Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spell Check

About the book: A skeleton is rattling its way out of the closet marked “FAMILY SECRET! KEEP OUT!” 
Allyson Peterson believes that being hanged by the Salem High Witches is the absolute worst thing that can happen. But when her powers, wrested from the trolls of ancient Sweden, manifest themselves, she realizes that a prank hanging by vindictive cheerleaders is the least of her worries. 
Ally accidentally sends her parents to the jungle to fight anacondas, turns her brother into a mute, and curses the entire cheerleading team with an illness that has no cure, proving that her spells need a little checking. Her Swedish grandmother shows up to help her through the worst part of all—surviving the Troll Trials and saving the guy of her dreams from a vengeance that has festered through-out generations. 
The power is in her, if she can just get the magic right.

My review: Allyson Peterson, or Ally, never plans to be hung up in a tree in the cemetery in the middle of the night on her birthday. But that's what happens when the Salem High cheerleading team, also known as the witches, decide to pull a prank on her. Ally also doesn't plan on having powers suddenly manifest themselves so that she accidentally curses said cheerleading team, especially Lisa Snoddy the ringleader of the group. Things just keep getting stranger and stranger as every wish that she makes just keep coming true, including both of her parents turning up missing. Just when it seems all is lost, she's able to get in touch with her grandmother and learns that she's turning into a witch, and what she needs to do in order to set her spells right. But the worst is yet to come for Ally, as she has to survive the Troll Trials all on her own. Will she be able to figure out all of this new special power stuff before it's too late?

This is a really cute book! It's written for teenagers, and I love that it's clean and completely appropriate for them, yet it's complicated and fun enough for adults to enjoy it too! I like Ally, I like all of the little misunderstandings and problems that she has, they keep the story moving along, and who didn't know a girl just like Lisa Snoddy in high school? I know I did, and seeing her get just what she deserved made me just a little bit happy! I'm hoping that Julie Wright keeps writing stories about Ally and her misadventures so we can read about them for a long, long time.

I was able to get a copy of this from Amazon, it just happened to be free that day.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog Tour - The Husband Maker

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The Husband Maker by Karey WhiteThe Husband Maker by Karey White Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next. Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed? When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?



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My Review: Charlotte always makes it a point to go to the wedding receptions of the guys that she has dated. It's at the latest of these when she accidentally overhears a nickname for herself that she didn't even know she had, The Husband Maker. The guys she dates do tend to get married to the next girl that they date after her, but she finds it even more hurtful than the names that her brother and his best friend Angus have always called her. It's this nickname that prompts her to finally allow her boss to set her up with this guy she knows, she's been avoiding being set up with him because he's always seemed too old for Charlotte. But when she meets Kyle, she's unsure why she waited so long, he's perfect and romantic. But there is the matter of his father being a senator. Does Charlotte want the kind of life that will mean she's forever in the spotlight, or is she content to continue to be "The Husband Maker"

I loved this book! Charlotte is such a great character, I really enjoyed being in her head. I thought that Kyle was a great love interest. That being said, I really liked Angus, I thought he was such a fun character, willing to always pick Charlotte up when she needs it, yet always there to tease her and come up with annoying nicknames for her. I also really liked that he protected her from her nickname because he didn't want to see her hurt. The plot was fun, but watch out for the cliff-hanger ending. I have so many questions for Karey White about the ending, but maybe I'll be able to hang on until the fall when her next book about Charlotte's adventures comes out. This is a great book, and I can't wait until the fall for the next one!

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Author Karey White Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist. She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.  

 



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friends and Traitors (Slayers #2)

About the book: In C.J. Hill's action-packed sequel to Slayers, the group of teens known as Slayers have been betrayed—but they won’t give up without a fight.

Tori’s got a problem. She thought she’d have one more summer to train as a dragon Slayer, but time has run out. When Tori hears the horrifying sound of dragon eggs hatching, she knows the Slayers are in trouble. In less than a year, the dragons will be fully grown and completely lethal. The Slayers are well-prepared, but their group is still not complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker—the mysterious missing Slayer.

What Tori doesn’t bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers. She isn’t just a Slayer, she’s part Dragon Lord, too. How can Tori fight to save her friends when half of her is programmed to protect dragons? And with a possible traitor in their midst, the Slayers will be divided in more ways than they ever imagined. 

My Review: Oh my goodness! I love this series, it's got everything, action, adventure, dragons, heroes, and a touch of romance! The characters are amazing, Tori, Jesse, Dirk and all of their friends seem as though they are real people, not just characters on a page. I loved all of the action packed sequences in this book, I felt as though I was soaring over Washington, DC with Tori. I like that this book is written for young adults and completely clean without seeming too goody, goody. This is a great book for anyone loving to read clean, action packed books!

I was able to borrow this book from a friend.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tying the Knot

About the book: When Athena Di Jasper accepts dashing bookstoreowner Grey Ronning’s proposal for marriage and they sit down to work out the details of the wedding, they discover it’s a daunting task. Most of Athena’s family lives in Greece, so Athena and Grey decide there’s only one thing they can do: take a cruise and have a destination wedding in Athens—and with their trademark show of support, the women of the Newport Ladies Book Club are going international with them.

