Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Finding Jesus: A Review

On each page of Finding Jesus, the Son of God is hidden in a crowded scene--from a rock concert to a wedding to a grocery store. The objective for the reader is to "find Jesus" in the detailed illustrations--and it's not always easy, what with Jesus's propensity for walking on water and turning the other cheek!



If you ever liked Where’s Waldo this is for you. Finding Jesus is exactly that, find him in a crowd. There are sixteen scenes to find him in. I’ve always liked this types of books they are fun to see what else is in the crowd. Like one scene is a movie theater filled pop culture references and then there is Jesus. It was really fun. And a book that is categorized as religious humor, don’t worry. It is tastefully done and nothing offensive inside.






I received this from the blogging for books program for my honest review. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Princess Spy: A Review

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and she hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story.
Unable to pass his message on to her father, the duke, Margaretha convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. But when Colin asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment for retrieving a lost heirloom, Margaretha discovers that she might be very wrong about both Colin and her potential betrothed.
Warning: This is a 5th book in a companion series, so if you don’t want to know what happens to the other characters, warning.

This story is about Margaretha, and Colin a stranger trying to find a man who killed his sisters friend and his friend. I really did enjoy The Princess Spy, it’s funny, it has action, it has the hot guy and the damsel in distress who isn’t really in distress. Margaretha is really strong, she was the funny one.

But, I do have to say The Princess Spy was a little basic, like I stated before it has the action, hot guy and the damsel, and your generic bad guy. And I did have a problem the title is The Princess Spy and to avoid spoilers Margaretha spies a disappointing amount. I feel the book could have been turned into two books or one really short one, it didn’t really seem to stick to one thing.

I did really like Margaretha and Colin together, it was cute them being friends and falling in love. Maybe just maybe, I will look into the other books in this series.




I was given this book for my honest review from BookLook Bloggers. (booklookbloggers.com)

~Kellie

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Daughter Of Highland Hall: A Review

Eighteen-year-old Katherine Ramsey travels to London with her family to make her debut into society and hopefully find her future husband. Her overbearing aunt insists she must secure a proposal from a wealthy young man who is in line to inherit his father’s title and estate. 

But Katherine questions her aunt’s plans when she gets to know Jonathan Foster, a handsome medical student and strong Christian who is determined to protect the poor and vulnerable in London’s East End. When a family scandal puts a damper on Katherine’s hopes for the season, she has time to volunteer with Jonathan, caring for children in one of London’s poorest areas, and romance blossoms. 

Katherine’s faith grows and she begins to envision a different future with Jonathan. But when Katherine’s work in the East End puts her in danger, Jonathan distances himself from Katherine to protect her. A wealthy suitor reappears, and Katherine must choose which path to follow.

Warning: This is a second book in a series so spoiler alert!

Do you need something to read, something to take your mind off waiting for the final season of Downton Abbey? Then let the Edwardian Bride series be that thing you need. I really think Turansky has done it again, creating a world and characters you’ll fall in love with.

This second book is all about Katherine, in the first book The Governess Of Highland Hall she is introduced. She mean and doesn’t really care about anything but being in the highest light. In the second she done a total 180 she is kind and thoughtful, and I really liked that, but at the same I didn’t. Her past deeds are hardly ever mentioned in this book. It’s like it never happened.

The story continues as Julia’s brother enters into the picture. From this it’s kind of predictable, the man falls in love, the girl kind of has feeling then falls in love. But they never say a word to each other. This is the most predictable sort of romance story line.

Aside from that how Turansky tells the story has stayed the same. Every couple of pages it shifts characters like it will be Katherine, to Jon, then Julia and William. I like that she continued the flow of the first, but the main character was different. I’m excited to see where these characters go and see what happens as the series continues.

If you’re interested in this book or Carrie Turanskys other work you can visit her website. http://carrieturansky.com/ And read a preview of this book or anything else she’s written.



I received this book for my honest review from the blogging for books program. (bloggingforbooks.org)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hit: A Review

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her … that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—one that will declare her feelings once and for all.
Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.
But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.

The cover is what pulled me in, it’s such a beautiful cover. This book is about a 18 year old high school student and a grad student relationship. A horrible accident makes them question their relationship. What the synopsis doesn't mention is that this book takes place within 3 days.

