This is Erin Healy's first book as a solo author, though she has co-written two books with Ted Dekker. She's already a pro, she deftly blends suspense...moreThis is Erin Healy's first book as a solo author, though she has co-written two books with Ted Dekker. She's already a pro, she deftly blends suspense, heartbreak and the supernatural into Never Let You Go.
This book might seem hard to follow at first, many characters are introduced at once, and the scenes are shown from multiple POV's (point of view) But that is only at first! The book starts picking up speed straightaway, and Erin barely allows for the reader to take a breath before pulling another punch to the literary gut. (I started reading this at night, not the best time to start this book!) Never Let You Go isn't written for one gender or the other, but will probably appeal to females in particular, and especially mothers. This book is refreshing in it's appeal, since the suspense genre has been so dominated male authors. Very, very strong "debut" and definitely a recommended read! (just not at night!) :) (less)
This had pontential of becoming like an episode of Touched By An Angel. In other words - cheesy, and extremely so. But Wonders Never Cease doesn't fal...moreThis had pontential of becoming like an episode of Touched By An Angel. In other words - cheesy, and extremely so. But Wonders Never Cease doesn't fall into that category - EVER. It's a lighthearted read, but has a lot of depth where it counts - unlike the messages the "Angel" Kemp is giving to Liv Hayden. The author, Tim Downs, is well known for his Suspense books (and even won a Christy for one!) But this isn't a Supense or Thriller, honestly i don't know what to call it! The best way i can think of describing it is as a medical mystery with a supernatural twist and a touch of Hollywood life, if that makes any sense at all! This book is definitely a stretch in genres but he still proves himself to be just as great a writer in this book as he is in his suspense novels.
As many people have been saying about this book, it truly is one you can enjoy even if you don't like Christian Fiction. I'm looking forward to seeing more books of this genre from Tim Downs! :)
Thanks to booksneeze.com for sending me this book to review! (less)
I'm going to start off with my disclaimers, and then get to the good stuff :) First off, I have no qualifications(on paper, at least) for being interes...moreI'm going to start off with my disclaimers, and then get to the good stuff :) First off, I have no qualifications(on paper, at least) for being interested in reading this book. I received this as a random pick from three books by a review company, Nothing Binding. It wasn't my first choice, but it sounded really interesting based on the synopsis. I know very little about France, and even less about 17th century France. Honestly, I'm more of a Brit wanna-be. I have never read any of Dumas' books and have never watched the movie adaptions. The closest I've come to watching the movie is the Wishbone show on the Three Musketeers! I didn't even see the Disney cartoon version starring Mickey and his friends!
But even still, this book slowly won me over. I say slowly because it did take me a while to get invested in the story. Not because of poor writing or bad characterization, but because I know so little of the back story(this book is supposed to take place after the events in the Three Musketeers) Having said that, you don't need to have read it to enjoy this one! I'm sure it would help to get you into the swing of things, and you might notice some interesting parallels that I completely missed, but it's not necessary. If you've already read and experenced the Three Musketeers, I have a feeling you'd really enjoy this one. It proabably has some modern sensibilities tossed in, but fits well within the genre of historical french fiction. It's engaging, completely action-packed and has some great "you go girl!" moments! My one small gripe is, I really wish the author would have used more French words and phrases within the book, especially since she is a French teacher! There were a few here and there, but not quite enough to convey an authentic French feel. This book has given me a reason to pick up Dumas' books the next chance I have!
Thanks to Nothing Binding and the writer/editor for sending me this book to review! (less)
Thomas Nelson has just published their first collection of what they call "Christian Encounters" The first collection of these neat little biographies...moreThomas Nelson has just published their first collection of what they call "Christian Encounters" The first collection of these neat little biographies are on John Bunyan, St. Patrick, Isaac Newton, Winston Churchill, and my favorite, Jane Austen!
I Admit, I've read a lot of books about Jane Austen, about her country, about her times, about her influences and about her family and even "Jane Austen for Dummies"! Some are are dry, and seem to be just facts, others tend to go off the deep end and elaborate a bit too much, especially on her short-lived romances.Very, very, few make her life seem real and tangible to the reader.
To get to the point, I never have read one quite as enjoyable as this! At times this book reads like a novel, and yet it is full of (interesting - and verifiable!) facts and details. He's not one to drone on about the trivial, but he doesn't ignore the little nuances of her all too brief life. He also realizes his audience have probably not only experienced Jane Austen's books but also the many other variations on them. He mentions these, but doesn't take pages and pages to discuss this, just makes the reader aware of what he calls "Janeia." :)
I am a Jane Austen ADDICT, (as in, ahem, STALKER!!) so I know my stuff, and this guy has shown me that knows his too!
