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Friday, December 30, 2011

The Lightkeepers Bride

The Lightkeepers Bride by Colleen Coble.
Mercy Falls book two.
Read my review of The Lightkeeper's Daughter.

The Lightkeeper's Bride (Mercy Falls Series #2)
Summery: Return to Mercy Falls with Addie's friend Katie! When she overhears a conversation of a friend, Eliza, at her job as telephone operator she gets very worried about what is said. When she checks on her later Eliza has disappeared and all that is found is her child, Jennie, and the new lightkeeper, Will Jespherson, holding her. Katie suspects him at first but soon becomes close friends with him. Together they take care of Jennie when a sickness breaks out and they are stuck in the together (though with a chaperon) lighthouse. They both are trying to solve the case surrounding the disappearance of Eliza.And the terrible piracy that has been happening just may be linked to it all.

Romance:Attraction, loving/liking someone, thinking about them, kissing, hugging, holding hands.
Bad Romance:Mention of a character having s-x before marriage.

Language:None.

Violence:Murder, shooting, kidnapping, fighting, knocking people out, yelling/arguing.

Other:Gambling, drinking, a shady job at a gambling place.

Time Period:Early 1900s.

What I Thought:I could not put it down, it is a great mystery and it has great lovable characters! Though the first was cleaner I loved this one almost as much :) I really enjoyed it.

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

Sierra♥

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Crossed

Crossed by Ally Condie.
Crossed
Summery:Cassia  is searching for Ky. Somewhere out there in the Outer Provinces he is waiting for her. In a spur of the moment decision she sneaks onto a ship going out there. Though she isn't an Aberration. She joins with a girl, Indie, who seems trustworthy. Together they set out to find Ky, escaping one night. Meanwhile Ky has tried to hold onto and hope. He runs before she arrives into the Carvings. Canyons where his father traded. On this adventure secrets will be discovered, stories unfolded and The Rising found.

Romance:Some kissing(or remembering of a kiss), holding hands, hugging, touching, liking/loving, admiring someone, thinking or talking about someone.

Language:None.

Violence:Killing and quite a bit of death (teens and some younger kids, the aberrations are treated badly and left defenseless) injures, yelling/arguing. The blue tablet is actually(spoiler) poison sort of.

Other:The government being bad, mention of kinda cloning.

Time Period:Sometime in the future.

What I Thought:A little sad, but that was okay. Again the writing style seemed calming kinda. I'll be waiting for the next one. :) The plot has me waiting for the next one on the edge of my seat. Though I would say that overall I enjoyed it though I thought it might could have used a bit more action. Even though there is a bit, there are sometimes it got a bit boring. But I did like it :)

Rating & Age:4 stars. 13/14 up.
Sierra♥



Monday, December 26, 2011

A Great Catch

A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad.
The second Lake Manawa Summer.
Read my review of, Making Waves.
Great Catch, A: A Novel (Lake Manawa Summers)

Summery:Emily is a suffrage woman. And that can turn off some people. So at lake Manawa this summer her Great-aunts have decided to play matchmaker. Of course she doesn't agree to it. Then she literally runs into an old friend,Carter, who stirs up something inside her. She spends more and more time with Carter...even though one of her aunts mentioned a fight between the families. She falls for Carter and he for her...enough to promise his baseball team to play a match against a Women's team for her suffrage work. The only condition is that she play on his team. And Emily has had a clumsy past...and present.

Romance: Kissing, holding hands, hugging, liking/loving someone, flirting, admiring.Some talk of marriage.

Language: None.

Violence:Someone get conked on the head with a horseshoe, attempts to kill someone, getting mad and throwing something (ball and cake), yelling arguing. At a suffrage meeting some vegetables are thrown. Mean words.

Other:Stealing.

Time Period:1901.

What I Thought: An enjoyable and funny book! A great summer read and a sweet, but innocent romance. Can't decide between this book and the first they are about equal. The first one was a bit more violent. But both of them have lovely characters and the setting is so pretty :)

Rating & Age:4 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Goddess Boot Camp

Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs.
Read my other reviews of Tera Lynn Child's books.
Goddess Boot Camp (Oh. My. Gods.)



Summery:Now that she has powers, and some pretty strong one at that, Phoebe has been trying whichever way she can to get them under control. Unfortunately she keeps having accidents and isn't showing signs of improvement. So as her step-dad and Mom are on their honeymoon she's at Goddess Boot Camp trying to get her powers controlled before a big test. And of course there is boy trouble...she is afraid her super cute boyfriend, Griffin, might be cheating on her.

Romance:Liking someone, a couple kisses, mention dating, flirting and admiring. Phoebe thinks her boyfriend, Griffin, might be cheating on her with his ex.

Language:P--s, D-m-, H--l.
Violence:Being smoted(i.e. burned in place), banished or killed by the gods. Yelling/arguing,

Other:Greek gods,

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:It was cleaner than the first and funny,interesting and such honestly real Main Character... She messes up almost as much I would in her shoes :P And enjoyable read :)

Rating & Age:4 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Charmed Return

The Charmed Return by Frewin Jones.
The Faerie Path book six.
Read my reviews of the first 5 Faerie path books.
Read my reviews of The Warrior Princess series.
Summery:Tania inquired how Oberon could stop the plague in faerie to the Divine Harper who had helped Oberon to defeat the plague the first time. In return she had to give up her biggest desire.She wakes up in the Mortal world thinking it was two days before her 16th birthday. 9 weeks ago. Her mother is telling her crazy stories about being a Faerie Princess! Tania, now calling herself Anita again searches for answers.When Eadric using the dark arts comes with Rathina to the mortal world they try but can't get Tania to remember. Zara, Tania's sister and dead as far as everyone knew, helps Tania remember. Can they get back into Faerie, save Oberon from his evil brother and Faerie too?

Romance:Some kissing ( not descriptive), holding ahnds, hugging, loving/liking someone. A little flirting.

Language:None.

Violence:Battle scenes, Lear's men kill a lot of innocent people, the plague kill too, mention of some dead birds, arguing/yelling, Tania's former selves(long story, so read the books) help her with Lear and then they go back to their own lives to die.

Other:Magic, dark magic/sorcery, thinking someone was crazy and pretending to be crazy.

Time Period:Modern and the Faerie Realm.

What I Thought: Sad...it is the last one. As far as I know anyway. Some others were better, but it was still good. Frewin Jones keeps her books nice and clean and they are always very exciting!

Rating & Age:4 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Alienation

Alienation by Jon S. Lewis
A C.H.A.O.S. book. (No. 2)
Read my review of Invasion.


Summery: Let's just say Colt McAlister's life has been crazy lately. He has learned that his Grandpa is a comic hero who fought aliens. And that an alien race called the Thule are trying to take over the earth. In fact Colt is being followed and attacked...someone wants him dead. He and his best friend Danielle suspect their friend Oz's dad...who also happens to be the head of C.H.A.O.S. They people who are protecting the earth from the Thule. And Colt and his friends are going to be trained at the C.H.O.A.S. Academy...another move for Colt. But is it a safe one?

Romance: Liking, wanting to kiss someone, admiring.

Language:None.

Violence: Yelling/arguing, wrestling(training) and fighting(for real), shooting, murder, death, injuries( a bit descriptive for some), attacks,

Other:Aliens, brief mention of:drugs, someone (anonymous) being drunk,sneaking/trespassing,

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought: Well both C.H.A.O.S. books have been good and exciting. This one, I felt was more so, though. It is a great book with excitement and action...but some humor to lighten if up.  And of course there are aliens and tech stuff to remember :)

Rating & Age:5 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

I got this book free from the publisher.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Eternity's Edge

Eternity's Edge by Bryan Davis
The second book from the Echoes from The Edge series.
Read my review of Beyond The Reflections Edge.
Eternity's Edge (Echoes from the Edge)
Summery:Though the universes (Yes, we said universes...as in plural) are safe...for now, Nathan is still searching for answers, his parents and more help for the universe. Who wouldn't in his situation? Your parents disappeared to who knows where...you learn that there are three parallel earths...all that. Soon he and his friends Kelly, Daryl, and  Clara are on to another adventure and universes. Kelly though hurt and slightly blind from Mictar's attack, still tags along. She seems to be able to see better in a strange middle verse....where Nathan finds a strange girl who has been guiding and talking to  him in his dreams.

