Monday, August 8, 2016

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Switching to Wordpress

Reveries Reviews has now been moved from Blogger to Wordpress:

https://reveriesreviews.wordpress.com/

 
Blogger just wasn't working out for me, you know? I don't know why, but it just bugs me. I find it harder to comment, harder to follow, harder to do everything. So back to Wordpress I run with my tail between my legs! ;)
 
See you on Wordpress!
 
~Kellyn Roth
 

Friday, August 5, 2016

You'll Be Like Faye by J.C. Buchanan

Title: You'll Be Like Faye
Author: J.C. Buchanan (http://jcbuchanan.com/)
Series: n/a
Genre: middle-grade mystery
Era: contemporary
Publisher: J.C. Buchanan
Source: author
Rating: 4.5/5 stars. I REALLY loved it, but there were a few things that bugged me.
Content: 2/5 I'd say it's perfectly ok for any kid over ... oh, eight? There are some descriptions of pregnancy (no details ... which sounds weird considering the fact that I just called it 'descriptions' ...) and some drama. Mentions of a car crash in which two people died.
 

You'll Be Like Faye by J.C. Buchanan

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In her second novel, J.C. Buchanan leaves the fairy kingdom behind and introduces her readers to Faye Corcoran, a regular 12-year-old girl in a typical suburban family. But is it a typical suburban family? And when Faye's best friend convinces her there's something suspicious about the new housekeeper, how far will Faye go for answers?
 
 
Oh. My. Word.
 
This was an amazing book! I am soooo impressed! I mean, the author's just about my age, and she writes this! This story is so beautiful and heartbreaking and sweet and sad and happy that I just ... I mean, guys, this is tear-worthy! And you know how often I cry! (judging by the way I've been saying quite a few books are tear-worthy, recently, maybe I'm not as tough as I think I am ...)
 
Anyway, there are a few cons. Of course there are. There's no such things as the perfect novel. I mean, unless the author is Jane Austen. Or ... Charlotte Bronte, though I admit Jane Eyre is a little melodramatic.
 
So ... cons. I didn't get into it first. I felt like maybe the inciting incident either wasn't as clearly defined as it could have been, or that maybe it didn't come soon enough? But, anyway, it started to pick up a bit in and kept on picking up and picking up until I was whirling!
 
The plot was very good. However, I felt like it ended too abruptly. I didn't get a good feeling of finalization. If this book was part of a series, I'd understand that, but as I've been told it isn't, I was a little disappointed. I mean, we don't really get a good idea of what happens to the characters after the story ends!
 
Faye was pretty cool. She was sweet and sensible and intelligent ... and I totally sympathized with her and understood why she responded to each situation she faced the way she did.
 
I really disliked Faye's parents! I can't explain why without giving away massive spoilers, but ... I just hated them. I don't think they were at all justified in what they did, and ... ugh! THOSE EVIL PARENTS! I'm just so frustrated with them right now! ;)
 
Of course, I loved Ellie. I mean, at first she bugged me, but then she started reminding me of my best friend, and then I ABSOLUTELY adored her.
 
Well, I'm not going to go into every single character, but they were all pretty well-developed and individual.
 
SPOILERS!!! (highlight to read)
 
The idea of being switched and/or growing up not knowing that your parents aren't really your parents has always fascinated me. I'm not sure why. Perhaps because I've occasionally wished I wasn't related to my little brothers? ;) Nah. Anyway, that was one of the reasons I really loved this book!
 
END OF SPOILERS!!!
 
Overall, this was an exciting, twist-filled, beautiful story that I'd recommend to anyone aged 8 to 20!
 
~Kellyn Roth

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist

I'm trying a new format for reviews. Let me know what you think!
 
Title: A Bride Most Begrudging
Series: The Trouble with Brides
Genre: historical romance
Era: 1643
Setting: Virginia, USA
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: library
Rating: 2/5 stars
Content: 3/5, parental guidance suggested for most teenagers. Lots of desire/lust/attraction. Multiple mentions of the marriage bed, consummating marriages, etc. although no actual sex scenes were written. But we know when Drew and Connie's marriage is consummated (which is much-anticipated, may I add). There were some detailed descriptions of kissing. Also, some violence and tragedy that may disturb younger readers.

A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist

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Any ship arriving from England means good news for Virginia colony farmers. The "tobacco brides" would be on board--eligible women seeking a better life in America, bartered for with barrels of tobacco from the fields.
 
Drew O'Connor isn't stirred by news of a ship full of brides. Still broken-hearted from the loss of his beloved, he only wants a maid to tend his house and care for his young sister.
 
