Friday, August 26, 2016

Resist

About the book: Having been rescued, Remade, and returned to Freedom, Theron faces a life without None. Though he's chosen to be a healer, he can't seem to heal himself of his heartbreak. Not even the endless pleasures and vices Freedom offers can dull the pain of losing the only girl he's ever loved. The peace he so desperately needs seems impossible to find.

Then he meets Catcher, who becomes a friend and a mentor and who teaches Theron about the dark truths behind Freedom's Batcher program—and about a growing rebellion known as "the Rise."

Theron's quest for peace and healing is further complicated when he falls in love with a captured rebel named Pua. He must choose: Freedom and its easy pleasures, or a life that is truly free but full of hardships and sacrifice.

My review: I was excited to get to read this new book by Ilima Todd, I really enjoyed Remake. I loved the way that this book is from the point of view of Theron. It's fun to read what happened from his perspective. And I was kind of sad about how things ended for him at the end of Remake.

I have to admit that I still felt bad for him at the beginning of this book. He was very obviously still hurting about losing Nine and Eridian will not allow him to forget her and move on. Eridian seems to think that Theron knows where Nine went and she keeps him on his toes in different ways trying to figure out what he may or may not know.

Theron is a healer, and he's approached by a man named Catcher to help him with a project, little does Theron know that this project will change everything for him, his life, the way he sees their government, his loyalties and even his love. Catcher asks him to talk with a young woman named Pua to try to figure out what might be wrong with her. He eventually does figure it out, but along the way he falls in love with her. I was really amazed by the way that Pua's whole story fit into Theron's. 

I loved the plot of this book. I loved the action, the adventure, the cunning that the characters show, only to find out that they weren't as sneaky as they thought they had been. 

I loved seeing the way life has turned out at this point for Nine and learning just what the reason is for Eridian being so fixated on finding her. 

I really enjoyed this book and I'm hoping to be able to read a third one really soon! I need to know just what happened to all of these amazing characters!

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

About the author: Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and currently resides in the Rocky Mountains. She never wanted to be a writer even though she loves books and reading. She earned a degree in physics instead. But the characters in her head refused to be ignored, and now she spends her time writing science fiction for teens. When she is not writing, Ilima loves to spend time with her husband and four children

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Blog Tour - The Beautiful Balance Review and Giveaway


About the book: Whether in your family, your ward, or your community, you've observed them: those noble individuals who are strong, patient, and stalwart in the face of adversity. When times are tough, how do they manage the challenging shift from victim to victor? Chances are they have figured out the balance of control—what they have charge of and what is in the Lord's hands.

Trying to manage the ups and downs of life can feel overwhelming, but fortunately we're not alone on this journey. With inspiring doctrinal insights and a healthy dose of humor, author Michelle Wilson inspires readers to let go of fear and find peace, even in the midst of lost jobs, health challenges, or everyday chaos at home. In a world that seems so tempestuous, The Beautiful Balance is a sweet reminder of exactly what we can control—ourselves—and what God controls—all the rest.

My review: Reading this book was a really good reminder for me that I can't control really anything but myself. I have a tendency to expect perfection from everything and everybody around me and that's something about myself that I really need to work on being better at not doing. 

I loved this book. I love Michelle Wilson's writing style. She includes plenty of personal anecdotes and her takes on scripture stories. I love that she is able to write about difficult subjects like this and not sound overly preachy. I loved that there was a chapter in which she wrote about 3 amazing women and their life stories. These inspirational women are amazing at remembering just who is in control of their...and each one of our lives. That is Heavenly Father. He loves us, He wants what is best for us and he knows that if we have all the control we are not going to get what we need to grow and develop in the way that we should.

Make sure you set aside some time to read this great book and think about how you too can achieve The Beautiful Balance that Michelle teaches us about. 

