Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gratitude a Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring JournalBook Description:
Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal invites you to bring creative journaling and the calming act of coloring into your quiet time with God. This beautifully designed interactive prayer book from Tyndale's Living Expressions collection helps guide your thoughts as you pray about concerns such as health, overcoming stress, personal relationships, and more. Gratitudegives you a way to celebrate and give thanks to God for the many blessings he provides. Filled with over 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling and sketching, and 40 needs-based prayers, Gratitude helps you express your devotion to God with your whole heart!

My Thoughts:
This is an absolutely amazing book.  To start with, the cover is gorgeous.  The pages to color are beautiful and I love to journal and to color so this was the perfect mix.  Each page had a theme and it was really nice to read the topics and just remember/focus on how good God really is.  
I enjoyed the coloring of the pages and how everything is laid out.  The book itself is very sturdy, a hard cover book, and I think it will last quite a while.  I will be getting some of these to use as Christmas gifts for family/friends because of how much I enjoyed it.  
I love this one so it is a 5/5 for me.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

365 Pocket Morning Prayers

Cover: 365 Pocket Morning PrayersBook Description:
Each morning when you arise, take a moment to talk with God about the day ahead. Ask Him to prepare your heart so that you can be ready to face any challenge that comes your way. 365 Pocket Morning Prayers can guide this time of life-changing conversation and help you express your needs and concerns to God. Don’t worry about what the day will bring. Instead, release your troubles and concerns into God’s care by reading and meditating on the prayers featured in 365 Pocket Morning Prayers. Begin your day in joyful anticipation, trusting that God is in control of your life and wants only the best for you.

My Thoughts:
I think this is a book that any Christian can use.  It is 365 prayers that are extremely easy to relate to your everyday life.  There are comfort, love, marriage, compassion and so many more.  There is no order that you have to read this in but if you feel compelled to skip around or read straight through, each morning/day it is great.  
This little book actually helped me to get more in the habit of talking to God each morning.  It is something all Christians should do but it is easy to get out of the habit of doing it.  Each prayer has a scripture to relate to it and even if the prayer doesn't specifically relate to your issues of that day, you will find some joy/comfort in reading God's word.
I rate it a 5/5.  

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Eugenia Destiny and Choice by Georgeos C. Awgerinos

EUGENIA: DESTINY and CHOICEBook Description:
Eugenia Corais—known as Jenny—is a brilliant intellectual who aspires to transform her Columbia University activism into a media crusade. After she crosses paths with Dietrich Neuendorf, a charismatic, unyielding German human rights attorney haunted by his secret family past, they quickly fall in love.
Meanwhile, eight thousand miles away, in Southern Africa, Rhodesian white settlers break away from the British Commonwealth and are surrounded by hostile Africans demanding immediate independence. The UN imposes an embargo on the former colony, while the hardline Rhodesian regime declares a state of emergency. As violence in the country intensifies, Dietrich is offered a job there to investigate civil rights violations, and a few weeks later, Jenny flies to Africa to join him. Together, they begin a dangerous journey in a tumultuous country on the brink of war.

When Jenny meets an armaments contractor, an unscrupulous man of immense power and oppressive colonial military background, she will encounter a shadow government operating behind the mainstream political smokescreen. She will also discover a dark side she never knew existed – her own.

Jenny’s personal saga unfolds on a historical canvas that spans from cabaret Berlin and wartime Europe to the American Civil Rights era, the anti-Vietnam War protests, and the explosive final days of colonial Africa. EUGENIA: Destiny and Choice charts a quest for human awareness and social conscience in a political dystopia. The epic narrative follows three compelling characters tested by love and promiscuity, moral conflicts and momentous circumstances.

My Thoughts:
This book will make you think.  I started out thinking it wasn't going to be a 'deep' book, but it quickly proved me wrong.  Jenny is a character that I really liked and enjoyed watching grow through the book.  Really, she changed a lot and learned quite a bit about herself as she did!  She and Dietrich are both dedicated to fighting for causes.  They are married and move to Africa for Dietrich to fight for justice there.  
Jenny meets Desmond and he is a typical bad guy.  The whole book involves political issues, civil rights and love/moral issues.  They are all woven together and the author does a good job of teaching about history without seeming to.  Overall this was a good book.  It is not a 'shallow' or quick read but rather one that you will think about long after you finished reading.
It was a 4/5 for me. Honestly, not my usual book but the author did a good job in spinning this one!

