Remnants: Season of Fire

by Lisa Tawn Bergren
book 2 of Remnants series
Release date: March 3rd 2015

summary:  After tackling her first mission and coming to terms with her power of empathy, Andriana discovers her first battles were only a taste of what is to come. She and her knight, Ronan, have admitted their feelings for each other, but their bonds are tested when Dri is captured by their mortal and spiritual enemy Sethos and his master, Keallach, emperor of Pacifica. Andriana is certain Keallach can be convinced to follow the Maker's plan and join the other Remnants … but in time, she must decide whether she really can pull him back to the Way, or if Sethos's web of darkness has slowly and thoroughly trapped them both … forever.

It's been probably about a year since I read book 1 of Remnants series Season of Wonder. I really enjoyed it and so I jumped at the chance to read Season of Fire. I really enjoy Lisa Tawn Bergren books, whether it is a YA, adult or even picture book she is just a wonderful writer. So I was eager to begin this one. I reread book 1 (lucky for me I saved my copy), so I was up to date and ready to dive into the Remnants world.

Book 2 did not let me down it was filled with just as much non stop action and page turning suspense as the first. I got up way to early many days just so I had time to read before getting all the weekly lunches packed and ready. I caught minutes here and there through out the day and was so sad when I finished it. The Remnants series is a must have for any YA reader: teen or adult who is looking a great clean read. Good vs. Evil, Faith, Standing up for what you believe in, plus knights, kidnappings and battles is sure to win over any reader!

 thank you netgalley and Zonderkids for allowing me to review  Remnants Season of Fire. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free e-book.

Twisted Innocence

Moonlighters book 3
by Terri Blackstock with David Lambert

Though Holly's stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily's father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family, and never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he's a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.

I've read probably every book Terri Blackstock has written, yep I'm a big fan. The Moonlighters series is great for 3 reasons: 1: It's a great series to read full of suspense and plot twist that really keeps you reading and staying up late to find out what happens. 2: While it's a series it also can be read with out reading the others in the series. Yes stuff from the past books is brought up but you will not be lost. I say this because I read them out of order. I read book 2 first, then went back and read book 1 (that one slipped by me) and now book 3. and reason number 3: They are written by Terri Blackstock, Love her writing style.

Twisted Innocence is mainly about the troubled sister. She can find trouble a mile away but now that she is a single mom she is trying to walk the straight and narrow. Well that didn't work out as great as she planned. She has found trouble big time and how is she ever going to get out of it and keep her sweet baby safe. Lucky for her she has some awesome family that will do anything and everything to help her solve this big mess and find her when the big mess turns into a kidnapping.

Twisted Innocence really kept me guessing and while the ending makes sense I didn't really see it coming right away. Twisted Innocence was a good book 3 of the series, and I think it might be the last of the series. If it is I will be sad but understand, sometimes it's best to leave a series on a good note and not run it to the ground.  If you like mystery, and suspense than the Moonlighters series is for you. Check out Truth Stained Lies, Distortion, and Twisted Innocence.

thank you Zondervan and Blogging for books for sending me a copy of Twisted Innocence. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book.

Soul Food Love

Healthy Recipes Inspired by 100 Years of Cooking in a Black Family
by Alice Randall and Carole Randall Williams

I am a collector of books and cookbooks are no different, I love cookbooks! I love finding new recipes and making new dishes. Soul Food Love is really 3 books in 1. It's a book full of history, its a cookbook and it is a collection of personal family stories. That makes this book so neat and different from other cook books that I own and have read. Yes, you read right I said read a cookbook. I am a foodie at heart and love reading cookbooks cover to cover just like a regular book. Soul Food Love is a book that will push me out of my comfort zone and make me try new foods.

The first 70 + pages is all about their family history and talks about how this cookbook came about. It is a compilation of 5 kitchens, 3 generations and 100 years. It is also about how the recipes in the book are from "baby girls" kitchen and how she wanted to make their long cherished recipes healthy. I really don't think any of the recipes call for anything you can't get at your local grocery store or super target or walmart. In the late spring to late fall you could grow a lot of the ingredients in your garden.

