Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Deep Water

I received a copy of DEEP WATER by Christine Poulson from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review.  This can be classified as a mystery novel.  

While I do enjoy mystery novels, this one didn’t quite do it for me.  This story focuses on medical-pharmaceutical research in the United Kingdom.  That might be what did it for me.  While I do like reading a variety of books, I usually prefer my mysteries to be more historical.  This one at times was a bit too scientific and I became a bit lost. 

You don’t need an extensive background in medicine to understand the terminology being used, and I found myself looking up a few parts to better understand the book.  DEEP WATERS shows how ruthless some companies can be.

The writing itself is strong.  You come to truly care about the characters and toward the end of the book you want to keep flipping through chapters to come to the conclusion.  What I liked best is that this book looks at something that could actually happen in the world.  Maybe that isn’t what I liked best, because if it did happen it would be downright scary!

Overall, this isn’t a bad book.  If you enjoy modern mysteries, you will probably really enjoy it.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

To Catch a Marlin

TO CATCH A MARLIN is a book that goes well with the description “a wild ride.”  Jax Marlin is an awesome heroine.  I loved the adventure, but Jax kept me reading.  She is witty and just jumps right in.  Did I mention the hot chemistry between Jax and Special Inspector Pedroni?

I also loved the setting.  This is an excellent book to get lost in.  It easily earns 5 stars from me.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Soul Searching

SOUL SEARCHING is a collection of poems and reflections.  At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’ve read other books that are filled with the author’s “reflections.”  Some of those books are in depth, and some just feel out of left field.  I worried I wouldn’t be able to connect with where the author was coming from.

I’m happy to say this wasn’t the case.  The poems and reflections are filled with raw honesty that anyone can appreciate.  It felt as though she were speaking to me personally from across the room.

At the moment I’m on maternity leave with my son.  This was an excellent book to glance at every now and again, when you don’t have time to sit down through an entire novel.  SOUL SEARCHING will bring you peace while giving you thoughts to ponder.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Into Wonderland

Into Wonderland


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Price: $2.99 Kindle edition & $9.99 for the paperback.


Blurb: R. l. Weeks brings you Into Wonderland, a part of the award-winning standalone series.

Wendy, Alice's sister, disappeared to Neverland years ago. Alice has been looking for her and has finally found a way there. However, Neverland has warped into Wonderland and Snow became its Queen of Hearts.

Alice travels with Robin who is looking for the sword of souls, which is kept in Wonderland so he can use it on the immortal Clarissa who took his forest and men from him.

They both make it to Wonderland but it's not as wonderful as the stories made out. The Hatter is crazy, the Queen's pet cat is a double agent, Wendy is a mouse, and the world has gone mad.

Alice is made into a figurehead by the rebels who want to take out the Queen of Hearts and have the White Queen put onto the throne.

Alice and Robin carry out a plot against the Queen and befriend her at her castle, but they must be careful. If the truth is discovered, then it will have disastrous consequences on her sister, friends, and the rest of Wonderland.


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R. l. Weeks lives in Bradworthy, a small, charming village in North Devon. When she's not writing, she's designing covers, shopping, or reading.

Her Haunting Fairytales Series, published by Vamptasy, was voted Best Fairytale Books 2016 by Reality Bites Magazine. Books 1, 2 & 3 are available on Kindle and Amazon now.

As well as writing Fairytales, R. l. Weeks enjoys writing horror, with Stephen King being her inspiration. You can find her gripping horror stories on Kindle.

R. l is also one of the six Graveyard Writers.


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Monday, January 30, 2017


I received a copy of OSWIU: KING OF KINGS by Edoardo Albert from Lion Fiction via Kregel in exchange for an honest review. It is part of the Northumbrian Thrones series.  This is one of my favorite book serials, as it involves historical fiction, one of my dirty pleasures.  Okay, its not dirty, unless you take into consideration the gritty rawness of the past.  The setting is so descriptive, you feel as if you are there.  You must keep glancing up from the pages to ground yourself.

OSWIU isn’t afraid to delve into survival and politics.  In this book, Oswiu is fighting against Penda, King of Mercia.  While it is beneficial to have read the first two books, you don’t need to in order to enjoy this installment.  There is a quick recap to catch you up to speed.  It had been a while since I read them, so I found that beneficial.

While I did love this book, I would have liked to know more about Oswiu apart from his fight against Penda.  I realize this isn’t a biography, though.  I ended up doing my own research on him after completing the novel.

Bravo to the author for writing such stellar science fiction.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Amish Weddings

I received a copy of AMISH WEDDINGS by Leslie Gould in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House.  It is the third installment in the Neighbors of Lancaster County series.  This is my favorite of the series.  I am curious and hopeful that there will be more to come.  If you loved past characters, you will find them resurfacing here.  (As a note, AMISH WEDDINGS also works as a stand-alone novel.)

I had read the previous books, so I knew what to expect: sweet romance, a glimpse into the lives of the Amish, and an adventure that will keep the reader entertained. 

Rose questions whether Reuben really loves her.  I found that her inner turmoil spoke to me.  She is very realistic, especially as depicted as a teenage girl who is struggling with love.   While I did enjoy reading about Rose, and coming to like her as a strong character, I was thrilled to read more about Lila and Zane!  They are my all-time favorite couple in this series.

If you enjoy Amish books, you will find this one satisfying.  I am passing it along to my mother who loves Amish fiction.  We both visit Lancaster County quite often.  (I do wish that Lancaster County in the book felt more like the county I am familiar with.  In the series, it feels like generic farmland.  That could just be me, though)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Kill Fee

I received a copy of THE KILL FEE by Fiona Vietch Smith in exchange for an honest review from Kregel Publication.  It is the second book in the Poppy Denby Investigations series.  I am a huge fan of mysteries, and this book, as well as its predecessor, offer hours of entertainment.  What I liked best was the fact that it takes place in the 1920s. I am a sucker for historical fiction.  THE KILL FEE focuses on Red and White Russians.  This was new to me, and I was quick to look up more about them after finishing the book.  All in all, this series reminds me of Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries.  If you are a fan of that television show, then this series is for you.

Poppy is a strong female lead.  She isn’t ready to back down, and this places her in many a treacherous situation.  If you love mysteries, you won’t be disappointed, although I recommend this more to history fans than mystery fans.  If you liked the first book, you will be happy to see that Poppy is the same loveable woman, and that the author is still adept at weaving an intriguing mystery into a vibrant setting.