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review 2018-11-19 00:42
John Wesley - May McNeer and Lynd Ward

I never knew a whole lot about John Wesley, other than he was a preacher and the Weslyan denomination is named for him. The book was good, and I came to be fascinated with the trials he went through in his devotion to the Gospel. He was one of 19 surviving children (yes by the same 2 parents, and most lived past childhood) and the son of a pastor as well. His brother Charles Wesley was quite famous as well for writing church hymns, his singing voice, and traveling with John in preaching. John was known for his compassion for the poor, and wanting to change the plight of the needy, not only physically, but also to give them access to education. He was responsible for starting the first Sunday School in England, not only to teach the Gospel, but feeding the poor, teaching them math, and to read and write. He also opened Orphan House-- at the time poor parents "would sell their boys for 5 pounds apiece, and girls for 4, to be trained as chimney sweeps. At five years old, children were often put to work down in the mines." He also established Kingswood School for boys which differed from the typical boarding school of the time in that "there was no punishment by flogging, and no cruel treatment of the younger boys. Always there was kindness and justice." The choir at Orphan House became one of the best in the country. 
But all was not easy-- mobs would gather to do him bodily harm, spurred on by politicians and nobles that did not want the poor educated, and said he was a heretic by not doing things in the prescribed way of the Church of England. During his lifetime, he had published more than 400 books, editing a magazine, and all sales went to aid in his church work. He kept nothing for himself-- he said that the "whole world was his parish"-- this statement is on his grave. He continued to preach and travel nearly to his death, almost always on horseback. His last sermon was when he was 88, a week before his death. Throughout his life, he also fought to end slavery and the slave trade, the last letter he wrote the week of his death was again urging this fight. He had traveled to every corner of England, Scotland, and Ireland and America as well in his career mostly on the back of a horse in an effort to preach and help the poor. I was glad to have read this book about such and admirable person.

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text 2018-11-05 15:09
The Prequels only
Consumed - J.R. Ward

Taking a quick break from my long walk through The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, I downloaded the 2 prequel novellas entitled The Wedding From Hell parts 1 and 2,

 

Despite the fact that I am a lover of epic fantasy and nothing makes me as excited as starting a new series, I needed a break from my current read and decided to take a few hours and read something a little easy and fun.I have read books by J. R. Ward before and I was expecting something a little dark and a little raunchy. However, this wasn't the case. Despite the characters heading right toward a relationship with each other, Ward made a point of letting you know that they had known each other for more than two years. We may not be along for that "get  to know you" ride, but i have always found it easier to believe that people grow to love each other instead of meeting one night and ...

 

Usually stand alone novels are something I want to skip over. I like what comes next and eagerly await the next chapter for beloved protagonists, however I may just give Consumed a try because I liked these two characters. I found myself hoping it would work out for them in true romantic fashion. Danny is the reformed womanizer and Anne is the cautious professional.

 

I give them 3 stars for two reasons. 1 - I can't ever rate a novella a perfect score because they are so quick we have to be rushed through the story.

 

2 -  I wanted a bit of humor and there wasn't any. Serious is all well and good. I enjoy the tension and the romance,but life needs a smile once in a while. 

 

Overall... I liked the story and I think I will be buying Consumed just as soon as I finish my current series.

 

Happy Reading!

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text 2018-10-30 15:05
October 2018 Round-Up with Giveaway

 

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate it :) Hope you have a fun but safe Halloween ! October has been crazy, and busy so crazy busy but I still got a lot of books in. I just need to find the time and motivation to get the reviews up in time, most the time anyway. 

One exciting thing happened, I was offered the ARC for Summoned to Thirteenth Grave the last book in the Charley Davidson Series for a book tour. It was soo, sooo good and I can't wait to share my thoughts with all of you soon ;) 

Other than that I got my ARCs done for the month and now just have two left that are not due until next year,so I got time :D  The Halloween Giveaway is still open until Oct 31 at midnight, so make sure to enter it for a chance to win some money and or some awesome book prizes and or swag.  I will add the copter down below again for you. 

