Saturday, January 7, 2017


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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.


This was such a good book.  I have been scoring on the good reads lately.  I bought this audio book a long time ago, and I don't know why I waited so long.  This was so so good.

There are a lot of characters in this book, and I loved all of them.  Some I love, and some I loved to hate.  

When Kaz and his crew are hired to free a scientist who is making a drug that increases the abilities of the Gresha(sp?) they couldn't refuse.  Kaz's team didn't even know how bad it was for the Gresha, but they are soon going to find out.

Kaz has an idea in his head, and is hoping that it all turns out right.  He hopes that everyone makes it off the island.  Kaz is hoping that all his planning and tricks pay off.

This book is full of adventure, and excitement.  I couldn't stop listening.  Every time I turned off my car, I had to put my ear phones right in.  It was non stop action for me.  The crew that Kaz has put together is full of different back grounds.  Different races, and very different personalities.  Yet they all mesh.  It makes for an exciting story.

I had to pay close attention because of all the characters!  It made it an even more interesting story.  The world is awesome, the story is awesome and Bardugo might be one of my favorite authors.  Her writing is amazing.  I have loved everything I have read of hers.  I cannot wait to start the other book.  I wish I would have read it soon :).

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.



Leigh Bardugo
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and BoneSiege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising). 

She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she’s lives and writes in Hollywood where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Her new book, Six of Crows, arrives fall 2015.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and downright giddy if you liked Shadow & Bone on Facebook.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Welcome to my stop for this blog tour!

pic and description taken from Goodreads


One is his first love.
The other is his best love.
Which will be Walter’s true love?

Walter Scott has three passions: Scotland, poetry, and Mina Stuart. Though she is young and they are from different stations in society, Walter is certain their love is meant to be. For years, he has courted her through love letters. She is the sunshine of his soul.

Though Mina shares Walter’s love of literature and romantic temperament, it’s hard for her to know if she truly loves him or if she has only been dazzled by his flattery. When she meets the handsome and charming William Forbes, her heart is challenged. Who will she choose?

But as every poet knows, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” and on a windy morning in the lake country, Walter meets Charlotte.

At twenty-six, Charlotte Carpenter believes she will never find love. After all, she is a Catholic-born Frenchwoman living in London with a family history shadowed by scandal. Though quiet, practical, and determined to live a life of independence, her heart longs for someone to love her and a place to call home.

Passion and promises collide as Walter, Mina, and Charlotte must each decide the course for their futures. What are they each willing to risk to find love and be loved in return?


Let me start by saying I devoured this book in one day.  Devoured.  I could not put it down.  So. Good.

I cannot get enough of a good love story.  It always makes it fun when it's a true story.  That, I think is the reason I was unable to put it down.  It's not like I didn't know the ending, but it was fascinating to read about what Sir Walter Scott went through on his pursuit of marriage.

I don't know about any of you, but I will always remember my first "love".  I am not with that person, but that person helped me find the man I am with today who is my "true love".  Experiences bring us to where we want and who we want to be with in life.

This story is just like that.  Sir Walter Scott assumed he had met the love of his life and that no other would ever be able to replace her.  His expressions of love in poetry and devotion were such a wonderful thing to read.  

Unfortunately, in the end the love of his life didn't work out the way he had planned.  He suffered for a long time, and thought that love would never happen again for him.  He was still completely devoted to his first love.  

Then, a wonderful thing happens.  Sir Walter Scott meets a woman, and the real love story begins.  It's so beautiful.  It is one of those love stories that I am happy is in writing because it should live on forever.

I adored this world.  I adored Sir Walter Scott.  He was a man of integrity, and honor.  He was a true gentleman.  Kilpack brought this story to life with such joy, and passion that I could not put it down for one minute.  

