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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Lonestar Homecoming

Lonestar Homecoming by Colleen Coble.
Third book in the Lonestar series.
Lonestar Homecoming (Lonestar Series, #3)Book description:For most, it's the safest place on earth. For Gracie, it's the last place she wants to be...and the one place she must return.

With nothing but five dollars and the wedding dress she's wearing, Gracie Lister flees with her daughter by train to West Texas, to the town she ran away from so long ago. There they find refuge in the home of Michael Wayne--devoted single father, seasoned soldier--who gives Gracie a job caring for his two children and the hiding place she needs from her former fiance.

Michael and Gracie aren't looking for love, but it finds them right away. And then trouble comes to call in the form of Gracie's ex-fiance who is now on the FBI's most-wanted list. Together, Michael and Gracie must find the strength they need to protect their newly forged family. (taken from Goodreads)

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Romance:Kisses, attraction, touching, talking & thinking about someone, liking/loving someone. Illegitimate child and premarital sex, mention of states of undress, a scene of a married couple in bed.
Language:0
Violence:Shooting, killing, mention of what drug gangs did to some people (a bit gruesome, mentioned twice), attempted and successful murder, getting bucked, injuries, threats, yelling/arguments.
Other:Divorce, drugs, wanting to miscarry.
Time period:Modern.
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My thoughts:Another wonderful book from Colleen Coble and another great addition to the Lonestar series! I have to admit that I have been seeing a pattern in this series that I'm not sure I precisely like. The girl comes into town, something happens that requires them to get married in name and then they end up falling in love. I'm not saying that I dislike it, because Ms.Coble writes a great romance, I just don't like the predictability. I do know that the next and fourth book in this series is about a divorced couple that falls back in love, which makes me happy because it's different :) And while that part of the plot is the same, the rest of it differs with each book. I hope it isn't the last book in this series because it really is a great series. This book was exciting and quite enjoyable as I LOVE westerns.I would recommend it to a friend and to YOU! Colleen Coble is one of my favorite-est authors out there. I would recommend this to YA+ girls.
My favorite Character:I really liked Gracie as she was a really strong character. And Michael was good too...he just wasn't as much of a cowboy as I would have liked I suppose. :P
Cover thoughts:The cover is just so beautifully western. :) With cowboys and horses, what else is there to ask for? I really like the blend of sky and land....it just looks so natural!
Stars:4
Love, Sierra

Friday, December 28, 2012

Mini Review-A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Book Description:Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like...and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. (taken from Goodreads)
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My Thoughts:I haven't read or wanted to read any of Dicken's books before because I thought that they were all depressing and that I wouldn't like them. However I was really happy that I finally read one.This book is probably the lightest of Dicken's books, but it has a wonderful message! It is also pretty easy to read and I think it is a good book to start out with when reading Dickens. I'm sorta guessing, as I haven't read any of Dicken's other books yet. But it's the one I have started out with and I'm happy with it. It was a good tale of the true meaning Christmas and being kind to the poor. Character wise I liked Scrooge and seeing how he progressed as a character, growing in kindness. And I really liked Scrooge's nephew Fred, he just seemed really jolly :)
Cover Thoughts:I read the book with a different cover and didn't really like it. This one, however, I like because it's very nice :D And pretty.
My stars:3
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

With Every Letter

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin.
The first book in the Wings Of The Nightingale.
With Every LetterBook description:Lt. Mellie Blake is a nurse serving in the 802nd Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation, Transport. As part of a morale building program, she reluctantly enters into an anonymous correspondence with Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer in the 908th Engineer Aviation Battalion in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face to face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage to their past? And can they learn to trust God and embrace the gift of love he offers them?

Combining excellent research and attention to detail with a flair for romance, Sarah Sundin brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing, and true love. (taken from Amazon)
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Romance:Kissing, touching & holding, attraction, liking and loving someone, thinking and talking about someone, flirting, dating, an affair.
Language:0
Violence:Shooting, death and killing, lots of injuries, war, murderer mentioned, somewhat bullying and a small fight? yelling/arguing.
Other:Lies, trickery, brief mention of drunk and abusive husband & father, Mellie's mom partying and getting killed in an accident.
Time period:1945-1946 (I think) Set during World War 2.
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My thoughts:Wow. I loved it. This has to be my favorite book from Sarah Sundin!! It was one of the most sweet and lovely love stories ever! I couldn't put it down and I was up until 4:00 to finish it! I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to several people I know. Because it was great. Ms.Sundin really knows how to write great books!! I enjoy all of her book's, this one was the one I have enjoyed the most though. The plot was really good and there were several surprises, even if the plot was a bit obvious. Which wasn't a bad thing. I liked pretty much everything, the only issue would be that I found Mellie a little (see below) legalistic and such. I loved all of it. I would recommend to girls YA+
My favorite character:I liked Sesame, the dog. For some reason I imagined a little honey-brown Snowy type dog (Tintin) :P And Tom was a character I really liked who seemed to grow a lot in front of us. I really liked that.  Mellie was nice too...she just a little uptight and rule bound at some times.
Cover thoughts:I liked it. You don't get the bridge thing until after you've read the book. I didn't even realize it was a bridge until after I read it :P
My stars:5
Love, Sierra

Monday, December 24, 2012

Looking Forward To:Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson. I loved Janice Thompson's Weddings By Bella series and I'm really looking forward to this new series! It ties in to the WBB series, only its now in the future, after the WBB series. Anyway, not only is the cover gorgeous but I'm now dying to read it after the book description!

