Monday, June 22, 2015

Where do you spend your Tuesdays?

A big apology for all our followers. Life has been pretty busy for the four of us. Family, work, graduation, and senior year. The list isn't an excuse rather extended hope for understanding. Despite what has kept us away for so long, I have read the most amazing book. (Well since it has been a long time since the last post, I have read many great books since then.) The star book today is...
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Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celia's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing to itself. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one - other than Celia, that is - takes time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and reportedly killed, it's up to Celia with her secret knowledge of the Castle's many twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.

C: This book was very refreshing. Most books in the market have romance in them. I am as hopeless as they get with romances; however it is nice to see another type of love in Jessica Day George’s book. Family love. Tuesdays with the Castle is a story about a family trying to save their beloved Castle. They bear each other’s burdens when news of their parents reaches them. The older two respect Celia’s connection with the Castle and look to her though she is the youngest. My favorite is the idea of the Castle itself. In my opinion it is a must read for all book lovers. Merry blogging and happy reading to all!

The adventure at the castle continues with Wednesdays in the Tower and Thursdays with the Crown. Visit the amazing architecture herself at: www.jessicadaygeorge.com.


Friday, December 27, 2013

Where to begin


The first book in a series called Infinity Ring is A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner.

{Continuing from this one, books in the Infinity Ring series:
 Book 2-Divide and Conquer, Carrie Ryan; Book 3-The Trap Door, Lisa McMann; Book 4-Curse of the Ancients, Matt De La Pena; Book 5-Cave of Wonders, Matthew J. Kirby; Book 6-Behind Enemy Lines, Jennifer A. Nielsen; Book 7-The Iron Empire, James Dashner (Available January 28, 2014).}

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History is Broken
When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the key to time travel – a handheld device known as the Infinity Ring – they’re swept up in a centuries-old war for the fate of humankind. Recruited by a secret society named the Hystorians, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course. Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and young Hystorian Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks.





C: I loved the twist on history. James Dashner did a wonderful job staying true to history while at the exact same time messing everything up. I appreciated the originality to the typical time travel. A parent (or parents) lost in time and it is up the kids to  bring them back; however Dak, Sera, and Riq’s first and most important purpose is one that has affects beyond themselves. I am not one for books about time travel because either they are cheesy or they include unneeded additions like swear words. But this clean, original story has me anxious to read on and have history as I know it ;)!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Loving Vigil Keeping

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    Della's giving up all the comforts of bustling Salt Lake City to teach school in a rural coal mining camp. Little does she know, she may soon be giving up her heart as well. But when tragedy strikes in the Scofield Mine, Della's life is changed forever.




N: I absolutely fell in love with this book. The fact that it was based on true events made it even better. I love Della's strong will and courage. Some stories portray the main character thinking she is brave but this book didn't do that. Della doesn't believe she is very strong but she makes courageous choices over and over again. Della comes to learn what is truly important in life and to treasure them always. It is a very clean book and it is HILARIOUS.  The adventures Della goes through when she chooses her teaching job will make you laugh so hard. This book made me laugh on so many parts and blush on others. Once I picked it up I could not put My Loving Vigil Keeping down. The book was glued to my hand and my eyes were glued to the pages.  

Friday, September 13, 2013

Dealt with Kathi Oram Peterson's Cold Justice

I was able to finish Kathi Oram Peterson's book:

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After overcoming missed connections, murder accusations, and years of living lives apart, Regi Bernard and Samuel Tanner's happily ever after is finally within reach. On the eve of their wedding, however, Samuel disappears, and Regi wonders if once again he has run away from both a life with her and a membership in the Church. Quite the opposite; Samuel has been kidnapped by the Raven Clan, a powerful Alaskan tribe, and is en route to stand trial in front of their justice council for a puzzling crime that happened year ago. When Regi and Samuel's close friends suspect a kidnapping, Regi--with the help of her sister, Claudia, and friend Wakanda--resolves to follow Samuel to Alaska but soon learns secrets about her fiancé she hadn't bargained for. While Samuel struggles with his faith and with understanding why he has been accused, Regi risks life and love to set him free.


Four Sisters and a Book Rating: 5 stars
Genre-Realistic Fiction
Age Group-Young Adult and Adult

Sister C: I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a mystery I didn't want to put down. Not only was it a battle for life but love. You wanted them to know they loved each other and screamed at them when they doubted. Cheer for Regi as she decides to trust where there is unknown in Kathi Oram Peterson's novel, Cold Justice.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Longing for Home Review

“An engaging and heart-warming story.” —Julianne Donaldson, bestselling author of Edenbrooke
  Though she was only a child during the darkest days of Ireland’s Great Famine, Katie Macauley feels responsible for the loss of her family’s land and the death of her sister. Now a woman grown, Katie has left Ireland for America and the promise of earning money enough to return home again and plead for her family’s forgiveness. She arrives in Hope Springs, Wyoming Territory, a town sharply divided between the Americans who have settled there, with their deep hatred of the Irish, and the Irish immigrants who have come searching for a place to call home. Her arrival tips the precarious balance, and the feud erupts anew. Even in the midst of hatred and violence, however, Katie finds reason to hope. Two men, as different as they are intriguing, vie for her heart, turning her thoughts for the first time toward a future away from Ireland. Katie must now make the hardest decision of her life: stay and give her heart a chance at love, or return home and give her soul the possibility of peace.

