Wings on the Wind: Book Review

*This book was given to me by the publisher for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions are my own*


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Title: Wings of the Wind

Series: Out of Egypt

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Publish Date: May 2, 2017

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Reading Format: Paperback

Publisher Summary: 

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?

Review:

Wings of the Wind is the third book in a Series called Out of Egypt.  I was not aware of this when I got the book, however, I didn’t feel that I was missing anything by not having read the first two.  The two main female characters from books one and two do play supporting character roles in this novel and they share enough of their background to the main character Alanah that I was aware they had importance to the series but didn’t find that I was losing the plot of Wings of the Wind without having read the first two books.

With that side note out of the way, let me dive into my thoughts on this book.  When I received my email from the publisher for the books they were offering for the month of May I took one look at this cover and immediately requested it.  I was also drawn in by the summary as I don’t often read ancient historical fiction novels but when I do I usually enjoy them.  This book was no exception to that rule.

The Out of Egypt series is set from the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt through their wandering of the desert for 40 years.  Wings of the Wind takes place towards the end of the 40 years when the Hebrews are beginning to take back their promise land from the Canaanites.  Alanah is a Canaanite woman who loses her Father and her Brothers to the war with the Hebrews.  She wants to avenge their deaths and disguises herself as a man where she sneaks onto the battlefield.  Alanah is wounded and found by a Hebrew Soldier named Tobiah, who upon discovering that she is a woman takes her back to the Hebrew camp.  Tobiah makes the decision that in order to protect Alanah from the other Israelites, as she is seen as the enemy, he must marry her. It sounds like a cheesy plot line, and I’ll admit that I was expecting it to be too gooey of a romance to really get into the book. However I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case and instead the romance is built up nicely through out the book.

My favorite thing about Wings of the Wind has to be that the Author Connilyn Cossette fills in the space with details of what might have happened during the stories of the Bible.  I grew up in church and I’ve heard the stories of Moses and Israelites the wandering through the desert many times.  As most stories are told in the Bible they are direct and too the point, conveying the message without filling in the details. Connilynn Cossette presented a fictional observation of what daily life may have been like during this time.  And she does it with a strong female character in Alanah who can stand on her own but is lovingly supported by Tobiah and not possessively sheltered as some stories can portray a woman rescued by a man.

I’d really love to read the first two books in the series and also see this one progress to when the Israelites have established themselves in the promise land.

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars


Happy Reading,

Meghan

My (Not So) Perfect Life: Book Review

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“This is the trouble with meeting people in real life: They don’t come with profiles attached.” ~ Sophie Kinsella, My (Not So) Perfect Life

Title: My (Not So) Perfect Life

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Publish Date: February 7th, 2017

Genre: Chick Lit/Fiction

Reading Format: Hardcover

Summary:

Katie Brenner is trying to make it in London. She works in branding for Demeter Farlowe, the boss who’s life Katie would love to have.  As she struggles with daily living, Katie turns to Instagram that presents not-as-it-seems images of her everyday life.  She manages to discover a possible new romance while attempting to move up the ladder in her job when Demeter fires her.

Not sure of what to do, Katie returns home to Somerset where her Dad and Step Mom have started a glamping site on the farm she grew up on. Claiming to be on sabbatical from her job so her parents won’t find out she’s been fired the unexpected happens, Demeter shows up with her perfect family for holiday at the Brenner’s farm.

Review:

I wrote this in my What I Read in April 2017 post, but I’ve never read a Sophie Kinsella book before.  This has more to do with the fact that I’m not generally drawn to the world of Chick lit and therefore don’t tend to browse that part of a bookstore, but if you judge a book by its cover as I do then you might understand why I couldn’t pass over My (Not So) Perfect Life. 

Right off the bat I’m going to state the obvious about a Chick lit book: it’s cute and there’s romance. Now that that is out of the way let’s break down my thoughts on the novel.  First, I  liked the character of Katie Brenner. She’s relatable, funny, and smart.  In the beginning of the book in part one when Katie is first in London, she goes by Cat and tries to establish herself as a true Londoner.  She presents herself in a less than true version of who she is, and in a world of social media over-saturating everything we do Katie isn’t too far removed from the real world.  I mean who hasn’t posted an alternate version of themselves on Instagram to appear they have it all together and then some.  Her transition from life in London to being back home also gives her character growth.  When Katie goes back to Somerset you can see her mature in a positive way which I liked.

My second thought about the book is that the romance doesn’t over do it but comes across nicely without moving too quickly.  I like slower moving romantic plots then the they-met-and-now-they-are-already-in-love types.  And lastly the humor in My (Not So) Perfect Life was actually funny and had me laughing out loud at times.

I liked this novel and it’s made me want to pick up a different book by Sophie Kinsella. So if anything I’ve gained a new author who’s writing style I like, and sometimes that is not always easy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: Adulthood is a Myth

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I was first introduced to Sarah Andersen’s comic through Tumblr like I sure 99.9% of people were. I really like this comic because I relate to it pretty well.  And as I decided to chose this book for my TBR Thursday I noticed it’s currently only $4.99 on kindle, and had to weep a little because sadly I had to put myself on a book-buying ban for the the entire month of May. Boooo!

