Finally Accepted

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Finally Accepted Back Cover Blurb –

There’s only one thing Chloe Smith has ever wanted: family. Yet the DNA results she’s received have thrown her life into a tailspin. Her utmost desire has ended up being the catalyst for shaking her faith. She doesn’t even know who she is anymore, and she’s certainly too messed up for her longtime crush to give her more than a second glance.

Darryl Jones is struggling between his past and the grace God so freely offers. His sins feel too big for him to handle, let alone expect the woman of his dreams to accept. Chloe is the only woman he’s ever wanted and the one he doesn’t deserve.

As they form a tentative relationship and examine their faith, Chloe and Darryl ache to know they are finally accepted and fully loved.

My thoughts –

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

While some of the major plot points in this book could be considered overused or cliche, Shiloh puts her own twist on everything and keeps the story new and interesting. The characters are fully developed, and I find myself actually caring about Michelle and Guy’s marriage even though they are relatively minor characters. Also, while most books spend the first couple of chapters building a basis for their story before getting in to the actual plot, Finally Accepted jumps right in and simultaneously tells us about the characters while keeping us interested with a fast moving plot.

I would recommend this book as a vacation book for people who like romance. It’s light and uplifting and the perfect thing to read on the beach!

Author bio –

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian contemporary romance author. Once she understood the powerful saving grace, thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website here

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Protostar

Protostar by Braxton A. Cosby is sci-fi romance about two young star-crossed lovers. In the first book of this saga Cosby gives us just enough information about each of his characters that by the end of the book I was totally invested in the lives of Cosby’s two young protagonists and interested as to what they would do next. The ambiguous ending did nothing to satisfy my curiosity, but that’s alright. I guess I’ll just have to wait until the next book.

This is the beginning of my review of a book I got for free from OnlineBookClub. To read the rest of the review go to:

https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=97279

The Miserable Mill

To Beatrice-

My love flew like a butterfly

Until death swooped down like a bat

As the poet Emma Montana McElroy said:

“That’s the end of that.”

The Miserable Mill was written by Lemony Snicket as the fourth installment to A Series of Unfortunate Events. This book also marks the end of the first season which, if you haven’t watched it yet, you definitely should go check it out.

My mom bought me the first three of these books to see if I liked the series when I was young. I really liked them but I just never got around to buying the rest of the series because there was just so much else to read. It was only until the Netflix original series came out and I watched the first season that I realized I needed to get the rest of these books pronto. This book actually marks the first installment that I watched the show before I read the book, instead of the other way around.

If you have read the first three books, seen the first six episodes, or have been keeping up with my reviews you are already well-acquainted with what’s going to go down in this book but let me recap just in case: 1. The Baudelaires are apprehensive about meeting their new guardian. 2. Said guardian might either be caring or evil but we all know that none of them will ever measure up to Uncle Monty. 3. Count Olaf finds them 4. Count Olaf is wearing a new disguise that hides his unibrow and the tattoo of an eye on his ankle. He fools everyone except for the Baudelaire orphans 5. Something happens which makes the guardian unable or refuse to care for the children. 6. Somewhat sad ending. This book is no different in these six respects from the other three.

This book is one of my favorites in this series and I would definitely recommend it to absolutely everyone.

The Wide Window

For Beatrice-

I would much prefer it if you were alive and well.

The Wide Window was written by Lemony Snicket and published by HarperCollins publishers in 2000.

Onto book 3! Have I mentioned that I love this series?

This book starts with Mr. Poe leaving Violet, Klaus, and Sunny alone on Damocles Dock because “the banking day has already begun.” The three children are to catch a taxi to their Aunt Josephine’s house. The three children are understandably worried, because of the fiasco their last two guardians were, and more than a little apprehensive about meeting their new guardian by themselves, not that Mr. Poe would be of any help if he were to join them. It turns out that they have nothing to worry about, at least for the time being. Their Aunt Josephine is a timid woman who is scared of absolutely everything but this does not make her a bad guardian. What makes her a bad guardian in the end is that she lets her fear control her actions and she does not protect the Baudelaire’s. But I really shouldn’t tell you anymore or you won’t read the book. The last thing I’ll tell you is something you should already know, Count Olaf does show up and its in a new disguise with a new dastardly plan for getting the Baudelaire’s fortune. What is this new plan you ask? Read the book and find out!

