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Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

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Author: Amy Finnegan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: If Only, 3
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Each time I read a young adult novel, I question it as I sit down to begin the first page – some more harshly than others. Perhaps that’s my skepticism talking because I’ve been disappointed one too many times by the genre or maybe it’s my practical side wonderful why I like to read a genre where more often the not the characters are immature and often leave me wanting to shake them. This debut novel tells the story of Hollywood “it” girl Emma Taylor. A good girl, who keeps good grades along with plenty of college credits already to her name not to mention has starred in an award-winning film at a young age, Emma’s kryptonite arrives in the form of dating bad boys. She has had a string of exes, all of whom have wound up cheating on her and breaking her heart. Now Emma has a rule: she will no longer be dating her co-stars. That is where the trouble ends. Only trouble is about to find her again when the new show she is cast on features the boy of her girlhood crushes… and the new guy-on-the-scene, Jake Elliott, who’s non-Hollywood attitude appeals to Emma. Continue reading “Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan”

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Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

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Author: Lorie Ann Grover
Publisher: Blink, a division of HarperCollins
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Review: Being unfamiliar with this author’s works left me at a disadvantage. I didn’t know what her work would hold or if it’d be the kind of story worth reading, though the one thing I did know was that the Hit blub intrigued me more than any novel of its peer group has in a long while. It promised to be both “dangerous” yet not without poignancy that eludes said peers. It tells the story of promising 17-year-old Sarah McCormick whose life is ahead of her. She has a scholarship to the prestigious Mills College and is nearing completion of her high school academics. All that is about to be stripped from her, and it begins when she meets grad student, Jake Haddings. Four years older than Sarah, she becomes infatuated with the visiting poetry teacher, who inspires more than just her romantic fantasies. Then one rainy morning, Haddings hits Sarah leaving her damaged more than just emotionally. Continue reading “Hit by Lorie Ann Grover”

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Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason

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Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Revell
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Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Hidden Identity, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Mystery/Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: In the suspense genre, there have been far too many stories to possibly pick out a favorite. Since more than one of these books often finds a place on the bookshelf, my opinion on a favorite suspense author wavers each time I read a new book from one of the five or so authors whose novels fall into this category and I regularly read. Lynette Eason’s follow up to her ongoing series has again thrown my “mental” rankings into turmoil. In it, we meet Dani Harding, a woman with an 11-year-old son and a husband, who is anything but loving. Instead he’s an abuser with a badge and a man who erases Dani’s cries for help by covering up any claims she makes to law enforcement. Dani finally gathers the courage to leave Kurt, only to learn that same day, Kurt has been killed. Assuming she’s finally safe, she returns in the hopes of rebuilding her life. Trouble again finds her when it becomes apparent someone is still out to do her harm – this leads her to Adam Buchanan, a former law enforcement agent now working with a private security firm… and someone with many secrets of his own. Continue reading “Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason”

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A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jaegears

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Author: Melissa Jagears
Source: Giveaway Win
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Unexpected Brides, book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Review: Debut authors have been on fire in the Christian fiction market these past few years – each time I close a new book (such names as Dani Pettrey to Katherine Reay to Becky Wade come to mind, and many more I’ve yet to “meet”), I am in awe of the talent these publishers are acquiring. Melissa Jagears saw her publishing ambitions come true among the crop of the best 2013 had to offer for new talent. The story is a familiar one, this time it’s about the educated and proper Julia Lockwood, a beauty who is running from secrets of her own past. She’s come west under the assumption she has a husband waiting for her at the end of the line only to realize the man she thought was going to marry her never sent for a mail-order bride. Everett Cline is done with women. He’s tried the mail-order bride game and each time it backfired on him. Now, he’s through. Trouble is, Julia has nowhere to go and Everett feels a duty to protect her – even if that means keeping her at arm’s length to avoid what his heart is telling him. Continue reading “A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jaegears”

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Storm Siren by Mary Weber

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Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Author
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Storm Siren, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult,
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
It’s been a long time since I read a proper fantasy novel and if there is one thing I learned from journeying into the delightful Mary Weber’s debut, it’s that I’ve been missing out. There have been many friends urging me to read Marissa Meyer’s well known fantasy chronicles and I’ve seen various other books in this genre pushed (lovingly, of course) on readers, yet for some reason I had an idea affixed in my mind about the genre, one I must have unconsciously applied to every book in the genre. Fortunately I went into Storm Siren with an open mind. Nym is a young slave girl with a deadly touch – she’s a storm siren who can summon the worst of storms when she’s provoked. Today, on her fifteenth sell, she is enraged over an owner’s cruel treatment of a young girl and following a series of unfortunate circumstances, she is bought by the properly insane Adora, who claims alliance with Faelen’s king and offers Nym a choice: die or train to be a weapon against the incoming Bron forces out to provoke war with Faelen. Frightened of her own abilities, Nym joins forces with her training partner, Colin and their trainer – whose touch is able to still Nym’s powers, hoping that war is the last option.

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With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

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Author: Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Seamlessly, each novel to emerge from the pen of Elizabeth Camden continues to inch past the lines of excellence that were once drawn by authors who came before her. Each story is challenging the reader to dare assume a novel by her cannot beat her previous stories. With exception to one of her novels, I have thoroughly enjoyed her work. Nothing seems to change the pattern and each one I look forward to getting “lost in” brings me to the end wishing I was able to write something so beautifully compelling – not to mention the fascinating characters she creates, these two are particularly good. Kate Norton and schoolmate Trevor McDonough are enemies – or at least in school they are. Both of them use each other as motivation to one up the other, only 12 years later, Kate is out the scholarship she desperately wanted and lost to Trevor, and fate is about to bring them back together. Now a successful doctor relentlessly studying for a tuberculosis cure, Dr. Trevor Kendall has reinvented himself and he needs Kate to assist in his work. Their lives have both changed drastically since their school days, but one thing that hasn’t altered is Trevor’s feelings for Kate… if only her own experience in life hadn’t made her afraid to embrace a new future. Continue reading “With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden”