Friday, March 24, 2017

BookApp of the Week: Nook

Nook is possibly my least favorite app. You cannot search any books that aren't already on your Nook. The only reason I actually use this app is to read books that aren't on my Kindle or iBooks but that I've already payed for. Unless you've got a Nook account, then this isn't an app I'd recommend. Sorry that this week wasn't a great app like the others, but it goes both ways here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chit Chat (take 2)

I know it seems like it's been a long time since I posted, and it has. It's just that I've been reading, but also actually doing stuff. There hasn't been too much time. Plus, the book that I'm reading now is for Christmastime. So you won't even see that review for ages! But I promise that soon I'll have a review up. Soon as I can! Also, if you have ideas for posts that you'd like me to do then comment or let me know in the contact me form on the right sidebar. Also, I'm super excited to let you know that I've been accepted to the CelebrateLit team! (Whaaaat?!?) Crazy awesome right? As always, thank you so much for reading (and for your patience)!

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

P.S. again.... Was yesterday Wednesday? I probably would have remembered waiting-on-Wednesday if it hadn't been for the dentist appointment.... Sorry bout that. Ugh!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Review: The Movement of Crowns by Nadine Keels

I hope you've forgiven me for yesterday's ramble review, instead of the usual orderly way I do things. I'm back to my usual orderly self today though!

Movement of Crowns is the coming of age story of Princess Constance. She's excited and worried about taking her place as official Junior to her father. She's unsure as to how the council will react to a girl being brought into their midst. And she's also realizing that her childhood friend Staid, is starting to mean more to her than she realized.

I'm giving this book 4 stars.

1: I loved how full of life and ready to go Constance was. She wasn't afraid of learning about other cultures, and in fact, her knowledge of other countries and customs was a boon to her country. Constance was a strong heroic leading female character, stronger than  many in this genre of YA (is that the right genre? I'm assuming it is).

2: I love love loved the ending for Grace. I was definitely drawn to her from my first introduction and was cheering for her from the beginning. And I love how the king was able to balance kingship and fatherhood. I mean he called her his Apple for goodness sakes! That was so cute and adorable!

3: Although the book is a fairly quick read, I found the chapters were a little bit long and I struggled to find an appropriate stopping point.

4: This book definitely falls under the genre of romance, whatever else it may or may not be. Staid is gentlemanly and sweet. And even the king and queen have there own line of romance.

5: This book was filled with stunning word pictures that recreated each seen in vivid detail in the mind's eye! Splendidly done!

So definitely a sweet read for the fantasy loving teen out there!

A big thanks to Nadine Keels for showing me her book!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

This review isn't like my others, if you'll permit me the liberty. I found that I had rather just ramble through this one, rather than organize myself rationally. This book gets 4 stars. And the plot synopsis is a copy and paste from goodreads.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters.

From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years—until Elizabeth died of cancer.

So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. The sadness might simply be too great. But he agrees and allows his heart and soul to go places they haven’t gone in decades. Back to the breathless first moments, but also to the secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together.

At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans—and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try, or is it time for them to say goodbye, for good?

As school comes to an end, Cole presents his report on the love story between his grandparents John and Elizabeth Baxter. It is a tale that touches the hearts of the entire family, and one that causes Cole to better understand his own beginning.

Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time or finding them all over again, Love Story will stir your heart and remind you of the generational impact of love and the eternal bond of family.

Okay, bout time for a picture.

This book is the foundation of all the Baxter family story, though it is written after more than 20 previous books. I found myself, like Cole, having the story "clearly weaving its way into my soul". I enjoyed so much the story of Andi and Cody. I loved seeing how they were able, with lots of prayer, to find their way to each other, especially when just the chance sighting of Andi on TV was what got the ball rolling, so to speak. I enjoyed finding out about how the Baxter family all got started, even though I haven't actually read all of them, or even half of them. I did find that I was quite uncomfortable with week 2 of John's interview, and yet I never once thought "Well, that should never have been written". Quite the opposite in fact, I found myself saying "why did they do that, that wasn't wise" and laying all the blame squarely on the shoulders of people that for a few hours I had forgotten were only characters in a book. And Bailey was amazing!

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

1 Year Blogversary!! And GIVEAWAY!!! (Which we all know you are more excited about)

This week's BookApp post has been postponed till next week because...

