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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wonderland Creek

Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin.

Wonderland CreekSummery: Alice's boyfriend has broken up with her and said she lives in her books, not reality. Also being laid of from her job at the library...well she isn't feeling the best. an impulsive decision and she is personally taking some books she collected to a librarian in a small town in Kentucky. When she arrives she has many surprises...likes the town being very small and backward in her eyes. Soon she has been caught up in an adventure she never could have dreamed of...

Romance:Some kisses (lips and cheek), thinking about someone, admiring, flirting, liking/loving someone. There was one scene where a potential suitor cleared Alice's room of a bat. And he was in her bedroom and she was a little uneasy.

Language: None.

Violence: Shooting, faking death, death, murder, a wildcat, injuries.

Other: Feuds, vandalism, abandoning a baby and kind of wanting to hurt it. Talk of slaves and Ku Klux Klan.

Time Period: 1936

What I Thought: It starts off slow, but picks up pretty quickly. Wonderful characters (Lilly, Allie, and Mack) and a wonderful story!!!!!!! It just felt real and full of uniqueness and good quality(searching for the right word!!!!!!!).

Rating & Age: 5 stars. 14+

Sierra♥

Monday, January 30, 2012

Something I know you'll like...

Over at Book Blogger's blog, The Book Nook you can enter to win a copy of Jill Williamson's new book, Replication. I have a copy from Zondervan just wait to be read and reviewed and it looks so good! I hope you guys will stop over at check it out here.
And yes, a book review is coming very, very soon. Maybe next week? Keep an eye out for it...but for now go enter and maybe you'll win! Sierra
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Lightkeepers Ball

The Lightkeepers Ball by Colleen Coble.
Mercy Falls book three.
Read my reviews of the rest of the series.

The Lightkeeper's Ball (A Mercy Falls Novel)Summery:After her sister Eleanor's death and being told she must marry Eleanor's fiancee, (to keep a business deal because of their loss of money) Olivia Stewart goes to Mercy falls to investigate her sister's death. Or murder, as she suspects it may have been. She uses and old family title to hide her identity at first she suspects Harrison Bennett, her sisters...and now her fiancee, but soon couldn't ever believe he would do it. Soon she has several leads and more than just a little bit of feelings for Harrison.

Romance:A couple cheek/ forehead kisses, a couple kisses on the lips, holding hands, hugging, liking/loving someone, admiring someone, flirting.
Inappropriate Romance: An illegitimate child, cheating, scandal of sleeping together (Olivia's sister and the guy she cheated with, I'm pretty sure that was it)

Language:None.

Violence:Trying to kill someone, murder, some minor injuries (sprains, bruises and scratches, sabotage on a plane(they crashed), a bear coming upon them, a bad storm knocked the lighthouse over and several boats crashed too. A fire, drowning and shooting.

Other:Lying, cheating (in business)

Time Period: Early1900s.

What I Thought: Loved it! A great installment to the series, this one and the first one are my favorites. It had good characters and a good plot. Plus, such a great mystery!

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14+

Sierra♥

Friday, January 27, 2012

A (Little) Nuh-Uh:The Rose Bride

The Rose Bride: A Retelling of "The White Bride and the Black Bride" (Once Upon a Time)The series, Once Upon A Time is a couple authors retelling fairy tales. This retelling is of The White Bride and The Black Bride, a fairy tale that I have not read so I can't really compare it to the real story. However The Rose bride (by Nancy Holder) was about a girl, Rose whose mother wished to Artemis that she would know true love. So thus, after her mother's death just then, Rose is on a tragic journey to find true loves meaning and let me just say that there is a lot of despair. So I thought that it was just to sad for me. And I can usually handle dark stuff okay. This one was just one thing after another. Although it did keep me reading and had some great descriptions that made the book come alive...I thought that it also could have had a bit better ending. And really other than the sad stuff, which was a lot it was pretty interesting. If it hadn't been sad and she had just been an orphan with no evil (literally) step-mom to cut everything she loved out of her life it would have been happier. But all the other books in this series that I have read, I have loved. And I have read...seven or eight of them. I kinda need to get my other reviews published :P And also notice how I said "little" in parenthesis? That means that I didn't really like it but it might just be me and it isn't super bad or inappropriate. This is just my opinion and I don't want to offend anyone either and I hope I haven't.
Sierra♥
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Book Tag :)

So I "stole" (no I asked :P) this booky tag from Celtic Traveler. Maybe you will too?
1. Favorite childhood book?
Ummmm...Ella Enchanted.
2. What are you reading right now?
The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
3. What books do you have on request at the library?
A lot :P

  •  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Scarlet Moon by Debbie  Viguié
  • The Rose Of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden 
4. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
Oh man I am not going to even list this. I have 20 out okay :P 
5. Do you have an e-reader?.
Nope. I would like to get one though.
6. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?

