“Of Things to Come” by Miranda Atchley—- Book Blog Tour (Giveaway!)

Good Day (or Night), dear readers! Today I have the honor of participating in the blog tour for  “Of Things to Come,” an upcoming book by Indie Author, Miranda Atchley. Indie Authors and their books are just as important as traditional, so I am happy to help spread the news about this book. 😀

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Hello, and welcome to the Of Things To Come blog tour! We’re celebrating the release of the third book in The Abi Hensley Series, which releases on October 27, 2017. Read further to find out more about the book and the giveaway.

 

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About The Book

After enduring the First World War, most of the world is hoping to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and move forward in the year 1919. Yet for Abi Hensley the happiness she felt upon the end of the war has been short lived. Grief stricken from the passing of a dear friend, she cannot seem to overcome the loss. Amidst her grief, she is also struggling with her writing, something that has always been a comfort to her. In light of these circumstances, she finds herself questioning many things in her life for the first time.

 

Can Abi get back to all that she loves and look forward to things to come?

 

About The Author

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Miranda Atchley loves books of all sorts, but has always had a special place in her heart for historical fiction. Writing is her favorite thing to do and she has published three historical novels and three contemporary young adult novels. Her novel A Castle in the Sky was a finalist for Read Free.ly’s The 50 Best Indie Books of 2016. She also writes the blog A Real Writer’s Life. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find Miranda with her head in a book, taking a walk, or watching Downton Abbey at her home in Arkansas.

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Giveaway

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Three winners will each receive a Kindle download of the book Of Things To Come. The giveaway begins October 20 and ends October 28. The giveaway is open internationally. Must be 18 or older to enter.

 

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The Abi Hensley Series

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Want to read the first two books in The Abi Hensley Series? Just click here!

 

Blog Tour Dates

10/20 Amber at Seasons of Humility

10/21 Julie at My Favorite Pastime

10/22 Grace at She Hearts Fiction

10/23 Amada at ASC Book Reviews

 

Thank you for stopping by and showing your support for Of Things To Come!

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“Many Sparrows” by Lori Benton—Book Review.

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Some stories blow your mind the moment you start reading it. Others catch your attention, sweeping you away with a simpler, yet pleasant, journey that leaves you feeling just as amazed by the end.

This is the case for Lori Benton’s newest book, “Many Sparrows.”

The story is about a woman, Clare, whose husband is killed. And then her son is kidnapped…while she is giving birth to her second child in the wilderness! Yeah, lots of unfavorable circumstances, but she is a determined woman. Eliciting the help of a man who takes messages from colonists to the Native Americans, she ventures out to find her son, and learns some lessons on the journey.

Lori Benton wrote AMAZING characters in this book. They are so real, and their stories fascinating. Not the heart pounding kind of interesting, but more of the heart touching kind. It was lovely seeing the growth of Clare. She went through some difficult times, but came out stronger than ever despite not everything going her way. Her story of learning that God is in control was powerful.

Another thing I really like about this book is that it is a historical that transports me into the last with bits awesome world building. I really feel like I went to eighteenth century America, lived in an Indian village, and traveled some old trails, too. I admit the parts with farming were meh for me, but they were never overdone to the point where I was excruciatingly bored. 😄

I also liked that there was a bit of  guessing element when it came to some characters and their pasts. Two I never fully learned, but they are supposed to be in another book (which I just happen to have), and I am looking forward to reading it.

No, “Many Sparrows” is not a book I set a record of turning pages, but it was still good. The whole thing is just a bundle of historical delight, and one I doubt I will forget. If you like a good historical with some faith elements, then give his books a try ASAP. I give it a rating of five.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

 

*Thanks to the Blogging for Books program for a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

“Invictus” by Ryan Graudin— Book Review

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The story is about a group of time travelers who take things from the past that no one would notice missing. However, times of the past start disappearing—literally—and they soon have to save the world even if it costs them great sacrifice…

I enjoyed this book. I loved how it so much humor! The characters were pretty great. I liked how their was time travel, which gave this story a mixture of sci-fi and history. Sometimes all the science stuff stretched my brain to where it kind of hurt, haha, but the comedy helped keep it from being overwhelming. The funny parts also helped with the sad parts. Because, yes, parts of this book were mood downers. However, there is more smile inducing moments than frown weighing moments. Also, there’s an adorable red panda. ❤

I think the only negatives was that this book does have some world views that I as a Christian do not agree with, but I just thought “meh” kind of thoughts and proceeded to read without letting them bother me….Oh, and some cursing. Did not like that, but this book had a lot less cursing than some YA books.  Still, better if there were none.

