Book Review | Regal Hearts: Season Two | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Today I am so excited to share my review of Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch. I read Season One a while back and really loved, so I was so excited jump back into this series!

Be sure to read to the end of the post, because I’m also sharing how you can enter to win an autographed copy of Season One, and you will not want to miss it!


regalheartsseasontwo.jpgTitle: Regal Hearts: Season Two by Livy Jarmusch

Pages: 437

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Christian

Publisher: CreateSpace (Jan. 28th, 2019)

Summary

Following the unexpected revelation of her regal heritage, Lena Bodner must travel to Tarsurella in search of allies. Rebuilding a broken nation is no small task. But now it’s up to Lena to convince her sisters to help. Will they learn to work together in love and unity? Will they rise to become the world-changers they were meant to be? Or will their nation crumble apart, as a wicked dictator overthrows their courage?

Regal Hearts Season Two is the continuation of an exciting story written in a unique “TV Show” format. Livy has been releasing these digital-book episodes on a weekly basis, but now you can read Season 2 (10 Episodes) all at once!

Regal Hearts: Season Two

what i thought

*I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  A huge thank you to the author!*

After reading Season One of Regal Hearts, I was absolutely hooked on Livy Jarmusch’s writing!  Since first reading season one back in late 2017, I’ve also read and loved The Coronation and The Rebellion (a companion series).  Because of this, I was so excited for the chance to review season two!  And I am so delighted to say that this season did not disappoint!

One of the things I loved most about Regal Hearts: Season Two is the characters.  There are so many well-written and memorable characters.  I have become so invested in these characters and their stories.  Livy Jarmusch is truly such a gifted author and writes in a way that is just so encouraging and relatable.  While, honestly, I love them all, my favorite characters are still Eleanor, Emma, and Arden.  I have to say, however, Aurora really grew on me this season.  This book featured so much character growth from everyone compared to who they were last season, and I was internally cheering on all the characters as I watched them grow up, think for themselves, and mature.

The actual plot for this time around was so good, too!! Regal Hearts: Season One was so amazing and just when I didn’t think the storyline could get any better, Season Two happened and absolutely blew me away. There were so many twists and turns throughout this entire novel!

Another thing I loved about this book was the faith content.  I really appreciated how so many of the characters put their trust in God, and the many biblical reminders written throughout the pages of this story.

Overall, I really loved this book.  Regal Hearts: Season Two was filled with action, adventure, mystery, and romance.  There was truly a little bit of everything in this book, and I loved every minute of it!  I cannot wait to read Regal Hearts: Season Three!  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, adventurous, and wholesome read.

5 stars 2


giveaway

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One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of Regal Hearts: Season One!

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about the author

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Livy Jarmusch is a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. She enjoys crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When she’s not writing, you can usually find her playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning her next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies. Come connect at http://www.livylynnblog.com!

 

Visit her at:


tour schedule

Gracelynbuckner.wordpress.com 

Review of Season 1

March 1st

greenteawithbooks.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 2nd

http://englishmysteriesblog.blogspot.com

Guest post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 3rd

Spoonfulofsurprises.com

Review of Season 2

March 5th

https://bookslifeandchrist.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 8th

https://savannahgracewrites.blogspot.com/

March 9th

Writing Advice from Livy

http://kayleeskindofwrites20.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 12th

www.smylinggirl.blogspot.com

Review of Season 1

March 13th

https://imperialscribis.wordpress.com/

Review of Season 1

March 14th

https://hollyciampi.wixsite.com/holly

Review of Season 1

March 15th

www.alyssan.com

Review of Season 2

March 16th

youaresaltandlightblog.wordpress.com

Review of Season 1 

March 19th

www.writingsfromagodgirl.wordpress.com

Guest post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 20th

https://anitaseavey.com

Review of Season One

March 20th

https://uniquelymarieblog.wordpress.com/

Guest Post from Livy: Writing Advice

March 22nd

https://thecalicobooks.wordpress.com

Review of Season 2 

March 23rd

bensshowersofblessings.blogspot.com  

Author Interview

March 29th

www.rileyaline.com

Review of Season 2

March 30th


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February Wrap-Up!

