Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays: Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy Pick Up a Book.

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy Pick up A Book.

brought to you by: The Broke and the Bookish

Jeni's Picks

1. Fairy Tale Retellings.  As a kid I loved it when my mom read fairy tales to me. Now I love reading authors new takes on some of my favorite fairy tales. I come from a family with 7 girls so of course the 12 dances princesses was one of my favorite tales.  My favorite retelling is Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George.  Some of my other favorite authors in this category are Melanie Dickerson and Robin Mckinley. This is definitely a topic I instantly buy or put on my Goodreads TBR.

2. Witches. I love a good witch book. I've had disappointments in this category like Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, seriously this book dragged.  Some of my favorites in this category would be Once a Witch by  Carolyn MacCullough and Kim Harrison's The Hollows series.

3. Werewolves. I might not instantly buy but I will pick a book up to read blurb on back. Patricia Briggs is my favorite author in this category but some others I liked were Nightshade by Andrea Cremer and Destiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell

4. Time Travel: I love this category. Some of my favorite books of all time are in this category.  Ruby Red by Kirsten Geir is my favorite and I always recommend this book, I loved it.  River of Time series by Lisa Tawn Bergren is great too.  I did a post on time travels a little while ago so for more read that. A dud in this category for me was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  I read all the great blog posts about this series and I just don't get the hype.

5. Regency Romance: This is a category I'm new too. My sister begged me to read Jane Eyre and I finally gave in about two years ago. I can't believe I waited so long to read it. It was great and it got me hooked to this genre. My favorite author in this category is Julie Klassen. I pre-order all her books.  Sarah M. Eden is another favorite too. I could go on and on.

Emily's Picks

6. Fantasy. My Dad introduced me this genre, he would pick books out and then read them to us as a family. His first choice? The Hobbit. I soaked it up like bread and milk.  I branched out on my own and read Beauty by Robin Mckinley before, and loved it, and Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, and then my dad seeing my interest told me to read The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, I was hooked and tend to read a lot of fantasy in my every day..people I could make a list! I love this genre.

7. Modern take on Mythology,  etc.. This a new favorite of mine.  Introduced by Percy Jackson.  I have branched out. I liked Goddess Test, and thought Everneath was interesting.  But my overall impression?  Percy Jackson still holds a very high candle, maybe because Rick Riordan had such fun with his series, or maybe because that is the series that got my daughter too love reading..

8. Murder Mysteries. I like this genre, but I tend to only read a few of these a year. I really love Historical Murder Mysteries. I loved Anne Perry's series Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, and I have read a few others recently.  I like Phillip Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke, and I highly recommend P.D. James.  Her book, An Unsuitable Job For A Woman was a great read.

9. Strong Female's  Being a girl, I want to read a book where the main female character is strong.  None of this wish washy stuff (Bella). And enough with the love triangles! (every other YA book out there)  I loved A Spy In the House by Y.S Lee and would recommend the Green Rider by Kristen Britain. Of course we all know Hermione Granger. And Katniss Everdeen.

10. Dystopian  I was never a big fan of the Dystopian genre and shied away from anything "futuristic". Seriously. And then my sister told me that I had, had, had to read something called The Hunger Games. I am still fairly new to this genre. I enjoyed The Maze Runner and Divergent. I also read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. All three I would recommend. Others, were on my okay list.  Ashes Ashes, Matched, and Enclave were all just okay for me. .And if you are feeling daring, read The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray. Seriously loved that book, which is technically steampunk but you will love me any way for including it. Chris Wooding was a great find.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Movie-Moment: My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper
By Jodi Picoult

My Foxy Summary: My Sister's Keeper.
At the age of thirteen, Anne has been in the hospital more than a 50 year old adult. One would think that she has a terrible illness, but that is the contrary. Her sister Katie has leukemia and  Anne was a perfect match for transfusions and other medical needs. 
Anne has become a lab rat for Kate and is fed up with it, so Anne hires a lawyer to fight for her rights to her body. 
Meanwhile, Katie's leukemia flares up again causing another need for a transplant. 
Will Anne win her rights for her body? Will Kate live? Will the family fall apart?