Picture Perfect (Weddings by Design, #1)Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she's dealing with now. Still, she's trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers--a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn't count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.
With her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives readers more of the bridal business drama they want in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Readers are desperately waiting for more of Bella and this new series brings her back in a big way, while introducing new characters fans will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller. (taken from Goodreads)


Sounds pretty good huh? I'm hoping for the same lighthearted fun, romance and family brought all together into one. And I hope characters from WBB will be making appearances too :D  This book will be released February 1. And the new series? It's called Weddings By Design!
Love, Sierra

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Last Princess

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze.
The Last Princess (Last Princess, #1)Book description:Happily ever after is a thing of the past.

A series of natural disasters has decimated the earth. Cut off from the rest of the world, England is a dark place. The sun rarely shines, food is scarce, and groups of criminals roam the woods, searching for prey. The people are growing restless.

When a ruthless revolutionary sets out to overthrow the crown, he makes the royal family his first target. Blood is shed in Buckingham Palace, and only sixteen-year old Princess Eliza manages to escape. Determined to kill the man who destroyed her family, Eliza joins the enemy forces in disguise. She has nothing left to live for but revenge, until she meets someone who helps her remember how to hope-and love-once more.

Now she must risk everything to ensure that she does not become . . .

The Last Princess.
(taken from Goodreads)
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Romance: Kissing, sleeping in the same bed, thinking & talking about someone, liking.
Language:0
Violence:Shooting, killing, fighting, kidnapping, murder, injuries, being abusive, threats, torture and gory scenes, yelling/arguments.
Other:Stealing, breaking and entering, hiding something and/or lying, treason.
Time period:Future.
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My thoughts:Although I didn't immediately love it, I really did enjoy this book. It had a great setting and plot that really captured my interest. It was kinda a feeling of  Britain during a world war two/civil war type war. Also a mix of a hidden princess, treasonous uprising and then another uprising against the uprising and a battle for freedom and for good. I liked the characters and didn't really have any problems other than in some pots that seemed a little hurried and the fact that there wasn't more! it was really exciting and great dystopian read :D I would recommend to YA+ because of the violence. Tough girls and dystopian lovers will enjoy :) I cannot wait for the next book!
Cover thoughts:Very pretty...in a dystopian lover's view :P I love how the have Big Ben and the Thames in the picture :D
My favorite characters:Eliza and/or Wesley. And I really liked the horse, Caligula :D
My stars:4
Love, Sierra

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Looking Forward To:Rosemary Cottage

 Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble. This is the second book in the Hope Beach series. And let me tell you this book looks so good! Colleen Coble is one of my most favorite authors ever...so I'm pretty excited whenever I hear about a new book coming out :D I'm currently reading (when I was writing this Monday) Tidewater Inn, the first book and it has been very, very good! A review coming soon! Both of these books have beautiful, scneic covers with a beautiful sky in the background. So that is definitely a plus, the cover is great. But then so is the description! Check it out...
Rosemary Cottage The cottage by the sea offers Amy a refuge to mourn her brother’s death and perhaps even discover a new love. But what if Ben’s death was no accident?
Rosemary Cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has been in Amy Lang’s family for generations and offers her a haven within its peaceful walls. There she hopes to discover what really happened to her brother, Ben, even as she tries to come to grips with his death in the ocean months before.
She hopes the Coast Guard team will help her find closure, but they are quick to dismiss her concerns of foul play. Everyone in Hope Beach regards the suspicious e-mail she received as a vicious prank. When it seems discovering what happened to Ben will take longer than she expected, Amy moves her midwifery practice to Hope Beach.
Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland may hold the key to many of her questions, but he also hides a secret that will change her world forever. And her own secrets could tear apart the fragile love developing between them. Will Amy have the courage to put down her mask and let Curtis love her for who she is? And can they both weather the danger that threatens to destroy the most precious thing in their lives? (taken from Goodreads)

I am hoping for the usual from Ms.Coble in this book...romance, great guy, page turning excitement and mystery :) This book releases next summer, July 9th. That is such a long wait :( 
Love, Sierra

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

An Honest Love

An Honest Love by Kathleen Fuller.
The second book in the Hearts of Middlefield series.
An Honest Love (Hearts of Middlefield, #2)Book Description:Anna must find the courage to tell Lukas the truth. Will he find the courage to forgive her?

Anna was once betrayed by someone she loved deeply. In an attempt to never be hurt again, she and her mother relocated to Middlefield, Ohio. It was the ideal place for Anna's broken heart to mend. In Middlefield, Anna withdrew from risk, placing all her attention on managing the new gift shop she and her mom bought.


When Lukas introuces himself, Anna can't resist her attraction to him. Though she finds herself falling in love, she's hiding a piece of her past in fear that their future will be destroyed if she tells him the truth.


But love can't be built on lies and the past comes rushing back to Anna in an irreversible way. Now Lukas must decide how he will react to Anna's betrayal. As they cling to their belief in an honest love, they realize it's a path they must walk together even as it leads to unexpected places. (taken from Goodreads)

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Romance:Admiring, kisses, touching & hugging, thinking & talking about,  flirting, liking/loving someone. Inappropriate romance:Pregnancy before marriage, being left at the altar.
Language:None.
Violence:Pain caused by a sickness, injuries, yelling/arguments.
Other:Drinking, drugs, smoking, lying, betrayal, jail.
Time period:Modern.
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My thoughts: Kathleen Fuller writes great Amish books! Note that I've only read two or so other Amish series besides hers, but so far she has been my favorite. I especially like these because it is usually a family and you move through the family or children. It's really nice :D This book also was very enjoyable and I really liked the characters. Anyhow, I really liked this book and would recommend it to YA+ girls. It is pretty much squeaky clean, but it is a adult romance.
Cover thoughts: I like it...It's not a favorite but it is a very pretty cover, I love the sunset in the back :)
My favorite character:Well I read this book a while ago and cannot remember exactly who was my favorite...I have a feeling it might have been Lukas though.

