If I could extend the 5 star rating I'd give this book 7 stars. I might have to give it my favorite book of all time award. There are so many things IIf I could extend the 5 star rating I'd give this book 7 stars. I might have to give it my favorite book of all time award. There are so many things I loved about this story. First, what caught my attention was the Egyptian aspect. Which this story does not disappoint. Not only do you get a great dose of Egyptian Myths and Legends but you go and explore the Great Pyramids, Cairo, Luxor, and The Valley of the Kings. It's written with amazing details. I feel like I've been inside the pyramids and have gone places no tourist can go. Not only do you go on this thrilling adventure but the characters are deep and intelligent and real. I cried at times. I laughed out loud at humorous moments. I couldn't put the book down with so many gripping life and death situations. I honestly didn't know how the story was going to end. One of the things I love best about picking up a Janette Rallison book is I know it will have a happy ending. I seriously hope this will not be the end of the line for Aislynn's story but it did leave me beyond satisfied.
I have to share a scene that clinched the deal of being my favorite story of all time: "Just to be difficult, I asked for grapes then pretended to be an Egyptian goddess, with slaves fanning her with palm fronds while they fed her peeled grapes. Dane refused to peel my grapes or to fan me with palm fronds, but I still referred to him as "slave boy" anyway. "Slave boy, can you get me a pillow for my feet?" "Slave boy, I'd like some potato chips now." He smiled when I gave him these instructions and always said, "As you wish."
Yep, this story has it all. Egypt, love, family, adventure, and a Princess Bride reference. ...more
A war has banished most of the wizards from Havensgate and those remaining have to comply with the rules of the kingdom. The protective magic barrierA war has banished most of the wizards from Havensgate and those remaining have to comply with the rules of the kingdom. The protective magic barrier along the borders called the DMZ (Demystified Zone) is slowly being pushed and destroying land. The wizards that live in Havensgate are pretty much owned by the royals to do their bidding. Lady Felecia and Baron Erik von Dappenshien are at arms against each other on what should be done to protect Havensgate. A plot to open the magic barrier and let one of the deadliest wizards come get his revenge in Havensgate is set in place. Baron Erik is framed and his wizard Rezdin has to go into hiding. Rezdin now must rely on a street boy named Tommy Penceworth to save his life and the whole kingdom.
The characters in this story are incredibly compelling. You jump from each characters point of view and get inside their head and find out what makes them tick, even the “evil” ones. They don’t seem so evil when you see what motivates them. The descriptions in this story are so tangible it’s like you’re there. While reading, I pictured characters and places from “Merlin” the TV show. Like “Merlin”, The Accidental Apprentice has a King, royals, wizards, and magic is not very popular with the people. I’m hoping for a prequel story someday showing us the war that caused the separation of the wizards. I’m also waiting not-so-patiently for the next story to come out. There’s still a lot to happen with Rezdin and Tommy.
Anika is a wonderful storyteller and she works her own magic by bringing a whole new world alive. I found this book in the teen section of the bookstore but I believe all ages will find the characters and their stories irresistible. ...more
**spoiler alert** This was a quick and easy read. Richard Paul Evans is someone I want to sit around a camp fire with and have him entertain me with h**spoiler alert** This was a quick and easy read. Richard Paul Evans is someone I want to sit around a camp fire with and have him entertain me with his storytelling. He paints a beautiful picture with his characters and you feel deeply for them. This is a very different kind of love story. It has unpredictable twists in it. It held my interest and I needed to know the full story before I could put it down. ***If you haven't read this book stop here as spoilers are included. The reason why I gave it a 3 star instead of a 4 star. I didn't have a problem with time traveling and even the weirdness of Matthew and Beth falling in love didn't turn me away. But what I did have a problem with was when they meet back up in the future, Charlotte doesn't find it peculiar that her husband Matthew is very similar to Mr. Matthew who her Mom had dated. A simple solution would have been at Christmas Eve dinner when Mr. Matthew was brought up to have Charlotte mention that's the reason why she fell in love with Matthew because he reminded her of Mr. Matthew so much. Done, problem solved. There were a few other things that didn't sit right with me but overall I was entertained for an evening. ...more
This is such a wonderful read. Lucianna is flawed but oh so relatable. Her red hair fits her fiery personality. She’s been scorned by love and is fineThis is such a wonderful read. Lucianna is flawed but oh so relatable. Her red hair fits her fiery personality. She’s been scorned by love and is fine with the idea of never getting married. When her knight-in-shinning-armor Sir Balduin sweeps her off her feet… ok so maybe he’s graying a little and has a limp from his battle days but he is a knight and he’s desperately in love with her. Lucianna is finally getting married at the age of forty-four. When her