Monday, June 30, 2014

Grave Consquences book review

Grave Consequences: A Novel (Grand Tour Series) by Lisa T. Bergren. $8.20. Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (March 1, 2013). Publication Date: March 1, 2013. Series: Grand Tour Series


Title: Grave Consequences

Series: The Grand Tour

Number in series: 2

Author: Lisa T. Bergren

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction


Cora Diehl Kensington is finally growing close to her half-siblings and their friends, the Morgans. Cora is also beginning to enjoy The Grand Tour, all though she still misses her Mama and Papa.
 When Cora  and those on the tour are in danger Cora wonders what could be the cause.
 Could the danger be closer to them then they first thought?

What I liked about this book:    The plot in this book has many twists and turns, so I wasn't sure how it was going to end.
 It was very suspenseful, but not too much were it got old.

What I didn't like about this book:    It wasn't as well developed, in my opinion, as the first book in this series.

My rating: 3

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Ladyof Bolton Hill book review

The Lady of Bolton Hill  by Elizabeth Camden - This book started off enjoyable, and then took a ridiculous turn. I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it!

Title: Lady of Bolton Hill

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Plot:   Clara Endicott and  Daniel Tremain became friends over their love music.
 When Clara's father sends her to England, Clara and Daniel are heartbroken.
 Years later they meet again , but their circumstances are now different. Clara is a journalist struggling to make her way in America and Daniel is an industry giant.
 When untold events come Clara and Daniels way, will their relationship come to an end?

What I liked about this book:       This was a well written book.
 It has suspense, clean romance, and many interesting characters.

Faith and salvation are mentioned often in this book.
 Clara is a Godly woman who holds to her convictions.

What I didn't like about it:     It was a little slow at the beginning.

My rating: 3


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sunflower Award Tag

Rissi from Dreaming Under the Same Moon has awarded my the Sunflower Award.  Thank you Rissi!!!!

The rules of the tag are:
1. Leave a link to the blogger who tagged you.
2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the questions from the blogger who tagged you.
4. Come up with 11 questions to tag people with.
5. Tag eleven people and let them know you tagged them.

                          11 Random Facts

1.  I think yellow and blue look good together
2.  I have been listening to the soundtrack from the newest Romeo and Juliet movie ( Which I haven't seen). It is so lovely!
3.  I am so excited that Netflix (finally) has the 7th season of Doctor Who!
4.  I haven't read any classic books in a while, which I hope to remedy soon.
5.  I like bacon and peanut butter sandwiches. I know it sounds gross, but it's actually really good.
6.  I like to read and write books that are in first person.
7.  I really, really want to read 'Shadowhand' by Anne Elisabeth Stengl.
8.  My favorite song to play on the piano right now is 'Watermark' by Enya.
9.  I have never eaten maccaroons, but I would like to.
10. I am hoping to start posting some of my Favorite Quotes monthly on this blog.
11.  I consider Queen Anne's lace a wildflower.


                         Rissi's Questions

1. Is there one book you could recommend to everyone?
       The Bible! Also, 'Kisses from Katie' by Katie Davis.
       Everyone should read both of those.

2. What is your favorite genre to read, and why?
 It depends on my mood. I read mostly historical fiction because I enjoy  learning about the past.

3. How do you feel about the way teens are  portrayed in secular fiction?
 Most of the time secular books make teens seem that all they think about their latest crush and how unfair their parents are.
 I agree, since I am still a teen, that we can act that way, but I don't think that all of us do most of the time.

4. Name a movie or tv show that surpised you recently, and why?
  A few months ago I watched a Christian movie called 'The Medallion'. When I first started watching it I thought it was going to be super cheesy and cliche'. I ended up  liking. The acting was pretty good and the location of the film was interesting.

5. If you could visit any fictional world, which would you pick?
 I answered Narnia in another tag, so this time I will say Middle Earth.

6. How many books and what is on your TBR pile?
 I have about twenty more books I would like to read this summer ( I know, I am aiming pretty high:).
 I would like to read these books in the next few weeks;
Books two and three in the 'Grand Tour' Series by Lisa T. Bergren,
'The Fool's Girl' by Celia Rees, and 'Northanger Abbey' by Jane Austen.

7. Are you and e-reader or physical copy reader?
    Physical copy reader.

8. What would you like to see more in fiction?
  Books set in the 1700s. I have only read a few books set in that period.

9. Not a question, but since it was popular on Twitter for a while, just for fun, share a "shelfie" ( a picture of your bookshelf)

                               Photo will be uploaded soon

                           My 11 Questions:

1. Are there any movies you will see on the Big Screen this Summer?
2. How do you have your bookshelf organized?
3. Is there a book you have been wanting to read all year ( or longer) that you haven't read yet?
4. Favorite flavor of milkshake?
5. Do you think it's important to eat organic food? Why or why not?
6. What is one song you never get tired of listening to?
7. Have you ever been to a author's book signing ?
8. Would you ever do something like skydiving or bungee jumping?
9. What is one vegetable you won't eat?
10. Do you ever 'doggie ear' a page to mark where you left off?

    Anyone who would like to do this tag is welcome to.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Glamoruos Illusions book review

I loved this book and can't wait for the next one

Title:  Glamorous Illusions

Series:  The Grand Tour

Number in Series:  1

Author:  Lisa T. Bergren

Plot:    Cora Diehl, who grew up on a farm, is going to school to become a teacher.
 When Cora comes home to visit her parents she learns things surrounding her parents and birth.
 With little other choice, Cora begins a grand tour of Europe with two rich families.
  Cora doesn't fit in with either family. Is this truly were God wants her?

What I liked about this book:    I love Lisa T. Bergren's writing style!!!!
 The plot is very good and suspenseful, much like The River of Time series.

What I didn't like about it:    Most of the characters consume alcoholic beverages.

 My rating: 4

I have changed my book reviews a bit.
 My rating system is explained on the right sidebar.

Friday, June 13, 2014

As you may be able to tell I am changing my blog design and layout.
 I haven't got all the kinks out yet, so please bear with me.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blackmoore book review

1. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson. I love discovering an author whose characters captivate me and whose prose I admire (and wish I had written!). A great start to my reading log for 2014.

Title: Blackmoore - a proper romance

Author: Julianne Donaldson

Genre: Historical fiction

Plot: For ten or more years Kate Worthington has wanted to see Blackmoore, an estate owned by her friends.
 The only way Kate will be allowed to go to Blackmoore, and India afterwards, is if Kate receives three marriage proposals and rejects them all.
 Can it be, that what might free Kate also be holding her back?

What I liked about this book: It was just the style of writing I really like.
 The characters in this book are far from perfect, especially Kate. In the end, though, hard lessons are learned.
  I thought the romance between two characters realistic, yet beautiful.

What I didn't like about this book: There is a lot of talk about characters possibly being unfaithful to their husbands. It is assumed some characters act suggestive so they will receive a marriage proposal.

Would I recommend this?      Yes!!!!! Anyone who likes Julie Klassen and Lisa T. Bergrens' style of writing would really like this book.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Dragonlight book review

Donita K. Paul: DragonLight    Currently re-reading with my daughter.

Title: Dragonlight

Series: Dragonkeeper Chronicles

Author: Donita K. Paul

Genre: Christian Fantasy

 Sir Bardon and Lady Kale are on a quest to help Regidor and Gilda find the mysterious meech colony. At the meech colony things aren't as ideal as Regidor and Gilda had hoped.The meech hold a dark secret that could completely destroy Amara.

What I liked about this book: It was a good end to the Dragonkeeper Chronicles. Some charcters' past, like Toopka, are finally revealed.

What I didn't like about this book: It was sad to know this would be the last book in the series.

Would I recommend this? Yes! I would highly recommend the entire Dragonkeeper Chronicles series to anyone who likes Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia, and Tales of Goldstone Woods.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Liebster Award Tag

I have been awarded the Liebster award tag  by Grace G.  from Fictionally. Thank you Grace!!!

The rules of the tag are:
1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
2. List 11 random facts about yourself
3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
4. Nominate nine bloggers
5. Ask them 11 questions
6. Let them know about the nomination

                            11. Random facts about me
1. It would be fine with me if fall and spring were the only two seasons.
2. I wish I was brave enough to get my haircut into an angled bob.
3. I like making videos with my brothers.
4. I have only seen the ocean one time and I would love to see it again.
5. I think I could eat pasta everyday.
6. I am a sucker for cute animals.
7. I could spend hours on pinterest.
8. I am hoping to change my blog layout and design very soon.
9. The Thor movies are my favorite superhero movies.
10. My favorite dwarf from The Hobbit is Kili.
11. I enjoy doing themed Bible studies.

                             Questions from Grace

1.If you could trade places with any character, who would it be?
  Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series. I would love to live in Avonlea and meet the people from the books.

2. Reading, writing, or both?
 Reading. I like to write too, but I don't do it as much as I used to.

3. Chocolate, vanilla, or Strawberry icecream?
 Strawberry. Yum!

4. You are given the chance to put a portal to a world in your closet. What world would it be ( a world you've written can count)?
 Narnia of course:)

5.Do you like e-readers?
 Not really. They would be nice to have when traveling, but I like physical copies.

6.Most tragic thing you've read in a fiction book?
 SPOILER. When Robin in Swordbird, one of my favorite books when I was a tween, dies painfully. His death made me sad for months.

7.Do you like to be quiet when you read, or do you like something like music playing in the background?

8. Do you prefer to buy books or to get them from the library?
 I prefer getting books at the library. If the library doesn't have a book I really, really want to read then I will buy it.

9. Who are some of your favorite authors?
 C.S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Beverly Lewis, Anne Elisabeth Stengl- the list could go on for a while.

10. Rain or sunshine?

11. What's something fun you like to do besides reading?
 Practically any type of crafts.

My questions:

1. Bored games or card games?
2. What is your favorite healthy snack?
3. What is your favorite unhealthy snack?
4. What chore do you not mind doing?
5. What are some of your favorite book covers?
6. Do you prefer books written in first or third person?
7. Do you like stand-alone books or book series?
8.  Favorite non-fiction book?
9. What is one favorite instrumental songs?
10. Cold or hot weather?
11.  Favorite historical era?

Anyone who would like to do this tag is welcome to!