Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2 Matched by Ally Condie

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: November 30, 2010
ARC, 366 pages
ISBN: 978-0-525-42364-5


Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

I won my copy of Matched from Ms. Martin Teaches Media. I was super excited because I really wanted to read this book. I try to stay away from reviews on books I'm reading because I don't want them to influence my opinion on the book, but I did sneak a peek here and there to see what everyone else thought. Reactions to this book ranged from absolutely loved or it was okay. My opinion falls somewhere in the middle. Matched is a dystopian novel set in a futuristic society that decides everything for the population. I mean EVERYTHING! The decide what you eat and how much, they monitor dreams, they even choose who you marry. This is all for the best or so the Society has you to believe. Cassia is the main character in this novel. She goes along with the rules never challenging anything or anyone until a computer glitch opens her eyes. I especially liked seeing the progression of her character.  I liked the others characters in this novel, too. Cassia, Ky and Xander are all well written, likable characters. The chemistry between Ky and Cassia was really good. I enjoyed the story line. It's interesting and a bit mysterious. It wasn't until I was half way through the book that things really started to pick up for me. After that I didn't want to put it down. Matched is the first book in a trilogy. I'm really excited to see where Ally Condie takes this series. If you haven't put this title on your TBR list, you definitely should.

To find out more about Ally Condie and Matched go to www.allycondie.com

*picture and summary taken from Good Reads
* I won an ARC of Matched in a contest

Monday, November 29, 2010

25 I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!

Harry Potter Reading Challenge

As some of you may or may not know, I have not read Harry Potter. I have watched all the movies and loved them. I decided after watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1, it was time to read the series. So starting in January 2011, I begin reading this much loved series.  If you would like to join me in this adventure, whether you're a newbie like me or this is your fiftieth time, please be sure to leave a comment with your email so I can contact you. 


Here is my reading schedule:

January: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
February: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
March: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
April: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
May: Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix
June: Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince
July: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  

Sunday, November 28, 2010

1 Maria's Romance, A gift from Jennifer Becton

One of my favorite novels this year is Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton. I love this book, so I was thrilled when Jennifer Becton released the short story, Maria's Romance, on her blog Skidding in Sideways.  This is such a treat that I wanted to share it with all of you. If you love Jane Austen, then I recommend this book for you. Thank you Jennifer Becton for giving us this gift.

Click here to take you to Jennifer Becton's Blog.

*picture taken from Skidding in Sideways

Saturday, November 27, 2010

5 Sunday Confessions Nov. 28, 2010

This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! This weekend has been so busy with friends, family and food.  Today we put up our Christmas decorations. My kids get so excited decorating the tree. I give them free range and very little direction.  My husband gets a little crazy putting on the lights. Every year we have the same conversation. He always insists that we need more lights and I disagree. Clark Griswold has nothing on him!  I'm pretty sure you are able to see our Christmas tree from space.  Decorating the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become a tradition for my family. So my question this week is: 

When do you put up your Christmas decorations, before or after Thanksgiving? 

You don't have to celebrate Christmas to participate in this weeks' meme. If you have any special traditions for this time of year, please tell me about them.

Friday, November 26, 2010

0 A Rose for My Mother by Nancy Lee Canfield

Title: A Rose for My Mother
Author: Nancy Lee Canfield
Publisher: iUniverse
Publication Date:  June 16, 2010
paperback, 288 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4502-3123-7

In this extraordinary true story, parapsychology expert Nancy Lee Canfield reveals how her early years shaped and prepared her for a lifetime of studying the paranormal. A Rose for My Mother chronicles Canfield's turbulent childhood in and out of foster homes and orphanages before the age of thirteen, her early marriage at seventeen, and her awakening to paranormal phenomena. A Rose for My Mother is an intriguing blend of memoir and the study of parapsychology. 

Do you believe in the paranormal?  Do you think some people are more 'sensitive' than others? 
I have absolutely no experience with the paranormal. I've never seen anything or heard anything that lets me know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it exits. However that doesn't stop me from being fascinated on the subject. That is one of the reasons I decided to read this book. However this book is much more than a woman's experience with the paranormal. This book is about a woman's survival.  There were parts of this memoir that are heart wrenching. Literally. Sometimes it was very hard to read. But if Nancy Lee Canfield can live through her experiences, I should be able to read about them.  She lays her story all on the table for us. The good, the bad and the ugly. She starts with her earliest memories of her childhood and takes us through to her adult hood.  She has included details that I'm sure were hard for her to write about.  Nancy Lee Canfiield survived by strength, faith and persevering.  She also documents her earliest paranormal experiences and how she became attuned to the paranormal world. I found this entire book interesting. I am thankful to Nancy Lee Canfield for sharing her experiences and wisdom with the world.  

