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review 2014-09-11 18:43
REVIEW - Queen of Someday, Stolen Empire #1
Queen of Someday - Sherry D. Ficklin

Ficklin did an amazing job weaving her story.  The characters have such a wide range of personalities, and she has a way of making you love a character and hate them at the same time.  She also toys with her readers emotions like an expert, forcing me to fall for a character and then twisting the plot to make me suddenly wish them dead.

 

The story starts out fantastically, going from a steamy prologue into a fight scene.  It should be noted that this story contains amazing descriptions, allowing the reader to visualize the story perfectly.

 

I immediately liked Sophie.  She's pretty darn amazing.  Kicking butt, taking names, and wearing a dress while doing it, what's not to love?  However, this is where we lost a star, and my only problem with the book, which has nothing to do with Ficklin's writing or the story at all, but rather myself and my own personal preference.  At times, mainly in the middle of the book, Sophie became very reliant on the males around her.  -yes there is a slight...(what would you even call it) love triangle?- I am not a fan of damsels in distress.  HOWEVER, this is my preference, and I understand that in the time frame of this book, that is how most girls were required to be.  I can appreciate this, and if I had half a star icon, it would be a 4.5 out of 5 star review.

 

The males we get introduced to you will either love or hate.  In my case, Peter should die.  I loathe him, and have since the beginning.  Sergei, well..he's too flipping amazing and I want a miniature of him to keep in my pocket at all times.  Then there is Alexander, who, lets be honest, could gift me dirt and I would probably swoon.  There are other males, but these are the three we get most interaction with.

 

The females, well, like the males, you will love or hate, and then Ficklin will wretch you in two and turn the emotions.  I hated the mother from beginning to end.  I understand that her view was the general view of that time, but I think my hate became locked in when she told Sophie to be quiet like a true German.  Rina...is a doll, that's all there is to it.  Her sister, who I cannot be bothered to look up, is...around the same level of loathing as Peter.  (I rarely admit to openly hating characters.  Usually they fit their role so well I still love them, but I just could not love these two.)  Finally...the empress.  All there is to say about her is WHY FICKLIN, WHY?!

 

Over all, the story is wonderful.  I loved it and am looking forward to the second book.  I loved the characters and actually want to see more of them all in the next book - please continue to torture me Ficklin, rip my heart out some more, because this book was amazing.

 

 

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review 2014-05-27 21:04
The Someday List
The Someday List - Stacy Hawkins Adams

 

                      Title:  The Someday List Author:  Stacy Hawkins Adams Publisher:  Fleming H. Revell Company Jubilant Soul Book 1 Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review:
"The Someday List" by Stacy Hawkins Adams...
"Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and prestigious husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But her life is not all it's cracked up to be. When her husband goes away on business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle takes up the challenge of a dying friend to start a list of things to do before she dies. She heads back to Jubilant, Texas, to reconnect with her past, her purpose, and herself. But when her ex shows up in town looking very fine and very single, Rachelle must confront feelings she thought she'd long buried. Will she give up everything to recover the past? Or will she find a reason to plan for the future? "The Someday List" is an honest look at what makes us who we are and what can throw us off track. Author Stacy Hawkins Adams writes with a voice that is fresh, sincere, and completely real. Her characters jump off the page and into her readers' hearts."
What I enjoyed from the read...
I found this novel one awesome  Christian Fiction read.  The characters...Rachelle, Gabe, Aunt Irene, Aunt Melba, Uncle Charles, Troy to name a few were all very interesting people...being well developed, defined, colorful and believable giving this story a worth while read. I found myself really being caught up in the read where I was able to laugh, tear up, liked some of the character, didn't care much of a few other characters but in the end coming to drip with it all...it was a good read. Now, I must say even though it was a good read it wasn't a 'easy read' for me due to the subject content...marriage issues.   
I loved how this author brought to the reader of a  'Someday List.'  It really made me stop and think about  my own life  long after this riveting read.  Be ready for a plot that will have many twist and turns of a read about 'life, faith, relationships, marriage and family.'  Would I recommend?  YES!
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review 2013-12-19 15:15
[BuchBlubb] ► Searching for Someday [EN] (Jennifer Probst)
Searching for Someday - Jennifer Probst
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review 2013-10-24 17:43
REVIEW: Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst
Searching for Someday - Jennifer Probst

In Searching for Someday (Love Spells #1) by Jennifer Probst, Kate Seymour spends her days finding true love for her clients at Kinnection, the matchmaking agency she runs with her two best friends. But she wonders when she will finally find her own match made in heaven. Kate has the ability to feel a connection between two people when she touches their skin, feeling an almost electric charge. That’s when she knows they are destined to be together. Women in her family have had this ability for generations and although Kate tried to fight against it growing up, it has made her matchmaking job much easier. Read More

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