4.18.2017

Book Review: The Illusionists Apprentice

Image result for the illusionists apprenticeNever before have I been swept away with a story such as I was with The Illusionist's Apprentice. It wasn't just an interesting story, it was magical and enthralling.
It begins with the sad tale of a magician of sorts claiming he could bring a man back to life. When I started reading this I figured that this book would be a fluke. I WAS WRONG. I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE WRONG!!
I learned a valuable lesson with this book, it was this: Don't give up on a book after the first chapter.
It was so much more than just magic or illusion. It's a story of trust. It has hardships, history, and Harry Houdini.
Wren Lockhart, a former assistant for the great Harry Houdini, is very private and mysterious. When the FBI starts asking for her help with investigating she has to figure out the difference between her personal life and the life she leads when she's on the vaudeville stage.
I would definitely read this book again, I would most certainly recommend The Illusionist's Apprentice, and I am anxiously awaiting the next book that Kristy Cambron chooses to grace us with. Five out of five stars for this gem!
Maybe I am a little kid at heart, but when it comes to books like this I could sit still for hours and read. Most of the time when I finish with a book that I really love I could shed a few tears at the loss of friends that I related with in each instance. Am I the only person that does this? Let me know below!
If you have any questions, comments, or you just want to chat leave a comment!
Have a wonderful day!


I was given a copy of  this book by Net Galley for an honest review.


3.02.2017

Book Review: Shine Like the Dawn

Title: Shine Like the Dawn
Author: Carrie Turansky
Genre: Historical

No doubt about it...Shine Like the Dawn is as good as the cover looks! Inside its pages is a thrilling adventure of finding a killer, uncovering a blackmailer, and finding unsuspected love.
Carrie Turansky is a new author for me. I haven't had the opportunity to read any of her other novels before now, but I can say with all certainty that I WILL be reading more of them.
It seemed to go a little slow at first. When it finally sped up and reached it full potential it did not disappoint at all!
Margaret Lounsbury is a young lady living in Edwardian England. She is living with her grandmother because of some tragedy that had taken place when she was seventeen. Soon into the book you will find that Margaret, or Maggie, has started to realize that there may have been more to the accident then met the eye.  Also Nathaniel. That's all I need to say. He was the perfect hero. All the way down to his helping her find out the truth.
I would have to give Shine Like the Dawn a four out five star review. It had wonderful characters, a great storyline, and a wonderful plot, I just felt that it took a little long to reach the climax of the story.
All in all Shine Like the Dawn should be shared and recommended like the gem it is. It was released February 21, 2017, and is a pretty new novel.
I know I do this a lot, but can we talk about that cover? (insert heart eye emoji here)
I LOVE it. It is beautiful, and it has just the right amount of uncertainty to keep me interested. Maggie's dress is also a plus. ;)

I HAVE GREAT NEWS!!! You can have this book if you click this link here! It does take you to another website, and I am not the one that is doing this giveaway, but who doesn't like getting books?

If you have read Shine Like the Dawn, or any other interesting titles, and would like to discuss them, please feel free to comment below! I always love hearing from my readers.
I hope this review helped you in deciding whether or not you would enjoy this book!
Until next time...Have a wonderful day!



I was given a copy of this book by CelebrateLit for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, that was of my own accord.

2.18.2017

Book Review: Long Time Gone

Finally! I had time to read a book, and review it! It seems like I have been too busy to do much of anything lately besides the fact that a nasty bug has been lingering around us for way too long, but enough about that.
It is now time to rave about this beautiful book, which will be released February 28th.
Long Time Gone is the second book in a series, of which I was aware, but after being given this book to review it gave me a wonderful excuse to buy the FIRST one; a decision I DID NOT regret in the least! I would actually recommend doing this, as you would be a little lost if you read the second book before the first. These are continuations of each other, although about different people. (There is also a novella in this series available for free on amazon. You can get that here.)
Mary Connealy has a way of bringing the characters to life. When you read one of her books, you aren't just reading a story, you become part of the story.
Long Time Gone begins with a cliffhanger. I know that sounds impossible, but I promise it's true! It held me captive for way too long. I pretty much laughed and sat on the edge of my chair for the entire duration of the book.
Trust me when I say not to read this book if you are in a hurry.
Comedy, Cowboys, Connealy..., it all goes together. I give it  FIVE stars all the way.
Also, take a look at that cover! It's whimsical, but strong. It holds just the right amount of western to keep me interested.
I would recommend this book to anyone. So I'm going to recommend it to you. :)

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below. I always love hearing from my readers.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Let me know!
Till next time.



1.25.2017

GIVEAWAY: WINNER ANNOUNCED

 I am extremely excited to announce our GIVEAWAY WINNER.
JENNA LOVES BOOKS, you are the winner. Congratulations on your newest acquisition! Please read the details listed below to claim your prize! If within a week you haven't claimed your prize, then a runner-up will be selected.
We have partnered with Laura Frantz to bring you a signed, paperback copy of her newest novel A Moonbow Night, which released earlier January.  
I have done a review for this book (You can read that here.) And I loved the book so much that I wanted to give my readers a chance to experience the same. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Giveaway Rules:
1. You must live in the United States due to shipping costs.
2. Follow my blog. (it's the button in the sidebar to the right)
3. Comment in the comments below.
4. Keep Checking this post, or the Contest/Giveaway page, to see who the winner is, and claim your prize.
After the winner is announced, you may contact me to verify, and give me your email address so we can send you your prize!


