Saturday, May 30, 2015

Turning Point Blog Tour


TURNING POINT: Seven YA Inspirational Novels in One Set
Making it easy (and super cheap!) for you. All your summer reading is right here in this one set. Get seven full-length novels from some of your favorite authors.

By Darkness Hid byJill Williamson 
Given the chance to train as a squire, kitchen servant Achan Cham hopes to pull himself out of his pitiful life and become a Kingsguard Knight. When Achan's owner learns of his training, he forces Achan to spar with the Crown Prince--more of a death sentence than an honor. Meanwhile, strange voices in Achan's head cause him to fear he's going mad. While escorting the prince to a council presentation, their convoy is attacked. Achan is wounded and arrested, but escapes from prison--only to discover a secret about himself he never believed possible. 

Whisper If You Have To by Staci Stallings 
Secrets. Alison Prescott has collected a boatload of them in her short lifetime. Moving to a new school in a new town was supposed to fix everything; however, when she meets a new set of friends, keeping those secrets might just ruin everything including her fledgling relationship with the school’s basketball star, Chad Dourozette. How far will Allison go to keep the secrets she can never tell anyone? 

It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith 

There’s a reason Facebook has the Status Update, It’s Complicated. Follow four college roommates, Claire, Palmer, Hannah, and Kat as they maneuver crushes, confusion, and the crisis when pushy boys go too far. Complicated as it is, these four friends will pull through, guided by the strength of their friendship and the power of God’s love. 

Failstate by John W. Otte 
A fledgling teenage superhero competes on a reality TV show for a government vigilante license. When one of his competitors is murdered, Failstate sets out on a quest to avenge her death. But will his superpowered lunk of a big brother ruin everything? 

The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O’Dell 
Sixteen-year-old Olivia Mansfield can’t wait to escape the confines of her home, which promises nothing but perpetual torment and abuse from her stepfather. When poor choices lead her to the brink of a complete breakdown, Olivia comes to a crossroads. Will she find the path to ultimate hope and healing that her heart longs for? 

Mardan’s Mark by Kathrese McKee 
Abducted by pirates and taken behind enemy lines across the Great Gulf, Princess Srilani is determined to save her sisters and younger brother, the crown prince, from captivity. She convinces their caretaker, Aldan, and his brother slaves to share the perilous journey home. This ragtag group of unlikely heroes sets out on a quest — pursued by cutthroat pirates, merciless priests, and marauding soldiers — to return the heir to his kingdom before war breaks out. In this epic adventure fantasy, Srilani and Aldan risk everything to save a prince and a nation, discovering along the way that death is not their deepest fear. 

Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk 
After her older brother Wyatt is killed in a jealousy-fueled incident and her mother disappears, Meg Kavanagh decides surviving is easy---it's living that takes guts. She believes she's to blame for Wyatt's death, but when Henry Whitmire steps in with a secret, will Meg forgive herself enough to accept the good things in life like the rush of first love and the power of mercy? 

You can pre-purchase this WHOLE set currently for JUST .99! 
http://www.amazon.com/Turning-Point-Young-Inspirational-Novels-ebook/dp/B00WFNN9CG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1432144471&sr=8-7&keywords=turning+point#sthash.b6LOzMJR.dpuf
So get to it! And enjoy the books.

(I've read three of the books in this set, and I assure you they are top-notch!)


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Haunting Joy by Lena Goldfinch



Joy’s new dress has a secret – one with a little supernatural history, one that’s a little more than she expected. 

It all starts one ordinary afternoon, as seventeen-year-old Joy tries on some thrift-store clothes her grandmother gave her. The little white dress fits perfectly. Trouble is, now it won’t leave her alone. Soon Joy is swept up in an extraordinary journey to help a ghost complete some unfinished business. 
If only that didn’t involve Joy driving through dangerous intersections... 
Or calling up her high-school crush, Nick... 
Or getting stuck at a cemetery after dark. 
Will Joy accept this ghostly challenge to be "more"? And just how far will she go to uncover the truth? 
"I never believed in ghosts. 
Until it happened to me."

