The Last Bride (Home to Hickory Hollow #5) by Beverly Lewis

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Last Bride (Home to Hickory Hollow #5)
by Beverly Lewis

Format: ARC Paperback
Published: April 1st 2014, by Bethany House
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish

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"Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania--the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis's celebrated Amish novels began--with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.

Of her Old Order parents' five daughters, Tessie Miller is the last to marry. She has her heart set on Amishman Marcus King, but Tessie's father opposes the match.

Impetuously, Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they'll convince the Millers to give their love a chance over time. But when the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces the almost-certain censure of the People. Will she find a reason for hope in spite of her desperate plight?" -Goodreads


In this final installment of the Home to Hickory Hollow series, we meet Tessie Ann and her family and the trouble that ensues when she goes against her father’s wishes and loses patience with God.

It was shocking to read of her loss and even more shocking to find out her gain. The plot line is what provided suspense and incorporated a great many emotions. The main drawback and trouble I found was how fast paced everything was, which made the situation a little less credible. It’s hard to believe that she could go through that great degree of grief to a high level of happiness with another marriage in less than a year. I don’t care what Amish traditions are assumed, Tessie Ann did not need to rush into another marriage that soon.

A few times I found Tessie Ann’s character frustrating as she continued to hold her tongue on the secret marriage and waited the last minute to tell of her other secret. This only made her punishment worse, to the point of where people wouldn’t believe her. She also immediately gave up looking for proof of her marriage, when she could have approached Marcus’ family to at least inquire about his journal, as they knew she was his beau.

In all, although there were some frustrating parts and the plot was over-paced, I still found the novel enjoyable as it added to the story’s suspense. I’ve had a wonderful time meeting these different people of Hickory Hollow and am very pleased with this conclusion.

The Secret Keeper was my favorite of the series, as I feel I learned more about the Amish culture. If you’re a fan of Amish, Christian or Beverly Lewis’ other works, you’ll find yourself in good standing with this book and series.

Galley provided by LibraryThing via Bethany House

*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.

WWW Wednesday #51

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Three questions:
What did you finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What are you planning to read next?

What did I finish reading?

Thornhill (Hemlock #2) by Katherine Peacock (3/5)
That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard (3/5)
The Body in the Woods by April Henry (4/5) Review will be posted on May 6th
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kawaga (5/5)
The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kawaga (5/5) REVIEW
Grim: An Anthology edited by Christine Johnson (4/5) REVIEW

What am I currently reading?

The Last Bride (Home to Hickory Hollow #5) by Beverly Lewis
      Page 87 of 330. Everything's moving fast paced, and OHMAGOODNESS something shocking and horrible has just happened!! I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this book as soon as I finish typing this. :D

*EDIT* It's just after 3am now and I've finished it! 4/5 stars with a short review to come!

What am I planning to read next?

      I just downloaded 22 books from my library on to my kindle, so who knows? I plan on reading a lot in the next few days, so hopefully next WWW Wednesday will be AWESOME!

2014 Series Challenge: March

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Series Finished in March:

Blood of Eden

The Lunar Chronicles


Past Months

#COYER Challenge Wrap-up

Monday, March 31, 2014

So I didn't get to read aaaaall the books I originally wanted (especially with all the library books I had due)  :( I ended up reading all my newest Netgalley ebooks first, so here's what I finished:

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Grim: An Anthology edited by Christine Johnson

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Body in the Woods by April Henry (REVIEWED & sent to publisher, but I have to wait until it's closer to the publishing date in June before posting.)

Between these and the six other library books I had to read, I think I did okay :) I certainly bettered my Netgalley percent!

View my Start Up post HERE

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3)
by Julie Kagawa
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Format: Kindle, ARC
Published: April 15th, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA/New Adult, fantasy/paranormal

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"Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? 

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. 


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone." -goodreads


“The requiem has started, and when the last melody plays, the only applause will be sweet, eternal silence.” (loc. 3353)

In an exciting conclusion to an action packed series, The Forever Song brings our crew out of their shells and reveals their true morality and determination. This book shows how Allison deals with her depression by no longer fighting off her inner monster and no longer caring for human life, which of course gets Jackal’s approval and Kanin’s disappointment. Her attention then draws to a past memory of herself when she was younger and she finally finds a way to accept her depression and grief. She resolves to never give into the Monster again.

“So... maybe it was okay to hope, to trust that things could work out. Maybe... maybe that was what had kept me human all this time, that faith that I could be more than a monster. When I lost that hope– that was when the monster won.” (loc. 3211)

      Hope is a continuous theme in The Forever Song. Allison must keep hope in Zeke, in defeating Sarren, in Jackal, in Kanin’s decisions, in finding the cure, and she must find and keep the hope in herself. Hope is the thing she must hold to to prevent an apocalypse and keep her “forever.”

