Book Review of Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move by Bekah DiFelice

32988108Almost There: Searching for Home in a Life on the Move by Bekah DiFelice is scheduled to be released on July 18th, 2017 by NavPress Publishing Group. Home, by definition, is where you feel comfortable, where you are established, where relationships are worn in and familiar. It is where you are known, a place to belong. It is a universal longing, but an elusive destination. Why does life often move us far from this secure, primal comfort? We transfer to different locations or simply live unsettled in our own hometown. We rebuild, make new friends, find new jobs, and forge new ties. Our blanket of security becomes a whole host of unknowns. Underneath it all, sure as the evening taps, there is a homesickness for belonging. What if this homesickness is not just a series of challenges to be overcome, but a vehicle for God to draw us to Himself? What if God is orchestrating our circumstances to bring us into the knowledge of who He is? What if all along He is inviting us home? Continue reading

The Waking Land by Callie Bates Book Review

cover104643-medium.pngThe Waking Land by Callie Bates is young adult, science fiction, fantasy that is scheduled to be released on June 27, 2017 by Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine.

Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life. Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her. But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart. Continue reading

White Fur by Jardine Libaire Book Review

9780451497925White Fur by Jardine Libaire was published on May 30th 2017 by Hogarth Press. A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City
When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore. The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe.
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Atlantis Reborn: Atlantis Rising, Book #3 by Gloria Craw – Book Review

cover114476-medium.pngAtlantis Reborn: Atlantis Rising, Book #3 by Gloria Craw published on March 7th, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC. In a few days, I’ll officially be the Laurel clan chief—but it comes at a heavy cost. My human family, the McKyes, think I’m dead, and the only family I have left is my surly cousin, Theron. Plus the occasional visit from my dead mother. Gathering the fifteen clans of Atlantis is more tasking than I thought. Thank fate that Ian has my back, otherwise keeping the peace would be a total disaster.I want to give him my heart, too, but without an official likeness, or spontaneous pairing, it’s only wishful thinking. To make matters worse, someone out there has the formula to create human-Atlantian hybrids. For a hefty price. Certain chiefs are so desperate to increase our population that they refuse to see the price might be more than money; it could cost us Continue reading

Going Crazy for You: Sapphire Falls Kindle World Novella by Allison Gatta

cover112138-medium.pngGoing Crazy for You: Sapphire Falls Kindle World Novella by Allison Gatta was released in October 2016. The genre of this book is a young adult/new adult romance novel. This book is the love story of Sam and Violet. The author creates characters and a setting that you can see yourself in. I like how this story has a lot of ups and downs but endings on a happy note. While this is a short story, only seventy-seven pages long, I did find it a good read. I recommend this book for any romance novel lovers.  **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**   So, loves check it out and get your copy HERE. 

SYNOPSIS: Wade Farrow hates everything about small towns–how everyone seems to know each other, how community is next to godliness, how even the smallest detail can spread around town like wildfire. So, when he was 18, he packed up his things and left Sapphire Falls never to return–until now. After his sister’s sudden death, he’s forced to head home to care for his only remaining relative: his seven-year-old nephew. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Wade walks in to discover that he’s not alone in caring for his nephew–his sister’s estate has been keeping a live-in nanny, and she’s got a whole set of rules all her own…

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For the Love of Katie: The Katie Chronicles Book #2 by Erica Lucke Dean

cover112137-mediumFor the Love of Kate by Erica Lucke Dean is the second book in the Katie Chronicles Series and was released by Red Adept Publishing, LLC on April 18, 2017. First, I want to say that I love this book more than the first. Erica Lucke Dean does an amazing job in creating a story with an outstanding setting that makes it feel like you are really there and the characters are written so brilliantly that they feel like you know them, like they are your friends. This book is such a fun read and made me laugh a lot. Katie is type of person who is prone to accidents or disaster and that makes the story more interesting. I also love the fact that she is married to Cooper, the famous author that she feel in love with. This is the perfect spring time read that will leave you with a warm heart and stars in your eyes. **I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  Check it out and grab you copy HERE.

