All the Finer Things
by Stephanie Connelley Worlton
Genre: YA, suspense,
Publisher: Spring Canyon Media
Release date: 2014
Married to one of the most lucrative and sought after plastic surgeons
in SoCal, Megan Hamilton has it all. Her posh life, designer clothes, and
stunning penthouse leave her wanting for nothing… or do they? Controlled by his
obsessive pursuit of perfection, Doctor Matthew Hamilton will stop nothing
short of breaking his young, spirited bride into a subservient trophy wife. But
when parenthood enters their picture, the entire game changes. How far will
Megan have to go to escape Matt's obsessive control and abuse? And how much
will she have to lose before she gets there?
What I liked about this book:
The thing that kept popping in my head while I was reading this book was “You can take the girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of
the girl”. It was so much fun reading
all the details the author gave about Megan’s designer clothes, and don’t
forget all of her different shoes.
Carter is a charming and loving man.He knew exactly how Megan needed to be treated.
I loved the small town atmosphere that this book told about, the close
knit community and the fun festivals that they had.Worlton did a wonderful job describing the
feeling and smells that all the different places had.The book is a great story of a woman put in a
difficult situation and she chose to make the most of it!.
It was a wonderful romance with just a little touch of suspense.
Book 1 in The Maiden of Time Series, Book 2, Soulless, coming Summer
Genre: YA Historical (rated PG)
Some mild violence and PG romance
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing
date: November 2013
Summary: Alexia’s nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and
forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to
home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this
new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless
marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.
From the beginning of this book the author has you wondering what in the world is
going on with Alexia. She has always been awkward and homely but finds that
suddenly, she seemingly has become an extraordinary beauty overnight. Stranger
than this, is that nobody but her seems to have noticed any change, at least
they refuse to acknowledge it. Alexia has dreamt many strange things, like the
exact details of people's deaths, including her own, and the stranger with the
blue eyes. When her dreams begin to become reality she seeks the one person she
believes holds the answers; the stranger with the blue eyes.
was a good read and the mysteries unravel to you, the reader, right along with
Alexia, giving you a sense that you are in this together. You find yourself
cheering her along to take on the world, and be with her true love despite what
may come next. I would recommend this book to others and await the second book
in this series.
It's easy to categorize myself as either a Mary or a Martha. In reality, they both struggle inside me, like little imps on my shoulder enticing me one way or the other.
It's more like a tug-of-war. For the majority of the time, I'd have to say Martha has the upper hand. She's a list maker, very organized and sees to the needs of others. I think she was the oldest sister who had to grow up fast with a lot of responsibilities.
Sometimes Mary takes charge. She reminds me that people are always more important, that I need to stop what I'm doing when a child wants to tell me something.
I know that Mary has won when I take a few moments to sit on my front porch and count how many different bird songs I hear, or breathe in the lavender and apple blossoms.
Martha is the one who keeps the house up and the clutter down. She remembers friends' birthdays and can manage making an extra dinner for a neighbor in need.
Mary is the one who makes time to be creative, the one who is truly grateful for what she has. She makes time to ponder, she's more positive by nature, and rarely complains.
Martha is a hard worker. She may be a little more negative at times, but if something really bothers her she will do whatever is necessary to change her situation.
Mary is content to sit and listen while Martha's contentment comes from accomplishing tasks.
Currently, Martha is trying to convince me that working full time hours would be more practical than writing. My work hours are worth a lot and so far I haven't earned anything from my writing. I've only incurred expenses and self-imposed deadlines.
Mary argues that life is short. She even pulled out a calculator to show me that it would take almost as many years to get completely out of debt as it would if I stayed part time.
