Monday, May 30, 2016

The Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren Book Review

The Remnants: Season of Wonder by Lisa T. Bergren

Title: The Remnants: Season of Wonder

Author: Lisa T. Bergren

Series: The Remnants Trilogy

Genre: Dystopian

Audience: Young Adult

                                                             What The Book is About

   After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.

                                                                         My Review

                                                                     Rating: Four Stars

   I picked this book up a while ago at Thrift Books on a whim. I had money, I liked the cover, and I wanted to read another book by Lisa T. Bergren. I didn’t know how much I would like this book, but I was pleasantly surprised.

   Oky doky, let’s talk about the characters.  This book follows a girl named Andriana, an Alith, one of the few chosen by the Maker to save the world! *cue dramatic music* At first I was skeptical at the whole save the world thing. It sounds like every book. Ever. But it was its own unique book. I enjoyed it significantly. :D  But back to Andriana, and the other characters. This book held many memorable characters. I have to say my favorite was probably Niero, the leader of the Alith. He seemed to have a story that I very much want to know. *narrows eyes*

   Another thing I liked about this book was that it was love triangle free!!!! *throws confetti* You would think with all the other male characters about, that Andriana would start to like someone else besides Ronan, but thankfully no. I was very happy about that. I liked that in the book she could just have a handsome, male friend. Not have to have a triangle, and make them out to be a complete jerk. I love the Alith’s brother\sister like relationship.

   The setting? Well sit down honey. Let me tell ya about the land we like to call *coughs* AMERICA IN THE FUTURE! Years ago the world was like destroyed (To be honest, I forget how it was destroyed). As a result, we have no advanced technology. We are transported to a time with swords, and all that cool stuff. No cars either, but we have motorbikes. Basically, midevil with motorbikes. 

  Another cool thing is that each Alith had like a super power. Okay, it was categorized a super power, but I like to say it was. Andriana’s is that she can read people’s emotions. I thought that was super cool!

   The problems? Well, I thought it started out a bit slow. It just seemed to drag for the first 100 pages. Once you get past those, you’re stuck to your seat.  Also, I felt like Ronan and Andriana went a bit fast at the end in their relationship. But I knew Lisa Bergren’s writing style, and I was expecting it.

    As for who I would recommend this for, probably 14 and up. There was quite a bit of talk on the corruption of the city, and I wouldn’t recommend that for any younger than that. 


Defier: The Girl Who Stood by Mandy Fender Book Review

Title: Defier: The Girl Who Stood

Author: Mandy Fender

Series: Defier, #1

Genre: Dystopian

Audience: Young Adult

                                                             What the book is about……

  When her faith makes her a target, Lennox Winters must leave everything she knows behind, and face the harsh truth of what her world has become. The raised scar on her chest reminds her she still has a purpose, but is her purpose worth the sacrifice? With a new Regime taking over America and imprisoning Christians, she must decide what is worth fighting for. They said her faith would be the death of her, but her faith made her alive. It is only when she has nothing else to lose that she discovers who she really is.

                                                                  My Review  

                                                         Rating: Four point Five Stars

  The First thing that really stood out to me was the cover. It was love at first sight. ;) I mean, look at it! It’s gorgeous! I then looked up the book on Goodreads, and when I read what it was about, I immediately wanted it. After getting it, I excitedly tried to finish my current read quickly so as to read this, and I was not disappointed.   

   Let’s take a look at the characters, shall we? My favorite thing in this book had to be the characters. They were amazing, and I loved them so much. *hands them special chocolate* Lennox, the main character, was so marvelous. I just loved her so much. And we can’t forget Sky, now can we. Sky was super charming! And when Lennox seen his notebook…..*squeaks happily* I was totally fangirling!

  Now to the setting. At first I was uncertain of the setting. The book is set in the year 2030, and seemed almost like a contemporary. Me not being the biggest contemporary fan was kind of leery of it. But then we got to later in the book, and we see all these cool sci-fi electronics, and inventions gizmos! I ended up rather liking it. :D

   The Story line was very griping. It was full of awesome twists, and turns. And as I said up above, it had lots of cool electronics and inventions that had me captivated. The villains were great as well. They were positively chilling.  

