May 28, 2017

Blog Hop: Month in Review, Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, Mailbox Monday, What Are You Reading

My blog, Reading with Beth, is participating in the Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday, Stacking the Shelves, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading blog hops, and links to these sites are listed below. It's quite enjoyable to visit other blogs and discover more book suggestions!


Welcome to new visitors and returning followers! My blog focuses on reading, particularly book reviews. Check out my blog archive for previous posts, and visit my Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop post to enter to win an Amazon gift card.
 
Since it's towards the end of May, this post will include my monthly summary, and I'll also link up with Month in Review at The Book Date blog. As usual, I've read a rather random mix of review books, so I divided the categories into fiction, non-fiction, and children's books. Also, I've been listening to free audiobooks via Overdrive and Hoopla.


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May 27, 2017

Book Review: A Night Away


A Night Away is a captivating paranormal romance novella by Carrie Ann Ryan.

After two years, Kade Jamenson is still in love with his mate, Melanie, yet they don't have any personal time together. With the Central wolf pack raging war against the Redwoods, Kade and Melanie are focused on keeping the pack safe, as well as raising their adorable baby son, Finn, who refuses to stop screaming and crying throughout each day...and every night.

As new parents, Kade and Melanie need a break with at least one night away together, and the Jamenson family offers to help with the unlikeliest of all volunteering to babysit. It's a delightful glimpse into the lives of Kade and Melanie, and the interactions between the Jamenson brothers is quite entertaining.

Since it's a novella set between the third and fourth books in the Redwood Pack series, it's best to start with the first book, An Alpha's Path, which introduces and features the two main characters in A Night Away. Also, this is a completed book series, yet various characters are included in the corresponding (and currently on-going) Talon Pack series.

A Night Away is recommended and geared towards those who enjoy reading paranormal werewolf romances.


Note: I received this book from the author, who provided reissued copies for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Trinity Bound


Trinity Bound, by Carrie Ann Ryan is an intriguing paranormal romance book, which provides plenty of suspense and drama surrounding the Redwood wolf pack.

Even as a talented artist, Reed Jameson believes that he's simply not enough for his family and the Redwood werewolf pack, especially when he's captured by the Central Pack. During his captivity, Reed meets his mate Hannah Lewis, who is a rare earth witch with healing powers.

Due to fate and interesting circumstances, a ex-military human named Josh Kolb finds and attempts to rescue Reed and Hannah. During the rescue, Reed discovers that Josh is also his mate. However, all three struggle with uncertainty and insecurity, yet they strive to find balance in their lives and new relationship. As the title indicates, Reed, Hannah, and Josh are each a part of a trinity bond, which has special meaning in the supernatural world.

With a mission to destroy the Redwood pack, the Central wolves have turned away from their true nature with an evil alpha werewolf pack leader and his truly demented heir son initiating a horrifying deal that releases one of the worst demons into their world. The leaders of the Central wolves summoned this demon to assist with their assault on the Redwood Pack, particularly the Jamenson family. And this terrifying storyline is on-going and overarching throughout the majority of the Redwood Pack series with the Jamenson family and friends facing serious problems, including captivity, torture, and even death.

Since it's the third book in the Redwood Pack series, it's recommended to read the first two books in the series in order to meet the Jamenson family and learn more about the Central pack's evil plan. Also, it's a completed book series, yet various characters are included in the corresponding (and currently on-going) Talon Pack series.

Trinity Bound is geared towards those who enjoy reading paranormal triad romances with serious suspense interlaced into the story.


Note: I received this book from the author, who provided reissued copies for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Through Your Eyes


Through Your Eyes, by Shannyn Schroeder is an interesting contemporary romance, which is focused on family issues and relationship drama.

Deirdre Murphy has family obligations to continue working at her family's pub in rural Ireland, yet she wants to almost anything else. Her parents refuse to believe in her dreams of following her passion and becoming a baker. However, Deirdre visits extended relatives in Chicago, and her childhood boyfriend encourages her to consider other dating options while in the United States.