brother Serafino shows up she’s certain he will ruin everything by revealing the truth about her. The truth she has kept hidden for so long. Lucianna is determined to push Sir Baldiun away to save him from the humiliation of her past. In a flashback we get a glimpse of Lucianna’s beginning years in the convent where she was raised by nuns. We experience a beautiful friendship develop. Elisabetta and Lucianna were inseparable after their time in the convent together. After Elisabetta’s death Lucianna takes care of Siri her daughter as if she’s her own child. She’s now helping Siri with her first pregnancy and it’s the only thing keeping Lucianna in France. She wants to flee back home to Italy so her rotten brother will follow her there. There are so many wonderful characters in this book. We get to revisit with characters from previous books by Joyce DiPastena, which is always fun. It’s a quick and uplifting read. It is a book I know I will reread over and over again. I loved every minute of it. ...more
This is a feel good kind of story but it is also sad. Very sad as you experience firsthand the peer pressure and horrible bullying kids deal with thesThis is a feel good kind of story but it is also sad. Very sad as you experience firsthand the peer pressure and horrible bullying kids deal with these days. Jake is on top of his world. He's popular but even he experiences the peer pressure to fit in and act cool. When his classmates tease him about dating Penelope the new girl whose fat and ugly he's mean to her. His punishment is to tutor her. This is mortifying and the teasing won't stop. As he gets to know Penelope he finds there is more to her than her looks. Things take a twist and are so much worse than just a simple do-the-right-thing story. Jake's world is turned upside down and everything seems lost. Betsy Love makes you fall in love with these characters. It inspires you to be kind to others. I want to take all the quotes that start each chapter and frame them throughout my house. We all need reminders to be kind to one another. Not just our youth but even as adults. I’d like to add one more quote that I think fits the theme of this book. “Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Alexandrinus Philo ...more
Nicholas Sparks is the master of romance. He knows how to pull on your heart strings. He is also very good at exploring relationships. Not just thoseNicholas Sparks is the master of romance. He knows how to pull on your heart strings. He is also very good at exploring relationships. Not just those between a man and a woman but with families and friends too. In this book I enjoyed the many different characters and their stories that tie them all together. It jumps around to many points of view which made it interesting. You're even in the bad guys head. The main love story between Amanda and Dawson is sweet but I found myself a little detached from really rooting for them. I skimmed a lot of the story and their time together. Dawson sounds like a wonderful guy with some hard breaks but he's a bit of a recluse. He never dates another woman after Amanda; for 20 plus years!? That seems weird to me. If they were truly soul mates and couldn't live without each other then why did he tell her to leave? And why did she go without much of a fight? Fast forward 20 years to Amanda and her issues with her marriage and it felt like an easy way to rationalize an affair. I'm not saying if an affair happened or not but I wasn't really buying into her marital problems. Things do become really exciting in the end and you have to read on to find out what happens. I don't want to give any spoilers but some of the coincidences were a little too far of a stretch for me. Something I really enjoyed in the story was the paranormal aspect of it. That was a nice twist that kept things mysterious. ...more
I loved the story and the characters were absolutely wonderful. My only problem is I wanted it to go on and on. It is a quick and easy read. If you doI loved the story and the characters were absolutely wonderful. My only problem is I wanted it to go on and on. It is a quick and easy read. If you don't have a lot of time but need a little romance pick me up than this is the story for you. ...more
Kaz’s world is peaches and pitching. Romance is the last thing he’s looking for. He promised his grandfather he would marry a Japanese woman. He neverKaz’s world is peaches and pitching. Romance is the last thing he’s looking for. He promised his grandfather he would marry a Japanese woman. He never knew how hard it would be to keep that promise. Kaz hopes to get picked up by San Francisco Giants. He’s also desperately trying to save his family's California peach farm.
Sabrina is the next up and coming Hollywood sweetheart. Her latest film has made her a star. She’s getting ready to film the sequel but she can’t seem to recover from an attack that left her shoulder injured. Her brother Alex (from book #1 “Love Bats Last” in the Tavonesi Series) gets his pitching friend Kaz to work with her in hopes to rehabilitate her shoulder. Not with pills and physical therapy but with Kaz’s old school samurai skills.
Kaz and Sabrina aren’t looking for a relationship in each other but there is no ignoring their sexual attraction. And I mean sexual attraction! Pamela knows how to steam up the windows with these two characters.
Sabrina experiences the downside of acting. It isn’t always easy to separate real life and the characters life especially when taking on dark roles. I never thought about the struggles that come along with fame. Pamela takes you behind the scenes of Hollywood.
