Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best of 2014: MUSIC!

Best of 2014: MUSIC!

Best New Band/Artist: Veridia

Best Song of 2014: Furious Love by Veridia

Best Album of 2014: Attack by Disciple

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Best of 2014

The Best of 2014

{Best Books}

Fantasy: Destined for Doon by Cary Corp & Lorie Langdon

Historical: Searching for Home by Jessica Keller

Romance: TIE! Tried and True by Mary Connealy & Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer

Dystopian: Revolutionary by Krista McGee

Contemporary: Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Young Adult: Saving Yesterday by Jessica Keller

New Adult: How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes

Non-Fiction: be Rebellious by Megan Clinton

Best Book Overall: Storm Siren (#1) by Mary Weber

{Honorable Mentions}
(In no specific order.)

1. The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

2. Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg

3. Rebels by Jill Williamson

4. Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund

5. Oath of the Brotherhood by C.E. Laureano

{Best Films}

1. God's Not Dead

2. Unstoppable

{Best TV Shows}

1. Once Upon a Time (ABC)

2. Forever (ABC)

What are your favorites of 2014?

Monday, December 22, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

BLOG TOUR: Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

{About the Book}

After graduating from the Secret Seminary, Hannah and Simon are ready to return to their homeland. Their training has equipped them to carry the gospel to a country ravaged by darkness and despair. If necessary, they’re even prepared to face the North Korean labor camps, but the hardest part of their mission isn’t the hunger, cold, and incessant danger. The hardest part is cutting off contact with one another. In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, Hannah and Simon learn that staying together won't compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.

Two undercover missionaries delivering a single message of hope. Two Christians willing to die for the sake of the Good News. One love – more powerful than terror, more beautiful than life, and more dangerous than either of them could possibly imagine.

A love so strong, nothing but the grave could overcome it.

{ My review}

My Rating: 5 Glorious Stars!!

Torn Asunder is a phenomenal follow up to Slave Again. Torn Asunder was just as suspenseful, heart-wrenching, and emotional as The Beloved Daughter and Slave Again. Alana really knows how to capture human depravity through written words. The Whispers of Refuge series is one that stays with you even long after your have finished the book. It's these kinds of books that make you realize that slavery is still very real in this world, even in the United States. In fact, the city in which I live is one of the top cities that is currently dealing with an epidemic of human trafficking. It's these books and the fairly new A21 Campaign that has inspired me to get involved with this issue, even if it is just educating others that Human Sex Trafficking is very much real and that we can't (especially us Christians) sit idle by and do nothing. Do yourself a favor and start this series!!

Note::: Because this series does deal with the mature theme of Human Trafficking I would recommend this book for ages 16+.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2015 Releases

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2015 Releases

I can't believe it's already time to talk about our most anticipated 2015 releases. 2014 has just flown by and we're only a month away to ringing in the new year. I've already done a post on upcoming 2015 releases, but I'm going to try my best to slim that list down to my most anticipated-must buy 2015 releases.

1. Siren's Fury by Mary Weber
Book #2 in Mary's Storm Siren trilogy is coming. And I want answers.

2. Shades of Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie LangdonBook #3 in the Doon series. Again I want answers.

 3. Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
Steampunk, Alternate London, & aerial cities!!

4. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
I will read ANYTHING by Karen. Suffice to say I am so STOKED!!

1. All Fall Down by Ally Carter

2. An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
One of my favorite authors is trying her hand at one of my favorite genres, YA Medieval Fantasy.

3. The Woods Edge by Lori Benton
I didn't care much for her first book, but I did enjoy her second. Maybe...hopefully I'll enjoy this one too.

4. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
That cover. The premise. MUST BUY!!

1. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
I just adore Mel's books and this one is a cross between Swan Lake and Robin Hood. I will read anything Robin Hood related. (The BBC series Robin Hood ruined me.)

2. From the Start by Melissa Tagg
I have loved both of Melissa's previous books and I can not wait to dive into this one. Nobody writes cute RomComs like Melissa.

3. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings
Now I haven't read The Murder Complex yet, but that doesn't mean I can't get excited for the sequel.

4. The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
I haven't read Allison's previous novel, The Traitor's Wife, but I plan to. I'll be buying  TTW after Christmas and also pre-ordering TAE.

I know I didn't stick with just doing ten, but hey it's only an extra two. And there were many more that just didn't make the cut, but it was close. If you want to see other 2015 releases I'm excited about that didn't make this list please see this post:

What 2015 releases are you MOST excited about? Tell me in the comments section below.