Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Unraveling (Unraveling, #1)Book description:Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed--as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows--with every fiber of her being--that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.
But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something--but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened--the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life--points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets--and keep from falling in love with him in the process.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl's fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming. (taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:I had been interested in this book. And the description really grabbed me and the cover looked pretty cool. It really wasn't what I expected though. It's way more scifi then I'd thought. For some reason I thought it was going to be super hero like :P The plot was really good and exciting with FBI cases thrown in and a mystery to work out. A mystery that includes terribly burned bodies that no one can figure out. While the plot was pretty interesting I didn't connect very much to the characters even though I did like Janelle and her brother. However this book was a 5+++ in language(about a dozen uses of the f word), there was some smoking/drinking/drugs mention or doing. A whole party scene in the past where Janelle is given roofies (sometimes called rape drug) and there was some gross scenes described with the victims of...well I can't say because that would be telling. :P  Overall this had a pretty high level of language and a bit of violence, I just didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. It was exciting and had a pretty good plot but I didn't connect really. I would recommend (lightly) to YA+ girls and I guess some guys? I guess I'll read the second book, but it doesn't sound as exciting as this one and after reading this one... We'll see.
Love, Sierra

Monday, February 25, 2013

Poison Princess

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. The first book in The Arcana Chronicles.
Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Book description:She could save the world—or destroy it.
Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…(taken from Goodreads)

Objectionable:Making out, Evie's boyfriend (before the Fash) was pressuring her to have s-x with him on her 16th birthday, at one point Jack pulls out a condom when they're making out and Evie protests (too fast for her...must say it's nice to know safety is being promoted in YA books :P), Evie also thinks that Jack slept with Selena for a while (he didn't). Shooting, killing, injuries, gory battles of the past seen & described, yelling/arguments, torture, and suicide. Crude jokes tarot cards characters coming to life, visions, and a large chunk of drinking. Language was 5++ (there was a lot, but no uses of the f word).

Thoughts:This was a very exciting and interesting book with a thrilling plot that kept me turning pages! Apart from the things I disagree with (language, drinking etc.) I thought this was a pretty good book. Maybe a little scary in some parts, but not that scary. (in my opinion) Definitely a little gory here and there. But it was an interesting idea and I found myself swept up in the plot and reading. (I missed lunch) The plot was all twisty vines. I'm reading the second book, without a doubt! Somewhat like Beautiful Creatures with the southern feel and the Cajun and supernatural like elements. But there is no way this book is like any other! It's really unique.

The author also created a wonderful dystopian world and had a marvelous way of telling the story. It starts out in the present, goes 6 or 8 months back and then pretty much tells the story from there before returning to the present day (well the character's present day) to end with a tragic ending that may have given me chills. By far the second or last third were the best part of the book. Overall this was a really edge-of-your-seat-what-is-going-to-happen book with okay characters and excitement at ever corner with some language and "hmmmm" stuff like gore and tarot card character powers. I would recommend to 16+ girls & guys? The main character is a girl but there is definitely a lot of action and gore in there for some guys.

Characters:While I liked most of the characters and they were all overall good...and some really hot while others were laugh out loud funny. My problem was I just couldn't see "before crazy" Evie. I get that having visions and being sent to an insane asylum could change a person, but I couldn't see her as the preppy rich kid that she was supposed to have been. I saw her much easier as the girl who was running for life, taking care of her injured mom and taking out bad guys. Or kinda taking them out. The two parts of her pre-crazy/pre-flash and accepting crazy/post-flash just weren't consistent. *shrugs* I did like her okay though. Jack was swoony bad boy who spoke french so enough said there. There were several other characters I liked including a boy Evie rescues, Matthew I think. And Evie's best friend was hilarious.
Cover:I like it. The colors fit and its an okay model for Jack. I really liked fire and the fonts.
Stars:3 (-stuff it would have been a 4)
Love, Sierra

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Incarnate by Jodi Meadows.
Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)Book description:New soul
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
(taken from Goodreads)

Objectionable: Some making out, I don't remember anything further than that happening. Some injuries, hatred and attacks. Pretty much killing someone by pushing them after stabbing them. No language that I can remember. The whole reincarnation thing. A Janan that is supposed to be like a god, but no one really knows who/what he is.

