Life and Death Battles from Two Acclaimed #Writers #BookReview @DWallacePeach @EmmaS_Writes


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Life and death conflicts are a part of nature. Some internal, some violent, all lifechanging.

The authors I’m reviewing today take us on a quest for peace that will squeeze your heart and make you count your blessings at the same time.

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If grimdark tales of spiraling destruction and redemption crowd your bookshelf, this fantasy adventure desires a place among them.

My Review

D. Wallace Peach has outdone herself with a harrowing tale of war in the most sacred of lands- Heaven itself.

Rimma and her sister, Angel, are members of the chosen, picked to live and prosper in Heaven’s sanctuary. But when the electrical field begins to crackle and fade, they are tumbled into a land of poverty and desperation. One where the strongest survive and the sisters’ beliefs are challenged in ways they could never have envisioned.

When Rimma witnesses the senseless murder of her father by people known as Biters, it sets in motion a rage that burns in her soul. Angel’s sweet nature is the only thing keeping her under control. They begin to train for the day the Bone Wall protecting their home falls and they are forced to fight or die by the sword. Rimma, worried about her sister’s innocence, draws an oath from Angel.

“You must swear to let me bear all the burdens of our life in the broken world. You must swear to let me endure every suffering and evil that befalls us, allow me to be as vile and vicious and heartless as I need to be to keep you safe.”

Peach, D. Wallace. The Bone Wall: A Post-Apocalyptic Search for Truth (p. 53). D. Wallace Peach. Kindle Edition.

As broken as Rimma is, I connected most with her. She sinks into a dark hole after being violently beaten and raped, yet even as retribution lights a fire in her soul, the killings are done with good intent- to protect those she cares for. And though she is banished for the crime, she can’t quite give up the internal hope for a better life for her sister.

The author raises moral questions of right and wrong in this heartbreaking novel I won’t soon forget. How can a society decide who shall prosper and who will flounder?

I’ll leave you with this:

“All our efforts to protect our future, to bear and raise children, to rebuild a broken world…only to witness thousands more die. Are we so damaged we’re irreparable?”

The Bone Wall: A Post-Apocalyptic Search for Truth (p. 274). D. Wallace Peach. Kindle Edition

Next is a story of courage and love and the unfairness of death.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.

My Review

This story gutted me. Life can be so incredibly unfair at times.

Kacey Dawson is on a self-destructive course of alcohol, sex, and fame. Her rock band is on the cusp of superstardom, but Kacey is floundering under the disdain of her father and a need to be loved for who she is.

Enter handsome Jonah Fletcher. After a night of excessive drinking, Kacey wakes on her limo driver’s couch and is drawn to the quiet sincerity in Jonah’s eyes and his laidback humor. Knowing she needs to detox and decide on the course of her future, Kacey deserts her band for a few days of Fletcher’s company- a few days that change her life forever.

Jonah has a plan. He needs to finish the glass installation that is to be his legacy, spend time with friends, and Sunday night dinners with his family- that’s it- because Jonah is dying. His body is rejecting the heart transplant he received, and his lifespan can now be measured in months, not years. He can’t afford to let anyone in. He doesn’t want to say goodbye to another person, and he really doesn’t want to hurt anyone else. But Kacey won’t take no for an answer. She sneaks under his armor and gives him the gift of precious moments, memories to take to the end of his days- however short they may be.

Dying, I learned, is a not a team sport. It’s a solitary endeavor. Everyone I loved was standing on dry land, while I was alone on a boat as it slowly pulled away from the shore, and there’s nothing anyone could do about it but watch it happen.

Scott, Emma. Full Tilt (Full Tilt Duet Book 1) (p. 76). Trillian. Kindle Edition.

Kacey is more frightened than she’s ever been in her life. With her background she doesn’t believe she’s strong enough to be the support Jonah needs, but she’s helpless to say goodbye. Her heart is his- forever.

