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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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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Review: SIREN’S FURY / Mary Weber

Siren’s Fury / by Mary Weber  (Storm Siren Trilogy, 2)
Thomas Nelson     ISBN  9781401690373
Young Adult     Rating:     4

sirens fury

Mary Weber debuts her fantasy series about a teen girl with special powers in a world at war.

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Weber’s books employs memorable secondary characters, imperfect primary characters, and a cliffhanger in the final pages – all of which will keep the reader engaged.

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To read more about Mary Weber and her work, check out her blog at http://www.maryweber.com/ and her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/marychristineweber.

 

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Reviews Posted: REVISED LIFE OF ELLIE SWEET [and] UNLIKELY DEBUT OF ELLIE SWEET / by Stephanie Morrill

The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet / by Stephanie Morrill
Playlist Young Adult Fiction     ISBN 9780988759435

The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet / by Stephanie Morrill
Playlist Young Adult Fiction     ISBN 9780988759442
HS     Grade 8-12     Rating: 4

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YA author Stephanie Morrill pens a contemporary novel about a teen girl who turns her everyday life into her first book. Morrill uses the story within a story format, as Ellie rewrites her experiences in a medieval story starring herself as Lady Gabriella.

In The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, Ellie deals with the ups and downs of high school life. She is a bookish teen on the fringes of the popular crowd, trying to avoid attention yet wanting to see her book published. As she interacts with her friends (some are mean girls), she rewrites their relationships in her own novel.

n The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet, Morrill’s book is a sweet read, with endearing but flawed realistic characters. Ellie’s crushed hopes and heartbreak resonate with the reader. Ellie grows in maturity as she realizes that lying to one’s parents and keeping secrets has consequences.

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Winner of 2013 Grace Award, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet helps a teen girl feel empowered as she navigates the challenges of high school relationships. The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet tells the consequence of using her pen as her sword — revenge isn’t as sweet as she pictured.

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CSFF TOUR: Storm Siren / Mary Weber

Storm Siren / by Mary Weber  (Storm Siren Trilogy, 1)
Thomas Nelson     ISBN   9781401690342
Young Adult     Rating:     4 storm siren Mary Weber debuts her fantasy series about a teen girl with special powers in a world at war. In Storm Siren, seventeen year old Nym is a slave girl whose snowy-white hair and sea-blue eyes identify her as an Elemental (one who is able to summon storms). She is unusual because other Elementals are usually male. Nym is on the auction block again. Each time she gets a new owner, she has another owner’s circle marked on her right arm. She also marks her left arm, in memory of the deaths she caused by not controlling her powers.

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Weber’s Storm Siren employs memorable secondary characters, imperfect primary characters, and a cliffhanger in the final pages – all of which will keep the reader engaged, and making the reader eager for the next book, Siren’s Fury (coming in June 2015).

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To read more about Mary Weber and her work, check out her blog at http://www.maryweber.com/ and her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/marychristineweber.

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

Julie Bihn
Lauren Bombardier
Beckie Burnham
Vicky DealSharingAunt
George Duncan
April Erwin
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Janeen Ippolito
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Simone Lilly-Egerter
Jennette Mbewe
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Jalynn Patterson
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Michelle R. Wood

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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 Golden Braid / Melanie Dickerson

Cover Reveal

The Golden Braid / by  Melanie Dickerson
Thomas Nelson      ISBN 978-0718026264
Coming November 17, 2015

golden braid

PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.

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Review Posted: DAUNTLESS / Dina Sleeman

Dauntless / by Dina L. Sleiman  (Valiant Hearts, Book 1)
Bethany House     ISBN 9780764213120
Young Adult     Grades 9+     Rating:     5

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Dina L. Sleiman  makes her debut with this young adult Middle Ages novel about a young woman who courageously steps out to do what must be done, even if it is unconventional.

In Dauntless, Merry is an outlaw as a result of her father’s failed assassination attempt against the king. She is willing to go to any length to provide for the orphaned children from her village.

Timothy Grey, Merry’s former fiancé, serves as an assistant to the earl. Timothy wants to make a name for himself by capturing the “Ghosts . . . what will he do when he discovers the leader is his childhood friend, Merry?

<See MY FULL REVIEW>

Merry Ellison is a valiant heart – one who is fearless, both feminine and strong, open to love but not defined by a man. She is a role model to other young women, both in her story and to her readers.

Recommended for public libraries and school libraries. Fans of medieval young adult books by Melanie Dickerson and Lisa Bergren will especially enjoy this new author.

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AN UNCERTAIN CHOICE – Review and Discussion Guide

An Uncertain Choice / by Jody Hedlund
Zondervan     ISBN     9780310749196
YA     Grades 9-12     Rating: 5

One beautiful princess. Three handsome knights.
One difficult choice.

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Jody Hedlund, historical fiction author, pens her first young adult novel by telling the story of a fourteenth century young woman faced with a life-altering decision.

In An Uncertain Choice, Lady Rosemarie is one month short of her eighteenth birthday, the day she goes into the convent to fulfill her parents’ vow. She found out about the vow when her parents died from the Plague four years earlier. So she has had time to prepare for life in the convent. Rosemarie thinks she will still be able to rule her people from behind the convent walls.

 <SEE MY FULL REVIEW HERE>

Readers who are interested in using this book for their book club may want to download the discussion guide, but be forewarned, there are spoilers! Read the book first, then download the guide.

