Friday, September 19, 2014

"The Merchant's Daughter" by Melanie Dickerson



About this book:

  “An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf s bailiff a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff s vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf s future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.”


Series: It will be connected to Melanie Dickerson’s other books when the new book “The Princess Spy” comes out in November. “The Merchant’s Daughter” in considered #2 in this series. “The Healer’s Apprentice”(#1, review Here!), “The Fairest Beauty”(#3), “The Captive Maiden”(#4); should be read in this order for the least amount of spoilers. 


Spiritual Content- Annabel’s dearest wish was to enter a convent so she could read a Bible & to know all that God had spoken; Mass going (very detailed, but the village priest is rude to Annabel (see what he believes in Sexual Content); Hymns are song; Lots of Bible reading and Many Prayers; “Holy saints above” and “Sweet saints above” are both said.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘idiot’, a ‘witch’, a ‘stupid’, and five curses are said but not written; Mentions of dead animals for food; Bullying (a mention of it, barely-above-not-detailed); Ale is drank (and for some, drunk); Mentions of arrows & where they laid; Ranulf has bad nightmares (pretty detailed); Blood (highest being a barely-above-not-detailed); Almost dead & dead people; A knife; People talk mean about another.


Sexual Content- a ‘wrentch’; A not-detailed kiss, Three semi-detailed kisses, and a detailed kiss; Almost kisses & touches; Mentions of how Bailiff Tom looks at Annabel (he kisses her once (semi-detailed), tries to hurt her and later Annabel wonders what would have happen if nobody showed up to save her; later and almost attack (she’s saved)); Annabel tells of the village priest who makes “it sound as if women were fiend of h*ll, luring men into adultery.” And he says “Woman is the gate of h*ll.”; Servants hoot, cackle & talk about guys (one goes as far as saying about keeping your husband warn at night); A girl says a man forced himself on her (he did not, she’s a big liar and has a crush on him); “other privileges of marriage” is mentioned; Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Annabel Chapman
-Lord Ranulf le Wyse
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1352 {Medieval}
                                                        268 pages

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New Teens- 
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Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating- 

This was a cute story—in the D*sney ‘Beauty & the Beast’, Belle loved to read (she always had a book in her hands!) (Ohmygoodness! Typing this up I just realized that Bailiff Tom is that jerk! :O ) My favorite part of the D*sney’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’ is (of course!) the library and how happy Belle was! In “The Merchant’s Daughter”, all Annabel wanted was one book—The Bible! Her craving to read the Bible was truly inspiring, making this my favorite Melanie Dickerson book yet.


See y'all on Monday!


 
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Remnants: Season of Wonder" by Lisa T. Bergren



 About this book:

  “THEIR ARRIVAL WAS FORETOLD FOR YEARS….
  Andriana is a Remnant, gifted as an empath and one of the Ailith, destined to act as humanity’s last shield against the horrors that now plague those who remain.
  After years of training in stealth and warfare, Andriana and her Knight protector, Ronan, are finally ready to answer the Call and begin the life they were designed for. But as they embark with the other Remnants on the first of their assignments, they quickly discover that the world beyond their protected Valley is more dangerous than they imagined.
  The Sons of Sheol will stop at nothing to prevent Dri and Ronan from rescuing anyone sympathetic to the Remnants’ cause. And as the Remnants battle the demonic forces, still other enemies close in. Dangers intensity, but so do Dri’s feelings for Ronan–the one emotion she is not meant to feel. In the midst of their mission, Andriana must find a way to master her feelings. Or risk compromising everything…



Series: Book #1 in “The Remnants” series. {More about this series:
In the first book of the new futuristic dystopian series from author Lisa T. Bergren, the chosen remnants must work to redirect humanity’s course.”}
 


Spiritual Content- The Maker is mentioned & talked about a lot (but all the ‘h’s are not capitalized); Prayers to the Maker; Drifters loathe the talk of any god or the Maker; Talks about finding strength, courage & direction in the Maker, talking to the Maker, trusting the Maker, Thanking the Maker, focusing on the Maker, choosing good, Prayers, visions and praising; A couple of Scriptures are quoted; Keallach like to preach enlightenment; And some Monks believe being near the earth.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’, a ‘sheesh’, a ‘suck’, a ‘wicked-good’, two “what the h*ck?”s, three forms of ‘idiot’, three ‘shut up’s (but one has a please after it), Two curses are said but not written; A man does a “h*llish call” (Dri says “It was the sound of the dead and d*mned”); Blood (semi-detailed to detailed); Fighting, Killing, Arrows & where they go (all ranging from semi-detailed to detailed); Mentions of eating horse meat, a pub, an outhouse, drinking, going to the bathroom; Semi-detailed parts are: Cancer & illnesses, demons, evil, darkness, kidnapping children, mudhorses die, a deer gets killed & eaten.