What I loved about this book is that Scott and his wife had been married for some time, the love, and passion were still there.  Scott was truly devoted to his wife and family in every way.  He chose to love and care for them in a way that is more beautiful than words could express all the days of his life.  His wife in return was completely devoted to him.  His cheerleader, his confidant, his partner.  Beautiful. 

If you like historical romances, pick this one up.  You will not be disappointed.

Content:  Clean and wonderful

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour.  I was not compensated in any way for my review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.



Josi S. Kilpack
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.


for allowing me to be part of this tour

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


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I say, new year, new goals, but I don't even know if I can really say that.  I can say that his year I plan to be better at writing my reviews.  That is about as "real" as I can make my goals.  I probably will never be the blogger that posts every day, but I am going to try and do it more than what has happened in the past 6 month ;).

The end of 2016 was hard but wonderful. I had my daughter home from college for a couple of weeks, and that always makes for happy time around here. I ended up having emergency surgery on my back and it put me out of the game for a while.  I am just now starting to feel "normal" (which I don't know is even a word I can use for myself...hehe).  There is only up for me now :).  I am so looking forward to this new year.  

I know I haven't been posting on your blogs much but I have been reading them.  It's fun to see what every one I follow is up to.  I hope that this year brings you health, happiness, and adventures.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


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When Annette Downing and her mischievous little brothers are sent to Kellaway Manor for the summer, she hopes for a relaxing escape. But Annette finds her closeted heart in jeopardy when reunited with the handsome Owen Kellaway, a childhood acquaintance and respected gentlemen. When Owen is enlisted to help the boys with their behavior, Annette wonders if he has just as much mischief up his sleeve as her brothers. Bound by a promise she made to her late parents, and amid a frightening mystery, Annette faces a difficult decision when she finds herself falling for Owen's charm… 


This was such a fun book to read.  I picked it up one night and was not able to go to bed until I finished.  I loved it so much.

When Annette and her brothers were left with their aunt when their parents passed away, Annette had to take care of her brothers, and protect them from their Aunt.  

The boys always seem to be getting into to trouble, and Annette is always taking the blame to protect them.  One day it became too much for the Aunt and she sent Annette and her siblings away to the Kellaway Manor.  She told them they couldn't return until the boys were better behaved, and if they weren't they would be sent to an orphanage.

Kellaway Manor was like a dream come true for Annette.  The Kellaway's were dear friends of Annette's parents and welcomed Annette and the boys with open arms.  All of them were happy to be with the Kellaways, and then the story begins.

There is mischief, friends, family, and new romances happening.  This story was so beautiful.  The writing was so beautiful, I was engaged from the very first words.  The characters were so fun, and entertaining.  I love the world that Newbold built and once you start reading, you will not want to quit.

This story had all the feels for me.  It had humor, romance, friendships, a beautiful historical setting and love.  What can be better than that?  Pick this book up for yourself, you won't be disappointed.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.



Ashtyn Newbold
pic taken from Goodreads
bio taken from Cedar Fort Publishing

Ashtyn Newbold discovered a love of writing early in high school. Inspired by regency period romance, she wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen. Because she can’t vacation in her favorite historical time periods, she writes about them instead. When not crafting handsome historical heroes, she enjoys baking, sewing, music, and spoiling her dog. She dreams of traveling to England and Ireland. Ashtyn is currently studying English and creative writing at Utah Valley University. She lives in Lehi, Utah, with her family.

for the opportunity to read this book!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


pic and description taken from Goodreads


In a bombed-out Polish village during World War II a young resistance fighter finds that he is suddenly alone and trapped between two opposing armies. He is one of Poland's "Devil's Rebels" fighting desperately to save his homeland, but an injury has erased his memory and his only possession is a torn photograph of a couple he assumes are his parents. The woman appears to be holding the hand of a young child whose image has been ripped off. Could the child be him?

