Running from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus – review by Maura Harper

Running from DemonsRunning from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that as I was reading, I kept comparing to today’s socio-economic-political situations.

RUNNING FROM DEMONS is the first book I’ve read by this author and while it is the second book in a series, I did not realize it until I read the comments at the end of the book.

This book was a tale that involves lots of characters, some well developed and important – others are background players to move the story forward. It is well plotted and has a very clear beginning, middle and end. The world building was fantastic and yet it seemed so familiar. Although this book is set in a “made up” land and time, there are familiar themes to the story. For example:

“Time to go to the restrooms before the bus takes off.” … “I don’t have to go.” … “Well, squeeze your drips. I’ll smack you up the head if you start whining on the bus.”

This book almost reads like an RPG story. It is written with such detail that I felt and the MC’s were able to make decisions based on limited facts.

I am going to be adding this to my TBRA (to be read again) pile because I will revisit it when the next installment comes out.

I would recommend this to readers from YA to my mom’s book club.

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Unbreak This Heart by Betty Shreffler – Review by Maura Harper

Unbreak This HeartUnbreak This Heart by Betty Shreffler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read other books by this author and have always enjoyed the tales that are weaved.

I was half way through “UNBREAK THIS HEART” before I realized what the title was about. (I also sing a song every time I say the title). It’s about retaking your power and moving forward. This book is certainly about healing.

There were times during this story that I laughed and cringed and cried and sighed. There is a particular character who I wanted to throat punch. There is ugliness and beauty in this story.

It was a bit of a longer book than I remember the author writing in other books – but that could just be my impression.

I recommend this book.

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Wish I Had A Nickel (The Sand Dollar Series Book 2) by J D Boudreaux – Review by Maura Harper

Wish I Had a Nickel (The Sand Dollar Series Book 2)Wish I Had a Nickel by J.D. Boudreaux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me start this review by saying that I JUST found out it is book 2 in The Sand Dollar Series. Book 3 doesn’t come out until 2019 and it’s the first that has been added to my “next year release TBR”. I honestly did not know this story started somewhere else. It actually changes my perspective on a few things.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and WISH I HAD A NICKEL is extremely detailed. At times it felt a bit like a tour of the town, other times a recap of recent weather disasters and still other times like a vacation diary from someone’s road trip. I was able to visually 97% of the descriptions in my mind’s eye.

The characters are interesting. There are layers to them and it’s not always obvious what they are thinking. This is an interesting story because it’s told from the male’s point of view. This is a story about first love and best friends and oh so much more. I was surprised by the end. I thought a book of this length would stand on it’s own. I didn’t realize (as I mentioned before) that this is actually part of a series. I read it “blind” so wasn’t sure what to expect.

I think this could be classified as a “Christian Contemporary Fiction” and I appreciated that tone in which the story is told. It’s not too heavy handed, but you know where the characters lean. It’s never judgmental of the reader and their knowledge of religion. It’s also a romance with no bedroom scenes which is a pleasant break from what I’ve recently been reading.

This is a book I would recommend to my elderly mother’s book club and my neighborhood book club alike.

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Unintentional (Intentional Series Book 2) by M.K. Harkins – Review by Maura Harper

Unintentional (Intentional #2)Unintentional by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is Book 2 of the “Intentional Series” and I highly recommend reading book 1 first.

I enjoyed UNINTENTIONAL better than the 1st book. I am so glad that this book was written. I had expectations of how it was all going to play out and because this is a spoiler free review I will not go any further with that thought.

I enjoy the way this author writes. The story flows well and takes its twists and turns smoothly and purposefully. Characters were well developed and all of my questions are satisfied.

I recommend this series.

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