The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I do believe this book may make my all-time favorite list. I was so captivated by this story. The idea of having death as the narrator was intriguing. The characterizations were amazing. Every member of this small community was well-drawn and memorable. I instantly fell in love with Liesel and her love for books. Her life was so hard, and yet she discovered beauty in the people and things around her. She grew into a young woman of strength and courage. One of my favorite […]

September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Freefall by Traci Hunter Abramson

Freefall by Traci Hunter Abramson

Freefall is the first book in the Saint Squad series. The Saint Squad is a Navy SEAL team where most of the members belong to the LDS (Mormon) church. Not all of the team members are LDS but they are all good guys. Each book in this series focuses on a different member of the team and a suspenseful mission. And there’s usually a romantic adventure, as well. I bought this one when it first came out but it sat in my To Read pile […]

January 5, 2009 | 0 Comments
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Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel by N.C. Allen

Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel by N.C. Allen

I’m not really sure which genre to put this one in. It definitely has a historical setting, just after the American Civil War and the assassination of President Lincoln.  It also has mystery and suspense, as Isabelle and her friends chase after the elusive Jewel of Zeus. There’s some romance—just a little, but it’s definitely a plot point. But there are some fantasy elements, as well, with the mystical happenings surrounding that missing jewel… But however you classify it, it was pretty good. This is […]

January 3, 2009 | 0 Comments
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I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

This was a fast, fun read. I wanted to be a spy when I was Cammie’s age and I would have loved reading a book like this back then. There is enough adventure to be entertaining and keep you on the edge of your seat at times, but it never dips down into the gore. The romance is sweet and light, some hand-holding and kissing but nothing I’d be embarrassed to have my mother or my daughters read. The characters are great. Cammie and her […]

November 14, 2008 | 0 Comments
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All’s Fair by Julie Coulter Bellon

All’s Fair by Julie Coulter Bellon

I love my friend, Julie Bellon. I really do. I met Julie when we lived in the same neighborhood, and really got to know her when she tended my youngest daughter, when I had to go back to work after my divorce. I absolutely trusted her with my child, and that’s saying a lot about what I think of Julie’s character. Julie and I have a lot in common. I’m from the U.S.; she’s Canadian. I have a respectable number of children (4); she has […]

July 11, 2008 | 10 Comments
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Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage

Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage

I was one of the lucky ones to get an ARC of Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage. I looked forward to reading it because I’ve really enjoyed his Shandra Covington series (House of Secrets and Dead On Arrival). I love fantasy so when the package came, I ripped it open and started reading right away. I’ve had to wait to post my review—and that’s been hard because I’ve wanted to share the love for the two main characters in this book. Water Keep […]

July 8, 2008 | 3 Comments
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Rules of Engagement by Stephanie Fowers

Rules of Engagement by Stephanie Fowers

I read Rules of Engagement by Stephanie Fowers yesterday in just a few hours. It’s cute and fun. This book gives you a humorous look into college life while exploring the non-existent love lives of Samantha and her roommates. I enjoyed Samantha’s feisty character and personality. I laughed aloud at many of her antics—such as getting stuck in a window, sneaking into a boy’s apartment to steal a cross-stitched quote, and trying to avoid a stalker. It took me back to my college days. I […]

June 19, 2008 | 3 Comments
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Heaven Scent by Rebecca Talley

Heaven Scent by Rebecca Talley

Heaven Scent (isn’t that a gorgeous cover?) is Rebecca Cornish Talley’s debut novel. Written for LDS teens, this book will be particularly enjoyed by young women, ages 12 to 16. Rebecca stopped by for a visit. Many of my readers are published authors or are in the process of writing a book for the first time. They are always interested in the writing process. Where did you get the idea for writing Heaven Scent? How long did it take you to finish it? My mother […]

June 7, 2008 | 18 Comments
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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Oh. My. Gosh. I loved The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve read her Twilight books, and aside from the fact that they’re romance and Bella is an idiot, I’ve liked them just fine. But I’m not going to stand in line at midnight to get book #4. (Oh, wait. Actually, I am—but only because my sister and some other friends are having a Girls Night Out on the evening of the debut and we’ve decided to include that in our plans. But I digress.) But […]

May 14, 2008 | 0 Comments
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Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull is book #3 in the Fablehaven series. I didn’t get reviews posted of either of the first two books, but I gave them both a 4.5 out of 5. I really like this series and suggest it for middle grade readers and people who love simple fantasy. I felt this book could have been edited just a bit tighter, losing maybe 50 pages. There were a few places where it went on longer than needed. Also, I […]

May 12, 2008 | 0 Comments
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