February 17, 2018

Book Review: Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night Stars is a charming children's book written by Deb Gruelle and illustrated by Gabi Murphy.

Within twenty-two pages, this board book with a padded cover features a sweet rhyming story for bedtime and absolutely adorable animal illustrations.

According to the back cover copy: "Count your little one to sleep as the stars come out in the night sky. This playful, rhyming story encourages children to turn each page as cute and cuddly animals go through their bedtime routines."

Ten Little Night Stars is an easy-to-read book that's geared toward young children, particularly ages four to eight. 

Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own. 

February 16, 2018

Book Review: When God Made Light

When God Made Light is a children's book written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow. 

According to the back cover copy: "Light defines our days and helps living things grow and flourish. Light inspires us. When light breaks through darkness, it chases away our fears. And God made a light that shines within every child! It's meant to be recognized, celebrated, and affirmed in young hearts."

In about forty-eight pages, this hardcover picture book portrays light and God's involvement in an easy-to-read style for children. With every page turn, there are vibrant and lovely illustrations accompanying this interesting story. 

When God Made Light is geared towards young readers, particularly ages five to ten. However, this book is a wonderful story for all children (and adults). 

Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

February 15, 2018

Book Review: Surrender

Surrender, by Joan Johnston is an enjoyable second chance contemporary romance dealing with an underlying feud between two families in a small town.

Taylor Grayhawk is an experience pilot transporting smoke jumpers into serious forest fires, yet one flight caused both engines to fail without a proper landing area. The only other person on the plane is Brian Flynn, who is a smoke jumper, as well as her secret high school sweetheart, since their families are enemies. Brian and Taylor manage to escape a plane crash and avoid burning in the forest fire, yet they are still in tragic danger.

The first part of this story is an action-adventure romance story with Brian and Taylor struggling to survive and learning about second chances. And the second half of this book is an contemporary small town romance that highly features their family members.

It's not necessary to read this series in order, since each book is a stand-alone. It's the eleventh book in the Bitter Creek series, so some reader would prefer starting with the first book to properly meet all the characters, especially the extensive family members.

Surrender is recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading action-adventure second chance romances.

Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

February 14, 2018

Book Review: Running the Risk

Running the Risk

Running the Risk, by Lea Griffith is a contemporary action-suspense romance book.

Jude Dagan is in love with Ella Banning. Sometimes it's difficult for Jude to separate his personal life from his work life, since they both work for Endgame Ops. However, it's never been a problem, until Jude watched Ella die during a mission.

However, Ella didn't die, instead she sacrificed herself to go undercover to take down an evil and dangerous man. Eventually, Jude and Ella are reunited and still in love, but their relationship isn't easily fixed after the lies and ongoing battles. 

Even though it's the second book in the Endgame Ops series, it's not necessary to read the books in order, unless readers want to delve deeper into the overarching story line and further meet the secondary characters.

Running the Risk is geared towards contemporary action-suspense romance fans.

Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

February 13, 2018

Book Review: 806


806, by Cynthia Weil is a modern young adult novel focused on family and friendships.

Kate (or KT, as she prefers to be called), Jesse, and Gabe are three siblings only connected by their biological father, as well as their interest in meeting him. While on their pursuit to meet Donor 806, the three siblings deal with their new relationships, as well as various issues on their new family adventure.

806 is an enjoyable road trip adventure story, particularly geared towards teenagers (and those who enjoy YA books).

Note: I received this book from Bookish First (via NetGalley), which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

February 12, 2018

Book Review: Her Devoted Hero

Her Devoted HERO (Black Dawn, #2)

Her Devoted Hero, by Caitlyn O'Leary is an intriguing contemporary mystery-thriller romance book.

Dex Evans is a Navy SEAL focused on his job. As a prank, his friends sign Dex up for an online dating site and contact hundreds of single women. While trying to delicately handle the not-so-funny situation, Dex encounters a delightfully funny woman and attempts to pursue her.

Kenna Wright is uncertain why she even initially responded to the email. However, their continued email conversations further entice Kenna. However, she's a devoted single mother to a teenage son, along with two time-consuming jobs, and she decides to end their online connection.

Dex and Kenna eventually meet by chance, and their relationship escalates when her co-worker is murdered and it appears that Kenna might be next. Even though story is suspenseful, there's a mix of humor and sweetness mixed into the book.

Even though it's the second book in the Black Dawn series, it's not necessary to read the books in order, since this book is a stand-alone. However, I'm interested in reading the rest of the book series.

Her Devoted Hero is an entertaining story, and it's geared towards fans of contemporary mystery-thriller romance books.

