Saturday, October 25, 2014

Book Review: Conception by Jennifer Hartz

"I do not think it is a question of where, but when." These were the words, Charis, the Prophet, left Christina's mother with when Christina disappeared from Meric… before she was ever born.

Christina Vaughn has a pretty normal -- albeit lonely -- life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Until one day she's transported to the fantastical land of Meric. Within her first tweny minutes in this crazy place she's been attacked by man-eating Vaipes, learned her father was a power wielding Guardian, and discovered that the silvery-blue eyes intriguing her for her whole life belong to her Watcher, Shaw.

Oh yeah… and she's the prophesied Savior who's supposed to save Meric from a war-mongering tyrant who can manipulate people's thoughts and control their minds.

Christina's question isn't where or when… it's how. How can she save the people of Meric when she can't even keep herself from falling in love? 

My Thoughts/Review

This was an interesting story to say the least! It definitely contained many different elements invoking romance, action, humor, surprise, and imagination by far.

When beginning to read I was super surprised to find that Christina was a 30 year old woman rather than a 17 year old teenager. For whatever reason I had gotten it in my mind that this was a YA novel with a younger heroine (not sure where I got this idea from). Since I had this expectation previously, it did take some time for me to actually really bond with Christina as it was hard for me to relate to her.

However, I really loved the world-building that Jennifer creates, especially the many different races. I think that was my favorite part of the entire novel was the different people Christina met as well as seeing the unique animals!

Overall, this was a good story that had fun characters with some romance and a huge amount of action. I am curious as to what is going to happen next since the ending was a huge cliff hanger!

*(I was not required to review this, but won it in a giveaway. All thoughts expressed are my own.)*

About the Author

Jennifer Hartz wrote and illustrated her first novel, an epic tale featuring winged fairies losing their magic wands to evil trolls, back when she was six years old. She has been a fan of fantasy and science fiction ever since. From the land of Mordor to a galaxy far, far away, Jennifer loves it all.

Born in Pittsburgh, but currently living in northeast North Carolina with her amazing husband and beautiful son, Jennifer spends her days teaching, reading, and writing.
The Future Savior series is Jennifer’s first crack at a novel since the early days of fairy wand heists and she couldn’t be more thrilled with its quick success.  Be sure to stop by the “Book Reviews” page to see what people are saying about Future Savior, Jennifer, and her writing.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Beginnings: Homecoming by Kate Hasbrouck

Come join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

Today's First Sentence Comes From...

From the very edge of the branch I could see nearly everything in the forest. The sun had reached its peak and cast long shadows between the trees, wrapping the world in a cool blanket below me.

Today my life will change forever. I will go to Earth, and I essentially become a Human.

My Thoughts...

The beginning creates a fairly peaceful atmosphere, but then the last sentence leads me to believe it's not really as peaceful as I thought. Someone's life is about to be changed and I'm curious how as well as what are they if not human. Is it going to be a bad change or good change?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CD Review (and GIVEAWAY): VIP by Manic Drive

My Thoughts/Review

Manic Drive’s newest CD, VIP, is not only inspiring, but very entertaining! I have always enjoyed the unique beats they create and weave throughout their songs. Many of the songs on this album are no different!

It was hard to choose a favorite so my favorite slow song was tied between “King of Mercy” and “I Hide You Seek” while as my favorite fast song was “Fire.”

There were quite a few slow songs on here (I didn’t expect that many), but nonetheless all of them were God breathed. It was very obvious that this entire album was dedicated to God while encouraging and uplifting listeners. There were many different Gospel messages concerning redemption to proclaiming their love for Jesus.

Overall, I would recommend this CD. The beats/rhythms are awesome and the messages all lead to either an appreciation of what God has done for us or thankfulness that He still wants a relationship with us after past sins (these are just a few).

I give VIP a 4 out of 5 stars.

About the Band

Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

Get familiar with them on these sites:
Official Website-
YouTube Channel-
Official Twitter-
Official FB-

Giveaway Time!

Propeller Consulting is generously giving away a copy of Manic Drive's CD, VIP to one winner! Enter in the widget below! Ends 10/31 1:00 am EST (US & Canada only)! 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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