A quick, fun read. Found this among my mother's Twilight stuff. It's a great look behind the scenes of the making of the Twilight movie. Lots of snipp...moreA quick, fun read. Found this among my mother's Twilight stuff. It's a great look behind the scenes of the making of the Twilight movie. Lots of snippets from the director, drawings of how they planned the scenes and pics from the movie and behind the scenes. (less)
I picked this audio book up from my local library to listen to on the long drive home - little did I know that it would make me cry. I don't even thi...more I picked this audio book up from my local library to listen to on the long drive home - little did I know that it would make me cry. I don't even think I read the synopsis, I just knew a ton of my bookish friends had read it and that it was about time that I did too.
Mia is a gifted cellist with a promising future, a loving family and boyfriend, and an amazing best friend. What more could a girl ask for? Her only real issue is having to decide whether to move to New York to attend Julliard or stay close to home to be with everyone she loves.
After a complete accident, her choices are taken away from her. Her only decision is whether to survive or give up? Mia is in a state of in between, limbo some would say. She can hear everything happening around her and can see how things are affecting everyone. She has a great decision to make and is weighing all of the things people around her are saying along with her own thoughts of what her future might be like after this accident. Will she decide to stay? Will the love from her family and friends be enough for her to want to stay?
This was such a heart wrenching story filled with love and loss. It honestly made me think about what people go through during such times - do they honestly hear everyone around them? Do people watch what they say around someone who is gravely ill in the hospital, or do they filter their comments? I remember thinking about my Mom while listening to this audio book and wondering if she truly heard all of my whisperings in her last moments and after reading this book, I'd like to think she did and that my words might have helped her understand a little.
I look forward to reading Where She Went, to find out more about what happens. If I Stay ends in a way that you can take it as is or hope for more. I want more.
I haven't really read many unicorn themed books, so I thought it was worth a shot. I enjoyed the mythology building for the unicorn race and loved le...more I haven't really read many unicorn themed books, so I thought it was worth a shot. I enjoyed the mythology building for the unicorn race and loved learning their history. I loved the idea that a select group of humans are descended from the mythical unicorns. It was all very mystical and fascinating.
The premise of this book was very interesting and I felt like it is a great stepping stone for a series. I'm excited to see what will happen with the unicorn race now that they have an enemy looking to take them all out.
The only thing I had a hard time with was the love at first site with Skye and Mike. I have a hard time with this type of love story. I enjoy the ones where people fall in love over time. This did not take away from the book, because as you read along their instalove makes more sense and you understand their need to be together.
I will say my favourite scene is a fight scene, which is unusual for me. I think I enjoyed it because you get to see the majesty of the unicorn race in all it's glory. And the entire scene is like something out of a bad dream - creepy, heart thumping and intense.
I also really enjoyed the scenes with Skye and her best friend, Jules. Her BFF brings some comic relief to the story and is the epitome of what a best friend should be.
I am looking forward to reading more about Skye and her life: past and present. I think this series has potential for being a new world builder for unicorns. (less)
I was so happy to get back to the beautiful writing style of Genevieve Graham. When I read Sound of the Heart, I was drawn in by her descriptive and...more I was so happy to get back to the beautiful writing style of Genevieve Graham. When I read Sound of the Heart, I was drawn in by her descriptive and emotional historical settings. I was not let down with Somewhere to Dream.
From the beginning of this story, I adored Adelaide's character (though I have not read Under the Same Sky yet). She is a quiet mouse of a woman, the shadow girl they all call her. So fearful, yet so comfortable living among the Cherokee. Her life was uprooted, yet she found solace among these feared people. They help her to understand herself more than her own people would have.
Adelaide is fearful of her future, her hand has been promised to a Cherokee man whom she cares for, but is unready for the commitment. When her future husband is killed in battle she is both saddened and relieved. She wasn't ready for marriage, she hasn't let go of her haunting past yet.
But when Jesse Black appears as a captive one day, she is both curious and fearful. Curious because he has been in her dreams and fearful because she generally fears the white man (her own people). But Jesse is different, he holds a lot of anger. She is drawn to helping him and teaching him the ways of the Cherokee. Slowly, they form a friendship and begin to fall in love. I loved how patient he was with her and how she brought out the best of him.