*Picture and summary taken from Good Read
** Book was provided by author for an honest review. This in no way influenced my review

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

1 Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving 
*picture by Gorillatrations

0 Fool's Gold Holiday Wishes

Check out Susan Mallery's new online magazine, Fool's Gold Holiday Wishes. It's full on recipes, inside information on Fool's Gold and lots more. Susan Mallery is also having a contest exclusively for bloggers.  Click here for details.

1 Schloss Valkuriz by Felicia N. Cheung

Title: Schloss Valkuriz
Author: Felicia N. Cheung
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication Date: Sept. 27, 2010
Paperback, 141 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4327-5830-1

A chance encounter with the handsome Lord Kessler leads Iara to the magnificent castle of Schloss Valkuriz where she finds a new and exciting romance. Haunted by recurring dreams of past sorrows in which she relives the episode of her last encounter with her lover, Iara learns the truth behind a dark secret buried in the past. A secret protected by the immortal beauty of a sacred rose whose very essence is preserved by the faithfulness of a promise now forgotten. A promise which, if broken, would lead to horrifying consequences.

This book looked really interesting when I read the summary. I read it hoping that I would love it but I didn't.  It just wasn't my cup of tea. There were aspects of the book that I did like.  I really like the concept of this book but at times I felt lost.   I did like Iara, the main character, she had some spunk to her and  Lord Kessler is dark and mysterious.  The mystery presented in this book kept me turning the pages, mostly because I was trying to figure out what was happening. I think the author could have described and elaborated on the scenes a bit more. This book wasn't for me, but it might be for you.

*Summary and Picture taken from Good Reads
*Book received from author for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

0 Vanished! Morlah's Quest: The Frontmire Histories - Book IV

Title: Vanished! Morlah's Quest: The Frontmire Histories - Book IV
Author: David E. Daigle
Published by: Self Published CreateSpace
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
paperback, 367 pages
ISBN: 1451551703, ISBN-13: 9781451551709

An Epic Fantasy Adventure Morlah the Druid suddenly awakes from over six hundred years of Druid Sleep to find the entire community of the Druid Keep in Parintia gone. The Elven capitol city of Mildra is deserted. Everyone he knows has died while he was in his slumbers, except his chief nemesis, the Black Mage, Daektoch. He seeks comfort among the remaining Elves before going off in search of answers. The Dwarves refuse him, Breezon is a ruined city, and the provincial capitol is not far behind. Star, a prostitute from Breezon, flees the city to avoid hanging for killing a customer who beat her. She makes for Heros, but trouble soon finds the one who is carrying the Elfstones that the Druid needs. Easom, a young Druid from Breezon, seeks the Elfstone that will lead them to soiccat, the stone needed to restore the lost population of Mildra. He travels with three Dwarves, and his trials become pivotal to the resolution of the tale. Also, a unique and unexpected ending for our beloved villain, Daektoch. 

I wanted to read this book after reading David Daigle bio stating that he is not only a fan but he is influenced by J.R.R. Tolken and  Terry Brooks.  I'm a fan of Tolken and my husband loves Brooks, so I was very interested in reading Daigle's story. This is the fourth book in the Frontmire Histories. I have not read the first three but David Daigle assured me that he wrote his books to stand on their own. Was he right? Yes. I was able to follow the story line easily enough. I do wish I had read the first three just because there were times I felt like I  could use a little more information that was probably explained in a previous book. However, I didn't get lost in the story. This story focuses on the Druid, Morlah, who awakes after being asleep for over six hundred years to find out that the world he left behind has changed dramatically.  He searches to find the answer to what has happened to the world while he slept. The story is told from the perspective of two druids, Morlah and Easom, who go in search of the elusive elfstone. I really liked the adventure and mystery in this book. Daigle wrote an interesting tale. It's also full of everything you would want in a fantasy book.  It's full of Eleves, trolls, faeries, dwarves, druids, magic, and gypsies. Vanished had many characters but not so many that you get confused. My favorite character was the dwarf, Captain Bowdin. I really enjoyed the scenes with him.  Overall this is  a good book if you like fantasy. I definitely am going to check out the first three books in David Daigle's series.