Romance:Loving/liking someone, a kiss, some pecks, hugs. Holding hands.
Bad Romance: Some talk about a mistake Kelly made and he and Kelly sleep on the same mattress barely touching in order to get into Kelly's dreams.

Language: Mention being a Jack--- (maybe)...otherwise none. 

Violence:Death/killing, murder, fighting, yelling/arguing, Mictar gouging out eyeballs and also blinding people, life force stealing. Bad injuries.

Other: Other earths/parallel earths. 

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought: I think the first was better...and I am always going to have The Dragons In Our midst series as my favorites. But as always if it is by Bryan Davis, it is good, exciting and keeping you up late reading. Note that some of the jumping to another earth and all that science/dimensional stuff can be a little confusing too.

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

Sierra♥

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Mermaid's Mirror



The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan.
The Mermaid's Mirror
Summery:Lately Lena has had strange changes coming upon her...dizzy spells, sleepwalking to the beach, seeming to be in a daze/trance. She doesn't know what is wrong with her. She has overheard somethings her parents have said..it's scary for her. She seems to be trying to find something every now and again that she just can't put her finger on. Through it all she wants desperately to surf with the waves no matter what...even if her father adamantly doesn't want her to.

Romance:Kissing(a bit), mention of making out near the beginning, liking/loving, thinking about someone, admiring.

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

Violence:Yelling/arguing, Lena though someone might hurt her(she was alone on the beach), brief threat.

Other:Mermaids, going behind parent's backs, lying, tattoo. I have written down Wine men...so I don't know if that would involve drinking ...

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Good book. Could have done without some stuff in my opinion...but still solid and kinda clean.(I believe I was referring to a bit much kissing or something like that)  Lena was a good main character.

Rating & Age:3 stars. 13/14 up.

Sierra♥

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Beastly



Beastly by Alex Flinn.

(BEASTLY)) BY Flinn, Alex(Author)Paperback{Beastly}Newer Version January 01, 2010

Summery:Kyle has everything. Looks, money, popularity...just not a heart. So when he gets on the wrong side of this girl Kendra...well it turns out she is a witch and has decided he needs a lesson about looking on the inside not just on the outside. He has 2 years to find someone he loves, who loves him back and kisses him. Oh yeah and she kinda transformed him into a beast. Living practically alone...he almost gives up. But then he finds Lindy.

Romance:Kisses, loving/liking someone, admiring, flirting.
Bad Romance: Groping someone in a personal spot in public and in private, implications of people who had done of were going to do "it". Kyle goes to his girlfriends house for a little bit while her mother is away. Not really clear but it is only a couple sentences in mention.

Language:P--s, B---h (?), H--l, B-s---d,a--. And Lindy's dad calls her a sl-t.

Violence:Adrian/Kyle smashed things as a beast, tried to hurt Kendra, a tussle with a crowd and a guy who tried to hurt Lindy, yelling arguing, yelling meant hings at someone, threatening and scaring someone.

Other:Magic, drinking(one chapter, he drank some and then when Kendra changes him he thinks he is just seeing things), witches, spells,drugs (mentioned)

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Even though I did see the movie first and that gave me trouble with seeing Lindy(I liked her better in the book) and maybe Kyle(though I think they cast Kendra and Will perfectly).Otherwise though, I liked the book a lot better. It stuck to the story-line more. In the book it was a better, modern retelling. Also the place where they vacationed in the book was better than in the movie. Just saying. Now in the first couple of chapters there was some cussing and some trashy stuff. But the rest of the  book was clean. I think that it would be alright for younger (13ish) kids to read, if their parents said it was fine. I really enjoyed it and already have the next book :)

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Distant Melody

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin.
A Wings Of Glory book.


