Reviews by Karin Beery
On 10/26 Karin Beery wrote: It's been a while since I read a Terri Blackstock novel, and I'm ready to start decorating for Christmas, so I decided to grab this book and read it as my first holiday book of the season. I didn't actually read the back cover copy, so I had no idea what I was getting into when I opened the book. While ... Not your traditional Christmas story, but an emotional, engaging read
On 9/9 Karin Beery wrote: It took me a while to write this review because it took me a while to figure out how I felt about this book. It's different than most books that I read in that it's told from the point-of-view of a sixteen-year-old boy, but that didn't bother me or throw me off. Still, something about the story didn't ... If you like plot-driven fantasy, I think you'll like this book.
On 8/7 Karin Beery wrote: It's been a while since I've read a Rachel Hauck novel, and I was excited to read her latest (as I've heard good things about it from other lovers of contemporary romance). If you've read Rachel Hauck novels before, this one won't disappoint -- likeable, understandable characters (even if they are both ... Fun, but not a typical romance.
On 6/18 Karin Beery wrote: I have been sooooo excited for this book to come out that I couldn’t wait to start reading it! I read the first two books in the series (Unblemished and Unraveling) when they came out, so I wasn’t going to miss Unbreakable! Before I begin my review, please note: You need to re-read at least Unraveling ... Slow moving, but it concluded well
On 5/23 Karin Beery wrote: I liked the description of this book when I first read it – not really a romance, but the possibility of a romantic thread. I also liked the cover. I know, I know. You can’t judge a book by its cover, but I do decide to read books based on them. Plus, I’d never read anything by Lindsay Harrel, ... A fun read, but I didn't fully connect
On 2/25 Karin Beery wrote: I’ll be honest – I was skeptical about reading this book. Sadie Robertson’s a celebrity, not an author. Even though I know her family proclaims faith in the holy trinity, I’ve read some “Christian” books published by Thomas Nelson that I would not consider Christian at all (just because a ... Solid Biblical Foundation - Can't Wait to Share the Book!
On 2/11 Karin Beery wrote: This was my second Robin Lee Hatcher book. It didn't take long before I had that rock-in-my-stomach feeling. I hate giving unfavorable reviews, but I just could not get into this book, nor did I care what happened to the characters. Not much happens in the book, and there's very little chemistry between ... Lots of thinking; not much happens.
On 2/4 Karin Beery wrote: I get it - in fiction, the reader is supposed to suspend belief a bit to accommodate for the drama of the story, but this book just asked too much of it in too many places, which made it difficult to relate to (and root for) the characters. (SPOILER ALERTS) It all starts with a shed fire when the main ... Weak set-up made it hard to relate to/root for the characters
On 12/31 Karin Beery wrote: My impression: it's been a long time since I've read a book that I couldn't wait to share with others. While there were places where I don't 100% agree with Hahn (when do we ever really agree with anyone 100%?), I love how deeply he rooted this book in scripture. This isn't just one author telling you ... If you believe in Christ as your Savior and would like to walk in more peace and freedom, check out this book.
On 10/1 Karin Beery wrote: I've been reviewing (writing and editing) books for a while now. Though I may not care for the characters or certain plot elements, the stories are - for the most part - fairly well-written. That has not been the case for the last couple of books I've read. For the last book, I attributed it to the book ... Not as engaging as I'd hoped
On 9/22 Karin Beery wrote: I didn’t connect with this book at all. I was intrigued by the blurb, but it never engaged me. Honestly, the blurb above shows you everything that happens in the book. The rest of it is pages and pages of introspection, description, and explanations about what happened in the past to lead up to the ... Not really women's fiction; more literary than genre.
On 8/25 Karin Beery wrote: It took me a while to get into the second book in Sara Ella's series, but I'm glad I stuck with it. The book opens at El's coronation, but things quickly go bad. El's doesn't know what's going on, but neither does the reader - the first 60+ pages are spent in character confusion, but it also translated ... Slow opening, but glad I kept reading.
