Ride On by Gwen Cole
In the near post-apocalyptic future, the skies are always gray and people are constantly searching for the sun. For teenage outlaw Seph, it’s the only world he’s ever known. With his horse, his favorite pistol, and his knowledge for survival passed down from his dead father, Seph knows it’s safer to be alone. But after a run-in with a local gang that call themselves the Lawmen, and having been wrongly accused of murder, Seph teams up with Avery—a determined girl whose twin brother has been taken by the same gang.~ From the publisher
This book is a mix between the future and a western. The characters were well-developed and the plot well paced. Except that the setting is in the future, this book had all the classic themes of the western genre. There were bad guys, and the good guys (and gal in Avery) are trying to stay alive and save someone in this case Avery’s brother. Teens will enjoy the action of this book and the little romance that develops between Avery and Seph. A great way to introduce another generation to the western genre while having that little future feel. This book will need to be given to a teen. Not many teens today would just pick up this book by title or the cover, but those willing to stretch their reading and be adventurous, like the characters, will find a hidden gem in this read.
I received an ARC ebook from Netgalley and the publisher, Sky Horse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil
It is sometime in the future and Dee Guerra wakes up on Alcatraz 2.0. She was wrongly accused of killing her stepsister, found guilty and sent to the island of Alcatraz. This is not the old prison island but a new one, hence the name 2.0. Dee and several others have been all sentenced there to survive against the executioners in this app driven punishment. Where popularity helps in staying alive.
Another page turner from Gretchen McNeil that will not disappoint fans nor readers who like fast-moving, trying to escape books. Dee is a character which you begin to like when she befriends her next door neighbor. Each of the characters in this story are quirky on their own but like the movie Breakfast Club, you begin to root for their success and survival. The alternative world does get the reader thinking and at times having to reread the descriptions to get a sense of where the characters are in this world. The end was a twist that the readers will not see coming until the last few chapters.
Give this to anyone who enjoyed Gretchen’s novel Ten or someone looking for a book to cheer on the characters such as the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins or Maze Runner by James Dasher.
received an ARC ebook from Netgalley and the publisher, Disney Book Group in exchange for an honest review.
Live Fearless: a call to power, passion and purpose by Sadie Robertson
Sadie Robertson, bestselling author and star of Dancing with the Stars, has an important message for her generation: you don’t have to be held back by fear, anxiety, or loneliness anymore. In Live Fearless, Sadie takes you on a thrilling personal journey toward power, passion, and purpose as you live at the center of who God created you to be!…From Publisher
Sadie uses her personal journey to share how she has learned to live reducing her fear. The first half of the book, seemed preachy or didactic to this reader. The bible verses shared were helpful and enlightening and her sharing of her experience with Dancing with the Stars was interesting. The second half of the book was much more readable and was easier to pull out the nuggets Sadie shared. Although the pulling out of the “note” helped the reader understand what Sadie felt important, it broke up the flow of the reading of Live Fearless. Examples of prayers when applying God’s word will be helpful to those teens who are still new to their faith. This book should be given to both believers and nonbelievers alike, giving them a roadmap or an alternative to living in fear. Recommended to any young adult, especially young ladies who can relate with Sadie and her fear.
I received an ARC ebook from Netgalley and the publisher, Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review.
If I Live by Terri Blackstock
Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes her.
Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan’s life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?
With If I Live, Terri Blackstock takes us on one more heart-stopping chase in the sensational conclusion to the If I Run series. (from the Publisher)
If I Live is the conclusion of the If I Run series. This title unlike, If I’m Found can not really be read as a standalone. Ms. Blackstock continues the story of Casey Cox with the same pace as If I’m Found. The reader will be seamlessly immersed in the plot, feeling they never left off from the previous title. The read is quick with lots of twists and turns. A satisfying conclusion for fans of this series. In fact, they will hate to see Dylan and Casey’s adventure end. The wrapping up of Casey’s conversion to Christianity does seem rushed at the end of the book but otherwise the book is thoroughly entertaining and satisfying. Give this to any reader who loves a good mystery and thriller or any Terri Blackstock fan.
Note: I was given an electronic copy via Net Galley and the publisher, Zondervan for an honest review.
With You Always by Jody Hedlund
Elise Neuman has been taking care of her sisters since both of their parents died. Living in New York City as a seamstress she as been able to support her family until the financial crisis hits in the 1850’s. She finds herself not only homeless with her sisters but the added responsibility of two small orphaned children. Thanks to the generosity of a preacher and his well to do fiancee, Elise finds work and a place to live. That is until the financial crisis also hits the well to do and forces the close of their charity. Elise then sets out west to a job leaving her family behind. While living in New York Elise meets a wealthy young man, Thornton. Thornton has been forced to a competition with his twin brother for the control of his father’s business. Thornton and Elise meet back up in Illinois where Elise shows Thornton the life of a working class person.
This story tells of the plight of young women unable to support themselves or their family. Ms. Hedlund writes characters in such a way that you can identify where they are in life. Whether it be the well-to-do Thornton or the working Elise. The relationship that ensues between Thornton and Elise. This relationship is a great vehicle to illustrate the difference between the classes and the hardships of the working class during this time period. The readers finds themselves learning more about the orphan train and the difficult decisions many had to make to survive. Readers will find themselves rooting for Thornton to win the competition to better the community he has founded. Those who like historical fiction will feel satisfied this quick read.
Note: I was given an electronic copy via Net Galley and the publisher, Bethany House for an honest review.
Hello Stars by Alena Pitts with Wynter Pitts
Lena Daniels always wanted to meet movie star Mallory. She has an opportunity to win a chance to meet her and star in a movie . She just needs to make a video telling why this would be her greatest desire. Of course, that’s not exactly how it all happened. Lena’s video is not anything that she was proud of and she figures her chance to meet her idol is out of reach. Lena gets her chance and leaves her home, family and friends for her great adventure toaster in a movie with her idol.
Lena is identifiable for many young teens. They can relate to Lena’s desire to meet their idol and wow what an adventure to star in a movie! The reader gets a glimpse on how it is to work on a movie set though Aleyna’s eyes, having worked on a movie herself. The adventures Lena experiences in the book keep the reader engaged and laughing. This book is refreshing, showing a tween who has a relationship with God that her choices influence and can impact their life. It illustrates how a person’s relationship with God can be through journaling. Hand this book to any tween looking for a fun filled adventure. Girls who are walking with the Lord will find a new “friend” in Lena and will eagerly await her next adventure.
Note: I was given a copy by publisher, Zondervan for an honest review.
Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson
Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.
Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on.
With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible. – from the Publisher
Author Tracie Peterson is back writing historical fiction. This is the good news about Treasured Grace. The novel places the reader among the true incident of the Whitman massacre and through the events of the novel, the reader sees how such an event could affect both victim and community. The subjects touched on are not light but true to the historical time.
The character of Grace did not seem as developed or written in such a way that this reader did not have investment into her. There was a little bit of a romance but it did not seem to be the focal point of the story. For those looking for romance, another Tracie Peterson novel would suit the reader’s taste. For readers who like historical fiction and learning about an event not well known outside of the west, take this read for a spin.
Note: I was given an electronic copy via Net Galley and the publisher, Bethany House for an honest review.