Reviews by saraella
On 9/16 saraella wrote: From the stellar writing to the relatable characters, Shades of Doon was everything I wanted and more. It was fast paced, and had the perfect blend of romance, action, and mystery. My only complaint? Book 4 isn’t out yet! I NEED to know what happens next. I highly recommend this book, as well as the ... Best book in the series so far!
On 6/26 saraella wrote: There is an epidemic of whiny, boy-crazy female leads in YA books. Sometimes I just want to reach into a book and slap some sense into these girls. Nym is a refreshing exception. I don’t know how Mary Weber does it, but somehow she manages to give me everything I want in a female lead. Strong but feminine, ... Goodbye reading slump, hello all-nighter
On 5/2 saraella wrote: It comes as no surprise that an author of over 40 books is well-seasoned in the writing craft. Lisa T. Bergen has a great grasp on deep point of view, making Remnants: Season of Fire a smooth and enjoyable read. Her transitions from one point of view to the other were seamless, and I felt she did an ... Engaging read with a fun plot twist!
On 1/31 saraella wrote: I loved the first book–the idea of being Called to something greater beyond your wildest dreams. Veronica is my favorite character, and book one is mostly about her. I think there’s a little of Vee AND Kenna in me. Vee because I’m bookish and Kenna because I have a love for musicals (the part in ... Swept away for a second time
On 1/23 saraella wrote: My only other experience with a male author writing from a female point of view is John Green (hard to top, I know). And yet, Jonathan Freisen totally nails it. While reading Both of Me, I felt zero author interruption (aka, the author’s male voice slipping in here and there). I just felt like I was ... Simply Stellar
On 8/24 saraella wrote: In Storm Siren, modern teen sarcasm meets fairy tale dialect, and it’s just so unique and different. You’ve got the main character, Nym, who sounds like a real young adult heroine in my reader’s ear, but then you’ve got her saying things like “litches” and “bolcrane” that ground her ... Swept away from page one!
On 2/21 saraella wrote: Doon, for me, was one of those books that sort of knocked me off my feet. I was really intrigued by the plotline and even the cover so I decided to give it a try. And just like Vee and Kenna, what I found was a hidden treasure. Doon is one of those books you think about long after you put it down. ... Best book of 2014!
On 12/23 saraella wrote: Aquifer, by Jonathan Friesen, has become an unexpected favorite for me. I love young adult fiction so I usually jump at the chance to review books in this particular genre. Aquifer was mysterious looking to me right at first glance. I looked at it and just had to know what in the world an “Aquifer” ... Christian fiction with twists and intrigue
On 11/7 saraella wrote: Dark Halo, by Shannon Dittemore, is the third and final chapter of the Angel Eyes trilogy. Tragic and hauntingly beautiful, Dark Halo is the perfect way to wrap up this poetic and breathtaking series. Shannon Dittemore has a very unique voice. She writes like one who has written twenty-five novels, ... Best of the three
On 6/20 saraella wrote: I love good food! Who doesn’t, right? I love to experiment and try new things, and I especially love when what I try becomes a hit at parties or family get-togethers. Besides that, I like the recipes I try to be simple. I prefer to have the ingredients on hand and if I don’t, I at least want to be ... These recipes are simply delicious!
On 5/20 saraella wrote: I liked The Christian Parenting Handbook for its simple navigation and short chapters. Every child has different issues and not everything in this book will apply to every family. The fifty chapter glossary at the beginning makes it easy to find the problems and solutions you are personally looking for, ... A great resource for all stages of parenting
On 2/8 saraella wrote: When a sequel turns out to be better than its predecessor, I am surprised and delighted. Shannon Dittemore doesn’t fail to please in the newest addition to the Angel Eyes trilogy, Broken Wings, in which Brielle and Jake face new challenges regarding their relationship as well as all things Celestial. It’s ... Broken Wings by Shannon Dittemore
On 1/17 saraella wrote: Just when I think all the best novel ideas have been taken, James L. Rubart offers up a fresh serving of imagination with heaping sides of creativity and perspective. In Soul's Gate, it’s a battle against evil like you’ve never thought possible, where fervent prayer and the Sword of The Spirit are ... Soul's Gate by James L. Rubart
On 12/25 saraella wrote: “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;” Psalm 91:11 Click the book cover for a preview! What if you could see into the spiritual realm and not only watch as angels and demons waged warfare, but actually take part in that struggle ... Tommy Tuesday ~ Fire Prophet by Jerel Law
On 12/13 saraella wrote: My past experience has taught me this: more often than not, the second book in any series is usually my least favorite. When I started reading Sneak, the second book in Evan Angler’s Swipe series, I set my expectations low. I LOVED Swipe, so I couldn’t possibly like the second book better than the ... Sneak by Evan Angler
On 11/25 saraella wrote: Why would a righteous God allow bad things to happen to good people? Eighteen-year-old Brielle Matthews searches for the answer to this question in Shannon Dittemore’s intriguing new novel, Angel Eyes. While dealing with the grief brought upon her by a recent tragedy, Brielle must decide ... Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore