<![CDATA[shannaswenson.com - My Blog]]>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:47:37 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Review for Curveball by Nicole Rodrigues]]>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 02:14:44 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/curveball-by-nicole-rodrigues
5 Stars for Curveball 
 
This second chance romance with a clear baseball theme had me hooked pretty quickly. It was charming, adorably southern and had some good twists.  
 
Charlotte Daniels and Gabriel Gavinwood, such a lovable couple. They start out as high school sweethearts with no cares or worries, aside from protective parents and a rock-solid moral fiber. But that fiber would soon be tested and literally tear them apart as Gabe is drafted into pro-baseball and Charlotte’s life is changed forever… And as fate would have it, they are reunited close to twenty years after their love was ripped apart by a big, life-changing curveball.
 
Sassy yet sweet Charlotte has carried this dual secret with her all these years, and hot-headed Gabe finds out about it with earth-shattering clarity. Once reunited, the waters are heavily tested as both Gabe and Charlotte rekindle the hot burning flame between them all while trying to bring their family together.
 
I don’t wanna give away spoilers, so I won’t tell you any more. But believe me when I say this book is funny, heartfelt, dramatic and hot in so many ways. You’ll love the Gavinwoods and Daniels as they pull you into their tale of first love, heartbreak and a second chance to make the past right. I loved this tale and can’t wait until book two comes out, so I can see where Savannah and Jackson are headed. 

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<![CDATA[Review for A Secret Place of Thunder by Patricia D. Adams]]>Sun, 10 Feb 2019 01:39:26 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/review-for-a-secret-place-of-thunder-by-patricia-d-adams
 Five Stars for A Secret Place of Thunder- Truly biblical 
 
Oh, this book gave me such feels….
 
Grace Givings is our heroine in this YA Christian fantasy novel that hits home with my Christian upbringing of the end of days, but also is so light-hearted too, it’s a nice seamless balance between a Harry Potter and Legion kinda feel.
 
I could personally relate to shy yet sassy Grace; she’s your All-American sweetheart that has a major crush on Eli Cole, the high school quarterback, who seems to be just at the edge of her grasp, but not quite within reach. She’s clumsy, awkward and shares a mutual hate with the school bully (warning- evil witch alert) Abby.
 
There’s more to the little town of Alvin than meets the eye let me tell ya! And more to all these characters than what lies on the surface!
 
Grace’s journey has only begun when she learns the secret of her true origins and why she’s been having these strange, historically accurate, and very real dreams. She must face true darkness as she embraces her own unique powers and comes into her own as an …actually I won’t spoil it for you- HA HA- you’ll just have to read it to find out ;-)
 
The battle for mankind has begun as she must protect the prophet and law giver from the evil that desires to bring about the end of days. There’s laughs, romance, drama and suspense as this story takes you on an action-packed ride of biblical proportions. I loved how Patricia took her readers to high school (or BACK to high school) in my case. I love how she depicted Grace’s inner struggles and her journey into finding herself, the descriptions of the training facility and her hometown. It was beautifully and eloquently written and made me feel for the main character in so many ways. I truly enjoyed this fantasy novel and look forward to following this character in The Realm of Duality

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<![CDATA[Review for Nameless by Marni MacRae]]>Sun, 03 Feb 2019 19:35:01 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/february-03rd-2019

5 stars for Nameless!

This intriguing tale of a woman’s journey to literally find herself will leave you speechless, spellbound and in tears- both of joy and sorrow, but mostly joy ;-)
 
Open scene with a rainy, cold night in a corn field, alone with bare feet and complete loss of memory- that is where Marni MacRae drops you. From there, the reader is plunged into a mysterious and heart-warming story as Eve tries to remember who she is, as her memory is completely gone. She has awoken in Brighton Valley, Kentucky and is rescued on the road by a handsome and compassionate man, Nick Donovan, who has the patience of Job. His need to protect her is endearing.  
 
Eve was absolutely adorable and brings out the precocious inner child in all of us. Over the course of the story, she meets an array of sweet and lovable characters, including a telling of the beautiful side story of love and loss of Ezra’s. I was taken with the romance, the suspense and the community in this book. It was very beautifully written and depicted.
 
I loved Nick. He was strong, passionate, and a wonderful hero for the story. I was especially taken with Tuck for obvious reasons…spoiler- he’s a cowboy.
 