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Hey everyone! So, I just realized I never posted my February wrap-up! So, here I am posting it halfway through March! 😂

Altogether I read 6 books in February!

BOOKS READ

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– Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (library book) \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

– Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (ebook) \\ ⭐⭐⭐

– Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I also read through the entire Bible in about two months, so that’s being counted toward my Goodreads goal, too!

 

STANDOUT BOOK OF THE MONTH

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All in Pieces was such a well-written and gripping book filled with such incredible characters.  Out of the books I read in February, I can’t think of one more deserving than this one (other than the Bible, lol, but I’m not counting that) to be labeled as Standout Book of the Month.

 

BOOKS REVIEWED

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

All in Pieces by Suzanne Young \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard \\ ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

BOOK HAUL

I actually didn’t buy or receive any new books in February!

 

MISCELLANEOUS 

February TBR

I shared my February TBR with you all! As you can see, I didn’t get to all of these books, haha!

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I also shared which book I’m waiting on!

The Valentine's Day

Then it was time to spread some love with The Valentine’s Day Book Tag!

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And lastly, I participated in the Never Let Go blog tour!


That wraps up February! I hope you all had a good February and have been having a good March!

Thank you so much for reading!


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Book Review | All in Pieces

all in pieces.jpgTitle: All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

Pages: 259

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Simon Pulse (Nov. 8th, 2016)

Summary

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

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what i thought
I received All in Pieces for Christmas from my TBTB Secret Santa, Andi, this past year, and I was so excited!  I absolutely loved Hotel Ruby and The Program by Suzanne Young, so even though this book seemed very different from those two, I had no doubt I would love this one as well.  I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint either!

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Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday/Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature, started by Breaking the Spine and continued by Wishful Endings, that puts the spotlight on upcoming releases! 

This week’s pick is:

Girls with Sharp Sticks

RELEASING MARCH 19th, 2019

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The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.

As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.  

Okay y’all this book sounds like it is going to be so good!  I really love Suzanne Young’s writing style and absolutely devoured The Program and Hotel Ruby by her.  I’m actually reading All in Pieces by her right now and I’m loving that one, too.  Suzanne Young just has such a way with words and creating such incredible characters.  I’ve heard only amazing things about Girls with Sharp Sticks from those who received ARCs, so I just cannot wait for this!

 


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Book Review | Rebecca

rebeccaTitle: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Genres: Classic, Gothic, Mystery

Published by: HarperCollins (August, 1938)

Summary

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

Rebecca 

what i thought

I first added Rebecca to my TBR a year or two ago after hearing so many wonderful things about it.  I just knew I was going to to love it!  Let me just say that this book did not disappoint!

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February TBR!

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Hey everyone! I know I’m a few days late, but today I’m going to be sharing some of the books I’m hoping to read this month!  Last month, I didn’t finish as many books as I would have hoped, so I have some pretty high hopes for February.  I don’t always set monthly TBR’s, but I’ve decided to try it out for a while and see how it goes. 🙂

Alright, let’s get started!

First of all, I really want to get to A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs and Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.  I had planned on reading them in January, but I just didn’t get the chance.  I am so eager to read these two.  As a lot of you probably already know the Miss Peregrine series and The Book Thief are two of my favorites.  So, it’s really no surprise why I cannot wait to read them.

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Next up on my TBR is Imposters by Scott Westerfeld.  The Uglies series is another one of my favorites, and I was so excited when I found out about this book.  I just recently bought this one and, as you can imagine, I am thrilled to read it soon!

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I’m also really looking forward to reading All in Pieces by Suzanne Young!  I love her book, The Program, and while this one seems like a very different type of book from The Program, it sounds like it will be amazing.  Also, I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book, so I’ve no doubt that I will love it, too!