Caught in the crosshairs of the retreating German army and the advancing Russian forces, the village holds nothing but destruction and despair until a mysterious young woman offers a small glimmer of hope that may represent his last chance - news of a refuge train departing from a nearby town headed for American installations at the border. But complications arise when the resistance fighter is betrayed by his own countryman and hunted by German SS Officers who are determined to kill him before they retreat. Desperately searching for a home and family he can't remember he is persuaded to rescue two children who are doomed to die without his help.

As time runs out the former rebel is faced with an impossible choice. Standing at the crossroads of saving himself or risking his life for strangers, what would motivate a young man at the brink of salvation to make one more sacrifice?


World War II books are hard for me to read.  I cannot stomach the thought of the level of hatred during that time in history.  I don't understand hate just for the reason to hate.  It makes no sense.  Plus they usually make me cry like a little girl.

This one didn't have as much fighting as most World War II books so it was much easier to read.  Plus, it was really good.  It's a short, intense, and sweet all at the same time. :)

Lucas is a rebel soldier, now.  He was forced to fight for the Germans, and then forced to fight for the Russians.  He finally was able to join a band of rebels that fought against the Russians and the Germans.  They caused havoc on them for years.  Unfortunately, the rebels don't have many men left and know that the war might be coming to an end.  They are disbanding and trying to return to their homes.  

Lucas had been injured saving a fellow rebel, and on their way home they drop their fellow rebel off in a little town in Poland.  Lucas finds himself at a train station without any memory of how he got there or who he is.  

Slowly the memories come back, and he starts to search for his family.  During this time a German general was gunning for this particular rebel.  He had a spy in the Polish town Lucas was in and reports to his Commander where he is.

Lucas finds a church to hide in and regain some strength.  He meets a young lady there and she finds out that he is searching for his family.  When Lucas decides to move on Malina decides to make him take two little kids with him when he goes.  Lucas is very against it but ends up taking the children any way knowing it is their only hope at living.

What comes next is unexpected!  It's scary, sad, and wonderful all at the same time.  For such a short book it packs a punch at the heart strings.  

If you like World War II books, pick  this one up.  It doesn't end horrible with every one dead!  It wraps up in a nice bow, that is beautiful.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour.  I was not compensated in any way for my review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content:  Clean and Wonderful!





Chris Stewart
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Chris Stewart is a bestselling author and world-record-setting Air Force pilot whose previous military techno-thrillers have been selected by the Book of the Month Club and published in six different countries. He is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Great and Terrible, as well as A Christmas Bell for Anya, which was performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during their 2005 Christmas concert. He has also been a guest editorialist for the Detroit News, commenting on matters of military readiness and national security. He is president of The Shipley Group, a nationally recognized consulting and training company and founder of the Utah Renaissance and Leadership Center.


for the opportunity to read this book!

Saturday, October 29, 2016


pic and description taken from Goodreads


Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight! This special double-feature book includes the classic novel, Twilight, and a bold and surprising reimagining, Life and Death, by Stephenie Meyer.
Packaged as an oversize, jacketed hardcover “flip book,” this edition features nearly 400 pages of new content as well as exquisite new back cover art. Readers will relish experiencing the deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful love story of Bella and Edward through fresh eyes.
Let me start by saying that Twilight has and will always be one of my all time favorite book series.  My daughter and all my nieces (that enjoy reading) have read this book and loved it so much so I knew going into it, I would love it.    This did not happen.  I didn't love it, but it's okay.
This book messed with my head something fierce.  I kept wanting to change the characters back to their original gender.  I didn't love that Beau was constantly being "rescued" by Edyth (aka Edward).  It just seemed so funny to me.  Beau is the biggest pansy on the earth, but when it was a girl it was alright.  I know that's a total double standard, but it is what it is.
I loved that the book followed the story until the end.  The end made up for the rest of the book.  I really enjoyed the ending of this book.  I almost wish it was how Twilight ended.  ALMOST.  
I only wish I could say I loved the whole book.  I liked it because I LOVE Stephenie Meyer.  I love her writing.  I love her 'original' Twilight series!  AND I loved the ending.  
Maybe this book won't mess with other peoples heads like it did me.  I just couldn't handle Bella as a man.  It didn't work for me.
Source:  I borrowed this book from a family member.  I was not compensated in any way for my review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Content:  Clean!