If you are looking for an interesting time travel book that is sure to give you a smile and stretch your in-need-of-more-excercise brain, you just might want to try this book. I give it a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

*Thanks to the publisher through Netgalley for a free -ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

“Unraveling” by Sara Ella— Book Review

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Sequels are ever so hard to review, because I don’t want to spoil anything for potential readers of the first book. However, I shall do my best 😀

So in this sequel we follow El as she adjusts to all the changes life had brought to her from her journey in book one. But book one’s ending was no happy ever after. In fact, it seems the victories of book one are being covered by unexpected bad events causing an unraveling… (The title for this book is spot on.)

I enjoyed this tale. It was a little slow in the beginning—mostly due to my impatience of wanting to see a certain character again—but over all a nicely paced read. Sara Ella really does well with adding unexpected twists to further the story, and I love it when an author can surprise me more than once.

Another thing I liked about this book was that it is one of the first books in awhile that made me happy sigh because of the romance. It has been some time since I have been THRILLED with who the heroine ends up with. *sighs and hearts eyes and more sighs*

I also think the world building in this book is even better than book one, as more of the Reflections are shown.

Oh, and the ending! Gah! Not what I expected, but I respect an author who gives me a cliff-hanger ending even if it makes me sad I must wait to see what happens. O_o

Negatives… Hm. Well, like I said, a slow start (again, impatience on my part), but even then it wasn’t boring. Just I needed a character to show up ASAP. Haha. Other then that, no big complaint.

In the end, I think this book is a worthy sequel. Action, plot twists, one of the best romances of 2017 so far for me… Yeah, I think I will go ahead and give this books a rating of five.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

*Thanks to the publisher for a free electronic advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. (I actually did not get around to the arc before it released, so I read the final copy.)

Drama Wednesday (20): “Bride of the Water God” Drama Thoughts

Hello readers! I know, long time no post. (Like, it has been a month and a day!) However, today I am back. Hopefully, it won’t be so long until my next post. 🙂

Today I am here to talk some about the 2017 Korean Drama, “Bride of the Water God.”  When I saw the beautiful imagery, and the fact that the male lead was played by Nam Joo Hyuk (One of my fave actors from “Scarlet Heart: Ryeo”), I knew I had to watch this. (Yes, as in, I had little choice. My brain would not let me not watch it o_O)

So, this drama is about Habaek, a Water God who must go to earth to get the god stones so he can finally be king (The stones have been left in the care of three gods who live in the human world). Once he comes here, though, he loses his godly powers and his map to find the gods with stones (Oops). Because of this, he soon decides to elicit the help of the god servant…

The servant, however, had no idea that she was a god servant, and, as a psychiatrist, she thinks Habaek is a mentally ill man… but not for long.

 

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What I Liked:

More comedic than expected. Okay, the promotional images are beautiful, and lend a serious atmosphere. I thought that said images meant this drama would be more melo-dramatic, but nope. It was actually quite funny. Not always funny—there are some pretty sad times in it—but there was enough humor to make me smile many times. So no, don’t go into this expecting to be rolling in a tide of melo-dramatic-waves. You’ll be splashed with humor on many occasions.

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The large cast of characters. I love large casts. It helps me stay more engaged (due to a brain that has a hard time concentrating of late :-P). Everyone in this drama did a fantastic job with their roles, whether big or small. The antagonist’s role really shone for me, even more so than Habaek (The Water God). And the side characters became like friends. Kind of sad that there is no more of them. :,-(

The ending of a story plot surprised me. I like an ending where I did not see it coming. Where the truth of a secret makes me get that “Oh my gosh…” feeling. I won’t say what it was exactly, but boy, the FEELS. THE FEELS!

What little fantasy was in it was pretty cool. I wished there was more, but what was in there was awesome.

What I Was Not So Fond Of:

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I think this drama has one big flaw for me, and that is that there is not enough fantasy elements. I mean, there are fantasy parts, but there needed to be more. There were moments where it felt more like a contemporary rom-com then the fantasy portal I wish it was. 😦

Overall, I enjoyed this drama. I suppose it is a new favorite, but not a favorite favorite. More of a “It’s good, yes, and I like it. But it could have been better.”

“A Name Unknown” by Roseanna M. White— Book Review

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About The Book:

Rosemary Gresham is a thief, and a talented one at that. In fact, she is so talented that people hire her to steal stuff. o_O So it’s no BIG surprise that the mysterious Mr. V hires her for the special job of finding proof that Mr. Peter Holstein is a German sympathizer. Disguised as a librarian (best disguise, ever!),  Rosemary is soon hired by Mr. Holstein to organize his library (which is in a sad state of paper-ly shambles.) What will she discover… *mystery music sounds*

My Review:

THIS book.

