The Allegiance Blog Tour

Hi, everyone!

After several crazy-busy months, I’m finally back to blogging! 🙂 My first post of 2018 (which is crazy to write, by the way) is a review of Disowned by Sarah Addison-Fox for the blog tour. Disowned is the first book of the Allegiance series, and I offer many thanks to the author for providing me with the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book

Two countries, two choices, one life. When Kyraenean slave Celeste risks her life to reach the free nation of Etraea, a country filled with technology and wealth, she unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will change her life forever.

After escaping her new owner, Celeste awakens in the home of an Etraean soldier, sworn

Isn’t the cover pretty?

to protect the fragile peace. For Corporal Mick Haynes, life is simple. Follow the rules, do your job and work your way up the ranks. Getting shot and finding a wanted slave at his family’s farm wasn’t part of the plan.

When a Kyraenean bounty hunter locates Celeste, Mick’s loyalty will be stretched to the limit. With war on the horizon, Celeste faces two impossible choices. Both securing her freedom, but both at a cost she could never have imagined. Will Etraea provide the freedom she’s longed for or shackle her to an entirely new master?

Amazon Purchase Link

My Review

First of all— I have to stop and say that cover is SO PRETTY.

Okay—on to the review! 🙂

I thought Disowned was a good read! It’s a sweet story of love and redemption, the story of a runaway slave and a soldier.

One of the things I particularly liked was how distinct Mick and Celeste’s character voices were. They come from different background, and their narratives were spot-on. Sometimes in books that switch between character perspectives they all sound the same. Not with Disowned—I always knew whose head we were in.

And I’m so grateful to find a book with nice parental figures. Too often all of the adult characters are evil or clueless, so I greatly appreciated the actively-involved, kind parents in Disowned.

Some mature topics were also handled delicately. I would caution younger readers due to some tough topics, but overall they were handled tastefully.

The negatives I saw were that the romance developed a little too quickly (in my opinion) and there were a couple uses of very mild language (nothing too harsh or frequent—just something I wasn’t expecting). Overall, though, I enjoyed this one a lot!

And after that cliffhanger, I’m eager for the next book!

About the Author

About The Author:

Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who

loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing

amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer

somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush.

When she’s not working on both her YA fantasy series’ she can be found

fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.

Sarah Addison’s Official Website:

Amazon & Social Media Links:

Instagram: sarahaddisonfox/

Facebook: sarahaddisonfoxfantasyauthor/


Twitter: @Saddisonfox

Goodreads: Sarah Addison-Fox

Have you read Disowned? What did you think?

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Blog Tour+Review: Wanted by Bryan Davis

Hello, everyone!

I apologize for my infrequent posting schedule as of late. My life got extremely busy these last few weeks, but here I am today with a blog tour post!

I recently discovered how fun blog tours are and how great they are for authors to get the word out about new books. When one of my Goodreads friends informed me that Bryan Davis was doing a blog tour for his new book, I signed up to do a review (Bryan Davis is the author of Christian fantasy books like Starlighter and Dragons in our Midst). 

His newest book, Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World, is a middle-grade adventure story. Middle-grade means books written for an eight-to-twelve-years-old audience. So this book was definitely a bit of a change from my typical YA reads in terms of writing style and themes (and the lack of teenage drama). 😉 Think of it as a younger version of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. 


-About the Book-

Eddie Hertz is smart, real smart. He has to be. What other twelve-year-old patrols the streets of Nirvana alone, hoping to foil the schemes of the evil Mephisto? Since Eddie is small for his age, he trusts in his Batman-style gadgets belt and acrobatic skills as well as lots of experience, like knowing how to swing across dark alleys without being seen.

Eddie has a dream, to become like Damocles, Nirvana’s great superhero. To make that dream come true, Eddie invented a device that is supposed to give him superpowers, but using it on himself is dangerous, maybe even fatal. He doesn’t have the nerve to try it.

When Mephisto unleashes an earthquake machine on the city, Eddie gets a surprising teammate — his quirky eight-year-old sister, Samantha, who comes up with an unexpected way to help Eddie in the frantic battle to prevent the biggest earthquake of all.

Since Damocles has lost his ability to help in physical form, Eddie and Samantha are the only hope for Nirvana and the world.

Available on Amazon

-About the Author-

Bryan Davis is the author of several bestselling series, including Dragons in Our Midst and the Reapers Trilogy, speculative fiction for youth and adults. Bryan and his wife, Susie, work together as an author/editor team to create his imaginative tales.

