Monday, June 28, 2021

Arms Of Love (Amish Beginnings)

By Kelly Long

This was an interesting read about the Amish life. It starts out about an Amish family (Yoder) who loses a mother in the birthing of another baby. Lena (the oldest daughter) must try and work out a way to keep her family together and safe, even if she has to marry for convenience instead of love. Her father is in jail due to the fact he would not let the British soldiers take his last cow (cause he wanted his children to have milk). The young boy (10 years old John) rebels. The littlest sister Abby looks for comfort.

Adam Wyse loves Lena Yoder but promised Lena's mother (Mary) not to marry Lena until he is out from his fathers house and rule.


Book Description

The year is 1777. America is in turmoil. And Amish life is far different than today.

Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn’s Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish.

Surrounding this peaceful people were unavoidable threats: both Patriots and the British were pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war, young Amishmen were leaving the faith to take up arms and defend freedom. A simple walk in the untamed forests could result in death, if not from bullet or arrow, then from an encounter with a wild animal.

Amid this time of tumult, Adam Wyse is fighting a personal battle. To possibly join the war efforts and leave his faith, which would mean walking away from the only woman he’s ever loved: Lena Yoder. But for that love he’s made a promise that may keep them apart permanently.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Crater (A Helium-3 Novel Book 1)

Written by Homer Hickam (Author)

I love reading Science Fiction novels and this one seemed to be a neat idea. A colony of people living on the moon (Earth is over-populated). They all have a job up there doing something, and the suit colors match what they do. There are scragline pickers, who have grey uniforms. Scrapper, loader, shuttle operators, who have Navy blue uniforms. Explosive experts (called Devils) who have red uniforms. Mechanics (called Orangutans) who have Orange uniforms. Solar furnace operators (called Sun dancers) who have Yellow uniforms. Blue Bangers wears Navy blue coveralls with white stripes on the sleeves. Medics who have Green uniforms.

This story was really hard to get into at the beginning. After a few chapters it did pick up some and wasn't too bad. I have to say that i loved the illegal Gillie (who knows it is illegal). It has some very funny parts.
A mining colony on the moon. A teen sent on a deadly mission. And a secret bigger than two worlds.


Book Description

One sixteen-year-old must battle his way across a thousand miles of deadly lunar terrain and face genetically altered super warriors in his quest to recover an astonishing object that will alter the lives of everyone on the moon . . . and beyond.
It’s the 22nd Century. A tough, pioneering people mine the moon for Helium-3 to produce energy for a desperate, war-torn Earth.
Sixteen-year-old Crater Trueblood loves his job as a Helium-3 miner. But when he saves a fellow miner, his life changes forever. Impressed by his heroism, the owner of the mine orders Crater to undertake a dangerous mission. Crater doubts himself, but has no choice. He must go.
With the help of Maria, the mine owner’s frustrating but gorgeous granddaughter, and his gillie—a sentient and sometimes insubordinate clump of slime mold cells—Crater must fight both human and subhuman enemies. He’ll battle his way across a thousand miles of deadly lunar terrain and face genetically altered super warriors in his quest to recover an astonishing object that will alter the lives of everyone on the moon.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Once Upon a Prince (#1 Royal Wedding)

By Rachel Hauck
Published by Zondervan

Susanna is on the beach, hoping to hear a proposal from her military man that she has spent years waiting for. Instead, he says I found the right ring to give to my future fiance, but it is not her. "Right ring, wrong woman." In the just a few days, Susanna loses her fiance, and quits her job. She comes to realize he is right, they weren't meant to be, and she feels like a fool for waiting for so long for him.

This was a really interesting book. Especially for just when you just wanting to relax. I would recommend this book to all who like to read romance novels that are not graphic.


Book Description

Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Rare Breed : An Enemies to Lovers Shapeshifter Romance (Leopards Unleashed Series Book 1)

Written by Dina Haynes

I loved this book with all its little twists. The book follows MacKenzie who goes by other names as all were's do. The book follows her perspective as she goes about her life. You get all your questions answered by the end of the book which was great since it is the first one.

