Sunday, April 16, 2017

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR - WHEN MOMMY'S HOME WITH ME - BY ALISON MOULTON




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Welcome to my tour stop for this sweet book hosted by:

DESCRIPTION:

With rollicking rhymes and fanciful images, this adorable picture book celebrates the special relationship between mothers and their children. Filled with stories of all kinds of mommies-like pilots and artists and scientists-this book shows how modern mothers still treasure that precious time spent together at home. A perfect book for moms and kids to enjoy this Mother’s Day or any time of the year!

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I love children's books so much.  I don't have little kids to read to any more, but I hopefully will be a grandma one day, and have tons of nieces and nephew that I can share them with.  I love to have them, they just make me happy.  This book is no exception!

The book is such a sweet story about Moms spending time with their kids when they are home from work, or stay at home moms.  It made me stop and think that about how much quality time I am spending with my kids.  I have always been a stay at home mom, but sometimes we don't actually spend "quality" time together.  I admire so much those moms out there that work and still take those sweet moments with their kids. It's so important.

It reads so sweet, with rhymes, and beautiful illustrations. This would be a sweet gift for Mother's day.  If you're like me and don't have Littles it would still be a sweet gift!!!!  I treasure children's books with their sweet, simple messages for life lessons, and love to share them with kids that come to my house.

I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful book.

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alison Moulton
pic and description taken from Amazon.com

Alison loves words. Her favorite word is lollygag. Her least favorite word is laundry. She likes to wrangle stray words into poems, stories, and songs. Alison has worked in several interesting jobs, but her favorite has always been mothering. She loves being at home with her husband and 5 children and feels blessed to count 20 girls as former foster daughters. Alison studied Human Development and English at Brigham Young University and Brigham Young University-Idaho. 

She is an amazing mom…at least once a day. The rest of the time, she's lucky to stay sane. Check out her website at onceadayamazing.com to find ways to be amazing once a day.








Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW FOR - AN UNSEEN ANGEL - BY ALISSA PARKER


Thanks for stopping by for my stop of this wonderful tour hosted by:

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DESCRIPTION:

As the mother of one of the children who died at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, Alissa Parker had her world shattered by a mass murderer's rampage. She was left to make sense of her daughter's life and death and to rebuild, seeking a deeply spiritual path to carry on with her life and find new meaning and purpose.

As a co-founder of SafeandSoundSchools.org, a touring national advocacy group that helps people take action to make schools safer, Alissa has talked to hundreds of parents around the country about her ordeal and how she was able to endure the unspeakable horror of Sandy Hook.

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I have been trying to put my words on paper about this book.  Then I decided there are no words that would adequately express how much this book touched my heart.

I had a chance to hear Alissa talk about her tragedy in person.  It was just as hard to put into words then how I felt as it is now after reading the book.

I am also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Her stories inspired me, and touched me so deeply and still do.  It wasn't until I finished reading her book, that I realized it doesn't matter what religion, background and color etc. we may be, this book is inspiring.  It teaches about love, healing, and finding our way though tragedy.   Every one will experience some kind of tragedy, at some point in their life.  Whether little or big.  What this book teaches, is how to go about healing after the tradegy without becoming bitter.

I cannot imagine what Alissa and her husband Robbie and family went through on that fateful day, and still do.  Yet she has found a way to be happy and find healing in the simple things in life.  She has found a way to connect with her sweet child that is no longer with her physically on this earth, but is still very much with her.

I cannot tell you how emotional this book made me either.  This is hands down one of my biggest fears every day as a mother.  When I send my kids off to school every day, and have actually gone through some shut downs at school because of kids who make bad choices.  I cannot fathom a life without my children in it.  Yet, I see through this book, and through my own faith that we are never really separated.  Though we may not always be together physically, we will always be together.

If you are suffering with loss in any way, please take a moment to read this book.  It doesn't take long.  It is powerful, and uplifting.  It is inspiring.  Although the reason for this book is horribly tragic, the words written on the paper and the sweet pictures included, far out weigh the tragedy.

I cannot thank Alissa enough for being willing to put her thoughts into words to inspire others.  This book has changed my life.  It has given me a greater understanding of life after death.  It has increased my faith, and understanding of the importance of always treasuring those moments with our kids while they have been placed in our possession on this earth.

I could go on an on about how much this book has touched and inspired me, so I hope you take the opportunity to experience it for yourself.  You will not regret it.  The sweet feeling of peace that came over me while reading it, I hope will stay with me for a very long time.

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.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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pic and description taken from Shadow Mountain Publishing

Alissa grew up in Ogden, Utah the youngest of five children. She graduated from Weber State University and there married her high school sweet heart, Robbie. They are the proud parents of three beautiful girls; Emilie (who passed away at age 6), Madeline (8) and Samantha (6). Alissa currently resides in a small town outside of Vancouver, Washington with her family and their four chickens. Alissa is an avid photographer, crafter, reader and amateur gardener. After her daughter Emilie was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, Alissa co-founded two non-profit organizations; Safe and Sound Schools which empowers parents and educators about school safety and The Emilie Parker Art Connection that helps fund and support art programs for children. But the job that means the most to Alissa is being a full time mom to her daughters.