 

 M's Review:

Four out of five stars

I enjoyed Sarah's latest clean historical romance. Katie is a spunky, determined young woman whose past continues to torture her despite all the good things she's done. A job with wealthy landowner, Joseph Archer, takes her to Hope Springs in the Wyoming Territory. This wild, but beautiful land soon captures her heart despite the dangers of a brewing feud between the Irish and the rest of the town, and the dangers to her own long striven for goal to return home. 

 

Katie's arrival sparks unrest for both sides of town. Her employer, on learning she is Irish, tries to turn her away. But our feisty heroine stands her ground and keeps at least part of what is hers. Though, the reduced pay she receives makes her dreams of getting home seem farther away than ever, she is determined to persevere. But she is unprepared for the charming and far too handsome Tavish O'Connor who befriends her, and makes her hope for more. Between him and her young employer who offers her surprising respect and courtesy, Katie tries to determine the meaning of the kind of love she barely remembers from her childhood. But her soul is still burdened with the mistakes of her past, and her heart is not hers to give until she can be free of the debts she feels she owes her family. I found Katie's current and past struggles drawing out my sympathy. She has fought for so long to make amends to a family that barely acknowledges her, and her hopes for peace continue to be threatened by those around her. The feud between the Irish and the townsfolk perfectly captured the persecutions and hatred that happened during this difficult time in both Irish and American history. Sarah has a knack for tugging at the reader's mind and heart.

 

What I didn't like. Katie's self-pity became a bit grating at times. I wanted her to quit lamenting how horrible she was as a child, and focus more on the present at some moments. The second pet peeve is a completely personal dislike, but I hate love triangles. They drive me absolutely bonkers. People always disagree on which one the girl should have chosen, and the heroine hardly ever seems to really make a choice, but appears to pick one guy by default, or at random. You always feel bad for the one who doesn't get her. That said, Sarah did a great job of minimizing many of these annoying traits. The love triangle between Joseph, Katie, and Tavish was fairly low key. The primary story was about Katie learning to forgive herself and love others, and her struggle to find a place to call home. However, once again I am not convinced by the end of the book that she chose the man she did because he truly is the right man for her. The other one had never expressed his feelings, so she assumed they didn't exist. It would be a bit more satisfactory in the end if she really chose because she loves the man fully and completely, but that is just my preference. The ending itself felt a bit rushed, and didn't really fit her struggles for the entire book. Many questions were left in my mind at the conclusion. A bit more resolution of some of the issues would have been nice.

N: I liked Longing For Home except the love angle. It was a good story line and had me on my toes every once in a while. I wanted Katie to have one guy but didn't want the other guy to be left alone. I think the ending was rushed as well. All of a sudden she is telling all her secrets and then she gets a guy and it ends. I like how she is trying to find herself and home again. Even though she finds that her old home isn't her new home. She comes to a peaceful balance with herself and finds love through it all. She doesn't just find love with a guy however. She learns to love the entire town and they all love and support her.  


About the Author

Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Friends and Foes

After five years of tracking and capturing spies on English soil, Philip Jonquil, Earl of Lampton, is in pursuit of his last quarry. But at a traveler's inn, he encounters an unexpected and far more maddening foe: Sorrel Kendrick, a young lady who is strikingly pretty, shockingly outspoken, and entirely unimpressed with him. Indeed, Sorrel cannot believe the nerve of this gentleman, who rudely accuses her of theft and insults her feminine dignity. Doubly annoyed when they both end up at a party hosted by mutual friends, Philip and Sorrel privately declare war on one another. But Philip's tactics, which range from flirting to indifference, soon backfire as he finds himself reluctantly enjoying Sorrel's company; and, much to her dismay, Sorrel finds Philip's odd manner to be increasingly endearing. In the midst of this waning war and growing attraction, Philip catches wind of the French spy he's been tracking, and Sorrel inadvertently stumbles upon a crucial piece of the puzzle, making her indispensable to the mission. But can two proud hearts negotiate a ceasefire when cooperation matters most?





N: Prepare the Couch! I was hooked with this book from the very beginning. Sarah M. Eden uses great description it was like I was there in the midst of the war between Philip and Sorrel as they went from bitter enemies to friends. Great romance, comedy and adventure tied into one heart capturing story. I couldn't put Friends and Foes down until the last page, not even dinner could make me set it aside. I have fallen in love with ALL of Sarah M Eden's books and one day want to meet her. She is truly an amazing author who intertwines her books so well. Don't take my word for it, go read one! :) 

M: Another great Regency Romance from Sarah Eden! Sorrel's fire and wit match Philip's own for a comedic adventures of two hearts at war. It was reminiscent of the well-loved classic, the Scarlet Pimpernel where things may not be as they first appear. When a war of worlds turns into mutual attraction the real trouble for Sorrel and Philip begins. They must learn to work together and trust each other before a deadly spy brings harm to those they love most. If you liked Pride and Prejudice, you will love this heartfelt, humorous tale of wrong first impressions and misinterpretations. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kindle Fire Giveaway



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