The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One by Amanda Lovelace

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One by Amanda Lovelace. The final book of this series is healing and recovery. Even when you are stuck in a place where you can’t find able stop and enjoy the peace. The past is there and will always be but every day you wake up one day further away. Enjoy your present time. Find your voice. No one’s story or pain is like yours and your is like no one else’s be patient, be kind. Victim or Survivor? Some days they are both the same and that’s ok. This one was MER-MAZING! Ahhhhh!!!!! A princess, a witch, and now a mermaid πŸ‘‘πŸ”₯πŸŒŠβ˜„this poetry series was an amazing adventure for me. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Heart of a Champion: The Life and Legacy of Coach Bill Freeman by Jennifer Freeman and Tina Wendling

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Heart of A Champion: The Life and Legacy of Coach Bill Freeman by Jennifer Freeman with Tina Wendling, Foreword by Lynn Dickey. Bill Freeman was a man that coached High School Football and Track, he owned a bank and farmed 3000 acres in Leroy, Kansas, in his short 81 years. He fought for state championship titles, students to make higher grades and succeed in life, manage a successful bank, raising corn, hunting arrowheads, quadruple bypass surgery twice, prostate cancer, only to succumb to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. This devastating disease was something he fought as long as his strong body would allow. While looking back at his life his daughter Jennifer stands to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s as well as preserve his legacy. My favorite part of the entire book was the section in Chapter 2 called Other Freemanisms. I think that we can all relate to someone in our life that has his own way of saying things. Bill Freeman’s way of saying things stuck with so many people not just while he was their coach but later into their own lives. If you love football, know someone who coaches, or just curious to know more grab this book on Amazon today! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @popthebutterfly readalong. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. The beginning of this book I wasn’t intrigued I felt the world building shifted but once it took off it truly captivated my attention. On Fennbirn Island every generation a set of triplets is born. Three queens all equal to the heir of the crown, each with a gift of magic to be used to her advantage. However, to get to the crown one queen must kill the other two to gain her throne. Katherine is meek and mild struggles with her poison gift. Arsinoe struggles to find her naturalist gift at all or her companion that should stand by her side, her friend Jules has been helping her learn to develop it but soon gets stuck in her own love triangle with Joseph and as her emotions shift big mistakes may end up costing Arsinoe more than anyone thought. Arsinoe learns to use these slips in emotion to her advantage though. Mirabella and her elemental gift have run strong most of her life. Her storms, lightning, and fire may just be the perfect distraction to gain her advantage to the throne. But remember poisoners lurk and the damage from poison is permanent. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Amazon, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

12 Strong by Doug Stanton

I purchased this book from Amazon for my husband to read. (Which is a challenge in itself.) But after it was sitting on the shelf and I read the blurb I decided to read it. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 12 Strong by Doug Stanton (previously published as Horse Soldiers). I knew this was a true story going into it but I still could not believe 12 special forces military personnel rode into Afghanistan on horseback……yes! Horses in the desert in a military operation…..I had no idea THIS still happens in modern day war. 12 men, 12 horses, and all their gear made a difference in the world like no other. They were outnumbered 40 to 1 and pursued the enemy to capture the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. But during the surrender the Horse Soldiers were ambushed and every thing takes a very wrong turn. Being captured was not an option and many lives were at stake or lost in order to disband the Taliban. Whatever you think you know about the wars that followed 9/11 I promise you, you really have no clue unless you lived it. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter

I received this book in one of my #freshfictionbox. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter. Ellen Lambright helps run the local B & B cooking the meals, cleaning, etc.near her Amish home in Middlebury, Indiana, but when a friend of the family has a death in his family Ellen is forced to rethink life. After a series of events and a lot of thought Ellen decides to travel to Hawaii to help her friends Mandy and Ken after Ken has a terrible accident right after his father died. This is where Ellen meets Rob and is fighting her feelings for him until she finds out Rob has a secret, a huge secret. Now Ellen must return to her family in Middlebury and she is ready to put this man and his secret behind her, but her heart won’t have it. It isn’t until the prayers she asked for become answered and her mystery man fixes a huge mess he’s made. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Cystic Fibrosis is a very serious medical condition that has been romanticized in this book. The nursing staff in this book is too lax with rules etc. However that aside I found the book moving. Two teenagers that struggle to fight for air everyday, keeping up with medical treatments, and hide personal feelings from everyone begin to have feelings for one another. Will is fighting his mother who keeps looking for a treatment instead of spending her time looking at her son. Stella is fighting to hold together her family after her parents divorce. The two end up on the same floor of a hospital for different forms of treatment for the same disease. Cystic Fibrosis. Life is fragile and everyone’s outlook is different both Will and Stella begin to understand fighting can mean two very different things for them both. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

***please if you are going to use this book as reference for the disease Cystic Fibrosis do your research. Don’t just assume everything in here is fact or that this is how hospitals are run or nurses are “not following rules” every person, Every treatment, Every disease effects everyone differently. Do not just assume everything here is fact.***

The Dark Vault Book 2: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟The Dark Vault: Book 2 The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. When Mac finally settles into her two worlds colliding she begins to realize change is coming. The Nightmares are too real and her parents are smothering and her new friends at her new school are sarcastic and people around her keep disappearing and it’s all too much until an old familiar face appears. That’s when the world begins to unravel in a whole different direction. Will Mac be able to save Wes again? Will her memories and nightmare threaten her forever? Or will this be the biggest battle she’s ever fought to prove her loyalty and love? Romance is sprinkled in every page while Mac fights Histories and fights for her sense of normal. It’s not as action packed as the first book but it was still a page turner. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Dark Vault Book One: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I purchased this book from Amazon to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand and @popthebutterfly readalong. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟The Dark Vault: The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Mackenzie Bishop’s family is moving into an old hotel to open a new coffee shop but the secrets she keeps may be her undoing. New friends in a new place make for a busy transition and History should just be left alone. Once you unwrap one piece the rest comes unraveling quickly. This book in the beginning was confusing for me but after a few chapters once the world is buildt the book immediately sucks you in. It’s action packed, mystery unravels one piece at a time but so quickly, there is romance blossoming, and parents hovering, it’s the perfect book for any genre reader. Now onto Book 2: The Unbound. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Undead and The City by K. E. Radke

I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Undead and The City by K. E. Radke. With the undead on their heels Wyatt and Lincoln have to get the ham radio back up and operating. Not now but yesterday. With Phoebe on the verge of mental breakdown and a possible danger to herself and her family they begin a caravan to Dallas (the biggest city in the area) for parts for the radio and disaster strikes. Lincoln is lovely as always,😍 Noah is still on the short end of jokes and Wyatt is still the guy everyone in the neighbor wants for a friend. A few new characters will having you laughing so hard your ribs hurt. This action packed, bullet riddled book will keep you turning pages until the end. But watch out for the Undead, they lurk behind every page. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo

I purchased this book at the local library sale. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo. Have you ever heard the saying the book was better? It doesn’t apply here. Yes this book is great and gives some insight to this family but in this case, guys the movie was better. When the movie came out I was pulled in immediately. The book is great from that inspirational place of reading someone else’s experience but the movie was so much better. After a year old medical issues on top of medical issues Todd, a pastor and his wife Sonja are overwhelmed. On a business trip turned family vacation Todd and Sonja’s life comes to a complete stop as they almost lose their 3 year old son. Almost a year later on a different vacation Colton reveals he’s seen a glimpse of heaven and after more questions and months and years Todd and Sonja discover what it means to not only believe but to teach childlike faith.