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Foggy with a Chance of Murder

It's Tuesday again, so it's Utah author day, I've enjoyed paying more attention to where the authors of the books I read live, I'm kind of sad this is the last one, but I'll still try to be more diligent about paying attention! This book is by G.G. Vandagriff, I've enjoyed reading her previous books and I looked forward to reading this one too! Chloe is an author of best-selling suspense books. She's visiting her mother, who has become an alcoholic in the few years since her father died in a car accident, but her mother's having a wild party with a lot of her friends and those friends are being a little too friendly for Chloe so she escapes to the ocean. Her peace is broken by a man asking her if she's seen a boy, his son. Unfortunately she hasn't, but she doesn't have to look too far out into the ocean to see what appears to be a black rock, that's bobbing in the waves. Her lifeguard training kicks in and she swims quickly to the boy. I…

Shades of Grey

This was a good book, I read it in just a couple of hours as a sick child was sleeping in the other day. This is the 2nd book about Autumn Rain, the first book is Imprints. I would probably do my best to read them in order, it seems like it refers to what has happened before a goodly amount! Autumn has a special ability, psychometry, basically when she touches other people's things, she receives an imprint of what they were feeling when the held that thing. She can kind of "see" what was going on with that person. There are a few rules. The thing must be something the person held a lot. Clothes and anything that gets cleaned regularly don't work. Autumn is a bit of an individual, she doesn't eat processed foods, or white flour, and she likes to wander around barefoot. She owns a little antiques shop, because she likes the feelings she gets when she's around really old things. She has a twin sister Tawnia, who's pregnant, and a boyfriend named Jake who own…

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

This is the latest book that I read with our 5 year-old. In fact, she's sitting here reading it on her own right now. This is a fun book, it brings back memories of the movie that was based on it. I remember Ralph being a cute little mouse, I don't think it was animated, but I don't exactly remember what it was. Anyway, Ralph is a mouse that lives in an almost deserted motel. A few guests stay there sometimes, especially if all the other hotels on the main highway are full. Ralph lives in the wall of room 215 with his mother and his little siblings. One day a boy comes to stay in room 215 and he has a little red motorcycle that Ralph would love to learn how to ride. He tries when the boy is downstairs for dinner with his parents, but is unable to figure out how to turn it on. Instead he coasts around on the little table by the bed, until the phone rings and scares him so badly that he falls of the little table and into the garbage can directly beneath. Ralph is a mouse, an…

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour

I wanted to like this book when I started reading it the other day. I liked how it started, with almost a print screen of Amy's emails showing e-mails from her mom about an upcoming trip, e-mails from a Realtor about house showings and e-mails from her school about her transcripts. The problem that I had was that there was an f-bomb on the second page. I don't find that happy news, because if there's one that close to the beginning there are bound to be more. Anyway, I didn't get further than the second page, too bad, especially since this book is supposed to be for high school age kids. I know they hear that stuff all the time, but that doesn't mean that they want to read it!

The Perfect Fit

It's Tuesday again! Our Utah author for this week is Michele Ashman Bell. She's been in the news lately with her Mothers without Borders project. This is the third and from what I've seen online final (:() book of the Butterfly Box Series. I've really loved getting to know fashionista Lauren, Andi the exerciser, Emma, Jocelyn the teacher, Chloe, and their dead best friend from high school, Ava. These girls all went to high school together in St. George several years before the books start. Their friend Ava was in a fatal accident right after graduation as all the friends were on their way to the graduation party. Luckily none of them were in Ava's car that day, but they were in a car right behind her and saw the whole thing happen. Members of the St George police squad didn't believe that Ava's accident was an accident and had reopened the case prior to the beginning of this novel. Right after Ava died, the remaining friends formed the Butterfly girls and t…

