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review 2018-01-06 00:08
Isaiah's Daughter
Isaiah's Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings - Mesu Andrews

Title: Isaiah's Daughter
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Series: Prophets and Kings # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"Isaiah's Daughter"(Prophets and Kings #1) by Mesu Andrews

My Thoughts....

What a read that was of a young woman who had been the prophet of Isaiah's home and captures the heart of the future King Hezekiah. Even though this was a fictional read in part this author did a wonderful job through Ishma's eyes one is made to see and understand the experience of life that happened in 732 BC Judah.

I enjoyed how well this author was able to give the reader quite a research on biblical and historical facts for this read. The reader will definite get a well written overall story that will keep you turning the pages to see what's coming next. I loved the characters from Isaiah, Aya, Hezekiah, Ishma and her friend Yaira.

This story will definitely be one of many emotions that will keep you turning the pages to see what you will find such as many scriptural quotes, a marriage [between Zibah & Hezi] that wasn't easy all the time, and with many Biblical characters that made this read seem to come alive. Indeed this was a good story of Hephzibah and Hezekiah when 'their faith failed them but then rejoiced with them when God rewarded them for their faithfulness.'

This author really brings to life this beautiful enjoyable read that give the readers a good tale of life in the Biblical times.

Thank you to Blogging for Books who provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-02-20 00:00
First Love
First Love - Ivan Turgenev,Isaiah Berlin,V.S. Pritchett Introduction
Further Reading
Translator's Note

--First Love
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text 2013-12-26 17:03
Top 10 of 2013: Book Boyfriends
Ladies and gentleman after much consideration and google image searching of hot guys. I present to you, the much anticipated, Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2013!
You said it, Abby Lee Miller, but these guys made the cut!
1. River West- Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
Oh River! I never trusted you but you were still oh so swoony! He has that rich, east coast prepster thing going for him. I just can't resist that as evidenced by Gansey on last years list. At least I know my type rich, dark, and slightly crazy.
Death- Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
I love me a doomed ship and this looks like one of those. Death and Evie have this epic shared history, and he is so lonely. I just want it to work out for him. For my fancast I picked Freddie Stroma best know ,probably, for playing McClaggen in Harry Potter. "I wouldn't mind getting on a first name basis with him, if you know what I mean". 10 Points for Gryffindor if you recognized that quote.
 3 Ink - Indelible by Dawn Metcalf
Despite a borderline cliche entrance I knew I was going to love Ink! He has that distant, not quite brooding, air about him and I just couldn't get enough of it! I need the sequel now.
4 Adrian Ivashkov - The Indigo Spell & The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
I hadn't seen Douglas Booth fan cast as Adrian Ivashkov before, but I can totally see it! He's got that effortless hot thing going on. Also I'm digging the 5 'o clock shadow *swoons*
I also wanted to congratulate Adrian on being the only book boyfriend to make it on the list 2 years in a row! Lets take a moment to celebrate that.
5 Warner - Unravel Me by Tahreh Mafi
All of the Chapter 62 hype was accurate and the man that made it all possible was Warner! There was no way we wouldn't be on this years list!
6 Jackson Tate - Rush by Eve Silver
I was hesitant about reading Rush because it had aliens. I should not have been concerned! It was an all round awesome read. And Jackson Tate made it all the better. He was secretive, a bad boy, brooding... meaning he was exactly my type!
7 Isaiah - Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
I think the guy on the book cover is perfect for Isaiah; but whoever that CW hottie on the right is...yum! He is also a great cast! He's pulling off the shaved head and tattoo's without coming off as scary.
8 Ethan Landry- The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
Ethan is a Louisiana farm boy. I have learned living in SD that farm boys never look like this guy! But a girl can dream! Out of everyone on my list Ethan was genuinely the best boyfriend out of the lot! Supportive, kind, and willing to do anything to help Meg.
9 Naji - The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke 
Naji is an assassin so the entire time I was reading I pictured him like this. lol. Not exactly swoony but I love the way he treats Ananna! And his character development made him a great male lead.
10 Chris Henderson - That One Summer by CJ Duggan
 I just love the Onslow boys I wish I could scoop them up and put them all on the list. After That One Summer though, Chris is my favorite! As CJ put it male model Adam Cowie is wickedly handsome and beautifully broody. The perfect Chris Henderson!
Honorable Mention
The Darkling - Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Okay, I know I said Adrian was the only book boyfriend to make it on the list two years in a row; but I would be remiss if The Darkling wasn't on here somewhere! Afterall, I did represent him in the Summer Crush Tournament! After Siege and Storm my feels are all muddled but he is still definitely one of my favorites and after the spoiler Leigh gave us (look below) I have high hopes he will make a comeback in Ruin and Rising! Plus, I do love a doomed ship!

