Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Avatar Battle

About the book: The adventure continues when Abby and Derick begin their second semester at Cragbridge Hall, the most prestigious secondary school in the world. The year is 2074, and Abby and Derick are busy designing their own virtual worlds and learning to control new robot animal avatars, but when their Grandpa Cragbridge admits them into the Council of the Keys—a secret group of people who have keys to travel back in time—strange things begin to happen. One by one, members of the council are found unconscious and unable to wake, their keys stolen. Now Abby, Derick, mand their friends must scramble to figure out who is behind the attacks before they become the next victims, which would give their enemy the power to change the past—and forever alter the present and future.
A page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing history.

My review: I really love this series. I love that both girls and boys will enjoy reading it, because it's told from the perspective of twins of different genders. I love that it's full of action, adventure, and plenty of imagination. Part of the classes that Abby and Derick are taking are teaching them how to create their own worlds, amazing. I love that the books are engrossing, even I, a mom, didn't want to put this book down. I love that it teaches kids about history and just why it's important. I love that the book is about 7th graders and they essentially are out there on the front lines saving the world, that is also a great lesson for kids to learn, they too are important and can do important things. This book is well-written, and just amazing! Check it out!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wishing on Baby Dust

About the book: Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren. 

Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.

Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart. 

Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth. 

When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them.

My review: This book really touched me. I had no idea the amount of work that some of these mothers have to go through to get their sweet little babies into the world. I really loved each of the three characters. Megan is so open about the challenges that she's had to go through and can't really imagine anyone else not wanting to be that way. Christina is trying to be brave by saying she's been focusing on her career as a teacher, but she knows deep down that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Kyra has just had a miscarriage after scraping up the money for an infertility treatment and is concerned that she'll never have a sibling for her sweet daughter Sophie. Megan and Christina have just been made Kyra's visiting teachers, and the three women form a friendship before they really realize that all three of them have had infertility problems. When they finally realize this detail, it makes their friendship even sweeter. This book is a story about infertility, yes, but it's also about the way that we all need to be there as much as we can for those around us. We may never know just how much we have helped someone we know by simply being caring. I didn't want to put this book down until I had finished every last word.

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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Selection

About the book: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My review: America Singer's world is full of hunger, want, singing and her boyfriend Aspen. She can't imagine anyone better for her than him. But one day, she receives a letter telling her to sign up for the Selection. There would be one girl chosen from each of the colonies of Illea and those girls would be sent to the palace to get to know Prince Maxon and one of them would eventually be chosen by him and they would get married. America is happy where she is and has no plans to fill out the form, but she is eventually persuaded by Aspen that she needs to. Life in the palace is much different from America's life as a 5 in the caste system, and she grows to love many of the girls. Even Prince Maxon has a place in her heart. But is she really in the contest to win his heart, or is she still pining for Aspen?

I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked America and I'm definitely rooting for her to win the contest for the Prince's heart. I can't say that I really like Aspen's character, it seems like he's kind of a player and not really at all concerned about what's best for America, just what's best for Aspen. I do like Prince Maxon, I love that he shows concern not only for his own personal safety, but for the safety of all the young women entrusted to his care. He seems as though he really is trying to get to know and care for each one individually. I'm way excited to read the next book in the series!


I was able to borrow this book from my local library.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Tour - The Eleventh Brother

About the book: When Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob, is sold into bondage by his brothers, Egypt is a land in turmoil—its fortune determined by the unpredictable rains that either bring prosperity or leave the people in famine and starvation. But Joseph is no common slave. Imprisoned and forgotten by all but God, he interprets a dream that reveals the future and alters his destiny. Now with his privileged Egyptian-born wife, Asenath, at his side, Joseph's transformation from the boy in the pit to the ruler of Egypt is nearly complete. But position and power cannot erase the bitterness he holds deep inside. When he suddenly comes face to face with the family that betrayed him, Joseph devises a plot to test his brothers' true character. Yet even revenge may not fill the aching hole in Joseph's heart, and the influence of a beautiful woman may be his only hope for redemption.

My review: I really enjoyed reading this book. This is the story of Joseph from the Bible, I enjoyed how it was told with not only the Bible verses, but with lots of description of how life would have been for Joseph in Egypt. I loved the way that Joseph is portrayed as a very powerful man in Egypt, but he has flashbacks of how his life was as a young boy before he was sold into slavery and also of his time in Potiphar's house. I liked also that part of the story is told from the perspective of Judah, how he longs for forgiveness for what they did for Joseph. How he wishes he could change the past. This book really is an amazing retelling of Joseph's story, I learned a lot about not only Joseph's story, but also about forgiveness. Don't miss it!

