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).
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.
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 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.
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
I review for BookSneeze® 
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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