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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Looking Forward To:A List

So instead of doing what I'm looking forward to one at a time, I've gotten a list together, because I have soooo many :P Here it is.

Artemis Fowl:The Last Guardian. July 10 
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian
Artemis Fowl books are simply amazing... They are exciting, funny fantasy and the characters are wonderful :) The cover looks great and the books always draw me in. I'm excited to have another one in my hands... even if it will be a wait.

Gallagher Girl:Out Of Sight, Out Of Time. March 13
Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls)
The first two Gallagher Girl books, to me, had to much gushing over guys. They were okay but the third and fourth books are so very exciting and wonderful! The fourth is my favorite thus far...but this could turn out to be my new favorite *wink*

The Death Cure. Out.
The Death Cure (Maze Runner Trilogy)
The Maze Runner Trilogy is simply wonderful dystopian fantasy. They are exciting and keep you reading. You feel like the world from the book is alive....I have this on hold and can't wait to get a copy :)

Insurgent. May 1
Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy)
Divergent (review coming) was an another amazing Dystopian fantasy and I fell in love with the world :) I wanted to be Dauntless and have my own Faction. I encourage you to read Divergent while you wait for the release of this one :)

The Serpent's Shadow. May 1
The Serpent's Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book Three)
Everyone knows how good Rick Riordan writes...right? Because all of his I have loved. Although theses are slightly different than Percy Jackson (who could beat anything with Percy in it?) they are still wonderful mythology fiction and can teach you a lot while you are enjoying the story. This will be the third of the Kane Chronicles.

Zero Hour. March 20
Mark Walden knows how to write very well. He has some of the best plots around and his H.I.V.E. books are favorites on my list. The characters are lovable and the action makes it very difficult to put down the book.

The Invaders. May 1 
The Invaders: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 2
I loved The Ranger's Apprentice and wasn't disappointed with the first Brotherband Chronicles book. The characters are growing on me and the writing style just as wholesome and exciting. I can't wait to read the second :)

Bitterblue. May 1
Bitterblue (Graceling)
Although there are some things I don't agree with in the Graceling books I do enjoy them a lot. The author knows how to make a great world, plot and make the characters come to life. Cannot wait for the release. And isn't the cover great?

Goddess Interrupted. March 27
Goddess Interrupted (Harlequin Teen)
The first book was a great mythology and I really enjoyed it. It was pretty clean and I can't wait for the adventure to continue.

Interrupted. March 6 
Interrupted: Life Beyond Words
Rachel Coker is someone Stephanie Morrill introduced on her site, Go Teen Writers. I can't wait to read Rachel's book and please go visit her site at Rachel Coker 

My Favorite Mistake. February 28
My Favorite Mistake: An A Circuit Novel (Circuit Novels)
I read the first one and it is about horses. Although not squeaky clean I'm hoping that the second book will be a bit better and not worse.

The Paragon Prison. May 8
Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles #3: The Paragon Prison
The Grey Griffins are a great Christian written (or co-written I don't know if Derek Benz is a Christian...) fantasy kids series. I haven't read but the first book of the first series but still have enjoyed this one. 

Sierra 
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rogue

Rogue by Mark Walden.
H.I.V.E. (The Higher Institute Of Villainous Education) book five.
Read my other reviews of other H.I.V.E. books.

Rogue (H.I.V.E.)Summery:Otto has been captured by H.O.P.E. They have him and have put an AI in his head...he is almost completely gone. He is doing dastardly things like killing G.L.O.V.E. members. Meanwhile something is adding itself to H.I.V.E.'s computer mainframe. Raven is in danger, trying to find H.O.P.E. and now with it. Wing has joined her in hope of getting his back. Time seems to be running out for Otto...will they reach him in time to save him. Oh, and the world too.

Romance:Liking someone( Shelby kinda likes Wing, and Laura kinda likes), Wing's father talks about he really loved Wing's mom.

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

Violence:Bullies, fighting/combat scenes, injuries, a little torture, killing/assassination/murder., death.

Other:Hypnosis,

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought: This author is an amazing one! Te first book was wonderful but the second and third (connected plot) totally surpassed it. Then the fourth and fifth did the very same. The books just keep having great plots, lovable yet slightly evil characters, and exciting, page turning scenes. Recommended!!!!!!!!!!   Even though this is a children's book I heartily enjoyed it :)


Rating & Age:5 stars. 12+ (really the only objectionable thing is the language)

Sierra
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Replication

Replication by Jill Williamson.

