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Death Thieves

About the bookYou're dead, Summer Dawn Rae.
When Summer Rae is stolen from the moment of her own death and taken to a future where mankind is dying, it is with the hope that she, and other teenagers like her, can save it. But after only a short time in the future, Summer discovers a darker side to the altruistic reasons behind her abduction. She is determined to fulfill her purpose in a world gone literally mad, but can an ordinary girl save a whole world when she only cares about saving one person? 
My review: This book is kind of crazy! (Oops, I shouldn't have said that!) The plot follows the life of Summer Dawn Rae, she's a twin in high school and she doesn't feel that her life is ideal. She's almost always grounded for doing things that her Aunt Theresa doesn't think she should have done. But Summer is very defiant and finds ways to sneak out anyway.
Summer's twin Winter plays a part in the beginning of the book, and after finishing it, I wish she had pl…

Blog Tour - Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

About the book: Chased by a vengeful witch, hunted by an undead corpse, and guided by a secretive preacher, a boy must protect a magical lantern that can either save Boston . . . or destroy it.

In October of 1730, young Rip Van Winkle sneaks into a graveyard and comes face-to-face with the ghost of William Blaxton, the first settler of Boston. Warning Rip that the city is in danger, Blaxton gives him a mysterious gift: a pumpkin lantern with power over life and death. Before fading into midnight, the ghost tells Rip to take the lantern to Feathertop, a mythical pumpkin-headed scarecrow.

Pursued by Mistress Hibbins, a witch of terrifying power, and hunted by the nightmarish Midnight Minister, young Rip must rely on the aid of Jonathan Edwards, a stern and secretive preacher, and Nathaniel, a talkative, know-it-all raven. Guided by the magical light of the lantern, Rip races across New England to find Feathertop, save Boston, and become a most unlikely hero!

From the bestselling, award-win…

Blog Tour - For This We Are Soldiers

About the book: From master storyteller Carla Kelly comes this collection of frontier tales that take you behind typical army lines and into the hearts of ordinary men and women who perform extraordinary acts of bravery. From handsome hospital stewards and dashing soldiers to courageous children and wives who will pull at your heartstrings, there’s something for everyone’s fancy.

My review: I enjoyed reading this collection by Carla Kelly, each of the titles included is short, easily read and interesting. There was at least one of them that I had already read, "Break a Leg," it was in the Old West Collection of A Timeless Romance Anthology and I remember reading it and liking it then as well.

This one has 6 tales written by Carla Kelly about women who would have been associated with the army after the time of the Civil War. That makes this fun, because you don't usually hear about the women of that time period. I enjoyed reading each of the tales, some are longer than othe…

Movie Review - The Christmas Project

About the movie: Even with Christmas around the corner, for the Buckley boys, payback almost always wins out over brotherly love. That is until the four brothers join forces against a common adversary—the Hagbart's—the meanest bullies at their middle school. But now Mom has decided that the Buckley family is going to Elve the Hagbart's this year for Christmas. Eleven-year-old Matthew can hardly stand it. By day the Hagbart's torture the Buckley brothers into submission, and by night the Buckley's secretly deliver Christmas treats and gifts to their sworn enemies. Soon the war of wits escalates to an incredible scheme designed to get the ultimate revenge on the Hagbart's. But now that Matthew has been learning that he's supposed to do good to those who hate him, what will he do when a little push becomes a great big shove? The Christmas Project is a heartwarming comedy the whole family will love.

My review: This was a super cute movie! I loved that as I was watch…

The Orphan Keeper

About the book: Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting couple in the United States. It takes months before the boy can speak enough English to tell his parents that he already has a family back in India. Horrified, they try their best to track down his Indian family, but all avenues lead to dead ends.

Meanwhile, they simply love him, change his name to Taj, enroll him in school, and make him part of their family. And his story might have ended there had it not been for the persistent questions in his head: Who am I? Why was I taken? How do I get home?

More than a decade later, Taj meets Priya, a girl from southern India with surprising ties to his past. Is she the key to unveil the secrets of his childhood or is it too late? And if he does make it back to India, how will he find his family with so few clues?

From the best-selling author of The Rent Collecto…

Blog Tour - The Unsaid

About the book: Maggie’s job as a heavenly curator of unspoken thoughts is pretty straightforward—for the most part. When Eric, her beholden, shows interest in the new girl at work, Maggie can’t help ignoring the rules to understand the wonders of mortality and love. But meddling in mortal affairs has consequences that Maggie couldn’t have ever imagined.

