Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Reviewer: Orchid (Long and Short of It Reviews)
Five Books: "I am amazed how such a complete, interesting story can be fitted into so few pages...Definitely worth reading when you have a little time to spend with a really good story." It's also up for BOOK OF THE WEEK. For Full Review, Go HERE.
Reviewer: MarthaE (You've Gotta Read Reviews)
You GOTTA Read: "This quick, short story will bring tears to your eyes and a sweet hope and peace to your heart. My only disappointment was that is wasn’t longer and I would love to read a full work by Ms. Mendoza." For Full review, go HERE.
Reviewer: Brenda Talley (Romance Studios)
Four and half hearts: "I enjoy reading Ms. Mendoza's work. I like her writing style. She is concise and packs a lot of valuable information into her short novels. This was fast-paced and powerful. When Bethany was forced to face her biggest rival, would her attitude change? The powerfully emotional work grabbed my attention from page one and didn't lose me. I couldn't put the book down." For full review, go HERE.
There were a couple of big surprises within the pages of this book. It was not at all how I expected the book to end. The characters were dynamic and believable. I highly recommend this book for all to read. It is even suitable to younger readers.
Reviewer: Dawn (Night & Owl Reviews)
3.5 Stars: "This story was short yet very powerful. It reminded me of how we often misjudge others and fail to take the time to really get to know them. Just as Lilly brought joy and comfort to Bethany's life, we can find joy and comfort in others if only we tear away our "walls" and give people a chance. This story brought tears to my eyes and hope to my soul. Lilly’s Garden is a story offering renewed hope to readers, recharging their hearts and reminding them of God's gift of unconditional love, so that we can try to share that gift with others, too." For full review go HERE.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
REVIEWER: Fern (Long and Short of It Reviews)
Four Books: ...a heartwarming story of redemption, faith, and trust... this is a wonderful little story that will tug at your heart and make you believe in the happiness derived from forgiveness...I would recommend this story. It’s very well written, the characters are memorable, and the pace is brisk. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll cheer for Emma and Johnny. I loved the journey they take to forgiveness, and the tentative trust that develops along the way as they put faith in not only God, but themselves.
If you want a story packed with emotion, you can’t go wrong with Johnny B. Goode For Christmas. For full review go HERE.
REVIEWER:Romance Reader (Sweetly Reviewed)
9.5: "Have you ever read a book that just tugs at every emotion you have and then some? Let me just say that this was one that twisted me up and spit me out.....in a good way!
I LOVED every thing about this story! Not one thing wrong with it other than it ended!!!! I didn't want it to. I wanted to keep reading but alas, I realize the story had to end sometime, I am just thrilled that Ms Mendoza allowed me to come along on the journey :)
*SNAPS* on a job superbly done!!!!I just can't say enough good stuff but I know if I don't stop this review right now I will talk myself into re-reading it.....for the third time :)" For full review, go HERE
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Reviewer: Orange Blossom (Long & Short of It Reviews)
Four & Half Books: Review for "Wish Upon A Rock Star" by Kimberlee-- "Another excellent tale from Ms. Mendoza. She just has a knack of writing the American teenager...I loved the whole rock star incognito plot. Lovely story. Terrific writing. Great characters. Probably one of my favorites in the anthology." For full review go HERE.
Reviewer: Sky (Romance Studios)
Five Hearts: "Summer vacation is a magical time and a teenage girl enters each one with high expectations. And highest of all is usually the hopes of a summer romance that may even carry over into a happily ever after. Summer Lovin' is an anthology of stories of six of these girls and what they did over their summer vacation...
Summer Lovin' is a perfect book to read poolside or at the beach...Cute boys, gorgeous boys, even kind and caring boys.
Read this book this summer, I think its magic is contagious." For FULL review, go HERE.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Reviewer: Brenda Talley (The Romance Studio)
Five Hearts: "I am a fan of Ms. Mendoza’s writing. This book, however, was above and beyond my expectations. The plot was so different from anything I imagined a novel about captivity in Iraq would be. These two characters were brilliantly developed. The way she wrote made me feel as if I was there with them. Her secondary characters were well written and made the storyline multidimensional. The faith in God and the scripture quoted would not be offensive to anyone. It’s obvious that Mendoza knows of which she speaks.
I was totally surprised at the way this book progressed. I loved the book—from Star’s hippy family to Wes’s career military dad. Their friends were supportive and made the calamities comical if not for the seriousness of the debacle.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. It’s a great romance without the sex found in many books. It’s one you can let your daughter read." For Full review, go HERE.
