Monthly Archives: April 2013

Spellbinding

SpellbindingPublisher: Scholastic
Author: Maya Gold
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Review Source:  NetGalley/Scholastic

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

Summary: (Goodreads)
There’s more than one way to be powerful . . .
It is during a routine school project that Abby Silva–sixteen and nearly friendless–makes a startling discovery: She is descended from women who were accused of witchcraft back in 1600s Salem. And when Abby visits nearby Salem, strange, inexplicable events start to unfold. Objects move when she wills them to. Candles burst into sudden flame. And an ancient spellbook somehow winds up in her possession.
Trying to harness her newfound power, Abby concocts a love potion to win over her longtime crush–and exact revenge upon his cruel, bullying girlfriend. But old magic is not to be trifled with. Soon, Abby is thrust headlong into a world of hexes, secrets, and danger. And then there’s Rem Anders, the beautiful, mysterious Salem boy who seems to know more about Abby than he first lets on.
A reckoning is coming, and Abby will have to make sense of her history–and her heart–before she can face the powerful truth.

My Review:
I can say this book is very entertaining. I loved the fact that it was a page a turner, and you wanted to know what was going to happen next. It may not have been a “wow, that has never happened” in a witch book, but it was enjoyable.
The writing style sucks you into wanting to learn more, and I appreciated that. This book is an easy read, and you will get to know the characters as the story line develops.
You will either like Abby, or not. I genuinely liked her, she is just an average sixteen year old, that grows with mistakes, and learns sometimes you can’t have everything you want. She meets Rem in Salem, and sometimes their relationship was up and down, and not a lot of depth. I did enjoy reading about them though, and one of the reasons for this book to be a page turner.

About Author:
Maya Gold grew up in New Jersey, a few towns north of Diana’s home in Weehawken. Now she lives in upstate New York with her fashion–forward teenage daughter and a very friendly dog. Maya writes books and magazine articles, and in her spare time, she coaches a high school drama club. Cinderella Cleaners is her first series for young readers.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley/Scholastic. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Grayson is Here!

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Grayson made his appearance on April 7th at 6:57am weighing 7lbs, 20.5 inches long! (see the 7, 7, 7s there) ha! I will be back doing reviews as soon as I can.
I am recovering, and not only taking care of a newborn but also my 5 yr old.

Hang on, and Keep Reading!

Randy the Raindrop

Randy the RaindropPublisher: CreateSpace
Author:Patty Jean Wiese
Genre: Children’s, Age 4+
Review Source:  Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary: (Amazon)
Randy the Raindrop is about a raindrop character who loves to make friends with boys and girls and see them having fun on a rainy day. Randy enjoys dropping by to make new friends and visiting those he already knows, wherever it may be raining. You never know where in the world he may land–on your front porch, in your backyard or in the park nearby. He loves to see children having a happy day, rain or shine. To Randy the Raindrop, every boy and girl is a special friend. This book is a story rhyme and a song–I’m a little raindrop. You can listen to the song and download free coloring pages and much more!

My Review:
Thank you Patty for letting me have the opportunity to review this book! Randy, the raindrop, is such a fun read! My Daughter loved it, and even when we had bad weather come through, she reminded me that “Randy” was just visiting!
The pictures are wonderful, the story behind the rhyme is great, and I will definitely will keep this book as a must read at bed time!

About the Author:
Patty Jean Wiese has loved to write since she was a child. Her meteorologist husband’s“weather on the brain” has rubbed off on her and inspired her fun weather characters for children. Patty, who enjoys caring for animals, loves the outdoors and gardening, and resides in Portland, Oregon, with their dog Buster.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Teaser Tuesday – Wisdom of Hair

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!
  • Share the Author & Title too, so that other TT participants can add the book to the TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

ThewisdomofhairThe Wisdom of Hair by Kim Boykin

I pushed the double doors to the funeral home open and stepped inside. The large foyer was outlined with heavy wooden settees and polished tables, and the old wooden floor creaked just enough to make being there to fix a dead woman’s hair even creepier. Pg 87

This is an ARC so some of the quotes may be changed

Summary: Goodreads
Life can be beautiful, but it takes a little work…
“The problem with cutting your own hair is that once you start, you just keep cutting, trying to fix it, and the truth is, some things can never be fixed. The day of my daddy’s funeral, I cut my bangs until they were the length of those little paintbrushes that come with dime-store watercolor sets. I was nine years old. People asked me why I did it, but I was too young then to know I was changing my hair because I wanted to change my life.”
In 1983, on her nineteenth birthday, Zora Adams finally says goodbye to her alcoholic mother and their tiny town in the mountains of South Carolina. Living with a woman who dresses like Judy Garland and brings home a different man each night is not a pretty existence, and Zora is ready for life to be beautiful.
With the help of a beloved teacher, she moves to a coastal town and enrolls in the Davenport School of Beauty. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Cathcart, she learns the art of fixing hair, and becomes fast friends with the lively Sara Jane Farquhar, a natural hair stylist. She also falls hard for handsome young widower Winston Sawyer, who is drowning his grief in bourbon. She couldn’t save Mama, but maybe she can save him.
As Zora practices finger waves, updos, and spit curls, she also comes to learn that few things are permanent in this life—except real love, lasting friendship, and, ultimately… forgiveness.

Firefly Island

Firefly IslandPublisher: Baker Publishing Group
Author: Lisa Wingate
Genre: Fiction/Christian, Contemporary/Romance
Series: Moses Lake #3
Review Source: NetGalley

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary: (Goodreads)
Lisa Wingate Is a Top Name in Inspirational Contemporary Romance
At thirty-four, congressional staffer Mallory Hale is about to embark on an adventure completely off the map. After a whirlwind romance, she is hopelessly in love with two men–fortunately, they’re related. Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick, are a package deal, and Mallory suddenly can’t imagine her future without them.
Mallory couldn’t be more shocked when Daniel asks her to marry him, move to Texas, and form a family with him and motherless Nick. The idea is both thrilling and terrifying.
Mallory takes a leap of faith and begins a sweet, mishap-filled journey into ranch living, Moses Lake society, and a marriage that at times reminds her of the mail-order-bride stories. But despite the wild adventure of her new life, she discovers secrets and questions beneath her rosy new life. Can she find answers on Firefly Island, a little chunk of property just off the lakeshore, where mysterious lights glisten at night?

My Review:
Wow, never thought I would be sucked into the book from page one! I absolutely loved this book, and wished I did not miss the other two books in the series. Lisa catches your attention with her writing her details are awesome!
Mallory and Nick are the main focal point in this book. Mallory not only becomes a new wife, but a mother, as she adapts to her surroundings, you can understand the humor side of everything. She is so heartfelt, and her character is so down to earth. She takes on everything full force, even with her husband Nick by her side.
Nick is so sweet, and surreal. Nick’s boss makes the book a mystery that you never thought you would end up on, and for me that was the page-turner in itself. I would definitely recommend this book!

About the Author:
Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Talk of the Town, Blue Moon Bay, and Larkspur Cove, which won the 2011 Carol Award for Women’s Fiction. Lisa and her family live in central Texas.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.