On 7/4 Karin Beery wrote: Having lived my whole life in farm country, I'm a sucker for any romance that involves a country boy. This was also my first Robin Lee Hatcher novel. Overall I enjoyed it, but it wasn't my favorite. I found myself skimming large sections of the story (I read the book on my Kindle Paperwhite, and sometimes ... Not my favorite, but not a bad romantic read.
On 6/14 Karin Beery wrote: For starters, I appreciate the complexity of the characters. While it’s nice to read a story with a perfect hero who knows exactly what to say and do at just the right time, it’s also fun to see a man who has a bit of a temper that sometimes gets him into trouble. While some of Noah’s and Josephine’s ... Not My Favorite, but a Fun Read
On 5/10 Karin Beery wrote: Another new-to-me author, I've never read a book by Catherine West, but I was excited to read a new contemporary romance writer. Living in an area full of wineries, I was also interested in the setting. I very much enjoyed this book. West quickly established the relationship between Natalie and her ... Fun, Complex, Romantic Read
On 3/26 Karin Beery wrote: I haven't read many historical novels set in the 1920s, so I really appreciated the new era. I'd never read anything by Kristy Cambron before and didn't know what to expect. Overall I really enjoyed this book! It hooked me right away, and the author writes with exquisite detail, which made the characters ... Please: No More Flashbacks!
On 2/27 Karin Beery wrote: I love a good speculative fiction story, so I was excited to read a new story by a new-to-me author. The idea that the main character miraculously survived a tornado and was therefore named Stormi was a little cheesy, but I wanted to see how the rest of it played out. Unfortunately the rest of it was ... Confusing
On 2/5 Karin Beery wrote: Unblemished is written in first-person point-of-view, which may take a moment to adjust to, but it works. The story isn't completely smooth and sometimes I was a little confused, but the story is being told from Eliyana's POV, and she's a confused 17-year-old girl trying to figure out what's happening ... A fun, hard-to-put-down story.
On 1/7 Karin Beery wrote: The concept behind this story is intriguing - I love the idea of the historical marriages-of-convenience that end up working out, so I wanted to give this book a read. Unfortunately, the writing doesn't support the concept. There were several things that made this story difficult to read, but here are ... Intriguing Concept, but Poorly Executed
On 12/28 Karin Beery wrote: I'm having a really hard writing this review because I'm still not entirely sure how I felt about the book. Overall I feel like the description is a bit misleading - I expected this to be more of a romance, for Ben's and Emily's relationship to be a main component of the novel, but it's more or less ... Not what I expected, but not bad.
On 11/8 Karin Beery wrote: The final installment of the Summer Harbor Series, I couldn't wait to read Riley's story. The first book in this series was my first Denise Hunter novel, and she easily won me over. Book two didn't disappoint, so I had high expectations for book three (and high anxiety that it wouldn't live up to my ... A slow-starting but fun romantic read.
On 9/21 Karin Beery wrote: I originally requested a copy of this book to review it and see if it might be something my 10 year-old niece Ella would enjoy. Somehow I ended up with two copies of the book, so I gave her one to read right away. It took her a few weeks before she picked up the book, but when she did, it was so much ... Made a 10-year old fan for life.
On 9/11 Karin Beery wrote: Upon reading the description, I was worried that this would be the story of a whiny teenage girl, and that’s exactly what it was. She hates everyone and everyone is out to get her – she even criticizes her one year old sister for not being able to pronounce her brother’s names correctly. Not only ... Hard to read; difficult to relate to.
On 7/22 Karin Beery wrote: The book started slow – if I hadn’t agreed to read it for a review, I would have put it down and walked away. I kept reading though and eventually got pulled into the story, but it still dragged in places (you could easily cut 50 pages of this novel without losing anything important). I originally ... Slow Read; Not Very Satisfying
On 5/29 Karin Beery wrote: I have agonized over writing this review. If this was a self-published book by an adult, I would be a kindly honest as possible, but when I realized this book was written by a child, the struggle began. After lots of considering, consulting, and praying, I’m going to do my best to give you my review ... Okay, But Not Great
On 4/28 Karin Beery wrote: I’ve never read a book by Melissa Dugger, and I love a good speculative fiction novel, so I was eager to read this novel. I know this will sound snobby, but I didn’t have the greatest expectations – sadly, I have yet to read a Westbow Press book that knocked my socks off. I had hoped this would ... Good concept, but a slow read
On 4/4 Karin Beery wrote: I found it hard to get into this book because I never really connected with the characters. Carrigan and Ella seem sort of mean to Laine, yet they’re all best friends. Jack’s perfect, but then suddenly he’s cheating on his wife (or so she thinks). Carriagn’s this confident rebel, until she’s ... Mixed Feelings, but for Different Reasons
On 3/13 Karin Beery wrote: The continuing saga of the Callahan brothers, this story looks at middle brother Zac, restaurant owner and jilted groom. He agrees to help Lucy since she can’t remember anyone she’s met since he left, but the conflict is obvious – Lucy hurt him when she left (though neither of them knows why she ... A fun, romantic read.