Reviewer: Lily (Long & Short of It Reviews)
Four Books: "Ms. Mendoza did her research. Anyone having served in the military will be proud of the way she reveals the hardships as well as the joys of military life. Her ability to show spiritual growth in her characters without preaching and their desire to trust in God even in unlikely circumstances indicates a natural knack for faith-filled storytelling at its best. I am anxious to dig into another book by this author and I recommend it highly." For Full Review, go HERE.
Reviewer: Diana Coyle (Night Owl Romance)
Four Stars: "Ms. Mendoza is such a talented writer and every book I read of hers is just a magnificent story. She develops intriguing storylines and creates interesting and well rounded characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with. This story definitely made my heart pound in my chest and I couldn’t help but feel fear stricken when Star was taken captive. I was desperately hoping that both Star and Wesley would make it out alive. I found myself fearing for both of their lives. Ms. Mendoza brings to the forefront the real life scenarios that our soldiers face as they are defending our country. She did a wonderful job telling this story and I would highly recommend it to other readers." For full review, go HERE.
Reviewer: Lynn (ReviewYourBook.com)
Four Stars: "An amazing story and will keep you wondering right to the end." For full review go HERE.
Reviewer: Lynn (Good Reads)
Five Stars: "This is a amazing story and will keep you wondering right to the end. God has a plan for everyone and when he has it in place you will soon find out there will be no changing it. We all need to remember our troops that go to Iraq and fight daily and think that any of them could be a Star or a Wes. Beautiful Story that would make a terrific movie." For full review go HERE.
Reviewer: D.B. Snow (Novel Editions)
Five Stars: "Taps to the Soul is a heartwarming story of love and loss, of how blind we all can be to what’s right in front of us. Star and Wes epitomize the hearts of the men and women who serve, willing to give their all in service to their country. Their heartfelt prayers leave us with the eternal hope that by the grace of God, love will triumph over all. It was a wonderful read! I look forward to checking out her other stories." For review, go HERE.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Reviewer: Wisteria (Long & Short of It Reviews)
Four and Half Books & Nominated for book of the week: "Ms. Mendoza has written an absolutely wonderful tale filled with tender friendship and Christian morals, an amazingly inspirational story that had me riveted from the first page. Filled with amazing characters that go through pain and fear and learn to let go and face the future with open eyes and the possibilities it can hold. I have no reservations about recommending this story to everyone I know with a smile on my face and warm fuzzy feelings in my heart. I found it an absolute joy to read and can’t wait to see what Ms. Mendoza has coming next!" For full review, go HERE.
Reviewer: Brenda Talley (Romance Studios)
Four and a Half Hearts: "The plot for this book was fresh and interesting...This storyline was fun, daring, and easy to read. The method used for trying to locate a boyfriend to take home to the family for Christmas was one I’ve not seen addressed in my readings. It was whimsical, typically sad at times, and almost predictable. That did not, however, minimize the entertainment factor. Mendoza did what she does so well and that is to tell a story that is almost impossible to put down.I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a lighthearted read, an inspirational romance or not, and a creative writing style that is both amusing and enjoyable." For full review, go HERE.
Reviewer: Diana Coyle (Night Owl Romance Reviews)
Four Hearts: "Ms. Mendoza wrote a charming tale within these pages. I loved Daniel and Heather’s friendship together and was so happy to see that they had each other to lean on. The characters came alive for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline the author created. I kept hoping that Heather would find Mr. Right and get over her phobia of committing to a partner for only a few weeks. It is apparent that Ms. Mendoza writes from her heart and the development of her storyline and characters reflect that notion. This is another story from a talented author that I would definitely recommend." For full review, go HERE
Reviewer: Stephanie B. (Fallen Angel Reviews)
Four Angels: "I enjoyed this sweet, sentimental romance. If you want to read a sweet inspirational romance, then Wanted: Boyfriend for Christmas will not let you down!" For full review, Go HERE
Reviewer: Tanya (Joyfully Reviewed)
"Wanted: Boyfriend for Christmas is a thoughtful, and inspirational story about finding the love of your life and taking the chances necessary to keep them...I found Wanted: Boyfriend for Christmas a well written and heartfelt story with just enough dating humor to make you chuckle." For full review, go HERE.
Reviewer: J. Shisler (Amazon Reader)
Four Stars: "This was my first ever Christian romance novel, and if I had known that going in, I might not have given it a fair chance. But it was light and fun and sexy and I am glad that I tried it. I enjoyed that the Christian element was just one of many parts of the story. My expectation is that it would be the main part and that would have turned me off a bit, honestly. The story was quick paced, funny and believable. I read the whole thing in one day and loved the sexy Mexican hero. Why don't we see more of that??? :) Give it a try, it was fun!"