The Reptile Room

For Beatrice-

My love for you shall live forever

You, however, did not. 

This is the second book in A Series of Unfortunate Events a book series written by Lemony Snicket.

The sad story of the Baudelaires continues in this installment. This is definitely my favorite out of the earlier books probably because Uncle Monty is the most competent of all of their guardians. If the Baudelaires had stayed with him they would’ve lived a happy life. Sadly, as you probably already know, this was not so. Count Olaf shows up again with a new plan to steal the Baudelaire’s fortune. The adults are oblivious as always and as a result, someone dies. It is up to the three Baudelaires to destroy Count Olaf’s disguise and figure out his plan.

I loved this book. If you liked the first book at all, trust me, you’ll love this one. It’s as witty as the second one but instead of being completely full of sadness, there is a short part at the beginning where the Baudelaires are happy.

The Bad Beginning

For Beatrice-

Darling, Dearest, Dead. 

This is book 1 from A Series of Unfortunate Events.

I reaaaaaaaaaally love this series. I think it’s very witty and written at a higher level than most children’s books today. Also, there’s a phenomenal Netflix Original Series that everyone should watch.

Now, I want to start off by saying that if you’re looking for a happy book then you’ve come to the wrong place “There is no happy beginning, no happy ending, and very few happy things happen in the middle.” The Baudelaires lives are filled with strife and woe.

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny have just been informed that they’re parents have died in a terrible fire by Mr. Poe, the banker from Mulctuary Money Management. They are sent to live with “their closest living relative” (quote from the tv show not the books) Neil Patrick Harris… ahem… I mean Count Olaf. Neil… I mean Count Olaf is a terrible person who has his eyes set on the Baudelaire fortune. Can the Baudelaire’s find out his dastardly plan when all the grownups are idiots? Will they slip through the grasp of Harris, I mean, Count Olaf? Read (or watch) and find out.

The Elves of Cintra

Agh guys it’s been over a month since I posted I’m so sorry! I’ll try to do better.

The Elves of Cintra was written by Terry Brooks and published by Del Rey Books in 2007.

Continuing the story that was introduced in Armageddon’s Children we now focus on the elves. Hence, the title.

This book opens on Logan and the street kids right after Hawk and Tessa are thrown from the walls. Logan feels like he failed in his mission and now he has nothing else to do except get the rest of the Ghosts to safety. They start making plans immediately but they are almost to late. The once-men come and it’s only Logan’s quick thinking that gets all of them away in time. Well, almost all of them. Spoilers!

Kirisin and Erisha are still searching the Elven histories for mentions of the lodenstone. Culph, the librarian, is helping them at much risk to himself. This book focuses on their journey, from this library, to the lodenstone, and back again. Angel Perez is told by the Lady of the Word to leave the children that she rescued from the compounds with Helen and to join Kirisin. Angel provides support and protection from the demons that are trying to foil them.

I’m just going to say it. This book was not as good as the last one. It’s a purely personal thing though you might actually like this book better. I just feel that I am more invested in the lives of the Ghosts and because of that I find their story more interesting to read. Overall, this book was a good book and a worthy sequel to Armageddon’s Children. 

 

Armageddon’s Children

Armageddon’s Children was written by Terry Brooks and published by Orbit in 2006.

Brooks writes about a post-apocalyptic world where the last humans are holed up in compounds. Street kids and freaks roam the streets. Everyone’s worst fear is that one day the once men will appear.

Hawk is the leader of a group of street kids called the ghosts. They were called this because the haunted the ruins of their parents world. Hawk has a vision. He says that he will lead the ghosts into the promised land. Then, he will give them all new names, better names. But they have to stay alive until then.

