Happy Bookish Mail!

I won a book on The Literary Counsellor

Blog hop post just for being a Gilmore Girl 😆. I thought Id share my wonderful package and say THANK YOU!!

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I can’t wait to read The Hate You Give, and my sweet notebook and card were perfect treasures. Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy Reading!

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The house on Foster hill by Jaime Jo Wright – review

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Title: The House on Foster Hill

Author: Jaime Jo Wright

Genre: Christian romantic suspense

Pages: 359 + discussion questions

Author bio: Jaime Jo Wright is the Publishers Weekly and ecpa best selling author of 2 novellas and a human resource director by trade. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. The house on Foster Hill is her debut novel. To learn more visit Jaimewrightbooks.com

Synopsis: Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died 2 years ago her please for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. And desperate need of a fresh start Kaine purchases and old house sight unseen and her grandfather’s Wisconsin Hometown. But one look at the Erie abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house is dark history comes back with a vengeance Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into Dangerous Waters resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives including her own are lost?

My thoughts:

I fell headlong into this book. I never really thought I liked suspense, but that’s what had me picking up this book Time After Time Again. I love the first half of the story. I also like the switching viewpoints and the span of time between them. The author did an excellent job with giving each their own voice.

This is a quick read excellent if you need a palate cleanser between courses. I started to feel the disconnect during the middle of the book. I found Ivy to be whiny and stubborn and I didn’t feel a connection all with Kaine. This is probably due to the fact that the other didn’t describe her at all so I didn’t have much to go on in my mind when I pictured her. Plus her relationships between Grant, Joy, and Megan seem to be very forced and artificial.

To make matters worse I felt like what should have been the climax of the book was lame. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at who the bad guys really were , plus their reasonings behind their actions fell flat. I hate saying a book ending was disappointing but this one was.

Wright’s writing style also was lacking and I found myself skipping lines a lot. She meant for characters to be going through an internal spiritual and emotional struggle but I found it to feel very fake and forced.

However I did enjoy the book for what it was and since it was such a quick read I don’t regret reading it. I give it a 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions stated above are my own.2017-12-21_12-16-01

Shaken – Book Review

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Tim Tebow is a two time national champion, first-round NFL draft pick, and Heisman Trophy winner. After playing in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, Tebow joined the SEC Network as a football analyst. In addition to his role on SEC Nation, the network’s traveling road show, Tebow also contributes to a variety of other ESPN platforms. In 2016 he signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Mets. Tim’s true passion remains the work of the Tim Tebow Foundation, which he created in 2010, with the mission of bringing Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need.

Learn more at timtebowfoundation.org

“Use what He has given you. Practice your skills. Work on them. Don’t let them waste away. Whether its singing, speaking, serving, or working with numbers, use your gifts to make a positive impact on this world” p126

Synopsis:

God has given each of us a unique set of talents and experiences in order to fulfill our divine purpose. Whether He intends for us to influence those close to us, like our friends and our family, or even the entire world, there are no limits to the great things God can accomplish through us…when we let Him shape who we are. But we may miss God’s incredible plan for our lives if we’re so busy trying to be just like everyone else- by blending in wit the crowd or refusing to stand up for what is right.

Jesus was anything but normal!

There is nothing more empowering, more life-giving, and more exciting than having a strong identity. Jesus knows this, and He wants you to know it as well. When we are willing to let God define who we are, He will take what we have to offer and multiply it in ways and for purposes that we cannot imagine!

My Thoughts:

I originally wanted to read this book because my nine year old daughter was reading it in a church group and was loving it. She talked about it constantly, which surprised me because she is definitely a “girly-girl” and I just assumed this book was mostly about football, therefore wouldn’t really interest her that much. But what I found out is that Tebow shows kids how God orchestrated his life through many different ways and platforms (sports being one of them). He encourages kids to be open and willing to what God wants to do in their life.

“Sometimes it takes a challenging time to really find out who you are” p 4

Tebow uses “ups” in his life, as well as “downs” and shows that even through the discouraging times, God was present and working. I highly recommend this book!

You can get your own copy here.

 

Shaken: Young Reader's Edition: Fighting to Stand Strong No Matter What Comes Your Way by [Tebow, Tim]

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review from bloggingforbooks.com. All opinions stated above are my own.

 

 

What are you reading Wednesday

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What Are You Reading Wednesday was created by RhiannaMarissa, and Kendall. The idea is to create a space for book lovers to share, discuss, and recommend the books they are currently reading and loving. All you have to do is answer the questions about your current read and then head over to one of the host’s sites to link up your post! Have fun and don’t forget to check out everyone’s posts as well!

My Current Read:

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

1. Why did you decide to pick up this book? Cover or content?

Truthfully I’ve been avoidingvthis book series for a long time BC of all the hype surrounding it. But my library had it in, so I decided it was time to finally read it. I guess content is why I am reading it, BC the covers really not for me.

2. Who is your favorite character so far and why?

I’m really early into the book, so no one really stands out to me yet. However, Feyre has a Katniss Everdeen vibe to her that I really like.

3. Will you finish this one?

Oh yeah. Most likely today!

4. This book reminds me of…

Beauty and the Beast.

5. What type of read is it?

Very fast paced and I can’t put it down!

 

 

Rapid Fire Book Tag

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I have seen this tag going around, and decided to be totally cheesy and tag myself. So here goes.

Ebook or Physical?

Physical when at all possible, but I don’t turn down an ebook either.

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback to read, hardback to admire and hug.

Online or In-Store Shopping?

Wherever I can find the best deal. I rarely buy a book new, I mostly buy used. So great websites like www.betterworldbooks.com or Amazon are places I frequent often. I also search thrift stores for books.

Trilogies or series?

Both!

Heroes or Villains?

What are heroes? Who are villains? I love and hate them both.

A book I want everyone to read

The Book Thief

Recommend an Underrated Book

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

Last Book I finished

All the Light We Cannot See (a re-read for me)

Last book I bought

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

(this book made me *almost* pee my pants from laughing so hard in SEVERAL different places. )

 

Weirdest thing I’ve used as a bookmark

My Cat. True story.

Used Books- yes or no

Hands down YES!

Top Three Favorite Genres

Historical fiction, YA fantasy, dystopian

Borrow or Buy?

Buy, except for borrowing from the library

Characters or plot?

What’s one without the other?

Long or short books?

Long.

Long or short chapters?

short.

The first three books I can think of

Outlander

The Help

The Road

Books that made me laugh or cry

How about both, at the same time? All the Harry Potter Series, but I’ll link a certain one below that really did both.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 

Audio Books, Y/N

Not really.

Ever Judge a Book by its cover?

daily.

Book to Movie or Book to Tv Adaptations?

Movie.

A movie or tv show I preferred to the book

Pride and Prejudice. Don’t hate.

Series or standalones

series and standalones.

If you would like to do this tag, you’re IT!

Happy Reading!

Paper, Romance, Symbol, Valentine, Love

 

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