Nameless had all a romance reader could want- suspense, laughs, tears, anguish, love, family and intrigue. I was especially drawn in by the major twists at the end. All in all, I loved it and thoroughly enjoyed how well it was written. Marni MacRae is a great writer and I look forward to reading more of her works. 

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<![CDATA[Review for K.J. Backer's Nav'Aria: The Marked Heir]]>Wed, 30 Jan 2019 22:01:50 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/review-for-kj-backers-navaria-the-marked-heir
5 Epic Stars for Nav'Aria

The minute I saw a unicorn on the cover of this book, I knew that I was going to love it. Call it a hunch!

I was a big lover of unicorns as a young girl and their majestic beauty and allure seemed to stay with me into adulthood.

Oh, Nav’Aria: The Marked Heir… What wonderful things can I tell you without giving too much away? This is the dilemma I faced while writing this book review.

First off! Go buy your copy before you read any further because this is one book you don’t want to miss out on! Ok? Good!
Now that you’re back:

Darion Smith seems to be your typical teenage boy growing up in Oregon who has to face normal teenage issues (bullying, girl crushes, not fitting in, etc.) but Darion is anything but “normal” and soon starts to see how different he really is. Born with an unusual birthmark that seems to be growing and continually having frighteningly real dreams, he is soon faced with an undeniable fate and is literally propelled into another world.

Enter Nav’Aria- a fantasy lover’s dream come true, where unicorns are bad-a$$ warriors that are both beautiful and deadly creatures, centaurs roam and the land is in war and turmoil at the hands of the evil, Narco, who has treasonously corrupted this beautiful and peaceful place with dark magic.

You’ll meet a slew of characters, a lineage of unicorns that will leave you speechless, and a magnificent king who is the very definition of regal. And you’ll be thrown into the non-stop action that is taking place as Darion finds his true identity and must join in the battle to save the kingdom.

This book had it all- mythical creatures, history, action, drama and some laughs too. KJ Backer weaves an amazingly eloquent tale with multiple POVs and back stories. Such character development and suspense that had me unable to stop reading. This was a true page turner!

With elements of Narnia and Legend as well as an originality that will utterly thrill you, this fantasy novel is a must read and I absolutely LOVED it! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. 

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<![CDATA[Review for Coming Home by JD Park]]>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:28:56 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/review-for-coming-home-by-jd-park
4 Stars for Coming Home- A cute and cozy romance read

This was a sweet and pleasant book from the POV of a relatable female character, Rayanne, and her quest to come back to her hometown after her parents give her the startling news that they are selling her childhood home. Upon buying it, she settles back home and meets up with her old best friend, Colby, who just so happens to now be a hunky architect eager to catch up with her. Rayanne's the only one among her peers who's oblivious to Colby's feelings for her, ones he's had all along we realize deep into the story; she even tries to get back together with her ex (who's a total jerk by the way!) but finally starts to see that she needs to open her eyes a bit before the characters get together in the end. This was a short, sweet, nostalgic read that makes the reader cozy as they "come home."

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<![CDATA[Review of Blood Drops by WB Welch]]>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 01:57:27 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/review-of-blood-drops-by-wb-welch
5 Stars for Blood Drops

This collection of gripping horror stories pulled me in from the first story and had we wanting more in the end. The tales were dark, disturbing and beautifully depicted. WB writes with a poet's soul as she weaves story after story of profound suspense, heart-pounding thrills, and sheer terror. She made me feel like I was there with each one of them, taking me into the mind of a killer, into the heart of an addict and into the room with Death.

She writes stories that call to our deepest nightmares, bringing them to life, touching on controversial and and taboo topics, and giving you a glimpse into the shadows of disturbed minds. I give this book 5 stars as both a lover of horror and a writer, I think it was brilliantly put together. If you enjoy scary tales that will thrill, chill and disturb you, this one is for you!
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<![CDATA[Review of Pandora by Joshua Grant]]>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:30:30 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/review-for-pandora-by-joshua-grant

When I first read the blurb for Pandora, I knew that it was going to be the ideal read for me. I’m a huge fan of all things that go bump in the night and Josh Grant doesn’t disappoint! This tale had elements of the movies, The Thing, Event Horizon AND the video game Dead Space.
 
Set aboard a decimated cruise ship, the reader is automatically plunged into a heart-pounding thrill ride within the first few pages and simply reading the prologue, I was immediately drawn in and knew I would be up late reading this one!
 
I enjoyed the plot, the characters, the action, the conspiracy and even the sharp twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting.
 