But the book bans probably a good idea for me because I have the problem of buying a book and not reading it. And I’m getting bad about looking at my overflowing bookshelf and claiming I have nothing to read! It’s like owning too much clothes and saying I have nothing to wear, which I have that problem too. So basically I’m the girl with nothing to read and nothing to wear while violently trying to stuff another book in my bookcase while squeaking into my tightly packed closest. Oh my first world problems!

Anyway I’d love to read all the comics in Adulthood is a Myth but it will have wait 26 more days. Not that I’m counting.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark: Book Review

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“You can’t get any ‘cooler’ than Disney World.” ~ Ridley Pearson, Disney After Dark

Title: Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark (Book I)

Series: Kingdom Keepers

Author: Ridley Pearson

Publish Date: September 1st, 2009

Genre: Middle Grade

Reading Format: Paperback

Summary:

Finn and four other teens are picked as DHIs, or Disney Host interactives and Daylight Hologram Imaging, for Walt Disney World.  During the day their holograms guide guests around the Magic Kingdom, but at night time Finn and the others discover that they are transported to the park at night as their holograms and find out that everything there seems to come alive.  They learn through the Imagineer Wayne that they were picked as DHIs to help defeat the Overtakers, who not only want to take over the Disney parks but also the real world.

Review:

Excuse my poor attempt at summarizing Disney After Dark but it took me about 8 to 9 months to read the book so I had to reread the back cover to fill in the holes of the story line I couldn’t completely remember.  And by the first sentence you may already be able to tell that I didn’t love this book because it took me too long to read something meant for 11 to 13 year olds.

I initially bought Disney After Dark while I was planning my Disney World trip last year. As I was planning my vacation I would watch tons of Disney vloggers on YouTube to get an idea of things to do at Disney, and noticed that a few them would mention the Kingdom Keepers Series as books they liked to read that were set in the parks.  Now mind you most of the people who suggested these books were around my age so between 25 to 30. I figured if they read the book and liked it then I should try it too.  Well the main issue I had with Disney After Dark isn’t that it was too young for me but rather that the characters were too young for the author.

Now I don’t know how old Ridley Pearson is nor do I know if he has any kids, though I do imagine the latter part is true; but I do know that his perception of how the average 13 year old speaks and/or interact with each other distracted me through out this entire book because of how off it felt.  Now I’m nearly 28 (only a month away. Yikes!) so I haven’t been 13 for almost 15 years now and I don’t work in a setting with teens nor do I have kids but I can state with confidence that the 5 DHIs in Disney After Dark isn’t an example of who 13 years old are. I mean it can’t be because I don’t believe anyone’s talked this way since at least 1999.

I do want to add that I didn’t hate Disney After Dark (After I devoted a lengthy paragraph about the characters), it is a cute book  with adventure and is set in the Magic Kingdom. As someone who loves Disney I enjoyed that the books main focus is on all things Disney. I enjoyed this fact so much that I’m probably going to attempt to finish the series even though I am prepared to cringe through all the dialogue along the way.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Is there a book series that you continued to read even though the first book in the series wasn’t fantastic? Did you end up liking the other books? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: A Tree Grows in Brooklynn

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn has been sitting in my Kindle Library for a couple of years now. And if I’m honest, I often forget I own this book until I see it on my want to read list on Goodreads.  I figured if I made it a post on my TBR Thursday tag then that might persuade me to read it sooner.  Instead what I find myself wanting to do is create a list of all the classics I need to read or reread at some point.  So I’m adding to my TBR list rather than making it shorter, but I’ll make sure to place A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on the top.

Anyone have any classic books they love that they would like to suggest for my list? I’d love to read them in the comments below.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

What I Read in April 2017

For the month of April I was able to finish five books.  This is the most books I’ve read in a long time, so expect some more full reviews in the future!

Here’s the list of what I read:

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
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Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
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Kingdom Keeper: Disney After Dark (Book 1) by Ridley Pearson
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My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
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The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: 2nd Edition by Susan Veness

As you can see I had a bit of a theme this month with two books focused on Disney World.  I’ve really been wanting to plan a second trip lately and decided that perhaps reading about the parks could fulfill my need to be there.  I’m planning to fully review both the first Kingdom Keepers book and The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World soon.

I think for obvious reasons I decide to pick up and read Thirteen Reasons Why because of the hype the series has been getting.  I actually picked this book up during a massive haul I did at Book Outlet and got it for less than $5, so I couldn’t pass up that opportunity either.  I enjoyed the book and have just started the series which is far more detailed than the book; so this might be a very rare case were I like the TV show better than the novel.

My favorite book I read this month is My (not so) Perfect Life. It was exactly what I was looking for and craving to read lately.  I’ve never read Sophie Kinsella before but I know a lot of people like her and I’d like to read something else of her’s again soon.  If you have a favorite Sophie Kinsella book please comment below, I’d love to check it out!

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: Flame in the Mist

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I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone of what I read.  So for 2017 I’m trying to read books that I normally wouldn’t gravitate too and that is what has lead me to adding Flame in the Mist. The book is described as Mulan meets Throne of Glass and the setting of the book takes place in Japan, I figure that I’ve never read anything like that before so why not add Flame in the Mist to my ever growing list (Hey that rhymed!).

Plus I’m a sucker for a pretty covers and this book’s cover is stunning. The flaming bird on the front would make me pick this up alone without needing to read the summary first. Of course I’ll have to wait a few more weeks for this book as it doesn’t come out until May 16, 2017, but I’m sure it will be worth it.

Happy Reading,

Meghan