Heirs of Tirragyl by Joan Campbell

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About the book:

Since birth, Nyla has shared everything with her twin brother – royal tutors, the right to the throne of Tirragyl…even their soul. Many believe it wholly belongs to Alexor and should be returned to him regardless of the sacrifice – Nyla’s death. However, her future isn’t the only one in question.

A threat looms over the kingdom. The influential Lord Lucian intends to seize the Grotto, an underworld settlement known for harboring fugitives. And if legend is to be believed, it is also the hiding place of the most powerful of objects, the Guardian Rock.

As Nyla fights for her life, she realizes she’s not only a soul heir but also the sole hope for the kingdom’s survival.


My review:

This was a wonderful read! The pace was swift: the multiple plot lines kept me racing through the pages. The author kept the various characters, storylines, and settings separate enough to not be confusing, yet still painted them beautifully into a grander picture that has yet to fully be revealed (Can’t wait to read the next book!).

However, if I judged books solely by the cover, I don’t think I’d have picked this one up. The cover is my least favorite part of the book. It so reminds me of cheesy romance novels from the eighties! 😉

I’ve never read a story by Joan Campbell before. This is book two in The Poison Tree Path Chronicles, and while I loved reading this, I know that there are pieces that were revealed in the first book that could have helped me understand the motivations for why certain things happened. But I had no idea how much I’d enjoy this story! I thought it may be an interesting read (and it definitely was), but now I feel absolutely compelled to read the others in the series! I highly recommend you grab your own copy (and maybe try starting with the first in the series Chains of Gwyndorr) and enjoy!! 🙂

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Eubeltic Descent by Nadine C. Keels

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About the book:

Your soul will remember…

As a woman who wasn’t born to wealth or privilege, Abigaia has mastered the art of thievery. And she’s come to hate it. Not only is she plagued by guilt, but her shadowed upbringing and silent ways cause most of her town to question her sanity.

Yet, Abigaia’s eccentric father always taught her to be proud of her heritage. Her ancestry lies across the sea, in a prominent realm she’s read about but has never seen.

The man who desires Abigaia’s hand in marriage doesn’t share her hope of seeing the Eubeltic Realm. But disaster erupts in their path, and Abigaia’s dream may have a greater purpose—if that famed domain of her ancestors is now in crucial need of her.


My review:

This was an interesting read. I was intrigued by the way the author was able to make her main character a mute (and I was heartbroken by the tragedy that brought her silence), and somehow manage to convey her use of sign language so clearly that I could picture it as I read.

There were, however, moments when time moved strangely for me, and I found it difficult to figure out how much time had passed in the plot. I think that may be the reason that it took me longer than usual to read this book, since it didn’t flow super smoothly for me.

But overall, it was a decent read with relatively interesting characters and a good message. I would recommend this book for teen girls, especially if they are searching for a way to fit in and trying to discover what is most important to them.

Thank you to the author for the copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

NKJV Ancient-Modern Bible

 

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About the Bible:

Many things have changed since the early days of the church. The good news of Jesus Christ isn’t one of them. The NKJV Ancient Modern Bible features all-new book introductions, articles, and commentary from voices both ancient and modern to help you experience the Word of God as never before. Read the Bible alongside Augustine, Luther, Graham, and others – and discover the rich wisdom of ages past and present, which is the rightful inheritance of every follower of Christ.

As you read the NKJV Ancient Modern Bible, your life will be enriched by the reflections and insights of faithful men and women from across the centuries who, just like you, came to scripture to learn from the Author of life. This is a Bible two thousand years in the making.

Features include:

  • Full-color design that uniquely blends modern typography and layout with traditional elements.
  • Bible commentary from church thinkers, past and present: from Huss to Keller, from Chrysostom to Spurgeon, from Augustine to Wright.
  • Biographies of notable church leaders.
  • Sacred art from throughout church history to enrich your experience.
  • Clear and readable 8.5-point print size, featuring Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Comfort Print typeface.

My review:

When I first read the description of this Bible, I was instantly intrigued. This Bible has commentary right in the wide margins from such a wonderfully eclectic group of theologians from throughout the ages that I knew I’d be learning more about the Word from the first reading. And I was definitely not disappointed.