THE GOOD
  1. Normally, I don't read paranormal stories. But this one... it just looked good.
  1. This story was bursting with wonderful characters, from Joy, our heroine, to Beth, the ghost.
  1. I sort of need Beth to come haunt me now. She's really awesome.
  1. Joy's relationship with Nick was GREAT. And funny. Very funny. Especially the graveyard conversations.
  1. This book managed to be Christian without dumping it all on you. God graced the story, but subtly. I think an unbeliever could enjoy this book as much as a believer could.
  1. This book was a little depressing at moments, but also funny! I loved that.

  1. Thrift stores. JUST THRIFT STORES. They're so cool. And after this I'm probably going to go and buy all the white dresses with matching flip-flops and necklaces hoping there is a Beth waiting for me to try on her dress.
  1. This story took the paranormal genre, gave it a lighter element, and told the story of a girl who got haunted. A girl who became more.

THE BAD
  1. Joy did act a little younger than she was.
  1. There was a scene where Joy and Nick went to Beth's grandma's home and the old lady didn't know Beth was dead, so they told her. Just a little insensitivity there.
FOR THE PARENTS
This contains ghosts, death, screaming, and some kissing. 12+

I rate this four stars.

*I received a free audiobook copy of this in exchange for my honest review

Aire by Lena Goldfinch


"Danger, magic, romance, and royal intrigue, AIRE is a must read!" 
—NYT Bestselling Author JESSICA ANDERSEN 

"Looking for something fresh and new to read? Try Lena Goldfinch's AIRE." --SERENA CHASE, USA Today HEA 

A tale of Legends reborn, royal intrigue, and an unforgettable, heart-melting romance that will sweep you away. 
Annalisia is a seer, a princess with a courageous spirit—and a soft spot for Legends. 
Jovanni is a Legend, a commoner with no patience for pampered royals. 


Principessa Annalisia is stunned and conscience-stricken when an unknown enemy mistakenly abducts her maidservant. Determined to find the girl, Annalisia disguises herself as plain Anna and slips away from the palace. She tracks down Jovanni, her maidservant's daring older brother, and they soon begin to search together. As they uncover clues, Anna also discovers a kindred spirit in Jovanni. But would he be so free with her if he knew who she really was? Doubtful. Even so, she reveals her secret gift of visions to him, and in so doing disobeys the orders of her beloved grandmother, the queen. 

With Jovanni, Anna can almost imagine she’s like any other seventeen year old girl, free to pursue the longings of her heart. When she learns that he also has a secret—he's a sentinel, an ancient shapeshifter who can take the form of a falcon—it seems as if they were destined to be together, as in the legends of il Sentiro. Though Anna is tempted to wish otherwise, she can’t forget that she’s a princess and it's her duty to marry another. Meanwhile, their hunt leads Anna ever closer to danger, for she herself is being hunted. 

A princess and a commoner. They never should have fallen in love...but they did. 
AIRE is a lush romantic fantasy, inspired by ancient Italy and Turkey. 

THE GOOD

  1. Anna was beautifully done character, and leapt on the page.
  1. Jovanni was such a good, good, good character.
  1. Lots of shipping went on here. Tons and tons and tons.
  1. This story kept me on my toes
  1. The world-building was original and fresh, with splashes of Italian culture.
  1. Though this was a romance, it was also an adventure. There were kidnappings and all sorts of fun fantasy elements.
  1. Jovanni is cute when he's jealous.
  1. This was such a rich and well-told story.

THE BAD
  1. The story was, at times a little confusing.

FOR THE PARENTS
There is some mild kissing, and some fighting. Nothing over the top, though.

I rate it five stars! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet

http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html
Look at all these posts! I'm on a roll! :D
Welcome to my try at The Broke and the Bookish's meme, Top Ten Tuesday. This week's subject is "Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet"
Here we go, I guess.

TEN AUTHORS I REALLY WANT TO MEET
(not in order)

1. Kiera Cass
(brilliance)
2. Sarah J. Maas
(mind=blown)
3. Kasie West
(love her books)
4. Marissa Meyer
(YASS)
5. Jennifer E. Smith
(she is the queen of contemporary)
6. Anne Elisabeth Stengl
(best living fantasy author EVAH)
7. Nadine Brandes
(A Time to Die--pure genius)
8. Brandon Sanderson
(KALADIN)
9. Tamara Leigh
(HER MEDIEVAL SPEECH)
10. Melanie Dickerson
(do I even have to explain?)
OOH, BONUS AUTHOR!
11. Ally Carter

That list would be sooo different if I could put dead authors down. :D Classics are the best.

