Book Review | No Ocean Too Wide

no ocean too wideTitle: No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1) by Carrie Turanksy

Pages: 368

Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian

Publisher Waterbrook & Multnomah (June 25th, 2019)

Summary

Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth?

After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.

Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?

Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.

No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1)

what i thought

*I received a free copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  A huge thank you to the publisher!*

I had heard so many wonderful things about Carrie Turansky’s books.  However, until reading No Ocean Too Wide, I had not read any of her books.  That being said, because of how well-loved she is, I went into this book with pretty high expectations.  I’m so happy to say, this book did not disappoint!

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Book Review | Own Your Everyday

OYE.jpgTitle: Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

Pages: 240

Genres: Non-fiction, Self-help, Christian

Publisher Waterbrook & Multnomah (May 14th, 2019)

Summary

Do you ever feel the pressure to prove yourself? Or to “figure it all out” as you’re waiting in seasons that seem like the awkward in-between? Does it ever feel seem that you’re the only one with “unfigured-out dreams”?
Jordan equips you to confront the feeling of being stuck and instead live your purpose by owning (not ignoring) your story, your quirks, your struggles, and everything that makes you, you.

In this book, Jordan provides practical tools as she shows you how to:
tackle limitations like disappointment, perfectionism, comparison, distraction, and more;
overcome the lie that you can’t live your purpose until or unless you reach a certain goal, milestone, etc.;
remove labels and break out of the box of expectations;
identify and eliminate excuses, insecurity, and unnecessary stress about an unknown future.

Own Your Everyday:  Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You're Made to Do 

what i thought

*I received a free copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. A huge thank you to the author and publisher!*

I’ve been following Jordan Lee Dooley on Instagram for quite a while now.  So, when I saw she was releasing a book, you can bet I was so excited!  I’m happy to say that this book truly lived up to its hype, and I am so glad to have read it.

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Book Review | The Witch of Willow Hall | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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In honor of the recent release of Hester Fox’s debut novel, The Witch of Willow Hall, today I’m sharing with you all my thoughts about the book as well as how you can have the chance to win a copy, plus a fun and festive prize pack!

cover_The Witch of Willow Hall_Hester Fox_Graydon House Books_Oct 2 2018Title: The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Pages: 368

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published by: Harlequin’s Graydon House Books (Oct. 2nd, 2018)

Summary

Two centuries after the Salem witch trials, there’s still one witch left in Massachusetts. But she doesn’t even know it.

Take this as a warning: if you are not able or willing to control yourself, it will not only be you who suffers the consequences, but those around you, as well.

New Oldbury, 1821

In the wake of a scandal, the Montrose family and their three daughters—Catherine, Lydia and Emeline—flee Boston for their new country home, Willow Hall.

The estate seems sleepy and idyllic. But a subtle menace creeps into the atmosphere, remnants of a dark history that call to Lydia, and to the youngest, Emeline.

All three daughters will be irrevocably changed by what follows, but none more than Lydia, who must draw on a power she never knew she possessed if she wants to protect those she loves. For Willow Hall’s secrets will rise, in the end…

 

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Available at:  Amazon  | Barnes and Noble  | Kobo  | iTunes

what i thought

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thanks to the publisher and Barclay Publicity!*

When I first found out about this book I was instantly intrigued.  The synopsis drew me in, and I just knew that this would be a book I would enjoy. The book’s description may be what caught my eye, but once I started reading, everything else about this book kept me hooked to the pages!

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Book Review | And the Trees Crept In

and the trees crept in.jpgTitle: And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Pages: 352

Genres: YA, Paranormal, Horror, Mystery

Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Sept. 6th, 2016)

Summary

Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?

And the Trees Crept In

what i thought

I discovered And the Trees Crept In at a library book sale I recently went to.  I’d never heard of the book, but was instantly intrigued by the synopsis, and since Halloween was quickly approaching, I decided to get it! And let me just say, I am so glad I did!

