Monday, March 19, 2012

Team Novel Teen Blog Tour: Halflings by Heather Burch

197After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with. 

A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world. 



------------------------------

This is a debut novel. I love helping newly published authors get the word out about their books, especially if I liked the book. When I read the book I wasn't for sure it was a series so when it ended I was in sort of a tailspin. I really liked the book and wanted more. I am happy to say it is a three book series.

I have never read a book before about the fallen angels creating halflings with humans. I have heard that some people believe that is what actually took place. What a fun topic to explore and imagine what would have happened IF that were true. Would they be dark like their fallen angel side or would they have redeeming qualities? This series takes a look at one idea on that subject. It also addresses the evil forces at work here on Earth. 

I loved the characters. Nikki goes through so much. She goes after what she thinks she should, seems fearless at times. But she needs someone to help her and finally accepts that. The three teenager Halflings are very different from each other. You will have to form your own opinions of each one as you read. I do feel sorry for Raven and his struggles with good and evil, but he isn't my favorite of the three. 

As I read it and watched how things unfolded and the powers of evil were involved and were stalking Nikki, I just wanted to keep reading so I could find out how she handled it and how the Halflings helped or didn't help.  There is so much left untold in the story in part one that you just want more. There is a mystery going on and you get just a taste of it here and there. I can't wait to get book two and see that unfold a bit more. I love books that have things I can try to figure out as we go along and then at the end find out if I had it right or not.


This book is intended for age 15 and up. I think this would be a good book to read and use to get interest in angels started in your youth. Then you could check out what the Bible says about them. My husband has led a study with our kids on that subject. You could dig even deeper with a teen. I can't wait for books 2 and 3. 

--------------------------------

Want More:




Book 2: The Guardian: October 2012



--------------------------------

Team Novel Teen is a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other posts about Halflings by Heather Burch by clicking on the links below, and check out www.NovelTeen.com for more information about Team Novel Teen.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Heart Echoes by Sally John

Only An Earthquake Could Shatter the Walls She's Built.


In the aftermath of a massive LA earthquake, the perfect existence Teal Morgan-Adams has built begins to crumble. Teal's daughter, Maiya, is determined to learn the identity of her biological father, despite the loving devotion of her stepdad, River Adams. But that's a secret Teal hoped would remain buried forever. She has never shared the truth with anyone--not her family, not River, not even Maiya's father.

As Maiya's prying reopens old wounds, Teal receives tragic news and must travel home to Cedar Pointe, Oregon--a place she's avoided most of her adult life. Will her already-strained marriage survive the distance and the secrets she'll be forced to face there? 

With wit and wisdom, bestselling author Sally John delivers a touching story about life's unexpected detours and courage it takes to erase the lies that can echo in our hearts.

-------------------------------

This was the first time I had read a book from this author. I am not sure why. It might be because I am more into the historical and regency romance instead of the contemporary. She writes a very compelling story that draws you in. 

Teal is a very complicated person. Her love for her daughter is the strongest thing in her life. While she has protected her from some things in her life she has also been very open about other things and willing to listen to her when she has something to say. The struggles they go through as a mom and teen girl are minor compared to what some go through, because of the foundation they have. 

Her relationship with her sister is one that tugged at my heart. I have a half sister who is five years younger than me. We did not grow up together but I love her dearly and she always looked up to me as if I was on a higher level than her, like Lacey sees Teal. It was great to see how their relationship grew throughout the book. 

The life Teal thought was so perfect begins to crumble because it is not build on truth. As the truth begins to come out they are strong enough to pick up the pieces and keep going and become stronger than before. I really enjoyed this book about forgiveness and moving forward instead of living in regret. We can only move forward learning from our past mistakes. 

--------------------------------

Want More:


Side Road Series:
Ransomed Dreams
Desert Gift
Heart Echoes

Safe Harbor Series:
A Time to Mend
A Time to Gather
A Time to Surrender

The Beach House Series:
The Beach House
Castles in the Sand

In a Heartbeat Series:
In a Heartbeat
Flash Point
Moment of Truth

The Other Way Home Series:
A Journey by Chance
After All These Years
Just to See You Smile
The Winding Road Home


Tyndale House Publishers: http://www.tyndale.com
To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes

One Woman Takes The Treacherous Journey Towards Redemption...And Love


All Phoebe Lee wants out of life is to practice midwifery in Loudon County, Virginia. But when she refuses to accompany her pregnant sister-in-law to help save her husband from prison during the War of 1812, Phoebe finds herself pressed aboard a British privateer. 

Captain Rafe Docherty promises to get Phoebe's brother-in-law out of prison in exchange for information Rafe needs to exact revenge on the man who destroyed his family. As he realizes his attraction to Phoebe, she determines to get ashore before her patient goes into labor -- and before her own heart is in danger. But an enemy in their midst threatens to end their plans -- and their very lives.

------------------------------
This is the third book I have read from Laurie Alice and I find myself loving each book even more than the one before and wondering how that is even possible. One of the biggest draws for me is the characters. Her characters are so alive and real. They grab my heart and I struggle right along with them throughout the story. The other thing that really grabs me is her settings and the history surrounding the characters. I have become so wrapped up in history of late that when I read these books I love finding historical events that I can say "I remember learning about that!" 

Phoebe is such a beloved character. She is strong and caring yet quiet because she has learned to be for her profession of midwifery. Yet she hides a part of herself away, buried under a mountain of pain and fears. The tenderness she shows others is something we should all strive for. I love how she is able to draw Rafe out of his hard shell with her gentleness. Ugly rumors follow her but behind the rumors there are truths that no one knows.

Rafe is a mystery but we see glimpses of his real self from time to time. While he is lead by revenge he still cares so much for his friends and others in his charge. He struggles to not fall in love with Phoebe but longs to have a normal life with her and a family. A thought he quickly puts from his mind over and over again. He is a gentle man but one that can command a crew with authority and strength of character. He not only struggles with the love growing inside his heart for Phoebe, he struggles with a lost faith in God. Phoebe makes it her "mission" to bring him back to the Lord. 

This is a wonderful book and I recommend it highly. And don't forget to get book one in this series, Lady in the Mist. I can't wait for book three to come out, plus her other books. 

------------------------------

Want More:



Jersey Brides

Lady in The Mist: Book 1 in the Midwifes series

Printed on My Heart in Highland Crossings January 2012

A Necessary Deception: Book 1 in The Daughters of Bainbridge House series

Over a Barrel in Colonial Courtships May 2012