My review: I was really surprised just how much I enjoyed reading this book! I immediately liked Maggie's character. I liked that she's working so hard to study and find out just what she needs to know when it's her turn to come to earth. I liked just how much she grows to care for and care what happens to Eric. It may be a bit too much, because she meddles in his life and ends up biting off more than she can chew.

I liked that you got to see Eric's point of view as well, through the whole story. I liked the way that Maggie was able to know what he was thinking as she was recording what his thoughts were.

The plot of this…

The Washington Hypothesis

About the book: We know that George Washington was a moral man and an inspiring leader, but did he possibly know more than we suppose? Was he a national covenant maker like Moses, Abraham, Lehi, or Captain Moroni? did he understand that he was fighting for the liberty of a promised land protected by God, a place where the Lord's holy temples could be built?

The Washington Hypothesis explores the intriguing evidence that Washington and the other Founding Fathers knew the Lord had a greater purpose for America. It takes us on a fascinating historical journey through the miracles of the Revolutionary War to the foundational documents of this great nation to the symbolism evident in every corner of the nation's capital. Exploring how Washington's beliefs framed his every action, author Timothy Ballard draws compelling conclusions about the divinity of that great leader's calling. As we see the evidence of the Lord's hand in Washington's life, we may discover a much …

Blog Tour - The Sacrament is for Me

About the book: The sacrament is the most important part of the Sabbath day—and our week. Teach your little ones about the sacred sacrament and how they can apply it in their everyday lives, from the playground to piano lessons. Help your children start each week right and understand the reason behind the reverence of Jesus’s eternal sacrifice, love, and example.

My review: I love this cute children's book! The pictures are adorable and the text is perfect for teaching kids why we have the sacrament and about how we should act during the sacrament. I loved reading this book to our almost 3 year-old and I loved the way his was engaged by the pictures and the rhyming words. This would make a great basis for a Family Home Evening lesson with young kids. This is a fun book to read to your kids and to be able to teach them about our most important time of the week! 

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Jessica Ellingson grew up in the small to…

Miss Match

About the book: Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn’t want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he’s been in love with her for eight years. Too bad she doesn’t see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man. If the matchmaking company she works for closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiancĂ©. And Luke isn’t about to let that happen.

Brooke’s dream career may be crumbling, and she will do anything to keep Toujour in the black. Even recruit Luke, America’s favorite bachelor, as her next client. Surely his perfect smile and swollen bank account will send clients swarming to their doors. But when matching up Luke works a little too well, Brooke wonders if she’s with the right man. Maybe she should finally forget Luke’s playboy image and admit he’s changed. All Brooke has to decide is if she’s willing to risk her heart.

My review: This book is cute. I liked Brooke a…

Meet Your Match

About the book: Sixteen-year-old Brooke Pierce doesn’t need her mom to tell her all boys are trouble. After watching her dad break up the family for a woman half his age, dating is the last thing on her mind. 

On the first day at a new high school, Brooke meets Luke, the school flirt with a reputation for heartbreak. He’s interested. She’s not. That only makes him chase her more. After a shocking revelation from her dad, Brooke and Luke form an unexpected bond, complete with crazy rules to keep them safely in the friend zone. Problem is, that’s the worst place to be when you’re falling in love.

My review: This is a cute novella about Brooke. I liked her character. I liked the fact that even though she is young, she knows just what she wants to be when she grows up, a matchmaker, she knows just where she wants to work and she's got her life all planned out with out a trace of a cheating guy anywhere in it. Brooke's situation with her parents shows her just what she doesn't wa…

Blog Tour - Kept Secrets Review and Giveaway

About the book: Unexpectedly reunited after six years, high school sweethearts Devin Shanahan and Grace Harrington cross paths and have a whirlwind wedding. A lot can change in six years, however, and they must figure out how to make their two independent lives mesh.

Unable to disclose his CIA job to his new wife, when Devin is assigned a top-secret mission to Hong Kong, he tells Grace part of the truth: that he is going to work abroad for six months in finance. But when the mission turns deadly and Devin doesn't know whom to trust, he must make the most difficult decision of his life in an effort to keep Grace safe. Will the seeds of deception prove destructive to their newly formed marriage? And will the love that brought them together be the very thing their enemies use to tear them apart?


