With No Regrets... A Sneak Peek

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently

Current book:

With No Regrets
By: Julie N Ford

Sneak Peek:

"Along her flowerbeds she'd planted alternating pansies of yellow, orange, and white that stretched out in both directions like a candy corn chain. Come Easter, purple and red would be added to create a spring rainbow of flowers."    location 1368 (e-reader)

With No Regrets by Julie N Ford  A Sneak Peek on Reading List

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Teaser Tuesdays  from A Daily Rhythm

Oh and here are some rules if you decide to join in:
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


If you want to just leave your two sentences, book title, and author just here, please do so in the comments.  I'd love to get a sneak peek of the book you're reading!

Marissa at Reading List

Cozy book hop

Cozy Reading Spot #102

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Welcome to Cozy Reading Spot! This is your chance to share your posts, and then grab your favorite drink to curl up with and read other's posts.  You are welcome to share posts that tell us what has been on your heart, mind and bookshelves - yes that means just about anything goes.  As book lovers, we love to read, so share something for us to read today!

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Book review

The Heir: A Book Review

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

As promised last week, I'm continuing with The Selection Series today, more specifically, The Heir.

I wish I could say I was in love with this one as the last three... but honestly, this book was a disappointment.  If you are interested in picking up on of the Selection books, I highly recommend you start at the beginning, or try one of the many novellas.

The Heir by Kiera Cass  a book review on Reading List

Story Overview 

The Heir by Kiera Cass is the fourth book in the Selection Series.  This book is the first to break away from America Singer's Selection process, as we are introduced to the family King Maxon and Queen America have.  This book dives into Princess Eadlyn Schreave's life, more specifically how she is the official Heir to Illea.

While Princess Eadlyn was raised in a new Illea that is in the process of shedding the caste system, she grows aware that the people are not so quick to let go of past wrongs.  She never figured she would have to go through her own Selection process... until her father asks her to do just that.

Eadlyn is a strong female lead to say the least, but her ability to go with the flow is completely lacking.  Eadlyn feels that the idea of even being married will take away from the power she should have as Queen.  She has the idea that being a wife will show the country that she is weak.  And that is where most of the conflict arises in this book.

Personal Likes

I so enjoyed the first three books, that I just had to read this one.  I guess it could be considered loyalty to the author.

My biggest like was that the setting and atmosphere from the first three were well maintained in this new book.  Obviously many years had past between The One and The Heir, but Cass spends many words on catching the reader up on all the lives of the characters from the previous stories. In that way, this is exactly what a fan wants.

Personal Dislikes

Unfortunately, I had some major dislikes with this book.  Mostly Princess Eadlyn was extremely hard to like.  It was as though she was written to have her mother's crazy stubborn naive teenager attitude blended with the spoiled nature one expects from a child raised in riches. Even knowing she is a teenager who is bound to come across a little naive and spoiled, this was a little over the top.

There was also an issue with the pace of this one.  It felt like the first two hundred pages were all introductory.  Granted much of that was on playing catch up on the original characters, but still, it started to drag.

Maybe that is what happens when we get our expectations up because of the previous book, there is bound to be some disappointments from reality.

Reasons to Read

The biggest reason I can think of to pick this one up, is if you have already read the first three books in the series.  Since Cass has already said this will be a five book series (not including the novellas out) that means there is still one more. So this is a prelude to that final installment.  When I think of it that way, this book is fine, it will just be a middle ground book that helps lead us into that final book.

Reading List Rating

Three heart rating on Reading List

I have to give The Heir a three heart rating.  There are some fun scenes and I enjoyed hearing more about the characters I grew attached to in the first three... but overall Eadlyn's behavior and inner-dialogues were just too frustrating to enjoy.

My Suggested Audience

This is a teen dystopian fiction book, that is suggested for fifteen year olds and up, and I have to agree with that as a starting age.  While this particular book is not as racy as the last one, the undertones are still there.

To be honest, even though I was completely disappointed in this installment, I do want to see how Cass finishes the series. So I will probably borrow the fifth book once it is released next year. 

What has been you favorite book series - dig deep into your childhood if you have to?

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Marissa @ Reading List

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Guest post

Silly Poetry Books

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I have had a goal for years in doing my best to allow my kids to love reading and books.  Practically speaking that means I do my best to have book time every day with my kids and once a week we make a trip to the local library.  While at the library I pretty much have always allowed my kids to pick out the books they most wanted to read.

I remember walking into the library as a young child and being in awe at the choices, and the freedom to pick.  Quickly I found a section in the kids wing that had books I loved to look at, and I didn't veer far from it.  And now, I see my kids doing the same thing.

This is a great thing.  However, in the freedom given, they have missed out on some great genres and authors.  For the summer, I have decided to be a little proactive in choosing library books.  while they are still allowed to pick a fun book each week, they also have to pick a non-fiction books on a topic they pick and a poetry book.

In the process we have discovered some hysterical poems!

Ten Silly Poetry Books for Kids of All Ages

Won't you hop on over to the Mother-Daughter Book Reviews site to see my list?

Ten Silly Poetry Books for kids of all ages   A list to start with from Reading List

I know there are many more options, but this is just are current ten favorites.  Stop over and check it out!

If you want, leave a comment below with what you would add...

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