My stars:4
Love, Sierra

Monday, December 17, 2012

Giveaway!

The Fairest BeautyHey guys! Everybody loves a giveaway right? Well this lovely blog, Christian Bookshelf Reviews, is having a great one! They are giving away a copy of Melanie Dickerson's newest book, The Fairest Beauty. The Fairest Beauty is a Snow White and the Seven Dwarves retelling and looks like it will be another wonderful addition to the books Ms.Dickerson has already published. Want to enter? There are only 7 more days to enter! Just go here!  
Love, Sierra

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.
The first book in The Infernal Devices series.
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Book description:Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. (taken from goodreads)

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Romance:Flirting, crude joke, a kiss, kinda liking someone.
Language:
Violence:Kidnapping, torture, threats, injuries, battles, death and murder, killing for a show and enjoying it, yelling/arguments.
Other:Eavesdropping, trickery, manipulation, a character says he had been drinking (untrue) demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, shadowhunters, magic, lying, drug addiction of sorts, mention of opium dens, brothels and such. 
Time period:1878
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My thoughts:So far, I have liked this series better than The Mortal Instruments.(*note* after reading the second book I love this series) The other series is really exciting, but has more language and etc. And although I still enjoy it, I like this series better as it is essentially the same type of story, still exciting and less language etc. Also this is a bit of a mix between steampunk and paranormal. The time period is one of my favorites and just check out that cover! So steampunk :) Also a brilliant plot that I wish I could do something half as good in my own writing. Fascinating and the kind that keeps me up reading at night. Only a little slow very rarely. With vampires, kidnapping, the beginnings of a love triangle and clockwork automatons thrown all together... I really enjoyed this book! I would recommend to YA+ girls. Some guys will like it I suppose, too. Because of the action and battles.
Cover thoughts:Very nice...collage like. And I liked the Angel on the front, as it ties in with the story and all that.
My favorite character:Will. But I like Jem and Tessa too...Tessa because she's a bookworm *grins*
My stars:4
Love, Sierra

Friday, December 14, 2012

Looking Forward To:Princess Of The Silver Woods

Princess Of The Silver Woods by Jessica day George is the third book in a sort of series.  The first book, Princess Of The Midnight Ball was a retelling of the 12 dancing princesses. It was set on one of the 12 princesses. The next book, Princess Of The Midnight Ball, was set on a different sister in a retelling of Cinderella. Both were great, romantic retellings that I really enjoyed :) And I'm really looking forward to this one. It's Red Riding Hood and sounds very interesting...
Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess, #3) When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.
(taken from goodreads)
 Not only is the cover gorgeous, but it sounds like a wonderful mix of fairy tale and legend :) I'm hoping for a wonderful plot and great characters... And adventure among a wonderful retelling, as her other books have been :) This book came out the 11th and I already have a hold on this book at my library and I'm waiting for it to get sent to my branch :D This series has been one of my favorites and I hope that this one will live up to the others!
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Introducing....Mini Reviews!

Storm (Elemental, #1)Book Description:Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys all the ones she doesn't want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They're powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life's at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who's hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming. (taken from Goodreads)


My thoughts:This book has a good deal of language. Like a lot. But if you can look over that fact, the sliver of drinking and almost rape scene, this is a really good book. It has a pretty good plot, even if I guessed it pretty early on. I really liked the characters as each of the Merrick boys (Michael the oldest, Nick and Gabriel the two twins, and then the youngest Chris) were totally unique and had his own, very funny, personality. Plus....they aren't bad looking. However there isn't all too much kissing or romance, one of the guys (Hunter) is actually pretty gentlemanly. So even though there was a good deal of things that I didn't really agree on, this is a really enjoyable book and the powers are super cool as well! And I would recommend it and just almost reread it. I probably would. Probably.
Cover thoughts:Nice looking :P I like how each cover (the next two were on the back) brings forth and focuses on one guy and he becomes surrounded by his element.

My stars:3.9... Really almost 4....if only it hadn't had the language...
Love, Sierra

Monday, December 10, 2012

Looking Forward To:Right Where I Belong

Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee is a book that I have been looking forward to for a while :) I absolutely love this author and her writing style. I had gotten her book Starring Me from Booksneeze and had to have her first book (First Date) to read as well as soon as I was done. Along with Jenny B. Jones, Bryan Davis, Shannon Dittemore, and a couple others, this author is one of the few Christian YA authors that I actually enjoy! There are a lot of Christian YA authors that don't do a good or very clean job when it comes to Christian YA fiction. I think that it is getting a lot better, but this author is definitely a bright spot :) So apart from this being an author that I love, I cannot wait to see what this book will be about, check it out!
Right Where I Belong
 Tired of watching her father flit from one wife to another and having formed a true bond with her most recent stepmother, Natalia decides to move with her from Spain to Florida when the divorce papers are finalized.

There are a couple things Natalia knows for sure: 1) She's being groomed to take over her father's international business. Success is expected. 2) There is no such thing as true love. Just look at her father. 3) Her stepmother's faith is real. And Natalia wants more of it.

Being in a new place, though, has a way of challenging one's preconceived notions. Natalia is still searching but before it's over, she hopes to discover right where she belongs.




