An Overview of the Novel: Liz is tired of running, but that's all she's ever known and she doesn't anticipate being ablMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Liz is tired of running, but that's all she's ever known and she doesn't anticipate being able to stop running anytime soon. She's wanted by the government and by a rogue agency. And it's all because of that stupid accident. The one that caused her to be able to download people's minds after just one touch. One touch and she can know anything about them.
And yes the FBI and the rogue agency find that particular talent very useful. But when Liz moves to a small town, she makes friends for the first time. And she meets Carey, he's a guy who is different too. She starts gaining feelings for him. But can you really fall in love when you might have to pick up and move at any given moment.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tour team. I am not receiving any compensation for my review nor was I obligated to write a good review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I actually really liked this one. I thought the synopsis sounded good and so I decided to give it a shot. What I didn't expect was to fall in love with this novel. From page one to the very end, I was hooked. I loved the characters and I loved the plot too.
I have read a lot of books about telepathy, but I really really liked this one. Dunman's writing forced me to become engaged in the text and left me wanting to turn the pages faster and faster.
This novel was a brilliant start to a series that I'm definitely going to be keeping tabs on. The whole idea of being able to download somebody's mind was a different twist than the telepathy books I'm used to and I found the idea to be really intriguing. I just loved everything about this one. Definitely recommend it.
In Summary: A brilliant book that caught my attention. This book had an interesting premise, great characters, and was impeccably written. I adored it.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book was actually very clean. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to even most the sensitive readers.
The Wrap-up: I really enjoyed this novel. I'll be honest I was hoping that this book would be a fun, enjoyable read, but I really didn't have that high of expectations for it. I was blown away by how much I loved it. ...more
In Summary: Hadley is ticked. Her mom is making her going to her father's wedding and that's the last thing Hadley wants tMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
In Summary: Hadley is ticked. Her mom is making her going to her father's wedding and that's the last thing Hadley wants to do. Her father walked out on them and she doesn't understand why she should go see him marry some other woman. It's just ridiculous.
What's even more ridiculous is the fact that she misses her plane by four minutes. It's not like anybody will believe she didn't do it on purpose. She is stuck in an airport with people she doesn't know and she has her father's book sitting on her lap. She hasn't read it and she's decided she's going to give it back to him. That is bound to make a statement.
Then she meets Oliver on the airport. Oliver is heading back to London too and as they start talking she is stunned by the connection she has with him. Can one day with somebody change your whole outlook on life. Hadley is about to find out.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had heard a lot of hype about this book, but I was skeptical about it. I was completely blown away by the awesomeness of this novel. I love books that take place in one day and this one simply solidified that belief.
Smith was a master at infusing her writing with Hadley's voice. I felt so connected to her character and felt like I knew her so well. Smith was a master at writing and character development.
I also liked Oliver. He had great dialogue. Seriously every time he opened his mouth, I ended up laughing hysterically. I definitely could see myself crushing on Oliver....oh I kind of did for the whole book.
Her writing was beautiful too. I was surprised by how profound her writing was. She worked in such meaningful quotes and how she developed this novel so completely. She worked in literary quotes so seamlessly. It didn't feel pretentiously.
Fans of realistic contemporary novels will adore this one. The plot was well-developed and the writing was beautiful. I was sucked in from the very first page until the very last page. I recommend this to anybody and everybody.
So why 5 stars? Because I absolutely loved this one. This is a memorable book and one that I actually wrote down several quotes from. It had me laughing one moment and then thinking deeply the next. Any book that can do that is one of my favorites.
In Summary: A beautifully written book that I absolutely adored. Jennifer E. Smith has made a fan out of me. I can't wait to read more from her.
The Wrap-up: This book is one that I would definitely consider buying. You should definitely read this one. I really did adore this novel. Smith's writing was beautiful, touching, entertaining, hilarious, and moving. Any book that can be described by all of those words is one of my favorites.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I reallyMy Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really wanted to like this one and thought it had great potential, but I just couldn't get into it. I don't know if it was because I wasn't the target audience or what, but I just really didn't connect with the story.