SYNOPSIS: Newlywed Katie Maxwell is ready to settle down and leave her amateur detective days behind. But when the veil of secrecy surrounding her husband’s latest project takes them to Europe, her penchant for sleuthing lands her in some serious hot foreign water. Katie will need to think quickly to talk her way out of handcuffs and a Parisian jail cell. Too bad she doesn’t speak French. For the Love of Katie is the second madcap adventure in The Katie Chronicles. This book can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to skip the first?

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Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson

cover104251-mediumSeeking Mansfield by Kate Watson will be released on May 16, 2017 by Flux. I must admit that I fell in love with this book and the characters after reading a few chapters. Kate Watson has a style of writing that makes this young adult novel hard to put down. I did read this book in one sitting because it is the type of book you want to know what happens between the characters. Finley and Oliver are the two main characters with the story being told from both points of view. I like how the story tells both sides because it adds to the story so much more. Finley is a typical teenage girl who has survived many hardships with the help of Oliver. When her dad was killed in a car wreck by a drunk driver she is forced to live with her godparents who are Oliver’s mom and dad. Oliver is just the person to help Finley with her past demons and with his helps she faces her biggest fears. This books theme deals with loss, hope, love, and family. I also liked how the supporting characters in this book play just a big part in the plot line. I am hoping for a sequel to this novel and look forward to reading more of Kate Watson’s work. I highly recommend this book. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents’ son, Oliver Bertram. Since Finley moved in with her godparents after the death of her father, she and Oliver have grown close. If Finley could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater. But when teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move across the street from the Bertrams, they shake up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Finley realizes that Harlan’s attention is shifting to her. She discovers she might have feelings for him too. Or, is she only interested in Harlan because Oliver is taken? Finley doesn’t want to be won, and she doesn’t want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver’s heart—and keep her own—she’ll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.

The It Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

the it girlThe It Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar is the first book in the It Girl series. I honestly did not know these were a series, but then again I binged watched Gossip Girl on Netflix. I usually am late to the party on watching television series. When I found this book I was surprised because I honestly did not know there was a series of books that are a spin off of Jenny. Jenny was not one of my favorite characters but the books makes it easier to fall in love with her character. These books are quick, fun reads that will make you laugh and smile a lot. I found reading the first book in this series makes me want to read more. I really miss Gossip Girl and these books are a great find for me. So loves if you are like me and miss Gossip Girl, then check out this series.

Synopsis: Popular Gossip Girl character Jenny Humphrey is leaving Constance Billard to attend Waverly Academy, an elite boarding school in New York horse country where glamorous rich kids don’t let the rules get in the way of an excellent time. Determined to leave her Manhattan past behind her, Jenny sets off to Waverly with big plans of reinventing herself. She’ll be a goddess–she’s a sophisticated city girl, after all!–and will find a boy who can properly worship her. But that’s going to be a little tricky since her self-absorbed new roommates, Callie Vernon and Brett Messerschmidt, aren’t exactly there to help–unless there’s something in it for them. Hot guys, new intrigue, and more delicious gossip all add up to more trouble than ever for Jenny. But if getting caught with boys and going up against the Disciplinary Committee is what it takes, Jenny’s ready. She’ll do all that and more to be The It Girl.

And Then We Ran by Katy Cannon

and the nwe ranAnd Then We Ran by Katy Cannon was released April 2017.  Cannon does an amazing job in creating the plot and setting for this book. I really like how she created characters that are life like and believable. They are the types of characters that you can relate to.  When I think about most road trip novels that I have read in the last, I think of a nightmarish or scary type of ending. I found this ending to be a complete surprise. This book deals with family issues, financial issues, and romance.  I feel that this book stresses on the importance of listening to the people who care about you, like your parents and friends. Everyone needs a support system. So loves, as you can tell I really liked this book and the messages it sends. I seriously recommend this book! **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

Synopsis: A road-trip story about following your dreams and embracing the unexpected.
Megan knows what she wants out of life and she intends to get it, whatever her parents say. Elliott has given up on all his plans for the future – but then Megan bursts into his life with a proposal that could change it forever.
Together they embark on a road trip to escape their hometown and chase their dreams. But life is a journey and not even Megan can control where theirs will lead…
Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Rainbow Rowell and Non Pratt.