The Survivor by DiAnn Mills – Book Review

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Book cover for The SurvivorKarris is an author who writes suspense novels. In the first book from her by DiAnn Mills she got herself in to quite a bit of trouble and also nearly got killed. In this second novel about her she has vowed to not get into that sort of trouble again. But when she is emailed by someone who was abducted and left for dead as a child, yet lived to tell of it, she just can’t help herself.

Let’s start with all the things I loved about this book. I loved that the main character was a suspense novelist and that the book itself is written by a suspense novelist. :) You really felt like you were getting a true representation of what that must be like and I appreciated that inside look. I also loved the suspense of the cold case and the romantic portions too. All in all this is a very well rounded good read. I look forward to enjoying more DiAnn Mills in the future.

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Playing Saint by Zachary Bartels – Book Review

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Book cover for Playing SaintParker Saint is your typical televeangelist with a thriving megachurch and sermons about destiny with no gospel message included. But when a public scandal threatens to come to the public eye he is offered a way out by collaborating with some local detectives on some recent homicides that have occultish symbols as the calling card. Then through in some Jesuit Militants and you have a very interesting story. ‘

When I read the description I was a bit afraid there would be too much going on in the book but it all plays together well. I loved the writing. Mr. Bartels is a fabulous word smith. Many of the dialogues read very genuine. You can actually imagine it happening instead of it just being something that would happen or be said in a book. His character development is also fantastic! My favorite characters in the book are the Vatican operatives. They are hilarious. I laughed out loud several times.

This story was full of suspense and mystery. Lots of action that read as though you were watching it happen in a movie. It was fantastic. Also the mystery of whodunit was amazing. I had no clue until right at the end who it was. It was someone I never, ever suspected the entire time. Usually in mysteries I’ve at least considered who it was for a short time during the story but not so with this one. It hit me out of nowhere.

If you love suspenseful books with fabulous characters I highly recommend this book to you. I sure hope Zachary Bartels continues to write novels.

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Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay – Book Review

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Lizzy and Jane Book CoverLizzy & Jane is the second book by author Katherine Reay. Her first book, Dear Mr. Knightly, was met with rave reviews, including my own. Lizzy & Jane is another beautiful story with tons of Jane Austen as well as other literary references. Katherine’s books are prefect for the bibliophile. This story, however, is vastly different from her first offering. This story follows two sisters Lizzy and Jane as they strive towards reconciliation and healing. Elizabeth or Lizzy is the main character and runs an upscale restaurant in New York, but when things get rocky the owner suggests she takes a vacation and goes home to visit her sister, Jane, who is fighting cancer. It turns into a trip full or reconciliation and finding new priorities.

This book was just as fabulous as I expected it to be coming from Katherine. I love how she so seamlessly weaves in all the literary references, but even if you don’t get them all you can still enjoy the book. This story had a bit of romance but was mainly a great inspirational, fictional read. At some points the dialogue got confusing for me but that was part of the character development and worked. And once you got used to her personality you could figure it out more, just like you would with a good friend. And that’s how I felt of the characters by the end, like they were my good friends. This book and any book by Katherine Reay is worth buying immediately and reading. She’s forever on my radar now as a must buy!

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Destiny Defied by J.A. Marx – Book Review and Tour

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Desitiny-Defied-e1415380573385About the book:

Destiny Defied | Book One in The Destiny series.
A dramatic shipwreck emancipates Riki Hammad, but the island where she finds refuge is compromised. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to defeat her dark past, she will choose death over returning to captivity. Lord Vétis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim their chosen one. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her four self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life . . . something she has never known.
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About the author:
J.A. loves writing embattled spirit novels — adventure and suspense with supernatural undertones. On the side, she dabbles in non-fiction articles and e-zine editing. J.A. owes many thanks Jerry Jenkins and the Christian Writer’s Guild for their support and education.
Find J.A. online: website, Facebook, Twitter
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
I really had high hopes for this book. I’m starting to get more and more into fantasy and was hoping this book would scratch that itch. However, I feel that if you are going to write fantasy/sci fi you must do a better job than an average writer about describing the setting and characters. Since the world will be completely foriegn it must be fleshed out really well. I feel that was not done in this book. I felt completely lost and had no attachement to the stories or the characters. I truly wanted to like this book but I just did not.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. 

Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher – Book Review and Tour

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Love-without-end-e1412292682939About the book: Love Without End || A King’s Meadow Romance (Thomas Nelson, November 2014)

Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?Chet Leonard’s life was forever changed when his 17-year-old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious 15-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King’s Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of becoming involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.
When octogenarian Anna McKenna returns to King’s Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet may discover that true love has no end.

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RHatcher-179About the author: Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.
Find Robin online: website, Facebook, Twitter
 
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
Oh how I love a good Robin Lee Hatcher book. She writes great Christian romance. I’m usually not a huge fan of too much Christian romance but I love Robin. Love Without End was another great one from her. I loved the story of two broken people who needed a second chance at love. Having been married once before and having my heart broken I could relate to the characters so well. The story is masterfully told. In addition the setting, King’s Meadow, is amazing. I love the beauty and remoteness of it. It’s a place I would love to live. I am excited to get my hands on more of the books that take place in King’s Meadow. This is a book not to be missed.
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Hit by Lorie Ann Grover – Book Review

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_225_350_Book.1361.coverHit by Lorie Ann Grover is a young adult novel about a teenage girl who is hit by a car on the way to school. The car is driven by the graduate school student who had been teaching a poetry class at her school and who she has a massive crush on. She is thrown off the hood of his car and ends up having to be taken by helicopter to a big hospital.

The book is written from two perspectives. It switches back and forth between Sarah and Haddings who hit her. It was a very interesting way to write the book and I enjoyed it. Seeing into both sides was very interesting.

I loved the theme of forgiving and loving in the midst of intense pain. However, I wish the story had been longer and more developed. However it is a beautiful book and I recommend it.

I received a free copy of this product from Book Look in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.