Book Reviews

The Liberty Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #6) by MaryLu Tyndall

The Liberty BrideTitle: The Liberty Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #6)
Author: MaryLu Tyndall
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lieutenant Owen Masters and Emeline Baratt meet on a British warship as sworn enemies. Where will Emeline place her loyalties when forced to spy against her country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

War Forces a Choice Between Love and Country
A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him or her love for her country.

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall.

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)?
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)

What I liked about this novel was that the girl had more spunk than the male this time around. She was more adventurous and daring in the non-typical ways. Risking her life to save those she loved and taking on an invaluable role, Emeline was the picture of bravery. While a little ignorant to things going on around her, she was the epitome of a hero: selfless, brave, and patient. 

If you love enemy to lover stories, then this is the one for you! I love the attitude given by our two main characters to each other. It definitely brings some humor to the story! At first thought to be of opposing sides, Emeline and Owen’s chemistry still flourished. Once known of the same allegiance, their love blossomed. An easy read that will keep your attention!

 

Book Reviews

The 30-Day Prayer Challenge for Women by Nicole O’Dell

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Author: Nicole O’Dell
Rating: ★★★★★

Simple, Guided Encouragement Will Help Women Deepen Their Prayer Lives

Many Christians desire a deeper, consistent, more powerful prayer life but often struggle to know where to begin. The 30-Day Prayer Challenge is the perfect place to start.

This book, written for women of all ages, provides a month’s worth of specific, daily prayer challenges that will draw you closer to your Father God through meaningful conversation.

Each day includes a devotion, scripture, questions for consideration, and prayer starters for morning, noon, and night that touch on 30 unique topics important to her heart:
Friendship
Patience
Confidence/Self-Esteem
Contentment
And more!

The 30-Day Prayer Challenge for Women will jump-start your prayer life, and is great for personal use or as a group!

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great read, especially for right before Advent. It seemed like every day, the text pertained to exactly what I was feeling or struggling with. I really liked how every day had three prayers, and not only that, but examples. 

The situations were realistic and relatable. The writing was engaging and easy to read. This is perfect for women who want a little bit of prayer during the day, but in an easy format. I loved this!

 

Book Reviews

Batman and the Justice League Vol 1 by Shiori Teshirogi

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Title: Batman and the Justice League Vol. 1
Author: Scott Snyder (Author), Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★★★

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League begin a new mission in these manga tales newly translated for an American audience in Batman & The Justice League Vol. 1!

A young boy from Japan travels to Gotham City on a mission. A year before, his two parents–both scientists–were presumably killed in an expolosion that destroyed an experimental power plant. But the boy believes they may still be alive. At the very least, he’s determined to find out what actually happened. But his quest soon leads to a run-in with some powerful forces–forces that require help from both Batman and the Justice League!

Mangaka Shiori Teshirogi (Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas) creates an exciting new story, combining an authentic Japanese comics approach with the World’s Greatest Superheroes. Translated into English and collected for the Western audience for the first time, collected in standard manga size trim, Batman & The Justice League Vol. 1 is phenomenal entry point for fans of the Justice League and manga alike!

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 I really enjoyed this manga! It was really cool because the American comics are not in manga format, so this was a nice experience. I feel like I’ve been hitting a rough patch lately, so this was a welcomed change. The storyline was great! I also enjoyed that the focus was mainly on Batman and the introduction of Riu.

As the story developed, we see tension brewing between the Joker and Lex Luthor. Let the games begin! We also see the introduction of some of the Justice League forming and some villains, as well.

This manga was super easy to get into and before I knew it, it was over and I was sad 😦 Wasn’t ready for the ending and usually I am. I’m excited to see what the next one has in store!

The expected publication date is October 23, 2018.

 

 

Book Reviews

Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

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Title: Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
Author: Stacy King
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Edgar Allan Poe’s stories have always been classics and I think most people have enjoyed them overall. With Stacy King writing these mangas, this is sure not to disappoint!

Probably what I love best about Stacy King’s writing is that the reader can really feel the emotion of the characters whether it be fear, anger, or even happiness. The reader feels like they truly understand the characters, not just that s/he is a bystander in the story.

I really did enjoy this manga, however, I felt a little disconnect for whatever reason…possibly that all of the stories are dark. It’s also possibly I struggled because there was a lot of description, and if anyone knows me, I get sidetracked then. My favorite story was the last one of the manga, which I also think happens to be the longest. One more Manga Classic left after this one :/

 

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The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5) by Shannon McNear

The Cumberland BrideTitle: The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5)
Author: Shannon McNear
Rating: ★★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Love and Adventure Are Discovered on the Wilderness Road
In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. And she sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naïve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear.

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series:
The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)​
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely love how all of the “Daughters of the Mayflower” are related to each other and it is shown as a timeline through each of their own unique stories.

You just haven’t found the right girl. One of these days, you’re going to meet one, get so attached that you won’t want to be without her.

I could already see where the story was going and which man she was going to choose in the first half of the novel and let’s just say that I wasn’t the happiest. “Why can’t the good guy ever get picked?!”, was my initial impression.

He lifted her hand from his waist and brought it to his mouth. How was it this girl could seem such a complete match for him, after such a short time? And that he felt such a deep connection with her already? As if…his heart had found its home, at last.

Honestly, while predictable and a little cheesy, I did enjoy the story. I wanted to keep on reading and there was just enough conflict to keep the reader interested, but not overtake the idea of love present in the novel. One day, maybe, the guy will be able to change one of the daughters instead of the guy changing 🙂 (Sons of the Mayflower?)

Expected publication date is October 1, 2018.

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[BLOG TOUR + Q&A + GIVEAWAY] The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick

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Welcome to my stop on The Demon Race book tour! Thank you to Alexandria Warwick for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: THE DEMON RACE
Author: Alexandria Warwick
Pub. Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Wolf Publishing
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Pages: 351
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

A race across the desert.