We might not have months or years, but we have moments. Thousands upon thousands of them. Let’s take each moment, seize it and wring it dry.

Scott, Emma. Full Tilt (Full Tilt Duet Book 1) (p. 181). Trillian. Kindle Edition.

Have you ever read a book that leaves you drained yet fulfilled at the same time? This is that book.

64 thoughts on “Life and Death Battles from Two Acclaimed #Writers #BookReview @DWallacePeach @EmmaS_Writes

  1. Very interesting books, and so I think exactly in this order a reading pleasure. Thanks for the reminder, Jacquie! Diane never disappoints, and the second one you reviewed will become a great read, now after the solstice, with the longer daylight, and a less darker mood. Appreciate your recommendatioins very much. Have a nice week! xx Michael

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    1. It’s so nice to make it to dinner time before it gets dark, lol.
      Thanks for your kind comments, Michael, take care!

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      1. Yeah, Jacquie! Thanks as well, and also take care. xx Michael

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    2. Thank you for the kind comment, Michael, and for reblogging! Have a lovely weekend, my friend.

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  2. Terrific reviews, Jacquie. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for checking out Jacquie’s reviews, Jill. Have a wonderful Friday!

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  3. Although I am not a fantasy writer – and probably never could be…I have nothing but the highest admiration for Diana Peach’s beautiful artistry with words. She definitely has a gift Thank you for both reviews; the second sounds a real tear jerker too. Cheers. x..

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    1. Agreed, Joy. I’m awed by Diana’s talent. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    2. Thanks so much for checking out Jacquie’s review, Joy, and for the lovely comment. Hugs.

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  4. Congrats to Diana and Emma on these great reviews. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jacquie. These look like fun reads 💕🙂

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    1. Not fun so much as emotional. Well worth a try, Harmony.

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    2. Thanks, Harmony. Jacquie’s been doing some intense reading! I’m just delighted with her review. 🙂

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  5. Fabulous reviews, Jacquie! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on each of these books. I have not read either (yet) but I’m intrigued! Congrats to Diana and Emma!

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    1. Thanks, Jan. The Bone Wall is pretty intense, and Full Tilt sounds deeply emotional. I knew Jacquie was reading it and was on pins and needles. 🙂

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  6. These both sound incredibly powerful and moving. Thanks for sharing. All my best to both authorss.

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    1. They’re the type of books that stay with you long after you finish the last page- unforgettable.

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    2. Thanks for taking the time to read Jacquie’s reviews, Staci. She always does a wonderful job!

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  7. I’ve loved everything I’ve ever read by Diana. She is such a talented author! Emma’s book sounds especially strong as well. Congratulations to both authors!

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    1. I’m a super fan of Diana’s, she’s amazing at worldbuilding, and Emma is one of those writers who reach in and grab your heart and doesn’t let go- love them both ❤

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      1. You’re so sweet. Hugs.

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    2. Thanks so much for the kind comment, Mae. What a treat to find Jacquie’s review. Emma’s books sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Happy Reading.

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  8. Congratulations, Diana and Emma. And thank you, Jacquie, for sharing your amazing reviews. 😊

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    1. Stellar writers, Gwen. I admire both!

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    2. Thanks so much, Gwen. I was just thrilled to find Jacquie’s review this morning. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Wonderful reviews. Congrats to both authors.

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  10. Great reviews, Jacquie. Congratulations to Diana and Emma.

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    1. Thanks, John. Both are excellent choices!

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    2. Thanks so much for checking out Jacquie’s review, John. Happy Weekend!

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  11. Fabulous reviews Jacquie. Diana is undoubtably a powerful writer. Emma’s book sounds heart-wrenching. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. They’re both amazing authors, Balroop. I love lyrical writing ❤

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    2. Thank you for the kind comment, Balroop. I’m honored. And Jacquie’s review for this dark book made my day. And I agree, Emma’s book sounds intensely emotional. 🙂 Happy Weekend.

