Monday, June 29, 2015

Blast From the Past ~ Books I Loved As A Young Child

Recently, I was thinking about the books I dearly loved reading when I was a young child and I thought I'd share them with you all ~  

I have such fond memories of these books and I enjoyed sharing them with my children! 

Mmmm... my all time favorite book in this series? 

I've not yet been on a houseboat but it's a dream of mine!

After The Bobbsey Twins, I graduated to Cherry Ames, Student Nurse.

This delightful series fueled my  imagination. I dreamed of being a nurse and traveling the world! 

Of course, the next big series I delved into was the Nancy Drew Mysteries. I loved and devoured these books like they were candy. Couldn't  get enough! 

 I also enjoyed a few Dana Girl Mysteries ...

I was lucky enough to have access to my brother's books as well, so I read (and enjoyed) the Hardy Boys  mysteries too. 

It's amazing how the books above have lasted over the years and how each new generation of children are enjoying them over and over again! 

Thanks for strolling down memory lane with me!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Siren by Kiera Cass


I woke up this morning with this book floating around in my mind. It came out of the blue and was a bit surprising as it has been over a year since I read The Siren by Kiera Cass.  

Over morning coffee, I pondered this hauntingly beautiful story and again realized how very much I enjoyed reading it. I perused my blog and was surprised to realize I had never posted a review on this book. With coffee and laptop in hand, I quickly determined to rectify this oversight ... 

"How was I to know that out there, in the world I had once truly lived in, something as simple as an afternoon greeting could cause unimaginable devastation?"  (opening excerpt from The Siren by Kiera Cass)

And so begins the story of Kahlen, a young woman recruited near death by Ocean to serve, along with her siren sisters until she has completed her years of duty in exchange for a second chance at life. 

Kahlen's existence is a lonely one. She lives among humans but can only have the barest interactions with them for if a human was to hear her true voice, it would cause death. She and her sisters travel and explore the world wanting for nothing until they are called by Ocean to help her feed; their duty being to sing/lure humans to a watery grave.  

While Ocean doesn't call them often, Kahlen dreads her duty and feels the loss of human life deeply. She longs to have a life full of love, companionship and she spends her time counting the years until she can be free. 

Then comes the fateful day when she meets Akinli and her world is turned upside down! 

(source: picture sent to me by a blogging friend)

Update August 2015: The Siren is available on paperback but a new release of both hardcover and kindle version is scheduled to be released January 26, 2016.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A New Series from PBS June 21, 2015 ~ Worth the Watching

I am excited to share that PBS has a new series. From the trailer it definitely seems like it will be Worth the Watching!

The Crimson Field ~ airing on PBS June 21, 2015 @ 10 pm/9 pm central


Click here to read more about The Crimson Field  at PBS.

Friday, June 19, 2015

MASTERPIECE | Poldark: Airing June 21, 2015 ~ Worth the Watching!

Summer Reading 2015

~ My Summer 2015 Picks ~ 

A new release from 
one of my Favorite Authors 

Soon to Be Released

Historical Fiction

Dystopian Series

The Kanin Chronicles

Book 1

Book 2


Classic Sci - Fi

Book 4 in The Giver series

A Children's Classic

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Lost Garden by Katharine Swartz

A weekly meme spotlighting soon to be released books hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick this week is a book just released a few days ago ... 

  • Publisher: Lion Fiction; 1st New edition 

  • Publication Date: Available this week!  
  • (Ama*zon states May 15 but it was not available for purchase on Kindle till June 15, 2015)

From the publisher:

Lonely and stagnating in a soulless job, thirty-seven-year-old Marin Ellis is in need of a new start – but she is not prepared for the one she is given, when, after her estranged father and his second wife die in a car accident, she is made guardian of her fifteen-year-old half-sister Rebecca. The half-sisters are practically strangers, and their life in Hampshire is stilted and strange. 

At Rebecca’s pleading they move to the picturesque village of Goswell on the Cumbrian coast, settling into the charming Bower House on the edge of church property. When a door to a walled garden captures Rebecca’s interest, Marin becomes determined to open it and discover what is hidden beneath the brambles. She enlists the help of local gardener Joss Fowler, and together they begin to uncover the garden’s surprising secrets. 

In 1919, nineteen-year-old Eleanor Sanderson, daughter of Goswell’s vicar, is grieving the loss of her beloved brother Walter, killed just days before the Armistice was signed. As winter passes into spring, her mood remains bleak despite her attempts to alleviate the emptiness she feels. When her father decides to hire someone to help Eleanor restore the once beloved, but now neglected, vicarage gardens, she is enchanted by the possibility of a new garden—and the gardener her father hires, Yorkshireman Jack Taylor. 

Jack understands the nature of Eleanor’s grief more than anyone else seems to, and as they spend time together, a surprising—and unsuitable—friendship unfolds...

What is on your Wow list? 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking

Waiting on Wednesday ...

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Release date: August 4, 2015

Click here to join in the fun! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The House of Stone by Amy Ewing ~ A Jewel Novella

Having been captivated by Amy Ewing's Jewel, I can't wait to read this novella!


Release Date: July 7, 2015

From the publisher:

In The Jewel, we followed Violet in her servitude under the Duchess of the Lake. Now we'll hear Raven's story and her time as a surrogate for the Countess of the Stone in this digital novella from Amy Ewing.
When Raven is bought at the Auction, she knows immediately that things will not go well. And when she arrives at the Countess's palace, Raven quickly discovers that the Countess is much less interested in having a baby than experimenting with Raven's mind and body. Raven can only hope for an escape…and to see Violet again, all the while reminding herself that she is Raven Stirling, and she does matter.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Looking For Some Captivating Reading This Summer?

The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking is a fantasy series that will quickly rise to the top of your reading pile and stay there till you finish the very last book! 

 Book 1

Wendy has always felt as if she didn't belong, that she never really fit in anywhere. These feeling begin to intensify as bizarre events begin to happen as her 18th birthday approaches.

She is shocked to find out she is Troll, a changeling switched at birth to be raised by humans until she is 18. Now she must return to her true home, take her place among the Trylle society and fulfill her destiny. 

As Wendy searches to define herself and her new life, she finds herself deeply attracted to Finn, her Trylle protector. Will she accept her new life and be able to find happiness and true love? 

Book 2

In book 2 of this series, Wendy is learning to accept her life and place within the Trylle society. As she begins to adjust and learn all that is part of her new life, secrets are uncovered and she faces challenges that she never dreamed of!  Can she over come those challenges and keep the love she has with Finn?       

 Book 3

I don't want to spoil your reading so all I will say is ... the final book of this series is absolutely captivating

I enjoyed this series and I was pleasantly surprised that the book went beyond the 'expected story plot' that is usually found in today's young adult books. 

The one major drawback for me with this series is it's view on marriage. It presents marriage in a rather flippant light and one that I feel could have been better addressed while still keeping with the flow of the story.