Saturday, September 7, 2019

Review: The Girl Behind the Red Rope

I was recently invited to review Ted and Rachelle Dekker's new release The Girl Behind the Red Rope. I've not read anything by Ted or Rachelle before but after a quick Google search of their previous books I was keen to dive into this story. I jumped on board the launch team and after reading this book I'll be adding some of Ted and Rachelle's other work to my to-be-read list.

The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted and Rachelle Dekker
Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

Her older brother's questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she's seen in a decade set in motion events that will question everything Grace has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides--but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth? - Goodreads

This story had me hooked very early on. I was intrigued by the characters and loved the supernatural elements of the story. I enjoyed following the main character's journey as she began to question what she believed and navigate the consequences of those questions.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Review: The Eyes Of Tamburah

Maria has created yet another fascinating world in The Eyes of Tamburah. I have enjoyed all of Maria's books and quickly jumped on the opportunity to review this latest novel.

Shyla is a researcher who resides in the underground desert city of Zirdai, which is ruled by the wealthy Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess. Even though Shyla is sun-kissed - an outcast, considered cursed by the Sun Goddess - she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps, and obscure historical documents. Her quiet life is about to change when Banqui, an archaeologist, enlists her services to find The Eyes of Tamburah: legendary gemstones that bestows great magic to its wielder. These ancient objects can tip the balance of power and give whoever possesses them complete control of the city.

But chaos erupts when The Eyes are stolen soon after they're found - and Shyla is blamed for the theft. Forced to flee, with the Prince's soldiers and the Priestess' deacons on her trail, Shyla must recover the jewels and clear her name. A quest that will unearth secrets even more valuable than The Eyes of Tamburah themselves 
- Goodreads

I love Maria's dedication to research and authenticity. The information and real life experiences she gathers when preparing a book is evident in her world building. Each world is unique and captivating. The details and layers invite me into the world and stay with me long after I've put the book down. This is perhaps one of my favourite things about The Eyes of Tamburah, the intricate underground desert city of Zirdai.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2018 Reading Goals & Challenges

Books Read In 2018:
  1. More Than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess by Lee Hull Moses - Review
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J Maas
  3. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J Maas
  4. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J Maas
  5. A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) by Sarah J Maas
  6. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J Maas
  7. The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J Maas
  8. The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass, #0.3) by Sarah J Maas
  9. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass, #0.1) by Sarah J Maas
  10. The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass, #0.5) by Sarah J Maas
  11. The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass, #0.4) by Sarah J Maas
  12. The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass, #0.2) by Sarah J Maas
  13. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J Maas
  14. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J Maas
  15. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J Maas
  16. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J Maas
  17. Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-Hearted Kids by Stephen James and Chip Dodd - Review
  18. 100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls: Unforgettable Tales of Women of Faith by Jean Fischer - Review
  19. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
  20. Sword Point by Maria V. Snyder
Reading Challenges Completed:

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Nicki has completed her goal of reading 20 books in 2018!

So that's 20 books, 6,826 pages, and one reading challenge completed in 2018

I'm aiming for another 20 books in 2019 and will be signing up for Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge.

What reading challenges or goals have you signed up for in 2019?


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Review: 100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls

100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls: Unforgettable Tales of Women of Faith by Jean Fischer

Girls are world-changers! And this deeply inspiring storybook proves it!

Just for the girls in your life, ages 8 and up, this collection of 100 extraordinary stories of women of faith--from the Bible, history, and today--will empower them to know and understand how women have made a difference in the world and how much smaller our faith (and the biblical record) would be without them. Featuring full-page, colorful illustrations alongside the true stories of amazing women like Lydia, Naomi, Rahab, Rebekah, Jane Austen, Corrie ten Boom, Bethany Hamilton, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, and dozens more, the stories of these 100 women will encourage and inspire girls to become the world-changers God created them to be! - 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review: Parenting with Heart

Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-Hearted Kids by Stephen James and Chip Dodd

Parenting with Heart: How Imperfect Parents Can Raise Resilient, Loving, and Wise-Hearted Kids by Stephen James and Chip Dodd
I'm always on the lookout for parenting books that inspire and guide me to be my best. To really engage me though, the book must acknowledge the challenges of parenting, and offer grace and understanding rather than judgment and perfection. This book met those expectations. Parenting with Heart encouraged me to strive for ‘good enough’ rather than unattainable perfection, and reminded me that I don't need to have all the answers.

The book is written by professionals in the field and whilst at times it read like a text book, the authors made attempts to relate to the reader with examples from their own parenting. Rather than a list of do's and don'ts, the authors highlight that there is no perfect parenting model. They advocate for a long term view of parenting, and encourage the reader to accept that imperfection, pain and failure is inevitable. The authors invite the reader to address past hurts and heart issues in order to move forward to be their most authentic self and an engaged parent. Practical advice is given to put theory into action, and questions are provided for reflection at the conclusion of each chapter. Parenting with Heart is a practical tool and well worth the read.

My Rating ~

Check it out on Goodreads.


Disclaimer: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads blogger program The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.