What’s Christian Non-Fiction doing here? Well, I decided to really review every book I read. Non-Fiction takes me the longest to read, over 3-4 months, so I don’t read very many books like this. I am always glad I do though! Especially because I went through a traumatic experience while I was reading this book and it absolutely helped me with the anxiety that I have because of my experience. I used so, SO many page markers for this book. I want to make sure I remember the things that really stuck with me while reading.
This book helped me to just live today. Not tomorrow, not yesterday. Today. This hour. This minute. This second. This breath. I truly cling to that. I love that in today’s culture, which is fast moving and you always have to do more, more, MORE, someone wrote a book that just says, stop and breath. God has you where you are for a reason. Stop and listen, there you will find contentment. You CAN be happy where you are. You can find joy in every life circumstance. I have/ am learning to love this small moment. This in- between waiting time.
I loved her ideas of just finding a bench somewhere and sitting and talking with God, or your neighbors, or just breathing. I love that she says that it’s more than okay to dream and ask God for those dreams, but to just know He has something better for you than you could ever imagine. I’m not just talking about Heaven, I’m talking about right now in this lifetime. I have tried to apply some of the ways Freeman walks out her life. From her journaling suggestions to how she sees a situation. I really loved this book y’all! I plan on reading all of her books now!
Yeah, yeah, I know, what a mushy gushy post. Don’t worry, I will be back to posting regular nerdy reviews on my next one. This book was just really important to me not to share!
I 100% recommend this book to anyone who loves smart, clever mysteries. I reminded me a bit of Inception or Shutter Island! Inception because of the plots within plots within plots, and Shutter Island because you have no idea what is going on at all until the end! I want Leonardo DiCaprio to direct this movie (if it becomes a movie). I literally cannot say enough good things about this book.
Aiden is a smart, witty character in a situation that he doesn’t understand. The reader figures it out along with him, as time goes on. It’s amazing to see what he conquers and what he doesn’t! Each time Aiden repeats a day he loses a bit of himself and you fear it might be too late for him. I mean, he doesn’t even know who he is! It’s a really crazy ride that I didn’t want to get off of. I really can’t say much more because any little thing would be a spoiler.
I’ll just leave off with, THAT ENDING BLEW MY MIND!!!!
If you’ve read this, I would love to talk about it with someone!! I also highly suggest reading this for a book club. It has soooooo many discussion points that would keep you talking for a long time!
Kayla Olson is a traditional story teller. It gives me a nostalgic feel whenever I read one of her books. It just feels old fashioned, in a good way. She is also a plot driven, not character driven, writer. Here’s the thing, USUALLY I am a character driven reader, BUT I love her writing and story telling so much AND her plots are suuuuuper well thought out, that I get sucked into the books right away. Her books are a go-to when I need a readers palette cleanse! She has a really unique writing style that sets her apart from other authors.
I didn’t dislike any of her characters by any means, it’s just that you don’t get their full thought processes, you just get snippets of who they are. And in this case, I am okay with that. Lindley was still a well rounded character. The reader still understands why she made the decisions she made. As long as I can understand WHY the character did the things they did, then I don’t complain! The five other side characters rounded out nicely as well. Even though you don’t get their POV, you still SEE them. And understand their choices, even if you don’t agree with them. And boy did they have a lot of really hard choices!
Literally, everything goes wrong. I started getting anxiety every time because it just seemed like they were all going to die at any given moment. And I mean, some did. I kept trying to figure out, who the killer was, AND how they were going to fix their many problems. I never got it right. It was intense. Plus, my knowledge of space stations is next to zero, so, there’s that.
The tiniest bit a didn’t like, and I mean really tiny, half a star tiny, is that the ending seemed a bit rushed. Everything resolved itself, it just seemed really fast.
So, Kayla Olson is one of my favorite authors. She is an autobuy and I’ve never rated one of her books under 4 stars. I am so excited to see what she comes up with next!
*I got positive feedback on my new content addition to my reviews. Again, I am putting the disclaimer of this is for parents who want to know the content of the book without having to read it, to see if it is something they want their kids to read. I LIKE YA! These are NOT my personal views on whether or not a book should or should not have specific content!
CONTENT WARNING: Violence, death, murder, dead bodies, blood, a couple of kiss scenes.
OTHER CONTENT: Courage, dealing with fear, healthy grief, perseverance, how to deal with tragedy, how to be a leader, how to deal with people, friendships, overcoming pride.
First of all, thank you so much to Berkley for giving me a finished copy of this book!
This is the series that made me fall in love with Historical Mysteries so I pretty much will never rate it below a 4 star. Fair warning. Even though this is the fourth book, you can actually read them out of order! There are a few minor mentions of the previous books but nothing too spoiler-y!
Let’s dig in! It started out a bit slow with Veronica in a bit of a funk. She takes off for 6 months to get her head clear of Stoker. Did it work? Haha, nope! Their relationship is really rocky in the beginning of this book and it made me miss their usual repertoire. However, the added drama of Stoker’s brother, Tiberius, was a delight to read. Plus it fueled many things that, um, needed fuel. If ya know what I mean.
I really enjoyed Veronica’s character growth in this one. She grew bit by bit in the previous novels, but in A Dangerous Collaboration, she grew A LOT! So did Stoker though. They have a lot of pride. AND I loved that you got to know Tiberius quite a bit. I hope to see him in the future books more too! His and Stoker’s relationship unfolds and it is interesting to see they are indeed two peas in a pod, as Veronica points out.
Now, on to the dangers! I really enjoyed the murder mystery! Although it was the saddest in my opinion. I loved the fact that they traveled to a castle on a small island off the coast of England! It was almost magical! The side characters held their own as well, each with their own stories. It made the mystery even more intense because they all had a motive!
And the ending was everything I wanted it to be! That’s all I’ll say about that! Excelsior!
*Just adding here that these covers are my absolute favorite of any books ever.*
This is a blog meme created by Lia, Lost in a Story! I have seen almost everyone I follow do this so I thought I would give it a try!
“Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!
It works like this:
Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?”
Sounds fun, right? My TBR on Goodreads is (I think) way out of control! I have 1, 064 books on my to-be-read shelf. Yikes! When I first started Goodreads in 2012, I added books by author. So I am going to skip the first few authors because they are some of my favorites, and go right to when I started adding books at random. I think I’ll start with 10 books!
GO. I’ve had this on my TBR since 2012. I have no interest in reading this. To be honest, I added this to broaden my reading scope and to have an “interesting” conversation piece when I talk to “smart book people”. I’ve grown up a lot since then and have since decided that I do not care at all if I don’t read the “smart” books. I just like reading whatever I like reading, if that makes sense.
KEEP. I think this sounds super interesting and right up my ally! I love historical novels. I usually hate politics BUT I love it when it comes to Adult Fantasy books (not in YA. It’s too “I have a political agenda”) OR historical ones like this.
KEEP. I really liked the musical so I would like to read the book too!
GO. I’m trying to be strict and not keep books that I maybe-might read someday.
GO. I just literally have no interest in this.
KEEP. I am all about re-tellings! Even if this one is almost 30 years old. I can’t help but wonder if that would make it better or worse than today’s re-tellings. I suppose it would depend.
KEEP. I actually forgot about this book. I want to read this. 😛
GO. Another book I’m pretty sure I added to make me seem more worldly. Dear 2012 Me, Please stop adding books you think will make you seem “cooler”.
KEEP. I think it would be an interesting read. Also, I love Tosca Lee.
GO. It sounds weird, which is why I added it, but after reading some of the reviews it sounds WEIRD. Like, more creepy weird. I don’t do horror.
Okay, y’all this took me down to 1,060 books. It helped a little! I might continue to go through a few more pages and delete a few! This meme is kind of refreshing! It’s kinda like Mari Kondo-ing your TBR.
“I assign each Tuesday a topic and then post my top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join me and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.
You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics below so you can plan ahead. I’ll post a Linky here on the blog each week so you can link up your post (if you want). If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!
NOTE: If a weekly topic is listed as a “freebie”, you are invited to come up with your own topic. Sometimes I will give your topic a theme, such as “love”, a season, or an upcoming holiday. That just means that you can come up with any topic you want that fits under that umbrella.”
Here are my top ten:
I cannot believe I haven’t read this yet. I actually have a horrible admission, I have loved Kristoff since Endsinger came out way back when. But when he became insanely popular (which I am happy about, don’t get me wrong) everyone and their mother loves him. So I feel like raving about him makes me just like the masses now. I told you, it’s a really awful bookish admission. Because really, who cares if I like something that everyone else likes too. Maturity, y’all. Please, please someone tell me I’m not a total snob.
Tracey Neithercott is soooooo sweet!! I actually won this book last year and haven’t gotten to read it yet. This is on my immediate TBR!
Kayla Olson is one of my favorite authors sooooo WHY HAVEN’T I READ THIS YET?!
Again, with Jay Kristoff!
I am hoping to start this bad boy soon! I think I am going to buddy read it with a Bookstagram friend!
Another massively popular series I want to start!
I know this series gets a lot of flak for being cheesy but I LOVE this series. I actually love cheesy. It’s such a fun series!
Brandon Sanderson will always be on my TBR because I want to read aaaalll of his books. It will take me forever! I’ve started with Mistborn and it is one of my favorite books now!
The three other women in my book club have all read and LOVED this series. So I need to read this ASAP!
I am hoping to buddy read this one too! Brent Weeks is highly under talked about! I love his Lightbringer series!
I usually read 3-4 books a month, so I’m hoping to get through more than these 10 this Spring, but we shall see! What books are on your TBR? Do we share any of the same books?