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Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

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Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell Books
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Waves of Freedom, 1
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Inspirational
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Journeying through Sarah Sundin’s books is like a quaint, never-want-to-leave trip back to yesteryear. Saying this may sound silly considering the novel’s settings are primarily based around World War II, but there’s a special kind of nostalgia that puts the reader in the exact same situation as the characters may be in. Whether that is safety or peril, we “feel” close to being there. This novel introduces us to Mary Stirling, a kind-hearted girl who enjoys living in the shadows where no spotlight can shine on her. As a secretary at a Boston naval base, Mary’s work is never done, because she pitches in behind-the-scenes on multiple projects. It’s this that re-introduces her to Jim Avery. Jim knew Mary back in high school, but hasn’t seen her in years, which is why running into her turns out to be one of the best surprises. Mary and Jim have both changed, and working together to capture a saboteur means they see each other frequently. With men fighting a war that shadows their horizon, Jim and Mary’s blossoming friendship might is soon tested…   Continue reading “Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin”

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Source: Bought
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Series: Anna and the French Kiss, 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary YA/Teen
Rating:  4 out of 5

Review: There are some books that are hyped to the point of exhaustion. This easily fell into that camp. Most of the time, I can separate that in my reading or film-watching, and usually, unless I despise subtleties about the story, I enjoy even those that fall under the hyped umbrella. Anna is the girl shipped off to Paris, thanks to her wealthy father. Since he became an overnight NYT best-selling author, Anna’s father may have money, but he lacks class to go along with that, yet sending Anna off to Paris seems the solution to their family. Furious to be sent away from her friends and little brother in Atlanta, Anna quickly becomes intrigued with the “it” boy at the prestigious School of America. Etienne St. Clair has something none of the boys she’s known have. Swept up into St. Clair’s group of friends, Anna has a hard time not falling in love with her new friend… only trouble is, he’s got a girlfriend. Continue reading “Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins”

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The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert

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Author: K.E. Ganshert
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Amazon Purchase
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Gifting, 1
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Dystopian, Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Gifting – A Perceptive, Indie Dystopian Novel

The word dystopian is likely to conjure memories of one particular story, The Hunger Games. In addition to the one that reignited the genre, there are multiple other novels in young adult literature that are well-known and respected, ones that also fall into the dystopian realms. These novels have established big-screen film adaptations and inspired an entire sub-culture. But whether you’re becoming an expert archer through one Katniss Everdeen’s eyes or finding your voice as Divergent, these are all reasons why it’s tough to craft something unique within the larger genre. Chances are, somewhere we’ve seen, heard or experienced “all” of the twists. Reading debut YA author, K. E. Ganshert’s (she publishes inspirational novels under her full name, Katie Ganshert) dystopian novel was something I was thrilled to experience. What I didn’t realize was how very unique her world was going to be. Read the review in Full →

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The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren

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Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Christiansen Family, Book 5
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: In the realm of inspirational fiction, family sagas are currently enjoying popularity. One of those series is penned by award-winning author Susan May Warren, who took on the challenge of writing about more than the typical three siblings (three book series). Her world features a family of six. This is the next to last book which takes us on “baby” sibling Amelia’s journey. Her story was teased at the end of Always on My Mind. In fact, it was such a good here’s-what’s-to-come (because anytime you hint at a British hero, I’m in)  tease that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this beauty. Returning to this haven that the Christiansen family calls home to catch up with this family is always a pleasure. Giving Amelia a British gentleman intent on proving himself to her? That’s icing on the cake. Amelia’s story picks up after she returns from overseas having felt betrayed by Roark. But little did she ever dream he’d follow her to the north woods of Minnesota nor does she know just who Mr. St. John really is. Continue reading “The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren”