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The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)

Annabeth is so excited to finally see Percy again, it's been six long months of not knowing where he is, but she's finally found him and within moments of seeing him. When Annabeth and her friends find Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Half-Blood, they aren't quite sure what to expect. Camp Jupiter has just had a huge fight with a giant and they are uncertain who or what survived the fight. All is well in Annabeth's world as soon as she spots Percy. But the guardian of Camp Jupiter will not allow the ship that Annabeth, Leo, Jason, Piper and Coach Hedge traveled on to land in their camp. Thinking quickly, they ask permission to leave it tethered in the sky above the camp which they are allowed to do. But mysteriously Leo ends up enchanted and fires at the camp, dooming the good will of Camp Jupiter to our heroes. All they know is that 7 of them, 3 from one camp 4 from another, must journey together on a dangerous quest. This quest will be made even more dangerous because of the fact that Camp Jupiter thinks there is a war between the two camps and will be trying to stop them at every turn. Will the friends be able to complete their quest and save their friends at camp before it's too late?

I love these books! Rick Riordan has done an excellent job of making mythology both Greek and Roman cool for elementary/ junior high kids. He's made amazing characters that battle amazing enemies. The plot lines are exciting and well written. I don't have anything at all to complain about in these series. I know that my daughter is looking forward to reading this one, she's been hounding me about finishing it, ever since she found out I was reading this one. You do want to read these in order, you should also read the Percy Jackson series first or you won't be able to understand an awful lot of what's going on and where the characters came from.

I was able to borrow this one from my local library, but you can also buy it. 

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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 …