Happy release Viscount’s Proposal!

31946174A Viscount’s Proposal by Melanie Dickerson

Age Range: 13+

Genre: Christian

Favorite Quote: “The chief object of the Gospel is not to furnish rules for the preservation of innocence, but to hold out the means of salvation to the guilty.”

Series: Second book in the Regency Spies of London, (Can be read out of order, but you get more out of the characters if you read them in order.)

Stars: 3.5/5

 

 

Melanie Dickerson’s books always make me happy! I enjoy the simple innocent romance in all of them!

The banter between Nicholas and Leorah made me laugh! It definitely reminded me of the conversations between my siblings and I. I really loved Nicholas in A Spy’s Devotion and was happy he was so prevalent in this book.

I do have to say the romance in this book wasn’t a favorite… I LOVED them by the end but the beginning of their friendship was meh. I normally like the hate to love relationships, but this one wasn’t a favorite.  The ending of this book was perfect and swoon worthy! Leorah and Edward’s letters to each other made me smile like crazy. I am excited to read the next book in the series and see how their life has progressed!

All the relationships were done well! The friendships and the romances.

In the beginning of the book I felt like there was a lot of telling instead of showing. Especially when it came to a suspenseful or action packed scene SPOILER (Highlight to see) like when she fell off her horse,  we were told that instead of shown.END SPOILER

Overall, I liked this book. It was a quick and cute read. I will be continuing on with the series as I will every Melanie Dickerson series :)

 

Thanks to the author for the review copy received. The thoughts and commentary are my own.

 

January wrap-up!

Ello everyone! How has your 2017 reading gone so far? According to Goodreads I’m on track. Woohoo! I set 130 books as my goal this year and I have read 12 of those :) Let’s get to my wrap-up of the first month of the year!

Least Favorite Read

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Most Disappointing

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Favorite Read

(The Chronicles of Narnia books will always be a favorite! But they were re-reads, and I want to save this spot for a new to me book!)

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(Ugh, my heart! </3)

 Well, there you have it! What has been your favorite book of 2017 so far?

Sierra

Most Disappointing Books of 2016

Ello everyone! So this ISN’T a list of my least favorite books of the year. This is a list of books I was excited to read for one reason or the other but was disappointed by it. No order whatsoever. Enjoy!

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This was definitely my least favorite book in the series. There was an element in it I didn’t appreciate and I felt like the story lagged. I believe I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

 

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My first problem is this book is published by a Christian publishing company but the language was ATROCIOUS! Several uses of s*** and b****. I decided to ignore that and push on, the story was pretty good! But after halfway in the story slowed down tremendously and I ended up not evening finishing it.

 

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This story did nothing for me… The story idea was very unique but wasn’t done well. I did connect with the characters, but I found the book filled with a bunch of tropes and I never continued with the series.

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So this is a book everyone RAVED about this year. And I was pretty excited because I read and loved Ruta Sepetys Between Shades of Gray. But, sadly, I was disappointed. The characters were meh, and I didn’t feel like the story had a proper ending that made sense.

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I really enjoyed Red Queen (it almost made my favorites list!) but Glass Sword was a disappointment. I was able to look pass the flaws of the first one, but for some reason I couldn’t with Glass Sword. Mare felt really…. dramatic? I’m not sure the word I’m looking for! But she reminded me of Katniss in Mockingjay. Almost exactly like post Hunger Games Katniss.

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Yes… the whole trilogy. The first one I enjoyed! I gave it four stars. Then… the second one came along. I do believe it is my least favorite book of all time. I gave it 1 out of five stars. I can’t really talk about why I hated it so much without giving spoilers! But.. I hated it. Siren’s Song was slightly better but it only got 2.5 stars from me. 17378527.jpgThis book was a pretty big disappointment… I binge read the series this summer and I loved, loved, loved the first three books in the trilogy. But TRK… It… Ugh! I still get to mad thinking about it. It wasn’t anything like the first three, the characters were suddenly different, the ending to the whole Cabeswater thing was stupid, and there was a romance that made absolutely NO sense whatsoever.

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I was expecting just a little something more… When I started the book I kind of had an idea of where it COULD go. But I was hoping it wouldn’t take that route.. Sadly, it did. I have heard it’s an exact replica of The Night Circus, which really makes me want to read it! But this one was a disappointment for me…

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And last is Three Dark Crowns. This is a book that suffer from “The idea was amazing but wasn’t executed properly.” Which, I believe, is one of the saddest things to happen to a book! I am hoping the second book will be much better!

