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Smitten: A Review

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Smitten By Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, & Diann Hunt
Four friends devise a plan to turn Smitten, Vermont, into the country's premier romantic getaway-and each finds her own true love along the way.

With Smitten Lumber closing, residents wonder if their town can stay afloat. Then four friends and local business owners-Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese--decide the town is worth saving. How will they do it? They'll turn Smitten into a honeymoon destination!

As Natalie, Julia, Shelby, and Reese work to save the town, each discovers romance in her own life. Meanwhile, the faith of a little child reminds the whole town what it means to have real faith in the God who is the always and forever Love.

When I found out about this book I was super excited. I always loved Colleen Cobles work. I had never really heard of the other Authors, but to hear they are all friends I thought that was a perfect way to write a book. The book is divided into 4 parts, each part going…

Finding Our Way Home: A Review.

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Finding our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich
The road home can be daunting—and sometimes it takes a very capable girl on a bicycle to help find the way.

When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she leaves her Boston-based dance company and retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota. But Sasha’s injuries restrict her movement and her recently deceased mother’s absence haunts her. Since she can’t recover alone, she is forced to hire a temporary live-in aide.

Enter theübercapable Evelyn Burt. As large-boned as Sasha is tiny, Evelyn is her employer’s opposite in every way. Small town to Sasha’s urban chic, outgoing warmth to Sasha’s aloof iciness, and idealistic where Sasha is hopeless, nineteen-year-old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shiny opportunity.

Evelyn soon discovers Sasha needs to heal more than bones. Slowly, as the wounds begin to mend and the tables tilt, the two women form an unlikely alliance and discov…

Book Deal-a-Rama. Final Part

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AMAZON.

Currently I am obsessed with Amazon. I usually get books used so that sometimes makes them under 3 or 4 dollars. And what gives people even bigger deals is Prime. Prime is the best thing Amazon has come up with, over all it saves tons of money. It’s $79.00 dollars a year, but I think that’s awesome. They offer a really great deal for prime for student’s it used to be free for a year but they changed it. Boo! It’s %50 off the original price which makes it $39.00 for the year. And AND!! You get 2-day shipping for free! I definitely love that.
So moving on, I recently got a $5.00 gift card and I set off to get at least a couple of books. That’s what I did; I got one from my wishlist and one that was not.
Bottom: Corbenic – Catherine Fisher $2.70 (yessssss! My first Catherine Fisher book I’ve read it before and loved it.)
Top: Touch – Francine Prose $1.99
Oh, and check out in the book section of Amazon, they have bargain books. I usually go to the under $5.00 books they have some awes…

Book Deal-a-Rama. Part 3

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The next store(s) I go to would have to be thrift stores I go to either Goodwill

M.R.M or in this case it would be Savers which isn’t in my state, but still good book deals.

So in this pile would be, starting from the bottom to the top.
Reiyalindis – Cory Poulson $3.00 at Savers
I Am Numer Four – Pittacus Lore $3.00 at Savers (I already had a copy of this but mine was one of those really crappy editions, but this one was brand-stinkin-new. Not that it stinks or anything.)
And the last is Guilty pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton, and I got this for a $1.00 at Goodwill. Goodwill does deals every week like a certain color price tag is half off.
And this week at MRM got me nothing, but they are really good at pricing at books. Check back tomorrow for the final part. ~Kellie

Book Deal-a-Rama. Part 2

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Moving on to the next place where I shop for books would have to be a place calledHastings.

I do a lot of trading here, not just books but movies and CDs and such. They have tons of used items, but they do have really good pricings for books, used and new.

Another cool thing I recently found out they have tons and tons of used books on there website. Also add to the beauty of that it’s free shipping. Score!I just tried it out, so we will see how fast that shipping really is.
I went there last week and picked up these beauties.
Top: Sisters Red – Jackson Pearce $3.50

Bottom: Zombies Vs. Unicorns – Edited by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier $6.99
They always have something new so I always check them out.

Book Deal-a-Rama. Part 1

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Hmm…well if any of you have read my tagline saying “a few reviews” but that’s what I’ve only been doing. So Sad. So I guess today I’ll add where I get my books, I get my books super cheap. But for this first part…this weekend I went to my public library book sale. When I learned about this a couple months ago I was so excited, I was jumping in my seat. The beginning of last month they putup the prices for the books and others they would be selling.

