Fierian: a book review

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Abiassa’s people fall. Her Fierian dwindles. Her Deliverers wait as Poired Dyrth marches unchecked through the Nine Kingdoms. He’s taken the Embers of countless Accelerants. He’s taken Zaethien and Hetaera, the mightiest cities of the Nine. He’s taken the blood of the royal family. Now Dyrth is after Haegan’s power–the Fierian’s power. And after that, he wants the world.

He will not take it unopposed. Battered and outnumbered, the remnant of the Nine forge new alliances, make friends of enemies, and prepare to stand against the last great press of evil. In faith, they wait. The Fierian will come.

War raging without and within, Abiassa’s people face their greatest need. But before the Fierian can fulfill his destiny, he has to defeat the enemy in his own mind.

My Review:

Fierian, a book I have eagerly been waiting for: the final installment of one massively complex series – almost too complex. I had a lot of difficulty starting into this book. Mostly because I could hardly remember who anyone was. There are a lot of odd and sometimes similar names in this book. There was a glossary, but it didn’t always give me enough information to remember what had happened involving those characters. I highly recommend that if you want to read Fierian, go back and read the last two books first. It will save you some confusion. But on the bright side, there was almost nothing of the unintelligible ancient language in this book.

Once I finally got my bearings, the story was a great read. Ronie never fails to deliver on the action or the character development. Nonstop from start to finish. It was a hard road for Haegan to get where he was. You rooted for him, but at the same time you just wanted to smack him upside the head. It was other characters, such as a certain warrior – and’Tili and his new romance – who really stepped up and began stealing the popularity rug out from under Haegan in this story.

The ending was a bit abrupt, and I really wish some things and been expounded upon, such as the final fate of one particular character who shall remain nameless. we can only assume said character is dead, which is disappointing, but who can say for certain?

*** I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

My Rating: Four Flames

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Heat Advisory:

I’d rate this one PG-13 for a great deal of violence and a bit of blood. There are battles and heavy casualties throughout the book. and one incident in which a character was nearly raped.

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Ellie and the Prince: a book review

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Serving as Controller of Magical Creatures at the illustrious Faraway Castle resort, Ellie Calmer knows her place. She is a servant, and she has no business thinking about handsome Prince Omar, a regular visitor at the resort, much less talking to him!

 But then a unicorn on the resort grounds attacks a party of riders, frightening the guests, and a band of young and adventurous nobles decide to hunt it down. Suddenly Ellie needs Omar’s help. She knows something must be wrong to have driven the unicorn to such desperate extremes. Can she and Omar find the unicorn before it’s too late? And will she somehow protect her heart against the irresistible attraction she feels for the kind and gentle prince?

My Review: 

I freely admit that I have a slight addiction to fairytales, but when I first read the description for this one, I admit I was skeptical. And when the prequel novella – Cinder Ellie – came out, it was cute, but didn’t really capture me. However, I did love Stengl’s Little Siren novella, so I decided to take a chance and dive into the main novel – and am I ever glad I did!

Ellie and Omar are such a cute couple, and I loved seeing some of the scenes from their alternating points of view. It just made the story so much more fun. I was chuckling out loud on multiple occasions throughout the book and the ending left me wanting more – a lot more! It felt almost like it ended just as the story was getting good. I am dying to read more about Ellie and Omar and what happens next as she steps into her new role. You can’t leave me hanging like this author lady!!!

I hope that someday in the future Mrs. Stengl will write a sequel for Ellie and Omar. But in the meantime, I will just have to content myself with the Little Mermaid retelling coming out sometime this summer.

I also can’t help but wonder if there’s any chance that our mysterious Gamekeeper might be the star of a future Beauty and the Beast retelling? There are a lot of plot elements dancing about him that make one wonder….

*** I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I didn’t have to leave a good review, but for a book this good, nothing less would do!***

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

This one is G rated. Very clean, very sweet.

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Also, check out the free novellas that go with this series. I especially recommend The Little Siren!

THe little siren

Description:

When independent-minded Kamoana encounters a human boy in danger, she knows she should have nothing to do with him. As a siren, she is forbidden even to speak to humans, let alone rescue one. But how can Kamoana simply watch the boy die and do nothing to save him?

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Cinder Ellie

Description: 

Trained by an enchantress but obliged to work summers for her living, fifteen-year-old Ellie Calmer serves as a maid at a world-famous mountain resort. Her lowly rank keeps her always at a distance from the powerful, beautiful guests who spend their summers at Faraway Castle, yet Ellie dares to dream of one day exchanging even just a few words with shy Prince Omar of Khenifra.

But when rare magical creatures show up in Faraway Castle’s gardens, Ellie’s life is suddenly complicated. Cinder sprites are causing fires and potentially endangering the beautiful resort. The resort director has sent for an exterminator to deal with these so-called pests. Can Ellie find a way to use her humble magic to save the cinder sprites and Faraway Castle before disaster strikes?

