So far so good on the Book Notes posts this month. I don't know how long I'll be able to post them, since hurricane season is upon us and we are planning for a system to pass through some time next week. I hope it won't be too awful, but with any of these systems, you can count on tons of rain and some rough winds.
Update: I don't know what happened to last Friday's post. It wasn't posted on Friday as it should've been. The draft isn't showing up in my editor. So I'll do my best to recreate it for this Friday. However, this was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. I'm annoyed with Weebly and how hard it is to complete work in their editor. It's time for some changes. I'll keep you posted as I'm able.
On to the Book Notes!
Book Reviews: Only the Stars Know by Shannon A. Hiner & Savior (Angel's Savior #1) by Annette J. Archer
These books were put out by indie authors. I found out about them through Bookbub and other websites like it. When reading independently published books, it's best to cut the authors some slack. Where a traditionally published book gets all kinds of eyes on it before it's published, indie books don't get that kind of attention. Their books, even when edited, may have more errors than you might be used to seeing. Still, I urge you to give them a try and plead with you to leave a written review. We cannot improve if we don't know what our readers were excited about or disappointed with in our work. Also, consider that when purchasing an independently published book, you're probably helping out someone who desperately needs that extra income. If that's the case, these folks, like me, can't afford the price of most reputable editors. So with that in mind, here's my review for two books by indies.
Paranormal Fantasy Book Review: Only the Stars Know by Shannon A. Hiner
Only The Stars Know by Shannon A. Hiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Pleasant Surprise
To get the cons out of the way, first there are a few glaring mistakes in spelling. Second, there was at least one glaring inconsistency. In spite of those things, I really enjoyed this story. The setting was well done, easy to picture in my mind. The characters were interesting and I didn't feel they were too predictable. I'm intrigued to see where the story goes from here, but I was satisfied with the closure of Zane and Kali's tale. I recommend you give this a try if you like paranormal fantasy. However, if you're looking for paranormal romance, that side of this story is mild and minimal.
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Teen Drama Book Review: Savior (Angel's Savior #1) by Annette J. Archer
This book should probably come with a trigger warning if it doesn't already. It deals with the topic of abuse.
Savior by Annette J. Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I didn't want to put it down. Considering the amount of inconsistencies and grammatical errors, that speaks loudly of both the author's and her book's potential. I wondered about a lot of things. Did this story's details come from some past abusive experience of her own or did she interview anyone who has dealt with such a traumatic existence? That question bothered me a lot. But the characters were interesting and the hero and heroine were both intriguing. I think teens would be most likely to enjoy this book.
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#CurrentlyReading: The Apostle's Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits by R. Albert Mohler Jr.
My husband bought a ton of books from December through March. This was one of them. When we were looking for something new for our nightly family Bible study recently, he pulled this one out along with a couple of others and asked our youngest to choose one. As you can guess, this was the winner. It's been pretty good so far.
#TBR: Prevailing Prayer by Dwight L. Moody & The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
If you've visited my blog faithfully, you know the bulk of my reading is quick, cozy romance with a smattering of fantasy. I often add non-fiction books to my list, but it's rare that I get around to reading them. So I started dedicating Saturdays and Sundays to non-fiction reading in order to get those non-fiction TBR books read.
You might wonder why I read this way. I have always been a little bit slower to comprehend non-fiction books. I like to take my time with them and truly understand what the author is trying to teach the reader. I read epic fantasy books the same way. I like to take my time as I explore the new worlds. As such, it's almost like work and since I read most often to wind down at the end of a busy day, I'll pick up a quick, easy read first. I had planned to discuss this at some point on the blog. Looks like today is the day!
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking part of your valuable time to read my thoughts on a few books. You are awesome!
Until next time...
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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