One at a time. I am not the best at muti-tasking.
7. Can you read on the bus?
Probably.I can usually read in the car.
8. Favorite place to read?
In my bed under my warm blankets.
9. Do you ever dog-ear books?
Yes. *Tear* I don't want to and bookmarks just do not work for me. I need to find something else to mark my spot.
10. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
Nope. Just the Bible.
11. What makes you love a book?
Good characters that I can relate to, a great plot and a world I wish I could live in.
12. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
One that is good and that I loved.
13. Favorite genre?
Fantasy/Fairy Tale.

14. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I feel bad for the author, because I don't want to be mean. But if I really didn't like it I wouldn't want my friends to not know.
15. Favorite Poet?
Hmmm... I don't read a lot of poetry but I like Emily Dickenson.
16. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
At least 10. If it is below that I must be not able to have gone.
17. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
Hardly ever.
18. Favorite fictional character?
Urgh so hard! I would say... Billy. Or Walter. (Dragons In Our Midst) Or Enna or Finn. (Books Of Bayern) It is really hard to choose. Halt or Will Treaty. Tug. Yeah. Really Hard.
19. Favorite fictional villain?
Hard...I'd say Morgan Le Faye (or however you want to spell her name) from Dragons In Our Midst.
20. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
Maybe one from the library but most likely one that is mine that I haven't gotten the chance to read yet.
21. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
Umm...a day?
22. Name a book that you could/would not finish.

Even though I sadly, did finish it I would say (and wish that I hadn't) Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Post coming on that soon.
23. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
A lot of noise and and headache :P
24. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
Hmmm... The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader. Though they shifted and added soem things I though they did really well. I'm anxiously awaiting The Horse And His Boy.
25. Most disappointing film adaptation?
Percy Jackson. No, on second thought The Princess And The Frog. It is nothing like the book, which I have read and I love. The book is called The Frog Princess. The only similarities are that a guy gets turned into a frog by a grumpy witch/witch doctor and then the girl (in the book she is a princess already) kisses him and instead of him being turned back into a human, she turns into a frog. And that is about it. I wasn't happy :(
26. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?

A bunch of cuss words, pre-marital sex, and something really disgustingly violent. I can usually do violent but if it is bad...nuh-uh.
27. Do you like to keep your books organized?
Yes. I would love to have my own library room and organize my books by author. Right now they are organized by genre(kind of).
28. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
Keep them!!!!!! All the way.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann.

The UnwantedsSummery:Alex is an unwanted in his town. His brother, (twin brother actually)Aaron, is a wanted. So while Alex is going to be "gotten rid of" Aaron will be getting trained to be a get a job in the  town.Or maybe even for the Military. But the big secret is that the Unwanteds aren't gotten rid of. They are taken into a hidden  school, Artime and are learning to use magic, their creativity (which made them Unwanteds in the first place) and so much more! But Alex can't forget his brother...and trouble could be caused by that.

Romance:Maybe liking someone, a quick kiss on the cheek and a little talk about it afterwards.

Language:None.

Violence:Killing (or trying to) children,  a few fist-fights, training in which "enemies" (i.e. magically conjured dummies) are taken care of defensively, some killing, arguing/yelling, serious injuries, attempted murder and a death in battle.

Other:Magic, "throwing" unwanted children away.

Time Period:Another world?

What I thought: It was a great setting/world and it was a very creative story. The writing was good and I liked characters. :) I think that older (like teens) would enjoy this book too!

Rating & Age:4 stars. 12+

Sierra♥

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fire

Fire by Kristin Cashore.
Read my review of the first book, Graceling.

Fire (Graceling)Summery:A hidden world away from a world hidden from it. Fire is a monster with the ability to read and control people's minds. She dislikes the fact of this. Her father used the power for evil and now the kingdom, Dells, is at war. the King wants Fire to use her powers to spy. She attracts him, like all the others...except his brother,(there were a few other but I thought it easier not to mention them) Brigan. She admires that.She is only now growing into herself and who she will be.

Romance:Some kisses, loving, admiring, thinking about someone. Because Fire is a monster and monsters attract humans many people are attracted to her or hate her because she attracts.

Bad Romance:A bit of going to bed together mentioned,  seabane a plant used to prevent pregnancy mentioned,  (the bed etc part was not described.) people wanting to hurt. rape her. When she has a monthly she attracts other monsters who would want to kill or eat her. I think it was kill. And talk of that several times. two people got pregnant out of marriage.