Thank you to the publisher/author for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Escape to Redemption by Peter M. Parr

Book Description:
Josie only had the gun to frighten Curtis Rook, but his son disturbed her. One startled reflex and now he's dead. Josie flees to Poland leaving her boyfriend Snaz to take the rap. A reformed criminal offers her refuge from the police and the chance to begin a new life, but she cannot hide from her guilt. As the stakes rise, Josie begins to realise that only her own forgiveness can set her free. Fast-paced and original, Peter M. Parr's contemporary take on Crime and Punishment challenges traditional ideas about guilt and redemption, and the meaning of forgiveness.

My Thoughts:
This book kept me intrigued throughout. Josie has decided to scare Rook but then he winds up dead and she runs. This leaves her boyfriend to take the blame for everything. I had mixed emotions through the whole book. I hoped Josie would do what was right but then again I didn't. 
The whole story just makes you think and I liked that. Exploring both characters and how they handle their respective problems was interesting. I would decide what I thought should happen then read some more and change my mind. It made me wonder how I would react in a similar situation. Josie annoyed me at times (a lot of the time) but I liked her some too. I felt sorry for Snaz but the whole situation was crazy and most of the time felt like something that could have really happened. 
4/5 for me. The story had good and bad points but overall I enjoyed it. 
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via VABT). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Scar Tissue by M C Domovitch

Title: Scar Tissue
Author: MC Domovitch
Publisher: Lansen Publishing
Pages: 396
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Paranormal
When successful model Ciara Cain wakes up in hospital, remembering nothing of the weeks she has been missing, her only clues are the ugly words carved into her skin. According to the police she was a victim of the Cutter, a serial killer who has already murdered three women. For her protection the police and her doctors give a press conference, announcing that because her amnesia is organically caused, her memory loss is permanent. But, whether her memory returns or not is anybody’s guess.
Overnight, Ciara’s glamorous life is gone. Her scars have killed both her modelling career and her relationship with her rich boyfriend. With nothing to keep her in New York, she returns to her home town of Seattle, moves in with her sister and goes about building a new life. But when her sister lets it slip that Ciara’s memory is returning, the killer comes after her again. If Ciara is to stay alive, she must keep one step ahead of the Cutter.

My Thoughts:
To start with, I fell in love with this cover, just because it pulls at you.  The story inside was just as good.  Ciara is an up and coming model.  That is until she wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the previous 3+ weeks.  She doesn't remember being abducted or how she got the multitude of scars all over her body.  I felt so terrible for her.  She had to feel so victimized and not remembering it would just have to make your imagination go into overdrive.
The cops throughout the story were hard working, smart people.  The problem was the bad guy was smart too.  I really liked Ciara's sister.  She was determined to help however she could, even giving pushes to make Ciara venture into uncomfortable territory.  The former boyfriend and his family were a piece of work and I completely disliked his mother and sister!  I thought I would read this book over a couple days, you know a nice steady pace, BUT once I got into the story I literally didn't put the book down except twice!  The writing keeps you hooked.
It was a 5/5 for me.  I truly enjoyed the story, even if I cringed at some of the themes and characters.  It was just well written.  

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Night and Day by Iris Johansen

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Forgotten Visions by Lia Davis

Book Description:
Kalissa Bradenton isn’t your average coffee shop owner. Born to an elite witch bloodline with a rare genetic mutation, she’s a Divinity on a mission. Her investigation into the deaths of her parents sends her straight into the middle of an ancient war between witches and demons. After a near-fatal accident, a childhood friend, Ayden Daniels, comes to her aid and triggers visions of a past she doesn’t remember, sparking an old flame and new desires. With their history slowly becoming clearer, Kalissa eagerly sets her sights on mending Ayden’s heart and gaining his trust—until a ghost from her past returns to claim her as his demonic mate.
While investigating a series of Divinity murders, Ayden, the new sheriff of Maxville and grandson of the oldest living Divinity, comes face-to-face with the one woman he hopes to have little to no contact with. Old pain rises instantly and is quickly followed by anger and resentment. Through his rare power of adaptability, however, he learns that things from his past may not be what they seem. Hope fills his broken heart, and determination pushes him to do whatever it takes to win Kalissa once more before he loses her forever.
Together, they must find the strength to mend their tattered souls and learn to love again, while fighting an evil out to destroy the world.