Logan Tom is a knight of the word. Maybe the last. He doesn’t know. All he does know is that the Lady of the Word is telling him to find the gypsy morph, Nest Freemark’s son. The gypsy morph will know how to save humanity. Once, long ago, Knights of the word dreamed of what would happen if they didn’t fulfill their quest. That isn’t so anymore. That terrible future has come to pass. They’re living it. Now, dreams of their past haunt them.

Angel Perez is another Knight of the Word. Like Logan, she too believes that she is all alone. She goes ahead of the once men and tries to save the compounds. Most people don’t believe her stories of the once men. They believe they are safe within the compounds. Only the mothers and children who believe her make it out alive. On one of her escapes, she makes the mistake of running afoul of a demon called Delloreen. For the safety of the mothers and the children, she leaves them with a new quest from the Lady of the Word.

Kirisin is one of the Chosen. What are the Chosen? A group of teenage elves chosen to serve the Ellcrys a tree that keeps the Forbidding intact. What is the Forbidding? A treaty that keeps the most dangerous demons safely locked away. The Ellcrys tells Kirisin that she is in danger and that he needs to encase her in the Black Lodenstone and take her to a place where she will be safe. Kirisin has the unpleasant job of convincing the Elven king that this is a good idea.

I liked this book. It is probably my favorite Terry Brooks book that I’ve read yet. My only problem with this book is that the four storylines get a tad confusing and like with all fantasy books that have multiple storylines you only really care about one of them.

 

More than Meets the Eye

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

More than Meets the Eye was written by Karen Witemeyer and published by Bethany House in 2018.

Four-year-old Evangeline Pearson, Evie for short, is desperately hoping that she and her older brother, Hamilton get adopted at this next stop or they will be sent back to New York where she and her brother will get separated and sent off to different families. There are only two other kids on the train. A sickly boy named Seth who hadn’t been claimed because he wasn’t fit for farm work and a boy named Zach who threatened to kill any families who showed the least bit of interest in him in their sleep. Now you may be wondering, what is so wrong with Evie that she hasn’t gotten adopted yet? her eyes are two different colors. Nowadays that doesn’t seem like too big a problem but back then everyone thought she was a witch. No one’s going to adopt a witch. Hamilton, Evie, Zach, and Seth, have no luck getting adopted at the last town so the train turns around and starts heading for London. Suddenly the train flips over. Hamilton saves Zach by pushing him out of the way of the falling debris but ends up getting fatally hurt himself. He makes Zach promise to take care of Evie before breathing his last breath. Zach, Seth, and Evie run away during the pandemonium of the overturned train. No one notices them leaving. They become a new family changing their last name to Hamilton in honor of his sacrifice.

Fastforward 15 years to present day. The Hamiltons are a happy family. Zach works odd jobs to pay the bills while Evie and Seth take care of the house. in the mornings, Evie likes to go for romps with her pig, Hezekiah, Hezzy for short. On one of these romps she meets a charming man with whom she builds a friendship. Little does she know that this man has come here for the express purpose of revenge against Zach.

I really liked this book. It is by far my favorite book that Bethany House has sent me. I would honestly recommend this book to just about anyone it was that good. I liked all the mystery in it and how at least one character is always in danger so you always have someone to worry about.

Lone Witness

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Lone Witness was written by Rachel Dylan and published by Bethany House Publishers in 2018.

Sophie Dawson was just out getting a snack when out of nowhere a man tries to rob the gas station. He kills two people as he makes his escape leaving Sophie as the lone witness. The plot thickens as it is revealed that the perpetrator is the younger brother of Juan Wade the head of Atlanta’s biggest gang. Fearing for her safety, Sophie’s father hires Cooper Knight to protect her. Sophie and Cooper soon become fast friends but both wonder if they could be something more.

I enjoyed this book. I like that most of what I just mentioned above is not even the biggest plotline in the book. The book seems to have hundreds of plotlines but each one is fully fleshed out and it never feels like you’re just reading filler. All the loose ends are neatly tied up and the book leaves you feeling satisfied instead of looking to see when the sequel will come out. All in all I would recommend this book.