Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow, #3)Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Seize Today is the compelling finale to the Forget Tomorrow Trilogy. I was surprised to find that this is one of those series that I loved each book even more than the last.

Seize Today focuses mostly on Olivia Dresden, the only true precognitive, and also the chairwoman's daughter. While Olivia was in the other books as well, I loved getting to know her better in Seize Today. She may just be my favorite character yet! She is strong yet vulnerable, and is determined to always try to do the right thing, even when she believes she never does. She is so powerful yet feels powerless to save the world even as she desperately tries again and again. Her romance with Ryder is just oh so perfect and had me rooting for them fiercely.

All the dystopian/science fiction aspects of the book were really cool and definitely kept things interesting. Future memory, time travel, and parallel realms, it has it all. I liked that it never got confusing though and that these things were explained naturally and simply,never stalling the flow of the story. I highly recommend the Forget Tomorrow Trilogy to fans of YA dystopian/science fiction romance.

** Thank you to Entangled Teen and Netgalley for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for honest review. **

Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

Peace in the Valley is such a wonderfully emotional, heartwarming read. It is the third book in the Double S Ranch series but can totally be read as a standalone if you so wish. Just like the other books in this series I loved the atmosphere of the ranch and the overall feeling of faith, family, and community that you get throughout the story. Trey is an interesting character indeed, especially considering how he came to live at Double S Ranch, his past hurts, and his current occupation. The fact that both Trey and Lucy are trying to move on from their past which has also made them wary because of it, makes me instantly feel like they are perfectly suited to help each other grow and heal. This of course also leads to plenty of back and forth and wavering of feelings and intentions but also some fun banter. I also like that I got to see my old friends from the previous books and did anyone else catch the hinted romance between Sam and a certain spunky lady? Loved it! I would definitely like to read more books by this author. 

** I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. **

About Ruth Logan Herne

Ruth Logan Herne has more than a million books in print, including eighteen Love Inspired contemporary novels and Back in the Saddle, Book 1 in the Double S Ranch series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing-collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

Friday, August 18, 2017

product review: Bic Velocity Mechanical Pencil

Now that school is back in session, a good pencil to write with is a must have item. We ( my daughter and I ) tried out these new Bic Velocity Mechanical Pencils with a 75% wider eraser to see how well they performed. Overall we really liked them. The lead did not break too easily and right away I noticed that the lead made for very smooth writing. I feel like the color of the writing was better than expected and was the exact right shade ( not too dark, not too light ). We both really liked the soft gel grip. It made it feel very comfortable to hold, which is great when you may be writing for an extended period of time. The larger eraser is definitely a nice feature and erases markings very well. With that said, even though the eraser took care of cleanly removing all markings, the indentions in the paper from the lead made the previous writing still noticeably etched into the paper. I think this is to be expected from mechanical pencils though. One thing that I thought was just brilliant was the eraser refills! If you erase a lot it is definitely nice to have that as an option instead of having to just toss the pencil or use a separate eraser.   

** I received this product free from smiley360 for review purposes. All thoughts expressed here are
my own. **

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

It Started with GoodbyeNot All Stories Begin With Once Upon A Time

By Christina June
Published by Zondervan

Book Description ( via booklookbloggers.com ) 

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night, which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client. If Tatum is reading his emails right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talented—and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he’s spending his summer across the ocean in Ireland…not that Tatum would be allowed to go on a date anyway.
But over the course of the summer, Tatum will learn that sometimes going after what you want means breaking all the rules. And when Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way. A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

My review: 

I always like modern takes on fairy tales. That is definitely one of the things that interested me in It Started with Goodbye. I would say that it is a very loose take in this case, but still has some similar aspects of Cinderella in a modern day setting. I think it is a very realistic story in regards to choosing to hang out with the wrong people or in the wrong situations can get you into big trouble even if you aren't willingly trying to do anything wrong. Fortunately things turned out pretty well for Tatum in the end. I liked that Tatum starts to see things a bit differently after her experiences and it seems to also push her outside of her comfort zone. I of course also liked the romance in the story and enjoyed the way it all played out. The emails were funny and made me smile. The story is pretty straight forward so it's hard to give details without giving away too much of the story. Everything tied up pretty nicely at the end and even had a happy ending. I would say it was an average read good for a relatively light, quick read.   

** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. **

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cover Reveal: Light of the Spirit - book 4 of The Muse Chronicles by Lisa Kessler

LIGHT OF THE SPIRIT – Book 4 in The Muse Chronicles
The gods never sleep...

As the mortal vessel for the Muse of Comedy, Lia Youlos lights up every room with laughter and smiles. But there are darker forces at work, and they want to snuff out her light forever.

Cooper Hanover is a hardworking paramedic who healed Lia after a fire, but something happened that day, something medical science couldn't explain. And if he doesn't figure out how it works soon, the next healing could kill him.

Lia's smile and sharp wit tempt him to love again, and he's not going to let anyone, not even the gods, take her from him.

The Prophecy - "Every generation the nine daughters of Zeus are reborn, and with their rebirth are also nine Guardians. They will be marked by the gods, and given gifts to protect his treasure. Their abilities will only be unlocked when they find their muse."

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Review: Desert Wolf by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Desert Wolf

Desert Wolf by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Desert Wolf was immediately fascinating and kept me thoroughly engrossed all the way through. I really liked the characters and enjoyed getting to know them as I tried to figure out the mysteries surrounding Paxton's Father's will, why she was different, and what was going on with the rogue. There were a few clues as to what the mystery was, but I was never quite sure, which I loved. The impetuous romance between Paxton and Grant was so compelling and while she tried to resist his charms, I was not so obstinate. He charmed me from the very beginning and was one of the best alpha male characters I've read about. He knew that alpha does not always mean domineering, it means doing what's best. Yet he still had that strong, protective thing going on that makes him so tempting. The end of the story got a bit hectic when all the mysteries were coming to light, but altogether I was very happy with the ending and the story overall. I highly recommend Desert Wolf to paranormal romance fans who enjoy a little mystery.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Review: Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters. A Homeschooler's Interactive Guide to Discovering Your True Identity by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory

Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters.

A Homeschooler's Interactive Guide to Discovering Your True Identity

by Tim Tebow with A. J. Gregory

My review: 

I knew right away that I would relate to this book. Not only as someone who was homeschooled for a portion of my own education, but also as a parent who homeschools my child. I like that each weeks lesson starts with a short story of Tim's personal experience then highlights a biblical discussion or verse that coincides and then has a couple of quick questions to get you thinking and relating to the subject. Everything has a really simple, positive, and uplifting vibe meant to help you find yourself in Christ. I think this book will be a great addition to our homeschooling experience.                                                                                                           

 ** I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. **           


About Tim Tebow

TIM TEBOW is a two-time national champion, first round NFL draft pick, and Heisman trophy winner. After playing in the NFL for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets, Tebow joined the SEC Network. In addition to his role on SEC Nation, the network's traveling road show, Tebow contributes to a variety of other ESPN platforms. In fall 2016 he signed a baseball contract with the New York Mets. Through it all, Tim's true passion remains the work of the Tim Tebow Foundation which he began in 2010. The foundation's mission is to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. The foundation is fulfilling that mission every day by serving thousands of deserving children around the world.