Replication: The Jason ExperimentSummery: Martyr always believed it was his duty to be used and tested upon to find cures for diseases. He was taught that the air outside was toxic without the "antidote". So...when the new doctor, Dr. Goyer, lets it slip that he doubts a few minutes outside would hurt Martyr, he steals Dr. Goyer's key card. He is supposed to expire in only a few days! He simply must see the sky. Abby Goyer though something was strange about her dad's new work...and in Alaska? But clones...wow.

Romance:A couple kisses, touching/ wanting to touch someone, holding hands, liking someone, innocent confusion about love and marriage.

Language: None.

Violence:A few fights, injected someone a bit of sickness to make them suffer, injuries, yelling/arguments, abuse, bullies, a women was killed at Jason Farms (Martyr's home) from some of the clones killing and maybe raping her.

Other:Cloning (which is pretending to be God!), lying.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Nice to have Christian values put in an exciting adventure :) This book was definitely exciting, I kept wanting to keep going on until I finished :) I would recommend it for teens more, because of some of the content even though it is clean.

Rating & Age:5 stars. 13+
Sierra
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I received a copy of this book free from the publisher.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Beauty For Ashes

Beauty For Ashes by Dorothy Love.
Read my review of the first book, Beyond All Measure.


Summery: When her brother has married Carrie Daly knows almost immediately that she is going to need to move out. Her new sister-in-law seems not to want to do any of the chores and her children are unruly and rude. Carrie moves out and starts trying to find out where to go with her life... she has been practically engaged to Nate Chastain for a long time. Yet she hasn't been able to set a date. And she more than a little attracted to the new comer, Griff Rutledge. Griff Rutledge is new in town...looking for an old debt to be payed. But he is soon enraptured by Carrie Daly....and there is also the fact that the town could use his help with a horse race...

Romance: Attraction, flirting, pecks, a kiss, thinking about a kiss, loving/liking someone, thinking and talking about someone.
Inappropriate Romance: Someone marries, then a bit later runs away after using the man. The same lady may also have had an illegitimate child that was left at the Hickory Ridge orphanage.



Language: None.

Violence: An accident with an ax, yelling/arguments, mean words, injuries, mention of abuse, birthing pains, death, a couple fires.

Other: Smoking, gambling, rumors, drinking.

Time Period:1876

What I Thought: I think I may have liked the first book more, however this one did have the horses as a factor.... It was a great book with excitement, romance,  small town drama and horses on the side. I enjoyed it and couldn't wait to get back to reading at some points in the story :)

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

Sierra
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I received a copy of this book free from the publisher.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Monster High

Monster High by Lisi Harrison.
Read my other reviews of books by this author.

Monster HighSummery:Melody and her family have moved to Oregon. New nose thanks to here dad and fresh air after California smog. She and her sister are starting school...new people and a new start for Melody. Frankie Stein's dad just built her(yeah, I said built). She starts school soon....with the normies. She hates covering up who she really is. When she learns about other monsters like her she hopes they will see what she is saying and bring about a change...so she can show of her stitches and green skin. Which is totally rockin' mint.

Romance:Liking.crushing, kissing, hugging, hand holding, cheating kinda, games like stealing and/or kissing boy. Flirting.

Language:Small ones which may or may not be considered language my different people. Ones like Su-k or dar-.

Violence:Yelling/arguing, accidentally knocking out the electricity, creating  a daughter, Frankie's head falls off.

Other:Monsters(vampires, zombies, Frankensteins, werewolves, mummies...etc), bullying/discrimination, plastic surgery (God made you you just right!).

What I Thought:A funny, light and monster-ous book. You are sure to enjoy this...it's a fast easy read too. It doesn't teach you anything but it is a fun pleasure read. And pretty clean :)

Rating & Age: 4 stars. 13+
Sierra
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Looking Forward To:Cinder

Cinder: Book One in the Lunar ChroniclesEveryone loves fairy tales. The originals and the retellings. Or at least I do :)
So when I learned about this new book that was a retelling of Cinderella I was pretty happy. Plus it looks like a very unique retelling *wink*. I actually have it in my lap right now. I'm preparing to start it tonight! So be on the lookout for my review of this cyborg Cinderella story :) Sierra
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Curse Dark As Gold

A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (A retelling of Rumpelstiltskin)

Read my review of another of the author's books, Starcrossed.
Summery:When Charlotte and Rosie's father dies they are left alone.Just their small town and the mill.Charlotte takes over and is determined to save the town, the mill, herself and her sister.Through troubles like the surprising arrival of their uncle, who isn't what they thought and has a hidden past, and the big debt their father had at the bank that they are struggling to repay.And then there is the banker that is showing interest in Charlotte.She doesn't know what to think about that.Charlotte is determined to continue living where they belong at the mill.