On 3/4 Karin Beery wrote: I was really nervous to read this book. I loved the first one (Storm Siren). The second book (Siren’s Fury) disappointed me. Still, I wanted to know how the story ends, even if it ended badly. I’m so happy to report that Siren’s Song, book three, reflects book one’s drive and intensity. Once ... Weber returns to glory with book three!
On 2/11 Karin Beery wrote: As a Christian, there are sometimes leadership tips and theories that I can't embrace because they contradict my faith. At its core, however, I believe that good leadership is based on Biblical principals (regardless of whether or not people recognize or accept that). In The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary ... A Good Blend of Christianity & Leadership
On 11/14 Karin Beery wrote: Book two in the Gwen Marcey series, I started with the book not realizing it was part of a series. The first book received an award and great reviews, so I was excited to read this; however, I found it very hard to get into. I struggled through the first eleven chapters before skimming the rest to find ... Slow Read, Hard to Get Into
On 11/6 Karin Beery wrote: This book has potential, but it falls short. The main characters are flat and immature - they're supposed to be detectives with the police, but the way they approach their attraction to each feels more like inexperienced high schoolers than adults. Their skills as police are also very inexperienced. ... Immature & under-developed; hard to get into
On 10/2 Karin Beery wrote: This was my first Denise Hunter novel. I've been disappointed in contemporary romances recently, so I've been avoiding them. I'm desperate to find a contemporary romance writer that I like, however, so I decided to try this (I got a free copy, so why not?). This was by far one of the better contemporary ... More Depth than a Hallmark Romance
On 8/27 Karin Beery wrote: I won't lie - I'm not a huge fan of this genre, but I'm a big fan of Sarah E. Ladd, so I wanted to read her latest book. Two of my favorite things about Sarah: her complex characters and her descriptions. Sarah's characters aren't two-dimensional or stereotypical; they're flawed people who grow and mature ... Another Fun Story by Sarah Ladd
On 7/17 Karin Beery wrote: The book is as choppy as the description, and basic transitions are missing, so a person starts in one room and is suddenly someplace else. The fundamentals of good fiction are missing, which made it hard to follow which made it hard to engage. That made the book easy to put down, but that made it difficult ... Confusing - Hard to Engage, Easy to Put Down
On 7/2 Karin Beery wrote: I have been waiting for this book for months. I LOVED Siren’s Storm, the first book in the series, and couldn’t wait for a copy of book two to review. I started reading the book as soon as I loaded it on my Kindle, but it took me weeks to finish because I just couldn’t get into the story. Weber ... Slow Start and Repetitive, But Necessary
On 5/25 Karin Beery wrote: A cute story, but hard to get into. It's a cute premise, but the characters are pretty superficial (stereotypical - no one's too surprising). The plot itself is also pretty shallow - a bunch of people who are only interested in what God can do for them. I had hoped someone would experience a true transformation, ... "Feel Good" Christianity=Easy-to-read, but kind of shallow
On 3/26 Karin Beery wrote: While the book isn't a bad book, the whole thing threw me off balance. Above is the blurb that captured my attention - the story of a woman trying to cope after her husband's death. Still Life, however, isn't really Ada's story. It's not really Ada and Katherine's story either. Still Life is the story ... Back Cover is Misleading, but Story is Okay
On 12/6 Karin Beery wrote: I requested a copy of this book from the BookLook Blogger program because the last supernatural thriller I read was so horrible that I felt like I needed to give the genre another chance (seriously - the last book had Swiss army knives with a flaming sword option). Zachary Bartels stuck with Scripture ... Scriptural approach to supernatural thrillers with a healthy dose of humor
On 11/25 Karin Beery wrote: Hope doesn’t realize she’s married until one day she happens to conveniently hear a conversation between a bride and wedding planner discussing the validity of a marriage if the paperwork isn’t sent to the courthouse. The rest of the story revolves around similar convenient events, including a ... Predictable, but sweet