My Thoughts:
This is a good start to a series I cannot wait to read more of.  Kalissa and her twin are devastated when their parents are killed in a car crash.  It is even more disturbing for them since their parents aren't your typical humans, but Immortals.  I loved seeing Kalissa and Khloe interact.  The way they communicated was really neat.  The way the author brought Kalissa and Ayden together, or back together, was great!
Ayden is so hot!  I felt so bad for him when he had to see Kalissa again.  Though she broke his heart, he still has the pull to her that he has always had.  Kalissa's memory loss is frustrating and I absolutely hated what had happened to her!  Ayden was still perfect for her and the fighting in here was good!  
It was a 4/5 for me.  I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series, the characters are addictive!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.  

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Claiming Your Inheritance by Cherrie Kaylor

Claiming Your Inheritance: Unlimited Access to the Voice of God
Book Description:
Living Under an Open Heaven

How do I hear God’s voice?

As a child of God, hearing the Father’s voice is your spiritual inheritance. The good news is that your Heavenly Father is always talking! In fact, He has a lot to say about your divine purpose in His Kingdom.
For over 40 years, God has used Cherrie Kaylor in both church and corporate settings to help people discover the simplicity and joy of hearing from Heaven. In Claiming Your Inheritance, Cherrie teaches you the powerful, yet simple keys she has learned to hearing God’s voice and putting His Word to work.

Don’t just read the Bible as a book of information… experience the living word of God as life-changing revelation! As you open its pages, you will step under an open heaven and receive prophetic guidance from the Holy Spirit for supernatural living, empowerment to face your everyday struggles, and wisdom to decipher Heaven’s language through dream interpretation.

Tune in to hear the sounds of Heaven and start living out your divine destiny… right now!

My Thoughts:
I completely enjoyed this book.  It helped me to view scripture differently and how I journal.  Listening to God is key and this book will help with that.  You have to be open and ready--not distracted and half-listening.  There is so much He wants for us and to show us if only we listen to him.
I would recommend this book to anyone trying to learn more and be closer to God.  The scripture book/journal is just such a good concept.  Writing down the verses that stand out and why is a great idea.  We just have to be 'tuned in' to God for us to hear and understand what He has for us.5/5 for me.  This one is a keeper. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via bookfun magazine).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep

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Title: Origin
Author: Dylan Quinn
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy Romance
Expected Release Day: Sept. 22nd, 2016
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Blurb: One Sacrifice can save humanity.
So can one heartbeat. One kiss. One touch. I didn't save my Gemini's soul the night I rescued him from the dark realm. Cade Adams saved mine.
One kill can change everything.
Since I eradicated the worlds most dangerous demon, the Fallen factions are out for blood, and their target is my family: Genesis--the Origin of humanity. The only way to protect my legacy against an ancient prophecy threatening to take me out is to resume my reign as Chayah, Eternal Mother. But I can't remember her. My own secrets are buried so deep, even I can't reach them.
One secret could destroy us all.
Thousands of years loving Cade and five lifetimes leading Genesis are lost to me. While I've been away fighting to remember my own life, my family's been fighting each other. Our own demons just may destroy humanity's only defense against the darkness before the Eternal war has even begun.
Sometimes the most dangerous battle is the war within ourselves.
Since sneak reading her first big girl romance at the age of eleven, Dylan's been addicted to Happily Ever Afters. Playing pretend with swoon-worthy book boyfriends and their strong leading ladies often keeps Dylan sleep deprived, though she seldom complains about dreaming in dialogue.
With juxtaposed interests, Dylan writes it all ~ Character driven romance in NA, YA and adult, from sticky sweet to taboo heat ~ Urban Fantasy to Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense. Nothing's off limits.
When she's not writing guilty pleasures, Dylan plays stage mom to her daydreamer offspring in the Midwest. This Music fangirl goes nowhere without her beats and playlists. She has an affinity for Moscato and chocolate-covered strawberries. Dreams of singing on the Voice with Adam and Christina, and fantasizes about getting trapped in Mystic Falls with Damon Salvatore.
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