Review and Winner.

New winner for the hardback copy of The Golden Braid is… Rachael Merritt! You have three days to email me at 26countlesspossibilities@gmail.com!

Tears of Dark Water by Corban Addison

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Genre: Contemporary.

Age Range: 18+

Series: No.

Stars: 2 out of 5 stars.(Should be one star, but I’m generous.)

Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction.

I didn’t like this book at all. I will be telling exactly what I disliked about it so there are spoilers below. I stopped reading this book with one hundred pages left.

This book is published by a CHRISTIAN company. When I pick up a secular book, I expect language. When I pick up a book published by a Christian company, I expect it to be fairly clean. This book was anything but clean, that is language wise. There were several uses of the S-, B-, and D-word throughout the book.

After I got over the shock of the cuss words, I actually started to enjoy the story. Daniel and his son, Quentin, have been sailing for several months now, and were ready to go home. Suddenly, pirates attack! My interest was finally piqued as things started speeding up. The FBI was called and everything was finally in place.

FBI agent Paul Derrick is trying to get Daniel and Quentin off the boat without getting them killed. That’s when the story gets confusing. For some reason the pirate, Ismail, who seemed to be cooperating, kills Daniel. Ismail’s actions didn’t fit his personality. After this happened, Ismail was captured, and Quentin was saved.

There were two hundred pages left, and I persevered for one hundred pages, but that was all I could handle. The action had all died down. They introduced Ismail’s sister to try and build a little more suspense, but I really didn’t care about her at all.

    There was no Christian faith in the book as far as I had read. The only faith was Muslim and wasn’t a big point in the book.
Overall:

    I was very disappointed in this book, since it was published by a Christian publishing company. I probably won’t be picking up another Corban Addison book any time soon.

**I received this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction, in exchange for my honest review.**
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Mini Review: The Exile Queen

EQ_coverTitle:  The Demon King

Author: Cinda Williams Chima

Genre: Fantasy

Series?  Book 2 of 4

POV: Third person, past tense, multiple narrators.

Cliffhanger?  Unknown

My Rating: 1 of 5 stars

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DNF page 306.
I liked the Demon King. I wasn’t expecting this book to be amazing or anything, but I was expecting more than this.

I just can’t do it anymore. I kept thinking it would get more interesting. It’s not. And I’m hating Han more and more every time I pick the book up. Sure he is street smart. He proved that in the first book. He also spent the first book trying to leave the street life behind. Now all he does is use his street smarts to get revenge. Every decision he has made since the book started is completely stupid. I can’t put up with him! I cannot believe how petty the plot became. And if the author uses the words “put on trader face” one more time…..

Raisa was boring and unbelievable. I didn’t care about her anymore. This is suppose to be her big running away scheme, but it had a completely different feel than her scheming in the first book.

I wanted to like this, but I’m so disappointed by it! :(

 

Content: pretty much the same as the previous book.  Kissing, made up swear words, an addition of a gay couple.  Another reviewer said there in an inappropriate romance scene. I didn’t make it that far..

 

Winner!!!

Ello, everyone :) I am here to announce the winner of the hardback copy of The Golden Braid! I gave everyone a number (Multiple numbers to some who had several entries) and used a random number generator!

The Winner is…. stitchesoffreedom!!!!

You have three days to email me at 26countlesspossibilities@gmail.com to claim your prize :) Congratulations!

Would You Rather Book Tag – Rivka’s answers

Thanks to Sierra for tagging me!

Read Only Trilogies or Stand-alones?

Depends on the book.  Some books really should be stand-alones, and others are awesome as trilogies.  I usually read series though, but some of my favorites are stand-alones….

Read Only Male or Female Authors?

Female authors.  I never use to pay attention to this, but I realized this past year that I read mostly female authors.  I did read several male authors, and had some issues with the portrayal of female characters.  So yeah, female authors it is.

Shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

sigh  Barnes and Noble is usually more expensive, but I don’t like everything Amazon does as a business.  Barnes and Noble actually has book stores, which is (mostly) better than online book shopping.  I’m quite conflicted about this, but I’ll go with Barnes and Noble.

All Books Become Movies or TV Shows?

I’ve never seen a tv show based on a book, but I’ve always liked the idea.  As long as they keep the essence of the book…
I’ll still go with movies though, because that is what I know.

Read Five Pages a Day, or Five Books A Week?

Five books a week!  I only wish I could read that fast.  Five pages a day would be torture though.

Be a Professional Reviewer or Author?

Professional reviewer.  I don’t currently have the desire to be an author.

Only Read Your Top 20 Favorite Books Over and Over Again, or Always Read New Ones You’ve Never Read Before?

Always read new books.  I like rereading, but I don’t think that could be the only thing I read.

