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WHAT I AM READING / REVIEWING NOW

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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BOOK AWARD WINNERS

I just read a number of the national book award winners — and I have reviewed some of them. For a complete listing of the award winners, see this list.
Newbery 2018 – HELLO, UNIVERSE / Erin Entrada Kelly

Caldecott Medal 2018 – WOLF IN THE SNOW / Matthew Cordell

Caldecott Honor 2018

Belpre (Author) Honor Book 2018

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award 2018  

 

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Blog Tour – MISS SERENA’S SECRET / Carolyn Miller

Miss Serena’s Secret, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, 2)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825445347
Adult     Rating:      4

Carolyn Miller returns with another wholesome Regency romance with courtly romance, historical details, and excellent characterization in Miss Serena’s Secret.

Undiscovered artist Serena Winthrop has a secret from her past, which causes her to distrust all men, especially the smooth-talking Viscount Henry Carmichael. His charming reputation makes her distrust and disapprove of him. Will Serena’s artistic talent be discovered? How will Serena’s secret affect her future?

Readers can relate to Miller’s characters because they face problems in terms of others’ expectations, faith issues, and their everyday circumstances. Witty banter, first-rate characterization, historical narrative, reappearance of characters from earlier books, and a light but evident faith element characterizes Miller’s books.

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Fans of Julie Klassen, Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and other Regency fiction will enjoy this new series. Next title in this series are  The Making of Mrs. Hale (Fall 2018).

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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SONG OF LEIRA / by Gillian Bronte Adams is here!

Song of Leira, / by Gillian Bronte Adams (The Songkeeper Chronicles, 3)
Enclave     ISBN     9781683700869
Young Adult     Grades 6-8     Rating:     5

Gillian Bronte Adams returns with the conclusion to her young adult fantasy series. This epic young reader fantasy has the requisite orphan hero (in this case, heroine), grouchy adult figure (Amos), mythical creatures (the talking cat, the griffin, etc.), and allegorical references to Christianity.

In Song of LeiraAdams pens a tightly-written conclusion to her epic fantasy, complete with a final battle between good and evil. In the previous book, the main characters were devastated after their battle with Takhtan (the evil), causing them reconsider whether to press on in a fight they’d most likely lose or surrender in despair. The Song calls to Birdie, the Songkeeper, to rise above the heartbreak around her and to sing hope to those around her. Birdie plays a pivotal role and becomes confident (but not cocky). She has grown tremendously since the first book, as has Adams’ writing.

Given that the earlier books in this series were nominated for awards, one wouldn’t be surprised to see this final volume nominated!

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Have you read the earlier books in this series?

Orphan’s Song, / by Gillian Bronte Adams (The Songkeeper Chronicles, 1)
Enclave     ISBN     9781683700289

Songkeeper, / by Gillian Bronte Adams (The Songkeeper Chronicles, 2)
Enclave     ISBN     (9781621840695

 

In Orphan’s Song, twelve-year-old orphaned Birdie is haunted by five notes of a melody that only she can hear. Imagine her surprise when she hears the Song coming out of her own mouth and gets the attention of a nearby soldier Soon she is forced to flee for her life. But she is and she is rescued by the traveling peddler Amos. She joins up with Amos and Ky to avoid those who would silence the Song.

In Songkeeper, young Songkeeper Birdie and former street thief Ky are captives on a slave ship, and Amos the peddler manages to eventually rescue them. Then Ky returns to his hometown to lead his friends in the Underground to safety. Birdie goes on a journey to a mysterious spring that supposedly only the Songkeeper could unleash to defeat the final darkness. But Birdie continues to face doubts about her abilities and her role in that battle. Her capture by the Takran causes her to face her greatest fear: she is powerless and the Song is silent. Will her friends – her protectors — be casualties in the battle with Takran? What awaits them all?

Orphan’s Song was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards 2015. Songkeeper won the Gold Medal, The Illumination Awards in 2017.

See FULL REVIEWS of Orphan’s Song and Songkeeeper here!

–Carol Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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UNBREAKABLE – Thrilling Conclusion to Unblemished Trilogy!

Unbreakable, / by Sara Ella (Unblemished Triology, 3)
Thomas Nelson     ISBN     9780718081058
Young Adult     Rating:     5

Sara Ella returns with the conclusion to her Unblemished trilogy, a series that combines elements from fairy tales and fantasy to captivate the reader.

