Falcon by Ronie Kendig | Book Review

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” Douglas MacArthur

This quote Ronie choose fits so perfectly with this story. With the conclusion of a fabulous action-packed series, the final, Falcon, brings us deeper into our favorite soldiers’ lives as well as finishing off The Quiet Professionals series in classic Kendig fashion.

Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.

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After I got into the groove of the book, I was hooked. It kicked off with a bang and truly did not stop until the final page. There was also so much more than just military action. Kendig also dealt with other issues, ones important to share about (things like depression, PTSD) in a fitting manner. What many of these men went through are very much real life and I always appreciate that about Ronie’s novels.

Have I mentioned this is action-packed? There were all kinds of twists and turns and a couple of major shockers! Not those type that are just thrown in, but ones that make the storyline even stronger. I definitely kept guessing on a couple of characters whether I could trust them or not. I also really liked enjoyed the multiple storylines. While Falcon was the focus, there were a few other story lines and by the end, everything came together in such an interesting way. It was fabulous!

I have to say this was my favorite of the three. If you’re a fan military action, you have to meet the boys of Raptor 6!

Are you a fan of military fiction?

(Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

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There’s mas! There’s a wonderful blog tour happening right now, so be sure to check out the stops for some fun behind the scenes and book extras. Did I mention a fun giveaway? My tour stop is next week, so be sure to come back for your chance to win a copy of Falcon!

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Captured by Love | #HedlundChallenge2015 April Read

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(The 2015 Jody Hedlund Challenge is a monthly series featuring the novels of author Jody Hedlund, hosted by Cassie of Bookshelves and Windows and Jamie of Books and Beverages. We invite readers and bloggers to join us in reading and discussing these books together. Every month, we’ll announce the book about four weeks before the discussion post will go live (alternating between Cassie and Jamie’s blogs). The following month, after everyone has read the book, we will discuss and interact with each other about our thoughts on each book with special appearances throughout the year! If you’re on Facebook be sure to join our group!)

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With themes of loyalty, love and adventure in the backdrop of the War of 1812, Captured by Love continues to bring romance alive through the skilled hand of Jody Hedlund. I loved re-reading this book. You know it’s good when you can re-read it and still get caught up just as much as before. If you’d like to know more of our thoughts, you can find my original review here and Cassie’s here!

Before diving into the discussion questions, I thought it’d be fun to point out some of my favorite things about our hero and heroine. I love the characters Jody creates! Also, her pinterest board for this book is fabulous. Check it out here!

Angelique

  • Compassionate
  • She thinks of others’ well being
  • She has incredible inner strength
  • Loyal
  • She willing sacrifices for the benefit of others

Pierre

  • Daring and brave
  • Adventurous
  • While it isn’t an easy task, he works hard at becoming a better man
  • He loves his Mama!
  • He loves passionately

Alright, now for some discussion questions! Please feel free to answer any, all or add your own thoughts!

1. What do you think made Angelique such a strong woman with the odds stacked against her (evil and overbearing stepdad, starving in winter)? What qualities can we learn from her?

2. What was your reaction to Pierre’s experience in the Black Hole? Can you imagine the cruelties of such a punishment?

3. Did you ever doubt who Angelique would end up? Do you think she made the right decision?

4. Do you have a favorite character? What was it about them?

Can’t wait to hear from y’all!

4 Questions with Award Winning Gina Holmes | Author Interview + Giveaway

Happy Monday friends! Well, this week is going to be a rather short blogging week. With the final push of INSPYs and a month that turned out to be rather nonstop, I have some catching up to do, but while there will only be a couple posts this week, I promise they’re both fabulous!

Today is kicking off with award winning author Gina Holmes! If you’ve read her books, you know they pack a punch of emotions, but are so incredible and such deep reads. I recently read her debut Crossing Oceans and cried all the tears and last year had the chance to read Wings of Glass, which was another incredible read. So yep! I’m super excited to host her (and of course a giveaway!). Enjoy friends!

Gina Holmes is the founder of Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW bestseller. Her sophomore novel, Dry as Rain was a Christy Award finalist. Wings of Glass has been named as one of the best books of the year in 2013 by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. Her latest novel, Driftwood Tides is in stores now. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose. To learn more about her, visit www.ginaholmes.com.

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1. What is something about your life right now that you would have never imagined 5 years ago?
Right now, my youngest son is 18 and getting ready to graduate high-school. I knew it would be emotional, but I had no idea just HOW emotional it would be. When he was a little guy, I would cry just thinking of the day he would leave home. Then, he went through the typical teenage years, where I began to think I might survive him leaving home just fine, ha. Now that it’s fast approaching, I find myself crying and mourning the loss of him as a child I can protect from the world. I have one more son who is 13 and I imagine his flight will be even harder since it will be an empty nest situation. It’s good too, don’t get me wrong. Bitter sweet like most of life.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
Wow, you ask some tough questions. Even after I became a Christian, I didn’t always live out my faith. I still don’t at times. If I could go back, I’d have tried much harder to live within the parameters God set out in the BIble. I used to think God was kind of a kill-joy. Now, I realize He just wants to protect us. I could have saved myself and others a lot of grief.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
My children being born of course and getting married, the usual wonderful stuff. Since this is a book blog though, I’d have to go with the moment I was working as a nurse and got the call that my first novel, and personal favorite, Crossing Oceans, was being offered a contract by Tyndale House. I still remember my agent telling me, “It’s okay to scream.” I was working in the newborn nursery at the time, so it really wasn’t, but it was okay to cry, and I did.

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Wow, there’s so much. That’s the right of passage for middle-age, having the desire to share what you’ve learned the hard knock way, with a younger generation (who won’t heed anymore than we did at that age). I guess my best piece of advice ties along with my biggest regret. Put God first, right now. Heed His word because it’s the answer to everything.

Thank you so so much Gina for sharing some of your heart with us! I was so encouraged by this and can’t wait for what ever you pen next!

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner | Book Review

If you’ve been around my blog for a bit, you know I have a soft spot for YA dystopian novels. I’ve been wanting to read The Maze Runner since I first saw the preview of the movie. I refused to see the movie though, until I read the book, so I figured it was about time. Especially after my roommate read the whole series in about a week and the book is $1.99 on Amazon. Nothing to lose right?

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

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This is very much a book for the intended YA audience. I don’t mean that in a negative way at all either. The style, the verbiage…while I don’t read a ton of YA, this is one of the first I felt was suited mainly for the age group, whereas I think Hunger Games and Potter reach beyond their intended market. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, although there were a few things that irritated me (like how people initially treated Thomas), but I could notice the difference. The plot was a mix of Lord of the Flies (I blame that one the fact that all I remember about that book is there’s a group of young boys surviving in a jungle, a total jerk and a sad ending of Piggy), rather gruesome deaths, an apocalyptic world, mystery of the Creators and toss on a scoop of the Dharma initiative.

There were some parts of the plot I figured out or expected and other twists I didn’t see coming. Yet, the twists and still elusive overall plot are enough for me to pick up the rest of the series, especially after reading the epilogue. Who are these people?! If you follow my blog, this might be a good point of reference: I’m much more interested in finishing this series than Divergent.

I have the movie waiting for me and am looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. While no Hunger Games, if you enjoy YA dystopian, I think this will fit the bill of a quick and enjoyable read.

Have you read this series or seen the movies? What are your thoughts on it?

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