Romance:Some kissing.Mention of understanding how a lot of young wives get have babies the first year they are married (no description otherwise). (spoiler!) She mentions that because of getting married to the banker.Hugging, holding hands and liking/loving someone.
Inappropriate Romance:Charlotte's uncle is implied to have played some ladies..some of which were married.

Language: D*m*.

Violence: A couple of drownings mentioned, some people dying, people getting injured(not to badly) and some arguing/yelling.

Other:Magic, gambling, curses, ghosts and some slight(not underage) drinking.

Time Period:Late 1800s or early 1900s.

What I Thought:It was dark at some places... the beginning wasn't as exciting and you didn't get into it as much.The last parts were sad and otherwise pretty exciting.It was better then Starcrossed.The main "not so good read" part was that it was dark.Nice setting though.

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

Sierra
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Promise Me This

Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke.

Summery:With their aunt Eleanor making threats Annie's brother Owen decides he should go to The United States to start working with their father's brother. He'll send for the sad Annie when he can. Before he leaves however, he finds an Irish orphan, Michael Dunnagan, half starving...so he takes him in to work with him for the time he is still there. Michael had his family taken away from him...and he just had to get away from his uncle Tom. When Owen finds him it's like a second chance at family. So Michael stows away on the ship Owen is taking, the Titanic. As they travel Owen makes Michael promise to help him bring Annie to the United States. Through anything that happens, Michael intends to keep his promise.

Romance:A couple kisses (not described really), loving someone, wanting to be married to someone, hugging, attraction.

Language:None.

Violence:People seriously injured in the war, people dying on the titanic, injuries,  hardheartedness which lead to deaths, abusive uncle, death, kidnapping or sorts.

Other:Mention of drinking, smoking, stowing away, lying.

Time Period:1914-1919?

What I Thought: The ending and a few other parts that were just so sad and sweet had me crying :) It was a great book, I learned I lot that I hadn't known about the first world war and it was quite clean. Although I did feel like it seemed that (spoiler kind of...)  Annie & Michael fell in a love a bit quick, they had been writing letters and it had been growing. It was probably just me. This was a great book and I really liked it!

Rating & Age: 4 1/2 stars. Teens+
I got this book free from Tyndale,

I Review For The Tyndale Blog Network

Sierra
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover

Don't Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter.
Gallagher Girl series, book three.
Read my reviews of the first two books.

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls)Summery:Cammie Morgan got quite a surprise while visiting her friend Macey,and unpleasant one. Macey was helping her dad get more points so he could win an election (though not really by choice was she helping). So even with the FBI all around...they still almost got Macey. Someone tried to kidnap her. And Cammie and Macey only just got away. Now both the girls are healing and upset, Cammie doesn't want to let Macey out of her sight. Which his hard, with her own aunt guarding Macey. She can't exactly break the rules and tail Macey...easily that is. With an old enemy arising and the feeling that Zach is everywhere...it's another adventure for Cammie.

Romance: A kiss or two (pecks included), remembering a kiss. Thinking & talking about someone, liking someone.

Language:None.

Violence:Attempted kidnapping, shooting, injuries, defensive maneuvers mentioned.

Other: Sneaking, lying, spying.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Wow. The first kept me reading and were alright. Frankly I thought it was a bit to boy absorbed. But this one was great! It was a real page turner and not so much boy stuff, still some, but not as much :) So yes...loved :)

Rating & Age:5 stars, 13+

Sierra
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

13 Treasures

13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison.

13 TreasuresSummery: Tanya can see fairies. But not really the fairy godmother sort...more like the kind that will stick you on the ceiling for writing about them. So Tanya's second sight is almost a curse. She is sure that there must be others like her. When she finally hits her mom's last nerve she is shipped to the grandmother that has never seemed to want  her. There she starts uncovering an old mystery, a baby stealer and a great adventure.