A Darkling/Alina snippet from Ruin and Rising courtesy of Leigh for the holidays!
“Why waste my anger on you when the fault is mine? I should have anticipated another betrayal from you, one more mad grasp at some kind of childish ideal. But I seem to be a victim of my own wishes where you are concerned.” His expression hardened. “What have you come here for, Alina?”
I answered him honestly. “I wanted to see you.”
I caught the briefest glimpse of surprise before his face shuttered again. “There are two thrones on that dais. You could see me any time you liked.”
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review 2013-11-27 11:34
Book Review: Crash Into You
Crash into You - Katie McGarry

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars


Since this is an ARC, Luxa and I decided to get away from the lengthy interview review approach. Thus, consider yourself lucky for being spared of Luxa’s err~ cheesy jokes. Right. So if someone asked me right now to describe Crash Into You in one sentence, then it would be this: Crash Into You’s the bookish and more dramatic version of The Fast and The Furious. Oh how I love the said movie series and Crash Into You really had me swooning. The best part is that it is Isaiah’s love story. Cool eh?


Even from the start (Pushing the Limits), I had my eyes on Isaiah. For some reason, he really jumped out on me. Even with his tattoos, he was Noah and Beth’s guide and pillar in times of need. He’s the type who does not judge immediately and would see the two sides of the coin first. So you can say that I was hyping and jumping after I finished Dare You To (TBH, I finished the Pushing the Limits Trilogy in 2 successive days). I was excited to dive into this immediately. I mean, Isaiah + fast cars= WIN!


As what the summary said, Crash Into You is Isaiah’s story. In this sequel, he’s already living with Noah, a struggling college student now. While Isaiah is still mending his broken heart, a new set of problems has come his way which involved going back to his foster parent’s house, reuniting with his dark past and a new girl.


Just like the previous two books (Pushing the Limits and Dare You To), one of the greatest strengths of Crash Into You is its characters and their relationships. As I’ve mentioned, Isaiah’s my favourite among the f**ked up three. Beneath the tattoos and the earrings is a gentle and broken soul. And his loyalty and protectiveness to the people he loves had me crushing all over him. I mean, he really makes an amazing boyfriend because despite his flaws, he always managed to come through for the people depending on him. For some reason, I despise Rachel because of this. I have a love and hate relationship with her. At some point, I admired her boldness, her unconditional love for Isaiah and her family (even if it means getting really sick). BUT her insecurities and her sometimes lack of self-preservation makes me want to cringe. There was this scene in the book where she accused Isaiah of being a control freak and undermining her capability when in fact the latter is just desperate to protect her. That scene got me so worked up that I have to knock off a 0.5 star from this review. I understand her need to prove but it doesn’t mean that she has to be brainless about it. To make the story short, I prefer to see the bold Rachel, the one who doesn’t hesitate to tell Isaiah that she wanted to kiss him back.


Even the antagonist, Eric, has made an impression on me. He is subtle and cunning. I love how his mind worked and how he greatly reminded me of a snake ready to strike out any given moment.


Moving on, Crash Into You’s complex familial relationships felt real that I can already taste them. It reeked of rawness and all the painful stuff in the world. There’s the Young family which gave me a happy and scary feeling. Rachel’s relationship with her dad and mom seriously freaked me out but her relationship with Ethan and West was one of the best. And then, there’s also Isaiah’s issue with his long lost mother. I adored and loathed the woman at the same time. But I wouldn’t tell what happened to her for fear of spoiling you.


Plot-wise, Crash Into You is clearly driven by its romance, the cast and their complicated relationships, and drag racing. Kudos to Katie for adding the latter as a twist to the whole story. It’s definitely conceivable and made me love fast cars more.