“Block the way, sic your army on us, do whatever you want. I’m still coming for you. And when I find you, one of us is going to die.” (loc. 1050)

Our crew once again, finds themselves traveling throughout the land. This time they must hurry to get back to Eden and stop Sarren from destroying any rabidism cures and spreading his new Red Lung disease that kills both humans and vampires alike. Although traveling in stories can be tedious, the author perked it up by adding different obstacles and challenges along the way, of both emotional and physical nature. It’s when they get to Old Chicago to find out about a new vampire Raider King that things get crazy. I absolutely loved this scene and (although it’s hinted at, at the end of The Eternity Cure,) I found it interesting in how Allison took control of her emotions, and continued to hold on to some type of hope in this situation.

“The race to stop the End of the World had begun.” (loc. 3532)

Zeke once told Allison not to hesitate to go through him to kill Sarren, but after everything she’s gone through can she follow through? Can Sarren ever truly be defeated, or is it too late to stop the spread of his destruction? Can they find a cure for this horrific disease, or have they had it all along? The Forever Song will bring you to tears of both happy and sad. This is a beautifully done series ender, and if you liked the first two books, you’ll fall madly in love with this conclusion.


“This... depravity was just further proof that Sarren had no humanity left; he was a true demon in human skin who had killed, maimed and tortured all these people, just to prove a point. An a terrible one, at that.” (loc. 2267)

“‘I am not giving our forever to that sick bastard. This isn’t over yet.’” (loc. 3430)

Galley provided by NetGalley via Harlequin Teen

*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.

Grim: An Anthology edited by Christine Johnson

Friday, March 21, 2014

Grim (an anthology)
edited by Christine Johnson
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Format: Kindle, ARC
Published: Feb. 25th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, fantasy/ sci-fi/ adventure & more

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"CLAIRE DE LUNE and NOCTURNE author Christine Johnson, ed.’s GRIM, an anthology of dark fairy tale retellings, featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Julie Kagawa, and others, to Natashya Wilson at HarlequinTeen, in a nice deal, for publication in Winter 2014, by Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World)" -goodreads


This is an anthology done wonderfully! So far, it’s the best anthology I’ve read, and I am in awe of the diversity of the tales. Perhaps reviewing an anthology is a bit difficult, when you have so many authors, styles and plots to consider, but I am very pleased with the overall tone and feel of the book.

Reading Grim really gave me a nice snapshot at different author’s writing styles and thought processes, as they take on fairy tale re-tellings, or original concepts of their own. I’ve found some new authors that I like and I am definitely looking forward to seeking out their works. I also came in contact with some authors of whom’s work I am already acquainted with, and it was exciting to see this new dark side of them. 

The stories themselves, offer a great variety on the take of the term ‘grim.’ You get your kicks in the fashion of mysteries, fantasies, sci-fi, adventures, contemporary and historical. There’s something for everyone in this book! Now, while I absolutely fell in love with stories like “The Key,” “Figment,” and “Better,” I found one to be on the perverse side, and a couple others to be on the just okay side. The majority of the anthology is absolutely wonderful, so the latter didn’t detract that much from the overall glamor.

This is a very successful anthology that feeds to people of all genres. You’ll be captivated with the very first story, and taken through a series of imaginative minds. Some stories are finished, others leave you wanting more, some stories have a happy ending, and others end in gore! I would recommend Grim to everyone teen and up, because they’ll be sure to find a tale or two that amazes them.

WWW Wednesday #50

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Three questions:
What did you finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What are you planning to read next?

What did I finish reading?

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares 2/5 (review)
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer 5/5 (review)
The Devil's Breath (Dr. Thomas Silkstone #3) by Tessa Harris 5/5 (review)
Erased (Altered #2) by Jennifer Rush 4/5 
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich 5/5

What am I currently reading?

Grim (anthology) edited by Christine Johnson
      62% through. This book is full of awesome tales!! I love them! Well, most of them, there were one or two that were a bit creepy (not in the good way,) but overall everything's swell :)

Codename Verity by Elizabeth Wein
      I stopped after the first chapter. I was confused, and the story didn't really grab me. Also, it was due back at the library :( So maybe I'll pick it up again another day.

What do I plan on reading next?

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kawaga

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kawaga

The Last Bride (Home to Hickory Hollow #5) by Beverly Lewis

The last two are ARC's and I can't wait to get to them!

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