Monday, September 26, 2016

The Pursuit

About the book: Let the chase begin . . . 

Six years ago, with the financial collapse of her country and the death of her parents, Carrie Ashworth swore to protect her siblings. She has fought to build a life for them in her illegal clan. Now home and recovering from a government-spread virus, she's ready to pursue a little happiness of her own. With Greg.

Greg Pierce has no plan to join the growing rebellion or their "Live free or die" mentality. Even after compulsory military service deepened his hatred of President Rigsby's regime, he wants nothing more than to leave it all behind and start a quiet life with Carrie in Logan Pond. But when word reaches them that Oliver, their patrolman friend and protector, is missing, Carrie and Greg are thrown into a race for survival. Chief Jamansky has discovered Oliver's little secret and now he wants revenge, forcing their clan to consider abandoning Logan Pond forever.

In this battle for siblings and friends, for homes lost and freedoms stolen, the citizens must ask: How far would you go to pursue happiness?

The stakes are pushed to their boundaries in this highly anticipated final book in Rebecca Belliston's Citizens of Logan Pond trilogy, bringing her epic love story to an unforgettable end.

My review: I was looking forward to the conclusion of this series, because Liberty left me really hanging and I wanted to know just what happened to all of these characters I had grown to love.

I like Carrie, I love the way that she is so naive and really still expects the best of really everyone and everything around her. But at the same time, her naivety, gets her into trouble in the world that she lives in. I love the way that she goes through many hard things and is really able to bounce back from her hard times and still be okay. I love the way she's really into gardening and wants to use that to unite all of the rebels in the area and trade for things that everyone needs and wants. 

I like that Greg is really an opposite to Carrie. He is less naive and really knows how the world they live in works and that's good, because he's seen lots of the way the world operates and he's able to get himself and really their whole family out of sticky situations all the time.

Carrie's siblings are pretty prominent in this one, and I love the way that they think and that they are able to care for themselves and bounce back from their difficulties as well. 

For me, this book did not disappoint! It was full of surprises and the whole thing left me hanging plot wise until the very end. I was happy with how everything turned out, it really was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

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

Friday, September 23, 2016

Caribbean Rescue

About the book: Just in time for the Summer Olympics, bestselling sweet romance author Cami Checketts brings you a new Destination Billionaire Romance.

Zack Tyndale was destined to win gold in the 2012 Olympics, but he tripped and shattered his own dreams. Running from his controlling father and the compassion in everyone’s eyes, he buys an island in the Caribbean where he can live blissfully alone. 

Madeline Panetto’s graduation present is a trip sailing around the Caribbean on her father’s yacht. Unfortunately, her father is a pirate, and when there is an uprising on his ship, she escapes and crash-lands on Zack’s island. 

Can these two find refuge from the pirates and with each other? 

My review: This book starts out with a bang! Maddie is on her father's yacht sailing in the Caribbean. But her father...he's a pirate! A real one. And his ship is full of them as well, with him as the big boss. Those men are about to overcome him and he knows that Maddie is in danger. He sends her into the sea in a boat with a bunch of information about the crimes his men have committed, knowing that he is about to be killed by his men.

Maddie has no idea how she's going to survive in the boat and what if her father's men find her? She ends up crash landing on an amazing island in the middle of the Caribbean. It happens to belong to Zack Tyndale, a true gentleman. He agrees to care for her and help her get back to America, but they don't count on the pirates being able to follow them.

I really liked the characters in this book. I liked Maddie, she turned out amazingly well, even though her father was  a pirate and absent from a good chunk of her life. I liked Zack too, I loved the way he took care of anything Maddie needed and "seeing" him with his niece was so cute!

Zack's friend Brooks was pretty interesting. I liked the way he was so full of himself that he couldn't imagine anyone liking Zack more than him. He really made the parts of the story he was in fun!

This is a cute, clean, quick read that you won't want to put down until you've read every suspenseful word!

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

King of the Friend Zone

About the book: From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

Esme Taylor has an amazing fiancé, a lifelong best friend, and a problem. 

The problem stems from the fact that her best friend is named Hunter and, well. . .he’s kind of (totally) hot. It’s hate at first sight when her fiancé, Jon, and Hunter meet. Jon’s convinced that Hunter is in love with Esme, and that Hunter must be out of the picture if their upcoming marriage is to succeed.

Esme thinks Jon is paranoid.

The truth is, Jon’s not that far off. Hunter is in love with his best friend and always has been. What Jon has wrong, however, is that Hunter never had any plans of ruining Esme’s happily ever after. Hunter wants what’s best for Esme, even if that’s not him.

When Jon pushes hard to end Esme and Hunter’s friendship, opposition comes from the most unlikely of places. It’s an eccentric lady with a cookie cart who suggests a different solution to Esme’s problem: Hunter and Esme should give each other a chance.

They’ve both thought of the possibility over the years—of course they have. But with a ring already on Esme’s finger and a heap of hurt feelings and broken trust in the mix, there hasn’t been a worse time to explore the depths of their feelings for each other.

