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Entwined

This is one of those books that I had a really hard time putting down. I started it on Friday and I really didn't have all that much time either Friday or Saturday and it is kind of long (472 pages,) but I was finished before dinner on Saturday. It's kind of a familiar tale, the 12 Dancing Princesses, but told from a different perspective. Azalea is the oldest of twelve sisters, there's also Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Eve, Flora, Goldenrod, Hollyhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale and baby Lily. Their mother died on Christmas Eve having baby Lily. Their whole lives are turned all upside down by the death of their mother. Not only is she gone, their father turns distant, and they also have to go into mourning. Mourning is not a fun state to be in for a princess living in a cold dark castle. There's no light coming in the windows, and they can have absolutely no fun: no dancing, going outside, or even entertaining callers. To make matters worse, their father the king has to go …

Her Good Name

This is one of Josi Kilpack's older books. I won it from a website a few years ago, so I was able to actually have it autographed, this wasn't the first time I've read it, but I don't have any new books to read write now. I was able to read the whole book today, so it's pretty easy reading and also very entertaining. Josi Kilpack also writes the Sadie Hoffmiller series, she's one of my very favorite authors. Chrissy is a single 35 year old Mexican girl. She's been on so many blind dates that she's written a page with her stats on it so that she doesn't have to repeat herself so many times. She's been set up on a date with Micah by her friend Amanda. She's not really expecting much, so she's surprised by his wit and seeming acceptance of the woman that she is. The only problem is that their dinner date only lasts twenty minutes due to Chrissy's needing to pick up her niece Rosa early from Young Women's. Feeling bad, Chrissy pays f…

A Billion Reasons Why

Katie is a special education teacher in California. She lives with her best friend Eileen and she's going to get engaged as soon as she gets her grandma's ring from her mom who lives in New Orleans. Katie's dreams of a peaceful life go up in smoke the day that her ex-boyfriend Luc walks through her classroom door. His brother is getting married and he wants Katie to sing at his wedding, Luc wants her to go as his date. One problem....Katie proposed to Luc 8 years ago and Luc turned her down. He's also a billionaire, and he dates all kinds of blonde bombshells, well, according to the tabloids he does. Katie refused to go to the wedding, but it's obvious that her classroom needs better food for the kids, among other things. And Luc is able to convince her to go by promising to get her food and a new full time aide to help her out. He flies her home in his own private jet, something that her soon to be fiance, Dexter, doesn't even complain about. But will Katie wa…

Ammon

This is the latest addition to H B Moore's books. I love how she writes about heroes from the Book of Mormon. There was a series on Nephi and Lehi, Alma the Younger and Alma, and Abinadi. I love how she's able to bring the characters and stories to life. For me, the scripture stories about these people make more sense, because I can kind of see them as real people not just as a story. Ammon and his brothers have decided to give up the throne of their father so that they can become missionaries to the Lamanites. They travel to the Lamanite's lands and separate to perform their missions. Ammon is captured by the soldiers of the king of the Land of Ishmael, King Lamoni. He's made fun of because he is a prince who has given up his kingdom, but eventually King Lamoni decides to give him a chance as a servant. Ammon quickly realizes that the job that no one wants is the job of head sheep herder. The sheep keep getting scattered by rebel Lamanites, and the king keeps killing …

The Perfect Token

This is the second airplane book I've read in the last week, pretty funny since it's only been a week since my last airplane ride! John is a young man, he's kind of been the one in charge ever since his mom died, his dad is a pilot for an airline and not home very often. He's always felt that there is a special girl out there for him and that he'll know her when he see's her. He's headed to Northgate University to get his master's degree, living his younger brothers behind to take care of themselves. Brietta is a co-ed at Northgate, she's trying to finish her degree in engineering. She also takes flying lessons and teaches diving lessons. She's seeing all of her good friends around her getting married and she's kind of wondering if there's anyone out there for her. She's just gone through a break up and she has to see her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend regularly because they work at the dive shop too. She's also promised her…

Back When You Were Easier to Love

Joy is a normal girl living in the small Mormon town of Haven, it's a bit of a culture shock for Joy because she comes from a college town in California. She didn't really enjoy being the "new girl" when she moved there a year before the story takes place, she was searching for an identity, because let's face it, it's really hard to be a teenager. So her identity became being Zan's girlfriend. When Zan goes to her hometown to go to college instead of finishing his senior year, Joy's identity disappears. It only gets worse when it appears that Zan doesn't want anyone at all to contact him, including Joy. She becomes obsessed with Zan and what he's doing and she has a really hard time concentrating on anything else. Zan's best friend, Noah, seems to start stalking her about this time. He claims that he wants to be "friends," but Joy doesn't want anything to do with that, she doesn't really know Noah and she doesn't real…

