Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Last Shadow Gate by Michael W. Garza

The Last Shadow Gate: The Shadow Gate Chronicles Book IBook Description:
Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad's home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.

My Thoughts:
This is a really good start to a promising series.  Gavin and Naomi are half-siblings and have to spend the summer together.  Not only that but they are spending it at their great grandmother's house.  There is a mystery around doorways and their great grandfather's disappearance that intrigues the two and they begin a search.  Once they discover the world on the other side of the door, the problems start piling up, not the least of which is, how to get home!
I thought the author did a good job with his characters.  I liked how realistic Naomi and Gavin were as siblings and that they did have issues.  The other world that was created was quite interesting as well.  I now want to actually see some of the inhabitants of that land!  The story flows really well and it isn't one that you want to put down.  The story doesn't 'speed' you through but it pulls you along and you always want to know what is going to happen next.
It was a 4/5 for me and I am really interested to see what happens next.

Thank you to the author 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.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Murder for the Time Being by Joanie Bruce

Murder for the Time BeingBook Description:
"You'll pay for this. I'll get you both."

Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn't know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he's driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now? 

Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationsh

My Thoughts:
This was an enjoyable read.  Honestly, it took me a bit to get into this book, but it was worth it.  Lexi's family is horribly hurt when her mother foils a bank robbery and is shot.  Lexi is afraid her past has come back to haunt her and her family.  Drew is the coroner and is less than impressed when he meets Lexi.  The two of them get off to a rocky start and I really liked that.
The fact that it wasn't an instant love was nice.  There is suspense in is it Lexi's past or Drew's that is interfering in their lives.  There is danger for all of Lexi's family and I really liked her little brother.  He had an attitude but it was understandable.  The author does great with her characters and the story line flowed once you got into it. 
It was a 4/5 for me.  I must say that I loved the way the author wrapped it all up.
Thank you tot he author for the review copy of this book (via Celebrate Lit).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Make Believe Beau by Keli Gwyn

Make-Believe Beau (Love Inspired Historical) by [Gwyn, Keli]Book Description:
The Courtship Charade 
As a draftswoman in a man's world, Jessica Sinclair causes a stir as her new male colleagues vie for her attention. And the company manager has an ultimatum: fake a courtship with her boss, Flynt Kavanaugh…or lose her job. But pretending to be smitten with the handsome engineer unleashes a real, complicated attraction—and could reveal the past she hoped to keep hidden. 
Jessica is certainly the best person for the job. But as their make-believe romance escalates, Flynt knows that's not the only reason he wants her on his team. However, with his past shrouded by a shameful secret, Flynt has always focused his ambitions on building a career, not a family. Now he has designs on Jessica's heart, but can they trust each other with the truth?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this one.  Jessie is used to making her way in a man's world.  She is a draftswoman and is significantly good at what she does.  She lands her dream job with a company and in large part thanks to Flynt.  Flynt and Jessie are thrown together when their employer demands they pose as a couple to keep the office productive.  Each have issues from their past that could affect their relationship.
I really liked Jessie.  Her past was an issue, but not as horrible as she thought it was.  She still has trouble grasping that God does forgive all sins.  Flynt's own past casts a large shadow across his outlook.  He is a good man, hard worker, and all around stand up guy.  I like that while they are forced into the roles, they both enjoy it.  There is instant attraction but not instant love.  Their friendship grows and blossoms into more.  Their issues were a big problem but only if they allow it to be bigger than they believe God can handle.
It was a 5/5 for me.  A good, quick read with a good message.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Angels in the Bible for Little Ones by Allia Zobel Nolan

Book Description

Angels in the Bible for Little Ones gives children a fascinating look into how powerful behind-the-scenes helpers interacted with Bible greats such as Abraham, Daniel, and Mary, acting as messengers, protectors, warriors, and more. This padded cover board book, written by bestselling author Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Alisa Massari, brings eight stories from the Bible to life for little ones.
My Thoughts:
When I got this in the mail, my 2 year old immediately snatched it.  We looked through it and he loved the pictures.  Then we actually sat and read through it.  Not once, but four or five times now!  It has quickly become one of his favorites and I know children older than he is would enjoy it as well.  The pictures captured his attention from the start, but he will also sit and listen to it...that is impressive that it keeps his attention!
It is quite durable and Biblically accurate.  There are stories from both the old and new testament told in here.  Each one is short enough to keep your child's attention but gives them good information.  Overall, we just really loved this book.
It is a 5/5 stars for us!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via BookLook).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hook's Little Mermaid Audio Release & Review



Official Release! Hear the story of Captain Hook from his own lips in this Audible version of "Hook's Little Mermaid."

“Hook wasn't always a villain. Discover what leads him on the path of destruction and how the love of a mermaid can change his heart.” ~ Hook's Little Mermaid

 
Captain James Hook was once a good man trying to make a somewhat honest living. He is a pirate, after all. However, after getting word that a boy named Peter Pan played a part in the death of a dear loved one, Hook makes it his sole purpose to hunt down and destroy the fiend.

On his journey for vengeance, the captain encounters many new comrades, including a young girl named Red and a fairy called Tinker Bell, and both push him to reconsider his desire for justice.

The accidental rescue of a mermaid leads him on a whirlwind adventure in Neverland. The journey is not a simple one, considering Pan, the Lost Boys, mermaids, and magic all come into play. After several misadventures, Hook must choose between the possibility of a new life with love and his much-desired retaliation against Pan.

Once everything is said and done, will the captain be able to overcome his need for revenge? Will he let compassion steer him toward love? Or will Captain Hook live up to his villainous reputation?







I enjoyed this new look at Captain Hook.  He is a good guy, I mean he is a pirate but he isn't a BAD pirate.  I enjoyed the book from start to finish.  The narrator took some getting used to but did a pretty good job.  It isn't a long book and I listened to it in one day.   Not a book you are going to want to put down to do something and come back to but one you will want to read start to finish as quickly as possible.  The author does a great job with her characters and keeping the story entertaining start to finish.  I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!  Really good book 4/5.  



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