Happy Tuesday!
Ryebrynn

Friday, May 8, 2015

Random Fridays: My Top Ten OTPs

Welcome to my second try at Awkwordly Emma's meme, Random Fridays!
This week's subject is Top Ten OTPs. In case you don't know what an OTP is, I shall explain below.

OTP
(One True Pairing.)
Meaning the characters you ship the most.
Well, that was dramatic. But, yeah. That's an OTP. Or at least my understanding of it. (fangirls may correct me).
This begs the question: "What are MY OTPs?"
here we go.
MY TOP TEN OTPS(not in order)
  1. Robin and Marian from BBC Robin Hood
  2. Merlin and Freya from Merlin
  3. Rose and Ten from Doctor Who
  4. Eanrin and Imraldera from Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Tales of Goldstone Wood
  5. Kai and Cinder from Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles
  6. David and Megan from Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners
  7. Celaena and Chaol from Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass books.
  8. Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade from Timothy Zahn's Star Wars books
  9. Cammie and Josh from Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls
  10. America and Maxon from Kiera Cass's Selection series.
There you have it! My OTPs. 
I'd love to see yours as well, so join up with Awkwordly Emma's meme or comment on this post with your list! :D

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Free book! Free book!

OKAY, Y'ALL. JILL WILLIAMSON'S BOOK IS FREE RIGHT NOW, AND #24 IN THE AMAZON KINDLE FREE LIST. WE CAN GET IT TO #1. GO BUY IT.

NOW!

http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Hid-Blood-Kings-book-ebook/dp/B00266Q078/ref=zg_bs_digital-text_f_24

(also, Jill has another free book: http://www.amazon.com/New-Recruit-Mission-Moscow-League-ebook/dp/B0097ADIGW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1430951507&sr=1-1&keywords=the+new+recruit )
Go get 'em, y'all!

Aire by Lena Goldfinch

A tale of Legends reborn, royal intrigue, and an unforgettable, heart-melting romance that will sweep you away. 

Annalisia is a seer, a princess with a courageous spirit—and a soft spot for Legends. 

Jovanni is a Legend, a commoner with no patience for pampered royals. 


Principessa Annalisia is stunned and conscience-stricken when an unknown enemy mistakenly abducts her maidservant. Determined to find the girl, Annalisia disguises herself as plain Anna and slips away from the palace. She tracks down Jovanni, her maidservant's daring older brother, and they soon begin to search together. As they uncover clues, Anna also discovers a kindred spirit in Jovanni. But would he be so free with her if he knew who she really was? Doubtful. Even so, she reveals her secret gift of visions to him, and in so doing disobeys the orders of her beloved grandmother, the queen. 

With Jovanni, Anna can almost imagine she’s like any other seventeen year old girl, free to pursue the longings of her heart. When she learns that he also has a secret—he's a sentinel, an ancient shapeshifter who can take the form of a falcon—it seems as if they were destined to be together, as in the legends of il Sentiro. Though Anna is tempted to wish otherwise, she can’t forget that she’s a princess and it's her duty to marry another. Meanwhile, their hunt leads Anna ever closer to danger, for she herself is being hunted. 

A princess and a commoner. They never should have fallen in love...but they did. 

AIRE is a lush romantic fantasy, inspired by ancient Italy and Turkey. 

DATE I STARTED THIS BOOK: 4/25/15

DATE I FINISHED THIS BOOK: 4/29/15
HOW I RECEIVED THIS BOOK: Through the author
FORMAT OF THIS BOOK: Audio-book
AMOUNT OF STARS GIVEN: 4/5
TYPE OF REVIEW:  DNF (short)
Okay, so I really, really liked this book. But due to life I didn't finish it.
Full-length novel are just so hard to listen to in audio-book form, and I didn't love the narrator. 
I fully intend to finish this book when life calms down, and I'll be reviewing it.