deliver // a book review

(disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my review... bless you, Tricia!!!)

HELLO PEOPLES . . . So much has been happening these past few weeks, I apologize for not posting in what seems like FOREVER. But do not fret. I'll probably (maybe? hopefully?) have more time in the coming weeks to spend more time on the blog. I have SO much to write about, just not any time to actually write it. Y'know my struggles. 

So as you saw in the title, this post will be a Book Review/Launch for Tricia Mingerink's latest book from her series The Blades of Acktar. 


English fails me when I think about the book in all it's awesmazingness. #sorrynotsorry

Where to begin? I can't breath.


Can something broken ever heal? 

Martyn is broken. After torturing his best friend, he doesn’t belong anywhere in Acktar. No matter how far he runs, he can’t lose his guilt. 

Leith is broken. While healing from the torture he received at Nalgar Castle, he struggles to find his new role. But can a Blade ever run from his past? 

The country is broken. Bitterness divides town against town, neighbor against neighbor. 

What will it take to deliver Acktar from itself? 

They face their hardest battle yet. 

// the amazing author 

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. 
She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets.
 When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.
You can connect with her on 
// the somewhat mediocre review

CAN I JUST SAY WOAH. That's pretty much the only word that really explains the book in a nutshell. I cannot tell you how many times I squealed while reading this. It. Just. Ah. But I mustn't spoil it for you, and it's driving me INSANE because I want you to know how I feel so we can just squeal together. Bother!

Deliver is the fourth and final book in Tricia Mingerink's Blades of Acktar. *cries as realization sinks in that it's over* While the other three books were more focused on Renna, Brandi, and Leith, this book actually features Martyn Hamish, Leith's oldest friend, and we get to see the story from his POV starting from the end of book three... and that was aMazINg. Like seriously guys, Martyn is my precious nugget. 

Ever since they had joined the Blades, Martyn and Leith have always been friends that are more like brothers. But after all the events of the first three books, there is a barrier between them. Leith's faith is a bother to Martyn's carefree personality, so following impulse, Martyn runs the opposite direction searching for answers to questions that no one can answer. There was so much war going on inside him, so many insecurities that Tricia definitely described and portrayed impeccably. I loved getting to know Martyn better. His past crushes my heart *cries* and makes me want to just wrap him up in a snuggy and make him my burrito and protect from the rest of the world.

The plot was just as amazing as the rest of the books. Or course, I expected nothing less... but this was extraordinarily fantablous. I loved the message of God's forgiveness and His hope and redemption, and all the emotions are overcoming my brain. They were intertwined and portrayed so wonderfully, I definitely cried more than once while reading. My heart was a galloping horse one moment, then a shattered piece of glass the next. Aaaaaand I really can't say too much or I'll be giving everything away, which is SO HARD BECAUSE DUDE. Duuuuuuuuuuude. 

As for the characters, can I just say how much they have my heart? Seriously. How can a cast be SO FLIPPIN' PERFECT?!?! I love them and each one of them is my cinnamon roll and how they slay my life and slay in general and I love them all so much my heart hurts and aches and ASDJFKSLFJ. Yep (more on them in a follow-up post!).

I very seriously adore this book. Like, there are the books I love... and then there are the books like this one.; they haunt my heart for years and years and the pain of how much I love them never lessens. It's a wonderful feeling, it really is. One of my favorite things about this series is that it's not only a good story with heartwarming/breaking characters and events, but it is also spiritually sound with plenty of references to scripture. I love how each of the characters grow in the Lord, and it's not pictured as, "God's on my side now, buh-bye problems!" No, they still struggle. But it's different because in their weakness, they see God be strong for them. It. Is. Beautiful. I definitely experienced a growth in my relationship with Christ as I went through all of these books! Such an amazing series with amazing messages. 

My only cautions will be for the violence. I'm totally not sensitive when it comes to blood, war, etc. but there were a few parts that I wouldn't exactly let my 8 year-old brother read. Tricia is pretty detailed when it comes to wounds, and I know some people are particular when it comes to that kind of stuff. My other warning would be that YOU WILL DIE FROM AWESOMENESS (wow that was so cheesy). But that's it! Words really do no justice to how amazing and perfect and AMAZING this book really is... how amazing this entire series is!

In conclusion, just go read the book and become a blubbering blob of happiness and sorrow. It's life changing.

P.S. Tricia Mingerink is hosting a Facebook party, and YOU'RE invited!! Click the link to get all the info and attend and stuff. It'll be so much FUN!

deliver // why i love the #slay characters so much // book review

Hai guys:))

In today's post, I'll be fangirling. A lot. With the release of Tricia Mingerink's newest book in the Blades of Acktar series, I've decided that I wanted to take one post and just FANGIRL about my top favorite beautiful people in the series that have stolen my heart (I would do EVERYONE I loved, buuuut that would be as long as the Bible). So without further ado, prepare to be amazed... 

I will be really blunt. The characters literally hurt my heart. I mean, OBVIOUSLY from the previous books, I know this already. Just *blows out frustrated breath* they are so amazing, words fail to describe how I feel about them. They have so many imperfections and yet THEY'RE AMAZING? No, hunty-boo. They are slay #bless. I'm gonna talk about them separately, because they deserve such, but I have got to say that in general... this cast of friends and family and cinnamon rolls has captured my heart for eternity. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH, MAN. SO MUCH. It's hard to return to real life... with real people... *cries* I need my fictional fam NOW omyguac. 