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Dangerous Illusions: a book review

 

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Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death–and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge–and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps–and figure out what they missed!

My Review:

Dangerous Illusions is officially one of my favorite Irene Hannon books. I love it when an author can keep me guessing.

Trish is a strong character, considering all she’s been through, but sometimes she didn’t seem to be as affected by the tragedies as one would expect. It’s a minor quibble though, and really only because i’m trying to nitpick.

Dangerous Illusions is a powerful start to what i’m certain will be an incredible new series. The sooner book 2 gets out, the better.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Indie Christian Books Black Friday Sale and Giveaway!

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Like most other bookworms, great books are always near the top of my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s nearly impossible to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five of the best books I read in 2017 and am thankful for.

Deliver, by : Tricia Mingerink
Exiles, by : Jaye L. Knight
Crown of Souls, by : Rone Kendig
A Dance of Silver and Shadow, by : Melanie Cellier
I’ll be Yours, by : Jenny B. Jones

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a very long list of books I am eager to read in the coming year. Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Book sales! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors has banded together to offer a huge selection of discounted books between Nov 24th and 30th. There’s literally something for everyone.

On November 24th, the Indie Christian Books website (http://www.indiechristianbooks.com) will go live. Every single book listed will be on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks,package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you. When you purchase a paperback book through indiechristianbooks.com you’ll be eligible to enter an exclusive giveaway including free books and an Amazon gift card!

You can meet the authors by visiting the Author Database on the website. Want to get to know the authors better AND have the chance to win some fun prizes? Come join the week long Facebook party which will feature 39 authors over 7 days.

What awesome reads of 2017 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2018?

*A note on the Ebooks Only page. Many of the books are listed as “Sold Out.” This is because we aren’t selling those directly through our site. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

And Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below:

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Too Far Down: a book review

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When an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them.

Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he’s honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She’s determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that’s threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm’s way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

My Review: 

Cole Boden is pulled between two worlds. If anyone could help him choose, it would be Mel, the feisty sharpshooting cowgirl who has always managed to best him at just about everything. The family dynamic between characters is strong and the pace of the book never slows for long.

The romance wan’t particularly memorable though. It’s a bit too familiar of a formula with Connealy’s books. Feisty independent heroines, and slightly clueless heroes sniping at each other until the realize they love each other. It’s still fun, just beginning to lose a bit of its sparkle.

Too Far Down, the finale to the Cimarron Legacy series, is a solid tale, but not a standout. Though my review might sound a bit harsh, It’s still worth the read and I’d happily recommend it to lovers of cowboy romances.

**I received this book free from Bethany House for promotional purposes. No positive review was required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.**

My Rating: Four Flames

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An Inconvenient Beauty: a book review

Inconvenient beauty Description: 

Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He’s certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can’t seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she’ll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

My Review:

Inconvenient Beauty was a sweet and engaging story. Gavin’s logical and methodical method of choosing of a bride was both understandable and funny, especially with just how bad the “perfect” wife turned out to be for him. You couldn’t help but feel bad for Isabella, always being used as she was. But I think she handled thing fairly well considering the circumstances. I’m especially glad that the author didn’t go into a bunch of unnecessary drama when her secrets were finally revealed to Griffith. He dealt with the matter using a refreshing amount of maturity in comparison to most books these days. It was a bit of a relief that the author didn’t go dragging the book out longer with a lot of theatrics over the deception.
Though none of the books in this series have quite lived up to the first novel – A Noble Masquerade – I think this was still one of the better books in the series and do heartily recommend it to any lover of regency novels.

**I received this book free from Bethany House for promotional purposes. No positive review was required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.**

My Rating: Four Flames

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Exiles by Jaye L. Knight: book review and blog tour!

Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Exiles, has been released! Exiles is the fourth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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About the Book

Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir, but with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

Available now on Amazon!

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Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? The first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th – 14th!
You can find them on Amazon.
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About the Author

JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.
Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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My Review

I have been a huge fan of the Ilyon Chronicles since they first released, and not a single book in the series has ever failed to disappoint me. They just seem to keep getting better.

It was amazing to see how much my favorite character – Jace – has grown just since the last book. His newfound strength and confidence came as such a delightful surprise. I love how he is finally growing into himself. His relationship with Kyrin is so sweet – and yet so frustrating! I just want to grab both characters and shake them good while yelling “Will you two just get married ALREADY?!?!” ;-P
I mean, it’s so obvious they’re meant for each other.

I loved the setting and the world that Jaye has created. It was so awesome to finally see the Crete cities, and I hope we get to go back again before the series is over. I also loved that we FINALLY get to lean more about the Ryrics, and with a totally awesome twist too! I need more of that, even more than the Crete cities.