The characters were ones that I could easily connect with at the start, but then nothing seemed to happen. I felt like I was constantly waiting for something bigger or something more to happen. It just seemed like there should have been more. I know I'm not articulating this well, but something was missing.
I did like the premise, however. The premise was this: a girl who's hurting over her mother and father's divorce, who's hurt and wishes her mom would try harder. A girl who believes her mom should move on, lose weight, and get her act together. Her dad got married to someone younger and prettier. To her it seems ludicrous to her that somebody could just fall out of love.
That had great potential. I was expecting the character to undergo some kind of transformation or growth, but it was just too little a little too late.
However, the actual writing was really good. I thought she did a great job at drawing me in with her words. The plot was just lacking in my opinion. It was a well-written story; it just couldn't combine all of the elements together to make a great read.
Because of that I would give Hilma one more shot. I think she has what it takes to be a great writer; I just don't think she got there with this novel. I'll be curious to see if she writes anything else and if it was cheap I would check it out just to see if she could put it together.
In Summary: Hilma's novel had great potential and on some level I did enjoy it; however, I felt like it could have been better developed. I wanted to like this one. I just felt like it fell flat.
The Wrap-up: I felt like this novel had a lot of potential, but it just didn't execute. However, if you like books that are more middle grade in scope or books about dealing about divorce, you might like this one. And like I said the actual writing is beautiful.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligatMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
An Overview of the Novel: Mallory Hale had great plans for her life. She was going to be a great lobbyist...then she fell hopelessly in love and her whole life is turned upside down. Next thing she knows she's leaving for Texas with her husband and leaving everything she's known behind her.
The adjustment is hard and Mallory ends up wondering what on earth possessed her to move. Oh yeah, love. But she rarely sees her husband and everything about where they are living seems off.
His boss seems to be involved in suspicious behavior and Mallory certainly doesn't like him. But when tragedy strikes is Mallory really ready for it.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I did like this book but everything just seemed so fast-paced. I'd barely get my bearings on what was happening and then everything would shift.
Plus, I'm more of a romantic suspense girl than a romance girl and so in my mind the promise of suspense was ultimately unmet. There was a sprinkling of suspense, but not enough to satisfy me.
I also often found myself very annoyed with the characters. They all kept doing such stupid things that left me shaking my head. However, I did really love watching the characters grow and I did love the writing style.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-galley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opiniMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-galley of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't know what to expect from this novel when I saw it on Netgalley. I love Christian fiction and so I decided to give it a shot. I hadn't read the previous two in the series so I really was going into this series blind.
I absolutely adored this book. In fact, I was stunned by how much I loved it. I knew it would be good because I knew Lessman was an incredible author, but I didn't think it would be this good.
I loved every single one of the characters in this book. I could spend a whole post talking about every single one of them; however, since the main characters were Annie and Steve, I'll focus on them for awhile.
I loved Annie. She wanted so badly to fit in and she wanted to find herself after her parents' death. She falls in with a questionable crowd and is warned to find better friends. I loved watching Annie grow as her faith increased and as she started making better choices. Annie was definitely not a flat character and I loved that.
And then there was Steven. Steven was not perfect. I loved that, so often the male characters are perfect and it makes the story seem flat. I loved watching Steven as he struggled to make the right choices and to be a better person.
And of course, I loved the interactions between Annie and Steven. That was definitely an interesting portion of the novel. I also loved how you gained insight into other character's minds throughout the novel.
Usually I can guess the plot line of novels, and while I guessed the general plot, I was thrown for a few loops. Lessman tucked in a few twists that I absolutely didn't see coming.
Lessman's writing was inspiring, entertaining, and uplifting. Lessman is a master at crafting words. I flew through this novel and loved every single minute of it.
Fans of Christian fiction will love this novel. Readers who have not read the previous two books can read this novel without feeling lost, but there are a lot of characters that might be a little hard to keep track of at first.
