Saturday, December 31, 2016

Book Review: Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can't Forget
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks (Book 3)
Publication: Sourcebooks Fire; 2.5.2013 edition (March 5, 2013)

Description: SOME RULES WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school―although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different...

This summer she's a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He's the first guy she ever kissed, and he's gone from geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt...with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn't that easy...

My Thoughts: Kate Kelly is a Christian. She's a member of a fundamentalist church and has quite a rigid, narrow vision of what Christianity is. She is also carrying a secret in her heart that is causing her distress.

Kate has just graduated from high school and has a summer job at the Christian Cumberland Creek summer camp. There she meets other Christians who don't share her narrow view and she meets a boy named Matt that she hasn't seen since they were young campers at the same camp.

She falls for Matt but wonders if her physical desire for him is going against God's plan for her. Kate spends a lot of time worrying about God's plan. Some of her rigid views change over the course of this summer through her interactions with her fellow camp counselors.

This summer before college changes Kate in many ways. I liked the changes she went through. I liked her much better at the end of the book than I did at the beginning. This is the first overtly Christian book that I have ever read. It was interesting seeing how Kate thought.

Favorite Quote:
I hate it when Christians don't act Christian-like. The boys in our group had been teasing him for writing music and lyrics.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Memes: Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
Girls like me do not buy pregnancy tests.
Friday 56:
Maybe I'd been less than tactless, accusing Parker of sinning, but I was just trying to help. 
This week I am reading Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally. I  bought this one Jan. 3, 2013. Here is the description from Amazon:
SOME RULES WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school―although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different...

This summer she's a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He's the first guy she ever kissed, and he's gone from geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt...with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn't that easy...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Book Review: Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas

Rose & Thorn
Author: Sarah Prineas
Publication: HarperTeen (October 18, 2016)

Description: This beauty isn’t sleeping! Discover the true story of Sleeping Beauty in Sarah Prineas’s bold YA fairy-tale retelling filled with thrilling adventure and romance, perfect for fans of the Lunar Chronicles and the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy.

After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with—curses that will put her into her own fairy tale and a century-long slumber. Accompanied by Griff, the handsome and mysterious Watcher, and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to her story. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the fairy tale they are trying to avoid?

Set in the world of Sarah Prineas’s Ash & Bramble fifty years later, Rose & Thorn is a powerful retelling of the classic “Sleeping Beauty” tale where the characters fight to find their own happy ever after.

My Thoughts: This was a lovely retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Rose has been raised by Shoe in a protected valley. When she is a little past sixteen, the protection is broken, Shoe dies, and Rose needs to venture out into a world she knows nothing about.

Rose knows that she carries three curses but she doesn't know what they are. Her journey takes her through the Forest and into a city where the Protector is saving his people from Story by not allowing stories to be told. His son Griff is a Watcher along with his partner Quirk. Griff has never known love and has always been alone.

When Griff encounters Rose, both of their stories change and they have to fight not to be captured by Story and set on a course they haven't chosen. They escape the city and the Forest guides them to an isolated castle where Rose's story is set. It takes all of her will and all of her love for Griff to keep her out of Story's clutches.

This was a beautifully written story. I loved Rose, Griff and Quirk. I also enjoyed this new take on the classic Sleeping Beauty story.

Favorite Quote:
Alone, in the darkness, I was a little frightened, but I was excited to go on, too.

That's the way it was with stories--you went on because you needed to find out what happened next.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

WoW: The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!
Kristin Bailey
January 10, 2017

In shepherd boy Elric’s tiny village, people think children like his younger sister, Wynn, are changelings—left by fairies and doomed to curse all around them. As a baby, Wynn was born with developmental delays, and according to the rules, she was supposed to be abandoned in the woods.

Instead Elric’s mother saved his sister and hid her away for eleven years. They live in secret and fear of being discovered, yet their home is full of love, laughter, and singing. Wynn and Elric’s favorite song is about the Silver Gate, a beautiful fairy realm where all children are welcome.

But when their long-absent father returns to sell Wynn to the Lord’s castle as a maid, Elric realizes that folk songs and fantasies can’t protect them from the outside world. They have to run away. Still Wynn believes there’s only one place they’ll ever be safe, and it lies beyond the Silver Gate.