Both Esme and Hunter think it’s time to move on and leave childhood crushes in the past. The question is: Can one woman and the taste of one cookie change their minds?

My review: I have had the most fun reading these Power of the Matchmaker books this year. I'm sure that it was a huge job to put it all together, but it's been so amazing and fun. I was way excited to see that Sheralyn Pratt was going to be one of the authors and I've been eagerly anticipating her book in this series. And the wait is over!

This book was so fun! I loved Esme. She's an amazing young woman who I was able to learn about a little at a time. Kind of like Shrek, she has layers and you really don't get to see them all peeled away until almost the very end of the book. I liked how loyal she was to Jon, but I can't say that I really like his character or really even the way he treats her in the book. He's not outright abusive, but he's definitely not going out of his way to let her make her own choices or do her own thing either. 

Hunter was a really fun character! He has a kind of sense of humor that you don't see a lot in books, and I thought that it was funny how he described himself as a bit of a jerk in the book. He was kind of like Esme, he had layers as well, and when his were all peeled back, he didn't seem like the jerk in the story at all. 

I think that Miss Pearl was my favorite so far in this story. She and her cookie cart were one of my very favorite parts. How imaginative to have the cookie be the indicator of just whose kisses you should be partaking of. I loved how she sat down with both of the characters and gave them the talking to they needed to hear. 

I loved that Ashton and Grace are back from The Kiss that Launched a 1000 Gifs. They play a big part in the romance of this one as well and this book wouldn't have been the same without them.

This book is amazing, make sure to get your own copy! Amazon

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blog Tour - Last Messenger of Zitol



About the book: When Rishi is kidnapped and taken to Zitól, she faces an unthinkable future: she is to be sacrificed to appease the gods. To survive in this place, where greed, lust, and fear eclipse compassion, Rishi befriends the selfish and ignorant king, only to discover that he may not have the power to save her after all.

My review: This book is amazing! I loved reading every bit of it. I loved the characters, the plot, the setting. Every bit of it really sucked me in and made me want to continue reading until the very end...but I'm getting ahead of myself.

I loved the way that at the beginning of the book, it's narrated by a character that we haven't met yet, so we don't know who it is. I haven't seen a book done quite this way before this one and it made it super fun.

I liked all of the villagers on Rishi's island. I love the way that they care for their young women and teach them about virtue and just how much their virtue is worth. I loved seeing Rishi's friends later on and how they had learned for themselves how much virtue was worth by going through the experiences they did. And I loved the way a certain character went about convincing them that they were still okay.

I LOVED Rishi. I loved the way she was so sure of herself, her life, family, and virtue. Even when almost everything was taken from her, she was not willing to give up what was important to her. And I loved the way she was willing to sacrifice herself in order to hopefully help her brothers.

I liked Nadal's character as well. I liked the way he was able to learn a lot about himself, and how to treat others throughout the book. i really loved the way he was in the end. 

This book was an enchanting adventure from beginning to end! I loved every bit of it!

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

About the author: Chelsea Bagley Dyreng is the author of “The Cenote.” She was raised in Wyoming and Idaho and earned her BA at Brigham Young University. She worked for several years as a librarian before moving to North Carolina where she and her husband are raising five God-fearing, book-loving, adventure-seeking kids.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dinner Made Easy with Six Sisters Stuff

About the book: For busy moms, perhaps no question is more dreaded than "What's for dinner?" The Six Sisters are here to help! The Six Sisters' Stuff blog is a favorite of seven million readers every month.

With a variety of entrees, their latest cookbook features more than a hundred quick-and-easy, tried-and-true recipes that make this your go-to resource for family-favorite, delicious dinners using your oven, stove top, or slow cooker.

The Sisters have already done all the organization, created the kid-approved recipes, and tested the cooking hacks ideas that can help make your dinnertime stress-free.

So spend less time in the kitchen making dinner and more time making memories with your family.

30 Minutes or Less
4 Ingredients or Less
Pantry Favorites
Slow Cooker Meals
Freezer Meals
One Pan, One Pot Meals
Casseroles

My review: I love to cook and I love to read cookbooks, and Six Sisters Stuff is one of my favorites, both to read online and to read their cookbooks. I liked that they use ingredients that I have on hand and their recipes are usually quick, easy and delicious.

I loved the way that this cookbook has a bunch of different sections depending upon what kind of recipe/how much time you have to make the recipe. The 30 minute or less section will be most helpful on days when you haven't had any time to think of dinner. And I love a good slow cooker dinner. It's always a great feeling knowing you made dinner first thing in the morning and don't have to think about it any more!

I have had a great time making recipes out of this one. There were a couple of breakfast casseroles that I wanted to try, I couldn't decide which one to make, so I tried a half of each. They were easy to prepare and they both tasted amazing!

I love that each of these recipes is a family friendly (picky-eater friendly) healthy meal that I will be able to make quickly and easily. I LOVE this cookbook!

