Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Blog Tour - By the River

About the book: It was supposed to be a relaxing early morning run, but the path along the river trail quickly turns into the scene of a nightmare for recent college graduate Kira Paxton. An unintended exploration of a secluded riverbank leads to a gruesome discovery that sets her on a collision course with danger: it is the body of a young woman. In shock, all Kira can manage to do is scream . . . From the moment Ford Kettering hears the cries for help along the trail, he is drawn irrevocably into a mystery in which he plays a shocking role. Ford, a local high school teacher, had a recent classroom clash with the victim—now, he’s a person of interest. As Ford and Kira bond over their shared ordeal, they work together to prove Ford’s innocence—and soon, their attraction is undeniable. But it seems that Kira’s nightmare is far from over. What begins as a series of close calls and acts of vandalism soon escalates, putting Kira’s own life in jeopardy. It appears that Kira saw something that day along the trail, something that has made her a target. With Ford’s help, she is determined to track down the killer—before she becomes the next victim.

My review: Oh...I loved this book. I loved the way that it was written, I loved how I felt like I was Kira with her dog finding a body by the Jordan River. I thought that Kira was a really well-written character. I loved the way she never felt that her dad had allowed her to grow up and have her independence, so she took it. And she refused to allow him to take it away by allowing him to make her move back to her childhood home, even when she was being attacked personally by someone. 

I thought that Ford was a great character too, he was willing to do pretty much whatever it took to keep Kira protected in her own space, even when it looked doubtful that she should stay there. I loved the way that Kira just knew he was trustworthy, even when the police were in doubt of his innocence. 

This book is a mystery with some romance thrown in. I didn't want to put it down until I figured out just who was pestering Kira or if she and Ford were going to work out. Don't miss this great book! It's the perfect book to cuddle up with on a cold day. 

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

About the author: Jennie Hansen lived a nomadic life during her early years and can remember living in twenty-two different houses and attending eight schools. The two colleges where she earned degrees, Ricks and Westminster, made ten. She worked as a model, secretary, newspaper reporter and editor, legislative page, teacher, and librarian. Through it all, she kept writing. To date she has twenty-three published novels, numerous short stories, and many magazine and newspaper articles to her credit. She has written reviews of LDS fiction for Meridian Magazine since 2001.

She and her husband have five children, all of whom are married to wonderful people, and eleven grandchildren. Two days each week Jennie and her husband can be found serving at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, a fifteen-minute drive from their Utah home.

You can learn more about Jennie Hansen by visiting her blog at

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015


About the book: What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.

Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.

My review: This book was interesting for me. I won't say that it was my favorite, but it was interesting. The whole tone of the book seemed just really dark. In the beginning Jonathan and his family are concerned for the sickness that is killing people in the capital city and then it's brought to their village and half of his family ends up with the disease. There's no cure and the woman that seems to be the one hope for finding a cure seems to be crazy. And then Jonathan tries the fantillium and decides that he will be the one to figure out a cure. But in so doing, he ends up unwittingly sacrificing what makes him the man that he is, his integrity. 

This book is a bit crazy and even confusing at times as you're in the alternate reality especially. I thought that the writing was really good, her imagery had me feeling as if I was in that alternate reality as well, but I much prefer light happy books over this kind that felt almost dark and brooding. I thought that the characters were really well-written as well. I felt that I had a good grasp of just who they were from the very beginning of the book. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Blog Tour - Ella

About the book: Reserved yet resilient, Ella Blakeley lives with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, without hope of escape—until the day Prince Kenton announces a ball that changes everything. Even without mice, magic, or fairy godmothers, Ella might discover a life that’s better than she ever dreamed. This intricately woven twist on Cinderella is an enchanting book you won’t be able to put down.
My review: This book reminded me a lot of the classic fairy-tales we've all known and loved all of our lives. I thought that it was fun that there wasn't any mention of a fairy godmother or magic. Just a young woman with determination, willing to do whatever it takes to make it to a ball. 

I loved Ella, and her father too. I completely loved the stories of kindnesses her father had done before his untimely death. I truly loved the way that Ella was able to forgive and see the good in everyone and the way that she cared for her stepmother and stepsisters even when they were completely unkind and ungrateful.

