Friday, June 29, 2012

Submerged book review

I was given this book by Bethany House Publishers to give my HONEST opinion in exchange for keeping this book, with no fee. 

Hmm . . . . I was expecting intrigue and romance, after all that's what it's genre is. But that's not exactly what it is. It wasn't the blood-rushing, heart-pounding story I was expecting. More like calm and a bit cheesy. 

The hero and heroine had a past, but I couldn't figure out if they were "just friends" or if they had dated? It was never really made clear. I never really connected with any of the characters, and there were some things that just didn't fit in a Christian books

I felt the book could have been more detailed. It was hard to picture anything that happened or any of the people. I had to make up an image in my head and just stick with that. 

The book was okay, but it won't end up on my favorites list. Let's end with this: 

I was excited when I read the back cover, and I was SURE it would be one of the most interesting books I've read yet. Not so. But, on the bright side, I do love the cover. The design team did great with this one!

I give this book 3.5 stars, and the cover 5. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Interview Girl, Interviewed.

Yes, you read right. I have been interviewed. By my uncle. 

Here it is!

It's time to turn the tables on the curiously strange but cunning Interview Girl. What makes her tick? There is so much I could ask her, but here is the condensed version. Enjoy! ~ Interview Girl's uncle

1: If there was one word to describe you, what would it be?
 Um . . . . . dependable. I think that would describe me best.

2:  Which do you prefer? Paperback, hardcover, or e-reader?
Well, any are fine with me, as long as it's a book. But I think I like paperback the best. 

3: What is the record number of books you've read in a week in your lifetime?
I think it was seven. Or eight. One of those. :)

4: What is your favorite book and why?
AH!!!! You had to ask me that. I have many favorites, but my absolute favorites? Um . . . . It would be a tie between "Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland" and "The Red Siren".

5: At what age did you officially start writing stories?
Well, I've been writing my entire life, but I started getting serious about it a year ago this August. 

6: Will you pursue writing books someday?
*smile* I already am. I plan on being an author and marketer/editor/sales whatever it was I agreed to be in the Fearsome Foursome Publishing biz.

7: What do you do when you get writer's block?
Normally I'll stop writing for awhile. I'll just read books and edit other people's stories. 

8: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Lotza wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

9: What themes do you like to read and write about? 
Christian Romance/ anything. Well, anything besides horror. 

10: As a Christian, when you get to Heaven, what questions will you have for God?
I'd like to know everything. I'd ask Him about why He created the planets. I'd ask Him how it felt to give up His only Son for people like us. I'd ask Him about everything and anything. 

Thanks Uncle Robert for the great interview!

Well, that's the end of the interview! But, I can't thank myself, so I'll just ask if you enjoyed. ;) 

Personal Book Review

I just finished "Sanctuary for a Lady" by Naomi Rawlings.

I am emotionally broken right now.

The whole time, I wanted to cry, laugh, and scream. This book held and played with my emotions. I loved the book. It was so delightfully frustrating. 5 stars. <3 <3 <3 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Harvest of Grace book review

book cover of 

The Harvest of Grace 

 (Ada's House, book 3)


Cindy Woodsmall
I give it 4 stars. 

This book was a bit unbelievable. I have read numerous Amish books in the past, but this one seemed to paint the Amish in a different picture. The hero (who is Amish) is a recovering drunk, the heroine (also Amish) kissed her sister's husband and ran away, they barely speak any Dutch or German. On the back of the book, it talks about Sylvia and Aaron. But half the book is about a woman named Cara forgiving and reviving a relationship with her once-drunk father. I didn't care much for Cara. I wanted to see more of Sylvia's relationship with Aaron.

There was also a bit of confusion at the beginning. She was introducing so many new characters, and not describing them, so I couldn't tell who was related/friends/married/etc with whom. I also, because of the lack of description, could not picture or imagine the characters very well.

However, I did enjoy the book, overall. It took a bit for me to get into it. The writing style was lovely. After a bit, I grew to enjoy the characters. My only big complaint is that, during the Epilogue, they never told us what happens to Aaron and Sylvia. The Epilogue was about Cara and her Amish fiance. At least, I think he's Amish.  I was a bit unsure, because the author never really explained it. She said he had been shunned, but Cara was joining the community.

Anyway, if you read it, I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

"50 Days of Hope" book review.

     This book was given to me to review. It's for cancer patients. I do not have cancer, I hope I never will have cancer, and I hope none of y'all have/ever have it either.

On to the review. 2 stars. I wasn't impressed by it, but then again, I don't have/know anyone who has cancer. I feel for people who have cancer, I really do. I wish there was a cure, but there isn't. I recommend this book if you are a cancer patient, or know someone who is. But for those of us who aren't, do not even try.

Very short review, huh? Sorry, I'm just not into non-fiction.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"The Fiddler" by Beverly Lewis book review

The Fiddler

5 stars for the book. 5 stars for the cover. I do believe the design team went all out on this one. ;)

Alright, let's get down to the review:

It was a very good book. The flow of the words had me reading the book faster, almost against my will. I had no control over my eyes as they read each word. I couldn't turn the page fast enough.
     Amish books aren't really my favorite, but I do enjoy them at times. Beverly Lewis has always been one of my favorite Amish Fiction writers, as she writes in that flowing type of way. I know I've said "flow" and "flowing" a lot, but that is the only way to describe her writing. I loved the book, and enjoyed the ending. Can't wait to see what she has next.

Back of the book:

Amelia "Amy" DeVries, a 24-year-old violinist, is disillusioned with life and love after the collapse of her long-running romance. Weary of endless rehearsals and performances, Amy sets out on a road trip through the Pennsylvania mountains. She leaves her cell phone behind so life's demands can't intrude on her solitude. She doesn't know, nor care, where she will end up.

When her car breaks down deep in the mountains, Amy realizes the flaw in her "no cell phone" plan. She abandons her car and walks the winding roads, searching for help. Following the smell of woodsmoke and the sound of music, she finds a rustic log cabin. There she meets a young Amishman--and through him a community--that will change her life forever.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Announcing the Giveaway Winners!

M'kay, are you ready?

The giveaway winners were chosen with, to be fair.

The second place winner, who has won "The Shadow Keeper's Daughter", is . . . . . . . . Morgan! Congrats to you Morgan!

And now . . . . The winner of "Fearless" is . . . . . . . .
KarenK! Congrats to you both! An email will be sent to you shortly regarding where to send the books.

 Other participants, we will have another giveaway in the  (hopefully near) future. Hope you will enter again! 

God bless all!