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The Hazel Wood

Alice moved a lot with her mom Ella. She didn’t think much of it until one day when she was little she got kidnaped by a man who claimed he was going to take her to her grandmother. Alice never met her grandmother, but knew she was a famous writer of fairy tales. The strange thing was that Alice’s mom didn’t want her reading her grandmother’s book. Alice tried countless times to find a copy, but it seemed they disappeared out of existence.

In high school Alice’s mom marries a rich man with a snotty daughter. One day Alice comes home from school to find everyone gone. There’s an odd smell in the apartment and there’s a note on her bed for her. It’s a page from her grandmother’s book. What did it mean? Alice goes to her classmate Finch who is a major fan of her grandmother’s book. Will Alice and Finch find her mom? What’s the mystery behind her kidnapping and the note?

If you enjoy fantasy, fairy tales and mysteries you may enjoy The Hazel Wood. This book was fast paced, intense, fascinating, a mental whirlwind and outside my usual genre. This book has made me want to read some classic fairy tales that haven’t been Disney sanitized. I received my ebook ARC of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert for free from NetGalley in exchange for my feedback. I bought a physical copy since I wanted one for my book collection.

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Hurricane Season

I’m not into Christian fiction. It can be campy, cheesy and not well written. Lauren K. Denton proved me wrong in her novel, Hurricane Season. This lovely story is set in Alabama, about two sisters who secretly envy the other sister. Betsy is the eldest. She’s a farmers wife who wishes she had children. Jenna is the wild younger sister whose a single mother of two little girls. When Jenna gets an opportunity to take an in depth photography retreat in FL she can’t believe her luck. Will Betsy and her husband watch their nieces if Jenna agrees to the opportunity?

This book discusses the myriad of difficult choices we make and how going after our dreams can alter our loved one’s lives. It talks about the sensitive subject of infertility and how it can either bring a couple together or threaten to rip their relationship apart. This novel also, provides a great farming 101 lesson through the book. This book is Christian fiction without any preachy, religious tones in the book, so if you aren’t of that faith variety you can read this book without fear of indoctrination.

I received my free copy of Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton from TLC Book Tours care of Thomas Nelson Publishing. I greatly enjoyed this book. Characters haven’t felt this real in a long time. To me that is the sign of a excellent book. To purchase this gorgeous book click here.

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Risen

I haven’t read a vampire novel in years. Risen was compared to Twilight. I think this novel was definitely an improvement. This novel follows the story of Charlie whose been raised by her aunt Rachel in a little cabin in the woods. Charlie is only allowed to go only so far on her walks with her dog Jax. Charlie is sick of being cooped up at her aunt’s. She wants to see the greater world. Being homeschooled doesn’t help.

One day men in black come for aunt Rachel. Her aunt gives her one piece of advice. “Don’t run.” Charlie is about to find out why in her quest to rescue her aunt. One man in black seems different from the others. For some reason Sebastian and Charlie have some type of connection. Why did these men kidnap her aunt and is Charlie who she thinks she is?

If you like vampires and the book Divergent then you’ll enjoy Risen by Cole Gibsen. I received my free digital copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for my review. Thank you for contacting me Melissa. I’m not a fan of vampire novels, but I do want to keep reading to find out what happens to Charlie.

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A Piece Of The World

What would you do if you had an ailment that doctors couldn’t figure out? You wanted a life free and carefree like others, but you knew you had your lot in life. Christina has terrible pain in her arms and legs. Her legs are misshapen, so getting around is laborious and takes time. Her family and few friends try to persuade her to go see doctors, but out of pride she declines. Christina helps out her parents on their farm. It’s a pretty piece of property on the coast of Maine. One day when she is older, Christina’s friend’s husband, Andy, an artist comes to draw at her house. What could Andy have her to possibly draw? Will Andy be the friend Christina needs, to truly show her who she is, no holds barred?

This novel switches back and forth between past and present in Christina’s life. The time period spans from the 1900’s to the late 1940’s. At times it can be a bit confusing, but the characterization is well thought out. You see how Christina changes and yet still remains her stubborn self. This novel makes me want to go visit the setting of this story. Maine sounds gorgeous, and yet brutal in winter.

I received my free copy of A Piece Of The World by Christina Baker Kline from TLC Book Tours care of William Morrow Books in exchange for my review. If you are interested in buying a copy please click here. To find out more about the author check out her site.

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Deborah Calling

Deborah Calling is the sequel to Deborah Rising, the novelized story of the Prophetess Deborah of the Bible. If you haven’t read book one then I think you can read this sequel as there is a nice recap. This sequel continues Deborah’s search to be transformed into a man care of the special potion. Will Deborah be transformed into a man, or will her father’s prophecy that she will be a leader and a messenger for the Hebrews come true? Can Deborah be at peace with what she feel God is wanting her to be? Follow Deborah on her journey from being a slave at a tannery to a warrior.

This novel is long, intense, captivating, humerus, violent, descriptive and I think better than the first book. I received Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli from TLC Book Tours care of HarperOne for free in exchange for my review. To buy a copy click here and to learn more about the author check out their site.

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The Last Days Of Oscar Wilde

I went into this novel blind. I didn’t know much about Oscar Wilde before starting this book. This novel talks about the end of Oscar’s life and his different flashbacks. Oscar had been in prison after one of his lover’s father accuses him of sodomy and is trying to get back on his feet. He tries to rekindle past flames with some of his past male lovers, but realizes they have moved on. The writing is poetic in parts, descriptive in others. If you don’t know anything about Oscar I’d recommend learning a bit about him first, otherwise you might end up lost like me.

I received The Last Days Of Oscar Wilde by John Vanderslice for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my feedback. This book is slow, pace wise. I personally don’t like this book. It’s depressing and sad. It’s sad to think how lonely Oscar truly is after he’s released from prison. I have never read any of his work, but maybe I will venture to read some. If you are a fan of his work this novel would be better suited for you.

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The Slave

The Slave is a short story about a man who is in a coma and can’t respond to those around him in the hospital, though he can see and hear what’s going on around him. He hears this inner voice talking to him about life and its purpose. Since the main character can’t communicate outwardly he has no other choice, but to listen to this voice/Guide. This short story reminds me a lot of Conversations With God by Neal Donald Walsch. The concepts explored in this book range from learning how to forgive, not blame others, being responsible for your own happiness and in the connectedness with everything.

If you enjoyed similar books you will want to pick up a copy of this slim volume. If you have a day to just sit and read you’ll easily complete this short book. Not all books are worthy of being read over and over. This one is. Enjoy. Savor. Learn. Live. Most importantly: LOVE.

I was contacted by an agent with the PR company promoting The Slave by Anand Dilvar. This was due to her seeing one of my book reviews. This makes me happy to see that my blogging is getting noticed. I am thrilled that I was asked to review an ARC of this book. Thank you, Larissa.