Language:A--, B-t-h.

Violence: A good bit of killing and death. Leck (a bad guy) would hurt animals, Cransel (Fire's dad) would torture monsters he captured, frostbite (lost two fingers), animal abuse, a couple fistfights.

Other:People having Graces(special powers), monsters, being drugged.

Time Period:Another World.

What I Thought: Although it did have a bit of S-x stuff and as I said before it wasn't as visual as the first book (which still wasn't that visual) but there was a lot more of a guy who liked her sleeping with her and such. She was kinda iffy about him. And then there was more with Brigan. So if you can ignore all that it was a really good book! The author makes the world come alive and with the first book I could totally see the characters. I think that it is a good series with a few things that could have stood to be excluded...but if skipped it is a great fantasy :)

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

Sierra♥

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Memory Between Us

A Memory Between Us by Sarah Sundin.
Wings of Glory book two.
Read my review of A Distant Melody.
Memory Between Us, A: A Novel (Wings of Glory)
Summery: Jack Novak is a handsome (and he knows it) World war 2 pilot, hoping to win over the pretty, fiery nurse who refuses to date. It's a challenge for him. Ruth Doherty, hurt from her past and because of her parents death, needing to work very hard for money  to support her siblings. She tried to make up with God...but he doesn't seem to listen. The last thing she need is a cocky pilot who just might need her.

Romance:A couple kisses, talk of marriage and stuff like that, admiring, flirting, liking/loving someone, thinking and talking about someone.
Bad Romance:Rape in the past, and almost a second one. Ruth sold kisses when she was little. One guys pats her and is the one who tries to rape her.

Language: None.

Violence: Wounds/injuries, battles(in the war), people dying in the war, wanting to hit someone, breaking someone's arm (on purpose), using medicine to knock someone out while they were hurting someone.

Other: Orphans.

Time Period:1943-1944.

What I Thought:Wow. Have I mentioned I love this author? She is just amazing! And plus I think I get extra points for all the facts that are educational. :) Although the rape part is a bit bad, the book is wonderful! I even found myself liking Jack (it was the mustache...I'm just not a mustache person.) and Ruth was so easy to love. A great, plot and characters. What's not to love?

Rating & Age:5 stars. Mature Teen. (14 to 15+)

Sierra♥

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Looking Forward To: The Nightmare Garden

The Nightmare Garden: The Iron Codex Book Two
Here is another Looking Forward To post!
So when I read The Iron Thorn (click for review here) I, at first, was a little unsure of it. It looked dark and a tad scary even. Plus the girl on the front was a bit immodest. But I really enjoyed it! It reminded me of Victorian, 1900s and a little bit of the black lacy, girly (and not dark and supernatural like) gothic stuff. You may or may not know what I mean. Also a bit industrial. I saw the movie Steamboy a while ago. A bit like that but more dimly lit. Anyway it had a great plot, nice and mysterious. And exciting, a touch of romance...and monsters too. So now when I heard  that the sequel, The Nightmare Garden, is coming out in February, (on Valentines actually) I was really excited. I cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!! So check it out already!
Sierra♥

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lonestar Sanctuary

Lonestar Sanctuary by Colleen Coble
Book one of the Lonestar series.
Read my reviews of Colleen Coble's other books.

Lonestar Sanctuary (Lonestar Series, Book 1)Summery: Allie knows someone is after her, he has killed her parents and her sister. So when he gets to close to her and his threats more threatening she runs to the man her dead husband told her to go to if she was in trouble.  She goes from the rodeo to a secluded ranch that helps troubled teens. Her five year old child, Betsy, hasn't talked since the accident that killed Allie's parents. Allie has hopes for safety and healing for herself and Betsy at Bluebird Ranch. But she gets so much more than what she hopes for... especially from Rick, whom she is more than a little attracted to.

Romance: Kissing (a little descriptive and under a dozen kisses), some adult implications to marriage(not really *bad* but not for younger ya know?) , hugging, attraction, flirting, thinking about someone, talking about someone, liking/loving someone.
Bad Romance:Mention of a bad past(girl) with men her mother brought home. The girl was one of the teens who came to Bluebird Ranch.

Language:None.

Violence:A murderer stalking Allie, scaring her, locking her (kinda)in a bathroom, threatening, killing/death, a plane crash, a car accident, kidnapping.