 

There you have it! My most disappointing books of 2016!

 

What is one of YOUR disappointments of 2016?

Favorite Books of 2016 Part 1

Ello everyone! I am really excited to be writing this post! These are in no order. Here are my favorite books from January to July of this year. And by favorite I mean books that have stuck with me and I can’t stop thinking about. Books that I’ve raved about. Books that made me cry and laugh! Here they are!

I’m hoping to get Part 2 up the 31st, and I will have my most disappointing books of the year up sometimes this week.

 

What was YOUR favorite book(s) of the year?

Currently // December

Ello, everyone! It’s been awhile :) I did this a year ago this month, and thought I would do it again to catch you all up on what I’ve been doing :)

Currently // Listening

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Just my favorite Christmas song on the planet!

Currently // Watching

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I’m almost caught up! I think they just took their mid-season break, and I am hoping to watch it live once it re-starts.

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Finally hoped on the Stranger Things train! I have one more episode left and I don’t think I’m ready…

Currently // Reading

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Currently // Procrastinating

School… always school.

Currently // Looking Forward To

CHRISTMAS!

I’m going to be in a Christmas play in two weeks!

2017

There you have it! What are YOU currently looking forward to?

Review: A Time To Rise

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Age Range:13+

Genre: Christian, Dystopian.

Favorite Quote(s): “Me. I can’t be shaken because I’m God’s. I like the idea of Him shaking the world to see what’s left standing, and all that remains is shalom.”

“Maybe that’s what God means every time He tells us to rise up. To rise above the small things, the small struggles that chip away our identity and leave us lost.”

“God. His voice. HIs presence in my mind reminds me why I’m here. I’m alive and fully HIs. I’m fully Yours. My agenda doesn’t matter. I focus on obeying. Arising.“

Series: Third book in the Out Of Time trilogy.

Stars: Five out of Five stars.

 

There may be slight spoilers for books one, A Time to Die, and two, A Time to Speak, you have been warned!

 

This series is one of my favorites. Each book had such a powerful punch of emotion behind it, and this series holds a very dear spot in my heart; as does the author.

This book sparked hope in you that isn’t unrealistic. Nadine Brandes wrote such a powerful message.

These characters feel like a part of my family. My fictional family, that is ;) I re-read the first two book in preparation for A Time to Rise (I totally recommend reading them one after the other.) and I was able to see how Parvin grew as a character. In the first book she wasn’t sure what she needed to do. She knew she didn’t want to waste her last year of life. She wanted there to be Shalom. In the second book, speak was her motto for her day to day life and she grew to be a leader. And then in the conclusion she rose above everything and made a difference in the life of people everywhere. I think every single teenager should read this series so Parvin can be an inspiration to them!

Solomon, of course, is a favorite. A LOVE the relationship between Parvin and him. He’s a strong godly man and someone I would look for in a husband. I do have to say… I feel like he was almost too perfect. cringes saying anything bad about him.

I’m so glad that Parvin had her parents throughout the whole series. I loved the family aspect and how important they were to her. They really helped encourage her and build her up, exactly what a family should do.

I can’t end this review without talking about the God parts in this book. Parvin’s faith was amazing to watch grow and thrive.

I could go on and on about how much I love this series and the characters and how you should all read it and how awesome the author is.. But I won’t :)

I will be re-reading this series over and over again! I am sad to say goodbye to a marvelous series… but I’m excited to see what else Nadine Brandes has planned!

Top 5 Wednesday!

(For more information about Top 5 Wednesday go here.) This week’s theme is favorite first sentences! Let’s do this.

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“There was once a time when only God knew the day you’d die.”

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“The Hive bled.”

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(this sentence just makes me laugh.)

“Theoretically, Blue Sargent was probably going to kill one of these boys.”

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(this is more of a first paragraph.)

“Yeah, I know. You guys are going to read about how I died in agony, you’re gong to be like, “Wow! That sounds cool, Magnus! Can I die in agony too?'”

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(I like that this is how Victoria Schwab first describes Kell.)

“Kell wore a peculiar coat.”

There you have it! My first T5W! What did you think?