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The Shattered Vigil... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, January 14, 2017

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Current book:

The Shattered Vigil

Patrick W Carr

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Goodreads Summary:

Victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they've been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms' ability to defend themselves.

Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it's too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil's members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin's orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard.   
In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman's daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.

Sneak Peek:

"'Do not speak to me of what is possible when I have seen it with my own eyes! Do you think your solders can withstand a charge of gifted, King Rymark?"' pg 166-167

Initial Thoughts

I am so grateful that Carr is writing these epic fantasies.  While they are clearly Christian fiction, the audience is in now way limited to Christians, and for that reason, I recommend these books... to everyone, period. 

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The Shattered Vigil {A Guest Book Review}

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Shattered Vigil

Patrick W Carr

For those of you who have been around Reading List, you might remember a book I shared with you last January - The Shock of Night by Patrick Carr. I was excited because the writing was reminiscent of JRR Tolkien. It had been a while since I had picked up a well written, Epic/High Fantasy book, and the whole thing thrilled me.

Well, the second book in the series was recently released, and I was honored to receive a copy of it.  Now, while, I know most of you stop over to get my perspective on books, I thought, just this once, it might be fun to get my husband's point of view on a book. You see, these books are perfect for the men in your lives, because they are full of adventure and mystery that appeals to all, which is part of why the series reminds me of Tolkien.  So, just this once, will you allow my husband to share his thoughts on this book?  Let me know what you thought of the different perspective!

The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W Carr a book review on Reading List

Story Overview 

The kingdoms established by Patrick Carr in the first book of Darkwater Series have been shaken by the events of the last book. Allegiances are strained between the kings, queens, and the religious authorities. Evil lurks in the shadows looking to corrupt them all. Caught between these three vying parties is the Vigil and it's newest member, Willet Dura.

Personal Likes

One of the things that drives me to fall into the world an author creates is a sense of realism. The world has a sense of reality because the characters, specifically those in the Vigil, and those in the nobility of the kingdoms make decisions based on motives that are logical based on their understanding of the situations going on around them. 

The older members of the Vigil do not yet trust the newest member, Willet Dura, and for a good reason. He has a dark past that they cannot understand. They fear his dark past will allow the rampant evil that they have kept at bay until recently will provide their enemy a tool to use against them within the Vigil itself. 

I also greatly enjoyed the politics of move and counter-move employed by their nobles, regents, and church officials as they seek to protect or expand their personal power. The thinking behind actions is explained clearly so that readers without the understanding of the power struggle that goes on among such lofty members of society will understand why the characters undertake the actions they do and behave in the way they do publicly, and take on a different approach privately. 

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Personal Dislikes

There was very little to not like in this book. The author did a good job of reestablishing the world so a reader that skipped the first book of the series could pick it up and find it enjoyable. I personally was not a fan of the author's habit of switching back and forth from first person perspective, usually from the perspective of Willet Dura, to third person narration. I only noticed this after passing the halfway point in the book so it did not detract from the book in a significant way.

Reading List Rating

I enjoyed this book, so I'm going with four stars (hearts). It was not perfect, but it played with one of my favorite perspectives which is those of actions driven by logical, thought-out motivations for each character. Who someone is, what they know, and what they want or need to accomplish can drastically alter why they make the decision they make and the author did a great job of not just writing a compelling story with the right of mixture of action, introspection, mythology, and suspense.

My Suggested Audience

I think teenagers and adults alike will enjoy this book. Teenagers will enjoy this book from the perspective of the younger acolytes, or apprentices, as they don't always have all of the information within the story. Adults will enjoy the more nuanced elements of this book, namely the psychological aspects of motivation, power, and duty. I am an avid fan of the Game of Thrones series (book and show) and people who enjoy the series because of the politics of power and rich mythology will enjoy The Shattered Vigil. 

(If this series sounds even vaguely interesting, you might want to check out By Divine Right, a novella, that is free! The novella introduces you to Willet and this amazing new world.)

Wondering Questions to Consider

The concepts of hierarchy tend to get lost in today's society, as we strive for more equality (which is good). How do you deal with the hierarchy of characters in Epic Fantasy books? When should leaders exert more power for the betterment of the people, and when should they step back?