Monday, October 13, 2008
Reviewer: Stephanie B. (Fallen Angel Reviews)
Five Angels: "Again Ms. Mendoza has used her talent to tell a fantastic story of redemption and forgiveness by placing her teen characters in very real situations many of today�s youth will face. Since Ms. Mendoza ties up all the lose ends in this story, I assume it is the end of the series. I will miss reading about the Russell family, they feel like neighbors. I am very glad I read this series, and if you are a teenager or know teenagers then this is a series you should read and pass along!" For full review, go HERE.
Reviewer: Black-eyed Susan (Long & Short of It Reviews)
Four & Half Books: "Ms. Mendoza has done a marvelous job of painting a portrait of teenage tunnel vision and angst as well as the family and societal turmoil that can accompany it. She's written Kevin in a strong, believable way...When I had to walk away from the story to attend to 'real life' I simply could not get Kevin and company out of my mind; I couldn't wait to get back to the book! In addition to giving us Kevin and his woes and defeats and triumphs and joys, the author also deftly wraps up some loose ends for the rest of the family members. Those who have waited for this last book to see how all these lives and trials come together will not be disappointed. The ending is very satisfying - like a cup of quality hot cocoa on a chilly day." For rest of the review, go HERE.
Reviewer: Vasiliki Scurfield (Between the Lines)
Fantastic, Stays on the Shelf: "I was hooked from the very beginning and drawn into the story by the effective way that Ms Mendoza draws characters, sets the scenes and builds the plot. Her dialogue is excellent, very natural and smooth. Her story telling is seamless. As the story developed it didn’t matter to me that it was aimed at young adults. Her writing made it possible for me to identify with the main character despite him being a fourteen year old boy... She writes a story that is a rollercoaster ride, fast in pace and jam packed with action and character development. I found myself gobbling up this book, eager to see where the next page would take me, loving the hero... This is an enjoyable read no matter what your age, gender and religious beliefs. I can thoroughly recommend it." Full Review: HERE
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Reviewer: Xeranthemum (Long & Short of It Reviews)
Winner of Book of the Week/Four and Half Books: "If one of your favorite movies is Sixteen Candles, then Trick to Treat should appeal. It has the same aspects of emotional growth, sweet discovery and paybacks. The HEA gave me the impression that we’ll someday be hearing at their 50th wedding anniversary party about how they came to be high school sweethearts. And what a great story that will be." For full Review or to vote, go HERE
Reviewer: Cassi (Simply Romance Reviews)
Grade A Outstanding Read: "In Trick To Treat, Mendoza does a great job of showing not only the trials of high school but also the delights of new love in this contemporary short story. I think any young lady would be able to relate to Sarah and wouldn’t be able to help but cheer at the end of this fun read." For full review go to HERE.
Reviewer: Diana Coyle (Night Owl Romance Reviews)
Four Stars (Page Turner): "I found this young adult story very sweet and thoroughly entertaining. I loved Sarah because she was an ordinary girl just wanting to be part of the in crowd...I absolutely loved how Ms. Mendoza ended her story. I would definitely recommend this story to kids and adults alike. Great job!" For full review go HERE.
Reviwer: Kristen Dryer Kramer (Night And Weekends Reviews)
"Kimberlee R. Mendoza’s Trick to Treat is a sweet and totally innocent teen romance that makes a great Halloween lunch break (or after school) read. The story is cute and romantic—and sometimes even a little bit spooky—and, best of all, it features a likeable main character that just about any reader will be able to relate to...Medoza does a good job of telling an adorable story about innocent teen romance. The story may be super-short, but there’s nothing missing here. The main character is lovable, and the story even has a surprise or two. As a result, Trick to Treat is about as short, sweet, and satisfying as a Halloween-sized candy bar." For full review go HERE.
Reviewer: Dee Dailey (Romance Studio Reviews)
Four Hearts: Kimberlee Mendoza writes a great story for young people...It’s nice to see a fun story that reinforces a spirit of standing up for yourself for young people. There are a lot of us adults who could probably use the same kind of injection of belief in our own values. It’s often too easy for any of us to give in to peer pressure as the author shows. But for Sarah and Matt, giving in and going along may have prevented the friendship they found. This is a fun book for any age." For full review go HERE.
Reviewer: Kristin Dreyer Kramer (Nights & Weekends)
"Trick to Treat is a sweet and totally innocent teen romance that makes a great Halloween lunch break (or after school) read. The story is cute and romantic—and sometimes even a little bit spooky—and, best of all, it features a likeable main character that just about any reader will be able to relate to...edoza does a good job of telling an adorable story about innocent teen romance. The story may be super-short, but there’s nothing missing here. The main character is lovable, and the story even has a surprise or two. As a result, Trick to Treat is about as short, sweet, and satisfying as a Halloween-sized candy bar." For full review, go HERE.