The cruise turns out to be life changing for more than Athena and Grey. Aboard the ship, each bookclub lady unfolds a new chapter of her life. In this final installment of the beloved Newport Ladies Book Club series, discover what’s in store for Athena, Ruby, Ilana, Olivia, Victoria, Daisy, Paige, and Shannon. From mending marriages to overcoming addictions, the women of this remarkable group meet their triumphs and tragedies as they always have: together.

My Review: Athena is finally getting married! Only her mom won't be around to see it, and her dad would never remember it. Her only family lives in Greece or there's her friends in the Newport Ladies Book Club that have become just like family to her. When Ruby suggests getting married in Greece and having the entire book club there as part of a cruise, Athena thinks it's an amazing idea. Is it possible that everyone would be able to go. Turns out that with a little planning, and a little extra money everyone is able to go. But Athena and Grey aren't the only ones with life-changes happening on this trip, almost everyone has something big coming up. This book is full of fun and surprises for all of the characters of this beloved series.

I loved every minute of reading this book! It makes me sad to know that this is the end of the series, sometimes I want to climb into a book or series and live there with the characters that I've come to know so well and love, this is one of those series. I have loved reading about each of these amazing women, Athena, Ruby, Ilana, Olivia, Tori, Daisy, Paige and Shannon, they are all such individuals and I love all of them. I thought that this finale was really well written, I loved journeying with the characters on the cruise and eventually to Greece. I loved the little surprises that were hidden for each of the characters. I loved that I was able to learn what would be ahead for each of the characters. This is a really well written conclusion to one of my very favorite series.

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

You can find your own copy: Amazon - Deseret Book, also in stores

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Castles in the Sand

About the book: Madison Lukas knows her place in the world. She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget.

John Britton has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce. She is beautiful, talented, and makes kindness a fine art.

When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong. Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?

My Review: Madison's life is fairly predictable, school, work at the local library, home to her single mom who keeps to herself, and keeping her best friend, Kailie, from driving home from beach parties drunk. But her life takes on a life of it's own as she gets a bit of attention from Jean-Pierre, the boy in school that all the girls like. But how can he like Madison, she feels as though she's so ordinary? Then there is the missionary, John Britton, who claims and actually appears to be Madison's long lost brother, and the crazy boy in town, Alex, who isn't quite what he appears to be. Will Madison be able to navigate her crazy world and actually discover who she is?

This book was a bit mixed for me, I really liked Madison and I liked the lessons that she was able to learn through some hard experiences. I really liked John and the way he showed his concern for his estranged little sister. I felt like some of the things that happen in this book should be geared more towards older teens and adults, rather than just being classified as young adult. I did like the plot for the most part, and the writing in this book is great. 

I won an e-copy of this book in a contest.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blog Tour - The Dreamosphere

 About the book: What if dreams don’t disappear when we wake up? Haunted by her younger sister’s death, and her unwitting role in the incident, 11-year-old Gwenevere Stoker takes solace in the Dreamosphere—a dimension where all dreams still exist. But when someone begins destroying her dreams, Gwen must find the culprit—or risk losing all her happiness forever. Bask in the mystery and imagination of dreams in this touching, funny, mind-bending children’s tale that encompasses themes of grief, friendship, family, healing, and grand adventure!

"What do you think happens to your dreams after you wake up?"
Gwen shrugged distractedly, too disoriented by her sudden arrival in the remarkable setting to focus. "I dunno. They disappear?"

The unblinking gray eyes of her young companion flashed as she leaned forward. "Incorrect. Every dream you've ever had still exists. All of them. They reside in a dimension called the Dreamosphere. It's where we are right now, as a matter of fact. Each dream basically exists as its own world, or dream-orb. There are thousands and thousands of them, connected like drops of dew on a gigantic spider web. Every dream you've ever had, Gwen. They're all up here. And you can visit them any time you want."

Tabitha, the enigmatic child who shares this information, has some even more shocking news. Gwen’s dreamosphere is in danger. Someone has been hacking into it—destroying her dream orbs, erasing pieces of her past, and affecting Gwen in more ways than she realizes. Together, Gwen and Tabitha travel through the outlandish landscape of Gwen’s dream worlds to find the person responsible. What will happen to Gwen when all her dreams are gone? What critical clues lie within the pages of her dream journal? And what does Edgar Allan Poe have to do with it all?

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My Review: 11 year-old Gwen Stoker hasn't been herself since "the incident," she tries to be as rude as she can and she's gained an awful lot of weight. It's very obvious to those around her that she's unhappy. But what can be done to help her? One day Gwen is attacked by a squirrel, but this is no normal squirrel, it ends up being a friend from her past, Tabitha, who has noticed a problem with Gwen's dreamosphere, the place where dreams go after you dream them, and wants to help. But will Gwen and Tabitha be able to fix Gwen's dreamosphere before it's too late?

