Monthly Archives: September 2011

Book Review: Heiress: Daughters of Fortune (#1) by Susan May Warren

HeiressHeiress by Susan May Warren

My rating: 5 Stars!

What makes a person truly blessed? Riches? Popularity? Or is it something deeper? I think the greatest blessing is being a child of God – forgiven.

I very much enjoyed ‘Heiress’. The Price sister’s stories had me feeling many emotions. I was saddened at times, but at other times I was happy and laughing.

Esme Price doesn’t want to marry for status, but for love. She longs to be a journalist and soon finds herself on a journey.

Jinx Price could hardly wait to be debuted into society, but a series of events causes an interesting twist in her plans.

I think Susan May Warren wrote ‘Heiress’ in a very believable way. Since there was so much sadness, the story felt very realistic.

There were a lot of twists (some I expected) and the ending to ‘Heiress’ makes me really want to read ‘Baroness‘ – book two in the ‘Daughters of Fortune’ series.

I very much recommend ‘Heiress’. I found the romance, mystery, and story great!

♥I received a complimentary copy for my review. The opinions I’ve expressed are my own.♥

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Book Review: Vigilante by Robin Parish

VigilanteVigilante by Robin Parrish

My rating: 5 stars!!!

I LOVED Vigilante! I’ve read four books by Robin Parrish (‘Relentless’, ‘Fearless’, ‘Merciless’, and ‘Vigilante’) and ‘Vigilante’ is definitely my favorite. The story was very addicting – there was suspense throughout and the plot was great!


Nolan Gray has a plan. Kill himself, then show the world a “better way” by defending the helpless and stopping crimes. He does just that – only it doesn’t turn out the way he planned…

I found ‘Vigilante’ very entertaining and thrilling. Nolan’s character was intriguing – the fact that he dealt with so much from when he was a POW for two years and still lived with the scars (both physical and psychological) made his character believable and made me feel for him.

Robin Parrish wrote ‘Vigilante’ in a way that had me believing the story. I found the gadgets that ‘The Hand’ used very cool – especially the combat fatigues and grappler.

‘Vigilante’ made me think about the depravity of man. No matter what someone tries to do to stop the wrong in this world, until Jesus Christ comes again, there will still be sin and there will still be death.

I think ‘Vigilante’ is best suited for mature audiences, as it mentions things that I feel wouldn’t be appropriate for younger audiences.

Overall ‘Vigilante’ was a great book – I thoroughly enjoyed it! I look forward to reading more books by Robin Parrish in the future.

I most definitely recommend ‘Vigilante’ if you enjoy reading novels that keep you entertained and “on the edge of your seat”.

*Much thanks to Bethany House Publishing for my review copy. The opinions I’ve expressed are my own.*

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Book Review: The Chair: A Novel by James L. Rubart

The Chair: A NovelThe Chair: A Novel by James L. Rubart

My rating:  4 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started ‘The Chair’ – because this is the first book that I’ve read by James L. Rubart – but I’m pleased to say that I really enjoyed it! It had suspense, drama, and a good story.

If you were given an ancient-looking chair and told Jesus Christ made it, would you believe it?

Corin Roscoe, the owner of an antiques store, is given a chair and told it was made by the most talented craftsman the world has ever known. He is then taken on an intense journey of grief, joy, sorrow, and restoration.

He lives with guilt over pain from the past, deals with claustrophobia, and is afraid of going in water because of something that happened when he was young.

I found many parts of ‘The Chair’ weird (which I think was the intent) and I felt as though I was reading a mystery. There was so much going on, but until the end you didn’t know the full intent (and even now I’m still slightly confused). I feel there should have been at least one more chapter (or at least an epilogue) – the ending didn’t feel like the end (if that makes sense).

I found the characters intriguing. People you thought were friends, were foes. And people you thought were against Corin, were actually for Corin.

‘The Chair’ puts a whole new light on James L. Rubart’s books. I now plan to read other books by him in the future. I recommend this if you enjoy reading books that have a slightly weird plot, but are really interesting (kind of like Ted Dekker’s books).

*Many thanks to B&H publishing and JKSCommunications for my review copy.*

ISBN: 9781433671524

Available September 15, 2011.


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Revell Blog Tour/Book Review: The Queen: A Patrick Bowers Thriller by Steven James

The Queen: A Patrick Bowers Thriller (The Bowers Files)The Queen: A Patrick Bowers Thriller by Steven James

My rating: 5 Stars

I’ve read the first four Patrick Bowers Thrillers (‘The Pawn’, ‘The Rook’, ‘The Knight’, and ‘The Bishop’) and I couldn’t contain my excitement for reading ‘The Queen’ (I seriously shrieked when it came in the mail…I was THAT excited!)

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has investigated many gruesome murder scenes, including a case from 14 years ago that because of DNA “evidence” the killer walks free and has started killing again.

Now Patrick is in Woodborough, WI investigating a double homicide and possible suicide. Patrick doesn’t understand why he would be called to the case (he investigates serial crimes), but soon he starts to uncover a High-Tech conspiracy involving secrets from the Cold War and Middle East tension.

WOW! ‘The Queen’ is probably my favorite ‘Patrick Bowers Thriller’ so far. It was suspenseful (especially towards the end) and I didn’t find it as gruesome as some of the other thrillers.