Content: Clean, a couple cuss words, but nothing big. Publisher: Wonderstruck Books
Released: March 29, 2014
Pages: paperback 262
According to Rachel Marconi chocolate heals all wounds. That and throwing darts at pictures of her ex-boyfriend. Burned by yet another bad relationship, Rachel decides to reprioritize her life, putting her dream to compete on a Food Network Challenge on the top of her list and dating at the bottom crossed out in red sharpie. But what's a girl to do when a certain sexy guy keeps asking her out? Cue in Graydon Green, a former pro hockey player turned restaurant owner. After a lot of persistent and humorous teasing, he finally convinces Rachel to commit to a date. Just when things begin to warm up, threatening notes directed at Rachel arrive. When her bakery is vandalized, Graydon's protective streak goes on red alert. Is it her obsessive ex-boyfriend stalking her? Or maybe a challenger trying to sabotage the competition? Either way, Rachel is definitely going to need more chocolate - perhaps drizzled over ice cream and devil's food cake.
What I liked about this book:
I was hooked to this book at the first chapter!The way the author wrote expressions made me
feel like I was talking with an old buddy.Rachel told things as they were, she didn’t hold much back.I enjoyed how even though Graydon was a star
athlete, he didn’t like the famous spotlight.So he did everything he could to avoid that role.
My most favorite detail about the book is how family friendly all of
the characters are. Their lives
revolved around their family.All
Rachel was looking for was someone who could love her for the rest of her life
like the love her parents had for each other and not just a few years.Her friend Kristen had a family of her own,
and still was able to run a successful business, and not be consumed with work.
Oh, and to top off a great story, she added the mouth-watering recipes
at the end of the book!!! I can’t wait to try them.
39 Clues Series by Rick Riordan and various authors
Title: Maze of Bones
Series: 39 Clues
Genre: Children’s Chapter books (age 8-12)
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: September2008
The first book in this groundbreaking
multimedia series sends readers around the world on the hunt for the 39 Clues.
Written by #1 NYT bestseller Rick Riordan, and backed by $100,000 in prizes!
Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her
will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice -
one million dollars or a clue."
Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the
world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to
the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around
the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble
them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's
important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.
What I liked:
I read the entire series (11 books) with my son, I enjoyed being able
to talk to him about it.The main
characters are a brother and sister, appealing to both genders.The kids travel around the world figuring out
clues to the ultimate treasure hunt.Besides being a fun mystery I learned interesting things about the
places they traveled and interesting facts about important people throughout
history like Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, and Shakespeare.I highly recommend reading it with your kids
either aloud or book club style.(note:
the books are written by different authors, if you are looking for them in the
library they will be in the “series” section)
Where to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Collection-Digital-Emperors-Gauntlet/dp/B00865BU0A/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=11Q1GQX38DW0MXM0WC6H
Content: some mild violence Publisher: Cedar Fort Release date: February 2014
Book Summary/jacket blurb:
Aria's life is full of secrets--secrets about her mother's
death, her father's cruelty, and her dream to go to Juilliard. When Aria meets
Thomas, he draws out her secrets, captures her heart, and gives her the courage
to defy her father. But when tragedy strikes and Thomas disappears, Aria is
left alone to transform her broken heart's melody into something beautiful.
Porcelain Keys is a captivating love story that will resonate long after the
last page is turned.
I really liked this book.The
main character Aria learns to put her emotions and heartbreak into her music.I think the author did much the same with her
writing.There is a lot of emotion in
this book.Most amazing is that the
author wrote this story while struggling with cancer.It is a great story of choices and
forgiveness and powerful love.Read it!
Where to purchase:http://www.amazon.com/Porcelain-Keys-Sarah-Beard/dp/1462113966
Sarah Beard graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in
communications, and splits her time between writing and raising three energetic
boys. She enjoys reading, composing music, and traveling with her family. She
lives with her husband and children in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her website
Four years ago, Sarah
Beard didn't know if she would live long enough to finish her novel. Having been
diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer, she lost her hair and appetite from
the effects of chemotherapy, but not her desire to finish writing the love story
that lived on in her heart. Overcoming remarkable odds, she beat cancer and
finished her debut novel, "Porcelain Keys,"which was released
The book is targeted at
young women, but the story's complexity will also appeal to a wider audience. It
takes readers on an emotional journey with ups and downs, twists and turns, and
a satisfying end that resonates long after the last word.
"The book is an
exploration of the different ways people deal with grief and how the ultimate
act of courage is when we allow ourselves to feel and love after being hurt,"
"Porcelain Keys" is
available in bookstores and from online retailers.