The Seer and the Sword

Legend states that there exists a mighty sword that makes its possessor invincible to his enemies. But there is a curse on anyone who lifts the sword for conquest. King Kareed of Archeld goes after this sword anyway, winning it from the King of Bellandra. When he returns home from battle, he brings his daughter, Princess Torina, two special gifts. One is a unique crystal, in which she can view visions of the future. The other gift is the defeated king’s son Landen, who is to be her slave. Torina immediately releases Landen, who becomes a member of the King’s army and her close friend.
But trouble is lurking in the kingdom of Archeld and people are accusing Landen of plotting against the King. Torina refuses to believe he would hurt her family. Then Torina begins seeing deadly visions in her crystal. Can she save her father’s life and the future of her kingdom?

The Seer and the Sword

I am blown away by this book! It was so good! At first, I was expecting some cheesy adventure story, but once I started reading it I could not stop! The characters, the plot, the setting—everything was wonderfully written out!

Torina and Landen were amazing main characters. It was super cool to read about them as they grew up. I didn’t just get to know them when they were adults or when they were kids. I got to know them as kids and adults. I really liked that.

I really hope Victoria Hanley has written/will write more books like this. I haven’t looked to see if Victoria has actually written more books. But, if she has, I am going to put them on my to-read list!

The cover is an “older” cover. Covers aren’t made like this anymore. But, I still like it. I am definitely going to give it 5 stars.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves an adventure with a slight—very slight—romance. Victoria Hanley totally deserves 5 stars on this book. I am sure readers of all ages will enjoy this book.

 

Title: The Seer and the Sword

Author: Victoria Hanley

Author’s Website: http://www.victoriahanley.com/

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

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Troubled Waters

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island. Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian. When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore. It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

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The easy solution to this book: communication! Seriously, Ian and Sierra, you could have been together 3.5 books ago if you would have communicated!!! And, so, my readers, that was my main “problem” with the book. I know, I know. There must be some drama in order for there to be a story. But, let us be clear on one thing. I am not dissing Susan May Warren. I like her books; they are very enjoyable. This one however just had way too much of the “I love her so much but she doesn’t want me” and “I love him so much but he doesn’t have room for me.” Come on, characters! If you would actually talk to each other, you could have been together—maybe even married—by now!

Anyway, sorry about that little rant. I just had to let loose. I am glad that Ian and Sierra finally got their story, but I am just slightly disappointed in it. I really enjoyed reading about all the side characters. I just kind of got sick of the main ones. If you have read it, you may know what I am talking about.

Unfortunately, I don’t really like the cover. It is weird. I mean, “Ian” is just staring at me creepily. See it? Yeah, not my type.

Hmm, I guess I have to give this book a low rating. And I do not like doing that. However, I must give this book 2 stars. There were a few aspects that I enjoyed about this book, but unfortunately there were more of the parts that I didn’t like. I am not giving up on Susan though! I am still excited for her new books!

 

Title: Troubled Waters

Author: Susan May Warren

Author’s Website: http://www.susanmaywarren.com/

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

The Lady and the Lionheart

Two worlds collide when the circus comes to Victorian-era Virginia.
Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.
As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke, nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this Gypsy girl. All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child, but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past, awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign. When their forbidden friendship deepens, Charlie dares to ask for her heart, bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own.

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I have found my new favorite book! I have fallen in love with Charlie as well. From page one to page whatever-the-last-page-was, I loved this story.

Okay, so I started the book two days ago. I finished it last night. Two days ago, I was only able to read up to chapter five. Last night, I finished the entire thing. I tried to tell myself to go to bed but I couldn’t stop reading. I just had to find out what happened.

If you haven’t read this book, you need to. I just can’t say—or write—enough good things about this book. Charlie is an absolute angel. As soon as I “met” him, I fell in love. Ella is an amazing leading lady. The plot twists and turns took me on an exciting ride. I never knew what to expect next.

The cover is absolutely beautiful. And make sure you look at the back; it also has a cool picture! 5 stars to whoever created this book cover!

How many stars should I give Joanne Bischof. I don’t want to give her only five stars. This novel deserves more than five stars. However, I suppose I shall have to be okay in saying that this book deserves 5 (+) stars. I wish it was a series. I would be so happy to read more about Charlie and Ella and all the side characters. To end this review of this wonderful book, I will simply recommend it to everyone—everyone—who enjoys a sweet romance as well as a wonderful story!

