Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero


This is a really fun book, y'all.

Found footage horror movies are one of my favorite genres even if 85% of them terrible. I was sold on them from the first time I saw Blair Witch Project, and in more recent times I loved the Paranormal Activity movies (until the fourth one broke the trend of them getting progressively more awesome and was just mediocre). If there is an equivalent to FF movies in books, they would be the style The Supernatural Enhancements is written in...a collection of diary entries, handwritten notes, written transcripts of video footage, etc. Another book that successfully pulled this off this year was Sarah Lotz's The Three.

So imagine a haunted house story told in this way! Awesome, right? And it is. What makes this even cooler is that it's presented as an investigation into the secrets of the house. Two young people go to check out this newly inherited house and learn about ~haunting. But they quickly learn there are many many more secrets the house is hiding and they work hard to solve the puzzle. But of course they themselves begin to be affected by the power of the house.

And everything turns out to be much different than you originally suspect...looking at the cover might give you a clue? But really I don't want to say too much because the way it all unfolds is the fun of it! This is a super fun, page turner. Give it a look!

I did read an egalley provided to me by the publisher.

Amy

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TWD Catch-up!

Since a few people actually asked my thoughts on recent TWD episodes, I thought I'd post! Hopefully I can get back in the swing of sharing thoughts on a weekly basis..even though there are only two episodes left before another hiatus :(

I've really enjoyed the season for the most part! I do have to say I'm surprised they split up the group again so quickly employing the same methods of character development they used last season when I was fairly certain they said they wouldn't do that again. Even so, it's been successful for the most part--I absolutely loved the episode with Beth in the hospital (this episode proves the spinoff has a chance imo) and I enjoyed Daryl and Carol's episode a lot as well. The one with Abraham and Eugene and company..I don't know I am just not warming up to those two characters and the writers still haven't given Rosita much POV at all. It's really frustrating to me because I think they have succeeded with Tara, she's realized..you get who she is, but Rosita is like a blank slate still and it's just kind of sad to me. So yeah that episode bored me, ugh.

Bob's death was painful and sad, poor Sasha. I did really love the reason he gave for not telling her the second he was bit, that's been one of my favorite death moments on the show. Sometimes this show gets emotional truth so well. I feel like at the time I had ~thoughts about the brutal slaughter taking place in the church--a place of sanctuary and I had a lot of thoughts on Michonne and her katana, but it's been too long now.

Anyway, I was kind of bummed that Carol was actually captured by evil hospital people and it wasn't a set up, but I'm curious to see how everything plays out!

So yeah, I'm really enjoying the season, but I'm thinking are more tightly integrated next week--how about you guys? What do you think?

Amy

CFBA Book Spotlight: A Promise to Cherish by Elizabeth Yount

About the Book: As World War II draws to a close, nurse Christine falls in love with roguish Amish boy Eli and must choose between a new, uncertain life in the Amish faith or face the judgment of a conservative postwar American society for her past mistakes.

It’s 1945, and Christine Freeman is a nurse at Hudson River State Hospital, where she works alongside members of a Civilian Public Service unit. Eli is one of the conscies—conscientious objectors to the war—and he is doing his best to become a man of character instead of the immature heartbreaker he used to be back home in his Amish community.

Christine and Eli are friendly, but when an old acquaintance, Jack, returns home from the war, Christine’s world is violently turned upside down. Eli, heartbroken to see his friend so hurt, offers her an escape within his Amish community. Despite her misgivings, Christine is fully embraced by Eli’s community. She slowly begins to feel valued and loved as she learns the Amish way of life.

Christine finds herself falling for Eli. But soon, the abusive Jack discovers Christine in her Amish hideaway and starts causing trouble for the quiet community. Christine can’t see herself becoming Amish, and she knows that if Eli leaves the church to be with her, he will be shunned. Will she escape Jack and possibly have to give up the one thing she holds most dear, or will she follow her heart and promise to cherish the Amish man who loves her?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin


Yes it's definitely time for Christmas reads!

