Monday, February 8, 2016

Paris Street Style Coloring Book Review


 About the Book

The coloring book is reinvented in a brand new journal format.
Wherever you’re off to, take this cheeky and charming coloring journal with you. Embellish whimsical, full-page patterns, cityscapes and street scenes, feminine silhouettes, and stylish essentials with your own style. Like a high-end journal, this sleek package has an elastic closure and a satin ribbon marker so you can dip in and dip out. With nothing more than some colored pencils, you'll be on your way to a stress-free, Parisian-chic day. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I love this coloring book! Since these are all the rage these days, I have looked at quite a few different ones. This one I think is my favorite because it's smaller, it looks nicer, and the pictures inside are wonderful! One page is entirely hats!!! I get overwhelmed by huge coloring pages because they are so detailed. This book has many pages with little items like bags, hats, etc. 
For a fun look into Parisian style this is a great adult coloring book!!!

Five stars. 

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Keeper of the Stars Review


 About the Book

She blames him for her brother's death. Can she let go of resentment and open her heart to love?

Penny Cartwright found it difficult to understand why her younger brother would choose to join a country singer’s band rather than return to Kings Meadow after college . . . and the separation strained their relationship. Then a car accident made certain her brother could never return.

Trevor Reynolds has chased stardom in Nashville for more than a dozen years, but it remains out of his reach. After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise—and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life.

Thrown together by circumstances, Penny and Trevor must learn to give and receive forgiveness. And if they do, perhaps something beautiful can rise from the ashes of heartbreak. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

 Robin Lee Hatcher is one of my favorite authors for contemporary fiction. She has such a way with words and characters you can't help but fall in love with the story. This book takes you back to Kings Meadow, which is a place I wish I could visit! Penny's brother has just passed away, a tragedy she can't understand or want to forgive. Trevor doesn't know why he is in Kings Meadow but feels like it is where he needs to be. Despite Penny's reluctance to have anything to do with him, the story takes you into their daily lives and we find out more to the story. 
Excellent writing and I love the setting. It's a fairly short and simple story but captivated my attention. 

Highly recommend. 

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

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Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake Review


 About the Book

 In the South you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food—especially dessert— is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends as fiercely as you protect your family— even if the threat is something you cannot see.

In this spot-on Southern novel brimming with wit and authenticity, you’ll laugh alongside lifelong friends, navigate the sometimes rocky path of marriage, and roll through the outrageous curveballs that life sometimes throws . . . from devastating pain to absolute joy. And if you’re lucky, you just may discover the secret to hummingbird cake along the way. (Goodreads)

 My Thoughts

So I’ll be honest, I wanted to read this book because of the cover and because of the setting in the south. A few chapters in and I knew where this book was going and was slightly disappointed. Three friends going through life’s ups and downs. One has cheated on her husband (and I’ll be honest I didn’t really see where this had a redeeming ending aside from “oh it happened. oh well moving on.”) Also, this is discussed within the first chapter so it’s not really a spoiler. That part bugged me a bit because it was too easy, when something like that happens it doesn’t just go away.
I loved the friendship theme and there were some humorous stories. There was some language, nothing terrible, but not necessary either.
The best part of the book happened near the end and I found it to be very much like many movies I’ve seen. I think it wrapped things up after much sadness and real life situations.
It was an okay book in my opinion. Not my favorite but I didn’t hate it either. I guess I just didn’t get much from it and it didn’t leave a resounding feeling of a great book.
Three stars.

“I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review.”

The Newsmakers Review


 About the Book

Television reporter Erica Sparks has just landed her dream job at Global News Network. Beautiful, talented, and ambitious, Erica grew up dirt poor, worked her way through Yale, and is carrying a terrible secret. She moves to Manhattan to join GNN, leaving Jenny, her adored 7-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband. Erica’s producer at the network, Greg Underwood, is handsome and compelling. Scarred by her divorce, Erica is wary of romance, but there’s no denying the mutual attraction.

On one of her first assignments, Erica witnesses a horrific Staten Island ferry crash. Then she lands a coveted interview with presumptive presidential nominee Kay Barrish. During the interview Barrish collapses. Erica valiantly tries to save her with CPR. The footage rivets the world—GNN’s ratings soar and Erica is now a household name.

But she’s troubled. What a strange coincidence that both events should happen on her watch. It’s almost as if they were engineered. Is that possible?

Erica’s relentless pursuit of the truth puts her life and that of her daughter in danger. Her investigation leads her into the heart of darkness—where the future of our democracy is at stake. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

Lis Wiehl writes good suspense and I have really enjoyed her previous novels. This book, while good, was not as suspenseful as her previous stories. I did find the story line intriguing though because of the behind the scenes look at a “news maker” and TV. Some of the themes went a little far in my opinion (a man’s fantasy about his coworker) and some of the references I didn’t think were necessary. Aside from that I found the character of Erica to be interesting and I think she really grew throughout the book.
This book was enjoyable and had some mystery but not what I would call suspense.
Four stars.

“I received this book from Booklook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review.”

Monday, February 1, 2016

If I Run Book Review


 About the Book 

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

Wow, what a great suspense read!! I love Terri Blackstocks' writing, she is truly gifted in creating suspense stories that are realistic and intense. The characters in this particular book I really liked and they had such depth but as a reader you weren't given all the info right away. I like it when authors make it so you don't have it all figured out. Casey is on the run and we find her right after someone has been murdered. Dylan comes in later in the story and I found him to be smart, but I want to know more about him. It is very fast paced and I'm not sure I set it down once. This book is not tied to any other books she has written so if you are new to this author this is a great book to start on! I will warn you there is a major cliff hanger at the end!!
Excellent book five stars for sure!!

"I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review."

Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer . . . but her DNA is all over the crime scene, and she's now a fugitive. Don't miss Terri Blackstock's next page-turner, If I Run. Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than Dylan has, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. But as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

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