Review: The Pharoah’s Daughter

The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

The Pharaoh's DaughterAbout the Book:

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.

Genre: Biblical Fiction, Christian.

Favorite Quote: “A god could never fill the longing for your one true love.”

“No, Bithiah. A man can never fill the longing for my one true God.”

Age Range: 16+ for violence and romance.

POV: Second person, switches between Anippe and Mered.

Stars: 3/5

Pros:

The characters in Pharoah’s Daughter were well developed and unique.
The book covers a fifty year time span, and I appreciated that Mesu would fast forward the story 3-5 years to the main/important events. Instead of making it tedious by stretching it out.
 
Cons:

I enjoyed the book when I started, but the middle part made me hate the main character, Anippe. She was manipulative and it didn’t quite fit her personality.

Even though she did a good job of giving each character their own personality, I  very overwhelmed by the amount of characters. Also, I was confused by the many characters that started with an “A” . I would have liked fewer names thrown at me.

 

Overall:
I liked the book and will be picking up the next one in the series when it comes out.

 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

 

About the Author:
Mesu
Mesu Andrews is an author and speaker who has devoted herself to passionate study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world alive for her audiences.
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Book Review: Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine

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Author: Sarah fine

Series?  Duology – book 1 of 2

Cliffhanger?  I didn’t think so, but some people do

POV: First person, present tense. One narrator

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Author’s Website:
http://sarahfinebooks.com/

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the book
There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her… for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her… and she might go down with it.

 

My review

I have read some pretty amazing books this summer.  I had hit into a couple books that were not impressing me, and I wanted another book that would blow me away.  I checked 6 books out at the library hoping at least one of them would be something I love.  I wanted an amazing book that would draw me in and make me not want to put it down.  Of Metal and Wishes did exactly that for me.

Of Metal and Wishes is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera.  I am somewhat familiar with the original story.  While reading this book, I actually wished I know The Phantom of the Opera because I was so worried about what would happen to the characters!!  I also thought this retelling might be really scary or spooky, but it was not any more spooky than the original story.  So nothing to worry about there!

Setting
Apparently this book is set in Asia, and possibly futuristic Asia.  I wouldn’t go into it hoping to find anything on Asia culture though.  And it is not futuristic in the least!  Unless in the future all women revert back to wearing ankle length dresses. This book had a historical feel to me, and nothing particularly Asian.  However, this was not a problem for me.  It is possible that I am so use to reading fantasy and taking the world I am plopped in as it is presented to me, that I never really bothered about where this book takes place.

The Protagonist
I loved Wen almost immediately.  In the beginning of the story, she impulsively challenges the factory ghost to prove his existence, and her wish is granted at the expense of someone else.  Wen is guilt ridden and considers herself to be very selfish.  I disagree with Wen.  She is not selfish, nor is she selfless.  She is real.  Sometimes she acts selfishly and only looks out for herself, but she also deeply cares about those she loves.  She looks out for her father and does whatever she can to keep him from falling into debt to the factory owners.

While I am squeamish about all things medical and have loudly announced that I will not do anything in that field, I actually really liked see Wen take care of patients.  I could tell that she cares about the factory workers and their health.  She knows that injuries and sickness mean taking time off that these men cannot afford.

The Love Story
Wen is attracted to one of the new workers at the factory, and he obviously likes her back.  It is slow, getting to know each other over time and falling in love.  So much better than insta-love!  The slaughterhouse “ghost” takes a particular interest in Wen, and she is drawn in by the mystery surrounding him.  This could be considered a love triangle, but it does not feel like one.  The only reason Wen is interested in the “ghost” is curiosity.  She does not know him.

Melik
Melik comes to work at the factory with a group of other Noors.  The Noors are looked down upon as being less than human.  Wen has this attitude when she firsts encounters them.  Slowly, she comes to see them as people.  While their culture is different from her own, they are not sub-human.  Melik easily gets the other Noors to rally with him in any situation, but he is not portrayed just as a strong leader.  He is quiet and contemplative.  He considers those around him, and tries to look out for his people to the best of his ability.