The way it ended was also a nice touch to help lead into the next book which is told in MacKenzie's fathers prospective which with the little snippet you get at the end of this book shows that his book starts near or at the end of the last novel so that should be an interesting read as well.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily, and I did not regret my choice in picking this one.


Book Description:

She was exiled at birth. He terrifies the other monsters. Can two outsider wereleopards overcome their differences and find their own way to love?

Los Angeles. MacKenzie is a loner by necessity, not choice. Hiding from the intolerance of the shifter world by living among humans, she’s terrified when she accidentally kills her date and blows her cover. Not only does she have to elude the LAPD, she’s on the run from the most feared bounty hunter in the were community.

Ramone Hernandes sees his own struggles reflected in his prey’s captivating eyes. So after tracking her down, he abandons his snatch-and-grab mission and instead attempts to clear her name. And the more time he spends with the alluring outcast, the stronger his urge to claim her as his chosen mate.

Confused by her attraction to the beast sent to take her in, MacKenzie must weigh her precarious state as a fugitive against the calls of her heart. And although he’s willing to do anything to protect her, Ramone’s failure to do his job threatens both their lives.

With their enemies aligning against them, can they survive long enough to heal their wounded hearts?

Rare Breed, formerly published as Wereleper, is the first book in the spine-tingling Leopards Unleashed paranormal romance series. If you like tough heroines, steamy scenes, and unexpected twists, then you’ll adore Dina Haynes’s suspenseful saga.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Prevention Pets)

Written by Amy Shojai
Narrator: Amy Shojai

I got the audio book version of this for free and am leaving this review of my honest thoughts of it. The book was part of Authors Direct, and it sadly doesnt tell me which chapter is which which i found would have been super helpful had I wanted to check certain chapters later on in case I needed this book, I do not know if that is the case with any other form of audio books however so I can not say for sure.Just in case though, "Track 5" is chapter 1.

This book would definitely come in handy for someone who wants to know about when they should help their pet at home, how to help them and if a vet is needed or if they need to do something before heading to the vet so that they do not have to worry as much. Its a great read to learn as well if you are thinking or wanting to be in the pet profession.

There is way too much information in the book to give a thorough review on what it all says. However I think any pet owner should want to own this book in one way or another, but personally I would suggest either the e-book or physical book so that you can find the right chapters should you wish to look things up at a later date.

The author dives deep into what you need and can do for your pets.
The narrator does a good job reading this book and trying to convey what all is written (which is also the author).


Book Description:

Is there an animal doctor in the house?

Most likely, the answer is no. And when an accident or other emergency threatens your pet, every minute counts. Don't be unprepared! Open The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats and learn:

Basic first-aid techniques, such as cleaning a wound, making a splint, and performing CPR--step-by-step!
Which over-the-counter human medications can help--or harm--your dog or cat
What to keep in your pet's medicine chest (many essential items are probably in your house already!)
How to quickly pinpoint what's wrong with your pet, using the First-Aid Symptom Finder
Plus, you'll discover a comprehensive to-Z guide to more than 150 common--and not-so-common--injuries and conditions, including:

Bites from Animals
Car Accidents
Gunshot Wounds
Hot Spots
Jellyfish Stings
Each at-a-glance entry tells you when to call the vet, which supplies or medications you'll need, what immediate action you should take, and what you should do as follow-up care.

By knowing what to do in an emergency and then acting quickly and confidently to take the proper steps, you could save your pet's life. The next time medical help is not quickly available, reach for The First-Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats. It's a pet owner's second best friend.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Firstborn: A Novel

Written By Lorie Ann Grover

This is a very interesting story. It is about how if your first child is born male, he will be fine. However if you are a female, you are to be left by the cliffs to die and/or be killed and eaten. There is only one way out of death and that is if your parents decide to declare you as a male and raise you to be a male. As a female (who is declared a male) you have to suppress ALL feminine urges as your grow, and never act on them or you will be killed the moment they find out.

