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About Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King

dragonwatch: wrath of the dragon king

After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Two of the seven dragon sanctuaries have already fallen. Will Wyrmroost be next?

Armed with secret information from a new ally, Celebrant seeks a talisman that will guarantee victory in the war against the humans. With a cursed castle and traitorous creatures standing in the way, Kendra and Seth must attempt to foil Celebrant’s plan and beat him to his prize.

Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost to quell the uprising and protect the world from draconic dominion? One thing is certain—dragons are deadly foes, and one wrong move could bring swift defeat. It will take more than Kendra, Seth, and their current allies have ever given to endure the wrath of the Dragon King.

My review

Brandon Mull is one of my favorite authors. And my daughters love his books as well. His books are a must read at our house. In fact, this book has been fought over. You know it’s good when that happens!

This book picks up where the first Dragonwatch left off. If you haven’t read that one, you really need to read it. Before you read any more of this review or before you read this one.

I love how Brandon Mull has kept Seth and Kendra consistent throughout both the Fablehaven series and this one. The reader knows the characters well enough to know how they will respond to things. Both Seth and Kendra are great characters. I love that you get to see things through their perspectives. 

Another fun thing about this one is that we get to see things through a newer characters perspective as well. Knox is Seth and Kendra’s cousin. He and Seth seem to be cut from a similar cloth. They are both more curious than they should be about everything. And they both get into trouble because of it.

I loved the fantasy of this one. The way the author describes things like things like the feast with the dragons made it easy for me to picture it in my mind. And there are so many fun and clever things in this one. 

If you’re a lover of middle grade books, fantasy stories, or dragons, you will love this book and the whole series.

I was sent a copy of Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. He lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children. He may or may not have a giant magical bovine in his backyard. Brandon is excited to share more adventures with Kendra and Seth in Dragonwatch, the sequel to Fablehaven.

About illustrator Brandon Dorman

Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Wizard. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a BFA in Fine Art and Illustration. Brandon Dorman and his wife, Emily, have three children and live in Washington, where he enjoys working as a freelance illustrator. He is best known for his book cover artwork on popular series like Goosebumps, Fablehaven, and The Land of Stories. With over 22 picture books under his belt, he is an accomplished visual storyteller. Hoolie and the Hooligan; The Alien who Ate My Socks, is Brandon’s first middle-grade chapter book, for which he is both author and illustrator.

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About Simply Starstruck

simply starstruckIt’s been two years since Kate Evans unexpectedly lost her husband and one year since her aunt Cassandra stepped in and moved Kate and her son back to Colorado to start a new life. 

Just when Kate is starting to get comfortable in her new reality, three very different men enter her life. Alec is young, easygoing, and up for anything. Nate is a divorced dad who is steady, reliable, and everything Kate should want. Jess is quite literally the boy next door, not to mention a real-life movie star straight from every girl’s dreams. 

Is she really ready to jump into the dating scene again? Or does she stay in the same safe place free from heartache? In between braving water slides to cheating at croquet, Kate is forced to confront things she’d rather leave buried, along with the possibility of a new love that is exactly what she needs.

My review

The cover of this one…I simply love it!

I loved the way Kate is in this book. She’s a bit of a quirky character and she made me laugh so many times. There’s a part in the first chapter where she karate kicks a swinging door open and makes her aunt’s housekeeper, Zinn, drop a whole bunch of drinks. That scene was so vivid, I could almost see it in my mind. It was interesting to me the way what had happened earlier in Kate’s life doesn’t get brought up for a bit in the plot. I knew something was up with her, but wasn’t sure quite what. Kate is a great mom to her 8 year old son. I loved the way he was the center of her world. It was obvious that she’d do anything she could for him.

There are so many great characters in this one. I loved her aunt Cass and her housekeeper Zinn. Kate’s constant re-writing of the history she had made up for Zinn made me laugh! It was a bit sad that we never actually found out. I also loved Jess. It was kind of fun the way he was always there, especially when Kate did something stupid or wasn’t looking her best. I loved how he goes out of his way to do things with Ethan. I can’t say I really liked Alec, he didn’t go out of his way to do things for Kate, let alone do anything for Ethan. Although, he did provide some funny situations.

The plot of this one was really well done. I loved the contemporary, humorous aspects. This one’s a fun one to read! Go get your own copy.