  As for the problems, there was one. I wasn’t too crazy about the writing. It felt a bit distant. Like I was being told the story, rather than experiencing it. Other than that, this book was fabulous!

   As for who I would recommend it for, I would recommend it to anyone looking for an inspiring, Christian Dystopian. As for recommended age, probably thirteen and up.

 I received Defier: The Girl Who Stood from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things Tag!

I was tagged by Shantelle from A Writer’s Heart to do the My Favorite Things tag. Thank you again Shantelle for tagging me! So, what I am to do is....Number one, write down ten of my favorite things. Number two, tag at least three others. :D Now, without further ado, let's get started! :D

 BOOKS!!! Wow. Bet you didn’t see that coming. Yes, ever since that Dick and Jane book when I was five, I’ve been in love with reading. Hence my blog, youtube, bookstagram, and all the other social medias I have that revolve around books. But seriously, I love all things books. Books, Bookmarks, book Funko pops, bookish Fandom T-shirts, ect, ect, ect....

COFFEE. Everyone in my family, but my brother and mom are big coffee drinkers. There is usually always coffee brewing, and if not, someone complaining that someone took all the coffee. As a result, I became a coffee addict at a young age.



  AUTUMN! Fall is my favorite season EVER! I love the falling leaves, how it stays cool even in mid-afternoon, and you can’t forget the pumpkin spice lattes! (I don’t know why though. I don’t even like pumpkin spice. But it’s just so fall like. I have at least one pumpkin spice latte a year. To celebrate fall, of course.)

BROWN PAPER PACKAGES TIED UP WITH STRING. Okay, I couldn’t just not do a reference. I mean, it was right there! But, anyho. I do love getting mail. Especially packages because those are usually books. *grins*

SHARPENED PENICILS   These just make me happy because, um, I don’t have to look for a sharpener. In our house we barely ever have sharpeners. As a result, we always have to basically go on a quest to find one. :P  (BTW the picture is colored pencils, and where these make me happy too. I was meaning Number two pencils. I just couldn't find any cool pictures, and this one was to pretty not to put on.)

HIGHLIGHTERS I ADORE highlighters! I have a small box filled with highlighters, and I’ve dried almost all of them out. I use highlighters with almost anything I’m planning, or just to add a pop of color. (And aren’t those the coolest highlighters ever!!!! THEY’RE STARS!!!!!!!!!!)

GLITTER Whenever there is glitter around it makes me so happy. If there is a bottle of glitter, I’ll dump it on me to make myself glittery. Whenever I see a glitter something (like a notebook) I feel as if I must get it. In fact I have like three note books now that have glitter on them.


NOTEBOOKS I think a lot of people, especially writers, have a hard time passing the notebook aisle. I have an obsession with notebooks. I have about ten by my bed now.  

SWEET TEA Yup. This is the one thing I did get from being southern. I don’t have a southern accent, but I do love sweet tea. It tastes luscious on a hot summer day. *goes to make sweet tea*

  SUMMER VACATION!!!!!! And guess what. Today was my last day of school! *squeals excitedly* NO MORE SCHOOL! Just think, I’ll be able to read, like, all day!  I'm going to get my WIPs done too. This summer I'm going to accomplish things! (Hopefully ;)

                                   THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!!!!
 *proceeds to sing My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music* Anyho, here is the part I say who I tag….

I tag…..*drumroll*

Anyone who wants to do this. If you are reading this, and want to do it. Tada, I just tagged you! Don’t you feel so special! ;) *hands you a cookie*

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight Book Review


  Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Samara’s Peril, has been released! Samara’s Peril is the third 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!

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About the Book
When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.
Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.
Available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks!