Her new Chicago neighbor, Tommy O'Malley, welcomes Deirdre to the city and introduces her to so much more. As the story unfolds, Tommy and Deirdre are forced to deal with family complications, geographical struggles, and issues from the past affecting their future relationship. Tommy is an ideal man for Deirdre, especially since he supports her baking efforts and blessed her with the unofficial nickname of Cupcake.

Since it's the third book in For Your Love series, it's recommended to start with the first book, Under Your Skin, yet it's not necessary to read the books in order. However, it's probably would be easier to comprehend the full story with a deeper understanding of all the family members.

Through Your Eyes is geared and recommended towards those who enjoy reading modern romances. However, the first part of the book was slightly disconcerting with the boyfriend in Ireland encouraging Deirdre to date other men while visiting the United States.


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.

Book Review: When to Engage an Earl

 
When to Engage an Earl, by Sally MacKenzie is an fascinating historical romance set in England in 1817.

Jane Wilkinson is the new lady living at the Spinster House, and her focus on independence and anti-marriage viewpoint is constantly unraveling due to Alex, the Earl of Evans, who is searching for a wife.

As the story unfolds, Alex and Jane are forced to deal with his jilted fiance and her spinster declaration, meddling friends and family complications, as well as legendary curses and an almost supernaturally odd cat.

When to Engage an Earl is geared towards those who enjoy reading unusual historical romances. Since it's the third book in the Spinster House series, it's recommended to start with the first book to fully comprehend the frequently mentioned characters from previous 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.

Book Review: Finally Found You

 
Finally Found You, by Carrie Ann Ryan is an enjoyable contemporary romance book that incorporates heartbreak, friendship, and love.

Despite being an amazing game designer, Presley Mackenzie is not taken seriously by her boss nor colleagues, and she's constantly forced to deal with annoying and demeaning work issues. However, Presley believes that her personal life is going well, until she arrives home to discover her boyfriend, Trent, cheating on her.

The same evening, Mason Sutton is dumped by his girlfriend in a public and humiliating fashion. Yet Mason is even more frustrated with his brother, Trent, for cheating on Presley. Due to their recent break-ups, both Mason and Presley decide to never fall in love again, but they agree to become friends with benefits, which (of course) leads to more.

Finally Found You is geared towards those who enjoy reading contemporary romances. As a stand-alone romance, it's not necessary read the series in order, even though it's the fourth book in the Tempting Signs series.


Note: I received this book from the author, who provided reissued copies for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Book Review: Dust of My Wings


Dust of My Wings is part of a unique paranormal romance series, called Dante's Circle, written by Carrie Ann Ryan.

Lily Banner and her six best friends love to hang out at their local bar, Dante's Circle, which is owned by another friend. While at the bar one evening, a serious thunderstorm causes the lives of Lily and her friends to supernaturally change forever. However, the new supernatural abilities are only uncovered after each finds their true half.

As a lab tech, Lily discovers a strange blue dust to test, which inadvertently leads her to Shade Griffin, a warrior angel, whose job involves protecting other angels and dispensing justice. With orders from the angelic council, Shade is trying to prevent any repercussions involving the blue dust, which causes him to lie to Lily. While Lily is dealing with her new triggered powers and learning of Shade's secrets, their new relationship struggles. 

It's the first book in the Dante's Circle series, which provides an introduction into this supernatural world and the newly changed lives of seven human friends. Also, it's a completed book series, so all seven books and several novellas are currently available to read.

Dust of My Wings is a fun story with suspense and intrigue. It's geared towards those who enjoy reading paranormal romances, particularly stories involving warrior angels and unique magical beings.


Note: I received this book from the author, who provided reissued copies for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

May 26, 2017

Book Review: My Jesus Bible

 
My Jesus Bible is an inspirational children's book with text by Michael Berghof and illustrated by Gill Guile.
 
This padded board board with an easy-to-hold handle focuses on the biblical life of Jesus. There are twenty bible mini-stories, which are presented in an easy-to-read-manner for young children.
 