The Paperbacks & Hardcovers would be a $1.00
Mass Market Paperbacks would be .50
And children’s books would be .25 each

I was ready to get bags and bags of books but sadly I only came out with 5 books. But I only spent $2.75, which was nice.

I did get 4 books that were on my wishlist and one was way too good to pass up it was a UK edition and I wasn’t going to pass it up. So here’s the picture of the books.

Starting from left to right I got. Shinju – Laura Joh Rowland $1.00

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (this was the UK edition,…

Shadows On The Sand: A Review

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Shadows On The Sand by Gayle Roper
She serves him breakfast at her café every morning … but he never seems to notice her.

Carrie Carter’s small café in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals … although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes. He’s recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children—and from the year he tried to drink his reality away. While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her, to Carrie’s chagrin.

When Carrie’s dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries … and into her life. But when Carrie’s own painful past becomes all to present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.

Will the fragile relationship she’s built with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?
I loved this murder mystery. Everything in this book was perfect. I don’t know if you could call a murd…

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: A Review.

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Where has Oprah Taken Us? By Stephen Mansfield
An evocative exploration of Oprah Winfrey's religious beliefs, from her rejection of her Baptist upbringing to her controversial rise as "an icon of church-free spirituality."

Born into poverty in Mississippi in 1954 and rising through talent, hard work and despite tragedy-she was raped at the age of nine and lost an infant son at 14-Oprah Winfrey has become one of the wealthiest, most powerful, and most popular women of her age. These facts alone would make Winfrey worthy of study, yet what makes her of even more profound impact on American society is her decision to champion the cause of "New Age Christianity." She is, asChristianity Todayhas proclaimed, "a postmodern priestess-an icon of church-free spirituality." Rejecting her Baptist roots, Winfrey has become a champion of theCourse in Miracles, a seminar in which Christianity is reinterpreted in terms of self-actualization, personal divinity, and self…

Waking Hours: A Review

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A local high-school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death confounds the town and intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris, who is determined to unravel the mystery. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girl-yet none remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afoot-something tied to an ancient evil? Across town, former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson finds his state-of-the-art security system has been breached by an elderly woman. Mumbling threats in Latin, she attacks him with an uncanny, preternatural strength. Someone close to him is implicated in the girl's murder at the park. He agrees to help-and finds himself working with Dani, the only girl who could resist his charms years ago when they were in high school. A heavy darkness is spreading. Yet a heavenly force is also at work. It will take astute ana…

J.R.R. Tolkien: A review

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J.R.R. Tolkien by Mark Horne

J.R.R. Tolkien famously penned The Hobbit and the 3-volume novel The Lord of the Rings. Known as “the father of modern fantasy literature,” his writings have inspired many other works of fantasy and have had a lasting effect on the entire genre. In this Christian Encounters biography, learn how Tolkien’s faith was an intrinsic element of his creative imagination, one that played out in the pages of his writings and his life.
I’ve always wanted to know how J.R.R. Tolkien work was started, and created. I must admit this book was a little dry in some parts. This book starts when Tolkien is just a little child up until his death. This book was shoved full with facts of where he went to school, his home like and his ideas for up coming books. It described his love for nature, languages and friends. I was really interested in Tolkien relationship with C.S. Lewis. They were friends for ten years before they had a falling out. All of his life wasn’t so grand; but th…

Dragons of Chiril: A review

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The dragons of chiril by Donita K Paul Before DragonSpell, on a different continent and a different time, a young emerlindian’s desperate decision threatens to disrupt the foundation of the world.

Tipper has been caring for her family’s estate for years now, ever since her father disappeared, making a living by selling off his famous artwork. Then she learns that three statues she sold were carved from an ancient foundation stone, and the fabric of her reality is crumbling.

She must free her father and save the world. But she can’t do it alone.

Her ragtag band of adventurers includes Beccaroon, a giant parrot; Bealomondore, an aristocratic young artist; a handsome dragonkeeper prince; the Wizard Fenworth; and the tumanhofer librarian Librettowit. Together they travel through valleys and kingdoms and consort with purveyors of good and agents of evil to find and reunite the missing statues. Will they learn to rely on Wulder’s grace and guidance along the way?

Firstly when I received this…

A Reluctant Queen: A review

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A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story Of Esther by Joan Wolf

The biblical story of Esther shines in a new light as "A Reluctant" Queen."