Spoken From the Heart

I don't know the reason, but I can almost always read a novel faster than a biography. This was no different, even though I loved this biography, it took me 4 days to read it. I really enjoyed reading about Laura Bush's growing up days, her jobs before she met George Bush, their young married life and, of course, their lives while he was in office. She gives their lives a way different perspective than he did in his biography. He talked basically just about certain points when he had to make a decision and how those decision changed the course of life. She talks about almost everything under the sun. I really like seeing her as a "real" person who likes many of the same things that I do, including reading and watching movies! I was amazed when she talked about her car accident where someone she had known well was killed. How much that one event traumatized her, I can't even imagine being the one driving and the other person not walking away. And then to be really…

Devil's Food Cake

This is the last of Josi Kilpack's Culinary mysteries for me to re-read. :( I love these books! Sadie Hoffmiller is in charge of dinner for a library event. They are having a former resident of their town, Thom Mortensen, speak about the book that he wrote just before he moved. Thom had kind of an unfortunate life experience, his wife died and then his son killed the girl that he took to prom and then himself. So, naturally, everyone in Garrison wants to come hear him speak. But Thom is running late, everyone's already had dinner and are working on dessert, a great Devil's Food Cake that Sadie made, by the time he arrives for his speech. His publisher, Mark is starting to introduce him, but there is a problem with the wireless microphone and the wired microphone is set way too tall, when all of a sudden there's a very loud noise and Mark is lying on the floor in a puddle of his own blood. Luckily, the man Sadie's dating, Pete Cunningham, just happens to be Sadie…

Captive Heart

I'm amazed by how many books I read that are by Utah authors! Here's another one. Emmalyne is on a train in the middle of nowhere, well actually, Nebraska, but it's set in the 1800's so it might as well have been the middle of nowhere! She's headed to Colorado to be a schoolteacher, when the train that she's on is boarded by masked bandits. She just prays that she will be left alone because of her plain face and clothes. But no such luck. One of the bandits singles her out so she fights to get away from him. She no sooner gets away from him, than she's pushed from behind out of the train by her elderly seat mate. Thus begins her adventure in the middle of Nebraska, with a man that she feels will take away her virtue and most likely her life as well. What she doesn't know is that Thayne, the bandit, is not at all interested in taking either of those things, all he wants is a teacher for his son. The pair have adventure after adventure. This was a fun boo…

English Trifle

It's Tuesday and you know what that means! That's right, it's Utah Authors day again. Today I'm going to talk about Josi Kilpack's English Trifle. I really have enjoyed these books, Sadie Hoffmiller is hilarious! In this adventure Sadie and her daughter, Breanna, have gone to England to visit with Bre's boyfriend's family. Liam is an heir to an earldom in England, turned zookeeper. He works with the bat's in Portland's zoo. I thought that was cool, because we didn't go to the zoo in Portland, but we were right across the parking lot from it! Sadie and Bre are just getting ready to leave, things seem strange all of a sudden though. It seems as though the staff is trying to hurry them off. Sadie decides not to worry about that as she enjoys what is supposed to be their last tea before they head back to the states. As they have their tea, they look around and notice that there is a pair of shoes sticking out from under the curtains. They simply thi…

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

A few weeks ago, I talked about the unofficial guide. I had hoped at the time that this book would be better than that one was and I have to say that it definitely was! This book has all kinds of facts and figures from Stephenie Meyer about her popular books. I liked that it talks about all of the books. There is an interview with Shannon Hale and Stephenie Meyer in the beginning. It was interesting, but it was kind of long and I was excited to read the rest of the book, so that part seemed to take forever! They talk about the vampires and why they are the way they are, the werewolves, Bella's friends and family. And there's even a section on the cars and motorcycles that everyone drives. There's also a section on the music that inspired Stephenie as she was writing the series. This was a cool book to read once. I don't intend to buy it, simply because I don't think I'm ever going to want to sit down and read the whole thing again.