Thoughts:This book is so unique! I can't even begin to explain what it has. Souls being reborn (not a huge fan, but okay it's definitely a mystery), an adventure just started, lots of cool technology and new ways of life in a slightly different (but still cool) world with new creatures and familiar mythical creatures like unicorns, Phoenixs and dragons. Then there is also a  town that is very strange. The beginning to end was enjoying. The first 10 or so chapters were especially interesting then the last couple too. Apart from the reincanration I really had no problems with this book and Ana's story is one that might be our own. She's searching to find a place where she belongs in the world...when no one wanted her. This was a very enjoyable book and I would recommend to YA+ girls. I couldn't wait for the sequel which was an equal in beautiful covers and exciting plot-lines! Review coming soon of that one.
Characters:Ana was a nice character and I like her. Sure there are some points where I want to shake her, but there are others where I just want to hug her and take her somewhere safe. Another thing that was nice about Ana was that we are experiencing everything with her. It's new to us? Well it's new to her too. And in some parts in the first couple chapters where she is trying honey, learning the lies that Li told her weren't true and just learning how nice some people can be? Those are so sweet!! I really liked Sam, he was really sweet and loyal. Apart from those two there are some that gave me the creeps and others that made me smile. I thought the characters were pretty well done, not the best maybe, but still pretty good :)
Cover:I love it. The color, the butterfly that plays such a big part in the's really beautiful.
Love, Sierra

Thursday, February 21, 2013

TBR Thursday:Shardes & Ashes

Shards and AshesGripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested.

Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world. (taken from Goodreads)

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TBR Tuesday:Goddess Inheritance & Fragments

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can't stop her--until Cronus offers a deal.
In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he'll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.
With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything. Even if it costs her eternity. (taken from Goodreads)

Let me start out by saying this is one of my favorite series and I really love it :)
Secondly I'm dying for this book. The ending of the last book was way to EVIL. Like a cliffhanger and "how could the author do that to the poor characters?" evil. So obviously I've been dying in between the second book and with each "extra" I read (including the collection of short stories and the Goddess Hunt ebook) I wanted more in Kate's story. So I'm really super excited for this one. I have a feeling that it will be a lovely tragic read. And I adore the way the covers are done :D

Fragments (Partials, #2)Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence--it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them? Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what's left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira's journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus both will discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn't even know existed. The second installment in the pulse-pounding Partials saga is the story of the eleventh hour of humanity's time on Earth, a journey deep into places unknown to discover the means--and even more important, a reason--for our survival. (taken from Goodreads)
 I read the first book and liked it well enough. I don't remember all too much because I read it...who knows how long ago? So I've gotten to reread and hopefully will be putting a review up soon. I don't remember that much, but I don't think I exactly loved it. I liked it I think, but not a huge favorite. This one looks way a bit better. I'm hoping it will be. The cover is gorgeous, it sounds exciting and's dystopian :D  So while I'm not dying for this book I have been waiting for the next chapter and I'm excited to read it.

Both of these books will be released Feb.26th.
Love, Sierra

Sunday, February 17, 2013

~Mini review~Nobody

Nobody Book description:There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.
That’s why they make the perfect assassins.
The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.
Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them. (taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:I had hoped that this book would turn out well. I had read several reviews that said it wasn't the best. But I really liked the idea of Nobodies, Normals and Nulls. (And it turned out to be a good idea in the book as well as it was the first time I read about it in the description I read) So I got it from my library and read it. This wasn't a horrible book and it did really have a good idea and story line. The characters were nice and there were several scenes (the bookshelf and epilogue) that I thought were nice/sweet. But it could have been better. I don't know but it was a mix of the characters and writing style that threw me off. It just didn't fit. It was kinda messy too. So while I liked the idea I didn't like the way it was done overall.  I just think it could have been done better and I wish it had.
Love, Sierra

