Defier Review

Book: Defier: The Girl Who Stood25987793

Series: Defier (Book 1)
Author: Mandy Fender
Buy your copy: Amazon
Goodreads Rating: 4.18 Stars
Goodreads Summary:

-A YA novel inspired by Christian bravery that will not only entertain but inspire and challenge your faith!- – Early Reader
Redemptive Fiction Award of Excellence Winner
When her faith makes her a target, Lennox Winters must leave everything she knows behind and face the harsh truth of what her world has become. The raised scar on her chest reminds her she still has a purpose, but is her purpose worth the sacrifice? With a new Regime taking over America and imprisoning Christians, she finds where her real strength comes from. As she rediscovers her faith in Christ, she must decide whether she will stand or bow in the face of her enemies.
They said her faith would be the death of her, but her faith is what made her alive.
Are you brave enough to defy?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
13455621Mandy Fender is an award-winning author, speaker, and blogger who hopes to glorify God and uplift others. She guest blogs for Broken, Beautiful, and Bold and has a monthly inspirational article in a local newspaper. Her writing has been featured in Devozine magazine for teens and Epifiction.

It is her aim to live and love like Christ and her writing is just another avenue to do that. She’s a new homeschool mom and serves in full time ministry with her husband in the great state of Texas.

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REVIEW:
Stars:  5/5 Stars

I absolutely fell in love with Defier. Mandy Fender wrote such an amazing story. The characters were well developed, and pull you into the story. I couldn’t put the book down. I loved how the book doesn’t lead to the idea of a dystopian book until you get a few chapters in. It was a breath of fresh air, with all of the Dystopian books out these days, that throw you right in the middle of all of the chaos, and just expect you to figure it out. You are lead into the story the same way that the Character are. (Might I just say that it takes a Pro to do this right? Go Mandy!)

This book talks about Christianity (If you aren’t religious this won’t be an issue, You’ll understand what I mean when you read. You won’t be bias, or offended ect.) and standing for what you believe in the face of adversity. (The Girl Who Stood, come on. GIRL POWER!)

The story line reminded me a lot of events that happened in the Holocaust, which as a History Major pulled me into the writing more. I wish I could express into better words just how much I love this book.

If you have been looking for a good Dystopian book that you won’t want to put down, pick up Defier now!
**Disclaimers**

I was sent this book by Author (Mandy Fender) for review. This in no way affects my opinion on the book. (Huge thank you to Mandy!)

**The Author gave me a copy but I choose to write a review. This Review is completely honest and is my own opinions of the book*

Chasing Time Review

Book: Chasing Time33513122
Series: A Love Through Time (Book 1)
Author: Stephany Wallace
Buy your copy: Amazon
Goodreads Rating: 4.52 Stars
Goodreads Summary:

How long would you wait for love?
How hard would you fight for it?

Samantha Johnson never thought she would meet her soul mate at the age of five. Yet she did. She is irrevocably in love with the man that has always been there for her. He is her strength, and she is certain he’ll be in her life forever. But she doesn’t realize that life doesn’t go the way we plan, and he is about to rip her heart to pieces.

Jonathan Smith doesn’t believe in love. His parents’ failed marriage is just another testament of the deception people willingly put themselves through. A mistake he will never allow himself to make. No exceptions. He only needs one thing, Sam. She has been his best friend since they were kids. She knows him better than anyone, and he owes her everything.

Until one fated night, and five unforgettable words, changed their lives forever. Now, thousands of miles apart, they will be forced to build a new life. But sometimes the worst of heartbreaks are meant to be.

Can they find their way back to each other, or does true love have an expiration date?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award Winning Author Stephany Wallace, published her debut Paranormal Romance, Hidden Magic, in October 2016 and her Adult Contemporary Chasing Time December 2016. However, she has actually been writing since she was about 12 years old. Thanks to the influence of her Literature Professor who was also a poet, she began to write Poetry, which allowed her passion for writing to grow. Writing songs followed as her passion extended to music. An artist, in passion and heart, she enjoys all forms of Art and occasionally indulges in drawing, playing her guitar, singing, and her poetry. As any die hard Star Wars and Disney fan would naturally do, she moved to Orlando to be closer to Disney a few years back, where she lives happily ever after with her family.

