Thursday, October 22, 2020

Review: In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire


About the Book

This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.



My Thoughts

I really enjoyed In an Absent Dream. I think it might be my favorite one of the series. There's just something about Seanan McGuire's writing style that pulls me straight into the story and tugs at my heartstrings.

This story was haunting, atmospheric, and, like the previous books, a touch bittersweet. Lundy's “world”, the goblin market, was such an interesting place. A place where everything must be fair and the rules are the rules, no exceptions are made for breaking them.

I'm pretty sure this book works as a standalone, but I'd still recommend reading at least the first one before picking this one up.

What an enchanting adventure! I'm excited for more in this series.

4.5 Stars

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday: The Escape (US Marshals #1) by Lisa Harris

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring The Escape (US Marshals #1) by Lisa Harris releasing November 3. 

About the Book

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are thrust into a high-profile case when they are called on to transport two prisoners across the country on a private plane. But when the plane experiences engine trouble en route from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, the pilots crash-land the aircraft deep in the heart of the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest.

When Madison and Jonas regain consciousness, they find both pilots and one prisoner dead--and one fugitive on the run. They'll have to negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry through Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado while tracking a murderer who is desperate to disappear--and will do anything to stop them.

This high-octane game of cat-and-mouse from bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris will have your heart pumping as you try to catch a fugitive with nothing to lose. 


What upcoming release are you eagerly anticipating?

Monday, October 19, 2020

Review: Ahab by E.B. Dawson


About the Book
After a devastating interstellar war against the machines known as Mechanized Intelligence Cruisers, the Commonwealth is ready to return to normal life.

Captain Ahab is not.

Tired of being paraded around the capital as a war hero, Ahab finally secures a commission to hunt down the last remaining MICs in the outer planets.

He gets more than he bargained for with Moby Dick.

Ahab’s first encounter with the massive white MIC leaves Ahab without a ship and without a leg. Plagued by fever during his recuperation, Ahab becomes convinced that Moby Dick is a threat to the Commonwealth's newfound peace. But his willingness to do whatever it takes to destroy the MIC leads his best friend and first mate Starbuck to wonder if their captain is in his right mind.


My Thoughts

Ahab was a really great read. It was my first time reading anything by E.B. Dawson and it definitely won't be the last. It's a retelling of Moby Dick set in space. I've never actually read Moby Dick, but that didn't hinder my enjoyment one bit.

The world building was rich with detail. The characters jumped off the page and had such a vibrancy and depth about them. My favorite aspect of the book was the friendship between Ahab and Starbuck. It was such an integral part of the story and was really well done.

If you're a fan of sci-fi, I highly recommend checking out Ahab.

Four Stars

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire

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. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire. I finally got around to reading this one and really enjoyed it! It was nice getting Lundy's story.

About the Book
This fourth entry and prequel tells the story of Lundy, a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

Book Beginnings
In a house, on a street, in a town ordinary enough in every aspect to cross over it's own roots and become remarkable, there lived a girl named Katherine Victoria Lundy.

Friday 56
"This is my home, and you are safe here, for now," said the Archivist, in a calm, clear voice. "Do you know your name?"

What have you been reading lately?

Review: When I’m With You (Big Prairie Romance #3) by Jennifer Rodewald

About the Book
He wants what he deserves, and this time he won’t walk away without it.
Meeting Daisy Hopewell shouldn’t change a thing.


Lane Carson is sick of living like a wandering homeless man. When he receives a text message from a woman claiming to be his brother’s fiancée, nothing short of meeting her will convince him his reclusive older brother has worked up the courage to talk to a woman, let alone propose. And since he’s returning to Big Prairie, he’s determined to claim the inheritance that should have been his. As long as no one expects him to live up to his brother’s impossible standards.

Daisy Hopewell has found refuge in Big Prairie working as a hired hand at the Carson Ranch—an opportunity to prove that her worth goes much deeper than being a rich man’s daughter. Her haven is shaken, however, when the boss’s brother shows up. Lane Carson is nothing like his reserved, serious brother. And Daisy knows from experience that when you add massive flirt to good-looking, the result is heartbreak.

Meeting Daisy sidetracks Lane’s plans, especially when she turns out to be irritatingly immune to his charm. But after being caught with her in a devastating flood, Lane suddenly finds himself reevaluating his approach to everything. Daisy’s stubborn determination and unflappable kindness feed his burgeoning desire to be more than a reckless, selfish man, but the last thing Lane needs is to be deemed unworthy by yet another person in his world.

Daisy is discovering a depth to Lane she hadn’t expected, and with Daisy, Lane finds himself believing he could be a better man. But by the time he figures that out, it might be too late, because she’s determined never to play the fool again.

