Friday, August 15, 2014

Liberty Bell by Emily Ungar REVIEW

Liberty Belle

On the same day she turns twelve years old, Savannah moves away from everything she’s known in sweet, sunny Georgia to preppy Washington D.C. Not only will she miss her best friends Katie and Tessa, Savannah will start a new school. She soon discovers that her schoolmates love to brag—about their clothes, their parents’ governmental connections, and even who has the in with the school authorities.
Unhappy and lonely, Savannah decides if she can’t make life better, she can at least make it sound that way. Soon she is living in the childhood home of George Washington, riding in the limo of the vice president’s daughter, and even moving into the former Luxembourg embassy.
All is well until she learns that her true friends from Georgia are coming for a visit. Now Savannah must create the life she’s been talking about in her letters—and fast! Will Savannah find herself or lose her friends?

This is a cute per-teen/young teen read. It is a quick read at only about 130 pages. Savanna is dealing with what a lot of kids deal with, moving away to somewhere new. And not only that, but leaving her friends and life behind to have to go to a new school and be the new kid and make new friends. That's a lot of stress for a girl...
Or it could be exciting....
Savannah deals with the same emotions and situations all typical girls her age deal with. That includes listening to her new classmates brag. About everything. Not fun. 
Savannah quickly succumbs to missing her old life with her old friends in Washington D.C. 
But instead of wallowing in sorrow, Savannah takes to making her life be more interesting and a lot better. Or at least make it appear that way. 
Until she learns her friends from back home are coming to visit her. Will she be able to create this life she's been making up? Or will she realize what is important and become comfortable in her own skin and find happiness?
Reading this book was cute and quick. You really do feel for this girl and what she is going through. It will teach good lessons of honesty and being true to yourself and help not to fall into all the hype that can surround young girls. 

I recommend this book, especially to preteen and young teens.

I received this book for review from Anaiah Press

Sarah's Choice by Rebecca St. James REVIEW

Sarah's Choice

In Sarah Collins s mind, only one thing stands in the way of her success . . . an unborn baby.
Sarah is about to receive a promotion that will give her everything she s ever wanted: a huge pay increase, a new car, a fabulous apartment, and first-class travel.
But then she discovers she s pregnant. And while she "thinks "she loves her boyfriend, Matt, she isn't sure he s mature enough to be a responsible father. And the job she s pursuing is open only because the previous employee is out on maternity leave. Sarah would never be able to handle the travel as a single mom.
Torn between advice from her coworkers, the insistence of her mother and sister that she keep the baby, her insecurity about her relationship with Matt, and the void where her father should be, Sarah has no idea how to make this decision.
A Christmas card from a mysterious old woman is the catalyst for three visions of her future and just may be the miracle she needs. But can she trust the visions? Are they the yearnings of a conflicted heart? Or are they true visions from the God she thought had turned His back on her?

This was quite the interesting book. It starts off pretty interesting yet a little slow. Yet, not so slow that it doesn't pull you in. You feel bad for Sarah, because like many, she has financial problems that she is trying to get out of. And this promotion that she greatly deserves, is practically on her doorstep. Sarah is told by a colleague and friend that she has the promotion in the bag, which means a great pay. 
Yet, when Sarah is called into the meeting to discuss the promotion, her bosses and their assistants make you wonder, will she get the great pay? You find yourself becoming worried and frustrated for Sarah. 
Then another curve ball. Sarah finds out she is pregnant. Can she do all of the great traveling with this turn of events? And what about her boyfriend? Is he ready for fatherhood?
Even though this story starts out a bit slow, the author is quick to pull you on and you find yourself cheering for Sarah.

I do recommend this book.

I received this book for review from BookLook Bloggers

A Life Apart by L. Y. Marlow REVIEW

A Life ApartWhen Morris Sullivan joins the navy in 1940, his hopes are high. Though he leaves behind his new wife and their baby daughter, he is thrilled to be pursuing his lifelong dream-only to be shipped off to Pearl Harbor when the war begins. When he narrowly survives the 1941 attack, thanks to the courage of a black sailor he doesn't know, Morris is determined to seek out the man's family and express his gratitude and respect. On leave, he tracks down the man's sister, and finds an immediate, undeniable connection with the nurturing yet fiercely independent Beatrice, who has left the stifling South of her upbringing for the more liberal, integrated north.

Though both try to deny their growing bond, their connection and understanding is everything missing from Morris's hasty marriage to his high school sweetheart Agnes, and from Beatrice's plodding life as she grieves the brother she has lost. At once a family epic, and a historical drama that takes readers from World War II through the Civil Rights Movement to the present day, A Life Apart is about a love that creates complicated and unbreakable ties between two families that live worlds apart. L.Y. Marlow brings readers along for the emotional journey as Morris and Beatrice's relationship is tested by time, family loyalties, racial tensions, death, unending guilt, and the profound effects of war

I love the cover of this novel. And the story inside? Not too shabby either. This book is set back to a time we don't tend to think about on a day to day basis. It makes you think about living in a very different generation of time. 
This book traveled and connected a few different times in history, including many historical events along the way up until the present day. The story had a main focus on coming together in love, race and the indifference's they dealt with, and historic progression of change.
All in all, this was a great read, and I loved all of the history that was involved, the timeline of history that was pieced in this book was wonderful. And don't you just love the cover?

Readers will find it very difficult not to get pulled into this story and the places the author has the characters take the readers. 

I do recommend this book.

I received this book for review from Blogging for Books

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Need a Robin Williams Fix?

