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Going Vintage

Mallory feels that life is great for her, she's 16, she's got a great boyfriend, Jeremy, all is great. But one day when she and Jeremy are working on homework in his room, she gets thrown a curve ball when she finds that he's been cyber cheating on her with a girl named Bubble Yum. This is devastating for her, she immediately and very publicly dumps him. As she's trying to move on and come to her senses, she finds a list that her grandmother had written when she was sixteen. It includes running for pep squad secretary, hosting a fancy dinner party, sewing a dress for homecoming, finding a steady and doing something dangerous. For Mallory this list becomes a list of things that she herself should do her junior year, some of it will be really hard, sewing is not her thing, she also decides that she will live technology wise as if she is in the sixties when her grandmother would have been sixteen. But it's pretty hard to live as though you are in the sixties when you&…

Blog Tour - Hope Springs

About the book: Katie Macauley gave up her lifelong dream of returning to Ireland in order to make a home for herself in Hope Springs, Wyoming, but her future has never been so uncertain.

Katie’s heart still remains sharply divided between playful Tavish and steady Joseph, though she feels ill-prepared to make a decision. Furthermore, the town is more divided than ever with both the Irish and the Reds stealing property, burning buildings, and endangering lives. In the midst of the growing unrest, temperatures drop quickly, too quickly, and Irish nightmares of famine and cold resurface as the little Wyoming town struggles to beat the harsh winter.

Katie makes one sacrifice after another to keep the peace and help see her loved ones through the difficult days ahead, but will her efforts be enough? Can the town make amends before their hatred consumes them all? And will Katie find the love she has been searching for as well as a home to call her own?

My Review: Katie Macauley hasn't reg…

Wild Born (Spirit Animals #1)

In the world of Erdas, when a child turns 11 they drink a special nectar to learn if they have a spirit animal. Not all children have one, in fact it's pretty rare for them to have one. But 4 special children are about to drink the nectar and discover that not only do they have a spirit animal, but their spirit animal is a legendary beast, one that died in a great battle and have now come back to help the land of Erdas beat her enemy. These children will have to learn to work with not against their spirit animals. They must all work together in order to be able to beat the newest threat to their land. But will they learn to work with their animals in time?

This is really a fun book, I love the idea of this series. I also really love that it becomes interactive for kids. There is a code in all of the books and when you enter the code at spiritanimals.com you are able to claim your own spirit animal and go on adventures just the same as the kids in the book. That makes the book just …

Butch Cassidy and Other Mormon Outlaws of the Old West

Summary from Goodreads: Few things capture our imaginations like true stories from the Old West. Throw religion into the mix, and you have the stuff of enduring legends. Mormons are known for honesty, integrity, morality, love of country, love of God, and love of fellowman—hardly the qualities one normally associates with outlaws. So it comes as a sort of shock to some that among the rough-riding, horse-stealing, cattle-rustling, bankrobbing, gun-slinging outlaws of the Old West were a fair number of Mormons. In this entertaining volume you’ll get to know quite a few of these desperado Mormons. Some are household names—like Butch Cassidy. Others you may be meeting for the first time. You’ll find out who’s who and what they did and where they hid. You’ll even get a peek at the Mormon lawmen who dedicated their lives to pursuing the Mormon outlaws.

I really enjoyed reading this book! Who doesn't want to learn more about Butch Cassidy, Matt Warner, and Porter Rockwell? I thought that …

Brownies and Betrayal

Tess Crawford is running away from her old life in the busy city of Chicago for a quieter life in her hometown of Silver Springs, Arizona. She caught her fiance and boss cheating on her with a co-worker, and she just knew it was time to get away from him and the big city. She's planning to open her own bakery in the quiet town of Silver Springs, where everyone knows everyone else and their business too! Her first job is brownies and a wedding cake for the wedding of an acquaintance from high school. She makes her award winning Rocky Road Brownie recipe for the rehearsal dinner, and is none too happy when the Maid of Honor talks about how lame they are, right in front of her. Well what does that annoying woman know! But the trouble begins when Tess finds the woman dead, right underneath the table where her brownies were being served the very next day. Tess and half of the town quickly become suspects. Wanting to clear her own name, and hopefully figure out just who the killer was, …

Blog Tour - In Tune

About the book: In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are all teachers. Not only do we have a glorious mandate to "teach all nations" the gospel (Matthew 28:19), we also have numerous charges to "teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom" (D&C 88:77). In formal and informal settings, as parents or leaders or friends, we are constantly teaching and learning.

Not only has the Lord commanded us to teach, but He has taught us what we are to teach and how we are to do it: diligently and by the power of the Spirit. But how do we know if we're "doing it right"? What signs can we watch for that the Spirit is actually present in a teaching setting?

In this insightful companion volume to Hearing the Voice of the Lord, bestselling author Gerald N. Lund brings his decades of experience working in the Church Educational System to the topic of teaching and learning by the Spirit. He discusses common misconceptions, important questions we shou…

Jack and the Beanstalk

When Hansel and Gretel grew up and got married they had two children, a boy named Jack, and a girl named Jill. Now Jack and Jill have both grown up, Jack is engaged to marry a wonderful girl, Rachel. Unfortunately, in the middle of the night Rachel is taken by a giant and no one can tell quite where the giant took her. Jack is furious that she's been missing for several hours and he was never informed. Jack just knows that he must find his beloved before it's too late. He must go to his mother's home kingdom of Larkein, where the magic is, and find a way to find her. Jill insists that she won't be left behind. Once in Larkein, Jack will have to outwit the witch that orchestrated the kidnapping and figure out a way to get Rachel back, but will both he and Jill survive the rescue attempt?

This is a really creative and fun story. I have never thought of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in quite this way before. I also love that the nursery rhyme of Jack and Jill is brou…

Road to Bountiful

Loyal is an old man, he's lived out his life on the plains of North Dakota, but his wife Daisy has died and his daughter Barbara is concerned about him living a solitary life. She makes plans for him to live at Glad Tidings Assisted Living Facility and he knows that it's a matter of time before she will be able to force him to live there, so he agrees. But now Barbara must come up with a way to get him to Utah, Loyal wants nothing to do with coming on a plane, besides he has more things he wants to bring with him. So Barbara calls Levi, her nephew, he's a college student supporting himself by working as a bagger at a grocery store, she's sure he could use the extra money she would be offering him to drive her father from North Dakota to Bountiful, Utah. Levi is thrilled to be able to quit his job at the grocery store and make some quick money by driving his great-uncle to Utah, he's sure the trip can be completed in less than 24 hours and he'll be making way mo…

Finding June

June Laurie is just your typical LDS 16 year old girl. Her best friend is Joseph and they both love to act, June's been in commercials and high school plays and things, but she's about to get her first big break. It seems that the popular crime drama, Forensic Faculty, has seen June's picture and want her for a recurring role. June is thrilled, it's her favorite show and she'll get to play opposite the heartthrob Luke Leighton, every girl she knows will be so jealous. But Joseph, not so much, he's excited for June, but every time Luke's name is brought up, he becomes kind of quiet. Hollywood life moves really quickly for June, it's a world full of paparazzi, fans, and never really knowing who your friends are. Luckily, she still has her best friend Joseph to keep her grounded, but for how long?

I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought that June and Joseph were likable characters, who could go to pretty much any high school in the US. I liked the plo…

Blog Tour - Time Out For Women Titles

I don't know if you've ever attended a Time Out for Women event. I was able to attend one online a couple of years ago, and it was such an amazing and spiritual experience for me. So, I was way excited to get the chance to read and review these three titles from the Time out For Women Classics Series by Deseret Book, and I wasn't disappointed. Each of these titles was a fun, quick read. And I learned from them too. 

