Tuesday, March 1, 2016

First Light by Michele Paige Holmes

First Light (Forever After Series, #1)First Light by Michele Paige Holmes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was originally intrigued by the cover and the small snippet, but I was a bit unsure what to expect. The fractured fairy tale concept really works in this story. I noticed elements of Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and the three wishes concept. I am sure I missed many others(I am going to have to go back and read it again to see what else pops out!).

Adrielle is the youngest of many children and lives with her aging parents. They live on the edge of starvation and Adrielle's main concern is how she can continue to help plant and harvest what little she can in the drought stricken land. Little does she know what it ahead of her. What ensues is an adventure of fairy tale proportions. She will discover powers she didn't realize she had, both magical and non. Her world will be flipped upside down and backwards, but she somehow seems to land on her feet.

For those who are worried that I have not yet mentioned a romance, worry not there is plenty of that to be had in this fairy tale. (Really, what is a fairy tale without romance?)

*I received a free ecopy of this book in order to share my honest opinion

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Book Trek

I know that I have disappeared as of late, but I saw this great challenge and decided to hop onboard. If you are reading, check it out for yourself. You simply read great fiction written by LDS authors (you don't have to be LDS to enter, just read books by authors who are :) ) in the month of July, then follow the directions found here to enter to win book prizes.

The new books that I plan to read in July are (list may be added to as the month progresses):

Mansfield Ranch (The Jane Austen Diaries)
What is Hidden
The Complete Aliso Creek Series
Old West Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology)

I also plan to revisit books I have read in the past (maybe other as well):

Goose Girl
THe 4th of July
Kissing Cousins

Saturday, February 1, 2014

South Carolina Brides by Vickie McDonough

South Carolina Brides: 3-in-1 Historical Collection (Romancing America)
by Vickie McDonough
length: 352 pages
file size: 729 KB
pub date: Feb 1, 2014
by Barbour Publishing
current ebook price: $6.39
source: Netgalley

Synopsis (from Netgalley)

Visit historic South Carolina where secrets disrupt the lives of three women. A cousin’s quest takes a drastic turn when she falls for the man she thought she despised. A young woman’s sheltered world crumbles after she finds a badly beaten stranger on a nearby plantation. And a sister’s heart is torn when the neighbor who killed her brother in a duel returns home a changed man. Between betrayal and lies, is there room for love?

My Thoughts

This was a very enjoyable collection of sweet, Christian romances. I am never sure what I will think when I grab a Christian romance. They have a tendency to get a bit preachy and Christian historicals can often feel forced. They often give historical characters religious views that are not consistent with those of the times in which they lived. This book did a little of this, but the stories were sweet and entertaining. I really like that they follow the same family through multiple generations on the same land.

Each story takes an unlikely couple and throws them together and love blossoms where it is least expected. Amidst the challenges of life during different eras in South Carolina history, these stories show that love can bloom and grow through it all.

Rating: 4 stars

Content: clean

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ebook steal

Are you looking for a great read at an even better price? I was scanning through Amazon, looking for deals and found this one for you. I am a huge Sarah M. Eden fan and I absolutely love everything that she has written. The first book I ever read by Eden was The Kiss of a Stranger: A Regency Romance. I was instantly drawn in and couldn't wait to get my hands on more of Eden's books. You can read this fantastic ebook for only $2.99. This is a steal for a fantastic book by an established author (her other full length ebooks run around $10).

Monday, January 20, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth

by Veronica Roth
length: 501 pages
file size:706 KB
Pub Date: May 3, 2011
by Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)
current ebook price: $4.66
source: won a paper copy 

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My Thoughts

I have had this book for over a year now and began reading it shortly after receiving it, but another book I had been wanting to read became available and I never returned to Divergent. At my son's soccer practice last week I was chatting with another mom about books and she mentioned that she had enjoyed Divergent and I remembered my copy sitting on my bookshelf at home, collecting dust. I grabbed my copy to read this weekend as we went out of town for a soccer tournament.

I tried reading some other ebooks first, but struggled to get into them, so I grabbed my copy of Divergent and began reading Friday morning. By Friday night I had read all 501 pages and couldn't wait to download a Kindle copy of book two! 

I don't always enjoy the dystopian genre. I have read a few and enjoyed some of them (like Hunger Games), but I have found that the genre has been a bit overdone lately so I usually find my self avoiding them. This one grabbed me pretty quickly and I was sucked in to the story. Tris is a bit of a classic character in the genre: a strong female lead that is not like the others around her. I like the romance angle added to the story (I am a sucker for a romance, a book without one is lacking, to my way of thinking). The faction concept is an interesting one. Breaking down human strengths and weaknesses and emphasizing one at the exclusion of others is intriguing.

All in all, an enjoyable book, that while long, is an easy, fairly quick read!

Rating: 4.5 stars

Content: Mostly clean, there is mention of young people consuming alcohol, as with most dystopian, there is definitely violence, and some mention of sex but no descriptive scenes.