*picture and summary taken from Goodreads
** My thanks to David Daigle and Bostick Communications for providing me with a copy of this book.  I received no compensation for my review.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

3 Sunday Confessions Nov. 21, 2010

It's time once again for Sunday Confessions. This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 

A few weeks ago we got a kitten. That's right! I finally talked my husband into one. Growing up I had a kitty that I loved and she even went to college with me. She was a great pet and I miss her. We already have a dog named Scamp. He's a shy dog and we thought he could use some company. So after hours and hours of persuasion, my husband finally relented and now we have our kitten. We had a huge debate over what to name her. My kids wanted names like 'ketchup' and 'princess pony'. I wasn't a fan of either names. In the past we have let our kids name our pets. We've had hamsters named Buzz, Starscream and Penelope. They even named our dog, Scamp (from Lady and the Tramp II). This time I wanted to be the one to name the kitty so I named her Arwen. (I named her after Arwen Evenstar from Lord of the Rings).  She has settled in nicely to our home (meaning she's taken over and now is queen of all that she sees).  She's a great addition to our family and we all have fallen in love with her.

So my question this week is: Do you have any pets? If yes, what are their names and how did you come up with the names?

6 Debut Author Challenge 2011

Kristi from The Story Siren is hosting a debut author challenge for 2011 young adult and middle grade fiction.   The challenge begins Jan. 2011 and ends Dec. 2011. The idea is to read as many debut authors as possible (minimum 12).  You don't have to be a blogger to participate. This sounds like a lot of fun and I urge everyone to participate. Kristi has all the details on her site, so please check it out. I put together a tentative list of books I would like to read in 2011.

Unearthly by Cynithia Hand
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelni
XVI by Julia Karr
Angelfire by Courtney Alliaon Moulton
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
Blood Magic by Tessa Graton

So this is my list this far. What are you excited to read in 2011? Any books you think I should add to this list?

2 Good Morning Voldemort

I found this video on youtube and I wanted to share it with you. For my young followers, it does have some innuendo in it, so you might want to check with your parents before watching. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do.

Friday, November 19, 2010

10 This Contest is for my International Followers

I want to thank my international followers too!!! So I am giving away to one luck winner, any book up to $10 from the Book Depository.
1. This giveaway if for my International Followers ONLY
The Book Depository must be able to ship to your address. Check here to make sure.
2. You must be over 13 years old to enter
3. You must be a follower, since this giveaway is a "Thank You" to my followers.
4. Contest ends Dec. 1, 2010
5. Please check giveaway rule page at the top of my blog
6. I would love it if you would spread the word about this contest.
7. Only one entry per person

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6 CONTEST TIME!!!!!!!!!!

I want to thank everyone who follows my blog.  I think you all are Awesome. I still find it unbelievable that any one would want to read my reviews. LOL I appreciate all of you that take the time to comment as well. You make me smile.  I love the blogging world. It's full of wonderful people who share the same obsession love of reading that I do. I've added so many books to my TBR list because of you. I've come across books I might not have known about because of you.  I appreciate and I am thankful for all of you: readers, authors, bloggers. So without further ado my giveaway:

One lucky follower will receive a Hush, Hush in hardcover and arc of Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick. Both are gently read books, in excellent condition.

1. I don't usually do this but because this contest is a Thank You to my followers you Do have to be a follower/awesome person. Old or New.
2. You must live in the US (sorry international peeps)
3. You MUST be over 13 years old to enter.
4. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not be entered
5. Contest ends Dec. 1, 2010
6. Please check out my giveaway rules
7. I would love it if you would spread the word about this contest.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

3 Dracula in Love by Karen Essex

Title: Dracula in Love 
Author: Karen Essex
Publisher: DoubleDay
Publication Date: August 10, 2010
Hardcover, 372 pages
ISBN: 978-0-385-52891-7

From the shadowy banks of the River Thames to the wild and windswept coast of Yorkshire, the quintessential Victorian virgin Mina Murray vividly recounts in the pages of her private diary the intimate details of what transpired between her and Count Dracula—the joys and terrors of a pas sionate affair and her rebellion against a force of evil that has pursued her through time. 

Mina’s version of this timeless gothic vampire tale is a visceral journey into the dimly lit bedrooms, mist-filled cemeteries, and locked asylum chambers where she led a secret life, far from the chaste and polite lifestyle the defenders of her purity, and even her fiancé, Jonathan Harker, expected of her. 

