Showing posts from December, 2014

Quote of the Week December 28, 2014


New Year, New Books

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

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

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


Review: The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah Ladd

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

     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


The Movie Effect

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…