She currently writes YA/NA Paranormal Romance and Adult Contemporary Romance. Shortly after her NPR debut she won two awards as Best Debut Author 2016, Hidden Magic Magic won the award for Best Debut Novel and her character Cynwrig Bresall won Best Book Boyfriend From Another Country.

She has several books in the works at the moment, publication in 2017.

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REVIEW:
Stars: 4.5/5 Stars
** spoiler alert ** So I love this book. I couldn’t put it down. I feel heartbroken by that cliff hanger ending too.

Writing: 5/5
Love Interest 1: 1/5
Love Interest 2: 4/5
That 5 Year later part is gonna haunt me..

Feels on the book:
Samantha: I LOVE HER. It was insta love for me. I felt like I could relate to the character and that is such a big deal for me. I love her story with Jonathan(In the beginning if I’m being honest, more on that later) and Christopher . Just wow. Amazing.

Jonathan: Well I hate to say it but ugh. Just No. I had no love for him at any part of the story except for when he was little. I don’t know if it was just me but I didnt like him. He seemed like what my gen would call a “Fuck boy” I feel bad for hating him but I just didnt like him. (Might be personal reasons but he reminded me of my ex and I spent the WHOLE book wanting to punch him in the face)

Jonathan & Samantha: Ill admit it was super cute that they grew up together and they had a deep connection, but I just didn’t feel like they belonged together (Horrible right?) In my mind I’m just stuck in the the asshole is doing great, go figure. jack off. Samantha deserves better… which leads me to…

Samantha & Christopher: WOW. Okay. I loved them together. I felt like they fixed each other. I didnt feel it in a rebound way I honestly wanted them to be together. I still do. They fit together, they have the same interests and he is amazing. He is the guy Samantha deserves.

Let me say again I love this book. It is going to stay with me, but I can’t help but feel robbed. Jonathan just reminds me way too much of the Guy that you should stay away from when Christopher is much rather the guy you should be with. Maybe its just me?

**Disclaimers**

I was sent this book by Author (Stephany Wallace) for review. This in no way affects my opinion on the book. (Huge thank you to Stephany!)

**The Author gave me a copy but I choose to write a review. This Review is completely honest and is my own opinions of the book*

Troublemaker Review

Book: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
Author: Leah Remini26827675
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Goodreads Rating: 3.97 Stars
Goodreads Summary:

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.

That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.

Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.

But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.

Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leah Remini is an actor, producer, and #1 New York Times bestselling author. A fixture on television since the age of eighteen, Remini is best known for her beloved role of 6318261Carrie on the nine-season hit The King of Queens. Remini went on to produce and star in one of the earliest and most successful comedic web series, In the Motherhood, and appeared in the movie Old School alongside Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn. In 2010, Remini helped launch and co-hosted the first season of the CBS daytime hit show The Talk, and in 2013 she was seen on the dance floor in Dancing with the Stars. She currently co-stars in the TV Land comedy The Exes and TLC’s reality show Leah Remini: It’s All Relative, which she also created and executive produces. Remini finds great joy in her philanthropic work with numerous and diverse military, women’s, and children’s charities. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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REVIEW:
Stars: 3/5 Stars

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, but there wasn’t really an insight that I didn’t get from watching a documentary on Scientology.

It was nice to see her memoir of her experience from Hollywood. I really enjoyed this actually, it was cool to hear about her days with King of Queens (Even though this wasn’t mentioned a lot) Which I was hoping that it would have been.

As for her stepping outside of Scientology it was more of her saying she didn’t like who was apart of it rather than not believe in Scientology. For example it is as if she was saying “I loved the religion of Scientology but I didnt like the people.” That is like saying “I love school but don’t like the teacher or students”

In my option she would have been better off labeling this as a memoir rather than how they publicized this as a”Scientology tell all”

I really hope that Leah Remini decides to write another book that deals more with the Hollywood side or even a book dedicated to her days on King of Queens.

