Book Review: Ignite

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today we’re featuring a review of Ignite (Ignite Duology #1) by Jenna Terese. Be sure to check this one out!

About the Book

What if superhumans weren’t considered heroes?

When Scarlett Marley is attacked by an illegal super with fire powers, she doesn’t get burned, but now she has a fire-like glow flickering in her eyes.
With superpowers criminalized, she has no choice but to turn herself over to the Superhuman Containment Facility, or risk hurting everyone she loves.
Her normal life seems lost forever, until she is selected to be one of the first to receive the experimental cure to destroy her powers. In exchange, she must first complete one mission:
Infiltrate and capture one of the largest gangs of supers in the remains of once-great Rapid City.
With the cure and all her future at stake, Scarlett is prepared to do whatever it takes to bring these criminals to justice so she can return to her family. But this gang and their leader, Rez, aren’t what everyone says, and Scarlett begins to question everything she was ever told about the SCF and the fire flowing in her veins.

The cure is her only hope for returning her life to what it was before, but is that life worth returning to after all? 



Fans of superhero stories will rejoice at Jenna Terese’s debut novel! If you like outside the box, Christian YA novels that will keep you on your toes then Ignite is just the book for you! Scarlett is a smart, strong, and spunky heroine who you’ll love getting to know as she shares her story with you in first person point of view! This book has great world building, and top notch writing! Ignite is sure to leave you eagerly anticipating the second installment in this duology! Be sure to check out this great story.

I received an eARC of this book from the author. My review was not influenced in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own

About the Author

Jenna Terese believes stories are powerful. That’s why she’s dedicated to creating fiction that will impact the world. You can find this INFP dreaming about the future, fangirling over her favorite books, geeking out about Marvel, playing piano, or sipping a chai tea latte as she writes sci-fi novels. Visit her website:

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Book Review: A Shattered Life Restored

Happy Monday reader friends. I’m delighted that today’s book review is of A Shattered Life Restored by Marshalee Patterson, a new-to-me author. Have you read any of Marshalee Patterson’s books?


Sitting at the Saint-Roch Train Station with tears in her eyes, Meg contemplated where her life had gone wrong. She was at a point in her life where she felt abandoned by God after the last remaining person who truly loved her, died.

Now with a baby on the way, she had begun to lose hope that the future, she knew the Lord had promised her was never meant for her.

With a gentle tap on her shoulder, her gaze turned to meet that of Derek’s, the kind stranger whose smile brought warmness into her heart. “Was he sent to fulfil God’s promise in my life?” she thought.

With assured faith, she followed him as he led her away, trusting that God had not forsaken her. Now she felt content to allow God to have his way in her life and totally surrender all to him.



I couldn’t stop reading this once I started. Set in France, A Shattered Life Restored is of a young pregnant widow named Meg whose husband passed away and of Derek who lost his wife and daughter in a car accident. This is a story of mourning turning into joy and of turning ashes into beauty. Marshalee Patterson weaves spiritual warfare into the story and the importance of prayer regarding spiritual warfare.


Marshalee Patterson was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She has always had a love for reading. It was while attending the Merl Grove High School that she discovered that she loved writing stories. Some of her favourite novels were written by Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo, as she found she liked the true to life stories that we all can relate to.

She never saw herself as wanting to be a writer until she took vacation in Italy back in 2003 and came back with the idea of writing a love story from her trip but mid-way into the book, the Holy Spirit changed the direction of the story and turned it into one about faith. It was then she knew it was her calling.  She gives credit to being a Christian as it is the Holy Spirit that she says guides her in writing her books.

She writes Christian romance with spiritual warfare books, where most of her characters are created from her own experiences, with a few exceptions and this she said helps her to write with a lot of heart and love.

She hopes that through her novels, she can inspire people of all ages with the message of hope in Christ and showing them that through him comes deliverance.

Her goal is that through this medium, she can give readers a better knowledge of how to be victorious against Satan’s tactics and exposes some of the devices he uses by creating stories, where readers can better understand situations and root causes, of demonic doors opening in our lives. Through spiritual warfare prayers that she herself have been using and saw results, she hopes that they too can learn to stand strong against the devil themselves too.

She is a lover of nature and the tranquility of it. She finds nature refreshing and peaceful. She loves different cultures, especially the Spanish, which she feels makes us learn to appreciate ours a little more in areas where we have been ungrateful or unappreciative. She loves salsa music very much and dances it well too. She is a proud Jamaican.


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First Line Friday: Retying the Knot

Happy Friday, friends! It’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books. Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line! Today I’m sharing the first line of Retying the Knot, An Over-Forty Rom-Com (The Fab Forties #1) by Liwen Y. Ho. I love Liwen’s books and I’m super excited to read this romcom. Be sure to check it out!

And the first lines are…

“It’s not every day that you get to gush over a hot guy with a stranger. But then again, today’s not a typical day.”