Title: Samara’s Peril

Author: Jaye L. Knight
Series: The Ilyon Chronicles
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adults

My Review
My Rating: Five Stars! 
  My first thoughts when I opened up my ARC copy of Samara’s Peril (Well, other than my fangirling, and unintelligible squeaks) were, to double up on the bubble wrap. And, where did my chocolate go? I was wise to consider these things, because my emotions were not, in any way, ready for this book. Jaye can be brutal, but, oh my goodness, it was amazing!
    Okay, before we get started, can we just gaze at that cover. *happy sighs* I fell in love with it since the moment I seen it. The cave drakes, the wall…. I just love it! I just can’t wait to give it a photoshoot.
    From the minute I opened (scrolled, technically) to the first page, I wasn’t even thinking coherently. I love Jaye L. Knight’s writing style.  Jaye L. Knight has a lot of talent for writing.
   As for the characters….. Oh my goodness, Jace! I loved him more in this book than any of the others. He was simply amazing. The first few chapters, I admit, I was a bit annoyed with him. I just wanted to shake him, and scream in his face “You’re loved, Jace!” But then everything changed…. *grins knowingly* And Kyrin is such a cool character. I just want to give her a hug. She is so awesome. All the characters in these book, I’m in love with. They are just so amazing!
  I was also really happy we got to explore more of Ilyon in this book. We got to go to different places, and meet different people. Ilyon is definitely one of my favorite fictional countries. I love the woods, and I love their cities, and castles, and… EVERYTHING. It’s just so amazing. This book is probably my favorite in the whole series.
  Problems? There weren’t any major problems for me. This book was all I was expecting, and more. The only thing is, I would have liked to see a bit more of what was happening in Arcacaia. I am really nervous about that arena being built, and I was a bit sad I didn’t get any information on how the building process was going. (Hopefully someone destroys it. That would be nice. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about anyone having to fight there. Like Jace.)  
  People. If you have not read this series yet, you need to. It’s an amazing Christian, YA, non-magical fantasy, and you will not regret buying it!
  As you can probably figure, I would recommend this for anyone looking for a good read. Whether you like fantasy, or not, I’m sure you’d love this book. Also, there’s dragons. So, that’s a plus. ;D As for age group, probably thirteen and a half \ fourteen and up.     

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, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    “A Picture is Worth a Thousand words.” That’s the saying I’ve heard for years. After becoming a writer, I always have wanted to take a picture and write a thousand words based on it. So, yesterday I was looking at my Writing Inspiration Board, and decided right then and there, I would do it. Kind of as a way to get me more excited about getting to writing that day. So, viola! This is what I came up with.  



   Why did I agree to this? This question pounds through my mind like the hoof beats of the horses ridden by the men chasing me. I run blindly down the overgrown, forest pathway. My side aches for me to stop my run, but I must keep going. The darkness is closing in, and I hold back a smirk. Perfect. I know this forest like the back of my hand. I will be able to find my way in the bitter night. The men chasing me will be forced to head back. A search party will be sent out in the morning, but by then the child and I would be long gone.

   I chance a peek from the path to the child clutched tightly in my arms. He lies asleep. Wrapped tightly in my brown blanket; completely oblivious to what was happening, or the risks of this escapade. Unfortunately, I know all too well what’s at stake.  

   I duck quickly avoiding the thorn branch protruding into the pathway, and nearly trip over a dead tree trunk fallen across the trail. Mist is falling heavily, making the way clouded. I need to get off this path to find a safe hiding spot. I cut off the path into the fern covered forest floor.

    Dodging the trees blocking my way, I bite down the urge to climb one of the mossy trunks. If it was just me, I could find a strong enough limb and swing to different trees till I was out of sight. They wouldn’t know what happened till it was to late. But with the baby in hand, I couldn’t possibly chance dropping him. Anyways, by the time it would take to climb a tree with this bundle, my pursuers would apprehend us.

      A branch smacks me hard in the face, causing me to stumble backwards. The right side of my face is cut, and my cheekbone throbs having taken the blunt of it. I land hard on the ground, but manage not to drop the child. Trying to ignore the pain stinging my face, I look at the messy bunches of blanket scrunched in my right arm.

