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Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

Some of my very favorite books are Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series, if you haven't read them, you definitely should. Anyway, we had to read this new series of Brandon Mull's. I got to read it second, because our 10 year-old wasn't already in the middle of a book like I was. It was kind of funny to be reading a book second for a change, I usually get to read them first, she kept coming and reading over my shoulder to see where I was and saying how much she loved the part that I was reading. Jason is a normal boy about to start high school. He does normal things like playing baseball and working at his afternoon job at the Vista, Colorado zoo. One day he's cleaning the hippo's tank when all of a sudden he hears music- normally not a problem - but this music is coming from the hippo's mouth. Jason climbs onto the railing for a better look, not a smart move, because he loses his balance. As he's falling into the hippo pool, the hippo opens his mouth and Jason falls into it and down through a tunnel and he ends up in a tree. Jason finds this a little strange as he tries to figure out where he is and how to get back to the hippo. He gives up as he realizes that the same music is still playing. He makes his way to it and finds a river. On the river is a raft and on the raft is a group of nine musicians playing the music. He's told by a boy by the river that this is the Giddy Nine and they are going to play their music on the raft as they go over a waterfall. Pretty crazy! This is only the beginning of Jason's crazy adventures in the world called Lyrian. Soon he will meet another Beyonder like himself, Rachel, and they will have tons of insane adventures! This was a fun book. I can't say that I liked it better than the Fablehaven ones, but I enjoyed it and it got several thumbs up from our 10 year-old!

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About the CD: Award-winning tenor Nathan Pacheco has toured the world featured alongside world-class artists such as Yanni, Katherine Jenkins, and Placido Domingo. In all of his travels across South America, through Europe and Asia, and across America, Nathan often includes spiritually rooted and uplifting songs in his repertoire. This album is a collection of his favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs take the listener on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as "Be Thou My Vision," soaring Italian epics like "Nella Fantasia," and modern classics such as "Forever," by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan's desire with this album is to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that life the soul.

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1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love

Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

Not to mention - have you…

Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …