Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Favs of Grandson 1.2

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Grandson 1.2
The Ranger's Apprentice Series
by John A. Flanagan
They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied. . . .
1.2 likes this series because they go on missions and do fun things.
From the reviews on Amazon (all 4.5-5 stars) this looks like a
great adventure series to engage grades 4-8.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Amy's Review of Light Unshaken by Crystal Walton


Book Summary/Teaser:

It's real. It has to be. Twenty-two-year-old college student Emma Matthews gained too much ground last year for it all to be a dream. She has an engagement ring on her finger to prove it. Not to mention an internship she's made for. 

But as mounting danger compromises her safety, friction intensifies until the risk of keeping her promise threatens all she's fought to believe. Caught in a moment when every light in her life goes out, Emma must find the courage to lead her heart no matter what it costs her.




Light Unshaken (The Unveiled Series) by Crystal Walton

Genre: Fiction, romance
Content: Some Violence
Publisher:  Impact Editions
Release date: June 18, 2015
Number of Pages:  304 
My Opinion:
This book started out as a really cheesy and corny love story - I didn't know if I wanted to finish reading it. But a couple of chapters into the book, Emma's fiancé has to move across the country.  Once their super sappy relationship becomes long distance the book becomes really enjoyable.  I found a lot of interest in her work at the kids' club. That was the best part of the story.  It was written really well and I became attached to several of the characters.  I do think their behavior is a little too cliché at times and becomes a little predictable, but I enjoyed it anyway!
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

All about J. Kowallis, author of Afterimage


J. Kowallis


J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. It was so intriguing, her Third Grade teacher requested to keep the original (THAT is a true story!). Between living in fictional worlds, she managed to graduate from Weber State University's creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).
Visit her website: www.jkowallisbooks.com
and her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/authorjkowallis



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Amy reveiws We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father: Striving to Live the Young Women Values by Jen Brewer

Book Summary/Teaser:
Learn the importance of the words you repeat each week. This inspirational book helps you better understand the Young Women theme by breaking down each section and sharing the story of how and why the theme was created. Discover your divine potential and how important you are in God’s plan! Thought provoking and uplifting, this book offers new insights for parents, leaders, and all young women.
We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father:
Striving to Live the Young Women Values
by Jen Brewer


Genre: Non-fiction, Inspirational
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Cedar Fort, Inc.
Release date: August 11, 2015
Number of Pages:  157

My Opinion:
This is an amazing book!  Jen Brewer interviewed with some of the General Young Women leaders that were involved in the creating of the Young Women's theme and she includes some of their comments and stories about how they came to decide on the things they did.  It is very fascinating.  She breaks down each part of the Young Women's theme and discusses what it means and how we can more fully live the statements and values therein.  I think it would be something amazing for all young women (and old) to read and refresh their dedication and faith.  There were many stories and analogies that really made a lot of sense to me and gave me the desire to improve without overwhelming me.  Read it, mark it up and share it!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Amy's Review of Afterimage by J. Kowallis

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Book Summary/Teaser:
Reggie’s dreams . . . aren’t dreams. Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One. Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her: Nomads. How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine. When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.


Afterimage (The Enertia Trials Vol 1) by J. Kowallis
Genre: Fiction
Content: Some  violence and language
Publisher:  CreateSpace
Release date: (April 7, 2015)
Number of Pages:  404
website: www.jkowallisbooks.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/authorjkowallis 
My Opinion:
Wow.  There is a lot going on in this book from beginning to end.  I never got bored and I never wanted to put it down.  Things start out a bit confusing, you aren't sure who the people are or what is going on, but as they put the pieces of the puzzle together so do you.  As everything comes together you get to know each of the characters and you become invested in their lives.  I really enjoyed the creativity and relationship dynamics in this story.  I can't wait to read the next book!  (Look for it next spring!)
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Monday, August 17, 2015

Afterimage by J. Kowallis Spotlight and Giveaway!

Afterimage
by J. Kowallis


Book Summary/Teaser:
Reggie’s dreams . . . aren’t dreams. Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One. Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her: Nomads. How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine. When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kim's Review of The Watcher's Book 2: Hidden Fire by Deirdra Eden

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Auriella's new life as a royal protector is in shambles.
The new king ignores her warnings of a Shadow Legion invasion,
and he is determined to marry her off.

Ghosts from her past, the discovery of other Watchers,
and a handsome Scottish warrior throw her off guard.

Caught in a web of secrecy, Auriella struggles to control
and protect the devastating power of Starfire.
The Watcher's Book 2: Hidden Fire
by Deirdra Eden


Genre: Youth Fiction/ Fantasy
Published by Netherfield Publishing, LLC
Release Date: February 2015

The second book in the Watchers series, this continuation of Lady Aureilla's adventures was just as enjoyable as the first book in this series.  

Follow Aureilla as she is at first mocked by her new king, who thinks she has been inventing her stories of the Shadow Legion trying to take over the throne.  Then, she is reunited with her first love, Lucas, who has become the King's new captain.  Lucas also seems to think that Aureilla is just fancying herself a mythical warrior of legend.  

Aureilla is sent on a mission to parlay with the Scottish King, and on her way is attacked by the Shadow Legions.  She is able to take out most of the attackers on her own, but is rescued and later awakens to find that she is now surrounded by some Neviahan's who also happen to be Immortals.