This contest will end February 15, 2017 at 12:00 am (CST)


A big thank you to Laura Frantz for this opportunity and to all that participate!
Let the contest begin!!





1.14.2017

Book Review: Amish Weddings


I have to admit, guys, when I read this book I was a little disappointed. Leslie Gould has done better. I have nothing bad to say about the writing, or characters, it was more the morals of some of the characters.
I also didn't realize that the book was apart of a series :(
Being about the Amish I thought the book would be like a normal Amish story. You know the type...farming, buggy rides, and courting.
Amish Weddings is a story about a girl named Rose. She has always been more feisty and festive then the normal Amish girl. She has had it in her mind that she is going to marry the Bishops son, Rueben. They are both in "love" until Rose's future brother-in-law brings a friend home, one who isn't of the Amish, and Rose suddenly gets tired of waiting on Reuben.
I don't like to spoil stories so I won't go any further with telling the storyline.
You might would like the story, so I'm not discouraging anyone from reading it. I just felt that it wasn't Leslie Gould's best. Take it from me though when I say that it isn't the usual Amish book.
I'll give it four stars. It has potential, and if I wasn't expecting a quiet Amish story I may have liked it better.
I also did like the cover. It's soft and cutesy (cutesy?) :) even if it belies the book.
Yes, I would recommend to someone, but I would also tell them the drawbacks and let them decide whether or not to read it.


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I was given this book by NetGalley for a complete and honest review.
 

1.04.2017

Book Review: A Note Yet Unsung





A Note Yet Unsung releases January 31st, and you will not be disappointed.


There are so many ways that I could go with this review, but I'm just going to be completely up front and honest. I cried with this book. You made me cry, Tamera Alexander.
It was so breathtaking. The rhythm of it all flowed together to produce a beautiful, symphonic harmony.
Every book I've ever read by Tamera Alexander has held me completely spellbound; A Note Yet Unsung was no different.
Rebekah Carrington was sent abroad at a very tender age. Her grandmother sent her away so that she could escape her abusive step-father. Rebekah comes home at her mother's insistence when her grandmother dies. Rebekah decides she cannot live in the house with her stepfather and attempts to secure a job with the symphony. She is refused, because she is a woman.
The Maestro is not what she expected at all, and as life would have it she is found to be working closely with him.
I'm not going to ruin the story for anyone, because I loved it so much. This is definitely one of those books that you could read over and over again and it would get better each time you read it.
A Note Yet Unsung  is about finding out who your true friends are, being loyal, and taking chances. 
I would recommend this book to anyone! Just don't get it and expect to be a quick read. It was something that I couldn't put down, it was that good. It didn't have explicit content, or any cringe moments.
The cover is also exquisite. It makes you want to just delve right into the story.
Five star review for this masterpiece. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.




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Have a wonderful day, week, and 2017!




I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley for a complete and honest review.







12.31.2016

Book Review: The Mark of the King


The Mark of the King written by Jocelyn Green comes on the market January 3rd.
Overview:
Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the Continent
After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne's brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king's mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption



So the back overview sounds good, the cover is pretty, what could go wrong?
 I really don't know one particular reason why I didn't care for it. I loved the idea of the story, but the ending could have been so much better. It was too sad; too much death.
So I'm gonna have some spoilers, and I don't normally do this,  but to show why I didn't like the book I'm going to need to do this.
Julianne was put into prison for a crime she didn't even commit. She was given the mark of the king (a tattoo), a lilly flower on her shoulder. It marked her as a criminal forever. Julianne finds out that there is a way out of this prison; to travel to a fledgling French colony named New Orleans. This doesn't sound all that bad to Julianne because her younger brother, Benjamin, lives there.
Little does Julianne know that she will be forced to marry another criminal before the journey even begins.
This part sounded like it could be made to work out. Sure, she doesn't know the man , or his  criminal history, but surely she could/can still fall in love with him.
Wrong.
She marries the one man that makes her feel strong and keeps eye contact with her. They reach New Orleans, a few more interesting things happen, and then Julianne begs her husband to go looking for her brother Benjamin. She realizes that she can make this marriage work and that she does love her husband, she also finds out she's expecting his child while he's gone.
And while Julianne's husband finds her brother, he also gets beaten with a hatchet, scalped, and he's now dead.
Julianne reacts by going on with life, and keeping her work as a midwife.
She thinks her brother is dead, her husband died for naught, and later gets beaten for a crime she didn't commit, and her baby dies.
Julianne remarries a prominent man, one who knew her brother before he "died." She can't have kids and she wants kids very bad.
More things that are sort of interesting happen (You'll have to read to find out.) And then her brother visits her.
Her husband isn't home at the time and he thinks she doesn't love him anymore and has found someone else, so he pouts and ignores her.
At the end of the book she find out her brother is a traitor and he dies trying to save her.
I just didn't enjoy it. It was good writing, held potential, and was correct in its facts, but I just couldn't enjoy it. There was too many deaths and too much violence.
Give it a try though, you might like it.
I am only going to give it two out of five stars, because I liked the cover, I got into the storyline well enough, I just didn't like the things that happened, or didn't happen.



If you have any comments or questions leave them below!




I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley for a complete and honest review.