-My Review-

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, most of what I read falls under the YA category–I didn’t read a whole lot of middle-grade books. So I wasn’t sure what to expect with Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World. By the time I finished, though, I decided this was a fun, light-hearted story that made for an enjoyable read.

I will admit that I am obviously not the target audience, so I did find the writing and themes to be a little simplistic. Some elements were extremely cheesy (much like in most superhero movies). In a way, though, the lack of drama and seriousness I usually find in books was refreshing. This was just an exciting, fun story with likable characters. Eddie and his sister, Sam, were an adorable duo of crime fighters and I loved how they stood up for each other.

I recommend this book for younger readers looking for a clever, exciting adventure story.

Thank you to Mr. Davis for providing me with a copy for review! 🙂

-The Other Bloggers-

Wednesday, September 20th

Tour Kickoff @ The Author’s Chair

Book Spotlight @ Backing Books

Book review and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Zerina Blossom’s Books

Book Spotlight and Review @ The Spooky Bookshelf

Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Scattered Scribblings

Book Review and Character Interview @ Light and Shadows

Thursday, September 21st

Book Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ Red Lettering

Spotlight and Author Interview @ The Reader Addict

Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ target verified

Book Review and Character Interview @ Hidden Doorways

Book Review @ Ashley Bogner (ME!)

Book Review @ The Page Dreamer

Friday, September 22nd

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Story of Fire

Book Review @ Inkwell

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Liv K. Fisher

Book Review @ writinganyone

Spotlight and YOU WRITE: About Superheroes @ Dreams and Dragons

Author Interview and YOU WRITE: About Bryan Davis @ March to a Different Drum

Book Spotlight @ Author Jaye L. Knight

Saturday, September 23rd

Author Interview @ Jessi L. Roberts, author

Book Spotlight and Character Interview @ Book Lovers Life

Book Review and Character Interview @ Verbosity Reviews

Book Spotlight, Author Interview and YOU WRITE: Superheroes @ Creature of Graphite

Character Interview @ Wanderer’s Pen

Book Spotlight and Author Interview @ Adventure Awaits

-The Giveaway-

The Giveaway Links:

This second one is the grand prize giveaway, and my post number is 7. (Mr. Davis’ blog tour kickoff post explains this 😉 )

Thanks for reading, everyone! Congrats to Mr. Davis on his latest release! My next post will be some updates for Reintegration #2! 🙂

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Book Review: The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch

Title: The Coronation

Author: Livy Jarmusch

Genre: Contemporary

*Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of The Coronation in exchange for an honest review.*

Okay, this was a super sweet story about the royal family of a fictitious kingdom. It takes place in present-day, but has the feel of a fairytale. At first a struggled a bit to keep track of all the siblings, but after a few chapters I enjoyed learning about them.

Addison, the oldest, is preparing for his soon-to-come coronation as king. The older sisters are all trying to figure out boy drama, self-esteem, and wanting to see the world beyond the sheltered castle. Meanwhile, a new security guard is torn between loyalty to the royal family and committing in act of treason for his criminal father….

There’s a lot of story lines but they are all balanced well and I never felt like the book was cluttered. It’s a pretty long book (over 450 pages) but is also a fairly easy read. The length is due mostly to the high number of characters as opposed to overly-wordy writing.

There are some sweet themes like trusting God, loyalty, purity, and overcoming heartbreak. Some mature topics are mentioned, but are very brief and described tastefully. Christianity is a key part of the siblings’ lives, which I appreciated. And they’re homeschooled! That’s also a plus, as it’s rare to find homeschooled characters in fiction.

I did have a couple complaints:

First of all, there was quite a bit of head-hopping that I found distracting–especially since there are so many different character perspectives. I would have rather just had one character’s perspective per scene rather than several.

Also, I thought it was a little unrealistic that all of the older siblings were having similar relationship drama situations at the exact same time. Not to mention, it’s a bit obvious who is going to end up with who, in my opinion. Not quite “insta-love”, but still very clear that the two characters liked each other right off the bat.

Other than that, I thought this was a cute story left open for a sequel. Fans of fairytales and contemporary stories should enjoy this! You can learn more about it on Goodreads.

Have you read The Coronation? What did you think?

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Book Review: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Title: The Forgetting

Author: Sharon Cameron

Genre: Dystopian/YA

My Rating: 4 of 5

Thanks to Gabrielle for recommending this book to me! 🙂

I’d been dying for a good dystopian book to read when I finally got my hands on a copy of The Forgetting. It didn’t take more than reading a few chapters to decide I was going to like it. The writing felt intentional and thoughtful, not shallow like in a lot of YA books. The premise was unique and intriguing. The protagonist was likable. I didn’t want to put The Forgetting down.