The recipe categories are divided up into Sips and Bites, Soups, Main Dishes, Sides and Salads Desserts, Crowns and For a Crowd. There are some I will make over and over and some I just skip just like any cookbook or foodie magazine.

Favorites of mine from each section:

Sips and Bites: Southern Hummus and Black Eyes Pea Hummus ( that uses natural peanut butter not the expensive hard to find sesame paste! Score, Win Win!), Homemade Salsa with Cucumber Chips (great flavorful salsa with sliced cucumbers), Homemade Peanut Butter (which you can use in the hummus recipes)

Soups: Sweet Potato Broth (which I would consider similar to pureed tomato soup only better because it's sweet potatoes!), Broccoli Soup, Chicken Broth (which I really need to start making and stop buying),

Main Dishes:  Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Onion, Spicy Pepper Chicken (YUM!), Turkey Burgers ( a favorite in our house), Red and Black Bean Burgers (great for Lent Fridays or a meatless "meaty" burger), Sweet Potato Kale and Black Eyed Pea Soup (not sure why this isn't in the soup section but who cares it is yummy!) Red Beans and Brown Rice Creole Salad, and lastly one that only my husband eats and loves Salmon Croquettes with dill sauce (I stay away from all things ocean wise. He loves these!)

Sides and Salads: A Mess of Greens (love me some greens!), Simple Spinach, Broccoli with peanuts and raisins, Roasted Asparagus with lemon zest, Roasted Green Onions, Any Day Snap Beans (this one is just like what my Grandma in South Carolina made. Brings back memories of spending hours snapping those beans and talking!), Fiery Green Beans, Sweet Potato Skewers, Links Salad (I could eat this whole recipe all by myself) , Savory Avocado Salad with Corn Peppers and Cilantro (this is not quac, it is so good, tasty and filling!), Chopped Spinach and Turkey Salad, Herbed Corn and the Cob, Old School Salad Plate revisited

Crowns: Cauliflower Crown and Crepe Stack

For A Crowd: Bills Whole Smoked Turkey, Breakfast Casserole and another one my husband eats that he loves and I have to take his word and empty plate for it: Herb roasted Salmon filet.

As you can see there are a lot of post flags coming out of this book and so many yummy new foods to rotate through out our menu. I'm glad I was able to review Soul Food Love and I hope you enjoy the stories and recipes as much I have if you pick up a copy.

thank you blogging for books and Crown Publishing for sending me a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book. 

For All The Right Reasons

America's Favorite Bachelor on Faith, Love, Marriage and why Nice Guys Finish First

by Sean Lowe and Nancy French

I remember watching Sean Lowe on Emily Maynard's season and thinking he's almost to good to be true. Maybe that was Emily's thought also and why she always called him perfect? Who know's and I guess we will never really know why she always said that over and over and over! He talked about 2 scenes I remember 1 scene a loved for that bachelor scene and really I think it was the best scene I've ever seen in the few seasons I've watched: He is running through the streets in Prague and yelling Emily. The meet up and it was just so sweet! The other one was funny but I'm not a big practical joke person so it would have made think twice about a rose. I don't mind jokes and stuff but hate been thrown in and set up for one. Not my cup of tea and I kinda wonder if that might have been the issue with Emily. It also talks about his thought process behind his season. I am so glad he ended up with Catherine and all! I wish them many many years of happiness!!

 For All The Right Reasons gives you insight on Sean Lowe's life before the bachelor which I enjoyed reading. It made him seem more real and you saw he wasn't perfect and he had some rough tumbles but a strong faith in God that kept him going. The insight that he gave into being a contestant on The Bachelorette and being The Bachelor was interesting and I'm so glad the crew was nice and he was able to form lasting friendships. I liked that he stood his ground on many things and didn't back down. It even included some insight into my absolute favorite reality type show Dancing with the Stars! Overall this was a fun, fast book to read and I enjoyed it. If you are a fan of The Bachelorette or Bachelor then read this book you will really love it. If your not a big fan (like me, I have only watched 2 season Emily's and His) or not a fan at all you will still enjoy this book. It is not just about those shows it is about a genuinely nice guy that will have you so happy he gets his happily ever after!

thank you Booklook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for sending me For All The Right Reasons. All thought and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book!

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