Lisa- Bookworm Lisa


I am an avid reader and blogger. I read many different genres of books. I am married and a mother.

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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.
  • Gravity 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 She has withdrawn from everyone and is beginning her Sophomore year alone.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.
  • 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.
  • Frost on July 24, 2012

    Lia has become the head of her family. Her parents were killed in a tragic accident. They fell victim to the "Watchers". The Watchers are monster like creatures that roam the forests of the Frost. The people of the Frost know a few basic rules. Do not be out after dark and keep the blossoms of the flowers that grow in the frost around them. The blossoms somehow repel the monsters. Despite their knowledge, trouble comes to Lia, her crippled twin brother, and her younger sister. A stranger from the neighboring realm is found near their home. He is from a far technologically superior place. They may have technology, but are brutal in their treatment of others. He is hurt and on the run. Lia's sister begs her to help him. Against her better judgement, she takes him in and heals him. The problem is that they are not allowed to have contact with the "Farthers". By helping him, she has placed her family in jeopardy. Who can she trust, and who will help them? When I came to the last page of the book, I was surprised. I wasn't ready for it to end. The ending made sense, but it wasn't how I wanted it to end. I think I need the second book asap! I really liked the writing style. The book moves at a steady pace and is easy to follow. Kate Avery Ellison does a great job at explaining what is happening without taking away from the story.
  • 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.
  • Rex Rising (Elei's Chronicles, #1) on April 13, 2013

    Imagine a world where the water is controlled by an elite race. Where the people of the world scrounge and live in dives where much of the area is uninhabited and derelict. This is the world of Rex Rising. Elei is a driver for a prominent pharmaceuticals person. She is murdered, but before she dies, she shoots him, but a bullet is never found. He now has the elite race hunting him. Everyplace he goes, destruction follows. He is hunted for information that he doesn't remember, the final words his boss told him before her death. This is a very interesting book and fast paced plot. Elei has parasites infecting his body. The elite race has a parasite, that what they use to control the world. The theories behind the use of parasites is very interesting. One parasite is used to tame and control another. The book has some mild swearing and a semi-graphic sexual situation.
  • 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.