Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The last four are a doozie

"The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley" by Jeremy Massey is definitely worth the read.  Paddy is a widower whose world is completely engulfed by his grief. He has buried himself into his work as an undertaker at a funeral home in Dublin when he meets Lucy, a new widow that is using the funeral services for her husband.   The two form an instant bond sharing their mutual mourning when Lucy falls dead.  This triggers a string of rather unusual and dangerous events involving mortuary accidents and the local mafia. 
This is an incredibly well written and riveting novel.  The author makes funeral home rituals and practices actually quiet interesting.  The action and romance keeps the reader reading well into the night unable to put the book down.  I give it four and a half stars.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review from www.firsttoread.com

Monday, March 23, 2015

Never a bride

"Always a Bridesmaid" by Melinda Curtis is a spin-off book from the Christmas Kisses collection and part 2 in the The Bridesmaid Series.  Nicole is a master baker who is providing the desserts for Tiff, the runaway bride's wedding.  Nicole believes she is suffering from the Siberian Curse.  Where she involuntarily becomes invisible to men that she finds attractive.  Sean is a chef that is also working the wedding.  Though he is attractive, his high and mighty attitude prevents Nicole from finding him desirable.  Sean, however,  wants to partner with her in the business to expand his restaurant.  He uses the "curse" to his advantage and tries to teach Nicole how to win a man.  Of course he falls right into his own trap. 
In the usual Curtis fashion, this is a witty, romantic, well-written novel.  I love her sense of humor and her characters.  This is a very quick read and rather short novel.  Perfect for passing the time or living romantically vicariously through her characters.  Four Hearts!  I received this e-book for free from the Sweet Team in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

X Files

In October of 2013 I began to watch the X Files.  It started as something to do while eating lunch at my desk at work, but evolved into a sort of obsession.  I watched it every day.  Well, I took a break here and there, but mostly every work day I watched it.  I even watched the movies, but only as they came out with the series.  I plugged in The Lone Gunmen when it was aired into the proper place.  I have finally finished the series.  I have now started on the books.  There are 5 I think.  I am not into graphic novels so I won't read them.  If you are interested there are tons of those.  When X Files was originally on, I worked evenings, so I didn't watch it, except when I got home they showed reruns.  But they weren't in order.  So though I liked it and it scared the crap out of me while all alone late at night watching, I didn't really get into the whole conspiracy thing.  I didn't make much sense out of order.  Eventually they quit syndicating it, so that was that.  No Netflix, so no watching.  Now with the wonders of technology, I can watch as I please.  I feel a little weird now with no episodes to watch.  Guess I'll have to start over. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

deadly echoes review

"Deadly Echoes" by Nancy Mehl is the second novel in the Finding Sanctuary series.  Sanctuary is a town in Missouri that has a Mennonite influence and is a safe haven from the world.  Sarah is a young teacher whose parents were murdered when she was a child and spent the majority of her childhood in foster care.  Her sister, Hannah, who has recently reunited with her, has also been murdered in a similar fashion.  Sarah then takes over the care of Hannah's 10 year old daughter Cicely and the search for the killers of her parents and now sister. 
Sarah is an extremely naive character.  Though she is told over and over to be cautious, she still continues to tell everything she knows about the murders to pretty much anyone who asks.  All the while talking about how she needs to be cautious.  Where this can get annoying, let's face it; that's what most people would do.  However, it doesn't do much to hide the killer from the reader.  Not a lot of mystery here.  However, the storyline between Sarah and Cicely as they form a relationship is extremely realistic.  Cicely can really cut a person to the quick.  I like how the author has a no holds barred account of their relationship.  Good read.  I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Infinite exiles

"Exiles" by RJ Larson is Book One in the Realms of the Infinite series.  Though it is a book one, it coincides with Larson's Books of the Infinite Series.  I have not read the first series, so I spent the first couple chapters a little confused.  I would recommend reading the first series before starting this one.  I have Prophet and it is on my TBR list.  It just got bumped up the list.  In Exiles, Araine is a Atea follower who has found scrolls with scripture written on them.  Doubting the existence of Atea, Araine quickly grows to love the word of the Infinite, what Larson's characters calls God in the two series. Araine is being peddled off to a man of high ranking by her parents in order to boost their status.  Following a betrayal, she is taken into slavery.   Nikaros is a follower of the Infinite, but is taken from his family by Atea believers for a ransom.  The two young people form a union of sorts and help each other in the courts of their slavery. 
This novel is a Christian Fantasy.  It is told in a whole new way of exploring where Christian fiction can go.  Larson sets her mind wide open.  Fantasy readers out there will love it.  I received this book for free in exchange for a review from www.bookfun.org

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ishbane existance

"The Ishbane Conspiracy" by Angela, Karina, & Randy Alcorn is a novel of the battle between good and evil that is being played out in teens: Jillian, Ian, Brittany, and Rob.  The chapters alternate between the goings on of the four teens and the demons that are assigned agent style to each kid.  Jillian's father has recently died and though she goes to church she isn't really into Christianity.  Ian is a jock who is rather obsessed with spiritualism and yet knows next to nothing about Christianity.  Brittany is a smart and popular girl who likes herself enough for everybody.  And Rob is a newfound Christian, who seems to have put Christianity into a contest. 
I didn't really like this book.  The kids are INDREDIBLY spiritual.  As in all spirits! They know about tarot cards, palm reading, Wicca, Hindu, anything.  My husband and I have 7 kids and 6 have been or currently are teenagers and they were never this into spiritualism.  The kids in the book know a lot about all kinds.  You name a crystal and they can give you an expert report.  Almost as if the novel was written by a champion occult googler.  There is a repeated theme of gloom and hopelessness in the novel.  Probably the demon presence has too much force.  The demons and angels are written in a style of angel and devil on the shoulder.  I have read that style display before, but have never really viewed it that way myself.  This isn't a poorly written book.  It is a well written book, but it isn't for me.  We didn't click at all.  I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Multnomah www.bloggingforbooks.org

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meyer's fruit teaching

"Fruit of the Spirit: How to Water God's Word in Your Life & Relationships" by Joyce Meyer is a seven CD teaching on Fruit of the Spirit involving Love, Faithfulness, self-control, gentleness, patience, peace, kindness, and joy.  Also included is a DVD and application book.  The first CD is the audio of the DVD, so I would recommend listening to the CDs first, then getting a recap of the first with the DVD.  The application book has lots of scripture and some reflective questions.  The scriptures are very short, but many in number.  If you are one to look up bible readings in book format, you might want to switch over to a website for easier look up to cut back on the frustration of constantly searching.  I used www.bibletools.org on a tablet. 
Joyce Meyer's strong suit is speaking.  Even if you were an atheist (which you wouldn't be for long after listening to these CDs), I would recommend you listen to Meyers for the common sense and advice alone.  She has a matter of fact way of speaking that really gets through to the listener.  Her teachings are clear and to the point.  There is no wishy-washy to it.  I  highly recommend these CDs to anyone searching for answers and to anyone wanting to get closer to God and what is expected of us here.  I received this teaching from Jody's Book Review giveaway.