The Heir to the Selection Trilogy

The HeirThough America and Maxon are finished with their Selection, their daughter (Princess Eadlyn) is now asked to participate in her own Selection. She begrudgingly agrees, and starts to feel the pressure mounting as she realizes what she’s gotten herself into.

This book takes place twenty years after America and Maxon’s wedding. Things have changed in their world, and mostly for the better. The castes are gone, but rioting is threatening to tear the kingdom apart. To distract them, and in a hope to unify the country, Eadlyn is asked to take on her own Selection. Continue reading “The Heir to the Selection Trilogy”

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Top Three Books of 2015!

As 2015 has now officially, ended, it’s time to talk about the best books of my reading year! I read just over 29 books, and whittling it down to three is really, really hard. If you’ve read some of my reviews (and if you haven’t, you really should) it’s been a wonderful year for me. Lots of fun and exciting books. A great way to get back into reading! (2015 was the first year in many that I actually sat down to read some ‘fun’ books).

First, a little business. The next two months will have reviews from 2015 books because I’m just that far behind. I hope to be able to move the reviews up, but right now I want to be sure I have consistent content for all of you. (That one month break in November was slightly embarrassing…) What that means is, you’ll have a new review every Monday (yay!), but that also means one of my favorite books of the year hasn’t gotten it’s review published. 😦 Please bear with me as I try and figure out this blogging thing… there’s quite the learning curve! Continue reading “Top Three Books of 2015!”

Rebel Belle: A thrilling, magic ride set in the South!

I went into this book without really knowing what it was about. My sister recommended it to me, and said to give it a shot. So I did. And I was very pleasantly surprised.

Without getting into spoilers, Harper’s life is turned upside down when she inherits magical powers and now has to protect one of her arch enemies, David, (cue love interest). The hijinks that ensue are hilarious and heart warming. Harper, whose entire life has been about homecoming crowns and cotillion dresses, learns some great life lessons. Her ‘perfect life’ is turned upside down, and she’s forced to deal with not only her new powers, but also being a High School Student. Between destroying her car, being chased by bad guys and several other fast paced adventures, she always seems to keep her southern charm. Continue reading “Rebel Belle: A thrilling, magic ride set in the South!”

Autumn Falls – A Disney Channel Star’s First Book

Okay, confession time. I’d heard that Bella Thorne ‘wrote*’ a novel, and was one of the first Disney Channel Stars to break into the publishing world, and that’s more than half the reason I picked up this book. I’m not a huge Bella Thorne fan, but I know a little about her story, and found the premise of a fictional autobiography somewhat entertaining.

Anyway, let’s talk about the story!

When Autumn loses her dad and has to move to Florida, she struggles with finding friends, and staying out of trouble. Which, isn’t the easiest thing to do when the school’s Queen Bee keeps making her life miserable by posing an embarrassing photo and creating a fake website that looks like Autumn created!

Continue reading “Autumn Falls – A Disney Channel Star’s First Book”

The Seeker Must Awaken – A Fast Pace Fantasy Novel

I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest review. (NOTE: This book has gone out of print recently. It might return…)

The Seeker Must Awaken is an interesting book. It wasn’t as long as I expected. The PDF was only 126 pages. It tells the story of Alexa as she discovers secrets about her past, and about people she’s been seeing in her dreams. Turns out it’s all true, and Alexa discovers her heritage, her destiny and joins a group called the Seekers. Continue reading “The Seeker Must Awaken – A Fast Pace Fantasy Novel”

The Grimm Legacy – A Middle Grade Warehouse 13 Meets Grimms Fairytales

I had such high hopes for this book! I’m a fan of Warehouse 13, and the Librarian movies (if you haven’t watched them, you should!). I was expecting some of this to come into the book, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Elizabeth gets a job at an object lending library. Some of the objects are ordinary, like musical instruments you can borrow to see if you actually enjoy playing the tuba, but some are a little more fantastical and some are even magical.

The Grimm Collection is in the basement. Here, objects such as Cinderella’s shoes, the twelve dancing princess’ slippers, the seven league boots (the Grimm’s sure had a thing for shoes!) and the magic mirror from Snow White reside. But someone’s been stealing the objects and replacing them with identical but non-magical fakes! Continue reading “The Grimm Legacy – A Middle Grade Warehouse 13 Meets Grimms Fairytales”

The Stone Gate

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

The Stone GateWhen I read the description of this book, I was expecting a dry and preachy book about recycling and saving the environment. I couldn’t have been more wrong, and was pleasantly surprised.

Jack and Kaya are siblings who are transported into a few different/alternate worlds. Not to put too many spoilers in, but their adventures in these worlds are based around the environment and it’s impact on the people living there. There’s also a magic portal ‘the stone gate’ that they must travel through to visit these worlds. Continue reading “The Stone Gate”

Heir to the Jedi – A New Hope for My Love of Star Wars Novels?

Another Cannon Star Wars Book! Maybe this one will fare a little better than the last one, eh?

Heir to the JediThis book is told in first person (what ever happened to third person? Was there someone wrong with that?), and centers on Luke Skywalker as he… er… does something?

Oh right! He rescues Nakari Kelen, an alien cryptographer. And runs into a love interest, and has about 50 mini-plots so that you forget what the original plot even was in the beginning. And I’m not even kidding. He’s transporting something somewhere, then he’s eating noodles, then he’s trying to locate Nakari’s family, then he’s eating noodles on a date, then he’s on this strange planet fighting smugglers, then he’s eating noodles again.Sigh. And I had such hopes for this book.

I’m really just having bad luck with Star Wars books aren’t I? I’m almost scared to pick up Lords of the Sith, Tarkin, and Lost Stars. Continue reading “Heir to the Jedi – A New Hope for My Love of Star Wars Novels?”

Steel – A Modern Day Girl Joins A Pirate Crew – Arrg!

So, I read this one around Talk Like a Pirate Day (Arrg!) and didn’t get around to writing the review until just now. Bad me.

SteelI didn’t really go into steel with very high expectations, but that may have been why I enjoyed it. (The book doesn’t have great Goodreads reviews).

Jill, our main character is a fencer, but recently is questioning whether she’s really having trouble with the sport, and loses to her arch Nemesis in a tournament. She starts to question weather this is something she wants to continue to do as her family sets off on a relaxing vacation to the Caribbean.

While there, Jill discovers part of a broken sword on the beach, gets thrown overboard, and is suddenly sucked through time and lands on a pirate ship where she has two choices. Join the crew, or be thrown overboard. Continue reading “Steel – A Modern Day Girl Joins A Pirate Crew – Arrg!”

Ruby Red – Traveling through Time to fulfill an Ancient Prophesy

In a world where Time Travel is totally possible, a mysterious gene prophesied by such legends as Albert Einstein is supposed to be inherited by Charlotte. Only it’s Gwynneth that’s gotten the mysterious gene, and can zap through time to fulfill a mysterious ancient prophesy no one really wants to talk about.

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) Originally a German book, Ruby Red is an international best-seller, and has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a really long time (Okay, since the beginning of the year… but that’s a long time!) I got it on Audio book to begin, then switched to reading the physical book. Both were very well done!

In a series of adventures mostly aimed at getting Gwyneth familiar and capable in the time traveling department, they travel back to the early 18th century and the 1900s. During both escapades, they dally in mystery solving, a bit of espionage, the odd sword fight, and Gwyneth realizes she has to be careful about who she trusts. Her own family has secrets they aren’t sharing! Continue reading “Ruby Red – Traveling through Time to fulfill an Ancient Prophesy”