An unimaginable prize.

It occurs once every thousand years: the Demon Race. A test of will and strength, it is a race across the Saraj, a fight for the prize of a lifetime. And it is the key to Namali Hafshar’s freedom.

When shy, seventeen-year-old Namali learns of her arranged marriage, she flees home and enters the Demon Race for the chance to change her fate. But to compete, she must cross the Saraj on a daeva, a shadow demon that desires its own reward: to infect her soul with darkness.

Namali soon learns the desert holds more dangers than meets the eye. The only person she can trust is Sameen, a kind competitor seeking his own destiny. As her affection for him grows, however, so too does the darkness in her heart.

In this race of men and demons, only one can win. But the price of winning might be more than Namali is willing to pay.


REVIEW

It’s called the Demon Race, and it does only take place every one thousand years. People enter because the prize is worth the risk of crossing the Saraj.

Namali is entrapped in an arranged marriage her father concocted. Upon this realization (and much sooner than anticipated), Namali is left with no choice but to join the Demon Race. Giving up her most prized possession and friend, she barters with a merchant to buy the necessities to enter the race.

She would enter the Demon Race. She would win. And she would wish this marriage away.

She soon discovers that things aren’t as easy as they seem, and are in fact, way more dangerous, but it is entirely worth the prize of freedom. Understanding that she will have to ride a demon across the Saraj, she quickly realizes that her soul may also be at stake. Can she win the race without giving herself up in the process?

And the prize?…What do you get if you win?

“The deepest, most hidden desire of your heart…A wish”

I love that this was a standalone novel. Nowadays, we see everything turned into a series, and this was a refreshing change. Not only that, but the idea was so unique and so unalike anything we have seen before. The reader gets a taste of romance, but it is not overpowering (thank you!). As we read, we see Namali grow as a character, and the messages were those we all should follow and strive for. This was a fast-paced, learning, and unique read that everyone should read!

★★★


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Alexandria Warwick is the #1 fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Demon Race is her first novel.

 

 

Follow Alexandria:
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Q & A

Q: When did you first get the idea for The Demon Race and what was your inspiration for this novel?

A: I actually remember the moment pretty clearly. It was 2015 and I was in my last semester of university, sitting in one of my ecology classes and brainstorming, when I started thinking of the movie Hidalgo. That was the initial inspiration–a race across the desert. I’ve always been drawn to competitions because it’s an automatic high-stakes story, and I loved how the terrain would add additional obstacles for the characters.

 

Q: Did THE DEMON RACE have a certain soundtrack you listened to while writing?

A: The soundtrack to the video game Journey by Austin Wintory really helped me picture the setting of the Saraj. It’s very eerie. It made me think of solitude and desolation, and I feel that the harmonies he used (a lot of dissonance) were a good reflection of how Namali felt traveling alone through the desert.

 

Q: What is your dream cast for THE DEMON RACE?

A: Namali would be cast by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani. In the novel, Namali does not believe herself to be beautiful, but I imagined her to have striking features as Golshifteh does. Sameen would be cast by Palestinian actor Mousa Kraish, whose features are rather boyish and open. And finally the merchant would be cast by Iranian-American actor Pej Vahdat. I always imagined the merchant to have sharper features, so Pej would portray him beautifully.

 

Q: What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?

A: Hmm. This took me a while to think about because I wrote the story so long ago. I would probably say the greatest challenge was believing in the story. So many people said no to The Demon Race, and it did take a toll on my self-esteem as a writer after a while. There came a time when I began to doubt my writing abilities, my abilities as a storyteller, because the story I wrote was not the story publishing was looking for. But even when I trunked the novel, I knew I couldn’t let it stay there. So I decided to say yes to myself, to this story, and give it a chance at being read by people who would hopefully understand Namali the way I did.

 

Q: What writers inspire you?

A: This is a great question! I find that different writers inspire me for different reasons. When it comes to the types of stories I write, about young women finding their own path and learning their strengths, Tamora Pierce, hands down. She was the reason I wanted to become a writer. When it comes to navigating the indie world of publishing, Elise Kova, as she managed to build her own success. In terms of writing craft, Marie Rutkowski (her prose kills me) and Maggie Stiefvater. And if we’re talking about writing characters and character relationships that are painfully slow to develop but are wrought with tension, well, that would be none other than C.S. Pacat!


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Book Reviews

Rule (Rule, #1) by Ellen Goodlett

RuleTitle: Rule (Rule, #1)
Author: Ellen Goodlett
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Three sisters. Three deadly secrets.

Only one can wear the crown.

Zofi: a Traveler. While trying to protect the man she loved, she killed Prince Nicolen. But someone knows her secret…

Akeylah: From the Eastern Reach. Tapping into Vulgar Arts, she planned to curse the man (“father”) who took care of her after her mother’s death, realizing too late she was actually slowly killing her real father, the King.

Florencia: Raised as a servant in the Palace. However, Ambassador Danton sweet-talker her into falling in love with him, while also tricking her into helping him find a grave secret that would kill many.

Someone knows all three secrets. Someone related to them is behind the threats. But who? Are they the only ones with a secret? Will the girls figure out who the blackmailer is before time runs out?

Looking around Goodreads and other blogger’s websites, this novel wasn’t a fan favorite. And honestly, I did like it, not love it. I thought it was even-paced and kept the reader wanting more. It was nice to see the perspectives of the three potential heirs. However, the only downfall, to me, was that I felt it predictable. But, then again, I’m always good at figuring out mysteries. I would definitely read the sequel when it comes out (I want to see if my predictions are correct)! 

The expected publication date is September 11, 2018.