In The Forgetting, Nadia lives in Canaan, a city where every twelve years everyone forgets…everything. Who they are, who their family members are, what they do for a living–every person in Canaan forgets everything. Except Nadia. At the last Forgetting, she didn’t lose any of her memories. But like everyone else in Canaan, she writes the details of her life down in a book. Needless to say, things aren’t quite right in Canaan, and Nadia is determined to find out what.

One of my favorite parts of The Forgetting is how unique the premise was. I’ve read my share of dystopian novels, and so it’s rare that one stands out from the rest. But The Forgetting certainly did. There was something very fresh about it, not to mention there were some pretty shocking plot twists that took the story in a direction I didn’t expect.

I liked Nadia as the protagonist. She was also a little different from most YA heroines. She wasn’t the overly-tough warrior girl with an attitude problem; she was more of a clever thinker than a fighter. I appreciated how she looked after her family members, even when they didn’t always treat her right. Family was a big theme that I enjoyed.

My biggest complaint with The Forgetting is that I was a little passive about the romance (no love triangle though, thank goodness!). I enjoy a good love story, but for some reason the one in this book just didn’t work for me. Not to mention some of the kissing scenes got a little more intense than I usually prefer. I’ve definitely read worse, but I still wish it had been toned down just a little bit. I also wish the author hadn’t made one of the minor guy characters have a crush on one of the other guy characters. It wasn’t necessary at all and I  wish that part had been left out.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot! Some of the content could have been left out, but I still thought The Forgetting was an exciting, well-written, on-the-edge-of-your-seat read. I look forward to the sequel that comes out later this year, I think.

Have you read The Forgetting? What did you think?



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Book Review + Giveaway: Flummoxed by Kristin Spencer

Hey, everyone!

I’m super excited that today I’ll be posting a new book review…and doing a giveaway! 😀 Keep reading to the end of the post for giveaway details.

(For some reason, I can’t get the picture to load…I’ll try to add one later!)

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of Flummoxed, the sequel to her middle grade contemporary novel, Newfangled (you can read my review of the first book here). This was a really fun sequel! Flummoxed continues where Newfangled left off, but with new challenges in Olive’s life. A family friend is getting married, Olive awaits to hear back on a writing contest she entered, and Olive has some boy drama of her own.

As I mentioned in my review of the first book, Olive is a likable and relatable character. She may not always go about it the right away, but ultimately she wants to help others as best she can. I loved reading about a character who wants to raise awareness of certain issues through writing. 😉 She has a good support group of friends and family who help her out along the way.

Flummoxed deals with controversial issues, like refugees and racism, as well as some other hot topics among Christians like if it’s okay to date a non-believer and the dangers of social media. I may not have agreed with the conclusion the characters reached on every single one of those issues, but the author’s heart was easy to see. I appreciated reading a book (like Spin by Darcie Gudger) that wasn’t afraid to address difficult topics. All are addressed in a manner appropriate for younger teens, though!

Overall, this series has been a lot of fun and definitely points the reader to Christ. I think late middle-school and early high-school age readers are definitely the target audience, but I still enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing what direction the series takes in the third book!

Now, I’m super excited to announce that I’m giving away one paperback copy of Flummoxed. To enter, just sign up for my blog e-mail updates (which can be found on the right-hand side of the screen, beneath the “Welcome to My Blog” box). All you need to do is enter your e-mail address and follow the instructions in the following confirmation e-mail. Then you’ll be entered for a chance to win the book! 🙂

The contest will be open from April 6 through April 20. The winner will be notified via e-mail after that.

Thanks for reading!

Do you think authors should address controversial topics in their books? Is there a book that dealt with these kinds of issues that you particularly enjoyed? 

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Book Review: In the Shadow of Denali by Kimberley Woodhouse and Tracie Peterson

Hi, everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I had some technical difficulties with my blog, but my hosting company fixed it! I’m very excited to post my review of In the Shadow of Denali by Kimberley Woodhouse and and Tracie Peterson.