On 11/10 Karin Beery wrote: This book is well-written, but I had a hard time believing Avery Broussard’s motivations and intentions. She’s supposed to be starting a new life after her husband’s death, but she’s in the same town at the same job surrounded by the same people. When everything falls apart – she loses her ... A fun read if you can get past the bizarre motivations
On 10/31 Karin Beery wrote: If you enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies, you'll like this book. In a rather predictable story with stereotypical characters, Andrew and Beth Farmer have known each other since childhood and spend their entire lives as sweethearts, then spouses, yet don't know anything about each other and still don't ... Expected happy ending, but failed to hold my interest
On 9/3 Karin Beery wrote: After reading a rather disappointing speculative fiction novel by one of my favorite authors, I decided to try a completely new author. I won't lie - my expectations were low. It didn't start well when I realized the novel is in first person. I'm not a fan of first person point-of-view, so I felt disconnected, ... Engaging new spec-fiction author - looking forward to the next book!
On 7/18 Karin Beery wrote: Though the story is sweet, it's not well written. The characters were pretty stereotypical, there was very little character development, and the dialogue was awkward to read. Nothing really happens in the story either - there are some major issues in the church, but they're sort of brushed aside to get ... Nothing really happens; hard to engage
On 7/2 Karin Beery wrote: I picked up this book because I’ll read anything by Mary Connealy. The only other time I’ve read Brownley, Hatcher, and Clopton was when they were in another collection of novellas with Connealy. As was the case with the first book, I couldn’t put this down. Each story captured my attention. Even ... Fun, easy summer read.
On 6/16 Karin Beery wrote: I haven’t read any contemporary romances recently, so I picked up this book through the Book Look Bloggers program. It’s a sweet romance, pretty straightforward: girl with emotional baggage doesn’t want to move on, she finally does and finds love again. It’s an okay story, but I found it really ... Hard to get into; predictable
On 5/26 Karin Beery wrote: A couple of months ago I reviewed a young adult chapter book in hopes that I might send my young niece a well-written, engaging, age-appropriate book. I wanted to send her something that entertained and challenged her while also providing a realistic look at the struggles of a young Christian. I had ... Not a bad plot, but not very engaging
On 4/20 Karin Beery wrote: I wanted to read this book for my niece. She's seven and becoming an avid reader. I want to find something appropriate, uplifting, and well-written. This book did NOT disappoint! The story age appropriate for a young girl - the action comes from outdoor adventures, accidents, and serious issues mentioned ... Appropriate, well-written, and highly entertaining
On 1/29 Karin Beery wrote: The description of this book makes it sound like it's the story of Serena Diaz and how she struggles with and handles the trials in her life. I wasn't exactly sure what kind of evils and visions she would face, but I expected to read her story to find out. This isn't, however, her story - this is the ... Hard to connect with; confusing at times
On 12/26 Karin Beery wrote: I requested to review this book because the description appealed to me - I enjoy reading unique points-of-view, and there aren't a lot of opportunities to read a teen boy's POV in an adult novel. I'm also a fan of the supernatural, so the above blurb grabbed my attention. The writing, unfortunately, ... Struggled to finish this book.
On 12/2 Karin Beery wrote: Manning and Garrett bring a familiar story to the contemporary world. Yes, the ending is predictable, but that's the point. What does grace look like today? Is any sin too great to be confessed or forgiven? In a society where people are judged instantly on social media and internet news, what does a ... A contemporary look at grace
On 11/9 Karin Beery wrote: This is the letter I sent to Katherine Reay: I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your novel. I've been a reviewer with the Booksneeze program for a couple of years now, and am routinely surprised and disappointed in the books being published. As a freelance writer and editor (as well as aspiring ... Couldn't put it down - excellent debut novel.
