My Review for The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton

The Silent Blade by Jesseca Wheaton is an excellent book and one I highly recommend! Great adventure in Ireland! The plot is so mysterious and exciting! I’m a picky reader and this kept my interest right from the start and carried all the way through the book. Difficult to put down when I had to do other things!

The cover is very cool – I like it a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

Synopsis from author ~

Eira O’Brien has no greater desire than to see her life returned to what it once wasโ€”before her older brother Kevin’s sudden disappearance four years earlier. But the simple life she hoped for seems unattainable; on the contrary, her life is about to get all the more complicated.

When she suddenly finds herself and Willem, her twin brother, taken captive by someone who claims to be Kevinโ€™s enemy, things go from bad to worse. It soon becomes clear that she and Willem are to become bait in a trap set for Kevin, and Eira knows she must try to warn him. But how, when she herself is a captive?

As mysteries of the past are unveiled, and loyalties are revealed, Eira realizes how precious her friends truly are. And when mortal danger threatens those nearest to her, will she be able to trust God with the lives of her friends and family?

I just love how beautiful the land, sky and sea were described in chapter one! It’s very important to me for an author to paint an accurate scene and make the reader feel as if you are there. For this book: mission accomplished. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eira is very likable and nice. A real person. Relatable. Curious like me. Love that she is skilled with a sword. Feisty. I can cook, though. Eira, by her own admission, can’t cook very well. It’s been said that what she cooks is not fit to eat (treif ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

Her brothers are also very cool and likable and so is Casimir!!!!!!!! โค Strong, good, kind and real. Loved that. โค

I appreciate the characters trusting and knowing the One in Control and praying to Him. Shows much intelligence. Each character is an individual.

Many great quotes in the book that are a real blessing. Here are two of them ~

“One person can do quite a lot.” ~ Kevin

“Win or lose the battle, you’re on the winning side because you know the Lord.” ~ Rowen

The mystery is exciting and intriguing. As I read, I searched for clues on whom to trust and not to trust. Also, to figure out what was going on – very mysterious and tantalizing and it’s easy to keep reading to find out.

I think that’s an excellent point in the notes following the story that everyone would be speaking in Gaelic (Gaeilge).

Some clever and beautiful twists in the book that I really liked. Plus, I like getting the answers to some of the other characters’ stories as well. Great message of forgiveness and not letting the wrong things define you and rule your actions.

I like that the characters’ faith is real and they live it and not just talk about it. Really cool.

It’s pretty obvious I really get into the books I read. I’m there with the characters and it’s important for the writer’s words to make them real and cause the reader to care about them. That was done very well in this book.

There is a scene where a bad guy slaps Eira and she wrongly said she guessed it was as much her fault as his (although I could tell she didn’t really believe that, she was trying to keep her brother and Casimir from being upset. They were right to be upset!) I would like to say to her, “Eira, you didn’t ask for that. It wasn’t your fault he chose to be a jerk.” It’s right to have a compassionate, caring, forgiving heart without disrespecting yourself. Yes, he had a rough life, but also she’s not doing him or herself any favors by also blaming herself and saying he didn’t strike her. He did strike/hit/slap her. Her brother and her potential boyfriend shouldn’t be lied to, but she did tell them when they correctly persisted in asking her.

There are so many cool things in this book and if you like historical adventure, you should love this like me. I’m so glad I saw a review for it on a friend of mine’s, Mikayla’s, blog The Bubblegum Ballerina. (Check it out!) ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s what a nice friend does, shares about good books. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two of my favorite names from the book: Aaron, which I’ve always liked, and Eira, which means snow. Also, Lydia is such a pretty name. Okay, and another favorite, Michel. ๐Ÿ™‚

The romance is beautiful. One of my favorite scenes is towards the end. I could read that over and over. One more quote! ~

“”Just follow me. I promise, I can. Trust me.” Casimir looked down at her with a smile, his eyes steady, never leaving her face.” Can you hear my dreamy sigh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚

The Silent Blade by Jesseca WheatonThis is a smart, well-written book. Love the family closeness and siblings. It doesn’t matter to me whether a book is published by a big publisher or independently. What does matter is quality and that’s what this book has. It has quality writing and integrity that too often is missing from big publishers’ books, and I’m referring to all including companies known as Christian. The Silent Blade is an inspiring read and one I will want to read again.

I now have another favorite book and author! ๐Ÿ™‚ Todah rabah (thank you very much!) for writing such a great story, Jesseca, and please write more! โค

Chaya ื—ื™ื”

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My Review for Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #2) by Dina L. Sleiman

The plot sounded very cool, so I was really excited about reading Dauntless. I like that the main character, Merry, is like Robin Hood and that the author didn’t just rewrite Robin Hood as a female. Cool cover.

Synopsis for Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman, Book #1 in the Valiant Heart series from Baker Publishing Group:

Where Legend and History Collide,
One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

Born a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father’s failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village–a group that becomes known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.” Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he’s forced to reexamine everything he’s known.