They each have issues they need to deal with - she her fear of the white man and he his anger towards the Indians and his fear of becoming just like his violent father. Together they learn to accept their pasts, learn to love and heal their wounds. Their story was wonderful, but the part that I find the most intriguing was learning about the Cherokee, their culture and their language. I felt that watching Jesse accept their ways and realize they helped him figure out how to heal and who he wanted to be was an incredible journey.
I look forward to going back and reading the first in this series, to learn more about Adelaide and her sister Maggie.
This is a cute read. I love the Scaredy Squirrel books. They are found in the children's section, but I find that some of the humour is aimed a little...moreThis is a cute read. I love the Scaredy Squirrel books. They are found in the children's section, but I find that some of the humour is aimed a little higher up the age range.
This was a fun little read to get ready for Hallowe'en - costume ideas, safety rules and lots of giggles.
I'll be making sure to add this one to the list of books to buy for my nephew.(less)
First, you all need to know that I started reading this at 10PM before bed and I could not stop reading until I was done at 3AM. It's that good!
The...more First, you all need to know that I started reading this at 10PM before bed and I could not stop reading until I was done at 3AM. It's that good!
The story just captivated me from the beginning when Avery first smashes into Cam while rushing to class. They keep bumping into each other and suddenly develop a close friendship that slowly leads to more.
Avery is the kind of girl I would totally be friends with - smart and funny. She is making her way through life now that she has left home for college and is determined to do it her way. She is a very likable and real character. The only thing I regret about Avery is her not trusting Cam enough to open up to him sooner. Avery is very standoffish at first, not wanting to let anyone get close to her and rightly so once you know her secret. She is trying to move on from her past and is afraid to let Cam get too close - because she is afraid they will both get hurt.
Avery and Cam are wonderful together - any time they would argue, my heart would hurt a little for them. The thing is, the only problems they faced were hard issues and letting someone in on your secrets is hard work when you've spent five years hiding from them. I was worried he would get tired of the drama and secrets and she would be left figuring out all the pieces alone.
I will say that I was impressed with the subject matter in regards to the secret - so much of the same thing is in the news everyday lately and the bullying that seems to be coming along with it is disgusting. The way her family dealt with the issue is just unimaginable, but in the end I am glad that Avery was able to deal with it in her own way.
Cam is this player type guy that I thought would break her heart once she let her guards down, but I was pleasantly surprised by his character and I think he just me be the top "book boyfriend" I've read about. He was there when she needed him, he pushed her out of her comfort zone enough to make her realize she can't stop running and hiding anymore and he even shared a dark secret of his own to gain her trust. And he never pushed her to do more than she was comfortable with, he waited for her to call the shots. He is completely swoon-worthy.
I haven't read a book that made me smile this much in so long. Oh there were other emotions involved too including anger, sadness and empathy, but happy was the top one during my read.
And lastly, the supporting characters were awesome (and I hear there will be more books about some of them), there were references to some of my fave pop culture and there were some pretty steamy scenes to be had. Overall... loved this book and this series is now on my auto-buy list.(less)
I remembered being a part of Barb's survey and had wondered what happened with the data she had collected, but I had no idea that she was able to coll...more
I remembered being a part of Barb's survey and had wondered what happened with the data she had collected, but I had no idea that she was able to collect enough to create this informational book for authors. As soon as I heard that she had compiled it into a guide for authors, I went and bought a copy right away.
This guide is not only a great tool for authors, but book bloggers as well. I found that the information was presented in an easy to understand and logical order. It was very straight forward and pretty much summed up what I think book bloggers everywhere are hoping to get across to authors.
We book bloggers love working with authors and publishers, but sometimes the ways we communicate are not clear. I think Barb's book will help to guide authors and bloggers in the best way to accomplish the promotion of our favourite books.
I loved how she incorporated many of the comments from the book bloggers surveyed. You actually get to see what we think about so many topics. This book is going to be a great resource for authors.
