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Quote of the Week December 28, 2014

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New Year, New Books

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Hello fellow booknerds!  With a new year comes new fiction.  I don't know about you but I'm ready to see what 2015 has in store.  For this list I chose one new release for each month.  It's a mixture of christian fiction and teen fiction.  All links in this post go to the Goodreads page for that novel.

So without further ado, here is a look at what is coming for your reading pleasure...

January:Beyond all Dreams by Elizabeth Camden.  I don't care what is on the back cover blurb; if Elizabeth Camden writes it, then I will read it.  This has potential to be an absolute favorite of mine though because it features a librarian and I'm starting library school in January. February: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  This is her debut novel and everything about it sounds amazing.  The country is split into Reds and Silvers.  One teenage Red girl just might have the power to turn the whole country on its head. March: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace.  Royalty? Check. Fantasy? C…

Bethany House Giveaway

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Hello lovely booknerds!  In case you haven't heard, Bethany House Publishers is giving away ALL of their 2014 fiction books.  How wonderful is that?!  Click HERE to enter to win.  There are some pretty amazing books on this list.
***I'm in no way affiliated with the giveaway, just passing along the awesomeness.***

Christmas Wishlist

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This post is inspired by The Scribbling Sprite.

The Top Five Books I Hope Santa Leaves in My Stocking The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen.  She is one of my favorite authors.  You know the kind: the ones whose new releases you have marked on your calendar and buy even if you haven't read the back cover blurb.  The only reason I haven't bought it yet is because the release date is so close to Christmas and I might get it. Tears of the Sea by Marylu Tyndall.  A Christian book featuring a mermaid? Yes please.  I'm asking Santa for this one because I couldn't find it in any of my local bookstores. A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah Ladd.  It's the third book in the Whispers on the Moors series.  I recently read The Heiress of Winterwood and am currently reading The Headmistress of Rosemere.  Based on what I've read so far I'm sure I'll want to pick up book three immediately.  Besides, who couldn't use a little regency romance for Christmas? Threat…

Quote of the Week December 21, 2014

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Review: The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd

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Sarah Ladd is a "new-to-me" author.  Her debut novel, The Heiress of Winterwood, was endorsed by two of my favorite authors (Julie Klassen and Julie Lessman).  Between that and the gorgeous cover, how could I not read this book?      On her deathbed Katherine had her friend Amelia Barrett promise to never leave her newborn baby Lucy.  It seems like a simple enough task to Amelia because she loves Lucy with every fiber of her being.  Amelia's betrothed, Edward Littleton, is not of the same mind.  He will not allow Amelia to keep Lucy once they're married.  When Lucy's father, Captain Graham Sterling, returns from his duties at sea Amelia decides proposing to him is the only way she can keep Lucy.  As you would imagine, Amelia's decision causes some drama between her, Edward, and her family.  When Lucy is kidnapped (that much is on the cover blurb so don't yell at me about spoilers)  Graham and Amelia must confront their weaknesses and examine their fa…

Quote of the Week December 14, 2014

"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." -C.S. Lewis

Review: Glittering Promises by Lisa T. Bergren

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     Glittering Promises is book three in Lisa T. Bergren's "The Grand Tour Series".  It follows Glamorous Illusions and Grave Consequences and if you haven't read them you need to go back and start on page on.  Trust me on this one, you'll enjoy the series much more if you actually read it in it's entirety.
     Since we've read the first two books, we know that the series follows the reluctant heiress Cora as she travels through Europe on a Grand Tour (hence the trilogy title) with her "family" the Kensingtons and their friends the Morgans.  The tour group is led by Will who is attempting to earn enough money to finish school.  For much of the first two books Cora is torn between her feelings for Will and the rich and charming Pierre.  *Spoiler Alert* She chooses Will.
     Now that we're all caught up let's talk about book three.  The format is the same. The point of view shifts constantly between Cora and Will with headers each time…

Quote of the Week December 7, 2014

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The Movie Effect

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I've been reading the Hunger Games Trilogy this week.  I've made it through The Hunger Games and Catching Fire;  I'll probably dive into Mockingjay after finishing this post.  Honestly, this is one series that I never had any intention of reading.  It's not that I was opposed to the story itself; I'm just not a fan of first person narratives (I realize the irony that this blog is basically a first person narrative).  So, what changed my mind?  Well, my dad is a fan of the movies.  He wanted to Mockingjay on the day after Thanksgiving.  We decided to rent the first two movies so I could watch them on Thanksgiving and we could have a daddy/daughter date on Friday.  I've declined watching the movies before on the off chance that I changed my mind about reading the books.  I'm one of those people who always wants to read the book before I see the movie.  If I watch the movie adaptation first, then the book is designated as 'never-to-be-read' in my mind…

Quote of the Week November 30, 2014

"At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book-- that string of confused, alien ciphers--shivered into meaning.  Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened.  You became, irrevocably, a reader."  -Alberto Manguel

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

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This one has actually been in my to-read stack for a while. I'm not really sure why it took me so long to get to it, but let me just tell you, I could not put it down once I started reading.
     Kate and Trevor McDonough were school rivals. So much so that they tied as valedictorians.  Every year their school gave a college scholarship to the valedictorian.  Since they were tied for the title, the school held a contest to determine who to grant the money to.  Kate was desperate to win.  The scholarship was her only chance to go to college and really make something of herself.  Trevor, on the other hand, was born into money and doesn't need a dime.  After a head-to-head battle, Trevor won the scholarship, effectively sealing Kate's fate and cementing her dislike of him.
     Fast forward twelve years and Kate has a dead end job as a statistician with the census bureau.  Kate's life gets turned upside down when she is contacted to interview for a job with Dr. T. M…

Quote of the Week November 23, 2014

"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries." -Descartes

Quote of the Week November 16, 2014

"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you." Mortimer Adler

Entwined by Heather Dixon

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I was standing in line at Books-a-Million with this book clutched to my chest.  When the cashier spotted the back of the book she exclaimed "Is that Entwined?! You're going to love it."  That led to a long conversation of geeking out about our favorite books.  That's why I love going to bookstores.

I'm a bit behind the times.  This book was actually published in 2011, but I just discovered it.  I'm sure a lot of people have read it already, but in case you haven't here are my thoughts: Entwined is another story based on the Grimm's fairy tale "The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces"/"The Twelve Dancing Princesses".  Since I just read a very similar story (Princess of the Midnight Ball) I was curious to compare the two.  Both stories have twelve princesses with flora names (though Entwined's princesses are named in alphabetical order).  In Dixon's version, the princesses are mourning the recent passing of their mother.  As su…

Halloween

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A lot of people in the office dressed up for Halloween. I think I made a pretty good Velma. (I even had Scooby snacks!) 

Life Happens

Sorry for the silence!  I just got accepted into grad school (MLIS program at USC)  so I'm busy trying to get all my i's dotted and t's crossed.  I have to pick a specialization within the next two days.  If you knew me at all you would know that making decisions like that really stress me out.  Oh well, it will all be taken care of by and by.  More reviews coming soon!

Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

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Summary in a Nutshell: Little Red Riding Hood is one of the twelve dancing princesses and she is kidnapped by Robin Hood.
     Princess of Glass is the final book in Jessica Day George's Princess series.  I've read/reviewed the first two (Princess of the Midnight Ball and Princess of Glass) and I was excited to read this one (due in part to that gorgeous cover!).  This story centers on Petunia, the youngest of the twelve princesses and the only one who still truly enjoys dancing.  She was six when she and her sisters were cursed to dance nightly for the King Under Stone.  Unlike her sisters she was too young to remember life ever really being different so she doesn't have a problem with the dancing; it's just what she knows.  As the story begins, Petunia is on her way to stay with the Grand Duchess Volenskaya at her estate (which she somehow came to possess at the end of the Analousian war) when she is accidentally kidnapped by Oliver, leader of the band of masked…

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

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Princess of Glass is Jessica Day George's sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball.  It is a darker retelling of Cinderella, though oddly "Cinderella" is not the protagonist of this tale, mixed with The Twelve Dancing Princesses.  This story follows Poppy.  She is near the middle of the group of 12 sisters, has a twin sister named Daisy, and is a bit more spunky and sassy than the other princesses.  Following the events ending the Midnight Ball tensions are high between all the kingdoms of Ionia.  Poppy and her sisters are sent to various countries as part of a royal exchange program to re-enforce political alliances.  Poppy travels to Breton, the land her mother is from, to stay with distant relatives.  They have a servant named Ellen who seems completely useless.  Poppy and the family have a soft spot for Ellen.  That is until Poppy figures out Ellen has gotten mixed up in a bit of magic.  Poppy knows a thing or two about being cursed; she did spend a majority of her li…

Scavenger Hunt!

There is a Christian Fiction scavenger hunt going on with lots of chances to win free books! Go here to start your hunt!

***I am in no way affiliated with the scavenger hunt.  I just get really excited about free books :) ***

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

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     Surprised by Love, the third installment in Julie Lessman's "Heart of San Francisco" series, was released on Tuesday.  I had high expectations going in. I've read Julie's first two series as well as the first two books of this series and I have loved them all (I'll post reviews of her other novels as soon as I get a chance to re-read them).   I finished it last night and I must tell you I was not disappointed.  This story follows Megan McClare, the "formerly frumpy" daughter of Caitlyn McClare.  I felt an immediate kinship with Meg because I was that pudgy girl with glasses and braces in school.  Fortunately for Meg, during her year studying in Paris she lost the baby fat, glasses, and braces and came back as a young woman who could match the beauty of her mother and older sister, Alli.  Two particular men take notice of Meg's transformation: Bram, her brother's best friend who has been like a big brother to her since she was seven, and…
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Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman was released TODAY!!! Y'all have no idea how excited I am about this novel.  She is one of my favorite authors by far.  I started the novel after work so I should have a review up later this week.

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen Trailer (New Regency Romance)

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Check out this trailer for Julie Klassen's new novel, The Secret of Pembrooke Park.  It comes out in December and I'm sooo excited!!





Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

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This book was not even on my radar (i.e. it was not on my to-read list on goodreads). I stumbled across it when I was wandering through the bookstore (a favorite past-time of mine).  The gorgeous cover caught my eye and I just knew I had to read this book immediately.  I don't care what the old adage says, sometimes you can totally judge a book by its cover.
Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of the Grimm's story The Twelve Dancing Princesses (a.k.a The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces).  It's the story of Rose and her eleven sisters who are forced by an evil curse to dance every night in the kingdom Under Stone with the twelve not-quite-human princes.  Even when they are to ill to attend dinner they must still dance.  The king, like any loving father, was very concerned about his daughters continuous exhaustion and frustrated that not a single one of his daughters could/would tell him where they go every night.  Not to mention the fact that he could ill aff…

Hey Y'all

My name is Brittany and I'm new to this whole blogging deal.  I plan to use this blog primarily for book reviews.  My favorite genres are re-told fairy tales and christian historical fiction; so that's what you can expect to see reviews on.  One day I hope to write my own novel, but that day is pretty far off.