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Breaking Creed by Alex Kava

Breaking CreedBreaking Creed by Alex Kava

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We recently had a very long trip in the car so I took this with us in the hopes it would be entertaining. It’s been a long time since I listened to books on CD, so long ago they were on cassette tapes. They weren’t very good then so I didn’t have high expectations for this one. Boy was I wrong. The only downfall is having to pull out the CD’s and find the next one to continue the book. The voice for reading the book was easy on the ears and he even changed his voice a bit for the various characters. I like that he didn’t build the tension with his voice but allowed Kava’s writing build it naturally. As for the actual book, Kava writes very well with excellent character building and story flow. Five stars for the CD, five stars for the book. I received a single copy of the audio version of the book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Outsider by Becca J. Campbell

Outsider (Flawed, #2)Outsider by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My son (13) read and enjoyed the first book in this series. I would recommend reading Empath before this one, although you could start here – you’d just not have the background on the characters or the original plot thread. These opinions are my son’s: Josh and Alex are well conceived characters with authentic personalities and reactions. Alex feels like a solid villain, the type you love to hate. The story is interesting with a peak towards the end that makes you want to pick up the next book. We received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest opinion. This in no way influenced the opinion or swayed the review.

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River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

River to RedemptionRiver to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an ok read for me. The progression from start to finish felt like it took ages, which for some readers is a quality they look for. The characters were nicely developed although Adria never seemed to develop into an adult as much as I felt she should have. There were a few minor inconsistencies related to her and decision making. The religious aspect is very noticeable although not preachy. I feel the historical aspect was well done and felt true to the setting and time period. There is some romance involved although it is clean and not rushed. Overall, this was a decent read that I feel will appeal to a lot of readers of Christian Fiction. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may not mirror yours.

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The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

The Edge of Over ThereThe Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First and foremost, I recommend reading the first book in the series, The Day the Angels Fell, before reading this one. Skipping the first may leave the reader feeling a bit lost and confused. The first book wasn’t a five star read but it wasn’t a bad read either. This one is much better, especially for a Fantasy genre book that is also classified as Christian Fiction. The religious content wasn’t over-the-top or preachy in any way. I feel the expansion on the fantasy elements was well done and added to the overall enjoyment. The characters were well fleshed out and one especially added a creepy element without detracting from the overall story. The writing was well done. Smucker ends each chapter in a way that fuels the reader’s desire to continue reading, which I really enjoy in a well-written book. Overall, this is a good solid read and something I feel the Christian Fiction arena needs more of. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may not mirror other views.

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Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Minding the Light (Nantucket Legacy #2)Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second installment of the Nantucket Legacy series is considerably better than the first. This is much more along the lines of what I’ve come to expect from Fisher’s writing style. The characters feel well fleshed out and are enjoyable to follow along through the story. I especially love how authentic the historical aspect feels and is backed by research. If readers can get through the first book I feel readers will be pleasantly surprised and enjoy the second installment much more. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I’m pleased that I was able to continue the story arc. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may not mirror other opinions.

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The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

The Hope of Azure SpringsThe Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one is a mix of good and iffy. The writing, outside of dialogue, is solid and easy to follow for any reader. The dialogue doesn’t feel realistic or appropriate to the setting at times. The historical aspect is also a mix with some very well done descriptions and settings along with certain parts that didn’t sit right with me. Granted, I’m not a historian but it was noticeable enough to bug me. The story is a blend of heartwarming and tugging at the heartstrings that I feel many readers will enjoy. Overall, the plot threads are well weaved and brought to a satisfying conclusion – no unanswered questions or cliffhangers here. I did like that the romance aspect wasn’t insta-love. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may or may not agree with your own.

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A Rebel Heart by Beth White

A Rebel Heart (Daughtry House #1)A Rebel Heart by Beth White

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The initial chapter is a good way to draw in the reader and create a desire to continue reading to find out just what happens and how everything is connected. The characters are interesting enough although I found the writing to be a bit more telling than showing. It will be interesting to see how White develops with experience. I feel the historical aspect was well done and feels authentic, although I am far from an expert in this area. The overall read was enjoyable with nothing too detracting from the experience. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

Pelican Point (Hope Harbor #4)Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hannon has a gift with penning heartwarming stories that envelope the reader with a sense of connection and believability. Pelican Point is yet another of her stories that a wide variety of readers can enjoy. The faith element is not overwhelming yet present enough to satisfy readers seeking that aspect of the books they enjoy reading. The characters feel drawn from real life with real life experiences and emotions. The setting feels authentic and as though you could find this place and the people living there. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

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Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Phoebe's Light (Nantucket Legacy #1)Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Typically Fisher is an author that can be depended upon to deliver the complete package in her novels. I found the scenery descriptions to be so well written I could close my eyes and envision them. I enjoyed the diary entries and the lead male character. I wasn’t sold on Phoebe, however. I’m not completely set on feeling that she wasn’t fully developed, just that she didn’t come across as a full character. Instead, she felt rather immature and difficult to relate to. This took away a chunk of enjoyment for me and thus only earning three stars. Otherwise, this is an enjoyable story and definitely clean and well-told. Overall, if you can just take Phoebe as she is, it’s a worthwhile read. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.