Book Review: If I Run by Terri Blackstock

If I Run

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

My Review: 

“Accelerating suspense” are two very accurate words that describe this book. From the opening pages you are thrown into the action and challenged to hang on as the story unfolds. The characters are phenomenally developed and the plot line is well designed and well written.

There were a few spots in the middle that could have had the tension increased a little bit because it began to lose my interest, but it recovered quickly and the ending was very well done! This was my first Terri Blackstock novel, although I can almost promise that it will not be my last!

4 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever by Marci and Elle Fair

Ellie's Best Beach Vacation Ever

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Ellie the elephant and Pudgy the penguin are stuffed animals…and the best of friends. They have been on many adventures together, like moving to a new neighborhood, flying on an airplane, visiting animal friends and relatives at a zoo, going back to school together to meet new teachers and learn—and now they get to enjoy a summer adventure on a wonderful beach vacation!

My Review: 

Once again I fell in love with these adorable stuffed animals! I love the creativity put into the stories as well as the pictures and this one was especially well-done! The book reads easily and the pictures are absolutely perfect and taken very well.

All in all, I had fun reading it and I’m sure many kids will love reading it too. (Also, if you want to see the coolest sand castle built by stuffed animals, I would recommend this book! ;-) )

I’m also going to mention that a portion of every book sale will go to help children in need, so you’re not just buying a great book, you’re also giving to a ministry!

I rate Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever 5 out of 5 stars and encourage you to pick up a copy if you have any little ones in your life as well as to check out the rest of the series. Thanks so much for reading!

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Book Review: Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

Mermaid Moon

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.” Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point. Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago. When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies.

There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

My Review: 

Mermaid Moon is book 2 in the Sunset Cove series and it is an exciting addition to the story! I loved how Colleen brought in the characters from The Inn At Ocean’s Edge and let us finish their stories as well as starting new stories with new characters.

The plot was full of twists, turns and unsuspected surprises that kept the book firmly in my hands. The characters were well made and described well enough that I could “see” them easily. Colleen Coble has an eccentric imagination that never fails to entertain as well shock with her stories. I was immensely pleased with Mermaid Moon and cannot wait for book 3!

Things that should be mentioned are not unexpected to the reader who read the synopsis, but I’ll mention them anyways. There is a murder that is not “shown” however the body is found and there is some detail that might make some queasy. However, it is relatively low key when compared to other murder mysteries. There are also some background stories involving premarital sex however these are only briefly mentioned/hinted about so you don’t have to worry about unnecessary scenes.

Overall, I rate Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble 5 out of 5 stars! Thanks so much for reading!

Book Review: Being a Captain is Hard Work by Carole P. Roman

Captain

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Captain No Beard is determined to travel to Dew Rite Volcano. He won’t listen when Mongo predicts a storm or Linus indicates they are headed in the wrong direction. He insists Polly cook in the galley even though the seas are getting rough. What’s a crew to do with a stubborn, know-it-all captain?
Will they convince the captain he is barreling headlong into danger, or will Captain No Beard jeopardize both his safety and the crew’s with his single-minded determination to go where he wants?

My Review:

In Being a Captain is Hard Work, Captain No Beard tries his hardest to shoulder all of the responsibility of being a captain without asking for help from his crew. But him taking responsibility consists of more than just not asking for help, he neglects to listen to their helpful suggestions and even argues with the crew, confident that he knows best because he is captain.

The morals and lessons in this book show the importance of teamwork and that’s its okay to not know something. An analogy at the end of the book encourages listening before speaking and I thought it was said well and nice to put into the book. There is also a cloud key in the back of the book that is easy to understand and will appeal our future little meteorologists out there! The illustrations are well done and once again a well-written story.

I rate Being a Captain is Hard Work 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it along with all of Carole Roman’s books!

Book Review: Captain No Beard and Aurora Borealis by Carole. P. Roman

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I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain No Beard’s steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain’s up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask. When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the aurora borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They’re all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky?

A charming, engaging tale about doing what’s right, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis is the latest installment in Carole P. Roman’s award-winning pirate series. The first book, Captain No Beard-an Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, received the Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 award and the Star of Remarkable Achievement. The series presents real-life problems in an imaginary setting and encourages discussion with both parents and educators

My Review: 

Captain No Beard and The Aurora Borealis is another great book by Carole P. Roman! I hold this author in high respect as her books are always such a thrill to read with her entertaining characters.

In Aurora Borealis, Captain No Beard plans to steal the Northern Lights even though he knows that it’s wrong. His crew-mates all recognize this and stand up to him despite the pressure that he is the captain. Their urge to do what is right shows the heart of the book and will encourage younger children to stand up for what they know is wrong. It also puts a very bold point on the fact that stealing is wrong, even if it’s just “borrowing” without permission. Another learning aspect from this book that I thought worthy of mentioning is some brief information on the North Star. Captain No Beard tells us it’s real name and a short and simple reason why it always points North.

So overall, I rate Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis 5 out of 5 stars and anxiously look forward to her future books!

Thanks so much for reading!

Book Review: ‘Til We Meet Again by Ray and Betty Whipps

'Til We Meet Again

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of the review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Ray and Betty Whipps both served in Europe during WWII: Ray as an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium, and Betty as a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. The two met when Betty tended to Ray after he was injured in a mortar blast. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. However, soon after Ray returned to his unit, he was captured by German forces and held captive in Stalag VII, Germany’s largest prisoner of war camp. It was there that Ray’s faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured the most horrific weeks of his life—weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death. The only thing that kept him alive was the dream of someday reuniting with Betty.

Told in first person from Ray’s perspective, with personal wartime letters from Betty interspersed throughout, ’Til We Meet Again is a sweeping love story set amid the backdrop of WWII. The perfect combination of “in the trenches” battlefield accounts and classic 1940s romance, this memoir reads almost like a novel. It is an epic story of faith, hope, and love, and a nostalgic look back at one of the most memorable periods in American history.

My Review:

As you, as my readers and followers, probably know by now, I absolutely love stories from WWII. I really don’t know why other than the fact that they are exciting, filled with real-life heroes, and incredible redemption stories.

In ‘Til We Meet Again, Ray and Betty Whipps share their story in such a way that will have you in tears throughout most of it but yet laughing in a few places. I love the way that this book is written and the story will keep any historians attentive. I can’t possibly give this book enough praise! 5 out of 5 stars !