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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Forsaking All Others

Forsaking All Others by Allison Pittman.
(The Sister Wife series book two)

Summery:Having run away from the Mormon faith and her family Camilla is found in a terrible snowstorm by Colonel Brandon and his troops.And she is kept in safety with them while she makes plans to stay with her sister until she can go and visit her parents, who she had run away from when she was younger. Otherwise her only plan is to take her children out of the Mormon's false teachings. And find a new home with them.

Romance:Kissing, loving someone, Camilla is married and the had had two children. There is some mention of her husband rubbing her belly and such, the way she slept next to him and he tries to convince her to come back with him, the sleep together that night and though nothing is really described it is best for younger readers not to read that part.later she finds out that she got pregnant form that night. The Colonel who took her in loves her, while she was still married.
Bad Romance:Her husband also took on two other wives. She mentions how she felt when he took another on of his wives in with him instead of her.

Language:None.

Violence:She looses two fingers to frostbite, her father dies of a sickness, she is verbally talked down about what she will get for running away from the faith and such.

Other:Taking on another wife, divorce, though in this case I think it's a good thing.The Mormon beliefs mentioned.

Time Period:1958-1959 (?).

What I Thought:It was so sad how they actually believed stuff like they would become a God in heaven and taking on other wives. That was  areal downer but I love Camilla strength...she wasn't perfect and that made her feel real. And the ending is great...everything kinda works out. It felt like a very well researched book and it was well written.

Rating & Age: 4 stars. 15 up.

Sierra♥

I got this book free from the publisher.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fools Rush In

Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson



Summery:Bella has just taken over her parent's wedding business. She is doing her first themed wedding. It's country themed and for an Italian girl...that could be a little hard to pull off. And she kinda has to prove that she can handle taking on the business. For a minute it looked like things were coming together. She had the flowers, the deejay and the decoration. Then she finds out she made a mistake with the handsome cowboy deejay who just happens to be someone else...though he does love her crazy family life. And maybe her?

Romance:Some kisses, hugging, hand holding, someone liking or/and loving someone.

Language:None.

Violence:Aunt Rosa chasing people with a broom, Bubba's eyebrows are singed off, Bella chokes on a piece of steak, some fainting.And friendly arguing.

Other:Cheating...kinda.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:I really loved it.It was so funny(the family) the country and Italian mix was great too. Otherwise it was just plain fun and yes, Bella's family did remind of get-togethers with my cousins on my dad's side. Maybe it will happen to you too!

Rating & Age:4 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rise Of The Ninja

MoonShadow:Rise Of The Ninja by Simon Higgins

Summery:After a lot of training Nanashi gets a real mission and a new name, Moonshadow. His mission is to get into a rebel (to his shogun), Silver Wolf's, house and steal the plans for a new weapon from the Europeans. But it is heavily guarded and very dangerous.He has hired The Deathless, a ninja that is rumored to be invulnerable, and therefore deathless. And Moonshadow may have a rival. Can he rise to what he has been trained for?

Romance:None.There may be something between Moonshadow and Snowhawk(Spoiler), his one time rival that he brought back with him, in the future?

Language:None.

Violence:Several battle scenes(fighting, combat), no one dies though (Spoiler)The Deathless is likely to dead but who knows? Some injuries...some rather serious. Some of the bad guys really want to kill. Some killing in a story told.

O:Snowhawk knocks Moonshadow out by an art, which she says is hypnosis. Mention of buddha. Some visions. A relaxing technique and Moonshadow has an art that allows him to see through the eyes of an animal and somewhat control it. The Deathless has an art that makes him immune to blades.

Time Period:Old Japan (Somewhere in there :) 

What I Thought:I loved it! Exciting and such a good plot! There was on battle/combat/fighting scene between two ninjas that was so honorable...why can't we be like that again and not petty? I just loved that part.

Rating & Age: 4 1/2 stars. 12 up.

Sierra♥

Friday, September 23, 2011

Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers by Robert Liparulo.

Read my review of The House Of Dark Shadows
Read my review of Watcher In The Woods

Sorry for the small picture :(
Summery:Taksidian wants their house. Pretty bad too.Xander and David's dad was just arrested because of him.Still trying to hold it together David is waiting for Xander to return from one of the rooms. When he does he is certain he has found their mother, in a civil war world. They will try to rescue her and hope that Mr. King somehow gets out of jail. An unknown, for now, ally may be able to help them.

Romance:Mention of Xander having a girlfriend when they were in California. And the stroy of how Mr.King proposed to Ms. King.

Language:None.

