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Book Review! “The Keeper” by Martha Carr

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – *****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
  5 STARS

 

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If you follow this blog, you know I love me a series. Especially a well written one with some amazing characters that I can fall in love with more and more.

So when I saw that this was the second book in a series my heart dropped a little. I hate coming late to a party, but I figured that if it was good I could always read the first one and re-read The Keeper. Then I could let you, my loyal followers, know how well it was as a stand alone.

The Keeper follows Wallis Jones as she continues to come to terms with the chaos her life has become. Why the chaos? Oh, just the usual “she finds out that there are two secret organizations that ACTUALLY control everything and that she and her family are at the center of it”. Nothing too out of the ordinary….

As the presidential elections come near, things really heat up between The Circle and Management (the two rival organizations) and Wallis struggles to protect her family. Especially her son Ned who has been dubbed The Savior.

However, things are once again not as they seem and as she learns the truth behind her families bloodline and the connection she has to BOTH of the organizations.

Overall it was a great novel. Since I didn’t read the first book, the beginning was a little more confusing for me. Soon though, I was caught up in the characters and the story-line.

Highly recommend, although I would personally start this amazing series with the first book before this one.

 

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Wallis Jones returns in The Keeper, the second book in the Wallis Jones series, and is picking up the pieces after finding out she’s part of a conspiracy she can’t kill off and has to learn to live inside of it. Her husband, Norman has been part of the conspiracy all along but kept his silence. Her son, Ned is growing up and still reeling from getting caught in the crossfire. Two large secret organizations now see him as the prize but Wallis has different plans.

A war has broken out as one side tries to force the hand of the other and they battle across state lines trying to gain control and win the presidential election. All along, Wallis works to build a life and get out of the way. The Keeper shows up in a twist and changes the landscape for her, once again, testing her faith, her resolve and making her question if, for once, she will not be able to figure out what to do in time.

 

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#IAA Spotlight Book! “Ascension” by A.L. Patterson

#IAA Spotlight Book! “Ascension” by A.L. Patterson

 

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What would you do if you were imbued with superpowers?

This is the question posed to a group of high school students who are struck with the powers of telekinesis. This narrative interweaves the destiny of multiple teenagers and unravels the mystery of the object that granted them immortality. Clark, and his girlfriend, Sarah, naturally take to fighting crime when they form a group of superheroes. Other characters are more ambiguously motivated as they use their powers, not for the good of others, but solely to benefit themselves. They live comfortable lives until a mysterious stranger comes a’knocking. He knows their secret and will tell the world unless they pay up. And then there is the tragic fall of John, a young man with a heartbreaking back story whose lust for power and vengeance leads him on a downward spiral into madness.

“Ascension” is part one in an exciting and compelling new YA series that takes the superhero genre to new heights by asking how people truly respond to gaining unimaginable power. “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Approx 380 pages.

 

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Book Review! “Common Denominator” by C.E. Wolff

 

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ***
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ***

ON A REVIEW SITE:
  4 STARS

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I couldn’t wait to read Common Denominator after reading the description. I love it when life long friendships are put to the test by a love interest one of them finds. There is something especially entertaining about seeing two people who are so obviously perfect for each other not be able to see it.

Paul and Jess are lifelong friends who have been through life’s ups and downs together and know each other inside out. When a young bombshell named Vanessa comes and sweeps Paul off his feet Jess is anything but happy for him.

Is she just being jealous because she finally sees what Paul still can’t, that they are perfect for each other? Or is there something actually wrong with Vanessa?

This is a perfectly paced book. The plot unveils itself just right to keep you turning the pages. Watch out for the ending, I didn’t see it coming.

Highly recommend!

 

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Art can be messy. Art can get your ear cut off. Art can be deadly. Jess Freeman sees the painting on the wall but best friend, Paul Noland, finds a work of art beyond exquisite. When Paul falls for a young museum curator, he puts himself and Jess in the middle of a forgery scheme that could kill them both.