I definitely recommend reading this series in order and I know I will be going back and reading the first two. I am definitely going to be tracking them down ASAP.
In Summary: Lessman has created a beautiful writing style and creates realistic characters that readers will love. One of my favorite Christian fiction novels of the year.
Warnings/Side-notes: This is a very clean novel. It does talk about sex but in a very vague and appropriate manner.
The Wrap-up: I absolutely adored this novel and definitely recommend it. Lessman is a brilliant writer. I definitely recommend checking out her novels.
Annie is an incredible writer. Her novels always suck me in so completely. I've had the opportunity to review several of her novels and have loved eveAnnie is an incredible writer. Her novels always suck me in so completely. I've had the opportunity to review several of her novels and have loved every single one of them. She is definitely a writer that I'm going to be keeping tabs on.
I helped Annie with this book by providing a light copyedit. However, as I was going along, I found myself having to remind myself not to get caught up in the story and to keep editing.
Her characters are brilliantly developed, her plot is beautiful, and the pacing is excellent.
This is the second book in a series that I both love and recommend. This one is definitely worth reading. ...more
I loved this book. Melanie Jacboson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her name is synonymous with cute, funny stories.
I don't have timeI loved this book. Melanie Jacboson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her name is synonymous with cute, funny stories.
I don't have time to write a personal review, so here's the review that I published.
Melanie Jacobson's new book, "Smart Move" will leave readers laughing out loud. "Smart Move" is the companion novel to "Twitterpated" and follows the character Sandy Burke.
Sandy met Jack Manning at a club in Seattle. He said he would call, and she waited for that call for months. It never came. Sandy was devastated and was never able to entirely forget him. A year later, when she has the chance to leave Seattle and work at New Horizons in Washington, D.C., she jumps at the chance.
New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that helps women get back on their feet, something Sandy is very passionate about. However, plans to build a new outreach center come to a screeching halt when an annoying lawyer tries to block their permit to build the center.
On top of that, Sandy has to deal with her mother, who is obsessed with all things New Age and is convinced that Sandy’s religion as a now activity member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a fraud and is not filling her needs. Between her mom “the crazy train” and the lawyer she likes to call “El Diablo” it is only time before someone drives her crazy.
As if battling for the new outreach center wasn’t hard enough, she finds herself battling for her heart too. Jake Manning, the handsome guy from Seattle, reappears in Washington, D.C., and kicks her heart back into overdrive. The only problem is that Jake is also “El Diablo.” Sandy refuses to be attracted to the guy who is making her life a living nightmare at work.
However, Jake isn’t so ready to let her walk away. Sandy determines that she can use the "flirt-to-convert" method to make him see the importance of the new center. Jake is set on winning her back. However, Sandy quickly realizes she is in danger of losing both her head and her heart.
While it is a companion novel to "Twitterpated," this book can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Jacobson’s writing always manages to be refreshing, entertaining, amusing and uplifting. She writes her romances in a way that are accessible to readers of all ages. Her romances are always clean and never contain any content that would offend any reader of any age.
Jacobson’s characters are always masterfully developed and spring off the pages. Jacobson will have readers laughing out loud at least a few times as she relates the hilarious encounters between Sandy and Jake as they battle for their jobs and their hearts. Fans of the romantic comedy will love Jacobson’s novel “Smart Move,” and will appreciate the novel for its depth, its entertainment value and its overall cuteness. ...more
Disclaimers: I received the sequel Shattered from Netgalley and loved it so much that I went back and bought this one. I aMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received the sequel Shattered from Netgalley and loved it so much that I went back and bought this one. I absolutely loved this one and can't wait to reread Shattered and read more from this author.
An Overview of the Novel: Cole McKenna is often called in to help the police recover evidence on deep-sea dives, but the most recent dive has left him reeling. Two people were killed and they suspect murder was at play. One of the victims was alive when he rescued her, but dead by the time she got to the hospital. Even worse, that victim was Bailey's aunt. Bailey, the girl Cole had loved and the girl who had left breaking his heart in the process.
