Monday, March 27, 2017

Review of Murder Is No Accident by A.H. Gabhart

Sheriff Michael Keane find himself in the midst of another murder. How does the quaint little town he grew up in yet again become the news of murder? Travel with him through his findings to discovery who the culprit is!

A.H. Gabhart does it once again with her talent of spinning a murder tale entwined with a sleepy, cozy town to produce a story that keeps you reading along. Not suspenseful like other novels, Gabhart crafts a sweet story with a splash of mystery, throws in a bit of love and you have Murder is No Accident.

If you enjoy a not-so-heavy murder mystery full of suspense and violence, you will enjoy this book. My recommendation would be to read the first two books in this series. Not only because they are good, but it will help place the characters and their relationships that are already formed.

Revell Books sent me this complimentary book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Review of Moving Target by Lynette Eason


What I enjoyed: This books is the third book in the Elite Guardian's series. This book is focused on the characters of Maddy and Quinn. What a great book! Right from the opening, it was filled with fast, action packed suspense and makes the reader wonder how they will find the killer who is after them. With so many well written back stories about these two main characters, it was a great way to tell this story of Maddy and Quinn. Twists and turns have you guessing what is going to happen next and the plot is thick with suspense. This was a book I stayed up late to read as it sucked me right in and took me for quite the ride!

Feedback views: The romance was a bit heavy at times, but knowing these two characters did not just meet, but had been friends for years didn't make it stomach curdling. It was very gory in some areas (for those who are visual readers....it may be a bit much).

Overall recommendation: if you enjoy suspense mysteries, you will love this book! To have a full understanding of this book, read books one and two as that will help (and because the first two books are just as good!!). I'm looking forward to book 4 (the first chapter was amazing and set up what sounds to be another great book)!

Revell Books sent me this copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review of Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

What I enjoyed: Patricia Bradley has done it again with another gripping tale of mystery and suspense. A gripping book from start to finish, this story will have you up until the wee hours of the night just to find out what happens. With a bit of romance mixed in, Patricia's story is an overall thumbs up. With action, suspense, a fast-paced plot, this is one book you will enjoy having on your shelf.

Feedback views: it seemed as though this was a second book in a way as there were characters that were hinted at, but the reader knew nothing about. The personal struggle at the end seemed to resolve too quickly vs how it may happen in real life (can't say much more without revealing the end!)

I recommend this book to those who:
enjoy thriller suspense
want a Christian emphasis
look for fast paced story lines

I would hesitate recommending this book to those who:
have a queazy stomach
read only before going to bed (it's a bit graphic at times)

Revell Books sent me a copy of this to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review of The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

Nutshell: Twenty years ago two outlaws had to leave their baby girl in the city that they couldn't enter or they would die. Twenty years of heartache. Wondering. Guilt. Prayer. Shame. Thankfulness. Hope. In this breathtaking suspenseful final book of the the Seer Series, travel with Elise Carrington: the long lost daughter who thinks her parents abandoned her. Feel her fear, hurt and pain as she struggles with who she is, why she's still alive and if she even has a purpose in life other than to feel abandoned. With her made up dreams that seem almost real, a battle is being raged between dark and light, good and evil and Elise finds herself the missing puzzle piece to a puzzle that will either finish torn apart, or put perfectly together.

Pro's: Rachelle has done it again. I couldn't wait for this book to come out and I devoured it from beginning to end. What a masterful storyteller she is. You feel like you are walking along side all of the characters. The way she paints and tells her story is like a song that ebbs and flows. So well put together and keeps you moving along until the very end.

Con's: You can't read this book on its own. But you will want to read the other two anyway, so it's actually a good thing!

Recommendation: Read this series!!! It's futuristic, but the struggles are real, no matter the time period. You will not be disappointed!

Tyndale House Publishers sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Q & A from the author:


What themes are explored in this book?
Identity is something I am always exploring, so that’s no different in The Returning. But in this novel I took a really hard look at forgiveness and how that relates to our journey of discovering who we really are. 

How do you hope this book will resonate with your readers?
I hope, as with both of the other books, that the reader sees themselves in the characters and that the story causes them to look inward. To ask hard questions like, Who am I? What am I capable of? Do I see myself the way the Father does? Can I? I hope it challenges their idea of identity and then gives them hope to see themselves and others more clearly. Because that’s how these stories have impacted me, and we are all really just the same. 

About the Author
The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full-time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair. 

You can find more about Rachelle Dekker and her books at http://rachelledekker.com

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review of Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson


Nutshell: Do you feel like you have no vision in life? Like you have no purpose? Like you have no goals or dreams? This book will jumpstart you in how to realizing what your dreams may be and how your dream my impact those around you, even those who come after you that you don't even know today. Mark Batterson does a great job sucking you in to this book with his vibrant passion in looking for your Dream. This book give you the push you may need in pushing forward in your life. It breathes a breath of fresh air in to your soul and helps you realize that God has not forgotten you and He WANTS to do great things in your life. It may be small things or big things, but ultimately, God wants to use you to do His work and what an honor that is!