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

About the author: After spending her high school years in the south of France, Rachel K. Wilcox studied philosophy, literature, and film at Brigham Young University, where she graduated as the valedictorian. After college, she moved to West Africa to make a documentary film and instead used her camera to co-found a humanitarian project. She has been a researcher and case writer at Harvard Business School and writes and researches in the interdisciplinary fields of law and the humanities. She is in her final year of law school at Stanford University.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog Tour - Letters to My Future Husband



About the book: Sophie doesn’t know what kind of man she’s looking for, so her father suggests she write letters to her future husband—and come to know him in the process. But Sophie soon learns her letters aren’t the most reliable key to her heart. This hilarious coming-of-age novel is a guaranteed laugh-out-loud read you’ll want to share with all your friends.

My review: When Sophie was a young girl she couldn't imagine marrying any man other than her father. To her he was perfect and she was furious that he was already married to her mother. Her father suggested that she write letters to her future husband so that she can grow to "know" him and also learn just what she wanted. He even provided her with a beautiful locking book to write those letters in. As she grew older, she started writing letters specifically to one of her older brother's friends and close neighbors, to her Hanno was perfect and could do no wrong. But she had to abruptly stop writing when her overbearing mother found the book and ruined it, reading all of her entries in the process. This book is about Sophie's coming of age, finding her future husband, and also about fixing relationships that need to be fixed, forgiving, forgetting and moving on.

I really enjoyed reading this book, it has a creative, fun plot that left me wanting to read more. I really thought that Sophie was a great character, there were several things about her that reminded me of myself. I LOVED the idea of writing letters to a future husband, what a great way to learn exactly what kind of person you should be out there looking for. I liked that Sophie was able to make her mistakes, but learn from them and move on with her life in spite of them. It's a cute romance that is clean, and fun. This is a fun book that you won't want to miss!

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

About the author: Lisa has been actively writing for many years and continues to hone her craft as a writer by attending SCBWI conferences in Florida. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a master’s degree in English, and has published three books in the LDS market.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Falling for Rayne

About the book: Garrett Murphy is used to rejection. As a child, he was rejected by his mother and as a man he was rejected by Jane Kendall. Going without love has turned Garrett into a man who doesn't trust in a woman's heart. So when he meets Rayne Nyman, she's too good to be true. She's beautiful, talented and sweet. She also happens to be a world renowned pianist. He knows there's no way she'd ever want to stay in Fircrest with him when she could be living the life she was born to. Rayne is determined to prove him wrong and show him that love can be forever but when she comes under fire and her life is put in danger, she might not have the chance.

My review: I really enjoyed reading this book, I love the sweet romance that Shannon Guymon writes. I love the little town of Fircrest and that I was able to return there in this series. I was way glad that Garrett was able to find someone that he could love and that might be able to love him in return. It was really fun that Jane was able to make a repeat appearance in this one and kind of tie up the loose ends from her story. If you are a fan of clean, sweet, cute romances this book is for you!

I got this book for free one time on Amazon.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blog Tour - The Healer



About the book: After successfully completing his first-year professorship, Welsh folklore expert Chris Pendragon has earned a vacation. At least that's what the young scholar tells himself—but deep down he feels an urgency to reassess his life, to find a sense of purpose. Hoping that perhaps a trip to Wales will provide the answers he seeks, Chris embarks on a journey of self-discovery. But he could never have anticipated the unimaginable adventure that awaits him ...

Shortly after his arrival in Wales, Chris is witness to a horrific accident with more far-reaching consequences than he could have dreamed. Following Chris's heroic rescue of one of the victims, an unexplainable phenomenon is revealed: bones that had been broken were made whole with Chris's touch. Still reeling form this discovery, Chris is approached by a wizened old man with an implausible answer: Chris has been chosen to be the bearer of the Dial, a healer of unparalleled power. But the calling is fraught with peril, and Chris soon discovers there are those who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dial. With the help of a beautiful, if skeptical, doctor, Chris must choose: go back to the life he was leading or embark on a thrilling new destiny. 

My review: This book is kind of crazy, in a good way! It starts out with a car accident and never lets up from there. I loved how it was filled with action, adventure, and the mystery of just what has happened to Chris. I really liked Chris, he seemed like a genuinely nice guy who just wants to help others, even when he knows that he might be in danger himself. I loved the setting of Wales, I could almost picture being there, even though I've never been. I really enjoyed the plot, it left me wanting to know what happened to Chris all throughout the book. The ending was great, but I still want to know what will happen to Chris and his abilities. Will he live a really long time like Nick? Or will he somehow end up dying an early death. This book is full of Welsh tales so incredible you won't believe them. You won't want to put it down!

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

Check out the other stops on the blog tour:

Feb. 16th: http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/ , http://www.iamareader.com/, http://www.wishfulendings.com 
Feb. 17th: http://katiescleanbookcollection.blogspot.com/, http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/, http://fireandicereads.com/ 
Feb. 18th: http://mybookaday.blogspot.com/, http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/ 
Feb. 19th: http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/, http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/, http://www.bonnieharris.blogspot.com/

Feb. 20th: http://minreadsandreviews.blogspot.com/, http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com/wordpress/, http://ilovetoreadandreviewbooks.blogspot.com/

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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.