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Are you a High/Epic Fantasy fan? Are you a Tolkien fan? Do you and your husband ever read the same book just to talk about it later? 

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Marissa @ Reading List

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Encouraging Hearts & Home

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Roseblood Release Day & Giveaway

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Release Day Blitz

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I just found out about this book recently, and am so honored to have the chance to share it with you! ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard releases today!! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a mask courtesy of A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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1 winner will receive a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a Mask. US Only.

Ends on January 17th at Midnight EST!

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Gold Rush {Book Blitz & Giveaway}

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux a book blitz on Reading List

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Gold Rush
by Jennifer Comeaux
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: January 9, 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.

Until she meets Braden Patrick.

He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time, she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

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As Braden drove me home, I lost any feeling of comfort I’d gained, and my palms began to glisten with sweat. I felt more anxious than I had when we’d first started the evening. The “end of the date” moment was near, and all I could think about was a possible kiss and Courtney’s advice of melting into it. I had a terrible fear that I was going to do the exact opposite and be as stiff as a new pair of skates.

We pulled up in front of my house, and I rubbed my hands on my sweater. Braden shut off the engine, and I longed to know his next move. Was he going to say goodnight there or was he going to walk me to the door?

He stepped out of the Jeep, answering my question. I climbed out, and he took my hand as we walked up to the porch, lit only by the dim gaslight lamps on either side of the front door. My pulse was seriously racing. I hadn’t been that nervous since I’d skated at the Olympics three years ago.

Braden faced me, and I looked up into his soft brown eyes. I could barely catch my breath because my heart was beating so fast. I’m going to have a heart attack and die before I even have the chance to kiss a boy.

“I thought your dad might be out here with a breathalyzer,” he said. “My dad actually did that with one of my sisters’ boyfriends.”

“Oh, no.” I laughed, but I secretly hoped that Dad might pop through the front door and save me from this nerve-wracking moment.

“I’m really glad we got to hang out tonight,” Braden said.

“Me too. I had a great time.”

He squeezed my hand and shifted his weight, and I sensed he was anxious, too, but probably nowhere near my level of freak-out. My face and neck were growing hotter by the second, and I prayed Braden couldn’t see how red they were in the low light.

“I’d love to see you again,” he said, stepping closer.

I nodded. “Definitely.”

He smiled and inched further forward, and I felt myself tightening with nerves. It was the same sensation I got sometimes before a critical jump in my programs, and it often meant I ended up sprawled on the ice. What if Braden kissed me and I made it just as much of a disaster?

About the Author
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers! Visit for contact information and to learn more about her books.

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Broken by the Sea {Review & Tour}

Monday, January 09, 2017

Return to Yesterday

Remnants of Yesterday 

(Broken by the Sea books 2& 3)

Ava Wood

I am already seeing that 2017 will be the year of completion for me... at least in a ton of book series... and maybe some other things... (it is only January... so who knows!)

But I am so excited to gush a little bit about this book series with you all.  A few months back I shared with you the first book, Forgetting Yesterday, and it was such a sweet story, I reached out the author, Ava, and just fan gushed over her books!  I had to get the rest of the series... I was hooked.

Luckily for me, Ava is super sweet and was kind enough to send me copies of book two and three, so I had plenty of time to read this and prepare for this book tour!!

So, if you haven't seen the first book review, click over to see it, and then come back.

Oh, and I'm probably going to break small spoilers, I just can't help it when I'm reviewing two books at once... but seriously, if you don't want to read spoilers, just jump over to Amazon and get yourself the series!!!

Now on to the review.

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Story Overviews via Goodreads

Return to Yesterday

After Adam Miller walked out of Missy Shaw’s life her junior year, she thought her world had ended. With her father’s relentless drinking and Missy’s numerous empty relationships, she’s learned to live her life as a hollow shell. Never feeling seems a whole lot easier than opening herself up to the emotions that tear her apart. She’s made a comfortable life for herself, going to school, working, and spending her lonely nights in the arms of her co-worker, Marco.