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW FOR - THE VICAR'S DAUGHTER - BY JOSI S. KILPACK


Welcome to my stop on this tour.  I am excited to share my thoughts with you on this book!

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DESCRIPTION:

Cassie, the youngest of six daughters in the Wilton family, is bold, bright, and ready to enter society. There's only one problem: her older sister Lenora, whose extreme shyness prevents her from attending many social events. Lenora is now entering her third season, and since their father has decreed that only one Wilton girl can be out at a time, Cassie has no choice except to wait her turn.

Evan Glenside, a soft-spoken, East London clerk, has just been named his great-uncle's heir and, though he is eager to learn all that will be required of him, he struggles to feel accepted in a new town and in his new position.

A chance meeting between Evan and Lenora promises to change everything, but when Lenora proves too shy to pursue the relationship, Cassie begins to write Mr. Glenside letters in the name of her sister. Her good intentions lead to disaster when Cassie realizes she is falling in love with Evan. But then Evan begins to court Lenora, thinking she is the author of the letters.

As secrets are revealed, the hearts of Cassie, Evan, and Lenora are tested. Will the final letter sent by the vicar's daughter be able to reunite the sisters as well as unite Evan with his true love?


MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I love me some Proper Romance Books.  I love them.  I haven't read one yet that hasn't been wonderful.  Kilpack does it again with another great novel.

Historical romances are probably one of my favorite genre's.  This story is so sweet, and so frustrating all at the same time.  Which makes it a wonderful read.  I couldn't put this book down.  

Cassie is dying to be out in society, but she has to wait for her older sister to find a match.  Lenora, is quiet, scared, and not good in social situations.  Cassie on the other hand is out going, connects well with people, and is ready to be out and available to date.  Tradition is tradition though, and Cassie's parents are all about tradition.

A new man is in town though, and he is new to the whole high society thing.  He has become heir to his Great-Uncles fortune because he is the only surviving heir to take over.  While he is trying to become acquainted with the high life he takes a breather at one of the balls.  

While taking his break he hears someone else come up, and hears her crying so Evan tries not to intrude, but wants to offer a neckerchief to her.  When doing so he meets Lenora.  It's a just a quick meet but enough to peak an interest.

Cassie, sees an opportunity, and takes it.  If she can get Lenora married she can finally come out in society and start a family of her own.

What Cassie does, is out of love for her sister, even if it is a bit deceitful.  This is when the story gets really interesting.

There is a love story, along with some impropriety and deceit.  It makes for an interesting story.  It's the first time this little town has really seen any kind of scandal.

If you like historical romances you will enjoy this book.  I hope you take a chance to read it.

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

Content:  Clean and wonderful

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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pic and description taken from www.josiskilpack.com

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in Fiction.  Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.

When Kensington Press picked up her first national women's fiction novel, As Wide as the Sky, Josi was in need of a pen name to differentiate between her other genres. For years, Josi has bee called Jessica Pack by people who hear her name but don't know her, it made her new pen name easy to choose. As Wide as the Sky will be released in paperback sometime in 2018.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Shadow Mountain for this wonderful opportunity!









Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR - DRAGONWATCH - BY BRANDON MULL



Welcome to my stop for the Dragonwatch Tour!  I am so, so excited about this book!

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DESCRIPTION:

In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.

No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?
 


MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

Thank you Brandon Mull!  Thank you for bringing back this wonderful world and these wonderful characters.  I have missed them.

Welcome back to the wonderful world of Fablehaven.  Where we get to go on another adventure with Kendra and Seth Sorenson.

We get to be introduced to a tiny hero and fierce dragons, along with all the other amazing creatures and characters Mull brings to life.  If you have a teenager who is wanting to read a wonderful series, have them start with Fablehaven, which will lead them to Drangonwatch.  

Mull's world is absolutely beautiful.  Kendra and Seth become caretakers of Wyrmroost, and are immediately sent into the line of fire as they try to save Wyrmroost and the rest of the world from the dreadful dragons.

While on this journey we get to see a different side of Kendra and Seth as they take on the role of caretaker.  Great adventure still, but now they are in charge.  It's exciting.  It's fun...It gets intense for them.  

I am in love with all the creatures we get to meet in this book.  Like I said early, tiny creatures with big hearts, large creatures, and lots of in between.  It's so exciting to be brought back to this wonderful world.  I cannot express how much I loved this book.

I know that this is geared towards younger readers, but I think I love this world just about as much as any other great book I have read.  Mull's writing grabs you by the arms, and pulls you in full speed.  The creatures capture your hearts, whether with joy or anger, but you cannot deny the power they have over you while reading.  I enjoyed every moment in this world, with these characters and creatures.  Grab a copy!  I promise you won't be disappointed.