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Cover Reveal: HEIR OF HOPE / Morgan Busse

COVER REVEAL:
Heir of Hope / Morgan Busse (Follower of the Word, 3)
ENCLAVE PUBLISHING (April 7, 2015)

COMING IN APRIL 2015

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PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

The great city of Thyra has fallen and shadows spread across the land. Rowen Mar, the last Truthsayer, is taken before the Shadonae. But the Shadonae are not who she thought they were, and now they want to claim her as their own. Caleb Tala, former assassin and prince, is now a Guardian of mankind. Exiled from his country, Caleb wanders the desert in search of his mother’s past and clues to who he is. These are the last days of the Eldaran race. Rowen and Caleb must find their way along the dark path set before them by their ancestors: to heal what was wounded and love where hatred grows. But the road is narrow and the darkness beckons. If either of them fails, all will be lost… And the human race will be no more.

This is the third book in the Followers of the Word series. I reviewed the other books last fall: Daughter of Light, and Son of Truth.

Daughter of Light was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards, the Christy Awards, and the Carol Awards. Son of Truth is a finalist for the 2014 Clive Staples Award.

If Book 3 is the same caliber, this is a title not to be missed!

I plan to read and review this title in the spring — and I love the cover!

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BLOG TOUR: SABOTAGED by Dani Pettrey is HERE!!

Get your copy of SABOTAGED by Author Dani Pettrey!
(Alaskan Courage, 5)
BOOK SUMMARY:

Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light.

Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper’s bidding or she will die.

Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

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About the Authordpettrey1sm1Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and her latest release, Sabotaged. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves – the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.

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<See MY REVIEW here on Sat. Feb. 7th. I loved it!>

 

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Cover reveal: DRAVEN’S LIGHT / by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Here it is! The cover reveal for Draven’s Light by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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DRAVEN’S LIGHT / by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

SUMMARY:

In the Darkness of the Pit

The Light Shines Brightest

Drums summon the chieftain’s powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, “Coward.” When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother’s honor.

The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to an illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart.

But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?

Coming May 25, 2015

7721_133549311830_623396830_3040333_1407935_n ANNE ELISABETH STENGL makes her home in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Tales of Goldstone Wood. Her novel Starflower was awarded the 2013 Clive Staples Award, and her novels Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Dragonwitch have each been honored with a Christy Award.

To learn more about Anne Elisabeth Stengl and her books visit: www.AnneElisabethStengl.blogspot.com

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CSFF TOUR: Rebels / by Jill Williamson

Christian Science Fiction Fantasy Blog Tour (CSFF)

Rebels Jill Williamson (The Safe Lands, 3)

Rebels Jill Williamson (The Safe Lands, 3)
Blink     ISBN 9780310735779
HS     Grades 9-12     Rating: 5

Award-winning author Jill Williamson returns with Rebels, the final book in her dystopian series. Three teen brothers – Omar, Levi, and Mason — decide how they will live in a land that is not their own, one where pleasure is valued more than human life, a land that makes it difficult to stay true to their faith in light of so many temptations.

Publisher summaries and my reviews for the earlier books are also shown below.

<READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE for REBELS>

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Publisher’s summary of Book 1 (Captives)

“In a dystopian future, eighteen-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many–including his fiancée, Jem–taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.
Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.
Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?”

<READ MY FULL REVIEW OF CAPTIVES –Book 1 — HERE>

Publisher’s summary of Book 2 (Outcasts):

“In Outcasts, the second book in Jill Williamson’s Safe Lands series, Levi finds himself not only the leader of Glenrock’s remaining people but also the head of a new rebel force called the Messengers, intent on unmasking the Safe Lands’ lies. At the same time, Mason uncovers secrets that may be more dangerous than he ever imagined. Meanwhile, Omar decides to take matters into his own hands.”

“Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives.

Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined … and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason’s brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason’s younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante.
Soon all three brothers are being watched closely—and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.”

<READ MY FULL REVIEW OF OUTCASTS — Book 2 — HERE>

<READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE for REBELS — Book 3>

To read more about Jill Williamson and her work, check out her blog at: www.jillwilliamson/com.

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

Julie Bihn
Thomas Fletcher Booher
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
Vicky DealSharingAunt
April Erwin
Carol Gehringer
Victor Gentile
Rebekah Gyger
Jeremy Harder
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Melanie @ Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
Writer Rani
Audrey Sauble
Chawna Schroeder
Jojo Sutis
Elizabeth Williams

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Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

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

 

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CSFF Tour: Review posted for MERLIN’S SPIRAL series (MERLIN’S BLADE, MERLIN’S SHADOW, MERLIN’s NIGHTMARE) / by Robert Treskillard

Christian Science Fiction Fantasy Blog Tour (CSFF)
MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE / by Robert Treskillard (Merlin’s Spiral, 3)

Review for FULL series is now posted!

Treskillard, Robert. Merlin’s Nightmare (Merlin’s Spiral, 3)
Blink     IBSBN     978-0310735090

Treskillard, Robert. Merlin’s Shadow (Merlin’s Spiral, 2)
Blink     IBSBN     978-0310735076

Treskillard, Robert. Merlin’s Blade (Merlin’s Spiral, 1)
Blink     IBSBN     978-0310735083
HS     Grades 10-12     Rating: 4

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book (MERLIN’S NIGHTMARE) from the publisher. I purchased personal copies of the first two books in this series.

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