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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World

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Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, 1
Rating: ★★★★

An exciting adventure awaits the reader as we journey with Sofi Snow.

REVIEW | There are two things 17-year-old Sofi Snow is good at. Keeping her guard up, and protecting her bother. It’s all she’s ever known. She’s fierce in her every day and as an online gamer. Her world is an Earth ruled by cooperation’s rather than a form of government. Her primary goal though is to keep her young brother, who is a part of the games’ virtual and physical arena fights, safe. When an explosion rocks the arena, Sofi is injured and Shilo is nowhere to be found.

Convinced he’s a alive, Sofi escapes the hospital (after overhearing the sinister plans for her) and sets about finding her brother. To enter the forbidden world where the Delonese live (the alien planet surrounding Earth), Sofi needs help. She’ll need the kind of help only Earth’s playboy, Miguel, one of the Delonese’s ambassadors, can offer. A dangerous possibility not only because ambassadors aren’t allowed on the planet, a complication further agitated because they share a history both wish to forget. Continue reading “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World”

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With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series

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Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
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Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction
Series: Orphan Train, 1
Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | The New York streets are brutal to Elise Neumann and her young sisters. Following the recent death of their mother, the three girls are left orphaned. Housed by an uncle who cruelly demands more money from them, Elise decides she must strike out on her own before her family is torn apart. Leaving her family in the capable hands of a kind-hearted woman trying to start a mission, Elise sets out for unknown territory: Illinois.

Once there, she is hired to cook by the wealthy entrepreneur Thornton Quincy. Facing his own complicated challenges, Thornton cannot help an interest in Elise. Beautiful inside and out, Thornton begins to wonder if she’s his chance at true love – and to fulfill the challenges his father issues to his sons to marry for love. Continue reading “With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series”

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Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin – WWII Historical Romance at its Best

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Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell
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Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Waves of Freedom, Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Historical Romance
Rating: ★★★★★

REVIEW | With the shadow of Pearl Harbor’s fate left hanging over them, the Avery family prepares to say goodbye to their independent daughter, Lillian. As her brothers join the as Navy men, her twin sister, Lucy (whom she’s never been close with) is married and expecting her first child. This leaves Lillian with little purpose. Experiencing the pangs of trepidation and excitement she makes ready to move to Boston. Once there, she plans to put her training as a pharmacist to use while rooming with her brother’s girlfriend, Mary.   Continue reading “Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin – WWII Historical Romance at its Best”

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The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction

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Author: Rachel McMillan

Publisher: Harvest House

Source: Author provided E-galley

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Herringford and Watts, book 1

Genre: Fiction; Historical

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | One of my weaknesses is historical settings set in or around the 1900s. I know the blame for this lies squarely on the shoulders of Julian Fellowes and a little drama called Downton Abbey. This is partial reason why the debut novel of Rachel McMillan rose up to be one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. Never mind its premise being completely different, it became the one novel I was 99.9% sure of 100% adoring. Helping to sell this educated guess of mine was the beautiful and swirly cover art that featured the old-fashioned art of silhouettes to say nothing of its gorgeous swirly font. As I turned the pages, within the span of 10-15, I was swept into Rachel’s Toronto and the fascinating historical setting of 1910. Continue reading “The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction”

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith – Darcy and Lizzy Fight Zombies

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Author: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Publisher: Quirk Books

Source: Bought

Publication Date: 2009 (Reprint 2016)

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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

REVIEW: A kind of “literary mash-up” and retelling, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (of a sort) is sassy, creative fiction. Ironically, I found it as relevant to today’s society (is there anything that cannot be cured by a dose of infected zombies? *sarcasm*), as it might appeal to those who admire the old literary language that Austen wrote with such class and grace.

The story is, at its heart, the same as Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. We meet the feisty Lizzy Bennet only instead of being snubbed for lacking graces, she’s skilled in the arts of weaponry. Mr. Darcy is still as proud as ever with an arrogance Lizzy cannot tolerate. Only in this scenario, they are equally matched in their skill with the sword as trained zombie slayers. With every meeting, the tension crackles as Lizzy’s disgust of the arrogant man rises and his attraction to Lizzy grows. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat Review ➔

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The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea

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Author: Rachelle Rea

Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing

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Publication Date: 2015

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Series: Steadfast Love, #2

Genre: Fiction; Historical

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

REVIEW: Rachelle’s debut novel blew me away. Its precise storytelling and quietly compelling plot sort of snuck up on me. It started out great, but as each chapter passed, it became progressively better (and better). Her sophomore novel keeps pace with the first by picking up immediately where book one left off. We catch up with Gwyneth and Dirk immediately following their disastrous encounter at Gwyneth’s ancestral home. Now without a home, Dirk safely sees Gwyneth to his family home where she can be cared for and watched over by his mother and family, but he leaves. You see there is still a price on his life – people who would see him punished for crimes he didn’t commit. This shatters not only Gwyneth and their fledging relationship, but forced Dirk to look at himself and revisit some of the dark things about his past. Continue reading “The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea”

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Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

About the Book:Book - Shades of Doon
Author(s): Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Publisher: Blink (an Imprint of HarperCollins)
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Doon, 3
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Contemporary Young Adult
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Building an impressive fan base full of readers fully invested in these characters lives, this series has become one of the more popular YA lit re-telling set of novels currently relevant to today’s reader. Its second novel, Destined for Doon, left its fans scrambling for answers and adding Shades of Doon to their most anticipated lists. Now, the third book is nearly here and fans are about to have the answers they longed for. The adventure continues as Veronica recovers from her brush with death and the mysterious circumstances that put her in that perilous situation. With her bestie, Mackenna, by her side, Vee is ready to face anything… except being thrust back to the modern world. Doon is home for her and leaving behind her people, her kingdom… and the man she loves is an impossible possibility neither Vee or Kenna are prepared to ponder.   Continue reading “Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon”

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Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

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Author: Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell Books
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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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The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea

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Author: RachelleRea
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
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Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Steadfast Love, 1
Genre: Fiction; Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Discovering blogging friends are living their dreams through publishing is one of the most exciting things the book blogging community can be a part of. I’ve “known” at least three bloggers who are pursing that exact dream, and have been able to play a small part in helping two of them launch their novels in the world. One of those talented souls is Rachelle Rea. Her debut, The Sound of Diamonds is now officially out in the world and today, I’d like to talk about that novel. It follows the story of young Gwyn, a Catholic girl who’s hidden herself away at a convent in order to forget the tragedy she’s experienced in her young life – and to hide away from him. Dirk knows he’s the man Gwyn believes responsible for the death of her parents. Because of this, she isn’t willing to walk out the door with him when he shows up concerned for her safety, asking her to travel with him and his companions to England. Thus sets into motion a literal and emotional journey of healing, danger and forgiveness. Continue reading “The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea”

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Hearts Made Whole, by Jody Hedlund

About the Book:Book - Hearts Made Whole
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
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Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Beacons of Hope, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Historical Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis: After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper–even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her. Continue reading “Hearts Made Whole, by Jody Hedlund”