Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Beginnings: Distorted by Christy Barritt

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading, along with your initial thoughts/impressions.

This week I'm featuring Distorted by Christy Barritt. It just released this Tuesday and you can check out my review for it here.

Tennyson Walker's mission was clear; find Dante Torres, take him down by whatever means necessary, capture the insurgents, and get out.

My Thoughts:
It certainly hooked me, made me want to keep reading to see if Tennyson's mission succeeded.

What's the first line (or so) of the book you're reading? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Review: Raging Storm (The Remnant Book 2) by Vannetta Chapman


In the Darkness,
Anarchy Awakens

When a massive solar flare wiped out all modern technology across the globe, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have found refuge, but Shelby knows she can't simply remain hidden. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk her life traveling to Austin to make sure he gets it.

Shelby's best friend and high school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won't even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they manage to reach the capital—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy.

Shelby and Max's search for medical supplies will lead them into terrifying territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.
* * *
In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.

My Review

Four Stars

I absolutely loved Deep Shadows, book one, and have been super excited to read Raging Storm. My mom read this before me and devoured it, but warned me that I might want to wait until it was closer to the release date for book three, Light of Dawn, because of the gigantic cliffhanger. Since it's close to the release of Light of Dawn, I thought I should get to reading this one... and now I completely understand my mom's warning!... I NEED BOOK THREE NOW!

It took me a little bit to get into this book, but once I did, I had a difficult time putting it down! My favorite parts were reading about Carter and life on the ranch with Max's parents Georgia and Roy. They're such a great influence on Carter and I loved watching him grow and adapt to so much in such a short amount of time.

Shelby got on my nerves a bit in the beginning. I completely understood her impatience and attitude, but I still cringed when she took it out on others. Max was one of my favorite characters. He's a steady, strong, good guy, a stable force in a world gone mad. A lot was revealed about the mysterious Dr. Bhatti, what he was hiding, what he was doing in Abney... very interesting!

I had so much anxiety the entire book. There was a sense of urgency that permeated all throughout and I couldn't read it fast enough. The author did a magnificent job at painting a vivid and realistic picture of what the world would look like if the electrical grid goes down and all modern technology is lost. It's haunting and bleak at times, but there's also an underlying theme of hope. I seriously can't wait to read Light of Dawn and I highly recommend this series to everyone!

To learn more about Vannetta Chapman visit her website, Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or blog.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy #1) by Sarah Sundin

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming eagerly anticipated releases.

This week I'm featuring The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy #1) by Sarah Sundin releasing February 2018.

In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a Wren in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin's practiced pen with this powerful new series.

Why I need it:
Nobody does World War II fiction like Sarah Sundin. I'm always entertained by her books, but at the same time, I learn so much history, too!

What book are you eagerly anticipating? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: Distorted by Christy Barritt

Mallory Baldwin is a survivor. A former victim of human trafficking, she’s been given a second chance, yet not a night goes by that she doesn’t remember being a slave to weapons dealer Dante Torres. Despite being afraid of the dark and wary of strangers, Mallory is trying to rebuild her life by turning her tragedy into redemption.

To former Navy SEAL Tennyson Walker, Mallory seems nothing like the shattered woman he rescued two years ago, and he can’t help but be inspired by her strength and resilience. So when a stalker suddenly makes Mallory vulnerable once again, Tennyson steps up as her bodyguard to keep her safe.

Mallory and Tennyson’s mutual attraction can’t be ignored, but neither can Mallory’s suspicion that Tennyson is keeping a terrible secret about her past. As the nightmare closes in, it’s not only Mallory and Tennyson’s love that comes under fire but their very lives as well. Will their faith sustain them? Or will the darkness win once and for all?

My Review:

Five Stars

Distorted: To give a misleading or false account or impression of.

Distorted delves into the disturbing world, and aftermath for a survivor, of human trafficking. It's a very real issue that doesn't get the attention that it needs. This novel brings to light the fact that human trafficking doesn't just happen to poor girls from foreign countries, it could happen to anyone.

Tennyson is “one of the good guys”. I mean, how could anyone not like him. Mallory's a survivor. She's very relatable and even though she went through something so terrible, she's working hard to overcome it. I really admired her courage and the fact that “she could take her heartache and redeem it by helping others...”

The pace never let up. I was hooked from the very first sentence and did not want to put it down. It's one of those books where I was constantly telling myself, “Just one more chapter.” I couldn't, didn't want to, stop, even when I had to. I never knew what was going to happen next. I didn't know who to trust or the motives of a few of the characters. Were they good, bad, only in it for themselves? Did they have Mallory's best interests in mind? I was constantly kept guessing, which is what I love in a great suspense novel.

There were many times when the action was so intense and the suspense so great, when my heart was racing and I was holding my breath that I forgot I was reading about fictional characters. I felt like I was right there with them, praying everything would turn out okay.

Distorted is a must-read for any fan of romantic suspense. Highly recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my own honest opinion.