I really love thematic novellas like this that are packaged together and I love the gentle and comforting tone of this book. All three of these stories are set during World War II and connected by the characters. They are all involved in very different parts of the war, but it's also Christmas for them all! And despite the fact that World War II is soemtimes my least favorite time period to read about, this book evokes the Christmas spirit by establishing a strong atmosphere and delivering messages of hope and togetherness. My favorite thing about Christmas is the reminder that we're not alone and these stories all deliver that message.

The writing is very Christian fiction-y...I don't really know how else to describe it, but if you are familiar with the genre, you understand. Even so, these are delightful stories that are perfect for the season and enjoyable as historical fiction as well.

I received a copy of this book for review.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Giveaway: While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell


About the Book: Historical fiction at its best — The Brothers Grimm meets The Thirteenth Tale

I am not the sort of person about whom stories are told.

And so begins Elise Dalriss’s story. When she hears her great-granddaughter recount a minstrel’s tale about a beautiful princess asleep in a tower, it pushes open a door to the past, a door Elise has long kept locked. For Elise was the companion to the real princess who slumbered—and she is the only one left who knows what actually happened so many years ago. Her story unveils a labyrinth where secrets connect to an inconceivable evil. As only Elise understands all too well, the truth is no fairy tale.

Giveaway

One copy to a resident of the US. Winner will be notified via email.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Spotlight: Dreaming on Daisies by Miralee Ferrell

About the Book: When her father's debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson's family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah's family secrets—and the pain of her past—come to a head. They could destroy everything she's fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.

This is western historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman's past.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton Giveaway


About the Book: In the late twelfth century, across the sweeping Mongolian grasslands, brilliant, charismatic Temujin ascends to power, declaring himself the Great, or Genghis, Khan. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph....

After her mother foretells an ominous future for her, gifted Borte becomes an outsider within her clan. When she seeks comfort in the arms of aristocratic traveler Jamuka, she discovers he is the blood brother of Temujin, the man who agreed to marry her and then abandoned her long before they could wed.

Temujin will return and make Borte his queen, yet it will take many women to safeguard his fragile new kingdom. Their daughter, the fierce Alaqai, will ride and shoot an arrow as well as any man. Fatima, an elegant Persian captive, will transform her desire for revenge into an unbreakable loyalty. And Sorkhokhtani, a demure widow, will position her sons to inherit the empire when it begins to fracture from within.

In a world lit by fire and ruled by the sword, the tiger queens of Genghis Khan come to depend on one another as they fight and love, scheme and sacrifice, all for the good of their family...and the greatness of the People of the Felt Walls.

I have one copy to give away to someone in the United States! Just fill out the form below to enter!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bleeding Heart by Liza Gyllenhaal Giveaway!


About the Book: Liza Gyllenhaal has charmed readers with her “gripping and deeply perceptive” (Ben Sherwood, Author of Charlie St. Cloud) novels. Now the author of A Place for Us brings us a captivating new story about a woman’s struggle to rebuild her life after scandal destroys her marriage....

After her accountant husband disappears with millions of dollars stolen from his company’s clients, Alice Hyatt flees New York City and moves to her family’s longtime summer home in a small town in western Massachusetts. There she begins to make a new start, reconnecting with old friends and finding peace—and a growing sense of pride—as a landscape architect.

When extremely wealthy newcomer Graham Mackenzie asks her to design an elaborate garden for him, she can’t turn down the opportunity despite misgivings about Mackenzie’s energy company, which specializes in the controversial practice of fracking.

But just as the project nears completion, she learns Mackenzie’s offer is not all that it seems. Once again, Alice finds herself embroiled in someone else’s crimes, this time putting her newfound success—and possibly her life—in jeopardy....

Courtesy of the publisher, I have one copy of this book to give away to a US resident.

Just fill in the form below to be entered!