Distant Melody, A: A Novel (Wings of Glory)
Summery:When she is visiting her friend, Betty, the week of her wedding Allie finds herself attracted to Walt, a pilot in the war and an old friend of her friends. Allie has the time of her life and when she gets back home she starts to change in places where she would complied. She starts to write letters to Walt. even though she is practically engaged to her parents choice of a husbands.... needless to say she doesn't really like their pick. Meanwhile Walt has problems on the war front with his team and with a white lie he told about Allie. Can they help each other, as they are so alike, and come together as they're both trying to break themselves away from what they feel?

Romance:Kisses (mostly pecks), hugging, holding hands, loving/liking, admiring, flirting, talking and thinking about someone. A couple small implications to more adult things.

Language:None.

Violence:The war(WW2), shooting, killing (not really described but sad...all the war stuff), injuries/amputation, yelling/arguing.

Other:Lying, drinking, smoking(?).

Time Period:1942-1943.

What I Thought:A great book, with a really good plot! I love the time period 1850s-1950s. So anything in here is something that I will really like :) So Sarah Sundin has some books for me to read :) She is a really good author and I really enjoyed this book!

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Invasion



Invasion by Jon S. Lewis.
INVASION TPC (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel)


Summery:Colt is just a normal 16 year old California surfer....and yes, blond shaggy hair. His dad takes him to some sort of an army training academy thing....Colt just can't remember it really. Top secret you know. But now Colt's parents have been killed in a car accident. That may not have been an accident. He is now living with his Grandpa (who looks a lot like a  WW2 comic book hero...or so some say). Colt is sucked into an adventure with his friends Danielle and Oz to stop and evil shapeshifting aliens from taking over the world. Yeah...normal. Not.

Romance:Liking someone, crushes, being girlfriend/boyfriend. A cheek kiss. Flirting, admiring, thinking/talking about someone.
Bad Romance:Cheating.

Language:None.

Violence:Murder, accidents, fist fights (friends...so more like wrestling) fighting(bad guys). Shooting, injuries, people are taking over by mind control.

Other:Mention of drinking(not major), maybe drugs, aliens/monsters, mind control devices.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:For fantasy or Science fiction lovers...you should like this book. It's funny, exciting and action packed. Also full of fun and aliens and quite an enjoyable read! The sequel's review:coming soon.

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

Sierra♥

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble.
A Mercy Falls novel.
The Lightkeeper's Daughter (Mercy Falls)
Summery:When a man is injured near their lighthouse, Addie and her mother take him in to help him. He immediately tells them that he thinks Addie is the long lost daughter of a wealthy family, the Eatons. He, is her uncle and convinces her to come with him and take a position as his great nephew's governess, at least until he can find proof of her true identity. Meanwhile Addie has fallen in love with her young charge... and perhaps his father, the handsome John North, too! Soon she starts to believe herself that she is the long lost daughter. And she starts to discover exactly why her mother seemed to be running away form her Father.

Romance:Loving/liking, starting to love, kissing, wanting to kiss or touch, admiring, flirting, talk about marriage, hugging. One or so implication to the marriage night etc. (nothing inappropriate)

Language:None.

Violence:Murder, locking someone in an insane asylum, shooting, a boat accident, arguing/yelling.

Other: Gambling.

Time Period:1907.

What I Thought:I loved it! A great story, characters(John and Addie are so honorable and lovable) and plot/mystery. I really enjoyed it. The setting is great and the touches of lighthouse-ness is so picturesque. It is a lovely book with a great mystery to add to the mix.

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Smitten

Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter.


Summery:Four best friends, mother like, health food lover Natalie, fashionable Julia, lady-like and cute little dog toting Shelby and athletic and organized Reese... when the mill that brought business and supported the town shuts down the whole town tries to think of what they can do to save the town. But the girls come up with the winning plan. Turn their town, Smitten, into a honeymoon, romantic getaway. In beautiful Vermont. Some of the men have a little pride issue with their town becoming girly...but everyone is won over to try and save the town. Along the way the girls might just find the guy they have been waiting for...