Friday, February 15, 2013

~Mini review~Summer of the Wolves

Summer of the WolvesSummer of the Wolves by Lisa Williams Kline. Sisters in all Seasons book one.
Book description:Stepsisters, yes. Friends? Maybe ... 'I smelled the wolf now---sharp and musky. I scanned the pen and saw a shadow behind one of the bushes that might be another wolf. Probably two of the most miserable looking creatures I'd ever seen.' --from Summer of the Wolves Stephanie and Diana are having a hard time adjusting to life as new stepsisters. The girls 'pretend' to like each other, but it's pretty hard considering they are complete opposites. When their new family takes their first-ever vacation to a horse ranch in North Carolina, not even long horse-back rides in the forest can tame their tempers. Diana's anger issues and Stephanie's fear of everything prove disastrous, until Diana discovers the caged wolves in the deep woods. She vows to free them, and surprisingly, Stephanie agrees to help. But their actions have unforeseen consequences, and if there's any chance to make things right, Stephanie and Diana must put their differences aside. (taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts:While I really enjoyed this story I couldn't help but be disappointed. There were 3 cuss words (h*ll, S*ck and P*ss), mention of a bottle of wine between the parents (I realize some Christians do drink and I have no problem with them but...well you'll see in a minute), and although Christianity and the Church/Jesus were mentioned a couple times it wasn't exactly mentioned with belief. There is one part where one of the characters comments on how she was brave and how her youth leader at church would it was God. Oh well she supposes it might have been him. It all seemed fake. And this was published by Zonderkidz. I am really disappointed. I wasn't sure how the language got in there or what. But I'm not very happy at all. I was ready to recommend it to my little sister after a year or two. Not so much now. Not without covering up a couple things. However apart from that I had no problems with this book, it was a great story about sisters, family, and friendship. And I enjoyed reading it. I just was really disappointed with what I mentioned. I expect Christian books to be clean. If this was a secular book published by a secular publisher then I might be talking about how clean it was. And how I liked it. I just think that some things could be improved upon here. Apart and overall, I did like this book pretty much. I'll probably (if they get it at the library) read the next book. The characters were nice as well. I would recommend to teen-tween girls.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Unravel Me

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Second book in the Shatter Me series.
Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Book description: tick         tick         tick           tick             tick           it's almost time               for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life. (taken from Goodreads)
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Romance:A couple make out scenes where something is unzipped or taken off and while it's not super descriptive it kinda is. Between two guys as well. Several pages (2-8) per (3?) scene. Mainly Chapter 62.  Language:5+ Violence:Shooting, going a little sadistic, a couple battles, killing, injuries, an abuse and sadistic dad. Other:Strange powers (killing touch, invisibility...), lying/secrets, past drinking mentioned, illegitemate child and some talking about it. Time period:Modern.

Thoughts:Wow. This book was one that I was dying for ever since I finished the first book. Even more after reading the in between ebook. So I had a lot of expectations. It would be beautiful, exciting, have great characters and I would love it. And I did. The writing is simply beautiful! It's so expressive, like being in Juliette's head and hearing her emotions. I would love to be able to write like that. I am planning to copy it in some of my smaller "only for myself because I'm just playing" writings. Maybe if I ever finish this rough draft whose plot is still in the works when I finish my serious writing. It's beautiful. The plot had several BIG secrets that were so perfect. In some books when the character gets sad and down it ruins the book. It's pitiful. But not this one. If Juliette got down she would get back up or have it work out. Even when she stayed down for a while it was pulled of just right.

Sometimes when books have a sequel it's not exciting or emotional enough. This one was. I felt the book, it was exciting and amazing. There were great...I don't know...analogies? Just descriptions or references to how Juliette felt. Like the sunny being like a runny egg in a normal breakfast on a normal day in the past. Her body being on fire and melting. That was beautiful as well. Overall I had really no problems with this book (language can be overlooked) and I adored it. I would definitely recommend and reread. I would recommend to YA+ girls.
Characters:They were all really well done. I was interested in many of them, they were really vibrant, and I felt like I connected with a lot of them. There is just, again something about the way the author writes that makes everything fresh, exciting, and open. Kenji was hilarious and i wish I could meet him in real life. Juliette was someone I would want to be friends with and fight with. Being inside her and hearing what she felt made me want to kick a couple characters at different times. Adam was tragic. He is so moody and hot...and swoony. And such a good guy. Warner is needy. But still swoony and messed up and sometimes helpless. I have no idea which team I am. I love both. I understand both. I can see Juliette with both. I have no idea. Like I'm going to add Team Warner on my sidebar next to Team Adam. And I want a Team Juliette button too. It's just like that. And Anderson. He's creepy/sadistic. I wanted him to die. Seriously. He's scary.
Cover:Beautiful. I love it so much!!!!!!! Of the three (Unravel Me, Destroy Me, Shatter Me) this was my favorite :) I couldn't stop staring at it when I was about to pick up the book and start reading again. I would just sit there and look at it for a minute.
Stars:5 (definitely a five)
Love, Sierra

