Book Reviews by Steph

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Hi y’all, just wanted to update you all on what I’m currently reading and reviewing. The first two are reviews requested by the author, which I thank for contacting me and offering me these opportunities.

Without further ado here we go!

RefugeesTitle: Refugees (Mud, Rocks, and Trees #1)

Author: R.A. Denny

Reading Format: Kindle (E-Book)

Published: April 9th 2017


“An epic journey of a lifetime.” That’s what three young individuals from three different corners of the world have dreamed about. They were destined for greatness since the moment they were born. But what if they don’t want it? What if they’re not ready? What if their desires no longer align with the prophecy?

The problem is, they have no choice. The star has appeared. Their destiny has already begun to unfold.

It’s not the send-off that they’ve been dreaming of. Forced out. Banished. Raided. This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. Now they must discover who they really are while embarking on the most exciting journey of their lives. One star. One impossible task. One chance to save the world they love.

Thoughts so far at 12% into it: Has some action within the first chapter but so far I find it slow going as I’m having trouble getting into it.

The Hunter and the Valley of DeathTitle: The Hunter and the Valley of Death (Psalm #1)

Author: Brennan S. McPherson

Reading Format: Paperback ARC

Publish: July 2nd 2018


Experience the psalms like never before–through thought-provoking fiction.
A man wakes up in the Valley of Death and realizes he’s given up everything, including his memories, to attempt to kill Death so that he can bring his wife back to life. But when he fails, who will be there to rescue him?
The Hunter and the Valley of Death is a profound meditation on life, death, loss, and love. Formatted as a fantasy parable on the topic of surrender, this story shows that there is only One who could kill Death–and because of him, and him alone, we say, “Oh, Death, where is your sting?”

Thoughts going into first chapter: It’s an interesting take on Psalm 23 and I think it will be a fun, enlightening read. I can’t wait to dig in some more.

Onto other things I’m reading that may or may not be accompanied with a review later on.

Saga Volume2Title: Saga (Volume 2)

Author: Brian K. Vaughan

Artist: Fiona Staples

Reading Format: Paperback

Published: July 2nd 2013


The smash-hit ongoing epic continues! Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!

Thoughts going into second chapter in book:  I do love this series its action packed and has just the right mix of family drama, war, and love. I’m looking forward to reading more but also trying to balance the review time with it.

God an AutobiographyTitle: God: An Autobiography, As Told to a Philosopher

Author: Jerry L. Martin

Reading Format: Hardcover

Published: 2016


The voice announced, “I am God.” For Jerry Martin, that encounter began a personal, intellectual, and spiritual adventure. He had not believed in God. He was a philosopher, trained to be skeptical to doubt everything. So his first question was: Is this really God talking? There were other urgent questions: What will my wife think? Why would God want to talk to me? Does God want me to do something? He began asking all the questions about life and death and ultimate things to which he-and all of us-have sought answers: Love and loss. Happiness and suffering. Good and evil. Death and the afterlife. The world’s religions. The ways God communicates with us. How to live in harmony with God. God: An Autobiography tells the story of these mind-opening conversations with God. Jerry L. Martin was raised in a Christian home. By the time he left college, he was not a believer. But he was interested in the big questions and so he studied the great thinkers. He became a philosophy professor and served as head of the philosophy department at the University of Colorado at Boulder and of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to scholarly articles on epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and public policy, he wrote reports on education that received national attention and was invited to testify before Congress.

Thoughts so far: Have yet to start.

I’m looking forward to continuing all of these reads and starting the last one. As I read I’ll replace them with others that need reviews or that I would like to review as I take the rest of June and all of July off of the book tour/publicity circuit.

The first two books listed are being reviewed on request of the authors and “The Hunter and the Valley of Death” by Brennan S. McPherson will have an author interview coming soon.

happy-readingI hope you all are looking forward to these reviews as I’m enjoying preparing for them. Happy Tuesday book lovers, may your reading be enlightening and full of joy! What are you reading?


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