This book will be released on December 11th. I'm hoping my library will get it, but if they don't? I'm going to go buy it because I think that it will be worth it :) And I adore this cover, also.
Love, Sierra

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Hunters

The Hunters by John Flanagan.
Book three in the Brotherband Chronicles.
The Hunters (Brotherband Chronicles #3)Summary:Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let down their guard. The chase leads down mighty rivers, terrifying rapids, to the lawless fortress of Ragusa. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive. (taken from goodreads)
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Romance:Maybe liking and/or admiring someone.
Language:1
Violence:Shooting (bow and arrows), injuries, threats, murder, capturing someone, unjust ruling that would result in innocent death, fights, sparring, brief torture mentioned, wanting to harm someone, yelling/arguments.
Other:Bribery, lying and/or hiding something, drinking (ale and such, brief), stealing and piracy.
Time period:Another world, medieval.
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My thoughts:Each one of John Flanagan's books are full of wonderfully thought out plots that are detailed. complex and simple at the same time. The ways the battles and strategies play out in this book and his others fascinate and blow my mind. I enjoy the writing in these books because they are great. A really great author has written another great book! I loved the adventure and it felt like coming home some how...I read it and I'm instantly comfortable, enjoying the book totally.  I would recommend to guys and girls 12-13+ or so. I know that this is a series that I want my brother and sisters to read when they get to the right age.
Cover thoughts:Exciting and reminds me of all the other books :)
My favorite character:Hal is a smart, a good leader and quite likeable. Thorn has some of Halt in him, I think, but he is still different and could never replace Halt...EVER. Ingvar was a sweet, loyal teddy bear who will cause harm to those who harm his friends. Stig is reliable and funny. All the characters were wonderful, but those were my favorites.
My stars:4
Love, Sierra

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Still Lolo

Still Lolo by Lauren Scruggs and family.
Book description: In December 2011, Lauren (“LoLo”) Scruggs, a 23-year-old fashion journalist, suffered a sudden injury that made headlines around the world. She had been on a short flight to look at Christmas lights and, upon exiting the small plane, was hit by the still-moving propeller blade. A frantic 911 call, several major surgeries, and thousands of prayers later: Lauren lived. But she lost her left hand and left eye. And she had to face some incredibly difficult questions: What kind of future will I have? Where is God in all this pain? Will anyone ever be able to love me now? In Still LoLo, Lauren speaks out for the first time since her accident. She and her family reveal what really happened that night, what Lauren’s life is like today, what got them through their journey toward healing, and how they conquered all odds to persevere as a family. It’s a compelling and fiercely beautiful story of faith, determination, and staying true to who you are—no matter what.
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Objectionable content:Mention of sleeping together, making out, dating, injuries, drinking, divorce, going to a bar, yelling/arguments, an affair, talk of pregnancy that had some issues.
My thoughts: This is a very inspirational book in several ways. It shows a family being brought to God, the same family growing in God and finding strength in him when Lauren has her accident. And mainly it's about Lauren, and her terrible accident. The people that stood by her, helping her as she recovered and got stronger. The journey that Lauren experienced before and after her accident and God's plans for her. I felt that this book was a message to others who are struggling in any sort of way that you can make it though the hardest of things that life throws at you. There was one thing, near the end of the book, that I did not agree with. Basically it was said something to the same idea as "We don't know why God let/made this happen to Lauren, but we only know that he can have it work to the good of all of us..." Something along those lines. I don't agree with that. I believe that bad things happen in this world because of sin and God takes the mess and cleans it up. I just wanted to say that. Otherwise I really enjoyed hearing Lauren's story that really encouraged me and was amazing. If you want to take a peek at the first chapter... http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/downloads/press_kits/StillLoloCh1.pdf
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All in all it was wonderful hearing how Lauren was able to overcome. I think that after all of this that she has lost, she has more, on the inside. I would recommend this book to YA+ and I think it would be very encouraging to many teens.
My stars:3.9 if I'm being technical.
Love, Sierra
P.S. I was given a copy of this book free from the publisher and the views I expressed are my own.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Lost Prince

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa.
Call of The Forgotten book 1, The Iron Fey book 5.
 Read my reviews of The Iron Fey.
The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)Summary:Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

This novel is one of Julie’s books that will have you demanding for the second one as soon as you finish your read. (from Goodreads)

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Romance:Liking/loving someone, thinking & talking about someone, a couple kisses, attraction, flirting.
Language:5+ (sadness)
Violence:Threats, injuries, battles, a fire mentioned, bullying, torture in the form of an iron cage I think, death, yelling/arguments.
Other:Fey, fey creatures (goblins, piskies, cait sith), lying/hiding something, cancer, magic/glamour, stealing or glamour that results in loss of life or fey-ness, a sorta crude joke.
Time period:Modern.
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My thoughts:I was expecting a lot from this book. Let's just put that out there. I had been waiting on it and was really looking forward to reading it. So I think that it lived up to what I expected. I didn't like Ethan as much as I thought I would, he had his moments and was mysterious, broody and I think I have a crush on the cover picture...but I didn't like him all so much as Ash or Puck. In some ways he was bitter and there was a bit of cussing from him. I mean I like broody, but there is something as too much broody. But I still liked him. It is a ton of new stuff! So, so, so exciting! I cannot wait for the next book! The plot and adventures are getting better and better :D I would recommend this book to teen girls because lets face it...fey adventures, cute guys, romance while dodging creatures that want to eat you...it's perfect :P
Cover thoughts: I loved it. as mentioned above, I'm crushing on it. Although the whole leaves melding into the skin doesn't exactly fit in with the story...only kinda when you think of Kierran after you have finished reading.
My favorite character: Kenzie was a great new character that I loved! She was really spunky, energetic and strong. Grimalkin, Puck and Ash as always were my favorites even the later two only had very small parts :(  I liked Ethan and Kierran alright but...they weren't the originals.... (i.e. Ash and Puck)
My stars:4
Love, Sierra

