New Location!… again.

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HEY FRANDS! *cheesy panicked smile*

Please don’t scold, I’ve been thinking about switching over to Blogger for a while now, just because they allow more freedom with free templates… No worries though, I will not be deleting this website, or the posts. You can either choose to leave me and forget all I ever said, or…

STALK ME AT MY NEW WEBSITE!

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Thank you to all my followers that have chosen to tolerate my rambling and weird posts, it means SO MUCH to me that y’all were brave(or dumb? Lol) enough to do that.😉 I hope you’ll choose to join me as I continue on this adventure the Lord has given me to pursue!

In His name, and may He be praised,

Jazzy

1 Corinthians 13:7

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A Time To Die- book review/blog tour!

the-rise-tour-blogger-banner-1I’m so, so honored to be able to participate in The Rise Blog Tour! I’ve heard a lot about these books, so when I heard she was doing a tour… I basically freaked out to say the least. x) I will admit, I read this book a few weeks ago… and have read books since then, so you know how it is. Read a book, LOVE it, then read another book… LOVE that book too, and then suddenly… you’re not as excited about the first book anymore. That’s where I’m at with this review, and I apologize for that. Even so, I hope you enjoy!


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Available:

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How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?

Parvin Blackwater has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside.

In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence.

What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out.


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Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.)

This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by ‘bumbershoot’.)

When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.

Go visit Nadine on her WebsiteNewsletterFacebookInstagram, & Twitter!


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As I already stated, I’ve heard a lot about these books. Fellow bloggers, Goodreads friends, and the like. Little did I know when I first began the journey, that this book would leave my world shaken for weeks.

Although book-hangers are not uncommon for me, this was a different kind. This was an I-CAN-NEVER-MOVE-ON-I-NEED-THE-NEXT-BOOK-OR-ELSE-I’M-GONNA-DIE type of book-hangover. The worst part? I DIDN’T HAVE THE NEXT BOOK(still don’t, actually).

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Okay. Let’s begin with the review already. ABANDON THIS ADO!… let the activities commence!

PLOT

Oh. My. Goodness. I was not prepared to meet with such an amazing, unique, storyline.

At first, the only thing I could feel was depression. I was depressed because the first chapters are about her looking for a cool way to spend her last months, and she has no idea what she wants to do.  Parvin wasted 17 years of her life; how can she possibly redeem the time within mere months?

Then, mind blown. 

The whole story plummets (literally) into a hopeless-yet-hopeful adventure. Wow. That sounds cliche. BUT IT’S ANYTHING BUT CLICHE.

I really liked the idea with the Clocks, it was unique and added quite a touch to the novel. Obviously, to me the whole idea with the time being futuristic was enthralling. Although, there were some parts where I wished she would use more description, but that’s just me… being me. -_- *cough*

I loved the mystery of the world beyond the Wall, and those who lived there. It was an engrossing element in the book that drove a portion of the plot to perfection. 😉

Of course, like any well written book there were twists, turns, and just when you think you might hit a zig, Nadine takes you on a zag. I was constantly on edge, wondering, waiting.

In a nutshell, this book’s plot line hit home for this gal! 😀

CHARACTERS

Parvin Blackwater is not your common female protagonist. In her own way, she was determined and strong, but at the same time, weak and afraid. It’s complicated. She’s a complicated character, which just makes her realistic.

Although, she’s not the strongest Christian, her faith is what keeps her going. She’s constantly asking the Lord for guidance, signs, and just to guide her and keep her. Her faith in her Clock is just as resolved. She knows how many days she has left, so come what may, she ain’t dyin’ until those numbers zero-out.

Although I love Parvin, she’s an amazing protagonist, I can’t relate to her as much as I’d like to. Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s just her, but we’re just not two peas in a pod- WHICH IS NOT  A BAD THING. I can love her and support her without being like her!

