Book Review! Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

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Title: Isaiah’s Daughter
Author: 
Mesu Andrews
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
January 16, 2018

Description from Goodreads: In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bibleminiseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah’s household rises to capture the heart of the future king.

Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.”

Review: Isaiah’s Daughter was absolutely amazing! When I first picked it up I was expecting it to be slow and somewhat difficult to read; I was completely wrong. Once I got going, and got use to some of the names, I could not put this down. It was well written and I could tell a lot of research went into it.

This book helped me to understand parts of the Bible so much better. I feel like I understand the world of prophets a lot better and what their lives were probably like. I always thought that when they got a message from God, that they understood what it meant completely but this book shows a more likely scenario. Isaiah’s life wasn’t easy. At times God asked him to do difficult things and he didn’t always understand the messages he received, but his faith in God was enough to help him through them.

I also learned a lot about King Hezekiah, who I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to when reading through the Bible. I really enjoyed learning about his family and his strong faith in God.

Hephzibah is an inspiration for all women. She was strong and endured so much in her life. Although she struggled with her faith at times, she always got through it and God rewarded her for it in the end.

 

 

Recommendation: This book truly brought this part of the Bible to life for me and I am so grateful for it. Because of this book, I have been going back through the Books of Isaiah and Kings so that I can compare and contrast the words of this book and reread them with some better understanding. I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone.

 

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

 

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Book Review! God Bless My Family by Hannah C. Hall and Steve Whitlow

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Title: God Bless My Family
Author: 
Hannah C. Hall and Steve Whitlow
Rating: 
4/5
Release Date: 
December 5, 2017

 Description from the publisher: Thank you, God, for family! It is so special to have mommies and daddies, grandmas and grandpas, and brothers and sisters and cousins who love each other. Keep us close and safe, Jesus. God Bless My Family!

The newest book in the bestselling A God Bless Book series, God Bless My Family,helps little ones see and cherish how families love each other and work together. It also shows how we are all part of God’s great big family and how much He loves His children!

My brother makes me belly laugh. With him, it’s fun nonstop! “Let’s climb this tree, just you and me. I’ll see you at the top!”

It’s raining out. Let’s stay inside. We’ll dress up, dance, and sing! I’m glad God gave these inside-days For doing sister things!

Whether it is a gift at a baby shower, a bedtime read with mommy and daddy, a sweet way to increase sibling bonds, or a fun book to read with grandma and grandpa, God Bless My Family is a wonderful way to celebrate the love and closeness between family members.”

 

Review: This is an adorable little book for that special child in your life. Filled with love and God’s amazing gifts, this book is perfect for the Christmas season. I love that this book focus’ on more than just a child’s immediate family. So many books already cover that. This book goes beyond it to their grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and all the activities children enjoy doing with their relatives.

I love the thought of reading this to a child before the big family Christmas gathering. What a great way to get them excited about seeing all their loved ones, and giving them courage if needed to interact with everyone.

The fact that this is a board book makes this great for young children who like to “read” the books on their own, or get a better look at the adorable pictures.

This book is really great and I think it would make a great Christmas gift, or a book to read leading up to Christmas.

 

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

Title: Hardcore Twenty-Four 
Author: 
Janet Evanovich
Rating: 
3.5/5
Release Date: 
November 14, 2017

Description from Goodreads: “Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-fourth thriller as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey… 

Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun—whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.

Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.

If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits—that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.

As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?”

Review: I really enjoyed this new book in the Stephanie Plum series. I love reading these books when I am in need of a good laugh, or a nice light read. These are always really quick and fun to read, making them perfect lazy day or weekend books.

This book has everything that I want in a book, mystery, action,  and a whole lot of humor. I love Grandma Mazur and all her shenanigans and I was happy to get more of that.

The only problem I had with this book is I do wish Stephanie Plum would make a decision about who she wants to be with. The storyline doesn’t seem to be progressing anymore and it is getting less and less enjoyable with each book. I still enjoy reading the series but I hope the next book picks up a bit again. The first books were so wonderful, but it doesn’t seem like the storyline has moved in a while.