Ella masterfully creates a realistic fantasy world, a story with a nod to pop culture and literary references. Her Unblemished trilogy shows that there is a chance for lightness and darkness in all of us. Her allegorical story is filled with excellent narratives, engaging characters, and truths – and plenty of plot twists! The relationships are clean, the faith element is a light touch, and the violence is neither graphic nor inappropriate.

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Previously reviewed: UNBLEMISHED (and) UNRAVELING.

Want to win a copy? Here’s a giveaway for the blog tour!

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WINNING MISS WINTHROP Blog Tour

Winning Miss Winthrop, / by Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, 1)
Kregel     ISBN     9780825445330
Adult     Rating:      4

 

Miller writes Regency novels with historical detail, excellent characterization, and clean romance, suitable for adults and older teens. Her characters face financial problems, others’ expectations, and faith issues, allowing the reader to more easily identify with them. The tension in relationship between Jonathan and Catherine is reminiscent of books by Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen (think of Persuasion). Will Jonathan and Catherine find healing, forgiveness, and redemption? Will they find a future together?

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Fans of Julie Klassen, Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Regency romances will enjoy this new series. Next titles in this series are Miss Serena’s Secret (Summer 2018) and The Making of Mrs. Hale (Fall 2018).

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Scavenger Hunt Tour for RECLAIMING SHILO SNOW

Welcome to the Scavenger Hunt Tour for Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber, in collaboration with Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction and JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Christy and Carol Awards 2017 – Winners and Finalists

This week, the winners of the 2017 Christy Award were announced recently (November 2017). A number of the finalists were books I reviewed in the past year — not all of the categories are listed here, only the ones I reviewed.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

VISIONARY

YOUNG ADULT

CAROL AWARDS 2017 WINNERS & FINALISTS

Carol Award winners were announced in September 2017.

Historical Romance

Romantic Suspense

Speculative

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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The Choosing / The Calling / The Returning, / by Rachelle Dekker

The Choosing / Rachelle Dekker (A Seer Novel, 1)
Tyndale     ISBN     9781496402240

The Calling / Rachelle Dekker (A Seer Novel, 2)
Tyndale     ISBN     9781496402271

The Returning / Rachelle Dekker (A Seer Novel, 3)
Tyndale     ISBN     9781496402295
Young Adult     Rating:     4

Rachelle Dekker makes her debut in this intriguing science fiction/dystopian series for young adults.

In The Choosing, seventeen year old Carrington Hale expects to be chosen as someone’s bride at the Choosing Ceremony. Things didn’t work out that way.

In The Calling, former CityWatch guard Remko Brant leads the group of rebels – including Carrington — who escaped the Authority City. He builds a life as a family man and leader of the Seers (the rebels).

In The Returning, Elise Brant has been raised all her life in the Authority City. She knows no other life – she was taken captive twenty years ago.

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Dekker’s readers are engaged from the very start, making them eager to find out Carrington’s fate. The Choosing won the 2016 Christy Award Young Adult category and was a finalist in the Christy Award First Novel category.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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Stephanie Morrill – THE LOST GIRL OF ASTOR STREET

The Lost Girl of Astor Street, / by Stephanie Morrill
Blink     ISBN     9780310758402
HS     Grades 8+     Rating:     5

Stephanie Morrill, author of the Ellie Sweet series, pens her first young adult mystery, set during the Jazz Age, a time of citywide corruption due to the gangsters and when women’s rights were changing.

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In The Lost Girl of Astor Street, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail is convinced the police aren’t looking in the right place after the disappearance of her best friend, Lydia.

Daughter of a well-known mobster attorney, Piper’s search for the truth takes her to some unsavory neighborhoods. But a handsome Italian policeman – Detective Mariano Cassano – is determined to keep her safe and find the answers to Lydia’s disappearance.

Morrill delivers a gutsy, intelligent heroine, a twisting mystery plot, and descriptive historical details (the Roaring Twenties!). Readers will clamor for more mysteries staring this intrepid amateur sleuth.

— Carol R. Gehringer

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L. R. Burkard – DEFIANCE

Defiance: A Post-Apocalptic YA Tale of Survival, / by L. R. Burkard. (Pulse Effex series, 3)
Lilliput Press     ISBN 9780998966304
HS     Grade 10 and up     Rating: 4

L. R. Burkard concludes her story of three teen girls (Andrea Patterson,Lexie Martin, and Sarah Weaver) living in a post-apocalyptic United States. The story is told through their viewpoint, as they experience life after an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) disaster.