Bram Stoker’s classic novel was only one side of the story. Now, for the first time, Dracula’s eternal muse reveals all. What she has to say is more sensual, more devious, and more enthralling than ever imagined. The result is a scintillating gothic novel that reinvents the tragic heroine Mina as a modern woman tor tured by desire.

This book was not as I expected. I admit, I had some preconceived notions before reading this novel. The story of Dracula is fairly well known so it's was hard not to already have certain expectations.  I'm a huge fan of Dracula stories and was intrigued by this one. First, I love the cover.  It's dark, gothic feel invites you to dive into this book. As I said before, the storyline was not what I expected. Karen Essex took the tale we are all familiar with and mixed it with Irish folk/faerie tales.  This made for an interesting story.   The plot is mysterious and very sensual. The story is told from Mina's point of view, some of which is in diary entries.  The only part of the story line that drove me crazy *SPOILER ALERT* was several mentions of how feeble and weak women are. I'm not a feminist but I did want to beat some of the characters over the head with my copy of this book. According to Karen Essex, this came from actual physicians notes.  I am glad that I was born in this time period because they would have definitely locked me up!  *SPOILER OVER* Karen uses  many of the same characters we have all come to know  but also introduces us to some new ones. I really like Kate, she has lots of gumption. I am sad to say, I didn't really care for Jonathan. To be honest I was pulling for Dracula the whole time. Overall I liked the story. It was a compelling read. This was the first novel I have read by Karen Essex. I definitely want to check out more of her work. Her other novels include Stealing Athena, Leonardo's Swans, Kleopatra, and Pharoah.  For more information of Karen Essex  click here

*picture and summary taken from goodreads
*I received this book from Random House in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions on the book.

0 Check out these book trailers by Amanda Hocking

I'm so adding these books to my wish list! I love the song in Honalee trailer. The song is by Black Lab. So what do you think? Will you be adding these books to your wishlist? Check out Amanda's website here

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

11 I have a new blog design!!!!

Check out my new blog design! Thanks to Enna Isilee from Squeaky Books I have a new blog design!  I know very little about blog design so when I wanted to revamp my blog I knew I needed help.  Enna is very talented. I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking for, so I had very little input.  However she managed to come up with this brilliant blog design. She did everything from created it to installing it.  I could not have done it without her. So if you ever need any help, I would strongly recommend Enna. She's not only extremely talented but also extremely nice.  She answered all my questions, no matter how silly. You can contact her @ Admin@SqueakyBooks.com

Also if you haven't checked out her blog, you should. Just click on the badge below.


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Monday, November 15, 2010

1 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Title: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Author: Robert C. O'Brien
Publisher: Atheneum Books for young readers
Publication date: First published March 1, 1971
paperback, 234 pages
ISBN 13: 9780689206511

There's something very strange about the rats living under the rosebush at the Fitzgibbon farm. But Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with a sick child, is in dire straits and must turn to these exceptional creatures for assistance. Soon she finds herself flying on the back of a crow, slipping sleeping powder into a ferocious cat's dinner dish, and helping 108 brilliant, laboratory-enhanced rats escape to a utopian civilization of their own design, no longer to live "on the edge of somebody else's, like fleas on a dog's back."
This unusual novel, winner of the Newbery Medal (among a host of other accolades) snags the reader on page one and reels in steadily all the way through to the exhilarating conclusion. Robert O'Brien has created a small but complete world in which a mother's concern for her son overpowers her fear of all her natural enemies and allows her to make some extraordinary discoveries along the way. O'Brien's incredible tale, along with Zena Bernstein's appealing ink drawings, ensures that readers will never again look at alley rats and field mice in the same way.

One day, while browsing in the children's section of my local book store, I came across Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. I was a huge fan of the movie The Secret of NIMH as a kid. This was one of those movies that I watched over and over again, driving my parents crazy.  I bought this book hoping that my children would love the story as much as I did.
The verdict: We all loved this book. This was my first time reading it as well. I loved the story. Robert O'Brien wrote a fantastic story full of drama. The story line is very intriguing. He takes you on a journey through the eyes of Mrs. Frisby and Nicodemus. Mrs. Frisby's drive to save her son would warm anybody's heart. The story if full of strange and wonderful characters that are very lovable and endearing.  We each had our favorite characters that we were cheering for the entire story. My kids also loved the pictures in the book. There weren't a lot but every chapter had at least one scene sketch.  I had many hours of enjoyment reading this book to my kids.  They enjoyed it as well.  So from the adult and from the kids point of view this is definitely a winner.