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Falling for You by Becky Wade sounds like it is going to be such a fun and romantic book, which I think will be perfect for February and Valetine’s Day.  I haven’t read any of Becky Wade’s other books yet, but I’ve heard so many great things about them, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

Also, as soon as they come in from the library, I’m hoping to get to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young for Taylor Epperson’s Book Lovers Book ClubRoss Poldark by Winston Graham for Haleigh (Sweet Sequels) and Laura’s (bookishstardesigns) Poldark read-along, and Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott for Katharine’s (readwithkat) February #ReadwithKat pick!


So, as you can see, I’ve got a rather ambitious TBR for me this month!  Please wish me luck, because you know I’m going to need it! 😂

What’s on your February TBR?

Thanks for reading!


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Blogmas Book Quote | Ring Out, Wild Bells

Hello! It’s time for one final Blogmas Book Quote in 2018. Today’s quote comes from the poem Ring Out, Wild Bells by Alfred Lord Tennyson, which is found in A Vintage Christmas.

I love how this quote really captures how so many of us are feeling on December 31st!


“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ring Out, Wild Bells


Happy New Year! Here’s to an amazing 2019! 🥂🎉

 


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#TBTBSanta Unboxing 2018!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate; if not, I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week)!  My holiday was absolutely lovely, filled with family, food, fun, and memories. 🎄  Last week, I received my package from my TBTB Secret Santa!  It turns out, my Secret Santa was Andi @ Andi’s ABCs, and oh my goodness, did she spoil me so!! 💕  Today I’ll be sharing all the lovely goodies she gifted me with!

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Book Review | Silent Days, Holy Night | Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Hey everyone! Today I’m teaming up with JustRead Tours and Gilead Publishing for the blog tour to celebrate the recent release of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols. I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the book as well as how you can win a copy!

Here we go:

silent days holy night.jpegTitle: Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Pages: 240

Genres: Fiction, Inspirational, Christmas

Published by: Gilead Publishing (Oct. 20th, 2018)

Summary

The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house . . .  

Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .

When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.

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what i thought

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A huge thank you to the author, Gilead Publishing and JustRead Blog Tours!*

This book was so sweet!  Going into this story, I thought I had an idea how this book would go.  While it sort of did, Silent Days, Holy Night ended up being so much more than I anticipated!

I absolutely loved all the characters in this novel!  Julia is so sweet and sassy and I just adored her.  I love how determined she was about everything.  Mr. Lafferty was the sweetest little cinnamon roll and, just like Julia, I wish I had him as a friend.

Silent Days, Holy Night was so well written, too!  The writing was so comfortable to read, if that makes sense.  It was just the perfect book to read, curled up on the couch with soft Christmas music playing in the background.

This book made me laugh and it also made me shed a few tears.  It is one that I will not soon be forgetting!  It also made me really want to start studying sign language again.

Silent Days, Holy Night is about loving others, friendships and embracing our differences.  This book is filled with the Christmas spirit, and it was honestly such an enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet and heartwarming read this holiday season.

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(1) winner will receive (US only):

  • a print copy of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols
  • a print copy of Sleigh Bells Ring by various authors

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

Giveaway will begin at midnight December 10, 2018 and last through 11:59pm December 17, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here

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about the author

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Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.

Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.

She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.

Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.

CONNECT WITH PHYLLIS: Website | Facebook | Twitter


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December TBR + Tistheseasonathon & Classicsathon TBRs!

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Hello everyone!  I am so excited for the books I plan on reading this month! Christmas is my favorite time of year, and so December is going to be filled with holiday-themed reads.  I’ve also decided to participate in the ‘TisTheSeasonAthon – which starts today, December 3rd, and runs through the 9th – and the ClassicsAThon, which runs through the entire month of December.  Because everything was starting all around the same time, I decided to create one big TBR post!

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