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Carol R. Gehringer

Earlier books reviewed in this series: Pulse, and Defiance.

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MY ANTICIPATED READS FOR 2017

I am excited for the following titles coming out in 2017. As I review these books, I will link my review to the titles here. I may read and review more than these titles, but these are the ones I’m most interested to read. So here they are:

JANUARY 2017

FEBRUARY 2017

MARCH 2017

APRIL 2017

JUNE 2017

JULY 2017

AUGUST 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017

OCTOBER 2017

DECEMBER 2017

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New Reviews Posted!

These reviews have been posted recently:

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tangled-webs

another-day-another-dali

canthelpfalling

lady-unrivaled

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In Honor of the Reformation — A YA Historical Fiction Series (Steadfast Love series / Rachelle Rea)

The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing     ISBN 9781939023636

The Sound of Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023612

The Sound of Diamonds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 1)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023599

Young Adult     Rating: 4

Sound-of-Diamonds sound silence sound emeralds

 

Rachelle Rea makes her debut with a medieval young adult series about a Catholic maiden and a Protestant former rogue in the midst of the 16th century Protestant-Catholic conflict.

In The Sound of Diamonds, Gwyneth, an eighteen year old Catholic woman, hides in a Dutch convent after the murder of her parents in England. Suddenly one night, Dirk — the man she accused of their murder — breaks into her convent to abduct her. In truth, he is trying to rescue her from the imminent attacks on the Catholics in the area. Can she trust this Protestant rogue, even when he says he has reformed? Can she afford not to?

In The Sound of Silver, Dirk and Gwyneth discover her parents’ murderer and the reason behind their murders. Mindful of his ruined reputation and its impact on Gwyn’s reputation, Dirk leaves her in the care of his mother and rides away. Meanwhile, Gwyn enlists the aid of an old friend to try to clear Dirk’s name, but what is her friend’s motive behind helping her? How will Gwyn and Dirk have a future together unless he is declared innocent and his honor is restored?

In The Sound of Emeralds, the story of Dirk and Gwyneth continues in 16th century Europe where the tension between Catholics and Protestants blazes. What started as hatred between them eventually evolves into lasting love, leading to their marriage. But weddings don’t guarantee happy endings. As Dirk struggles to clear his name before he face deadly consequences, Gwyn finds out that he has kept secrets from her. Will a friend from her past be an ally or an enemy to clearing Dirk’s name?

Rea has a knack for creating a storyline that is as unique as the main characters she pens. How many heroines need glasses, especially in historical fiction? Her book is carefully researched and grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. The series is filled with plenty of plot twists.

Written in alternating first-person point-of-view, the reader feels right in the middle of the action. Gwyneth and Dirk develop a relationship as they depend on one another in trying circumstances. The Sound of Emeralds presents God’s peace, in the same way the earlier books had the themes of hope and truth.

Faith elements are interwoven and integral to the plot. Rea carefully balances the Catholic and Protestant faith without being overly critical of either. She creates flawed individuals in a troubled time in church history.

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries. Fans of Melanie Dickerson, Lisa Bergren, and Jody Hedlund (authors of young adult medieval fiction) will enjoy this new author’s works.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Some More 2016 Book Award Winners I’ve Reviewed!

2016 CAROL AWARD WINNERS (ACFW)

Historical:
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke, Tyndale House

Historical Romance:
A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer, Bethany House

Romantic Suspense:
No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason, Revell

Young Adult:
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman, Bethany House

2016 CHRISTY AWARD WINNERS

Contemporary
The Sea Keeper’s Daughter by Lisa Wingate, Tyndale

Contemporary Romance / Suspense (winner)
Wedding Chapel, by Rachel Hauck, Zondervan — I didn’t review this but I finished reading it earlier this summer. Loved it — 5 * * * * *

Contemporary Romance / Suspense (nominee)
Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey, Bethany House

Historical
Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke, Tyndale House

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Review: COURAGEOUS / by Dina Sleiman

Courageous, / by Dina L. Sleiman  (Valiant Hearts, #3)
Bethany     ISBN9780764213144
Young Adult     Rating:     5

courageous

Dina L. Sleiman  continues her young adult series with a story about a young woman who is inspired to join a crusade. Dauntless and Chivalrous, earlier books in this series, were reviewed in Christian Library Journal  and on this blog in May/June 2015 and November/December 2015.