I was sent a copy of Simply Starstruck as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About author Aspen Hadley

Aspen Marie Hadley loves nothing more than a great story. She has devoted herself to storytelling for the majority of her life, writing her first novel at her kitchen table in the eighth grade. Aside from writing for her own enjoyment, Aspen has blogged and for a time wrote The Aspen Adventure Series that she would email around to family and friends, sharing her tales of accidental escapades. Aspen has been supplied with endless fodder for her stories through her work at a dry cleaner, as a waitress, as a dental office manager, executive assistant, transcriptionist, and working on an 800-line taking customer messages while attending Utah State University. Aspen shares her life with a patient husband, four hilarious children, one grumpy dog, and two incredibly loud birds in a quiet Utah suburb next to her beloved mountains. Simply Starstruck is her debut novel. You can find her at www.aspenmariehadley.com, on Facebook at facebook. com/aspenthewriter/ and Instagram @aspenmarieh_author.

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When we became four

About When We Became Four

when we became fourTwo children mean twice the laughter, twice the mess, and twice as much fun! Keep track of all the milestone moments of your second child’s birth with this unique memory book that involves the whole family. From pregnancy cravings to toddler quirks, this is your place to record all the memories you’ll want to treasure forever and create a special keepsake both your children will love.

My review

See that cover…Isn’t it the cutest? I love it! And the memory book inside is just as cute. I wish we had had this book when we had our kids!

I love the way this book has places for everything. There is a spot for the story of the start of the family. Also spots for recording things about the Big Sib. As well as spaces for tons of things relating to the new baby, from morning sickness to age two. I love how the author of this one includes the whole family, with places for pictures and stories and clever check lists.

This book will be a treasured keepsake for many years to come! This would be the perfect gift for anyone you know whose family will be becoming four soon.

I have included my normal Amazon link below. I wanted to let you know that this one is for sale at Costcos in Utah, so if you are local and wanting a deal, that’d be a good place to look. And you can get 10% off at ldsbooksandthings.com.

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About River Whispers

river whispersJack Bentley’s life fractured into jagged shards of pain and loneliness four months ago when his wife’s car plunged into the Snake River. Still reeling from the loss of his wife and infant son, Jack finds his world shaken again when he sees the ghost of his wife, Gina. But the truth she tells him changes everything: their son didn’t drown with her. 

Now, Jack must find his son before he slips away forever. Haunted by loss and his wife’s plea, Jack finds himself diving into a mystery deeper than the river’s swift current. No power on Earth can reunite him with his little boy—and even help from beyond the grave may not be enough to bring Jack’s son back. 

My Review

I first got to read River Whispers last year as a beta reader. It always makes me happy to get to re-read something that I loved the first time I read it. I pulled this one out of my to be read pile one day last week. 

One thing I really like about this one is the setting. I grew up living near the Snake River in Blackfoot, Idaho where the story is set. A lot of the settings are familiar to me. I could picture where the story took place. And I love that!

Rachelle Christensen is one of my favorite authors. I love her character and her plots. She just does an amazing job. Each of her books keeps me interested and turning page after page. I actually read this whole book in an afternoon.

Jack is such a great guy. The reader can sense his anguish over losing his wife Gina and son Easton. And it only gets more intense as his wife starts trying to communicate with him to let him know that their son is still alive. I loved this aspect of the story! One thing I believe is that the people we love that have died are able to help us when we need it, much like Gina does in the story. 

Then there’s Emily. She was one of Gina’s best friends. So she and Jack share their grief over her death. I liked that she was also able to receive messages from Gina and she was in a position to help Jack. She goes along with some of his ideas, even when they seem a bit crazy.

The plot of this one was so great! I didn’t want to stop reading it, even though I had read it before. It’s so suspenseful. This one kept me interested until I read the very last word!

I was sent a copy of River Whispers as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.

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About The Truth About Miss Ashbourne

the truth about miss ashbourneGoverness Juliana Ashbourne has dreams reaching far beyond the confines of her current position, hoping to someday establish her own school for girls. When she inherits a fortune from her late grandfather, she is shocked to learn that “someday” may soon be within reach. However, there is one condition: she must spend a month at the estate of Havenfield—with the very family who disowned her mother. Intent on securing the money she needs to start her school, Juliana accepts the invitation, vowing to guard her heart against those who shunned her all her life.

