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29 01, 2015

Review: The After House by Michael Phillip Cash

By | January 29th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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the after house book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

The After House by Michael Phillip Cash was a great read for me. It wasn’t too scary and it had a great haunted feel to it. The After House divides its time between the present and the past for a certain spirit named Captain Eli Gaspar. The captain finds himself stuck in this world and he doesn’t know why, so he does what he does best–he runs his ship a.k.a. house (or tries to) and doesn’t interact much with the house tenants unless he has too. Captain Eli finds himself with new tenants, Remy and her daughter, Livie. He is not amused with them and doesn’t like how they have added throw pillows and such to his house. He does what spirits do and haunts them, to no avail; he isn’t what frightens them.

Remy is

20 01, 2015

Review: In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

By | January 20th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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handful of dust book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I believe I am in the minority when I say that I didn’t enjoy Mindy McGinnis’ In a Handful of Dust nearly as much as its predecessor, Not a Drop to Drink. While I read the first novel like I only had a day left on this earth, I was not transfixed by this second installment. I felt like Handful was not a needed novel in the world of a water shortage. I found it difficult to believe that after nearly 25 years of a fresh water shortage, the world would still be without some kind of government. Not only that, I was let down by an open-ending that only means there will be another novel at some point.

Handful is told from Lucy’s point of view; Lucy is Lynn’s adopted child of sorts from

16 01, 2015

Review: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

By | January 16th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Occult, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

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wildalone book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Wildalone is a refreshing novel about mythology, and classical music. The premise was interesting–it engaged and drew me in. I thought the book was a nice debut effort from author Krassi Zourkova. I was at ease reading the story right away, even though it takes quite a few chapters to fully enjoy a book. The protagonist Thea Salvin is a Princeton freshman who is going to study the piano. Thea comes to the U.S. from Bulgaria and is not very familiar with the norms and cultures of her new country. She’s a prodigy and a musician who is set on going to an Ivy League College–if only she knew what that College would have in store for her.

The writing is in a poetic tone that takes off with Thea’s journey with two wealthy alpha brothers: Rhys and Jake. I’m not

16 01, 2015

Review: Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

By | January 16th, 2015|Categories: Children's Books, Love & Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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13112869Reviewed by Sarah Lelonek

I am sometimes surprised when I find a book that’s so good, but I have never heard of it. Mindy McGinnis’ Not a Drop to Drink is one of these books. McGinnis makes us care about her characters without giving too much backstory away too quickly. The world she paints, for the most part, is believable and terrifying in its own way.

The novel takes place in a world where a fresh water shortage has left the government and economy in shambles for many years. There isn’t a lot of background on the main characters; you sort of are dropped right into the worlds of Lynn, a teenage girl born during the shortage, and her mother, a woman hardened by the harsh new world. Lynn and her mother were lucky enough to have a pond on their property, which provides them

15 01, 2015

Review: Wild by Sophie Jordan

By | January 15th, 2015|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, New Adult & College, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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20896046Reviewed by Rebecca Donatteli

Georgia is still reeling from the loss of her boyfriend of the last four years, replaying the insults he threw at her and mourning the time she had wasted. She is tired of being what everyone thinks she is (boring and predictable, just like her father) so she conjures up an idea to start moving outside of the box and takes herself to a secret “Kink” club on campus. In walks lover boy, Logan, who Georgia is instantly attracted to.

Instead of taking an internship back home, Georgia ends up working for her professor and spending a lot of late nights with Logan. Their friendship grows but Georgia continues to be a typical strong-willed female and push him away. The sexual tension between the two of them is palpable and I found myself frustrated and rooting for Georgia to get

9 01, 2015

Review: The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall

By | January 9th, 2015|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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the bound heart book coverReviewed by Marisa Deshaies

Three families forever intertwined during the Gilded Age in America feel the twists, turns, and tugs of heartaches that come from the intermingling of friendships, families, and marriages. The Everstone, Hampton, and Summercourt children have been friends since before birth. The lone young lady of her age in her circle of friends, Meredyth Summercourt has always counted her close friendship with Lawry Hampton as a blessing. Despite their almost-sibling relationship—and everyone’s surprise that they have not formed an attachment after years of close ties—Meredyth keeps her eyes and heart focused on Vance Everstone.

An unfortunate circumstance leaves Meredyth believing that marriage to Vance is her only chance of redemption; Lawry, however, holds strong to God’s plans for his and Meredyth’s future together. While Lawry fights for Meredyth’s heart, Vance’s return home poses multiple threats that

8 01, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Oracles of Delphi by Marie Savage

By | January 8th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , , |11 Comments

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oracles of delphi book coverPlease join Marie Savage, author of Oracles of Delphi, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US residents only

Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Althaia, her tutor, Theron, and her loyal servant, Praxis, are on a trip to Delphi in order to fulfill her late father’s last wish as well as to enjoy time away from her tiresome, neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the quest to discover exactly what her father’s wishes might have been has been interrupted by the discovery of a dead young woman on the alter of Dionysos, in the theater of the Sacred Precinct. The priests immediately accuse Theron, which cannot be true, or is it? Althaia soon discovers that his, previously unknown, twin sister is a rival priestess in Delphi, and she

5 01, 2015

Review: Back to Before by Tracy Solheim

By | January 5th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: |2 Comments

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back to before book coverReviewed by Rebecca Donatelli

I love a little cheesy romance and this is exactly what Back to Before by Tracy Solheim was for me. It was light and easy to read, simple and I did not have to give much thought to character development, plot and what was going to happen next.

Gavin McAlister has a lot on his shoulders. His fiancé left him, his father is gone and his dreams are on hold. After the recent death of his father, he comes to realize that the family construction business is in debt and falling apart. Without burdening the rest of his family, Gavin sets out to find a way to salvage what little that he can. In order to save his family, he agrees to star in a home restoration show centered on a house in Chances Inlet, North Carolina.

Ginger

24 12, 2014

Review: Emma Blooms At Last by Naomi King

By | December 24th, 2014|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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emma blooms at last book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

In Emma Blooms At Last, book two of Naomi King’s One Big Happy Family series, author Naomi King re-introduces us to the families that make Cedar Creek such a special place. The newly blended Brubaker family is thriving in Amanda’s Cedar Creek home, and James Graber and Abby Lambright are preparing for their wedding celebration.

Meanwhile, James’ sister Emma is struggling with all the changes in her family. When James moves in to Abby’s home, she finds herself the sole caregiver for her aging parents. She’s desperate for some change of her own. When Amanda’s fun-loving nephew Jerome continues to show an interest in her, she’s not sure if she should reciprocate his affections. His reputation prevents her from taking a chance. But as the two of the get to know each other, she

22 12, 2014

Review: Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

By | December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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lizzy and jane book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

Elizabeth’s illustrious cooking career is at a lull. Burnout? Stress? She is not sure, but in order to raise hype for their dying New York restaurant, Elizabeth’s business partner brings in hotshot cook, Trent Murray. Feeling a little threatened, Elizabeth escapes across the country to Seattle to visit her estranged family and try to awaken her muse once more. Once in Seattle, Elizabeth’s dad all but forces her to spend time with her sister, Jane, who is battling cancer, which brings painful memories of her mom to the surface, who died from the same cancer when Elizabeth was a teen. What was only originally meant as a weekend getaway turns into a few week ordeal, where Elizabeth is faced with dealing with the past and reevaluating her future.

Words can not express acutely what this book