Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black Book Review

22318567 // Rise of the Fallen //

Wars of the Realm #2

By Chuck Black

Review by Bethany

Book Synopsis:
A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.

Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity's fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.

Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator's most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man.

Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them.

As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity's survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?

// Book Review // 
I read the first book in the Wars of the Realm series, Cloak of Light and really enjoyed it! Chuck Black is a great christian fiction author, and I've always enjoyed the biblical application he has in all his books!

One of the reasons I have enjoyed this series, of the books published so far, is because of how it is based on spiritual warfare, and sheds a new light on angels and their roles. Each book has two point of views, one of angels and spiritual realms, and one of humans on earth. Throughout the story you get to view both sides, that of the angels protecting humans, and that of humans being protected by angels. This theme provided a very interesting outlook, and through the reading of these books I've become more aware of angels and demons, the reality of them and how their roles affect humans. It's been an eye opening journey, and the stories themselves are very exciting and fun, while strengthening your faith.

In addition to the spiritual aspect of this book, the story itself is very well thought out and adventurous! Action packed, the second book is similar to the first book, although I quickly noticed that the second book had more to do with angels than the humans, as it goes back in time and shows the part angels played in important biblical events. However I was expecting it to be more like the first with equal human and angel interaction. Due to this, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, but would still recommend it! Especially if you enjoyed the first book!

Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of Rise of the Fallen in exchange for this review. All thoughts expressed are completely my own and unbiased.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

After a Fashion by Jen Turano Book Review

22504489 // After a Fashion //

A Class of Their Own // #1

By Jen Turano

{Review by Bethany}

// Book Synopsis //

Taken from GoodReads

"Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages."

// Bethany's Book Review // 

After a Fashion is a fun book full of humorous scenes, totally relate-able uh-ohs, and a sweet tender story, that Turano fans will love!

Those who have read my book reviews for a while might remember that I didn't really like Jen's last book. So I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy After a Fashion, but decided to read it on a whim since the story-line was much different than the last book. I'm glad that I did, because I really enjoyed this story!

After a Fashion is a fun, quick read that is perfect for all those girly girls, but also for those who are a bit more strong willed and tomboyish, as the main character definitely has these qualities. I loved that aspect of the book, how it was girly since it was somewhat based on fashion, but also had an element of funkiness. The story, though somewhat simple, was extremely funny; and Jen's love for humor definitely shined through the story, and kept it fun. I've always loved this aspect of this author's books, since I'm all for a funny story that keeps me laughing out loud!

The story-line was very sweet, clean and ended in a pleasantly unexpected way that surprised me! I was not expecting the ending, and found it to be a very nice surprise that was perfect for the story! The romance was very tender and sweet, and I loved seeing it unfold throughout the story!

Fans of funny historical fiction should definitely look into this novel! It was a pleasant read that made up for my bad experience with this author's previous book, and got me excited for future novels in this series!

D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a complementary copy of After a Fashion for the sole purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review or promote this book, in any way. All thoughts expressed are completely my own, honest and unbiased opinion.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma Book Review

22440548 Remember the Lilies 

By Liz Tolsma 

Review by Bethany  
Book Description:
"Irene and Rand come from very different walks of life. Will they find common ground in their fight to survive?

Irene has grown up in the jungle as a missionary with her Aunt Anita, but now she and countless others are imprisoned by Japanese soldiers at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines. Irene and her aunt are safe there, and she keeps busy with her duty of delivering censored messages to the camp’s prisoners, but like everyone else, she prays for the war to end and for her freedom. Rand is a wealthy, womanizing American, whose attempted escape from the internment camp has put himself and others in danger. When Rand and Irene’s Aunt Anita meet one another in the hospital, Irene learns more of his story and her heart is determined to save his family. But the danger outside the walls of the hospital worsens every day, and life in this exotic place is anything but luxurious. Can Irene find Rand’s family before they disappear forever? And can a humble missionary woman and an arrogant man find common ground in the face of their biggest fears?"

Book Review

I've been a big fan of Liz Tolsma's previous two novels, and was very excited for the release of her newest novel, Remember the Lilies! While it wasn't my favorite of her novels, I still really enjoyed this sweet war time novel, and would highly recommend it!

Liz Tolsma just has a way with war-time novels. This is certainly what spiked my interest in her novels, and after reading her first one I was immediately on the look-out for more of her novels; and read them as soon as they were released. You can definitely tell that this time period is her forte, and it shows through her writing! Her characters are always so strong and honorable, and the stories are always so sweet and tender - and this novel is no exception! She just has a certain ability to so tenderly display the time period, and the people who lived during them on the page, in a way that moves and inspires.

All in all, this was a very good read. The romance was sweet yet clean, and the story was exciting and had meaning. The characters were strong and very exemplary, and you felt as if you knew them. Any fans of WWII fiction should get their hands on this book!

D I S C L A I M E R :: I received a complementary copy of Remember the Lilies from the publisher, for the sole purpose of this review. All thoughts expressed are completely my own unbiased opinion, and I was not paid in any way to promote this book.