I loved her brother Reid. Although he had a smaller part in the book than other characters, essentially he had one of the biggest… if you take a step back and think about it. The whole idea with he and Parvin’s illegal activity was THRILLING to say the least. It was so complex and scary and ah! There was so much surprise and mystery within just that simple fact.

I loved the relationship between these two. Parvin and Reid had the perfect balance of strife and affection that all sibling relationships have.

In so many ways, Reid was different compared to Parvin. Unlike his sister, he had everything put together. He know what he wanted, and how to get it. Between the two, he would be considered the more successful one… and all that because of motives that even Parvin was ignorant of. Oooo! One of the many mysteries to be answered!

And Jude.

He was a special kind of male character. He wasn’t all that kind, and he wasn’t all that patient, to say the least. In the end, you know all was meant for good, but throughout the book he’s… not very nice, while at the same time being nice. He’s like Parvin that way- complicated. Of course, he was awesome. Nadine would be a cruel author to make him stern without being in one sense awesome. And although he doesn’t show it, beneath all his grim characteristics, you know is a fluffy marshmallow!

*blinks* Anywho. His relationship with Parvin is just as simple as his techy implants and tattoo. In other words, not simple in any way shape or form! Neither of them know what to think of the other, what to do with the other, and what to feel for the other. It’s kind of funny, actually.

And then there’s Willow, the darling of the book. Head-strong, determined, and adorable, she basically wins you over within the first chapter she comes in. 🙂 There were parts when you want to cry for her, then parts where you want to cheer for her. Out loud. But then you stop yourself because that would make you seem absolutely crazy and mentally challenged.

HAWKE. Solomon Hawke. Now this dude was a lovely character. His compassion and concern was just amazing. I mean, he made up for all the characters who lacked. Even though he had such a small part in the book, that didn’t stop him from making himself known as the kindest person alive. AH! I love this guy, y’all.

And lastly, the antagonist. I won’t mention names for the sake of mystery (eek!), but let me just say: WHAT. NO.

Yep, the villain is that kind of bad guy. Drives me crazy, but I love what they did to the plot. 😉

THINGS

Okay, so some things to point out: there are several gory scenes, a small thread of romance(hardly even there, but still there), and a HORRID ENDING… if you don’t have the next book, of course. 😉 Cliff hangers kill me.

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There ya go! I hope you enjoyed reading this review. 🙂

Go check out the books in the links above, stalk Nadine Brandes on social media(also above), and don’t forget to like and comment below!

Plus, follow the countdown for the release of the final book in this trilogy, A TIME TO RISE! 

Tally-ho!

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Twinepathy – Book Review

Here we have it, everybody!

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I received a free Advance Reader’s e-Copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review(thank you, thank you, thank you, so muches, C. B.!) I hope you enjoy my thoughts/ review on C. B. Cook’s newly released novel, Twinepathy.

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Synopsis:

Albany York has a secret.

Albany and her twin sister, Brooklyn, have spent years successfully hiding their telepathic connection. But when a girl falls unconscious at their doorstep, the girls learn that they might not be the only people in the world with extraordinary powers and that a memory thief is on the loose. As the twins try to help the girl find her memories, they discover that the superhero world might be bigger—and more dangerous—than they ever imagined.

You can catch this read on Amazon, and add it to your Goodreads shelves here! 

About the Author:

C.B. Cook is just a girl trying to find out where her King is guiding her, while writing the stories of the people she creates, the worlds she wants to live in, and the adventures she dreams about. Also known as a mysterious creature called an “author”. She’s a Christian and a home school graduate dedicated to changing others’ lives through the power of the written word. (Go check out her awesome blog here: The World of the Writer!)

My Review:

After reading the first couple chapters, I was hopelessly hooked. However, I must say, this was a different kind of read for me. First-person POV, contemporary, and superheroes?? Not something you see me reading everyday. But I wasn’t disappointed. Not one bit. In fact, I was fairly surprised when I stayed up till 2am, sucked into the IDIA headquarters. I was am completely intrigued by C.B.’s imagination.