One year ago today I started this blog. I can't believe it's been so long! And yet, I can't believe it's only been a year at the same time. I can't seem to remember what life was like before this blog(wow, why do I sound like a bad cliché?). At first, I was so nervous. What is no one read it... What if no one liked it... What if I couldn't stick to it...(by the way, you readers are the reason I did stick to it. Seems like Christmas really was a kickoff point for me sticking a little closer to it) What if.. What if... But now, there is no what if. It's only, what can I get into next. You may have noticed that about a month ago I jumped face first into the world of book blog memes. I've had my first author interview (still a highlight, such a major step). I've had authors contact me to read their books. I have followers! Which is amazing. A big thank you to all of you. And to all of you who read my blog but never wound up following, you matter too! Thanks for being there as my style expanded, as my shy one-line points grew into almost paragraphs. I can't believe the incredible journey this blog has taken me on. A year ago I could never have imagined any of this happening. And in case you've been wanting to take the leap, but you're afraid to, I want you to know that this has been one of the most transformative things I've ever done. It's pushed me out of my comfort zone so many times, but now I can say that my zone is just that much bigger. It's even changed the way I read books. Now I have stars floating around in my head while I'm reading ;)

Okay, now that my sappy "this is the best thing ever to happen" speech(which was much MUCH longer than I expected, so kudoz to you if you actually read the whole thing. I'm impressed!), here's the prize. The only rule is you need to live in the US.

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Link to Lydia's Charm review

Here are the pictures. The front cover. The inside flap thing-a-ma-bob (forgive my horrible description powers) and a picture of the pretty pages from the center of the book. This book has quite a few Amish recipes too. In case you ever want to try some of the foods featured in this book. Also, the pictures aren't the greatest quality. Sorry about that.

I'll announce the winner here, on Twitter, and Facebook. The winner will also get an email, so be on the lookout!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

Grace and her sisters, Hope and Mercy, were traveling to Oregon City with the wagon train to join their Uncle Edward. On the way, measles strikes and Grace decides to stay the winter of 1847 at the Whitman Mission. The epidemic spreads throughout the mission and into the nearby Cayuse village. Things become heated and danger lurks around every corner. Alex, a trapper, is considered a brother to the Nez Perce, but he has little sway in the Cayuse thought. All he wants is to protect Grace, the woman he loves (although he didn't realize it for a while).

This book is a 5 star.

1: For years, I've had a lowkey(as in I enjoy reading about it but don't google it) obsession with the Whitman Mission, especially with Narcissa Whitman. I had hoped that she would have a stronger presence in this book than she wound up having, but it's not like (okay, so if you failed American History, this might be a spoiler for you) she even survived all that long. But seriously though, her husband was not all that great a fellow.

2: Honestly, I could about live off of just Tracie Peterson books. I have a shelf dedicated to her books. This book was no exception, and while I will say that the Yukon/Alaskan Quest trilogies are still my absolute favorite thing, this one may be at the top of my list from now on. I can't wait to see more from this series (Heart of the Frontier). This book just got here yesterday afternoon, and I would have finished it last night had I not had something that I needed to do.

3: I keep getting distracted from writing this review by the book. I keep picking it up, running my hands over it, turning it over and over to capture the beautiful cover. It draws me more than a cover has since, I don't know, In The Shadow Of Denali (Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse... It's amazing and you absolutely have to read it!)

4: While I've never appreciated the way the government treated the Indians, umm... Native Americans is probably a better label but whatever..., in this book I was torn between my sympathy for the Indians and my horror at the heinous acts that took place at the Whitman Mission. I'm not sure what to say. Or think. The history, the research, all of it clearly shows the care.

5: The  characters were...heartbreaking. Finding themselves in difficult situations, they not only had to deal with the emotional and physical pain, they had to reconcile themselves spiritually, and the seeing the struggles, feeling them through the vivid writing, was an amazing experience.

                                      I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Answer a Question: What is the longest book you've ever read?

The longest book I've ever read is Bleak House by Charles Dickens. I'm generally a really fast reader but honestly, it takes 2 solid weeks to read Bleak House. Not only because of the length, but also, I mean, Charles Dickens. He's a heavy read. And sometimes wordy. It took me forever to straighten out the different characters in Bleak House. And that's with a very good character list at the beginning. And even though it is a little difficult, Bleak House is one of my favorites of his. What's the longest book you've ever read? How long did it take to read it? Let me know in the comments.