Sexual Content- Two almost kisses, A kiss on the head (barely above not-detailed), two semi-detailed kisses and a detailed kiss; Many stares, looks and flirting (semi-detailed); A few touches that cause warmth; a ‘wench’; Andriana puts on a bra-band then a tee; The men of Zanzibar treat their women as property “and since brown eyes were the norm any other color were apparently prized.”; Men at another city ask if the woman are for sale/trade; A woman says that Zanzibar “is no place for women, whether or not she’s reached her second decade.” She’s fifty and then says “Even I barely get in and out unmolested.”; Zanzibar has a one child per family policy where the males are most wanted, therefore the females are usually drowned or left to die; Bellona says she has five siblings which makes Dri says she “thought our parents were discouraged from…from…” “Procreating?” Bellona fills in; A man has five wives but only to protect them and their children; Hints of lust; A man slaps his women’s backside; A jerk lingers on a girl’s legs and hips (semi); Women of Pacifica are dressed scantily (see-through); The (gross) story of Zesus & he seduced a women and what happens…ewww!(semi); Love, falling in love and the emotions.

-Andriana “Dri”
                                        First person P.O.V. of Dri
                                              Dystopia
                                                        416 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating-


This is such a Lisa T. Bergren novel! I don’t think I’ve read any dystopia books with swords and arrows. {“River of Time” series, anyone? I’ll review those someday on here!} I, of course, had to dock stars because of the Negative & Sexual content. I was expecting a really big cliff-hanger at the end and was shocked when there really wasn’t one.
Here’s a neat feature in the back of the book!
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE:

Ailith: A-lith ("noble war"; "ascending, rising")
Andriana: An-dree-ana, or Dree, for "Dri" ("warrior")
Asher: Ash-er ("happy one")
Azarel: Ah-zah-rell ("helper")
Bellona: Bell-oh-na ("warlike")
Chaza'el: Chazah-ell ("one who sees")
Kapriel: Kah-pree-ell (variant of "warrior")
Keallach: Key-lock ("battle")
Killian: Kill-ee-un ("little warrior"--though he's not so little in my novel!)
Raniero: Rah-near-oh ("wise warrior")
Ronan: Row-nun ("little seal"; I know. Not as cool, right? But he was named Duncan at first draft and I had to change it due to publisher request, and "Ronan" sounded like a medieval, cool warrior name to me. I overlooked the real translation in favor of the man he became in my story. And that guy, to my mind, is more like a warrior, with the spray of the sea upon his face as he takes on the storm--which is like a seal!)
Tressa: Tre-sah ("late summer")
Vidar: Vee-dar ("forest warrior")


See y'all on Friday!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

Monday, September 15, 2014

"A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas" by Erica Vetsch




About this book:

  “It’s a Less Than Picture-Perfect Romance
  Adeline Reid, once the sweetheart of a notorious train robber, is determined to keep her shady past a secret and her heart protected. Her newfound focus on her work has gained her two things—a successful portrait studio in Dodge City, Kansas, and a life free of romance.
  Unfortunately, Addie’s inquisitiveness brings trouble back into her life when she unwittingly holds a clue that can expose a killer’s identity.
  Will she find herself looking down the end of a gun barrel, or will a handsome deputy nab the murderer before the shooting starts.
  Having risen above his dirt-poor childhood, Miles Carr is living the dream of his life—working as a deputy to his hero, Bat Masterson. But when the investigation of a shopkeeper’s murder leads him to the aloof Adeline Reid’s portrait studio, his focus becomes skewed. Can Miles keep his mind on the case with a pretty photographer in his sights?
   Will Addie and Miles discover there can be no secrets between them when love, lives and laws are on the line?”


Series: Part of the “Brides & Wedding” series. {They don’t have to be read in order, all should end with a City, State in the title.}


Spiritual Content- Prayers; Miles has a newfound Faith & wonders if he can be a lawman and a believer; Not much is said about Addie’s Faith, but she prays.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘hush up’, a “confound it!”, six ‘stupid’s; Mentions of drinking, saloons, drunks and almost drunks; Mentions of killing, blood, murder, hanging and suicide (all barely above not-detailed); Shooting, guns, Murder and Blood (all semi).   


Sexual Content- Not-detailed kisses, Two semi-detailed kisses & a detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss; A couple of touches that cause warmth; a ‘hussy’; Flirting; Mentions of women of ill repute & brothels; Addie has to say “I have a right to walk to my own home unmolested by drunk cowboys.”; *Spoiler* Vin tries to attack Fran (to get back at Jonas) and almost successes, but Jonas saves her before anything happens. *End of Spoiler*; Love, falling in love, and the emotions.

-Adeline “Addie” Reid
-Miles Carr
                                         P.O.V. switches between them, Fran Seaton & Jones Spooner
                                              Set in 1878
                                                        316 pages

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Pre Teens-

New Teens- 

Early High School Teens- 
(and a half)

Older High School Teens- 
(and a half)

My personal Rating- 
(and a half)

{Because of Vin, I had to lower my ratings a bit}
Man, I wish I could give this book a higher rating! In the beginning, I did some un-ladylike snorts from laughing so hard! {Did I just admit that?!} There were some really cute and funny parts in “A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas”. As a photographer, I really enjoyed learning more about Addie’s photography equipment and what it all took to get one picture! (We have it so easy now!) Like I said a few lines up, I had to lower all ratings because of Vin, though.  


See y'all on Wednesday!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.