Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cold Dream Dawning by @arkahler #Book #Review

Though trained as a ruthless and efficient killer, Claire barely survived her last assignment. Still reeling from the summoning of the deadly Pale Queen and Roxie’s betrayal, she’s unprepared for Queen Mab’s next demand: to help uncover a new threat to the kingdom, Claire must hunt down the mortal mother she’s never known.

But Claire’s divided loyalties may be the least of her worries: her mother, the former star of the Immortal Circus, has other enemies—including the Summer King. To save the Winter Kingdom from the Pale Queen’s dark designs, Claire must attempt to awaken her mother’s hidden magic. But even if she succeeds, is there magic potent enough to protect her from the dangers lurking in the treacherous forests of the Wildness—or from the shadows in her own heart?
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My Review:
This is book two of The Pale Queen series.  In book one we're introduced to Claire, Winter Fairy Queen Mab's adopted daughter and trained assassin.  In this portion, Claire is no longer finding out who is stealing "Dream", she is now hunting down the Pale Queen in order to save Winter and Summer.  In order to do this, she must find her biological mother, The Oracle.

This story had me completely enraptured!  I love all of the magic involved, especially Claire's since she's a mortal.  I also enjoy Eli, he's always saving her life.  This novel has tons of nonstop action and even twists you don't see coming....time for book 3. :)

Born to Run by @AnnHunter82

Born to Run
Book 1 of the North Oak Series 
June 10-17
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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Rumour by @LesleyKara #Netgalley #Book #Review

There's a killer among us.

That's all it takes.

She stabbed little Robbie Harris.

To change a life -

She's living under a new name.

For ever.

She's reformed. So they say . . .

Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word.
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My Review:
Sometimes rumors can get out of hand.  After all, everyone has to put their own spin on it. Joanna's innocent rumor she'd started took on a life of it's own. Eventually, everyone she knows becomes suspect.

I honestly didn't expect a story about rumors to be as interesting as this novel was.  It was jaw droppingly suspenseful and left me on the edge of my seat until the very end.  I absolutely loved it and look forward to more writings from this author.

About the Author:
Lesley Kara lives on the North Essex coast in the UK. When her children started school, she studied at Greenwich University, London, and trained as a teacher. She worked for many years as a lecturer and manager in a large college of further education in London, but now writes full-time.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Perfect Wife #Netgalley #Book #Review

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He's a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley's most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband's motives--and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .

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My Review: 

This novel was an extremely unique psychological thriller.  It had so many twists that even the ending was completely unexpected.  An amazingly plausible yet fictitious novel!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Thief of Corinth by @TessaAfshar #Book #Review


First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption—the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future—and very lives—hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.


My Review:

As Ariadne escapes her grandfather's strict rules, she fails to question what caused her mother to dissolve her marriage.  As she grows up in Corinth, her older brother thrives in Athens as he spends time with great philosophers.  Ariadne begun believing in whichever God would help her achieve her goals.  Suddenly one night, she learns that her father is "the Honorable Thief".  Instead of being angry she started helping him, that is, until the apostle Paul visited her home.  Her father began believing in a God that forgave and the only thing He wanted in return was for us to love him.  As Ariadne was leaving her last heist, her father tried desperately to stop her.

This story truly shows us what a wonderful thing forgiveness really is.  God loves us so much that no matter how badly we stray, He welcomes us back, forgives us, and gives us far more than our hearts desire.

About the Author:
Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel, Land of Silence, won an Inspy award, and was voted by Library Journal as one of five top Christian Fiction titles of 2016. It was also nominated for the 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Inspirational Romance. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her book, Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category. Her first novel, Pearl in the sand, won her “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Awards 2011. Tessa was born in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She serves on the staff of one of the oldest churches in America. But that has not cured her from being addicted to chocolate.

The Mystery of Alice #Book #Review

Thirteen-year-old Emily Poe has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to attend the exclusive Audyn School in Manhattan. But to win the scholarship, she has to pass a test like nothing she’s ever experienced before: a nearly bare room, a set of strange clues, a locked door. Plus, a mysterious organization—the Leopold Foundation—is watching her every move. But the real test has just begun. Despite the strange circumstances—in a new house, at a new school—Emily instantly bonds with fellow scholarship winner Alice Wray. And then Alice goes missing. Chronicling every surprising twist and turn of her search through her own private video diary, Emily sets out to find the truth behind Alice’s disappearance. Soon, she’s drawn deep into the inner circle of the Audyn School’s elite, the Nobility, who each have secrets of their own. As clues and lies mount, Emily must sort truth from fiction to solve The Mystery of Alice before it’s too late.

Alice Wray was an unusual girl. She knew all about everyone but hid everything about herself. Now someone is stalking her. When she vanishes only her former bestie Emily can decipher the clues she's left behind to find her.

This was my first audiobook and I honestly didn't think I would be able to follow it. But to my surprise I was completely engrossed from beginning to end. This was a fantastic mystery, well written and keeps you guessing.

About the Author:
I grew up in College Station, TX and first began writing in elementary school. I would write stories and poems with the intention of making my classmates laugh. Twenty years later, I used this same technique to write my first kid’s book.

Over the years, I’ve worked a lot of different jobs—farm laborer, art gallery assistant, bartender, assistant literary agent—before settling on the two jobs that I currently hold: Writer and freelance translator. I now live in Brooklyn with my wife and two cats.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Pale Queen Rising by @arkahler #Book #Review


As the royal assassin, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job and doesn’t ask questions. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus, one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals. There she must find the culprit who is causing Dream to mysteriously disappear before the Winter Kingdom’s supply is depleted enough to threaten its very survival. But when she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. As each new clue unveils another secret, Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past—and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show.
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My Review:

Claire was taken in by the Winter Fae Queen, Mab, at   a very young age.  Mab has found some usefulness in her human daughter by using her as an assassin.  Now she's asked Claire to solve a mystery before all of the realm of Winter is destroyed.  Someone is stealing dream and using it for their own gain.

At first I was skeptical about this novel, but it kept me completely engrossed.  Eventually I was smitten with the cast of characters, and dying to know who has been stealing the dream.  It kept me at the edge of my seat to the very end.  Then I realized that the story is far from over...