First of all, I would like to give thanks to author J. Dolores Perry for allowing me the opportunity to review her book.
Ahhh!, ok, where do I start?
Before anything, I would like to say that the following opinions are all my own:)
My expectations for a good Christian dystopian book were not so high. The majority of dystopian books have similar story development and are somewhat predictable. Those Who Rise pleasantly surprised me! The book follows the adventure of Taylor, a 16-year-old girl engaged to the future leader of her community, that after finding a mysterious and confusing picture, her life is turned upside down…Everything she knew, everything she believed in is no more than a lie. What started as a Graduation test, the Tanaka test, turns into a life or death journey where she will have to decide what’s most important to her… family, love, duty, or faith.
I love how the author created a dystopian book that has a Christian message but not in a preachy way. This book has many good lessons, and you can even relate to many of the things Christians are going through today in our society; it really makes you reflect on how without Jesus as the foundation of a society we become senseless people filled with hate, that, in the end, bring grave consequences to everyone around us.
The books story and character development were so good, that I finished reading it in 24 hours! I couldn’t stop! I really hope that there will be a sequel. I’m dying to know what happens next!
”Once in a while, you need to give yourself permission to do something daring.” ~Magic by Midnight, by Allison S. Bass
Uffff! Wow. That ending tho! The fact that I re-read Magic by Midnight by Allison S. Bass a week after first reading it says everything. This is the kind of book that keeps you awake all night long and makes you giggle and cry all at the same time! You must think, “but I’ve read a bunch of Cinderella retellings, how can this one be any different?” Let me tell you IT IS DIFFERENT! In so so many ways! But I love that the book also doesn’t lose its original story, but instead embellish it and builds this retelling upon it.
I absolutely love the main character, Felicity. Felicity is a Librarian at the Royal Palace where she is given one of the most important assignments anyone can get. She must shove all her feelings aside and work to accomplish a mission that will save all the kingdom of Valencia and most importantly the people she loves. I don’t want to spoil anyone so go and grab a copy of Allison’s book and read for yourself this beautiful story!
Allison, please don’t leave us with that cliffhanger any longer!!! We need book number two nowwww!
I got these beautiful Narnia books a while back on a ebay sale! I love LOTR and Narnia, so these were a must for my book colelction.
The Folio Society. 2012, 8th printing, re-issued with a new binding. (hardcover) 7 volumes. Short 8vo. Set in slipcase; front of slipcase printed in gold. Slipcase with only light shelfwear. Each volume bound in matching light-blue cloth. Each cover with a different illustration by Pauline Baynes. Printed on Abbey Wove paper by Martins the Printers Ltd. Bound by Hunter & Foulis in blocked and printed cloth.
If you’ve been following me on my Instagram page, you know I’ve been talking about a special project I was going to start soon with the help of some authors. Well, the time has come to make it public. Ladies and Gentlemen drum roll I’m so excited to present to you: The Indie Read-along project!! WHOO!! does happy dance. Eep! Ok, ok, but what in the world is The Indie Read-along? First I have to tell you a little story *clears throat and puts glasses on*
Before I started my bookstagram account, yes, I was an avid reader, but I was missing on a lot of things. One of those things was the term ”Indie Author”. If you are part of the bookish community that term is something you are very familiar with, it is the title used for authors that publish their books on their own, that is, they do all the work a publishing house or agency would do for them. Imagine having to write, edit, publish, and advertise your books all on your own!!! These people are genuine superheroes! But going the indie route always has some difficulties. The majority of books you find in bookstores and libraries are books that require being published the traditional way. So, how do these indie authors sell their books? Because, publishing a book is not cheap, you know. These amazing humans start building a platform for their books through social media and other bookish communities. You may be thinking, well okay, so they sell their books and make money that way…why are you even doing this? Because it’s not as easy as it looks. The profit these authors make is often a fraction of what they have invested in publishing their books. Indie authors are people that are aware that they won’t make money writing stories and books for others, but they love doing it so much that they rather write them than work on other things that would allow them to make more money. Wow. That’s loving what you do.
That’s when I decided I wanted to help. Help spread the word about these fantastic books and novels. It is a shame that indie authors books are not so popular or accessible to the general audience because of the method they chose for publishing.
That’s how The Indie Read-along comes to live.