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Looking Forward To:The Friday Society

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress is on my TBR list for several reasons. for starters, I read her tween books as a tween and really enjoyed them. She is a talented writer. Secondly, it's steampunk. There are more and more steampunk books popping up which makes me really happy! And this one looks like a really fun read :) Also I adore the cover, It is totally steampunk and makes me want to look over it for a long time, there are a lot of things you don't notice at first, I only just noticed the gears at the bottom that look so cool :)
The Friday Society
Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.
It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves. Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.



I'm really hoping that I will like this book, I'm expecting a good plot and likable characters. I hope it will deliver. I've read a couple reviews, most have been positive so for now I'll just be waiting for it to come out (December 6th), then waiting for my library to get it (I already have a hold on it :D) and then I'll reading it and hopefully be enjoying a wonderful steampunk world! 
Love, Sierra


Friday, November 30, 2012

The Invaders

The Invaders by John Flanagan.
The second book in the Brotherband Chronicles.
The Invaders (Brotherband Chronicles, #2)Summary:Hal and the Herons have done the impossible. This group of outsiders has beaten out the strongest, most skilled young warriors in all of Skandia to win the Brotherband competition. But their celebration comes to an abrupt end when the Skandians' most sacred artifact, the Andomal, is stolen--and the Herons are to blame.

To find redemption they must track down the thief Zavac and recover the Andomal. But that means traversing stormy seas, surviving a bitter winter, and battling a group of deadly pirates willing to protect their prize at all costs. Even Brotherband training and the help of Skandia's greatest warrior may not be enough to ensure that Hal and his friends return home with the Andomal--or their lives. (from Goodreads)

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Romance:Liking someone, thinking & talking about someone, flirting (not much).
Language:1
Violence:Attacks, fights, killing, fires, injuries, shooting (arrows and darts), sparing, yelling/arguing.
Other:Piracy and stealing, lying.
Time period:Another world.
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My thoughts:John Flanagan is a really good author. And his battle scenes they are so...real and strategic! I enjoy reading these books because of the characters that are so strong and real that you relate to them so quickly. The adventures are exciting and the plot is surprising and familiar at the same time. I really enjoyed this book and it is definitely one I want my brother to read when he gets a little older. (Mom says not quite yet, sigh) In fact I'll probably get my sisters to read it as well :) I would recommend this book and series to boys and girls tween aged plus. This series and the Rangers Apprentice series are both ones that I really love and I think are great books.
My favorite character:I liked Thorn because I can see a bit of Halt in him and he is pretty funny, but also complex and mysterious. Like he has layers. Also Hal, Stig, Lydia and Ingvar are all great characters :)
My stars:4.5
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Looking Forward To:Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love is the third book in the Hickory Ridge Romances. I have read the first two and really enjoyed the first one. The second one was good as well, but I just liked the first better :) This book releases December 4th and I'm really looking forward to reading it :) Isn't the cover just lovely? I just want to jump right into the cover. All of these books have been and I really can't wait to see what will be happening this time...
Every Perfect Gift Sophie has spent a lifetime guarding her heart and a long-held secret. It will take all of her courage to speak the truth and embrace the future God has planned for her.

The year is 1886, and Sophie Robillard returns to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after living in Texas for 15 years as the ward of Ada and Wyatt Caldwell. Now that the town's population has exploded, her intention is to reopen the long-defunct newspaper office that so captivated her when she was still an orphan. The rejection she experienced as a child because of her mixed parentage has left deep scars that she hopes can be healed by succeeding in this new venture.

Ethan Heyward was uprooted from his home as a boy following an unspeakable tragedy. Horace Blakely, a millionaire businessman, took Ethan under his wing and eventually put him in charge of the construction and opening of Blue Smoke resort in Hickory Ridge.

They meet when Sophie arrives at Blue Smoke to interview Ethan for her newspaper. As their attraction deepens, each hides a secret that, if revealed, could end their relationship.

 
Sounds good right? I cannot wait! I really love reading historical books, with or without a romance. And I have really enjoyed this series, so I have high hopes that this one just might be the best in the series so far!
Love, Sierra

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Crimson Crown

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima.
The fourth book in The Seven Realms series.
The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4)
Summary:A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed—Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. 
Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love. Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?(from Goodreads)
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Romance:Kisses and making out, liking or loving someone, thinking and talking about someone, flriting, touching.
Inappropriate romance:Suggestion of becoming lovers and brief discussion and thoughts of it, talk of Bayer's illegitimate child and the rape that caused it.
Language:1
Violence:Kidnapping, threats, torture, injuries, battles, murder, a terrible fire, yelling/arguments.
Other:Magic, wizardry, manipulation, lying, ghosts of sorts, possessing kinda, two gay characters briefly mentioned.
Time period:Another world.
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My thoughts:Wow! This was a wonderful way to end a wonderful series! I must say, I didn't know what to expect...how it would end. But it was all and above what I could have expected! It was exciting down to the last page with a totally intriguing plot and characters I have grown to love. I really couldn't put it down, and I most certainly didn't want to! Both guys and girls should enjoy it and I would recommend it to YA+ as there are a few objectionable things. However, over all, this is one of my favorite series.And out of the series this may be my favorite book :)
My favorite character:Oh where to begin! I really liked Raisa because she is really strong, confident and real. I really liked her. Han because he is a rogue and a hero at the same time, becoming more and more like a hero all the time. And he really cares for people and wants to do the right thing. I also liked Amon because he was really loyal and self sacrificing. And honorable :) So I have a couple that I really loved :) Unfortunately Amon didn't have many scenes in this book :(
My stars:5
Love, Sierra
P.S. I have read the previously three books, but haven't published the reviews. I promise to get onto that very very soon!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Confession Of April Grace:Chocolate Covered Baloney

