Saturday, January 21, 2017

"Frost Blood" by Elly Blake

In Frost Blood by Elly Blake, Ruby has power but her mom forbids her to use it!  But when her mom is killed and Ruby is put in prison, she yearns for revenge and to use her power.  Later some men come and help her escape.  She is in a safe house where she is told that she must destroy the throne and kill the king or all is lost!  Does Ruby have the power and the will to do it?

I thought this book was really good!  There is plenty of action and the writing is really good!  Ruby is a great character!  Can't wait for book 2!
(Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

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Friday, January 20, 2017

"The Elite" by Kiera Cass

The Elite by Kiera Cass is the second book in The Selection series and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one. This book has some heartbreaking moments surrounding Marlee and the competition gets a bit more interesting with only six girls left. America questions if she actually could be a good princess if she let her feelings for Maxon blossom into love or if she should just pull out and look to a future with Aspen. She really shocks the royal family with her philanthropic presentation on TV and the king really hates her now! Maxon stands up to his father for the first time to protect America and he and America finally have a heart-to-heart talk while hiding together during an attack. Will she trust Maxon? Will she learn when to keep her mouth shut and control her emotions?

I look forward to reading book 3 and am excited to read all the rest of the books in this series (3 more to go). I really admire America’s courage but hope she can learn to control her emotions better. I love how her maids all adore her and are so eager to make her look good and help her any way they can. This book has lots of good moments but also very sad things with some surprises along the way. I really liked how sweet Maxon when he surprised America at how he handled the Marlee situation.
(Karen's review, 4 stars)

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

"The Selection by Kiera Cass is a Fun Read!

I’ve heard so much about The Selection series by Kiera Cass that I finally gave in and started it. The first book of the series, Selection, is a fun, light read about the rags to riches story of America Singer, a teenage girl. This is set in a future time where what once was America is now the country of IllĂ©ia. There is a royal family who rules and a caste system in place. America’s family are “fives” which are made up of musicians and artists. Just one level above “sixes” who are servants which is the caste Aspen is in. Aspen and America are in a serious relationship but have to keep it secret since they are in different castes. One day America gets a letter that could change her life forever, inviting her to apply to be Prince Maxon’s princess. Thirty-five girls will be selected for him to get to know and choose his princess from. During the selection process, their families will be compensated for allowing their daughters to participate in the selection. This first book is about the girls being selected and the process of Prince Maxon trying to narrow down the number.

I enjoyed this book because it is entertaining and reminded me of the show, The Bachelor. Prince Maxon, however, is a nice guy and not a sleeze at all. I like the humor throughout the book and how America slowly discovers that Maxon is not the snob she expected him to be. In fact, he is nothing but exceptionally nice to her! The love triangle that develops between her, Aspen and Maxon gets a push when Aspen is drafted as a guard at the palace and is assigned to guard America’s room. This is a quick read and I am anxious to continue on with this series. This is a pretty uplifting read with lots of happy moments.
(Karen’s review, 4 stars)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"Under Rose-Tainted Skies" by Louise Gornall

In Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, Norah is 17 and has accepted that the four walls of her house will be her life.  She cannot possibly go outside and heaven forbid she should come in contact with a stranger.  However, when a new family moves in and a young teen boy notices her, will Norah do something that she could not have imagined she would do or is she just headed for heartache?
This book is based on the author's own experiences.  I enjoyed it because Norah was a fun character and thought the ending was good too!
(Gerard's review, 5 stars)

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday



Karen's:

Mom screamed by my ear, and May jumped up, sending popcorn everywhere.  Gerad got excited too and started dancing.  Dad . . it's hard to say, but I think he was secretly smiling behind his book.

From page 56 of The Selection by Kiera Cass.

"Maybe we shouldn't go," Jonathan repeated.  "Maybe we shouldn't tell what happened.  Yet."
From page 60 of Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart.

Gerard's:
"Do you really want to do this?" She wagged her finger between them.  "A battle of wits?  It's not even fun to destroy you because you're too dim to understand you're getting destroyed."
From page 59 of The Serpent King by Liz Moore.


My fingers curl into the door frame so tightly it's a wonder they don't pierce the wood.  But I can do it, one whole foot outside my front door, without my chest getting tight.
From page 24 of Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.   Anyone can play along, so I thought  I  would play for fun! Just pick two sentences from the book you are reading.  Happy Reading!
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