What he ends up with is a wife—a feisty redhead who claims she is Lady Constance Morrow, daughter of an Earl, brought to America against her will. And she wants to go straight back to England as soon as she can. She hasn't the foggiest notion how to cook, dares to argue with her poor husband, and spends more time working on mathematical equations than housework. What kind of a wife is that? Drew's Christian forbearance is in for some testing.
 
Headstrong and intelligent, deeply moral but incredibly enticing, Constance turns what was supposed to be a marriage of convenience into something most inconvenient, indeed.
 
 
I enjoyed A Bride Most Begrudging, however, there were a few things that made it not quite worthy of five stars, or yet even four. I started to give it three, then realized I really didn't like it. It was ok.
 
For one thing, Connie (yes, I will call her that!) and Drew's relationship. Sure, they were cute, but they were also attracted to each other. That normally doesn't bother me, but most of their focus seemed to be on the physical side of their relationship. Not good. Also, uncomfortable for all watching them, including myself. Especially since I was forced inside one or the other of their heads for an entire book. So that shaved off a quarter of a star.
 
Another half a star removed for historical inaccuracies, of which there were a few although much of it was thoroughly researched.
 
  • The Indian boy spoke half old-English, a quarter "white-man-ugh," and a quarter modern American. Not good.
  • I don't think Connie would have gotten a chance to learn math in that era.
  • Names weren't historical accurate (Drew, Arietta, Leoma); everyone had middle names.
  • There was some confusion with titles. "Lady Morrow," for instance, is used to describe Connie.
  • The word "okay" wasn't invented until the 1830s, and I don't think it was used often even then.
There were other things, but you can find them in almost any review on Goodreads of this novel, so I won't bother listing them here.
 
Despite that, the era was very interesting, and I got a good idea of the setting and time-period just from the book. I really liked the whole "tobacco brides" idea. Fascinating yet terrifying. I must read more about this some time ...
 
Connie was a lovely character. I sometimes go frustrated with her (GIRL GET OVER YOURSELF!!!), but the frustration always petered off after a while. I mean, she's a feisty redhead. Of course I've got to forgive her quickly.
 
Drew was ... hard to understand. At first he scoffs at Connie's love of math, then he makes up puzzles for her to solve. Most of the time he's a jerk, but sometimes he suddenly isn't ... and I don't know why! Of course, I think the writer was trying to convey that he is mixed-up due to a somewhat scrambled past, but I think he over-reacted.
 
Everyone in this book over-reacts, in fact.
 
The writing was very good - I enjoyed the description - but the dialogue was annoying. It kept skipping between modern-day and old English. It really annoyed me.
 
Sometimes I felt like there were too many plotlines, and it confused me. I felt like the story just went on and on with no definite structure. Tragic, overblown climaxes came, one after another, but they never were the actual climax. It never ended.
 
However, this was a fairly funny book. Some of the situations Connie gets in - like with the skunk or the rooster - were hilarious, and Connie and Drew did have a few sweet moments that weren't threaded with all that oh-so-annoying desire.
 
Overall, not a novel I'll read again.
 
~Kellyn Roth

Monday, August 1, 2016

Letter of Love by Amanda Tero

Letter of Love by Amanda Tero

An Orphan Journeys Short Story
 
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Like Journey to Love (you can find my review on Reveries Reviews. Check it out; it's a fantastic story! And I'm not just saying that; it's inspiring!), Letter of Love was a nice story that I really enjoyed, despite it not being exactly what I expected - it was very sad!
 
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Despite its shortness, the plot was well-rounded and well-written. I got a full sense of what was going on. I also got a good sense of the setting.
 
I didn't know any of the characters from previous novels except Edward, and even him I didn't know much about, but I got a full sense of who they were ... it's amazing how well-developed they were!
Although I'd advice reading Journey to Love before you read Letter of Love as it adds background to the story, Letter of Love can definitely stand by itself if need be. The two novels compliment each other well, giving each other depth not previously felt, but yet they don't rely on each other.
A surprising but inspirational novel, Letter of Love is definitely worth the read! Pick up a free copy today or tomorrow on Amazon!
 

Content

 
1/5. It's perfectly clean. There is some description of sickness and poverty ... but it didn't disturb me in the least. It wasn't detailed at all.
 

Rating

 
4.5/5 stars. Not my favorite plotline (I know the author had to do it, but WHY?!!!), but it was still marvelous.
 
~Kellyn Roth
 

About the Author

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Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)