Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #135: Hawk

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Hawk by Ronie Kendig
Shiloh Run Press-November 1, 2014

About the Book
Raptor’s communications expert, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is struggling with his inner demons, leaving him on the verge of an “other than honorable” discharge. Plagued with corrupted intel, Raptor team continues to track down the terrorist playing chess with their lives. Afghan pilot Fekiria Haidary is devastated when a systems glitch on her aircraft forces a weapons launch on a safe target. And when the deadly bombing separates Brian from the team, he must make an impossible choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm.

Why I Want It
It's Ronie Kendig and that's really all that needs said! She is amazing and I love her books so much! This one sounds like it will be just as good as her others!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten New Series I Want to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I had a bit of trouble with this list! Pretty much all of the new series I would want to read that have come out in the past couple years I've already started. So I was left with upcoming series which was still a bit difficult since many authors I love are in the middle of series right now. Anyway, I only came up with eight but here are some new series that I cannot wait to read!

#1. Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman
#2. Walker Family by Melissa Tagg
#3. Waves of Freedom by Sarah Sundin
#4. A Class of Their Own by Jen Turano
#5. Men of Valor by Irene Hannon
#6. Beacons of Hope by Jody Hedlund
#7. Texas Crossroads by Amanda Cabot
#8. Brides With Style by Janice Thompson

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #144

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
This was all I was able to get to this week! With recovering from my sister's wedding and then moving into a new apartment this weekend I had very little reading time!

What I am currently reading:
No progress made in these this week!

What I hope to read this week:
Again hoping to get to these two this week! I still have a bit of unpacking and arranging but I still am going to try to get reading in! Once I get everything set up I'll try to do a post about it!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #143
Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit (Fictional or Real)
NKJV Study Bible (Full Color Edition)
Waiting on Wednesday #134: Lizzy & Jane
Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Memes 10/17

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
You're going to a Halloween party and you're going to take a book along just in case you get bored. What book would you bring?

My Answer:
The honest answer would be whatever I happen to be reading at the time, but the other options would be Hangman's Curse by Frank Perreti to go along with the scary theme, or A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman because that is the first in a series that is my go to series!

Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Tony Jackson shouldn't be dying in a ritzy hotel room in downtown Memphis on a hot July night. He shouldn't be dying at all. 
"Who shot you?"
A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley

My Thoughts
Well that was certainly an attention grabbing beginning for sure! Now I really want to read more but the book is unfortunately packed away for my move tomorrow! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun

About the Book
In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.
Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.
With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.

My Thoughts
Due to a very hectic schedule I read the first 100 pages of this book very sporadically and I just wasn't connecting to the story. Thankfully life slowed down and the last couple days I was able to devour the rest of the book! I ended up really enjoying it! Bonnie created a very unique world and I was quite intrigued by it! There were a lot of things that weren't fully explained and I am hoping the next books will clarify them.
I enjoyed all the characters from the hero and heroine to the more minor characters like Cleon and Treva, and I can't wait to see how their stories continue to play out!
There were a couple instances where bits of the writing needed some work, but it was just a sentence here or a paragraph there so it didn't affect my overall opinion of the book. Which was definitely positive and I would certainly recommend this book to those who enjoy dystopians especially people who like Krista McGee's Anomaly series!

Meet the Author
Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance helping to promote Christian fiction with blog tours. She is owner/publishes of Christian Fiction Online Magazine devoted to readers and writers of Christian fiction. As Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was named ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.” She is President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network, and also Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

In her spare time she is an avid social media junkie, and teaches Facebook, Twitter, blogging and HTML. Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin on 15 acres in upstate area of Binghamton, New York with a dog and cat who consider the humans as wait-staff.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Waiting on Wednesday #134: Lizzy & Jane

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay
Thomas Nelson-October 28, 2014

About the Book
Sometimes the courage to face your greatest fears comes only when you've run out of ways to escape.
At the end of a long night, Elizabeth leans against the industrial oven and takes in her kingdom. Once vibrant and flawless, evenings in the kitchen now feel chaotic and exhausting. She's lost her culinary magic, and business is slowing down.
When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Not only has she lost her touch; she's losing her dream.
And her means of escape.
When her mother died, Elizabeth fled home and the overwhelming sense of pain and loss. But fifteen years later, with no other escapes available, she now returns. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, by her sister’s side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy.

As her new life takes the form of care, cookery, and classic literature, Elizabeth is forced to reimagine her future and reevaluate her past. But can a New York City chef with a painful history settle down with the family she once abandoned . . . and make peace with the sister who once abandoned her?

