Monday, May 21, 2018

The Unwanteds Island of Dragons by Lisa McMann

Island of Dragons (Unwanteds, #7)Book Description:
Twins Alex and Aaron Stowe are put to the ultimate test to fulfill their destinies and save both Quill and Artimé from the deadliest enemy the cities have ever faced in the thrilling conclusion of the New York Times bestselling Unwanteds series, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.” 

Head mage Alexander Stowe and his friends successfully fended off the latest threat to their magical world of Artimé with the help of a surprise ally. But old enemies have secretly been plotting against them. Now Alex must lead his people in a final epic battle, one they can’t hope to win alone. Will Artimé finally know peace or will all they’ve fought for be destroyed forever? - 

My Thoughts:
I am completely sad that this is the last in this series.  I have loved the series (as have my children 10, 7 &3).  We've listened to all of them and adore these characters.  Alex has grown to be a strong leader.  Aaron has changed so drastically.  All their friends are wonderful and stand by the boys in their problems.
The fighting is epic.  It was wonderful and so tragic.  The battle strategy.  All their friends.  Ahhh!  The way the author ended the book made me sad and hopeful for the characters' futures.  This is a wonderful book for the ending and sets it up perfect for the spin off series for the girls (Alex and Aaron's twin sisters).  I will miss these characters but hopefully will get glimpses of them in the future books.
5/5.  We will continue with the girls' books, but will miss having these main characters front and center.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Return to Wonderland by Tanya Lisle

Return to Wonderland (Looking Glass Saga #1)Book Description:
Years after that fateful fall down the rabbit hole, Alice has moved on from the memories of Wonderland and is now attending the prestigious Lucena Academy to get a fresh start. 

Unfortunately, a purple haired boy appears at school and reveals himself to be the Cheshire Cat. He speaks in riddles about how Wonderland is a much different place than when Alice last visited and tempts her with a visit back. Alice must decide whether or not she will go back, or the Cheshire Cat will make the choice for her.

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book.  This is a few years after Alice had her adventure in wonderland.  The time from then to now is not pleasant for Alice.  She was made to go to doctors because her stories of Wonderland were too 'made up' and her parents didn't like it.  She has finally gotten to go away from them to school at Lucena Academy.
There, she makes friends with her roommate and the roommate's brothers.  I liked the interactions because even if they were up to trouble, the brothers looked after her.  The Cheshire Cat made me leery and I'm still not overly certain that I like him.  He is full of mischief and mayhem.  Wonderland is different and not in a good way.
It was a 4/5 for me.  I look forward to more from this author :) 
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book (via Voracious Readers).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Race Against Time by Sharon Sala

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Secrets Abound Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

Secrets Abound in Missing Lake by Tanya FyfeBook Description:
In the third book in the acclaimed teen fiction, ‘Missing Lake’ series, Luke Houser is approaching his sixteenth birthday as well as summer vacation in the tiny mountain community of Missing Lake. He continues to try to find balance between real life with friends and their social requirements with the secret world of the mystical dragons.
Luke faces challenges with one of his beloved sled dogs as well as with Zagros, the majestic silver dragon, when he has to make choices that could lead to potential disaster. As the summer unfolds, so do more secrets in all aspects of Luke’s life and he tries to make sense of everything happening around him.
This is the third book in the series which shares Luke’s awkward and yet charming journey through adolescence with his beloved team of huskies, his friends near and far, and two dragon eggs that are going to hatch in the middle of nowhere.

My Thoughts:
This is a pretty good one!  While the third book in the series, I didn't have a problem reading it without having read the previous two.  Luke is the focus of the book.  He is a typical teenager.  He has issues, wants a driver's license, family, friends, animals, the works.  He also has an added secret....dragons.
I enjoyed Luke's interactions with the dragons and all they go through.  I was invested in these characters and what happened.  I found Luke and his family to be realistic as were all the problems (outside of the dragons) that he was having.  It is a clean book, which I love, and is just good.  I would let my young teen on up read this, I think they would enjoy it!
A 4/5 for me.  I plan to share it with my nephews!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

About Tanya Fyfe

Tanya Fyfe grew up in Canada as a professional figure skater who dreamed of writing books. That dream came true when she wrote and published Lost and Found in Missing Lake in 2014. Now a veterinarian, Dr. Fyfe lives in rural western Montana and is inspired daily by the beauty around her.
She and her husband split time between Montana and North Dakota and enjoy improving their golf games and visiting Hawaii every chance they get. They share their home with charming dogs, inquisitive cats, a herd of horses, and three hilarious ferrets named Phillipa, Calypso, and Luigi.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Rodeo Standoff by Susan Sleeman

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Circumvent by SK Derban

CircumventBook Description:
Life is too perfect... Imagine living in a quaint, beach front cottage on the Hawaiian island of Maui. You have an amazing job, combined with the pleasure of working from home. Lunch breaks become a daily picnic on the sand. Dessert is always included because of your marriage to a famous pastry chef. Life could not be any better. Or so it seems.

When French born, Nikki Sabine Moueix travels to Hawaii for a special work assignment, her job of writing an article about a famous Swiss pastry chef generates more than a magazine piece. They fall in love, get married, and Nikki Moueix becomes Mrs. Ruggiero Delémont.

When another assignment calls for Nikki to spend three weeks in France, Ruggiero's schedule prevents him from joining her. She travels alone, advancing straight into danger. After a threatening confrontation, Nikki wakes up in a French hospital with no knowledge of her past. When she fails to check in, Ruggiero panics and pushes for an immediate investigation. But as he closes in, Nikki's new found friend moves her to another city. It becomes a game of hide and seek with Nikki as the prize. 