Ohhhh my precious Renna/Lady Faythe/innocent tangerine. I *heart* her so much. She is an amazing female role, with the most amazing character, with the most amazing spirit, and the most amazing heart. And yet, at the same time... she's real. She's raw stuff. Her heart is sensitive, her spirit gentle, and she's always scared. But she pulls herself together for the others, because she is no longer young Renna, but Lady Faythe. Watching her grow was incredible, she got so strong... but not without getting a few scarring bruises on the journey. But seeing how the Lord just worked in her, using those wounds to strengthen her was just so breathtakingly awesome. Where she is weak, the Lord is strong. Oh yes, Renna is probably one of the most courageous female roles I've met.

And AHHH BRANDI MY BABY. You slay my heart, precious. Ever since the first book, she's been winning everyone over with her wit, her kindness, her love for God, and sass. In this book though, we see her after the heartbreak of book three, returned to her normal self but with just a little more strength behind her eyes and in her heart. Even after everything that had happened in the previous books, God gave her an extra dose of courage. She brings sunshine wherever she is, loving the unlovely. What she had went through brought her to the confident young woman she is in book four and she is a PRICELESS asset to the cast. No one can replace her special slot. And I ABSOLUTELY LOVE her friendships with the other characters. She is the most huggable beast I have ever found in a novel. Her friendship with Jamie especially soothes my soul... I secretly ship them *wink wink* #bramie

Moving on to *cough* my man *cough* Leith c'mon out here, boi! From the first book, he's had my entire heart (well that may have changed in this book BUT SHHH). His very soul is just fangirl-worthy. I can go on and on about him. He's KIND OF PERFECT to put it lightly. He's so incredibly strong for Renna and the others. But he's not all confidence like Shad. No no, he's a humble kind of strong. He's meek. But oh so protective and his heart is just *melts*. There are so many things that contributed to his character. Being an ex-blade, his conscience still isn't completely clear over what he's done, and you see the heartache he feels in the book. He has to do things and know things and say things that crush his very soul and IT CRUSHES MY SOUL FOR HIS SOUL TO BE CRUSHED. WHAT. But then, *happy sigh* the Lord is SO so so good, and He works in Leith so much. It is AMAZING and AMAZING and really AMAZING. So yea. And *another happy sigh* can we just take a moment to appreciate and adore his dimple? *takes a moment to flail* I CAN'T DEAL WITH YOUR PERFECTION LEITH my goodness.

So now we come to a new-ish characetr, she was actually in one of the other books and she is me. Literally. Except she's tall and her name is Kayleigh. But other than that, she might as well be me. SHE WAS SO BOSS. I loved her personality so much. . . because I could relate with her so much. Just her feisty spirit alone was enough to make her one of my favorites. When she first came into the picture, I was like "Uh huh.....", and let me tell you this: I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED with how things played out. She had a precious balance of loving and savage. And yes, those two can coincide in a human. Also, her faith was so cool because, like the rest, it wasn't perfect. She still wavered, she still faltered. But she always stood for what she believed, and it was absolutely adorable watching her and Martyn's friendship (if you can call it that). Just. GAH.

AND NOW PEOPLE. NOW. I MUST CALL IN *takes deep breath* I SUDDENLY CAN'T BREATH AGAIN, SORRY. MARTYN DOES THIS TO ME. And that's all I have to say about Mr. Hamish. 

KIDDING. HAHA. He and his curly hair have this strange affect on my sanity. 

So, Martyn Hamish, Leith's oldest friend. Let me just say, I cried for this cinnabon? He's... he's.... his... *flaps hands* I just. H'E'S TOO PRECIOUS FOR THIS WORLD OKAY?!?!? He's unbelievably precious. You think, "Martyn? The guy that almost killed his bestie because of bloody loyalty to a stupid king?" Yea. He's my precious little bird. Shhhh. Read the book and you will understand, smol one. But YES, his loyalty is astounding. It's beautiful, but where he places it and why causes my heart sadness. He's must be protected and loved and HEY I CAN DO BOTH C'M HERE M'DUDE. It was so intense in the beginning. He felt his loyalty to Leith falter from all the anger he built up inside, and I could just feel all of the emotions, however discombobulated they were. Leith was his brother/friend and it pained his very soul to know that their differences created a barrier between them that had never been there before. It's like The Fox and the Hound. I cry every time we watch that movie. But seriously, Martyn is like the ultimate burrito/cinnabon. No joke. Read the book and AGREE WITH ME NOW. 

Spoilr alert in white *wink wink*And then let's talk about he and Kayleigh. AHHH. They were the most hilarious duo to be known to man. Like dude. The soap scene?? And... and... the dress *melts* AH. You have careless, carefree, don't-care Martyn and his swearing... with feisty, opinionated, bossy Kayleigh. Yep. It was very good. Very, very good. End of spoiler haha.

IN CONCLUSION TO THIS HAPPY LOVELY BEAUTIFUL AMAZING FAMILY OF CINNAMON ROLLS, they just make my heart so unbelievably happy. It's just... they all have a part of my heart (the biggest portion is Martyn's but y'know, I harbor no favorites among my fam) and it's crazy awesome to have met them. THANK YOU SO MUCH TRICIA MINGERINK. YOU ARE MY HERO.

Aaaaand this is where I close. For now. I love y'all!

have you read the Blades of Acktar?
who's your favorite character?

P.S. Tricia Mingerink is hosting a Facebook party, and YOU'RE invited!! Click the link to get all the info and attend and stuff. It'll be so much FUN!