Henry and the Paper Route

Here's my last re-creation blog! This one was scheduled to post Friday morning and everything was just gone....This is another book that I read with our 5 year-old. Henry is kind of a crazy boy, he lives on Klickitat Street along with Ramona and Beezus. I like that these two series are interconnected and I love getting to know Beezus and Ramona better. Henry wants a paper route so badly, the only problem is that he's only 10. The paper route supervisor, Mr Capper, says that boys need to be 11. One day his frenemy (this is such a fun word, sometimes friend, sometimes enemy!), Scooter, tells Henry about a paper route that has just come open. Henry thinks that maybe he will have a chance to be a paper boy, after all, he's almost 11. He decides to go and ask Mr Capper, but gets sidetracked on the way by a neighborhood rummage sale. There's all kinds of neat things on sale, but the thing that really catches his eye is the box of kittens. They are cute and cuddly and Henry w…

Our Best Bites

Okay, I've been blogging for about a year and what happened last week has never happened before. I hope that it never happens again. I'm really annoyed, this was last Thursdays book and for some reason anything that got posted on Thursday got deleted. Blogger said that they are putting things back, but I've waited since Friday and it's never shown up, so I guess I will redo this post and the one that I had scheduled for Friday. I AM NOT HAPPY about this though! I know this isn't a novel or anything, I LOVE the ourbestbites.com girls. Kate and Sara are so easy to read and you feel like you know them. I was way excited for this book to come out. But I didn't buy it the first time that I saw it at Costco, bad move! The next several times it was sold out. I was so annoyed, because it was $15 at Costco and more like $25 everywhere else. So a couple of weeks ago when I was at Costco they had about 5 of these. I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy it or not, because I …

Mobbed

Carol Higgins Clark writes suspense stories, sort of like her mom Mary Higgins Clark does. All of CHC's books have the same central character PI Regan Reilly, and also her family, her husband Jack and her mom and dad Luke and Nora Reilly. In this book Regan and her husband Jack are getting ready to go visit Nora and Luke for Nora's birthday. Regan gets a call from Nora telling her to come right away. Nora's friend Karen has called Nora to tell Nora that Karen's mom, Edna, is selling her home and having a yard sale to clear things out of it. Karen's devastated, she lives in San Diego and can't get to the Jersey Shore very quickly to make sure that her mom isn't selling any of her precious things. Nora assures Karen that she'll take care of it and asks Regan to go with her. A movie star, Cleo Paradise, had stayed in Edna's home just the week before and had left some very interesting things: a few clothes and personal items and a trunk full of ceramic …

The Goose Girl

It's Tuesday, so it's Utah author day again. Today's author is Shannon Hale. I really enjoy reading Shannon Hale's fairy tale type books. This is an older one, but I hadn't read it before. Ani is the crown princess of Kildenree. The book opens with her birth. After Ani was born she didn't open her eyes for 3 days. Her mother and the whole kingdom worried about her. She was the crown princess after all and destined to rule on the throne. The third day, her mother heard some one rocking and talking to Ani and discovered her sister there taking care of her. Ani and her aunt grew close. Her aunt normally lived in the forest and recognized that Ani had the gift of talking to birds, so she helped her develop that gift before she had to leave again for the forest. After her aunt left, the nurse maids all thought that she was odd for talking to birds and other animals, so they told the queen and Ani was banished from animals so that she could learn to be a queen. Poor …

The List

Ashley Barrett moves to California to stay with her cousins for the summer, she's working on her list of 25 things she wants to do before she gets married. Her mother and both of her sisters were married really young and Ashley didn't think that would work for her, so when one of her sisters made a joke about her getting married right away on her eighteenth birthday she sat down and made a list. Theres a bunch of crazy things on her list, things like going skydiving, spending time touring Europe, going to school abroad and getting her master's degree. She's in California working on her goal of learning how to surf board. She meets Matt at the singles ward and figures that she can also get her goal of having a summer romance out of the way at the same time. Matt is an awesome surfer and even gives lessons. She gets her cousin, Dave, to kind of trick Matt into giving her lessons. Meanwhile, all the girls in the singles ward are after Matt. Who wouldn't be, he's c…