In Courageous, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a crusade to free captives from a Tripoli prison. Haunted by a mistake in her past, Rosalind feels she is unworthy to even consider marriage and a family. She is joined by Sir Randel Penigree, who dreams of becoming a Templar knight, even though he flees humiliation at home. Together they train a group of older children, are faced with political intrigue and an unknown enemy, on their journey to set prisoners free. Will they find redemption from their past? Will they be successful in their attempt to rescue the prisoners?

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Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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BOOK AWARD WINNERS

I just read a number of the national book award winners — and I have reviewed some of them. For a complete listing of the award winners, see this list.

Newbery 2016 – LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET / Matt de la Pena

Newbery Honor 2016

  • The War that Saved My Life / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Roller Girl / Victoria Jamieson
  • Echo / Pam Muñoz Ryan

Newbery 2015 – The Crossover / Kwame Alexander

Newbery Honor 2015

Caldecott 2016 – FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR / Lindsay Mattick

Caldecott Honor 2016

Caldecott 2015 – The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend / Dan Santat

Caldecott 2014 – Locomotive / Brian Floca

Caldecott 2014 Honors – Mr. Wuffles / David Wiesner

 

CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARDS

CHRISTY AWARD 2015

Contemporary / Romance – Finalists

Contemporary Series Finalist

Visionary Winner

Visionary Finalists

Young Adult Winner

Young Adult Finalist

CAROL AWARD 2015

Contemporary
Speculative
Young Adult
  • Storm Siren / Mary Weber (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

CLIVE STAPLES AWARD 2013-2015

2015:  The Warden and the Wolf King / Andrew Peterson

2014: A Cast in the Stones / Patrick W. Carr

2013: Starflower / Anne Elisabeth Stengl

 

 

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Review: A SPY’S DEVOTION / Melanie Dickerson

A Spy’s Devotion, / by Melanie Dickerson (The Regency Spies of London, 1)
Waterfall Press     ISBN     9781503950511
Adult      (HS)     Rating: 5

spys devotion

Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson ventures into a new historical era — Regency — after penning numerous award-winning medieval fairy tale retellings.

In A Spy’s Devotion, wealthy British officer Nicholas Langdon returns home to heal from a war injury. He tries to fulfill a dying soldier’s request to deliver his coded diary to a friend.

However, shortly after the ball where he meets Julia, the diary is stolen — and Julia’s uncle appears to be behind the theft.

Secret passages, overheard conversations, and coded messages contribute to the intrigue, mystery, and adventure in this story. Can they uncover the plot’s mastermind in time to avert the disaster? Can Julia avoid being forced to marry a man of her uncle’s choosing?

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KUDOS to Ms. Dickerson for her newest endeavor. I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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My 16 Anticipated Reads for 2016

I am excited for the following 16 titles coming out in 2016. As I review these books, I will link my review to the titles here. I will read and review more than the 16 titles listed here, but these are the ones I’m most interested to read. So here are my top 16:

JANUARY

thin ice YoureOneIWant undaunted hope

FEBRUARY

cold shot

spys devotion always watching

MARCH

daring sacrifice kings folly sirenssong

APRIL

sound emeralds

three wishes

MAY

beautiful pretender

courageous

OCTOBER

The Cautious Maiden time-to-rise wildmontanaskies

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Review: THE GOLDEN BRAID / Melanie Dickerson

The Golden Braid / by  Melanie Dickerson
Thomas Nelson      ISBN 978-0718026264
Young Adult / HS     Grades 9-12     Rating: 5

golden braid

Award-winning author Melanie Dickerson, a masterful storyteller, continues her medieval retelling of fairy tales, this time using the story of Rapunzel.

In The Golden Braid, seventeen-year-old Rapunzel lives with her mother Gothel in medieval Hagenheim. Rapunzel dreams of learning to read and marrying one day — dreams Gothel continues to prevent from happening . . .

As in her earlier books, Dickerson’s tales feature wholesome relationships while still building a strong attraction between the main characters, making this a good choice for teen readers.

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Cover Reveal: THE SOUND OF EMERALDS

COVER REVEAL:

The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing (COMING February 2016)

sound emeralds

Publisher’s Summary:

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries. Fans of Melanie Dickerson, Lisa Bergren, and Jody Hedlund (authors of young adult medieval fiction) will enjoy this new author’s works.