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

Thanks to:  Shadow Mountain Publishing for allowing me to be part of this tour.  It was so wonderful.

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ABOUT THE AMAZING AUTHOR:

Brandon Mull
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Brandon Mull resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and three children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal. Brandon is the author of the New York Times bestselling Fablehaven series and The Candy Shop War.


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW FOR - YOU'RE NEXT - BY GREGG HURWITZ




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DESCRIPTION:

Mike Wingate, abandoned by his father at four and raised in foster care, is finally living the life he always dreamed of — he’s happily married with a precocious 8-year-old daughter, and his construction company is about to finish a “green” housing development that will secure a solid future for them all. But then something from his own past, a past he doesn’t even remember, comes back to visit terror upon him and his family.

Shady characters begin threatening Mike and, when he reports them, the police seem more interested in Mike’s murky past than in protecting him. Now, with Mike, his wife Annabel and daughter Kat suddenly under attack from all sides, Mike turns to Shep, a dangerous man — and Mike’s only true friend — from his childhood days in foster care. Together they will do whatever it takes to protect Mike’s family against the hidden men behind the terrifying warning, “You’re Next.”

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

Mike has a wonderful marriage, with a beautiful 8 year old daughter.  Mike has built a "green" community for people to move into.  When the last inspection happens he finds out it's not as green as it's suppose to be.

One night while sleeping Mike swears he hears something coming from the baby monitor that he still has in his daughters room.  He rushes to her, to find her sleeping like a baby.

Mike starts to believe he is being followed every where he goes, and he thinks it is because someone found out about the housing development.  

Things really start to get sticky, and then someone come into contact with him while at a gala where Mike was being honored for the "green houses".  

Mikes life turns upside down from that very moment on.  This book went in a totally different direction than I thought it would.  It surprised me and I loved it.  

I was on the edge of  my seat listening to this book.  Lives coming unraveled, old friends being reunited, bad men circling around all the time, a family in danger.  It's fantastic.

If you like suspense, fast paced chases, criminals, and intrigue, you should pick this book up.  The narrator (Scott Brick) is one of my favorites.  He brings the book to life.  Such a great book!

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

Content:  Some language, and violence, but not too descriptive (in my opinion)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gregg Hurwitz
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Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 17 novels, most recently ORPHAN X and THE NOWHERE MAN. His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.

He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

REVIEW FOR - THE THIRD TWIN - BY C.J. OMOLOLU - AND TBR CHALLENGE



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DESCRIPTION:

Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It's Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia's guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they'd never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn't exist. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.
 

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

Lexi and Ava are twins.  They have a devoted father who loves them fiercely.  They have Cecilia, who wears many hats...nanny, cook, maid.  She has been with the twins almost their whole life.

Lexi and Ava are identical twins who sometimes like to play tricks on the boys they are dating.  Instead of playing each other, they made up the "third" twin named Alicia.  Alicia, is much more out going than Lexi or Ava, and is much more adventurous.  Alicia, is also a lot of trouble.  

What started out as fun for Lexi and Ava, eventually turned out to be very bad....and it was all Alicia's fault.  Even if she didn't really exist.

This was a fun story to read.  I love stories about twins.  There are not many that I have read, but the ones I have read always turn out quite interesting.  Ava, and Lexi are great characters.  They are very different in personalities, but each ones has something unique about them.  

Alicia, was mischievous.  I guess it was Lexi and Ava's way of letting some of their rebellion out.  She makes for a very interesting character. 

There are a lot of great side characters that you come to love in this book as well.  The author did a great job of bringing every character into the book.  I love the voice she gives all her characters.  Zane is probably my favorite ;).

The world Omololu built was great.  It grabbed my attention from the very beginning which I loved.  She has a way of making every day life seem much more exciting than it is in the "real" world.  I love it when I can escape in a book and feel like I am sitting on the sidelines watching, or even participating in it.  She brought my imagination to life with all the twits and turns.

If you like mystery, I think you will really enjoy this book.  I hope you give it a chance.  If you do I would love to hear what you think.

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


C.J. Omololu
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I write as C.J., but you can call me Cynthia. My YA novel DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS came out in early 2010. My next book TRANSCENDENCE came out in June of 2012, followed by the sequel INTUITION in June of 2013. My newest book is a YA thriller called THE THIRD TWIN and will be out in February 2015 followed by another standalone thriller RECOVERY in early 2016. 

You might notice that I only give 4 or 5 star reviews. That isn't because I love everything, it's because I only review things I really love. As a writer, I know all that goes into making a book, and while a story might not strike a chord with me, who am I to say it won't with someone else? I hate tomatoes, but lots of people like them, and it's the same with a book. So, if I rate something here, it's means that I'd let you borrow my copy, but I really do want you to give it back so that I can read it again.