(Fun fact: I interviewed Mrs. Woodhouse’s daughter in this post)

Their Future Depends on Unlocking the Secrets the Mountain Holds From the Past

Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel near the foot of Mount McKinley–Denali as it’s still called by the natives. John is the wilderness and exploration guide for the wealthy tourists while Cassidy works in the kitchen as Cook’s assistant. The entire staff buzzes with excitement during the busy days preparing for the President’s imminent visit. His historic trip to dedicate the new national park on his way to driving in the golden spike to officially complete the Alaska Railroad will be the beginning of a new era for all of them and place The Curry at the heart of Alaska.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice to the seasoned Alaska mountain guide, with hopes of discovering the truth about his father’s death on the mountain years earlier. His father’s business partner blames the guide for Henry Brennan’s untimely death, but Allan cannot be at peace until he knows for sure. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

*Book cover image and synopsis taken from the publisher’s website*

There were so many things about this book I really, really enjoyed.

  • Cassidy was a very likable character. In a time where most fictional heroines are cynical and vengeful, Cassidy’s sweet innocence was a refreshing breath of fresh air.
  • Family relationships played a big role which was awesome! We don’t see very many family relationships–especially child-father relationships–in books.
  • Cassidy works in a kitchen and reading about all the desserts she baked definitely made me hungry.
  • I haven’t read a lot of books that take place in Alaska, so that was cool to read.
  • I could tell the authors put a lot of research into make sure the historical setting was accurately portrayed. I love history, particularly American history, so there were some intriguing facts in this book.
  • The Christian message didn’t feel like an after-thought but a seamless part of the story.

There were a few complaints I had, though:

  • The romance developed way too quickly. At just a few chapters in, the main characters were already thinking about how much they liked each other. They had just met, and I didn’t find this totally realistic. Their relationship was sweet, but it developed a little too fast for me.
  • The mystery aspect felt a little…lackluster. I don’t think it was intended to be very suspenseful, but it fell flat to me.

Despite those two complaints, I still really enjoyed In the Shadow of Denali. I liked the characters and themes a lot. While I may not read a lot of historical romance (you know, space travel, corrupt future governments, and castles are more my thing), I thought this was a really sweet book!

*Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy!*

Have you read In the Shadow of Denali? What did you think?

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Series Review: War of Rain by H.W. Vivian

First of all, I would like to thank the author for sending me both of her novels so I could review them!

There are two books in this series: War of Rain and The Goddess. War of Rain is about a teenage girl who is sent on a journey to save her people. The Goddess is about a teenage girl whose world is turned upside down. There are some similarities in the stories–an impending war between people groups due to the protagonist’s actions, a subtle hint of romance, the protagonist wondering if everything they grew up believing is a lie. The plots were quick-paced and both books were fairly easy reads.

The stories had enough differences to be unique from each other, however. War of Rain had more of a fantasy feel while The Goddess felt more futuristic. Overall, I thought the story of The Goddess was more engaging and offered more in the way of plot twists.  I enjoyed the crisp first-person writing in both books. Not too wordy with a decent amount of emotion.

Here is my biggest complaint: While I was under the impression that the books were Christian, after reading them I decided the worldview does not reflect a Biblical one. War of Rain,for example, wonders why the different religious groups don’t just get along because they all serve the same God. Jesus makes it clear that He is the only Savior (John 14:6). This (short) article also points out that various religious can’t all be true if they contradict each other in their basic beliefs about God. I didn’t notice this view in The Goddess; but both books overall depicted general spirituality, not a personal relationship with the one true Savior, Jesus Christ. While I enjoyed the suspense and the writing, the un-Biblical worldview was a  turn-off for me.

Your turn: Does a book’s worldview affect your opinion of it?

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Book Review: Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig

This Is the Way the World Ends.

Four years after a tragic mission decimated his team, Cole “Tox” Russell has been disavowed by the United States. And that’s fine–he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers–and a cure. As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

With time running out and the threat for a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.

*Book cover and synopsis found on the publisher’s website*

Secret organizations+Biblical history+a dangerous virus=Conspiracy of Silence.

Conspiracy of Silence is very exciting. Wow. The action is nonstop and you’re never sure who to trust. There are tons of twists that resulted in me quickly turning pages to figure out what happened next.

Also, I loved the fact that Biblical history and archeology played a big role in the plot. The book frequently refers to the book of Numbers, and I appreciated reading a book where the Bible events are regarded as history.

I’ve read several Christian mystery books, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them have overpowering romance elements . Not so with Conspiracy of Silence. Romance is present, but it doesn’t dominate the story. I do feel like the relationship could have been developed a little bit better, but overall I was pleased that the actual mystery was given the highest priority.

If you enjoy quick-paced suspense novels, I think you’ll like Conspiracy of Silence!

*My Rating: 4 of 5 stars*

Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy of Conspiracy of Silence! The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Do you enjoy books where Biblical history play a big role?

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