It is fascinating to read commentary by Warren Wiersbe on a few verses, followed by commentary on the next few verses by Matthew Henry, followed by…you get the picture. It is a broad range of views to help keep your interest as you deepen your knowledge of the Word of God.

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And not every page has the margins so filled with commentary, so there is even room left for taking notes or drawing doodles or whatever technique you use to help tuck the Word into your heart.

The format of the NKJV Ancient Modern Bible does make it easy to read, while still maintaining its classical appearance. And the book introductions are lovely, with their timeless Gothic typeface drop caps and rich colors:

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Not to mention the fact that they contain quite a bit of interesting information.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the NKJV Ancient Modern Bible and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a way to enrich their time studying the Word of God.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for the complimentary copy of this Bible for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

The Story Raider Cover Reveal!

Okay, I know this is my second post this week, but I had to share this, because I’ve been waiting for this ever since I finished reading The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin last spring. It is time to reveal the cover of the next book in the series, The Story Raider. First, here’s a little about the book:

Deceiving an empire is a treacherous game.

 Tanwen and the Corsyth weavers race to collect the strands of an ancient cure that might save Gryfelle. But Tanwen has a secret—Gryfelle isn’t the only one afflicted by the weaver’s curse.

 As Queen Braith struggles to assert her rule, a new arrival throws her tenuous claim to the Tirian throne into question. Braith’s heart is turned upside down, and she’s not sure she can trust anyone—least of all herself.

 The puppet master behind Gareth’s rise to power has designs on Tanwen and the story weavers and will stop at nothing to reclaim the throne. A plot to incite the angry peasants of Tir takes shape, and those dearest to Tanwen will be caught in the crossfire. As the fight for Tir consumes the realm, no one can remain innocent.

 

Sounds so good!!! 🙂 And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for (you know you have – just admit it!), the cover of book 2 in the Weaver Trilogy, The Story Raider:

 

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Did I just hear angels singing? Tell me that’s not an awesome cover! Tell me you’re not excited to read this book! I certainly am 🙂 April 30, 2019 cannot come fast enough!

Until then, you can go ahead and pre-order your very own copy here, then sit impatiently by your mailbox for it to arrive in April.

In case you missed it, check it out again and take a moment to bask in its beauty…

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Happy reading!

Masque by W.R. Gingell

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About the book:

Beauty met the Beast and there was . . . Bloody murder?

It’s the Annual Ambassadorial Ball in Glause, and Lady Isabella Farrah, the daughter of New Civet’s Ambassador, is feeling pleasantly scintillated.
In the library is Lord Pecus, a charming gentleman whose double mask hides a beastly face, and who has decided that Isabella is the very person to break the Pecus curse.
In the ball-room is young Lord Topher, who is rapidly falling in love with an older woman.
And in the card-room, lying in a pool of his own blood, is the body of one of Isabella’s oldest friends: Raoul, Civet’s Head Guardsman. The papers sewn into his sash seem to suggest espionage gone wrong, but Isabella is not so certain.
Lord Pecus, as Commander of the Watch, is of the opinion that Isabella should keep out of the investigation and out of danger. Isabella is of the opinion that it is her murder to investigate, and that what a certain Beast-Lord doesn’t know won’t hurt him. . . .
Will Isabella find the murderer before Lord Pecus does, or will she end her investigation as a bloody spatter on the parlour floor?


My review:

This was such a fun read! It was a fabulous combination of some of my favorite genres: I’d describe it as an Austen-esque, fantasy, murder mystery with a fairytale twist. What’s not to like about that? 🙂

There was so much imagination in this story, from the very unusual way in which people were murdered to the actions of and interactions between the different nations of Glause and Civet to the banter of Bella and Lord Pecus to the Austen-esque propriety that hovered over nearly all of Bella’s actions (unless, of course, she was investigating!). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

And I truly feel it would appeal to a wide range of readers, since it has so many interesting facets. From murder mystery to romance to fantasy and just about everything in between, Masque has it all. I’d highly recommend you check it out!

 

Many thanks to the Fellowship of Fantasy Book Club for introducing me to this book. 🙂

 

Fairyeater by Pam Halter

I’m so excited to kick off the blog tour for the launch of Pam Halter’s Fairyeater. Let’s start by checking out the absolutely gorgeous cover…

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Beautiful (and just creepy enough to make you want to know what’s going on), right??