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  12. D.L. Finn, Author January 31, 2022 — 11:55 am

    Great reviews, Jacquie :)I found one to add to my TBR list!

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    1. Yay! Glad I could help your Kindle get filled, lol

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Denise, and Happy Reading!

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  13. This is one of Diana’s I haven’t read, but it sounds captivating. Sounds like Emma’s book is a difficult read that would also gut me, Jacquie. Great reviews!

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    1. I’ve wanted to read The Bone Wall for a while now, that cover is amazing, and the book definitely lived up to it!
      Emma is one of my very favorite authors. She knows how to write unforgettable characters. I even have a quote from one of her books in my Top Five Favorite Quotes along the side panel on my site 🙂

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    2. Thanks for checking out Jacquie’s reviews, Teri. The Bone Wall is my darkest book by far. I couldn’t be happier that Jacquie took a chance on it, and her review made my day. Happy Friday and Happy Reading.

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  14. petespringerauthor January 31, 2022 — 4:59 pm

    Two powerful reviews, Jacquie. You’ve done an excellent job selling me on both. I’ve read two of Diana’s books despite not typically reading fantasy because the writing is superb. I have yet to read anything written by Emma, but this one sounds marvelous.

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    1. Diana introduced me to fantasy, and you’re right, her vivid descriptions and characterizations make her books must-buys.
      Emma also has the same depth of characters, but in a different, emotional way that’s positively gripping. You can’t go wrong with either one, Pete.

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    2. I’m glad Jacquie sparked your interest, Pete. She’s good at that. The Bone Wall is quite dark, so be prepared if you decide to give it a try someday. And I agree with you that Emma’s book sounds intensely emotional. Thanks for the wonderful comments, my friend.

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  15. Fascinating reviews, Jacquie. I will have to go over to Amazon and get my copies!

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    1. You’ll love them, Beem, I promise.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by to check out Jacquie’s reviews, Beem. Happy Reading!

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  16. I read Diana’s. It’s absolutely as good as you say. Loved that story! And Emma’s–it sounds amazing. Great review. I am definitely pulled in.

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    1. Diana is a phenom- no other word for it- and Emma is sensational. They’re auto-buy authors, for sure.

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    2. Thanks for the kind comment, Jacqui. I’m so glad you enjoyed the dark book. I get the jitters whenever someone picks it up. 😀 Jacquie’s review was a wonderful gift this morning. Happy Reading, my friend.

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  17. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader February 1, 2022 — 1:07 pm

    Full Tilt was my first Emma Scott and I was devastated!

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    1. Jonah is now in my top five heroes of all time.

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  18. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Jacquie. I know The Bone Wall is dark and difficult at times, and I’m so grateful that you took the time to read. Many many hugs. And Full Tilt sounds intensely emotional. I got worked up just reading your review. Huge congrats to Emma for what seems like a heart-wrenching book. I’m glad you moved on to Sandra and Staci for a little fun romance. I think you needed it! ❤ ❤

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    1. Both you and Emma’s books will stay with me for a long while. It makes me grateful for all that I have.

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      1. I think gratefulness and kindness are keys to happiness. Thank you again for reading, Jacquie. I was touched. ❤ ❤

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  19. Fantastic reviews, Jacquie. They both sound like powerful works. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Wishing both authors all the best.

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    1. There’s always someone who has it harder. I’m grateful to be relatively healthy and able to enjoy life.

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    2. Thanks, Staci. I appreciate the kind wishes. 🙂

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  20. Excellent reviews, Jacquie, I like the fact that you’ve included excerpts. Though I’m quite familiar with Diana, I was unaware of this book and Emma is completely new to me. I can hear my TBR pile beginning to topple. 🙂

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    1. Lol, I’ve decided mine looks like the leaning Tower of Pisa 🙂

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  21. What great reviews and fantastic writers, Jacquie. As you said, matters of life and death. Toni x

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    1. These are both excellent reads, Toni. Thank you for stopping by!

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