My Foxy Book Review: My Sister's Keeper
I loved this book. I know I say this a lot, but this book is one of my top 20 favorites. Jodi will make you cry, scream, laugh, and feel almost every human emotion. Jodi Picoult builds a realistic world. She gets you to question your values and beliefs. This book is a deep thinking book. You will see the struggle each member of the family goes through and a ripple effect that occurs as they play on each others feelings. 
Foxy book rating: 5 out 5 foxes. 
Book movie rating would be PG-13/R. There is heavy language  and adult content which some teens may not understand. 

Book V.S. Movie
The book paints a better picture of the raw emotions of each family members as they struggles with Katie having leukemia. In that sense the book wins leaps and bounds.
But, spoiler alert, the book ends much different than the movie. With that said I do love the ending of the movie a tiny bit more. All in all, if you like a conflicting drama, this book and movie will make it to your top 20.
The movie was Rated PG-13 and was released June 26, 2009.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday Suggestion: The Limit

Saturday Suggestion

The Limit by Kristen Landon

From Goodreads: 

An eighth grade girl was taken today . . . With this first sentence, readers are immediately thrust into a fast-paced thriller that doesn't let up for a moment. 

In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever. 

My Take:   
This book is definitely geared toward middle grade kids but I still found it entertaining.  The plot was interesting and there were some surprising twists.  The characters were fun. The only negative was that she does portray most adults as idiots. It felt like a Disney show at times. Overall I enjoyed it and the message behind the story was good. 


Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1) by Anthony Horowitz
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1) by John Flanagan
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1) by Ally Carter
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1) by James Patterson
The Prisoner of Cell 25( Michael Vey, #1) by Richard Paul Evans

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Friendly Visitor: Book Club

Friday Friendly Visitor is a weekly book review done by one of our reading friends.

Jeni's Visitor:
I host a book club for my daughters and their friends. They are 9 to 11 years old. This month they read The Prisoner of Cell 25 (Michael Vey, #1) by Richard Paul Evans. 

From Goodreads: 
My name is Michael Vey, and the story I’m about to tell you is strange. Very strange. It’s my story.
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers.

Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric children – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.

Here are their reviews.

Megan(11): I couldn't stop reading! I finished it in three days. I <3 this book. 
Avery(9): I loved this book!!! One Sunday I read for 4 hours to finish it. Thanks Richard Paul Evans.
Tessa(10): This book is a real page turner and nail-biter. It will get you reading late into the night. I strongly suggest to those who haven't read it to read it.  Michael Vey is so cool. I give 5 stars. Thanks Mr Evans. 
Sophie(10): I couldn't stop reading. It was an awesome book! I can't wait to read the second one. 
Hannah(9): Michael Vey is such a good book. You should read it. 
Kyra(11): I love Micahel Vey. Its become my favorite book. I can't wait to finish the second Rise of the Elgen.
Abby(11): Michael Vey is a fun, humorous and fast paced book. It keeps you up all night. It makes you feel good, and to have sympathy for the worst characters. It is full of trickery and fun.
Lizzie(10): I liked it and it was a could book. I couldn't stop reading.
Eliza(8): Michael Vey was a really fun book. My favorite character was Taylor.

Jeni: I also read the book so I could ask the girls questions about it at the book club meeting. I was a bit unsure if I would like it. I am not a fan of the Christmas Box but to my surprise it was fun to read.  

