Friday, February 16, 2018

Blog Tour Spotlight for Crossed Fire by Kim Baccellia





Crossed Out (Book 1 Crossed Series) by Kim Baccellia



Published May 17th, 2010



Genre: YA/Paranormal/Fantasy



Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8423309-crossed-out


Summary:
Following the light can’t be that hard, right? So why don’t the dead just do it and leave Stephanie Stewart alone? However nothing is ever as simple as it should be, as Stephanie learns when her hidden ‘gift’ becomes more than a nuisance, quickly turning into a liability. If she can’t learn to trust someone with her secret, the world as she knows it will go to hell. Literally. But if she doesn’t choose wisely, she might just end up learning firsthand how hard it is to follow that light. Because she’s next on the list to be crossed out.








Selective focus Crossed Fire (Book 2 Crossed Series) by Kim Baccellia

Published December 18th, 2017

Genre: YA/Paranormal/Fantasy



Summary:
Stephanie Stewart is a typical sixteen-year-old girl—she loves hanging out with her friends, going to concerts, and sipping mocha lattes. Yup. Just your average teenager . . . Except for one difference—she can see and talk to the dead. In fact, Stephanie helps dead girls who who’ve been murdered or killed, cross over. Just as Stephanie is getting used to her unique “gift”, her mom stumbles into some dangerous witchcraft that backfires and triggers similar abilities in Stephanie’s best friend Cura, and nemesis Hillary.



Stephanie already has enough trouble trying to maintain a “normal” life between school and her cute boyfriend Dylan, who happens to have a supernatural talent all his own. But now she has to help her friend Cura and her “frenemy” Hillary cope with their new-found powers as well as cross over two murdered cheerleaders and battle an evil demon who wants to use Stephanie’s supernatural strengths as a free pass to The Other Side. And she needs to do it all while still getting her term papers in on time. She’s definitely going to need an extra-large mocha latte for this.





Links: Amazon Kobo


About the Author:



Kim Baccellia has always been a sucker for the paranormal. She blames it on her families’ love for such things as having picnics at cemeteries, visiting psychics, and reading her mother’s copies of the daily horoscope. In middle school, Kim wrote a horoscope column for the school newspaper. It was a huge hit!





A member of RWA, Kim is currently putting the finishing touches on a YA multicultural thriller. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.



Her website: http://www.kim-baccellia.com







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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Waiting on Thursday #21

Originally Waiting on Wednesday created by Jill @ breakingthespine

Synopsis

Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she's reinvented herself entirely. Now she's a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl's body is found in the lake, Kay's carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay's finally backed into a corner, she'll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make...not something that happened.

Why I'm Waiting

Private school drama, secrets and a scavenger hunt. You know I'm going to read it. Plus the cover is what first caught my attention.

Information

  • Format: Hardcover 
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young
  • Expected Release Date: February 27th, 2018
What book are you excited for this week?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Blog Tour: Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble *ARC #Bookreview

Friends and Other LiarsTitle: Friends and Other Liars
Author: Kaela Coble
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Published Date: February 6th, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Page Count: 368     
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
It has been ten years since Ruby left her hometown behind. Since then she's built a life away from her recovering alcoholic mother and her first love, Murphy. But when Danny, one of her estranged friends from childhood, commits suicide, guilt draws Ruby back into the tumultuous world she escaped all those years ago.

She's dreading the funeral - and with good reason. Danny has left a series of envelopes addressed to his former friends. Inside each envelope is a secret about every person in the group. Ruby's secret is so explosive, she will fight tooth-and-nail to keep it hidden from those she once loved so deeply, even if that means risking everything...


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 My Review
Thank you to Netgalley and Sourcebooks for an e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

“ALL THINGS DONE IN THE DARK HAVE A WAY OF COMING TO THE LIGHT”


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Down the TBR Hole #23



Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia from LOSTINASTORY.
This weekly meme is to help you get your tbr down to a more manageable number, by going through 10 books from your shelves and deciding if you will really read the book or not, and getting rid of the ones you no longer want to read.
Last week I got rid of 8 books! I don't think I'll do that good this week, but lets see what I can rid of.

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith *ARC #Bookreview

A Passionate Hope: Hannah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #4)Title: A Passionate Hope
Series: Daughters of the Promise Land #4
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Publisher: Revell
Published Date: February 6th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian, Biblical
Page Count:384
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.75

Goodreads Summary: 
Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband's new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah's cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

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 My Review:

Thank you to Revell for a Physical ARC in exchange for my honest review.

"How did women give Adonai Tzva'ot, the Lord of Hosts, control of everything she longed for? Everything she healds dear?"

Hannah's story is one we've heard before, but it's also one we know next to nothing about. We know she was the mother of Samuel and that she was barren for a very long time, but besides that, she is hardly mentioned.
Hannah is in love with Elkanah and he loves her just as much. But they can't seem to conceive a baby no matter how many sacrifices they give, or how much they pray to God. With pressure from his family about not having any children Elkanah takes another wife and starts procreating like crazy. All while still having Hannah be his favorite wife, causing a lot of resentment and anger in his second wife.
Peninnah was one of those people you instantly dislike. She was told so many times to choose someone else, that he would never love her, but she still insisted on Elkanah or no one. This made her extremely bitter as time went on and things just got extremely messy for her with her own mother and his family.
"Even her bitterness could not give her what she wanted most. Elkanah's love."

As time goes on and his second wife gets angrier, and angrier at Hannah and Elkanah is at a loss as to what he should do. He wishes he had never given in to his parents and taken a second wife.

"I do not love you less because you haven't given me children. What can a son give you that I do not? A son grows up and marries and loves a wife more than his mother. As I love you more than mine. Never forget that."

More time goes on and Hannah makes a promise to God that if he gives her a son, she will give him back to him to serve all the days of his life. This works and she is granted a child, but she knows she must fulfill her promise, breaking hers and Elkanah's hearts.
While this breaks the rest of the families hearts as well, because they knew how much Hannah wanted a child and how deeply she loved this child, they also supported their choice to fulfill the promise Hannah made.
While Elkanah's family was having these struggles. The priests were running wild and not following the laws put into place. Sacrifices weren't being done right, the priests were raping young women and having multiple illegitimate children, and ruining many lives along the way.
This greatly upset many people, but they had no idea how to stop it. Hannah hopes that her son will be the one that changes things, and she feels like that is why God finally answered her prayers.
Overall I really liked this story. Hannah is one of the women in the bible I've always wanted to know more about. While this is a work of fiction, I felt like certain parts of it could be true. Women are left out of the bible a lot, and because of that, we get to have fictional stories such as this one that in a way answer some of the questions that I have about them. While I'll never get definitive answers to my questions, even knowing that at least one other person has the same assumptions about them is comforting.

"No child of Israel is meant to be enslaved all of their lives. I am giving you your freedom whether you like it or not."

I also liked all the side characters added in. Nava was a servant who felt more like a child and best friend to Hannah than a servant. I really liked that because we got to see more of Hannah's true feelings instead of just her inner thoughts and what she would tell Elkanah.

"We can all feel as though our lives have become a burden to others, especially when they seem to have no purpose."

Smith tells a heartbreaking story about one woman's courage, strength and forgiveness towards God, and her husband.

Blog Tour Spotlight for Crossed Fire by Kim Baccellia

Crossed Out (Book 1 Crossed Series) by Kim Baccellia Published May 17th, 2010 Genre: YA/Paranormal/Fantasy Goodreads: http...