I was able to meet this author when I lived in Milwaukee, WI at Urban Reviews in 2012 (I believe it was this date) and was a debut author.
As I start...moreI was able to meet this author when I lived in Milwaukee, WI at Urban Reviews in 2012 (I believe it was this date) and was a debut author.
As I start to read the book, you see how a young man wants to be his mother's protector since no man is in the home but there is gang activity in the urban area they reside. Later you see how he is going through trials as a man with the ladies, frat brothers, and unsure what he wants in these intimate relationships. For me, it sort of read like Street Lit, definitely Urban fiction but continued to see "the twist" or twists in the book.
It was difficult for me to connect to the character(s) in the beginning of the reading, felt it was more telling than showing in the writing, and informative facts that actually really happen in Milwaukee: racial tensions (segregation for example and nepotism which wasn't mentioned), high minority unemployment (main reason for leaving) and longer-than-ever winters (other major reason to leave). So I could really relate to this part as a former Milwaukeean.
I received a complimentary copy from author at event to provide a review.
Ironically I requested this read before realizing it was in a series, and believe this is book 8. However this one starts off that piques my interest...moreIronically I requested this read before realizing it was in a series, and believe this is book 8. However this one starts off that piques my interest regardless of the vulgar vernacular. I may just read anyways.(less)
I read the first book out of curiosity, and now trying to follow the series and see how the next book plays out. Kara Gillian worked on the Symbol Man...moreI read the first book out of curiosity, and now trying to follow the series and see how the next book plays out. Kara Gillian worked on the Symbol Man case, and now trying to find out who or what is consuming the human essence from its victims. She sees the arcane side of things than just the murder itself. She suspects there are unrelated cases somehow connected because their souls were eaten, or taken their essence. Furthermore, Kara tries to explain to Jill the demon in her home when she arrives on site; oddly reminds me of how people try to justify sin(s).
The downfall of this one for me is "summoner" kept being mentioned throughout the novel which became a bit annoyance for my liking. This is very clear in the first book and the beginning of this one. Read about 50% in and kept being reminded in writing. Some parts tended to prolong and losing me in the actual storyline and mystery of it all; who dunnit. Two murders, what demon or person is tied to these murders and are they really unrelated or similar?
I usually read Christian fiction and historical fiction with God introduced in the storyline, but reading this author because of another author's sugg...moreI usually read Christian fiction and historical fiction with God introduced in the storyline, but reading this author because of another author's suggestion. She likes this author as well as a few others and wanted to check out. I like the title, but seems to be written in the 1860s. I will see how this story plays out and if I will be sold once I read her work as well.
The prologue left you intrigued and begging for more, as I get a bit further, a man left for dead isn't quite dead yet. Isaiah, a free man who once worked on a plantation, is helping save this man he thought was dead and setting his grave. I was glad the author introduced this character and a little background of the Black man during this time of 1860s which is with the likes of Abby, a fair woman. I'm waiting to see how this scene in the book plays out.
There was some slow parts midway of the book; not sure if it was for a page count or word count but I can see that Tamera Alexander wants you to grasp in-depth of the character(s). Reading into the mindset of the characters: Kathryn and Larson, at times, made me want to choke them and say "come on...don't you know!" But we do this as human characters as well. Moreover, Annabelle has a discerning gift and reveals things when necessary but allows the person to draw it out for themselves. What comes goes on in the dark will come to light; and finally seeing a bit about Larson's mother was the tip of the iceberg that made Kathryn feel more comfortable around Annabelle since she finally saw and understood it firsthand in the brothel. What upset me was Larson not admitting who he was when he had the chance with Annabelle even with Kathryn and wondering if he ever will to the bitter end...but if this is a three part series, probably not in this first novel...prolong to read the next one I suppose.
I like how some Biblical aspects are weaved into the story, just enough to make one be open to it or think about it as a whole. If the book continues like this, I will be looking forward to completing the series by this year.
I absolutely love this book. The very first quote(s) brought joy and tears to my eyes. I enjoyed it so much in a short time read, to absorb the words...moreI absolutely love this book. The very first quote(s) brought joy and tears to my eyes. I enjoyed it so much in a short time read, to absorb the words and meanings, that I know I have to get these are gifts for certain family members that need to be encouraged and exhorted. This is also great gifts for those graduates and starting a job!!!
I purchased a copy at Dollar Tree Store and will try to find more!
Adrienna Turner, author of God is in the Equation(less)
The title was intriguing and the cover may be a bit enticing; however as soon as I started to read the novel...first 10+ pages, clearly saw this is no...moreThe title was intriguing and the cover may be a bit enticing; however as soon as I started to read the novel...first 10+ pages, clearly saw this is not a series or book for me. I wanted to read it because it is a Guardian series...which is something I was to write years ago and wanted to see the author's intake on this but unfortunately couldn't read much of it.
So sorry I dislike it since it has a 8 or so book series.(less)
On Sabbath, I need something to unwind and relax the mind with an uplifting spiritual book.
Another one is "Blessings from Above" that ironically has...moreOn Sabbath, I need something to unwind and relax the mind with an uplifting spiritual book.
Another one is "Blessings from Above" that ironically has the same ISBN, and may give one of these collections of encouragement and inspiration to my sister since she is in school and may need this as a gift.