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Coming Home

Every reader has a favorite book or author that you can't give up, like a pair of comfortable, worn out shoes.  Mine happens to be an author,  Rosamunde Pilcher. (and Harry Potter, but that is another post)  I was introduced to her books by my Grandmother. Every year, around spring I dig out all my threadbare copies of Ms.Pilcher's books, and begin to re-read my favorites.  I always start with this one, Coming Home.  This book starts out pre-World War II, where we are introduced to Judith Dunbar, who is on the cusps of womanhood, she's a young girl of 14 and just starting to figure out life, her mother and sister are leaving England for Singapore to live with her father, she is to be left behind with a well meaning but emotionally distant Aunt.  And she is lonely.  Although she meets a few friends.  She goes to school and becomes friends with a girl who is everything she is not, Loveday Carey Lewis.  And from then on, she is welcomed into Loveday's world.  You are enveloped into this world from the start and you stay with Judith as she comes of age.  This book is about Judith, who really doesn't have a home, and doesn't know where she fits in this world.  She is "adopted" and cared for by the Carey-Lewis family, but she still longs for a place of her own. I love that in the end, she does find that place.  This is a period piece, in that it does talk about the war, and how it affected the lives not only of those men who fought in the war, but of the families left behind.  But it is also about love and what happens when we are willing to take a risk for love.  There is some mature content, so I would not recommend this book to young readers under the age of 16.

I would give Coming Home 4 out of 5 foxes


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: The Captive Maiden


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event,hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The Captive Maiden
by Melanie Dickerson
Publication October 22, 2013

From Goodreads:
Happily Ever After ...Or Happily Nevermore? Gisela's childhood was filled with laughter and visits from nobles such as the duke and his young son. But since her father's death, each day has been filled with nothing but servitude to her stepmother. So when Gisela learns the duke's son, Valten---the boy she has daydreamed about for years---is throwing a ball in hopes of finding a wife, she vows to find a way to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. 

To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: I Thought I'd Like MORE/less Than I did.

Top Ten Books I Thought I'd Like MORE/Less Than I DID

brought to you  by the Broke and the Bookish

Jeni's Picks:

1. On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves: I was skeptical about this book.  It's about a 30 year old woman and a 16 year old boy that get stranded on an island and fall in love.  I was surprised because I ended up really liking this book.  I've lent it out numerous times and everyone looks at me weird when I tell them about it, but they all come back and say they thought it was an enjoyable read.

2. The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen D. Randle: A neighbor recommended this to me.  I wasn't too excited to read a book about aliens, but I soon found out this wasn't really about aliens.  It was about two people helping someone that had become isolated due to a life changing event.  I really liked how the friendships grew.  It was a wonderful book.  I'm so glad my neighbor recommended it.

3. Fever by Lauren DeStefano: I'm not sure why I loved her book, Wither.  Maybe because it felt so different from everything else I have read.  Wither worked for me, but Fever did not.  I hated it.  So many elements in this book just didn't work for me.  The prostitution and voyeurism were just too much.  I was so disappointed I really thought I would love this book.

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson: How did this series get so popular?  Between this violent rape, torture, and murder scenes I just didn't get the hype.  I hated it.  It wasn't boring, it was disturbing.  I pushed through but I wouldn't recommend this book and I didn't continue with the series.

5. Going to Far by Jennifer Echols: I have read so many blogs that just rant and rave about Jennifer Echols books.  I tried Forget You and hated it so I thought I'd give her another try and read Going to Far.  It was better, but not by far.  I think I would've liked it better if the character Meg was older.

Emily's Picks

6. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I was surprised that I liked this book.  It was so different from the first book I read of his, Stardust.  I loved the idea of a different city under a city.  The main character, Richard was like-able and human in a very un-human world. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to give Mr. Gaiman a try.

7. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. This book actually surprised me.  I love fairy tale stories, but I have never loved the Little Mermaid, and have avoided mermaid stories. I tried a free book and it left a fishy taste in my mouth.  But this book surprised me.  I liked the characters in it. I like my characters to have believable flaws, and I liked where this story was heading.  And I didn't mind that it was about mermaids.  And that is saying a lot.

8. A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama by Laura Amy Schlitz. This book was a Amazon deal or I wouldn't have picked it otherwise.  But I was very glad I did.  It is rated for a younger audience but the Author did such a wonderful job creating the atmosphere that I forgot who the target audience was.  I love ghost stories, but this isn't your typical ghost story.  It's about the sneaky Spiritualist who were swindling bereaved loved ones out of money. And how they would go to great lengths to do so.