Confession Of April Grace:Chocolate Covered Baloney by K.D. McCrite.
The third book in the Confessions of April Grace series.
Summary: The last thing April Grace wants is more change in her life—but that’s exactly what she gets! Plus, April has a new mystery to solve when Myra Sue starts sneaking around and acting very suspicious!
From snooty new neighbors to starting junior high to getting a new baby brother to having her grandmother get a boyfriend, April Grace has had enough change to last until she is at least 87 years old.
But when it rains, it pours, and April Grace is in for the ride of her life when her prissy, citified neighbor Isabel becomes her gym teacher and a long-lost relative suddenly reappears and throws everything into a tizzy. On top of that, April’s sister, Myra Sue, has been hiding something and sneaking around. April needs to find out what is going on before her silly sister gets herself into trouble again. More important, will April find the grace she needs to handle her topsy-turvy life and forgive past wrongs?
Girls will fall in love with April’s humor and completely relate to her as she deals with family, friends, drama, and both the humor and the heartache that are part of growing up.
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Romance:Maybe liking someone, mentioned as a joke. Also April Grace's Grandma kinda dating and having boyfriends.
Language:0
Violence:Yelling/arguments.
Other:Lying/hiding something, eavesdropping, snooping, going behind the parent's backs, running away, judgment, past anorexia and child neglect.
Time period:1987
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My thoughts:I'm quite sure that I would have really loved this series if it had been out when I was younger. Being an older reader I feel like I don't get as much from this series because I cannot relate to April Grace in some ways. However this is still a great book that I really enjoyed reading. I think it is interesting that this series is set in 1987, but the author made a good point about giving tweens and teens a taste of what it might have been like when their parents were growing up. This is a book with a heartwarming story of love, family and second chances :) I would recommend to girls who are tween aged.
My favorite character:I really liked April Grace's mom, she was just really sweet and strong.
My stars:3
Love, Sierra
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I was given a copy of this book free from the publisher and the views I expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Million Suns

A Million Suns by Beth Revis.
The second book in the  Across The Universe series.
A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)Summary:Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

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Romance:Liking/loving someone, a few kisses, attraction, thinking & talking about someone.
Inappropriate romance:Implication of desire, Elder wants Amy to move to his private Keeper level. Attempted rape (remembering) and another character also remember an actual rape that resulted in a pregnancy. Mention of the season which was basically a breeding period. For humans.
Language:This was an older review and I didn't use the same system, so I'm going to give it a 2. I don't think there was to much language, even though there was some made up cuss words.
Violence:Murders, riots, injuries, assault, shooting, yelling/arguments.
Other:Lying.
Time period:Future.
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My thoughts:The first book turned me off a little because I really didn't like the season. It was pretty gross and wrong. The first book was interesting and all but this one has been the one that has really hooked me onto this series. It was a bit cleaner and I really loved the ending. I thought that the plot was really well done and I enjoyed the mystery of the murders and such.  I would recommend this book to teens, I think that this is kinda  a girl series, although I think some guys would like it too. Also the ending really leaves you dying for the next book (which comes out in January) and I don't want to give anything away...but it has a really good ending. With something big. Yeah :D
My favortie character:Amy probably. I really liked her and I don't think any others really stood out as favorites.
My stars:3.9-4 (too close to call...)
Love, Sierra

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Looking Forward To:Elemental

Elemental by Antony John caught my eye. For one thing, it has a rockin' cover that I REALLY love. Secondly, I was drawn in by the book description.
Elemental
Sixteen-year-old Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an Element—earth, water, wind or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the advancing pirates, Thomas and his friends fight for survival in the battered remains of a mysterious abandoned settlement. But the secrets they unearth will turn Thomas’ world upside-down, and bring to light not only a treacherous past but also a future more dangerous than he can possibly imagine.


Sounds pretty interesting huh? That's what I thought. Well, it releases tomorrow and I already have a hold on it at my library (score!) Of course I won't get it until the weekend probably :/ That stinks. But I am definitely looking forward to exploring this new world with what sounds like a grand adventure!
Love, Sierra

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ten

Ten by Gretchen McNeil.
Ten Summary:SHHHH!
Don't spread the word!
Three-day weekend. House party.
White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.