 

Title: The Lady and the Lionheart

Author: Joanne Bischof
Author’s Website: https://joannebischof.com/

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

The Selection

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

 The Selection

This is my second time re-reading this book. The first time was a couple years ago, when the series was just coming out. I liked The Selection then, and I like it even more now.

There is one thing that I do have to say. The first time, I kind of liked Aspen—kind of felt sorry for him. However, now, I do not like Aspen at all. I was Maxon all the way from the second I “met” him. Sure, I still felt slightly sorry for him, but I loved Maxon way more.

I know that I am going to say this in each review of each book. But America could not make up her mind and it is so annoying. Just choose, girl! That is the main thing that I didn’t like about this book. Everything else was great!

Even though I read this for the second time, I still was at the edge of my seat. I mean, I knew what is going to happen, but I was still rooting for my favorite people.

The cover deserves 5 stars. I just love the mirrors. So cool!

All the characters, the setting, and the entire book deserve 5 stars as well. I would definitely recommend this book to girls who love a good chick flick!

 

Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Author’s Website: http://www.kieracass.com/news

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

A Loyal Heart Announcement

Guess what?! The next book in the An Uncertain Choice series is coming out soon–March 6 to be exact! I am so excited!

I absolutely love the cover and the synopsis! I cannot wait to read this. Be watching for a review of this book when it is closer to the publishing date!

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He’s taken her as his prisoner. But she’s holding his heart captive. In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?

When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor.

As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life—betrothal to him.

Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.

You’re Gonna Love Me

Who knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love?
Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.
Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.
Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.
With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle—and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?

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I have mixed feelings about this book. And unfortunately, they aren’t all good.

I guess the first thing I have to say is that I did not like Samantha at all. I didn’t understand her. The reason why is because there was no back story–or not a lot. To me, it seemed as though Samantha was simply scared of everything. I only understood why she didn’t like Nick doing all the things because I read the synopsis above. However, as soon as I started the book, I forgot about the synopsis. I simply wanted to read the book and learn about it by reading the actual thing, not just the synopsis.

I didn’t just not like this book, though. I like the whole idea of the “long lost love” thing. Those type of plots make cute and sweet stories. So, besides the fact that I didn’t really like Samantha, I did like the story overall.

I love the cover. It is one of my favorite covers in a very long time! The only weird thing about it is the way the girl is standing over the bike. It looks just slightly awkward. However, I still have to give the cover 5 stars.

As for the book, I have to give it 3 stars. I had to dock 2 stars because I didn’t like Samantha and that Robin Lee Hatcher didn’t include enough back story (or I just missed it) for me to understand why Samantha was so scared.

 

Title: You’re Gonna Love Me

Author: Robin Lee Hatcher

Author’s Website: https://robinleehatcher.com/

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Holding the Fort

When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.

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Wow! I have found a new favorite book! And can I be honest with you? I did not expect to like it—like at all. I went into reading the book with a “I’m not going to like this book” attitude, but, boy, I was wrong. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t expect to like it. I mean, I didn’t really like the cover; it just isn’t my type. Or maybe I read a certain synopsis that I didn’t like. I have no idea.

The main characters—and side characters—were awesome. I really felt as though I “knew” them. Jack was my personal favorite. I really want to read a book about it. Bradley was also awesome. I hope there is a book about him too. Some of what Jack and Bradley said had me laughing—out loud! Usually, I don’t smile or laugh while reading. I just smile and laugh in my head. However, that was not the case for this book. I couldn’t stop laughing for some parts. I would have to say that Louisa wasn’t my favorite. However, I still liked her as the leading lady. I really liked Daniel. He was the perfect main character! The time setting, the plot, the everything was great!

As I said, I didn’t like the cover. So, I have to give it 2 stars.

However, I loved the book. Holding the Fort is a new favorite of mine. Regina Jennings definitely deserves 5 stars! I cannot wait until the next book in the Fort Reno series.

 

Title: Holding the Fort

Author: Regina Jennings

Author’s Website: http://www.reginajennings.com/

 

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Daughter of immortals.
Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.
Daughter of death.
Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together.
Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Wonder Woman Warbringer

After watching the Wonder Woman movie, I was intrigued to read this book. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is nothing like the movie. I simply thought it would be cool to read a book about Wonder Woman. The plot, the characters, the setting are all different—except for the main island of Amazons.