Monday, February 11, 2013

Broken Wings

Broken Wings by Shannon Dittemore. Second book in the Angel Eyes series.
Book description:Angels with wings of blade. Demons with renewed sight. And a girl who has never been more broken. Brielle has begun to see the world as it really is, a place where angels intermingle with humans. But just when she thinks she’s got things under control, the life she’s pieced together begins to crumble. Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her. Something important. And her overprotective father has turned downright hostile toward Jake. Brielle fears she’ll have to choose between the man who’s always loved her and the one who’s captured her heart. Then she unearths the truth about her mother’s death and the nightmare starts. Brielle begins seeing visions of mysterious and horrible things. What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who saw through the Terrestrial veil. When he pulls the demon Damien from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Brielle has no choice. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight. But can she fly with broken wings?
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Romance:Some kissing scenes (kept clean) and loving someone.  Language:A couple uses of dang and heck. Maybe one or two uses of crap and/or suck. Violence: A couple heavenly battles, injuries, demons chasing after Brielle & Jake, a fire in the past, yelling/arguments. Other:Brielle's father drinks throughout the book (which she hates), demons (some people, my mom included don't like to read books with demons in them), stealing of sorts. Time period:Modern.

Thoughts:I was super excited for this book to come out. I love the first book, Angel Eyes. I wish I could say that it lived up to my expectations. I really love this series. And Brielle. She reminds me of a friend. The first book was full of mystery, action, lovely beautiful scenes. I really loved it. This one was good. It had mystery and new secrets & adventures. I just felt off about the tragic romance and whole sadness and despair part of this book. It was sad in some parts and in the whole the-ring-is-gone-what-does-this-mean-I'm-freaking-out part. Which would make sense, I'm just thinking that it could have been pulled of better. I really did like this book, it just didn't measure up to the first book. I did love the whole angel part, any scene with and angel and I was good. That part was done really well. The whole dreams and clues to Brielle's mother and the past was really good too. So apart from the tragic and more sadness I really liked this book. This is one of my favorite Christian YA series. I would recommend to 13+ girls who are looking for a Christian romance/paranormal/supernatural/fantasy type book.
Characters:I really love Brielle, Jake, Canaan, and Kay. (?) There were some great characters in this book and I really liked just about all of them. Brielle was an amazing MC. I really love her.
Cover:At first I wasn't a huge fan, but I think it worked out okay. I like the right side :)
Love, Sierra
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 I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and the views I've expressed are my own.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

To Be Read Thursday

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own. As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner. (taken from Goodreads)
I am really excited for this book. I've read several reviews that said it was great. And that it lived up to the first book. (which happened to be great too :D) There are new characters that I am excited to be meeting and there are new developments in the plot...a whole new main character. Apparently a really great book will soon be in my hands! (number #1 holds wise) And the cover is so mysterious. I really like the pattern of showing just a part of the body. With Cinder, shoe+foot. This one arm+cloak+hair. and the font is so great :) Seriously dying for this one to get to me soon! It was released the fifth.

Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.
Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion…. Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself. Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways. With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back? (taken from Goodreads)
I liked the first book okay. It's an exciting world to read about. And the covers are just so stinkin' cool! I am #1 for this one and it releases the 12th. I have gotten the first book, Aritcle 5, again to reread so I'll know what is going on. From some of the reviews I've read it's either good or great :) Can't wait to see what lies ahead in the story :)

There’s an island off the coast of Maine that’s not on any modern map.
Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn’t her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia’s not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night. Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it’s Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water’s edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive. (taken from Goodreads)
I haven't seen any reviews or anything really about this book yet. I saw it, read the description and got interested. So hopefully it will turn out good :) This book releases the 12th also.
Love, Sierra

