Sunday, June 30, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader

Why Google Reader! Why are you leaving!

I'm sad that google reader is going away. If you are like me then you follow a number of bloggers and the best way I keep up with them is thought google reader. So if haven't heard google reader is going away tomorrow. [cries] I was hoping that Google would change it's mind or say "JUST KIDDING", but no! [cries some more] So if you follow my blog by google reader I hope you will keep up with me on facebook, twitter, subscribe by email or rss. I have been blogging for over three years and I don't want to loose my followers!
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Audio Review: The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Source: Review copy provided by Brilliance Audio

Oh wow. Where do I start. The Mad Scientist's Daughter is a really, really, really long. The story starts when Cat's father brings home a robot named Finn when Cat is around eight. She first thinks that he is a ghost. He later becomes her tutor. As she grows she finds herself falling in love with him. She dates guys, but she gives into her feelings for him. Cat and Finn later have a secret love affair. Cat knows she and Finn are wrong, but she doesn't stop. Finn always gives into her every whim. Then one day Cat's boyfriend proposes and she says yes. When Cat marries Finn decides to leave to work on the lunar station. Cat's marriage crumbles after abuse and her lack of love. Starting over she returns to her childhood home. There she is consumed by finding out more about her one true love. She focuses on her future and her elderly father. Cat's denial of what she felt hurts everyone around her. The Mad Scientist's Daughter is not typical of what I would normally read. I couldn't relate to Cat's actions, because they often came across as selfish. The Mad Scientist's Daughter was not for me.

Narrator: Kate Rudd is a great narrator! Kate did a great job as both Cat and Finn. If I'm ever on the fence about an audio the narrator plays a big part and for me Kate was the one highlight of the book.

Audio Sample of The Mad Scientist's Daughter

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Audio Review: Starring Me

Starring Me by Krista McGee

Source: Audio CD by Brilliance Audio

Starring Me by Krista McGee is my first christian YA novel and I really enjoyed it. I won't lie at first I was worried it would be preachy, but that wasn't the case at all. In Starring Me Chad wins an American Idol type show and the media is sure he will go on to be a huge singer. Only Chad has other plans, and he decides he wants to do a variety show similar to Saturday Night Live for teens. His parents demand that his co-star has to be a Christian since Chad will be spending so much time with them. When the network sees Chad or his parents won't budge they decide to setup a reality tv show to pick an unknown costar. The girls have no clue about Chad or the fact that they want the girl to be Christian so the girls go into stereo type mean girl behavior. This was super funny and great to see the claws come out. Kara doesn't get caught up in the drama, but she also doesn't believe in religion. Chad also struggles when he meets a girl who catches his eye and is not of the same faith.

Starring Me is a really fun book! I enjoyed the reality twist and if you are looking for clean YA novels this is a great one!

Narrator: Tara Sands does a great job with Starring Me. This is the first time I have heard an audio book by her and I was really impressed. Narrators can really make or break an audio book so it's great to find another good narrator.

To listen to a sample visit Brilliance Audio

Friday, June 14, 2013

Audio Review: The Hero's guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Hero's guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

Performed by Bronson Pinchot

Source: Purchased

Summer is right around the corner so I wanted to talk about a great middle grade reads. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom would be a wonderful book to share with your kids or get the audio for your next road trip. Christopher Healy is hilarious. Raise your hand if you watched fairy tales and through I need a Prince Charming! Well what if Prince Charming needed to be saved or was afraid or pretty much everything! What if he stood up to a bossy princess and was hated for it. The Hero's guide to Saving Your Kingdom is funny, silly, and has a number of memorable characters.