Be A Librarian or Book Seller?

A librarian.  I work at a library, which is awesome.  I love convincing our director to buy books I want to read :)

Only Read Your Favorite Genre(s), or Anything But Your Favorite?

Only read my favorite genre.  I don’t think I could live without fantasy.

Only Read Physical Books, or E-Books?

Physical books!  I love my kindle, but there is nothing like reading a physical book.

I Tag:

Books, Bubbles, & Arohanui

OF BLEEDING PENS AND PAGES

Be sure to check out their awesome blogs!

First and Last Book Tag!

Ello, everyone :) I am here with a book tag! I discovered this over on BooksandLala’s Youtube channel :)

I have changed up some of the questions a little bit :)

What was the first and last blog post you posted?

The first official post was a review of An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund.

The last one I posted was a review for Heir War by Jill Williamson.

Who was the first and last Booktuber you watched?

I believe the first every Booktuber I watched was LizzieLovesBooks.

The last Booktuber I watched was JesseTheReader

What is the first book you remember buying? What is the last book you bought?

I remember online shopping with my mom for the Elsie Dinsmore series when I was around twelve :)

The last book I bought was Running on Empty by C.J. Darlington! Bought and read it last month.

What is the first novel you remember reading all by yourself? What is the last novel you read?

 

A Little princess spirited

 

I remember reading this book all by myself when I was younger. I’m sure I read other novels before this, but this one I have the fondest memories of!

I finished Spirited yesterday, wasn’t the best book ever. 3/5 stars from me.

 

What was the first and last Dystopian you read?

If I remember correctly, Flight of the Eagles is a dystopian and I read this when I was around 13 or 14!

I randomly picked up Defier when it was free on kindle because of the cover! It is a Christian YA Dystopian.

What was the first and last fantasy you read?

I am pretty sure The Chronicles of Narnia were the first ever fantasy I read! I should really re-read them soon….

Finished up The Heir War on Monday :)

 

What was the first and last book that made you cry?

 

I remember reading the Elsie books and bawling my eyes out at book seven. I would still read it again.

The first fifty pages of Defier were incredibly sad! I was sitting in bed with a tissue, crying.

What was the first and last series you finished?

I remember going to the library to get The Golden Filly series by Lauraine Snelling! This series was amazing!

I finished The Heroes of Olympus series last month. Most of the books I’ve read not all the books have been written, which is sad!

What was the FIRST book you couldn’t push yourself to finish? What was the last book you couldn’t finish?

 

I loved the Elsie Series! But 28 books were a bit much… and by book 16 I couldn’t do it anymore.

I was very disappointed in Tears of Dark Water. I will have a full review up soon with my full thoughts!

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this tag :D I am not going to tag anybody… but if you want to do it consider yourself tagged!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Time to Speak – Rivka’s review

24466484Title:  A Time to Speak

Author: Nadine Brandes

Genre: Christian, Dystopian

Series?  Book 2 of 3

POV: First person, present tense, one narrator

Cliffhanger? Yes

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Book (from Goodreads)
What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.

The Council uses Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes.

Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?

 

My Rambling Thoughts
Thanks to Sierra Faith, Nadine Brandes, and Madeline R. (who probably doesn’t know she was influential) for convincing me to give this series another try. I am quite impressed with this book!

Where to begin?

Most of the things I complained about in the first book are not issues in this book!  Except maybe the preacher….still don’t understand the point of his character

Parvin has matured a great deal since book one.  She is such a trooper!  She has already gone through so much, and continues to go through ordeals, yet she handles them better this time.  I’m impressed by the choices Parvin makes.  She is much more reliant on God.  I loved how God and prayers were handled in this one.  It was not give the plot away, but still shows God’s power.

I like Solomon better than Jude, and I liked Jude!  Solomon is a lot more open and it is easier to get to know him.  His character development was spectacular!

It was nice to spend more time in Unity Village and get to know the world on the east side of the wall.  The world building was definitely better here.  So much more interesting!

This was one emotion packed story!  I really started to care for the characters the same way Parvin did.  And that whole orphanage thing made a much bigger impact on me this time around.  Children not compatible?  I will never be over the heartbreaking trauma of that scene.

The development in the whole clock department is wonderful.  I loved some of the things we learned about the clocks, especially the whole “glitch” thing.  That’s totally a game changer, and I’m curious to see how this will develop in the next book.

The twist at the end surprised me this time!  Oh, was that brilliantly painful.  And the ending was beautiful and painful.  Wow, that’s a cliffhanger done right!  But uuuuuugggghh where is the next book?!

 

I don’t usually pair books and songs, but this book is basically Thousand Foot Krutch’s song Fly On The Wall :D

 

Content:  Some violence.  Less intense than the last book, but still shows the harshness of the situation.