Reading Wrap Up - What I Read In Winter | Christian Book Recommendations

Hey guys! I haven't posted a book related post in a while! That is probably because I haven't been reading as much as usual lately. I did read four books in this past Winter. All four were Christian lit and I enjoyed ALL of them! So today I am going to share four Christian books that you should totally read if you haven't already!

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Book Talk - The More I Think About It

Sometimes the more time that passes after reading a book the more the emotional high wears off 7 the more our true options are likely to surface. Sometimes we feel one way after reading only to feel another way later after thinking about the book for awhile. Today I want to share 3 books that my initial feelings toward changed the more I thought about them.

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The Wicked Will Rise - Book Review

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Page 

A Love Worth Living For | The Wicked Will Rise - Book 2 in the Dorothy Must Die Series by Danielle Paige ~ Book Review "Even if you aren't a fan of The Wizard of Oz," you may love this series."

Published March 31st 2015 by HarperCollins

WARNING! This book is a sequel to Dorothy Must Die! The following synopsis and review may contain spoilers! If you have not read the first book you can read my review of it here! If you do not want to be spoiled you probably shouldn't read ahead.

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestsellingDorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die....

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn't wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked? (Goodreads)

My Rating

A Love Worth Living For | The Wicked Will Rise - Book 2 in the Dorothy Must Die Series by Danielle Paige ~ Book Review "Even if you aren't a fan of The Wizard of Oz," you may love this series."

My Thoughts

This series is well on it's way to becoming a favorite for me! I loved the first book and I have rated both five out of five stars. It's just so much fun. These books make me happy and excited. I have completely fallen for Amy Gumm. I love this girl. I love the character development that we are seeing her go through. She is learning to understand and control her magical abilities. She is becoming powerful and I love her. What a combination. She is also an awesome character because of her wit and sassy personality. She is able to insert some comedic relief in stressful and tense scenes. 

Her companions are always a fun a time as well. In this book we get more Ozma. I love Ozma. People need to take her more seriously! 

I felt that the world development in this book was even better than in the last. In the first book Oz was close to the Oz we all know and love, just add darkness and corruption and a crazy Dorothy. In this book we get to explore parts of Oz that the movie never touched on. Danielle Paige has really broadened Oz in a way that makes sense with the Oz we all know but is beautiful and new and wonderful! 

I loved The Wicked Will Rise. I think these are fun books that don't require over thinking or a critical eye. They are just enjoyable. I liked The Wicked Will Rise more that the first. So if you weren't hooked by the first book I would encourage you to press on!

Wanna pick up the first book? Dorothy Must Die on Amazon!
Ready for the second book? The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die Book 2) on Amazon 

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A Love Worth Living For | The Wicked Will Rise - Book 2 in the Dorothy Must Die Series by Danielle Paige ~ Book Review "Even if you aren't a fan of The Wizard of Oz," you may love this series."

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Red Queen - Book Review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Published February 10th 2015 by Orion

A Love Worth Living For Blog and Shop | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Book Review - "Red Queen does't quite live up to the hype. "

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? (Goodreads)

 

My Rating 

A Love Worth Living For Blog and Shop | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Book Review - "Red Queen does't quite live up to the hype. "

 

My Thoughts

I heard about Red Queen Weeks before it came out. Then I heard about so often that my interest was deffidenly peeked. There was so much buzz around this book that I even preordered it. I had such high expectations for this book. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed.

First let me say that I enjoyed this book. I liked it. That's as deep as my feelings go however. 

The world was unique. I enjoyed learning about the world and the way that this kingdom worked. The oppression that you see the reds enduring was heart breaking and the power and privilege the silvers had was infuriating. The Characters on the other hand may have been my major issue.

Half way through the book I just realized I didn't care much for any of them. I was not attached to Mare the was I like to be with the main character. I didn't connect with her. That was sad. Then there were the love interests. I wont get spoilery, but there are more than one that are kind of hinted at that they could potentially be our main characters love interest. I didn't like ANY of them. Couldn't stand most of them. I found them whiney.

Despite my lack of connection to the character, I did like the book. The ending would by far have to be the most redeeming part of the book. The conclusion did shock me. I saw a what was coming...because duh... but not quite in the way it occurred. I am pretty good at guessing the plots of movies and books so I do enjoy when a author surprises me. 

I look forward to the next book and honestly, I have high hopes for it. 

I would recommend this book. It has unique components and the ending is wonderful. It is a good book and a fun read. It was just over hyped for me.

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A Love Worth Living For Blog and Shop | Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Book Review - "Red Queen does't quite live up to the hype. "