Thursday, April 30, 2015

Book Review: Shifter's Heart by Desiree Williams

As the flames of Varkadon spread, war rips through the Shifter Territory…

With the Aldonnian kingdom celebrating the news of her brother’s soul bonding, Laelynn seizes every opportunity to drive herself to the brink of exhaustion. If her body is worn, then her brain would be too tired to dream. Laelynn knew the men who’d captured her were gone from this world, but that didn’t stop the haunting images from plaguing her mind. Not even the pesky thorn-in-her-side Shifter Prince could keep the dreams at bay. Though Dustan’s commentary through their mental bond had kept a lingering smile on her lips, despite the battles that rage within her.

Yet when Dustan distances himself Laelynn questions the connection between them. Those fears rise when her own talents begin to morph and growth into the unexpected. Torn between love and faith, Laelynn strives to find the purpose behind the evolving gifts. What she discovers is far more than she ever imagined.

As tragedy befalls the Shifter Territory and brother battles against brother, Laelynn knows what must be done. Face her demons and triumph, or she’ll never claim the song of her heart.


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My Thoughts/Review

Shifter's Heart was just as epic as book one! However I have to admit that the beginning made me doubt. It was unexpected to say the least, but once my fears calmed down, it was simply awesome!

I loved Dustan and Laelynn in book one, Heart Song, and so I was super glad to read their story! I felt there's was more intriguing then Alanna's and Jerric’s. Despite that I didn’t think it was quite as sweet as their romance, Dustan and Laelynn had a lot more humor in their conversations. There also were more fun surprises and definitely a lot more twists that had me on the edge of my seat!

The message in Shifter's Heart was really powerful. Laelynn really struggles with fear in part of the novel, but she doesn't let it consume her hope in her Maker. My favorite line by her is when she is speaking to a little girl (quote to the left). To say that quote spoke volumes to me is an understatement. It really made me think about how I let fears dictate my life rather then live in the hope Jesus Christ gave me.

The one thing that got me with this novel was that ending! I don’t even know what to do with it because I’m in such a state of shock! It was absolutely shocking to say the least and need book three right now to see what happens!

So like with Heart Song I once again ask: do I recommend this novel? And once again I give a hearty YES! There is more beautiful romance, witty humor, great fantasy aspects, and plain awesome everything. Another 5 stars in the Heart Song trilogy!

*(I did receive this novel for review from the author, but went ahead and bought it because the series is so good. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*

About the Author

Desiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes. 

Learn more at https://www.desireewilliamsbooks.blogspot.com.
 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Review: Heart Song by Desiree Williams

In Aldonnia, the evil of Varkadon overflows its borders. War ravages the lands…

For as long as eighteen year-old Alanna can remember she’s lived in hiding, sealed off from the outside world. Despite a future built around a steadfast rule of seclusion, Alanna dreams of the impossible. Of a life outside of her parents’ cabin. A life with more for company than just birds and woodland creatures. A life she knows deep down is impossible for someone with gifts like hers.

That all changes the day Alanna finds a man floating face down in a stream. Despite her parents’ warnings, Alanna pulls the injured man out of the water and heals him with her elemental talents. Just another good deed. Until the man wakes and Alanna realizes so much more has happened than simply a life saved. The healing she performed on the stranger bound her soul to Jerric, the prince of Aldonnia.

Alanna’s heart wants to keep the prince, but duty and destiny intervene. Alanna’s world is rocked as her parents are lost. Left in the care of family she didn’t know, Alanna learns more than she wanted to about the evil threatening the lands. There is much more behind her parents’ drive to protect. Alanna learns her gifts were bestowed in order to fulfill a greater purpose. A greater calling. One her enemies seek to destroy at all cost.

Alanna’s choice is clear. To either ignore her destiny and remain hidden, or boldly fight to keep what sings to her heart.


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My Thoughts/Review

This novel…(let me insert a happy sigh real quick)…so good.

I absolutely loved everything about Heart Song! The super sweet romance, the awesome fantasy elements, true love that comes from the Lord of Heaven, and everything else in between was perfect. 

Alanna’s story is a beautiful one of growth. She grows so much from a young woman of uncertainty to a woman who is fiercely devoted to fulfilling her calling. As to not give spoilers, the people who support her along her journey were awesome! There wasn’t one person I didn’t like (well maybe two)! Jerric was a perfect gentlemen that sets a great example to young women and is incredibly sweet.

I felt Heart Song had a fantastic message of demonstrating how real love grows. It might begin from attraction, but ultimately it’s something that comes from really getting to know your significant other. With this, Desiree shows that even though this love might grow to become something so strong, that love compares nothing to the love God has for His people. 

So do I recommend Heart Song? You better believe I do! I had many laughs, jaw-dropping moments, smiles, possible swoons, and happy sighs that I can’t recall when the last time I had all this in one story. Don’t miss out on this one YA readers! It’s a good one!


About the Author

Desiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes. 

Learn more at http://desireewilliamsbooks.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Book Review (and GIVEAWAY): Heir of Hope by Morgan L. Busse

About the Book

The great city of Thyra has fallen and shadows spread across the land. Rowen Mar, the last Truthsayer, is taken before the Shadonae. But the Shadonae are not who she thought they were, and now they want to claim her as their own. Caleb Tala, former assassin and prince, is now a Guardian of mankind. Exiled from his country, Caleb wanders the desert in search of his mother's past and clues to who he is. These are the last days of the Eldaran race. Rowen and Caleb must find their way along the dark path set before them by their ancestors: to heal what was wounded and love where hatred grows. But the road is narrow and the darkness beckons. If either of them fails, all will be lost... And the human race will be no more. Book three of the Follower of the Word series.

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My Thoughts/Review

What a very beautiful and satisfying ending to this series!

I was once again amazed by Rowen’s faith in the Word. She has never strayed from Him and in Heir of Hope her faith was definitely tested. Her faith was so inspiring because even in the mist of evil and wanting to save herself, she didn’t leave the path that the Word asked of her. What Rowen did for the people of Thyra was absolutely beautiful. That kind of selfless love created tears running down my face.

It was also amazing to see how much Caleb grew in this one! He is totally a different man compared to when I first was introduced to him! I loved how he strived with all his heart to serve the Word in a way that was honorable.

Besides being moved about Rowen staying strong in her faith and willing to give her life selflessly, I was very strongly moved by Lore’s forgiveness towards Caleb. The way he forgave was so eye-opening to me and brought comfort in that I do not have to live with open wounds in a relationship with someone, but can heal. 

I definitely recommend this series to readers of fantasy. Heir of Hope was the perfect ending with full of action and faith. It was epic and beautiful all at the same time.

 I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars!



*(I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review.)*


About the Author 

Morgan L. Busse writes stories about hope. She believes that in the dark times of life, there is light and draws on her own life's experiences.

From the moment she first read The Hobbit, Morgan has loved the fantasy genre. Both J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry Brooks are the inspirations behind her writing. She is the author of Daughter of Light, the first in a series from Marcher Lord Press.

Morgan blogs at www.morganlbusse.com on various subjects including faith, fantasy, and God.

Morgan lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children.


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