To learn more about Christy Barritt, visit her website, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I've Been Meaning to Start/Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week I'm featuring Series I've Been Meaning to Start/Finish. There's quite a few series that I've had on my TBR list for a while that I've been meaning to start and also quite a few that I've read either the first or second book and need to finish the series. I'm breaking this into two categories and, of course, you know me... I can't seem to stick with just ten, so there's a few more.

Series I Need to START

by Irene Hannon

by Rachel McMillan

by Sarah E. Ladd

by J.C. Morrows

by Ronie Kendig

by Ally Carter

by Rachel Hauck

by Valerie Comer

Okay, so these aren't a part of a series, but I really need to read all of Elizabeth Camden's older books.

Series I Need to FINISH

Friends and Enemies (Book 1) was one of my favorite books last year, so I don't have any good excuse about why I haven't read books 2 and 3 yet. I've heard great things about them and am excited to read them soon.
by Terri Wangard

I've loved everything I've read by Roseanna White, especially The Lost Heiress (Book 1) and so here's another series where I have no good excuse about why I haven't finished it. Hopefully I can find some time to get to them soon.
Ladies of the Manor Series
by Roseanna M. White

Okay, I'm ashamed to admit it, but Undeniably Yours (Book 1) wasn't one of my favorites. So I thought I'd skip the rest in this series, but I'm rethinking my decision now. My Dad listened to all the Porter Family Series books on audiobook and raved about how good they were. Plus, I've recently read a couple of Becky Wade's novellas and absolutely LOVED them, so I'm gonna give this series another try.
Porter Family Series
by Becky Wade

I read books 1 and 2 in this series (loved them) and have books 3-5 in my TBR list just waiting the be read.
Christiansen Family Series
by Susan May Warren

I've read the first two books and loved them. I keep telling myself I need to get back to this series, but something seems to always come up.
Rookie K-9 Unit Series

There's quite a few series where I have just the last book left to read. Some series I love so much, I don't want them to end, which is what has happened with these books.
Tangled Webs (Men of Valor #3)
by Irene Hannon
Season of Glory (The Remnants #3)
by Lisa T. Bergren
A Refuge at Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #3)
by Carrie Turansky
Sadie's Secret (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker #3)
by Kathleen Y'Barbo

I have 3 books, from 3 different series, by Melanie Dickerson that I NEED to read... what's wrong with me?
The Silent Songbird (Hagenheim #7)
A Viscount's Proposal (The Regency Spies of London #2)
The Noble Servant (A Medieval Fairy Tale #3)

So many books, so little time...

What are some of the series that you've been meaning to start or finish? Leave a comment below and let my know.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Beginnings: Raging Storm (The Remnant #2) by Vannetta Chapman

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading, along with your initial thoughts/impressions.

Excerpts from Shelby's Journal
Abney, Texas
June 10
Approximately 8:20 pm EST

While hiking in Colorado Bend State Park, Max, Bianca, Patrick, and I watched as a massive solar flare collided with the earth's atmosphere. The subsequent solar storm affected every aspect of our infrastructure and resulted in a total collapse of the electrical grid.

My Thoughts:
This recaps the first book extremely well and sets it up perfectly for the start of book two!

What's the first line (or so) of the book you're currently reading? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Tearing the Veil (The Uncloaked Trilogy Book 2) by J. Rodes

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming eagerly anticipated releases.

This week I'm featuring Tearing the Veil (The Uncloaked Trilogy Book 2) by J. Rodes releasing July 17.

They trained us well. Power punctuated our every move, driving fear into the intended target. Who would stand against them?Braxton Luther, the sellout.
Now a part of the Den, he’s determined to make good on Eliza Knight’s faith in him—to be more than what he’d settled for when the Party had taken over. But his goal is dangerous, and not just for him. As he searches for a way to protect the silent, invisible victims of the new government, Braxton’s mission—which includes finding a way to rescue Eliza from the Reformation Camp—becomes even more complicated. Hannah Knight, Eliza’s sister, is simply too much like him.
Tired of standing in her perfect sister’s shadow, Hannah determines to find her own place in the world. If that place is with the Pride—the girls’ home and training center provided by the Party—so be it. When she leaves the hopelessness of the cellar, that’s all she’s aiming for. But Quinn Sanger, the handsome son of a powerful political leader, finds her at the creek, and her life takes an unexpected and optimistic turn.
Braxton’s convinced Hannah’s in trouble. Hannah’s convinced Braxton, and all the Uncloaked, are insane. But when they peek behind the real veil the Party maintains, the truth is beyond what either had feared or hoped.
If everyone knew, it could change everything. They redefine their mission. It’s time to tear the veil.

Why I need it...
The Uncloaked, the first book in this series, was so good, one of the best dystopia's I've ever read. I'm anxious to find out what happens next with Braxton and Eliza!

What book are you waiting on? Leave a comment below and let me know.