Pro's: A great book to read if you need a jumpstart in your life! Mark does a great job encouraging the reader to not give up!

Con's: Sometimes it felt very jumpy, like jumping from subject to subject without concluding one before the next starts.

Recommendation: Read this book! Patterson's first book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day is also an excellent book to read!

WaterbrookMultnomah sent me this complimentary book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Review of The Cottage by Michael Phillips


Nutshell: Loni ford finds herself as the sole heir of property in Shetland Islands of which she knows nothing about. Should she sell if off to the locals or forge ahead and try this whole land ownership thing? With two sides vying for her loyalty she has to make a decision as to who to trust and not trust. As the only American on the island full of Scots, she learns a whole new culture and what it means being the laird of the island. But the island soon becomes divided when lies take over and turn the hearts of the island people. Loni finds herself falling for this island, for the people, especially the Chief of the island who is slowly starting to steal her heart. Loni's journey continues in Book 2 of the Secrets of the Shetlands.

Pro's: i loved this book! It read so fast despite being longer. Phillips weaves a story like no other where you can feel the drizzle in your bones and want to cozy up next to a fire and drink some tea with book in hand.

Con's: It would've been nice to have more side backstory of Loni's ancestry in the notes written by her family members. That could've been a great secondary story throughout the book, but seemed to die off the further the book went.

Recommendation: It would be beneficial to read book 1 in this series to fully understand this 2nd book and the characters in it. Otherwise, what a great read that is steady and heartfelt.

Bethany House Publishers sent me this copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Review of The Occupied by Craig Parshall

Nutshell: Lawyer Trevor Black had a pretty good childhood, was in a band as a teen, went off to college, then law school and ended up in New York City with a trophy wife and part of a prestiges law firm. Life was moving along pretty well. Until things started to fall apart and he came face to face with life unravelling. His marriage, his practice, his life. His eyes were also opened to a side of the world that he had never seen, but was eerily familiar from his youth. The dark side. With murders popping up that all looked the same with sinister evil forces behind them, Trevor finds himself looking not for murderers, but for the evil "horribles" living inside of those murdering. In this twisted tale of heaven versus hell, this gripping tale keeps you reading until the end.

Pro's: captivating! What a great story, and a great story teller in Craig!

Con's: may be on the dark side for those that want something light to read. Demons vs angels are prevalent in this book and if that keeps you awake a night, you may not want to read this. :)

Recommendation: Looking for something a bit heavier to chew on? This book will do it! It does get gruesome and violent at times, but it fits right within the story line.

Tyndale Publishers sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Review of Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

Nutshell: The youngest McGregor son has secluded himself away at a friends cabin to recoup after retiring as an Army Ranger. His tranquility is pierced by screams in the night which he finds himself jumping to the rescue running through the woods to the neighbors house. There he finds a terrified woman, Dana Lewis, awaking from a terrifying dream. Through this encounter a fast friendship forms. But things aren't as they seem. Someone is out to get Dana and wants her off her property. With Finn McGregor diving in to figure things out, their lives are in danger, but from who they aren't sure...

Pro's: This is the 3rd book in the Men of Valor series and it's a great book to wrap up the series! A quick paced book that keeps you up in to the night wanting to know what happens! Irene does it again  with another fantastic book! You can almost smell the surroundings with the imagery Irene weaves throughout the book

Con's: A bit on the mushy side...

Recommendation: This can be read as a stand-alone book, but it's great as a series too! If you like mystery/suspense, this book is for you!

Revell Publishing sent me a copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The Raven by Mike Nappa

Nutshell: The Raven has found himself in some hot water with the Ukrainian mafia when he lifted a wallet of a well known government official running for mayor during one of his street magic tricks.  The one act triggers a series of events the Raven finds out of his hands. While he is trying to stay on the good side of the mafia, Samuel Hill and Trudi Coffey are trying to put the pieces together for what sounds like a big event called Nevermore. Leads are turning up dead-ends, but along the searching, their paths cross with the Raven and the hot water he's gotten himself in to. Will Nevermore be a dead end, or and end with someone dead?

Pro's: Another great story by Mike Nappa! A twisting plot that keeps you intrigued and wondering what is going to happen next. With Edgar Allen Poe references interspersed throughout the storyline, Nappa does a great job creating a multi-layer plot that keeps you wondering.

Con's: A bit slow to start, but you can see how the story is being built.

Recommendation: This is book 2 in the Coffey and Hill series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but there are references to the first book (Anabel Lee) which is wickedly amazing. If you like suspense, mystery, action, and a great book to read, you will enjoy this book!

Revell Publishing sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.