It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine? (taken from Goodreads)

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Romance: A kiss or two, implication of characters making out, liking, thinking & talking about someone, flirting.
Inappropriate Romance: Two of the characters are implied to have been sleeping together, in the past Meg was led to believe that T.J. slept with Minnie. A couple of crude jokes regarding s-x or body parts.
Language:5+
Violence:Murders, injuries, gruesome body descriptions, threats, suicide, shooting, a fire, yelling/arguments.
Other:Stealing, lying, being mentally unstable, vandalism, a bit of underage drinking, possibly a few other things.
Time period:Modern.
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My thoughts: This book has a good deal of things that make me not so much a fan. There was a good deal of violence, but it really wasn't that bad. It was a really good thriller, mystery and plot and excitement wise. And it didn't get scary/creepy until about half way through. So excitement and plot wise, it was really good and well written. Very exciting. However it was a violent book and there was a lot of bad language and "stuff" as seen above. So I'm not sure if I would really recommend it to any of my friends. Now if you have no problem with that stuff and enjoy suspense, thrillers and getting scared (Why yes, I did read it at night and had a bit of trouble getting to sleep, what of it?) then go ahead and enjoy! I personally prefer Christian Suspense (Ted Dekker!) but this one really sounded interesting. And it was. I just wish it had been cleaner. I wouldn't really know who and how to recommend it to, but I guess guys and girls who are older teens. Like 16+ Cause it is scary etc.
My favorite character:I don't know. Probably Minnie (sorry, I meant Meg), as pretty much all the characters were kinda messed up :/
My stars:2.5
Love, Sierra

Friday, November 16, 2012

False Memory

False Memory by Dan Krokos.
False Memory (False Memory, #1)Summary:Miranda wakes up alone on a park bench with no memory. In her panic, she releases a mysterious energy that incites pure terror in everyone around her. Except Peter, a boy who isn’t at all surprised by Miranda’s shocking ability.

Left with no choice but to trust this stranger, Miranda discovers she was trained to be a weapon and is part of an elite force of genetically-altered teens who possess flawless combat skills and powers strong enough to destroy a city. But adjusting to her old life isn’t easy—especially with Noah, the boyfriend she can’t remember loving.

Then Miranda uncovers a dark truth that sets her team on the run. Suddenly her past doesn’t seem to matter... when there may not be a future.

Dan Krokos’ debut is a tour-de-force of non-stop action that will leave readers begging for the next book in this bold and powerful new series. (from Goodreads)

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Romance:A couple kisses, hugging, touching, liking/loving someone, thinking & tlaking about someone, flirting.
Inappropriate romance:A past, brief scene of Noah wanting to go farther with Miranda & they're in bed together. She remembers not having any (or barely any) clothes on.
Language:4.5
Violence:Shooting, threats, a fire, injuries, fighting, sparring, death and killing, hitting someone, yelling/arguments.
Other:Cloning, lying and hiding something, ( in the past) drinking briefly mentioned, mind control, messing around with brain and DNA etc. evil scientist stuff.
Time period:Modern.
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My thoughts:I was drawn in by the cool cover and the exciting book description. But this is a really good book! It has a mystery, lots of fast past scenes and doesn't fail to keep you reading. It was well written and I really felt like the author was able to connect the reader with the characters very quickly. Other than the language I didn't really find anything that I disliked about the book. Being the nerd that I am I enjoyed hearing all of cloning, superhero like powers and cool weapons and gadgets. This for YA readers, guys and girls. I simply cannot wait to get my hands on the second book which comes out next August. :( So long! Miranda, I must say, reminded me a little of Tris of Divergent...not sure why really. But I would definitely suggest this book if you enjoy an adventure and science fiction.
My favorite character:Would be Peter. He's the leader of the four and kinda is an outcast because he has to be responsible and can't goof off like the others. Plus he secretly loves Miranda, even though she is with Noah. He's just a really nice, sweet guy :D 
My stars:4
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Looking Forward To:The Hunters

Saying that John Flanagan is an "okay" author would be wrong. He is like a "seriously good" author! I really enjoy his writing and The Ranger Apprentice series is a wonderful series for tweens to older teens. It's definitely one of the top series I would recommend. And his Brotherband series is really good too. It's not the same, for me, as the RA series. Not yet anyway. But I still like it and enjoy reading them. And right now, I'm really looking forward to reading the third book in the Brotherband series. The Hunters looks really good, is a good size (i.e. nice and big, lots of pages :D) and I have it waiting for me in my bedroom right now :D I picked it up a few days ago. As y'all can see I'm a little behind :/ 

The Hunters (Brotherband Chronicles #3) Hal and his brotherband crew are hot on the trail of the pirate Zavac and they have one thing only on their minds: Stopping the bloodthirsty thief before he can do more damage. Of course, they also know Zavac has the Andomal, the priceless Skandian artifact stolen when the brotherband let down their guard. The chase leads down mighty rivers, terrifying rapids, to the lawless fortress of Ragusa. If Hal is to succeed, he will need to go beyond his brotherband training. He will need to challenge the pirate one-on-one, knowing only one of them will survive.

  1. Have you read any of John Flanagan's books? Yes.
  2. What do you think of the Brotherband series to the RA series? I think the RA series is better but they are both great series!
  3. Will you read this book or the series?  Yup :)
Love, Sierra 

Monday, November 12, 2012

13 Secrets

13 Secrets by Michelle Harrison.
The third book in the 13 Treasures series.
13 SecretsSummary:Happy with life at Elvesden Manor, Rowan is doing her best to put the past behind her. But it's tough to forget the past when fairy messengers won't leave her be, no matter how many magical boundaries are put in place to keep them away.
When Tanya arrives to spend the summer at the manor, she notices that Rowan is acting strangely and becomes determined to find out what she's hiding. As Rowan sets about a risky secret quest, those she is working with soon begin to vanish one by one -- each in a way that is symbolic of the Thirteen Treasures. With time running out, will Tanya be able to prevent the past from consuming Rowan altogether?
In this stunning finale to the 13 Treasures Trilogy, Michelle Harrison delivers a dark tale of mystery and adventure, set against a deliciously wicked fairy world. (from Goodreads)