What I absolutely loved
I seriously loved everything about this book.  I loved how Wen’s character felt real and flawed, yet strong.  I loved how the struggle to survive in this cruel factory felt so hopeless, yet the characters still found hope.  I loved the Noor’s struggle to be seen as equals, and learning that some people did see them that way.  I loved learning more about the factory “ghost”.  While he remains mostly mysterious, we do start to see his motives and why he is considered both cruel and kind.  I loved the way I had to know what happened and could not put the book down.

Reason I knocked a star off the rating
There is an underling threat of rape that becomes more pronounced in the second half of the book.  The underboss is described as liking underaged girls…..and 16 is considered underage…..
These is some inappropriate touching.
Most of this was subtle at first, but by the second half of the book I felt this aspect of the story was overdone and not really necessary.

Other things to be noted
– Wen does not believe in God, Satan, or any spirits.  This is why she was skeptical when she heard of the factory ghost.
– Factory workers send prayers and wishes with offerings to the factory ghost.
– The story takes place in a slaughterhouse, so there is talk of killing cattle. There is also discussion and almost constant fear of a terrible accident causing injury or death.  While nothing is really described or even gory, it still disturbing.

Giveaway: A Love Like Ours

So this is the last giveaway in our “Launch Week” I hope you guys enjoyed it!

A Love Like OursA Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

About the book:

Becky Wade Is the New Name to Know in Contemporary Romance

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

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Giveaway: BOOKMARKS

I am here with another giveaway! This isn’t a book giveaway… but hopefully you enjoy it just the same :D

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So these are all the bookmarks I am giving away! The winner will get all of them :) The Lisa Bergren and Amy Clipston one are autographed!

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Giveaway: Thunder of Heaven

Today’s Giveaway

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 8.25.41 PM Thunder of Heaven by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall

 

The End Series by New York Times bestselling author Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall is an epic thrill ride ripped from today’s headlines and filtered through Scriptural prophecy. As world events begin setting the stage for the ‘end of days’ foretold in Revelation, Joshua Jordan must weigh the personal price he must pay to save the nation he loves. Thunder of Heaven appeals to the tens of millions of readers who have already made Tim LaHaye a household name and one of the best selling authors of all time. This book is a return to form for Tim LaHaye whose previous prophetic fiction series, Left Behind, has sold roughly 70 million copies. Those who have read Left Behind and are eager for more highly charged fiction based on biblical prophesies will embrace Thunder of Heaven for the same reasons that turned Left Behind into the world’s most celebrated publishing phenomenons of the last two decades.

 

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Giveaway: An Uncertain Choice

Hiya guys! Our launch week has officially started! Yahoo :) Today I am giving away:

An Uncertain choiceA SIGNED copy of An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund and a matching bookmark :)

About the book:

Due to her parents’ promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father’s enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents’ will left a second choice. If Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the cloister is the best place after all. If only one of the knights the one who appears the most guilty had not already captured her heart.

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Giveaway: Too Close to Home

Hello everyone!!  We are officially launching our blog this week.   To celebrate we will have giveaways all week long!

Today’s giveaway

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A copy of Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason

About the book:

Samantha Cash is the FBI’s secret weapon. Her methods are invisible, and she never stops until the case is closed. When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, Samantha is assigned to help local chief Connor Wolfe find the killer. And he has two problems with that. There’s her faith–in God and herself. And then there’s the fact that she looks exactly like his late wife. As they get close to an answer, the case becomes personal. The killer seems to be taking an interest in Connor’s 16-year-old daughter, who thinks her dad is getting way too protective. Can’t a girl just have some fun? Too Close to Home ratchets up the suspense with each page, and will have readers cheering for the characters they love as justice is served and love grows even in the face of danger. Read this one with the lights on!

 

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