The road to freedom is long and treacherous. If they have any hope for survival, Elric and Wynn must learn to depend on each other above everything else—and discover the magic that always reveals itself when it seems like all is lost.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser:
"He said...," I sobbed. "Shoe s-said I shouldn't stay here, now that the boundary is broken." He'd said something about a spindle, too. A warning? I wasn't sure what a spindle was, ot what exactly I should be afraid of.
This week I am reading Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas. I enjoy this author's writing but missed the chance to get a review copy of this one. Here is the description from Amazon:
This beauty isn’t sleeping! Discover the true story of Sleeping Beauty in Sarah Prineas’s bold YA fairy-tale retelling filled with thrilling adventure and romance, perfect for fans of the Lunar Chronicles and the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy.

After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with—curses that will put her into her own fairy tale and a century-long slumber. Accompanied by Griff, the handsome and mysterious Watcher, and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to her story. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the fairy tale they are trying to avoid?

Set in the world of Sarah Prineas’s Ash & Bramble fifty years later, Rose & Thorn is a powerful retelling of the classic “Sleeping Beauty” tale where the characters fight to find their own happy ever after.

Monday, December 26, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Dec. 26, 2016)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme begun by Sheila at Book Journey. Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts have given it a kidlit focus.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Other Than Reading...

I'm sitting writing this in the living room of my new house. My drive up on Thursday was blessedly uneventful. It was warm (for Minnesota) and sunny the whole way. I got home to an empty house since my brother was working but this time he hadn't locked me out. I got all unpacked and relaxed until he got home from work at 11 PM and then we talked until 1 AM. It was a long day for someone who got up at 6 AM.

I brought a cold home with me. My cough has been joined by a runny nose. I brought all kinds of cold remedies with me and hope I'll be finished with it before I need to drive back. Sneezing, coughing and blowing my nose while driving requires more coordination than I possess.

I'm writing this on Friday afternoon and watching the wind blow and large snow flakes get blown around by it. We're supposed to get less than an inch of snow in this event. The big one is apparently waiting for Christmas Day into Monday afternoon. Good thing I don't have to be anywhere else for those two days.

I brought home two print books and Kindle full of books. I can easily fill my time reading and trying to find things my brother has put away. I need to learn my way around a new arrangement in the kitchen. I opened every drawer before I found a spatula to flip my egg at breakfast.

Read Last Week
The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman is the sequel to Silver on the Road. It is an entertaining fantasy set in the American West. I really like the two main characters. My review will be posted on January 19.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow was a pick from my Kindle when I couldn't get into the book I had planned to read. (I've decided that I can't let a year or more go in between reading books in a series if I want to remember anything about the plot or characters.) This begins a new series which is dystopian science fiction. I enjoyed it and immediately ordered the sequel which I hope to read before my Christmas Break is over. The review for this one will be posted Jan. 21.

Currently
Next on my review stack is By Your Side by Kasie West. She's a relatively new author for me. I've read one of her contemporary romances and reviewed one science fiction title.

Next Week

To start, I have these two although I hope to be able to finish more.
Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer is another replacement from my Kindle for a book that was deep in a series. I have only recently read my first by this author and this story sounded cute. It was a Kindle deal last June.

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom is from my review stack. I picked it because I have been really enjoying thrillers lately and am pleased to see that all 28 Amazon Vine readers who reviewed it have given it 5 stars.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

First, the new review books:
These are books I bought:
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (Print; sequel to The Scorpion Rules)
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows (Kindle deal)
  • Ticker by Lisa Mantchev (Kindle deal)
You can check Inside of a Dog (my other blog) to see what adult books I read, reviewed, and plan to read.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Book Review: Found by Harlan Coben

Found
Author: Harlan Coben
Series: A Mickey Bolitar Novel (Book 3)
Publication: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (September 9, 2014)

Description: From internationally bestselling author Harlan Coben comes this third action-packed installment of his bestselling young adult series.

It’s been eight months since Mickey Bolitar witnessed the shocking, tragic death of his father. Eight months of lies, dark secrets, and unanswered questions. While he desperately wants answers, Mickey’s sophomore year of high school brings on a whole new set of troubles. Spoon is in the hospital, Rachel won’t tell him where he stands, his basketball teammates hate him . . . and then there’s Ema’s surprise announcement: She has an online boyfriend, and he’s vanished.

