Review: In Perfect Time

When I first learned that the third book in the Wings of the Nightingale series was about Lt. Kay Jobson, I was a bit nervous. Kay has been the mean girl in the previous two books, so I was nervous that I wouldn’t like her or connect with her character.

But, I was so wrong! I should have known better, too. If you aren’t aware, Sarah Sundin is one of my favorite authors, and she consistently writes powerful stories. When I pick up one of her novels, I know I can expect a solid story that will both fascinate and entertain while always maintaining historical accuracy.

In Perfect Time is, in a word, perfect.

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin
Wings of the Nightingale, Book 3
Revell, 2014

My Thoughts:
Kay is an emotionally wounded woman, whose family left scars that are hard to cover. The image she has chosen to let people see is how she stays in control, and she dares to embrace the person her family has condemned her to be. But underneath, what hurt is Kay hiding?

Lt. Roger Cooper is the one man who is not blinded by Kay’s flirtatious behavior and coy smiles. Instead, God prompts him to be a friend to Kay, to be a guiding light and encourage her. His past gives him the ability to see her differently, understand her struggle, and see her as someone God loves and doesn’t condemn.

I absolutely love the spiritual thread and the theme of redemption as Sarah portrayed it in In Perfect Time. These characters struggle with not being good enough. Not being worthy of the blessings God has for them. But that is exactly the point. We aren’t good enough. We don’t deserve the gifts God blesses us with. But God blesses us because He loves us. Because He is good.

This novel is definitely worth reading. One of my favorites of the year!

Rating: 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Revell!*

Summary (from the publisher’s website):
Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love

Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

Review: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

I have to start by saying this book is way outside of my typical genre of choice, so I am stepping out of my comfort zone by reading and reviewing this book, a young adult fantasy novel. But after hearing all the buzz around this book, how could I possibly pass up the opportunity to review it? I want to remind readers that the lens through which I write this review is colored by my love of historical fiction.

Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Storm Siren, Book 1
Thomas Nelson, 2014

My Thoughts:
Can we take a moment to talk about how perfect this book cover is? Book covers should be a reader’s first glimpse into a story, and this cover does an outstanding job at communicating what to expect from the book. Just look at it.

Fascinating world building, interesting powers, and warring nations take center stage in this novel. Storm Siren follows Nym, the fierce heroine who struggles to control the power she wields. As an Elemental, she is able to manipulate the weather and elements around her, which has caused her to unintentionally hurt people.

Her determination to not let others use her is palpable, yet she must learn to be in command of her abilities. The powers that have filled her with fear and hesitation can be used in confidence if she can focus and learn.

She is strong yet broken. Stubborn yet insecure. Powerful yet vulnerable. The juxtaposition of these qualities in Nym complicates how she reconciles her power with who she is. Is she capable of good? Or is she doomed to use her powers for evil?

Is her power a curse or a gift?

As fantasy is a stretch for me, I did run into a couple problems. Some parts of the world building confused me. Between the different kings, kingdoms, and who’s at war with who, it’s a lot to process. I was a bit disoriented, so I don’t think I grasped everything.

I also don’t understand why Elemental females were thought to be impossible. Did I miss the explanation for that or is it yet to be revealed? I’m curious…

The ending. We can’t forget to talk about the ending. Talk about a roller coaster! What just happened??? What. Just. Happened.

Rating: 3 stars

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”*

Summary (from the publisher’s website):

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth—meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

To write is to be vulnerable.

Writing commands vulnerability. It is deeply personal.

It is scary. It is thrilling. It is uncomfortable yet freeing.

I choose to be vulnerable. To have courage in the midst of my fear.

And because of this, God can use me. For I am only a vessel.

God does the rest.

When we are vulnerable God uses us for great things. And not just in writing, but in life.

Monthly Recap: July 2014

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Books Read:
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund
The One by Kiera Cass
In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin

Books Reviewed:
Mark of Distinction by Jessica Dotta
Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

Author Spotlight-Kristy Cambron:
Review of The Butterfly and the Violin
Interview with Kristy Cambron
Kristy Cambron’s Guest Post: Her Ideal Bookshelf

Bookish Posts:
7 Signs you are a Book Pusher
A Simple Bookish Birthday Wish

I’ve been thinking about changing up the format of my monthly recaps, so this post might look a little different next month! It’s time to change things up, don’t you think?