Lisa- Bookworm Lisa
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- WATER and other stories
on Dec. 02, 2010
I liked the short stories. Each touched my heart in a different way. The first reminded me that we often judge a person by circumstances and not by character.
The second was a diffent perspective of the Christmas story. It was about a boy forgiving himself for circumstances beyond his control. I liked that it was a Christmas story from a different world.
The third reminds me that we often look out for ourselves and that the savior looks out for everyone.
Very well written and enjoyable to read.
- The Story of Mad Maxine (short story)
on May 29, 2011
Bizarre is a good word to describe this short story. It only takes about 10 minutes to read.
I really liked Belinda's writing style. She was able to capture a scene in time with very descriptive and compelling words.
on Nov. 04, 2011
Abigail Boyd has an excellent debut novel.
Ariel is having a difficult time. Her best friend left her home one evening and hasn't returned. She has withdrawn from everyone and is beginning her Sophomore year alone. The town that she lives in is named "Hell". I think it pretty much sums up what she is going through.
To make matters worse, she starts hearing strange thumping sounds and she is having vivid dreams of Jenna. A new boy moves into the area and he is way out of her league, but he is still interesting and cute. Her new next door neighbor begins to spy on her. To top it off, she starts to see ghosts.
This is the set up for the novel. There is a mystery involved that has a surprise ending. I am definitely looking forward to the second book.
- Immortal Voyage
on July 10, 2012
At Jael's birth, her mother's dying wish was that her daughters would be able to marry for love and not for political wrangling. Jael is the fifth daughter, her parents didn't have sons. Her father did not have a clear cut case of who would inherit at his death.
Seventeen years later, the lairdship is in danger. The first two daughters chose their husband's poorly. As a drastic measure, Jael's father arranges her marriage, breaking his death bead promise.
There are many secrets that have been kept, the threat of having them come in the open would be dangerous and devastating. Jael must make the decision to follow her father's decision, or risk war with the other lands around her home.
This book is craftily written. It took me a while to figure out the time period and where the story may have taken place on Earth. There are so many mythical characters and a sci-fi element as well. I don't want to say much on the subject, because if you plan on reading this, I want to you to figure it out for yourself. :)
There is the 'f' bomb dropped a few times and sexual situations. I recommend this book only to adults.
on July 10, 2012
I love this book. It is a quick and fun read. It falls in between middle grade and YA for me. I think any age group would love it. It's appropriate for the younger reader. I loved how the book is written in the first person. It is written from Casey's point of view. She is a great young woman. At 16 she has endured quite a bit with time travel and has a very fun personality. There is a little romance and a little action adventure.
I give it 4.5 stars and highly recommend this book!
on July 10, 2012
Casey has an unique ability. She is a time traveler. This book is a sequel an I liked it just as much as the first book.
Casey travels back to the 1800's with her brother. She has figured out that her time travel happens in a stressful moment. What is more stressful than a mother finding drugs in her brother's bedroom. Trying to talk to her brother, they both take a trip back in time.
Tim is having an emotional/rebellious crisis. He looks at the time travel as a sort of game. The rules of the past don't apply to him, or so he thinks.
Casey never knows when she will come home. She gets a tingly feeling and knows that she has moments before she is home. Tim didn't heed her call and stayed in the past. She even manages to bring a person from the past into the future!
The book has some wonderful historic elements. The time period is of the US Civil War. I'm glad that Elle Strauss didn't sugarcoat the hardship and death rate of the soldiers.
This is some romance angst, some action, and historical research.
I hope in the next book we find out what happens to Will. He's the young man she inadvertently brought to the present with her. There is quite a bit that can happen with that story and I look forward to reading the next installment.
- Golden Blood
on July 10, 2012
This book falls into the paranormal/forbidden love story genre for me. Gemma and her family come from a line that is charged with changing the past to make things right and improve the future. They must keep this unique ability hidden.
Enter Harrison, the attraction between Harrison and Gemma is strong and undeniable. They cannot adhere to the edict that her kind cannot be with someone that is not one of them. The forbidden love story is always fun. I love to see love prevail against all odds. There are many odds going against them.
There is a lot of action in this book that will keep your eyes glued to the page. I gave it 4 stars and will definitely continue on with the rest of these books. I can't wait to see if love will prevail in the end.
- Between The Land And The Sea
on July 24, 2012
This was an interesting twist on The Little Mermaid story. Marina did not know she was half mermaid and did not even know how to swim until her father sent her to live in a beach town with her aunt and cousin. She ended up loving it there, despite her initial misgivings. She met new friends, learned how to swim and surf, discovered her heritage, and met the boy of her dreams. There were some bumps and scares along the way, but she dealt with them well and courageously. I liked the ending, but not the epilogue. It suggests a sequel. In my opinion, this book does not need it. The epilogue was confusing because it was supposedly an excerpt from the next book. We did not have enough background to understand exactly why it was in there - it seemed to start in a strange place, especially considering the ending we had just read. I am not sure why it was called an epilogue instead of just a teaser for the sequel.
I like the originality of the author's presentation of this story. There have been so many other renditions of The Little Mermaid that it could seem boring. But, this was a fresh new perspective. It was almost a backwards Little Mermaid. I enjoyed reading it. However, there are a number of suggestive innuendos, a bit of swearing, and some intense moments.
- Building Wealth for Building the Kingdom: A Financial Planning Guide for Latter-day Saint Families
on Oct. 29, 2012
Building Wealth for Building the Kingdom tackles the problem many are having in managing finances. I will admit that this is one of the things that has been plaguing me lately.
This book takes a practical approach to a tough subject. While it is written primarily to an LDS reader, I feel that there are many ways that this can help any family/person in need of solid advice. While the lessons are not new to me, it is always good to be reminded on how to succeed in managing finances. It is good to rededicate myself and family to the principals discussed.
Financial security is something that we can obtain, if we learn to budget and look at wants vs. needs. This book looks at financial planning and the author even suggests finding a good one who can help individuals work within their own budget.
Thanks Devin for reminding me what I really need to be doing to help my family find stability in an unstable economy.
- A Candlelight Courting: A Short Christmas Romance
on Dec. 23, 2013
Meg is a young woman living with her parents, hoping to join a convent. She excuses herself from the Christmas festivities, trying to live a pious life.
Her solitude is interrupted when her father thrusts her betrothed into her room, demanding that Burthred change her mind. Her fathers plan backfires, Burthred is a kind man who courts Meg by candlelight and shows her that her dreams can be fulfilled without joining a convent.
Joyce DiPastena is meticulous in her research and does a wonderful job at creating a realistic historical fiction story. Even in this short Christmas story, her love for the medieval times shines through.
I loved the compassion and consideration that Meg and Burthred showed one another. This is a wonderful short story to read on a cold winters day.
- All Fall Down (Hostage Negotiation Team #1)
on Oct. 21, 2015
There are many good things in this book. It is fast paced and action packed. There is travel, hostage negotiations, spies, military men, suspense, romance, etc.
Claire meets Rafe in a hostage negotiation situation. Rafe's friend has a bomb attached to him and they are struggling to find a way to disarm the bomb and have a happy ending to the situation. This leads to Claire and Rafe teaming up to discover who is behind the bomb. A new hostage situation takes them from the US to Afghanistan.
The book has some great action and suspense moments. The attraction is insta-love as Claire and Rafe find themselves in some intense moments during a short period of time.
This book could have been edited better. I had a problem with some obvious typos. The book contains violence and kissing.