But Havenfield is far from what she expects. She discovers a grandmother seeking forgiveness, a cold and disapproving aunt, and a painfully shy cousin. And then there is Mr. William Rowley. Though the heir to the estate is a merciless tease, Juliana finds in him a friend and confidant—and perhaps something more. As she struggles to make sense of her new place in the world, her stubborn independence clashes with a yearning to belong and the even more confusing desires of her heart.

My review

I love when I find new authors! The Truth About Miss Ashbourne is a a Regency Romance written by a debut author and it’s really good!

I have to say that I LOVED Miss Ashbourne, Juliana. She’s a governess in London. I loved that she wasn’t your typical governess. She’s young and pretty and willing to let her charges learn things that not a lot of society thinks they should learn. One of the things she does that her boss, Mrs Seymour objects to is taking the children to the park. Life sure is different these days!

Anyway…Juliana isn’t a governess for very much of the book. She learns early on that she’s actually an heiress. I loved the way she found out that she’s an heiress and the way she meets William Rowley. Juliana is always getting herself into scrapes that she needs help getting out of. Well…she doesn’t think she needs help getting out of them, but she does.

There is a lot going on with the backstory of this one. There were several parts relating to the backstory that I really loved. Probably my favorite part is her flashback when looking at the picture gallery. This one’s late in the story, so I’m not going to say more than that to not give anything away. 

One thing about this story is that Juliana is the only character you get to be in the head of. That works sometimes really well, but I really would have loved to have seen what William thought. One thing I loved was that there were surprises for Juliana at the end of the book from her relatives that she’d gotten to spend time with. 

I loved this book! Hopefully Joanna Barker is planning to write more books like this one!

I was sent a copy of The Truth About Miss Ashbourne as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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the spinster and I

About The Spinster and I 

Series: The Spinster Chronicles
Genre:  Adult, New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Phase Publishing
Publication date: November 1, 2018

the spinster and IPoor, unfortunate Spinster…

Prudence Westfall, spinster, has unexpectedly had the greatest misfortune of all: she has inherited a fortune, and is now an heiress. But as a Spinster, and a stammering shy one, nothing could be worse than having a bevy of suitors pay her attention. Opportunity strikes at a house party when the most unlikely person offers the perfect solution.

Camden Vale is no gentleman, and he’s not prone to saving anyone, but something about Prue changes all that. When his offer to befriend her extends beyond the house party, and his feelings extend beyond expectation, no one is more surprised than he. Except, perhaps, for the other Spinsters, and they have much to say on the subject.

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My review

I love a good Regency Romance! And i’ts always a bonus when the good Regency Romance is part of a series the way this one is! Make sure you check out my review of The Merry Lives of Spinsters from yesterday to learn about the start of this series.

The Spinster and I is the story of Prudence, or Prue. She’s a member of the Spinsters group. I loved the way Prudence’s character is flawed. She’s not perfect, because she tends to stutter when she’s in an unfamiliar environment or with a large group of people. That becomes fairly obvious almost immediately in this book. Prue is, at her mother’s insistence, at a house party trying to find a man to marry. There are plenty of opportunities for everything to go wrong for her. And they do…until she meets Camden.

Camden is a young man with a suspicious reputation. What’s interesting is that as the reader gets to know him, the reader realizes that he’s more a gentleman than even he knows. I loved the way Camden saves Prue time after time. He makes her comfortable with him. And Prue is finally able to be herself in his company.

I loved that the Spinsters are in this book. They are so clever! I loved the way there are snippets from their articles at the beginning of each chapter. They made me smile every time. 

I did not like Prue’s mom. At. All! It was obvious from The Merry Lives of Spinsters that she was terrible. But seeing her through Prue’s eyes showed me that she was even worse than I thought. Yikes! 

I loved the plot of this one. It’s clever, romantic and there’s tons of things going on to keep the reader interested. Make sure to get yourself a copy!

I was sent an e-copy of The Spinster and I as a gift. All opinions are my own.

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About author Rebecca Connolly

Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

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About The Merry Lives of Spinsters

the merry lives of spinstersSpinster is as spinster does…

Georgiana Allen is a spinster and everybody knows it. She also happens to be one of the writers for the Spinster Chronicles, and everybody knows that as well. She’s accepted her lot in life, and, along with the other spinsters in her circle, takes great pride in the articles she writes and the influence she has. Then Captain Anthony Sterling infiltrates their group, and her life, and Georgie impossibly begins to hope once more.