Violence:A war scene or two, someone gets kicked in the crotch, Xander wanting to punch David, Mr. King gets taken in because the police think he might be hurting the kids, arguing/yelling, some injuries.

Other:_____________

Timer Period:They go into the past and future but it is mainly set in the modern world.

What I Thought:Eehhh...Okay. Definitely exciting and I can't wait to read the next one! It had a cliffhanger ending ;)

Rating & Age: 4 stars. 13 up.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beyond All Measure

Beyond All Measure by Dorothy Love.

Summery:Ada has lost her father, mother and the man she loved betrayed her. Or she had once loved Edward... Now she is in a little town called Hickory Ridge to start a job as an elderly woman, Ms. Lillian's, companion. She has plans to start a business making hats, but when she arrives it looks like her plans might change due to Ms. Lillian's nephew, Wyatt, a wonderful, kind man taking interest in her.

Romance:Hugging, kissing (not really any description), hand holding, liking/loving someone. Talking or thinking about the person you love.

Language:None.

Violence:Ku Klux Klan scaring people and sometime hurting them, Ada gets somewhat beat up by them ans scared badly. (Spoiler)Aunt Lillian dies, yelling/arguing, Ada's mother dies of a disease, her father and aunt die in a fire, mention of a girl drowning and a boy almost drowning.

Other:Cheating (Edward had cheated on Ada and I believe had a baby with another girl), mention of drinking.

Time Period:Tennessee Hickory Ridge, 1871

What I Thought:A lovely read, and a great time period and setting. Overall I just loved it!

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Immortal Realm

The Immortal Realm by Frewin Jones
Read my review of Faerie Path.
Read my review of The Lost Queen.
Read my review of The Sorcerer King.


Summery:Tania's day is going fine.her sister Cordelia is getting married, her parents(both sets) are with her Faerie and she and Edric are catching a small sweet minutes together.But then a baby dies...impossible for the Immortal Realm of Faerie.Tania's dad has had a cold and everyone is afraid that it is a mortal plague brought by him.Tania's mortal parents are sent back into the mortal world and the royal family and their court are on an island trying to figure out how to find a cure.Can a cure be found in time? And did she and her mortal parents bring this on Faerie?

 Romance: Hugging, a couple short kisses, holding hands her sister gets married, (Spoiler)Edric asks her to marry him and she says no, Loving someone, a guy form the mortal world that is brought to Faerie likes Tania.

Language:H--l, B--ch.

Violence:Several fighting scenes, pretty brief though.people dying form the plague, arguing/yelling, getting shot at (arrows, not guns).

Other:Faerie, magic and dark magic.

What I Thought:It's funny that I find a pattern. I find books 2 and 4(this one) a little darker though still god.and then I like 1 and 3 better fro some reason.Anyway this one was a good book and the plot is so wonderful!And it was nice and clean.

Rating & Age:4 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Destiny's Path

Destiny's Path by Frewin Jones
A Warrior Princess book(two).
Read my review of Warrior Princess.

Summery:Trying to find your destiny is hard, as Branwyn is finding out.She and the half Saxon run away slave, Rhodri, have new guide.Once an owl Blodwedd is human now.Branwyn isn't so sure what to think of her though Rhodri likes her.She is shown a vision about Iwan, a somewhat friend of hers (first book), whose home is in danger.can they get Iwan to believe their crazy story and stop the Saxons from a killing rampage and the surprise they get when they arrive at Iwan's home?

Romance:Maybe liking someone, admiration for them.

Language:None.

Violence:Fighting/battle scenes, a wolf attack that is pretty gory(lottsa blood), threatening to kill a baby, killing, yelling/arguing.Some gruesome torture techniques described (pulling out someone's guts while their still alive like that..yeah yucky :( ), hunting.

Other:False gods(the shining ones), the Saxons get drunk.

Time Period: Viking/Medieval.More Medieval but it is around that time.

What I Thought:I thought it was better than the first book.She had some anger issues which were to be expect really...but still they weren't as bad in this book.I think I liked the story/plot/adventure in this book better than the first.

Rating & Age:4 1/2 stars.14 up.

Sierra♥

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Escape Velocity

Escape Velocity by Mark Walden. A H.I.V.E. book (Higher Institute Of Villainous Education)

Read my review of H.I.V.E.
Read my review of The Overlord Protocol

Summery:
After the attack by wing's father Dr. Nero is trying to learn more about a secret mission( Renaissance Initiative) run by, supposedly, Number One himself! While investigating he is kidnapped by a group that Number One is secretly working with.Meanwhile Raven has rescued Otto and his friends from H.I.V.E. and it's new leader and joined with and old friend to rescue Dr. Nero.Can they rescue him and get to the bottom of what is going on?
Romance:Hint/implication of Shelby &Wing liking each other, Laura gives Otto a kiss(ending).