There are many character POVs, which I personally enjoy as a reader, but for the most part Josh puts you in Dr. Aubrey Pittenger and Julian Eduardo’s perspectives as they literally battle an ungodly evil, Watcher, in the run for their lives. I thought it was unique and interesting to be inside Watcher’s mind too, and it gave the story a distinctive element. Josh did a great job building the scenes, I literally felt like I was there, as he was very descriptive in his details aboard the damaged, Emerald Rose. I loved the suspense and the action that had me on edge through the whole book. I enjoyed the references to shows and movies, the humor and the history behind the existence of Watcher. I found it fascinated that Josh weaved such an elaborate tale. I was also pleased by the romance that developed, but not surprised, and I thought it added a great element to the story and character development. Gabe was well portrayed too and Mac. It was funny and creepy and I loved it!
 
I give this book 5 stars as it hit on every aspect of a great horror story in my opinion. It had suspense, drama, horror and loads of action. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. 

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<![CDATA[Indie-Go Interview with Laura Mae]]>Fri, 28 Dec 2018 23:16:30 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/indie-go-interview-with-laura-mae
Check out my fun interview with fellow indie author, Laura Mae. We discuss my books, movies and what it's like being authors!
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<![CDATA[Review on Hunted in the Valley by C.R. Pugh]]>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:30:50 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/review-on-hunted-in-the-valley-by-cr-pugh


What a great read!

This is a well-written dystopian YA novel that draws the reader in from the first page.

It follows a young girl, Ravyn, in her quest to seek refuge from an evil man, General Wolfe, and his army of soldiers who are aimed at bringing her back to the compound she’s escaped from.

There’s action from the very beginning and it spins into a heart-pounding ride as Ravyn is hunted in the Old Sequoia Valley by more than just these brain-washed barbarians. She crosses paths with a Warrior, Commander Thorne, from a tribe called Peton, and he’s quickly taken with the fascinating Ravyn- for there’s more to this girl than meets the eye.

Thorne, in turn, has an interesting past of his own and the two of them soon join forces against the menacing hunters. From there, it’s a race against evil as they fight to escape the clutches of both the minions of General Wolfe AND the vicious creatures of the valley.

This book had it all- intrigue, suspense, action and romance. It was captivating, exciting and had me up long past my bedtime to see what was going to happen next.

I’m eager to see what happens in the next book of the series!

​Get yourself and a friend a copy today. C.R. Pugh doesn’t disappoint! 

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<![CDATA[Review for Remade by Danielle Novotny]]>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 00:32:57 GMThttp://shannaswenson.com/my-blog/review-for-remade-by-danielle-novotny
As a fan of science-fiction and the love of being immersed in new worlds, I can truly say that reading this debut novel of Danielle’s was truly a pleasure.

The book centers around Aliya Rathburn who is literally thrown into a nightmare as she awakens from a horrifying car accident to find that she is on an entirely different planet- Callais.

Not only is she faced with this dilemma, (insert panic and fear) she is informed that she was at the very door of death and was “modified” in order to save her life (there’s a whole Frankenstein meets Nebula feel going on here).

As if that weren’t enough to handle… yeah, she’s not allowed to go back home to Earth (aka Terra). Her only option is to join the Protective Forces and become a soldier, which she’s not sure she even wants nor knows how to be, and they all think she’s a “freak”.

After a few months of hiding her unique abilities out of fear and shame (after all she’s not sure what they plan to do with her in the first place), she is chosen by handsome and reserved Captain Caspian (don’t you just love how his name rolls off your tongue?) for the Nova squad.

She’s hesitant and unsure at first why Caspian has chosen her for the squad but soon comes to see that there’s more to Caspian than meets the eye… as well as some chemistry between the two of them ;-) She starts to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance as Nova becomes her family (especially seeing as she’s never allowed to see her own ever again.)

A scouting mission goes horrible awry on Planet Charra and she must make the quick decision to save her crew, and her captain, but also gives away her “bad-a$$” moves in the process. She comes face to face with a new and frightening enemy, the Kretch, who supposedly were killed out a century ago. This newfound knowledge takes them to yet another new and exotic planet, Vanthurium, where they must protect the Lord and Lady there. The battle scenes are so vivid and thrilling as Aliya must once again help protect her crew and save the day.

This book was very well written. Each character and place was very descriptive. It was high-paced, exciting, and heart-pounding as Danielle took the reader on a journey to new worlds with a dynamic and lovable crew that would make the Guardians of the Galaxy proud. I’m eager to see what adventures lay in store for Nova next :-)

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