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

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About the author: Michelle Wilson is a native of California. Through serving a full-time mission, teaching seminary, Sunday School classes, and speaking at various firesides and conferences, Michelle has developed a love of the power and simplicity of the gospel. She believes in the healing power of laughter and chocolate. She and her husband, Jerey, are the parents of three children and live in Washington State.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Blog Tour - Dear Jane


About the book: The plan was to serve a mission, marry her boyfriend, and live happily ever after. But all of that changed when Quinn got a Dear Jane email. Now she’s stuck at home with no boyfriend, no job, no major, and absolutely no social life. Will Quinn ever find the path that leads to her eternal happiness?

My review: I loved this book from the very beginning! It isn't very often you see a book about a sister missionary who gets dumped by her boyfriend. I loved that the plot line of this one was just a bit different than you normally see. 

I felt sad for Quinn when she got her Dear Jane email. You could just tell that Quinn was trying her hardest to be a good missionary and that she really wanted to work hard and do what was right. I also felt bad for her when she came home to real life and realized just how many trials real life contains for most people.

I loved the way things got a little bit better for her when she finally found a job, until the Elder who seemed to not like her the most from her mission, Elder Ryan, walked in as one of her bosses. I loved the way that Elder Ryan, Nick, slowly became more of a friend and maybe even a little bit more to her as the story went on.

There were plenty of twists and turns on the way for Quinn, but I love the way she eventually figured out what would be the perfect happily ever after for her!

This is a cute, clean romance that I didn't want to put down.

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

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About the author: Rachel Turner Ward graduated from Hillcrest High School after spending two years writing for the yearbook and the creative writing magazine. She then studied English at Brigham Young University­—Idaho, graduating with an emphasis in Literary Studies. She has contributed to several online publications, including Mormon Mommy Blogs and SheSteals. She has written a personal blog since 2009, Trapped Between a Scream and a Hug.  Rachel lives in Salt Lake with her six children and husband of 15 years. 




Friday, August 19, 2016

The Lucky Billionaire

About the book: When Ty Epperson wins a fortune in the Idaho State Lottery, he’s determined to put his sudden wealth to good use, even if it means putting up with Holland Morrissey, a Los Angeles image consultant who has never met a credit card she doesn’t like and thinks spending $1000 on a pair of pants is normal behavior. Ty has never considered himself lucky in life or in love, until now. But not all of Ty’s plans are popular and someone is determined to stop him, putting everyone and everything he loves at risk.

My review: This is the newest Destination Billionaire Romance by Gelato Publishing. I love this series because each includes a cute, clean romance that you don't want to put down. This one was really fun for me because Ty and his family live in a cute little town that I enjoyed visiting during my high school years.

I liked Ty. He's the billionaire, he recently won the lottery and decided to start his own foundation to remove tons of land from government control and move it to the control of individual states. He's asked to do interviews on several shows, but after the first, he knows he needs help. It was terrible. That's where Holland comes in.

She's an image consultant working in L.A. She enjoys her job, but her life isn't all roses. She's still living with her parents and the guy she likes has just left for the rest of the summer and there's really no commitment between the two of them. I loved the way she takes Ty under her wing and makes herself indispensable enough that he takes her to his hometown in Idaho to help with his foundation.

This book has a plot filled with mayhem, someone is out to get Ty, his foundation or both and he doesn't want his family or Holland around when he's being attacked. The book kept me guessing until the very end. 

I loved the romance aspect as well. This was a cute book! 

I bought a copy of this book from Amazon.com.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Blog Tour - Exodus


About the book: Let my people go ...

A plea has been made in behalf of the children of Israel. Now comes the epic climax years in the making—the final showdown between two of the most powerful men in history—one fueled by pride, the other guided by the world of God. Moses has received an extraordinary call from the Lord: he is to lead the exodus of the Hebrew people out of Egypt, ending generations of bondage. And he must return to the land of his birth to boldly petition a man he does not want to challenge ... or lose to: Ramses—pharaoh of Egypt. Ramses, harboring years of feeling betrayed by his best friend, is determined to stop Moses no matter the cost. He will not yield, even as a dark veil of plaques and pestilence descends over the land of Egypt.