I felt that it didn't really work, it is a really short book, and short chapters, it could have been more of a novella then a novel. I've read books before that took place in a short period of time. I haven’t found one that I've really liked.  I didn't really like the characters, Sarah, Haddings or any other character that was introduced. 

Poetry was a big part in this book, but I felt it was placed weirdly and kind of creepy sometimes. The relationship between Sarah and Haddings didn't feel like they had something between then, more like they were obsessed with each other.(And not in a good way) I tried to find things that I liked in this book but it was hard to look beyond the things I already disliked.


The book isn't vulgar or anything like that, but I believe it could really have been better.

I received this book for my honest review from BookLook Bloggers. (booklookbloggers.com)

~Kellie

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Candy Aisle Crafts: A Review

The ultimate materials for fun, whimsical crafting are right in your grocery store!
 
From party decorations to children’s toys, from wearable art to cute gifts, you need look no further than your supermarket shelves for the materials to make these unique (and kid-friendly) food crafts. For special celebrations, rainy-day activities, and much more, treat yourself to the sweetest projects.
 
Colorful candy canes are fashioned into heart-shaped necklaces, melted peppermints are molded into a festive bowl, cookies and ice cream cones are transformed into a fanciful castle, marshmallows are snipped into a polar bear, and gumdrops become everything from adorable frogs to bumblebees and ducks. Candy Aisle Crafts is packed with simple ideas for charming crafts that both  kids and parents will love.

This is such a cute cook craft book. This is also my first cook book, I thought it might be a risk to review something like this. I’m not a foodie or some type of wiz at arts and crafts either. But the title is Candy Aisle Craft so I figured hey someone like me who kind of sucks at this sort of stuff, maybe it could be easy.

There are cute pictures and examples to go along with them. The instructions are short and simple. The book is sorted into four categories. Hard candy, gummy candy, marshmallows and cookies and cereals.

The one down fall is that the book is half kid friendly and half not. A big part of this book is dealing with hard candies and heating them up. I don’t really think that is a kid friendly craft. And in the categories, like gummy candy and marshmallows are the same thing, animals. That’s all that’s being shown, I’m pretty sure there could have been a lot more of crafts, and not just one thing.   

Other then that this book is really cute, and kind of fun and simple.
So if you’re interested in this book or anything else Jodi Levine has done you can go to her website and read a preview of this or anything other up coming work.


Also I tried out some gum drop animals and this is how they came out.
  

                           (Bumble bees and a frog, with lily pads)


I was given this book for my honest review from the blogging for books program. (bloggingforbooks.org)

~Kellie

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Revolutionary: A Review

Number #3 in the Anomaly Trilogy

After months in New Hope and Athens, Thalli had almost forgotten what living in the State was like. Programmed to be without emotions or curiosity, she was always an anomaly there. Too emotional. Too curious. Citizens of the State should behave exactly the way the Scientists designed them to behave: working in their assigned fields, maintaining productivity.
Thalli’s entire genetically engineered generation has been eradicated by a scientocracy that believes human life is expendable. Now, a pawn in a mad game of manipulation, held hostage and tortured in the name of the State, Thalli can barely summon the strength to hope that the future of humanity could be any better.
She clings to her new faith in the Designer. But when Thalli discovers that even the surviving aboveground villages are in danger of State domination, her fragile faith begins to crumble.
As Thalli, Berk, and Alex make plans to overthrow the evil Dr. Loudin, a chilling secret explains why they have been left alive at all . . . a personal secret that will haunt Thalli forever. And as she struggles with this new truth, she also struggles with decisions of the heart.
Can the State’s expansion be stopped? Or will humanity—above and below the surface—be irreparably damaged?  Thalli is faced with a purpose both overwhelming and undeniable: to assume the role of a Revolutionary.

Warning! This is the last book in the trilogy so there will inevitably have spoilers!

This is the finale, it’s over. Thalli has returned to the State. For one last battle with Loudin. In the beginning you know Thalli has gotten stronger. And I fill she just builds on that in this book. She’s a strong character with characters who are actually strong beside her. There are a lot of those type of flaws with characters in young adult fiction. There has to some sort of really weak person. This series just seemed to destroy that cliché.

There is a cliché that could have gone without. The love triangle, Alex or Berk who will she choose. It wasn’t talked about the whole book, but still it got under my skin. Just pick already, is what I thought when it went to that sort of place. It wasn’t my favorite parts to read.