    The baby whimpers, and I suck in my breath. Not only am I being chased by around ten men with weapons, but now I have to worry about if the baby will start crying. If there hadn’t been money involved with this deal…. I growl, and grit my teeth. 

    I’m knocked back to reality when the sound of horse hooves pound louder. Closer. I look around in a terror. That’s when I see it. A small opening in a rock not five feet away. I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t been knocked to the forest floor. It is close to the ground, and nearly hid from view by ferns, but it looks just wide enough for a person to fit inside.

    I skid to the opening and shove the bundle inside. Through the heavy mist, I hear a man bark orders to the others. Trying hard not to kick the restless bundle, I hastily slide into the small gap. The rock surrounding me feels slick, and the ground is a dirt and gravel mix. Making an unpleasant resting spot.

    I position the baby to where he is in front of me, and I huddle him into my arms. If he would start to cry, my body would muffle the sound.  

    Peeking out of the small gap, I can see my pursuers. They all wear black cloaks; their hoods hide most of their faces, and swords hang at their sides. I do a quick count. Nine. It is then I notice another man in a scarlet cloak ride up behind the others.

    “Keep moving,” the red cloaked man bellows to the nine men. The men nod, and urge their horses forward. 

    A smile flickers across my face, and I laugh silently as they all ride onward. Careless guards. Once the hoof beats fade away into the darkness, I wait a few more minutes before sliding out of my hiding place. Rain is starting to drizzle down through the trees, and I reach in the crevice for the infant.

    The baby looks up curiously with wide, brown eyes. I would think he is cute, if I hadn’t already agreed not to become attached to the thing that could mean my death. I arrange the red satchel given me to hold him on my back, and slide the baby into place. The leather strap weighs down on my shoulder, and scratches at my neck. I rearrange my shirt collar so that the leather strap is under it, and doesn’t add as much pressure on my throat.

   The baby curls up, and rests his head on my back in a resting position. Trying to push back my unease at this baby’s mannerism, my eyes flicker over the shadowed area. Making sure no men were in sight, I noiselessly dart back the way I had come. All I had to do was follow the moonlit path, and meet the peculiar woman who had hired me. Then I could get the money promised me, and be done with it. The baby will be gone, and I’ll be rich.

    Once on the correct path, I avoid the shafts of light filtering through the trees from the full moon overhead. Thorn bushes protrude from the side, threatening to tear at my coat, and I hear night creatures moving quietly in the undergrowth.

   I creep noiselessly down the path through the night. By the time the first colors of sunrise appear on the horizon, I’m even more eager to get this over with. I stop a few feet away from the clearing assigned to our meeting and peer into it. Rays of sunlight shine brightly through the trees illuminating the large space, and glimmers off the dewdrops on the clearing’s grassy floor.

    Seeing no one in the clearing, I step into as if to announce that I’m here, but no one greets me. The forest lies in silence except for the harmonious chatter of birds.

  Shading my eyes, I glance towards the sun. I am right on time. Perhaps the woman is running late. I can give her half an hour. I bite down angrily on my lip. She has to show up.

   I sit in the edge of the forest, hid from view, but where I could see if the woman arrived. It is two hours later; I know she isn’t going to show up. A sense of dread fills me as I pick up the baby. His curly, dark brown hair falls across his forehead, and his big, questioning eyes peek up at me. They are innocent. Trusting even. I tear my eyes away, scolding myself for my momentary liking.  

    It’s just a stupid baby. I can leave him in the woods, and never have to hear about it again. He will either die, or the men would find him. I sneak another look at the baby. A small smile graces his lips.

  I’ve heard that a baby’s smile is irresistible. It’s then I realize that it’s true. I can’t bring myself to leave him to die. I glance around the area, before I start the hike to my hide-out. But this time, with even more caution. Because now I, a robber and a thief, am fully responsible for the kidnapping of the Crown Prince of Kaestina.

   TADA! That’s what I see when I see that picture. So, what do you think? Love it? Hate it? Please comment your thoughts! :D *nervously bites nails*