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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Review: Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace Touched by Grace by Alicia Rades
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Touched by Grace was a good book, and even better than the first in the series.

I loved how much action there was in this book. There was never a dull moment, and there was so much suspense. The characters were so full, and the storyline flowed well.

The love story in this book was really good. It was just enough to please a romance lover like me without taking over the whole story. I was getting frustrated with the love triangle at first, but then realized that there was a good reason for it.

The ending was really good. After reading it, I got mad because now I need the final book! It left me hanging!

I have one minor complaint with this book, but it wasn't big enough for me to dock the rating. I found that Ryn could be unnecessarily sassy and rude to the adults in her life. This mainly bugged me in the beginning of the book and got better as the story progressed.

Overall, this was an amazing book.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Review: Chosen by Grace

Chosen by Grace Chosen by Grace by Alicia Rades
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chosen by Grace was a great book that I had a hard time putting down once I started it.

I felt like Ryn was a great character. She is a pretty realistic teenager. This is the first Alicia Rades book that I've read where the characters swear, and I honestly don't mind it. It makes the teenagers more realistic because most teenagers do swear at least occasionally. I also liked how the writing was descriptive.

This book has a great plot. It is very fast-paced and always kept me guessing. I appreciated how Alicia made Ryn learn more about her ability as the story went on, and didn't just pretend that Ryn already knew everything. Ryn fighting with the demons was probably my favorite part of the book because she was very empathetic. I also really liked how there were a few small romances in this story. It made me like the story more but didn't take away from the suspense.

I was so mad at the way that this book ended. I can't wait to read book two.

I highly recommend that anybody looking for a good fantasy story picks this book up when it releases on Monday, February 26th.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review: The Carrie Diaries

Here I am, blogging again.  I really missed it, but was so busy.  I know that I probably will not meet my Goodreads goal because I was off of Goodreads for so long, but I want to try to blog again.  It probably won't be as regularly as it used to be, but it will be a start.
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The Carrie Diaries

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Carrie Diaries was a great coming of age story.

I came across this book not knowing what to expect. Many reviews I had read about it had said that there was too much sex in this book. I, however, did not feel that way. Carrie acted like a typical teenager in most ways as she and her friends grew up.

I thought that Carrie was a great character. She was so realistic and I felt like I could connect with her. She was a strong young lady who sometimes made bad decisions. Her friends were also realistic and really funny.

The romance was good. Sebastian didn't sound like the perfect boyfriend, and I had never really liked him. Lali stealing Sebastian from Carrie was the best part of the book. It showed Carrie that she didn't need a boyfriend to be happy. It also helped her feel more confident about her decision to go to the writing program.

Even though this book wasn't deep or exceptionally written, I still liked it. The writing was unique, and the plot kept me reading.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: Swan Song

Swan Song Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson is a beautiful novel about loss and dance.

Ava was a dancer until her mother died. Her mother was the one and only ballerina Beatrice Duvall. When Ava is offered the chance to remember her mom through a production of Swan Lake, the ballet she was in, she has to take it. Follow Ava as she grieves on her trip to London.

First of all, I am sorry that this review took so long to write. I finished the book a while ago, but hadn't found the time or inspiration for writing about it.

I thought that this book was beautifully written. I really like Ava's character, and she seemed to come to life. I found the setting rich and the romance sweet and subtle.

Ava's attitude about ballet is totally understandable to me. Even though I haven't faced her struggle, I still felt for her in the way she felt dancing was too painful to do. I also liked the way that she still sought to do it, but was afraid of people seeing. It was awesome seeing her blossom into a confident young women throughout the story.

The romance between Seb and Ava is adorable. It is simple and sweet, which is something I love in young adult stories. I also was happy that romance wasn't all that Ava thought about, and that it was just a side story.

This book was so full of emotion. Even though it got confusing in a few areas, it was a touching novel that will stay with me for a while.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: Distant Dreams

Here is a review by BethLee:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Blog Tour: The Last Gambit

**Tour hosted by Garima Om**
The Last Gambi
by Om Swami
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Release Date: February 2017
Harper Element (Harper Collins)

The Last Gambit was an inspiring book about chess.

Success by design is infinitely better than a win by chance. Vasu Bhatt is fourteen years old when a mysterious old man spots him at a chess tournament and offers to coach him, on two simple but strange conditions: he would not accompany his student to tournaments, and there was to be no digging into his past. Initially resentful, Vasu begins to gradually understand his master’s mettle.

Over eight years, master and student come to love and respect each other, but the two conditions remain unbroken – until Vasu confronts and provokes the old man. Meanwhile, their hard work and strategy pay off: Vasu qualifies for the world chess championship. But can he make it all the way without his master by his side?

I enjoyed this book.  At first, I was hesitant because I don't play chess, but this book didn't disappoint.

Vasu was a very interesting character to read about.  He was raised in a strict home and chess was considered a waste of time.  One day, Vasu meets this older man who offers to coach him.  The training is rigorous, but promises to make Vasu a chess champion.

I really liked the life stories the Master told to Vasu. They were really interesting and inspiring.

There was a subtle romance in this story.  I loved how Vasu handled it and how it was just in the background and not the whole focus of his life.

The ending was amazing.  I loved how Vasu became the young adult his master wanted him to be.  It was heartbreaking yet joyous what happened at the end, but I won't spoil the end.
The Last Gambit is full of life lessons.  The Indian setting is full and rich, and the author brings all of the characters to life.  I give this a 4.5. star rating, and recommend that everyone reads it.

About the Author 

Om Swami is a monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Swami served in executive roles in large corporations around the world. He founded and led a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India. 

Om Swami completely renounced his business interests to pursue a more spiritual life. He is the bestselling author of Kundalini: An Untold Story, A Fistful of Love and If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir. 

His blog is read by millions all over the world.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Mirror Me

Mirror Me Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed reading Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre.

Hannah is a teenage girl with a troubled past. She used to be careless and is now regretting it. Hannah refuses to look at her self in the mirror anymore. But when strange things start happening, Hannah has to think about more than her self. What is going on?

I would just like to start by saying that I don't usually read books like this. Genre benders usually aren't my thing, and I am picky about fantasy. That aside, this was a really good book. I had enjoyed the authors first book, Just A Few Inches, so I was excited when she contacted me about reviewing this one.

I really liked Hannah's backstory. She was a teen who had been reckless in her old school. When she finally gets in trouble for it, she is moved to a new school in a new area. Her mom becomes very strict and Hannah finds a more studies group of friends to hang out with. This whole part of the story was so realistic, and I was happy to see the mom actually play an active part in the story.

This story was pretty creepy. Strange things keep happening to Hannah, and she doesn't know why. She is supposedly doing stuff that she has no recollection of. As the story progressed, it just got spookier and more mysterious.

I have to be honest, I sometimes found myself getting confused about what was happening to Hannah. Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time keeping up with this genre and type of book.

This whole book was written very well. I liked Hannah as a character, as well as her friends. This whole story flowed well.

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