BIG thanks to the wonderful people at Book Sneeze for providing this book for review!(less)
Sense and Sensibility is probably my least favorite Jane Austen novel, and I've read them all. It never captured me like Pride & Prejudice's Darcy...moreSense and Sensibility is probably my least favorite Jane Austen novel, and I've read them all. It never captured me like Pride & Prejudice's Darcy & Elizabeth's love story or even the impetuous Emma's mistaken matchmaking. But with Bethany House's new Insight Edition, Sense and Sensibility's long-lasting effect on culture finally, well, made Sense to me. I enjoyed it this time around, and this will certainly not be my last time to read this beloved classic.
This new edition doesn't mess with the original text of S&S - at all! Quite the opposite - it enhances the reader's experience. The Editors point out little quirks and interesting facts found within the text, which had those notes not been there I would have missed it entirely! Other footnotes are witty, knowledgeable and even have some fun tidbits about the movie variations.
I definitely enjoyed Sense and sensibility more the second time around thanks much in part to this insight edition! There are limitless editions of Sense and Sensibility available, but this one is by FAR my favorite.
Thanks to Bethany House for providing this book for me to review!(less)
The Carousel Painter starts with a promising and uncommon theme, a young girl moves to the states from paris after her father's death and is offered a...moreThe Carousel Painter starts with a promising and uncommon theme, a young girl moves to the states from paris after her father's death and is offered a job as a carousel horse painter. Unfortunately, after this initial set-up the events that follow are all too familiar. A so-so romance, trial after trial for our heroine, and a lacking mystery. The mystery spurred me to continue reading, but the resolution was anticlimactic and predictable. It was tied-up just in time to have the perfect happy ending for the love story. Sometimes the subject matter and vernacular were spot on within the historical period, and other times, a slight bit off. Carrie was a great protagonist, but the other characters were a just a little flat.
I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't quite do it for me. All-in-all it could have been better, but neither was it a waste of time. If you like this genre, read it, but if this genre is not your cup of tea, it wouldn't be my first suggestion.(less)
The Town of Gooding, Texas just got their very own Veterinarian & Doctor siblings Enoch & Taylor Bestman. The only problem? Dr. Taylo...moreMy Review
The Town of Gooding, Texas just got their very own Veterinarian & Doctor siblings Enoch & Taylor Bestman. The only problem? Dr. Taylor Bestman in a woman! Within two minutes of stepping foot in town Taylor already has the town in an uproar! How is she to prove herself to these people? Especially to her very first patient, the town blacksmith?
The book starts out promising, flows nicely at first, but as it proceeds the conversations get harder and harder to follow, and the writing isn't as tight. The Characters are okay, but many of them lack depth. I didn't feel any emotional tie to either the heroine or the hero. This book had a strong beginning a weak middle and an okay ending.
On top of that, the main focus of this entire book wasn't as interesting as the background stories.
Definitely my least favorite book of this four part series. However, If you've read the other books in the series, go ahead and read it, you'll find many of your favorite characters of her past books in That Certain Spark.(less)
The Judas Ride was written for Teens. It's an extremely "edgy" book that sometimes goes into details which would be better left to the imagination, es...moreThe Judas Ride was written for Teens. It's an extremely "edgy" book that sometimes goes into details which would be better left to the imagination, especially for younger teens.
Although Peggy Sue Yarber still "explains" and doesn't "show" her characters, she has improved a lot since her earlier book, Tare. However, this continual explanation of why and what her characters are doing takes a lot away from the imagination reader. It also tends to "dumb down" your audience. Not to mention it makes the bookharder to read!
It's a good story, but the execution makes it almost unreadable for teens. It's hard to follow, sometimes violently graphic, and full of characters who are not commendable for most of the book. Although it has a redemptive undercurrent, I wish Peggy Sue Yarber had made it an essential part of the plot. I give it three stars, as with a little bit more polish this had the potential of a great YA novel.(less)
Melody Carlson is one of the BEST fiction authors for teen girls, I've read a couple dozen books by her and they never cease to be great!
This is the f...moreMelody Carlson is one of the BEST fiction authors for teen girls, I've read a couple dozen books by her and they never cease to be great!
This is the first book i've read in the TrueColors series, and it's the 6th in the seires. Although it might seem like an odd place to start the series, these books don't have to be read in any particular order. Hannah Anderson, a young MK (missionary kid) from Papua New Guinea, is visting her extremely fashionable cousin and family in the states. What seems like a innocent teen thing to do, shopping, turns into a major stumbling block for her. Whatever she seems to purchase needs to have something else it need to complete the "look". And although she's spending more money than she ever though was possible ($300 for a pair of jeans?) it never seems to be good enough for the people around her. As she's falling more and more into debt (eek!) she comes to realize that all the clothes she purchasing are never going to fill the empty space in her heart. It's only Fool's Gold after all.
I, at first, shyed away from these books. It thought they might be a little too "Edgy" for me. Many of them include topics like a friend's suicide, cutting, teen drinking and similar issues. Well, i am hooked on these books, this is not going to be the last book I'm reading in this series!!(less)