Narrator: Bronson Pinchot is hilarious! He has every voice down from ogres to every prince. Bronson will amuse both adults and kids!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Review: Solstice by P J Hoover

Solstice by P.J. Hoover

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

When I first heard of Solstice I thought "how will history and dystopia work?", but leave it to PJ Hoover to take Greek Mythology and make it current! In Solstice the world is now in a Global Heating Crisis and the average temperature is 119, we also meet Piper who lives in Austin, Texas with her mother. Living in Texas with 100 degree summers, it sometimes makes me a bit afraid that this could possibly be our not too distant future. Piper tries to live a life as normal as can be, when you have a mother who controls every second of your life. Piper is use to her mom’s controlling ways because she has been that way for as long as she can remember. Her mom explained that they had to move to Texas so Piper’s terrorist father wouldn’t find her. When Piper turns eighteen she starts meeting people who change her life including her father. Piper’s school life is pretty quiet with only one real friend and no boyfriend what so ever. Then she meets a new guy who is quiet and distant with everyone expect Piper. Piper isn’t sure why he would want to talk to her and she knows her mother wouldn’t approve, but she feels a connection with him. Hoover does a great job of showing how Piper goes from being suffocated by her mom’s controlling ways to the person she was meant to be. Solstice is a story about love and about how far you're willing to go to protect those you love. Making impulsive choices is sometimes easier than dealing with the consequences that inevitably follow.

Every time I picked up Solstice I lost hours because I could never find a stopping point! To take a well-known myth like Hades and Persephone and make it your own is a sign of great writing! I can’t wait for more from PJ Hoover.

To learn more about P. J. Hoover visit:

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June What I'm Reading Now

Hi All! Here is my schedule. Feel free to join me and then we can discuss. Also I am always up for taking recommendations. If you check my blog often you will find I add and remove books just depending on my moods. What are you reading or looking forward to reading this month?

Currently Reading:

Currently Audio Book:

Just Finished:

Friday, June 7, 2013

Watermark Cover Reveal

I want to welcome Texas author, Krissi Dallas! Krissi is here to reveal the cover and Plot Synopsis for Watermark, the forth book in her Phantom Island series!

Watermark, the fourth installment of the YA fantasy Phantom Island series by Krissi Dallas is finally releasing this fall! If you haven’t jumped on board this island adventure full of magic, mystery, and romance, now is your chance. Enter to win an autographed Phantom Island trilogy pack, an autographed copy of Watermark when it releases, a tribal t-shirt, or an autographed copy of The Collector by debut author Victoria Scott! The giveaway will be open for entries until Friday, June 14. See information below.

And now for Watermark … the dramatic conclusion to the first half of the Phantom Island series…

I stared at her in frustration. “What is with you?!” I exploded. She was not acting like my best friend. Like my Morgan. “You’ve been so different this summer, and I don’t get it!”
“Well, you’ve been different too! People change, you know,” she snapped back.
“If I’ve changed, fine. But at least I’m still honest with you. You, however, have turned into a liar! If we don’t have trust between us, then what do we have, Morgan?”

Plot Synopsis:
Relationships on the White Island are volatile and Whitnee, Morgan, and Caleb aren’t sure who they can trust—even each other. Politicians are lying, history is being rewritten, and motives are questionable. Whitnee sets out with Gabriel and a band of rebel spies to take back the enemy's biggest weapon—Whitnee's father. However, a shocking turn of events proves once again that the Island's secrets have the power to destroy more than just the truth. Separated from her friends, Whitnee battles her own fears in order to survive and protect the ones she loves. But when Morgan's illness finally comes to light, Whitnee faces a decision that could alter her future—and Morgan’s—forever. And whether she ultimately stays on the Island or leaves might not be her choice, after all.

“…[An] earnest tale of magic and romance that deals with the great distance between pain and recovery.” –Kirkus Reviews (Windchaser, Phantom Island Book 1)

Meet the Author:
Krissi Dallas loves pop music, mismatched socks, and fried chicken. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her youth minister husband, Sam, and their two wicked Yorkies, Elphie and Luna. Krissi enjoys hanging out with her quirky middle school students and building the dramatic, magical, and mysterious world that makes up the Phantom Island series. Be sure to check out Windchaser, Windfall, and Watercrossing. Krissi loves connecting with teens, as well as readers and writers of all ages! You can stalk her online at