 

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#IA Spotlight Book! “The Relationship Triangle” by Neil Allan

Our relationships whether romance, family, friend, or work connection are very important to us, they often define a large part of our happiness…

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When we begin a new relationship, whether a romantic one or a friendly one, it starts out great. We click right from the start, we have a connection. Then something begins to change. The longer we are together, the more we seem to drift apart. Things deteriorate before we realize what is happening. We start to question ourselves. What did I do wrong? What is love? What is wrong with me? What is wrong with him (or her?) In short, what happened to something that held so much promise? Whenever things go awry in a new relationship we are left somewhat bewildered. Emotions run havoc within us. Worse yet, we ask where did I go wrong in thinking this person was someone I wanted to be with for a lifetime.
This book will answer these questions and doubts about your marriage, your relationships, your family, your love life, your friendships. It will teach you the building blocks needed to form positive and lasting relationships, with family, friends, your love, or your romantic connections. You will learn to focus on the right things to create solid relationships throughout your life that will endure. I will show you the tools needed to understand past and present relationships. You will learn what it takes to make the ebb and flow of your connections work between you and the other person. It takes tools to build anything. It takes these specific tools I present to build a solid relationship. You will learn to use these implements in the right way by taking your marriage, dating life, family or friends and breaking them down into fundamental building blocks. As a result it will be clear to you where extra effort is needed in order to continue the completion of your connections that will result in the goal you crave.

 

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Book Review! “Last Stand: Surviving America’s Collapse” by William H. Weber

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
  5 STARS

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This is one of those books that really get you thinking. We, as a country, depend almost completely on electronics. From the food we buy, to the food being stocked in the store, to keeping it fresh. Transportation, law enforcement, and keeping in touch with other humans we know.

Last Stand takes a good hard sobering look at just what would happen if something, in this case an EMP, took out our electronics. John Mack is the main character and also a *prepper*. He has a bunker with food at his house as well as a cabin in the woods that is secluded from the world and can easily be protected.

However, when tragedy strikes his conscience kicks in and he feels obligated to help his clueless neighbors against the coming chaos. His military experience gives him a premonition of what to expect. sadly he is completely right and a group of people hellbent on taking full advantage of the current situation show up.

Will all of John’s preparations and previous military experience be enough, or should he have gotten out while he still had the chance?

I loved the “real-ness about this story. It also has good solid advice hidden in the story. I am a wanna be prepper and I really appreciated the hidden gems of information. Overall a solid five stars!

 

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#1 in Amazon Hot New Releases (Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction)

John Mack, a prepper and former soldier, struggles to save his family and community after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) takes out the country’s electrical grid. With most electronics, communications and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy.

For John and the other residents of Willow Creek Drive, the breakdown of social order throws them back to the 1800s. As the community tries to come together, a powerful outside force appears that threatens their survival. Will John’s years of military and prepping experience be enough to keep them safe?

Mixing tons of useful prepping tips into an action-packed story, Last Stand: Surviving America’s Collapse, is a must-read for any fans of survival fiction.

 

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#IA Spotlight Book! “To Protect & Serve” by Staci Stallings

#IA Spotlight Book! “To Protect & Serve” by Staci Stallings. A perfect choice for Memorial Day

 

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To save others’ lives, they will risk their own…

Houston firefighter, Jeff Taylor is a fireman’s fireman. He’s not afraid of anything, and no situation is too dangerous to keep him on the sideline if lives are at stake.

Lisa Matheson runs a semi-successful ad agency that’s on the brink of falling apart. Her employees are incompetent, and her schedule has become exhausting. When she takes on a client with a brilliant idea for a big conference, she thinks that maybe, finally this is her lucky break. However, the fire station wasn’t what she had in mind for finding conference speakers. When she falls for a handsome but shy firefighter, it’s possible that life might just be going her way for a change. The only problem is she can’t control Jeff and the death wish he seems to have…

An Amazon #1 Best Seller for Contemporary Christian Romance novels, “To Protect & Serve” is truly inspirational romance at its very best. Filled with faith, hope, and love, Christian romance Kindle books aim to inspire women and men alike while giving them exceptionally romantic love stories they will not soon forget. “To Protect & Serve” fits that category perfectly. These real life characters are not perfect but are struggling to learn to live, while finding faith and love in the process. It can easily fit on your shelf of the most inspirational books.

