Thursday, June 19, 2014

Merlin's Nightmare (The Merlin Spiral #3)



Merlin's Nightmare Series: The Merlin Spiral
By Robert Treskillard
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 4.17 Stars

I loved the first two novels and was very happy to be able to read this third book. So they skipped Arthur's growing life when he was a baby to a teenager and puts him at the age of 18 now. Though it does mention that they lived in peace in all those years.

This was a great series. It was my first reading of anything about Arthur and Merlin. I only had known some basic info about them, so this was a great series to read and get perspective on them. I am glad i decided to read the first book which was what lead me to read the second and this third book.





Arthur, now eighteen, is missing, and Merlin must find him before a shadowy pursuer catches him first.
With the High King and his kingdom caught in a trap of sinister deceit, Merlin has to find a way out before all is lost. Having everything to fight for, and almost nothing to fight with, Merlin and Arthur must rally Britain’s warriors against three overwhelming enemies: Saxen hordes in the south, Picti raiders in the north, and a chilling new enemy that has arisen in the west. At the same time, Morgana brings Merlin’s deepest fear to life and sets a horde of werewolves loose to destroy Britain. But when the secret purpose of this nightmare is finally revealed, will Merlin and Arthur find a way to survive—without unleashing an even greater evil?










Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

The third book in a new fantasy series that enters into the world of King Arthur, Lady of the Lake, the creation of Excalibur, and the rescue of King Arthur himself as it retells the story of Merlin.

In book three of Robert Treskillard’s Merlin Spiral series, Merlin must find the missing, now eighteen-year-old Arthur before a shadowy pursuer catches him first.

At the same time, Mórgana brings Merlin’s deepest fear to life and sets a horde of werewolves loose to destroy Britain. But when the secret purpose of this nightmare is finally revealed, will Merlin and Arthur find a way to survive—without unleashing an even greater evil?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nashville Sweetheart


By Rachel Hauck
Published by Thomas Nelson

Average Blogger Rating: 4.25 Stars



It was a good book about a woman (Aubrey James) who is from Nashville. Her parents (Ray and Myra James) were famous for gospel singing and she is a famous country singer. Her parents died when she was 16.

Aubrey is always being bugged to due interviews and due to somethings that were said by her ex-friend Melanie, she agrees to do a local interview with Inside NashVegas. Scott Vaughn does the interviewing with her over a month span, and as he does, he sees her in a way not many people get to.

She has a fiance (who proposed at her last stop on her 11th tour, which was also her 30th birthday), his name is Brown "Car" Carmichael the third (Aubrey always calls him Car). He is always pushing Aubry to commit further to him, which usually gets them into arguing. For example he just starts moving stuff into he replace without asking, asks a person at the bank how much money is in her personal bank account, argues with her to invest her personal money to him with his business.








Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

What do you do when the past you've been dodging shows up at your door with cameras rolling?

Aubrey James ruled the charts as the queen of country for over a decade. She'd rocketed to fame in the shadow of her parents' death—both of them pioneers in gospel music. But while her public life—high-profile romances and fights with Music Row execs—made for juicy tabloid headlines, the real and private Aubrey has remained a media mystery.

When a former band member betrays Aubrey's trust and sells an "exclusive" to a tabloid, the star knows she must go public with her story. But Aubrey's private world is rocked when the Inside NashVegas interviewer is someone from her past—someone she'd hoped to forget.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Distortion - Moonlighters #2


By Terri Blackstock
Published by Zondervan
Average Blogger Rating: 4.56 Stars

This was the second book in the series. I hadn't known that when I decided to read it, but I was still able to understand the storyline. It was an interesting book. I had read one of Terri's books before and thought it was good so thought I would read this one and I was not disappointed in it. I loved reading this, it was action packed.

Juliet's husband is killed in front of her right at the start of the book. They were married for 15 years. Juliet find out the man she is married to isn't the same person she thought that he was. She and her sisters and a private investigator take matters into their own hands to find out all of what Bob was up to all these years. They find a drug trafficking history, a fortune in cash, and a secret family










Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

Juliet Cole’s life has been dismantled by the murder of her husband. She doesn’t know who—or what—to trust when everything she has believed to be true about her marriage has been a lie. When Juliet Cole’s husband of fifteen years is gunned down in a dark parking lot before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated and traumatized, she answers hours of questioning. When she’s finally allowed to return home to break the news to her boys, she hears a voicemail that takes the situation from a random shooting to a planned, deliberate attack. "Mrs. Cole, we know you have access to the supply and the money. If you don't turn fifty million over to us and give us the codes, then you'll be burying more family members."