CIRCUMVENT allows readers to form a bond with Nikki as they yearn for her to remember. They will cheer for Ruggiero and his relentless determination to locate his beloved wife. This is a story about two people who never lose their faith in God, and find amazing friends to help them along the way.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book.  The banter between husband and wife at the beginning had me intrigued.  It was very realistic.  Nikki is a journalist who gets sent on different assignments for her magazine.  I enjoyed the set up for the 'action' part of the story.  The getting to know the characters is one of my favorite parts of the book.  
The characters are good and pulled me in.  I felt so bad for Ruggiero and could feel his panic.  The detective was smart he may have been my favorite.  I really felt bad for Nikki and was rooting for her throughout to just remember!  The pace was a bit slower than I had expected but the storyline, you will want to stick with it.  Overall, it was a good book.
A 3/5 for me. 
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Book Release! Shadows of Deception

Shadows of Deception (Shadows Series Book 4) by [Dawn, Ashley]Book Description:

“Get to work cowboy or you’ll be too late to the table to get any pie.”

A short getaway to a nice Texas ranch isn’t why Tiffany is at Colorado’s home. She is a seasoned LA PI and used to the fast paced life. The problems on the ranch are different from what she is used to but she is determined to solve them one way or another. There is one slight problem—a tall dark and handsome cowboy distracting her and occupying more and more of her thoughts.

“…I would hate for anything to happen to remove you from my favor…or organization.”

Danger on the ranch is real and escalating quickly. Colorado doesn’t know who to trust or what is coming next. The thing he does know is Tiffany Reiley is the woman he wants for the job.

Thinking the case will be quick and easy to solve, Tiffany doesn’t anticipate the depth of the horrors she has stepped into.

As Colorado and Tiffany’s attraction grows, the danger gets closer. Will God guide them to the answers they are so desperately searching for?

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Love Inspired Blog Tour

Bound by Duty 
by Valerie Hansen

Bound by Duty (Military K-9 Unit #2)
When Sgt. Linc Colson is assigned to monitor Zoe Sullivan and determine if she's secretly aiding her fugitive serial killer brother, his instincts tell him she's not in league with the criminal---she's in danger. It's up to him and his K-9 partner, Star, to keep the pretty single mom alive.

My Thoughts:
I read the first book in this series and loved it.  This book was great too.  You don't have to read the first one to completely enjoy this one. Zoe is being judged just because of who she is related to.  People think because her brother is a crazy killer that she is guilty of helping him.
Linc is one of those who believes Zoe is guilty.  His partner on the other hand seems to adore her.  I really liked the interactions between the characters.  Zoe isn't a horrid person and Linc is grumpy but a good guy.  There is plenty of action and suspense to keep you intrigued and turning the pages.
It was a 5/5 for me.  I can't wait until the next installment.

Primary Suspect 
by Laura Scott
Primary Suspect (Callahan Confidential #5)
Framed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend---and then attacked at the crime scene---fire investigator Mitch Callahan turns to ER nurse Dana Petrie for help. As they fight for their lives, can she be convinced of his innocence---and in his promise of love?

My Thoughts:
Ok, this one is several into the Callahan sereies but it isn't necessary to read the previous ones.  I enjoyed the book and was happy to have read the other books because I liked knowing the back stories of some of the characters.  Mitch is being framed.  He didn't murder his ex but it really looks like he did.
Dana believes Mitch.  I liked their relationship and how it developed.  There is plenty of action to keep you intrigued and wanting to know more.  The romance is on point and doesn't feel forced.  I really do enjoy the characters.
It was a 4/5 for me.  

Thank you to the publisher for the review copies of these books.  I received these books in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

ISAN by Mary Ting

ISANBook Description:
The world has changed.

Scientists warned it would happen.

Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council.

Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

While on a training mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved this book.  I have read several of Mary Ting's books and they are always original.  This one was is set after the Earth is crippled by meteors.  I really liked Ava.  She is in ISAN.  She thought this was going to be her escape after being in juvie but it turns out to be another form of prison.  There is action, heartache, friendship, betrayal, and more.  
Sniper, oh my goodness, he is so determined!  I can't imagine how his emotions must have been roller-coastering throughout.  Poor Ava is a trained assassin but even she has to admit there is something not adding up with ISAN.  The author does a great job with the characters and making you adore them or dislike them as the book goes along.  I was super sad to reach the end and cannot wait to see what happens next!
It is absolutely a 5/5 for me.  

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.  

Monday, April 30, 2018

All's Fair in Love and Wolf by Terry Spear

Book Description:
Bounty Hunter Agent Jenna St. James has one mission—find Sarandon Silver and bring him in. He’s up for trial in Colorado Springs for identity theft. But she soon learns he’s all wolf and isn’t going anywhere, not without the support of his whole Silver Town pack! 

Sarandon Silver has one goal—come up with a new adventure for his clients. He hadn’t expected his vacation to involve a beautiful she-wolf who had only one thought in mind: arresting him for identity theft. All he should be thinking of is clearing his name, but Jenna appears to be just the adventure he needs in his life. And he aims not only to prove he isn’t the con artist she believes him to be, but the wolf she needs in her life. That means taking down the real identity thief before he steals their chance at a happily ever after.

My Thoughts:
I completely loved this couple's first meeting.  Jenna is a recovery specialist...or a bounty hunter.  It is a family gig since her mother is the bondswoman she, her father, and her two sisters hunt people down for.  Her current fugitive to locate and bring back is Sarandon Silver.
Sarandon is surprised when a female he has never met before pulls a gun on him.  It gets even more confusing when each realizes the other is a wolf and neither want to back down.  In a case of what could be mistaken identity, or realistically identity theft, these two characters get together to track down the person who truly started the chain of events that brought Jenna into Sarandon's life.
It was a 3/5 for me.  It was a good book.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.