I honestly don’t know what to think of the book. It was okay. Well, how about I say this? It was not as good as the movie. To me, the book was kind of slow. It took a while for me to get into the plot.

This was me throughout the entire book: “Hmm…” “Oh intriguing!” “What?” “Cool!” “Seriously?” “Awesome!” “Come on.” So, yeah, I have mixed feeling about this book. Sometimes I really liked it, but sometimes I didn’t.

The cover was pretty cool! I will give it 4 stars.

Unfortunately, I have to give this book 3 stars. However, I would recommend to those who like fantasy and mythology. For me, it simply wasn’t my type of book.

 

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Author’s Website: http://www.leighbardugo.com/index1.html

 

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

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

The Wizard’s Cookbook

From Merlin to Harry Potter to Mary Poppins, Aurelia Beaupommier pays tribute to all sorcerers, fairies, elves, mages, and magicians within this spellbinding cookbook.
The Wizard’s Cookbook includes magical dishes that are both quick and easy to prepare for any occasion. Beaupommier provides a beautiful spread of festive themed dishes to enchant your guests. Recipes are accompanied by beautiful full-page color photographs of the delectable food and drinks. In addition to the sustenance necessary to battle your nemesis–whether it be a dragon or an empty stomach–this book also includes recipes to prepare divine desserts and devilish snacks, as well as intoxicating potions and elixirs to quench your thirst.
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert wizard, open this spell book, grab your wand, and . . . Abracadabra! You’ll be able to create delicious, bewitching recipes that are sure to teleport you and those dining with you to another world.

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Wow! This book is so good! Because I reviewed Fantastic Beasts just a few days ago, I decided to stay with the magical “theme” and review this cookbook that I recently read/looked through.

The recipes were all awesome! I picked two recipes that looked like fun to make. One was from Harry Potter—Elf-Made Wine (Alcohol Free), and the other was from The Chronicles of Narnia—The White Witch’s Turkish Delight. I don’t know about you. But whenever I watched or read Narnia, I always wanted to try Turkish delight! Now I have the chance to! And butterbeer from Harry Potter! I can’t forget butterbeer. That is one drink I have always wanted to try!

The way she writes the recipes is super fun too! She writes the spells and stories into the instructions. For example, in the recipe for Soufflé Omelet Saruman, the instructions are “Start a tornado in a bowl (or use a mixer) …”. Aurelia Beaupommier is a very creative author/cook. I hope that she writes more fun cookbooks like this one.

The cover is very creative, with all the little pictures surrounding the title of the book. I am going to give the person who created the cover for this book 5 stars!

As for this Wizard’s Cookbook, I am very excited to—hopefully—try a few of these very awesome recipes. This cookbook deserves 5—maybe even more—stars! If you are a nerd like me, who loves Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Merlin, and more, and a baker like me, you will love this book!

 

Title: The Wizard’s Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and More

Author: Aurelia Beaupommier

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.
Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

Fantastic Beasts

So, I reblogged a review from It Starts with a Book, but because I got this book for Christmas, I decided to review it officially myself. Here is my “reblogged” post: Fantastic Beasts. And, you can see one of my favorite quotes from the book here: Quick, Quirky Quote from Fantastic Beasts.

This is one of my favorite books ever. After watching the movie, I knew I had to read the book. And, because I love the movie so much, I love the book because it is like an exact replica of the movie—or the other way around. I am serious. I could follow along the book with the movie and the movie with the book.

Newt is an amazing main character. I fell in love with him immediately. I also fell in love with all the “fantastic” beasts. My personal favorite (though I don’t like stating it they all are awesome) is the bowtruckle. Pickett is so cute.

I really cannot wait until the next book/movie comes out. I am honestly not sure which comes out first—the book or the movie. I don’t even know if there will be a book.

Anyway, the cover is really cool. The gold designs add a cool “feeling” to the book. I am definitely giving this cover 5 stars.

How many stars do you think I will give the book? If you can’t tell, re-read my review. 5 stars to Fantastic Beasts. The book is a must read for all fantasy readers. Even if you have not read the Harry Potter series, you will enjoy this book very much. And, for those of you who don’t read and enjoy movies better, the movie version of this book is just as good as the book!

 

Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Author: J.K. Rowling

Author’s Website: https://www.jkrowling.com/

 

This review is written in my own opinion and words.