Romance: Wanting to marry someone, maybe a crush.

Language: None.

Violence: Kidnapping, baby stealing, fairies punishing Tanya for writing about them, fairies dying (by a cat and a car), some goblins beating up another goblin, wanting revenge, betrayal, injuries.

Other: Witches, magic, fey, fairies, ghosts, changlings, divorce.

Time Period: Modern.

What I Thought:It was alright. A great adventure but I think it might have been a little weird/dark. But it was a good story.

Rating & Age:4 stars. 13+

Sierra
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Monday, February 6, 2012

The Outcasts

The Outcasts by John Flanagan.
The Brotherband Chronicles book one.
Read my other reviews of books by this author.

The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles)Summery: Hal has been an outcast most of his life. His now deceased father married a freed Arulean slave. earning Hal the assumption of being totally Arulean. His father's old friend, Thorn, has been showing signs of being the warrior he once was to help Hal train a bit as defense against the boy, Tursgud, who has bullied him. For he'll see a lot of him at Brotherband training. As it turns out Hal is picked as a leader for The Herons...the outcast Brotherband. 


Romance:Mention of liking, admiring, brief mention of a kiss.


Language:None.


Violence: Fighting (beating up and wrestling), injuries (a bit descriptive), yelling/arguing, insults, threats, killing/murder.

Other:Drinking, slavery mentioned, stealing

Time Period: Medieval.

What I Thought:As good as Ranger's Apprentice ever was. I was afraid it would be different and though I love Halt and Will I think I'll love these new characters too! Because they are totally lovable and it is a wonderful story and plot. I couldn't put it down and finished it quickly.

Rating & Age:5 stars. 13+

Sierra
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

North! Or Be Eaten

North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson.

North! Or Be Eaten: Wild escapes. A desperate journey. And the ghastly Fangs of Dang. (The Wingfeather Saga)Summery:Now joined up with their uncle and having some answers, such as how Janner is the Throne Warden to his younger brother Tink who will be king and so many more, the family has planes to move. He, his siblings, uncle, mother, grandfather and dog are going to head North, where the fangs (lizards that have flown their country), who don't do well in the cold won't go. And where the rebellion against the fangs is. The journey will be dangerous...they could very nearly be eaten!

Romance: Janner thinks a girl is pretty, kinda likes her(brief). One kiss.

Language: None.

Violence: Battles, killing fangs(a lizard species that walks on two legs and are evil) fangs killing people, a dog dying, eating someone's leg, wounding very badly a dragon, some fist-fights, yelling/arguing.

Other: The guilt of leaving someone, calling someone coward, magic.

Time period:Another world.

What I Thought:Good for even the older kids! Although the book is written for younger I still enjoyed it and got caught in the adventure! And Andrew Peterson? Wow. He is a Christian artist, but also does kids music and writes these amazing books! And this is my favorite song of his :)

Rating & Age:4 stars. 10+

Sierra
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sweet Venom

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.
Read my reviews of other books by this author.

Sweet Venom (Sweet Venom (Hardcover - Trilogy))Summery: Grace is a normal(well a normal computer geek, eco girl) who has been adopted into a loving family. But just as they have moved to California of a great school opportunity for her...she starts seeing monsters! Then her look-a-like! Gretchen has been hunting monsters for four years now. She knows weird...but now she has found her sister! Both descendants of Medusa...what an adventure are they about to find!

Romance:Thinking about kissing. Liking/crushing, flirting, attraction, touching(hugging/holding hands).
Inappropriate Romance:Implication of something wrong.

Language:P--s, D-r-, Bas--rd, H--l.

Violence: Monsters attacking (and being gross :P), mention of a bad/abusive childhood, yelling/arguing, mean words, fighting, biting with venom (and fangs).

Other:Drinking, cleavage etc. mentioned, mythology/gods, hypnosis.

Time Period:Modern.

What I Thought:Wow...this was an amazing book! I liked the Goddess Boot Camp and the previous book...and Forgive My Fins was good too. But this one was totally  way past them!!!!!!! It was really exciting, and since I love mythology I loved it, it was mostly clean...and well you'll just have to read it for more :)

Rating & Age:5 stars. Teens+ (13+) .

Sierra♥
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