As he’s searching for Ema’s missing boyfriend (who may not even exist!), Mickey also gets roped into helping his nemesis, Troy Taylor, with a big problem. All the while, Mickey and his friends are pulled deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Abeona Shelter, risking their lives to find the answers—until the shocking climax, where Mickey finally comes face-to-face with the truth about his father.

My Thoughts: This is the third book in the Mickey Bolitar mystery series. Mickey is a high school sophomore who, along with three friends, has been drafted into an organization that rescues children. It is the same organization that his parents belonged to before his father died in a car accident and his mother developed alcohol problems. Mickey has been living with his uncle Myron since his mother entered rehab.

Mickey is working on a number of cases in this book. He isn't convinced that his father actually died in the car accident and is trying to find out what really happened to him. He is also trying to find Ema's online boyfriend who stopped communicating with her with no warning. Mickey is also trying to be accepted on the varsity basketball team. He is an excellent player and the only sophomore on the varsity. However, he is viewed as an outsider especially by Troy and Buck who resent how good he is at the game. Troy and Buck's fathers were rivals of his uncle Myron and are carrying on the family tradition of disliking Bolitars.

When Troy is kicked off the team for steroid use and Buck abruptly moves away to live with his mother, Mickey is pressured into trying to get Troy reinstated. Ema tries to convince him that Troy is not a good guy since he has been bullying her since elementary school. But Mickey really wants to be accepted by the other guys on the team.

These cases all seem to be interwoven and Mickey, Ema, and their friends Rachel and Spoon all have roles to play. I liked the way the characters interacted. I liked the Mickey was so determined to find out what happened to his father.

This was an engaging mystery series and could lead readers to the Myron Bolitar mysteries by the author too.

Favorite Quote:
You often hear that you only get one life and that life isn't a dress rehearsal. That was true, but it felt more direct to me. Simply put, this was it. What you're doing right now is life. This moment, every moment impacts and builds on the next. I could think about the days when my father was alive and my mother was sober. I could dream about going back in time to that moment and altering it, but that would never happen.

Time only goes forward.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday Memes: Found by Harlan Coben

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
Eight months ago, I watched my father's coffin being lowered into the ground. Today I was watching it being dug back up.
Friday 56:
ICU. Spoon was still in the Intensive Care Unit. I felt my eyes well up, but I forced the tears back down.
This week I am reading Found by Harlan Coben. This is the third Mickey Bolitar novel and has been on my TBR mountain since 2015. Here is the description from Amazon:
From internationally bestselling author Harlan Coben comes this third action-packed installment of his bestselling young adult series.

It’s been eight months since Mickey Bolitar witnessed the shocking, tragic death of his father. Eight months of lies, dark secrets, and unanswered questions. While he desperately wants answers, Mickey’s sophomore year of high school brings on a whole new set of troubles. Spoon is in the hospital, Rachel won’t tell him where he stands, his basketball teammates hate him . . . and then there’s Ema’s surprise announcement: She has an online boyfriend, and he’s vanished.

As he’s searching for Ema’s missing boyfriend (who may not even exist!), Mickey also gets roped into helping his nemesis, Troy Taylor, with a big problem. All the while, Mickey and his friends are pulled deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Abeona Shelter, risking their lives to find the answers—until the shocking climax, where Mickey finally comes face-to-face with the truth about his father.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

ARC Review: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

The Secret of a Heart Note
Author: Stacey Lee
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books (December 27, 2016)

Description: From critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee, an evocative novel about a teen aroma-expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to help others fall in love—while protecting her own heart at all costs—perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart.

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

My Thoughts: Mimosa is one of only two aromateurs left on the planet. She uses her super sense of smell to concoct love potions as her ancestors have done for countless years. She is also a fifteen-year-old girl who is tired of being homeschooled and wants to get to know other people. She is lonely with only her mother's companionship. But school isn't what she imagined. She manages to attract boys with no problem. In fact, she has to keep spraying them with a potion so that they lose interest in her. The boy she is attracted to is a soccer star named Court. He likes her back but she fears it is just her natural boy-attracting scent. And besides, the rule book says that aromateurs mustn't fall in love.