But the shock value was in Prince Daniel’s plot line. I can’t say too much without giving massive spoilers, but WOW! I totally did not see some of those twists coming, nothing but curveballs all the way. Kudos to Jaye for taking that last (Spoiler) turn. I’ve always been good at figuring out the plot twists before they happen, but I never would have seen that one coming. The story is getting mighty scary now – in a good way (It’s not scary-scary, just a huge raising of the stakes there).

There’s also a strong hint of a new romance brewing at the very end of the story, and I’m feeling might proud of myself for calling that one before the characters even met! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. The only bad part of this entire book is the fact that it ended. I mean, come on! Where is book 5? I need more Ilyon now! 😀

Just buy this book. Seriously. Don’t even hesitate. It’s just that awesome.

My Rating: Five Flames

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*I received this book free from the author for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are 100% my own, and no exaggeration. I loved this book!*

 

Chasing Secrets: a book review

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Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories–and the depths of the heart–Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley’s past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won’t quit.

My Review: 

I have read a few of Lynette Eason’s series before, but this is by far the best of them. Her early mysteries were way too easy to solve, but that was not the case with this one.

Haley is a strong and independent MC, but unlike a lot of fictional heroines these days, she doesn’t press it to the point of stupidity. She doesn’t take dumb chances and she owns her mistakes. And much like me, she’s a peanut M&M addict. 😛
Steven too, is a solid character, though not any particular standout to me.

The plot was fast and complicated, though it never got bogged down in mundane details. Eason does a good job with the pacing. Her writing is very tight, not loaded with filler material. I read it on my breaks at work, which probably wasn’t the best idea, because I didn’t want to put it back down!

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean. Only a sweet kiss or two.
Language:  clean.
Drinking/Drugs: clean.
Blood/violence: Several fights and chases, murder with some non-graphic description of the condition of the bodies. Shooting. One death near the end of the book has a bit more description than some people might like. It didn’t bother me, but if a reader is very sensitive, they might want to be cautious.
Other: Abuse is mentioned, but not shown.

*I received this book free from Revell for promotional purposes. No positive review was required. All opinions expressed are purely my own.*

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Stealing the Preacher: a book review

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Description: 

On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can scarcely believe it when he’s forced off the train by a retired outlaw and presented to the man’s daughter as the minister she requested for her birthday. Worried this unfortunate detour will ruin his chances of finally serving a congregation of his own, Crockett is determined to escape. But when he finally gets away, he’s haunted by the memory of the young woman he left behind–a woman whose dreams now hinge on him.

For months, Joanna Robbins prayed for a preacher. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. A man to help her discover answers to the questions that have been on her heart for so long. But just when it seems God has answered her prayers, it turns out the parson is there against his will and has dreams of his own calling him elsewhere. Is there any way she can convince Crockett to stay in her little backwoods community? And does the attraction between them have any chance of blossoming when Joanna’s outlaw father is dead set against his daughter courting a preacher?

My Review:

How many outlaw would hold up a train and steal a preacher, and as a birthday gift for the gang leader’s daughter, no less? Silas Robbins would, and the unfortunate Crockett Archer gets dragged into one mighty odd situation.
But as the Bible says: All things work together for good. And when Crockett helps Silas’s daughter Jo reopen the local church, lives are changed in a way Crockett never thought.

I’ve always loved Karen Witemeyer’s books, and have dread almost every one of them. I’m thinking that this one is destined to become a favorite. There’s plenty of humor, a touch of hijinks, and just a hint of suspense. The book never takes itself too seriously. It’s a light and easy read that is great for when you’re stressed and can’t take too much excitement in your books. I highly recommend it, and any of the rest of Witemeyer’s works to everyone.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Clean. Some flirting and kisses only.
Language: Clean
Drinking/Drugs: Clean. It is mentioned that one character’s father is an alcoholic, but we never actually see him.
Blood/violence:  There is an attempted hanging, and one character is shot. There is description of the surgery and removal of the bullet that, while never graphic, might make more squeamish people a bit queasy.

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Inferno Release Day!!!

Today is the day! My baby is finally being re-released to the world!

Huge thanks to my wonderful family for supporting my writing, and most especially to my Mom, who does so much editing for me. Also, to the Saddle Up Club. I wrote this one for you guys.

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Fire can destroy, or it can refine.

The Wilderness Ride Campout is the highlight of the year for Ashley Thompson and her friends. Not even her antagonistic fellow rider, Jocelyn Gregory, can ruin this weekend for her.

But when a wildfire traps them together on the mountain, relationships are taxed to the breaking point and old wounds torn open. Limited by injuries and with no clue where they are, The girls must find a way to set aside their prejudices and work together, or perish in the blaze.