I loved Will and the way that it was obvious that he cared for Ella, before she even knew that he did. I didn't like the stepmother or stepsisters, but that's how it's supposed to work, right? 

The plot of this book kept me interested from the very beginning and the ending was just perfect. If you're looking for a great book that you will love and won't want to put down look no further than this one!

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

About the author: Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee was born the fourth of seven children to a family of avid readers, movie quoters, and sports fanatics. She graduated with a degree in English from Brigham Young University in 2004. She is a mother of five rambunctious, adorable boys and while you read this, she is probably folding laundry . . . or should be.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Blog Tour - One Last Spring Review and Giveaway

About the book: Wales, 1884

The quiet village of Llanwddyn has long been a safe haven for Gwen, a young Welsh country girl whose life has been fraught with tragedy. Following the untimely death of her parents, it was her aunt’s home in Llanwddyn that provided Gwen and her brother a refuge from their grief. Now, with the unwelcome news that the village is to be razed in the name of progress, an inescapable wave of change has begun.

When her brother departs to follow his dream of sailing the high seas, Gwen is left alone to navigate the shifting world around her. She soon finds herself relying on the support of her brother’s best friend, Lewis, a gentle blacksmith whose kindness stirs her heart. Resigned to the fact that Lewis may never see her as more than a child, Gwen is soon swept off her feet by Thomas, a prosperous young Englishman. Torn between two men and two very different paths, Gwen has little time to determine what course her heart will follow. With time running out for her beautiful valley, will love come too late?

My review: I love this kind of book. It's historical fiction, the town in this book really did exist, and the events really did happen. The author simply added some characters and a story to go with them. I was actually kind of amazed at the reason that the town of Liverpool needed to build the dam. The young people in town could not find clean water to drink, so they were drinking whatever they could find and in a lot of cases that was alcohol. I can't even imagine not having clean water and turning to alcohol instead. Crazy!

I loved Gwen, she was a great character to be able to see the situation through. I loved the way that she accepted her brother's decision to go to sea and loved him all the same. I loved that she had courage to do hard things, to be able to go to school in a different city on her own and later to care for those she loved, even though the situations were hard. 

I loved the romance aspect of this book. It starts very small, so small that Gwen really had no idea that she was in love, but eventually she's able to see just who she loves and what the right thing is to do. For herself and for those around her.

I loved the setting of this book, I felt as though I took a quick trip to Wales and Liverpool with Gwen. Make sure to check out this great book, you won't want to put it down!

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

About the author: Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. She left Wales to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Traveling has given Sian a deep appreciation for a world full of diverse cultures. Through her writing, she introduces her readers to some of the places she has come to love— especially her Welsh homeland.

Sian is the author of several LDS novels and children’s books. She has also written articles for the New Era, Ensign, and Liahona magazines. She and her husband, Kent, currently reside in Rexburg, Idaho. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of two beautiful little girls and one handsome little boy.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


About the book: Reagan West has a perfect life. She’s at the top of the high school food chain as co-captain of the cheerleading squad and she’s best friends with the most evil girl in Albany, Tawny Perez, which means she’s never on the receiving end of her wrath. The only trouble in Reagan’s perfect life comes from the constant threat of her dirty little secret leaking to her fellow classmates and casting her into a lifetime of ridicule. 

Reagan West is a closet gamer and hates her role as the evil cheerleader.

But, as any well versed teenager knows, it’s better to suppress your own nerdy tendencies than to submit to a lifetime of being shoved into lockers and so, Reagan bravely soldiers through life as a reluctant bully… until a boy from her guild moves to her school and becomes Tawny’s next target. The newcomer threatens to reveal Reagan’s nerdy little secret and force her to come to terms with who she truly is. Now Reagan has to decide if she’s going to defend her fellow geeks, or if she’ll continue to be a total troll. 

My review: I loved this book! Everything about the way that Shannon Crane Camp wrote this one took my right back to my high school days and the way that everyone has to hide how they truly are in order to be popular or even just to be okay. I've always thought that this whole situation was a sad one, especially looking back on my high school days now. At the time that was my whole life and I was never happy with not being one of the "popular" kids, but looking back now, I realize that it wasn't worth it in the first place. 