This story begins with Esther sharing the background of her upbringing as a young female Jew, who has lost both her parents and being raised by her uncle, Mordecai. She loves her uncle very much, so when he says that he has had a dream from God and that she must obey it by competing for the Great King's favor, she feels that it is her duty to obey and trust in him.

Becoming his wife, Esther feels the love for him growing, even as she denies her past and upbringing for fear of the pain of possible loss and rejection. Can their love survive the truth of her past? Will she be able to protect her people from a vicious outcome if she reveals her true self? From the very beginning I fell in love with this story. I have never read the story of Esther before, mind you. It was a very exciting novel, very beautiful love story. I can say that I l…

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: A review

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In a sleepy, snow-covered city, Cora Crowder is busy preparing for the holiday season. Searching for a perfect gift, a fortuitous trip to Warner, Werner, and Wizbotterdad’s (a most unusual bookshop) leads to an unexpected encounter with co-worker Simon Derrick. And the surprise discovery of a ticket for a truly one-of-a-kind Christmas Ball.

Every year, the matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host an enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the romantic matches they’ve decided to bring together.

This year, will Simon and Cora discover a perfect chemistry in their opposite personalities and shared faith? Or will the matchmakers’ best laid plans end up ruining everything this holiday?

This book was a cute little novella, reading about this Christmas story, just makes me want it to be December, even when it’s the spring. The main characters were Simon and Cora, which I could relate to none of them. They both have family problems, or different ones. They are the two kin…

Nick of Time: Review

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Nick of Time by Tim Downs
Tying the knot may be the toughest thing Nick Polchak has ever tried to do.

Nick Polchak is comfortable with bugs. Their world is orderly. He knows where he stands and exactly how to interpret the signs they give him. But a fiancée and an upcoming wedding? Not so much.

That's why—a mere four days before the nuptials—Nick finds himself driving to Philadelphia for the monthly meeting of the Vidocq society. Being among a group of forensic professionals consulting on cold cases will surely allow him to feel useful and normal.

But while there he discovers that a close friend has been murdered . . . and in classic Nick style, begins to follow the trail of evidence rather than returning to his fiancée. Fearing that his one-track mind won't lead him home by Saturday, Alena and three of her dogs go to track him down.

When she finally finds him, nothing is as Alena expected . . . because the twists in this case will surprise even the most dedicated Bug Man fans.

What…

The Lightkeeper's Ball: A Review

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In 1910, New York socialite Olivia Stewart resists an arranged, socially advantageous marriage, and the mysterious death of her sister Eleanor in Northern California is an unhappy but convenient excuse to go West to investigate. On the way, she is thrown off a Bay area ship and nearly drowned, so she has a number of reasons to hide her identity when she arrives in Mercy Falls, Calif. Her shipboard rescuer turns out to be her dead sister's fiancé Harrison Bennett, about whom she has suspicions. Harrison in turn has his reasons to distrust the Stewart family. In this atmosphere of deceit and suspicion, attraction between Olivia and Harrison grows.

The Lightkeeper’s Ball, was a beautiful story of a woman trying to find out what happened to her sister. This book seemed to me like suspense, murder mystery and a tiny bit of romance. The book entertained me from start to finish; there are tons of twists and turns. The book was full of beautiful detailed scenery, and she detailed it so per…

Breath Of Angel: Review

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Melaia, a young priestess, witnesses the gruesome murder of an emaciated stranger in the temple courtyard. Just after she discovers wings on the stranger, the murderer enters the temple, and what Melaia has known only through song and story suddenly takes on flesh. Angels and shape-shifters were myths and stories . . . until now. I loved this book, Breath of Angel was a book I couldn’t put down.I think all the characters had there own style and different. The main character Melaia was different nothing like the other characters, which was a plus. I think all the locations/places in the book were well described. And the story about angels and how they come to earth and back is something so different. That’s one of the points that got me hooked on the story.It was a grand adventure from start to finish.
Check out Karyn Henley website for info on this book and others.And you can check out the first chapter of Breath of Angel.

http://www.karynhenleyfiction.com/Karyn_Henley_Fiction/Welcome.h…

STOP!!!!......hammer time.

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On May 17th all my other readings will stop and move out of the way for this book.
NICK OF TIME BY TIM DOWNS......yesssss I'm so excited to read it. This is the 6th book in the bug man series, it's a really awesome series. I've loved them from day one. But the ending of the 5th book Ends Of The Earth was horrible but I guess I have adjusted to it. I really hope this is the end of the series, but who knows? Not I. But I thought I tell you that.