Books 1 and 2 in this series were reviewed earlier this month:

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 

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Review: THE SOUND OF DIAMOND (and) THE SOUND OF SILVER / Rachelle Rea

The Sound of Diamonds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 1)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023599

The Sound of  Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing      ISBN 9781939023612
Young Adult     Rating: 4

Rachelle Rea makes her debut with a medieval young adult series about a Catholic maiden and a Protestant former rogue in the midst of the 16th century Protestant-Catholic conflict.

Sound-of-Diamonds sound silence

In The Sound of Diamonds, Gwyneth, an eighteen year old  Catholic woman,  has hidden in a Dutch convent after the murder of her parents in England. Suddenly one night, Dirk — the man she accused of their murder — breaks into her convent to abduct her. In truth, he is trying to rescue her from the imminent attacks on the Catholics in the area. Can she trust this Protestant rogue, even when he says he has reformed? Can she afford not to?

<SEE MY FULL REVIEW>

The Sound of Diamonds is filled with plenty of plot twists. At its conclusion, there are a number of unanswered questions, laying the groundwork for The Sound of  Silver the second book.

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The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing (February 2016)

Watch for the Cover Reveal coming later this month!

Publisher’s Summary:

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries. Fans of Melanie Dickerson, Lisa Bergren, and Jody Hedlund (authors of young adult medieval fiction) will enjoy this new author’s works.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

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CSFF TOUR: THE FIRST PRINCIPLE / Marissa Shrock

The First Principle / by Marissa Shrock
Kregel     ISBN   9780825443572
HS     Grades 9-12     Rating:     4

first principle

 

MY FULL REVIEW

UPDATE, 6/28/16: This book is now a finalist in the Debut Novel category for the 2016 Carol Award (ACFW).

INITIAL REACTION:

Marissa Schrock makes her debut with this dystopian novel featuring sixteen year old Vivica Wilkins, a governor’s daughter, who faces mandatory termination of her teen pregnancy or following her heart and carrying her baby to full term.

Set in a futuristic North America where the government has ruled that Christianity is illegal and considered domestic terrorism, The First Principle will appeal to readers of The Hunger Games, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Divergent series.The First Principle is filled with fast-action, espionage, religious warfare, and political intrigue.

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Want to know what other reviewers and bloggers are saying about THE FIRST PRINCIPLE ? Check out the CSFF Blog Tour participants shown below (Christian Science Fiction Fantasy):

Julie Bihn
Thomas Clayton Booher
Beckie Burnham
April Erwin
Carol @ Worthy2Read
Victor Gentile
Carol Keen
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Megan @ Hardcover Feedback
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Jalynn Patterson
Chawna Schroeder
Jessica Thomas

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Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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Cover Reveal: THE SOUND OF SILVER / Rachelle Rea

COVER REVEAL:

The Sound of Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing (COMING October 2015)

sound silence

I just finished Book 1, The Sound of Diamonds, by Rachelle Rea — and I LOVED it! I’ll be posting a review of this YA historical fiction in the next few weeks. Until then, I am happy to share the cover for the second book, coming out in the fall.

For more information on this series, see the publisher summaries below, and look for my review in the next few weeks.

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The Sound of Diamonds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 1)
WhiteFire Publishing (June 15, 2015)     ISBN 9781939023599
Young Adult     Rating: 4
Sound-of-Diamonds
Publisher’s Summary:

Her only chance of getting home is trusting the man she hates.

With the protestant Elizabeth on the throne of England and her family in shambles, Catholic maiden Gwyneth seeks refuge in the Low Countries of Holland, hoping to soothe her aching soul. But when the Iconoclastic Fury descends and bloodshed overtakes her haven, she has no choice but to trust the rogue who arrives, promising to see her safely home to her uncle’s castle. She doesn’t dare to trust him…and yet doesn’t dare to refuse her one chance to preserve her own life and those of the nuns she rescues from the burning convent.

Dirk Godfrey is determined to restore his honor at whatever cost. Running from a tortured past, Dirk knows he has only one chance at redemption, and it lies with the lovely Gwyneth, who hates him for the crimes she thinks he committed. He must see her to safety, prove to the world that he is innocent, prove that her poor eyesight is not the only thing that has blinded her but what is he to do when those goals clash?

The home Gwyneth knew is not what she once thought. When a dark secret and a twisted plot for power collide in a castle masquerading as a haven, the saint and the sinner must either dare to hold to hope…or be overcome.

