Friday, March 27, 2015

Stacking the Shelves ~ March

So, I got like nineteen books this month. In my defense, there were some great Kindle sales. Here are the books that I'm adding to my shelves, my Kindle, and my never ending TBR.

Kindle Books:
Baron Of Godsmere (The Feud #1)An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice #1)Small Town GirlThe Body ElectricConfessions of a Prayer Wimp: My Fumbling, Faltering Foibles in FaithLit!: A Christian Guide to Reading BooksPaper HeartsByzantiumThe Miracle ThiefTending Roses (Tending Roses #1)Emissary (Legends of the Realm, #1)

Review Books:
The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile)From the Start (Walker Family, #1)Always on My Mind (Christiansen Family, #4)

UBS and Paperback Swap:
The Language of Sycamores (Tending Roses #3)Drenched in Light (Tending Roses #4)Captain Corelli's MandolinGood Hope Road  (Tending Roses #2)

Check out what everyone else is stacking their shelves with at Tynga's Reviews.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

What I am waiting for:
Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

When does it release?  June 16, 2015

Why am I waiting? Book one, Chateau of Secrets was excellent. I love books about houses, books set in two time periods, and books set during WW2. This has all of that.

See what everyone else is waiting on at Breaking the Spine.

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Childhood Favorites

Here are some memorable books from my childhood I would like to revisit.

Charlotte's WebLittle House on the Prairie (Little House, #2)Indian Captive: The Story of Mary JemisonShoo Fly GirlBlubberDouble Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)Love At First Sight (A Blossom Valley Book) (First Love From Silhouette)Susannah (Sunfire, #2)Trixie Belden and the Mystery at Maypenny's (Trixie Belden, #31)

Wow! So many memories. I don't think I would have survived Jr. High without the Blossom Valley and Sweet Valley High books. What were some of your childhood favorites?

 Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and the Bookish.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday ~ The Wood's Edge

The Wood's Edge
What am I waiting for? The Wood's Edge

When does it release? April 21, 2015

Why am I waiting? I'm very curious about this book. I reviewed Lori Benton's first book here. I liked it, but it didn't blow me out of the water. Apparently, it blew everyone else out of the water. It got rave reviews and won several Christy awards. I am curious to see if I will like this one, or if maybe this author just isn't for me.

Check out more upcoming releases at Breaking the Spine.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday ~ My Spring TBR

Here are ten books I plan on getting to this spring. I picked five physical books and five ebooks that I already own, and have been wanting to read for a while.

Ebooks:
Small Town GirlA Promise Kept (Kings Meadow Romance, #1)The Covered DeepStorm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)The Silent Order

Physical Book:
The Secret of Pembrooke ParkGone SouthThe Offering: A NovelMotherlessStill Life

Check out more top ten lists at The Broke and Bookish.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Quick Lit ~ March

I have been reading some amazing books in the past couple of weeks. Here are the ones that really stuck out.

Legend of Sheba: The Rise of a Queen 

Biblical fiction can be hit or miss for me. I like a realistic portrayal of the times. I feel like many authors inject too many 21st century sensibilities into their characters. I loved Legend of Sheba. It was authentic and gritty. 

The Accidental Empress
The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

I loved Allison's first book, The Traitor's Wife, so I could not wait to read her newest book when it came out. This fictional bio of Empress Sisi Hapsburg was filled with historical details and raw emotion. My heart broke for Sisi. She was a lot like Princess Diana. Loved by the people, but spurned by those closest to her. Allison hinted at a possible sequel in the future. I don't know if I can handle it.

Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)
Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

I was pleasantly surprised by this YA historical romance. I did a review here.

I have a few more books I want to get to this month. Hopefully they are as good as the ones I have started out with. I love reading a lot of four and five star books in a row.

Check out more quick reviews over at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Book Review: Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)

I thoroughly enjoyed this YA historical romance set during the tumultuous reign of King John. Lady Merry has lost her lands and her family because of her father's opposition to the king. She now has to care for the children from her village by stealing and hiding in the forest.   Her former betrothed, Timothy, has vowed to stop the thieves not knowing it's really Merry and  a group of children doing the thieving. 

The story is lots of fun and engaging from the start. I thought Merry was a great heroine. She was very strong and genuinely cared for the children she was caring for. She took her responsibilities seriously. Timothy was swoon worthy. He was determined throughout the story to do what was right and help the woman he loved. He and Merry had great chemistry. I loved the time period and the setting. The author did a great job of bringing everything to life.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical romance. It is geared toward YA readers, but I think adult readers would enjoy it as well. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House through Netgalley for the purpose of review.