~Kellie

Divine Appointments A review

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Divine appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich Josie Brooks is not interested in disruption. Everything in her life is organized, minimal, and efficient. A successful business consultant in Chicago with a type-A personality, she ruthlessly identifies and slashes any source of economic wastefulness with complete disregard for the employees themselves. Soon, everyone at Diamond Mutual calls her "The Dragon" as she orders the termination of decent, hardworking people for the sake of profit. Josie's rigid life, however, mysteriously begins to unravel when a strangely alluring snow globe appears at her apartment. Soon afterward, Josie is forced to confront her own flaws and fears, beginning an emotional journey toward love, friendship, mourning, and new beginnings. Divine Appointments was so hard for me to get through, there was nothing truly exciting or interesting about it. It took about a hundred pages to get something that was unexpected. There was something I did enjoy the m…

February Book Haul Part 1

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Okay I have gotten tons of book this week, I got two books for review which one I have already posted that so forget that. So I have 20+ books to talk about. I have some pictures but I wont put the summarys, all of these are listed on Amazon or any other place. So first up is some book by Annette Curtis Klause. <--------Blood And Chocolate By Annette Curtis Klause The Silver Kiss By Annette Curtis Klause ----> Angel By Cliff Mcnish          
Paper Towns By John Green I am so excited to finally get a John Green book, I think he is so awesome I follow him on youtube where he and his brother do videos on youtube                                                                           Shiver By  Maggie Stiefvater The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman
Skulduggery Pleasant By Derek Landy The Passage By Justin Cronin


Curiosities of the Civil War Review

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I received this book from booksneeze (booksneeze.com) Webb Garrison’s “Curiosities of the Civil War” is a compendium of unusual facts and events and important figures during the Civil War. Most are obscure and likely not to be found in a typical history textbook.One would find the stories of the ever so tall President Lincoln questing to find other men his height or near to it. Or the stories of the soldiers who managed to continue on in battle despite illness or loss of limbs. Also, the tales of the priests who would accompany troops to the battlefield to administer last rites to the dying on the battlefield. This book was indeed an interesting read, as many of the facts and stories mentioned here are far from common knowledge; thus allowing the reader to catch a small glimpse of Abraham Lincoln’s personality or the crippling illness some soldiers were stricken with, but were still so intent on fighting this war. Or less depressing, the necessity of the Union army to stock coffee beans…

50 Book Challenge

Okay I wrote before that I entered in the 50 book challenge. Ya. I entered into it on goodreads, it's a lot easier or, I hope so. So I thought I would tell you what books that I am going to read. Oh and I could even enter into the off the shelf challenge. Amazing huh? but I won't. Too much to take care of. So now I'll list all the books I plan on reading, and the books I have read so far. Oh and it's a total of 53 books. I have 2 bind-ups in my collection but I wont add them...I kind of lost interest in bind-ups.


Books I've read:
My Life As Emperor By Su TongBetwixt By Tara Bray SmithImpossible By Nancy WerlinThe Gaslight Dogs By Karin LowacheeLong Journey Home By Amber EsplinBooks I have to read:
The First Wives Club By Olivia GoldsmithRemember Me By Mary Higgins ClarkEver After By Elswyth ThaneMy Ridiculous Romantic Obsessions By Becca WihiteThe Luxe By Anna GodbersonA Great And Terrible Beauty By Libba BrayThe Virgin Blue By Tracy ChevalierVision In White By Nora …

January 2011 Book Haul

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Okay I figured since I am just sitting here on my butt watching Vampire diaries (awwesome). I'd tell you what I got this month I got 11 total and one for review. All of them I am super excited about. And all of them were on my list of book to buy so yippie for me right? Right!
Okay so the first one is The Promises She Keeps By Erin Healy                 There is a picture and a review in the post under this. Read it.
Left Behind by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins
Vehicles, suddenly unmanned, careen out of control. People are terror-stricken as loved ones vanish before their eyes.      Some blame space aliens. Others claim a freak of nature. Still others say it was a high tech military attack by a world conqueror.             But airline captain Rayford Steele's wife had warned him of this very event. If Irene Steele was right, both she and their young son have disappeared. What about their older daughter? Like Rayford, Chloe had been skeptical.              In the midst of global c…