My review: Wow, I loved this book! I loved the way that the plot just drug me in. I had things to do and would try to put the book down, but I really, really wanted to keep reading to find out …

Fablehaven Book of Imagination

About the book: Don't open this book without a pen or pencil in hand!
Unlike the other Fablehaven books, this one is only half-finished...The missing ingredient is you! Begin by writing your name in the space provided on the front cover. Then get ready to write, draw, solve, and create, guided by the many activities inside! Draw a map for your own magical preserveColor pictures of a dryad, a dragon, a demon, and lots of fairiesSolve the Tauran MazeFold origami figures of Raxtus and Olloch the GluttonBake desserts like a brownie wouldCreate wizard slimeMake a rain stick or a unicorn hornDraw a dragon's headSolve the Sphinx's riddlesMix your own potionThe secret world of enchanted preserves is waiting for you to jump in—just make sure to avoid any deep pools filled with naiads! My review: This is a cute workbook style book perfect for any Fablehaven fan that you may or may not know! I enjoyed flipping through it and trying to figure out the riddles, seeing all the fun games that…

Blog Tour - Defenders of the Family

About the book: Defenders of the Family, assemble! God’s magnificent plan for us rests upon the strength of the family. In this engaging children’s book, discover the roles and teachings needed to unite your family, from devoted parents to extended members, all centered on the power of the gospel. Help your children see their families as they can be: incredible, empowered, eternal followers of Jesus.

My review: I love this cute comic book style children's book! I love the pictures, they are so cute and just plain fun - don't you just love the cover? But the thing I really love the most about this book is the way that it teaches children - and adults as well - exactly what we believe, from being the gender that you were created, to having a strong family that love each other to the plan of happiness that Heavenly Father has created for us to follow. I love the whole idea of being a "Defender of the Family," especially in this day and age when it seems as though the fam…

Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Story of Daring Pioneer Women

About the book: Discover the stories of twelve women who "heard the call" to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey.

As a slave, Clara watched as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter, as a free woman, six decades later.

As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver that ever lived.

As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of her culture.

These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world.

The author ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be…

Waypoint

About the book: Dani loves the life she’s built working at the salon, but she craves the belonging of family. When she and Kade start to get serious, she thinks the full life she wants is in reach. Even personal tragedy doesn’t completely destroy what they are building together. 

Kade has been estranged from his family for years but when his dad is in a serious accident, Kade returns to the family boat shop to run things while he recuperates. He soon learns, however, that the accident is just one link is a chain of problems from someone who is determined to destroy everything their family has—including Kade’s life with Dani.

My review: This book is a cute love story. I love the way that Dani and Kade meet at an evening showing of an old movie that they both love. And then, their love starts to grow bit by bit a little more each and every day. I love that part of the story.

I love that even though Dani goes through a really hard spot, and ends up pregnant with another man's child, the…

Blog Tour - The Governess Review and Giveaway

About the book: Independent young Kate Porter envisions a future far greater than the middle-class existence she's always lived, and her work as a governess is simply a means to an end. The glittering world of a society wife calls, and her new position as a private tutor for the children of Mr. Alonzo Colaco is a step in the right direction. She merrily imagines the grand house awaiting her—but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily-painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job as a children's tutor will not be all she dreamed.

Instead of the mansion she anticipate, Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car and teaching the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position presents itself. Before long, however, she finds herself abandoning her petticoats and preconceptions in favor of the joys of a s…

Sweet and Sassy Anthology: Stormy Kisses

About the book: Will extreme weather keep these six couples apart or bring them together? Sweet & Sassy Anthology: Stormy Kisses has six contemporary romances set against wild weather from award winning and Amazon best selling authors. 
Love Right by Rebecca Rode
Corie McMullen doesn’t consider herself a man-hater. It’s just that being dumped by a fiancĂ© via text has given her trust issues. Now, two years later, she’s written a bestselling relationships book, Love Right, and managed to avoid dating altogether. Even better, she’s scored an interview on a prestigious national morning show.
So when her best friend, Sofia, drags her to Singles Week at a ski lodge in Colorado, she’s reluctant to jump into the dating scene again. Especially when the man who seems interested turns out to be Micah Calloway, a playboy from her high school who insists he’s changed.
Then a blizzard hits while they’re snowshoeing, and the dating game turns dangerous. Now Corie’s very survival rests on an impossibl…