Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher review

Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher

Genre: Romantic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Misty Dawn Pulsipher
Release date:  July 2014
Number of Pages:  337

Book Summary/Teaser:
Hanna Elliot had worn the ring faithfully at first. Some part of her still clung to the hope that all was not lost. As the days turned into weeks, she finally took it off and set it atop her dresser. When weeks gave way to months, the ring finally went back into its box, where it gathered dust until it was moved to Hanna’s unmentionables drawer. For the first few years, she had taken it out on the anniversary of the day she’d received it, allowing herself to wallow in what might have been. 


Sure, he thought about her occasionally, especially on cloudless nights when he lay on the bow of the Laconia looking up at the stars. But as time went on, Derick began to feel grateful that it hadn’t worked out, for one thing was certain: if he ever did settle down, it would be with someone who knew her own mind. Someone who went after the thing she wanted without hesitation. Someone who would never allow herself to be persuaded otherwise. 

Penni's Thoughts:
Although I have not read Jane Austin's version I must say that I really enjoyed this one.  From what I hear the names are similar, but it takes place in the United States. 
Famous Sailor Derick Wentworth did all that he could to forget the girl of his dreams, Hanna but the memory of Summer rain, drops of moisture on pale skin, soft blue eyes the color of an early-morning sky kept filling his mind.
Hanna continued having her nightmares.  She would wake up in the middle of the night in a deep sweat.  Always the same dream and memory of Summer rain, drops of moisture on pale skin, soft blue eyes the color of an early-morning sky.  What would be better to escape her nightmare of an old fling than to go to an exotic island and visit her sister for the summer?
This book has twist and turns through out it.  Hanna is the good sister that's trying to help out her sister that is having some problems.  She goes and stays with her, and may possibly bump into the man that's causing her nightmares, or are they dreams?  Is Derick ok with being with a girl that has to be persuaded?
I did really enjoy this book.  I would give it 4.5 stars.  Wasn't my favorite, but it was a very good and clean chick flick.
Amy's Thoughts:
I do not typically like the 'modern day remakes' of Jane Austen's originals, but this one was different.  I loved it!  Unlike other books of its type, this one was not a mirror image of the original story.  In fact, if the author hadn't kept most of the names the same you might not have even known that it followed "Persuasion." The emotional parts were not entirely sappy and cheesy like other remakes as well.  I thought the pace of the book was wonderful, not too drawn out, but not too short.  I think the writing was really fun, a lot of creative metaphors and descriptions.  I enjoyed this book a lot!  Give it a try, you won't regret it!

Rating: *****

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Changing Fate by Michelle Merrill book review

Changing Fate by Michelle Merrill

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release date:  May 2014
Number of Pages:  252

Book Summary/Teaser:
All Kate wants is to live. Battling cystic fibrosis is hard enough, dying from it is even harder. When her mom moves them closer to the hospital in the middle of her senior year, Kate’s determined to isolate herself—saving everyone the trouble of befriending a dying girl. It’s a difficult task when cheerful optimist Giana insists on being Kate’s friend. Kate’s resolve falters even more when curly-haired Kyler captivates her with his sweet melodies. As her emotional walls collapse, Kate realizes the people she’s been pushing away may be the ones giving her a reason to live. But it might be too late.

Penni's Thoughts:
There are not enough good words to say about this book!! I was sucked in right from the first chapter. 
An amazing story about a young girl named Kate that has Cystic Fibrosis.  She tries so hard to make the best of it.  All she knows is how to shut people and feelings out of her life and continue her treatments and take pills all the time.  Her father left when she was little, then she is told she has a 'disease' and she will die at a very young age.
Her mom moves her to a new school that's closer to her doctor and hospital. At this new school she faces many new challenges...including a girl that she just cannot call a friend and a cute boy.  Will she over come her fear of shutting out her feelings and finally have a best friend and a boy friend?
I wish that more YA would read this book!  Kate has an amazing story to tell and the author does it in a wonderful way!  There will always be the bullies, but in this story Kate looks past that and finds her truest friends!
 Amy's Thoughts:

Wow.  I don't read the summaries before I read the books and I had no idea what I was getting into.  If I did, I would have grabbed a box of tissues.  It was a very well written, and a very emotional book.  It gives you an inside perspective on people who suffer with different illnesses and diseases.  It is heart wrenching to put yourself in the main character's position, but then all new emotions come when you put yourself into the mother's shoes, and the friend's, etc.  It did a great job for creating awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, something I wasn't very familiar with.  It is a powerful book.  Don't forget your tissues!

Rating: *****

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amy reviews Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie

Hearts in Harmony by Raine Gillespie

Genre: Romantic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Trifecta Books
Release date:  August 2014
Number of Pages:  105
Book Summary/Teaser:
Elahna Nezario gave up her musical dreams to help run the Queen of Hearts, her mother’s chocolate shop, after her sister’s sudden death. After an unfortunate run-in with Elahna’s childhood crush, owner of the Dolce Theater, not only do her dreams surge back to life, but so does her heart.
This book is easy to get interested in, and it is written pretty well.  It is really short and makes for a quick read.  However, this genre isn't for me.  Many of the events are pretty unrealistic, and the characters reactions do not seem fitting.  The conflicts were pretty far-fetched and resolved WAY too easily.  The romance seems a little sappy and "too good to be true."  This is a good book if you are looking for a quick distraction. 
Rating: ***

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Amy reviews And Something Blue by Paige Timothy

 And Something Blue by Paige Timothy
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Trifecta Books
Release date:  August 2014
Number of Pages:  108
Book Summary/Teaser:
Bridal consultant Laurie Fletcher spends her days helping others prepare for the most special day of their lives. Will true love ever come her way, or is she doomed to watch others get their happily ever after?

I enjoyed the fun simplicity of this book.  You get to know a lot of the characters in this small town and start to be involved in their lives.  Although it's completely predictable it is a fun "feel good" read.  It has the similar Mr. Darcy feel to it which is always welcome.  I have to say that I was actually disappointed with the end.  I feel like the author spent a good amount of time on the story build up and back stories, and then the ending wrapped up in about 2 pages.  I didn't think it did the story, or the other people in the story, justice.  I think she could have taken the story so much farther and done a lot more with it.  I was relieved, however, to be reminded that this is Book One.  That did make me feel better that we haven't heard the last from everyone in the small town.  I guess I will have to keep reading!
Rating: ***

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Amy reviews Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel

Genre:  Non-Fiction
Content: Some hard material concerning World War II
Publisher: Hill and Wang; Revised Edition
Release date:  2006
Number of Pages:  120

Book Summary/Teaser:
Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
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My Opinion:
I have a hard time putting down books that are written about World War II, this book is no exception.  The stories and scenes are well depicted.  It is written with an honesty that is rare, and surprising.  It is a short read, but very powerful. 

Rating: ****

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kim's review of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
Book 1 in Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series
316 Pages

Publisher: Iain Reading
genre: middle grade/YA

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain ReadingThis first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations. 

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves. There are currently 4 books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series.

What I thought of this book:
Kitty hawk is a great read. I enjoyed the suspense and intrigue almost as much as the great amount of historical information.

I learned quite a lot from this book, from the sections about the whales to the sections about the Yukon gold rush.  I thought it very neat that the author was able to find so much mystery and suspense from an historical event.

Kitty is smart and inventive as well as tough and light on her feet. Her bravery shows throughout the story from her capture to her daring flights that save the day.

I would be very interested in reading more from this author.

I give this book four stars ****

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