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Review - The Sisterhood by Bobbie Houston

My Copy of the Book Year Published: 2016 Genre: Christian; Non-Fiction Blurb: We don't need to look far to realize that not all women live with the same opportunities and confidence. THE SISTERHOOD invites women to explore and expand what they believe about God, themselves, and their responsibility to the world around them. Tracing the rise of Hillsong Church's global Sisterhood movement, author Bobbie Houston challenges women to join her in creating a new era of outreach. Readers will learn how to embrace their individual gifts and value as women, growing seeds of change into greater possibilities for women everywhere. If one woman can change her world, then only heaven truly knows what an entire company of women can achieve. About the Author: Bobbie Houston, together with her husband Brian, is the founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. Bobbie also founded The Colour Sisterhood foundation in 1997, a worldwide movement of women united to make a diffe

Review - Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

My Copy of the Book Year Published: 2018 Genre: Contemporary; Mystery Blurb: 84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, she considers the charming new resident who looks exactly like a man she once knew – a man who died sixty years ago. His arrival has stirred distant memories she and Elsie thought they’d laid to rest. Lying prone in the front room, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light … About the Author: Joanna Cannon is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling debut novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, which has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK alone and has been published in 15 countries. The novel was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, shortlisted for The Bookseller Industry Awards 2017 and won the 2016 BAMB Reader Award. Joanna has been interviewed in The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Times and Good Housekeeping magazine, and

My Week of Reading (18 - 23 June 2018)

Hello Everyone, It's been quite a week for reviews - I managed to get three done - so I'm going to be jumping straight in: The Claimant by Lily Burlington: Amazon:  Amazon Review - The Claimant Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - The Claimant Here is my blog review of the book:  Blog Review - The Claimant Even though there wasn't a huge amount going on in this book; I still enjoyed the romance that was in it. The Diviners by Libba Bray: Amazon:  Amazon Review - The Diviners Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - The Diviners Here is my blog review of the book:  Blog Review - The Diviners I'm curious as to how this series is going to carry on. Lucan: Part 2 by Christine Duts:  Amazon:  Amazon Review - Lucan: Part 2 Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - Lucan: Part 2 Here is my blog review of the book:  Blog Review - Lucan: Part 2 Monthly Reading Goals:  Can you believe that I have finally gotten to this?! The review that I've posted here -

Review - The Claimant by Lily Burlington

My Copy of the Book Year Published: 2017 Genre: Romance; Contemporary; Young Adult Blurb: Cat has made the decision to stay with Leopold in Solis, leaving behind any chance of life as an average teenager. With the help of Governor Richard, she has found herself next in line for the throne of Arcadis, which is to be liberated from French control upon her ascension. But when ancient artifacts rumored to be lost centuries ago start to turn up, and Leopold is victim to a tragic and mysterious accident, Cat must step up and rule her people without his direction. With Antoine lurking around every corner, Cat may have to start plotting who will wear the crown of both countries if Leopold doesn’t recover.  Can truth and love survive when the path to the throne and crown is riddled with deception and daggers? About the Author: Lily Burlington is a Canadian born author who has been writing since the age of 15. She loves coffee, reading, and fairytales, and spends most da

Review - Lucan: Part 2 by Christine Duts

My Copy of the Book Year Published: 2017 Genre: Paranormal Blurb: Having left the ordeals of his mortal life, Lucan has survived immortality for over a thousand years. His losses and victories, enemies and allies all have a unique role to play in this unwilling journey to the true fount of vampires and werewolves. His ties to the banshees, the animosity between him and werewolves, and his bond with Hadea; all is revealed in this incredible saga.  Sometimes the end is just the beginning. About the Author: I have been writing stories all my life, ever since I learned how to write at the age of six. I cannot imagine my life without writing. It is part of me, it is who I am. I will never stop writing.  I live in the beautiful Baja California peninsula in Mexico. It is a wonderful, inspiring place with incredible landscapes and breathtaking sunsets.  When I am not writing, I take care of my dogs and cats, look after my plants and trees, and enjoy my land. I am a

Review - The Diviners by Libba Bray

My Copy of the Book Year Published: 2012 Genre: Historical Fiction; Paranormal; Young Adult Blurb: It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before. For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be. But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't

My Week of Reading (11 -16 June 2018)

Hello Everyone, At the moment, I'm sitting with the cat on my lap on my bed; and am nearly struggling to type...but, on with the bookish things... So, as I said in my previous 'Week of Reading', it was a bit of a busy reading and blogging week for me, so here are the reviews that I did this past week.  Valentine: Act I of II by Elliott Morreau:  Amazon:  Amazon Review - Valentine: Act I of II Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - Valentine: Act I of II Here is my blog review of the book:  Blog Review - Valentine: Act I of II Pit of Vipers by Millie Thom: Amazon:  Amazon Review - Pit of Vipers Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - Pit of Vipers Here is my blog review of the book:  Blog Review - Pit of Vipers Werebear Skye by Aubrey Law:  Amazon:  Amazon Review - Werebear Skye Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - Werebear Skye Here is my blog review of the book:  Blog Review - Werebear Skye Monthly Reading Goals: Good news - I have FINALLY started this (and hears everyone