When Mim accidentally doses Court's mother with a love potion that was supposed to go to someone else, she has five days to make the antidote and administer it. She relies on Court's help to find all the ingredients including an illusive one that smells like miso. They save each other's lives a couple of times since Court is allergic to bee stings and Mim doesn't know how to swim but needs to get a type of seaweed for her potion.

When Mim loses her super-ability to smell, she is afraid that it is because she fell in love and she is also afraid that her mother will write her out of her life like she did with her twin sister when she fell in love.

This was an engaging story. I loved all the various descriptions of scents. I loved that Mim was so eager to help her friends which led to some of her problems. I liked her growing romance with Court.

Favorite Quote:
One moment, Mother and Aunt Bryony are as close as two daffodils on a double-headed stalk, and the next, each is a single-headed species. If Mother ever cut me off, I would have to start anew, somewhere far away sow we don't compete or, worse, eke out a living assisnt the police in drug busts like a dog, or hunting expensive truffles like a pig.
I received this one for review. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WoW: Train I Ride by Paul Mosier

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for. I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!
Paul Mosier
January 24, 2017

A beautifully poignant debut perfect for fans of authors such as Rebecca Stead and Sharon Creech and books like Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish. When Rydr travels by train from Los Angeles to Chicago, she learns along the way that she can find family wherever she is.

Rydr is on a train heading east, leaving California, where her gramma can’t take care of her anymore, and traveling to Chicago, to live with an unknown relative. She brings with her a backpack, memories both happy and sad, and a box, containing something very important.

As Rydr meets her fellow passengers and learns their stories, her own story begins to emerge. It’s one of sadness and heartache, and one Rydr would sometimes like to forget. But as much as Rydr may want to run away from her past, on the train she finds that hope and forgiveness are all around her, and most importantly, within her, if she’s willing to look for it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser:
The Rulebook requires me to witness Ms. DiCarlo take the bait. I exit the library and spy on her through the library windows. She goes back to polishing book covers, still not touching her espresso.
This week I'm reading my only review book of December. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee came to me via Edelweiss. Here is the description from Amazon:
From critically acclaimed author Stacey Lee, an evocative novel about a teen aroma-expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to help others fall in love—while protecting her own heart at all costs—perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart.

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

Monday, December 19, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Dec. 19, 2016)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme begun by Sheila at Book Journey. Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts have given it a kidlit focus.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Other Than Reading...

After a week of bone-chilling cold, it warmed up enough to snow. Forecast was dire enough that our Superintendent decided to close school at noon on Friday. This is Saturday morning and I don't think we got what we were expecting. It looks to me like we got about 5 inches of snow. The winds are still supposed to pick up later today and blow the snow around. Right now it looks nice at my house with everything covered with a white fluffy layer.

We have four days of school next week before we begin our short winter vacation. The weather forecast looks like it will be good for my travel plans. Thursday is supposed to be 23 degrees and partly cloudy at both ends of my trip. I am looking forward to seeing my brother and spending some time in my new home in Duluth.

Read Last Week
I read two different fantasies this past week.

Beheld by Alex Flinn is from my review stack. This one retells four different fairy tales as it travels in time from the Witch Hunts in Salem in the 1630s to the present. I enjoyed this book which was the first of the author's I've read. My review for this Jan. 10 release will be posted on Jan. 12.

Blood Passage is a contemporary fantasy which introduces us to the jinn who live among us. It is the second book in a trilogy. I've reviewed the first and have the third on my review stack. This was was exciting and action-packed. My review will be posted on Jan. 14.

Currently
I am currently reading The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman which is from my review stack. It is the second book in the Devil's West series - think Little House on the Prairie or True Grit with magic, sort of.

Next Week
One from TBR mountain and one from my review stack are in the plans for next week.
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

I couldn't resist these new review books from NetGalley:
I also couldn't pass up these Kindle Deals:
You can check Inside of a Dog (my other blog) to see what adult books I read, reviewed, and plan to read. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Book Review: Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne

Moonlight
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Series: Dark Guardians, Book 1
Publication: HarperTeen (March 3, 2009)

Description:
I see him and know what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever.
Kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying—and thrilling—gene that will change her life forever.

lucas is dangerous, gorgeous . . . and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.

