My Year in Books

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Well, it’s the last day of January and I wanted to get one post out this month so… here we go.  It’s been a crazy month.  I can’t really make any promises but I’m hoping for at least one post a month for the next couple months.  Sigh.  When did life get so crazy? Continue reading

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Ilyon and Acktar Blog Tour

I have the pleasure to participate in a blog tour for the Ilyon Chronicles and the Blades of Actar Series!  I reviewed Bitter Winter, by Jaye L Knight, and Lacy, a companion novella by the same author.  

Also, be sure to enter the giveaway to get signed sets of both series!!!

About Bitter Winter

Already struggling with a harsh winter and the threat of food shortage, a catastrophic event leaves those in the Landale camps reeling. Just when things couldn’t get much worse, camp members fall ill with the same devastating sickness that’s sweeping across the country.

Determined to gain the cure, Jace sets off to Valcré. However, there are only two sources—the queen, or a powerful gang of smugglers who have made the dangerous city their home. When Jace gains audience with the gang leader, he finds the price of the cure is steeper than any of them imagined, forcing him to make an impossible choice—betray his conscience or let those he loves die.

My Review:

WE HAVE ANOTHER BOOK, GUYS!!!!

Ahem.  I’m very excited.  

I first found this series a couple of years ago and I really love it. It’s one of the best Christian book series out there.  If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?? Go read it, seriously.  

This book contains *major* spoiler warnings if you haven’t read the rest of the series so stop reading my review and go buy the books.

Le Plot:  I actually wasn’t awestruck by this plot?  It was a lot slower than previous books.  It was actually kinda nice to have a break from many terrible things happening, but it is a little bit slow in parts.  The pacing was a bit weird too, but I didn’t really mind too much.  

I found myself reading very quickly through the book to get to “the event.”  I wish there was more of a side story or something else added because I kinda knew what was going to happen in the end and I was waiting for it to happen the entire book.  

The end felt final.  (A book without a major cliffhanger–is that possible??)  I’m not sure where Jaye is going to go with book six, but I’m excited.  (Especially because she has a new facet to explore after this book)

Le characters:  We love Jace here, okay?  No shame.  This book was about Jace.  I thought this book was amazing in showing how he had grown since the beginning of the series while still retaining good characterization and his struggles. 

Kyrin is still awesome as always.  She doesn’t have as big of a role in this book compared to the others, but I understood why the author did that.  

Daniel… the young prince.  I was unsure of him in this book.  It all depends on what he’s like in the next book to be honest.

Other Comments:  There’s love.  Quite a bit of it.  The kissing and all that is kept very clean, but I started to get a little tired of it.  Yes, they’re in love, but still.  There was some mention in every chapter of how someone wanted to kiss someone. 

It seems like everyone is in love with someone?  Part of me likes everyone finding happiness, but the cynic in me is wondering if that’s realistic.  Everyone seemed to be paired up with someone, and I don’t believe that being in a relationship means you’ll have happiness. (I’m sure the author doesn’t either, but it started to feel like that.)

The death kind of confused me?  I know I have different feelings on men and women fighting than the author, but I felt like the death could’ve been prevented… Just my opinion though.

The end.

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‘nough said.

I’m looking forward to the next book!!!

Available now on Amazon!

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About Lacy

The last thing Aaron ever envisioned was falling for a prostitute. Everything about it spells trouble. However, he can’t help noticing the way her smile lights up when she sees him and how much brokenness she hides behind it. Neither can he ignore how desperately she needs rescue and protection.

When Lacy shares a life or death secret with him, Aaron is willing to risk everything to help her and to show her Elôm’s love. Yet, such a choice could destroy his reputation and maybe even cost him his freedom.

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My Review:

Plot:  This was amazing.  The content is heavy and a lot darker than a lot of other Christian books, but the author handled it with grace and skill.  I believe that Christian authors should not stray from these things, but instead show them for what they are in a way that is not damaging to the reader.  This is a beautiful example of that.

