Devil in the Countryside by Cory Barclay

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.

It’s 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever — or whatever — the killer might be. He’ll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who’s recently stumbled into town. Though they’re after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart.

And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.

Review:

Exciting. Thrilling. And brimming with adventure, Devil in the Countryside is a historical suspense novel with the twist of paranormal. Because it is based on the true historical werewolf hunt, it is different than most werewolf-containing novels, though it still has it’s fair share of heart-stopping moments.

The characters are all very-well developed and so different that the story always seems to have a fresh take on the mysterious murders. There are a few instances where cursing is used frequently, as well as some sexual comments/actions that are in the bars of the small town. Because this takes place during the Reformation, there is a lot of religious talk between the Protestants and the Catholics, the fighting gets escalated between the two parties, and there is a lot of talk of “devilry” and black magic.

So overall, I really did enjoy this book and learning a bit about the werewolf hunt (because my curiosity had me reading some documentaries at the same time) and this might be a good side-read if you’re studying the time of the Reformation.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers older than 15 years of age.

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Book Bag Giveaway! +PURSUE Mag

In order to promote PURSUE Magazine and make all you wonderful followers aware of our upcoming release, I’ve decided to giveaway a book bag from the PURSUE shop (displayed below)! So, if you’ll allow me to tell you about the magazine just a bit, I will in turn offer you a chance to win one of these cute bags!

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PURSUE is an online magazine that encourages and inspires girls to make the most of their youth by pursuing God, tapping into who He has created them to be, embracing their uniqueness, and learning to how to sustain health. It is a general interest and Christian-based magazine that covers topics in life, encouragement & motivation, inspiration, arts & creativity, and beauty & fashion.

Our tagline is what is written on the bags, along with our logo and URL: Embrace your uniqueness, tap into your potential, and pursue the impossible!

Currently, you can read the articles posted at least once a week by various authors, about various topics, on our blog pursuemagazine.net. There is also an option to subscribe to our newsletter (free) as well as the blog articles (also free). But, we are so excited to announce that our first E-mag will be published and available for purchase on April 15, 2017! The magazine will have special content that the blog will not have, featured authors, interactive posts, and so much more! (Yes, even featured book reviews!)

Why do I want to promote it? Because I’ve seen the passion that each one of the authors have for their column and I feel so refreshed after reading every one. Some are fun and encouraging, while others are deep and thought provoking. PURSUE Magazine is one that I wish I had been able to read when I was going through my early teens, because I think it would have encouraged me to know that there are other girls out there who have the same, or a similar passion as I, and I, a home-schooled Christian girl, want the girls of this generation to have what I didn’t. A way to connect with girls who have a passion for life.

Thank you so much for reading about the magazine and listening to my heart for a few minutes, so without further ado:

How to win a bag:

Prize: One bag of YOUR choice (of the two listed)

Number of WinnersOnly one winner

Giveaway BEGINS: NOW! (March 20, 2017)

Winner Announced*: April 1, 2017

*Winner will have 1 week to claim their prize (per instructions to follow when announced) after they are announced before a new winner will be drawn.

I am still old-school when it comes to running giveaways, so here are your entree options 🙂

  1. Visit the PURSUE Magazine site (1 entree)
  2. Like PURSUE on Facebook, which can be found on the site (2 entrees)
  3. Subscribe to our Newsletter, also found on the site (3 entrees)
  4. Comment on THIS post and share a way that you have embraced your uniqueness, tapped into your potential, or a way that you are pursuing the impossible, I’d love to hear some of your stories! (10 entrees)

I have a really cool app on my phone to help me keep track of entrees, BUT, in order to get credited for your entrees, you have to leave a comment informing me of which entrees you are entitled to (I have a way of verifying!) 🙂

Thank you again for letting me tell you about PURSUE and I sincerely hope that the winner of the bag will love it! Good luck to you all!

It’s My Life by Melody Carlson

This is a guest review, read and written by Sophia Marie, who blogs at Teens Live for Jesus. For a full bio and links to her personal sites, please progress to the end of the review.

The Synopsis:

Typical Caitlin: “Dear God, it seems I’ll never get this right. One minute I think I’m doing pretty well, and the next thing I know I’m having totally selfish and shallow thoughts. How long will it take for me to really change?”

Sophia’s Review:

Best friend? Pregnant. Second best friend? Seriously sick. Ex-boyfriend? Hanging out with someone else.

