Mini-Reviews: Winter Edition// Part 1

Hey Everyone!

I am really excited, as always, to share my next round of mini-reviews. It is always really enjoyable to write these little reviews. Writing them forces me to spend some more time thinking about these books and that is always a good thing. As I am sure you noticed this post is only the part one post of my winter mini-reviews. I’ve done a decent amount of reading the past few months, probably more than I should have, and after writing a bunch of reviews I decided to break them into two posts.

You will notice that some of the books in this post have a ❤️symbol next the title. These books are all books that I would not recommend to younger teens and tweens for a variety of reasons. If you want to know I am marking specific books with a ❤️, please feel free to ask in the comments!

And now, let’s get to it!

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Title: Head in the Clouds ❤️

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Published: 2010

Rating: ★★★

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed all of Karen Witemeyer’s books, some more then others though. This is not my favorite of her books, but it is still an enjoyable read. I love how Adelaide interacted with Isabella. She came up with fun and creative ideas to draw the little girl out of herself and really taught Isabella to use her imagination. Gideon and Adelaide were good together, they really balanced each other out. It was really fun to watch their relationship grow throughout the book.

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Title: Salt to the Sea ❤️

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Published: 2016

Rating: ★★★

My Thoughts:

Wow. Salt to the Sea was one of those books where I just had to stop for a couple of minutes to process everything when I finished it. It was an interesting story, capturing my attention from the first pages. It was a heartbreaking story, so much pain and beautiful, beautifully written and told.

Ruta Sepetys brought the characters to life. Salt to the Sea is told from four alternating POVs. Each POV is written slightly different, one told in letters, others almost in poetry. The characters were all so different, different personalities and backgrounds. the one similar thing about them was their pain, each carried their own burden, one clearly mentally ill and completely manipulated and destroyed by devotion to Hitler, another pregnant, one on the run. This book is a beautiful story.

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Title: The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

Author: Julie Klassen

Published: 2017

Rating: ★★★

My Thoughts:

This book is perfect for a cold, wintery day when you have time to just relax (like that ever happens 😀). It is slow paced but still interesting. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is the second Ivy Hill book. All three books of the trilogy are worth spending the time to read. I enjoyed watching the relationships between the different characters grow and deepen. There was restoration of old friendships, new friendships and old and new loves. This trilogy is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Title: The Writing Desk ❤️

Author: Rachel Hauck

Published: 2017

Rating: ★★★

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books where it would not hurt to judge the book by it’s cover. It looks a bit like a grainy, old photograph, which I believe is the idea, and also like a painting. Rachel Hauck is one of favorite authors, not top favorite, more like a middle favorite author. That said, this was not my favorite of her books, for a variety of reasons. Tenly kind of annoyed me for much of the book, eventually she grows and improves as a person but it takes quite a while. Birdie’s story was really interesting, especially interwoven with Tenly’s story. It is definitely worth reading if you are a Rachel Hauck fan.

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Title: Oath of Honor ❤️

Author: Lynette Eason

Published: 2018

Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts:

I am new to the whole suspense/ law enforcement genre. I needed something new to read and I’d heard positive things about Lynnette Eason’s books and decided to give them a try. I am really glad that I did. Oath of Honor was a really enjoyable, interesting and fast paced book.

Shelter of the Most High (Cities of Refuge, #2)

Title: Shelter of the Most High ❤️

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Published: 2018

Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts:

Okay, I just have to be honest, one whole star of my rating is for the cover. It is so beautiful, the ocean breeze blowing Sofea’s hair and clothes. I wish it was me standing by the ocean. *sighs, thinking of summer*

I have enjoyed all of Connilyn Cossette’s books and this one was no different. Sofea and Ethan were enjoyable to read about. They both had difficult pasts and carried a lot of pain. It was special to read about Sofea learning to trust people and finding God. Prezi, Sofea’s cousin, is one of my favorite characters, she blossoms into a brave and beautiful woman after finding God. She is a truly inspiring character. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys biblical fiction, Connilyn Cossette is a wonderful writer of this genre.

Verify (Verify #1)

Title: Verify

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Published: 2019

Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts:

Verify is a good book. It is set about five decades into the future in “crime free”, “better” and “safe” Chicago. Usually I am not a fan of futuristic books, but I enjoyed this one. I liked the characters and appreciated the message of the book. It is important to keep asking questions and to verify the answers and to not follow the government and governmental leaders blindly.

Roadside Assistance (Roadside Assistance, #1)

Title: Roadside Assistance

Author: Amy Clipston

Published: 2011

Rating: ★★★★

My Thoughts:

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Roadside Assistance. It was a really good Christian, contemporary, YA book, a real rarity. The story line was realistic and the characters felt real and easy to relate to. I loved how Emily’s passion was fixing and restoring cars. It was a fun and unusual theme.

Double Take

Title: Double Take

Author: Melody Carlson

Published: 2011

Rating: ★★

My Thoughts:

This story could have been really fun and interesting. I thought that I would enjoy it. Sadly I was disappointed and to be honest I wasn’t shocked because I haven’t had any luck with Melody Carlson’s other books. That said, Anna and Madison were not terrible characters. The idea that two girls can pass for twins and switch lives was fun and pretty unbelievable. I really liked Anna’s Aunt Rachel, I felt really bad for her at first and then ended up really liking her as a character.

What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these books? What do you think about KOTLC #8.5?

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