Suddenly, Juliet realizes that she and her children could be in danger. She teams up with her sisters and PI Michael Hogan to dig into the sham Bob has been living for years. The more she learns, the worse the betrayal. A drug trafficking history, a fortune in cash, and a secret family all emerge to turn Juliet’s belief system on its head, and threaten the things she loves. Are she and her sisters skilled enough as sleuths to get to the truth?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Firstborn: A Novel





By Lorie Ann Grover
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 3.25 Stars

Got the book and started in reading.

This is a very interesting story. It is about how if your first child is born male, he is fine, but if you are a female, you are left by the cliffs to die and be killed and eaten OR your parents have to declare you a male and raise you to be a male. As a female (who was declared male) while you grow you would have to suppress ALL feminine urges or you will be killed the moment they find out. This book follows Tiadone through about a year of her (his) life.

I was sorry to see it end and wish there would be another book to follow up on the ending. (I can't really say much more or it will ruin the ending but I would love to read more.








Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men?

When Tiadone was born, her parents had two choices: leave their daughter outside the community to die in the wilds, or raise her as male and force her to suppress all feminine traits. Now, as the first female living as male in her village, Tiadone must prove her father didn’t make a mistake by letting her live.

As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone knows every eye on the community is on her, and desperately wishes to belong and finally be accepted. But at every step, traditional feminine gifts and traits emerge, and the bird she's been twined with is seen as a sign of the devil.

Worse, as Tiadone completes her rites, she finds she is drawn to her male best friend in ways that are very much in line with the female gender.

Confused and desperate, Tiadone tries to become what she must be while dealing with what she indeed has become: a young woman who may be able to stand up to her despotic rulers and uncover her real purpose in life.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Outcasts - The Safe Lands Series



By Jill Williamson
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 5 Stars

I was happy to receive this second book in the series of three. The first book told of how a village was taken into the Safe lands so that they can produce babies that are uninfected by the thin plague.

This book continues to tell you their story, they also find out that since they got their women out of the harem, that Jackson's Peak was invaded and they captured some men and women (that weren't killed in the fight).

We find out that they always try for the female to have more than one baby. We find out how many babies that Shaylinn (Shay) and who the father is, with the help of Mason's digging. This is a very inventive story set in the future and I believe a lot of people will enjoy reading this.








Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives.

Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined ... and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason’s brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason’s younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante.

Soon all three brothers are being watched closely - and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Captives - The Safe Lands Series



By Jill Williamson
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 4.38 Stars

This novel is set in the future, it's about how in the Safe Lands, they can't have healthy children, they all have this disease. In a village by the Safe Lands they are all healthy and can have healthy children but are forced into arranged marriages. Omar arranges with the Safe Lands enforcers to try and help his town move into the Safe Lands where he believes it will be better for them all.....

Very interesting book. This book grabs your attention and it is hard to pull yourself away from it once you have begun to read.

I will be posting more on this later on








Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

One choice could destroy them all.

When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many---including his fiancée, Jem---taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls.

Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

Monday, January 20, 2014

Doon - (A Doon Novel 1)



By Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Published by Zondervan
Average Blogger Rating: 3.33 Stars

Veronica keeps seeing and hearing this blond boy around her age who is wearing a kilt, but no one else seems to see him when they go to look he is gone. She goes to Scotland with her friend Mackenna, where she sees the boy there again a few different times. Mackenna Aunt Gracie has left Mackenna some instructions that are hidden away which she eventually finds and the girls put them to the test. Mackenna doesn't believe it will work but Veronica does. When the instructions work, they find themselves in Doon........only reading the book will tell you whether that is a good or bad thing! Hope that intrigues you enough.

The book reads in the first person, switching between Veronica and Mackenna. I think it is good to go that so you are being kept up to date with them both, but I am also glad there wasn't more than the two aspects cause it can get confusing.

When I was reading this I hadn't realized that it was going to be a series. When it ended I was dying to read more and was worried that was it, but I was and am glad that there is another. The next novel is actually due out in September this year, so I won't have to wait too long.

This was an awesome read and was glad I chose it over some of the others books I had seen.










Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt---and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for… or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.