And that ending, so neatly wrapped and a perfect happy ever after. I mean not the fairy tale kind but you know, very realistic. My only regret is that Eric didn’t get his comeuppance. Le sigh.


To sum it up, Crash Into You packed a lot of punch despite its predictability. It thoroughly maintained the gritty tone of Pushing The Limits series whilst adding its own flourish. This is another book that deserves a permanent home in my All-Time-Favorites bookshelf.


Note: This review first appeared on http://thoughtsandpens.com. A free ARC was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Source: thoughtsandpens.com/2013/11/27/book-review-crash-into-you
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review 2013-10-29 04:59
A dull and dry exposition of the Book of Isaiah
Unity of Isaiah - Oswald T. Allis

The first thing that put me off of this book was the foreword where the writer made the statement that Allis should be listened to because of all of the qualifications that he had, and then went on to list those qualifications. Personally, that goes without saying however just because you have a bunch of qualifications and have held a bunch of chairs at various universities does not necessarily mean that you have to listen to what they are saying. Using the writer's logic, we should also listen to [author:Richard Dawkins] and accept what Richard Dawkins say as fact, something that I am sure would send the writer of the foreword into an absolute tailspin, but in writing the foreword that he did, that is effectively what he is saying.

Anyhow, I may listen to these people but I may not necessarily accept what these people are saying as fact, or even talk up their particular writings. I am sure that Dawkins says some things that I would agree with, but he probably also says a lot of things that I don't agree with. I have never read any of Dawkins' works, and really have no intention of reading any of is works, not because I am simply writing them off as rubbish, but because I have no interest in what he is saying. Anyway, I have a lot of other books that I would prefer to read and, to be honest, the Harry Potter series actually sits above (albeit slightly) Richard Dawkins in the list of books that I want to read (which puts them pretty low down the list).

As for this book, well it is a long dry exposition as to why Isaiah was written by one person and not a book that was redacted and edited at a later date. When I first saw it sitting on the shelf at Church I decided to grab it (they were giving away all of the books in the library) because I thought it might be interesting, but now that I have read it all I can say that it hasn't actually said anything that I didn't know (or believe) anyway, and even if the book's job is to argue that a proper Christian has to believe that Isaiah was written by a single person, then I personally believe that it is one of those books that should go back on the shelf and stay on the shelf because I think that there are much better, and more useful, Christian books that people should read.

As I said, I believe that Isaiah was written by one person because, well, I think it is pretty cool that some guy named Cyrus as being the king of Persia two hundred years before he was born, and that Cyrus was to set in motion the process of the Israelites' return to the Promise Land. However for those people who hold to the belief that half of Isaiah was written at a later date, my response is that that is their belief and they are entitled to it. As for me, I like all of the funky things in the Bible, such as the pillar of flames, the world wide flood, and the unicorns. It adds to the wonder and the magic of the world that I live in. If somebody would prefer to live in a dull, dry, world were everything operates on the laws of logic, and that there is no magic beyond what can be measured by science then so be it – my response is have fun in your world, because I'm having fun in mine.

Okay, I can understand the concern that these people have with these beliefs because they see that if we start hacking Isaiah apart we also start to explain away the other miracles of the Bible and then end up explaining away the divinity of Jesus and the resurrection, and thus Jesus just ends up as little more than a reactionary. Further, they end up explaining away sin, judgement, and begin to create a shadow of what Christianity is supposed to be. However, the pendulum can actually swing in the opposite direction as well, because when we begin to insist upon one interpretation of Isaiah, we then begin to insist on one interpretation of the rest of the Bible, and we end up chaining the Bible to our own specific interpretations and thus end up with a pale shadow of what Christianity really is. Personally, I believe in the unity of Isaiah, but if you don't, well, more power to you. I don't believe in a literal interpretation of the first chapter of Genesis, I believe in a poetic interpretation. Further I don't believe in a literal interpretation of the end time prophecies, I believe in a poetic interpretation, however I suspect that there are other books that are on my reading list in relation to the interpretation of the end time prophecies, so I will leave it at that.

Anyway, it is 11:30 at night and I have work in the morning.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/750718487
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