April 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hey Everyone! I love seeing what everyone is reading each month, especially when it’s my favorite books. I get all giddy inside.

April’s been an interesting month with deadlines so I didn’t read as much as I wanted to.  Due to deadlines, I kind of started the shameful thing of reading too many books at once that it’s overwhelming. I’m finally at the point where I made it through and I’m not feeling so stressed out anymore. Looking at which books I’ve read this past month, I’ve come to realize that I’ve actually read more than I thought I did.

Anywho, with that being said, who is curious to hear about the books that I read this month?

*Disclaimer: Unless specified differently, all books mentioned were given to me free of charge in exchange for a fair and honest review. All views and opinions expressed below are my own. Also do note that these are not my official reviews, just short snippets. Any reviews I did on the book will be linked.*

  1. Unsinkable Faith by Tracie Miles
    imageFor many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle—especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard. For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still wreaks havoc in their hearts. Regardless of the root causes, once pessimistic thoughts permeate our minds, our feelings and emotions begin to control us instead of us controlling them. Eventually it doesn’t seem possible to stay positive, happy, and full of joy, and negative thought patterns shake our faith, causing us to sink emotionally, mentally, and spiritually over time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don’t sink. When we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel and live, even if our circumstances remain the same. Intentionally embracing the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and a renewed mind opens the door for a changed life, because a positive mind will always lead to a more positive life.In Unsinkable Faith, author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
    Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
    Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
    Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
    Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.I am so glad that Tracie Miles wrote this. So many women, including myself, battle with negative thoughts on a daily basis. Miles gives us tools to overcome and points to the love of Jesus Christ. Highly recommended for counselors or anyone who works with women on a daily basis. Also perfect for to do alone, with an accountability/discipleship partner, or in a small group. See my full review here. Thank you Litfuse Publicity Blog Tours and David C. Cook for the wonderful opportunity to review this book.

  2. Cut in Darkness by Heather Sunseri
    imageAfter dozens of Lexington, Kentucky’s forgotten—mostly prostitutes and the homeless—swamp local hospitals from apparent overdoses over the 4th of July weekend, Kentucky cops soon discover a new synthetic form of heroin is infecting their communities, and that gangs—namely the outlaw motorcycle gang Samael’s Army—are responsible for using a “disposable” population to test the new drug.Soon after, the deadly new drug claims the daughter of a U.S. senator, and FBI Director Jack Waller assigns Brooke Fairfax to the case. Because the synthetic opioid was created in a lab, the feds turn to the expertise of billionaire chemist Declan O’Roark, who is all too happy to lend a hand if it will bring him closer to Brooke.As Brooke and Declan are forced to work together, Declan attempts to tear down the barriers around Brooke’s heart. But when Brooke gets drawn into the depths of the outlaw motorcycle gang she’s investigating, she and Declan both fear for her life.I thought this was a fun read. When I read the previous book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this sequel because I needed more. Well, Sunseri lived up to it’s par. If you enjoy a good suspenseful mystery with a dash of romance, you’ll want to check this one out. Disclaimer: This is not a Christian novel and does contain some questionable content. See my full review here. Thank you to Heather Sunseri for providing an arc copy.

  3. Beneath the Blackberry Moon: The Ebony Cloak by April W. Gardner
    28673029In the wilds of 1816 Florida, a beautiful slave is free game for depraved men. But for an honorable man, she is a military objective, an asset to be protected, a love that should never be pursued.Milly’s pale skin provides her with special privileges, but every luxury comes with a command. And Milly is done yielding. On the run, she can pass for white only as long as no one demands she lower her hood. But there’s hope. It lies in the Floridas in a refuge commanded by an army of runaways. Negro Fort. The first sweet taste of freedom convinces Milly that surrender is not an option. But the U.S. Army is keen on the fort’s conquest, and when it accomplishes the unthinkable, Milly must decide whether life is worth fighting for.Major Phillip Bailey has orders to subdue the uprising and return the runaways to their masters, all the while being forced to fight alongside Creek warriors—the same who etched the scars into his mind and flesh. The same who, in a storm of flame and blood, ripped out Phillip’s heart and took her for himself.You need to read this book. No, you need to read this series. It’s epic and beautifully done. Gardner has a gift of storytelling and making history come alive in her novels. She uses real people and real historical events throughout her stories. Many of these events hardly anyone has heard of. This is Phillip and Milly’s story and it’s beautiful. See my full review here. Thank you April W. Gardner for gifting me a copy of your amazing book to review.

  4. Firewolf by Jenna Kernan
    32336115When opposites attract, the sparks ignite more than they bargained for…Dylan Tehauno is a hotshot, an expert in preventing and fighting forest fires. He knows that the inferno that killed a tech billionaire was no accident–and he suspects that he and filmmaker Meadow Wrangler were supposed to die, too. When lawmakers identify Dylan as a prime suspect, he and Meadow decide to find the real arsonist themselves.Dylan and Meadow have nothing in common. He’s a proud Apache and a war hero, a self-made man. She’s a rich girl with a tabloid past. But there’s no denying the heat between them. Is there more to their attraction than physical desire? Will they survive long enough to find out?I really enjoyed Firewolf. It is published by Harlequin so it does contain some sexual content, but a good majority of the book is pretty clean. Jenna Kernan takes the reader on a non-stop suspenseful and full of action journey. You can find my full review here. Thank you Jenna Kernan for my review copy.

  5.  Project Mnemosyne by Kim Frauli
    unnamed (1)After terrorist attacks reshaped the world in which she lived, an orphaned Julianna Brenner was taken to live in the Scholars Compound. There, she and her best friend Declan work on medical advancements to benefit the world outside. Everything they do is dictated by the rules of the New Regime. When Guardian Costma, the leader of the New Regime, summons them to assign a new project, Julianna has serious objections to the nature of the project.With Declan’s help, she devises a plan to get them out of the Scholars Compound and live a life of their own making. However, they are blindly entering a world about which they know very little, and Guardian Costma will not let them go without a chase. Will they be able to find freedom they seek? Are their family members still out there waiting for their return? Or will the truths they learn be too much to handle?This wasn’t my favorite novel ever because it wasn’t perfect. There were a few kinks that the author needs to work on, but otherwise it was a fun and enjoyable read. What I loved is that it’s a clean and wholesome read that reminded me  a lot of Divergent. A review will more than likely appear on the blog, but it won’t appear as of right now. The author was kind enough to allow all my lovely readers an opportunity to grab a free e-book copy of her book. You can find out how *insert link to free book once it goes live*

That’s all that I’ve read this month. I recommend all of these books, especially The Ebony Cloak because I simply loved it. What about yourself? What books did you read this month? Are there any that mentioned that you’ve read or interested in reading?

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again!


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