About the Book

If your marriage didn’t work out once, marry the same person again … said no couple ever.


Here’s the scoop—I married my former study partner for money’s sake. I promise you it’s not as bad as it sounds. Peter needed a wife in order to receive his dad’s inheritance … so I did what any friend would do, I said yes. 


A marriage on paper—that’s all the guts I had to ask for. Of course, if Piper had wanted more, I would’ve gladly given her myself and all the puppies and chocolate in the world. Instead, I surprised her by paying off her med school bills, then took my broken heart and moved to another country.


So, here’s the part that does sound bad. I got pregnant (the details of our wedding night are a bit fuzzy). His mom hated me (still does). And we left our baby to be raised by her over-the-top grandmother when we parted ways. I told you it was bad. But now Peter’s reaching out to me and it’s making me wonder …


Do I have regrets? Absolutely! Turning forty made me realize I can’t waste a chance to make things right with the two most important women in my life. I’ve reunited with our daughter and now it’s time to win over Piper. If only she wasn’t already engaged to another man …


About the Author

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots).

In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary. She loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children (AKA munchkins).

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Book Review: Weddings and Wasabi

Happy Wednesday reader friends! Today’s book review is of Weddings and Wasabi by Camy Tang.


After finally graduating with a culinary degree, Jennifer Lim is pressured by her family to work at her control-freak aunty’s restaurant. But after a family dispute, Jenn is determined to no longer be a doormat and instead starts her own catering company. Her search for a wine merchant brings Edward Castillo into her life–a tall, dark, handsome biker in form-fitting black leather, who’s Hispanic to boot. It would be wonderfully wild to snag a man like that!

Shy engineer Edward tentatively tries out his birthday present from his winery-owner uncle–a Harley-Davidson complete with the trimmings. Jennifer seems attracted to the rough, aggressive image, but it isn’t his real self. Is she latching onto him just to spite her horrified family? And if this spark between them is real, will showing her the true guy underneath put it out?

And what’s with the goat in the backyard?



Camy drew me straight into the story as soon as I read the first line in Weddings and Wasabi. It is a fun read involving a goat, a crazy family, a water gun attack, romance, and more. Jenn has graduated with a culinary degree and decides to start her own catering company instead of working at her aunt’s restaurant. I enjoyed how Jenn decided she had enough of being a doormat and being bullied and how she started becoming independent and pursuing her dreams.  


Camy writes Christian romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and cozy mystery as Camy Tang and Regency romance under her pen name, Camille Elliot. She grew up in Hawaii but now lives in northern California with her engineer husband and rambunctious dog. She graduated from Stanford University in psychology with a focus on biology, but for nine years she worked as a biologist researcher. Then God guided her path in a completely different direction and now she’s writing full time, using her original psychology degree as she creates the characters in her novels. In her free time, she’s a staff worker for her church youth group and leads one of her church’s Sunday worship teams. She also loves to knit, spin wool into yarn, and is training to (very slowly) run a marathon. 


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Book Review: Short Sighted

Happy Monday, friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day weekend. Today I am thrilled to share my thoughts on Short Sighted, the fourth book in Rose Fresquez’s Buchanan series.

Have you read any books by Rose Fresquez yet?


She needs a job. Her enemy is hiring.

After losing her job as an elementary school gym teacher, Laura Buchanan is thrilled to find work at a nonprofit organization—until she realizes that her new boss is the smug boy who crushed her dreams in middle school. He’s more handsome than ever and loaded with an attitude that could extinguish her again if she’s not careful.

Growing up in a group home, Ray Mbolino needed to develop a tough, confident shell to survive. Winning on the basketball court was all he had. Now a pro basketball star, he’s trying to get his new children’s foundation off the ground. Nothing is going to drain his confidence, not even the opinionated brunette, who’s sort of gorgeous when not scowling.

Despite their constant bickering, the chemistry is undeniable, but love’s not a possibility. Can they set aside their friction-filled battles to achieve a common goal?

Short Sighted is the fourth book in the Buchanan Stand Alone series.

Read the other standalone books in the Series

1. First Site

2. Something Right

2.5. New Light

3. Bright Side

4. Short Sighted



With a sweet interracial romance, perfectly placed banter between the hero and heroine, and an engaging plot, author Rose Fresquez creates a wonderful novel that readers will not want to put down. Short Sighted, book four in the Buchanans series, can be easily read as a standalone and is one that readers won’t want to miss.

The hero’s previous experience in foster care plays an important role in shaping his current outlook in life and his desire to give back to others. The resolution of regrets and grudges from the past as well as the characters’ faith journey throughout the novel leave the readers with feelings of hope for the future.

Short Sighted is recommended for readers of inspirational contemporary romance.



Rose Fresquez is a stay-at-home mom, with a husband and four kids. In her free time, she likes to spend time outdoors with the family, sing gospel music and plotting her next writing project.

Rose’s writing projects include both Christian non-fiction and Christian fiction.