Thursday, May 29, 2014

I'm Off...

... To Realm Makers. I leave in about half an hour and then have a nine hour drive before me, but later tonight, I will have reach the conference. I'm so excited!

Pray I make it safe and sound,


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Resistance- Jaye L. Knight

About the Book

Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

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My Thoughts

Resistance is a good look at persecution and condemnation. I enjoyed seeing how Jace came through the doubts that God could love him and Kyrin's steadfastness in holding to her faith. I can only hope that I would be so strong.

There were some parts where conversation lagged, but overall I loved the story. Knight has created an awesome fantasy world that is great to explore.

About the Author

JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. 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.

Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as
Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Blink Tour

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Zondervan's YA Imprint Blink launches...
The Blink Tour!

Each stop on the five-city tour will feature a combination of seven prolific YA authors, including Golden Heart finalist Carey Corp and HonestlyYA blogger Lorie Langdon (DOON); Christy Award finalist Lisa T. Bergren (REMNANTS); co-founder of readergirlz Lorie Ann Grover (FIRSTBORN); Robert Treskillard (THE MERLIN SPIRAL series); Christy Award winner Jill Williamson (THE SAFE LANDS series); and Jonathan Friesen (AQUIFER), whose first YA novel Jerk, California received the ALA Schneider Award.

Events will feature a reading and Q&A, tons of swag up for grabs, and even bigger prizes to win in the grand prize giveaway at every stop.

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Sunday, May 11 - Tour Launch Blitz
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Monday, May 12
 – Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful EndingsLorie Langdon & Carey Corp: Doon (Doon #1)

Carey Corp  Doon (Doon, #1) Lorie Langdon

Tuesday, May 13
- Meet the authors in person at School Events in the Atlanta Area
- Kathy @ I Am A Reader:  Lisa Tawn Bergren: Season of Wonder (Remnants #1)

  Season of Wonder (The Remnants #1)  Lisa Tawn Bergren

Wednesday, May 14 
- 6:00 pm at THE BOOKSELLERS AT LAURELWOOD, 387 Perkins Road Extended, Memphis, TN 38117. Robert Treskillard,  Lorie Anne Grover ,  Jonathan Freisen
- Amber @ The Wonderings of One PersonRobert Treskillard The Merlin Spiral Series: Merlin’s Blade, Merlin’s Shadow, Merlin’s Nightmare

Robert Treskillard

Merlin's Blade (The Merlin Spiral, #1) Merlin's Shadow (The Merlin Spiral #2) Merlin's Nightmare (The Merlin Spiral #3)

Thursday, May 15 
- 7:00 – 9:00 pm at SALT LAKE CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 210 East 400 South, Conference Room A, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.  Lorie Ann Grover,  Jill Williamson,  Jonathan Freisen,  Lisa T. Bergren
– Bonnie @ A Backwards Story: Lorie Ann Grover: Firstborn

Lorie Ann Grover   Firstborn

Friday, May 16 
School Events in the Phoenix Area
– Laura @ ColorimetryJill Williamson: The Safe Lands Series: Captives & Outcasts

Captives (The Safe Lands, #1) Jill Williamson Outcasts (The Safe Lands, #2)

Saturday, May 17
- 4:00 pm at CHANGING HANDS, 6428 S McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283. Lorie Ann Grover, Jill Williamson, Jonathan Freisen,  Lisa T. Bergren.

Sunday, May 18 
– Lisa @ Bookworm LisaJonathan Friesen: Aquifer

Aquifer Jonathan Friesen

About Blink: Blink brings true stories and fiction to YA readers. The literature published by Blink is a positive reflection of what is inspiring and heartening while maintaining a tradition of imaginative and exciting storytelling that will bring readers to the edge of their seats, immerse them in a heartrending love story, or engross them in a story of a life well-lived. Readers will see themselves in all facets of Blink’s literature and will find new levels of entertainment that enrich and uplift. For more information please visit or visit us on facebook and Twitter.


