How exciting that the 2017 INSPY’s shortlist has been announced!!
Since I have read a few of the books, I have decided to choose one from each category to comment upon 🙂
Can’t Help Falling, by Kara Isaac: from the adorable cover to the brilliant Narnian twist, this book is one to keep an eye on. Emelia has been broken inside for a long time and after a big mistake she decides to rebuild her life and go after what she holds dear – Narnian wardrobes -, hoping she can find redemption in a new setting. She sets off to England to work in a decaying business. There she meats Peter. He was a great character,very honorable and trying to protect everyone, risking his own reputation to do so.
Counted with the Stars, by Connilyn Cossette: this book took my breath away! Seriously! I’m devouring the second book and the third one just came out!! If you are a fan of Biblical fiction than this is a MUST read!! I loved how the author chose to tell the story from the point of view of a non-Hebrew girl. To be able to see how profoundly Kiya’s character changed made this story all the richer. The author knew exactly how to decipher the conflicts going through this character’s heart and the changes she was experiencing weren’t taken lightly. As you can see I can only gush about this book…
A Portrait of Emily Price, by Katherine Reay: if you enjoy a sweet romance, a story that brings up some thoughtful moments, and a handsome Italian cook that can sweep you off your feet, this book is for you. I truly believe Reay has a gift to write provocative stories dealing with human beings feelings and struggles. Her books are very insightful and encouraging. In “A Portrait of Emily Price” we follow the story of a young adult who thinks she can “fix it all”. Unexpectedly, Emily falls in love with Italian chef Ben and within days after meeting they get married and move to Italy. That’s where Emily’s life turns upside down as she finds out maybe she can’t fix everything. But how to deal with this new reality? While her actions might bring a little bit of chaos, they also help herself and the people around her to find healing, connection and love.
The Lady and the Lionheart, by Joanne Bischof: I have never read anuthing like this book and if you are a fan of Chritian fiction (I would dare say even non-fiction), independently of the genre, this is a must read! In this book we follow the story of Ella and an intriguing lion tamer named Charlie Lionheart. Ella is captivating by the world Charlie shows her, but he turns out to be the most interest piece of all. Who is this man that loves other so profoundly – be it a group of “impaired” people or a baby girl that has captured Ella’s heart as well? But what Ella soon discovers is the true meaning of love and how it involves sacrifice.
Cold Shot, by Dani Pettrey: this is a very engaging suspense book. I adored the friendship described in the book and I also liked how the POV varied between some of the guys who weren’t the main character in this book. Griffin and Finley have been thrown together to solve a case related to skeletal remains that seem to be recent. But don’t think this is a straight forward and easy to guess mystery. There are many twists and turns as the main characters, alongside a fantastic set of secondary characters, have to run for their lives and against time to find the truth and bring justice. The growing relationship between Finley and Griffin is heartwarming and swoon-worthy. And the friendship between Griffin, Parker and Declan adds the perfect smile to this book. The second book of this series has been released and the next book will be released in October.
LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS
I’ll Be Yours, by Jenny B. Jones: if you enjoy funny, surprising and out-of-the-ordinary stories, then you definitely need to check out Jenny B. Jones’ books!! I really appreciate how she writes more than just entertaining stories for teenagers, but engaging stories woven with truth. This book is a heart-wrenching story about finding love and learning to receive it. It’s about asking forgiveness and opening up your heart to give it too. It’s about reaching out for those who need help, about not being afraid of being yourself, being brave enough to face what haunts you and ask for help.
⇒ Confession: I haven’t read any of the books in the Speculative Fiction category… guess I have some catching up to do 😉