My feelings went right back to where they were from the first book in the series. They are back in the State. The first book was set all in the State. Most of the time nothing happens, nothing big. Some people died, I’ll spare you who. No big moves were made after something like that happens. Sure there are little bits of what happens outside the state. Like in Athens and in New Hope, but were just little parts in the book. It was kind of boring.

As an ending you want to be built up, so the ending can be just mind blowing. I feel I didn’t get this from the last book. I do love Thalli and will miss her and the other characters like Rhen and Dallas, but I am glad that this series is over.



I was given this book for my honest review from BookLook bloggers program. (booklookbloggers.com)

~Kellie

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Haul Sunday - August 31

Book Haul time!


Okay so this will be a quick one. I got these at my local thrift store and one from a library book sale. 
(Left to Right)

Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
This was $1.00. I was looking through the kids books (my sister just had a baby, I'm an auntie!) and this was in it. I thought it looked cool but bam! the first page I see had a womans boob just staring at me. (Not for kids)

Next is...

The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
This was a $1.50. I've read books by both of these authors and really enjoyed them. This book is an ARC but I have no problem buying it. If it is beyond amazing I'll go out and buy the hardcover. 

Next..

Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin 
It was a $1.50 as well. I watched the movie and really enjoyed it. So once I heard it was a book I put it on my wishlist and I go to the thrift store and fine it. Awesome. 

Annd Next is....

Do you see it, do you!?!?!?!?!

Battle Royal by Koushun Takami
Like all the other paperbacks this was $1.50. $1.50. $1.50!!!!! I never would of expected a book like this to show up at a thrift store. It's brand new. I've always wanted to read this. I was going to pay full price for it. When I saw it there I quickly grabbed it and hid it between the other books. No one was stopping me from getting this book. (It makes me stop and think who would donate these books. I guess more for me)

Last one.. 

Zelda by Nancy Milford
This was $0.50 at the library book sale. I've always wanted to read about Zelda Fitzgerald. And the name Zelda is so cool. 

Well that is it for me this week. What did you get?

~Kellie

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book Haul Sunday - August 24th

Book Haul Time!
This is an exciting one. So First one. (Right to Left)

You should already know what it is. Look at it's greatness, it's beauty. It's the new Harry Potter box set. Ever since they said they were designing new covers I was excited to see it. When it showed what it looked like in box set form I had to get it. 

It's my first brand new box set $58.42 from amazon. (Be warned all of the books front and back have those buttery(?)covers.They could get dirty pretty easily.)

Next is...

The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This was a bargain book from Walmart for $7.95, it's not the complete works but most of the complete novels. I've been wanting to read all the Holmes books for a long time.

Next..

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
This is another book from Walmart for $8.50. It was the last one on the shelf I quickly grabbed it. I am so excited to read this book, but what makes me so much more excited is in the back there is a sampler of The Darkest Part Of The Forest!! This book makes me so happy, her Modern Faerie Tale series is probably my favorite books of all time. Even though it isn't stated it's a part of that series. (If you can't tell I'm excited)

Last one...

Revolutionary by Krista McGee
This is my review book for this week. It's an end of a series, can't wait to see how it ends. 

Oh last thing..
It isn't books. It is book related a Big Lots opened up in my town last week. They don't have any books BOOOOO! They do have bookmarks Funko Pop! bookmarks
Look how cute they are. They had all the princesses but I choose Belle and Ironman was right behind her. He is so cute. So I had to get them, they were $2.50 each. But I am so afraid to use them. Like their heads might snap off if I try to use them.

Well that is it for me this week (no it's not but I'll save that for next Sunday) What did you get?

~Kellie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dear Like, We Need To Talk, Darth: A Review


We all know how Darth Vader shared his big secret with Luke Skywalker, but what if he had delivered the news in a handwritten note instead? And what if someone found that letter, as well as all of the drafts that landed in the Dark Lord’s trash can? In the riotously funny collection Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth, John Moe finally reveals these lost notes alongside all the imagined letters, e-mails, text messages, and other correspondences your favorite pop culture icons never meant for you to see.
 
From The Walking Dead to The Wizard of Oz, from Billy Joel to Breaking Bad, no reference escapes Moe’s imaginative wit and keen sense of nostalgia. Read Captain James T. Kirk’s lost log entries and Yelp reviews of The Bates Motel and Cheers. Peruse top secret British intelligence files revealing the fates of Agents 001–006, or Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards. Learn all of Jay-Z’s 99 problems, as well as the complete rules of Fight Club, and then discover an all-points bulletin concerning Bon Jovi, wanted dead or alive—and much more.
 
Like a like a bonus track to a favorite CD or a deleted scene from a cult movie, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk Darth offer a fresh twist on the pop culture classics we thought we knew by heart. You already know part of their story. Now find out the rest.

A book that told about characters and other things back story? Count me in. I loved the thought of this book. Some of the stories I thought were hilarious, right off the bat started with the shark of Jaws keeping a journal. It shows what he was up to before the first Jaws movie. It was hilarious. I must say most of this book was in this very sarcastic violent sort of humor and it got pretty old.

The style of this book was really cool. Letters, Welp (Yelp) hotel and restaurant reviews. It was exciting to see which character would come next, and what style it was in. I think for me that, that was the very high point for me. So for the most part I really enjoyed but it could get a little dry and felt the same just with a different character name slapped on it. Other then that it was definitely funny and creative.

If you Interest in reading Dear Like, We Need To Talk, Darth or anything written by John Moe you can visit his site at http://www.witsradio.org/ And read a preview for the book. 




I received this book from Blogging For Books for free for my review. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Book Haul Sunday - July 27th

Book haul time! I got some from the dollar tree and some from the thrift store.


We will start from left to right.

Selena: Coma La Flor by Joe Nick Patoski
I found this at my local thrift store for $2.00
I've always wanted a book about Selena, love her music, and the movie with Jennifer Lopez.

Next is..

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim
I was very surprised to find this at the Dollar Tree, but I've found tons of First Second graphic novels there.
It's hardcover, has this really cool plastic dust jacket which has the fishes on it.
Also, I saw BookRatMisty haul it on youtube.

Next..

It's book 7 and 12 of the Gossip Girls series.
Nobody Does It Better & I Will Always Love You by Cecily Von Ziegesar (how do you even say that name) I found these two books at the Dollar Tree which I think is a weird series to find.
I really want to collect all the series before reading the first. (I put the stickers on the spine to know which order they go in. There are tons of series with tons of books and you never know which order they go in. I thought this would be easier.)

Next is...

Nights In Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
I found this at the thrift store for $1.00
I've read a handful of Nicholas Sparks books and even though I don't like to admit it. I love the books and the movies. So now I'm trying to find all of them in the normal (?) sized paperbacks. 

The last two are from Dollar tree

The Widow's Daughter by Nicholas Edlin
I went back to the dollar tree to get a book and of course they had new books. This was there it's a penguin book, it's a random book. I needed it.

Something Wickedly Weird by Chris Mould
This is the book I went back for. To me it's rare dollar tree has firsts in a series and one that has really cute illustrations inside.

So that's it for me. What did you get this week?

~Kellie

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Haul Sunday - July 20th

It's time for a book haul! I guess you could say it's a dollar tree book haul. This time I only found graphic novels which I so love.






















I bought these from the Dollar Tree so naturally all of these were one dollar.
I'll start off from right to left.

Number one

Tekkonkinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto
I actually didn't buy this it's a preview for the graphic novel. I bought Tekkonkinkreet the movie at the Dollar Tree and the preview was inside. So cool.

Next

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
It looks a little young for me but the publisher is Amulet books. And unfortunately their books show up at dollar tree, but I have not read a book by Amulet that I didn't fall in love with. (I also found Me and Earl And the Dying Girl at the dollar tree a few months ago.)

Last one...

The Odyssey retold by Fiona MacDonald
I think a lot of people agree with me when we runaway from a retold classic. I've found a handful of these graphic novel classics. I really enjoy them, each one is illustrated by a different person sometimes it looks cheap. Sometimes the illustrations are kind of cool. They are a quick cheap read.

So that's it for me. What did you get this week?

~Kellie

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Harlem Hellfighters: A Review

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks

In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy.  

Right now I can say I’m really in love with graphic Novels. To me it’s rare to find a graphic novel that has a non fiction sort of feel to it. Usually they are paranormal or contemporary. The Harlem Hellfighters is a historical fiction. The Harlem Hellfighters were real people. Max Brooks is taking his own fictional spin about what happened in WW I.