“Staci Stallings writes Christian romance of the purest and sweetest kind!”

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Book Review! “My Beauty for Your Ashes” by Traci Wooden-Carlisle

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – ****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – ***
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
4 STARS

 

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When I was asked to review this book, I couldn’t wait to get started. It seemed like it was going to be an amazing and inspirational read. My Beauty for Your Ashes was better than I thought it was going to be, and I already had pretty high expectations.

There are four main characters, and the book is almost written as four stories, but all of them have the same main theme. Each character is very well developed and you can almost feel their pain and struggles seeping through the pages and into your own soul.

Through their struggles you will see parallels into your own life and how God’s love will shine through, even in the very darkest of times, if you trust in Him.

As a Christian I really enjoyed this novel, however I think that anyone would enjoy it unless you are strongly opposed to all things religious.

Highly recommend!

 

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From the author of A Symphony from Heaven, comes a spell-binding, completely captivating fiction.

If you could exchange every failed attempt at happiness for God’s joy…would you?

Elder Paige Morganson has worked hard to overcome the anger, hate and abuse of her past. With God’s help, she believes healing and wholeness is within her grasp, when she is propelled into a world of secrets and lies that threaten to unravel the very thread of hope she’s clung to in her struggle for peace.

Mason Jenson is a self-made man who has been able to create his own fortune and build a home life with his wife and child, void of God’s help – so he thinks. However, as the world he knows balances precariously on the edge of destruction, who will he turn to?

Elder Brandon Tatum, new in town, has prided himself on not making a move until he’s heard from God, but even as he accepts his new position in ministry, he is faced with decisions of the heart; a whole new territory for him.

Victoria Branchett has ruthlessly survived the death of her only daughter by fierce determination, but is the strength she has relied upon enough to see her through a failing marriage and an ailing grandchild?

As they sift through the debris of past dreams and hopes left by the wayside they are offered a lifeline and given an opportunity to receive God’s beauty for their ashes…

“My Beauty For Your Ashes” is a well written novel with a clear message of God’s grace overcoming human frailties and tragedies. The characters come to life as they struggle with betrayal, anger, accidents, sickness, death, hope and forgiveness. The author successfully portrays the family dynamics in relationships with the local church. While the characters struggle with issues like abortion, pornography, rape and unbelief the author is always clear in her emphasis that the Biblical values are true.

I strongly recommend this novel to teenagers and young adult readers who desperately need to have positive reinforcement of the Christian World View.

Bishop George Mckinney, Ph.d

 

 

 

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Spotlight Book! “The Former World” by Jessica Grace Coleman

#INDIEAUTHOR Spotlight Book! “The Former World” by Jessica Grace Coleman 

 

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The Former World: Book One in the Little Forest paranormal mystery series. 

“Little Forest is the only place I’ve ever lived, and it’s the place where I’m going to die. Tonight.” These are the words of Beth Powers, long-time resident of Little Forest. On the surface, she’s just an ordinary English girl in a typical English village, but appearances can be deceiving… extremely deceiving. 

There’s something lurking beneath the picturesque façade of the English village of Little Forest, something dark and disconcerting, something which the vast majority of the residents are refusing to see… 

Fed up with living in the tiny, gossip-fuelled village, twenty-one year old Beth resolves to escape to London with her best friend, Veronica Summers. That is, until something throws a spanner in the works. A rather large spanner. A dead body, to be exact. A dead body found early one morning in the spooky surroundings of the Great Specton Woods. 