The plot is insanely fast paced; something I am not accustomed to, but outlandishly adore. I was involved from the beginning. I was searching for answers right with Albany and Brooklyn. I was grinning charmingly right there with Blaze. And I was worried sick with and for Maddie. And, well, I was wishing I could be just as in-control and calm as Je– erm… Data. I felt it all, which explains the emotional tornado I’ve just stepped away from since finishing the book. I mean, what a ride! One minute I’m sitting there wondering, the next I’m gaping at the words on the screen of my iPad: Mind. Blown.

I loved the spy-ish, secret organizaion, and coolness of the theme. It hits a sweet spot in my imagination. Some parts could have been more descriptive, but that’s just the wordiness in me. x)

I love Albany. Whether or not that has to do with her code name being “Jazz”(good choice, C.B.!), I’m not sure. It was like looking into a mirror as I read about her. From her stubborn impulsiveness, to her sarcasm and love of books, I can relate to her so much. I found myself constantly mentally saying, “Yep, that’s me. Same.” She was caring, strong, and brave. However, she did have her faults, as any well written character has. Her love and protectiveness for her friends, and especially her twin sister, Brooklyn, led her to do some pretty rash things while she was under stress. She’s stubborn in her ways and she’s impulsive with her choices… But she’s learning. Her superpower is awesome! With one touch, she can travel the world of your mind and memories. I mean, that’s legit. But honestly, not the coolest. Which is okay! Because I’m tired of the protagonist having the strongest power and all that cliche fluff. The one thing about her is this: I think I would have liked to see a little bit more development in her character as far as obedience goes, but other than that she was a perfectly lovable protagonist. It was worth making those foolish leaps of faith with her to get to the end and see that she had learned. Every single one of them. 😉

Brooklyn was different. As much as I tried, I couldn’t relate to her as much, but that’s okay. I like to look at my older sister as my Brooklyn, in some ways. She’s girlier than Albany, more of a people person, and less naughty. But she’s still lovable in her own way! I love how sweet she is, and how motherly she can get with Albany. She keeps Albany from getting into too much trouble. Her power is different than Albany, although they can connect telepathically together. She has the gift of manipulation on steroids. She can mess with people’s minds, though she rarely uses her power abusively. Since she’s not the main protagonist, I felt a bit less in contact with her. But I loved knowing her through Albany’s point of view all the same. 🙂

Now, Blaze? Blaaaaze. *happy sigh* I am officially in love with him(I’m already planning our wedding. But first: I’ve got to find out his real name… and unless my suspicions about Albany+Blaze are correct. We shall see…). I think when C.B. was creating his character, she had every teen girl in mind, and what we all adore: a goofy guy, that can be serious when he needs to be, with a perpetual, charming grin, and a knack for calling girls “m’lady.” Ah, yes. He’s perfect. *stares off dreamily* *clears throat* Anyways, back to my review. Since the beginning, he was lovable, and none of that ever changed throughout the whole book. His superpower is awesome, teleportation is always neat and the fact that he can create illusions is both cool and creepy. DO WE REALLY KNOW BLAZE??? There were times when his playfulness seemed totally inappropriate at the moment, but you couldn’t help but smile and just shake your head. He’s that simply annoying guy that just is. ‘Nuff said. We got to see his caring side several times, and his serious side, but mostly his charismatic, teasy side. Which really encouraged my fictional crush on him. However, with all that said, he’s still a mystery. I’d love to find out his name soon, even if Blaze suites him rather well.

I really admired Jenna/Data. She’s a leader: a calm, focused, collected leader. Like Blaze, she’s still a mystery, but I love what I see of her. She has answers, but doesn’t always let others know them. Her relationship with all the agents is both business-y and personal, since she knows them so well. And then there’s her power, which is well… freaky, to put it dryly. With one touch, she knows everything about you, all you know, all you’ve seen. I think it would have been more realistic if she had a bit more trouble taking in as much information as she did. I mean, she operated her power with so much ease, and it was like, okay. You basically just lived another life. How…? But other than that, I have no complaints. She’s so honorable and inspiring, I can’t wait to learn more about her!