Once every month/month and a half, I’ll be hosting, along with an indie author, a read-along of their book through my Instagram account! We will make an *ahem* *elite* chat group where we will exchange and fangirl our thoughts and opinions about the book! There will also be a picture competition and a prize for a lucky participant! Whoo!!!. But that’s not all!! I will be doing a LIVE INSTAGRAM transmission were I’ll be interviewing the month’s author along with you guys!!! Isn’t it great!!?!? PLUS, all of you guys can ask all the questions you want!!! When are you going to get another chance like this anytime soon to talk with a published author!!?!?
Well, I could go on and on, but I think that’s enough for now. If you are interested in participating in The Indie Read-along or just want to know a little more about this project, shoot me a message here or dm (direct message) me @rubies_christianbookreviews !
Hope to hear from you soon!
Much love and blessings,
”So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Wow!!!!!! I don’t even know where to start! S.E. Clancy’s novel “True: a contemporary retelling of Rahab” is beyond words!
As the title says, the book is a contemporary retelling of the Bible story of Rahab, and I can tell you, this book will exceed your expectations! I know it exceeded mine! S.E. Clancy has written this beautiful novel in such a skilled and talented way that it will captivate you from the very first page! The original descriptions and references used in the book give you a sense of closeness to the characters feelings and personalities that pleasantly surprised me. The character development in this book as well as the story development is impecable. I’m so thankful to S.E. Clancy for allowing me the opportunity to review her book, and I’m so excited to read any of her future works. Available on March 14, 2019.
Summary from book:
Traded away as a young girl by her father, True relies on no one but herself. She knows the enemy army is coming—General Kohl repeats it each night, after he puts the money on her bedside table.
When two foreigners show up at her door, True hides the men from the soldiers who arrive with a presidential search warrant. Colonel Holoke vows her life will be spared, along with any family members who are inside her house, when his army returns. The rest of the city will be annihilated.
True must reconcile with her father’s disastrous choice and convince the family who turned a blind eye to save their lives. But as drones arrive and circle the city, True’s trust in Holoke’s God is tested as the walls to her city tumble down.
Sexual content: True is a prostitute so there are scenes when we can see men asking for her services. Nothing that happens between her and her clients is graphic but there are some scenes when a few kisses are described.
Profanity: Some bad conduct from the enemy army. Nothing major.
Fourteen-year-old Lucy Maud Montgomery — Maud to her friends — has a dream: to go to college and become a writer, just like her idol, Louisa May Alcott. But living with her grandparents on Prince Edward Island, she worries that this dream will never come true. Her grandfather has strong opinions about a woman’s place in the world, and they do not include spending good money on college. Luckily, she has a teacher to believe in her, and good friends to support her, including Nate, the Baptist minister’s stepson and the smartest boy in the class. If only he weren’t a Baptist; her Presbyterian grandparents would never approve. Then again, Maud isn’t sure she wants to settle down with a boy — her dreams of being a writer are much more important.
But life changes for Maud when she goes out West to live with her father and his new wife and daughter. Her new home offers her another chance at love, as well as attending school, but tensions increase as Maud discovers her stepmother’s plans for her, which threaten Maud’s future — and her happiness forever.
I must say I was a little hesitant in reading a book about L.M. Montgomery’s life. I was afraid that after reading this book my opinion on L.M. Montgomerys character would change. But, boy was I surprised! I was hooked from the first page. You can see that the author, Melanie, did a fantastic research job for this book. As stated in the back of the book, Melanie is one of the contributors in the essay collection, L.M Montgomery’s Rainbow Valley: The Ontario years 1911-1942, so, guys, she knows her stuff, and it clearly shows! Only a true L.M. Montgomery fan can write as she did. Reading this book makes you relive all the original Lucy Maud Montgomery novels, Anne of Green Gables, the Emily trilogy, The Pat trilogy, and all the other brilliant novels Lucy wrote. It transports you to Prince Edward Island and its unforgettable magic and memorable sites. Melanie sprinkled a little of all the before mentioned characters personalities in the main character of this book, Maud. The story development was, in my opinion, perfect. It wasn’t so slow that you want to take a break, but it wasn’t to fast you had to take a breath and stop to assimilate the story. The characters personalities were indeed enjoyable and original (I loved Mollie so much!). I can honestly say I really enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to reading another book by Melanie in the future.