Caitlin can’t help but worry about all the people in her life. She tries to help, but that takes up SO much time and doesn’t’ even seem to help anyway. And then her parents get all upset with her about what she wants to do after she graduates next year. Seriously? Doesn’t Caitlin have a right to do what she feels God calling her to do? Then again, is that Him speaking – for sure?

It’s My Life explores the topics of mission, dating (or not!), teenage pregnancies, family relationships, and more. The book delves deep into the thoughts of a teenage girl. 

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Guest Review Bonus: Series and Author Information

It’s My Life is the second in the Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin series. The first is Becoming Me; the third, fourth, and fifth are Who I AmOn My Own, and I Do!

For more information on Melody Carlson, visit her website and Facebook page.

About Sophia Marie:

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Sofia Marie is a missionary kid, continuing to explore the expansive world of college. She loves running, reading, writing, and spending time with friends. One of her dreams is to become a high school teacher who is always there for her students. Sofia Marie’s blog, Teens Live for Jesus, includes devotions, quotes, discussions on music, and over 70 book reviews for Christian fiction and nonfiction.

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe {Audiobook Review}-Narrated by Moira Quirk

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I received this audiobook free from AudioBookWorm in exchange for this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

It’s 1907 Los Angeles. Mischievous socialite Anna Blanc is the kind of young woman who devours purloined crime novels, but must disguise them behind covers of more domestically-appropriate reading. She could match wits with Sherlock Holmes, but in her world women are not allowed to hunt criminals. Determined to break free of the era’s rigid social roles, Anna buys off the chaperone assigned by her domineering father and, using an alias, takes a job as a police matron with the Los Angeles Police Department. There she discovers a string of brothel murders, which the cops are unwilling to investigate. Seizing her one chance to solve a crime, she takes on the investigation herself. If the police find out, she’ll get fired; if her father finds out, he’ll disown her; and if her fiancé finds out, he’ll cancel the wedding. Midway into her investigation, the police chief’s son, Joe Singer, learns her true identity, and shortly thereafter she learns about blackmail. Anna must choose – either hunt the villain and risk losing her father, fiancé, and wealth, or abandon her dream and leave the killer on the loose.

Review:

Mischievous stories, packed to the brim with funny scenes, witty comments, and charming characters, make for some of the best books to read and are even more fun to listen to!

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc is a tale that rarely kept me from laughing, I absolutely adored Anna and her adventures, from the scandalous beginning to the beautiful ending. This is an adult, historical fiction novel and because so, it has some mild language, a few sexual comments, and one or two gruesome details regarding the murders, though overall, I would say that it is decently clean.

The narrator, Moira Quirk, is a good part of the reason that I so enjoyed this book. She reads with enthusiasm and did such a great job adapting to the different voices of characters, as well as portraying the scenes well as she read.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Secret Life of Anna Blanc as an audiobook and give it 4 out of 5 stars, recommending it to fans of fun historical novels.

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Conquests: Hearts Rule Kingdoms by Emily Murdoch

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

England, 1069.

The nation is still recovering from the Norman invasion three years earlier – and adjusting to life under its sometimes brutal new rulers.

A young girl trembles in the shadows of what was once her home.
Avis is homeless and penniless, and with no family left alive she is forced to become a ward of Richard, the Norman lord who has taken her home. But when King William decrees that Norman lords must marry Anglo-Saxon women Avis must make a terrible choice.
Either marry the repulsive Richard or take a else chance on another Norman, Melville, a man she has never met.

Soon she realizes that survival in a time of turmoil and war depends of putting aide the prejudices of the past And if she can do so, kingdoms and hearts can still be among her ‘Conquests’.

Review:

A beautiful romance that captures the trials, pain, and confusion of a noble marriage during war, but also the love, commitment, and dedication that is sometimes brewed out of arranged marriages.

I fell in love with this story from page one! Avis is an incredibly strong main character, with all of the charm, wit, and sass that could be desired to fulfil such a powerful role. Hers and Melville’s story is one that is enchanting and memorable, and also illustrates how valuable communication is in a relationship.

There is some mild language, sexual comments, thoughts, and actions (though no scenes), and the details of the war can become very gruesome. However, though these things are present, they do not come very often at all, and are mild when they are included in a scene.

Thus, I give Conquests, 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to more of the author’s work in the future.

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