Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Moon Stealers and The Queen of the Underworld

Tonight my review is on The Moon Stealers & The Queen of the Underworld by Tim Flanagan. This is the Second book in the Moon Stealers series.
This book is just as amazing as the first. I have to say that I think Tim Flanagan is a J.K. Rowling in the making.
He can paint with words, and he can draw emotions from the reader's heart. He as the amazing ability to draw you into a mystical and magical world filled with amazing creatures and characters that will fascinate the reader.
His story lines are unique and truly refreshing. What I loved about this book was the action, both emotional and physical. The battle scenes are incredible!
I also found the moral messages really important:
Different races working together to battle a common enemy, and how nature surrounds us and is alive. I found myself wondering what the trees and plants around me were thinking! Then there was a quote that I loved:
"The size of a soldier does not reflect his determination and skill on the battlefield or dictate how great his heart is"-Lady Flora
This story flows freely, and picks up exactly where the first leaves off. Tim Flanagan writes with natural talent. The characters are interesting, vital, and full of life.
The plot line is thrilling to read, and the reader will be on the edge of their seats as they read this story. It's wonderful to read.
I think these books really need to be on every bookshelf. I love his writing style, and these books are great. Pick them up, and give them a read! 5 Stars!!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dreadful Sorry by Kathryn Reiss

Tonight I am pulling out another book that I adore for review. Dreadful Sorry by Kathryn Reiss is a twist and turn adventure that grabs at you from the beginning. The characters are fun and interesting, and they are full of life.
The plot is exciting and gripping. It can be completely addictive and you better make sure you have the time to just sit and read because you won't want to put it down.
5 Stars!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Alias by Mandi Tucker Slack

Alias by Mandi Tucker Slack is up for review tonight.
The characters are well developed, and realistic in their actions. I loved that I could picture them in my mind. Each and every character was well fleshed out, and they were interesting to read. Everyone was unique, and it was obvious that the author spent time to make them believable.
The plot line was both heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. It was descriptive enough so that I could picture everything in my mind. There weren't any dead spots, and the book was just the right length. It was believable, interesting, and suspenseful. I loved that it didn't leave any loose ends, and it was a great read.
5 Stars! Well deserved!!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Penitent by C. David Belt

Wow! I just finished reading The Penitent by C. David Belt. What can I say about this book? How about amazing!
The book is told from Moira's point of view, and it was thrilling to read.
This book takes you in so many emotional directions: spiritual, happy, sad, sighing at the romantic parts, scared, and the reader will be thrilled from the first page.
The characters are more fleshed out in this, the second volume. You'll find yourself falling in love with them all over again.
The author knows how to insert gospel truths into a vampire novel in a way that you never thought would be possible. It's not preachy, but touching and informative. The author inserts many Book of Mormon stories and uses them in a way to teach vampires and the reader gospel truths.
The plot continues from the first volume picking up with the same characters, and adding new exciting ones as well. I found myself riveted to this novel. The author wrote so much excitement into this volume that it will become addictive.
This volume is brilliant, thoughtful, inspiring, and Moira is as always, loveable!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

This is such a beautiful cover!
I am going to review what is probably my favorite book in the world. As I say this, please keep in mind that I relate to the main character on a level that I would have sworn, had I been alive at the time, that it was written about me.
Now, the book is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. I know what you're thinking, "How can she think to review a master author like L.M. Montgomery." Well, it is done with nothing but respect.
This book is about a woman, Valancy, that has been living under her mother's, aunt's, and the rest of her family's thumbs all of her life. She has always been passed over since she was a little girl because she wasn't pretty.
It isn't until a series of some funny and some sad events take place that she finds herself out from under their control, and that's when she finally has a life! She lives, loves, and couldn't be happier.
I can't say a negative thing about this book. It touches the reader's heart and the characters are incredible. The plot is beautiful, and it moves at a great pace. You'll find yourself happy, sad, and frustrated as Valancy goes through the paces of really living for the first time. Beautiful! 5 Stars!

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Year I Turned Sixteen

I am going to review one of my favorite books tonight. The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm is now and forever a favorite of mine. It's a collection of her four books about four sisters that takes place in the year they each turned sixteen.
I adore the characters. The author does an incredible job of taking the reader on an emotional journey through four different and unique characters. The reader also finds themselves remembering the year they turned sixteen. I guess that good be either good or bad! :)
The characters face everything from dealing with being the oldest sister and helping the family, death, dealing with bad influences, and trying to find out who they are on their own.
I really don't think this book will disappoint. 5 stars