My Thoughts: Kayla comes to spend a summer working as a guide at a national forest. She has come partially because she loves nature and the outdoors and partially because she hopes to get over a trauma in her childhood. This is the same national forest where her parents were killed. She was with them and has just hazy memories of what happened. But the memories have led to nightmares and sessions of therapy.

She and a group of sherpas including her friend Lindsey and the darkly, brooding Lucas are guiding a bunch of researchers deep into the forest. Kayla is also interested in Mason who is the son of the leader of the researchers. He seems to be busy courting her which she enjoys. The researchers are looking for werewolves despite the sherpas telling them that werewolves don't exist.

The only problem is that they are lying to the researchers. There are werewolves and many of the sherpas are werewolves or at least will be werewolves when they reach the proper age for their first shifts. Kayla is surprised and skeptical when she is told that she is a werewolf and that Lucas is her destined mate.

Kayla has to make a difficult decision about accepting a future she couldn't even have imagined while avoiding evil scientists and a disgruntled alpha wolf. This was an enjoyable story although I thought Kayla's acceptance both of her werewolf heritage and Lucas as a mate was just a little too easy.

This book begins a series. Each book tells the story of one girl who is a part of the Dark Guardians.

Favorite Quote:
Dr. Keane had been regaling us with ancient tales about werewolves, which had been fascinating -- absurd, but fascinating -- and then he'd segued into talking about wolves spotted in the wilderness around here. Wolves he was convinced were, in reality, werewolves. He believed this particular national forest was their hunting ground, where they hid away from the real world.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Memes: Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne

Happy Friday everybody!!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
Moonlight washed over us, washed over Lucas and me.
Friday 56:
"It's just fiction, Lindsey," Connor said. "No subliminal messages or great truths revealed. And anyway, a girl isn't going to scream and snuggle up against you if you're watching a movie where the werewolf is sweet and understanding."
This week I'm reading another from deep in TBR mountain - Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne. It begins the Dark Guardian series. The rest are on TBR mountain too. Here is the description from Amazon:
I see him and know what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever.
Kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying—and thrilling—gene that will change her life forever.

lucas is dangerous, gorgeous . . . and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.

As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Review: Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Tattoo
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publication: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 9, 2007)

Description: Bailey Morgan isn't the type of girl who shows a lot of skin, but somehow, she ends up in a dressing room at the mall with her friend Delia applying a temporary tattoo to her lower back. Never one to suffer fashion doubt, trendsetter Delia knows exactly where she wants her own tattoo: on her stomach, right where her shirt ends—can you say "midriff"? Annabelle, the quiet one, chooses the back of her neck, and tomboy Zo plasters hers on the top of her foot. The tattoos will last for three days, and Delia's sure that with them, the four friends will absolutely kill at the school dance.

Unfortunately, killing is just what someone has in mind, and Bailey, Delia, Annabelle, and Zo are in for the battle of their lives. Along with her tattoo, each girl receives a gift—a supernatural power to help them in their fight. As Bailey's increasingly frightening dreams reveal the nature of their enemy, it becomes clear to the girls that it's up to them to save the world. And if they can get Delia to stop using her newfound power to turn gum wrappers into Prada pumps, they might actually stand a chance.

My Thoughts: Four high school best friends are cruising the mall one day when they find an unusual kiosk. Bailey buys a packet of temporary tattoos which she shares with her friends. The tattoos lead the way to an action-packed weekend filled with characters from mythology and a quest to save the world.

Bailey is the average, klutzy one but she has a blood tie to the Fates and her gift is fire. She also has visions and hears voices which provide hints about what their mission is. Her friend Annabelle's tattoo lets her read minds and influence others. Fashion maven Delia is given the gift of transformation with her tattoo and athletic, tomboy Zo gets the gift of prophetic visions with hers.

The girls have one weekend to find a way to stop one of the Fates from destroying the seal that keeps the world in balance. I liked the way the girls' different personalities mesh in this story. Delia's use of her power provides comic relief for the heavier elements of the story.

The story is told from Bailey's point of view. She has a great voice and is interested in all the things important to high school girls.

Favorite Quote:
Blissfully unaware (or maybe deliberately ignoring) the silent exchange between the two of us, Delia picked up another bottle of polish and became instantly and absolutely entranced by it. "Mango Mermaid," she breathed in the reverent tone most people reserved for the birth of their first child.
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