The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass (quick review)

thecresswellplot_wass_hyperionIn another case of “I don’t usually read this type of book, but…” I picked up a copy of The Cresswell Plot at a Dollar Tree store.  It was the cover that piqued my interest, the description that made me think “hmm, maybe” and the combination of the short length and the dollar price that clinched it.

It was like something was broken inside me, and the worst part was, I was pretty sure it had been broken for a long time.  When you’re hanging on by a thread, you don’t even notice until that thread starts to break. (p. 147)

I labelled this a “quick review,” so as briefly as I can manage, here’s the skinny:   Continue reading

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First Line Friday: Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s featured book is a review copy I received for free from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild.
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Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber is the second book in the Sofi Snow duology.  This is an exciting YA Sci-Fi duology with a storyline that highlights human trafficking and is an enjoyable read even if you aren’t quite in the YA demographic anymore (and perhaps haven’t been since sometime in the last century).

I shared the first line from Chapter 1 while visiting blogs in early May, so today I’ll be sharing the first line from the prologue and re-sharing from the first Chapter:

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The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo (review)

Second in the Daughters of the Mayflowethepiratebride_ybarbo_barbourr series, this short (258 page) novel ticks all the expected boxes and still manages to surprise a bit.  As twelve-year-old Maribel Cordoba, great-granddaughter of Mary Chapman and William Lytton from The Mayflower Bride, has her first encounter with brash privateer Captain Jean Beaumont, she and her friend William are both enthralled with the idea of joining a “pirate” crew.  But all of their paths diverge, and all three are older, a bit wiser, but never having forgotten their adventure together.

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First Line Friday: A Tangled Web

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.
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I first discovered L.M. Montgomery through the 1985 mini-series of Anne of Green Gables when it first aired on U.S. television.  I quickly devoured every one of her books that my local library had to offer, and though some of her heroines suffered a bit from not being Anne, I enjoyed them all and in recent years found a renewed and heightened appreciation for an instant favorite, The Blue Castle.

It was also only in recent years that I became aware that The Blue Castle was not the only book L.M. Montgomery wrote specifically for an adult audience, and I have been wanting to read this story of the very intertwined and dysfunctional Dark and Penhallow families ever since. Participating in an Instagram photo challenge, #12daysofannestagram, finally gave me the nudge to go ahead and order a copy.  And what a copy it is – I dithered over covers of The Blue Castle, but when it came to A Tangled Web there was no hesitation.  I think you’ll see why.

Here is the first line:

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How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living by The Babylon Bee (review)

9780735291522From its opening line through every fad, trend, and foible, How to Be a Perfect Christian sheds a satiric light on modern “mainstream” Christianity.  And what better way to get yourself to step back and really think about some of the practices and attitudes that have crept into the everyday of Christian faith than to bring up each of these topics in a slightly snarky way that satirizes rather than blankly criticizes. Continue reading