Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Reviw Marathon: Randomly Something

Well, it’s a fact that it’s been quite some time since my last review post but that doesn’t mean I haven’t read any book at all. I have read a few since the dawn of 2016. They’re just not that many and I’m afraid with my speed, I still won’t be able to reach my Goodreads 50-book Challenge. 

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Anyway, I’m going to review randomly now all the books I have finished so far this year. 


TITLE: What Happens When Young Women Say Yes to God
Author: Lisa Terkeurst
Pace: Fast
Pages: 192 pages
Genre: Non-fiction, Christian
Goodreads Ave Rating: 4.23 stars
Published by: Harvest House Publishers


President of Proverbs 31 Ministries and New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst and her teen daughter Hope invite young women to begin the great adventure of living the life God has created for them. With a welcoming style, Lysa and Hope share the amazing changes and joys that await readers when they partner with God in decisions, pursuits, and dreams. Inspiring sections include: "Living Y.E.S." (Your Extraordinary Story)-how to follow God in all areas of life; "YES in Action" stories from Hope about living and sharing faith; and "God's Word for You" Bible study for each chapter. Young women will discover how to: listen for God's voice, watch for God's leading daily, and let God use them to encourage others. This is an invitation to boldly expect more from the faith experience. Young women will discover a journey of great hope and purpose that will have lasting impact

(Excerpt from Goodreads)

This is Lysa Terkeurst’s When Young Women Say Yes to God is a self-help Christian book made especially for teens and young adults. This was given to me last Christmas and surely, it is indeed a wonderful present.  It’s a bible study guide which will guide readers to an intimate seeking of God’s will. It also includes personal testimonies of young women which surely inspires readers. A Sure 5-star for me.


Title: One Hundred Names
Author: Cecilia Ahern
Pace: Just right
Pages: 469 pages
Genre: Inspirational, Fiction, Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Cultural

Goodreads Ave Rating: 3.75 stars
Published by: Harper Collins


Internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern delivers her biggest and most compelling book yet—a tale of secrets, second chances, and the hidden connections that unite our lives

Scandal has derailed journalist Kitty Logan's career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor's bedside, Kitty asks her, "What is the one story you always wanted to write?"

The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance's office—a list of one hundred names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can ask her friend, it is too late.

Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, tracking down each of the names on the list and uncovering their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance's life... and starts to understand her own.

(Excerpt from Goodreads)


Dreamy is not my usual kind of word but Cecilia Ahern’s A Hundred Names surely got my dream of becoming an author one day all fired up. It’s a story of failing and learning to get up once again. A story of perseverance, fighting for the dream, friendship, well of course, there’s love and family. A Hundred Names is a 5-star book that will teach readers that indeed, everyone has a story to tell.


Title: Don't Hex with Texas
Author: Shanna Swendson
Pace: Just right
Pages: 292 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Goodreads Ave Rating: 3.96 stars
Published by: Ballantine Books


Everything’s bigger in Texas–including romance, magic, and danger!

Katie Chandler has fled fast-paced Manhattan and returned home to a simpler life, working at her family’s feed-and-seed store in Cobb, Texas. In a painfully selfless gesture, Katie had left the sexy wizard Owen Palmer to battle his demons in the magical realm–after all, Katie just seemed to attract evil, which only made Owen’s job a lot harder. But now it seems that trouble has followed her home: Despite the fact that Merlin, Katie’s old boss at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has assured her that Cobb is free of enchantmen, (magically speaking), Katie begins to notice curious phenomena. 

Cobb is being plagued by a series of inexplicable petty crimes and other devilish mischief, and after her experiences in Manhattan, Katie knows “unauthorized magic” when she sees it. As this new darkness strikes deep in the heart of Texas, Owen appears (literally) to investigate. Now Katie’s friends and family must show the bad guys why it’s bad luck to hex with Texas, while Katie and Owen combine their strengths like never before to uncover a sinister plot before evil takes root in the Lone Star State.  (Excerpt from Goodreads)

I’ve always been a sucker for fantasy stories and movies. This actually reminded me of the Nicholas Cage film “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. Not because they have similar plot or anything. They’re different but the male protagonist in Don’t Hex with Texas just sounded like the male lead in the movie. A nerdy wizard, just more masculine and FOURish (I mean like Four from Divergent). The female protagonist is also smart and funny. I just think that  what I may have bought was actually book 2 since there was some kind of reference to some previous events (Well...My fault... Didn’t got the memo that there was book 1 when I grabbed it from the Fully Book Bargain section). Unfortunately, when I searched it at Goodreads, it is in fact really a part of the Enchanted Series. Hmmm... Hope I'll find a new one. Anyways, it’s a 4-star for me.


TITLE: A Little Something Different
Author: Sandy Hall
Pace: Fast
Pages: 272 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Goodreads Ave Rating: 3.67 stars
Published by: Swoonreads


The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, andeveryone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship. 

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

(Excerpt from Goodreads)


Well, this next and last book by Sandy Hall entitled A Little Something Different already says it all. This book is just plain different from all the other books. Hall was really smart in putting together such a clever piece and writing the original manuscript in 6 days. Yes, 6 awesome days. While some authors spend years of crafting their novels, a rookie girl Sandy Hall’s debut book is made in 6 days. Wow!!! Anyways, let’s get back to business. A Little Something Different is a feel good light read of a young love. The kind that you can read while chillin’ on a cafe or while travelling. It’s  a story of how attractions can be visible from the outside but hard to identify on the inside. Awwhhh!!! Deep. Here’s another twist this clever author made. Their love story is told in an awesomely different way. Theirs is told by 14 (Yes, you read that right, fourteen points of view) except their viewpoints. Hmmm!!! Interesting right. Maybe that’s why it’s entitled this way because of this one. It sure is something different and catchy.   

Well that was quite lengthy but of course, indeed a fun read. 

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