About the book: Our Father's plan for us is often referred to as "the great plan of happiness," but we sometimes struggle to feel as happy as we'd like. Are there really some simple things we could do to feel happier?

You may not have thought that such suggestions as "Don't even try to get motivated to exercise" and "Stop hoping to find friends" would show up in a book on happiness, but those are just a couple of the "habits of happiness" Dr. Wendy Ulrich invites readers to consider.

This perfect blend of scienti…

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Imperfectly Beautiful

Rebecca and her twin Regan are living very different lives. Rebecca lives with her family in Utah, and her life and marriage are not as perfect as she would like. Regan lives a single life in New York City, she has a great job as a fashion designer, yet she too yearns for a family. Unfortunately, she hasn't met the right man just yet. Regan is getting kind of nervous because there is a serial killer, his victims look eerily similar to the twins with blond hair and green eyes and he seems to be moving westward with his latest victim in Colorado. That's just a little too close to Utah for comfort to Regan. She warns Rebecca to be careful. But will Rebecca be able to be careful when it counts the most?

I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the characters, I liked the plot, and I thought that the ending fit really well. I think that Diony George is able to write books that are well written and that leave you hanging just a little bit. I thought that the twin connection betwee…

Prank Wars

Madeleine Doggett, Mad as she's known, has been burned one too many times in love, now she's giving advice to all the girls that get dumped and even leading a group of girls who have declared war on the guys. The problem is, the guys are way better at the pranks, the girls are losing sleep from trying to keep them out of their apartment, but unwilling to back down. On top of all of it, they still have to keep up their regular school schedules. But underneath it all, there's something else going on. Something pretty sinister that no one is even aware is happening, or so it seems on the surface. When Mad stumbles upon something she shouldn't have found, her nemesis Lord Byron tries to get it from her and all you know what breaks loose. Life, school and prank wars become more dangerous than ever. Will Mad and all of her friends escape unscathed? 

This book has it all, mystery, romance, humor, pranks. What more could you want? I really enjoyed the story line and the premise…

The Grecian Princess

Isabelle Webb and her friends have had lots of adventures trying to find all three of the legendary jewels of the princess. When they are together, according to legend, they will reveal a fantastic treasure. Isabelle's group of friends are not the only one searching for the jewels, and the other groups don't play nice as evidenced by Thaddeus Sparks when he stole the 2nd jewel from Isabelle. Isabelle and her friends must reach the beautiful isle of Greece, find the third jewel, steal back the second jewel and destroy all three of them before any of the other groups get there first. But that is easier said than done, especially when seasickness claims several of their group, and they really have no idea where they should start. They luckily meet a woman that is able to help Alice realize her potential in finding the jewel. But will Alice be able to find the jewel before it's too late.

This book was kind of slow for me plot-wise. I like the characters and I've read the pr…

Unsinkable (Titanic #1)

It's spring 1912 and the Titanic is ready to start it's maiden journey from England to New York. 4 young passengers are about to embark on the most amazing and dangerous journey of their lives. There's Paddy, a young orphan from Scotland, he's a stow-away running for his life. Sophie is an American, a young woman who spends an awful lot of time bailing her mom out of jail after one of her "Votes for Women" rampages, she and her mom are delivered to the Titanic by the local police. Juliana is a wealthy young woman whose father is always looking for the next new thing. And last but not least Alfie, a young steward, his mother abandoned him and his father is shoveling coal into the Titanic's engines. All of these young people's lives will intersect on the most amazing ship ever built. But will any of them survive the journey.