Tony Sterling had no idea what to expect when he agreed to break up the Spinsters for his cousin, but he certainly did not expect Georgie Allen. From the very first meeting, she upends everything he thought a spinster would be, and her beauty and wit keeps him on edge in thrilling ways. The more he gets to know the Spinsters, the less he wants to break them up. And the more he wants Georgie in his life. Permanently.

My review

I haven’t read very many of Rebecca Connolly’s books yet, but the ones I’ve read have been great! This book is great, I loved her characters and the cleverness! There are so many things to love about it.

The main heroine of this one is Georgie. She and her group of friends, the Spinsters with a capitol S, write a page in the paper. Their columns are generating plenty of talk among the ton, including young men, who want to get rid of the group. I laughed out loud at some of the witty things these young ladies came up with, both in the snippets from their columns and in their lives. Strong women characters are some of my favorites and these young ladies are!

I love all of Georgie’s friends, Izzy, Prue, Charlotte, Grace and Elinor. They each have their own personality and crazy character flaws. I loved the way each of them shines in her own way. And they’re all going to get their own story. That just makes me happy!

Then there’s Tony. Tony gets involved with the Spinsters because of his cousin Hugh. Hugh is one of the ones who want to get rid of the group. He tasks Tony with infiltrating the women and getting rid of them once and for all. Tony is happy to check things out, but it’s never his goal to do what Hugh says. I didn’t like Hugh at all! I hope he mends his ways.

Tony on the other hand is a gentleman. I loved the way he looks after all of these young women as best as he can. One of my favorite scenes is a ball where he tries to confuse all of London in regard to these young women. It works too! 

This is such a fun Regency Romance. I didn’t want to stop reading it. And I’m so glad that the next book in this series is out so I can read it as well!

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About First and Last Christmas Date

first and last Christmas dateShe was always his friend. Their first date ended that. Ten years later, can their second date make them more than friends? 

Juliet’s life is in a holding pattern of dating wrong guy after wrong guy. When childhood friend Taggart messages to ask for second date—after a ten-year wait—she gets a holiday shakeup. 

Their first Christmas date a decade ago was an unmitigated disaster, ending with Pepto-Bismol and the police. They both probably needed the full ten years to recover. 

Now that he’s back in touch, Juliet must decide whether she will say yes. If this is just a one-time thing, she risks carrying a torch for him for another decade. 

This could be their last Christmas date. 

First & Last Christmas Date: A Legally in Love Christmas Novella is book 8 in the Legally in Love series. All are clean romantic comedies with swoony kisses and legal entanglements. This madcap adventure date follows in the hilarious tradition of It Happened One Night, Blind Date, and all other tales of wacky dates gone wrong. 

Set in balmy Los Angeles, this holiday novella is a madcap comedy of swoony kisses and second chances at love, with a side of peppermint hot cocoa. Perfect for fans of the Hallmark Channel romance movies. 

My review

I love a good Christmas story! And if it has romance thrown in…well, that’s even better! 

First and Last Christmas Date is a ton of fun! I think I read it before in a Christmas anthology, but I loved what the author has done with it to change it. 

It starts with Juliet. She’s reading her email at Christmas time when she gets a message from Taggart, her high school crush. He reminds her of their disastrous date ten years earlier and asks for another date. Juliet is thrilled at the possibility, but isn’t sure. She’s been running from man to man for a long time. 

Taggart….I loved so many things about him. His thoughtfulness, his apparent planning, his car! And he’s got a mean punch too. That was definitely a plus at one part of this novella!

I loved how this date was just as rocky and crazy as their first date ten years earlier. So many crazy things happened. I found myself laughing and laughing and not wanting to stop reading because I wanted to see just what would happen next.

If you love fun, romantic comedies you’ll love this book!

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About The Gem Thief

The Gem ThiefGracie Miller is a small-town girl who has landed her dream job in New York City. As jewelry designer for one of the most prestigious jewelers in the world, she completed a particularly stunning piece, a custom setting for a large pink diamond. But when her billionaire client Mrs. Katsaros comes to repair a minor issue with the setting, Gracie is horrified to realize it is not the ring she created. Someone has forged her design, and the priceless diamond is gone.