Bumpy Landings

I really enjoy reading this kind of book, it's a romance but it's written by a guy from the perspective of a guy. I always find it fun to see things from the opposite perspective. Jordan has returned from his mission in Oregon to his home in Hawaii, he's not a native of Hawaii, but his Mom teaches college at BYU Hawaii. His mom got him a job at a flower shop and Jordan never dreamed that that would allow him to meet the woman of his dreams, the only problem is that she is a native Hawaiian and he knows that his mom will never go for that. He also knows that his mom will be furious when she finds out that he started flying lessons while living with his dad the summer his dad died and that he wants to be able to finish the lessons and become a pilot. One day he's asked by a co-worker to pick up her Auntie Kehau at the airport, so he goes thinking that he's going to be picking up an older lady, imagine his surprise when "Auntie Kehau" ends up being a really …

Tiger's Quest

I really hate waiting for sequels! This book has been out for a couple of months and the waiting list was pretty long for it. I LOVED Tiger's Curse and was super excited to read this book, the only problem was that we were going on vacation for a week and I was number 2 on the list of holds for the book. I lucked out and got it right before we left, so I definitely had to take it with me! With a 2 hour flight each way I had plenty of time to read it and it didn't disappoint. This book starts with Kelsey, she's leaving India thinking that Ren is way to handsome for her. She heads out on the plane thinking that she's just going to go back to her foster family's house to live and work so that she can go to college. What she doesn't know is that Ren has bought her a duplex, a fancy car and enrolled her in all of her college classes. She goes through the motions of school and talking with Mr Kadam, but her heart deeply misses Ren. She decides that it's time to s…

Hazzardous Universe

Hap (Frederick Eugene Hazzard) is just a normal boy. He works in his grandfather's magic shop, and his dad is dying slowly from cancer. One day as he's working the front counter in his grandfather's shop a strange looking man comes in and asks for Frederick Eugene Hazzard. Soon Hap and the man figure out that he's looking for Hap's grandfather, the man wants to talk to Grandpa Hazzard alone, but Hap is curious and tries to listen in on their conversation. He hears things that make no sense to him, something about a Pyramid being stolen, before his Grandpa sends him outside to clean up the garbage that is all over in front of the shop. Hap is kind of grumpy to have to be cleaning up the garbage that someone else has thrown all over when Tara, a girl that he knows from school, comes looking for a job. He hurts Tara's feelings and sends her on her way not knowing that his grandfather has seen the whole scene. His Grandpa says that he has to fix things with Tara ri…

The Forgotten Locket

This is the third book and final :( book in the Hourglass Door Series. This is one of those books that you need to read in order or you won't have any idea what's going on. Abby finds herself again on the bank this time with Orlando, who 500 years later will be Leo, kind of confusing I know! But she's misunderestimated Zo and he's waiting for them. He wants to control Abby and also the river and he tries to use his music for that purpose. But Abby is stronger than Zo thinks and pretty soon Dante finds her, even though he's blind and Abby can no longer remember him because Zo has taken all of her memories Abby knows that there is something comforting about him and Dante promises to fix Abby's memories, then he sends her to Orlando, his brother, for protection. Abby has a locket that she can no longer remember where it came from and Zo finds her and tricks her into giving it to him, little does Abby know she will later deeply regret allowing him to trick her. I …

Flashback Week: Matched

I'm not quite sure if I can truly say that this was my very favorite book that I've read this year, well, maybe I can. I keep thinking about this book, I am really ready to read it again soon. I keep recommending this book to friends. I can't wait for Crossed!


This is the newest book by Ally Condie, it's marketed to national audiences and has already won several awards, even though it came out just after Thanksgiving. I had to make sure I got this one for Christmas, so I ordered it for myself, the day after Thanksgiving when I had free shipping. Then I had to make myself not think about it, for a really long time, which was hard, because I kept seeing it in stores and on blogs and e-mails.... It was definitely worth the wait! If you've liked the Hunger Games books, then you'll enjoy this one as well. There are a lot of similarities in the two series. The governments are both terrible, but I'd say the government in this one is probably worse. They don&…

Flashback Week: The Seventeen Second Miracle

This was probably my favorite Jason Wright book so far, that's why I've included it in my flashback week. I saw a coupon for this one for about $5 I might have to go get it! One of my favorites for sure!

Jason Wright is one of my very favorite authors. His characters seem so real, you feel as though you know them, and I always care enough about them that I cry in the end. This was one of those kinds of books. 17 seconds can change a life, that was the lesson that Cole's dad, Rex taught him as a child. So you need to take those 17 seconds and do good things for people. Cole has a class that he invites the local high school principal to choose students for. He never knows why the students are there, the students don't either for that matter. This particular year there are three, wheel chair bound Travis, Kendra and Miles. Miles and Kendra are dating. I loved the lessons that these three teenagers learn in 17 second spurts. Such a great book!

Flashback Week: The Convenient Groom

This was probably my very favorite Christian fiction book that I read this last year. So funny, so romantic and the ending was awesome too! Can't wait for more like this!