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Romance: Rowan and Fabian's (Fabian is Tanya's cousin) parents are together, Tanya catches them kissing once, liking, only one other kiss otherwise (and it was a forehead or cheek).
Language:1
Violence:Stealing human children/babies and replacing them with changelings, murdering, injuries, fights, threats, torture, yelling/arguments.
Other:Fairies, magic, having visions and premonitions, trickery, lying.
Time Period:Modern.
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My thoughts:This series is not really what I usually read (YA) and it really a tween book. But I still like the series. The story, plot, and description of the world the characters live in are interesting, exicting and well done. I like the characters too and overall really enjoyed this book. The plot was a bit predictable, but there were several surprises that I didn't see coming. Somehow reading these types of books bring me back to being an 11 year old reading whatever fantasy books I could get my hands on. Good times. I would recommend this book to tweens (I think both boys and girls can enjoy it) and I might be recommending it to my siblings in a year or so.
My favorite character: Would have to be Red/Rowan. She was really strong (the kick-butt kinda girl) and did what needed to be done. She looked at the bigger picture and put others ahead of herself.
My stars:4
Love, Sierra

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Caught

Caught by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
 The Missing, book five.
 
Caught (The Missing, #5)Summary: Jonah and Katherine are accustomed to traveling through time, but when learn they next have to return Albert Einstein’s daughter to history, they think it’s a joke—they’ve only heard of his sons. But it turns out that Albert Einstein really did have a daughter, Lieserl, whose 1902 birth and subsequent disappearance was shrouded in mystery. Lieserl was presumed to have died of scarlet fever as an infant. But when Jonah and Katherine return to the early 1900s to fix history, one of Lieserl’s parents seems to understand entirely too much about time travel and what Jonah and Katherine are doing. It’s not Lieserl’s father, either—it’s her mother, Mileva. And Mileva has no intention of letting her daughter disappear. (taken from Goodreads)
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 Romance:Liking someone, thinking & talking about someone. It's mentioned/shown that Einstein has a bad marriage, later on in the future.
Language:0
Violence:Kidnapping, yelling/arguments, disease killing, and natural death.
Other:Time travel, divorce mentioned, lying/hiding something, stealing. 
Time period:1903 and modern.
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My thoughts:This was a really educational book (although with a good bit of excitement, mystery and adventure too!), really enjoyable for the history buff hidden away in me and was probably my favorite of the Missing series. The first is a close second though. This one just had all the right elements it seemed. There was an equal amount of everything a good book needs. Margaret Peterson Haddix is a really good author and this is one of her best! I really felt like I was living the story with the characters and I was up late reading to finish it. I can hardly wait for the next book in this series, it's getting way to exciting! I would recommend to guys and gals tween aged and younger teens. Those who like science fiction, history and time travel should enjoy it. And the time travel stuff isn't too complicated (thank goodness) either.
My favorite character:I really liked Einstein's wife, Mileva. She was really strong and you really end up loving, liking and admiring her by the end of the book.
My stars:4.5
Love, Sierra

Sorry

I'm going to be gone Today until Saturday. And I didn't have time to schedule posts for that time. So you'll just have to forgive me :( Sierra

Monday, October 29, 2012

Soul's Gate

Soul's Gate by James L. Rubart.

Summary: What if you could travel inside another person’s soul? To battle for them. To be part of Jesus healing their deepest wounds. To help set them free to step boldly into their divinely designed future.
Thirty years ago that’s exactly what Reece Roth did. Until tragedy shattered his life and ripped away his future.    Now God has drawn Reece out of the shadows to fulfill a prophecy spoken over him three decades ago. A prophecy about four warriors with the potential to change the world . . . if Reece will face his deepest regret and teach them what he has learned.    They gather at a secluded and mysterious ranch deep in the mountains of Colorado, where they will learn to see the spiritual world around them with stunning clarity—and how to step into the supernatural.    Their training is only the beginning. The four have a destiny to pursue a freedom even Reece doesn’t fully fathom. But they have an enemy hell-bent on destroying them and he’ll stop at nothing to keep them from their quest for true freedom and the coming battle of souls.
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Romance: Mention of a past relationship between Brandon and Dana and they still have some feeling toward each other that are expressed to themselves. Marcus is married and so was Reece.
Language:1 (suck and a demon uses h*ll in a cuss word like way)
Violence: Spiritual battles, some sword fights kinda, injuries, threats, death, almost a killing car accident, yelling/arguments.
Other: They drink some champagne to celebrate (I do realize that some Christians do this on occasion and it isn't necessarily "evil", I just wanted to make sure to mention everything), demons (again some Christians have no problem with demons being in Christian books while others do), manipulation, entering someone's soul, past cruelty of a step-mom mentioned a couple times, Marcus being absent from his children's lives because of work was also mentioned.
Time period:Modern.
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My Thoughts:This is a truly thought evoking and astounding book. It really makes you think about the things that we simply read in the Bible without really thinking or believing them. It really inspires you in the way you pray. At first I was a little cautious as this book seemed a little strange, but by the end I was encouraged and uplifted...a lot. This is a book to read and I would recommend without hesitation. I've already suggested it to my mother. She is one of the people who doesn't like demons being in Christian books so much, but I really think she will enjoy this one. Over and over it is said that the darkness has no power of the light. The devil's power is nothing compared to that of God. I would recommend to YA+ men and women (guys and gals) It's a book you won't forget.
My favorite character:I liked Reece...because he was himself. And also Dana, she just seemed real and it felt like I could really relate to her.
My Stars:4.5
Love, Sierra
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I was given a copy of this book free from the publisher and the views I expressed are my own.