Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is simply fantastic! I read it in two days, staying up until 3:00 a.m. the second day because I couldn’t put it down. Another 5 out of 5 book from me this year. I read Dragon Slippers and liked it very much. I gave it a 4.5 (although I never got around to doing a real review of it here. Sorry.) So when Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow came out, I rushed to get it. And it is worth […]

April 10, 2008 | 5 Comments
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Fool Me Twice by Stephanie Black

Fool Me Twice by Stephanie Black

Stephanie Black is one twisted sister! Fool Me Twice is her second novel published by Covenant. I loved her first one, The Believer, but I love, love, love this one! I cannot believe the twists and turns in this book. This is an LDS suspense thriller. There are some religious elements to it but no one gets baptized in the end. I found that very believable. It’s not preachy and Stephanie doesn’t beat us over the head with the Book of Mormon stick. If you’re […]

March 31, 2008 | 0 Comments
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Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks

Armageddon’s Children by Terry Brooks

I love Terry Brooks. I know lots of people love the Shannara books, but not so much the Word and the Void series. I love them both. This series, Genesis of Shannara, connects the two. Armageddon’s Children begins more than 100 years after Nest Freemark (Word and the Void series) lived and died. We pick up with Logan Tom, a Knight of the Word, as he travels across the country looking for the gypsy morph who was Nest’s son. We meet Angel Perez, another Knight […]

December 27, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Secrets in Zarahemla by Sariah S. Wilson

Secrets in Zarahemla by Sariah S. Wilson

Secrets in Zarahemla was a stretch book for me because it’s a romance and “traditional” romance is not my favorite genre. Okay, here are my issue with romances. I just don’t believe them. I don’t believe people fall in love at first sight. I don’t believe a strong relationship can develop in a matter of days. I don’t believe all the fainting and sighing and does-he-love-me-or-not junk. Since this is the currency of romance, I spend most of my reading time rolling my eyes and […]

December 14, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

This is a good book. It might be a great book, except that I miss Tally from the first three books. **SPOILER: Yes, she does put in a cameo appearance in this book but…*** It took me a little bit to get into Aya’s world and the changes that Tally’s revolution brought about. But once I shook myself out of my pout over missing Tally, I quite liked it. Like Tally, Aya is strong and resourceful and about to uncover a mystery. It was fun […]

November 14, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

I was a little worried after finishing Pretties. I had really loved Uglies. Pretties was okay, but it seemed to unravel a bit and loose ends were left hanging. But as I said in my review, I was willing to withhold judgment until I had a chance to read this one. Specials did not disappoint. Being a Special is totally cool; but to be a Cutter, Dr. Cable’s elite group of Specials, is even better. Specials are scary beautiful, very strong with reflexes so fast […]

October 10, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

I loved this book! This is a debut book and there are a few little glitches. It starts a little slow and sometimes gets a little silly. But really, I thought it was a fun and clever read. I loved the idea of a preserve to protect magical creatures—and the fact that Kendra and Seth have visited before and had no clue about the secret life of their grandparents. I loved the set-up, the discovery, the magic. The fairies were great and the satyrs were […]

September 15, 2007 | 0 Comments
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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Despite my negative comments about Bella’s IQ level, I’ve liked this whole Twilight series. As a writer, Stephenie Meyer is not my favorite, but she’s getting better with each book. And she is a strong storyteller—as evidenced by the popularity of this series. I still think Bella is an idiot. Seriously. My 17-year-old daughter and I have a mantra, “Bella is an idiot.” We don’t understand her motivation. And I really don’t get this relationship. Why does Bella love Edward? Because he’s beautiful. Why does […]

September 4, 2007 | 1 Comment
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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Like it or hate it, Harry Potter is part of our cultural identity. I would guess that J.K. Rowling has added more new words to our collective lexicon than any other single individual. She is certainly the only author I know of who has created a 7 book series that has continued to grow in popularity and gain readership with each new installment like this one has. The Star Wars franchise is the only other thing I can think of that comes close, and personally, […]

August 2, 2007 | 3 Comments
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Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Pretties is book #2 in the Uglies trilogy (which is now a quadrilogy due to this). Again, the theme is that pretty on the outside doesn’t guarantee pretty on the inside, and sometimes you have to really fight for what you want—in this case, freedom. It also takes a look at what jealousy, betrayal and power can drive people to do and to become. Pretty Tally is sort of annoying at first. She and Shay are BFFs because neither one of them can clearly remember […]

July 20, 2007 | 0 Comments
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