This is the last of the Denise Hunter books for at least a little while (I can't remember if I have anymore or not!) Kate is the main character in this book. She's a relationship specialist, she's also very schedule oriented, she counsels couples with marriage difficulties, she has a new book coming out Finding Mr Right-For-You all about how to find the perfect marriage partner, and she's getting married to her own Mr Right, Bryan, in about 4 hours. But she discovers that he hasn't picked up his tux on time so she calls to make sure that everything is all right and that's when he tells her that he's not going to marry her. Kate is devastated, not only was she in love with him, but her wedding complete with surprise groom is scheduled to coincide with the release of her book. She's i…

Flashback Week: Tiger's Curse

I know that I didn't read this book very long ago, but it is one of my very favorites that I've read, so good. I'm still on the waiting list for Tiger's Quest and the third book Tiger's Voyage isn't quite out yet (November 1.)

Kelsey is and orphan she lives with her guardians Sara and Mike and their family. She has just finished with high school and decides to get a summer job. At the unemployment office she's hired to be a temporary worker for the circus. Can you believe it: THE CIRCUS! Pretty crazy. She's a little bit apprehensive because part of her duties are supposed to include helping with the tiger. Her first day of work she shows up at 6 am, and spends the whole day helping with routine things, selling tickets, snacks and souvenirs, and cleaning up after the shows. But the second day she gets to help with the tiger. At first Kelsey's kind of scared, but soon she realizes there's really nothing to be afraid of, in fact, she feels a certain…

Flashback Week: Paranormalcy

It's flashback week here on my blog, that means that I will be posting some of my very favorite books that I've read in the last year or so. Today's book is Paranormalcy. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the second book Supernaturally.

16 year old Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she's just a normal teenage girl. Her parent's abandoned her when she was just 3 years old and then she spent a few years in the foster care system. When she was 8, she was brought to the Agency and she's been under the director, Raquel's care ever since. Evie has a special power she can see through glamours of all kinds of paranormals, faeries, vampires, werewolves, you name it. Because of this she's kind of important to the Agency and she gets the royal treatment. One night after she's busted a vampire, she comes home to get some rest and then there's an alarm. The alarm means that she's supposed to stay where s…

Swiss Family Robinson

My daughter's fourth grade teacher read her an abridged version of this book and that, along with the old Disney movie adaptation, made her pick this book up at the library the first chance she got. She loved it, I'm so glad that at 10 she's willing to try reading classic books. When she finished, I snagged it for my own "To Read" pile and was able to finish it off this week. It's the story of a family, I'm assuming their last name is Robinson, but I don't think that it ever really said. They are moving from Switzerland to New Holland, but on the way their boat is shipwrecked in a storm. There's a dad, a mom, and 4 sons (not like the movie, in which there are only 3 sons.) Anyway, they are deserted by the crew and left on the ship to fend for themselves. As soon as they can devise a way to get off the ship they do. They find themselves on an uninhabited island, which they eventually explore and are able to fill all of their basic needs for things …

Kissing Cousins

Marcia Lynn McClure is a class all of her own when it comes to LDS fiction. Her books are always very romantic and very clean. Her characters always have interesting names and backgrounds. This book is about Poppy, she's a waitress at a restaurant called Good Ol' Days. She loves her job, she works with her best friend Whitney, the boss, Mr. Dexter is really nice, and the best part is the cook Swaggart Moretti. He's so handsome and she's had a crush on him forever. In fact when she and Whitney were 14 they came up with a list of Dreams to Do and Poppy's number one thing was to make out with Swaggart, but she never felt like that was an attainable goal, so she changed it to simply kissing him. One night a really hot and fashionable man comes into the restaurant and he's seated in Poppy's section, this man is with a very rude woman, she's rude to Poppy and rude about the food. The man is not happy with how she treats Poppy and refuses even to take the woma…

Loyalty's Web

A few weeks ago I read the book Illuminations of the Heart by this same author, and I realized that she had written another book before that one that had the same characters in an earlier time, so I definitely needed to read the first on. I think that they both stand on their own, so you really don't need to read these in order. It's the year 1176 in France and political tensions are high, there's just been a war between England and France and no one's sure just who is and isn't a traitor. Two marriageable daughter's of Lord Laurant are watching the English king's ambassador, the Earl of Gunthar, arrive at their father's home. There is the beautiful Clothilde and the more plain, at least in their mother's eyes, Helene. Their parents have decided that Clothilde will marry Gunthar. But when Gunthar is nearly assassinated by a family friend and Helene is called upon to tend his wound, she finds herself fascinated by the seemingly hard-hearted Gunthar. …

The Eye of the Crystal Ball

It's World War II in a small town in Germany called Lindenmuhle, everyone knows everyone else. It's late at night and a basket is left on the doorstep of Mr and Mrs Schneider as they sleep. When they awaken in the morning they will find the basket and the baby girl inside the basket. No one knows the sadness they have felt as they've tried to have a baby of their own. But their sadness will be replaced with happiness as they are able to raise the little girl, Sara. She was just 3 weeks old when the Schneider's received her on their doorstep, and as Sara grew up she never quite fit in. She had wild, dark hair and she wasn't the prettiest or the best behaved girl in the neighborhood and she soon discovered that when she was mad she could make objects around her move. Still it was home, until the gypsies came back to get her and Sara realized that her real parents were gypsies and with them was where she had truly belonged her whole life. But even with Sara belonging,…