I am trying to reach my 50 book goal for the year on Goodreads, and the books are calling me. I wanted to share the books I read this week! Both authors kindly gave me copies of their books in return for my honest reviews; they found me through The InvieView. I provide this review service free of charge because I like to read and contribute to the Indie community.
The first book was Forever Love (The Women of Manatee Bay Book 3) by Jessica Nelson. Forever Love is a romance book that is the third book in the Manatee Bay series but is a stand-alone read. I have not read any other books in the series. The main character in this particular book is Maggie, who has a reputation in her small town for being a bit of a wild woman. She wants to build a place for unwed mothers to stay but needs to buy a property to build it. It turns out her dream property is owned by the local Pastor Joe who doesn’t want to sell the land.
When Joe expresses a desire to court Maggie, she wants nothing to do with it. She is still dealing with hurts from the past. Fairly soon into the book the reader is told that Maggie has had abortions, and she has clearly not dealt completely with what happened. This is a sensitive issue for many readers, and so it will not be a suitable read for everyone. I did find that author Jessica Nelson dealt with the subject in good taste.
That being said, I found the romance between Maggie and Joe was drawn out and a little corny. I could tell soon into the book that they would get together, so I already knew what was coming. In other words, it was predictable. As well, the title of the book is not very unique. In addition, I thought that the relationship between Maggie and her sister could have been fleshed out more in this book. Mind you, there might be more details about them in the other books in the series.
I think the sensitive subject matter may make some readers uncomfortable. I do think that the message of being able to forgive someone for their past is an important message that is underneath the storyline of Forever Love. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. To find out more about Forever Love by Jessica Nelson, you can find it at Amazon.
I also read The Girl With the Half and Half Face by Leslie Miller. This is a young adult dystopian adventure book that has a good beginning with setting up its world and the main character Kayli-el. What I enjoyed about the book was the way it developed the relationships between Kayli-el and the twins brothers who help her.
I thought that the concept of Kayli-el having a way to tell what is truth or not by checking her “core” with a single movement of the hand was great. The boat that travelled underwater was also well described, and I admit I would like to have tried out the technology described by author Leslie Miller. Anyone have a submarine for rent? Okay, different blog post, I know.
On the other hand, the book The Girl With the Half and Half Face, for me, missed the mark in one fundamental way. I was totally interested in learning what this “half and half face” was all about, after all! I mean, wouldn’t you be? It’s a very cool title, and the cover is awesome. So then I was like, well why does she have a different face and what exactly does “half and half” mean? Well by page 100 I was still without answers. I mean, if it’s the title shouldn’t it have a major place in the book? Then I realized I had already been told what the half face was about but I had simply expected something more. Well, here’s a spoiler (sorry, I had to!), the half face is full of tons of freckles.
Yup! It’s not something else; it’s freckles! So that was a letdown for me as I did think there was more to it than that. Overall, I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. I did like the sort-of magical internal force Kayli-el had within her for guiding her through dangerous situations, helping her figure out what to do. We all have our intuition but this power was taken to the next level and for that I thought it was a cool idea. To find out more about The Girl With the Half and Half Face by Leslie Miller, you can find it at Amazon.
What are you reading this week? What books have you read lately?
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