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

About the authors: The Six Sisters—Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra—grew up in Utah, but a few of them have lived in other parts of the country since moving out of the house. Between them there are five nieces and three nephews, and all of the sisters love playing "aunt." The sisters started the blog in February 2011 to keep in touch while they were apart, but it has since gained popularity, garnering more than 9 million viewers per month and more than 307,000 followers on Pinterest.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Blog Tour - Infected

About the bookMother Nature: the world's most innovative killer.


Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, mycologist Dr. Julia Fatheringham is engrossed in her study of native fungi. But what begins as a standard research trip quickly spirals into chaos when her associate's erratic behavior results in his horrifying death. Soon, Julia makes a startling discover: her partner was contaminated by an organism found only in insects. It alters the victim's mind in alarming ways, with an invariably deadly outcome. Julia is baffled by her discovery—this organism has never appeared in humans. It shouldn't be possible. There is only one terrifying conclusion: The infection has jumped species.

Now, in this remote corner of the world, a contagion of unparalleled horror rests in Julia's hands. But even as she works to contain the organism that could spell devastation of apocalyptic proportions, there are others with a different agenda. They've learned of her discovery and will go to any lengths to acquire a sample—there is good money to be had in eco-terrorism.

Armed only with her strength of mind and what courage she can gather, Julia prepares to battle the devastating scourge—and the terrorists determined to unleash it on humanity.

My review: Oh my goodness! I love the way Gregg Luke's books take you not only to a new country, but they feel as though they put you in danger as you're reading them. This book did that for me!

I loved the characters in this book, and I loved that you get to see the situation from each of their points of view. And I think it's way fun that you get to see from the point of view of the bad guy as well as the good guys.

This one has Julia, a scientist from Australia, I loved reading all of her Australian sayings, some of them made me laugh, especially later in the book when she uses one to get the bad guy. I loved that part! I loved the way that Julia could have quit and either gone home or chosen to stay where she had been quarantined and let the bad things happen to others, but she chose the hard way and went after the sample that she knew she had to protect. I loved how obvious it was that she cared for the Venezuelan people, especially the children she had met.

I loved the way we got to see things from the children's point of view, both Noely and Luis were interesting characters and I loved the way that one of the children solved the mystery of just how these people were getting infected.

The plot of this one is quick moving and it left me wanting to shout at the characters to do something other than what they were doing. And I loved the justice of just what happened to the villain in this one. I loved reading this great, clean, suspense filled book!

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

About the author: Gregg Luke was born in Bakersfield, California, but spent the majority of his childhood and young adult life in Santa Barbara, California. He served an LDS mission to Wisconsin then pursued his education in biological sciences at SBCC, UCSBB, BYU, and subsequently graduated from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. His biggest loves are family reading, writing, music, science, and nature.

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Check out the other stops on the blog tour.

Sept. 19th: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/

Sept. 20th: http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://rockinbookreviews.com/ 

Sept. 21st: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

Sept. 22nd: http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/, http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/


Sept. 23rd: http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com/, http://empowermoms.net/, http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com


Friday, September 16, 2016

Blog Tour - LDS Children's Books



 Today I'm going to talk about a couple of the newest LDS Children's books to be out for your reading enjoyment. Let's start with Blessing the Nephite Children.

About the book: Snuggle up with your kids and learn about Jesus’s visit to the Nephites. This colorful board book is perfectly designed for little fingers and small attention spans. Experience the beauty of Christ’s personal love in the Book of Mormon with your little ones and come to see the ways the Savior reaches out to them today.

My review: I really enjoyed reading this book to our 2 year-old! I loved the way that the words were easy to understand, even for someone that young. The pictures are adorable and I loved that the final message of the book is just how much Jesus loves the children and especially the child that you're reading the book to. My little one seemed to love the book as much as I did, even getting a little upset when I removed it from his room. That's got to be one of my favorite things as a mom, seeing our kids grow and learn and love many of the same things that I do!

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

Next up is The Holy Ghost.

About the book: Get to know the Holy Ghost, from baptism on! This engaging book provides fill-in-the-blank stories, coloring pages, and other fun activities for your kids to help get them ready to receive the Holy Ghost and rely on Him for the rest of their lives. Come to understand and feel the Spirit, one of the greatest gifts from God.

My review: This book is simply adorable! I love the way it's like a coloring book, but it teaches about the Holy Ghost. There are places for children to finish pictures, write about themselves and things they like, games for them to play and advice from our prophets and church leaders about how they can best use the gift of the Holy Ghost in their lives. There is even a cute comic book for the kids to read near the end of the book! I love the cute illustrations in this one. It's just a fun book. Perfect for those preparing themselves for baptism, or for those who are learning to use the gift of the Holy Ghost. I think that some of this is even a great reminder for those of us who have already been baptized and just need a refresher. I can't wait to use it in our family's Family Home Evening lessons!

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

About the author: Catherine Christensen graduated magna cum laude from BYU with a degree in English and editing. She worked in her dream job acquiring and editing books before switching to her other dream job of full-time mother. She is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom and has lived most of her life in England. She currently resides in Springville, Utah, with her husband and daughter. Catherine is the author of “I Can Pray Everyday” and “Emily’s Perfect Christmas Tree.”