Monday, December 31, 2018

Broken Trust: A Book Review

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas season. Tomorrow a new year starts with new challenges and possibly some resolutions--though I have thoughts about that. I'm hoping to get a post written about both my first semester at my new college and new year out very soon. One of my Christmas presents was the FINAL book in the Mission League series by Jill Williamson. Today I am reviewing Broken Trust--the penultimate book in the series--before finishing the newest release, so strap in. This one is a real ride.

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Note: I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Also, this is the second last book in a deeply developed series, so I don't recommend reading this post if you haven't read the previous books as I will probably reference previous books and plot lines.

Blurb: In the midst of training for the outdoor survival trip to Alaska, Spencer is distracted by a mysterious young woman—Nick's new girlfriend. He's not just wondering how someone that gorgeous would waste her time on a jerk like Nick, he recognizes this girl from her bit part in one of the cultish Jolt movies he's been investigating. She's up to something, and Spencer is determined to find out what. As he gets closer to the truth, it becomes harder to know who to trust. Things are getting dangerous. Can Spencer figure out what's going on, or will this mystery leave him M.I.A?


The Cover

So this cover may be my favorite from the entire series. The elements of the wolf-dog, Spencer, and the explosion/fire meld together really well. The cover alone promises this book to be an adventure.


Jill Williamson truly is the queen of characters. No matter what story of hers I read, it is her characters who stand out. This book is no different. We have read Spencer's journey over two novels and two novellas and his development has been very satisfying. He started as a selfish kid who saw girls as objects and is now testing the waters of recent conversion to Christianity. He's already so much nicer.

Additionally, we get to meet some new characters and get to know old ones better. 

Plot and Story

This book deviates from the theme of the past two full length features. The characters don't travel to foreign countries for 8 weeks. Instead, it is a year for survival training. The first half of the summer is spent doing various assignments (Spencer is working undercover and keeping tabs on a company) while characters like Nick Muren are getting into trouble. Spencer realizes a fellow classmate has him as an assignment, which complicates things since he kind of likes her. Badummmm. Things really take an interesting turn when the kids leave for their survival trip to Alaska where they are supposed to well... try to survive... for a certain amount of time until--as usual--things don't go as planned.

I really enjoyed this one. The first half of the plot was a little slow at times, but still kept me involved and interested. This might should go into character but... I'm not a huge fan of Spencer and Grace's growing closeness. But then, I am a Mary Stopplecamp fan for the guy so. The entire Alaska plot was really nice to see because we got to see the kids work together in a way that was kind of missing in the previous novels. I enjoyed the teamwork as well as the suspense. The book was a great read and I'm so excited to go read my Christmas present and see how everything is tied up. (And let's all hope my OTP happens... Spencer and Mary!(

Have you read any of the Mission League Series? Thoughts?

~ The Dramatic Bookworm

Monday, November 12, 2018

Project Canvas Blog Tour!

Guys, a truly special book is releasing!



An international writing community.

61 authors
11 countries
6 continents

Are you looking for advice on how to create the perfect villain? Do you need the courage to put your story down on paper?  Find this and more in Project Canvas, a writing resource written completely by teen and young adult writers and compiled by Caroline Meek and Olivia Rogers.

Project Canvas includes:
   71 short chapters, each written by a different author
   bonus interviews with authors such as Tessa Emily Hall and Q. Gibson
   world building and character development worksheets
   and other helpful resources!

“This is a writing teacher’s dream – not a how-to book, but more of a literary testimony and homage to the process of writing.  A sweet balance between the practical and the spiritual, Project Canvas is concise enough for daily meditation, yet robust enough to move the writer’s soul beyond the temporary.” –Brian Dolezal, professional development and spoken word coach at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science

Project Canvas will be available for purchase through Amazon on November 15.

This is a truly special book, guys. There's even a little section written by me, though it's just a drop in the bucket compared to some of the inspirational and informative articles inside. This project was fun and an amazing outlet for many, but I feel it was truly a passion project for Caroline and Olivia, the ones who worked the hardest to help Project Canvas meet the world.

About the Founders

Caroline and Olivia have been friends ever since kindergarten, when they met in a homeschooling group.  Their writing journey was a slow evolution over the course of many sleepovers, games of pretend, writing stories together, and finally publishing some of them.

Caroline Meek is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Project Canvas. She’s originally from Kansas City, Kansas, where she co-authored The Drawing in of Breath and attended Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences. Caroline has a passion for bringing writers together and is currently studying English & Creative Writing on the Publishing track at the University of Iowa. She’s been published in The Kansas City Star, Ink Lit Mag, Wordsmith, and blogs at Of Stars and Ink-Stained Things.

Olivia Rogers is the co-founder of Project Canvas. She’s originally from the great state of Kansas, where she showed sheep, competitively debated, and also became involved in politics. Olivia believes that writing is the gateway to change. She’s currently studying Political Science and Philosophy at Kansas State University, with the goal of becoming a lawyer and continuing to advocate for others.


I am thankful to these amazing women for helping so many have their voices heard and giving the opportunity to share inspiration. While my article isn't what I originally planned, I certainly hope it inspires. You know a funny thing is that our former words can inspire our present selves. No matter where you are in your writing journey, Project Canvas can inspire you over and over. 

Check out more about Project Canvas:

Project Canvas is running a Rafflecopter giveaway from November 1-15th! Go to the main site for a chance to win free copies of Project Canvas and more. It's a great giveaway!

Don’t forget to stop by the other blogs on this tour! For a complete tour schedule, see the Project Canvas blog

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you'll check out this wonderful work by so many varied authors. Blessings!

~ The Dramatic Bookworm, Bethany Baldwin