The apparently accidental death of Beth’s work colleague sets off the small community’s well-oiled rumour mill, and Beth soon finds herself in the middle of a bizarre village conspiracy. Potential suspects start appearing in all shapes and sizes – including the handsome new resident, mystery man Connor Maguire, who has conveniently just arrived in Little Forest – and with the police refusing to consider murder, Beth takes it upon herself to investigate. At least it’s a good distraction from the other strange and unusual things that have started happening in her generally boring life; let’s just say that Beth’s work colleague isn’t the only dead person she has to deal with these days. After all, it isn’t always something as innocent as the ghosts of past memories that come to get you… 

With the help of rather unlikely ally Will Wolseley, Beth delves into the village’s sinister secrets and, in turn, uncovers a terrifying truth about herself that could change her life forever. 

Unfortunately, she might not have much of ‘forever’ left, as when it comes right down to it, it’s not a question of whether or not she’ll decide to leave her childhood home. The question is whether or not Little Forest will let her go. 

The Former World is reminiscent of a good old-fashioned English mystery thriller, updated to the twenty-first Century but still relying on the quaint locations of the beautiful English countryside: close-knit villages, local pubs, ancient castles, large, looming forests and magnificent Stately homes. This enchanting rural environment gives Beth the perfect setting to explore the ominous events that threaten to shake up her small village and her life. 

“Jessica Grace Coleman is one of the most exciting new writers around. Her stories inspire, entertain and mesmerise. An absolute must-read.” – Adam Croft, English author. 

Jessica Grace Coleman brings you the first novel in the paranormal mystery ‘Little Forest’ series, setting the stage for the follow ups: ‘Memento Mori,’ ‘The Exalted’ and ‘Carnival Masquerade’. The fifth in the series – The Gloaming – will be released in Spring/Summer 2014. 

A fan of mystery books and horror writers, Coleman delves into the world of legends and paranormal activity in this supernatural series, leading her own investigation into the fictional fantasy landscape that permeates readers’ darkest fears. The Little Forest series isn’t just concerned with spirits of the dead or other ghost stories, it’s about how we would react if these terrifying spectres actually did come into our world. How would you react? 

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Book Review! “The Trifecta” by J.P. Brewner

PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM: 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – *****
PLOT   – ****
FLOW – *****
GRAMMAR/EDITING – ****

ON A REVIEW SITE:
5 STARS

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The Trifecta: Initiation is a very well written and imaginative Y/A *coming of age* novel. It resembles our favorite super hero stories, but brings enough uniqueness to the table that it doesn’t feel like it is something you have already read at all.

The main character is a boy named Michael. We follow him as he travels from Africa to join an invitation only school, the Hero Institute, that specializes in super hero training. Michael also lives in a Dystopian world that was torn apart by fighting and the same organization that runs Hero Institute is trying to regain control of the world and bring peace. The Trifecta is the name of the group.

Of course, there are plot twists you never see coming and absolutely nothing is cut and dry for Michael. I particularly loved the pace that the world is built. It isn’t rushed, but it also doesn’t take until the very end for something to happen. Very few authors can pull off the perfect pace like in this book. Add to that the descriptive writing and highly imaginative story line and you have an amazing Young Adult dystopian novel. Although, I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this book, even if they are a little older than a young adult. I know I sure did.

Don’t miss out, definitely add this to your TBR list!

 

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“This is not a hero’s story.”
In the wake of a devastating explosion, the world has crumbled to the criminals of society. Now the Trifecta, a powerful organization, fights to regain peace and prosperity across the world. Their leader recruits Michael Fleming, a 15 year old boy who has spectacular abilities. Shortly after arriving in The Trifecta’s city, Michael discovers he must uncover a traitor who has already killed dozens of the Trifecta’s best operatives. In the process of forming new friendships, Michael struggles to develop his powers and find his own path during his first year of training. But he can’t shake the feeling that his new allies are hiding something from him while an ominous force watches from the shadows, influencing every move he makes.

 

 

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