I especially loved the way the author showed the reaction of the church to Aaron and Lacy.  The church isn’t always a loving, caring body of believers (unfortunately) and in her earlier works I got the impression that it was.  It felt realistic and sad in this story.  

Characters: I was unsure of what a book about Aaron would be like, but he was a good character.  Lacy was a sweet girl and I sympathized with her character and situation.

Other comments:  The content is probably not suitable for younger readers.  

The conversion scene and the characters actions following were believable.  I’m generally not a fan of conversion scenes in books, but this one was handled nicely.

This novella is a sweet, engaging story that I would highly recommend.  It could almost stand alone from the rest of the Ilyon Chronicles.  

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Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website

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About the Author

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.

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About Decree

(I didn’t review this one for the tour, but a goodreads review is coming soon)

The Adventure Continues.

Discover more of The Blades of Acktar in this collection of novellas and short stories.

The Blades as They Should’ve Been

A test and the Gathering of Nobles will decide Leith and Martyn’s futures. Can they fight to become more than the Blades they were? Will Keevan accept the man who attempted to kill him as family?

The First Mission

When Martyn visits Surgis, his past seems determined to haunt him. Can he figure out how to forgive, especially when confronted with an enemy in need of his help?

To the Far Great Mountains

A death sends Leith and Martyn far beyond the borders of Acktar. Will they be able to arrest their quarry before they are caught themselves?

From the story of how Leith and Martyn met to Ranson’s search for a life outside of the Blades, these stories will answer plaguing questions and expand the world of Acktar.

Available now on Amazon!

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Haven’t discovered the The Blades of Acktar yet? Find out more at on the official Blades of Acktar page.

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About the Author: Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with Tricia on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Giveaway: 

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a full signed set of the Ilyon Chronicles and The Blades of Acktar!  (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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Schedule:

The schedule for the tour (so you can see everyone else’s posts!)


And that’s it!!! 

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Blank Mastermind Review

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BLANK MASTERMIND IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT

But apparently I actually have to be sane for a blog tour.  I first read Blank Mastermind on Rosey’s blog, writefury.  It was a serial story and I was hooked.  I looked forward to every Thursday.  So imagine my delight when Rosey said she was publishing it in book form!  (lots of excitement and gleeful cackling)

So, without further ado, here’s my review of Blank Mastermind, by Rosey Mucklestone. Continue reading

Popular Books That I Did Not Like (Rant)

This was a fun post to write.

I’m a picky reader.  It’s very rare that I will love a book with all my heart and soul.  Most books I read are just “eh.”  And that’s okay, everyone has a few books that are just eh to them.  The trouble is when a book that is just eh to you, is glorious, amazing, fireworks-popping-out of the page, the emperor-comes-to-visit-you-himself-wonderful to the rest of the reading world.

No one understands, and they think you’re insane for not liking the greatest literary masterpiece since Beowulf.

It’s tough.

So, I’m going to rant about all the popular books that I did not like, in the hopes that someone else will be like me, or in the event that this is just hilarious to you that someone could hate these books.  (Nobody kill me.)

Also, I’ve tried to keep it spoiler free.  They may be *minor* spoilers, but nothing that would ruin the book.

Onward.

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One Year Adventure Novel Review

*cue peaceful Hawaiian beach scene and gentle music* introductions are hard.   writing a book is also hard.  introducing the new write your own novel in only one school year.  the one year adventure novel may be for you if you have trouble plotting and finishing a book.  consult your parent or guardian before using one year adventure novel.  side effects include: procrastination, writer’s insanity, and hearing your character talk to you.  try one year adventure novel today, and live a happy wordsmith’s life. *show happy writer, writing, before the scene fades*

Hello, I have yet again failed an intro.

Anyways.  One Year Adventure Novel, if you hadn’t figured it out from the intro and the title.  

