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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
Source: Publisher Provided – Thank you!
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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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Summer Harbor, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | On what should be the happiest day of her life, Lucy Lovett cannot remember a thing. She wakes in a strange place on the floor of a Portland restaurant confused about how she got there – in a wedding gown, no less! Her solution is to call Zac Callahan, the one man she does remember most vividly. But their wedding day isn’t for another several months, which means something she can’t remember has happened. Angry, Zac wants nothing to do with Lucy. But the mystery becomes, why? As Lucy tries to return home – to Summer Harbor, Maine, she finds no one is eager to welcome her back.

A woman who can’t forget the man she loves. A man who wishes he could forget.   Continue reading “The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness”

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Unblemished by Sara Ella – A Mark That Signifies Power. A Girl Caught in the Middle.

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Author: Sara Ella

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Source: Author Provided (thanks, Sara!)

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Unblemished, Book 1

Genre: Fiction; Fairy Tale, Contemporary Young Adult

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: Eliyana isn’t like the other girls. Her normal is hiding in the shadows. Just getting through the day is an everyday accomplishment. The mysterious blemish covering her face puts El in the “freaks” crowd at her school. But everything shifts when El loses her mother. This is when her entire life falls apart. To begin with, El discovers the next door neighbor (the boy she’s been crushing on), Joshua is anything but ordinary. Following this up, she learns there is an alternate world hidden within the New York she knows. Suddenly, El is thrust into a world of trolls, fierce warriors and a dangerous new romance. Continue reading “Unblemished by Sara Ella – A Mark That Signifies Power. A Girl Caught in the Middle.”

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The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron – Atmospheric Jazz Under the Big Top

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Author: Kristy Cambron

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)

Source: Publisher Provided via Litfuse Tour

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: Some novels pull you in with an instantaneous “tug” that grabs hold of your reader’s heart, and refuses to let go long after a well-designed opening. Such was the case with Kristy Cambron’s marvelous gem of a novel. Beginning with the “end” and tumbling back three years prior to the prologue, I don’t think there is ever a dull moment in this novel. Before I step further into my thoughts of ‘Ringmaster,’ let me introduce you to the characters you’ll meet.   Continue reading “The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron – Atmospheric Jazz Under the Big Top”

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Siren’s Song by Mary Weber

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Author: Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)

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Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Storm Siren Trilogy, 3

Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Fantasy

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW: One of the most anticipated YA reads of 2016, Siren’s Song, has finally hit store shelves and with it, closes out a grand adventure. As with any series ender there are bound to be some bittersweet feelings for anyone who has been a fanigirl of the series. Mary Weber’s fantasy series caused more than a little stir in the bookish world and because of this, it was next to impossible not to be caught up in the exhilarating world.   Continue reading “Siren’s Song by Mary Weber”

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The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

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Author: Katherine Reay
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins)
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary/General
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: It takes a talented pen to consistently turn out novels that speak to an avid book lover’s heart! It takes talent and genuine passion for an author to progressively grow stronger and better with each new story. Katherine Reay easily falls into the latter category with The Brontë Plot. Each of her novels (three, counting this release) is driven by literary influences and each is suffused in old-fashioned values. Basically, every book this author has penned has been a kind of ode to the novels that are perhaps left to the dust and forgotten among the contemporary impacts of modern fandoms. Continue reading “The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay”

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Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Zondervan (HarperCollins)
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Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Summer Harbor, 1
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Rating: 4 out of 5

Each time I crack open the pages of a new contemporary rom-com from inspirational author, Denise Hunter, I allow my expectations to soar. If there is one thing the author excels at (and there are more than one) it’d be her narrative that ensures the reader a delightful time. That is exactly what one will find within the pages of the award-winning author’s brand new book, which also acts as a new series launcher. Not only that is attributed to it, but this makes an excellent Christmas read and an attractive find for anyone looking for that perfect gift to give the book lover in your family. Though we were given a tease of this story in Married ‘til Monday, until you read this, you aren’t likely to really understand the characters well enough to judge them. Continue reading “Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter”

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Married ’til Monday, by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Chapel Springs, 4
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: When ranking Denise Hunter’s novels, like any reader, I certainly have my favorites. But each time I learn of a new novel from this seasoned author, excitement is more than a little off the charts and I am guaranteed a lovely read at the very least. As her latest four-book series draws to a close with this release, I saw my review copy patiently awaiting its turn to be read and after reading it, am left wondering how I delayed cracking open its pages this long. Those who’ve read all three of these familial novels will know that book four is about Ryan McKinley, the eldest sibling in the quartet of siblings. Ryan is one hero with a darkened past because of the marriage and divorce he proceeded through, now gone three years. When he learns that his ex-wife, Abby has never confessed their divorce to her parents, Ryan invites himself to tag along on her return home for her parents anniversary party. Feeling led by God to pursue a fresh, mature and healthy relationship with Abby, Ryan sees this as his one opportunity to win back the trust of his ex, whereas Abby isn’t receptive to the same feelings as Ryan. Continue reading “Married ’til Monday, by Denise Hunter”

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Siren’s Fury, by Mary Weber

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Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Author (Publisher) Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Storm Siren, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: One of the most highly anticipated young adult novels of 2015 (or that’s been my experience), the “Siren” is back on store shelves and the wait finally over. Mary Weber’s follow up novel is here. With the heart-stopping ending to Storm Siren and more questions than we could handle left hanging, there was a lot to discover in book two. Now the adventure was about to continue inside the pages of this visually pretty novel. The opening picks up just where book one left off with Nym realizing that her mentor and the only person she’d truly come to love, Eogan was being used to house Draewulf for his own evil purposes. This is where the story begins and evolves from. Aided by Princess Rasha, Nym has to figure out how to defeat Draewulf, but holding her back is the man she sees each time she confronts Draewuld: Eogan. This leads to Nym and Rasha becoming stowaways; it’s this that gets our sequel in motion. Continue reading “Siren’s Fury, by Mary Weber”

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The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher ARC via NetGalley
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Chapel Springs, book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Christian
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Reading the first book in this series, Barefoot Summer was a kind of magic even this addict of contemporary fiction hadn’t experienced in quite some time. It wasn’t *just* the delights of the setting or the character quirks, it was a deeper, more meaningful chord it struck in me. That moment ensured this series climbed quickly to the top of my favorites list, which is why despite some minor disappointment in the following novel, I was anxious to have the chance to read any ensuing books in the series. Before the first chapter was gone, I already knew this book was a rare keeper. The story is about PJ McKinley and newcomer Cole Evans. Both of them have dreams that involve the Wishing House, which they place separate bids on and since the owner of the house cannot decide between PJ’s well thought-out plan to open a restaurant (her dream) or Cole’s plan to use the house as a home for foster kids transitioning between high school and whatever’s next, the pair of them are asked to share the space for a matter of months while the owner makes a decision. As two very different people are forced to share the house, they come to realize that there is more to the other person than first impressions would suggest. Continue reading “The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter”