Quick, Quirky Quote from Cinder

Another quick and quirky quote!!! Today, this quote is from Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Cinder is the first book in the amazing series, The Lunar Chronicles! I definitely recommend the entire series!

Iko is one of my favorite characters in in these chronicles, even though she is an “android”! All right, my sisters would beg to differ–Thorne…ahem. Anyway, this is just a fun quote to read during your day! I hope it brings a smile to your face! And, if you haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles, just insert the name of your “celebrity” crush! And, just so you know, if Iko was a real person, she and I would so be best friends. But, then again, that may not be a good idea…

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“Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I’m overheating.”

Iko

From Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Battle of Hackham Heath

The peace in Araluen is under threat and newly crowned King Duncan must prepare for war. Morgarath is in hiding, recruiting an army of savage beasts known as Wargals for his next attack.
Halt prepares for a seemingly impossible task – to scale the Mountains of Rain and Night to spy on the enemy and uncover their plans.
He knows that one wrong move could be deadly, for at the Battle of Hackham Heath the fate of a kingdom will be decided.

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The second book of the Ranger’s Apprentice: Early Years!!! It did not disappoint. If you can’t guess, The Early Years, is about Halt. He is the one who teaches Will, in Ranger’s Apprentice. Halt is also one of my favorite characters in the series!

It was so fun to read Halt’s story before Will came into his life. The Tournament of Gorlan, the first book in the Early Years series, is also really good. I will have to review that one sometime soon! Both of these books are really cool to read, especially if you have already read Ranger’s Apprentice.

But, honestly, I would recommend anything written by John Flanagan. He is one of my all-time favorite authors. If you haven’t (at least) read the first book of Ranger’s Apprentice, do so right now! Go to the library and check it out!

The cover is cool. It is pretty much like the rest of the series’ covers—simple but intriguing! I am going to give it 4 stars.

Can you guess what rating I am going to give this book? 5 stars! I don’t know if you can tell, but I really, really love Ranger’s Apprentice—every single book!! If it became a movie/TV series, I would be the first in line at the premiere!

 

Title: The Battle of Hackham Heath

Author: John Flanagan

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

Reading Resolution: #39

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Heart on the Line

Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can’t let the villain she believes responsible for her father’s death release his wrath in Harper’s Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she’s ever known.
Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship–dare he believe, courtship?–has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

 

Karen Witemeyer’s Heart on the Line does not disappoint.

This was a very exciting story, full of intrigue and adventure. The characters were all well-written and wonderful! I especially liked Emma and Malachi. This novel made me want to re-read No Other Will Do (the story about Emma and Mal)!I still am very excited to read the novella about Tori and Ben, Worth the Wait! I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet!

Even though the plot was kind of slow (or at least slower than Karen’s other novels), it was still a great story!

I really like the cover, even though it has Grace’s face on it. However, even though the cover clearly depicts Grace with brown hair, as well as the description in the book, I still think of her as a blonde! Don’t know why, but I do! I am going to give it 4 stars!  Also, the back of the book is slightly deceiving. It has the hero of the story, Amos, on a horse without glasses, when he is supposed to be the “nerd” of his time—a telegraph operator who likes bicycles instead of horses. That is why I dropped the 5 stars to 4 stars. Some people might think of the person on the back of the book as somebody else in the story, but I think of him as the hero of the story.

This book is definitely worth the read for all Karen Witemeyer fans and historical romance fans! I would recommend this book, and I am going to give it 4 stars!

 

Title: Heart on the Line

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Author’s Website: http://www.karenwitemeyer.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.

 

To read my review of No Other Will Do, click here: No Other Will Do. Or, just look up Karen Witemeyer on the search bar to read my interview with her, as well as many other reviews of her books!

American Pharoah: Triple Crown Champion

From the author of Barbaro comes the triumphant story of the 2015 Triple Crown and Breeders Cup winner, American Pharoah.
When American Pharoah won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015 he became the first horse to win the “Grand Slam” of American horse racing, by winning all four races. His story captured American’s imagination, and this inspired account will also feature the handlers who saw his promise: owner, Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert, and jockey Victor Espinoza.
With American Pharoah, Shelley Mickle tells the story of this beloved horse’s life from birth to his historic achievement of becoming the twelfth Triple Crown winner.

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A non-fiction book review! Wow, that hasn’t happened in a while. Well, here it is.

I absolutely love horses. They are my all-time favorite animal. So, when I saw this book, I just knew that I had to read it. And I did.

This book is for young readers, which means it is very easy to read. However, since I am weird like that, I still read kids’ books for fun.

Okay, before you get to mixed up, I should tell you something. American Pharoah’s name is truly spelled wrong. It is not just a typo of mine. The reason as to why his name is spelled wrong is a mystery. No one knows for sure. But, you will just have to read the book to find out what some people think happened.

The cover is just amazing. A beautiful horse racing at top speed—I don’t think anything could get better than that! I am going to give it 5 stars!

I would recommend this story to anyone who wants to read a little bit about the 2015 Triple Crown winner. I am going to give the book 4 stars! This novel definitely made me want to read about the other Triple Crown champions—and more about American Pharoah!

So, what about you? What is your favorite animal?

 

Title: American Pharoah: Triple Crown Champion

Author: Shelley Fraser Mickle

Reading Resolution: #22

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

Just Look Up

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home–a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work–something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.
Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.
Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along–if only she’d just look up.

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I am going to get straight to the point. Even though this book was rather slow in the reading, it was still quite enjoyable.

In this world of technology, the title of this book is quite relatable. I mean, how many things will we miss if we zero in on our phone. Or, how many things will we not miss if we just look up. Don’t get me wrong. Phones are wonderful things. Honestly, who would have imagined one hundred years ago that we would be able to call somebody from China or Russia if we are in the U.S. with simply a small device that can fit in your pocket!

Anyway, I really liked Ryan. He was a great main guy character who you could really fall in love with in the non-fictional world. Lane grew on me as the story went on.

What is the main thing that I like about this book? Well, it is set in Michigan. If you hadn’t guessed, I am a Michigander. So, any book set in Michigan or any author from Michigan automatically gets a few points from me.

The cover is cute. One look at it and it feels like you should pick up the book and go read it on a beach or on a picnic blanket at the park. I am going to give it 3 stars.

I am going to give the actual book 4 stars. To be perfectly honest, it may take you a while to get “into” the story, but it is well worth the “slow” parts!

Also, don’t forget to watch this super cute book trailer that Courtney Walsh and her husband star in! Click here to watch: Just Look Up book trailer.

 

Title: Just Look Up

Author: Courtney Walsh

Reading Resolution: #48 (This is my first Courtney Walsh book!)

 

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers/Tyndale Blog Network for this review.

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding

Everyone longs for a place to be loved and accepted, warts and all. And Coldwater Cove has its share of warts! But while this cozy corner of the world is home to just about anyone who wants to put down roots, the way has been barred to Michael Evans.
Mike’s dad saw to that some ten years ago when he ordered him to leave town and never come back. But when Michael learns his mother is battling breast cancer, not even the animosity between him and his father can keep him away. Of course he didn’t figure on getting roped into being best man at his sister’s upcoming wedding, but as long as Michael’s back in town, he figures he’s got a second chance with the girl who got away—Heather Walker.
Long-legged Heather has had a love/hate relationship with the town bad boy ever since he christened her “Stilts” in middle school. She was voted most likely to succeed. Michael seemed destined for the state pen. Even so, she hopes there’s more to him than leathers and a Harley, for his family’s sake if nothing else. But while her fascination with him grows, a decade-old secret involving a member of her family threatens to tear them apart…

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This is the second book in the Coldwater series, and I am very impressed. Honestly, I can’t even decide which book I like better…The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club or A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding. Because both were very good.

When I started this book at ten o’clock at night, I realized that it was a stupid idea. Why was it so stupid? Because I didn’t want to put it down. And, I may have been up quite late reading. You don’t even want to know how late.

You do not have to read The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club in order to enjoy this book. But, it may be helpful to understand the side characters just a little bit more.

Before I write anymore, I must stop in my tracks to thank Lexi Eddings for sending me this book for review. If you didn’t remember, she also sent me the first book to review as well. She is a great person!

Now, the cover is so pretty. It drew me in the moment I saw it. I am giving it 5 stars. Everything about it romantic and charming.

I am going to give this book 5 stars too. It definitely deserves it. I would, without a doubt, read this book again. And, I think you all would enjoy it too!

 

Title: A Coldwater Warm Hearts Wedding

Author: Lexi Eddings

Author’s Website: https://lexieddings.blogspot.com/p/mainpage.html

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

 

To read my review of The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club, click here: The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club

Oh! Look what I found! I was so excited when I saw this…and I am still excited! A Coldwater Warm Hearts Christmas will be released sometime in October of 2018! I can’t wait! I wonder who will be the main character in this book!

Hunted

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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This is the strangest fairy-tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast ever. When I first read the synopsis on the back cover, I was intrigued. It looked like a very exciting book full of adventure. However, it took me absolutely forever to get “into” the story. I was over half-way through by the time I was really intrigued.

It kind of felt like the ending was rushed. I mean, there was only like one chapter of the ending. If you know me, you know that I like a happily ever after, not just an abrupt ending. What about what they did next? Did they actually live happily ever after or just for that one scene?

As a huge Beauty and the Beast fan, the retelling of that particular fairy-tale has to be good enough for me to recommend it and enjoy it. They can’t just be so-so. Unfortunately, this book was only so-so. As a story by itself, it was quite creative, but as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it wasn’t as enjoyable.

The cover was really creative. I liked it a lot. That was one of the main reasons why I decided to read the back cover! I am going to give it 5 stars.

As for the story, this is really hard. Okay, so I a creative novel, I am going to give it 3 stars. As a fairy-tale retelling, I am going to give it 2 stars. I simply wanted a little more “fairy-tale” in the story. Still, you may enjoy this book. However, as a Beauty and the Beast fan, this novel wasn’t quite up to par.

 

Title: Hunted

Author: Meagan Spooner

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

Reading Resolution: #59

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.

My Perfect Author Panel

It is time for me to plan my perfect panel of authors that would speak at a conference. This is one of the hardest posts that I have had to write because there are so many authors that I would love to hear speak about their writing, characters, stories, etc. But before I begin, I would like to thank Cara from Evenbrite for contacting me about doing a post about my perfect conference for book lovers.

So, without first adieu, I would like to invite you to a “conference” planned by yours truly.

First of all, does anyone have any suggestions as to what to call this conference? Every conference needs a name! I will have to think about it, and if you can think of a name idea, please let me know!

 

Authors on the Panel:

  • Jane Austen
  • JR.R. Tolkien
  • C.S. Lewis
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Janette Oke

 

There are a million of questions that I would like to ask each of these authors. I could go on and on with each author, asking him or her questions galore, but alas, each author only has so much time…same with me! So, I have decided to ask only a few questions per author today.

  • Jane Austen’s stories are some of the most famous romances in the history of the romance genre. It is absolutely crazy that her stories are still read today. How did she do it? How did she manage to make every girl fall in love with Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightly, and so on? And, last but not least, were any of her characters based off people she knew?
  • J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most creative authors I have read. First things first, in almost all his books, he wrote songs to go with certain chapters and scenes. Second, he created the world of Middle Earth. Where did he get his inspiration for all the characters in his stories? He created orcs! Now that is something only someone with a huge imagination could come up with. Why did he choose hobbits to be the main characters of his stories? That is something I have always wondered ever since I first read his books and watched the movies.
  • C.S. Lewis’s most famous work is the Chronicles of Narnia. Sure, he wrote other stories, but as soon somebody mentions C.S. Lewis, he or she thinks of the land of Narnia. The question that I would ask C.S. Lewis is why did he make Aslan a lion? There are tons of animals that he could have chosen to be Aslan, but he chose a lion.
  • J.K. Rowling is one of the richest women in the world, by writing the story of the boy who lived. And it all begin with her writing on some napkins. I’m not lying! Where did she get the inspiration behind the four houses at Hogwarts? I mean, you mention any of those four names and almost everybody will know they are from Harry Potter.
  • Janette Oke is one of my favorite authors. I could read her books over and over again. What is her favorite thing about writing westerns? And, what story was her favorite to write?

What are some questions you would like to ask these authors?

 

Who would be on your panel of favorite authors for your conference? What questions would you like to ask your favorite authors?

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Sweetbriar Cottage

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

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I was so excited when I was able to get this book from BookLook Bloggers. I couldn’t wait for it to come in the mail. Finally, I was able to read it.

I stayed up really late finishing this book two nights ago. I kept saying to myself, “One more chapter” until finally I only had one more chapter left in the entire book!

Denise has a way of writing that is easy to read but intriguing all the same. She is one of my favorite authors.

Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book very much. I have read pretty much all her other books, but this one is my least favorite. I was very confused with all the time changes. One chapter it was present day and the next it was three years ago. To me, it took away from the story of the present day. I did not like that. Sure, the backstory is important…but not that important!

Anyway, I like the cover. It looks like a good book to cozy up underneath some blankets (or not) and read during a rainy day.

Even though I would not recommend this book to new readers of Denise Hunter, I would recommend the rest of her books. I haven’t done a review of all of her books but I will eventually!

I am going to give this book 2 stars. It just wasn’t my favorite.

 

Title: Sweetbriar Cottage

Author: Denise Hunter

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

Reading Resolution: #32

 

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.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Happy 20th Birthday!)

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

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Happy 20th Birthday, Harry Potter! Can you believe it? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone turns twenty years old today. So, I decided to do a review on the first book in one of the most famous series of all times.

I remember reading this when I was…I think…eleven years old. That was the age that all of my siblings read this first book. I sat down with it in my hands and read for hours. J.K. Rowling has a way of writing that simply intrigues the reader to never put down the story.

All of the characters are awesome. If you couldn’t guess, Hermione Granger is my absolute favorite. Sure, Ron and Harry are great, but who could beat Hermione? Well, I am sure a lot of you think differently than me, but oh well, opinions are opinions. Who was your favorite character?!

Personally, this is my favorite book (and movie) of the Harry Potter series. Is it just me or are the first books of the series/trilogies always the best? Even though the rest of the books are great, this one still beats them all.

The cover above is the cover in which I read this first book. There are many other covers for the entire Harry Potter series, but this is my favorite. I am giving it 5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone deserves 5 stars. To be honest, the entire series deserves five stars. There is no doubt about it; the Harry Potter books are…the books that lived…and always will.

 

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

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

 

This review is written in my own opinions and words.