Language:D-m-, d-r-.

Violence:Shooting, killing, sacrificing yourself to save H.I.V.E., several near death moments, injuries major(getting shot) and minor (a bruise), someone gets hit in the crotch, getting knocked out, several fighting/battle scenes, bullies.

Other:Hypnotism, cloning, hosting/possessing type thing.(Spoiler Explanation)Otto is a clone of an AI(Artificial Intelligence) and with another AI's help he shuts down Overlord when he comes out of Number One's body and into Otto's to take control of him.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:The plot was even better than the last one and the characters were just wonderful! I loved it!

Rating & Age:5 stars.13 up.

Sierra♥

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Diviner

Diviner(Dragons of Starlight book 3) by Bryan Davis.
Read my reivew of Warrior.



Summery:Koren has gotten to Exodus(the fallen star). Now all she has to do is raise it and free the slaves.Meanwhile Jason and his father have found some allies and rescued some slaves facing death.Elyssa has joined them and soon Koren finds them and joins them for a while before leaving to try and talk the slaves into standing up for themselves.They must be freed. Randall, on his world had raised soldiers with the help of Orion to try and come over into Starlighter and free the slaves. Orion may not be trust worthy but Randall feels that he can trust Arxad, the dragon.

Romance:Elyssa loves Jason and feels like he loves Koren.Mention of liking/loving.

Language:None.

Violence:Dragons being cruel to humans and vise versa (humans being cruel to dragons). Dragons eating humans and a dead animal, the would grind sickly humans bones to make bait for wild animals. Some fighting and battle scenes and killing.

Other:Spirits coming out of their bodies and rejoining later (Sometimes), some mentions of people believing people to be witches or sorcercesses.

Time Period:Another world(s), medieval.

What I Thought:I was trying to remember who everyone was and the story(ironically I did the same thing with Warrior) so I was having a little trouble getting into it. But by the time I was half way through...I couldn't put it down! Another grasping book from Bryan Davis!

Rating & Age:5 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

I got this book free from the publisher.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Sorcerer King

The Sorcerer King by Frewin Jones
(Faerie Path #3)

Read my reivew of Faerie Path.
Read my review of The Lost Queen.

Summery:Tania has found her mother, Titania, and brought her back to Faerie.Now they will attempt to free Oberon from the Sorcerer King and to reunite he and Titania (after 500 years) again.Together they will stop the Sorcerer King from taking over Faerie. Tania, Edric and Cordelia go to the island of no return Ynis Maw, to rescue Oberon...somehow.

Romance:Some kisses(no description), hugging, holding hands, liking/loving someone.

Language:H--l.

Violence:The Sorcerer king torturing the Faerie people with metal and other stuff, wreaking havoc in the palace and killing the servants. Dangerous beasts trying to harm them, killing, a couple small battle scenes and on big one.

Other:Magic, faerie, dark magic.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Better than number two in my opinion.And there is a lot of new information and stuff.I really loved it!

Rating & Age:5 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Realms Thereunder

The Realms Thereunder by Ross Lawhead.

Summery:As kids Freya and Daniel got sucked into a strange underground world and after waking two sleeping knights waiting to be woken for(no kidding) the worlds end pretty much they start on a great adventure. To save the Underground city of Nidergeard. Now, eight years later Daniel is homeless on the London streets watching his back for otherworldly creatures which have been showing up lately. Freya is a student at Oxford...not sure of what she feels and if she can make it with her OCD-ish problem. Will they be able to help when evil starts to once again rise?

Romance: Spoiler: Freya is tricked into thinking she is older, a mom and married to who she thinks is her collage professor.

Language:British version of A--, bloody is used several times and H--l.

Violence: Some battle scenes, injuries, killing, arguing/yelling, monsters like trolls and dragons and like the dragon fighting some of the characters.

Other: Faeries/elves that sort of thing, some light smoking(once or twice) and Daniel's mom had a divorce with his dad and since had been sleeping with other guys.

Time Period:Modern and eight years ago(they tell the now and the before,which would be there adventure with Nidergeard as kids). And a Faerie world.

What I Thought:It was a slow a beginning and was a bit of a slow read because there was a lot of information and stuff. but by the time you were about half way through it really started to pick up!There was one part were it said one of the knights was going to go with Freya and he other wit Daniel..and then on the next page the knights were switched.I don't know if it was just a typo or what...