When an ex-girlfriend, a drug lord, and murder charges get in the way, it doesn’t look like things are meant to be for Sabrina and Kaz. Can true love conquer through all that?
Like “The MacGregors” series by Nora Roberts, I’ve fallen in love with the Tavonesi family. I enjoy spin off series where each story is focused on one family member but the previous family members that you’ve grown to love show up to help out. Every time I read the Tavonesi series it makes me want to visit vineyards and take long romantic walks on the pacific coastal beaches. ...more
This series is lightly based on fairy tales. In book two, Wolf has escaped a ruthless group. He's helping Scarlet save her Grandma. Her Grandma is keeThis series is lightly based on fairy tales. In book two, Wolf has escaped a ruthless group. He's helping Scarlet save her Grandma. Her Grandma is keeping secrets that people will kill to know. They need to get to Paris where Grandma is being held prisoner by the ruthless group. The only problem is can Wolf be trusted? If you can't tell, this story is based on Red Riding Hood. That's where the similarities end. This is a futuristic story where earth is under attack by the Lunar people. The Lunar Queen is determined to rule the world. How she will accomplish this is by marrying the Emperor of China, Kia. We got to know Kia in book one with Cinder. In book two it goes back and forth to Cinder and Scarlet's story. The two stories are intertwined and it's very gripping. Overall I like the story. I ranked it lower because it ends with a lot of unfinished business. I'm not a fan of this even though lots of authors are doing this aka Hunger Games & Divergent. Even though I don't like this tactic it does seem to work. I plan to read on to find out what happens. Marissa is a good writer and the series is very compelling....more
This is a very different version of Cinderella. I love it. It's futuristic and set in China. The main character is a cyborg. She's a very skilled mechThis is a very different version of Cinderella. I love it. It's futuristic and set in China. The main character is a cyborg. She's a very skilled mechanic especially for a 16 year old girl/cyborg. That's how she meets Prince Kai who needs his robot fixed. Cinder wants to keep her identity as a cyborg a secret, at least from the prince. A horrible disease is spreading across the country and Cinder is special and can help with the outbreak. The Queen of the Lunar planet comes to earth hoping to arrange a marriage with herself and Prince Kai. When Cinder gets in the way of that the Queen is out to get her. Book one ends on a complete cliffhanger. I sometimes hate when authors do that but thankfully book two is out and I can continue the story. Marissa, the author grew up watching anime and this story has an anime kind of feel to it. She feels her story is a lot like 'Firefly' - A tale of East meets West sci-fi. I absolutely loved the 'Firefly' TV series. I'm enjoying the world that Marissa has developed in Cinder and am looking forward to the whole series. ...more
This contemporary romance is a very enjoyable read. Holly's an over weight widow. Logan's a personal trainer for famous sports players. He takes on HoThis contemporary romance is a very enjoyable read. Holly's an over weight widow. Logan's a personal trainer for famous sports players. He takes on Holly as a project to help her get in shape. What he doesn't expect is how much he's attracted to her. She doesn't fit into his cookie mold of skinny blonde models. When their two very different worlds collide they learn valuable lessons from each other. Stephanie does a wonderful job on making us fall in love with her characters and cry for them too. Great Read. ...more
This is an enjoyable book. It's great to be back at Pemberley and learn how all the characters from Pride and Prejudice are doing. It's been six yearsThis is an enjoyable book. It's great to be back at Pemberley and learn how all the characters from Pride and Prejudice are doing. It's been six years. Darcy and Elizabeth are enjoying life together with two young boys. Georgiana is as beautiful as ever. She has some very handsome suitors who like her for more than her money. Speaking of George Wickham, Lydia and Wickham are still up to no good. Once again Darcy has to help Wickham who's being charged with murder. Even though I didn't feel there was a lot of mystery solving going on it does keep things interesting with the unknown. If you're a Jane Austen fan you'll love this story. A couple times characters from Jane's other novels are mentioned and it was fun to hear about them too. ...more
THANK YOU CASSANDRA CLARE! This book is gripping and exciting and everything you could ever want from an epic ending to a series. Bonus, we get closurTHANK YOU CASSANDRA CLARE! This book is gripping and exciting and everything you could ever want from an epic ending to a series. Bonus, we get closure with Tessa's story too. I held my breath many times and thought it would all end badly. So many authors these days love to kill off main characters and discard any hope of them living happily ever after. Don't get me wrong plenty of people die in this book. Things do not go easy on anyone. There's heartache and sadness all around and it seems hopeless at times. But to avoid to many spoilers, I'll just say it's a great read and it wraps everything up nicely and doesn't leave you guessing and wondering. So again I have to thank the author for being clever and talented and sharing it all with us. ...more