Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Queen of Atlantis" by Edmund Lloyd Fletcher

About this book:

  “She couldn't handle one small town, how is she going to save the world?
  Janet Jones has reached the end of the road. Literally. Jane (to her friends) is a headstrong 18-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome who is fleeing from the ghosts of her past.
  Her one simple goal is to find her place in the world -- to make a new life for herself. Her plans are about to change when she mistakenly falls in with a group of international adventurers, posing as a mild-mannered Bible Study.
  This swashbuckling team of misfits sets out with the goal of locating a rare sea mollusk. The clues they find along the way propel them headlong into a daring, action-packed adventure that spans the globe.
  Michael Moast and his team once again find themselves the one and only line of defense against an international conspiracy and its plans for world domination.
  Along the way, Jane makes many new friends, learns a thing or two about herself, and even unlocks the shocking truth behind an ancient secret.”

Series: Book #1 in the “A Moast Unusual Bible Study” series.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, read & remembered; A few Prayers; Church going; Going to a Bible study; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of a “Bible study”; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, books of the Bible, & biblical teaching; Mentions of churches, church going & services; Mentions of Christians & Christianity; A few mentions of those & events in the Bible; A few mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of Divine Providence; A couple mentions of blessings & being blessed; A mention of praising God; A mention of a miracle; A mention of Christian artist, Chris Rice;
*Note: Mentions of gods & pagan deities; Mentions of a cult; A few mentions of evil; A mention of a demon; A mention of a daemon straight from Hell; A mention of there being ‘you-know-what to pay’; A mention of a devilish grin; A mention of someone smirking devilishly; A mention of a devilishly handsome man; A mention of ghosts; A mention of a ‘cursed’ Aztec temple; A mention of an Atheist nation.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘crap’, a ‘sheesh’, a cut off ‘what the—‘, a ‘yuppie’, two forms of ‘shut up’, three ‘idiot’s, five forms of ‘dumb’, five forms of ‘stupid’; Mentions of curses (said, not written though some are written like [explicative] in the spot were one would be); A bit of sarcasm; Pain, poison & a death (up to semi-detailed); Being shot, hinted at being killed & therefore a death (up to semi-detailed); A volcano, earthquakes, lava/flames, injuries & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Explosions, gasses, a kidnapping, gunfire, pain, blood, injuries/wounds & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Fighting, battles, weapons, injuries & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Ms. McCready & Enzo both drink; Jane ran away from home; Many mentions of killings/murders, nearly being killed, killers, bodies, explosives, poisons/toxins, gasses & threats (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of weapons, stabbing, executions & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mention of torture, tortuous demises, injuries, bruises & a death (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of bodies, corpses, autopsies & charred skin (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of blood, deaths & sharks/fish after the bodies (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of natural disasters, injuries & deaths; Mentions of terrorists, assassins & thugs; Mentions of being shot at, gunfire & screams; Mentions of missiles, bombs & land mines; Mentions of drugs, addicts, overdosing, drug lords & drug smuggling; Mentions of bars, drinking, drunks & booze/alcohol; Mentions of smoking & cigarettes; Mentions of throwing up; Mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of wars; A few mentions of gangs; A few mentions of convicts/prisoners; A couple mentions of the phrase about skinning someone alive; A couple mentions of nooses; A couple mentions of blackmail; A couple mentions of cliques; A mention of the Nazis; A mention of a holocaust; A mention of being suicidal; A mention of a crack-pot; A mention of manure;
*Note: Mentions of car brands (Buick, Corvette, Ferrari, Humvee, Mercedes, Model T & Toyota); Mentions of fictional characters (Ricky & Lucy on I Love Lucy, Jeeves the butler, Donkey Kong, James Bond, The Incredible Hulk, a Marvel comic book character & Frankenstein); A couple mentions of Nikon cameras; A mention of Yale college; A mention of Mission Impossible; A mention of a John Deere tractor; A mention of John Wayne; A mention of Wyatt Earp’s gang; A mention of NASCAR; A mention of a zombie movie.

Sexual Content- A bit of Noticing; Mentions of boys, dating & being single; Mentions of blushes; A few mentions of a hinted scene where a boy wanted something from Jane when they were in the woods (which he didn’t get); A few mentions of a threat of a kiss & then males whistling; A few mention of a teen boy leering at Jane & once at her bare thigh; A couple mentions of a prom & date; A couple mentions of a flirtatious smile & a handsome man; A couple mentions of crushes; A mention of pick-up lines;
            *Note: A few mentions of being in a romance novel & love at first sight; A couple mentions of a woman’s tight skirt; A mention of a torn pant leg from the buttocks down; A mention of two bums sitting on one chair; A mention of a rear end being numb.  