I enjoyed this book and still look forward to the next book in the series!

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

Title: Vanishing Point
Author:
Lisa Harris
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
November 7, 2017

Description from Goodreads: “During Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki’s sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.”

Review: I really enjoyed this book. It was thrilling, captivating, and filled with action. I was hooked from the first page and didn’t want to put it down. I finished the book in two sittings and was disappointed when it was over.

This is the first book in this series that I have read and I thought it worked very well as a stand alone, though I do think fans of this series would definitely enjoy finding out what happened to Nikki’s sister. After finishing this book I looked up the descriptions of the previous books in this series and I think I will go back and read the rest now. Nikki doesn’t play a big part of this book so it would be interesting to see more of her and her story.

This case was very interesting to me and I was unable to pinpoint who the killer was. This book was really well written and I enjoyed delving into this case. I look forward to the next book in this series!

 

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

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Title: Out of the Ordinary     
Author:
Jen Turano
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
11/07/2017

Description from Goodreads: When shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair’s mother catches Gertrude Cadwalader, paid companion to the light-fingered Mrs. Davenport, returning a pilfered item, she comes to the wrong conclusion. However, Harrison is eager to mend fences once he realizes the error. After a real thief starts preying on society, can Gertrude and Harrison catch the culprit?”

Review: Out of the Ordinary is hilarious and incredibly sweet. I loved Gertrude and Harrison in the last book and was really excited to read their story; it did not disappoint. Both of them are funny and neither of them were very interested in fashion, which makes them an interesting combination.

I laughed out loud many times throughout this book, towards the end it just kept getting funnier and funnier. At one point I was crying from laughing so hard. To me, that is the definition of a good book.

I love that we got to hear Mrs. Davenport’s story, and witness more of her shenanigans. She is always entertaining and I was glad to understand her a little better.

I find this series a little slow to start, it takes me a bit to get into them, but once I do, they are wonderful. I look forward to the next book in this series.

 

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz

Title: The Whispering Room
Author:
Dean Koontz
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
November 21, 2017

Description from Goodreads: Jane Hawk–fiction’s most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine–continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner.

“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.” 

These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun–just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide–and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals–Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But these ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue–and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive–in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.”

Review: I haven’t read the first book in this series, Silent Corner but I really enjoyed this one. I’ve heard that people enjoyed this far more when they did read the first book first but I thought it was fine as a stand alone. I do have to go back and read the first book now that I know the series is good!

The Whispering Room was trilling and exciting. This book was exhilarating right from the first page and it didn’t let up through the entire book. I was not able to put the book down once I started.

Jane Hawk is such an intriguing and strong character and I really enjoy the way she is able to solve problems. I am new to Dean Koontz books but I am fast becoming a big fan of his books. I really like the way he writes his characters. They are well defined and complex.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to going back to the first book, and then springing forward to the new book when it is released next year.

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from Bookish First. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Title: The Girl in the Tower    
Author: 
Katherine Arden
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
December 5, 2017

Description from Goodreads: The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.”

Review: I really liked The Bear and the Nightingale but The Girl in the Tower is even better! It was filled with mystery and intrigue, and even a touch of love. This book takes Vasya to Moscow and of course she get’s herself into all sorts of mischief. Being labeled a witch at home, and following the murder of her father, she flees home and decides to be a traveler.  Following the advice of Morozko, the winter-king, she takes the persona of a boy. It all gets tricky however when she runs into her brother Sasha.

The first 10% was kind of slow, filling in the back story, but then it really picked up and was extremely good. The last 25%, however, was so amazing and suspenseful I could barely put it down. I would read any chance I got, walking down the hallway and even sneaking little reading breaks while cooking.

The ending was well done, making the launch to the new book really exciting. I have loved both books in this series and cannot wait for the last one. I hope a lot of wonderful things happen, and I feel as though they will.

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*