Book Review: Gestern

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Did you know Gestern is the German word for Yesterday? I didn’t until I read the excerpt I’ve included in this post. J. Grace Pennington has a new book out entitled, Gestern. I’ve read the others in this series and it sounds like another intriguing one. There are some great giveaways and guest posts going on, so be sure to read all about them.

About the Book

GesternFrontCoverYou never escape your past

Andi Lloyd is more comfortable than most with interstellar travel, but she’s not prepared for the perils and peculiarities of a world she has all but forgotten—the planet Earth. As the Surveyor undergoes repairs, her brother August receives a message with news that will send both of them across the world to a place he never wanted to visit again.

Neither of them are prepared to be thrust into a world of political intrigue amid the tangled forests and crumbling ruins of Austria.  They aren’t prepared to encounter wild animals and endure cross-country hikes.  And they definitely aren’t prepared to face it all alone.

But despite the dangers they must press on into the unknown to find a way to save Andi’s life, to decide the fate of Earth itself—and to rescue a lonely girl who just happens to be their little sister.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0742MR9L6 Continue reading

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Book Review: Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married

Title: Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married
Written By: Gary Chapman
Genre: Relationships/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: 16 & up

Introduction:

I have read two if Gary Chapman’s books before (The Five Love Languages and Five Love Languages for Singles) and enjoyed them. When my friend gave my fiance and I this book, I knew I wanted to read it before our wedding. I’m glad I did. We had already talked about many of the things Gary mentions in his book, but there were a few that I think will be very helpful for us as we get married and move past the “tingles.” Continue reading

Book Review: Worth the Wait

Title: Worth the Wait
Written By: Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Christian Western novella
Recommended Ages: 13 & up

Introduction:

This book all takes place in one day in Tori and Ben’s life. And what a day it is. I’ve read both of the novels in this series and must say that I personally prefer the novels over the novellas, but more on that later.

Characters: 1/1

As always, the characters are done well. Each of them has a unique personality and grows in some way during the story. My only complaint is that I think Ben was a little bit too perfect in this book. He may not have all the struggles that Tori does, but I think he should have had at least one flaw. He does get angry in a couple spots, but both times it is justified and he doesn’t overreact.

Dialogue: .75/1

The dialogue was well done, period accurate, and perfect for each situation. There was wit, frustration, arguments, and so much more. Some of the dialogue did seem a little stilted or rushed. I think that’s one problem with many novellas. If the author doesn’t want it to get too long, the dialogue tends to speed up a little more than it should.

Plot/storyline: .5/1

Overall, the plot and storyline are good. However, when I finished the book, I was a bit disappointed. I felt like the plot wrapped up a little too suddenly. I think Tori and I have similar personalities, especially with hiding emotions and if I had been in her situations, I’m not sure I could have been so quick to do what she does at the end (trying to avoid spoilers here). Yes, she had a little bit of time to think about it, but I personally would have wanted to take at least another day to mull things through and work out my own personal demons so to say before taking that next step.

Overall writing quality: .75/1

The writing quality was excellent as usual with Karen’s books. Besides the rushed nature I mention above, I have no other complaints.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

This book was nice and short and I got to read it while bottle-feeding and holding a baby all in about two hours. Even if I hadn’t had that wonderful chore, I wouldn’t have been able to put it down.

Conclusion: 4/5

Despite the flaws I pointed out before, I still really liked this book and would recommend it for anyone who wants a quick read.

Book Review: 5 Steps to Better Blurbs

Title: 5 Steps to Better Blurbs
Written By: Julie C. Gilbert
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: Any

Introduction:

If you have trouble with writing blurbs (and what author doesn’t?), you need to read this book. Continue reading

Book Review: Exiles

Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Exiles, has been released! Exiles is the fourth book in the Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles. Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

I’m also doing a quick review (shorter than my usual ones) and there’s an excerpt at the bottom of the post. But first, here’s a little bit about the book and author.

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About the Book

Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir, but with other forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

 

Available now on Amazon!

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About the Author

JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy.

Review

I had the privilege of reading this book before it’s release. Of all the books I’ve read by Jaye, I think this is one of my favorites. All the turmoil in the characters, the uncertainty, and getting out of their comfort zones. It was all so deep and true to real life. I learned a few things from the book even though it’s fantasy AND fiction. I highly encourage you to read this book, and the whole series.

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Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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Excerpt

After the greetings, Talas asked his mother, “Where are Father and Grandfather?”

Tress motioned deeper into the house. “They’re building on to the back porch . . . and having one of their debates, I believe.”

Talas’s lips quirked wryly, and he motioned for everyone to follow. Up a short flight of steps and around the other side of the tree, they entered a spacious living area with a wide door leading out to an equally large porch. Just outside stood two crete men. The first was middle-aged with a profile like Talas’s. The second was older, his dark hair heavily streaked with gray. They faced each other, the first crete pinching the bridge of his nose, and Kyrin just caught his exasperated words.

“It’s more than sufficient already. There’s no need to go wider.”

The older crete shrugged. “I don’t think another couple of feet would hurt.”

He said it nonchalantly, but Kyrin detected a subtle humor in his expression, almost like a teasing child. Talas did refer to his grandfather as a bit of a rascal.

Talas cleared his throat, and the two men turned. He stepped out to the porch and embraced his father, and then his grandfather, who gave him a couple of hearty slaps on the back.

“I was just wondering when you’d show up for another visit.” The older crete grinned and then his attention shifted past Talas to Kyrin and the others. “You’ve brought friends, I see.”

Talas motioned them all out. Kyrin lingered near Jace, who remained well away from the edge of the porch where the railing was not yet completed. Another round of introductions followed, and they all greeted Talas’s father, Thel, and his grandfather, Varn.

“How long will you be here?” his grandfather asked.

“Until King Balen can convince at least one of the clan leaders to change their position,” Talas answered. “At least that’s the plan.”

“Well, he’s got a difficult task. I shall aid him with my prayers.”

“He’ll surely appreciate that. We all will.”

Faith’s Allies

Howdy, Y’all! I have something fun to remind/update you about. I have a Facebook group devoted to sneak peeks, requests for help, early cover reveals, and so much more. The fun part is that the name is no longer the boring “Faith Blum’s Street Group.”

My group now has a fancy name and cover photo!

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What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Want to join? I’d love to have more Allies. You can join by clicking here, answering the questions, and waiting for me to approve you.

Have a great weekend!