Sunday, July 7, 2013

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Please be patient if you see a lot of things deleted, changed, updated, etc. New project coming and I'm totally psyched!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater



Amazing!  Maggie Stiefvater is one of my absolute favorite authors.  I've loved her from the day I first read the Scorpio Races and read through all of her Shiver series.  She truly has magic of her own when she creates a new story and this series thus far is no exception. 

Blue is from an eccentric family with a mother who is a psychic and a household of women with the same gift.  Never a dull moment in that household and it's easy to get swept up in Blue's life especially when she's told from day one that she will surely kill her first love with just a kiss.  Makes your first date look puny in comparison.  Then bring in the  guys from Aglionby, a private school for boys in the area also known as the Raven boys...blue blooded, rich, and yes even arrogant trio of lads and you have a ride you will never forget.

You can't help but fall in love with the ringleader of the Raven boys.  Gansey is the epitome of social grace but at the same time has an infinite love for things that need fixed.  Look at Ronan for example, one of his closest friends who has lost his father and is quickly spiraling out of control. Then there is Adam. He comes from a lower class family and fights his way with his intelligence to get into the all exclusive private school.  Adam's character was harder for me swallow.  He deals with so much resentment and even jealousy that I found myself feeling even worse for him than I do Ronan who deals with a great deal of baggage himself.  Lastly there's Noah, their resident....well actually, I'll leave you to figure that out.  Let's just say there's a secret where Noah is concerned. 
Blue gives the male crew a run for their money and soon becomes one of them.  The group quickly gets drawn up into Gansey's life as he searches for the mysterious ley line and tries to discover how to awaken it in order to wake up a mythical king.

In essence, this book kept me reading from page one.  I simply could not put it down. 
Thank you Maggie Stiefvater, for yet another amazing read.  I look forward to the second book!  

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare



Reviewed by: Sabrina
Rating: ****

I'm not usually the type that reads reviews on a book before I purchase it which seems strange since I review books.  I like to form my own opinions about a book.  Since I'm a writer myself, I know how sometimes a bad review for one person may be an awesome review for another.  I do admit to perusing the reviews for this one mainly out of pure curiosity.  The third book in this series was so awesome to me and had such an amazing ending that I couldn't imagine where else this series could go.  Apparently there were several people with this same assumption.  A lot of people didn't entirely give it the best review but I am a fan of the series so there wasn't much that could stop me from buying the fourth and giving it a fair shake. 

My opinion: I thought it was tastefully done.  Yes, you can't help but feel sorry for Simon who, bless his heart (the southern coming out in me), just can't get a fair shake.  How Simon survives with so many awful things constantly happening to him is beyond me.  Most people would have been past suicidal after the turn of events he's faced with but he handles it like a champ. Perfect, no, but a champ nonetheless. 

Yes, you can't help but get frustrated with Clary and Jace's relationship as they fall apart due to Jace's unusual behavior but you understand where his behavior is coming from near the end of the story.  I have to admit, I'm not entirely happy with the ending of this fourth book as I'd finally just like to see Jace get a fair shake too instead of constantly being in a state of depression, and I'd like to see him in a place where he is finally in control of his own destiny.  I trust Cassandra Clare to make that happen as she is a very creative writer and I'm excited to see what happens next.  Let's just hope poor Simon and Jace finally see some happy endings come their way.
And finally, I'd love to see Clary step up and be the awesome hero I know her to be instead of weak and constantly in need of saving.  I love the story where the woman is well protected and saved by the hot and strong male lead but I get the feeling that there is something special about Clary we have yet to see. 

Awesome job to Cassandra Clare. Well written as always.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Circle of Family by Mia Ross

Reviewed by: Sabrina
Rating: *****



Mia Ross did an amazing job of creating a sweet romance with the realities that life tends to throw our way.

Ridge Collins is a man on the move.  After a rough childhood and a father that was abusive, staying in one place for to long has never been much of an option for this pilot.  Marianne carries her own burdens from a wrecked marriage from a man that tore her to pieces emotionally.  Now settled back home and determined to make a life for herself and her children, finding romance is the furthest thing from her mind.  Until her family and two children decide to take matters into their own hands.  Once Ridge makes a landing in a field near Marianne's house, this pilot soon discovers that there are some things worth remaining grounded. 

My Opinion: 
I personally love to take a step back and enjoy a simple romance.  Not one filled with constant turns and twists or which vampire is going to drink whose blood.  I love a good Paranormal or Dystopian but some of my favorites when I need a feel good book are the ones that leave me smiling and have a simple yet workable plot.  This book did just that.  Ridge's character is so likable, you can't help to immediately feel connected with him in every way.  It wouldn't take me long to realize he was the love of my life.  He's an honest character and I like that.  Marianne's character took me a little longer to get used to. It wasn't that she wasn't likable but I myself went through a rough marriage and divorce and some of the same similar issues with my son and daughter. I went through the same fears as she did when it came to having to face her ex-husband.  I guess in that way, her character almost felt too real and I had to take a step back here and there.  That's what I loved most about her character. In the end, I found my Ridge, someone that adores my children as much as Ridge did Marianne's and in reading this story, I was able to be swept away.  By that last page, I know you will be smiling too. 