I’m about 8 chapters into a 12 chapter novel.  I might post an update when I finish, but I doubt anything will drastically change.  It was time for a review.

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Allegiance Blog Tour!

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I have the pleasure to take a part in the blog tour for Disowned, book one in the Allegiance series by Sarah Addison-Fox today!

I’ve been in a reading slump lately, and wasn’t expecting too much from the book, to be honest.  I started reading this book, and read. all. night.  Seriously, I was up way past midnight reading this. 

So I’m super excited to give you my review of the book 😀

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Exiles Blog Tour and Author Interview!!!

Guys, it’s here!  It’s here!  I’ve been a die-hard fan of the Ilyon Chronicles and I was so excited to participate in Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel’s blog tour!  This is the fourth book in her Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles.  I reviewed the first book here a while back, so if you don’t know anything about it, check it out.

The first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th – 14th! You can find them on Amazon.  You can even snag the first book for .99 cents!!!

Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. (Did I mention that there’s a cool giveaway?) Continue reading

The Girl Who Could See- Book Review

I said I’d be doing a lot of reading.  It was only a matter of time until a book review popped up.  Actually, you might see a lot of book reviews because I’ve been reading like crazy.  (I read three books yesterday.  Finished one, and read two more from cover to cover.  Crazy.  They were the Blades of Acktar series by Trisha Mingerink, if you’re curious.)

But this was the first book I read during my summer break.  I was super excited for the book when I first heard of it, because I thought it sounded amazing and the cover art is gorgeous!  

The premise was super cool, and I went into this book with high expectations.  That’s dangerous for me because I rarely have high expectations for books.  If I have high expectations, they’re more likely than not to get dashed.  If I don’t have high expectations and the book is good, I’ll be pleasantly surprised, but if it’s not, I don’t suffer any loss.  

But The Girl Who Could See, by Kara Swanson, met all those expectations.

“All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.” -from back cover

I was really interested because the book revolved around schizophrenia and imaginary friends, both of which I thought would be good in a book.  Really, it’s a novella, but it was the perfect length for me.  Any longer and it would have felt way too long.

The Characters:

Fern (aka Plant Girl):  Fern is a strong heroine who just wants to take care of her niece.  Doing so means that she needs to keep her job.  It’s easier said than done.  She’s lost two jobs in the past two months because of accidents related to her schizophrenia.  In fact, her illness is so bad that she had to drop out of high school.  Even before that, her parents were a part of a drug dealership, and often had the children pedal the drugs for them.  Despite it all, she’s a determined girl.

Tristan: Tristan is imaginary friend of Fern.  He saved her when she was little, and always keeps an eye on her.  Plus he has so much snarky, sarcastic, happy.  (Ignore the grammar.)

What I liked:

The concept was well executed.  There were a few time jumps, but I was able to keep track of them with no trouble.  The book is written in first person present, which normally drives me nuts, but I didn’t even notice until I was a few chapters into it.  There was some romance, but it wasn’t a lot.  It’s not a Christian book, but it is really clean.  (The author is a daughter of missionaries.)

What I didn’t like:

There was some slightly unbelievable things that I noticed going back through a second time.  (I like it so much that I read the book twice in one day.  That’s saying something.)  However, they weren’t glaring, and given the genre, it didn’t matter too much.  There was one kiss that went a little too long.  (While this is something I’m neutral on, I’ll advise: There is quite a bit of violence, but never too gory, and there is some thematic stuff.)

WRITING: 5/5 STARS
CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 STARS
PLOT: 4.5/5
THEMATIC STUFF (1 NONE, 5 HIGH): 2

(Drugs, kidnapping, monsters,)

LEVEL OF VIOLENCE (1 BEING NONE, 5 BEING HIGH): 3

(A few people are killed.  Tristan fights with two flails, which he uses.)

LANGUAGE: (1 BEING NONE, 5 BEING HIGH): 1

Total: Four and a half stars.  (I rounded up to five.)