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

All For A Song

  Author Bio
About the Author...Award-winning author Allison Pittman left a seventeen-year teaching career in 2005 to follow the Lord’s calling into the world of Christian fiction, and God continues to bless her step of faith. Her novels For Time and Eternity and Forsaking All Others were both finalists for the Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction, and her novel Stealing Home won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award. She heads up a successful, thriving writers group in San Antonio, Texas, where she lives with her husband, Mike, their three sons, and the canine star of the family—Stella.  Visit Allison at her website, .
All for a Song
 Book description: Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything she ever wanted: her family, her church, her community, and plans to marry the young pastor who took over her late father’s pulpit. Time spent in the woods, lifting her heart and voice in worship accompanied by her brother’s old guitar, makes her life complete . . . and yet she longs for something more. Spending a few days in St. Louis with her sister’s family, Dorothy Lynn discovers a whole new way of life—movies, music, dancing; daring fashions and fancy cars. And a dynamic charismatic evangelist . . . who just happens to be a woman. When Dorothy Lynn is offered a chance to join Aimee Semple McPherson’s crusade team, she finds herself confronted with temptations she never dreamed of. Can Dorothy Lynn embrace all the Roaring Twenties has to offer without losing herself in the process?
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Romance:A few kisses and some flirting. While Dorothy is drunk she kisses Roland. Language:0 Violence: None apart from yelling & arguments. Other:Smoking and drinking (drinking only in one chapter),  Time period:1920s and modern times.
Thoughts:I think that my first interest in this book was the cover. Then the description intrigued me a bit, but I didn't really get what it was about until I started reading. For the first part I was a little confused about what it was supposed to be about. It seemed a little slow. Just meandering along. After the first...6 or so chapters it started to pick you and I could see the plot-line forming. By the middle or so I was reading at a faster pace and enjoying the journey Dorothy was on. One of the things that I really liked about this book was how it cut to 2010, to Dorothy then. It was very unique and a great addition to the story. The ending was very very beautiful and almost had me crying. It was so sweet and I LOVED it.  I thought it was really well written, I could see the people and cities. I could see the outfits. I could see the movie set. It was so easy to look back and have everything click once you've finished it. Overall I really liked this book and would recommend it to several of my friends and YA+ girls who enjoy historical fiction :)
Characters:At the beginning I wasn't sure if I liked Dorothy all that much. She seemed unhappy and it didn't seem that she wanted to do anything about it. But by the end of the book I thought she was a lovely character. I could feel her emotions and the entire last quarter of the book was just beautifully full of sad/sweet moments. So overall I really did like Dorothy and felt that she was a great main character :) I thought many of the other characters were really well done, but I didn't really have any favorites among them.
Cover:It's beautiful. I love the shades of brown and yellow mixing. The dress is beautiful too. And I love the font for the title.
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I was provided with an interview that was done with the author, (not me interviewing her, someone else)
so please enjoy learning a bit more about the book :) 
1. What was your inspiration for this book, All for a Song?
There were so many different pieces that came together with this book; it’s hard to name just
one. First, I was introduced to, and then became fascinated with Aimee Semple McPherson,
and while I wasn’t ready to take on her story, I knew I wanted to create my own characters to
somehow come into her sphere. She was a woman who embraced both ministry and fame,
and I wanted to create a character who had that same opportunity. With that, I am so
inspired by the decade of the 1920’s—such sweeping social changes, shifts in moral
centering, an explosion of choices and opportunities for women. It was a time to test one’s
faith—to go against the new norms in pursuit of righteousness. Such a challenge!
2. Tell me about your main character Dorothy Lynn. Was her character based upon anyone in