When I think about Max Brooks all I think is zombies, Mel Brooks, and just silliness. I think the dialogue felt like it came from that time.  The illustrations were perfection, it fitted goriness of how war would have felt. The characters were fun to follow along, and each felt like they were separated like they were their own person.

In this book most of it was these black soldiers trying to get into war. Wanting to fight, wanting to protect people unfortunately who didn’t care. A big part of this book was how heavy racism was in 1917 and so on. These regiments travel to different parts of Europe where racism is definitely not that heavy where they accept them fighting, wanting to be a part of WW I.


In the back of this book it talks about the real Harlem Hellfighters and how some of these men were never given the medals and rights they deserved even after their passing. It’s sad to hear and read all they sacrificed, only to gain little.   


If you're interested in reading this book or anything else Max Brooks has done you can check out his site where you can read a preview of this book. Or anything else he has done. 
http://maxbrooks.com/


~ Kellie


I received this book for free for my review from Blogging For Books. 



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Haul Sunday - July 13th

I really want to try this thing where I put up a book haul up every sunday. I wanted to try to do it every month but sometimes I get a lot of books and its hard to keep track of what I got. 

So let's begin.



Okay most of these I got at a thrift store but not the first one on the left.

Number one

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks 
I got this book from blogging for books so I could review it. Review will be up on Monday.

Okay now the books from the thrift store.

Next one

Dracula: The Un-dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt
I got this for $2.00. I sincerely doubt that Dacre Stoker is his real name and that he is anyway related to Bram Stoker. Although I'm a sucker for Dracula type spin offs and such. 

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Another $2.00 book. I got this mainly for the cover. Just look at it. It reminds me of Amelia Anne Dead And Gone. Unfortunately this is YA and it's a series, so of course they changed the covers. Now it looks like a typical YA book.
                                                              Okay it doesn't look that bad but booo!

Okay I got off track now next one!

Skinny by Ibi Kaslik
It was a $1.50. I've seen this book around a lot and I found it in the nonfiction in the thrift store. So it confused me but inside it does say it is Young Adult fiction so whoo! cheaper for me.

And last book is..

Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
It was $1.00. I have seen this book my entire life, the cover and it being on lists. I never picked it up, found it for cheap so I thought I'd get it.

So that's all from me this week. What did you get?

~Kellie
                                                               



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Currently Reading - July 10th

                         



Sometimes I find myself reading more then one book, I probably shouldn't. How can someone just read one book, I have so many on my to read shelf. All of them I wish I could just pick up and read. 

Starting from the left.

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks. (Illustrations by Cannan White)
This is a graphic novel about the 369th Infantry Regiment in WW I. It's brutal but so entertaining. I got this book for review from blogging for books. I'll have my review up sometime next week.


Next is

Beneath The Glitter by Elle & Blair Fowler
This book is just a fictionalized version of Elle and Blairs youtube careers and some how I wanted to read it.
Also it's based in Los Angeles, and since it's summer I some how think they go together. 

Last book 

Frannie In Pieces by Delia Ephron
I picked this up at a couple years ago from a library book sale. The reason why I'm reading that is because I've had it for a while and it's based in the summer season.

(Aaannd Delia Ephron is the sister of Nora Ephron. Delia wrote You've Got Mail and Nora directed it. You've Got Mail is one of my all time favorite movies.)

So that's what I'm reading. What are you reading?

~Kellie    

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mother, Mother: A Review

Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas


Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. She has everything she wants; all she has to do is keep it that way. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison. 

Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in the psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother Will shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Recently diagnosed with Aspergers and epilepsy, he’s separated from the other kids around town and is homeschooled to ensure his safety. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of the bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed.


Mother, Mother is a frightening read. It was a disgusting and traumatic book. The book for me starts fast, it got me sucked in as Young Violet is being put into a psych ward. She is just coming down from a high. Her family has blamed her for a violent act toward her brother.

Everything about that night points to her mother. To me it’s just crazy what this mother does. The book gave me the chills. I loved the characters both very different, one is Violet, trying to figure out why her mother does these things. The other is Will, slowly following in his mothers foot steps. Will is the example of a person following someone no matter what. I went in between really hoping the best for him and then just hating him.