The last thing Bailey wants to do is return to Yancey. Her reputation in that town precedes her. It doesn't matter that she's changed and left that part of her in the past. The people of Yancey won't be able to see past that. And then there's Cole. She's not entirely sure she's ready to face him again.
But as Cole and Bailey work together to solve Bailey's aunt's murder will they be able to rekindle their old attractions for each other or will the murderer get to them first?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved Shattered and so to say I had high expectations for Submerged is a vast understatement. I was expecting this novel to blow me away and it did.
It took me about ten pages before I was absolutely hooked. Dani Pettrey is the queen of suspense and in my mind ranks right up there with Irene Hannon and Dee Henderson and that is saying something because those two women are fantastic writers.
Dani set up the suspense in such a magnificent way. Her characterization was brilliant, the plot was gripping, and the writing was masterful. I still think my favorite character was Piper, who stars in the sequel, but I really enjoyed Cole and Bailey.
I loved learning more about their past and about what had led them to where they were today. Dani did an excellent job at not info dumping, but rather slowly revealed piece upon piece until readers had pieced together her plot and her characters.
Pettrey is an author that I will be keeping close tabs on. I can't wait to read more from her.
So Why 5 out of 5 stars? I was going to give this a 4.5 but balked at the idea because there was nothing about this book that deserved less than a 5 star rating. The characterization was great, the plot and suspense were masterfully built, the writing was brilliant, and the overall story was incredible. In short, everything made this a 5 star book.
In Summary: Dani Pettrey is a master at blending elements of romance, faith, and suspense together. Nothing ever felt forced. Pettrey's attention to detail made for a gripping plot and compelling characters. She just made me a life-long fan.
The Wrap-up: I love this author and both of her books have been magnificent. She's easily claimed a spot as one of my favorite authors. If you love romantic suspense, then pick up Submerged and Shattered today. Just trust me on this one.
Disclaimers: I received and e-galley of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. ThaMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received and e-galley of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks to the good people at Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read this book.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is the first book I've ever read by Denise Hunter and I can tell you that it will not be the last I read by her. I absolutely adored her writing style and her characters. This is the third book in her A Big Sky Romance series; however, this novel can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel.
Having said that, let's get into my review. I went into this noel with low expectations. I hadn't heard of Denise Hunter before but thought that the synopsis sounded good so I gave it a shot.
I immediately fell in love with the characters Annie and Dylan. Annie is struggling to help out her sister Sierra and Sierra's son as Sierra tries to finish college, but it's becoming increasingly more difficult. After watching cowboy after cowboy leave her mom, Annie has decided cowboys are nothing but trouble and the last thing she's going to do is fall for lady's man and cowboy Dylan. But can you deny the heart?
Dylan is nursing some hidden wounds when it comes to love but Annie has caught his interest. The only problem is Annie wants nothing to do with him. She seems to have such a bad opinion of him and he doesn't understand why. Does he dare take a shot on Annie and on love again?
Watching these two characters interact was always entertaining, always cute, and always beautiful. Hunter did a great job at building their relationship. It didn't seem like a whirlwind romance that came from nowhere, but rather a relationship rooted in friendship.
I also loved the way in which Hunter told her story. She had a fresh voice that drew me in from the beginning. I loved reading this book. Hunter weaved in elements of faith in a way that was never heavy-handed and always just seemed to fit the text perfectly.
Like I mentioned earlier, I adored this novel, even though I'm not much of a western cowgirl. That's the beauty of this novel: you don't have to like cowboys to fall in love with Annie and Dylan's story.
In Summary: Denise Hunter weaves a beautiful tale full of intriguing characters that are all too lovable, a fresh writing style, and a brilliantly crafted plot that is bound to attract Christian fiction lovers.
Warnings/Side-notes: None this novel is clean. That's partly why I love it.
The Wrap-up: Hunter is an author that I'll definitely be keeping an eye on. I can't wait to read more of her work.