This book is really great! I enjoyed the plot, and the characters. The bad guy was as much of a surprise to me as it was to the characters in the book, that's always a good thing. I really liked how Gwen was able to re-learn how to like herself and that she was okay, even that what had happened was not her fault. I'm really hoping with the cliff-hanger ending that there will be more to Gwen's story coming soon!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Laura Stoddard was born in Idaho and spent her formative years running amok in the great outdoors. She received her bachelors degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. After being rejected from the masters program for creative writing she decided that she didn't need a masters degree to tell her she could write, so she started really dedicating her time to finishing the story she'd started months earlier, with the goal of writing a complete novel, and getting it published. The result is her debut novel, The Dreamosphere, for which her own vivid, bizarre, and incomprehensible dreams provided the inspiration.  Laura is an adrenaline junkie and will try anything once--or twice--or maybe three times. She can already check whitewater rafting, going down in a shark cage, and skydiving (three times) off of her list. Oh, and getting Lasik. It was five minutes of terror. She enjoys hiking, rowing, reading classic literature, embarking on new adventures and hobbies, volunteering regularly, and spending time with family. She currently resides in Phoenix, Ariz.

Check out Laura Stoddard's website here


Friday, July 11, 2014

Cover Reveal - Bonds of Loyalty

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Bonds of Loyalty
By Jennifer K. Clark, Stephonie K. Williams
YA/Adult Historical Romance
August 2014 by Covenant Communications, Inc.




"It shall be the son, the firstborn in the new monarchy, who shall quiet the fears and unite the nation again."

The infamous prophecy declaring that the firstborn would be a boy is the last thing Sarah wants to deal with. As if being newly engaged isn’t difficult enough, she’s still coming to terms with the fact that the first eighteen years of her life were a farce. The prophecy—the reason she had been secreted away from her family and her royal heritage to begin with—wasn’t supposed to disrupt her life any more than it previously had. But when unexpected events force her to leave her fiancĂ©, Prince Alexander, Sarah must return to her home country of Kyrnidan to face her destiny. 

Reunited with her royal family, Sarah is thrust into the political turmoil that surrounds her ancestral home. To make things worse, her arrival has upturned the long-held prophecy.

As the voices of distension mount against her, Sarah turns to her bodyguard, Luther, for protection. But Luther’s protection comes with a price. Propelled into a plot that threatens her life and the welfare of the entire kingdom, Sarah must determine where her love and loyalty truly lie. Torn between two men, she will now have to face her fears and undertake a journey of self-discovery that will change the fate of a nation….

Mark of Royalty is the book previous to this. Although Bonds of Loyalty is the continuation of Sarah's story it is a stand alone book.

Mark of RoyaltyMark of Royalty
by Jennifer K. Clark, Stephonie K. Williams
YA/Adult Historical Romance
January 1st 2011 by Covenant Communications

At a time when royal infants are marked at birth, a royal advisor makes a terrible misstep — and an infant princess must be secreted away to save her life. Named Sarah by Miranda, the woman who agrees to raise the child as her own, the girl is unaware of her royal heritage — even though Miranda has done all she can to pair Sarah with the king's nephew, Lord Chad. But unexpected events prevent the expected betrothal.

Determined to fulfill her devoted mother's wishes, Sarah reserves her heart for Chad despite her growing affections for another man. But as plots against the crown unfold, someone accidentally discovers Sarah's mark of royalty — setting the stage for discoveries that will shake the kingdom to its core.

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Jennifer K. Clark and Stephonie K. Williams are sisters by chance but became friends by choice when a year of rooming together at college taught them how to get along. Now “play”-at-home moms, separated and living in different parts of the country, they stay in touch and support each other in their individual projects.

Jennifer K. Clark lives in the small rural town of Wellington Utah, as much as her husband wishes it was Wellington New Zealand. After years of entertaining her three children with infamous made-up stories, she decided to put her imagination to good use and became an author. She likes to add a touch of romance to her novels along with a healthy dose of adventure. Fueled by Lindt Chocolate Truffles and Sour Patch Kids, she now spends a copious amount of time with the characters in her head. In her spare time she likes to create science experiments with the ingredients in her potions cupboard, debate which Doctor is her favorite (currently the 10th…or maybe the 11th), and—when she has time—watches the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice.


Stephonie K. Williams makes her home in a quaint farming town in eastern Iowa with her husband, three cats, and a budding ninja. Two of her favorite things in Iowa are the fireflies (aka lightning bugs) and cows, especially the calves. Despite having lived there for 15 years she still misses the majesty and tranquility of the mountains of Utah where she grew up. She has a vast collection of fortune cookie fortunes because she has yet to determine if it is unlucky to throw them away. She also loves to quill, the art of rolled paper, not to be confused with quilting.

Stephonie is passionate about education and enjoys visiting schools to teach classes on creative writing. She has written poetry, short stories, and dissertations, although Mark of Royalty was the first of her work that she was brave enough to submit for publication.


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