9.The Rook by Daniel O'Malley.  I hated this book.  I wrote a review about it, which can be found here. It did not live up to expectations at all.

10. Sunshine by Robin Mckinley. I have been a huge fan of Ms. Mckinley every sense I first read about the hero, and a crown. Her fantasy novels are imaginative and lyrical.  She took a gamble in my opinion in this book.  Let's just say Ms. McKinley should write another Damar book and not try Urban.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Movie-Moment Mondays: Along Came a Spider

Movie-Moment Monday's are reviews based on books that have been made into a movie and whether the movie or book was better.  

Along Came a Spider
by James Patterson

My Foxy Summary: Along Came a Spider

Maggie Rose, a young girl, ends  up being kidnapped and Alex Cross, a homicide detective, gets put on her case. Jezzie Flanagan is the first female supervisor of the Secret Service who is paired up with Alex to find Maggie.
 Meanwhile, Alex is also trying to solve a family of three homicides. While Gary Soneji, the murderer, wants to prove to everyone he has committed the crime of the century.
Can Alex Cross keep his love life and job? Will he solve the case of Maggie Rose? Can he find Maggie before she dies? Will Gary Soneji get away with the crime of the century?

My Foxy Book Review: Along came a Sipder
James Patterson, the Author, wrote a wonderful book that taps into the psychopathic mind of Gary Soneji, while carefully balancing Alex Cross' need to be a hero. This book will definately keep you guessing who kidnapped Maggie Rose and if they will catch Gary.
Foxy book rating: 4 out 5 Foxes.
Movie book rating would be PG-13/R. Do to the violence and Sexual contents.

Book V.S. Movie
I loved both. In the movie, Alex Cross is older; so his love life is different from the book. Hollywood did change a lot of things in the book. Even though there were changes, I would read this book and still watch the movie.
Movie was rated R and was released April 6, 2001.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday Suggestions: The Maid of Fairborne Hall

Saturday Suggestions
Since we have started following Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday I decided to change Saturday up. Instead of listing  six of my favorites I will review a book and give suggestions for similar books.

The Maid of Fairborne Hall by Julie Klassen

I'm a huge fan of regency/historical fiction. Julie Klassen is one of my favorite authors in this genre. I have loved all of her books. This is a clean sweet regency romance.  She did a great job describing the upstairs/downstairs  way of life. This is from a Christian publisher and there is some talk of the characters faith but it isn't preachy.  If you are a fan of historical fiction you would enjoy this book. 

Book Suggestions if you like this book

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
Friends and Foes by Sarah M Eden
The Healers Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
The Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: The Elite


Waiting on Wednesday is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming books.

Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

From Goodreads:
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

Top Ten Tuesday List hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
Jeni's Picks

1. Blackviel (Green Rider #4) Kristen Britain: This was an awful cliff hanger, possibly the worst ever.  I just sat there at the end thinking, wow, I can't believe she left it like that.  Seriously, this author takes forever to write new books.  I might be old and gray before the next book comes out.

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver: I love her book, Before I fall that I couldn't wait to read Delirium. But WOW I absolutely hated the ending of this book.  I wanted to chuck it across the room when I was done.  I was happy to move on to something else.

3. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins: I read this right when it came out and man I just hate cliff hangers when I know I have to wait a whole year for the follow up.  But still loved this series so it was worth the wait.

4. Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) By Stephanie Meyer: This is a book where everything is perfectly resolved. I wanted more action and suspense instead I got a neat little ending.  I just thought wow I read four books and that's how it ended.

5. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: This is a really good wow book.  The twist and turns in this story are so entertaining it kept me reading late into the night. I loved this whole series.

Emily's Picks

6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by JK Rowling: This book for me, was the turning point for Harry.  This is when you as a reader begin to see how Harry will handle the challenges of the return of He Who Must Not be Named. And you see how Harry shifts from just a child, to a hero.  Plus, someone good dies.  Seriously, dies. And how that death will affect everyone, good and bad.

