Friday, August 27, 2021
Disillusioned (Birthright #3)
Written by: Bridget E. Baker
This book pretty much starts when the first book one ended (in the second book it does go further into the story but in here we see what was going on while Junica was gone doing what she happened to her in book 2), with us being back to seeing Chancery's point of view, which is kinda great cause in book 2 you got to see Judica and what happens with her and seeing some of their shared past that is spoken of in the first book from a different point of view. So while in book 3 we get to know what Chancery was doing as we already know (from book 2) where Judica is.
This is another fast paced book that really draws you into the story right away and keeps you wanting more. This series is going to be long and I love it for that, I love being able to read many books and get a full story.
Here is a couple links:
Family can be the best ally—or the worst enemy. The saga continues in the third book in Bridget E. Baker’s Birthright Series, where trust is the ultimate political weapon.
Accept the world as it is...
Days before her eighteenth birthday, Chancery Alamecha has more to worry about than the flowers at her celebration. She’s no closer to learning who killed her mother. Her twin sister is missing, fate unknown. And she’s the new ruler of an empire with abilities she has yet to harness.
Or do something to change it…
When her first act as a merciful queen is met with resistance, Chancery realizes her mission to improve the world will be harder than expected. She’s attacked on multiple fronts, distrust simmers within her ranks, and her list of allies grows shorter by the day. But to unite the evian families and gain control of five powerful rings, the most direct path to peace may be through war…
Chancery has a lot to do: find her mother's killer, get Alamecha in order, consolidate the six families, gain control over the other five rings.
But her twin is missing, and her older sister Alora betrayed her. Her list of allies is running thin. Can she do what needs to be done before it's too late?
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Monday, August 23, 2021
unForgiven (Birthright #2)
This book brings you to Judica point of view, it starts off right where book one leaves off (which was from Chancery point of view). This was a great way for us to see the inner workings of Judica and it also gives you 2 perspectives.
In this you get to read some of what happened in their shared past, and you get to continue the story-line in the present as well so that there is no waiting.
This book gives you answers that you might have had from the first when their past was spoken about, s small spoiler without giving anything away would be the poisoning that happens when they are 9. You find out why and how it happened.
I really loved how this book drew you into the story and answered questions about the past without having to write a whole book about just past workings.
Here is a couple links:
There are two sides to every story, but they can’t both be true, can they? In the second book of the Birthright Series, Bridget E. Baker weaves a tale of bad things done for very good reasons and an unexpected chance at redemption.
To be feared is lonely. . .
As heir to the evian throne, Judica must be perfect every moment of every day. If she slips up, even once, her mother will replace her. Impossible standards, horrifying decisions, terrible truths—none of these stop Judica from doing what needs to be done. She becomes what her mother demands, what her people need, what she never wanted for herself. But it isn’t enough.
But to be weak is death.
Judica’s worst nightmare becomes a reality when her twin sister Chancery steals the throne. Her life is over, all her efforts a waste. Judica should be furious, but strangely, she’s relieved. The freedom from her former responsibilities leaves her time to pursue her mother’s killer. But as she unravels the clues, the truth slips further away. When her investigation leads to a common enemy, Judica must decide whether she's willing to mend the deep and painful fractures between her and Chancery, or whether she’s too far gone. Once a villain, always a villain?
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Friday, August 20, 2021
Displaced (Birthright #1)
Written by: Bridget E. Baker
This was a great book to read, so many twists in it and a strong storyline. It is from Chancery's point of view. You get a great feel for her and you do start to judge the people around her including her younger twin sister.
There will be a few spoilers but not many that will ruin this great story-line.
According to tradition of the Evian's if you have twin girls you are to kill the first-born so there is no fighting for the throne, and you sell all males at birth, so that the other kingdoms will sell you theirs. The selling of males is to be sure your heir has suitable matches that are loyal to your kingdom and not the one they were born in.
Judica, being the youngest, is Heir to their mother's throne. Chancery has no obligations and so she gets to spend time (for the most part) however she wants. The Empress wears a staridium ring and it is what signifies she is the rightful empress.
Lots of plot twists to keep you guessing right to the end. I bought the first 3 books so am really looking forward to second book, even with it being from Judica point of view.
Here is a couple links:
My mom should have killed me the day I was born.
Being a twin complicates the Evian line of succession, but Chancery Alamecha is fine letting Judica inherit the throne. After all, she’s the stronger sister—the merciless fighter, the ruthless politician, and the groomed heir. But something unexpected happens when Chancery tries on her mother’s staridium ring, forcing her into a role that she never wanted: the prophesied queen who will prevent the destruction of Earth.