One of the major points in the book is Violet trying to find out what happened to her older sister Rose. Has she left them for a boyfriend, kidnapped, dead? Until she gets letters, and text messages from her. The bad part in this book is sometimes it could get predictable but still creepy. I wish the ending would of given more clarity, or just continued I wanted to know more when it was over.   

If you are interested in reading Mother, Mother, you can visit Koren at her website and read a preview of Mother, Mother or check out any of her other work. http://korenzailckas.com





I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Martian: A Review

The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. 

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. 

Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. 

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

I feel if this book didn't have the words “A Novel” on the cover, it would feel like I was reading a memoir. The Martian is about a man abandoned on Mars. It isn't some science fiction novel, where it’s he’s on Mars now he has some mysteries aliens to deal with. Which would be something I’m used to. This book was pure science, I do like science I love to watch movies and read about it. But I’m not going to tell everyone I don’t know half of what they are talking about. Oops.  

So even though this book is jam packed with real life scenarios, about NASA equipment. I kind of got the idea of what Mark Watney was talking about. I love how the book was formatted. First it was Watney for quite sometime, the book was telling what he was doing day by day or Sol by Sol, as a day on Mars was. And then some chapters were switched to NASA and everyone there.

I can say Watney was a hilarious character he was strong willed, then there were sudden moments of just some down right funny bits. I like that he never gave up, I mean the entire book, he never wants to give up and I think that is pretty amazing. Even if I was cringing the whole time thinking to myself don’t die please don’t die. This book was awesome and it took me out of my element of my usual reads.

So if this something you’d like to read more about you can head over to Andy Weirs website where you can read a preview of The Martian or hear about anything else of Andy Weirs upcoming work.

http://www.andyweirauthor.com/








I received this book for free for my review from Blogging For Books. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid: A Review

The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley

From the servant halls of Cleopatra's Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia will serve two queens to see prophecy fulfilled.
Alexandria, Egypt 39 BC
Orphaned at birth, Lydia was raised as a servant in Cleopatra's palace, working hard to please while keeping everyone at arm's length. She's been rejected and left with a broken heart too many times in her short life.
But then her dying mentor entrusts her with secret writings of the prophet Daniel and charges her to deliver this vital information to those watching for the promised King of Israel. Lydia must leave the nearest thing she's had to family and flee to Jerusalem. Once in the Holy City, she attaches herself to the newly appointed king, Herod the Great, as handmaid to Queen Mariamme.
Trapped among the scheming women of Herod's political family-his sister, his wife, and their mothers-and forced to serve in the palace to protect her treasure, Lydia must deliver the scrolls before dark forces warring against the truth destroy all hope of the coming Messiah.



What another five star book. Stacy L. Higley does it again. Anything and everything she has written has been beautifully done. She goes back to ancient Egypt centering around a servant girl named Lydia. She is a servant of Cleopatra.

In this yet again all her characters are strong, I just love it. Sure they will have their moments of weakness, but I’ve never read a book that had so many strong characters . Where they are strong, they are helpful and not afraid.  Lydia has to be the strongest one. She has courage, and smart. She is given a task that is life or death she isn’t sure she can do but she never gives up.

I also enjoyed how Higley  added little bits of someone else’s view, some weren’t from a permanent character, but I really enjoyed it. The story was so interesting, and it kept me on the edge of my seat, there were twists and turns everywhere. I kept thinking to myself okay something is going to happen I just know it. It wasn’t predictable it was a beautiful story.

Tracy L. Higley is a wonderful story teller, and I’m so glad to have read her stories.



I was given this book for free for my review from  BookLook Bloggers (BookLookBloggers.com) for my review. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Stillness Of Chimes: A Review

A Stillness Of Chimes by Meg Moseley

When teacher Laura Gantt comes home to Prospect, Georgia to settle her recently-deceased mother’s household, the last thing she expects to encounter is a swirl of rumors about the father she lost to the lake twelve years ago—that he has reportedly been seen around town. Elliott Gantt’s body was never found and he was presumed dead. 
 
Reeling from the sharp loss of a parent, Laura must now grapple with painful memories surrounding her father’s disappearance and the sense of abandonment she experienced after his death. Life-long friend and former beau Sean Halloran wants nothing more than to protect Laura from the far-fetched stories of Elliott’s resurrection and to care for her, but he has his own reasons, troubling echoes from his childhood, to put Elliott’s disappearance to rest.
 