7. Poison by Chris Wooding. Poison has a twist at the end that I loved and didn't see coming.  It made me want to read the book again, to find out how I could have missed it.  This author is smart.  I have loved every book I have read of his. This is a book I would  recommend. It is not your usual fairy tale.

8. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare I  recently started reading this series again.  I forgot about the twist at the end.  Which could have ruined this series for me.  I did not like the twist at all.  But I love the idea behind the first three books, Vampires, Werewolves, Angels, Demons. Yes please.

9. Then There Were None (also printed as Ten Little Indians) By Agatha Christie. You can never go wrong reading Ms. Christie and the ending in this book will leave you gasping. The plot is well written, and most murder mysteries can't compare with this one.  This was the first book I read of hers and it is still my favorite.

10.  Ammie Come Home by Barbara Michaels.  I love ghost stories and this one does not disappoint.  I don't know if the ending was a gasp, but leading up to the ending, yes, gasps, hiding under my covers and leaving the lights on shivering, gasps. YEP.  This I think qualified.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tiger's Destiny

Tiger's Destiny
By Colleen Houck

My Foxy Summary
Kelsey sacrifices herself for those she loves, by letting Lokesh men capture her. When Kelsey gets to Lokesh's hideout, he is insistent on marrying her.  Kelsey struggles to stretch the marriage ceremony and to use Durga's gifts to protect her.
Meanwhile, Ren and Kishan tear through India to find Kelsey. Can Ren and Kishan save Kelsey from Lokesh in time? Will Kelsey be able to pay the ultimate sacrifice to break her beloved tigers cruse? Who will win Kelsey's heart? Will the Trio be able to finally defeat the serpent sorcerer Lokesh with the goddess Durga's help?

My Skinny on Tiger's Destiny
I semi liked this book but I fear the series has lost it's flare. My favorite part of the book was the fire world, it was beautiful and haunting.  PLEASE STOP with the love triangle!!! Colleen over used the love triangle, not only with the original trio but added a few more triangles in there too. At one point I almost flipped to the end to see who ended up with who.
 Ren is still a jerk. Kelsey is love stupid. Kishan is clueless. I was still frustrated at the end of the book.
Then to my shock, I found out Colleen is writing a 5th book, Tiger's Dream. I'm unsure if I will read it. This book burned me out with all of it's love triangles and change of writing style.
Movie rating would be PG-PG-13 for violence, romance, and a little gore.
Book Rating 3 out of 5 foxes. For me, Colleen put too much into some parts and lost the vision of the series.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Super Six Saturday
Books I think are underrated.

  1. Flecks of Gold by Alicia Buck:  I bought this book at an Authorpalooza I attended with my niece.  It was a fun clean read.  Full of magic, action and romance.  Rating 4 1/2 foxes. 
  2. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner:   My dad suggested I read this book and I'm glad he did.  Some people I have lent this to say it started slow but ended great.  I loved it from the beginning.  An interesting plot with a fantastic twist at the end.  The next three books in the series are even better.  I've heard she is writing a fifth and a sixth but no release dates have been posted.  Rating 5 foxes. 
  3. The Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson:  This book was recommend to me while I was waiting in line at a book signing.  I've heard this book described as a mix of Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.  A captivating story that was filled with fantasy, love and adventure.  Rating 4 foxes
  4. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken:  A beautifully written book that takes you on a magical  adventurous journey. The characters in this book are well written.  The love story was sweet and realistic.   I wish the author was writing a sequel.  Rating 5 foxes
  5. The Only Alien on the Planet  by Kristen Randle:  A girl in my neighborhood recommended this book to me.  I was skeptical at first.  I am not a lover of Alien novels but this book isn't actually about Aliens.  Thanks goodness.  It's a story about two friends joining together to help someone who has become isolated due to past experiences in his life.  A fascinating story that is well written.  A great choice for a book club read.  Rating 5 foxes. 
  6. Camille by Tess Oliver:  I love werewolf books and this one didn't disappoint.  The writing is engaging and the story fast paced. I t was an entertaining read.  Rating 3 1/2 foxes.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
 This book sat on my shelf for a good six months before I read it.  Big mistake, I should of read it when I bought it. I LOVED this book. My daughters and I read it together and they would beg me to keep reading. Sage is a fun character and so sarcastic we laughed out loud. This book has  little of everything, comedy, suspense and adventure.  I would recommend it to readers age 8 and above. Even though the main character was a boy my girls didn't mind.  Rating 5 foxes. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Super Six Saturday. 
I went out of town this weekend and forgot to post. 

