Thursday, February 23, 2017

Moving Target - A Review

Published - February 2017, Revell Books
Series - Elite Guardians Book 3
Author - Lynette Eason
Title - Moving Target
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe didn't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, despite Maddy assuring their friends that they would be there. Their friends know something's wrong, and when neither of them can be reached, their friends are really concerned. But the question is - where are they? Maddy awoke to find herself in a cement room with no knowledge of how she got there. Her one consolation is that Quinn is with her. Soon this pair must use all of their wits to try to survive a cat and mouse game where they are the bait and a serial killer is the hunter. Because if they fail, they die.

I've enjoyed each of the books in this series. This one was no exception. I loved getting to know Maddy and Quinn more. In some ways this book felt like a cross between the Hunger Games and Survivor. This was a very fast read for me. It's been one of the few books this year that I really couldn't put down. The action kept me guessing and I ended up really enjoying the book.

I received a copy from the publisher for free as part of the Revell Reads blog program. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion.

Recommended to fans of Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, Dee Henderson

Rating - 4 stars

Monday, February 20, 2017

Home on the Range - A Review

Published - October 2016, Waterbrook/Multnomah
Series - Double S Ranch Book 2
Author - Ruth Logan Herne
Title - Home on the Range
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book (from Goodreads):
A cowboy romance with a heart of gold, in Home on the Range author Ruth Logan Herne returns readers to the Double S Ranch where God and family are first, but love is certain to follow the Stafford menfolk. Nick made all the wrong choices for all the wrong reasons. His father had failed at marriage and fatherhood. Nick was determined to show him up. He'd be a better husband, better father and a better ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever hoped to be. But Nick's wife Whitney hated the ranch and she walked out on Nick and their two beautiful daughters three years ago. For a long time Nick pretended everything was fine and when his stubborn nature is finally challenged by trouble with his young girls, he's faced with the changes he should have made long ago. Psychologist Dr. Elsa Andreas had a thriving family therapy practice, a school commission, a good life, but tragedy pushes Elsa to walk away from her life. Three years later, she's tucked herself in the backwoods of Gray's Glen. When her sister encourages her to help Nick Stafford's daughters, Elsa takes a chance. But Nick's ex-wife comes back to town, threatening the girls' newfound stability. Can Nick find the forgiveness and Else the courage to build their own "Home on the Range"?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the first book in this series. This one I struggled with. I struggled to connect to the characters. I struggled to stay interested in the plot. Honestly, I didn't care one way or the other about whether or not I finished the book. But this is a review title. So I struggled my way through it. 

I liked being able to catch up on the characters from the first book. I liked seeing Nick start to change. But I really felt blah about most of the book. 

Other readers are really enjoying this book, so please don't just take my word for it. This book is one that just wasn't for me. 

I received a copy of the book from the publisher for free as part of the Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion.

Rating - 2 stars

Good Good Father for Little Ones - A Review

Published - January 31, 2017, Thomas Nelson
Author - Chris Tomlin
Title - Good Good Father for Little Ones
Format - board book
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About the book (from Amazon):
With sweet, rhyming text, Good Good Father for Little Ones explores many of the attributes that make God such a good, good Father: like a warrior, He protects you; like a teacher, He helps you learn and grow; like a doctor, He makes you feel better; like a farmer, He provides the food you need; like a musician, He brings you joy. Most of all, a good, good Father loves you! Based on the children’s picture book Good Good Father, this precious rhyming adaptation will leave little ones with a greater assurance that God truly is a good, good Father and they are loved by Him.

My Thoughts: 
I'm familiar with the Chris Tomlin song Good, Good Father. So when I saw this one up for review, I snatched it up!
Let me just say, that this book is precious! I loved the rhyming aspect of it. I loved the illustrations. When I shared it with my friend's little ones, they loved it. The older two were able to read it by themselves, and the youngest loved the pictures. 
This book is so simple. The message in it is a good reminder to everyone that God is a good Father.
I received the book for free from the publisher as part of the Booklook Blogging Program. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of Chris Tomlin, parents of young children, Sunday School teachers
Rating - 4 stars

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Scribbles Vol 3.1

It's been a while my friends. This is the first Scribbles I've managed to write in 2017. The biggest reason is that I didn't really have anything to talk about. Technically I still don't, but wanted to give you something anyway.

So, let's see. What's been going on? I'm still reading, only not as many review titles as I've done in the past. I've currently got 3, maybe 4, reviews that I need to write. Work has been pretty busy too. We're getting ready to roll out Office 365 which means updating books for a minimum of 9 classes.

So I've been busy. And today's post is short.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

An Uncommon Courtship - A Review

Published - January 2017, Bethany House
Series - Hawthorne House Book 3
Author - Kristi Ann Hunter
Title - An Uncommon Courtship
Format - ebook, paper
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Lord Trent Hawthorne has always dreamed of marrying for love. Yet when he finds himself in a compromising situation with Lady Adelaide Bell, he is honor bound to offer marriage. Adelaide is content to live life in the shadows. She found that easier until her sister married. Yet, now that she finds herself in a marriage of convenience, Adelaide is determined to make the best of it. Can she and Trent learn to live together and maybe fall in love in the process?

I was so excited to see this book. I'd been looking forward to this book for a while. I'll admit that I was a little sad not to see as much of either of Trent's sisters in this book, but I still enjoyed the story.

Trent was a character I wanted to know more about. He'd been a minor character in the other two books, so getting to know him was delightful. I positively adored his unusual group of servants. They were fascinating, and I could tell that they wanted their master and mistress to find happiness. I really liked it when Trent started courting his wife. I loved how he was determined to give her what she didn't have.

I cannot wait for the 4th book in this series - the one about Griffith.

I received this book from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Jody Hedlund, Julie Klassen

Rating - 4 stars