 

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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between Review

Book: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

30253864Author: Lauren Graham
*Buy your copy: Here

Goodreads Rating: 4.07 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).

In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An American actress, producer, and debut novelist best known for playing Lorelai 1906497Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and Sarah Braverman on Parenthood.

Graham’s debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe is a work based on a fictionalization of her experiences in the New York acting scene in the mid-1990s.In May 2013, the book entered the New York Times best seller list.

Graham signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television and Ellen DeGeneres’ production company A Very Good Production to adapt it into a TV series. The script will be written by her.

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REVIEW:
Stars: 5/5 Stars
Added to Favorites Mostly because she mentioned Morrissey (AKA BAE.)

I LOVE this book. I tried to not finish it in one night. I promise. I was trying to doze off and I couldn’t sleep because I wanted to finish this darn book.
So I decided to go the Audiobook route and I am beyond glad that I did. Lauren’s crazy personality shines through in the audiobook (Have it speed up and she sounds like her inner hyped up Gilmore we have all grown to love)

I’ve decided to add this to my favorites (And suggest it to everyone who will listen) simply because its a perfect book. Its funny and I felt myself smiling and laugh all through it. (It’s been forever since I’ve laughed at a book other then a slight chuckle) Also I cried. Big time. AND STOP WITH THE LAST FOUR WORDS OMG. YOU ARE KILLING ME.

I just want to hug Lauren Graham and tell her to write another memoir type book. I want more. I want to hear more about her.

If you have been thinking about picking this up, do! (Then message me and we will gush about our love of the book)

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Start Again Review

Book: Start Again31817161
Series: Start Again Series Book 1
Author: J. Saman
Buy your copy: Amazon
Goodreads Rating: 4.58/5 Stars
Goodreads Summary:

Kate Taylor had the perfect life. That is until an accident took everything she had away. For two years she has been living moment to moment and day to day. She’s lost and can’t seem to find her way back. Finally, in a last ditch effort, she decides to leave town in search of a fresh start. In walks Ryan Grant. The perfect man with dark hair and sexy green eyes. Doesn’t hurt that they have smoldering chemistry either. Too bad Kate’s heart and mind are trapped in the past.

Ryan Grant is stuck in limbo, floating through life with work as his only focus. Probably because he’s been betrayed a time or two by the people he thought he could trust. Needing a change, he plans on moving his company west to Seattle. There is just one big problem. He doesn’t fly. So when a girl from his past offers to drive him across the country, how could he say no? Katie is his dream girl after all. Always has been.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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J. Saman.
Is a nurse practitioner living in CT with her husband and three awesome girls. She love all types of novels, but find herself always going back to writing romances. She has several stories in the works so hang tight.

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REVIEW:
Stars: 5/5 Stars

 

Thanks for ripping my heart out. *cries for hours*
So I’ll be honest. I love this book. I loved Katie & Ryan. I love the story line. I love the ending. (And pretty much everything in between, naturally I loved it.)  J. Saman became an auto buy for me now. Eck!
My heart was in this book the whole time I was reading it. Which is a big deal simply because recently I have been going through a huge slump and this book put me in a book hangover. (Thanks, now I’m messed up because I just want to reread this for a couple months)

Katie was such an amazing character. I cried for her when Maggie & Eric were at the hospital in the beginning of the book. It broke my heart, I could never imagine having to go through that. She was so amazing and incredibly strong. Right then in the intro I knew I was in for it.  I cried when she cried at the memories of them. My heart was breaking with hers every time she remembered them.  I never get so attached to characters this quick. but boy did I.

Ryan was gah. I just. I want to hug that boy. (Also other things *wink wink*) I really loved how we find out more about his job as we go rather then knowing straight from the start, defiently makes me interested in the character more. It builds more mystery around him which just makes him more of a heart throb in my personal opinion. Combine that with the fact that he is obviously smart AND Good looking?  Is there a sign up sheet? I want to be on it!
Pick up this book if you get the chance everyone! Your heart will break in all the right ways and be sewn back together. J. Saman did an amazing job! I cannot wait to read the second book.