-Janet “Jane” Jones, age 18
                                      P.O.V. of Jane, Jack, Michael, Dr. Puttery, Enzo & others
                                        {First chapter set in 425BC}
                                                 354 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
Hmm. Y’know, I keep saying fantasy isn’t my favorite genre. And yet, I keep reviewing them. (The things I do for y’all…;) ) I wouldn’t say that this was the typical fantasy, though. There’s no dragons (well, actual dragons), no talking animals, and no space travel to name a few of the typical fantasy tropes. I would classify this more as a far-fetched fantasy/action & adventure. So, it’s different. And I can appreciate that.
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book when I started it. At first, the punctuation typos, the different font and layout along with some details that added nothing to the plot overwhelmed me. It wasn’t until about 100 pages in that I trying to be able to smooth over certain problems and try to get into the story-line. {Which, since I’m supposed to be honest in my review; I’m not sure if I completely understood everything that was going on in this book. I *think* I got the majority of what was happening, but please don’t quiz me.}
Because of the dedication to the author’s sons: “I wanted something exciting for you to read without all the smut and bad stuff.” I was expecting less violence and deaths. I don’t know, that’s just what I was thinking. *shrugs* We would see the all-knowing fly-on-the-wall point of view (also known as a Narrator that knows how every character is feeling and what they’ve done prior to the book starting) of many characters, some to be introduced in a chapter and by the end of that chapter, they’re dead. That took me off guard a bit. It did happen about three times, though, so I was able to expect it at times.
Jane didn’t make the most sense to me, however. After she goes once to a Bible study, the time she goes back, she’s told there isn’t a Bible study and starts trying to track down the members, who each happen to have part of a test of some sort for her. I mean, I admire her dedication to trying to find her new friends, but I can honestly I would not have done that, personally.
I did feel bad for Jane…by the end of the book there are people obsessed with her either wanting to torture her or make her his Queen. Yikes, girl, yikes. At the end though, I’d like to say I totally called the ending budding romance. I SO called it and was happy it was there.
All in all, the majority of this story just wasn’t my cup of tea. It wasn’t bad, it was unexpected in some ways and I enjoyed some parts, but the overall writing style and plot just wasn’t for me.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*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.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

Monday, February 20, 2017

"Shine Like the Dawn" by Carrie Turansky

About this book:

  “Separated by an inconceivable tragedy, can faith and love reunite childhood friends and light the way to a bright future?
  In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart because she wonders if what happened that day on the lake...might not have been an accident.
  When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie's estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend.
  Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate--and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents' death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?”

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- Psalm 37:5-6 at the beginning; Many Prayers; Church going, Hymns are sung & a sermon; A bit of Witnessing; Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & talked about; Many talks about God, faiths, prayers & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Maggie is mad at and feels hurt by God & believes He doesn’t hear her prayers *Spoiler* When she does pray, Maggie doesn’t think God wants to hear from her; Maggie does pray 2/3s in that she wants to believe and opens her heart *End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of prayers & praying; Many mentions of churches, church going, a reverend & sermons; Mentions of Bibles, books of the Bible & Bible reading; Mentions of God’s will, forgiveness & His peace; Mentions of Heaven, faiths, spiritual awakenings & going to God; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of missionaries; Mentions of sermons on condemning people & hellfire; Mentions of sins; A couple mentions of  Thanking God; A mention of divine provision;
*Note: A couple mentions of superstitions & a magician.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘Blast!’ and a form of ‘dumb’; Eye rolling; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); A couple mentions of sarcasm; Being hit, pain, blood, & stitches (up to semi-detailed); Guns aimed and shot along with blood (up to semi-detailed); A fire & smoke (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of deaths, drownings & what could have been murders along with accusing (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of lies, threats & blackmail; Mentions of pain, being hit, blood, screams, injuries, being hit by a car & accidents (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of illnesses, dying & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of the war & prisoners; Mentions of going to jail, prison or being hanged & illegal actions; Mentions of a fire & smoke; Mentions of mobs & threats of strikes and violence; Mentions of game & hunting; Mentions of gossip; A few mentions of stealing & feeling like a thief; A couple mentions of a drinking gambler; A couple mentions of pubs; A mention of a robbery; A mention of pipe smoke.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss, four cheek kisses, two forehead/head kisses, two barely-above-not-detailed kisses & a semi-detail kiss; Touches, Tingles & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Noticing; Mentions of hinted affairs & advances; Mentions of hand holding & blushes; Mentions of having feelings & being attraction for someone; A few mentions of a child born out of wedlock; A few mentions of kisses & kissing; A few mentions of reputations & chaperones; A couple mentions of looks of longing; A couple mentions of finger kisses; Love, falling in love & the emotions;
             *Note: A few mentions of a women’s’ figures & curves.

-Margaret “Maggie” Lounsbury, age 21
-Nathaniel “Nate” Harcourt, age 24
                                P.O.V. switches between them & Lilly
                                              Set in 1903 {Prologue set in 1899}
                                                        320 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
Ahh. I just adore Carrie Turansky’s beautiful writing! Like her previous historical series, the faiths and prayers were incredible and inspiring in “Shine Like the Dawn”. Honestly, this is such a pretty book! From the stunning cover and the Scripture inspired title (Psalm 37:5-6) to the intriguing plot! I so love and appreciate how clean this talented author’s books are and have been impressed every time I pick one up.
Maybe it’s because Nathaniel is one of my favorite boy names ever, but I found this Nate to be one of the best & most life-like/real heroes I’ve ever read. Maggie could be a bit too stubborn at times, but I understood where she was coming from, so it didn’t bother me. ;)
{Everything that says up to semi-detailed, was truly barely over the barely-above-not-detailed scale. So, so clean.}
I thought seeing one couple falling in love was neat, but I really liked the added romance of Lilly & Rob being engaged and in love by seeing her point of view. Such a neat bonus! :)

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*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.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.