And since I can't seem to say enough about the book, I've invited Barb to guest post on September 12th (2013) to promote it. (less)
Holy twists Batman! There were so many curve balls in this second book that I did not see coming. And the cliffhanger, well now I need to go out an bu...moreHoly twists Batman! There were so many curve balls in this second book that I did not see coming. And the cliffhanger, well now I need to go out an buy book three to find out what happens!
This second installment in the love story of Noah & Rose delves into the actual progression of their relationship. In the first book, Temptation, it was more about the quick fall into love (I believe I referenced it as lust at first sight, because they hadn't really gotten to know one another that much yet). But in this story, you see them getting to know each other more as Rose chooses to try living the Amish lifestyle.
Rose leaves everything behind to try learning to be Amish and at first I wasn't sure she could hack it. She actually proves herself over time that she can do this, but only because of the love she feels for Noah. I truly enjoyed the peak into a traditional day in the life of an Amish woman. Hopkins took the time to really make you see how had it was for Rose to switch over to their customs, Rose slowly integrates into the community and has been pretty much accepted when the first major twist happens.
It's interesting to see a book where someone actually sacrifices everything for the one they love and to really show what it means to sacrifice. I think this is the first book I've read where you can actually feel that level of need and want that Rose and Noah have for each other. It's very well written.
I do have to say that this one passage struck a chord with me and I hope that Rose thinks about this one long and hard before the end of the next book.
"If you give up your spirit, who you really are, for a guy, you won't have much left to love him with"
I have high hopes for Noah and Rose, but can she truly make the change from her life of convenience (cell phones, TV and cars) and become the woman that Noah is hoping she can be? Or will Noah finally realize he is asking her to change a lot of who she is and might lose some of the girl he originally fell for if she says yes?
I do have a few theories of what just might happen for Noah and Rose in the final installment of their story, but I will leave those in my mind for now. (less)
Here's the thing, I've always had a curiousity about the Amish community and when the opportunity came up to read a love story involving an English gi...moreHere's the thing, I've always had a curiousity about the Amish community and when the opportunity came up to read a love story involving an English girl and an Amish guy, I was sold. I needed to read this book.
I knew from the start that this book would be interesting both love story wise and also for learning about the Amish ways. Rose and Noah are so sweet together, though I'm not a complete believer in love at first sight, so it was a little hard for me to adjust to the fact that they fall for each other so quickly. I felt like it was more lust at first sight since they were extremely attracted to one another, but didn't really know that much about each other. Noah is always trying to be a gentleman, though his hormones seem to get the best of him from time to time. And as Rose is English, she has a harder time holding back her emotions and reactions to his presence.
I think the turning point for me was when when Rose and Noah are almost forced apart by uncontrollable circumstances. Honestly, their dedication to one another shone through at this point and perhaps was the thing that changed their parents' minds a little about their relationship.
I wasn't really sure where their relationship would go considering their different lifestyles, but one of the would have to make the change so that their lives can continue together. I just hoped it would have been Noah leaving the Amish for Rose, but I guess the series wouldn't have been nearly as interesting as it is since it's about Rose deciding to become Amish for Noah.
It was very educational in learning about Amish customs and their beliefs. I already had learned a bit about some of their ways, but didn't realize that different Amish communities had different rules - some are more strict than others. I found it interesting how courtship worked in the belief system and think that anyone turning from English to Amish would be in for a surprise.
I'm looking forward to seeing if their love can survive the changes needed to keep them together. And also how Rose's relationship with her family works now that she has chosen to try being Amish.
"I still had a nagging feeling, way deep down, that I was not doing the right thing, but I rationalized to myself that nothing is set in stone. I could still go back home if things didn't work out."
I absolutely loved the premise of the book. A wedding and a scandalous murderer - what a great combination. From the very start I knew that this book...more I absolutely loved the premise of the book. A wedding and a scandalous murderer - what a great combination. From the very start I knew that this book would be one that I just wouldn't be able to put down.
Mira is exactly the type of girl I like to read about - she is unique in that she has red hair, is not terribly fashionable when Nicholas first meets her and she's extremely smart and passionate. Most girls her age could care less about their education and more about finding a rich husband. I love a great heroine that isn't a part of the norm or the trendy crowd. I think the best leading characters are those who strive to make their own decisions, who let their passions shine through and who stand up for what they believe in.