Sunday, January 20, 2013

One Moment by Kristina McBride is the book of choice for review tonight. This book is written with such an amazing mixture of emotions for the reader to delve into.
Maggie is a complex character that was written with passion and enthusiasm. Each character is unique and you grow to love each one.
The plot is very interesting to follow, and it is fleshed out extremely well. Maggie is on a cliff top with her boyfriend, and they are going to jump together. Maggie stops running, and she can't remember what happened that led to her to not jump, and that left her boyfriend, Joey, dead in the water below.
This book does, indeed, lead the reader down an emotional roller coaster. There also proves to be an interesting mystery that needs to be solved.
I give this book 4 Stars.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Duff

This evening I will be reviewing The Duff (The Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger.
This book on.
The characters were written very well, so I have to give the author kudos for that. They were each unique, complicated, and well written.
The plot line was, in my opinion, an easy way out. It is basically about a guy, Wesley, that insults the main character, Bianca, by calling her the Duff of her group of friends.
This somehow leads to her sleeping with him multiple times as an escape to what is going on in her life at home.
Everything is tied up peaches and cream in the end when they get together. That just doesn't work for me. Reality is suspended way too far there. People just don't work that way, and if they do, they should be in a therapist's office ASAP.
I have to give this book 1 Star. It just isn't worth the time you would waste reading it.

Blood On My Hands

The book I am reviewing tonight is Blood On My Hands by Todd Strasser.
This book is gripping from beginning to end. I love each character, especially Callie Carson. What she has to go through is unbelievable-in a great way.
This book is addictive, and you will love every minute of it. The plot line is exciting, and it moves along at a great pace. Strasser puts in exciting twists and turns that leave you shocked.
For a reader that loves a good mystery, this is the right book for you!
5 Stars!

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Unwilling

WHOOT! I am reviewing one of the most unique books I have had the privilege to read. I was sent some books from authors to review when I first started this page, and this was one of them.
The book is The Unwilling by C. David Belt. I found myself not wanting to put it down. It became that addictive!
The characters were so full and well developed. I fell in love with Moira, and I wished she was a real person that I could be friends with. It's written from a male point of view which will make it a great read for anyone.
I initially had my doubts when I realized that it was a vampire book written from a Latter-day Saint point of view, but it worked! It was so interesting that even non LDS people will find this book appealing. There are so many exciting plot points to this story. You find yourself deeply involved in this incredible world that the author has created, and are surprised when you look at the clock and see how long you have been reading!
This book leaves the reader satisfied. It should be on every shelf. I just wish that Moira was real!
5 stars, Mr. Belt! Well deserved!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Why We Broke Up

I will be reviewing a very interesting book tonight: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and illustrated by Maira Kalman.
I have to admit that when I picked up this book, I was giddy about the illustrations. They add so much to it. Other authors couldn't get away with doing this, but it worked perfectly here.
The whole story centers around the contents of a box, and each item told a story as to why the main characters broke up. The story was heartbreaking, but wonderfully told.
The plot was well told, and the characters were extremely believable. The reader can put themselves in Min's shoes, feel what she feels. It's amazing.
I also loved the fact that it was told in a teen's voice and point of view. That makes the story even more believable. The ending is perfect, and it will leave you sighing with contentment.
Another 5 Star Review

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Moon Stealers by Tim Flanagan

Wow! That's all I can say right now. Just Wow! Okay..Review Time!
The Book I am reviewing is The Moon Stealers & The Quest For The Silver Bough written by Tim Flanagan.
I was drawn into this book literally from the very first paragraph!
The characters in this book are some of the most well written and interesting characters I have ever read. I loved how he was able to bring what could have been thin personalities, and breathe life into them. The author made them more than just average characters in most books, but turned them into living, breathing people that the reader can picture in his/her own mind.
The plot line is so unique, and interesting. It's a science fiction adventure that is aimed at teens and young adults, but I assure you that this book would entertain anyone from 12-112! Mr. Flanagan weaves the plot as someone would weave a beautiful intricate tapestry.
As I was reading this book, I found myself in complete suspense, talking to it as my husband looked on, thinking it was funny.
There are absolutely no dead spots in this story. I found myself absorbed in the details, the characters, and the plot line. This was a great read. Tim Flanagan has a natural gift. As you read this book it seems as if the story flows freely from his mind to the reader's.
I give this book 5 stars!!!
The second in the series is available now, and the third will be out around March!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Certified Book Junkie!

I am a certified book junkie. I love everything about books: the feel of the cover, the heft of the book in my hands, the type on the page, and there is nothing like the smell of a new book.

This blog will be about books that I have read. The good, the bad, and the ugly will be revealed. I will be posting reviews, and I would love to hear feedback about them.

I have been in love with reading since I was very young, and my favorite book was The Three Little Kittens. I am all grown up now, and love many kinds of books. I hope you'll enjoy the taking this journey with me!