We are all deeply saddened by the news of Robin Williams death. And only a days prior to his death, my daughter and I enjoyed one of his box office hits, Mrs.Doubtfire. She, like the rest of us, loved the movie. I told her about Jumanji, that is next on our list. Anyway...

If you're looking for a Rob Williams fix, has a wonderful tribute of some of his hit films.
Robin Williams Dead: See the Actor's 9 Most Beloved Roles

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron REVIEW

The Butterfly and the Violin (Hidden Masterpiece, #1)

"Today." Sera James spends most of her time arranging auctions for the art world's elite clientele. When her search to uncover an original portrait of an unknown Holocaust victim leads her to William Hanover III, they learn that this painting is much more than it seems.

"Vienna, 1942." Adele Von Bron has always known what was expected of her. As a prodigy of Vienna's vast musical heritage, this concert violinist intends to carry on her family's tradition and play with the Vienna Philharmonic. But when the Nazis learn that she helped smuggle Jews out of the city, Adele is taken from her promising future and thrust into the horrifying world of Auschwitz.

The veil of innocence is lifted to expose a shuddering presence of evil, and Adele realizes that her God-given gift is her only advantage; she must play. Becoming a member of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz, she fights for survival. Adele's barbed-wire walls begin to kill her hope as the months drag into nearly two years in the camp. With surprising courage against the backdrop of murder and despair, Adele finally confronts a question that has been tugging at her heart: Even in the midst of evil, can she find hope in worshiping God with her gift?

As Sera and William learn more about the subject of the mysterious portrait--Adele--they are reminded that whatever horrors one might face, God's faithfulness never falters

This novel really was such a pleasure to read. The title didn't make sense to me until later in the book, which I didn't mind; just meant a little more mystery add to the plot to solve :)
The novel started out in present day with Sera James and her assistant. The characters immediately pull you into the story. You find yourself asking them, what painting, what are you talking about? And as you find yourself asking the characters what they are talking about, you find yourself going back into time about an Australian violinist Adele Von Bron. The girl in the painting. 
This novel takes you back and forth in time between the sad yet historic past of Auschwitz and current time. The story is ever evolving and unfolding as you read. And it all surrounds this painting. 
In the end, Sera gets her questions answered and has a peaceful heart. 

I do recommend this book

I received this book for review from Litfuse Publicity

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ride to Redemption by D. J. Wilson REVIEW

 Righting another wrong landed D in WITSEC, the witness protection program and cost him family, friends, and everything of substance in his life.

Loneliness is his constant companion until he meets Candi, the girl of his dreams. He and Candi embark on a three-week ride to redemption where they deal with mind-numbing deceit, perilous treachery, their overpowering lust for each other and their personal demons.

Nevertheless, new opportunities bring a chance to begin again. And, it doesn't hurt that he's got 200 pounds of illicit diamonds to use to ease the pain of those wronged. He will continue the redemption process by way of a well thought out plan involving a 5,000-mile adventure through the Western United States and Canada.

When D meets Candice, aka Candi, she captures his heart, mind and soul the instant she 'inadvertently' almost runs him down in the Starbucks drive-thru. Candi joins him on his three-week, two-wheeled ride to redemption, where they're forced to face their personal demons, while dealing with wanton lust, mind-numbing deceit and perilous treachery.

Spectacular scenery and a cast of unforgettable characters they meet along the way makes the journey memorable, but nothing prepares them for the sacrifices they must eventually make midway in the ride. 

 I am sure there are many romantic books written by men. I have not personally read many romantic books written by men. This was a very good romantic and erotic writing. This book was not simply about sex and erotica either. This story will keep you on your toes with the suspense, twists and turns of the great mystery within these pages. Not only is the cover of this book an attention grabber, but the the story is gripping. 

*There is strong sexual content in this book, I recommend this book only for mature and older audiences.*

I received this book for review from Tribute Books

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Note: A Graceful Reflection by Cameron Dockery REVIEW

Product Details 
The Year was 1972 and while America was knee deep in something called Watergate an eleven year old boy from a small community finds himself neck deep in a scandal of his own. The Note is a true story about a boy who gets himself into trouble and has a hard time confessing after having been traumatized the previous year. A line was crossed while discipline was administered and the father he loved became the man he feared. An emotional scar left his heart deeply wounded and severely handicapped.

Can a relationship be restored? Can a wounded heart experience healing? Is there hope for the hurting? The Note answers these questions with a loud and resounding, YES!

The Note was a quick and somewhat easy to read. Meaning, it was easy to understand, but there were parts in the book I didn't quite agree with, mainly the wording at times. Outside of what I would refer to unfortunate wording because of today's society and the popularity of political correctness, I enjoyed this quick little read. I agree with the theme and moral of the story. I also appreciated the moral compass it held. The story deals with what many kids deal with: feeling bad about what they did wrong, but not wanting to come clean. Yet the guilt of what they did pushing them to do what is right, knowing (or not knowing) the consequences that are about to take place. 
I don't quite agree with how the father dealt with the son after he stood up to and fought his bully or the lesson the boy took away from the incident ( I'll stop with that example since I don't want to give any spoilers).
What I did like is, after the boy was feeling tortured for what he did and the guilt from it and from lying, he still came forward, knowing fully what the consequences were. I also respected how the father dealt with the issue and his son after he came forward with the truth; he showed him grace and forgiveness.
All in all, if it were not for what I believe is the moral of the story, that being grace and forgiveness, I don't feel I would be able to recommend this book even though it is a true story from the authors life.

I received this book for review from the author.