This book is really fun! I volunteer during the summer for a literacy event for elementary age kids that our city has. This was one…

Blog Tour - Porcelain Keys

About the book: Aria’s life is full of secrets—secrets about her mother’s death, her father’s cruelty, and her dream to go to Juilliard. When Aria meets Thomas, he draws out her secrets, captures her heart, and gives her the courage to defy her father. But when tragedy strikes and Thomas disappears, Aria is left alone to transform her broken heart’s melody into something beautiful.
Praise for Porcelain Keys
"Emotionally rich, elegant description, beloved characters--Sarah Beard delivers a fresh, new novel that will go on my list of classics." --Stephanie Fowers, author of With a Kiss.
"Aria is a heroine worth rooting for, and the plot is an emotional melody that weaves a spell so potent, it can only be broken by reaching the end. And even then, I couldn’t stop thinking about Aria and her story." --Heather Frost, author of The Seers Trilogy
"Emotionally gripping, this beautifully crafted young adult romance will pull at readers’ heartstrings from tragic beginning to h…

Has Hollywood Lost it's Mind?

Have you ever been surprised that some movies are rated PG-13 and some that seem to have the same level of PG-13 material are rated R? Sometimes that happens and this book by Chris Hicks is here to tell you what may have happened. In this book he talks about the history of the movie rating system, the ratings themselves, how movies are rated and by whom and he even gives some movie suggestions for families. I really enjoyed reading this book, there was a lot of new information in here. For our family, we don't watch R rated movies, and there are actually very few PG-13 movies we've seen, especially lately. I also liked that he talks about some of the movies that are already out that a lot of people have probably already seen and tells you what is in them, I was kind of surprised about some of the content of some of the movies we already own. Chris Hicks is one of my favorites, I'm able to read his weekly column in our newspaper, The Deseret News, and his personality and lo…

Blog Tour - Reverently, Quietly

About the book: When the wiggles come and boredom strikes, it can be difficult for little ones to sit through long church meetings. Reverently, Quietly not only keeps boredom at bay, but also instructs and invites the Spirit. Containing drawing activities, matching games, and coloring pages, all Church-centered, this is a quiet book that all children will enjoy!

My Review: This is a fun quiet book meant to be used during Sacrament meetings. But this is not your normal quiet book. It's creative and different because the pages are meant to be used kind of interactively with the meeting. There are pages where the kids tell the song numbers on the song boards, they might be asked to color the Bishop's tie with the same pattern the Bishop is actually wearing or to write down what the speaker is speaking about. I like that it kind of focuses the kids on the meeting verses just on the scripture story or the coloring. I can't wait to use this one in our Sacrament meetings!

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Blog Tour - A is for Abinadi

About the book: A is for apple but also for Abinadi! Teach your children about some of the greatest heroes in the scriptures with this beautifully illustrated alphabet book. They will love searching for items that represent each letter while they get to know heroes like Captain Moroni and Esther. Along with learning their ABCs, your children will learn to recognize and love these great Book of Mormon and Bible examples.

My Review: This book is so cute! I really enjoyed looking through it, and so did our kids, ages 8 and 13. The scripture stories that accompany each letter of the alphabet are really well done and cute, but I have to say the best part of this book is the pictures. Every one of the letters has a super cute picture, but the part that we had the most fun with was finding all of the little hidden pictures that started with the same letter. This is a book that you will want to have to teach your little ones scripture stories and also their letters!

I was sent a copy of this bo…

Hansel and Gretel

When she is just six years old, something terrible happens in her kingdom and Princess Gretel is forced out into a terrible rainstorm. She's wet, cold, and all alone when she is found by a kindly man named Adale. He and his 10 year old son Hansel decide to take her in and make her one of the family, even knowing that the kingdom she comes from is a kingdom that their own king has just destroyed and if they are found to have her, it will mean death for all of them. 10 years later, Gretel is a lovely 16 year old young woman, and Hansel knows that one day he will have to let her go to one of the young men of the village. That thought drives him crazy, for Hansel has fallen in love with the young girl. Then something strange happens, Adale decides to get married to a woman that neither Hansel nor Gretel have ever met or heard him speak of before. They are both stunned, but try to be supportive. When his new wife moves in things get terrible, especially for Gretel. She is rude, unkind …

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