Other:Abusing horses, mention of drinking, drugs, illegal trafficking and such.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought: At first I thought I would be scary. But it is really just the Prologue. So if you read it and go whoa this is way to scary...it is just that part really. It is a good book and Collen did a great job. It is exciting, has a nice romance and has horses! Mercy Falls is still my favorite though :) Plus I guessed who was the bad guy so it is my good books :P

Rating & Age:5stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Friday, January 13, 2012

Looking Forward To:The Rose Of Winslow Street

Rose of Winslow Street, TheSo this is another new series of posts that I will be doing. I am really enjoying changing up some things and adding stuff. I hope you readers are too. This is the first one I did for a big reason. Why? Because it is out right now!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Remember the book I reviewed, The Lady Of Bolton Hill? Well by the same author, Elizabeth Camden, The Rose Of Winslow Street is out! I honestly cannot wait to read it. In the description on Amazon there is told to be a fight over a dear house(the beautiful one behind the girl on the cover I would suppose) and rivalry that has a hint of love underneath. *sigh* I should be getting it pretty soon, my library has it and I put a hold request on it right away :) The first book was a great historical fiction, set in 1879. The characters were lovable and I was so happy it was recommended to me! It also has a great cover, as does The Rose Of Winslow Street. I mean just look at the dress on this cover! I love the way the skirt is layered. And the one on The Lady Of Bolton Hill is beautiful too. I hope you check into and see if you library has either of these books.
Sierra♥

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sunrise On The Battery

Sunrise On The Battery by Beth Webb Hart.


Summery: Mary Lynn grew up in a small South Carolina town. When she married her husband, Jackson he had aspirations to give their children a better chance at life. Now, living in a big house and working their way up the social ladder, it is a whole new world. Their three daughters, Catherine, Lilla and Casey have many activities and are smart girls, but Mary Lynn feels like her oldest may have a  bit of pressure with the upcoming SAT. Mary Lynn finds herself wishing that Jackson and her girls knew God. But when her husband starts to be interested she almost takes it back.

Romance:A few kisses between Mary Lynn and Jackson. They are both in forties and Mary Lynn mentions wanting to be more open, and thinks of marriage. Catherine the oldest daughter kinda likes a guy on her Cross Country team, another guy Tres (who is into drugs) holds her hand or hugs her one or twice.
Bad Romance: Mary Lynn thinks about divorce and a friend(though not a very good one) tries to convince her to divorce Jackson and begin a family with him.

Language:None.

Violence: Mary Lynn pulls a muscle, Tennis Leg, twice. She is also tried to be taken by a guy in dark car (probably a rapist) before she is rescued, yelling/arguing, threats.

Other:Drugs (one breakdown from it), drinking, homelessness,

Time Period:Set in late 2009 and early 2010.

What I Thought: Though it took me a little while to get into it, I really liked this book. The way Jackson's life turned around and you could see God's love just pouring from his character. It did make me tear up. i really liked the story and it was pretty clean. The eldest daughter does do some drugs to help her relax from pressure from her Dad. And she broke free from them (they weren't big ones, just over the counter, but it was still nice to read). It was a great 'turnaround' book.

Rating & Age:4 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥
I received this book free from the publisher.

Monday, January 9, 2012

A Nuh-Uh: Hunger, Lies & Plague.

Now the first book of this series, Gone was a good book with a nice plot, pretty clean and it kept you reading, but the others in the series? Not so much...
Hunger: A Gone NovelIn Hunger, the second book, the story got darker and the so did the characters. It's basically teens running a town with evil mutants coming alive and attacking. And oh yeah, some of the teens are mutants too. Which isn't to good for safety reasons.It also had drugs, drinking, some violent scenes where two groups, the beach kids and the private school preps (who are pretty evil) fight. There was some romantic thoughts that were a little of course and quite a bit of language.I am not sure but I'm thinking someone's hand got cut off, to add to the violence part.


Lies: A Gone Novel
In Lies, there is "prophetess" who is a mutant who can see dreams. She claims to be able to see outside the dome surrounding the entrapped teens. There is a bit of violence, someone comes back from the dead (like I said dark and weird) a mutant is given a whip hand since his was cut off, by a dark, evil something. Still a small bit of lust, a bit of language, drinking/drugs. And mix in a gay character and people going through depression and stuff like it.And a bit of racism against the mutants from the humans.


Plague: A Gone Novel


In Plague, there is pre-marital sex, language, people seen in underwear, violent battles and eggs grown in people that hatch in their bodies and then eat their way out into mutant ants. It was pretty gross. Some pretty descriptive injuries and a plague is spreading(i.e. this book is still dark). The evil monster thingy is still fighting a little autistic kid who caused this whole thing and using people, trying to take over the place. A gay character, a sadistic character, and someone becomes pregnant near the end.