Oh my word, Maddie. When she was first introduced, yeah, I was totally freaked out. But as I got to know her, I grew to ADORE her. She’s so cute and adorable and sweet. Like a cute, little rabbit. I wanted to hug her and help her and keep her safe. However, as she developed her character through the book, she grew into a wise, strong youngling. We got to see that she is intelligent and wise. She’s not just sweet, but she’s kind and she’s compassionate, but without Albany’s impulse to help all the time. She knows when she needs to do things, and when to hold and obey. I loved her in the beginning. And by the end? I loved her even more. 🙂

I can go on about the others, like Anvil, Ezra, Denver, and Keller, but if I did, this review would be as long as the book itself. So I’ll stop there and make you read the book for yourself!

In conclusion, this was a very well written book. It was short. It was light. But it was nonetheless captivating. If you’re looking for a short, involving read, than you totally need to read this book. The supernatural/sci-fi of it all was well written and the characters were lovable. Albany was especially believable, and Blaze… well, Blaze is basically what we all except of guys from now on.The plot was perfectly placed, perfectly paced, and perfectly.. uh, ran out of “aced” words. But you get the idea. MOVE ALONG.

I loved everything about it. Well, almost everything. I have but one complaint…

IT ENDED

…somewhat.

Why, why, why, C.B. Cook? Couldn’t you just write a big, fat book that never left us hanging and begging for the next one? You torture your readers, girl! But I guess that’s good. We’ll all be waiting expectantly for the sequel. Just don’t take too long… please. 😉

About the Book’s Blog Tour:

July 17th

Depth of my Faith – Character and Author Interview (Link: http://thedepthofmyfaith.wordpress.com)

Beyond the Amethyst – Book Review (Link: http://beyondtheamethyst.blogspot.com)

July 18th

Musings of an Elf – Author Interview (Link: http://musingsofanelf.blogspot.com/)

The Road of a Writer – Book Review (Link: http://deborahocarroll.wordpress.com)

July 19th

Lights and Shadows – Author Interview (Link: http://tpssarahlightshadows.wordpress.com)

July 20th

Breathing in the Pages – Book Review (Link: http://breathinginthepages.wordpress.com)

WritingAnyone – Character Interview and Book Review (Link: http://writinganyone.wordpress.com)

July 21st

Claire M. Banschbach – Author Interview (Link:https://clairembanschbach.wordpress.com)

Sherwood Storyteller – Author Interview (Link: https://thesherwoodstoryteller.blogspot.com.au/)

July 22nd

The Art of Writing for Him – Book Review (Link: http://theartofwritingforhim.blogspot.com)

Elvish Pen’s Fantastical Writings – Author Interview and Book Review (Link: http://elvishpensfantasticalwritings.blogspot.com)

July 23rd

Thoughts of a Word Collector – Author Interview (Link: http://thoughtsofawordcollector.wordpress.com)

Thriving Hope – Book Review (Link: https://thrivinghope.wordpress.com)

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Samara’s Peril-Review & Exerpt

Although I’ve been gone for nearly 5,685 years, I refuse to waste precious moments of your day talking of the drama I’ve endured during my time away.

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Today, I am absolutely overjoyed to announce the release of  Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel, Samara’s Peril! It’s the third addition to the Ilyon Chronicles, and I read this beauty in three days… I’ve probably reread it at least twice since then. 😉

Before I tell you how I liked LOVED this book, I’ll introduce you two first(and don’t forget to go check out the other blogs on this tour!)


About the Book

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When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.

Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.

Available now at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, iBooks,

and you can add on Goodreads!

Haven’t discovered the wonderful world of Ilyon yet? Find out more on the official Ilyon Chronicles website!


About the Author

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Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Etsy.