Romance:Kisses, talking about someone, thinking about someone, flirting, attraction/admiring, loving/liking someone, hugging, holding hands.
Bad Romance:Natalie's sister has a baby before she was married and her mom married a lot of guys who really weren't that great. There are rumors that the guy that Natalie likes is Mia's, (her sisters child) father. Natalie's sister told her it was him, but Natalie doesn't really believe her. Shelby also got pregnant as a teen, only she has an abortion. Divorce. Reese, trying to make the guy she loves like her too, accidentally has him thinking that she is still in love with an old boyfriend who is about to get married and that she wants to make him jealous.

Language:None.

Violence:A fire, being made to have an abortion(Shelby's dad made her get one), yelling/arguing, minor injuries (running into someone), a pretty major character's ex-wife dies.

Other:Natalie's sister threatening that if she doesn't get money that she will take her child, Mia, (whom Natalie is taking care of and loving) away. Lying. Mention of creeps (weirdos...one dad was a bit protective of his daughter).

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:I really only got this because I really like Colleen Coble's books. But this was such a sweet, cozy, funny and enjoyable book...well I should have gotten  even if she hadn't contributed. It is a great hometown romance. I think that pretty much every girl can relate to one of the girls. They each have little quirks and hobbies.

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

I got this book free from the publisher.
I review for BookSneeze®

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Making Waves



Making waves by Lorna Seilstad.
A Lake Manawa Summer.
Making Waves: A Novel (Lake Manawa Summers)

Summery:While being pushed toward an arranged and unwanted marriage with her long time suitor Roger, Marguerite finds her love of sailing at Lake Manawa. Away for the summer with her family she will do whatever it takes to get those lessons and to get out into the water. She just loves the feeling of the wind in her hair and the small of the lake. Of course her teacher...er rather her younger brothers teacher who is also teaching her has also seemed to get caught up in Marguerite's waves. And Marguerite herself is a bit captured by the handsome sailor, Trip.

Romance:She is engaged, thinking about someone, loving someone, flirting, admiring, a couple kisses, hugging, talking about love and who they love. Slight, brief implication/mention to the wedding night, but not inappropriately.
Bad Romance:Kinda cheating on someone.

Language:None.

Violence:A fist fight, arguing/yelling, Roger squeezes her hand hard, threatens her, locks her in a icebox for over an hour, she nearly drowns, Trip is thrown into the lake while unconscious (by the bad guys), a fire is set on his boat as well.

Other:Lying, gambling, mention of women working' at a casino/gambling place, drinking.

Time Period:1895.

What I Thought: What a feisty main character! She will make you laugh, feel sorry for her when she messes up, but proud when she gets back up again. A great plot, nice and mysterious...and exciting :) Love the time period and all the dresses described :)

Rating & Age:4 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Friday, December 2, 2011

Golden

Golden by Cameron Dokey.
(A Once Upon A Time book.)
Read my reviews of other Once Upon A Time books.


Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel" (Once Upon a Time)
Summery:The true story of Rapunzel. Her true, first account. Her mother craved Rapunzel and her father stole it from the Sorceress's house next door. The second time he was caught and the Sorceress made a deal with him. If they couldn't love the baby, his wife was about to have she would take the baby Rapunzel. When she was born her mother immediately said she could never love her. Because Rapunzel was bald. Now she has grown up in the kind sorceress's house. She will soon have to undo the spell of the tower...but can she? And find love other than what her mother has given her?

Romance:A couple kisses, liking/loving someone and/or starting to. Talk(brief) of love. 

Language:None.

Violence:Angry villagers that were going to run them out of their home, saying mean things about Rapunzel and saying she was cursed. Yelling/arguing.

Other:Magic, stealing.

What I Thought:It has been my favorite of the 3 I have read. I really got sucked in at the end. The story was very different...but true to the original story. I thought it was very well written.

Rating & Age:4 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