I loved Reagan, I loved the way that she really hated her cheerleading friends and especially Tawny, yet everything that she did was basically to impress them. I liked that she recognized that it was wrong, even though she wasn't willing to change it. The author did a great job getting into her head and writing her character, along with all of the others. And I really enjoyed seeing her change from the beginning of the book to the end. I didn't like Tawny or Reagan's boyfriend, they were both terrible people and that was obvious to me very early in the story. 

It was kind of funny when the boy that was part of Reagan's guild moved to her town. I loved seeing her torn over letting him know just who she was and even seeing if he could like her as a girlfriend and not having him tell all of her friends about her secret gaming life. 

If you love clean teen romance, you won't want to miss this great book!

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

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Blog Tour - Sliding in the Snow

About the book: Grab your gloves and snow boots, it’s time for an adventure in a frozen wonderland—right in your own backyard! Here are fun twists on classic winter pastimes, like sledding and making snowmen. Learn how to design your own backyard winter Olympics.

Things to make and do include:
• Saving a Snowflake Forever
• Wacky Snow Creations
• Making Your Own Snowshoes
• Making a Snowball Launcher
• Sidewalk Curling
• Skijoring
• And more!

My review: It's turning cold here where I live. That means that it's going to be time really soon to make sure that our kids have something they can do outside. That's where this cute book comes in! This book is fully illustrated, I love the artwork in the book it's so cute. I love that there is a section in the front of the book that teaches the kids what the cold does to your body. It gives great tips on how to dress for cold weather and why. I love that it had tons of ideas for playing outside, they all look like fun. And I really loved the section of recipes. I have never seen an actual recipe for the kind of maple sugar candy they made in the old times before this book. I'm excited to try some of the fun recipes in the back of this book and I know our kids will be excited to play some of the fun games!

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

That Girl Darcy

About the book: IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED that geeky guys never get to date the pretty girls with permanent scowls.

To Elliott Bennett, life is simple. It’s all parties, skateboarding, and arguing over who would win in a fight between Hulk and Superman with his friends. It’s his senior year, and he wants nothing more than to soak up his final year of freedom before real life begins. 

That is, until Darcy Fitzwilliam and her best friend Bridget move in to the only mansion in the neighborhood. When Elliot meets Darcy at a party, he finds out that she isn’t into skateboarding (which he lives for), she hates science-fiction (which he loves), and she thinks his friends are a pack of morons (which, honestly, might be half true)—and yet, there’s something irritatingly intriguing about her. 

When Elliot’s cousin Jake starts to date her friend Bridget, it complicates Elliot’s plans to ignore the scowling Darcy for the rest of the year. Why is Darcy so . . . ugh? Elliott doesn’t know, but for some reason, is determined to find out—even if she doesn’t know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars. 

My review: This book sounded like a lot of fun, and in truth it was fun! It's a Pride and Prejudice retelling where the main characters are guys...skateboarding guys who live in Phoenix, AZ. I thought that James Ramos did a really great job with the retelling part, I thought that it was really fun to guess just which character would correspond with Jane Austen's original characters. Some of them were obvious and some of them were a little less so. But that part was way fun for me. And that first's up at the top of the about the book section, what an awesome tribute to Jane Austen's famous first line from Pride and Prejudice!

One thing though, where the main characters are teenage boys, they were sometimes a bit...crude in the way they talked about the girls. Now don't get me wrong, there was not a single swear word in this book, and there wasn't any sex either, but the boys were talking about sex and I really didn't like the way they were talking about girls either, I don't want any girl out there to get the message that they're just an object to boys and that's how some of the guys in this book were talking. I did like that Elliot, the main character, was really good at trying to steer his friends conversations away from that pretty much the whole book.

I liked the love story between Elliot and Darcy, it's really cute, and I liked that Darcy spent a good chunk of the book putting Elliot in his place. I thought that both characters were quite a bit like Jane Austen's original characters in reverse, so fun.

My bottom line, I'd probably read this book again just because it's really well done, but I would skip the scenes where the boys were just talking together.

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

You can check out Future House Publishing and That Girl Darcy here.