives but how we choose to meet change can make all the difference in how we get through it.  

Ms. Strong's writing style is warm and cozy. It embraces the reader and makes you feel as if  you are at the kitchen table with her talking over coffee. She offers hope and help to those who are tired of going through change kicking and fighting it every inch of the way. (Um ... yep, that's me!)  

Her stories, faith and helpful insight gently guide the reader to understanding that it's all about consciously choosing how face change,  a willing heart and faith in God. With those tools in hand, transition through life's changes can be navigated and at times, even a blessing!  

She reminds us that God is always with us and often times, the change we experience is His way of bringing us closer to Him.  

I found Girl Meets Change to be a helpful and inspirational book with solid advise that I can incorporate as I learn to face life's changes with a more positive attitude. 

If you are weary and facing the process of change and all the chaos it can bring, take some time to read this book. There is light at the end of the tunnel!

Book Rating: 5 stars!

A big thank you to Revell Reads and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Starflight by Melissa Landers ~ Waiting on Wednesday

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

This weeks pick....

  • ISBN-10: 1484723244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484723241

Release Date ~ February 2, 2016

From the Publisher:

Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, but it's not like the law has ever been on her side.

Still, off-world travel doesn't come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich, pretty-boy quarterback who made her life miserable in school.

The tables suddenly turn when Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, and Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets. Given the price on both Doran and Solara's heads, it may just be the safest place in the universe.

It's been a long time since Solara has believed in anyone, and Doran is the last person she expected to trust. But when the Banshee's dangerous enemies catch up with them, Solara and Doran must come together to protect the ship that has become their home-and the eccentric crew that feels like family.

Happy Fall! 

Why this book?  I have to admit I fell in love with Starflight's book cover first and secondly with the book description. I can't wait to read this!

Which books are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top Ten Books In My Fall TBR Pile

Hosted by The Broke And Bookish

This week is about the top ten books in our Fall TBR Pile.  

I have a lot of books I want to read so I am posting 5 of my top personal TBR pile and the top 5 of my ARC books to review.

Top 5 in my Personal Fall TBR List:

1.  Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt

3.  Rogue: The Paladin Prophecy Book 3 by Mark Frost (audiobook)

4.  The White Rose by Amy Ewing

5.  Mechanica by Besty Cornwell

Top Five in my ARC TBR Pile: 

2.  Wendy Darling  by Colleen Oakes

3.  An Amish Christmas Gift by Amy Cliptson, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin

4.  Another Way Home by Deborah Raney

5.  The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood 

What books are you  reading this fall?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wonderful Reading ~ Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

  • ISBN-10: 1410485021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410485021

Release Date ~ October 6, 2015

From the publisher: 

She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.  

In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.
His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself. 
Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different. 
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love. 
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

I love reading historical fiction, especially when there is a romantic component to the story. Needless to say, I fully enjoyed reading Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund.

While I was familiar with the basic history surrounding Martin Luther, I wasn't as familiar with the happenings of the 16th century or of his personal life. I found it really interesting to get a glimpse of the actual history of Luther and Katharina as well as enjoy the fictional component to this story.  

I also  appreciated Ms. Hedlund's wrap up after the story where she defined what was factual history and what was fictional within the story.

Luther and Katharina is an engaging read and both characters are well developed. I was captivated and moved by their story. Both of them had such strength of faith and conviction against so many obstacles, violence and hatred. Their story is definitely amazing and worth reading!

The only drawback was that the story was a bit long for my taste but  I can honestly say there never was a dull moment while reading this story.

I give Luther and Katharina 4 stars!

A big thank you to Random House Publishing/ Blogging for Books program for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.