Each page turn features another bible mini-story, including the following titles: What the Angel Said, Jesus Is Born, Anna and Simeon, Jesus as a Boy, Jesus Is Baptized, Jesus Is Tempted, Come Follow Me, Jesus Turns Water into Wine, Through the Roof to Jesus, The Children and Jesus, The Sermon on the Mount, Walking on Water, Wake Up Lazarus, The Last Supper, Jesus in the Garden, Jesus Before Pilate, Jesus Dies, Jesus Lives, Gathering Again, and Jesus Ascends to Heaven.
 
According to the back cover: "My Jesus Bible tells all about Jesus in simple language and with vivid illustrations. With a padded cover and carry-me handle, kids will love carrying this book to church or on the go."

With summarized biblical text and interesting illustrations on every page, My Jesus Bible is an enjoyable biblical resource for young children, particularly ages three 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.

Book Review: Portrait Revolution

 
Portrait Revolution: Inspiration from Around the World for Creating Art in Multiple Mediums and Styles, by Julia L. Kay is an intriguing portrait art book with 450 Portraits from the Artists of Julia Kay's Portrait Party.
 
According to the introduction: "Julia Kay's Portrait Party (JKPP) is an international collaborative project in which artist all over the world make portraits of each other. After seven years of exchanging portraits, tips, and techniques with each other, we're now sharing our art, our words and our inspiration with everyone who is interested in or would like to get started with portraiture.... By the time of this book's publication, we had more than 1,000 members from more than 55 countries, and the group had produced more than 50,000 portraits of each other."

This book includes six main sections, which are titled as Portraits by Media, Portraits by Style, Portraits by Theme, Featured Artists, On Making Portraits, and Featured Subjects. Then, these main sections are each divided into several chapters, as listed on the Contents page. Also, there's an introduction titled as About Julia Kay's Portrait Party.

Book Review: Esther


Esther: Finding Yourself in Times of Trouble, by Eugene H. Peterson is a bible study and devotional, as well as coloring book.

According to page xiii, "Drawn In Bible Studies are designed to temporarily relieve you of distractions so you can enjoy the story of God more fully. This happens in a variety of ways..." through the coloring options throughout the book, the biblical translation of The Message, the questions to ponder and explore deeper, the commentary about the biblical book of Esther provided by the author, and the notes and guidelines regarding leading this bible study.
 
This book features four main sections, which are titled as This Is the Story of Something That Happened (Esther 1-2), If I Die, I Die (Esther 3-4), What Do You Want (Esther 5-7), and How Can I Bear to Stand By (Esther 8-10). Also, there are bonus chapters, which include the Introduction, How to Get the Most out of Esther, and How to Lead a Draw In Bible Study

Esther: Finding Yourself in Times of Trouble is geared towards those interested in a personal or group bible study focused on the book of Esther. However, there are parts of this book, particularly the Introduction, that may come across as condescending to readers, so it's not recommended to new believers.


Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, 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.

May 24, 2017

Book Review: Need You Now



Need You Now, by Nicole Helm is a contemporary romance and the first book in A Mile High Romance series.

Mile High Adventures is run by Brandon Evans, along with his twin brother and their best friend, in Gracely, Colorado, which was once a booming mining town. Primarily due to the downfall of Evans Mining Corporation, the town of Gracely is falling apart and most of townspeople blame the Evans brothers.  

In order to improve their struggling outdoor adventure company, Mile High Adventures decide (despite Brandon's objections) to hire a public relations consultant, Lilly Preston. She needs this job to stay in Gracely and continuing supporting her sister and nephew, yet Lilly has to deal with her gruff co-workers and the uncooperative townspeople. 

This story has a high emphasis on Brandon's fears about repeating family history and becoming his father, as well as Lilly's insecurities about making the same mistakes as her mother and sister. As the story unfolds, Brandon and Lilly are forced to deal with business drama and family complications, including surprise family additions.

Need You Now is a delightful story, which is geared towards those who enjoy reading modern 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.