What follows is a powerful chronicle of the struggles of the children of Israel as they traverse uncharted territory, both physically and spiritually. Amid the horrific catastrophes devastating their land and through the dramatic evens that follow, the Hebrews must face their fears and their faltering faith. For even in the darkest of times, there are manifestations of the Lord's constant care to inspire their hope for a bright future.

My review: I've loved this whole series and the way that Heather B Moore is able to make the Bible stories that we all know and love really jump off the pages of the book. I love how the characters from these stories become flesh and blood people to me. Heather really has a gift for this type of writing.

I loved Moses in this book. I love the way that you can tell just how much he cares for the children of Israel and also for the Lord and his commandments. I loved the way the story painted him as also caring for all of the people in Pharaoh's court that he would have grown up knowing and for Pharaoh himself, even though the Lord was chastising him.

I love in this series the way that Moses' wife becomes a real person and you can see the way that she sacrifices and cares for Moses and for their family. The same really with his mom and Miriam. It's hard for me sometimes to read the scriptures and realize just how many of the women are nameless and even if they have names, you really don't know them as a person. They're almost cardboard. I know this is a fictionalized account, but I love how it shows that Moses did have women in his life who were strong, caring and really just amazing women and they helped shape him into the amazing prophet that he came.

I liked the ending too. We all know what's going to happen, the Egyptian's eventually let Moses' people go, sort of, and then are killed in the Red Sea. I love how this scene was painted. It really came to life for me in a way that the jello Red Sea in The Ten Commandments never could. 

I loved everything about this book and really the whole series. Can't wait for more books by Heather B Moore!

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

About the author: HEATHER B. MOORE is the two-time Best of State and two-time Whitney Award winner for her historical fiction, the most recent being Esther the Queen. She is also the author of the nonfiction inspirational book Women of the Book of Mormon and the coauthor of Christ's Gifts to Women with Angela Eschler. Heather is a columnist for Meridian Magazine on LDS topics.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Blog Tour - Accidentally Me



About the book: WANTED: Pretend stalker. No experience required. Tall, dark, and quirky preferred. Sabrina is desperate to go to her dream college, but her parents want her to stay close to home. If she wants to maintain her perfect child image, Sabrina must break rules that even her rebel sister keeps.

My review: Sabrina...Sabrina...I loved Sabrina in this book. She's just graduated from high school and she's ready to go to college. Only her parents have decided that she needs to go to Boise State because it's close to their home and cheaper. The problem being Sabrina wants to go to Caltech. She knows it's perfect for her intended major. Since she knows there is no way her parents will agree to let her go where she wants, she decides to get a stalker so that they will see she's not safe at home and let her go...I know, flawed thinking!

That's where things get a bit crazy for Sabrina. Because she really doesn't have a stalker and she doesn't really know anyone that could pass for a stalker. So where else do you find a stalker but Facebook. And that's when she remembers Calvin, a guy she knew from high school who would be the perfect stalker, and he agrees to do it for a measly $50. But Sabrina doesn't count on the amount of lies she's going to have to tell about having a stalker. 

It was kind of sad the way Sabrina though of herself as an accident. She thought about it an awful lot because she mentioned being an accident several times. I loved that by the end of the story she saw herself in a bit of a different light, helping her confidence and self worth to grow and feeling that she really does deserve to be happy and live a good life.

This is a cute young adult read that is clean and fun. I loved reading it!

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

About the author: Kim Karras writes contemporary fiction for adults and teens. Follow her at kimkarras.blogspot.com for notes on life, writing, and motherhood..

Friday, August 12, 2016

Blog Tour - Until Summer Ends

About the book: Sophie Newton is determined to prove herself to her father, who insists she could never run a successful business. She opens a beachside taco stand called The Sandy Tortilla and plans to make her own way, one burrito at a time. 

