Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn // Review

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Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

series: Dive Team Investigations
Genre: Fiction/Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Publication Year: 2018
Purchase and Synopsis:

4 out of 5 stars.

This book was well done! I enjoyed it greatly and it kept me reading. The overall storyline was easy to follow, but hard to figure out the ending, just like a proper suspense book should do. The plot kept moving quickly enough that I was constantly turning pages. I think I broke a current record for myself in how fast I read it. It felt good to breeze through a book because it would have been hard to put it down.Read More »

Coffee Lover’s Book Tag

Coffee Lovers book tag

I am super stoked about this post! Thanks so much to Kate from Once Upon an Ordinary for tagging me! I love coffee and books, so this is going to be fun! Hold on just one second, I need a mug. 🙂

1. Black coffee–name a series that is tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I have been absolutely shocked by the amount of people that love these books. They sound so weird to me, I’m not going to lie. My mind literally hurts from trying to understand when I read the synopsis of book one, then two gets worse, and three just looks downright creepy. This is my personal opinion of course, but maybe someday I will give the book a skim-read try, but as for now, they hold no appeal to me.Read More »

VAVC #8

Enjoy this installment of the Very Awesome Vlog Challenge hosted by Ivy Rose from Lakeside Publications. I had fun with these questions! I will post the questions below the video. I would love to hear your answers. Open-mouthed smile

 

Questions for VAVC #8, January – March

1. Do you believe that anyone can be a writer?

2. What is your ideal reading spot?

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

 

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher // Review

Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Phoebe’s Light

Series: Nantucket Legacy, Book 1
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Publication Year: 2018

You can find the book and synopsis here.

// My Review //

4 stars

This book was highly insightful, and again, not what I expected. The last time I read a book by Ms. Fisher, I was pleasantly surprised by the actual story and the depth therein.

This was the same way. The story was a bit slow in the beginning, picking up the pace as it went on. I loved the journal entries interspersed at the end of each chapter and the insight that it was seeing two different eras of Nantucket living.Read More »

White Wolf and the Ash Princess // Day 8 // My Review

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It’s the last day of the tour everyone! Just wanted to let you know, that the Facebook event has been canceled due to both Tammy and I being sick. If you haven’t already though, please be sure to enter the giveaway! And thank you for joining us on this journey!

Today, I also, finally, have my review! Since I have been planning the tour, it was hard to fit in my review, but I figured the last day of the tour would be an ideal place for it. Open-mouthed smile

My Review:

4. 5 stars.

I did not expect this book to turn out the way it did. Which is one of the reasons I love it so. I was in a HUGE reading slump when I picked it up. I was in one of those moods where I literally didn’t want to read anything. I was bored, I had read some boring things recently and it sucked the joy out of my reading. Then I picked up this gem.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as there had been many different genre’s used to describe it. It was also a wee bit slow in the beginning, but for some reason it didn’t bother me that much. It read like an old friend and I was interested enough in Izzy’s secrets that I had to keep reading. Not to mention, I am of the mindset who loves details that are beautiful, and Tammy’s are beautiful. There is a lovely way that the words are woven together and it was completely different than anything I had read before and I think that is why it was so interesting to me. The first person narrative was unusual and somehow it worked in a fascinating way.

For instance, I loved how Izzy’s flashback sneaked up on us readers as well as on Izzy. I was taken with the way it felt as though you weren’t quite sure if what she was experiencing was real, or if it was a flashback.

The characters as well. Prepare for a bit of fangirling. Oh. My. Heart. Each one was unique and special, even the ugly ones. Um, hello, I wanted to punch a certain someone way early in the book before they were really revealed as a bad guy. Somehow I have a certain sense about that. I know who to trust and who not to pretty quickly in stories. He was MEAN. *glares*  BUT ALL OF THE LOVELIES! I wanted to hug them all! Izzy needed a good talking to and thankfully Miss Margaret gave her that. Jonathan. . . the poor tormented soul. TUBS. . . dear one, can I keep him forever?

The themes. Wow. I had no idea of Tammy’s backstory as I read this book, but I could sense that there was something deep behind the meaning of the story and it’s characters. I was moved to tears when I read her Author’s note in the back of the book and that theory paid off. I balled my eyes out when I realized the true heart behind this book and the amount of personal experience had been poured into it. Tammy’s heart behind this book is evident and I couldn’t help but love it, even if I hadn’t already.

Content: There is some violence, mentions of people dying, etc. Slavery is brought up in a delicate fashion, wounds and more. A kiss between a husband and wife is all that occurs. Due to the maturity of the story, I would recommend it for ages 13+. Everything that Miss Lash dealt with in this book was done so well, I never worried once about the content for my younger sisters. Who have both read this book and loved it by the way.

 

 

Giveaway:

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First Prize: One autographed paperback copy of White Wolf and the Ash Princess.

Second Prize: One Birch necklace inspired by the book and handmade by Tammy

Third Prize: One Birch Bookmark inspired by the book and handmade by Tammy.

To enter: follow the directions on the rafflecopter giveaway. I made this so anyone can enter, whether you have facebook or not.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE

Rules: Only open to USA entrants. But don’t despair if you are international. Tammy has graciously offered to giveaway one ebook copy to an international entrant!

Giveaway ends Midnight Easter Time zone, February 8th, the last day of the tour.

Enter away! There are many different ways to earn points!

Info on the author:

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Tammy lives in Lower Michigan with her husband and her three children. Izzy’s home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Munising) is where she and her family enjoy exploring. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, “hunting” for birch bark and hopes to someday find a porcupine quill. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is her first novel. She is published in Keys for Kids and has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years.

If you would like to connect with Tammy, here are all of the ways you can do so! If you have any questions or thoughts on the book, she would love it if you contacted her! Messages from readers are like chocolate. An author can never have too many!

Tour Schedule for the Day:

Abigail Harder from Harder Family Adventures (Spotlight)

Chloe (Review/Spotlight)

Melissa M. from Clothed With Scarlet (Review)

J.D. Sutter from The Bookworm Banquet (Review)

Maddy from Girls Living For God’s Glory (Review)

That’s a wrap folks! Thank you so much for following along on this journey! Be sure to pick up a copy of the book if you haven’t already! You can find it here!

By God’s Grace,

Victoria