Giveaway

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Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Samara’s Peril, a John 3:16 necklace by FaithWearDesigns, and a green wire dragon bookmark by Wirelings! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)


Excerpt

“Mulling this over, Kyrin and Anne changed into their nightgowns and finished preparing for bed. Sometime earlier, servants had brought extra bedding to the room. Kyrin picked up a blanket from the pile to construct a bed on the floor, but Anne stopped her.

“Never mind that. This bed could hold three of us.”

Kyrin smiled as Anne pulled down the covers, and they both crawled into bed. For a moment, her mind wandered back to Landale. Meredith would be asleep by now. She and Kyrin always shared a bed. Maybe she would sleep with Lenae tonight instead.

“This reminds me of when my cousins used to visit years ago,” Anne said as they settled in. “We’d stay up until all hours talking and giggling. Mother even had to come in and shush us a few times.”

Kyrin grinned, and Anne continued, “They would tease me just terribly about Trask, or worse, talk about catching his eye themselves.”

They shared a laugh now, and Anne propped herself up on her elbow. “What about you? Anyone interested back at camp?”

Kyrin shrugged against her pillow. “Well, Jeremy still likes to hang around as much as he can, but I think he understands that I’m not interested. And now he has Kaden, Marcus, and Liam to contend with.”

“Poor boy,” Anne mused with a laugh. “So that’s it? No one else?”

“Not that I’m aware of.”

Anne just stared at her for a moment, as if trying to draw something more from her. “Anyone you wish was interested?”

Jace’s face jumped immediately to Kyrin’s mind and a strange feeling of longing fluttered through her chest. She breathed out slowly, and pushed it away. It was a silly thought. Jace didn’t think that way, and she shouldn’t either. Finally, she looked at Anne. “No one who ever would be.””


Review

After reading Resistance and The King’s Scrolls, I was so elated to find out about Samara’s Peril book release this year.

From the very beginning of the whole series, I’ve fallen in love with Jace. And Kyrin. And Rayad. And Trask. (I even named my little Swiss Army knife after Mick, from Resistance) Shoot, I love them all! The characters are constructed so awesomely, with so much to relate to and so much to look up to, it’s so hard to not wholly *ADORE* each and every lovable character… No, not you, Daican. Or you, General. *rolls eyes*

Now, the plot. Oh my word. After finishing the last page on that fateful night, I literally sat on my bed: mind blown. The twists, the development, and emotions were immaculate. There were times when I just sat smiling at the page (I probably looked crazy), there were times I wanted to stab people and scream at them(maybe that came out with a somewhat short temper with my siblings… oh boy), and then there were the times I just sat there crying. I cried, and cried, and cried. And then I would sit quietly, pondering what I had just taken in.

And then I’d cried some more.

Let me tell you what, buddyship. There has not been one author that has gotten me to thoroughly bawl into my teddy bear, while making slobbery sounds. And then Jaye happened. And Jace came into my life. And Kyrin became my twin.

Miracles are real, y’all.

And, goodness, I loved how Jaye brought so much more of the Bible into the plot. I loved how the story built up to a climax in someone’s *cough cough* life. There were so many emotions and so many tears that clouded my reading skills in those parts, I had to reread them all. Just to cry about them all over again. 🙂

In short, there were a lot of amazing things going on in this single book, so many ups and downs, zigs and zags, and YES’s! and NO’s!, and AWWWW’s! and ARGHHH’s!

The book was INCREDIBLE with a whole lot of AWESOME. Jaye brings to life what is dull, she enhances what is already beautiful. God’s love is something that is bit harder to describe, but Jaye does an amazing job at it in this book. 🙂

If you want to have your world shaken by the powerful message of God’s love, friendship, and sacrifice, with a slight bit of romance… than read Samara’s Peril. You will totally not be disappointed! However, when you pick this book up, bring a bath-towel. Tissues are definitely not enough for all the drama you’ll go through while reading. 😉