Review - Valentine: Act I of II by Elliott Morreau

My Copy of the Book Year Published: 2018 Genre: Suspense Blurb: Welcome to Coalfields.  A Town where everyone fits in. From murderers to rapists to pedophiles. And you. Yes, you. What? You think you’re so much different from them? That’s what Jack and Lia thought too. After all, what do two high school lovebirds have in common with a place like that? Nothing. Until one of them commits murder. But even then, who am I to Judge? After all, I'm merely an observer in the stars—a spectator. God. So out of all the people in the world, why observe the life of two teenagers? Because it's simple: They're special. One is the greatest high school quarterback in North America who's slept with as many girls as the hairs on his head. The other? A child-like teenager who was abused by her now-dead father. But it wasn't the murder of Lia's father, or the fact that Jack had fallen head over heals for a virgin, that interested me. It was because

Review - Werebear Skye by Aubrey Law

Book Cover Year Published: 2018 Genre: Paranormal; Novella Blurb: Skye wants to find the necromancer that killed her father and spill his evil blood. She's also a great person who happens to be a deadly werebear with a bad temper and an occasionally dirty mouth. Can she solve the dreadful murder mystery that has haunted her for ten years? This is an origin short story of Skye that takes place in the year 1997 twenty years before she meets Black Annis in Demon Slayer (Revenge of the Witch #2). About the Author: Aubrey Law is a fantasy writer from Los Angeles, California who shares a house with two adopted dogs: a spoiled Siberian Husky named Maximus and sweetheart German Shepherd named Logan. If you're looking for an intense dark fantasy thrill or a lighthearted fantasy laugh, you've come to the right place. All of Aubrey's stories are written for New Adult/Adult readers. Connect with the Author: Twitter:  Aubrey Law Twitter Buy the Book:

Review - Pit of Vipers by Millie Thom

My Copy of the Book Year Published: 2014 Genre: Historical Fiction Blurb: In Pit of Vipers, the second book in the Sons of Kings trilogy, the lives of Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia continue to unfold against the ever increasing threat of Danish raids.  Now back in his homeland, Eadwulf sets out on his determined quest for revenge, whilst Alfred’s leadership skills develop at the courts of his successive brothers. Before long, those skills will be put to the test . . .  The Danish invasion of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in 865 is merciless and relentless. Every year more Norse ships come to join their comrades in a quest to plunder for wealth and gain domination over the people.  The Wessex king is now Aethelred, Alfred’s last surviving brother, and Alfred becomes his trusted second-in-command. Whilst the Danes take kingdom after kingdom, the brothers wait with baited breath for them to set their sights on Wessex.  By 869 their worst fear is realised.

My Week of Reading (4 - 9 June 2018)

Hello Everyone, It has thankfully been a slightly relaxed week of reading, so all in all, I got one review done. The British FrontLine by Thomas J. Eyre: Amazon:  Amazon Review - The British FrontLine Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - The British FrontLines Genuine Jenn:  Genuine Jenn Review - The British FrontLines Overall it was nice to be pleasantly surprised by this book. Monthly Reading Goals: Though I haven't started the goals for June, I am still doing some leisure reading, and depending on how my review reading goes - I'm hoping to start this particular section of leisure reading soon - maybe in the next week if all goes well! Last Word: Alright, so - I'm definitely going to be reviewing 'Werebear Skye' by Aubrey Law next week, and I'll also be doing two more reviews as well - so it is most likely going to be a bit of a busy week. Another book I'm currently reading is 'Pit of Vipers' by Millie Thom, and it is so nice to be rea

My Week of Reading (28 May - 2 June 2018)

Hello Everyone, It's been quite a week, so I'm going to jump straight into the three reviews that I did. Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott: Amazon:  Amazon Review - Little Women Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - Little Women Here is my blog review of the book:  Blog Review - Little Women The Fallen by Ravek Hunter: Amazon:  Amazon Review - The Fallen Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - The Fallen Genuine Jenn:  Genuine Jenn Review - The Fallen A Crowded Heart by  Andrea McKenzie Raine:  Amazon:  Amazon Review - A Crowded Heart Goodreads:  Goodreads Review - A Crowded Heart Here is my blog review of the book:  Blog Review - A Crowded Heart My favourite out of all the reviews mentioned is of course 'A Crowded Heart'. Monthly Reading Goals: With June hopefully being a bit of a quieter month, I'm going to try and get to this. I am carrying on with my leisure reading from last month - so I'll definitely be keeping you up to date with the progress of thi

Highlights of the Month - May 2018

Hello Everyone, It feels like May has been busy - I read 10 books, and re-read one; which brings the total to 11 books. And the conclusive favourite (coming in at 5 stars), is: - A Crowded Heart by Andrea McKenzie Raine. But I also need to make a few honorable mentions: - Bluethroat Morning by Jacqui Lofthouse - The Six: Kristy by Samantha March - Lunchmeat by Ben D'Alessio All in all, even though it felt like a busy month, I definitely had a nice reading month as well. Monthly Reading Goals: I made tiny steps with my leisure reading this month - but unfortunately I still didn't get to the books that I wanted to read for May's reading goals. So, for most likely the third time, I'm carrying over the books - so here is JUNE'S reading goals: A romance novel OR  A YA paranormal novel So here's to hoping that I'll actually at least start one of these, if not finish them. I was planning on starting one of these at the end of May, but t