First Impressions: The Paradise Prophecy by Robert Browne

The Paradise Prophecy

The Paradise Prophecy by Robert Browne 

July 21, 2011 – Dutton

Purpose: Review

Source: Netgalley

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.


This is about the war in heaven continuing on Earth. It sounded really good when I read the synopsis. When I finally started reading the book though, I knew that I wasn’t going to finish it. Within the first twenty pages there were two sexual encounters for no apparent purpose. It was awkward and pulled me out of the story.  I have no problem with sexy times in a story, but if it’s not a romance then there should be a reason why it’s there. It should fit into the story and not ” Oh I don’t know what else to write so I’ll throw in a sex scene!” Maybe there was more to this story, but I lost interest in finding out.

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First Impressions: The Blue Enchantress

The Blue Enchantress (Charles Towne Belles, #2)

First Impressions: The Blue Enchantress by M.L. Tyndall

Charles Towne Belles #2

2009- Ransom Press

Source: Netgalley

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is another old Netgalley title. In fact, this is one of the first ones that I ever requested.  If I had read this when I first received it, I probably would have finished it. Chances are I would have even enjoyed it. It is an inspirational romance, so I am certain that it all works out and that there’s faith lessons sprinkled throughout the story. Captain Nathaniel Mason seems like a nice enough guy, a good Christian man. But Hope Westcott? She is immediately weak and unlikable. Was this Tyndall’s intention? I am not so sure.  There is a vast difference between being vulnerable (I love when the female lead is strong yet vulnerable) and weak (weak doesn’t look good on anybody). Mason gives up everything -the ship that he built himself- to save Westcott from being auctioned off as a slave. A predicament that she got herself in. He secures a passage home by working on another vessel.  Her thanks is to flirt with another crew member right in front of Mason. This is even after she admits to herself that she needs to secure Mason’s affection. I don’t like Westcott. I think that she’s manipulative, at best naiive and at worst completely stupid. The writing and promise of adventure would make this an easy book to sink into. But the female lead, Hope Westcott, makes it impossible for me to want to.

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First Impressions: Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest (Tempest, #1)

First Impressions Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Tempest #1

January 17, 2012 – St. Martin’s Griffin

Purpose – Netgalley, Project- Kindle Clean-Up

I was given a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.


This is a title that I have been interested in off and on. I received a copy of it before it was published, and for whatever reason never got around to actually reading it. Now since then it has been published, along with the rest of the trilogy. The covers have also been revamped (or maybe it’s the UK edition that I’ve been seeing). Either way, every time I have passed this book, I felt compelled to pick it. The premise of the book sounds interesting. I finally pulled up my review copy. And, it just didn’t hold my attention. I wasn’t even able to make it very far into this. But this may be a case of “it’s not the book it’s me”. My reading tastes has changed a lot since I’ve requested this book, so that may be the cause for my lack of interest.



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First Impressions: Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover

FirstbornFirst Impressions Review: Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover

January 28, 2014 – Blink YA Books

Source: Netgalley

Project: Kindle Clean-up

I received a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.


Full disclosure: this is a title that I have had on my kindle for a very long time. I was excited to read this title when I first received it, but with most books I got distracted. And as I received more and more for review, it became a case of “out of sight, out of mind”.   As you can see, this is part of my special project-Kindle Clean-up. I am going through my backlog of old review titles on my kindle. For some books, those that pull me into the story long enough to complete, I will be doing full reviews. For those that I DNF, I will do a first impression review.

I wasn’t drawn into this story. The characters weren’t very compelling. The setup for this society’s culture and beliefs was confusing. The synopsis was confusing. Since it’s been a week since I’ve picked up this title to read and I haven’t even thought about this book, I am moving on to the next title.


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Review: *DNF* Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen

In case you may be wondering what happened to me this past month, or where I have been… I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. While I will be posting reviews regularly, the rest of this blog’s content won’t come back for a bit. Not until we find our new rhythm. I and family are doing well. 


Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen

January 31, 2017 – Blink YA Books

Purpose: Review

Source: Booklook Bloggers

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.


                When I read the summary of this book, I immediately wanted to get my hands on a copy of it. I just had to read it ASAP. So when I had the opportunity to review it, I jumped at the chance. I really thought that I would like this book, I really wanted to. Unfortunately, I didn’t. I was frustrated and bored with this book that I couldn’t even finish it. I hate to review books that I didn’t finish, but there are some cases where I have to. And this is one of them.

I would say that I finished a third of the book, at least a hundred pages into it. And yet, if someone was to ask me what this book was about, I wouldn’t be able to clearly explain it (hence why I skipped that part of my review).  A boy with scoliosis and who is also an epileptic is friends with a girl who was delivered to his neighborhood via a tornado and who is also able to see into the future. I know that something has happened and something is currently happening, I have no clue what that is.  The mystery, the selling point for this book was very slow to unravel. The beginning gives you a lot of questions, but no clue as to the possible answers. A lot of cloak and dagger and otherness, without a real or defined purpose.

My other complaint would be with the characters. Each seemed to have a role to play, and while they have distinct personalities, I didn’t really like any of them. I didn’t connect with any of them, in any way that would cause me to be invested in them or the story.  What this story does have going for it is the potential. I think that the bare bones of this story are good and strong, but it’s everything else that just didn’t work for me.

Always Shine 

*DNF* Review: A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

A Moonbow Night

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

Source: Revell Reads Review Program

Purpose: Review

Christian Fiction, Historical

I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.


Historical books are often hit or miss with me. The last few have been big hits, so I went with it and selected this one for review. I want to stress that this book isn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me. Frantz’s writing is beautiful, the premise of the story is interesting (that’s what drew me to this book in the first place).  It’s the execution that didn’t work for me. The pacing was too slow, I made it a third of the way through before I put the book aside. And I simply couldn’t motivate myself to come back to it. This was a lot of time and space to get to know the characters, and yet, I still felt as if I didn’t know very much of substance about them. Sion and Tempe had the budding of a romance that promised to be sweet and long lasting (at least in my opinion), but in the part that I read they spent more time apart then they spent together.  Frantz was able to draw me deeply into the setting; the time and place of the story. Unfortunately, she was not able to keep me engaged with what was going on.



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*DNF* Young Adult Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

*DNF* Young Adult Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Source: Library

Purpose: Personal Choice

*DNF Review*

I typically don’t do DNF reviews for books that I pick up on a whim. I reserve DNF reviews for actual review books, and even then, I try my best to finish them. But, I feel that I need to put my voice into the mix for this book. I picked this up because everyone was raving about it, it’s got good ratings on Goodreads. Jack the Ripper and forensics are buzz words for me. I read the summary and thought, “Yes! I’m in!” And then I started reading it. Disappointment soon set in. Immediately. I followed my 100-page rule and then gave it another 25 before I set it aside. As far as the mystery, it was interesting and I am curious as to how it all works out. I suspect that it’s either the brother or the father. (But those two are so super-obvious that if it is one of them I’d be even more disappointed). There is a part of me that is a but curious about how it all works out.  The two main reasons that I am dnfing this would be 1. The romance and 2. The main character, Audrey Rose.

The romance: it’s instant. As soon as Audrey Rose hears Thomas’ voice she’s in love. And that is just stupid.  Thomas Cresswell swings between being overconfident and annoying to creepy and annoying.  I am sure that they end up together but I find it rather disappointing.  The main character: Audrey Rose is obviously not doing what “normal” girls her age are doing in this time period. But she is choosing to follow this path, so she should be okay with it. There’s no reason to beat this fact dead into the ground every couple of pages. I think that if she was truly confident in herself her interactions with the rest of the characters, especially Thomas, would have been a lot less annoying.

There are a lot of positive reviews for this book, and I am not sure why. But I wanted to share my opinion so that if nothing else, the next reader is forewarned.

DNF Review