The situation that Mira finds herself in is an extremely sensitive one, but somehow she accepts her lot and tries to make the best of it. She is determined to learn the truth about her fiancee - is he really a murderer?
The relationship between Mira and Nicholas blossomed when others expected them to falter. I don't even think that the two of them weren't really sure if they could go through with things at the beginning. Funny how emotions and ideals change given the chance to get to know the real person behind the mask.
The biggest intrigue of all was trying to figure out who the murderer really was - was it Nicholas, a random peddler or someone close to the family? I thought I had it figured out, but the twist was pretty good.
I'd like to read more by this author, perhaps a book about Mira's cousin? Maybe we could see where her life leads after everything that happens to the family in this book. (less)
I was completely drawn in by this cover and the fun title that goes with it. I think I was drawn in to this romance novel, because I have started dre...more I was completely drawn in by this cover and the fun title that goes with it. I think I was drawn in to this romance novel, because I have started dreaming about being a librarian and thinking that I missed my calling somehow. Wouldn't it be wonderful to work among books and fall in love?
DJ finally gets the big break she has been waiting for - her own library! In a quaint little town where she can blend in with her dowdy clothes and comfy shoes. She wants to have a new life, in a new place and a new persona - sadly she does this by using the stereotypical librarian look. After letting loose on her 21st birthday and having a one-night stand, she pretty much changed herself from Dorothy to DJ.
Interestingly enough, the woman who hires DJ has an ulterior motive - to set DJ up with her son. It's quite clever and sweet. I adored how Scott's mother keeps trying to get them to hang out and she used quite an interesting arsenal of techniques. Don't all mothers mean well? She is also a comedic addition to the book.
Scott is charming and handsome, but everything about him irritates DJ due to the fact that she knows who he is. She keeps trying to avoid him, so that he won't figure out just how he thinks he's met her before. She keeps hoping he won't put the pieces together.
The entire town is filled with such wonderful characters - the girl who befriends DJ, the quirky library co-workers (JAMES!) and the community that drops everything for the harvest. It's the kind of town that I'd love to live in one day.
Overall, I enjoyed this look at a rural farm life, a dash of romance among the stacks and the comedic relief of a well meaning mother!
I loved this crossover novella so much. It was my first Gallagher Girls read, but not my first Heist Society book.
As always Hale is as charming as ev...moreI loved this crossover novella so much. It was my first Gallagher Girls read, but not my first Heist Society book.
As always Hale is as charming as ever and still knows how to both frustrate Kat and make her heart flutter all in the span of minutes. This time however, Kat is on the outside and it's Hale stuck right in the midst of the action. He is not alone though, he has just met Macey (a Gallagher Girl) and both are trying to figure out each others hidden persona, when the drama begins. Macey and Hale team up to save the day with the help of Kat and Abby.
It's a very quick read, lots of fun and a new insight into Hale's everyday life, when he's not trying to steal things with his girlfriend.
Looking forward to mor.e Heist books and to starting the Gallagher Girls series now. (less)
I was so excited to see a novella that involved Anna and T.J (even just a little). I couldn't wait to learn more about them and the life they now led...more I was so excited to see a novella that involved Anna and T.J (even just a little). I couldn't wait to learn more about them and the life they now led. It was nice to see that the story was about Owen showing up on their doorstep and wanting to tell them his story from when he was on the island.
The old saying of beauty is in the eye of the beholder rings true in this story - Owen's time on the island was quite different than Anna and T.J.'s time there. One was like a beautiful sanctuary and the other a horrific nightmare.
During Owen's narration we learn that he left everything behind to find peace on the island, to find himself, to get away from the pressures of the world and to figure out his path in life. Most of his time was wonderful and beautiful, but part of his time was sad and ended on a sour note. The story is heart wrenching and heartwarming at the same time.
We also learn about "Bones" and where he came from. The story is sad and is exactly the reason that Owen came to see Anna and T.J. He wants T.J.'s help with something that might give them all closure.
And the last thing I will mention is the homage to Mick, the sea plane pilot that they all have ties to.
This novella should be read after reading On The Island, so that you understand everything that happened to Anna and T.J. and you understand the island itself.(less)