(who is by far one of my all time favorites)

Stephenie Meyer
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

I was born in Connecticut in 1973, during a brief blip in my family's otherwise western U.S. existence. We were settled in Phoenix by the time I was four, and I think of myself as a native. The unusual spelling of my name was a gift from my father, Stephen (+ ie = me). Though I have had my name spelled wrong on pretty much everything my entire life long, I must admit that it makes it easier to google myself now.
I filled the "Jan Brady" spot in my family-the second of three girls. Unlike the Brady's, none of my three brothers are steps, and all of them are younger than all the girls. I went to high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, the kind of place where every fall a few girls would come back to school with new noses and there were Porsches in the student lot (for the record, I have my original nose, and never had a car until after I was in my twenties). I was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and I used it to pay my way to Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. I majored in English, but concentrated on literature rather than creative writing, mostly because I didn't consider reading books "work" (as long as I was going to be doing something anyway, I might as well get course credit for it, right?).
I met my husband, Pancho (his real name is Christiaan), when I was four, but we were never anywhere close to being childhood sweethearts. In fact, though we saw each other at least weekly through church activities, I can't recall a single instance when we so much as greeted each other with a friendly wave, let alone exchanged actual words. This may have been for the best, because when we did eventually get around to exchanging words, sixteen years after our first meeting, it only took nine months from the first "hello" to the wedding. Of course, we were able to skip over a lot of the getting to know you parts (many of our conversations would go something like this: "This one time, when I was ten, I broke my hand at a party when-" "Yeah, I know what happened. I was there, remember?") We've been married for ten and a half years now, and have three beautiful, brilliant, wonderful boys who often remind me chimpanzees on crack. I can't write without music, and my biggest muse is, ironically enough, the band Muse. My other favorite sources of inspiration are Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, The All American Rejects, Travis, The Strokes, Brand New, U2, Kasabian, Jimmy Eat World, and Weezer, to mention a few.

Friday, October 28, 2016


Every time I post one of these I feel like I am getting too personal on my book blog, and I don't know if that's a good thing..hehe  Letting people into my head could be dangerous..hehe

I feel like I am the only one that seems to disappear from the blogging world on a regular basis.  I have to admit it's not usually on purpose.  Life gets in the way and sometimes it's just not the priority.

Then I seem to get back into the blogosphere and I am reading books and posting posts, but they are all, it seems as though I have disappeared again.

I need a personal assistant to handle all my responsibilities so that I can just do what I want and read.  Doesn't that sound like heaven?

I don't seem to be able to balance life..hehe

Am I the only one????


pic and description taken from Goodreads


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-winning author Seth Adam Smith comes The Pumpkin Lantern--a fantasy novel influenced by the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Lloyd Alexander, and C. S. Lewis. Loaded with humor, action, suspense, and fascinating American history, The Pumpkin Lantern is also a poignant fable about faith, family, and the power of life over death.


I don't quite know how to put my thoughts into words.  I still don't quite know for sure how I feel about it.  It was an interesting read.  Lets start with that :).

I have to admit I love how this story begins.  Abagail has a dream about a baby in the grave yard in an open grave.  She doesn't hesitate she wakes her husband and they head to the grave yard.  In that open grave they find a baby that is barley clinging to life.  Abagail and her husband make the baby warm and bring him back to life.  They decide to call him Rip.  (which I thought was kind of creepy because it's Rip as in rest in peace).  