The Wide-Awake Princess

It's Princess Gwendolyn's 16th birthday. She was cursed at birth by a wicked fairy that by the her 16th birthday she would prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. Her parents were so distraught that they had another fairy come and bless her that she wouldn't die, but that she would sleep for 100 years. When they had a second daughter Princess Annabelle, they decided that they needed a protection for her from magic, so she was blessed by a fairy that no magic, good or evil, could touch her. The problem with that was that her sister was blessed by a fairy to be the most beautiful creature anywhere and her parents also had similar blessings, Annabelle, or Annie as she's called, can not be anywhere near her parents or Gwen without messing up their enchantments. Annie is searching the castle for spinning wheels on Gwen's 16th birthday when her mother insists that Annie should go in and join the party with the other princesses that have come to wish Gwen a happy bi…

The Upside of Down

I've been wanting to read this book by Rebecca Talley for a while now, it was worth the wait! Natalie is a mother of six children. One in high school down to the youngest who's 3, her life is insane. There's always someone needing her to do something or to clean up after them. There's always someone clogging the toilet with way too much toilet paper while someone else is smearing poo all over the walls during their nap. Anyway, in the midst of all of this craziness, Natalie is called in to meet with the Bishop, she can't imagine why, because both she and her husband Spence have gotten callings within the last few months, but she agrees and then promptly forgets. This sounds like something I would do! The Bishop calls to remind them that they had an appointment, how embarrassing! They rush into town to the church and Natalie is extended the calling of Relief Society President. If you don't know much about the Latter Day Saints, that is a very difficult and time…

Lemon Tart

This book has been well read! I decided to read all of these books again because Josi Kilpack was having a contest in April to see how many people would blog about her books. The problem is that I had so many books in April from the library and it seemed like they were all 2 week books, so I never got to these. I've renewed the other ones, but this book has holds on it and I can't renew it. I was going to wait until next Tuesday to talk about it, because Josi is a Utah author, but then I realized that it might be my friend who has it on hold, so I'll get it returned pretty quick just in case it is her! These are fun books, I really enjoy reading about quirky Sadie and her crazy family. Sadie is a 56 year old who loves to bake and can cook just about anything. (Recipes included yeah!) She's also a bit of a busy body! One morning, as she's working on her applesauce canning in her kitchen, she sees several police cars drive into her remote circle with their lights bla…

Borrowed Light

May is Utah author's month, pretty neat, we have tons of great author's that live here, I'm excited to get to read books from a few more of them. Every Tuesday in May, I will be talking about a book written by a Utah author. This weeks book is Borrowed Light by Carla Kelly. Just reading her bio in the back of this book, it looks like she's written all kinds of books, this is the first one that I've seen, I'm glad that I was able to read it! Julia Darling is 27 years old, she loves to cook, and she's about to become the sister of the bride. Her younger sister, Iris, is getting married in the Salt Lake Temple, while Julia stays home to take care of the wedding food and Iris' last little bit of packing. Julia is also engaged to a young man who everyone says is just perfect for Julia, there's just one problem, she doesn't love him. She knows this, but figures it will all work out anyway. She's packing the last of Iris' glasses in newspaper w…

Prom and Prejudice

I've been wanting to read Elizabeth Eulberg's first novel The Lonely Hearts Club for about a year now, but for some reason our library's never gotten a copy of it, but they did get a copy of her second novel Prom and Prejudice. Lizzie is a scholarship student at the prestigious Longbourn Academy. Scholarship students aren't treated well by those who are paying to attend, they are made fun of and occasionally someone purposefully dumps their drinks on their dresses at fancy receptions (this really happens to Lizzie!) Lizzie's roommate Jane and fellow scholarship student Charlotte are the only two girls in the whole school that haven't been rude or mean to Lizzie. Jane is just a sweetheart, but her younger sister Lydia is another story! When Lizzie meets Will Darcy, who goes to the Pemberly boy's school, at the upperclassmen reception, she realizes that he's no different from any of the stuck up girls at Longbourn. As soon as he finds out that she's a…