A Nest of Sparrows Review

 A Nest of Sparrows

By Deborah Raney

Genre: Christian fiction

5/5 chickadees singing! I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected to. I thought it would be predictable, but instead, it was more realistic. 

Wade’s fiancée dies suddenly and he unofficially keeps her three kids living with him and tries to make single fatherhood work. Their biological father, who hasn’t seen the kids in years because their mother left due to domestic violence, comes back for them. Social services decides both dads need some help before either can parent so the children go into foster care. Point of view switches back and forth between the children’s aunt, Wade, and the social worker. 

This book made you feel so many emotions of the characters. I loved how realistic it was. I also loved that there was at least some redemption for the “villain(s).” It was a very engaging story with positive messages. A definite must-read for fans of Christian fiction.

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Review

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

By Robin Sloan

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary, Fantasy

3 out of 5 chickadees singing! I can see why so many people liked this book, but it has everything I’m not interested in. Lol. If I were a different person, I would have liked this book a lot more. Clay gets a job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hours bookstore. He notices that the back of the store has a bunch of books that seem to be written in a different language, or a code. Mysterious patrons come in showing membership cards to return books and get new ones. Other than that, the business doesn’t get many customers. Clay becomes more and more curious about the bookstore. When Mr. Penumbra disappears, Clay has to call on the help of his technology genius friends to find out what’s really going on.

This book was part fantasy and part sci fi with a lot of talk about Google, coding, software, etc. I like very few fantasy books, rarely read sci fi, and don’t work in technology. There were a lot of aspects of this story I wasn’t interested in and some of them that I couldn’t fully understand. I love bookstores and I love mysteries, so I did want to know what was really going on at the store. I liked the idea of combining the ideas of ancient mysteries with current technologies. The book definitely had a creative plot.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in fantasy and technology. I think this book would be perfect for you. I feel like others could take it or leave it.

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The Yellow Sock Review

The Yellow Sock: An Adoption Story

By Angela Hunt

Genre: Fiction, novella

This is a quick, sweet read. Megan and Dave have been trying to get pregnant for 22 months when they find out that they’re unable to have children. They decide they want to adopt and register with the state. Then, Megan gets an unexpected call from a missionary friend in South Korea. A baby has been placed on their doorstep and God put Megan’s name in his heart. Megan and Dave are so excited and they face many challenges as they try to bring their baby home.

I think Hunt did a good just of displaying Megan’s emotions as she wrestles with infertility, the unknown of adoption, and the many months of just waiting. I would’ve loved if this had been a full novel. Of course, because it was so short, it felt a bit rushed. Also, there were parts of it that didn’t seem realistic. Only $7,000 for an international adoption? Becoming approved for adoption in only 6 weeks? Still, it was a heartwarming read.

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Outward Blonde Waiting on Wednesday

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Outward Blonde

By Trish Cook

Genre: Young Adult

Today, we are excited to feature a young adult book with a hilarious premise! We can’t wait for it to come out on October 18. Check it out!

Book Summary

Teen socialite Lizzie Finklestein has all the qualities of a trainwreck in the making.  With a physically absent father, an emotionally absent mother, and an addiction to shopping and hard partying she can’t seem to shake, Lizzie is on a certain path to destruction.  Rock bottom finally comes when one of her public drunken escapades gets caught on camera and shared with gossip sites.

Lizzie’s parents decide it’s time for a change of scenery.  They have her whisked away from her Manhattan penthouse apartment in the middle of the night and dropped at Camp Smiley, a gritty wilderness survival program for troubled teens deep in the Rocky Mountains.  Surrounded by a motley crew of campers all facing their own demons, she’s convinced she has nothing in common with these misfits.

Lizzie must learn to survive in the harsh conditions of the outdoors, including how to dig her own toilet and build a fire by rubbing two sticks together.  Lizzie feels that she’s only left with two options: get with the program, or get out of there.

 

PUB. DATE: October 18, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-945293-04-7

Barnes & Noble LINK: HERE

*Content and cover photo provided to us by the publicist*

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For Rent Book Review

For Rent

By Erin Huss

Genre: Chick Lit, cozy mysteries, fiction

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This was such a cute and funny book! I love that this book is based on Erin Huss’s real-life experiences as an apartment manager. You can check out more hilarious stories at her blog: http://managingapartments.blogspot.com/ . Main character Cambria is desperate for a job, a place, and a paycheck. She thinks her prayers are answered when she applies for a job as an apartment manager that includes an on-site apartment. When she meets Chase, the hot handyman, she’s even more excited. Cambria ends up getting the job, but it’s not quite what she expected! A series of car thefts occur when she starts the job, causing multiple residents to move out. She also has to deal with the apartment owner’s crazy son, who likes to swim in the nude, among other strange habits. There’s the elderly couple who makes too much noise in their bedroom, bothering their neighbor and her pet bird who goes with her everywhere. Cambria makes it her mission to solve the crimes, keep her residents happy, and get a little closer to the hot handyman.

This book was simply hilarious with all the crazy residents! I really felt bad for poor Cambria being thrown into a job where someone didn’t give her all the dirty details. The mystery was intriguing, especially some surprise stuff that is revealed right at the very end. There was also some romance in this story with the handyman and with Cambria’s ex, who is the father of her daughter. The only thing that could have improved this story would have been for the reader to see more of the relationship between Cambria and her daughter. This story really engaged me right from the get-go and I read it in just a few days. I would highly recommend this story to fans of humor, chick lit, and cozy mysteries!

*Book cover provided to me by the author*

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