November Goals? None really, just finish Kingdom of Ash and just knock some books of my never ending TBR. I think I will do that for the rest of the year, you know all two months that are left 

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/10/30/october-2018-round-up-with-giveaway
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review 2018-10-15 02:47
Review: Consumed by J.R. Ward
Consumed - J.R. Ward

Reviewed for Wit and Sin

 

I’ve always found J.R. Ward’s books to be compulsively readable, so it’s no surprise that I was eager to dive into her new Firefighters series. Consumed sets the stage for what looks to be an interesting series of flawed heroes and heroines on the front lines of danger. It’s also a story I have a difficult time putting a rating on.

Let’s start with Anne Ashburn and Danny McGuire, our main couple. They’re smart but reckless, brave but deeply flawed. Danny is spiraling throughout most of this book (until he’s not) and I did like the level of realism Ms. Ward shows regarding the toll being a firefighter takes on a person. Anne isn’t exactly a likeable heroine, but – though it may sound strange – that’s one of the things I liked best about this book. Heroines like Anne are few and far between compared to their male counterparts and it was actually refreshing to see a heroine who is wounded, angry, and sometimes scared. Anne came into her own over the course of Consumed in an organic way and it was easy to become invested in her story. As for the romance, I highly recommend reading the two “Wedding from Hell” prequel novellas (“The Rehearsal Dinner” and “The Reception”) before starting this book. It’s no spoiler to say that Anne and Danny start out the book in love, but obstacles (some realistic, others that felt manufactured) keep the romance spinning its wheels for a lot of the story until the adrenaline rush of the finish.

Danny and Anne’s aren’t the only points of view in Consumed. There’s also that of Tom, the New Brunswick fire chief and Anne’s brother, and Vic Rizzo, a fellow firefighter from a different station. It’s not uncommon for Ms. Ward to have multiple points of view in her books and Tom’s scenes had the benefit of fleshing out the world and the Ashburn family, adding interest to the story, and generally making sure that I will stay on the edge of my seat, waiting for his book. As for Vic, he is probably the most likeable character in this book (aside from Anne’s awesome boss and Soot the dog), but his scenes don’t add much and I’m assuming they were included because he’ll be central to future books.

After an explosive beginning, Consumed slows down a bit, hitting its stride about three-quarters of the way through. A mystery stemming from Anne’s first case as an arson investigator builds over the course of the story. I enjoyed the danger and suspense and by the end I couldn’t put the book down, only to feel a bit disappointed that things were left hanging. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in future books, but the way things ended made this book feel a bit unfinished. Because this is the first book in the series, there’s a lot of world building and introductions. I was intrigued by the messy, hanging-by-a-thread firefighters even though they definitely aren’t your typical swoon-worthy protagonists. Most of them are presented as damaged with unhealthy coping mechanisms and a bizarre disdain for anyone even slightly younger than them (the last of which I only included because it felt shoehorned in repeatedly). They also tend to all talk alike, which makes sense on the one hand but on the other I feel like something is missing without defined voices. And it’d be remiss of me not to mention the scenes with the firefighters in action. It is clear Ms. Ward did her research and it shows really well, adding realism to the story.

Consumed is intriguing and flawed, just like its hero and heroine. On its own, I had some issues with the book but I think as the series goes on I will like it better as part of the whole. As it stands, Ms. Ward’s singular writing style pulled me in and I will definitely be back for more.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-consumed-by-jr-ward.html
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review 2018-10-14 23:19
Consumed, J R Ward
Consumed - J.R. Ward

I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. I've mixed feelings on this. A fire station filled with broken warriors. one whom is a woman who chose to lose part of a limb instead of dieing in a fire. She turns her talents toward fire investigations. Read this to find out the outcome.

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