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.
- Mad Maxine
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.
- Guardian of Time, Book 2 of The Prophecies Dystopian Trilogy
on Nov. 02, 2011
The first book in the series is really a set up novel. The second book takes you more into the action and the illumination of many of the things that were hinted at in the first.
Ann is underground. Her life began to unravel in Washington State, and her situation was compromised. Word about her and her abilities was put into the hands of the wrong people. Her family and friends were put in precarious positions. One thread they all have in common is that they vowed to protect Ann at all costs.
Ann's paranormal abilities are growing. She is now able to use them in ways that she did not believe possible. As her abilities increased, the net around her begins to tighten. Those tightening it are her friends willing to protect her and her enemies trying to cut her off.
This book has some intense moments. Ann is learning who is friend and who is foe. I highly recommend the second book in the series, but to read it, you must read the first to grasp the intricate plot that Linda has created.
Once again, she leaves us on a cliffhanger. Dang! She has however guaranteed that I will be reading the next installment
- Dreams Unleashed, Book 1 of The Prophecies Dystopian Trilogy
on Nov. 02, 2011
I am very happy that Linda asked me to read the Second Edition of Dreams Unleashed. I found it to be clever and well written. She is able to write with enough description and definition to hold the interest of her reader.
Ann is a complex woman. She has had many unique and interesting experiences throughout her life to make her the perfect freedom fighter. She is fighting against Governments who have systematically taken away or limited the basic rights of their citizens. She was trained by the CIA to use her psychic abilities to spy on targets given to her. In the year 2015, she takes this ability and training and is able to figure a new way to help her undercover group (GOG) take action.
The story is told in the first person. Ann has an interesting way about her. She is a mother of a daughter who is 18 and a widow. She is alone in her home and able to move around freely. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and is determined to make a difference.
This story is creative and interesting. I will make you think.
- Hot Ticket (Ticket Trilogy #1)
on Dec. 03, 2011
Juliet thinks life is so unfair. Everyone is getting a "hot ticket" and she can't even get a "shame ticket". It's the thing to do in her middle school. Everyone is being recognized in one way or another for their actions, and it is super cool. Juliet is the only person who has not received a ticket at all.
What else is a precocious 6th grader going to do? Investigate of course. She teems up with her best friend, and in her search finds two more friends. She is on the case. One way or another, she will be recognized, or alienate everyone trying.
This book reminds me how hard it is to be in school and the desire by everyone to be liked. Juliet reminds me of a middle grade Junie B. Jones. I love Junie B and I couldn't help but love Juliet. A kid who has a sense of humor, lots of sarcasm, keeps on going, all with the best intentions of course. Those are the makings of a great middle grade book, in my opinion.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Perfect Secret
on July 03, 2014
I LOVE Regency Romance. I have the first book of this series sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. I have wanted to read a book by Donna Hatch for quite a while. I am glad that I am taking part in this tour, just so I have a reason to set aside time to read this book.
The story begins with heartbreak. Genevieve marries the wrong man to save her father from a charge of treason. She marries an abusive and cruel man. She breaks the heart of an honest and caring gentleman.
One year later finds her battered and emotionally spent. She has just miscarried and tries to throw herself into a river to end her unhappy life. Fortunately, Christian, the man she loved and lost, sees her attempt and rescues her from the river. It is a tough situation for both of them. He doesn't understand why she married someone else, and she isn't free to let him know she still cares for him.
The writing in this book is wonderful. Donna has done a wonderful job at pulling me in the story. Her characters are believable and I actually cared about what happened to them. I will be getting to the first book as soon as I possibly can. I would love to find out more about the brother's featured in this series.
- Elemental Princess
on Feb. 04, 2015
This novella is very good. I usually prefer a longer story, but this caught my attention and caught my interest in the full length novel, Raine. Elemental Princess is the prequel and lays a great foundation to the story that is to come.
Kaesen is a Princess on a dying star. She loves her childhood friend, Alwen, who has become her protector. She has been promised to marry another man, a man she does not love, a man who gives her the creeps.
This novella deals with their struggle to be together. It compares a pure love to evil intentions.
I was impressed by the amount of description and the empathy that I felt for the characters in only 57 pages.