Audiobook Review: Flight of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga #2) by Morgan L. Busse

Title: Flight of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga #2)
Author: Morgan L. Busse
Genre: Christian Fiction / Fantasy
Publishing Date: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers




“Exiled and on the run, Selene Ravenwood is in search of the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking but first she must adapt to her marriage with the man she was originally assigned to kill. With war impending and a dark being after her gift, she finds herself at a crossroads but time is running out and soon her choice will be made for her. (Goodreads)

This book starts off right where the first left off. Selene and Damien are heading back to his home as they start their new unexpected life together.

I was excited to see where their relationship would go since it was done quickly and conveniently. I think for it to work, it has to be written well and I think that the author did a good job of letting it blossom without it feeling pushed. They had cute moments together and I was here for it.

Selene is still learning about her dreamwalking gift. Even though she isn’t following her mother’s guidelines anymore, she still has a lot to learn but she is very determined to not use her gift for evil.

There is a lot of talk about the light and who he is. This is where the the aspect for Christianity comes in. It wasn’t very heavy in the first book but you can definitely see the resemblance of the light being God and the Dark Lady being closer to the devil.

When it comes to the light, Selene is very cautious and doesn’t know how to deal with it since she hadn’t grown up worshiping it. It does make a big impact on her and you can see the change she is growing through.

There are other parts with the light, too big of spoilers to talk about, but it resembles those coming to the light in the nick of time.

As for the rest of the plot, it isn’t as action packed as the first but we do get more character development which is always nice. Damien is more present and there is still two point-of-views like the last book. I’m just happy there was still dream sequences and this time with the Dark Lady who has been very mysterious!

Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this one. I already have the next book in the series from the library so I will be continuing on.

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E-Arc Review: Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

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53141215._SX318_SY475_Title: Set the Stars Alight
Author: Amanda Dykes
Genre: Historical Fiction / Christian
Publication Date: June 30th, 2020
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

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“Lucy Clairmont’s family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it’s Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she’s discovered in her family home.

Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time.

As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers–and the healing–they so desperately seek.” (Goodreads)

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I’m not usually one for historical fiction but the cover and blurb for this kept calling my name. Plus, I am trying to branch out from my normal genres. I did have a pretty good experience with this one and only had a couple issues overall.

The book has multiple point-of-views and parts have different time stamps. I always like multiple point-of-views because it gives an extra bit to the characters. I didn’t mind it in this one either but I just never felt a connection towards the characters. The timeline was also a bit confusing at times as well.

I think my favorite part of this book (besides the cover, ha) was the plot. It was very unique and I loved all the references to different books like Shakespeare and Peter Pan. It’s always fun to see references to books I know and have enjoyed. There is definitely quite a bit of action but there is also some slower parts as well. I think they balanced each other out though so it wasn’t a big deal. There are also references to certain events that happened in the bible, obviously because this is labeled as Christian. I didn’t have a problem with this and have read many that have but some just seemed to be kind of thrown in there. I don’t know, some just felt like they didn’t fit, if that makes sense.

Overall, I thought this was a fine read. I think I would have liked it more if I were able to connect with the characters but they just didn’t leave any impression on me. I at least liked the plot so it wasn’t all bad.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

E-Arc Review: Love’s Mountain Quest (Hearts of Montana #2) by Misty M. Beller

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53158158._SX318_SY475_Title: Love’s Mountain Quest (Hearts of Montana #2)
Author: Misty M. Beller
Genre: Historical Fiction / Romance / Christian
Publication Date: June 30th, 2020
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

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“After her son goes missing, Joanna Watson enlists Isaac Bowen–a man she prays has enough experience in the rugged country–to help. As they press on against the elements, they find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.” (Goodreads)

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I may have requested this because the main character’s name was the same as mine. Oops, haha. But in all seriousness, I really loved the cover and the blurb associated with this book. The whole name thing was just the icing on the cake for me to request this.

Joanna is a very courageous character who will stop at nothing to save her son. As a mother, it’s easy to connect with her on this level because I know I would do anything for my daughter. The bond between a mother and her child is so important and enjoyed seeing it in this book.

She is not the only character that gets a point-of-view. Isaac Bowen is one of those characters and he helps Joanna on the long trek to bring her son back. It was harder to connect or feeling anything for him or the other characters in the book but I liked the plot so it didn’t bother me much.

The pacing for this book is not slow in any way. Right within the first 10% we are pushed into the plot and it doesn’t stop. I liked that this author didn’t hold back on the plot twists. It was also cool to see how both Joanna and Isaac’s story wove together. Faith/ religion is also very important to these characters and is talked about throughout the book. It was nice to see and I really enjoyed it.

It was the first book I have read by this author and besides the connecting with characters, the only other thing I hard a time with was the writing style.

Overall, it was a good book and I’d definitely check out other books by this author.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)