I also loved how there was a good message. It talked about forgiveness and how if you have to work to be “good” to be forgiven, then it’s not forgiveness and how forgiveness requires someone to sacrifice something.

I loved alot of the characters (except the villains, of course). My favorite characters would probably be Patrick, Lien-hua, and Tessa

Patrick, he’s intelligent and he would risk his life for others, a real hero. Lien-hua, she seems friendly and I found myself really liking her character .

Tessa (Patrick’s step-daughter), she deals with a lot of guilt for shooting and killing a man even though he was going to kill her. Tessa also is a vegan and since I’m a vegan, I could relate a lot to how she feels on that issue.

The only thing I didn’t like was when Tessa said a common phrase (“oh my …”). It fit her character, but I would have preferred that not being in ‘The Queen’.

‘The Queen’ has so many twists and it kept me guessing until the final page (really the final page!) The way it ended makes me really want to read Steven Jame’s next thriller set to release fall of 2012.

I recommend ‘The Queen’ if you can handle reading slightly disturbing things and enjoy reading thrillers (because that’s definitely what ‘The Queen’ is!)

I received a complimentary copy for my review. I was not required to write a positive review, but to give my honest opinion and that is what I’ve done.

To read an excerpt, click here.

To watch ‘The Queen’ video, go here.

I found Steven Jame’s post about why he writes about evil very informative.

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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Book Review/Revell Blog Tour: Deadly Pursuit: Guardians of Justice (#2) by Irene Hannon

Deadly Pursuit: A Novel (Guardians of Justice)Deadly Pursuit: A Novel by Irene Hannon

My rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

I’ve read 4 books by Irene Hannon (5 counting ‘Deadly Pursuit’) and I’ve enjoyed each one! Before I even started ‘Deadly Pursuit’, I fully expected to love it and I did!

I love how Irene writes suspense novels that keep me at the “edge-of-my-seat” without gratuitous violence or vulgar language. How she weaves romance in the story that doesn’t involve explicit love scenes or things similar in nature.

‘Deadly Pursuit’ may be my favorite book so far that I’ve read by Irene. It is filled with interesting characters, a thrilling plot, and of course a love story.

We first met Alison Taylor in ‘Fatal Judgment’ and I’ve liked her character ever since. In ‘Deadly Pursuit’, though, we meet ex-Navy SEAL Mitch Morgan. I found myself really liking his character. He seems like a nice guy with a compassionate heart. One thing he did that I found nice is he moved back home to care for his father who just had bypass surgery.

Alison has so much heartache and sadness. She was in a horrible car accident that left her in critical condition and now years later she is mostly healed – except she can never have children because she had to have a hysterectomy.  Someone is stalking her and leaving morbid gifts – dead flowers with a bingo card that has one number checked off.

Then something very cruel happens – I’m not going to say what because that will wreck an aspect of the story – and the perpetrator leaves another bingo card, this time with two numbers checked off. As you can guess, the story continues with the stalker getting closer to bingo. But what will happen to Alison when he finally reaches bingo? How far is he willing to go?

I loved this story – it was very thrilling and suspenseful. I think anyone who enjoys reading suspenseful stories will enjoy ‘Deadly Pursuit’. And even though the culprits identity was known throughout, there was still alot of mystery as to what he would do next.

I loved how we still got to see Alison’s brothers and how their stories progressed since ‘Fatal Judgment’. I would have liked to have seen Mark Sanders again, but sadly he wasn’t in ‘Deadly Pursuit’- maybe he’ll be in Irene Hannon’s next book (I’m hoping).

I definitely recommend ‘Deadly Pursuit’ and I look forward to Irene Hannon’s next Romantic Suspense novel.

•I received ‘Deadly Pursuit’ from Revell Publishing as a part of their blog tour. I was not required to give a positive review, just my honest opinion on the book which I’ve done.•

“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

To read an except, click here.


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Book Review: To Die For by Sandra Byrd

To Die For: A Novel of Anne BoleynTo Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Sandra Byrd

My rating: 4 Stars

What would you sacrifice for your best friend? Would you die for her?

Meg Wyatt has been Anne Boleyn’s best friend since they were girls growing up on neighboring manors in Kent. And it’s no surprise that when Anne’s status starts to rise, she takes Meg along for the ride.

Attending court, attention from the king, it all seems glamorous at first, but then it turns deadly.

I really enjoyed ‘To Die For’. There was a lot of history, even though this was a fictitious tale. Much of the stuff that was mentioned happened and I thought the characters were very entertaining.

I did, at times, feel slightly bored and I found it easy to put ‘To Die For’ down and stop reading for awhile.

I think ‘To Die For’ is best suited for mature audiences because it has a beheading (if you are at all familiar with Henry VIII’s story, you know what I am talking about), plus it also mentions things that I don’t think would be appropriate for young teens.

I probably enjoyed Meg’s story the most, as I felt for her when certain things occurred. I really liked the Christian story line as well. The difficulties of reformation and getting English translation Bible’s in the churches. It makes me think of how easy it is nowadays to read God’s Word and yet, I sometimes take it for granted.

I find Henry VIII’s story very interesting, therefore it was no surprise the I enjoyed ‘To Die For’. I recommend ‘To Die For’ if you enjoy historical novels.

♦Many thanks to Sandra Byrd and Howard Publishing for my review copy. The opinions I’ve expressed are my own.♦

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