Everything is going just the way she likes until graduation nears and Adam waltzes back into town on the arm of Lindsay Dumont. With a single look, all her feelings for him come flooding back and being hollow suddenly isn’t so easy. His return opens up old wounds that Missy fears may never heal. Scars she’s fought so hard to bury deep inside. When all of her old memories dangle in front of her, she’s forced to find a way to bury her feelings for Adam while holding onto what’s left of her heart.

Remnants of Yesterday

Missy Shaw has lived through her fair share of heartache and abuse, mostly at the hands of her own father. After finally taking a stand against her abusers, Missy is faced with a new dilemma when her father unexpectedly falls ill. Longing to take care of the man who’s never really been a father to her, she’s forced to make a difficult decision that could cause a cataclysmic collision with her past and her future.

Now that Adam Miller was a major fixture in Missy’s life, making those hard decisions shouldn’t be so difficult, but when Missy heads to Tampa for college and Adam returns to Kansas, she’s left feeling vulnerable and alone. Moving forward is harder than she imagined when the demons from her past continue to haunt her. 

In this gripping finale to the Broken by the Sea trilogy, find out if Missy is finally able to find her happy ending, or if the demons of her past become the nightmares of her future.

Personal Likes

Overall, I really enjoyed the reality of the time needed for Melissa to get a grip on her life. Growing up in such an abusive house with no idea of what actual healthy love was would result in some serious damage. The fact that such a life would need professional assistance, as well as a loving support system, was well done throughout the book. I really enjoyed how Mrs. Miller's own past helped to create such a safe haven for Missy. 

And while it was annoying at times to read, the reality of the green monster of jealousy sneaking into long distance relationships was nice to see. The mind games and the struggle are real, so the fact that Ava went there, and allowed the reader into the mental process of listening to the green monster, was good. 

Of course, the fact that I was already invested in Missy and Adam was a huge reason why I enjoyed this book, but honestly, if you read the first book, you will become invested in the story of the broken girl who still longs to get somewhere in life and the boy that falls in love with her during her journey. 

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Personal Dislikes

I am always up for a good coming of age, love story - the kind that follows two people through the struggles of life and the journey to love. But I am not always a fan of trilogies just for trilogy sake. And, to me, this was a long three books. Yes, there are clear plot lines that are unique to each book, while all three are important to the overall ending, yet there was a good chunk of book two and three that dragged on and on while we wait for Missy and Adam to simply do some aging.

And well, the little subplot with Missy's aunt in the third book was really annoying and over the top. I am thinking it was there to fill out the final book. And by that point, I was ready for the end... again, just me... and pretty minor when you think about it.

Reading List Rating

four heart rating on reading list

I am giving this whole series four hearts. It was sweet, and exactly what I hoped for from the series. This is the perfect series for those who are fans of Nicholas Sparks and Hallmark movies. 

My Suggested Audience

This is certainly a YA Contemporary Romance. I would say it perfectly suited for those over sixteen, as there are serious life issues at the core of the book - drinking, abuse, neglect, romantic relationships, illness, death. The social & family issues in this book take most out their comfort zone to experience the life of one who was dealt a horrible hand in the family lottery. So for those who know the horrible reality of alcoholics, maybe this book would trigger too much. For those who do not know, this book will shine a light on what might be going on behind closed doors and give readers a glimpse of how much love kids have for their parents, even if it is not deserved.

That being said, this is the kind of book that parents should be aware of so that they might be available to talk about the issues with their teens.  The real tough conversations are important to have with our kids, and books like this are wonderful tools to get the ball rolling. 

Wondering Questions to Consider

After stories like these, readers should ask themselves about how we should treat each other who are struggling with serious life issues. Do we push people away just because we are hurting? Have we put together a solid support system of friends who will carry us during the hard times? Do we have a Source to lean into when our hope seems gone?

Are you struggling to find such a source? Do you know where to turn to?

"Blood wasn't what made someone family. Love did..." @btfl7 #booklovers @Reading_List1

When was the last time you picked up a book and just fell in love with the plight of the characters? How fast did you get your hand on the sequels? 

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Marissa @ Reading List


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Oh my goodness, I almost forgot... there is a giveaway with this book tour - I know you remembered... but see I was so excited about the story I got swept away.

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