 

 

**Disclaimers**
I was sent this book by the Author (J. Saman) for review. This in no way affects my opinion on the book. (Huge thank you to J. Saman!)

Army of Fire Review

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Series: The Elementals (Book 1)
Author: Jennifer L. Kelly
Buy your copy: Amazon
Goodreads Rating: 4.13/5 Stars
Goodreads Summary:

Wood is wise. Water is intuitive. Metal is rebellious. Earth is nurturing. Fire is passionate.

After the sun dies, civilization establishes itself on Xon 9, a planet with rogue Elements that affect human physiology. The inhabitants of Xon 9 soon learn to harness the powers of the Elements. At eighteen each citizen must Pronounce their Elemental, a life long affiliation.

Ka Waylon cannot decide which Elemental to Pronounce. All her life she’s been ordinary and, unlike her friends Ahna and Li, she’s never felt called to any particular Element. Worse, the only advice she receives is to choose wisely.

That all changes when she meets a mysterious Metal woman. Soon Ka is on a perilous journey to other worlds in order to retrieve the Elemental Stones and claim her true identity. Along the way she makes some unlikely allies and learns that she’s anything but ordinary.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer L. Kelly is a middle childhood educator. She resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
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When she isn’t writing, she can be found fingerling over Doctor Who, doing yoga spending time with her dog, or reading.

This is her Second series for young adults. Her first novel, The Prophecy: The Lucia Chronicles Book 1, was published in January 2014.

 

 

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REVIEW:
Stars: 100/5 Stars (or for the people who don’t like exaggeration thats 5/5)

This book was amazing, I stayed up all night because I could not put it down!

I absolutely loved how Jennifer built this world, literally, its another world set after the destruction of Earth after getting supernova’d by our sun. This world is called Xon 9, in this world there is Ka, our main character is having a dilemma because she doesn’t know what element she should choose for her future.

There are five elements; wood, earth, metal, fire, and water him and which ever element you are chosen for or picked for, there are good sides and bad sides to each element and they each have an affinity for jobs in the community.

Ka was a very well developed main character, she’s very relatable, and extremely strong. There is some romance but doesn’t take away from the action packed story at all. I found myself constantly saying, one more chapter until I finished the whole book. (No regret whatsoever) I cannot wait for the second book, its moved to the top of my TBR and this one is on my favorites shelf already!

I don’t want to give away any spoilers but definitely try and get your hands on this book! You won’t regret it!

 

**Disclaimers**
I was sent this book by Author (Jennifer L. Kelly) for review. This in no way affects my opinion on the book. (Huge thank you to Jennifer L. Kelly! ❤ )

Long Way Gone Review

 

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Book: Long Way Gone

Author: Charles Martin

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Goodreads Rating: 4.29 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish.

Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his remote home in the Colorado Mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith.

When Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past—and if he is ready to face it.

A radical retelling of the story of the prodigal son, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home.

About the Author

Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Martin’s books have been published in over twenty-five countries and in twenty languages. Martin earned his B.A. in English from Florida State University and went on to receive an M.A. in J1269533_10153668632019087_3634155181760607756_oournalism and a Ph.D in Communication from Regent University. With themes revolving around love and hope, Martin has been championed as an author “who understands the power of story and uses it to alter the souls and loves of both his characters and his readers.” He and his wife, Christy, live a stone’s throw from the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida, with their three boys: Charlie, John T. Rives.

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Review:

Stars: 3.5/5

I’ll be honest this book took awhile for me to get into it. I really liked the characters but, sadly,  I felt like it took to long for the story to really pick up. I put the book down so many times to stop reading but I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen to the characters.

I loved the aspect of Music that was included in the book. I haven’t been able to find a lot of good books that include music. While it is very apparent that this is a Christian Fiction book I felt like it was a breath of fresh air were religion wasn’t pushed as hard.

I’m not sure yet if I will pick up another book by Charles Martin yet. Captivating but simply too slow for me.

 


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I was sent this book by Smith Publicity for review. This in no way affects my opinion on the book. They are also included a book for the giveaway. (Huge thank you to Smith Publicity)

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