As with most collections of stories some are wonderful and really enjoyable to read and some are just so-so. I enjoyed the read overall and I don’t have any specific complaints. Some just felt like more time was taken in their development than the rest. Sometimes, with short stories, it’s difficult to convey the entire character within the page constraint. Overall this is an enjoyable book that can be considered well written and is certainly enjoyable to read. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not reflect your own.
Review by Ellen: “Everyone has secrets we want to keep hidden away from the rest of the world. Sometimes we land ourselves in the middle of the popular cast, other times it’s just as important that those we consider our friends never find out about our secrets. Friendship is a genuine thing but all to often it is applied to those who are not honestly our friends. Sometimes books we read touch a part of our core that resonates on a very deep level. This is one of those books. My heart was moved and I felt for the main character. This is a great book for all ages.” We received an e-ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I’m familiar with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the wonderful work they do for children with terminal diseases. I was excited to be able to read a book about the gifts they work out for these children. Instead, it felt like the book focused primarily on the progression of the disease and things leading up to the wish but not so much on the wish itself. I would have loved to have read about the wish and the impact it had on the child and the loved ones and how it helped the child and the family deal with their situations. The stories are all heart-wrenching yet tender hearted at the same time. Overall the collection of granted wishes is inspirational and fills the reader with empathy and hope. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
Setting aside the inaccuracies surrounding Martin Luther and the relationship he had with Katharina… this is a well written engaging book. If you are Lutheran or familiar with Martin Luther and his life you’ll have to either avoid this read or set aside what you know and just enjoy this version. There are some historical aspects that are well researched and come across well so it’s not a complete loss. Taken as just a historical romance with the fight against the tyrannical Roman Catholic Church of the time, this is accurate and very well presented. The read is entertaining and flows nicely. I’m quite happy to finally have a book written with Martin Luther and his struggles. I received an ARC through Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read with a nice blend of humor and suspense. I like the way the plot weaves through the book until the reveal, which in itself is handled so well I was surprised. I feel the writing is very well done with a good handle on how to present emotions and landscape descriptions. The characters come across as though they are real people. Overall this is a fun read with just the right amount of suspense with a good flow throughout the book. There’s a lot of introductions and information during the first part of the book but Olsen does it in a way that does not feel overwhelming at all. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
This is a good blend of genres with a touch of fantasy and plenty of voodoo. The setting will be more familiar to older readers and a bit strange for younger readers. It’s well written with plenty of excitement and vividly described locations. Parts are quite exotic while others are dark and creepy. The overall read is enjoyable and one that is not easy to set aside. While not a typical genre the blending is very well done and makes for an interesting read. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half is an adorable book great for pre-readers and readers alike. The encouragement to fuel your imagination and explore your world is gentle and filled with wonderful illustrations. My son (11) remarked more than once on the illustrations. He said it’s like a chapter book with bigger better pictures. We enjoyed the story, laughing together and feeling very good about the time spent together. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, but seeing my son look so happy may have.
Frantz brings a wonderful blend of historical aspects with a twist of suspense and mystery all tied into a thread of romance. The writing is rather enjoyable and captivating with wonderfully fleshed out characters. It was easy to become attached to the characters and feeling empathy for everything they are going through. The read was quick but I think that was because I was trying to read quickly to find out what was going to become of these beloved characters. Everything about the book works together to make one of those novels you just can’t put down. Overall this is an entertaining and refreshing read well worth investing your time into. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
This is a continuation of the story with Katie and Brady. The first book was refreshing and enjoyable so I expected the same with the second. I feel it is also refreshing in the way the female character stands strong and isn’t weepy or overly dependent on others.The story flows nicely with an upbeat tone and a well weaved plot. There were moments I laughed out loud; through most of it I smiled. If you love those perfectly happy endings you’ll love this book too. Overall this is an easy entertaining read with plenty of humor and romance to lift your spirits. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
If you are a Christian and you feel you have a hectic life then this book just may help you out in ways you may not have considered. The book is easy to read and understand with a wealth of information. Several points I found myself nodding and feeling like it was written about me. Other points I could see how a person could get that way or feel that way and I was thankful to have a path towards less chaos. Anyone who relies on To-Do lists or tries to, will understand the point of this book. I like that it has a Christian theme without being preachy. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
Scott does a good job bringing in a variety of characters that feel different from each other and telling their story. For me it started out a little on the fast paced side but not quite to the point of feeling rushed. There were a few little issues I had with continuity and dialogue that didn’t seem to further the story but nothing terribly off track. Overall this is an easy quick read perfect for soap opera loving readers. I wouldn’t give the green light for younger readers but I do feel that older readers who enjoy YA books will enjoy this one. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.
Somehow this particular book missed the mark for me. I wasn’t fond of the writing style from the beginning but gave it a fair chance anyway. I found it difficult to get into the story or connect with the characters, especially Eliza. The overall feel of the read was grey, almost depressing but not quite to the point of causing sadness. The flow was fine but it just felt flat. I struggled with picturing the landscapes and people as well. I feel there is a story here that could be brought to life, it just didn’t happen for me. It’s not that this is a terrible book, it’s just not going to work for everyone. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own, and that’s ok because we are all unique.
If you take ten minutes away from your phones and tablets and just watch people in a crowded location you’ll notice that 90% of them are staring at their phone or tablet instead of talking with the person they are with. We leave our phones on the counter when we sit down for dinner. I insist that when we travel that physical books are in the car. This book has a wealth of information and ideas for when you sit down, face to face. It’s not going to be easy, but you really can’t do it with text. I found the book to be easy to understand and I agreed with the majority if not all of the content. I received an ARC through Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
This is a well written fantasy without the explicit sex and gory details. I like that although it’s published by Bethany House, it’s not preachy in any way. The writing flows nicely with a good pace. I like the descriptions and the world building is nicely handled. The world is rich and full of depth and detail. The characters are very well fleshed out and remain true to their design. Overall this new fantasy series holds considerable potential. I’m looking forward to reading future books authored by Carr. I received an ARC through Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.
My son (22) read this one in the course of one weekend. He said there was a great deal of praying or discussion related to God and the scriptures that tipped towards a bit too much. There isn’t anything I’d worry about any of my kids reading when it comes to word choices, violence and sexual content. I can see this being very popular to the teen readers or those who enjoy YA novels. He likes that the female, Gwendolyn, remains strong and true to herself and others. The focus in this novel is on Gwendolyn but he hopes there is more about some of the other characters in the next books. Overall the read is intriguing, interesting and entertaining and well worth picking up to read. We received an ARC through Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinions.