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Formula of Deception

13306492a4e270116aea7a1724eabbee    Murphy Anderson’s sister was murdered and Murphy is now in the Witness Protection Program because of it. Local authorities in Alaska hire her as an artist and it puts her in danger again. On top of that, a dying man’s confession of dead bodies stirs up the past, including WW2 secrets. What happened in the Quonset hut in the 1940’s? Why is someone so determined to keep it a secret now?

I very much enjoyed the history of the Alaskan Wilderness Ms. Parks incorporated into her story. The WW2 mystery intrigued me, what happened and how it threaded into modern times. The other part of the story, the murder, did not dim the story in any way. The only thing I was not keen on was the ending. It felt…. odd.. to me. It was something I was not expecting and I am still unsure how I feel about it.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

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Reclaiming Shilo Snow

 

Seven months!! I had to wait only seven months for the book to arrive in my mailbox. If you remember, I reviewed the first book, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, in January and inhaled it in days. Here is the link for the first book, https://kymberlibriggs.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/the-evaporation-of-sofi-snow/  Anywho, on with my review….

 

At the end of “Evaporation” we were left with Sofi on the alien planet of Delon who was looking for her brother, Shilo. Everyone said he was dead but Sofi believed differently. In this very awesome sequel, Sofi is on a rescue mission, determined to find Shilo no matter what. However, the longer she is on Delon the more her memories of a buried past threaten to destroy her, mentally and physically. She also discovers a dark secret about the aliens that could threaten mankind.

 

I don’t want to give too much away because I do not want to ruin the story for anyone. This is the type of story that you want to go into with little knowledge of the plot. I will tell you I highly enjoyed it. It did not disappoint in any way. I also like how the author, Mary Weber, incorporated a very serious epidemic we are facing right now in this world- human trafficking. I can’t tell you anymore, other than to get your own copy of this series and read it!

 

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I have not been compensated in any monetary way*

 

Parental Guidance- PG13 for intense scenes and content

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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

sofi snow Confession time- I, Kymberli Briggs, actually finished this book a little bit ago but it has taken me this long to put my thoughts and emotions together so I can write the review the story deserves.

The first thing I noticed about this book is the cover. It has a 3D affect on it! Yes, 3D! How awesome is that?! And when I unwrapped the cover paper to look at the book itself, it has this cool snakeskin feel to it. This book definitely goes on my list of favorite book cover designs, both designs.

Okay, now for the story. Sofi Snow knows how to play the system. She is a tough girl who does what needs to be done. No matter how hard that step may be. However, as the story unfolded, I saw it was a thick protective layer she used to cover her vulnerability. When Sofi’s brother goes missing after a bombing she must join forces with a person from her past she had hoped never to have to be involved with again, in any way. But sometimes you need to bite the bullet and do something for the greater good.

The story reminded me of a mix of Tron meets a toned down Hunger Games. I admit, initially I was a little leery about the story. I even almost stopped reading it in the beginning. Shame on Me! I held on for whatever reason and I am so happy I did! It was not what I was thinking at all. Oh! and the ending?? Oh my word!! It was one of those “WHAAAATTTT?!!” moments. Please tell me the sequel is coming out really soon!!

*I received this free from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

 

Parental Guidance- I would rate this story PG-13 due to intense scenes and content.

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Child of the River book review

    Persomi dreams of a world much bigger than the one given her in the Bushveld of the 1940’s and 1950’s of South Africa. How long and how strong can she continue to dream?

Persomi has been born into a poor, illiterate, farming family, a family working on someone else’s land. She dreams of an education, a profession, and of love. But her dreams seem too grand for her life; too distant. However, she has  determination. And she is not about to give that up. This is a compelling coming of age story with a memorable heroine, and I do not say that lightly.

This is by far my favorite book of the year so far. The cover image, the heroine, the rest of the cast, the style of writing, the setting, the situations Persomi is faced with, all of it. I inhaled this story because I could not put it down, and at the same time I did not want it to end. It has an ending, however, and I came to it too soon. I gladly lost sleep over this book. I was sad to reach the last page, the last sentence, the last word. Great job, Irma Joubert! I truly, highly recommend this book!

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

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No Way Up book review

a432ef5fe6f414fd7d66f7cf6f58b070  Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche and only quick action may save his leg, possibly even his life. Before he boards the train, however, he demands his will be read and his orders obeyed. No exceptions. His children are to live together on the ranch for one year or entire ownership of everything passes to a despised relative. When it is discovered that the avalanche may have been intentional, Sadie Boden and hired-hand Heath Kincaid must work together, along with her brothers, to save their legacy.

 

I have always had fun reading Mary Connealy’s books and I have been looking forward to reading “No Way Up”. However, I could not finish it. I read quite a few chapters but I had to stop. From the very beginning, the first paragraph, I felt out of the loop on things. Like I had been thrown into the scene not knowing what was going on and what had happened. I was very confused. I felt lost. There were a few things I had to backtrack and check on because they did not make sense, and checking on facts actually only made me more confused. I ended up quitting. Unfortunately, I will not be keeping this book.

 

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*