*I see these are good books to give as gifts for encouragement! I also saw them at Dollar Tree Store(s). :)
Adrienna Turner, author of The Day Begins with Christ and God is in the Equation, also Unleashing the Spirits.(less)
I think Nicole Bradshaw took a great risk to write such a historical fiction; and reading other reviews, it seems like she didn't get the historical p...moreI think Nicole Bradshaw took a great risk to write such a historical fiction; and reading other reviews, it seems like she didn't get the historical parts correct (inaccuracy). Once I saw it was about the Titanic, which many of us saw the movie, I thought it was amazing to write about the only Negros on the ship. I am not familiar with this, and probably could Google it, but I also have to be mindful it is fiction. I thought the cover was fascinating until I started to read the book and discover the main character Corrine is fair-skin not caramel-brown as I see illustrated on the cover. Guessing the other two characters are Sebastian from France, and the love she meets on the ship itself. I am not sure if the woman is her grandmother, or just some older lady on the ship...
The story captivated me to read more, but wonder why Corrine (or some women) are pressured to have sex in their prime years (teens) to prove their love for their man, when most people do not even know the unequivocal meaning of the word. Yet her mother reassures her that she'll meet the cheat and then the forever man next. Sounds promising, but rarely have I ever seen this happen.
One of my favorite lines: "God gives us free will. Don't blame Him for your actions. God's there to fix the messes in your life that you have created..."
This is also the first time I've read this author. However, I typically enjoy reading historical fiction, romance if written well and convincing, and definitely an undeniable love shared in the novel is a plus for me. Regardless of historical flaws aforementioned in other reviews, I truly enjoyed this read and whether I agree that love happens overnight and sleep tight, I'm so glad it had a good ending as well.
I received a complimentary copy from the publicist to provide a review. It was an ARC, but got it around the time the book would be published (May/June 2013).
The cover is absolutely stunningly beautiful, the name is captivating and made me want to read it even though it is an eShort or prelude to the Legend...moreThe cover is absolutely stunningly beautiful, the name is captivating and made me want to read it even though it is an eShort or prelude to the Legend of Sheba. I quickly learned that Ismeni was born at a time that was noted as a "bad omen" but surely became the consort of the soon-to-be king. She was beautiful and wondered if this could be her curse; however Wahabil let her know that she was like a mirror that causes others to see themselves more clearly and feared what lurked deep inside of them, as if looking at her, they could see the windows to their soul. This part had me pause and take that in. Ultimately, in this short read, I couldn't stop and put other books I was currently reading on hold to complete. Tosca does it again where you cannot stop reading until you know what will come of the novel, and also a tease to the upcoming, anticipated novel which she gives a teaser thereafter...of course I had to read after midnight to see how it starts off--with a bang! I have read her other book with the Hebrew name of Eve, and now addicted to read any biblical, historical fiction by this author. My first introduction of Tosca Lee was with Ted Dekker, a trilogy series, and finished earlier this year.
Adrienna Turner Dream4More Reviewer, www.dream4more.org Author of "The Day Begins with Christ" and "God is in the Equation"(less)
The title and cover piqued my curiosity, and enjoy reading nonfiction books to build the spirit-person as well as the mind.
The first chapter topic on...moreThe title and cover piqued my curiosity, and enjoy reading nonfiction books to build the spirit-person as well as the mind.
The first chapter topic on "go back to square one" has definitely captured my attention and vividly could picture the game analogy to how it is for the Christian life.
My favorite part of the book was the four practical steps when facing temptation. I believe this has really spoke to my heart and mind, and will help me when temptation rises up in me when dealing with the lusts of the flesh. I also liked the section on judging, and how we are to be forgivers instead for we know that God is the final judge. Moreover as believers we are to purge; be separate and peculiar people who do not fall into the trap of thinking that they have a great tower of strength (even to fight temptation), can mix with the things of the world, and still stay close to Jesus. We are only fooling ourselves. We can never be part of the world--following their system, their beliefs, and actions.
This book is definitely a useful tool for believers and those reminders to keep us on track according to the Word of God, but also some parts are written in layman terms or parables/analogies to clearly understand the Word itself. I would highly recommend this book to be added to your Kindle library or get the printed copy to put on your shelf. I am so blessed to read this for free and will keep on my cloud library for sure to read on any of my devices.
I received a free eBook copy on Amazon through a BookBub alert.
Adrienna Turner Author of God is in the Equation and The Day Begins with Christ(less)
This book is fast-paced with a series of incidents and characters occurring. I then realized that I am reading the third book of the series. Also, thi...moreThis book is fast-paced with a series of incidents and characters occurring. I then realized that I am reading the third book of the series. Also, this is the first time reading this author.
My only issue with the book is that there aren't any breaks where needed since one minute I am reading about Jimmy Dupree and his thoughts, then Paul's thoughts, and starts to become a bit confusing who is what; if there were asterisks or breaks, or new chapters per characters ordeals then it would work (e.g. p 62). (I tend to have this problem while writing too and has been pointed out in my draft(s) from other writers/authors).
Aside from the minor errors in the book, I enjoyed it and the suspense was on a high from the first chapter until the very end.
I received a free copy from the author from an event held in Atlanta, GA in 2009.