Now I have to kill my sister.
Judica, enraged by this turn of events, vows to do anything to reclaim her rightful place as empress. Including challenging Chancery to a battle to the death. While Chancery is away training, she gets a taste of the human world, where she can do whatever she wants without genetic obligations. Now torn between a life she was born into and one that makes her happy, she must confront her treacherous sister—or cause the end of the world.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Marked: A Dystopian Romance (Sins of Our Ancestors Book 1)
Written by: Bridget E. Baker
This book kinda gives a zombie feel without the brain eating and mindless-ness. It also kind of reminded me of the pandamic of 2020 to be honest, you might figure out when reading this, but that might just be me.
The below has kind of spoilers, but not much more than what is already in the book's actual description cause I wanted to bring it out more without giving the actual plot away.
The book follows Ruby as she is becoming of age to be an adult. The book starts of with teenagers who are following a tradition that they go to a bonfire as a "rebellion" but every adult know of it and even encourage them to do. They open and eat canned food at this bonfire and play spin the bottle. We all know how spin the bottle goes, they spin a bottle and whoever it lands on you go to this shed and then the rest spin for the next to go. When Wesley spins and it lands on Ruby, she is so excited inside cause she has had a crush on Wesley for a very long time.
The sickness that marks you only starts to show just under the hairline on the forehead, which is how you tell you now have 3 years to live before dying from this. After Ruby and Wesley kiss, he pulls his bangs back and thats when she sees it, the red bumps that Mark him, meaning with this kiss, she is now exposed and pretty likely Marked as well. Ruby is furious with him and goes home to grab some things and go isolation, she grabs some of her fathers old journals. The journals send her down a path that is unforgettable and gives some twists and turns you do not see coming.
This story was so much of a page turner I couldn’t put it down even to eat. So many twists in the story and action scenes made it so there wasn’t a spot where it seemed to diminish.
I am so glad I bought this. Looking forward to reading more when I get money to buy the next book.
Here is a couple links:
If one touch can infect. . .
All Ruby Behl wants for her seventeenth birthday is a good career path match, and to kiss her best friend and long time crush, Wesley Fairchild. Unfortunately, the simplicity of teenage wishes evaporated a decade ago when the Tercera virus nearly wiped out the human race. Transmitted through touch, the slightest contact is prohibited in the safe haven community of Port Gibson.
Then a kiss is deadly.
An innocent game of Spin the Bottle, a rite of passage for Port Gibson’s teens, provides the opportunity Ruby’s been waiting for, but when Wesley winds up Marked, Ruby realizes her first kiss may also be her last. Ruby races the viral clock to uncover long buried secrets about her dead parents, and her once cloudy future becomes clear. She’s the key to finding the cure, but is she willing to pay the price?
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Saturday, August 14, 2021
Written by: William Sirls
Published by Thomas Nelson
This was a great read. It sort of explains christian faith to all believers and non-believers. I really enjoyed reading this book. I got to know the characters and their lives and feelings of what was happening. I would recommend this book to all adults and older teenagers if they wish to read this kind of novel.
I read this a while ago, and had written some notes but forgot about it so re-read it and still enjoyed the book.
(Older) notes I made while reading:
It speaks of Pastor Jim (James Lindy), with his wife Shirley, they have a their mute son named, Charlie.
Brooke, her son Alex who is diagnosed with leukemia.
Macey, believes in God. Offered to help fix the cross, and is also to be the boy Alex's doctor.
Kenneth who is a capenter, he changes very many lives.
WHAT DOES GOD LOOK LIKE?
Welcome to southeast Michigan and the small town of Carlson where faith, hope, and struggle are defined by the different faces of those who live there. An addict that sits at a bar to forget.
A mother whose five-year-old boy has leukemia. Two doctors. An atheist haunted by his past and a brilliant young oncologist that places all her hope in the power of modern medicine. A blind pastor whose son hasn’t spoken a single word in thirty-eight years.
But the minister sees by faith. He knows there are answers and believes that someone who cares is watching—someone with a greater purpose. Yet there is something he doesn’t know... that none of them know. In the midst of the ordinary and the devastating, there is a reason these lives will be changed forever. Lightning is about to strike.
The Reason opens with a thunderbolt and never lets up as it introduces us to everyday characters who are wrestling with questions: Where is God when bad things happen? Does God ignore the prayers of the faithful? The answer each character receives will astound readers while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, and to believe.
Older Book Description:
When Facing the Impossible, Can You Only Believe?