On 10/9 Karin Beery wrote: I’m struggling to write this review because I don’t really know what to say. I want to be encouraging and excited, but the truth is that I barely finished this book. If I hadn’t agreed to review it, I probably would have put it down and walked away. The most concise explanation for my review: by ... Slow, hard to read and relate to.
On 10/1 Karin Beery wrote: I've been a football fan for as long as I can remember. I've been a Christian even longer. When I had the chance to read about a Christian football player, I couldn't wait. I was disappointed, however, in the content of this book. With a title like Robert Griffin III: Athlete, Leader, Believer I expected ... Good football book, but it's not about RG3
On 8/8 Karin Beery wrote: I'm a casual fan of Rachel Hauck, and I love fairy tale love stories, so I couldn't wait to read Once Upon a Prince. I really wanted to like this story. I read it to the end, desperate to find that sweet, unexpected plot point; unfortunately, I never found it. This is a fun, easy read, but it's quite ... Predictable, but sweet
On 6/18 Karin Beery wrote: I picked up this book because I'm a huge fan of Mary Connealy. I've read Robin Lee Hatcher before, but wasn't as familiar with the other authors. I figured anyone paired up with Connealy must be good, so I read the novellas. A Bride for All Seasons is exactly what I'd hoped for in a collection of novellas. ... Perfect, fun read for historical romance lovers.
On 5/6 Karin Beery wrote: This plot has a ton of potential, but I found myself frustrated and a little bored. The author always refers the big man and he and him and the boss, but there are never any clue as to why Dr. Newman was kidnapped or what’s going on. Then, at the very end, the lawyers sit down and conveniently explain ... Not bad, but not gripping
On 4/11 Karin Beery wrote: I’m not usually a fan of Regency romance, but I had the pleasure of reading the first chapter of this novel as part of a writing contest and it hooked me then. I couldn’t wait to read the entire story! Sarah Ladd’s debut novel pulls you in with vivid settings, captivating characters, and a romantic, ... Captivating Debut Novel!
On 3/6 Karin Beery wrote: I wanted to read this book because I'm watching my sister and brother-in-law co-parent with his ex-wife and her new husband. The households are very different, and their daughter is going to grow up with some ideals and understandings that reflect her mother's while others reflect theirs - especially ... Great, Bibilical advice for tough situations
On 2/17 Karin Beery wrote: The second book in the SouledOut Sisters series, this book started off with previously introduced characters. On some occasions Jackson over explained people and situations (it felt like the narrator was interrupting herself to give background information). At other places, however, I felt like I needed ... Not much happens...
On 1/20 Karin Beery wrote: Sweet, romantic, easy reading. While these aren't my favorite stories written by these authors (sometimes I don't think novellas show as much character development as full length novels, and this collection demonstrates that common problem), the stories includes all of their novel characteristics in ... Easy, breezy, romance - what I expect from contemporary romance collections
On 12/13 Karin Beery wrote: I understand that romance novels are formulaic – meet the heroine, meet the hero, keep them apart, bring them together. That makes the ending very predictable, but lots of things can happen in the middle. I expected these stories to end with the happily-ever-after, but found the rest of the story to ... My first Amish novel - predictable
On 12/7 Karin Beery wrote: For years I've struggled with reconciling what the church teaches (or doesn't teach) about sex and the thoughts/emotions I had. I honestly picked up this book out of curiosity, expecting to read another prudish-Christian take on sex and fantasy. Ethridge doesn't just look at what people think, she goes ... Refreshing look at Godly sex and fantasy!