When she loses her summer help, Sophie rushes to find somebody to help take orders. She finds that somebody in Montgomery Winters, a struggling actor from LA. Mont takes the job; the money's useful, though he finds that his curvy boss is what really keeps him around. 

As Sophie and Mont work together, they discover an intense attraction between them. But when Mont's agent calls him about a career-making audition, he decides he must pursue the opportunity, even though he can't get Sophie out of his head. Now, Sophie must choose between chasing after the man she's falling in love with and the business she's fought so hard to build.

And here's a fun Ten's list from author Elana Johnson!

Top Ten Summer Vacation Destinations (according to Sophie Newton, owner of The Sandy Tortilla, in UNTIL SUMMER ENDS)

Sophie doesn’t take a lot of summer vacations. She owns a beach-side taco stand and spends seven days a week serving burritos and quesadillas. 

But once she meets Mont, she starts to loosen up a little bit, and begins daydreaming about where she would vacation in the summer. This is her list:

1 - Hawaii – after all the beaches the+re are a bit better than her northern California haunt.

2 - Fiji – Sophie’s always wanted to try snorkeling, and there’s nowhere better than Fiji for that.

3 - Barcelona – Beaches, mountains, and parks, oh my! Sophie could really relax in any number of ways in Spain. 

4 - Yellowstone National Park – While not a runner, Sophie can walk with the best of them. And with boardwalks to the hotpots, she’d definitely like the scenery here. 

5 - San Francisco – Although just a quick jaunt down the California coast from Redwood Bay (where she lives), she doesn’t get to San Francisco as often as she should. Time to plan another trip!

6 - Montreal, Canada – This one’s on the list for the height of summer temperatures, because in Montreal, it’ll still be just right for an afternoon stroll.

7 - Chicago – This might seem like a strange choice, but she’s heard there are great beaches there. Oh, and baseball. And the pizza can’t be beat. 

8 - Amsterdam – Sophie would love to rent a bike and spend a few days touring the city. Oh, and she’s always wanted to go on a canal boat, so there’s that too.

9 = Iceland – In the summer, Sophie could see the midnight sun and other amazing sights. She loves astrology and such, so this would be a dream vacation for her. 


10 - Nice – world famous beaches? Sophie and Mont don’t need more than that.

My review: I really liked the whole vibe of this book. It was kind of fun that Sophie is really a typical Type A, she's driven while running her own taco truck on the beach. But Mont is really your typical beach bum. He can't be on time to save his life and he really doesn't have a typical job to speak of. There is undeniable chemistry between the two for the whole book though.

I really liked the plot of this one. I liked the romance angle. It's a clean romance, although I didn't love the way that Mont thought about Sophie in his head. This one was a bit on the line of clean romance for me, it doesn't talk about having sex really, although you know that the characters do at one point. I did like that there wasn't swearing in it.

I liked the characters. They were really well written. I liked that Sophie was predictable, to a point, and then I didn't have any idea what was going to come next for her. Mont is a bit of a character throughout the whole book. You don't know his real name, or what he does for a living for a good chunk of the book. He freely admits that he's aspiring to be an actor but the rest of his life is kind of a mystery until he unfolds it.

This is a cute book that I really enjoyed reading.

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

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About the authorElana's work includes the young adult dystopian romance series Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available, as well as a young adult dystopian short story in the Possession world, Resist.

  
Her newest release is the beginning of a new adult fantasy series. ECHOES OF SILENCE came out with Amazon Publishing on May 3, 2016. See all of her books here.
  
Elana also writes inspirational western romances under the pen name Liz Isaacson. Check out all 5 books in the Amazon #1 Bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series, and get ready for the rest of the series by the end of 2016.

Her newest release is UNTIL SUMMER ENDS, a contemporary romance novel from Cleis Press/Start Media.

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