Sand in my Sandwich by Sarah Parshall Perry

Sand in My Sandwich: And Other Motherhood Messes I'm Learning to LoveSand in My Sandwich: And Other Motherhood Messes I’m Learning to Love by Sarah Parshall Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Be prepared to laugh out loud reading this book. Perry brings to life all those all-to-familiar experiences we’ve all been through and presents them in such lovely light. I enjoyed reading through this book and my best friend ended up going out and buying her own copy because I kept going on about how funny (in a good way) that it is. This makes a perfect gift to yourself or to any mother, or mother figure, in your life. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

Buried SecretsBuried Secrets by Irene Hannon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read previous series by Hannon I expected a fantastic read with this new series and I am not the least bit disappointed. Hannon has a gift with weaving an exciting page turner with well defined and fleshed out characters that feel real and authentic. I love how difficult this book is to put down once the read starts. The twists and turns are thrilling without anything over-the-top or lost to the reader. Hannon does a great job wrapping up the end of the book without feeling rushed. I received and ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter

The World Before UsThe World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a blend of wonderful things and parts that dragged on, detailed descriptions and distracting views. The main part of the plot is intriguing and woven throughout the entire book. The sub-threads feel less cared for, often leaving the sensation of being distracted. The characters while well thought out fall a bit short in the first person delivery. I think at times the reach was too high for the level of Hunter’s writing. The first half of the book feels sluggish. Overall it’s an ok read but could use more polish and editing. I received an ARC through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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The Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide #2 by Margaret F. Johnson

The Drama Teacher's Survival Guide #2: Activities, Exercises and Techniques for the Theatre ClassroomThe Drama Teacher’s Survival Guide #2: Activities, Exercises and Techniques for the Theatre Classroom by Margaret F. Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For anyone trying to teach Drama, it can be a daunting experience. That’s where this book comes in with various explanations on how to handle small yet important aspects of a scene and so much more. Johnson presents the information in an easy to understand layout with easy to learn “demonstrations”. I like the way everything is written and believe this would make an excellent companion for any teacher trying to teach others how to act, be it for school plays, Sunday School plays or other theatre settings. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Alicia’s Sin by Nick Iuppa

Alicia's Sin (The Second Carlos Mann Novel)Alicia’s Sin by Nick Iuppa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Sarah: I really like the way the love parts of the story are blended with the action parts and how there always seems to be something going on that is fast and exciting. I sat down to read for just a little while and ended up reading through the entire book in one sitting. It’s not that it’s short, I just couldn’t put the book down once I started. I can’t wait to read more by these two authors because together they are amazing.
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Avenging Adelita by Nick Iuppa

Avenging AdelitaAvenging Adelita by Nick Iuppa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Sarah: I liked the story about his wife and the touching sad parts of the book. The tense parts of the book are exciting and thrilling to read. I didn’t want to put the book down. I really like how the authors wrapped up everything towards the end. I will definitely read other books by these two. This one was so much fun!
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Throne of Darkness (Something Red #3) by Douglas Nicholas

Throne of Darkness (Something Red, #3)Throne of Darkness by Douglas Nicholas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicholas jumps right in to the plot with already established characters. The read is entertaining and full of vivid imagery. I really like the pace of the plot. The characters feel well fleshed out and have good development through the book. It is very difficult to set down once you begin reading. Although this is the third book in a series I enjoyed it immensely without having first read the previous installments. I can easily recommend this for readers of fantasy and historical fiction. Give it a read, it might be your next favorite. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion which may or may not mirror your own.

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More Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids’ Go-To Person about Sex by Jonathan McKee

More Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids' Go-To Person about SexMore Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids’ Go-To Person about Sex by Jonathan McKee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So many parents get befuddled when they try to have a frank discussion with their children about sex. Children sense the awkwardness, the embarrassment, the confusion, and they attach those to the experience of sex. Being able to sit down with them and have a conversation filled with trust, confidence and facts will help prepare them for the encounters they -will- have in life. McKee does a fine job at laying it out in a manner that is easy to understand and digest. Even parents who feel they have a good grasp on the topic could benefit from reading this book. Overall it is well designed and easy to read and is filled with valuable information. I received an ARC through Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Paralyzed Dreams by C. B. Cook

Paralyzed DreamsParalyzed Dreams by C.B. Cook

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a decent first entry into the world of books. Cook’s writing is good with evidence of skill that could be polished and improved upon. The story is a good motivational one, easy to read and the perfect length for reluctant readers or those struggling with sudden changes in the path they are on. I would keep an eye out for future publications by this author. I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Best Friends Through Eternity by Sylvia McNicoll

Best Friends through EternityBest Friends through Eternity by Sylvia McNicoll

I am not thrilled with this book for a long list of reasons. Perhaps it’s just me, but I feel there was not much of a plot beyond a few days spotlighting a teenager and the small world she exists within. I have been on many train tracks and those things do not sound like anything else but a train. The death didn’t make sense, the coming back for a week without any logic tied to it made less sense. I understand the points made about bullying but the delivery falls short. I didn’t enjoy the writing either because everything was told and not shown. This is a no-go for me. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review which may not mirror your own.

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Life Unstuck by Pat Layton

Life Unstuck: Finding Peace with Your Past, Purpose in Your Present, Passion for Your FutureLife Unstuck: Finding Peace with Your Past, Purpose in Your Present, Passion for Your Future by Pat Layton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Life Unstuck you find peace, just as the title suggests. I like the way the book reads and how with each reading I did feel more at peace. Layton clearly thought through each of the points presented and leads the reader along the path towards a calmness inside. I am very pleased with the layout and content and feel this particular book makes a perfect gift, even if to yourself. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review which in no way influenced my opinion.

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Follow the Leader by Mel Sherratt

Follow The LeaderFollow The Leader by Mel Sherratt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Prepare to be pulled by the heartstrings as you follow this story. Amazing details and writing style far above the general crowd will keep you turning pages. I love the various points of view as they really helped drive the story and give the reader insights not otherwise available. The characters feel alive and real, well layered and fleshed out with quirks and flaws. The plot is easy to follow without being too simple, with elements that bring it alive for the reader. Very well done. I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The NightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s rare I feel a book is worth all five stars. Hannah writes not just intelligently but with emotion that envelopes the reader and tugs at the heart as well as the mind. The Nightingale is a moving story you won’t soon forget. With a certain eloquence the stories are told that will have you reaching for the tissue box more than once. The characters are rich, layered and well developed, as if they are family you know so well. Hannah hooks the reader on page one and never lets go. Be prepared to spend the better part of day reading. I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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The Keeper by Dalia Roddy

The KeeperThe Keeper by Dalia Roddy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well written with an attention grabbing start that keeps the reader hooked and turning pages. I like the world building and the descriptions about what the characters are seeing. The characters feel well fleshed out and have good development. The plot is intriguing and has a good flow from start to finish. Overall this is an entertaining fun read that is difficult to put down once you start reading. I received an e-ARC through Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh

Near Enemy (Spademan, #2)Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sternbergh displays a nice set of skills in writing an exciting thriller set in a dystopian world. The first pages draw the reader in quickly and set the stage for an amazing read through the entire book. The characters are well fleshed out, especially the main voice in the book. Although this is the second novel with the same main character, I didn’t feel lost having not read the first novel. I would however, recommend you pick up the first one as I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as this one. This has been a fun read, one I won’t soon forget. I received an ARC through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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