On 11/6 Karin Beery wrote: I've delayed posting this review because I've really struggled with what to write. I'm just going to be honest as nicely as possible. I struggled to read this book. The plot concept fascinates me, but I'm not a fan of the writing. I felt like the author was spoon feeding me the details (going so far ... Poorly written - disappointing,
On 8/25 Karin Beery wrote: That being said, I found this book to be a classic Cara Lynn James novel - warm, endearing, and descriptive. Her style is sort of a combo of literary descriptions with genre historical romance. If you enjoy the vivid details, the in depth setting, you'll enjoy this book. While it's not my cup of tea, ... Book Review: A Path Toward Love
On 11/17 Karin Beery wrote: Honestly, I had a hard time getting into this novel. I appreciate that there's a big push to start books with action, but this story gets into it so quickly that I didn't have a chance to start caring about the characters. It took a while to really connect with them. If you want to just jump into the ... Book Review: Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble
On 10/6 Karin Beery wrote: Finley and Beckett should have easy lives, both of them rich and relatively famous, but that's not enough to cover up the pain and struggles that they each endure. It's only God and his merciful love that can truly help and heal them. That's not to say that they don't fail. They face temptations and ... Another great dramedy by Jenny B. Jones!
On 6/22 Karin Beery wrote: With more than 100,000 copies sold, How to Write a Book Proposal has been the go-to resource for getting your work published for almost 25 years. This Writer's Digest classic from literary agent Michael Larsen outlines in a clear step-by-step manner how to create an effective nonfiction book proposal. ... Book Review: How To Write A Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
On 4/15 Karin Beery wrote: This is a cute book, but I'm not really sure for whom it is written. I got it with my 4 1/2 year-old niece in mind, who is very into pink, purple, and princesses, but a lot of the tips are more appropriate for my 11 year-old niece. The thing is, my older niece is "over" the princess thing, so even though ... Book Review: How To Be God's Little Princess by Sheila Walsh
On 2/11 Karin Beery wrote: He’s a handsome billionaire. She’s not impressed. Those two short lines made me want to pick up this book, and I'm glad that I did. Billerbeck's flair for dramedy continues to resonate in her newest release, "A Billion Reasons Why".I admit that I did skim some, but I genuinely enjoyed the book. ... Book Review: A Billion Reasons Why by Kristen Billerbeck
On 1/7 Karin Beery wrote: During the summer of 1900 Charlotte Hale, a native Newporter and secretary for the Rhode Island Reporter, accepts an undercover assignment as temporary governess to Daniel Wilmont's children in order to secretly gather evidence against him. As he helps her rediscover God, Charlotte learns that Daniel ... Book Review: Love on Assignment by Cara Lynn James (giveaway!)
On 11/2 Karin Beery wrote: What if your whole life was based on a lie? For Joy Ballard, her success as a cooking show host has one little problem - she can't cook. Things are fine until her producer sells the show and she had to fake her way past new owners and colleagues. Can she do it?With the help of handsome chef Luke Redmond, she ... Book Review: Dining with Joy by Rachel Hauck
On 10/9 Karin Beery wrote: Despite our country's dedication to the War on Poverty, we're losing: why? Star Parker keys in on two very important reasons: because we no longer hold people accountable for their actions and because we've eliminated our nation's moral compass (God). She goes further and shows how government ... Book Review: Uncle Sam's Plantation by Star Parker
On 8/17 Karin Beery wrote: I've never read apologetics, by my friend raves about Zacharias, so I decided to pick this up. It's a little misleading in that Zacharias wrote very little of the book - most of it is written by members of his ministry. While I was originally disappointed in that, I ended up liking it.This is a collection ... Review: "Beyond Opinion" by Ravi Zacharias
On 6/10 Karin Beery wrote: It's 1899 in Newport, Rhode Island, and Lilly struggles to conceal her career as a dime novelist because of the stigma attached to it. She feels good about her secret— she’s enlightening working class girls and honoring God. But Jackson, a former suitor, threatens her secret when he becomes Lilly's ... Book Review: Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James
On 5/4 Karin Beery wrote: When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp McAvoy thinks he has found his ticket to the life he's always wanted. As a med school dropout who was on his way to becoming an anesthesiologist, Kemp has the knowledge to carry off the crazy plan he concocts: adjust the star's medication ... Wonders Never Cease by Tim Downs
On 3/9 Karin Beery wrote: Here it is - my first review for BookSneeze.com. Take a peek, then leave a comment for your chance to win this copy of the book! A winner will be selected on 3.14.10. Good luck!In The Vertical Self by Mark Sayers wants readers to break out of their empty, self-centered 'horizontal' lives and step into ... The Vertical Self: Book Review