Note: I received this book from NetGalley, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

February 11, 2018

Reading Challenge: COYER Winter Switch, Update #3

As mentioned in previous blog posts, I'm participating in the COYER Winter Switch: The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist, which is a reading challenge that spans from December 16, 2017 until March 9, 2018. For more details about this reading challenge, click HERE.

This winter reading challenge has a couple of options for readers, and I'm participating in the COYER Switch, which has three phrases: December 16 to January 12, January 13 to February 9, and February 10 to March 9. And there are three components (The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist) to complete in any order within the three phrases.

I started this reading challenge with The List, from December 16 to January 12. According to the guidelines, this list could consist of thirty books that I already had ready to read...in any format, any price, and obtained in any legal manner. Also, five more books could be added to the list for every five books that were read.

The List for COYER Winter Switch:
  1. The Wedding Date, by Jasimine Guillory
  2. Wolf Hunger, by Paige Tyler
  3. The Power of a SEAL, by Anne Elizabeth
  4. Staying Stylish, by Candace Cameron Bure
  5. Winter at Cedarwood Lodge, by Rebecca Raisin
  6. Rugged Texas Cowboy, by Lora Leigh
  7. Miracle at Christmas, by Debbie Mason
  8. The Hidden Oracle, by Rick Riordan
  9. Roomiesby Christina Lauren
  10. Moonlight Over Manhattan, by Sarah Morgan
  11. The Billionaire's Forever Familyby Cate Cameron
  12. Outback Affairby Annie Seaton
  13. Off Limitsby Clare Connelly
  14. Italian Affair, by Annie Seaton
  15. Holiday Affair, by Annie Seaton
  16. The Ones Who Got Awayby Roni Loren
  17. We're Going to Need More Wine, by Gabrielle Union
  18. Uncommon Type, by Tom Hanks
  19. Blue Ridge Sunriseby Denise Hunter
  20. Renegade Cowboy, by Sara Richardson
  21. Cowboy Up, by Harper Sloan
  22. The Bad Boy Cowboyby Kate Pearce
  23. Cowboy SEAL Homecomingby Nicole Helm
  24. Troubled Watersby Susan May Warren
  25. Trade Your Cares for Calm, by Max Lucado
  26. The Dark Prophecyby Rick Riordan
  27. The Rancher's Baby, by Maisey Yates
    I enjoyed starting this reading challenge with The List section. Due to the holiday season, I had plenty of extra time to read, yet I was slightly too ambitious with extending the list to forty books. However, I'm delighted that I read and reviewed twenty-seven books! :) Although, without the extra holiday time, I don't think that I'll even be able to match these numbers in the upcoming sections. 

    I continued the COYER Winter Switch reading challenge with The Strict, which was from January 13 until February 9. This option focused only on ebooks and audiobooks that are free or cost less than $5, as well as no library or borrowed books. 

    The Strict for COYER Winter Switch:
    1. The Bad Girl and the Babyby Nina Croft
    2. His Outback Nannyby Annie Seaton
    3. Scoring with the Wrong Twinby Naima Simone 
    4. Bargaining with the Bossby Jennifer Shirk
    5. One and Doneby Melynda Price
    6. An Uncommon Honeymoonby Susan Mann
    7. Can't Let Her Go, by Sandy James 
    8. A SEAL's Honor, by JM Stewart
    9. I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons, by Kevin Hart
    10. The Disaster Artist, by Greg Sestero
    11. My Scot, My Surrender, by Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan
    12. The Most Eligible Highland in Scotland, by Michele Sinclair
    13. Thanks Fur Last Nightby Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, and Kate Baxter 
    14. Luckiest Cowboy of All, by Carolyn James
    15. Highland Conquestby Alyson McLayne
    16. How to Ensnare a Highlander, by Michelle McLean
    17. Playing House, by Amy Andrews
    18. Baby on the Bad Boy's Doorstep, by Victoria James
    19. About That Kiss, by Jill Shalvis
    20. Prettyboy Must Die, by Kimberly Reid
    For the second phase of this reading challenge, I followed The Strict. Surprisingly, I read and reviewed twenty books! It helped that I had several free ebooks and audiobooks during this time frame.

    From February 10 to March 9, I plan to complete the third phase of the reading challenge, which is The One with the Twist. This option includes any book at any price, yet readers may only select one format, such as only ebooks, only audiobooks, or only print books. For this phase, I've selected to read only ebooks.

    In this blog post, I only provided a quick summary of this reading challenge, so click HERE for more specific details.

    Happy reading! :)