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Purple Kisses Blog Tour | Review + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone!  Today on the blog, I’m going to be sharing with you all my thoughts about the poetry book Purple Kisses, as well as share how you can enter to win an e-copy! This is in celebration of the re-release of Purple Kisses, in honor of its new cover!


8.5X11.pngTitle: Purple Kisses by Priya Prithviraj, illustrated by Niveditha Warrier

Pages: 23

Genre: Poetry, Art

Publisher: Linnet’s Wings Press (Dec. 31st, 2017)

Summary

Purple Kisses’ is a one-of-a-kind book of poetry written by Priya Prithviraj and illustrated by Niveditha Warrier.

Purple Kisses

 

what i thought

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  A big thanks to Priya Prithviraj!*

Purple Kisses is probably the most unique book I’ve read all year!  I don’t typically read a lot of poetry, but I have been getting into it more recently.  So, when I was asked if I was interested in being a part of this tour, I just had to say yes.  That being said, I didn’t know what to expect.  With this book, it was about more than just reading it; it was an entire experience.

I do want to start by saying that there is only one poem in this book.  Purple Kisses is not a poetry collection, it is simply a poem.  At first, this surprised me a bit, because typically, poetry comes in a collection.  However, the more I read (and reread) this poem, the more I decided that I liked the idea of it being one, individual poem.  It allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in the words, passion, and art that is found in this book without being distracted by what’s to come or what was already read.

The poem is short, but sweet.  I could really feel the passion behind every single word.  It is clear that the author put so much heart and soul into this book.

Another thing I loved, that I think really helped this book to stand out, was the art work.  It is so gorgeous!  The mixture of the colors and shapes perfectly capture the essence of Purple Kisses.  Just like everything about this book, the artwork is so unique, and honestly I just loved looking at it.

Speaking about the new cover, I feel like it really shows readers what Purple Kisses is about.  I love how minimalist the cover is, too.  The simplicity, with the pop of color, was such a great choice for this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed Purple Kisses.  My only complaint would be that I wish there was more!  This book was over far too soon.  That being said, I think that is a good problem to have.  It shows just how well the author and illustrator did at capturing the excitement and wonder of love.  I would recommend Purple Kisses to poetry fans as well as anyone who is looking for a short and unique read.

4 stars 2


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about the author

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Priya Prithviraj writes poems which appear in journals such as Eastlit and the New Plains Review. She also writes about books, writing and publishing on her blog at priyaslitblog.com. Her book of illustrated poetry, ‘Purple Kisses’ is out now.

 

Follow Priya on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter!

 

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Niveditha Warrier is a fine art photographer whose work has been published in international magazines like the International Contemporary Artists Magazine, Toer Magazine and White Crow Art Daily. Learn more about her at
nivedithawarrier.com.

 

 

 

 


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Book Review | The Summer of Cotton Candy

the summer of cotton candyTitle: The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons #1) by Debbie Viguié

Pages: 219

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian

Published by: Zondervan (May 11th, 2008)

Summary

Most people think The Zone is an amusement park, but Candy Thompson knows it’s really a slave labor camp. What else would you call a summer job that requires a sixteen-year-old girl to set aside her whole social life for the privilege of standing out in the hot sun selling cotton candy? Still, there are perks—particularly the mysterious hunk in the Lone Ranger costume. Behind that mask are the most amazing eyes Candy has ever seen. Who is that masked man? But someone else is just as interested. And romantic competition isn’t the only problem. Besides being hard work, The Zone is eating up major time. How is Candy supposed to stay involved in church? Worse yet, will she lose her best friend, Tamara, who resents how Candy’s job limits their time together? This is NOT the summer Candy hoped for! But as she is about to discover, the summer of cotton candy will be the greatest summer of her life.

The Summer of Cotton Candy (Sweet Seasons, #1)

What I Thought

I originally read this book a couple years ago, back when it was the summer before my senior year in high school.  I absolutely loved this book, and the entire series.  I found myself relating SO much to Candance and where she was in her life.  So, because I loved it so much, I thought I’d give it a reread, to see if I still loved it!