Storm clouds gather over a small Michigan town. As thunder shakes the sky, the lights inside St. Thomas church flicker . . . and then go out.
All is black until a thick bolt of lightning slices the sky, striking the church’s large wooden cross—leaving it ablaze and splintered in two.
When the storm ends—the search for answers begins.
James Lindy, the church’s blind minister, wonders how his small congregation can repair the cross and keep their faith in the midst of adversity. And he hears the words “only believe.”
Macey Lewis, the town’s brilliant young oncologist, is drawn to Alex, a young boy who’s recently been diagnosed with an aggressive leukemia. She puts her hope in modern medicine—yet is challenged to “only believe.”
And Alex’s single mom, who has given everything she can to her boy—is pleading with God to know the reason this is happening . . . to save her son. But she only hears silence and wonders how she can possibly “only believe.”
The Reason is a milestone debut novel, opening with a blast and never letting up as it introduces us to everyday characters who are wrestling with the questions: where is God when bad things happen? And does God ignore the prayers of the faithful? The answer each character receives will astound readers while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, to . . . only believe.
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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Silent Night: A Rock Harbor Christmas Novella (Rock Harbor Series Book 6)
Written by: Colleen Coble
This is a great heart-warming story. I just adored reading this today and it only took a few hours to complete (and that was with eating and everything getting in my way lol). I couldn't stop reading this, when I began, and I am very glad to have been able to read this.
these are some of the good teaser notes that i jotted down as i was reading, these may contain SPOILERS
Bree Matthews : 37 yrs old
husband - Kade
married - 3yrs
search dog - Samson - German shepherd/Chow mix
Davy -9 yrs old - 1st marriage
sister-in-law - Lauri ((her dog - Zorro, border collie mix)) 21 yrs old
sister - Cassie
search&rescue partner / best friend, Naomi O’Reilly
Mason Kaleva, the town sheriff
parachuter jumped out over Ottawa Forest
college student in Houghton
Garrick -supposed to meet lauri at lake
As Christmas day nears, Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor.
Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas guests, but her heart is reeling from the recent and tender loss of her unborn child. Her sister-in-law, Lauri, suddenly turns up on the doorstep of the lighthouse home Bree shares with her husband, Kade, in Rock Harbor. Secretive and withdrawn, Lauri seems curiously intent on discovering what happened to a parachuter who disappeared in the North Woods along Lake Superior's icy shore.
As Bree and Samson, her search-and-rescue dog, plunge into the search, Bree wonders if Lauri may know more than she’s admitted about the parachuter. And then the clues lead them to the trail of a young woman whose family fears the worst about her disappearance.
Will the search on this snowy, silent night lead Bree and Samson to more than clues about the missing girl? And will Bree’s prayer for a baby ever be answered?
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Sunday, August 8, 2021
Book of John (Jesus Christ Zombie Killer 1)
I will note that at first the chapters are quite confusing cause it changes characters quite often and you don't get a real feel for the parts they play and why this story is being told compared to others. In the middle it comes together and forms a more complete story which was awesome to see. I will say though that I wish the chapters were better laid out so we knew right away who was who.
This was given to me as an ARC but I loved the book and so I bought the book here as well. My review might be small spoilers, but nothing that should stand out and/or give the book away.
The novel talks about Herodias at the start and you get to know her as child and what is done to her and parts of the reads later on are quite sad. These main bits are in the first 5 chapters of the book. In chapters 6-8 you read about Phaselis (Phae for short) as a child and some things that you get to know will be useful to remember later on. You read about John in chapter 11 and get to know him and what he goes through. This is where things get spotty and can change chapter to chapter, which threw me for a bit. Each chapter slowly will reveal itself in the bigger picture of the plot
The characters got well defined in the book and you really start to pick who you like and who you hate. I loved reading the story and can't wait to see what might come next.
Here is a couple links: (never done this before so hope it works out)
When the dead are resurrected, not even the blessed are safe. Can one peacemaker stop a necromantic war?
John the Baptist serves his people as a weapons master devoted to keeping the peace. The murder of his wife leaves him plagued with guilt and secretly dependent on herbs that help numb the pain of his loss. But when he realizes King Herod’s desire to conquer Egypt will lead to his people’s conscription, the world-weary warrior rises above his addiction to keep them safe.
Discovering to his horror that the king’s wily mistress is creating an undead army using necromancy, John realizes his people may be facing brutal extinction. And now his only option is to gather all the soldier-shepherds and make a stand against an unyielding legion of sacrilege…
Can the dedicated leader defeat an unstoppable horde before those he loves are wiped out?
