Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (04.30.2013): Top Ten Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and The Bookish

This weeks "Top Ten Tuesday" is: Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

I chose 'topics' because I don't really think there is a word that would make me pick up a good.

1. Bad Boys/ Good Guys, Bad Girls/Troubled Girls. I like me some bad boys.

2. Werewolves/Shapeshifters. Werewolves are my weakness. *Bites fist

3. Greek Gods/Roman Gods. There is something about that culture that I just love to learn about

4. Dystopian Society. Its interesting to read and think about what people would do if something crazy happened to the world

5. Vampires. Ever since Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse I've had a thing for Vamps

6. Clones. Kyle XY really brought me into the world of clones and has kept me there ever since.

7. Angels/Demons/Nephillim. Darn you City of Bones! Ever since I started reading Cassandra Clare I've loved Angels and Demons

8. Ghosts. I kind of believe in ghosts and I read The Mediator series by Meg Cabot when I was younger and I've been hooked ever since.

9. Mermaids. I blame this one on the beautiful ocean and my love of swimming

10. Highlander. I don't know if I have an excuse for this one. I love Highlanders. I love their kilts, their broad-chest and their manly ways.

Check out my previous Top Ten Tuesday lists here

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Monday, 29 April 2013

Update on the Electronics

Long live the KOBO Glo...and Kindle!

Can you imagine how happy I am right now?

I'm no longer sick like a dog, I've handed in my final papers, and I've written my last exam on Tuesday!

Ok, well not my final exam cause I still have two years, but still....!!!!!!

Although I start summer lectures tomorrow.

Then I get my replacement Kindle and things were looking up.

I could finally read my electronic books again!

And then....I went out and bought this bad boy:


Dun...


Dun...


Dun!!!!!!

Dear lord how I love this thing!

It glows!

I love my Kindle, I truly do...but there is something about a KOBO. I guess it's the touch screen, the graphics, and easy highlighting options that really get me. All for less than the price of a Kindle. 

Anyhow, it's at my side now and shall never leave!


-Love, one very happy girl.

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Review: The Icecutter's Daughter by Tracie Peterson


The Icecutter’s Daughter
Series:  Land of Shining Water #1
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre:  Romance, Historical, Fiction, Christian
Release Date:  March 1st 2013
Pages:  331
Format: Paperback
Source: A copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Rating

Reason chosen:  

I was asked if I wanted to read the book and it sounded like a good read.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she's bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses--despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior.
When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, he soon crosses paths with Merrill. But unlike other men, who are often frightened away by her older brothers, Rurik isn't intimidated by them or by Merrill's strength and lack of femininity. As he thrives under the mentorship of his uncle, Rurik dreams of inheriting the business and claiming Merrill as his wife. But while he is determined to start a new life, the past is determined to follow him when his former fiancee and her brother show up in town. Soon Rurik is put in the center of a major scandal that may damage his relationship with Merrill. Can they learn to trust God--and each other--and embrace the promise of love?

Review:

I knew nothing about Icecutting and this novel opened my eyes up another world. And, of course, Bethany House Publishing have yet to left me down, and have produced another great wholesome romance. I love falling in love with love! Its great finding two characters that begin to love each other even before they are together. I love it when they find each other and really get to know one another! I liked the strong characters and the story was empowering. This is a series I will definitely continue!

Good:

Merrill—Strong and a pretty cool person

Rurik—love the name and really good guy. Its pretty hard not to like him

Bad:

The accents really made me think, but luckily there enough English that I wasn’t confused.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the book was pretty easy to follow. There were some parts (mainly the accents) that did have me re-reading and thinking just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. But, other than that the story was an easy read and a great story.

Next in the Series:

The Quarryman’s Bride (#2) ETA: June 1st 2013

The Miner’s Lady (#3) ETA: September 1st 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of lover, and like reading about good old fashion love, then this is for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell, Swept Away by Mary Connealy, Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson, A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano, Courting Cate by Leslie Gould, A Tailor-Made Bride and ShortStraw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Read Completely:
Yes

Author Website/Blog: http://traciepeterson.com
  
This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Review: Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell


Unrivaled
Author: Siri Mitchell
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre:  Historical, Fiction, Romance, Christian
Release Date:  March 1st 2013
Pages:  387
Format: Paperback
Source: A copy was provided by the publisher for a review

Rating:

Reason chosen:  

I was asked if I wanted to read this book and it sounded awesome.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Three-Time Christy Finalist Pens Another Winning Historical Romance
Lucy Kendall always assumed she'd help her father in his candy-making business, creating recipes and aiding him in their shared passion. But after a year traveling in Europe, Lucy returns to 1910 St. Louis to find her father unwell and her mother planning to sell the struggling candy company. Determined to help, Lucy vows to create a candy that will reverse their fortunes.
St. Louis newcomer Charlie Clarke is determined to help his father dominate the nation's candy industry. Compromise is not an option when the prize is a father's approval, and falling in love with a business rival is a recipe for disaster when only one company can win. Will these two star-crossed lovers let a competition that turns less than friendly sour their dreams?

Review:

So, I’ve never read a copy with characters that are candy-makers. It was an interesting read and I loved how to romance was tied into the story. I’ve always been a sucker for the star-crossed/rivals turn to lovers. How can you not when the romance is built up with tension? I couldn’t help but sit back and smile as I read about Lucy and Charlie, and watched as the unknowingly fall in love. Upon looking into the book some more I noticed a review from another Christian romance author that I loved: Karen Witemeyer. She notes that Siri Mitchell reproduces a romance like that of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in you’ve got mail and I couldn’t agree more. I loved the character from the first page all the way to the end and I would be happy to read more by Siri Mitchell!

Good:

The whole candy franchise plot was pretty cool

Lucy! She understands the value of family and is feisty and determined.

Charlie! A pretty awesome guy who is only trying to do right by his dad and make a name for himself

Bad:

There were some parts that were slow and I did find my attention drifting.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the novel was easy to follow along with. I wasn’t ever confused or found myself having to re-read something to make sense of what was happening. I truly enjoyed this book from the romance, to the characters and even the setting had me dreaming about being there. Siri Mitchell’s Unrivaled is definitely a book and romance lover can get into.

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of a romance that really focuses on the growing love between to people than this is a novel for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Swept Away by Mary Connealy, Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson, A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano, Courting Cate by Leslie Gould, A Tailor-Made Bride and ShortStraw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Read Completely:
Yes

Author Website/Blog: http://www.sirimitchell.com
Twitter: @sirimitchell
  
This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.

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Review: Swept Away by Mary Connealy


Swept Away
Series:  Trouble in Texas #1
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre:  Romance, Historical, Fiction, Christian
Release Date:  March 1st 2013
Pages:  301
Format: paperback
Source:  A Copy was provided by the publisher for review

Rating:

Reason chosen:  

I was asked if I wanted to read this book and I was more than happy to accept.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Laughter, Romance, and Action Abound in This New Series from Mary Connealy
Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future.
Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can't just abandon Ruthy, so she'll have to come along.
His friends--a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers--take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that's rather rude--he's the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.

Review:

Swept away really did sweep me into the story. I fell in love with the novel! It starts off with a lot of drama and it carries on through out the story. I couldn’t put the novel down from the moment Ruth goes down the river to Luke’s determination to get his ranch back. There were some parts that moved slowly, but all and all this was a pretty decently paced novel that had me wondering what was going to happen next. I loved the good and fun natured romance that blooms in this novel, and I loved the noble character that both Ruth and Luke have. What can I say…I love cowboys!

Good:

Ruth—she’s feisty and determined

Luke—A good guy that is trying to get back what is his and do the right thing.

Bad:

Some parts are a little slow, but it wasn’t too bad.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall this novel was easy to follow. I never had to re-read anything, and it was an easy read. This is definitely a series I will want to follow!

Next in the Series:

Fired Up (#2) ETA: September 15th 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of a good old fashion romance than this is for you!

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson, A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano, Courting Cate by Leslie Gould, A Tailor-Made Bride and ShortStraw Bride by Karen Witemeyer

Read Completely:
Yes

Twitter: @maryconnealy
  
This book was provided courtesy of the publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.

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