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May 11 - 27, 2014
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Aquifer (Hardcover)
Captives (Paperback)
Doon (Hardcover)
Firstborn (Hardcover)
Merlin’s Blade (Paperback)
Merlin’s Shadow (Paperback)
Merlin’s Nightmare (Paperback)
Outcasts (Paperback)
Remnants (Hardcover)

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Monday, May 12, 2014

The Month of May


This month of May, I will not be able to post as regularly as usual. At the end of the month I will be attending the Realm Maker's conference and need to concentrate on getting ready for the event. I will still post a couple reviews that are scheduled for this month, but will not be doing any other posting. The up side for you is that once I am back, I will post about my experience and will have new information for my Writing Tips! If you want to know more about the event, just click the picture below.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Firstborn- Lorie Ann Grover

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Description: Tiadone has been forced to live her entire life as a female accepted as male in her community in order to survive as a firstborn child. But when she needs to pass the rites of manhood, she finds the Creator may have use for her feminine traits after all.

My Thoughts: I really liked this book and hope there is a second. The concept of gendercide is one that is rarely touched, that I have seen, and with the target being firstborn females (which I am) it had a bit of personal involvement for me.

What lowered the stars was that there were some gross parts to it. Not much violence or sexual content, but female issues. Ones that I could not imagine giving to my brother to read and that I did not want to read myself necessarily. Okay─ not at all. That, and I wish that it would have been made more clear at the end how much time had passed. I got the idea that it was supposed to be about a year, but then the characters seem to be fully grown by the end, even though they had started out just before puberty.

Discovering who you are and who you want to be is important. I have read some complaints that the villain was not explained or defeated. But I don't think that Sleene, or anyone else for the matter, was the actual villain in this story. I think it was a society that dictated what Tiadone could think, feel, believe, and even be on account of her gender and birth order. And in the end, that was what Tiadone overcame.

If it were not for the before mentioned issues, I do think I would have given this book five stars. As it is, I still will look forward to a sequel.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Doon- Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

My Rating: 3 Stars

Description:Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at

My Thoughts: Doon is pretty much every girl's dream world. Hot guys, medieval castles tournaments, and Scottish accents. To top it off, it has everything we love from our own world, like toilets (Believe me, this is important) and pizza, not to mention that in a few weeks time, the place is likely to learn about electricity once their world bridges with ours. So that means, like, movies and stuff. And in that way, the book held my interest.

As soon as the awesomeness of Doon wore off, though, I started to drift away. Everyone is way too good looking. The authors made sure we knew this. The guys are super hot and the girls could be models. And to be honest, pizza really only seems romantic for a dinner date when in Italy, not Scotland.

As to the heroes, I still do not know if I liked Jaime; he was a bit too bossy. However, I loved Duncan, and will most likely read the next book just so I can see if he gets his Happily Ever After. Perhaps, with him as the main hero, I will like it better.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn- Lori Benton

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Description:Western North Carolina, 1787 ~ To escape a threatening stepfather and an unwanted marriage, Tamsen Littlejohn enlists the aid of Jesse Bird, a frontiersman she barely knows, to spirit her away from Morganton, North Carolina, west beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Trouble pursues, as the two men intent on seeing her recovered prove relentless in their hunt. Trouble awaits in the form of a divided frontier community. Across the mountains the State of Franklin has been declared, yet many settlers remain loyal to North Carolina. Chaos reigns, thwarting Tamsen and Jesse’s hastily cobbled plan to keep her safe.

With her pursuers ever nearing, the region in turmoil, neighbors grown suspicious of her presence, Tamsen’s safety is soon put in greater jeopardy. Gaining the freedom she longs for will mean running yet again, to the most unlikely refuge imaginable—the Cherokees, a people balanced on the knife edge of war.

But the biggest complication may prove to be Tamsen’s growing bond with her knight in greasy buckskins, Jesse Bird. Falling in love was never part of the plan.

My Thoughts: This is the second book of Lori's that I have read and I have to say that I have just fallen in love with her writing style. The amount of historical detail that she works seamlessly into the plot is beautiful. And she treats all of her Indian characters as people, rather than stereotypes. (I want a book about Catches Bears!).

There was never a moment that I felt jerked from the story, instead it seemed like I was there with the characters. I could perfectly see the forest with all of the animals and the people. The story of Franklin was one that I had heard of before, but she brought to life.

My one complaint was that the story seemed to a little too perfectly, with every single thread tide up, even those that I had not realized were loose. While I like happy endings, it was somewhat too perfect. Not that it will stop anyone from loving this story.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.