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Review by: Sabrina
Rating: *****



Amazing...Amazing...Amazing. That's exactly what I thought about this book. I'm a huge fan of the Hunger Games trilogy so it's hard for me to say this but the Divergent series absolutely matched it and went beyond my wildest dreams on how amazingly good it was. I really hope that the third book is able to sweep me off my feet as well and not disappoint. Insurgent swept me up from the very first page. First of all, what's not to love about Four(Tobias)? Seriously, he is beyond sexy. He IS the perfect book hero and I can picture him immediately with each written word. The heroine, Tris, is also equally amazing to me in my opinion. I can't help but to feel helpless for her at times; however, because she is continuously tested throughout this book. You can't help but to get frustrated, confused, scared, lovesick, right along with her as each new chapter presents itself. In this book, the Factionless team up with the Dauntless in preparation for war against the Erudite community. The author wrote with such clarity and conviction and it had the perfect mix for a war torn dystopian novel. Loved ones are lost, betrayal is rampant, love is tested, and battles are imminent. You cannot get any better than that. My only negative comment about this book: It left me empty inside when I finished it. I just couldn't believe it was over and I would have to wait so many months for the third to come out. Not many books are able to leave you with those kind of emotions, ones that stick with you well after a book is over. This one does exactly that.



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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Santa Wore Combat Boots by Barbara Witek



Reviewed by: Sabrina

Rating: ****

Synopsis:

Emma Turner feels like her life ended with the death of her husband. Three years later she’s doing the best she can for her children and moving through life on autopilot. She doesn’t believe true love can happen twice in a lifetime. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t believe in much anymore. Putting her trust in one honest man might be just what she needs to move forward.

Bound by duty Jake Nicklaus never imagined he’d cross the line and fall in love with the woman he swore he’d watch over. If only he’d died on that chopper instead of her husband, she wouldn’t be hurting. The only way to heal her heart is to show her how to live again. Finding the magic in Christmas is the perfect way to start.

Will one kiss under the mistletoe change their lives forever?
My review:

I enjoyed this book a lot.  I started reading it during the holidays.  Needless to say, I'm a little late finishing it.  Trying to sale a house and move has put a damper on my reading appetite.  The story centered around two main characters, Emma and Jake.  Emma's husband, a military man, loses his life in the line of duty.  Jake is the man that her late husband sends to watch and protect Emma as she deals with the grief of her husband's passing. I hate to add too much information.  I fear I will give the book away and add to many spoilers.  I will say that it's a great read and is especially grand during the holidays.  Emma finds her own savior and sexy Santa in Jake Nicklaus.  Who wouldn't love a sexy man in a red suit?

It gives insight into the hardships and grief involved in losing someone in the service.  This hit home for me because I once had a close friend that lost her husband overseas.  We both had husbands serving at the time and my husband had just returned home from Iraq only weeks before I got an email from my friend saying she had received the news of her husband's death.  Talking with her and listening to her over the months to come, were heartwrenching on so many levels as she dealt with the grief of moving on without him.  Sadly, we lost touch over the years.  Distance sometimes will do that to friendships but before we lost touch, I was gratified in knowing she was once again doing well.  This book shows you the insides of those emotions and allows you to feel the rawness of them but it also shows that eventually a light will once again shine and life will move on. I discovered this book on a free promo day through Pixel of Ink and I'm glad I felt the pull to give it a try. 


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Home in Drayton Valley by Kim Vogel Sawyer



Review by: Sabrina
Rating: ****

Synopsis:

A Compelling Pioneer Story From Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

Fed up with the poor quality of life in 1880 New York, Tarsie Raines encourages her friends Joss and Mary Brubacher to move with their two children to Drayton Valley, Kansas, a booming town hailed in the guidebook as the land of opportunity. She offers to help with expenses and to care for Mary and the children as they travel west by wagon train. But when tragedy strikes on the trip across the prairie, Tarsie is thrown into an arrangement with Joss that leaves both of them questioning God and their dreams for the future. As their funds dwindle and nothing goes as planned, will Tarsie and Joss give up and go their separate ways, or will God use their time in Drayton Valley to turn their hearts toward him?

My Review:

This was a story straight from the heart.  It was a story that not only included love but a love that had to endure a series of tests and strengths on both the main characters parts.  It included issues that were fought in that time period and even some that are still being fought today.  Issues like prejudice, alcoholism, parenting, death, grief, etc. 

You could visualize the struggles this family had as they packed up and moved from city life to a life opposite of that.  Kim Vogel Sawyer is an author that I respect.  Her writing style is captivating and real. This book is full of raw emotions and the love that these individuals shared.  A must read.

~Sabrina~

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