*picture and summary taken from goodreads.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

9 Sunday Confessions Nov. 13, 2010

It's time once again for Sunday Confessions. This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 

The topic for this week's Sunday Confessions is "being thankful". With Thanksgiving coming up it is common for people to think about reasons to be thankful. I know my family does. I have to be honest with you, sometime I forget to be thankful.  I take for granted the opportunities granted to me and I take for granted the people closest to me. Often people don't realize this until it's too late. Until they have lost what matters most.  I had a rude awakening this week. How, you ask?  On Tuesday morning of this past week, my husband left to go to work. It was a beautiful morning. He kissed me goodbye before he left, just like always. I was occupied and I didn't pay him that much attention.  Ten minutes later this happened:

First let me tell you that he is perfectly fine. What had happened is that an oncoming car hit a deer. The deer flipped up in the air and landed on my husband's car. All persons that were involved in this accident are fine. Unfortunately, the deer didn't make it.  This was a completely humbling experience for me. I'm a busy person like many of you,  I wear many hats and am often pulled into several directions. However I have learned some very important lessons this week. Be Thankful! Stop and smell the roses. Let the people in your life know how much they mean to you. Show them how much they mean to you. This could have ended so differently but I'm so glad it didn't. So here is what I'm thankful for:

I am thankful for my husband because he makes me laugh, he takes care of me when I'm sick, he makes me coffee every morning, he listens to me talk about the books I love, he's a wonderful father, he doesn't take me too seriously and because my life would suck without him.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 12, 2010

7 Contest Around the Blogging World

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

7 Soulless by Gail Carriger

Title: Soulless, An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
Author: Gail Carriger
Publisher: Orbit books
Publication date: October 1, 2009
paperback, 375 pages
ISBN 13: 9780316056632

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. 
Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire -- and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. 
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

I have been dying to read this book for a while and then I won it in a contest. How great is that?  I had heard some pretty positive things about this series and couldn't wait to read it.  I was not disappointed!  I loved it from beginning to end. Gail Carriger wrote a very witty, funny, sexy, well written novel.  I love Alexia and Lord Maccon. I love the banter between the two of them.  Gail Carriger wrote some pretty fantastic characters that you will love. This story line was fantastic.  I did not want to put this book down.  This book is so much fun. If you love vampires and werewolves this book is for you.  This is the first book in this series followed by changeless and blameless.  If you would like to find out more about Gail Carriger and this series click here.

*picture and summary taken from goodreads
This is also the first book I have read for the Steampunk challenge. 

Steampunk challenge

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

4 Repairing Rainbows by Lynda Fishman

Title: Repairing Rainbows
Author: Lynda Fishman
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: July 15, 2010
paperback, 270 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9866074-0-0


At thirteen years old, Lynda’s life comes to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters are killed in a plane crash. Her father, overcome by despair, simply continues to exist, in a state devoid of hope. After burying a wife and two young children at the age of 44, the overwhelming responsibility of raising a daughter alone completely immobilizes him.
Teetering on that tender brink between childhood and adolescence, Lynda faces the responsibility of a father in a complete state of shock, a house to take care of and hundreds of decisions about how to proceed with their shattered lives.
In Repairing Rainbows she candidly describes the agonizing memories, deafening silence and endless hardships that are the fallout of incredible loss. As we follow her through marriage, motherhood and her own spiritual journey, Lynda reveals her complex feelings of hope, anger, pity and determination. Most importantly, she learns the crucial difference between “truly living” and the existence that is so often mistaken for being alive.
A true story, written by a woman whose normal and abundant life hides a terrible past, Repairing Rainbows is loaded with important lessons to help others overcome struggles and obstacles, and fulfill their lives. It is a powerful, captivating, riveting and easy-to-read story that will undoubtedly touch the hearts of its readers.

I have read a few memoirs in my life but this is the first one I've reviewed. I find it hard because how can you review someones life experiences? I decided to review this one because Lynda Fishman's story sounded so compelling, I couldn't help myself. This was a well written, heartbreakingly inspired book.  In this book Lynda Fishman lays all her cards on the table and shares the tragic story of the loss of her mother and two younger sisters in a plane crash. I found myself tearing up as she recalled these painful moments in her life and I was inspired by her strength and determination to succeed and overcome this major loss.  Lynda Fishman recalls many details of her life and peppers this book with many precious photographs of her loved ones.  I think in life we all take things and people for granted. People that we should be more grateful for but we're not, because we just expect or assume that they are always going to be there. Lynda Fishman reminds us that life is precious and it can change in the blink of an eye.  I really liked this book and am recommending it to you. First call your family and tell them that you love them and then read this book.