Aureilla, of course, doesn't figure this out until later, but what she does discover is that one of her rescuers,  Azreal,  happens to be her one true love from before her mortal existence in Neviah. Azreal also happens to be the key to unlocking Aureilla's secret power, Star Fire.   

Aureilla is torn between the love she had for Azreal in their previous existence and the love she has just been reunited with back in London, Lucas.  These complications are just a part of Aureilla's concerns, she still has the Shadow Legion to deal with.  

All of their current information points to the same conclusion, the leader of the Shadow Legion has taken up residence in London, and has already usurped a position in the capital to influence the King. They must return to save London so that the Shadow legion does not reek more havoc throughout the world. 

Just as it seems the battle might be won, however, Auriella is transported back to Neviah.  She is shown her path and given the choice to stay in Neviah or return to earth and finish the battle.  The rest is spoiler alert.

I found this book to be exciting and there are some lighthearted fun elements thrown in amidst all of the danger and the drama of the newly formed love triangle in this book.  The author does a good job getting you to empathize with Aureilla's character and hope that all ends well for the love crossed beings who's purpose is to destroy a dark empire that will not rest until they have conquered earth. All in all, this book was very entertaining and leaves you wanting to find out what's in store in the next book of the series. 
I give it 


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Grandson 3.3's Favorite Books

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Grandson 3.3's Favorite Books


3.3 loves
Flat Stanley's World Wide Adventures
by Jeff Brown
Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan



When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling. A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick! Amazing things begin happening to him. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves. He may be flat, but he's a hero.


3.3's favorite book in this series is book 4:

The Intrepid Canadian Expedition
(Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #4)


Flat Stanley goes north!
Stanley Lambchop and his family are in British Columbia, Canada, for some skiing and winter fun. But when Stanley and his new friend Nick go snowboarding—with Stanley as the snowboard, of course—they take a midair tumble just as the wind picks up . . . and find themselves floating in an amazing Canadian cross-country journey that might just be Stanley's wildest adventure yet!


3.3 also enjoys:

The Last Dragon Chronicles
by Chris d'Lacey


When David moves in with Liz and Lucy, he discovers a collection of hand crafted, clay dragons that comes to life and has magical powers. David's personalized dragon, Gadzooks, can forecast the future, and inspires him to write a story which reveals the truth behind an unsolved mystery close to home. The story has an unhappy ending, and when David realizes the consequences of it he is angry. Then David finds Gadzooks crying and near death, and he discovers that these special dragons die when they are not loved. Soon David is forced to save his friend and unlock the powers of the fire within.



The Cam Jansen Series
by David A. Adler


No mystery is too great for super-sleuth Cam Jansen and her amazing photographic memory!Can Cam help catch the diamond thief? Cam and her friend Eric are sitting at the mall when the jewelry store is robbed. Cam sees the thief, but the police arrest the wrong person. Now it's up to Cam to catch the real criminal!



The I Survived Series
by Lauren Tarshis



The most terrifying events in history are brought vividly to life in this new fictional series! In book 1, ten-year-old George is trapped on the Titanic -- how will he survive?

Ten-year-old George Calder can't believe his luck -- he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George's life changes forever.

Lauren Tarshis brings history's most exciting and terrifying events to life.
Readers will be transported by stories of amazing kids and how they survived!




Friday, August 7, 2015

It is Perfect to be Just Who You Are by Veronica Ortiz

It Is Perfect to be Just Who You Are!
by Veronica Ortiz

If you'd like to teach your children what kindness means
then this set is for you.
The author defines and gives examples
of different ways to show kindness.


Acceptance, Tolerance, Gratitude--
help your children understand what they mean
and how to practice these traits.

It Is Perfect to be Kind to Animals
by Veronica Ortiz

This is a companion, activity book that
teaches kindness to animals.



Explains what it means to be gentle, helpful,
forgiving, and caring with examples,
with space to draw examples of how the
children can show forgiveness, etc,
helping them apply these principles in their present lives.

This set also comes with a memory type card game.


Learning kindness can be fun.

Contact the author on her

to get your set!





Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Book Recommendations from Granddaughter 3.2



3.2's Favorite Books





The Lunch Lady Series
9 book set of graphic novels
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Serving justice . . . and lunch!Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn’t dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn’t just serve sloppy joes—she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it’s no match for LUNCH LADY!

Serving justice . . . and lunch!Lunch Lady can sniff out something rotten like no one else—and there’s definitely something rotten going on in the library. The usually friendly librarians have become cold and secretive. Even Dee can’t seem to crack a smile out of them. What darkness may lurk in the hearts of librarians? Lunch Lady is on the case! And Hector, Terrence, and Dee are along for a wild ride!
She liked the second book in the series because it was full of fun, inventive gadgets.
Dee, Terrence, and Hector are very excited about Author Visit Day. Lewis Scribson is the author of the famous Flippy Bunny books, and Hector is a huge fan!
And it gets Dee and Terrence out of math class.

But something is a little off about this special guest. And Coach Birkby, the gym teacher, mysteriously disappears the day of his visit.

What evil designs does this world-famous writer have on his agenda? Lunch Lady’s going to get to the bottom of it, even if she has to kick some bunny butt!
Spoiler Alert:
In book 3 stinky socks save hypnotized teachers.
The Spiderwick Chronicles
by Tony DiTerlizzi

After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they’ve just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there’s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own—the world of faerie.

The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them...

3.2 also likes The Spiderwick Series because they are funny, weird and scary.
Her favorites are books 2, 4, and 5.