So though the first one was pretty good I really felt that these...where really not worth reading. So this is a new type of posts that I will be doing. Nuh-Uhs. I figure that if I read something that is not good I should let you know, not just the ones that I like.
Sierra♥

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Lady Of Bolton Hill

The Lady Of Bolton Hill By Elizabeth Camden.

Lady of Bolton Hill, TheSummery: Back from a bit of time in jail, Clara is back in the United States. Her father sent her to England 12 years ago, she was a great journalist until she probed a bit to far. Now back home she makes friends again with her childhood friend, David, who has risen in engineering, the only thing holding him back is his revenge and anger. Clara wants to help him but he pushes her away. She is having trouble with her father as well...and her emotions about David.



Romance:Some kisses, admiring, flirting, hugging/holding, holding hands, liking/loving someone.
Bad Romance: Mention of a prostitute.

Language:None.

Violence: Bad working conditions that caused injuries, kidnapping, being drugged, bad injuries, knocking people out, wanting to hit someone, burning a house down, beating someone up, yelling/arguing.

Other:Bad working conditions and pay, children forced to works in mines, suicide.

Time Period: 1879.

What I Thought:I loved it! The setting was wonderful and the descriptions too! The characters and plot did not disappoint and I as, it was recommended to me, would recommend it to you.

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Beginning Of After

The Beginning Of After by Jennifer Castle.

The Beginning of After
Summery:When Laurel's parents and brother die in a terrible car accident along with their neighbor.The neighbor's husband is the only survivor and is seriously injured, It changes Laurel's world! She is trying to keep a wall up...figure out what she feels. And what to do with herself. Her Nana comes to live with her but she somehow finds comfort in David, the neighbor's son and his dog. What will this "after" come to and can she find herself.



Romance:Some kisses, making out, liking someone, hand holding and hugging.
Bad Romance:It is implied that Laurel's friend med want all the way. Pages 402-406 should/could be avoided. David and laurel unclothe a bit and though they don't go all the way it is wrong. You could literally skip it and not miss anything from the story(it is almost at the end).

Language:P--s(a few times), he--.

Violence:A terrible car accident(4 deaths), yelling/arguing, injuries.

Other:Drinking, smoking, divorce.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:I really liked the MC (main character) there are some bad things in it...but it is a really good story, especially for a secular book!

Rating & Age:4 stars. 14/15 up.

Sierra♥

P.S. Trying something a little different with the layout...you guys like it?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Big Picture

The Big Picture  by Jenny B. Jones.
Book no. 3 of The Katie Parker Productions.
Read my reviews of other books by this author.

The Big Picture: A Katie Parker Production, Act 3

Summery:With her kinda boyfriend, Charlie, hanging out with his ex-girlfriend, her mother back in town and trying to regain custody...well Katie Parker's life is crazy. As usual. Her step-grandma is running away from a marriage proposal and then trying to get proposed to again. That, of course, doesn't count as anything but normal. Katie is only just starting to see how God works...

Romance:Hugging, maybe a kiss(or almost one), liking someone, dating, admiring someone, thinking about someone.

Language:None.

Violence:Yelling/arguing, sort of bullying, A slap, falling off a water tower.

Other:Drugs, smoking, cancer.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:This is a laugh-out-loud kinda book. I love this author, her writing is funny and lighthearted, a little sassy and the character isn't perfect. And this series is really good :) Though I might like her series, The Charmed Life, better.

Rating & Age:4 stars. 13 up.

Sierra♥

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Head In The Clouds

Head In The Clouds by Karen Witemeyer.

Head in the Clouds

Summery:After being heartsore after a cad tricked her, Adelaide is now feeling God lead her to be a governess. He set her an ad about a English sheep ranchers daughter, Isabella who needed a governess. When she is picked for the mute child's governess she is so happy... and more than a little drawn to her ward's handsome and fairy tale book like hero of a father. But Isabella has uncle who is an in debt gambler wants her back so he can get her money... Gideon was on the ship with Isabella's mother, she signed over her money to her daughter and gave the guardianship over to Gideon...before she died of poisoning. So now Gideon and Addie are in danger...because they will both do whatever they must to protect Isabella.

Romance: Some admiration, thinking about someone, liking/loving, some kisses. Marital stuff(thinking about 'something', possessive feelings, passionate kisses, special smiles).

Language:None.

Violence:Murder, shooting, killing sheep, some fist-fights, death, poisoning.

Other:Attempted rape, mentioned of the sheeps...reproductive organs being cut off.

Time Period:1883.

What I Thought: I loved this book!!! I loved Addie's character, Isabella was just so sweet and cute. And the western theme and time period was great :) I really and truly couldn't put it down either.

Rating & Age:5 stars. 14 up.

Sierra♥