Why I Want It
While this book's premise doesn't sound like something I'd normally pick up, I loved this author's first book and I am definitely going to give this one a try!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The NKJV Study Bible (Full Color Edition)

About this Edition
The NKJV Study Bible, the most comprehensive study Bible available, now in a full-color edition with added features! The acclaimed NKJV Study Bible is the most complete study system for all who desire accurate study in God’s Word. The Second Edition includes more features to make it the best all-purpose study Bible. Using the trusted New King James Version, The NKJV Study Bible has “the mind of a scholar and the heart of a pastor.” Nelson's skilled team of scholars has produced the system to reach for when study in God’s Word is the goal.

Features include:
  • NEW attractive new full-color page design
  • NEW stunning Bible-land photos and graphics
  • NEW in-text maps and charts 
  • Full cross-references with textual notes
  • Word studies and indexes
  • Bible Times and Culture Notes
  • Book introductions, outlines, and timelines
  • Reader-friendly notes and articles ideal for extended study
  • Deluxe NKJV Concordance including proper names
My Thoughts
For a long time now I have been wanting to purchase a study bible. The bible I currently use doesn't have much in the way of study tools and I was looking for something to enrich my devotion times. When this bible became available for review I was ecstatic since not only is it a study bible but it also just happens to be my preferred version.
I received my copy today and I am already in love! There are so many awesome features that there is absolutely no way I could talk about them all! So I will just gush about some of my favorites! The concordance is rather large which is something I always love since that's something I use quite a lot! One of my other favorite things is the charts! They have ones for Jesus's miracles, parables, and teachings, prophecies Jesus fulfilled, and prayers in the Bible. I know I will definitely be using those in the future! I love the book introductions and how they include a timeline and I also love the fact that in addition to the normal maps they have smaller ones placed in the text so it gives you the visual right there. 
So yeah this is an awesome edition of the bible and if you like the NKJV then I highly recommend it! The only thing that is a slight downside is it's size, but with all that it contains it needed to be huge and I don't really mind it!

I received this bible free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit (Fictional or Real)

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Boston-The blame for my desire to visit this city lies solely with Julie Lessman's O'Conner family saga! I love those books so much and I would love to visit the city where they are set!

Italy-I've read a bunch of books set here but the ones that really made me want to go were The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren

Narnia-This needs no explanation!

Middle Earth-Another no explanation needed one!

Ireland-I have always wanted to visit this country but books like There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones made the desire grow a lot!

Alaska-Part of this comes from the fact that my bestie's mom grew up there but also The Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey made me want to go much more!

England-I can't really pinpoint a book that made me want to go here and I have just always wanted to go!

San Francisco-This is also Julie Lessman's fault since I love her other series The Heart of San Francisco!

Belmont Mansion-Tamera Alexander's A Lasting Impression was so beautiful and after seeing all the pictures she's taken there I really want to go!

Russia-I only would want to go here because of the various Susan May Warren books set in this country!

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #143

 Hosted By: Book Journey

Here is what I finished last week:
Absolutely nothing! With all the wedding prep for my sister's big day, and a friend coming to stay with us from out of state I had no time whatsoever! The wedding went really well but I am still recovering from too many runs up and down a hill! Today was spent with two of my sisters and all of our best friends so that was great! So even though practically no reading was done it was still a good week!

What I am currently reading:
Didn't really make any progress in these!

What I hope to read this week:
These are my next two review books but I'm not sure if I'll have time to get to them because I will be in the process of moving this week!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #142
Top Ten Book Titles
Deceived by Irene Hannon
Waiting on Wednesday #133: At Bluebonnet Lake
Breathing Room by Leeana Tankersly

Hope you have a great reading week, thanks for taking the time to check out mine!
Leave your link below and I'll be sure to stop by!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Destined For Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

About the Book
In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake in choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she's received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other's one true love—and it's pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen and Kenna’s best friend, Veronica, needs her to return, Kenna doesn't have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.

My Thoughts
This book was exactly the sequel I had been hoping for! After the ending of Doon I was desperate to read this book and the wait seemed to take forever. I couldn't stop turning pages and had this book finished about six hours after I started it!
The characters were all as great as they'd been in the last book though they all were a bit too stubborn for their own good! I was glad that we not only got to see Duncan and McKenna's relationship but also Jaime and Veronica's. Both couples had their ups and downs and it was cool to watch them work through it all.
The curse was very interesting and also rather creepy! The authors did a great job with making it unique and vivid. Which is no surprise since the rest of the book is the same way! They really make you feel like you have been transported to Doon along with Kenna!
I enjoyed this book entirely, except that this book ended with an even bigger cliff-hanger than the last and I cannot wait for book three!

Meet the Authors
Carey Corp lives in the metropolitan Midwest with her loveable yet out-of-control family. Carey wrote her first book at the age of seven, and currently begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen. Carey's debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction and was recently featured at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago in YA Alley.

Lorie Langdon has over ten years of experience writing online and print advertising for a Fortune 500 company, and left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word and continue to build the young-adult-focused blog, HonestlyYA.

I received an ARC of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.