Okay, last backlog of reviews, and then it’s on to doing one at a time!
Wayfarer / K.M. Weiland / 5 Stars
Whew-whee, what a page-turner!! As of right now, I can only break my feelings down into a few points:
1. THAT ROMANCE. ESPECIALLY AT THE END. LADIES, FIND YOURSELVES A MAN LIKE WILL HARDY-AKA A MAN WHO WILL DATE YOU FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS.
2. ROSE. GUYS I LOVED HERS AND WILL’S BROTHER-SISTER RELATIONSHIP SO MUCH.
3. LIFTY AND PISH AND POSTELWAITE AND TRABB ARE THE BEST SIDE CHARACTERS EVER I WILL FIGHT ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE!!!!
5. I really hope Peggy is able to have a better life…
6. I was so right about Blue-Eyed Jem and man, was that a satisfying twist. (And on that note, why’d it seem every other person had blue eyes? Not that I have anything against blue eyes-mine are blue-but I don’t recall any green or gray or hazel or brown.
7. I WANT TO PUNCH MR. MONARCH HOW DARE HE!!!!!
8. Question: What ever happened to Henry? How’s he gonna react when he…erm…no spoilers.
(Feb 2020 note: As you can see, I love this book. If you ever want to read a historical superhero story, THIS IS IT)
Promise Me This / Cathy Gohlke / 1 Star & DNF
DNF. Lost interest within the first few chapters and skimmed through to see what happens in the end.
(Feb 2020 note: It was that boring)
Echoes of Titanic / Mindy Starns Clark & John Campbell Clark / 2 Stars & DNF
DNF. I managed to get to Chapter 22 and then stopped. Skipped ahead to see the solution to everything and honestly, I was a bit disappointed at the identity reveal. Missed opportunity right there, in my humble opinion.
The Dandelion Field / Kathryn Springer / 1 Star & DNF
Stopped reading at Page 36. First of all, the summary on the back gives the indication that the story starts when their car breaks down, but it actually starts after. I don’t know about anyone else, but that sounds like a false start to me. And what was with Chapter 5 suddenly being a flashback to when Raine and Cody meet with absolutely no indication it’s a flashback? Wouldn’t it have been better to have it as an earlier chapter, or to just leave it as subtext?
It was just…boring. I know that sounds harsh, but to me, it was boring.
The Divided Nation (The Infidel Books #1) / Angela R. Watts / 4 Stars
So I can’t say anything right now, but come August 13 (or maybe after) (probably after) I will spill all.
Time for the review! And I won’t exactly be spilling all, because SPOILERS.
This book sucked-no, DRAGGED me in and had me slack-jawed and wide-eyed by page 34. It dragged me in so much, I lost sleep because of it. (Not recommended if you have a job you need to wake up early for)
I’ll admit the cursing threw me off a bit (There’s only 4-5 if you’re wondering and they’re all the ‘d’ and ‘h’ words), and it’s definitely not a children’s book. It’s dark, it’s gritty, it’s painful, it’s way too realistic…
But instead of continuously wallowing in self-pity and despair, the themes of hope and holding onto God’s promises peek through like the sun peeks through the clouds. Even in the darkest of times, God is still there, just like the sun is still behind the clouds.
Also, all of the ‘good’ guys (putting it like that because hey, everyone’s a sinner) need to be wrapped in fuzzy blankies, given hot chocolate, and lots of cuddles. (ESPECIALLY GRAHAM)
Meanwhile, the villains can be punched in their ugly faces and buried six feet under. They are SO SO SO detestable! ESPECIALLY G AND J!!!!!! (Tbh, I’m not sure what I think of K yet. On the one hand: HOW DARE YOU!!! On the other: Am I supposed to be sympathetic towards this guy?)
And do I detect some looooove? (In the romantic sense of the word, that is) I probably shouldn’t get my hopes up too much though, lest my poor shipper heart be broken in the next book. (Who am I kidding, I’m totally getting my hopes up)
THE FRIENDSHIPS. SO MANY FRIENDSHIPS.
Oh, and I’ll admit the plot twist flew over my head at the end. There was no dramatic GASP. I just read it and then I was like, “Wait…oh. Okay.”
I am so reading this again once I have it in paperback form. Because that is the best form of a book and I WILL FIGHT! xD
**I received a complimentary ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Only By Death / Kathy Herman / 0 Stars & DNF
Stopped at Page 178. I might end up picking it up again, but I don’t know. It’s a bummer, because I’ve been waiting for this book for about 4 years. But also in those 4 years, I’ve started gravitating more towards indie fiction.
Maybe I’ll just try this again another time.
A Dangerous Legacy / Elizabeth Camden / 0 Stars & DNF
DNF. I think it’s time to accept that the majority of traditionally published Christian fiction officially bores me.
Too much telling, too much emphasis on physical attraction…just bleh.
The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (The Four Kingdoms #2) / Melanie Collier / 4 Stars
(Feb 2020 note: Pretty sure I finished reading this one right before I went to bed that night, hence why there wasn’t a longer review)
Smoke Screen / Terri Blackstock / 4 Stars
HOLY COW WHAT A RIDE!!
I’ll have to do a more coherent review tomorrow, because WOW!
(P. S. Why are all of the good men fictional?? 😂)
(Feb 2020 note: I never did do that so-called ‘more coherent’ review…)
Where The Woods Grow Wild / Nate Philbrick / 4 Stars
This was quite charming, and Podgin and Bramble had to be the funniest characters. Bramble reminded me of both Gollum and Radagast from The Hobbit.
I guessed the twist about halfway through the book, then I was like, “Oh wait, maybe it’s not that…”
But it was.
Martin was definitely a stubbornhead – both he and Elodie – but the way they kept looking for each other even when all seemed hopeless…
And the banter between Illo and Podgin, haha!
I’ll have to read this again once my 14 yro sister is done with it. 🙂
(Feb 2020 note: It’s a pretty casual read, but one that keeps you turning pages)
Snow Stalker (Lost Gorge Mystery #2) / M.K. Dymock / 3 Stars
Probably one of the best mysteries in terms of storyline I’ve read. That twist…I did NOT see that coming.
There were a few swear words though, and of course, some slightly graphic descriptions? Though at the same time, it doesn’t go into much detail.
(Feb 2020: To be honest, I’m not sure if I’d read this again)
There they are! The 2019 reviews. Next up will be the first written review of 2020, but I don’t know when that’ll be. I have quite a few books to finish reading first.