Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Book Review: Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

Fatal Frost was the best crime novel I have read this year and possibly to date! Nancy Mehl did a fabulous job of staying realistic without being gritty or gory. I was addicted to the plot line by the end of the first chapter, and the many twists and turns along the way kept me on the edge of my seat until it ended. When it did come to a crashing end, I leaned back on my pillow and heaved a heavy sigh of relief. Nancy's character development was amazing and I was sympathetic toward all of them. I appreciated that all the characters had their different struggles that managed to be somewhat resolved by the end of the book. All in all, Fatal Frost was a great read and I hope there is a sequel coming soon! Personal rating is 5/5 stars. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Book Review: Shaken by Tim Tebow

Five stars!  Absolutely amazing!  I love Tim Tebow.  He has an amazing testimony and a great platform to share it on, his athletic career.  I took away so many things from this book, and I hope that it is a great seller!  I will say that it is a little sports heavy, but being an athlete I eat that up!  It may be a little confusing for non-athletic folks, however.  I will recommend this book to all of my friends!

Book Review: The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep

Ahh, another refreshing Michelle Griep read!  I absolutely loved Brentwood's Ward, and I was ecstatic when I heard about The Captive Heart!
I fell in love with Eleanor from the first page.  My heart hurt for her and the situation she was in, and I found myself cheering her on throughout the book.  She was a relatable and well developed character.  I also liked her transformation from timid and shy to open and honest in her relationship with Samuel.  The plotline was a little hard to follow with all of the Native American words and issues, however I understood the basic plotline by the end of the book.  I really enjoyed this book (4/5 stars), and I hope a sequel is soon to come!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Book Review: The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

MELANIE DID IT AGAIN!!! I wasn't sure about this book when I started reading it, partly because it is supposed to be the last book in the Hagenheim series! That makes me so sad :(!  The Silent Songbird defied all of my expectations for a Little Mermaid retelling and swept me off my feet from page one!  Eva and Wesley were such cute characters, and I enjoyed reading their story.  Although I am still a little confused about how they relate to the other books/characters.  I can't think of any extremely negative or concerning content, except for a few non-detailed kisses.  Also, the cover is just stunning!  Overall, I am sad that this amazing series is coming to an end, but I think Melanie chose the right book to end with.  She definitely went out with a bang!  Personal rating is 5/5 stars!

*Disclaimer* I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to give a positive one.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Book Review: A Respectable Actress by Dorothy Love


 

Book Summary:
When the illustrious India Hartley is accused of murder, she has to uncover the deceptions of others to save herself.

India Hartley, the famous and beautiful actress, is now alone in the world after her father’s death and embarks upon a tour of theaters across the South. Her first stop is Savannah’s Southern Palace. On the eve of the second night’s performance, something goes horribly wrong. Her co-star, Arthur Sterling, is shot dead on stage in front of a packed house, and India is arrested and accused of the crime.

A benefactor hires Philip Sinclair, the best—and handsomest—lawyer in Savannah to defend India. A widower, Philip is struggling to reinvent his worn-out plantation on St. Simons Island. He needs to increase his income from his law practice in order to restore Indigo Point, and hardly anything will bring him more new clients than successfully defending a famous actress on a murder charge.

Because India can’t go anywhere in town without being mobbed, Philip persuades the judge handling her case to let him take her to Indigo Point until her trial date. India is charmed by the beauty of the Georgia low country and is increasingly drawn to Philip. But a locked room that appears to be a shrine to Philip’s dead wife and the unsolved disappearance of a former slave girl raise troubling questions. Piecing together clues in an abandoned boat and a burned-out chapel, India discovers a trail of dark secrets that lead back to Philip, secrets that ultimately may hold the key to her freedom. If only he will believe her

    What I loved: I read Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love, and her writing style is so interesting!  She manages to fill her books to the brim with historical information without sounding like a professor giving a boring lecture, haha! I really liked India and Phillip, and the plot was really interesting and intriguing.  The law process has always been of interest to me personally, and this book did not disappoint.
     What I didn't like:  I have never been incredibly interested in acting or theater, so those scenes/ chapters were a little boring!  Also, India and Phillip's relationship was a little dry.  I think they fell in love a little too quick and definitely kissed too quick.
     Concerning content:  The book focuses on a murder, a few kisses and romantic thoughts.  Phillip's first wife cheated on him.  People burn in a fire.
     Conclusion and Personal Rating:  A Respectable Actress was a great book full of mystery and intrigue!  Personal rating is 3/5 stars.  Probably best for 8th graders and up!
 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: Step by Step by Candace Calvert


Book's Summary:

     Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.

When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?


What I loved:

     Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good medical drama! Step by Step did not disappoint!  Nurse Taylor was a great character, and she seemed like a great nurse!  And I loved her and Seth's relationship, though I was silently nudging them along the entire time haha!

What I didn't like:
     I didn't like that arrogant, narcissistic surgeon guy that tried to force himself into a relationship with Taylor!  She was such a nice character and deserved so much better!

Concerning content:
     Medical/EMT scenes, a mention of making out, a dog dies.

Conclusion and Personal Rating:
     I absolutely loved Step by Step!  I am on the hunt for a copy of the next installment in this series, which is about Nurse Sloane.  Personal rating for all teens is 4/5 stars!

See y'all soon with another review!
xoxo,
Lexi

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Review: Abducted by Janice Cantore


Book's Summary:

After solving the mayor s murder and exposing corruption among the top brass in Las Playas, Carly Edwards is happy to be back on patrol with her partner, Joe, putting bad guys behind bars. For once, everything in life seems to be going right.

But then everything starts going wrong. Slow to recover from an injury, her ex-husband, Nick, begins pulling away just as they were starting to get close again. Meanwhile, when Joe s wife lands in the hospital with a mysterious illness, their baby is kidnapped. As Carly chases down every lead in a desperate search to find the baby, her newfound faith is pushed to its limits.

What I liked: This is the first Christian Fiction crime novel (besides Vanetta Chapman's Amish crime series), and I have to say that I was impressed! Ms. Cantore's experience as a cop definitely shows in this book. I wasn't able to read the first book in this series, but I am trying to find it so I can read it! Abducted is a great book that gives interesting insight on how police and public safety deal with the scary situation of child kidnapping. Definitely a good read for girls considering a career in criminal justice!

What I didn't like: I think Carly was a little too hasty in repairing her relationship with her ex-husband. The relationship almost seemed forced, and when the ending came, it seemed too perfect for reality. I almost wish Carly would have gone out with that media reporter ;)

Concerning Content: A little violent, but definitely to be expected in a crime novel. Carly's roommate is known for sleeping around and bringing guys home. The fact that a baby was kidnapped might be troublesome for young or sensitive girls.  Also, the whole reason for Carly and Nick's divorce was because of an affair.

Conclusion and Rating: Abducted was a great book that definitely kept me intrigued, and I hope to read some other Janice Cantore books in the future! Personal rating for teenagers up, and maybe certain tweens is 4 stars.