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Blackberry Crumble

This is one of the culinary mysteries by Josi Kilpack, these books are so much fun! One of my favorite features of them is the recipes, they all sound so yummy. I really like that you can get a pdf file of them for free from her website! I also like that you get to read an excerpt from her next book to come out and I really like that the next book is supposed to come out in the fall. And, of course, I liked the story. Sadie is a 50 something year-old who has a talent for having murders dumped into her lap and being able to solve them. She's setting up for a luncheon with her boyfriend Pete when another murder is dropped into her lap by a woman named May, but she loses May's contact information when Pete dumps a bowlful of punch all over the table and of course the newspaper where May's phone number was. This newspaper had an article about Sadie, that she really begins to wonder about when everyone that she runs into won't look her in the eye and all of her friends…

The Pirate Ruse

Cristabel is a young lady with a wealthy politician for a stepfather, she's abducted in the middle of the night for a reason unknown to her and apparently everyone on the British ship that she's taken to. That ship is attacked by the pirate Bully Booth and she's taken prisoner, in all likelihood to die at the hands of bloodthirsty pirates, but she's saved by another pirate, Navarrone, he's at least not known for being so bloodthirsty, but she's still in the hands of pirates on the high seas with an uncertain future. Can Navarrone figure out why she was kidnapped so that he can determine what to do with Cristabel? Can Cristabel survive being with pirates for so long? Can she keep herself from falling in love with a pirate? This was a really fun book, there were some funny parts, some romantic parts, some intense parts. And of course swashbuckling pirates, what's not to love??!!

Heaven Scent

This is one of those that I've read before, I just didn't remember the plot anymore, so I decided to read it again. Liza is a senior in high school, but her life has already changed from how she's planned things. Her father was offered a partnership in a law firm before the start of her senior year and they moved to be closer to work for him, but that put Liza into a new high school and more importantly basketball program. But her father has been working almost nonstop, he didn't even make it to her championship basketball game, which her team was able to win with a couple of free throws from Liza. Winning the game was great for Liza, it got her a visit with one of the recruiters from the college that she would love to go to, Oak, and it made the boy that she's had a crush on the whole year notice her, but will that be enough when her father's job threatens her whole family and existence, or will it not be? I really enjoyed this book, it was almost like I …

Forbidden Sea

I know the cover of this book looks a little odd, my husband asked if I was reading a scary book, but I LOVED this book. This book is about Adrianne, she has a little sister Cecily and her mom and Aunt Minnah live with them too. Cecily has vanished, she's mad that they are going to have to try to sell her dog, but the night is dark and stormy and no one knows where she's gone. Adrianne is sure that she's gone to her own favorite spot at the sea, but none of the search party believes her or will go there themselves on such a stormy night. Adrianne goes to the sea and she does find her sister, but she also finds a mermaid who tries to drag her into the sea, this encounter makes Adrianne faint and she doesn't wake up for 3 days, when she does wake up she finds scratches on her hand. These scratches appear deep and they don't seem to be healing the way they should be. Pretty soon the whole island decides that Adrianne has been marked by a mermaid the same way a youn…

Makeover

This is one of those books that I had to read again. This is by the same author that wrote The Broken Road and it has a lot of the same characters. Poor Sophie, things just don't go her way. Her boyfriend has just gotten home from his mission and he lets her know at the airport that he's engaged to some other girl, who happens to show up at the airport, too. The ironic thing about that is that her ex-boyfriend decides just a couple of days later that he made a big mistake asking this other girl to marry him before he's ever even been on a date with her. He tries to get Sophie to give him another chance, but by then she's realized that she never loved him that way and she's moved on. Her parents are divorced and it's always seemed as if her father, grandmother, aunts and cousins on her dad's side hated her, but when her stepmother comes up with a way to not only get her out of the mandatory dinner, but get a really cute guy to kiss her at the same time…

Clockwork Angel

16 year-old Tessa is all alone in the world. Her parents died when she was 3, her brother, Nate, moved to London and her Aunt Harriet who raised her has just died as well. Nate sent her a ticket for a ship to London so that she could join him, but he didn't meet her at the dock. A couple of old ladies - the Dark Sisters - did, they had a note from Nate telling her to trust the ladies, so she went with them, but no sooner did they arrive at their house, than they imprisoned her and demanded that she change for them. She had no idea what they were talking about, but soon they were able to train her to change into other people, if she had been able to hold something of that person's. She doesn't like or trust the Dark Sisters, or their maid Miranda, something's just not right about her, but Tessa can't quite put her finger on it. But she has no choice, because the sisters keep telling her that if she doesn't do exactly as they say, Nate will die. As soon as t…

Beezus and Ramona

This book is actually the first in the Beezus and Ramona series by Beverly Cleary. We haven't been reading them in order, basically because we get them from the library and they don't always have the one that you want on the shelf the day you want it. We haven't minded reading them out of order, they do stand on their own, both our 5 year old and 10 year old daughters have been enjoying these books. This book finds Beezus at age 9 and Ramona at age 4. Ramona is a very busy little girl, she's always getting into things or ruining them. She ate 1 bite out of nearly a whole box of apples and ruined Beezus' birthday cake twice in the same day in this book. We love reading these wonderful adventures together!

