Christian Fiction Review: The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

This was not at all a bad book, but definitely not my favorite. It is in the genre of romance, so if romance is one of your favorite genres this is the perfect book for you.

I actually really enjoyed the characters. Mia was smart, funny and as a bonus to me she was interested in ministering to people overseas.
Jake wasn’t bad either. His character was a little more stereotypical to me. Hot, cowboy, ex-cop thing. I thought him having a hearing injury was the perfect thing for his character to not make him, you know, perfect. I have only read one other book where the main character had an impairment, and that was blindness.
Mia’s sister Lucy was a pretty easy character for me to like. Throughout the book she struggled with her Christian faith which seemed to me a real seeming struggle. By the end of the book she suddenly changed and didn’t doubt God at all. To me this appeared a little
unrealistic, but not enough to make me upset.

There was quite a bit of faith content, so that was good. I do however notice in Christian Fiction books that a scene that involves the main characters going to church is rarely shown. That doesn’t have anything personally relating to this book, but if the author or someone else is reading I would so appreciate more church content along with random prayers and the main characters doing devotions throughout the book.

I am giving this book a 2.5 stars because it was not bad, but I don’t see myself wanting to reread it. If you like romance you will like this book. I also believe this book should be for people 15 and up.

Link to summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32510783-the-two-of-us

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

 

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BOUND by Victoria Lynn: Blog Tour

Hey guys! One of my favorite bloggers is doing a giveaway on her blog Ruffles and Grace.  You can win A T-shirt from her Zazzle shop, some chocolate, and (drum roll) one paperback and possibly to ebook copies of two of her own novels.

To enter just press this link BOUND: Blog Tour Day 1.

This link should take you to her blog, where you can enter using Rafflecopter.  Enjoy! 😀

 

Christian Fiction Review: Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

I was looking forward to reviewing this book so much!  I am so thankful I have the chance to review this book. 😀

Dani Pettrey is a talented Christian suspense writer, so I often enjoy her writing quite a bit.  Her other series, Alaskan Courage, was a favorite suspense series of mine for some time.

Blind Spot is the third out of four books in Dani’s Chesapeake Valor series.  I really like the suspense aspect she has.  I think this book is written well and the plot is intriguing.

I was really excited to read this book in particular because of the heroine Tanner Shaw.  In the previous books she has been something of a mystery, but it has been revealed that she is a very relevant fighter against human trafficking.  She is probably the character I relate to the most, so I loved reading her point of view.

The hero Declan Grey is also a cool character.  He didn’t previously intrigue me as much as Tanner, but his character is solid.

One aspect of the book I am not as impressed with is the romance.  In Dani’s previous series there romance was prominent, but the adventure aspect of the books seemed stronger to me.  Because of this adventure I didn’t mind the romance as much as I normally would.  This series (Blind Spot in particular) includes a lot of romance.  Now this part isn’t what really bugs me as much as the clique of it all.  The problem I have most often come across with romantic books is attraction at first sight.  Don’t mistake this with love at first sight, it isn’t half as romantic as that.  No, I mean lust at first sight.  I get really bothered by characters who only seem to like each other because they are both super hot.  This has never been the kind relationship I admire, in fact it has always been the opposite.

Because of this all to often flaw in the romantic plot of the story I give this book 3 stars.  I am disappointed with the tension romance this book exhibited.  I would recommend this book if you are a romance lover, or a romantic suspense lover.  However, if you are a teen or at least under 16 please don’t read this.  I don’t think it is the best use of one’s time.  If you really are a good sweet romance read a Jane Austen novel (or Erynn Mangum for a Christian recommendation). 😀

I was expecting at least 3.5 stars if not 4 or higher from this book.  I do wish this had a stronger presence of God in the romance department, so that they did’t initially like each other merely because of looks.  I do generally like Dani Pettrey’s work, so don’t think this book is a great example of her usually (in my opinion) good writing.  However, as reads go, 3 stars is not bad.  It is your choice to read this book, I would just council you to stay away from most romances that look like this.

Link to summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34020169-blind-spot

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

Christian Fiction Review: Just Between You and Me by Jenny B. Jones

I love this book so much!
I am definitely buying this book. 😀 Maggie is a great character. She is super sarcastic, which I love. This story is so touching. I cried so many times while reading this book.
Also I love Maggie’s niece Riley. She reminds SO much of a kid I know. 😀 Connor, Maggie’s love interest, is also really really sweet. Maggie and Connor are a perfect couple, and their relationship was wonderful to read.

I will warn younger readers that there is a lot of mature content and a lot of kissing. I am okay with this ’cause Maggie was not a Christian for a lot of the book, so it makes sense, and it wasn’t all inappropriate, just more mature. Again, there are quite a few kisses, so I won’t recommend to really young kids like thirteen maybe fourteen (depending on your views).
However, I do LOVE this book. It is a fun book, but it is meant to be touching and meaningful, so it isn’t a super light chick-flick.

On goodreads I gave this book 4 stars.  It doesn’t rank as high as Harry Potter or my favorite Erynn Mangum books, but it is pretty moving.  I would probably recommend this to older teens to adults (16+) because it does have more mature content in it.

Link to summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6402991-just-between-you-and-me?from_search=true

Christian Fiction Review: Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

The story-line is a classically overdone one in the Christian community of romantic suspense.  Guy tries to protect girl and they both fall in love with each other by the first few chapters.  Girl saves guy spiritually, guy saves girl physically.

I would honestly not recommend this book because it just is not written well and does not have a creative story-line.  If you want much better Christian romantic suspense read anything written by Dani Pettrey.

The characters of Kate and Landon were really hard to like because I’ve read characters exactly like them in other books.  If I didn’t know better I would think Irene Hannon wrote this book.

Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t recommend this book, but it’s your choice.  I give this book 1.5 stars because it is truly not a good book in my opinion.  I didn’t hate it but I wouldn’t suggest reading it.  I really didn’t enjoy the story, and honestly I’m surprised I could finish the entire book (it was hard).  Maybe if I had read this when I was younger I would have liked it, but by now I’ve read this same kind of story to many times to count.

Link to summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34020189-deadly-proof

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

Middle Age Review: The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

My all time favorite book of Gail Carson Levine’s is The Two Princesses of Bamarre, so when I heard about this book I was ecstatic.
This book is as good as a prequel gets. I am not at all disappointed. To me Perry was a really good main character. Her struggles as well as her strengths were believable. There was also a very subtle Rapunzel retelling throughout the story. Gail Carson Levine’s fairy tale-retellings are not like any other.
It was wonderful to know more of the backstory of the world of the Two Princesses of Bamarre.

There was no inappropriate content in this book, so feel free to read it without hesitation. My recommended ages for this book is 13 and up only because it is a pretty large book.
I would personally rate this book a 4.5. To anyone who hasn’t read this very short series I would without a doubt recommend you read it because it’s absolutely fantastic.

Here is the link to the first book’s summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31371458-the-lost-kingdom-of-bamarre

Young Adult/Middle Age Review: Gallagher Girls Series

Hey guys!  Here is a review written by my little sister, I hope you love it!

 

It’s about time I write a review on my all time favorite series! This series sucked me in and I couldn’t wait to get each book. If someone asked me what age range I would suggest this fantastic series for my answer would be 13-14. This series does have some romance but nothing bad. There are kisses here and there with characters but it’s not described really. I absolutely LOVE this series! The books are not to big and they are an easy read. I have both listened to them and read them. Both ways are fantastic! The plot has a great structure and the characters are brought to life really well. If you read these books because of my review I hope you love them just as much as I did! Happy reading!!!

This book series gets a 5 star review.

~ Review by Liv Funaro

Here is the link to the first book’s summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/852470.I_d_Tell_You_I_Love_You_But_Then_I_d_Have_to_Kill_You

Christian Fiction Review: The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

This book is easily not one of my favorites.  It doesn’t even make the list of historical fiction books that I’m okay with.

I would like to say that even though I didn’t love the romance the writing was good, but the truth is that I can’t even claim that.  I feel as if I’ve read this book multiple times due to the plot being so generic.

This is the first book I have received from Bethany House Publishers and I am really thankful they decided to send me this book.  I can’t not express my gratitude enough.  This honestly makes me feel more than a little guilty at my less than shining review.  However, they do ask for my honest opinion so that is what I am giving.

I truly didn’t enjoy Rosalyn‘s character (the main character).  She was very generically demure and all the other stereotypes that you can come up with for a historical fiction heroine.  The other main character Nate was slightly more tolerable, but only by a little.  Both of them were not captivating or interesting to me at all.

I am certain the author Jennifer Delamere put a lot of time, effort, and creative energy into this book and it will be well enjoyed by the proper crowd.  That crowd is not me, and if you have similar book interest as me than I would recommend you not read this because it will be a waste of your time.

This is a review completely based on opinion, so the chance of you having a different is very possible.  If you do in fact have different book interests to me and enjoy Christian Historical Fiction you will likely enjoy this book.  I very obviously did not, but you may be different.

Based on my personal opinion I give this book 2 star because others will find it to be a much better book than I think.

If you want this book I am thinking of hosting a giveaway for it.  Please tell me if you think this is a good idea because I will definitely listen and give this book away to others who will truly appreciate owning it.

Link to summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32510795-the-captain-s-daughter?from_search=true

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

Wonder Woman Movie

I just watched Wonder Woman!  If you don’t already know I am a big lover of Wonder Woman, so this is probably my most looked forward to movie of the year. 😀

This movie was FANTASTIC!  The action sequences were incredible, and so thrilling!  I got goosebumps so many times watching this movie.

It was so amazing having an entire superhero movie based on a woman!  It did make the reason for fighting, and the plot slightly different, which was cool.  I was so hopeful and pumped for this movie, and it is just as Wonderful (get what I did there) as I thought it was going to be.  This movie did NOT disappoint.

I absolutely love this movie!  It is definitely my favorite superhero movie (next to Guardians of the Galaxy).  Patty Jenkins directed an incredible movie, Gal Gadot played an INCREDIBLE Wonder Woman, and altogether I love the movie.  Wonder Woman’s backstory was very well thought out, and the plot was great.

I give this a 5 star because it was just so WONDERFUL!

Young Adult Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Hmmm. . . How do I start?

I rarely read teen books, but starting this year I decided to try more teen books because they can’t all be as bad as my bad experience.

Guess what?  I was right!  I really really enjoy this book.  In fact, I read it in one day!  I tend not to read books in one day because I am pretty busy during the day.  However, I enjoyed this book so much that I stayed up late to read it (even though I probably shouldn’t have)!

Lily was a surprisingly funny heroine.  Cade was okay, a little to cliché for me, but not that bad.

The story itself was incredible!  Kasie West’s writing is SO good!  The character’s and their misunderstandings of each other were very perfect, realistic, and just complex enough (which is something most authors miss).

 

This book is a teen book, so if you’re not a teen you probably shouldn’t read it.  That being said, there were a few kisses at the very end, but not anything even close to inappropriate.  I think girls 13 and older can read this book.

I give this book a 4 star because I so surprisingly really enjoyed it! 😀

 

Link to book summary via goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25486998-p-s-i-like-you?ac=1&from_search=true