Working together, Laura and Sean begin to uncover the truth, one mired in the wooded peaks and deep waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Prospect. Can they fathom how many secrets the steep hills hold? With surprising facts revealed, will Laura be able to understand the sacrificial choices made that forever changed her life? And can love and a peace with God be rekindled in her heart after so much time has passed?


A Stillness Of Chimes does not disappoint. After reading Gone South I was beyond excited for this book.  This book is a mix between a thriller, murder mystery and romance. The book kept me wondering what would happen next all through the book.

Yet again Meg Moseley has made a book filled with loveable characters, like Sean and Granny Colfax. Got to love the crazy old ladies. The book mostly centers around Laura, she has come back for her mothers funeral. And while in town rumors spread about people seeing her long dead father. So Laura stays to find out. It’s a big part of the book. Is he dead is he not dead. Through the whole book I just wanted to know. Moseley kept me in suspense the entire book.

I must say this book kind of felt like it was a sequel like I’d missed something. But it is not a sequel, the book it will eventually lead to the answers I was thinking of.  The book was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. It gave me little fits of tearing up and trying not to just read and giggle. It was a very interesting and wonderful read.

So if you want to check out this book or anything else Meg Moseley has written you can go to her website and check out the first chapter of A Stillness Of Chimes.




I received this book for free from Blogging For Books for my review.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Merlin's Blade: A Review

Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard

When a meteorite crashes near a small village in fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow---a power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthur’s kingdom, as well as the new Christian faith. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy, half-blind swordsmith’s son named Merlin.
As his family, village, and even the young Arthur, are placed in danger, Merlin must face his fears and his blindness to take hold of the role God ordained for him. But when he is surrounded by adversaries, armed only by a sword he’s named Excalibur, how will he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this deadly evil ... without losing his life?


Merlin the old and wise. Merlin who helps King Arthur of the round table. I love that Merlin. I’m not to sure if I really loved this book. Starting out as Merlin is young and in his teenage years. It was really sort of slow. There were little bits here and there that I kept getting lost.

I know this is how Merlin is supposed to change into the way he was when older, but I kind of wished it would of started out that way. I didn’t really care for anyone else in the story.


The book was split into Merlin, the villain and the monks. I’m not saying it was a bad story. The beginning, the prologue started great and made me wonder.  But in the end I just couldn’t get into it. It is filled with fantasy and magic and wonder I’m pretty sure others will love. 

I was given this book for free for my review from BookSneeze(www.booksneeze.com)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Luminary: A Review

 Luminary by Krista McGee (Book #2 in Anomaly Series)
Warning may have spoilers.
Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly aboveground?
After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, aboveground for the first time. As the defectors cross the forgotten landscape, the three youths see things they had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope.
When these survivors reveal the truth of what happened years ago, Thalli is left unsettled and skeptical of everything she’s ever been told. Can she trust anything from the State, including her own feelings for Berk? When she volunteers for a peace mission to New Hope’s violent neighbor, Athens, her confusion mounts when the supposedly ruthless Prince Alex turns out to be kind and charming. Although everyone in New Hope warned her not to, she can’t help but fall for him.
Meanwhile, John’s unwavering faith in the goodness of the Designer begins to make its mark on Thalli’s heart. But can Thalli really come to trust in a generous, protective Designer who rules over all things? Would that not be setting herself up for another betrayal?
The time for her to decide is now . . . because the State is closing in.

What a great sequel I say. This book takes place immediately after the first book so there will be some spoilers, if the first book hasn’t been read. The first book for me, I believe I didn’t give a really big rating. It wasn’t my favorite, the story was everywhere.
But Luminary takes a giant turn, the characters after leaving a giant obstacle,  lands themselves right into another one. Entering into a world that is completely unknown to them. I think McGee did it perfectly, describing how the world would be, and how the people were effected by the doctors of the State. She made the villain in the story become even more cruel and menacing towards the group of adventurers.  And adds some new characters that aren’t so menacing, wink wink.
I love how strong Thalli becomes in this book. Sure she has her moments in the first book, always questioning always wanting to know more. Now in Luminary she just seems stronger, wanting to help, standing up for the lesser people. The story was whole new adventure for Thalli, never stopping in the twists and turns and it doesn’t stop until the very end. Which left me questioning and wanting more.   I just can not wait to read the third and final book.




I was given this book for free for my review from BookSneeze (www.BookSneeze.com)