If you would like more information on Repairing Rainbows and Lynda Fishman click here

*picture was taken from GoodReads and summary was taken from Repairing Rainbows website.
*a copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

5 Sunday Confessions Nov. 7, 2010

It's time once again for Sunday Confessions. This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 

This weeks topic is about books I loved as a child. There are certain books that I've read growing up that hold a special place in my heart. When ever I come across them they always stir up warm fuzzy feelings. Now that I'm a parent I find myself reading some of these books again and hoping my children will love them as much as I did and still do.  Here are a few of them:

I loved, loved, loved this book. Did I mention that I loved this book. I think I had my mom read it to me at least twice a night for many months. 


This is a great book. When I was five years old, I could think of nothing cooler than having a big red dog. 

This is another favorite. I loved this story. I must have read this book about 50 times. 

Who doesn't love Dr. Suess?  I think all of his books are great and my kids love him too.  

What were your favorite books growing up? 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

1 Portal by Imogen Rose

Title: Portal
Author: Imogen Rose
Publisher: createspace
Publication Date: January 23, 2010
paperback, 342 pages
ISBN-13:978-0-615-34507-9, -10:0-615-34507-7

Come Find Me Two Years Ago... 

 Six words that propelled ice hockey playing tomboy, Arizona, into an alternate dimension. In one moment she went from being an ice hockey playing teenager in New Jersey to a glamorous cheerleader in California. 
She found herself with a new dad. She found herself in a new life. One that she had apparently lived in always. Everyone knew her as Arizona Darley, but she isn't. 
She was Arizona Stevens. 
She knew she had to find her way back to her real life, to her real dad. 
Then she met Kellan. 

Go ahead and add this book to your TBR list. This is an excellent book.  I came across Imogen Rose's website and was immediately interested in her Portal Chronicles series.  Let me tell you, I was not disappointed! I loved this story. She had me hooked right from the beginning.  I started reading this book in the morning and didn't stop until I finished the book.  Imogen Rose wrote an intriguing story from beginning to end.  I loved the storyline and the characters. I also loved that this story was different from other books that I have read lately. It's was like a breath of fresh air.  Portal is the first book in the Portal Chronicles. I will definitely continue to read this series.  So, if you haven't done it yet, add this book to your TBR right now.
If you would like to find out more information on Imogen Rose and the Portal Chronicles, check out her site: http://www.imogenrose.com/

*Summary and picture taken from GoodReads
*review copy provided by Imogen Rose. This in no way influenced my review

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

2 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Title: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: August 24, 2010
Hardcover, 398 pages
ISBN 13: 9780439023511

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding. 

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss. 

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

I've been waiting to read this book since the day it came out. It's been sitting on my shelf since August. I've been avoiding every little mention of Mockingjay. I've not read any reviews for fear of finding out how it ended. My husband even read the book before me but I made him swear that he would not give me one little hint on what was in this book.  So when I went on vacation last week I took it with me. I started reading it on the drive to the beach. I told my husband and kids not to bother me unless they were bleeding or on fire. I was only half way joking.  What did I think? I thought it was very well written and I was happy with the way it ended. It was a very intense series. I know some of you haven't read the series so I don't want to go into detail. I love this series! So if you haven't read it I recommend you put it on your TBR list.  Well done Suzanne Collins. Well done.

*picture and summary taken from Good Reads

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

0 Winner of Heavenly

Thank you to everyone who entered the Heavenly giveaway and to Jennifer Laurens who generously donated a signed copy of her book plus swag. This is an amazing book and I hope you all get a chance to read it. I used random.org to select a winner and the winner is........


I will contact you by email and you have 48 hours to claim you prize or I will have to choose another winner.

Monday, November 1, 2010

4 I'm Back!

I'm back from vacation! I bet you didn't even know I was gone because I scheduled a few posts while I was away so my blog wouldn't be lonely. My family and I spent a week at the beach. We had a lot of fun and I did some reading. I read some great books that I can't wait to tell you about! Here are some pictures from our family vacation.

This bird was hanging out on the beach one evening. I guess he was looking for his dinner. We named him Fred. LOL We also saw jelly fish, crabs, dolphins and lots of stingrays. It was really cool!

                                  and of course the sunrises and sunsets were gorgeous!

I had a great week and I hope that you did too! 

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