In the foreward of the book male readers were excluded. I didn’t understand that, because it shouldn’t be assumed there wouldn’t be any males reading it. I like for both male and female to be treated nicely.ย 

The novel itself had an intriguing premise. Very cool with the stealth, forests, archery, action, romance, family, and surviving against the odds. I like the “Ghosts” of Farthingale Forest, the group of characters named this due to their stealth and expert way of disappearing without a trace.

Dauntless by Dina L SleimanThis book ranged from no stars to 5 stars throughout. 5 Stars would be Allen, Robert, Red, Cedric, Sadie, Gilbert, Wren and other “Ghosts” of Farthingale Forest. I liked the way Merry was brave and fought hard for the rest of the “Ghosts”. Also, that she and Allen had memorized Scripture and shared the knowledge with the rest of the “Ghosts”. I like that the “Ghosts” were literate even though many “nobles” weren’t. That is definitely a historically believable aspect.

Merry had learned all about herbs so it was surprising, since she was already in the forest, why she didn’t get ones growing there or get seeds and grow them to cultivate and have on hand for Wren. Then she wouldn’t have needed the village to secure them.

I know Merry and Timothy had stuff to learn and while they were nice at times, it seemed like they never quite overcame the character flaw of being snobs.

I might have given up on the book if it hadn’t been for reading it with my sister, discussing it, and because we like Allen and the “Ghosts”. Allen is, in both of our opinions, nicer, more romantic, smarter, warmer, we enjoyed reading about him, and he’s better looking as well, than Timothy.

Sometimes the descriptions, aside from the characters’ thoughts, the words the author used to tell the reader about the characters, were mean and unkind. This is true particularly when the author described Cedric. Instead of just describing the nice guy, the words not only were unnecessary, but were insulting to him. Yes, we have tender-hearts, my sister and I, and didn’t like such a nice person being referred to as ugly. There’s no way around the fact that it was rude. Totally not necessary. That was a zero star – didn’t like it.

Some of the religious aspects definitely differed from our own. I believe in miracles and praying, so that’s in agreement, but the healing scenes in the Bible are vastly different than the one in the book. After reading the scene in Dauntless, I thought of a Little House on the Prairie episode that we have on DVD where fake healers and those “healed” made people erroneously believe in them and how that could have been tragic by believing in the hoax. True miracles do happen, but this didn’t seem like a real miracle.

It’s a shame whenever an author misuses a word to be creative, like when anyone uses the term “demon(s)” instead of troubles, problems, worries, issues, etc. I don’t know why a Christian author would do this. In my reading and reviews, whenever I come across this, the book will lose 1 star in the rating because I seriously don’t like seeing that word because there are books/shows I don’t read/watch that have the actual meaning of the word, represented in it. I know it’s not meaning actual ones, but it would have been more enjoyable without using that word.

I really loved the main plot in this book and hope to find similar ones. I’d like to read #2 because it’s Allen’s story, but not sure….UPDATE: Now that I’ve read some reviews at Goodreads, which included details about #2, Chivalrous, in the Valiant Heart series, I’m sure I don’t want to read the rest of the series. I don’t need or want to read about black magic being done, etc. No thank you. I also don’t like to read names of false gods. I don’t think Bethany House (the publishers) should have any of that in their books. That isn’t required and doesn’t add a thing to the books, it only detracts. And disappoints.

I respectfully thank the author for the parts of Dauntless that I enjoyed and felt good about.

Chaya ื—ื™ื”

My Review for The Graham Quartet and the Mysterious Strangers by Rebekah A. Morris

I got this book a couple of months ago and could hardly wait to read it after being intrigued by the mysterious synopsis. ๐Ÿ™‚ From the plot description ~

In the midst of the cold, snowy woods, the Graham Quartet stumble across a mystery. It could mean danger, but that doesnโ€™t stop Elsa, Matt, Tim and Selena as they try their best to help a stranger who needs them. But what can Siam, Hong Kong and Vanderbilt have to do with the local furniture factory? And why are so many strangers suddenly appearing and then disappearing in town? With the arrival of an elusive figure, things start moving, while a simple delivery trip may bring more than the Quartet bargained for. Will the four siblings be able to help their friend and their country?

The Graham Quartet and the Mysterious Strangers by Rebekah A. Morrisย ย ย  The mystery started right away and I immediately liked the Graham brothers and sisters. I really enjoyed the siblings working together. The danger is really good. The siblings, nicknamed the Graham Quartet, are smart and use their wits well. They know that prayer is powerful and don’t fail to keep praying no matter what. The clues were fun to discover while reading and figuring things out myself. Good teamwork.
My parents are a bit different than the Graham siblings’ parents because both my Mom and Dad would want to know what was going on. I’ve no doubt about that!
I’d definitely be interested in reading more Graham Quartet mysteries. I recommend it to anyone who likes siblings solving mysteries. It’s definitely a good, mysterious read. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Chaya ื—ื™ื”