Mrs. Katsaros has no desire to bring media attention to the jewelry heist, so she recruits her nephew, Quinn, and his FBI agent friend, Steve, to do some sleuthing off the record. When they discover that the missing ring is just one of many forgeries in the widow’s collection, they look to Gracie for help. They need her to act the part of Quinn’s fiancée. From the lights of New York to the shimmering islands of the Mediterranean, Gracie is swept into a thrilling hunt. But amid the search for the elusive thief, she and Quinn find themselves increasingly distracted by their growing feelings for each other. What neither realizes is how close the danger lies and how serious the vendetta is—because, apparently, it is worth killing for.

My review

Romantic suspense is one of my very favorite categories to read. I love the suspense/mystery aspect. Trying to figure out who the thief was in this one was so fun! And who doesn’t love a touch of romance?

I loved Gracie in this book! Gracie is a jewelry designer working at a prestigious jewelry store in New York City. She’s about as down to earth as they come. She doesn’t seem to care if she shows up looking muddy and wet when she gets rained on/soaked in hot chocolate. Or if she’s just been out for her run and gets picked up by an FBI agent needing info right away. She’s also super comfortable flying first class or staying in 5 star hotel rooms. I LOVED her! 

Then there’s Quinn. I liked Quinn too. I did think his choice in women needed some improvement. But he grew on me as the story went on. 

This book takes place in tons of different places. There’s New York, of course. But also the beautiful islands of Greece. After reading this one, I know I need to go to some of them, Santorini, being the first!

I loved that I wasn’t sure who the thief actually was until it was revealed to the characters. That makes the book so much more fun! Not knowing. Then when the reader and the characters do know and they’re all just waiting for the thief to make their move is great too! 

This book is full of suspense. It’s an easy read that kept me reading far later than I should have been!

I was sent a copy of The Gem Thief as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Sian Ann Bessey

Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up on the island of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales. She left Wales to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Traveling has given Sian a deep appreciation for a world full of diverse cultures. Through her writing, she introduces her readers to some of the places she has come to love— especially her Welsh homeland.

Sian is the author of several LDS novels and children’s books. She has also written articles for the New Era, Ensign, and Liahona magazines. She and her husband, Kent, currently reside in Rexburg, Idaho. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of two beautiful little girls and one handsome little boy.

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About Saints: The Standard of Truth

saints the standard of truthIn 1820, a young farm boy in search of truth has a vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Three years later, an angel guides him to an ancient record buried in a hill near his home. With God’s help, he translates the record and organizes the Savior’s church in the latter days. Soon others join him, accepting the invitation to become Saints through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

But opposition and violence follow those who defy old traditions to embrace restored truths. The women and men who join the church must choose whether or not they will stay true to their covenants, establish Zion, and proclaim the gospel to a troubled world. 

The Standard of Truth is the first book in Saints, a new, four-volume narrative history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Fast-paced, meticulously researched, Saints recounts true stories of Latter-day Saints across the globe and answers the Lord’s call to write history “for the good of the church, and for the rising generations” (Doctrine and Covenants 69:8).

My review

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in history. I love reading books that are about real people. What they think, what they do, why they do what they do. It’s all interesting. 

I haven’t made it a big secret that I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. And the history of that has always interested me as well. But…I love reading fiction. Non-fiction books can be really hard for me to read. I don’t feel like I read them quickly and sometimes I get bored with them.

Enter Saints. This is a brand new series written by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints about the beginnings of The Church. I loved the focus on the people involved. This is not a boring history book! This is a well-written, interesting account of how things happened. Through the eyes of those involved, the reader sees what happened and why.

My husband and I were lucky enough to have gone to the book launch of this book. I loved listening to the people who put this book together about how it came to be.

The first thing I noticed about the book is just how thick it is. It’s 700 pages long, with about 585 being the book itself! The rest of the book is the index and notes. It’s hard to imagine how many sources the people putting this one together would have had to have gone through to put this book together. Wow! And this is just the first of four volumes!

I loved this book! It came out September 4th. I finished it for the first time on October 21st. That’s the longest it’s taken me to read a book in a while. I was using this one for my Sunday reading. And we’re also currently reading it as a family. As a family, we’re reading and talking about one chapter a week. That’s been really fun.

I will admit that I wasn’t really surprised by any of the things that happened in The Church’s history. As a girl, I read The Work and the Glory series by Gerald Lund (links below). He did a really good job of making sure there was nothing overly surprising in Church history for me. 

If you’re as curious about history as I am, you’ll love this book!

I bought my own copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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