This book follows Tiadone through some of her (his) life. It tells how she feels, and thinks of any of her feminine urge is a betrayal to who she is to be. She is the first female to be declared a male (that is known). She mostly only has one guy friend. Since the description talks of this isnt a spoler. She starts to see her friend in a new light and tries supressing it as best she can, even going to large lengths. But whether she is successful in that, I will let you read the book to know.

There is so much more to this story than what I am saying or what is written into the Book description, but I don't want to give away anything, just know that the book isnt made into a love story by any means, it talks about her feelings cause that is one major part of being female in a male's body, but there is more to the story than that one aspect of it.

This is a very small spoiler without being a big one since its in the beginning of the book. Each male and each female get an egg and an egg pouch to keep warm and hatch their own bird (I can't remember the name at the moment). The eggs the females get are different than the ones the males get. Tiadone is of course given one that is to be for males since she is a "declared male".

I was sorry to see it end and wish there would be another book to follow up on the ending. (I can't really say much more or it will ruin the ending but I would love to read more about what happens.


Book Description

Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men?

When Tiadone was born, her parents had two choices: leave their daughter outside the community to die in the wilds, or raise her as male and force her to suppress all feminine traits. Now, as the first female living as male in her village, Tiadone must prove her father didn’t make a mistake by letting her live.

As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone knows every eye on the community is on her, and desperately wishes to belong and finally be accepted. But at every step, traditional feminine gifts and traits emerge, and the bird she's been twined with is seen as a sign of the devil.

Worse, as Tiadone completes her rites, she finds she is drawn to her male best friend in ways that are very much in line with the female gender.

Confused and desperate, Tiadone tries to become what she must be while dealing with what she indeed has become: a young woman who may be able to stand up to her despotic rulers and uncover her real purpose in life.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Midnight Descending (Awakened, #3)

Written by Lisa M. Green

I read the first two book in this series and each one has been great in their own way.

This one is the final book of the series and I loved it. Each book in the series has ups and downs emotionally in them, and this one definitely showed that as well. The book answers all questions you might have had within the story line, and even more that wasn't even on your mind yet.

It shows Aurianna for the most part as does all the others, and within this book it also gives some perspective of Sigi in it.

There was one thing I had guessed at which turned true, but other parts were always surprising me with how they were and you get that ohhhh, kind of moment where you think that maybe you should have thought of that. The time bending in these novels plays a bigger role than you know as you read them.

With this book there is not much I would want to reveal since this whole thing could be considered a spoiler if I were to say anything, but this book and whole series has been a great read.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily, and am very glad that I was allowed to do so. These are my own thoughts and words with no bias given.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


Book Description:


Aurianna must live with the consequences of her heartbreaking decisions in the aftermath of a betrayal too devastating to face.

She and her friends have no idea who is trustworthy and who is scheming for power. Their only option is to seek assistance from two groups: one that no one thought to ask, and one that no one thought existed.

The fate of Eresseia lies in the hands of those whose power is far greater than it seems, and whose leaders are not always what they appear to be. To protect the ones she loves, has she merely traded one monster for another?

Aurianna is now—irrevocably—a key player in a world that needs her as a leader, as a hero, and as the face for their emerging resistance movement.

With so many sides, choosing the wrong one could lead to the destruction of everything she has begun to think of as home.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Darkness Awakening (Awakened, #2)

Written by Lisa M. Green

Interesting continuation of the series. This book does a great job on wrapping up some of the loose ends left from the first book, not all of course cause that would mean there would be no need for another book, which I look forward to reading sometime. I stayed up till 3 am saying just one more page each couple pages.

This book follows more of Aurianna with a few peaks into Leon, which kinda surprised me, his few chapters gives a little view into what his home life is, which is unpleasant to say the least amount on that, which you can read to find out more about.

