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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Of Pens and Swords by Rena Rocford


summary:
Seventeen-year-old Cyra Berque wants two things in life: a date with Rochan and a chance to fence at the Olympics. But people with one hand don’t normally fence, and girls with big thighs don’t get the boy. Knowing that she wants to make the Olympics, Cyra’s coach sets her up with another coach, one who could take her all the way to the top, but the new coach costs more. Feeling her dreams slipping out of reach, Cyra agrees to tutor a ballerina with a rich father and a D minus in English. It’s triple the pay and triple the pain. The ballerina isn’t interested in passing classes―she wants Rochan, and she’s promised she’ll turn her D minus into a full-fledged F if Cyra doesn’t help her win the heart of Rochan.

My thoughts:
I really liked the detail the author went into to see Cyra's passion. She doesn't let her one handless arm get her down and doesn't do the woe is me act. The ballerina, Christine is a very fun character and Crya and her compliment each other very well. Rochan is also a good character who is passionate about his art. I really liked the way that Crya and Christine made Rochan fall in love. The title to this book was a brilliant match and I really enjoyed this book.
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review by Netgalley.

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer


 Men are optional. That's the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women's colony in Harper's Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight--and she knows just the one.

Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's plea arrives, he bolts to Harper's Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve.

As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.

My thoughts:

I really liked this book. Emma has spunk and determination that a lot of authors try to get and Karen Witemeyer nailed it. She wants to be able to help the ladies in the colony but she understands that there are times when it is ok to lean on someone. Malachi is a very kind and strong man who I wish I could meet. He understands Emma and her desire to be independent. He does a very good job and helping her become a better leader and protector. The Aunts are also very fun characters to get to know and love. This book was a good CLEAN historical romance.
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter

Hooked by Carrie Thomas

Hi! I realized I have a lot of books to review so the next few will be short.

Millie Diamond is your typical high school senior. She has great parents, a younger brother, and two best friends who round out her better than average life. Her future is planned out, thanks to her police officer father, who strictly enforces the rules with a firm, but loving hand. Millie is a kind-hearted soul and proper daughter who respects her dad’s authority…until she meets a mysterious new student who stirs emotions in her she’s never felt before. A drug deal gone bad in South Boston, leaves Cash Davis’ mother no choice but to move him to Tennessee. His life hasn’t been easy, but Cash is tough, and plans on making his future better than his past. Those plans include keeping his head down and finishing high school… but nothing ever comes easy for Cash. His connection with Millie surprises him, and as hard as he tries, he can’t stay away from her. Millie’s dad arresting him before their first date is definitely not ideal for Cash, and it causes friction between Millie and her parents. Can Millie convince her parents that Cash is the guy for her? Will she still want to after secrets from his past are revealed?

My thoughts:
This book was a good girl dates bad boy book. Millie is a cute girl and starts to become interested in Cash. The two of them are glued to each other instantly. The book is in Millie's point of view. I would love to see parts in Cash's point of view. He is very protective of Millie and knows it is important to help her stay who she is and not change her into some big bad girl. Millie's Dad being a police officer was a fun twist. Overall this was a very nice well rounded book by Carrie Thomas.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review by Netgalley.

Monday, April 11, 2016

One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank


official summary:
Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't betrayal enough, he's about to remarry, and they're expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.
Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn't support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.
Still, no one is immune to Paris's charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There's just one hitch—he's a friend of Camille's, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

My thoughts:
This book had an interesting plot. Girl goes to Paris because her dad who ran away wanted her to and she isn't happy until she finds love. I really liked how passionate Sophie was about her piano playing. It is important for everyone to have a passion. I didn't feel that we got to learn enough about the French boy Mathieu. We learn about him being French but not about what he has a passion for. The relationship she develops with her brother while they are in Paris is really good and I enjoyed seeing that.

I would give this book a 3.5/5. It was a good book but not my favorite. It is a clean teenage romance.
Buy on amazon.com! it comes out June 7,2016. I received a free copy in return for an honest review through Netgalley.com.

Keep exploring your Passions!
K Duersch

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Backwards Beauty: How to feel ugly in 10 simple steps by Jessie Minassian


official summary:
If ten girls were asked to describe the “perfect” girl, they would likely rattle off an eerily similar list of qualities―from hair, skin, and weight to a cute button nose. That’s a problem, because God has given girls a desire to be desirable. If girls think that they will be most wanted if they fit a one-size-fits-all image of “perfection,” they will continually chase that proverbial carrot their entire lives.

Backwards Beauty examines ten cultural lies young women listen to regarding beauty to help them unpack how they’re looking at themselves through the wrong lens. The “tips to feel ugly” range from “compare yourself to every other girl” to “eat junk and diet, diet, diet.”
My thoughts:
I loved this book!!! It took me a while to get through it because I kept on having to stop and then come back a couple of days later. But I am proud to say I know how to feel ugly and it only took 10 steps!
The thing with beauty is that it is in the eye of the beholder. This book describes what the typical teen girl's thought are on what society wants them to be then says God doesn't care! I love that because it is true. But then you say, well I can't change the way I think! Jessie talks about that too and coaches you on how to think a little bit differently without taking away from who you are and helps you figure out what you can do instead that will help you in life and with your relationship with God. She talks about how it is okay to want to be beautiful but it needs to be for the right reasons.
I really liked how this book was written. Jessie Minassian wrote it alike she was talking to you and having a conversation with you. Books like that are cool but she wrote it like you were her best friend. I  write this way a lot so it was cool to read it and see the impact it has.
She unapologetically talks about God and I love it when people do that too. So basically the writing style was how I write and I loved experiencing the impact it has on the reader! It also has devotional type questions at the end for you to respond to.
This book is a very good Teen/YA girl's, devotional and self worth, Christian book. Buy on Amazon.com!
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in for a honest review in return.
God thinks you're beautiful!
K. Duersch