Monday, August 15, 2016

The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson


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       Title: The Healer’s Apprentice
 Author: Melanie Dickerson
  Published: September 15, 2010
 Publisher: Zondervan
Format: paperback
 Source: own









Goodreads Summary:

Two Hearts. One Hope.

Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.

When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.

Book Review:

Normally, I try to write my own synopsis, but felt the one for this book was really good and thought it described a whole lot better than I could.

I spoiled myself on this book before I even read it.  I have no idea why I didn’t think it through, but I read the discussion questions and spoiled a major plot point.  Hopefully, I’ve learned my lesson. 

This is a retelling about Sleeping Beauty.  I absolutely love fairy tale retellings, but I believe this is the first Sleeping Beauty retelling I have ever read, largely because Sleeping Beauty is not even close to being a fairy tale that is a favorite.  I really enjoyed Melanie’s retelling.

I think one of the main reasons I rated the book 4.5 stars is I kept putting the book down to do other things.  I don’t blame this on the story at all.  I think I was in some kind of mood where I wanted to something other than read, but I didn’t know what.
I will say I preferred one male character over the other and felt the character I didn’t like had more time with Rose than I would have liked.  Also, there is conjurer in the book, and the moments in the book that anything related this really disturbed me.
  
Although, I really enjoyed this book, I cannot recommend this book for younger teens.  I know this might not bother me, but I cannot stomach those scenes.  I have and do plan on reading more by Melanie, but I will avoid any books that reflect that kind of content.

I do believe Melanie can write really well and look forward to more of her books.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Playing for Love by Dana Burkey


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Title: Playing for Love 
Author: Dana Burkey
                                     Published: November 1, 2015
 Publisher: self-published 
Format: e-book

 Source: for review/own










I received a copy from the author for review

Fiona has been crushing on her brother’s, best friend, Jordan, for a while and decides to do what she can to make him notice her.  She joins the JV soccer team because couple of his most recent girlfriends were soccer players.  For the most part, Jordan and her brother ignore Fiona.  After she gets a soccer ball to her nose, both of them are a lot nicer to her.  Jordan starts to talk to her more, and they start to spend more time together. 

I wanted to start this off by saying, I loved reading Dana’s author bio.  Her bio mentions about her want of creating stories without swearing and adult situations.  There is the b word in this novel mentioned 2 or 3 times, however, the is the only qualm content wise I found.

I did like this book, but there were a couple of moments that I felt the pace dragged for me.  I liked Jordan for the most part.  He annoyed me a little at the end.  I liked him fine throughout the story.  I kind of found it a little unbelievable that a nose accident changed Fiona’s brother that drastically.  Although, I don’t condone siblings treating each other badly.  I kind of wished Fiona’s brother character change didn’t shift that much all at once.  A gradual approach I feel would be best. 


I really liked that this was an easy, contemporary read.  If anyone is wanting a contemporary book that includes sports, may want to check this out.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Let's Be Mermaids Readathon

I found out about this readathon from booktuber, Rebecca @WhyMermaids.  This was created by Sirena @Follow the books, another booktuber.

It’s going to take place Aug 13-19.  It has some reading challenges and video challenges.  Since I just have a blog, I’m just doing the reading and movie challenges, unless I can think of ways to do some of the video challenges if I can adapt them to blog format.

Here is the list of the video challenges and reading challenges.

Video Challenges
Saturday: Mermaids Got Talent
Sunday: Little Mermaid Sing a Long
Monday: Music Video
Tuesday: Book Trailer
Wednesday: DIY
Thursday: Mermaids React
Friday: Liveshow

Reading Challenges:
Read the group book: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Read a book with a mermaid on the cover
Read a book with sirens
Watch a mermaid movie
Read a book from your TBR (wild card pick)


My TBR for the Reading Challenges. First off, I do not own Deep Blue, but I really do not want to read that book.  At least, for now. But, I will aim at completing the other ones.


Read a book with a mermaid on the cover
Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs, #1)

Read a book with sirens: Atlantia by Ally Condie
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Watch a mermaid movie: The Little Mermaid.

Read a book from your TBR (wild card pick): In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot  and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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I chose two for the wild pick because I am currently reading In Firefly Valley for a review, and I'm currently in a book group on Good Reads, where we are supposed to read a Jane Austen book together.  For this month, it's of course, Pride and Prejudice.

There are other mermaid books that I would like to read more in some categories, but I don't feel like the fit + 1 would be a reread.  I feel like a lot of mermaid books I have are in a series, and I'm kind of wanting to start a series all at once.  I'm not sure if I'm in the mood for that yet or not.

Do you plan on entering this readathon?  If so, live a link of your post or list it in the comments!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Monthly Recommendations: 1 Year anniversary

I recently joined a group on Good Reads named Monthly Recommendations. This group was created by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla Rayne.  The book links go to Good Reads plus the creators of the group's Youtube channels.
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An underrated book- The House Next Door by Richie Tankersley Cusick

This cover was a major reason I wanted to read the book.  This book is about a set of twins that dare is other to spend a night in the house next door.  During Emma's stay, she has these "dreams" of a man that mistakes her for someone else.  The more Emma has these dreams, the more she becomes attached to the man and the mystery that surrounds the couple in her dreams.

I inhaled this book. This author reminds me of R.L. Stine, but this book of hers does not get as creepy.  I would say this has a more suspenseful tone at times.

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-A book set in school-Love on Cue by CatherineHapka

I don't know if anybody else remembers these, but this is a book in the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies series.  I loved this when I was younger.  (I still love these, I just have not read one in awhile).  This books are fluffy reads that always make me feel happier after I read them.

Maggie is a theatre nut and is looking forward to her school's performance of Romeo and Juliet but freaks when she finds out it is going to be a musical.  She is not even remotely musical and recruits Nico to help her with singing lessons. 

This is a must if you love fluffy reads.



I'm going to be honest.  I find mostly any Fear Street book by R.L. Stine, but I loved this books when I was younger.  I dare say they probably would freak me out more now then when I was young.


This book is about a woman that falls in love with a man in the Fier family and finds out that he is not the loving man she thought. 

The whole Fear Street Saga is creepy, and probably have the most creepy  books in the Fear Street series.  This one takes place in more of a historical setting.




I have not read that many YA books about dragons and wanted to read this trilogy because of that.  It follows a girl Jacinda, who is a fire dragon, which is very rare.  She loves being a draki, but her mother wants Jacinda to have a normal life away from the dragons.  After an encounter with draki hunter, Jacinda and her family move away to be with humans and hopefully safe from the hunters.

I devoured this series when I read it.  There is a love triangle and was not happy with her she ended up with, but I loved it regardless.

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-A book you think others should read ASAP/before the end of the year-Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

This is one of my favorite series that I have ever read.  This series has given me some of the most feels I have ever read.  Kelsey takes up a job at a circus where  she meets a white tiger.  Kelsey starts talking and reading the Tiger and becomes very attached to it.  After a while, Kelsey meets an older Indian male who wants Kelsey to travel to India with him and help with the tiger.

I don't want to go too much further in this book for people who may not know what these books are about.  Anybody who love adventure, romance, and mythology will enjoy this series.


This series is a mermaid series.  I absolutely adore mermaid books and feel like there are not enough of this out there in the YA market.

The book is told in alternating POVS of Ash and her best friend's brother, Fin.  Ash and Fin's sister, Tatiana, plan to go to college together, only to find out later that their family moved without telling her.  Ash decides to find out what happened and discovers out a world that her friends have been a part of.

I normally don't like duo POVs, but I think I enjoyed it in this book.  Brenda has very unique qualities to her mermaids that I enjoyed.

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-A standalone-Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

This is a YA contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice.  Anybody who loves those types of books, should like this book.  I haven't read any other books by her yet, but her other YA books are retellings of Jane Austen books.


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-Your favorite survival story- Altered by Jennifer Rush

These types of books are not by any means normal reads, but I really enjoyed this book.  It is a series, but I haven't picked up anymore at this time.

Anna's dad keeps several guys in their basement, and she often sneaks down at other times to play games or just talk. One day, the guys break free and are not even remotely like the guys she thought they were.  She finds herself on the run from a governmental agency and learning more about her dad and (some) of the guys she thought were her friends.

I'll admit the main guy annoyed me for a bit, but I liked the book the more I read it.  I ended up giving it 4 stars.

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-A book set outside of the US, or that features travel/vacation- Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

This book takes place in a contemporary London and features time travel between present day London and 18th century London

Gwyneth's family has line of time travelers, but the ability is passed down and not everyone in her family has the ability.  Her cousin, Charlotte, has been training for this ability, but Gwyn realizes she is the one who has this ability when she takes a time travel trip during her class.


There are two that I didn't do: my favorite friendship, a book with little or no romance, and  a favorite empowering female.  I normally don't read books for those two things, so there weren't any books that really stood out.  Feel free to link your recommendations below if you do this.  If not, I would love to here some recommendations from these questions! :)

Monthly Recommendations: 1 Year anniversary

I recently joined a group on Good Reads named Monthly Recommendations. This group was created by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla Rayne.  The book links go to Good Reads plus the creators of the group's Youtube channels.
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An underrated book- The House Next Door by Richie Tankersley Cusick

This cover was a major reason I wanted to read the book.  This book is about a set of twins that dare is other to spend a night in the house next door.  During Emma's stay, she has these "dreams" of a man that mistakes her for someone else.  The more Emma has these dreams, the more she becomes attached to the man and the mystery that surrounds the couple in her dreams.

I inhaled this book. This author reminds me of R.L. Stine, but this book of hers does not get as creepy.  I would say this has a more suspenseful tone at times.

3813221
-A book set in school-Love on Cue by CatherineHapka

I don't know if anybody else remembers these, but this is a book in the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies series.  I loved this when I was younger.  (I still love these, I just have not read one in awhile).  This books are fluffy reads that always make me feel happier after I read them.

Maggie is a theatre nut and is looking forward to her school's performance of Romeo and Juliet but freaks when she finds out it is going to be a musical.  She is not even remotely musical and recruits Nico to help her with singing lessons. 

This is a must if you love fluffy reads.



I'm going to be honest.  I find mostly any Fear Street book by R.L. Stine, but I loved this books when I was younger.  I dare say they probably would freak me out more now then when I was young.


This book is about a woman that falls in love with a man in the Fier family and finds out that he is not the loving man she thought. 

The whole Fear Street Saga is creepy, and probably have the most creepy  books in the Fear Street series.  This one takes place in more of a historical setting.




I have not read that many YA books about dragons and wanted to read this trilogy because of that.  It follows a girl Jacinda, who is a fire dragon, which is very rare.  She loves being a draki, but her mother wants Jacinda to have a normal life away from the dragons.  After an encounter with draki hunter, Jacinda and her family move away to be with humans and hopefully safe from the hunters.

I devoured this series when I read it.  There is a love triangle and was not happy with her she ended up with, but I loved it regardless.

9284655
-A book you think others should read ASAP/before the end of the year-Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

This is one of my favorite series that I have ever read.  This series has given me some of the most feels I have ever read.  Kelsey takes up a job at a circus where  she meets a white tiger.  Kelsey starts talking and reading the Tiger and becomes very attached to it.  After a while, Kelsey meets an older Indian male who wants Kelsey to travel to India with him and help with the tiger.

I don't want to go too much further in this book for people who may not know what these books are about.  Anybody who love adventure, romance, and mythology will enjoy this series.


This series is a mermaid series.  I absolutely adore mermaid books and feel like there are not enough of this out there in the YA market.

The book is told in alternating POVS of Ash and her best friend's brother, Fin.  Ash and Fin's sister, Tatiana, plan to go to college together, only to find out later that their family moved without telling her.  Ash decides to find out what happened and discovers out a world that her friends have been a part of.

I normally don't like duo POVs, but I think I enjoyed it in this book.  Brenda has very unique qualities to her mermaids that I enjoyed.

9266776
-A standalone-Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

This is a YA contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice.  Anybody who loves those types of books, should like this book.  I haven't read any other books by her yet, but her other YA books are retellings of Jane Austen books.


10859509

-Your favorite survival story- Altered by Jennifer Rush

These types of books are not by any means normal reads, but I really enjoyed this book.  It is a series, but I haven't picked up anymore at this time.

Anna's dad keeps several guys in their basement, and she often sneaks down at other times to play games or just talk. One day, the guys break free and are not even remotely like the guys she thought they were.  She finds herself on the run from a governmental agency and learning more about her dad and (some) of the guys she thought were her friends.

I'll admit the main guy annoyed me for a bit, but I liked the book the more I read it.  I ended up giving it 4 stars.

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-A book set outside of the US, or that features travel/vacation- Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

This book takes place in a contemporary London and features time travel between present day London and 18th century London

Gwyneth's family has line of time travelers, but the ability is passed down and not everyone in her family has the ability.  Her cousin, Charlotte, has been training for this ability, but Gwyn realizes she is the one who has this ability when she takes a time travel trip during her class.


There are two that I didn't do: my favorite friendship, a book with little or no romance, and  a favorite empowering female.  I normally don't read books for those two things, so there weren't any books that really stood out.  Feel free to link your recommendations below if you do this.  If not, I would love to here some recommendations from these questions! :)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Make Me Read It Readathon Results


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This is my first time participating in the Make Me Read it Read-a-thon and is hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley  It starts today and ends July 16th. 

People voted on the books that I would read and the results are below.

Reawakened by Colleen Houck 5 14.29% 14.29%
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody 3 8.57% 8.57%
Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams 1 2.86% 2.86%
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch 13 37.14% 37.14%
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks (Would be a reread) 1 2.86% 2.86%
The Selection by Kiera Cass 10 28.57% 28.57%
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt 2 5.71% 5.71%

So, it looks like I'll be reading Snow Like Ashes first!  I'll admit I am nervous.  I haven't read a lot of fantasy and feel like it can be hit or miss. In my initial sign-up, I mentioned that I wanted to read 2 books. If I'm able to do so, I'll read The Selection next.  This month will be busy for me, so I"m hoping to get to a 2nd first, well really finish the first book.  I hope everybody meets their goals that have joined this readathon and enjoy the books that are picked for you!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Make Me Read It Read-a-thon

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This is my first time participating in the Make Me Read it Read-a-thon.  This is hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley  It lasts from July 9-16th.  In this read-a-thon, people will vote on the books that I list.  I want to read at least 2, so I'll read at least the 2 most popular books voted on.  If you click on the first blog I mentioned, it will take you to the sign-ups.

I'll be grateful if you vote for a book!  I would love to know why you voted the way you did.  TIA!