The young Dorothy Lynn, no, not really—not beyond any other singer/songwriter out there.
She’s a young woman with a message and a voice, so maybe she’s a mash-up of every
musician I know. The older Dorothy Lynn, Miss Lynnie, is somewhat based on the mother of a
friend of mine. His mother went to be with the Lord while I was in the final stages of writing  this
novel, and at her funeral, I learned that she had a stroke years before her passing, during
which she had a glimpse of Heaven, and had spent her intervening years longing to return. I
remember going home from that celebration of her life and re-writing just about every Breath
of Angels scene, incorporating that into Dorothy Lynn’s story. It was exactly what the story
needed, and brought about a depth I couldn’t have imagined in the initial draft.
3. What lessons or truths will your readers find in the pages of this novel?
I hope that they learn that it’s good to take a chance, to take hold of opportunities that
come your way, even if it doesn’t always make sense to do so. Yes, there are times that
require periods of prayer and reflection and guidance-seeking, but then there are times when
you have to hop on the next train and trust that God has the details well in hand. Along with
that, I’d want them to know that while there is breath, there is opportunity for grace and
forgiveness, but we might need to humble ourselves. There’s a theme of a longing for home,
no matter how enticing the alternative seems. 
4. Although this novel is set in the 1920s, how does Dorothy Lynn’s story still resonate today?
The world today wants nothing more than to entice young women to exploit themselves in
some way, and the enemy wants nothing more than to make us think that we are beyond
redemption. We all make stupid, thoughtless, reckless decisions; we all get ourselves into such
unbelievably embarrassing messes; we all disappoint our loved ones. The world tells you to
move on; God tells you to go back.
5. As a writer, what did you particularly enjoy about crafting this story?
Oh, my goodness. As a historical writer, I loved the time period—that sort of new, innocent
fumbling with innovations of the time. One of my favorite scenes was when the 107 -year-old
Dorothy Lynn experiences her first iPad. (By the way, I had to make her that old in order to
make all the history “fit.” I spent every day for a month watching the Willard Scott segment on
the Today show making sure that her age would be believable. Wouldn’t you know? Every
week there’s somebody that tops the 105th birthday!)
6. What is your hope for this story? How would you like it to impact readers?
I would love it if this book would prompt a reader to reach out to somebody they feel they
have lost. Reconciliation is hard—whether you’re the perpetrator or the victim of whatever
“wrong” that happened. But life is short, even if you’re going to get more than a century of
living, at some time that final day will come. Close those gaps in your life.  Offer and ask for
forgiveness. Leave a legacy of grace.
7. How has this novel helped you to grow as a storyteller?
My tendency (a very purposeful one) is to leave my stories with a bit of an “unfinished” edge.
I like my characters to leave the page on the cusp of fulfillment, so that my readers can have
the pleasure of imagining those final, satisfying moments. A good friend (and, coincidentally
a fan) of mine said, “I love your books. I hate your endings. I’m just going to have to accept
that this is what an Allison Pittman story does.” So—how fun was this to write the most definitive
ending, ever! To open a story on the last day of a character’s life—so totally new for me.
8. What is the best advice or encouragement that you have received?
It goes back to a conversation I had with James Scott Bell back when I’d written
approximately 7 chapters of what would become my first novel, Ten Thousand Charms. The
whole conversation is chronicled in Chapter 16 of his fabulous book The Art of War for Writers.
(I’m the “young woman” – which I was, at the time, sort of…) Anyway, I was frustrated and
discouraged, and he explained to me that this writing thing was like a pyramid. At its base,
you have everybody who ever thinks they maybe might want to try to start writing a book
someday. At the top is Max Lucado. The rest of us are somewhere in-between. “Your job…is
to keep moving up the pyramid. Each level presents its own challenges, so concentrate on
the ones right in front of you.” I love and welcome every new challenge.

Love, Sierra
Tyndale Blog Network
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher and the views I have expressed are my own.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

MR~Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, # 1)Book description:There were no surprises in Gatlin County.  We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.  At least, that's what I thought. Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.  There was a curse. There was a girl.  And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. (taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:I wasn't sure what I expected from this book. I was reading it partly because I thought it was about time, having seen this series several times in my library and on blogs etc. and partly because of the movie coming out. I wanted to know if I should be excited or not. I might be. While I really adored the characters and thought they simple came to life from the pages, I didn't agree with all the magical things along with some dead people meetings. Language was a 4 and though the romance was kept to making out and sweet hand holding (cue the awes) there were a couple crude jokes or simply talk of how hot or whatever a girl was. However apart from the language & dark magicy stuff I didn't really mind the rest. I liked plot and thought it was very interesting and well constructed. There was definitely a down-homey-country feel to the book, being from the south myself I could relate in several ways. There is a town kinda close to me that had  a civil war battle fought there and well, I live in the south :P Overall I did like it okay and I (depending on what I hear) want to watch the movie. I will definitely be reading the next book though... I want to know what happens! (although I was very pleased with the ending) I would recommend to both guys and girls, though I have a feeling girls are more likely to read it who are 14+
Cover:A bit plain, but I really love the font used for the title and the trees really are beautiful :)
Love, Sierra