To Have and To Kill

When I saw this author's last name I had great hopes of a suspense story in the likeness of Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, and my expectations were met in every way. Piper is the main character in this book, she is an actress who has lived in New York, but she hasn't been able to keep steady acting jobs, so she decides to move home to live with her parents and help out in her Mother's cake shop, The Icing on the Cupcake, but something seems kind of off with her mom, and she can't quite put her finger on it. Her good friend, Glenna Brooks, who works on the same soap opera that Piper used to work on is getting married and asks Piper if her mom can make the cake. Piper's mom says that there's no way she would be able to do a wedding cake at that time of year, but that Piper should do it. Pretty soon though, things get crazy with people close to Glenna dying all around her. Piper doesn't think there's any way she would ever be a target for …

The Road Show

This book is small, almost deceptively so, there's only 118 pages, but it packs a very beautiful story of love and redemption into such a small amount of pages. This book is about 5 members of a ward, they all have problems. There's the college student about to get kicked out of his program because his masters project was terrible, but it was terrible because most of his time is spent on the pornography habit that he wants to kick, but isn't sure how to. The mother of 2 young children who feels tired all the time and can't seem to deal with her life. The Elder's Quorum president who can't see why so many people are always needing help, he wonders why they can't just do things on their own. The young man who doesn't fell as if he fits in, he's got long hair and he's, gasp, a democrat! Then there's the older woman with fibromyalgia who has a hard time even walking. The young man with the pornography program is called to be the director …

Evermore

This book is the first book in the Immortals series by Alyson Noel, I decided to read it, because I've seen it in Costco way too many times to count. So I borrowed it from the library. I was happily reading the adventures of Ever, an orphan, her best friends Miles and Haven and the new boy at school when I came across an f-word. I hate to find that in books, especially written for teenagers like this one is! I really wanted to finish the story, but I realized that there will probably be more, especially since there are 4 books in this series, so I will never know what happens to Ever and her friends. Oh well!

The Rogue Knight

Fontaine Pratinia is an orphan living with her aunt Carileena, who's not only mean to Fontaine, she is a woman with loose principals. One night a stranger knocks on the servant's entrance of Fontaine's home. She happens to be standing there and opens the door to find a very handsome, very beaten man. He had been beaten by some vagabonds and in his weakened condition was trying to find some shelter from the very cold that it was outside. Fontaine lets him in and almost immediately he falls unconscious on top of her. Her friends the servants are able to move him into the servant's sick room, where Fontaine intends to keep him as quiet as possible so that her aunt won't find him and force herself on him. Fontaine had already fallen in love with him after only seeing him one time, and falls even deeper in love with him over the days that he's unconscious and she's taking care of him. Soon though, he is well again, and as he's about to leave, her aunt f…

Ramona's World

Here's another Ramona book that I've just finished reading to our 5 year-old. She loved it, all the Ramona books are fun and totally worth reading. This book finds Ramona at age 9 and in the 3rd grade. She's getting tired of watching Beezus have all the fun of having a best friend and going to sleep overs and parties, she wants to have her own best friend, which she finds in the form of the new girl in her class at school, Daisy. She's able to go to Daisy's house and play several times, she even gets to eat dinner there sometimes. This is the book where we meet her baby sister, Roberta. Ramona is not quite sure how she fits in as she grows up, but her mom and dad and big sister Beezus help her along the way and she's able to make some grown up choices and learn her spelling along the way. This was a fun book, we really enjoyed reading about Ramona's misadventures together!

Jaguar Prophecies

I really enjoyed the last book by Phyllis Gunderson, The Mark, so I was kind of hoping that this was a sequel, no such luck! :( This book is about a middle archaeology professor, Matt Howard. She gets an invitation to a Mayan festival in Chichen Itza, but little does she know that the invitation should have been sent to an astrology professor at her college named, Dr M. Hovard. At this festival, she's led into the famed temple at Chichen Itza, where she meets a very old man called the Old One, who tells her that it is her job to warn civilization of the Mayan's belief that the world would soon end. At the remainder of the festival that night she is drugged and branded with what looks like a Jaguar tattoo. Thus begins her mission of discovery, discovering what will work for her and her teenage daughter Marissa, discovering the prophesies of the Mayan people and many other peoples that the end is near. And most of all discovering how to warn her people and the other people …

Once Was Lost

I saw this book on the Fire and Ice blog, so I thought that I would try it! Samara is a pastor's daughter growing up in a small town in California. Everyone in her father's congregation seems to have a say in how they should spend the money her father is paid to be the pastor, which could be really annoying, and may have been one thing that pushed her mother over the edge. You see, her mother is kind of an alcoholic, and she's been in a bit of an accident. She was told she had to do a rehab program and she's been there just a couple of weeks. Something Sam can't understand is why her dad hasn't told the congregation where her mother is at. That's kind of frustrating to her, because she knows everyone is talking about her family and making their own judgements as to what has happened to her mom. Life seems to go along as normal, and Sam is wrapped up in her own problems, until another young girl from her church is abducted. Then all of a sudden life shuts d…

Smoke Screen

I don't know what happened to this week, it's just gone! I intended to read a few more books this week, but I think everyone around me just keeps changing my schedule to suit themselves! I spent the first part of the week rereading The Broken Road, I loved it just as much the second time, definitely worth reading! Then I read this book Tuesday and yesterday, but I didn't have two minutes to do anything about getting it photoed and uploaded. So, here it is. These books are awesome, they are all about the Saint squad of Navy Seals. Each of the guys in the Saint squad has a story or two about their lives that are kind of the focus of these books. This book happens to be about Quinn. He has an issue that only one other person really knows about, Quinn was married and his wife, Emily, died not very long after he was married. Only his friend Tristan knows about it and that's only because Tristan and Quinn grew up treated as brothers. Anyway, Tristan's sister-in-l…