And now, a little about the book:

All fifteen-year-old Akeela has ever wanted is an ordinary family who will love her. But the only mother she has ever known is the old hag, Krezma, who berates her night and day. Why did the old woman even take her in?

But Krezma knows her charge is no ordinary child. She can see the auras surrounding living things and can communicate with fairies. And the birthmark on her palm reveals a secret Krezma must hold close for the child’s safety.

A secret that the witch, Tzmet, hunts for night and day, drying and eating fairies for the power they contain. When Akeela discovers her fate lies in being the next Fairy Guardian, all hope for an ordinary life dissipates like the dreams they were. She must protect the fairies from the witch—and an even darker power that threatens them all.

Akeela is unwillingly thrust into an adventure that will not end until she decides to accept her fate and give up on her dream.

Maybe even her life.


Here’s my review of Fairyeater:

This book. Wow! I was entranced by the unique and utterly imaginative twist on the traditional fairy story. And the feels!?! Pam Halter has a beauty of a first novel here.

Her characterization is so rich. I loved how each different group (Acadians, dwarves, etc.) had their own dialect and their own idioms. And they weren’t overdone or overly complicated, but instead brought the characters so much more depth and a sense of “realness” that made me love them all the more.

And the plot was fascinating, filled with excitement and love and adventure and heartbreak and danger and all the things that make a great story. I appreciated the lessons learned by the characters as they went along, and I loved that the story reminds us that good versus evil is not always the whole story, but that we all have shades of gray that we need to face in order to find our true selves and face our fears.

You should read this book. In fact, I’d highly recommend you do just that. Pre-order it today, so you can start reading it as soon as it is released to touch the world with its wonder and beauty on Thursday (October 25, 2018)!

Many thanks to L2L2 Publishing for allowing me to be part of this blog tour and for the free digital copy of the book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂


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Don’t forget to stop by each of the blog tour stops over the next few days:


Want to know more about Pam Halter?? Check her out on social media…

Website: www.pamhalter.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pam.halter.5

Twitter: www.twitter.com/PamHalter

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pamhalter5

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/1916337.Pam_Halter

Amazon Author: www.amazon.com/Pam-Halter/e/B001HPDNEC


Purchase Link (L2L2 website):
https://www.love2readlove2writepublishing.com/books/fairyeater/

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Facebook Launch Party Link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/499013487232526/


Again many, many thanks to L2L2 Publishing for letting me be a part of this blog tour and help celebrate the launch of such a wonderful book! And congrats to Pam for what promises to be a fascinating series! 🙂

A Hideous Beauty by Jack Cavanaugh

 

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About the book:

This isn’t the world you think it is…

Every day they slip across our borders to infiltrate our government, our schools, our neighborhoods.

Homeland security can’t stop them.

The armed forces are no threat to them.

Powerful and unseen, they cannot be stopped.

They have been doing this for millennia.

On what should have been the best day of his life, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Grant Austin learns of a plan to assassinate the president of the United States. Every attempt to sound the alarm is thwarted, and Grant soon finds himself at the center of an even greater battle that predates time as he stands alone against ancient powers and unspeakable evil — evil that can only be described as a hideous beauty.


My review:

I guess the best way I can explain  this book is that it is kind of a combination of Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, in its bringing spiritual warfare to life; Tosca Lee’s Demon, in its telling the history of angels/fallen angels; and maybe even a bit of Joel C. Rosenberg’s works in its adventures in D.C. politics.

It was an relatively engaging read, with plenty of action (more towards the end), interesting enough characters, and an intriguing take on spiritual warfare. However, I unfortunately didn’t feel like it lived up to its blurb. For most of the book, the focus was so much more on the main character, Grant Austin, than on the spiritual battle, that I found my mind wandering while I read, having to go back and re-read to figure out what was going on. And, while I know it’s a work of fiction, I didn’t always agree with the theology presented, so I got frustrated with some of the characters. I also set the book down several times, debating about whether or not I should finish it.

I’m glad I did finish it, because the climactic scene was more compelling than I expected it to be. If the rest of the series keeps up with the level the first book was at near the end, I would definitely read the remaining books when Enclave publishes them.

Many thanks to Enclave Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced digital copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