MY REACTION — Love this new YA series! Can’t wait to read the next book from this new author. How many books are written about this time period (1500s, during Catholic/Protestant conflict)? How many YA titles? I certainly can’t remember any others?

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The Sound of Silver, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 2)
WhiteFire Publishing (October 2015)

sound silencePublisher’s Summary:

The stalwart saint and the redeemed rebel. One is fighting for faith, the other for honor…

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile—and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Meanwhile, Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God?  Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

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The Sound of Emeralds, / by Rachelle Rea (The Steadfast Love Series, Book 3)
WhiteFire Publishing (February 2016)

Publisher’s Summary:

What once was blazing hatred has turned to lasting love, but could the union of a wild heart with that of a lady ever result in more than heartache?

As the date of Dirk’s trial approaches, his fate and his family hang in the balance. Will he be proven innocent of Gwyneth’s parents’ murders—or separated from her forever? How much pain does it take to erode a love steadfast?

 

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Interview & Cover Reveal: A TIME TO SPEAK / Nadine Brandeis

COVER REVEAL

A TIME TO SPEAK / by Nadine Brandes

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Goodreads link, A TIME TO SPEAKhttp://bit.ly/ATtSGoodreads

PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

How do you live after you planned to die?

Parvin Blackwater should have died in her brother’s place. She didn’t. Now she’s the only one who can protect her village, but no one wants to listen. When the Council starts forcing “new and improved” Clocks on the public, those who refuse are declared Radicals and exiled.

Having been across the Wall once, Parvin is the only one who can save them. But instead of going through the Wall, she’s packed into a boxcar, loaded on a cargo ship, and forced out to sea.  How will she lead when facing the unknown? 

Worse yet, why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out? 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. Her dystopian trilogy, the Out of Time Series, challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by ‘bumbershoot’.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai, editing fantasy novels, or being a Harry Potter super-nerd, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out chasing adventures.

AUTHOR LINKS: Website: http://nadinebrandes.com Newsletter: http://nadinebrandes.com/my-newsletter Facebook: http://facebook.com/NadineBrandesAuthor Twitter: http://twitter.com/NadineBrandes Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/NadineBrandes

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:  Let’s get to know the author a little bit. I asked Nadine Brandes a few questions recently.

1) How long did it take to write A TIME TO SPEAK vs. your first book, A TIME TO DIE?

I wrote A Time to Die in three years. There’s definitely a bit of perfectionist in me, but thankfully that made the book as good as it could be! A Time to Speak was quite different. I have deadlines now that I agreed to in my contract, so I wrote A Time to Speak in just less than a year. Phew! It was grueling, but came out much better than expected.

2) I know you like to drink chai. What’s your favorite go-to snack when writing?

Goldfish or cheesy toast (because I could eat bags and bags of goldfish until my tongue turns raw from all the salt.) If I’m in the mood for something sweet, I’ll usually have a couple pieces of shortbread with my tea. Not the healthiest of snacks. But I’m not much of a snacker while I write anyway. I’m a sipper. 😛

3) What books are you reading this summer?

I’m trying to catch up on my Christian sci-fi and fantasy lists. I own so many books by fellow Christian authors, but have a tough time finding the space in a day to read them! This summer I’m being especially intentional. This includes Out of Darkness Rising, by Gillian Bronte Adams, The Storm Siren Trilogy by Mary Christine Weber, Hive by John Otte (when it releases), and The Face of the Deep series by Steve Rzasa.

4) How long do we have to wait for your next book?

I’ll be announcing the “official” release date within the next month or so! But for now, I can tell you it comes out in the Fall. You don’t have to wait that long! [grin]

Thanks, Nadine! I’ve reviewed Mary Weber’s first two books, but the others are still on my list. Can’t wait to read your books when my copies come!

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HAVEN’T READ Book 1 yet? Here’s a link to A Time to Die on Amazon: http://bit.ly/AmazonATtDpaperback time to die

PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY (A Time to Die):

How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?

Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system.

But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her clock is running out.

A Time to Die is nominated to the Clive Staples Award for Speculative Fiction (2015) and for a 2015 Christy Award.

Although I missed reading it when came out, it is on my summer reading list! I will post my review of A Time to Die later this summer, and I am pre-ordering the sequel, A TIME TO SPEAK. I’ll also review A TIME TO SPEAK when it releases later this year.

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