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Book Review | Starry Eyes

starry eyes.jpgTitle: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Pages: 432

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Published by: Simon Pulse (April 3rd, 2018)

Summary

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

Starry Eyes

What I Thought

I’d been seeing quite a bit of buzz about Starry Eyes, so I knew it would only be a matter of time before I picked it up.  Well, I finally picked it up from the library a couple weeks ago for Bookshelf Tee’s Book Club July pick, and I am so glad I did!

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Book Review | The Blood Race | Worlds Beneath Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hello!  Today is my stop for the Worlds Beneath blog tour!  Worlds Beneath is book 2 in The Blood Race series, which was released on July 1st.  To celebrate, I’ll be sharing my review of book #1, The Blood Race, as well giving you the chance to enter to a win a signed, paperback copy of it!

Alright, let’s get this party started!


TheBloodRaceCover.pngTitle: The Blood Race (The Blood Race #1) by K. A. Emmons

Pages: 318

Genres: YA, Fantasy/Sci-fi

Published by: Self-published (July 27th, 2017)

Summary

I’ve been running from my past for one hundred years. And I’m still just a teenager.

I was selected by my teacher, Sensei, to train in The Dimension: a secret place of refuge for the ‘anomalies’ of past, present, and future earth. Here I would learn to connect to my ‘warrior within’ as Sensei calls it – to channel energy orbs, commute between realms, and even shape-shift into an alternate form. But never did I guess that my training would include taking on an anomaly student of my own: a loose cannon of a college guy named Ion.

Late one evening, I invite him over to Sensei’s house for a little chat; one that will turn his life upside-down. Shoving him into the broom closet turned portal, I drag Ion into the Dimension, opening his eyes to his true homeland: a realm of anomalies. His kin.

As we train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as our own demons, I begin to realize that there’s more to Ion than I originally thought: a darkness he’s spent his life running from. And beyond that, a looming threat hidden in plain sight – something that could destroy me, him, and the future of Earth.

The Blood Race is K.A. Emmons’ debut novel, and the first book in a riveting and fresh YA sci-fi/fantasy thriller series. Pick up your copy of The Blood Race today!

The Blood Race (The Blood Race, #1)

What I Thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!  A huge thank you to author and Livy Lynn Blog Tours!*

Going into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  When it comes to sci-fi/fantasy novels, I sometimes struggle to connect to the story, and often get confused.  I’ll be honest, I was hesitant to even read this book because of that.  The synopsis just kept drawing me in, though.  I’m so glad I decided to give this book a chance!

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Book Review | Goldie Vance Vol. 1

goldie vance vol 1.jpgTitle: Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson

Pages: 112

Genres: Graphic Novel, Mystery, YA

Published by: BOOM! Box (Oct. 11th, 2016)

Summary

GOLDIE VANCE IS ON THE CASE

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day be the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills, and connections to solve the mystery…even if it means getting into a drag race, solving puzzles, or chasing a helicopter to do it!

Goldie Vance Vol. 1

What I Thought

I discovered this book on Hoopla Digital, and after looking it up on Goodreads and seeing all the praise it received, I had to check it out.  I’m so glad I did, too, because this book is adorable and really is just as good as everyone promised!

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Book Review | The Borrowers

the borrowersTitle: The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Pages: 180

Genres: Children’s, Fantasy

Published by: Harcourt Brace & World (Oct. 8th, 1953)

Summary

Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers — Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings. Whatever the Clocks need they simply “borrow” from the “human beans” who live above them. It’s a comfortable life, but boring if you’re a kid. Only Pod is allowed to venture into the house above, because the danger of being seen by a human is too great. Borrowers who are seen by humans are never seen again. Yet Arrietty won’t listen. There is a human boy up there, and Arrietty is desperate for a friend.

The Borrowers (The Borrowers #1)

What I Thought

The Borrowers is another one of those books that I wanted to read as a kid, but never actually got around to reading when I was in the target audience, and so I just sort of forgot about it for a while.  So, when I discovered a copy at my library’s book sale, I was so excited, and just knew I had to get it.  I’m so glad that I finally got the chance to read it!

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