Rating & Age 4 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

I got this book free from the publisher.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ark Angel

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz


Read my review of Stormbreaker.
Read my review of Point Blank.
Read my review of Skeleton Key.
Read my review of Eagle Strike. 
Read my review of Scorpia.

Summery:Alex is recovering from an attempt on of murder.His murder to be exact.When he meets Paul.He becomes friends with him and when he learns of some men coming to kidnap Paul he gives them a real fight and switches rooms with Paul so that he, instead of Paul, is kidnapped. When he is found out and left to die in a burning building he only just manages to escape. Afterward Paul's father, a multi-billionaire takes him for a vacation for a week. Something doesn't feel right about him to Alex though...

Romance:None.

Language:H--l, D-m-.

Violence:Shooting, explosions, killing people, injuries, hitting someone in the groin so bad they couldn't breath, the extinction of a couple bird species(mentioned a few times), D.C. almost got bombed. Almost getting drowned, blown up, shot, killed in a fire, falling off a tall building, and ran of the go kart track almost killed there too. He was threatened to have his finger cut off.

Other:Mention of drinking and divorce.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:It didn't pull me in as much.It was still exciting though.A bit different form previous books because (Spoiler!!!!!) he goes into space.

Rating & Age:4 stars.13 up.

Sierra♥

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hello Grogeous:Blowout

Hello Gorgeous:Blowout by Taylor Morris.


Summery:Mickey Wilson has always wanted to work in her mother's salon shop, Hello Gorgeous.On her 13th birthday she gets the chance.It is a lot tougher than she thought.Not only is it hectic trying to sweep up in time before the next customer and run odd jobs, but through the shop she is starting to make friends with some really popular girls, warn kids about pop quizzes and even helped one girl get a cell phone.But she has some secrets and is walking the fine line with her Mom.Can she keep her new friends and her job?

Romance:A couple crushes and teasing someone about it.

Language:God's name in vain.

Violence:They play a video game in the book that involved destroying ships.

Other:Stealing, eavesdropping and lying.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought: For me, relaxing.No corrupted characters, no intense plot.I could just relax and enjoy.Just girly and fun.But for a bit younger...

Rating & Age:4 stars. 10 and up.

Sierra♥

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Shadow Project

The Shadow Project by Herbie Brennan.


Summery:Danny, who isn't all that he seems to be, stumbles upon a secret government project.The Shadow Project.He has the ability that they are looking for.The ability to come out of your body in a second body (I know really weird) and spy on terrorists and stuff.He isn't sure whether or not he wants to join.But then again, what choice does he really have?

Romance:An engagement (like betrothed when the were babies) that the kids didn't agree with, liking someone.

Language:H--l, D-m-, da-m-t, c--p, a--, ba---rd.

Violence:A demon like animal killing some people(eating their hearts too), Danny's nan has a stroke, shooting, several people get kicked in the crotch, people get knocked out ans some terrorists.

Other:Black magic, occult type stuff, some false gods mentioned and some astral plain stuff.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:It was O.K. definitely exciting and well written...just a lot of stuff that I weird and impossible. Some things were hard to understand and after the first half it got into some astral plain stuff....I will say though that the second book is way better.

Rating & Age:3 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Limos, Lattes, And My Life On The Fringe

Limos, Lattes, And My Life On The Fringe by Nancy Rue.

Read my review of book 1.
Read my review of book 3.

Summery:Tyler is smart, really smart.and she has just been really humiliated.She is one of the four nominees for Prom queen.Though she was going to drop out she is now having second thoughts.Sh wants to help the middle class or poorer kids to help them have a good prom with no teasing about their dresses and stuff.Now the popular kids, The "Ruling Class" are trying to stop her and her "friends" are deserting her.All she has is a new Homeschooled friend from France, a strange little book and half sister starting to become closer to her. And a ruling Class guy is acting like her friend..can she trust him though?

Romance:Liking someone or starting to.Mention of a couple hugging and making out(no description).

Language:None.

Violence:Kidnapping, bullying, mean texts, some threats and yelling/arguing.

Other:Mention of drinking(previous prom, booze was snuck in), shop lifting and depressed mentally ill guy.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:I really liked the characters and the plot.It is somehow different than the other books.It may have been because the main character was African American and that shook up the language(don't you just love the way they talk?I cannot get enough!) and she had such a great inside of the head voice.It goes up there with the first and second book.I didn't like the third as much.

Rating & Age:4 1/2 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