Book of John is the action-packed first novel in the Jesus Christ Zombie Killer apocalypse series. If you like fascinating characters, epic flesh-eating battles, and unexpected twists on biblical times, then you’ll devour Camille Picott’s genre-smashing story.
Buy Book of John to end the bloody onslaught today!
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Friday, August 6, 2021
Rock Harbor Search and Rescue
Written by Colleen Coble
It starts out: Emily wants her own search and rescue dog and must save up half of the discounted price. She is very happy and gets up close to her goal when disaster strikes. A very expensive necklace made by Mrs. Dancer goes missing while Emily and Olivia were watching her booth while she wasn't feeling good, and Mrs. Dancer noticed it immediately, even though it was replaced with one that looked pretty close to it, made by Emily. Emily's dad forced her to give the money to Mrs. Dancer because she was responsible to watch the booth, and her dad says she has a month for the necklace to turn up otherwise she cannot buy the puppy because she is not responsible enough.
Very good book. Interesting to read. I recommend every read this I believe everyone should like reading this book. Great author.
In Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, a middle grade fiction novel based on Colleen Coble’s bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery.
Emily O’Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers with the team and goes on rescue missions with her stepmom. She is even selling homemade jewelry to save up for her own Search and Rescue puppy. But when an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor’s fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she’ll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team.
Emily isn’t willing to give up on her Search and Rescue dreams that easily, and she sets out to find the real culprit and to restore her reputation. With a few suspects in mind, Emily is determined to uncover the truth, but she isn’t prepared for the secrets she and the Search and Rescue dogs sniff out in the process. This exciting mystery is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and have them pining after a Search and Rescue puppy of their own!
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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Awoken: An Urban Fantasy (The Anchored Series Book 3)
Written by: Bridget E. Baker
This was a great novel, I was really glad to have been able to check this book out. This series with all the characters and story are all well thought out and so far your are getting answers to the questions you have, and some more are cropping up to be answered in the next novel. I am so interested in how the 4th and final book will uncover within the story.
The book Continues the journey of Alora with her life on Earth, Rra and even popping to A once in a while. Alora dreams more about her life in Ancient Egypt, she is getting answers to her questions, but they are still not getting down to what she is seeking to know. Jesse is getting weaker and Alora is questioning herself on what she would be like without him, and she doesn't like what her thinking is.
When history repeats itself. . .
Ra is awake, and the final prison walls are all that stand between Earth and the return of the most powerful man who has ever lived. Alora’s father, Duncan, insists that his return will prove the downfall of humanity.
But Alora isn’t so sure.
Her older brother Jesse’s unwell, and the only one with any hope of fixing him is Ra. Which means Alora must decide how bad the man once worshipped as the God of the Sun really is, and how far she’ll go to save what matters most.
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Sunday, August 1, 2021
Adrift: An Urban Fantasy (The Anchored Series Book 2)
Written by: Bridget E. Baker
IF you have have not read book one, you might want to do so before reading this book (and my post) because you could get lost without the right contexts. The review will have some small spoilers, hopefully you get enough to want to read the book cause I couldn't put it down.
This novel continues the story telling of Alora, who is the first woman to have powers of any kind on Terra. In the last novel you read about her life between earth and Terra but in this one it is a little different. Terra is down, and Alora looks forward to some dreams finally! When she sleeps now though, she is dropped into Erra and not in the best shape since she has no memories at all on there.
On Earth things are so very chaotic, she is now a "wanted criminal" because of things that happen with the Terra people being dropped into their Earth bodies. Read the book, to find out more.
She also finds out who she is and you get some of the long ago back story of before the prison worlds were created. I won't say who she is, but it was quite interesting. The ending had me thinking what will happen in the next novel. Obviously she will be teleported into the next plain, but what will happen there and what will happen to her on Earth.
Hope this entices you to check the series out, so far it has been a great read and I can't want to read more. Hope to hear this in audio-book format.
In your wildest nightmares. . .
As the only woman on Terra who had telekinetic powers, Alora was accustomed to hiding her differences. On Earth, she had learned not to trust anyone but her older brother, Jesse. But when Alora's worst dreams come true, she refuses to accept defeat. In spite of reason, logic, and self-doubt, she gambles her future to save the one thing that matters most in her life, and it works.
Or does it?
Her dreams of Terra may finally be a thing of the past, but her life is far from her own. New enemies appear around every corner, and everyone wants something from her. But perhaps the most concerning development of all are the secrets hiding in her own memories. Can Alora hold on to the one person she loves in all the world(s)? Or will the price of saving him become too steep?
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