Rip, was a special kid from the beginning.  He could speak to the plants, and the earth.  His parents told him it was something he had to keep to himself.  That is until Rip meets a little girl in the woods.  They seem to connect and get a long.  Rip's father finds him there and when he sees the little girl he knows exactly who she is.  Her name is Charity, and her father is a horrible human.  When he finds his daughter talking to the Judge Winkle and his son, he reprimands her. Judge Winkle threatens to take his daughter and while doing so, Rip raises a rose bush between Charity and her father.  It catches him, and while he is tangled in the bush he admits to doing something to his wife.

Judge Winkle and his family take Charity in.  That is just the beginning of the Winkle family.  Suddenly their home becomes the safe haven for all children with no place to go.  A "belonging" place.

I love this family.  They love, the take care of each other, and they fight for those who don't have anyone else.

This is a story of faith, hope, and becoming the person you are.  Fighting off the dark times, and always looking to the light to make things better.

I enjoyed the book.  I think I probably didn't totally understand everything the author wanted me to, but I enjoyed the book anyway.  I love reading inspirational books.  It made me feel good.  Made me want to do more for those around me.  It's just an interesting book.

Source:  I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Source:  Clean





Seth Adam Smith
pic and bio taken from Goodreads

Seth Adam Smith is a best-selling, award-winning author and blogger whose writings have been translated into over thirty languages and featured on the Huffington Post, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, the Today show, Forbes, and many other news outlets around the world. In 2015, his book "Your Life Isn’t for You" was awarded a gold medal for inspirational memoir. 

A survivor of a suicide attempt in 2006, Seth is an advocate for resources and understanding concerning depression and suicide prevention, and he regularly writes about these topics in his books and on his blog. He and his wife, Kim, currently live in Arizona but have “belonging places” throughout the United States. He recently published "Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern," and is currently working on a series of historical novels set in Colonial America. Learn more

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


pic and description taken from Goodreads


Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…


I have really enjoyed reading Natalie Richards books.  When I saw this one I automatically added it to my "wish" list.  Thankfully my niece bought it before me and let me read it first :).

I never went on a senior trip when I was in school, but if I did I would not want it to be camping!  That is for sure.  Not only because I don't like camping, but the woods scare me.  I love them during the day, but when night time hits it's time for a hotel :).

Anyhow - that is what Sera's senior trip is.  Backpacking in the woods.  I knew right away it was going to be creepy.  Nothing good ever happens in the woods in books.  hehe.  That is what drew me in.  

One day during their trip it rained and rained, and when they tried to cross the river, lake (whatever it was) they knew right away everyone wasn't going to make it because the water was rising too fast.  So, the group separates and they decide to wait until morning to do anything.  Everyone sets up camp, but Sera and her group wake up all groggy with their teacher out like a light and words written on all of their arms.  Everyone has a "damaging" word except Sera.  Sera has "Darling" written on her arm.  The boys and her friend have Deceptive, Damaged, and Dangerous written on them.

Immediately everyone thinks that Sera might have something to do with what happened.  When they group is unable to arouse their teacher, they try and go see if the other group is still alive and waiting on them.  What they find is horrifying.

The story only gets creepier and creepier.  I loved it.  I was 100% sure I had "the bad guy" down, and then a curve ball was sent in.  It was fantastic.

If you like creepy, backpack toting, relationship weirdness, scary woods, and bad will enjoy this book.  I really enjoy Richard's writing style.  I love how to life she brings her books and her characters.  Especially in this book.  She always surprises me with her endings which I love, love, love.  

October is the month for creepy books, so do yourself a favor and read this one :).

Source:  I borrowed this book from my niece.  I was not compensated in any way for my review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content:  Some language, and creepy happenings, but not unbearable.





Natalie Richards
pic and bio taken from Amazon

Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) She later misplaced her writing dreams in a maze of cubicles and general office drudgery. Natalie never forgot about Barbara or those dishes, and eventually she found her way back to storytelling, following the genre of her heart, teen fiction. When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio with her amazing husband and their three children, who inspire her every day to stick with her dreams.