Can Lane and Daisy release the resentment they cling to from the disappointments of their pasts and step toward the possibility of being different—better—together?

Small town Christian stories of romance and redemption, begin the Big Prairie Romance series today!


My Thoughts

I absolutely loved this book! As I've come to expect from Jennifer Rodewald, this was another stellar and poignant read that went deep and pulled at my heartstrings. Tender, at times, yet hard-hitting when it needed to be, I ran the gamut of emotions. I felt the highs and the lows and was right in the thick of things with these realistic characters.

Lane had a lot of rough edges to him. It took me a little bit to fully connect with him, but, gosh, when I did, he became one of my favorite characters ever. Him and his brother Lance weren't on the best of terms. He felt slighted and hurt, so he lashed out with sarcastic remarks and sharp barbs. Not gonna lie, he was a bit of a jerk sometimes. It was painful to watch the struggle, but it was such a powerful journey to redemption and healing. I loved getting to know the real Lane, the man he tried to hide from everyone. He's a real good guy underneath it all.

Daisy was easy to like and easy to root for. She's an all-around good and hardworking young lady. She's feisty, doesn't back down from a challenge, and goes toe-to-toe with the best of them. She's the perfect match for Lane. She's got some trust issues, though, after being wronged recently, so her guard is high.

I seriously can't recommend this book highly enough. It's fantastic. And while it is book three in the series, it stands alone just fine. 

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.


Favorite Quotes

“I have learned – over and again, and sometimes with great difficulties – that maintaining a label on others based on their failures is selling everyone short. Those particular people and myself. More importantly, the Redeemer who washes stains until they are white as snow.”


“...while reputations are earned, God's grace is not. Perhaps along with that, people may not be able to change on their own, but God's redemption and transformation are often woven together.”


“I can't help but wonder at God's timing. You are here to begin again. And here Lane arrives after years of being gone. Suppose he wants a clean start too? You came partly because no one here was witness to your great disappointment. What if we allow Lane such an innocent audience as well?”


If he stayed, he could reinvent himself so that every day he wouldn't have to take a shovel to the shame.


“...I've walked a path of reckless rebellion. But God has littered the path with nuggets of grace, with tokens that have whispered His faithful love into my selfish destruction. That kind of love – it leaves me breathless.”

Five Stars

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday: Soul Raging (The Book of the Wars #3) by Ronie Kendig

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Soul Raging (The Book of the Wars #3) by Ronie Kendig releasing November 3.

About the Book
Sometimes, the only hope is the enemy.

Leif Metcalfe is done waiting for answers and seizes control, a move that comes with a high price and a deadly risk: teaming up with the enemy. He can only hope that what he uncovers will heal the wounds he's inflicted on those he loves.

Iskra Todorova believes Leif is on a collision course with death and knows firsthand the irrevocable cost of that path to the soul. While trying to protect her daughter and intervene with Leif, Iskra is forced to set her sights on the man behind the evil organization ArC--Ciro Veratti.

Torn apart by injuries and opposing views on how to handle Leif's act of treachery, team Reaper hunts one of their own. The only thing they agree on is not stopping but starting the final battle prophesied in the Book of the Wars.


What upcoming release are you eagerly anticipating?

Monday, October 12, 2020

Review: Forsaken Island (The Dancing Realms #2) by Sharon Hinck

About the Book
On an uncharted world, happiness is effortless and constant ... but can true joy exist without sacrifice?

The people of Meriel have long believed their island world floats alone in the vast ocean universe, so they are astonished when another island drifts into view. With resources becoming scarce, Carya and Brantley quickly volunteer to search the new land for supplies.

After navigating a barrier of menacing trees, the pair encounter a culture of perpetually happy people who readily share their talents and their possessions. But all is not what it seems. At the core of the island is a horror that threatens everyone, including Brantley and Carya.

Freeing the villagers of the bondage they've chosen may cost Carya and Brantley more than they could have imagined. Even if the two succeed, they'll have to find a way to return to Meriel quickly ... or be cut off from their home forever.


My Thoughts

I absolutely loved Forsaken Island! It's book two in The Dancing Realms series and I definitely recommend reading book one, Hidden Current, before diving into this one.

Hidden Current is one of the best books I've read this year so I was extremely excited for this follow-up. Forsaken Island did not disappoint. It's just as stunning as the first one. It's got such a powerful and poignant message full of so many spiritual truths. I was left breathless by the sheer beauty of it all. It was so thought-provoking. I became so absorbed in it that I barely noticed the real world around me. It was just that good.

I highly recommend this series to everyone. It's unique and enchanting and unputdownable. I know I'll be thinking about it for a long time to come.

Five Stars