Favorite YA Chick Lit. 
  1. The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. A perfect feel good chick lit book.  Hilarious dialogue with laugh out loud moments.  The romance was cute even a bit fluffy at times but I still enjoyed it.  Rating: 5 foxes
  2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: I really like Sarah Dessen novels but this is my favorite.  This book covers the topics of grief and self discovery.  I like how Dessen delivers her message.  It isn't dark and full of angst it's compelling and sweet. Definitely a thought provoking book.  Rating 5 foxes
  3. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby: Another book on grief.  A bittersweet story of a girl that is coming to terms with the loss of her mother.  Along the way she repairs the relationship with her father, meets new friends and finds love. Ratings 4 foxes. 
  4. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: I think I enjoyed this book because I come from a big family.  The parts that talk about the Garret family seriously made me laugh.  I kept thinking this is so my family. Rating 4 foxes.
  5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: A heartbreaking but rewarding book to read.  The topics of love, grief and hope are wonderfully written. I recommend this book all the time.  Ratings 5 foxes. 
  6. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley: A beautifully written  coming of age story dealing with self acceptance.  The main character was relatable.  I also have a port wine stain and remember going through some of the struggles she went through.  I'm lucky my birthmark wasn't on my face but getting in a bathing suit was never easy for me.  A great book to read for anyone that has ever doubted themselves. Rating 4 foxes

Tigers's Voyage

 Tigers's Voyage
By Colleen Houck

My Foxy Summary
After facing the villain Lokesh to save Ren, Kelsey's heart is broken. Ren, her precious white tiger, no longer remembers her and even when Ren is close to Kelsey, he suffers with physical agony pain. Kishan becomes the only comfort for Kelsey. Meanwhile, the trio set sail on a voyage. This voyage takes them on dangerous tasks designed by the five dragons of the sea. Will Kelsey survive with out her true love? Will the Trio break the third part of the curse?

My Skinny on Tiger's Voyage
I loved the water scenes in this book. By far my favorite quest the goddess Durga has sent them on. This book kept me guessing page after page of what the outcome will be for the Trio.
My only beef with this book is Ren. I absolutely despise this man, or I should say young immature boy. At a couple parts, I almost threw my book across the room. If you are a Ren fan, you may change your heart to the loyal Kishan fan club.
Movie rating would be PG-PG-13, for violence, romance, and intense action.
I give this 4.5 out of 5 foxes. Ren's character brought the rating down half a point for me.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Tigers Quest

Tigers Quest
By Colleen Houck

My Foxy Summary.
Kelsey's insecurities and love for Ren pushes her back home to Oregon. As Kelsey attempts to put her life back together, she finds herself missing her white tiger, Ren. Little does she know, because of her ability to help break the 300 year cruse, she has become Lokesh next target.
After Ren is caught by Lokesh, Kelsey's only hope of saving him is to go on the second quest with Ren's brother Kashen, who is also cursed (bad-boy/black tiger).  On the fringe of danger, who to truly love, Kelsey is pushed to her limits. Will she be able to break the second part of the curse and save Ren?

My Skinny on Tigers Quest
I loved this book. Definately surpassed the first book. Colleen paints such a vivid world with her words. I must say my little heart is rooting for Kashen to win Kelsey's heart. Ren just seems too controlling and jealous, or insecure. Lets just say Ren rubs me the wrong way. This book is a must read.
The movie rate for this book would be PG-PG13, because of violence and romantic parts.
I give this book 5 foxes out of 5.