Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book review: June

June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore


Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family's crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her---her grandmother June. But the shriek of the rusted doorbell forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomer's vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets lie in wait behind the oak doors of June's once-stately home?
Soon Jack's famous daughters arrive, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June's silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywoo came to town, and June's and Jack's lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. As this page-turner shifts between past and present, Cassie and her guests are forced to rexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.

While this book was very well written, I can't give it a high review. It's not a Christian book and me being a Christian I just found it to be much too worldly. I read most of it but decided not to finish it because of this. It does have an interesting storyline and keeps you wanting to know what happens next, and I did skim the last chapter to see how it ends. Overall, well-written but not something I feel comfortable reading. The cover and book iself is really pretty though!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Book Review: Wolves Among Us

Wolves Among Us
by Ginger Garrett

Sometimes a savior can
bring destruction.

Sometimes a doubter can 
save a town.

Dinfoil, Germany, 1538. When a double murder stirs up fears,
the village priest sends for help. But the charismatic Inquisitor who answers
the call brings a deadly mix of spiritual fervor and self-deceptive evil. Under
his influence, fear, guilt, and suspicion of women take a deadly turn. Pious
and heretic alike become victims of witch-hunting zealots. In the midst of
this nightmare, a doubting priest and an unloved wife---a secret friend of
the recently martyred William Tyndale---somehow manage to hear another
voice . . . and discover the power of love and fear.

This book was nothing spectacular. It wasn't very well-written in my opinion and lacked depth. It was dealing with deep issues and topics, but there was no feeling of deepness or connection to any of the characters. Most were very naive and didn't even react much to situations that you would be sure they should react to! Anyway, it had a few interesting parts, especially toward the end, and it was overall an okay book, not awful or anything, just not great. It was kind of weird too. So I guess I would give it a 3 out of 5.