Aurianna goes back to her time and sees nothing has changed and doesn't understand why, she stopped the event....right? Welp, in comes Pharis to again drag her back to "fulfill the prophecy" and again neither understand why it had to be him again.

The ending had some shocking events, and one of the things that is said literally at the end is kind of a cliffhangar itself to make you wonder what it means, but check it out and see for yourself.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily, and in my own words and opinions.


Book Description:


After Aurianna foils a deadly plot to destroy the capital city, the people believe she has fulfilled the prophecy and prevented the civil war.

However, when Aurianna returns home to the future, she realizes her attempts to thwart the catastrophe failed. Nothing has changed. Yet despite everything, the Arcanes still insist the prophecy is woven into her destiny.

Now Aurianna must work to determine how and where the real event will occur, all while still trying to control her elemental abilities. The fate of time itself is at stake if she can’t learn to control her powers.

The timeline will be forever stuck in an endless loop.

Uncovering the shocking secrets of her own past threatens to shatter Aurianna’s already fragile balance between power and self-restraint. These secrets have the potential to rip apart her connection with the people she now holds dear.

A tragic set of events leads to a battle of wills and a horrifying revelation that threatens to destroy her heart . . . and her home.

She might be the savior. But time is literally counting on her.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Dawn Rising (Awakened, #1)

Written by Lisa M. Green

This was a great book, it has many layers to it, like an onion as you read more gets revealed. It leaves on a cliffhanger making you want to know what else is to come. I really enjoyed this book, it has lots of explanations in it, and descriptions which is good to help you get a picture of the scenes unfolding.

The book follows Aurianna and Pharis, but mostly just Aurianna. Aurianna is told that she is destined to save the world, that she has powers she will need to train to use. Pharis comes to the future to pick her up, and at the time she isnt fully aware of why since her "Aunt" had only just told her something (which I will let you read and find out what). Pharis is annoyed that his father sends him on this mission which he has no reason why it had to be him and not some one else, but that is to be revealed at a later time.

I can't wait to see what else there is in store for these two, in the series to come.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


Book Description:

Once upon a time, a girl was born. A hundred years later, she grew up.

Aurianna must rewrite the past in order to save the future. She was supposed to be the answer to an enigmatic prophecy discovered on the night of her birth. But a terrible curse changed her life forever.

That is, until a mysterious stranger arrives to break the spell. He awakens Aurianna to the truth of her past and the powers she never knew she had.

When he sweeps her back in time, she discovers there is more to her life than she ever imagined. The world she encounters is both strange and familiar. But learning to control her newfound elemental powers will be the least of her problems.

She must race against time to uncover the truth about a catastrophe that will leave the world broken, divided, and at war.

Aurianna just wants answers. But the people need a savior.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Of Thorns and Beauty (Twisted Pages #1)

Written by Elle Madison & Robin D. Mahle

I loved this new twist on Beauty and the Beast. The way the author keeps you twisting and turning on what is going on within the castle and why Zaina acts how she does is great. I didn't want to put the book down to go to sleep, it took me ages to put it down.

The book follows Zaina as she goes through with marrying someone who she has never seen, and who hasnt seen her. The night that follows the wedding was quite interesting. As the days pass in the book and Zaina's character gets developed you see different sides within her and her husband. I don't want to say too much more but if you like re-written Fairy tales with completely different outlooks, I definitely suggest this book.

It ends on such a cliff hangar, that I can't wait to read more.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily with my own wordings on how I enjoyed the book.


Book Description:

"You think you know the tale as old as time, but you’ve already got it wrong.
There never was a beauty and a beast, only a girl who was both.
And that girl was me."

Zaina will never be free.

She's forced into an arranged marriage to a Viking King in a castle full of secrets. But she carries secrets of her own, and the scars of her haunted past.

Handed off from one monster to another, she has no choice but to do her best to survive and protect her sisters.

Even if it costs her everything.

A Beauty and the Beast retelling you won’t want to miss, where nothing is what it seems and time is running out.