Strong heroine? Check. Sweet, realistic romance? Check. Faith Content? Check!

I had read only a couple of Roseanna M White’s before this one—which I liked, by the way. However, this one tops them both so that it shines in a brilliant, sun glaring light. (Not REALLY, so no worries. Eclipse glasses are not needed for the viewing of this book.)

I loved the heroine of this story. She was witty, mentally strong, and street smart. She could take care of herself, and yet was still feminine. This is a balance that I think book heroines need to have more of, and Miss Rosemary Gresham is a prime example.  Also, her story of redemption was sweet. ❤

The hero, Peter Holstein, was also a pretty snazzy character. Honestly, I feel like I related to him in more ways than Rosemary. 😛 He’s a writer who gets sucked up into his own little world, and, as I’m a little familiar with this world, it was cool to read about his authorly quirks. These same quirks also kept him from being Mr. 100% perfect, and I liked that. Characters who are human need to have a flaw to seem real, and Peter would have been wayyy too perfect without his writing induced, distracted brain flaw. Also, the part with him having a stuttering disability was something I’ve never seen in a hero character, and made him all the more authentic. And perhaps more lovable because it made him an adorable fluffball of vulnerability that you just want to cheer on. 🙂

As for the overall story, it was an enjoyable story for me! I liked the subtle mysteries, and the included action scenes. The faith plot was also nicely put in, and made the story touching for me. Imagining the story without it would honestly make it not as good, in my opinion.

I also think White has a wonderful writing voice that engaged me into a world that I could see without her overwhelming  me with too many scenery details. Her characterization is wonderful, and I like how she added in real British slang words that gave this story an extra bit of world building seasoning.

I’m going to give “A Name Unknown” a rating of five, and am looking forward to its sequel, as well as trying more of White’s other published works. 😀

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

*Thanks to the author and publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Drama Wednesday (19): “Age of Youth” (2016) Drama Thoughts

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“Age of Youth” is a 2016 K-Drama about five college aged girls who live together in a small boarding house. It doesn’t sound terribly engaging from that description, but life can be rather interesting when you put five different tempered girls together…

What I Liked:

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This drama felt more real than the usual drama. I LOVE (*all the hearts*) my Asian dramas. Ya’ll ought to know this if you have been following this blog for at least a week or two. BUT I know that a lot of the stuff that happens in them would probably never happen in real life. 😛 However, this drama is one that I feel could happen. Like a scene where one female character is stranded at a bus station and is NOT rescued by her wealthy, good looking prince charming in a sports car. She actually has to wait for the buses to run again. o_O

The not-so-perfect-heroines. While I’m not advocating some of the stuff they do—one of them is a prostitute, a profession I am not for—I found it interesting to see the lives of girls who don’t always make the best choices, and how they learn from some mistakes. Even the ones who are just average college-going girls have issues that made them seem more relate-able than the usual K-Drama female leads. They are also shown struggling with the simple stuff we girls go through, and I loved seeing I’m not alone in these problems. ❤

Some Christianity positivity. This is subtle, and, no, this drama isn’t Christian. But I’ve noticed how there seems to be a lack of Christianity in entertainment these days, as opposed to a long time ago. As a Christian, I liked how one of the the heroines prays in a couple of scenes. This might not seem like a big deal, but to me, I found it a nice little addition. ❤

The relationship between the girls=friendship goals (except for their fighting, a thing most girls do cause…yeah). There are five, and they are all so different, and yet, through trial and errors, they were still able to form a bond. I just loved it when they stood up for each other.

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What I Was Not So Fond Of:

There is really one overall thing I did not like about this drama, and it is a culmination of little parts. These being What I Call Not-So-Clean-Parts. Perhaps since  this drama portrays a more realistic perspective of life, it does have a lot more sex talk than other dramas I’ve watched. There’s also a scene where some of the girls are about to show another girl some porn, but it cuts off because something happens before they can do so. So, no, this series is not as conservative as some other K-Dramas are. (Though I will say there are no actual sex scenes, nor porn unless you count seeing a guy’s shirt off as such.)

Overall, this drama was fascinating, thought-provoking, and it really touched my heart. I grew attached to the characters even though their’s was a shorter drama than I usually watch (12 episodes). It had some some content I was not favorable of, but other than that I did enjoy it and am curious about its upcoming second season. It’s a rare thing for K-Dramas to have a second season (*inserts thoughts of other dramas I wish had second seasons*), and I hope it exceeds the first. 🙂