A Time to Die Read-through October 3rd

Sierra has been talking about how amazing this book is and has wanted me to read it for a while. This read through is a great opportunity to finally read it! Anyone want to read it with me?
Be sure to click the image to join the Goodreads group! :D

Story of Fire

Shalom, readers! Today I’m excited to announce the first Goodreads A Time to Die read-through! (Click the picture to go to the link.)

Basically, what you do is:

  1. Get a Goodreads account. To participate in the read-through officially, this is required, but if you read through it, and don’t have or want a Goodreads account, you can just post your comments on this blog post. But Goodreads is free, and slightly awesome, so there shouldn’t be any problem there. :P
  2. Start reading A Time to Die on October 3rd. If you don’t have the book, request it from your library. If your library doesn’t have it, buy it. Seriously, you won’t regret it. I posted a review for this book a while back, and since then I have re-read it. It was even more amazing on the second read. It’s available to buy on several sites, all of which are linked…

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Happy Hobbit Day!

Today is the birthday of the wonderful hobbits, Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins!  Be sure to drink some tea, eat second breakfast, or read a Middle Earth story in celebration!

“If ever you are passing my way,” said Bilbo, “don’t wait to knock! Tea is at four; but any of you are welcome at any time!”

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“I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
~ Frodo Baggins

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Review: In Good Company by Jen Turano

In Good COmpanyIn Good Company by Jen Turano

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian.

Favorite Quote: “Were you just… praying?” Everett asked.

“I always pray before I proceed with life-threatening situations.”

“Does it help?”

“I’m still alive, aren’t I?”

Age Range: 15+ for romance.

Stars:  5/5

My Thoughts:

This was my first book by Jen Turano, and I can’t wait to read another one! All of her characters were unique and her writing pulled me into their world.

The main character, Millie, had me laughing so much! She isn’t the normal proper nanny most people expect. Her discipline methods include tying children to chairs and dumping water on their heads. No, she doesn’t torture them ;)

The main male character, Everett, inherits three children after the death of a dear friend and doesn’t know what to do with them. That’s where Millie comes in. He is courting a very snobby society lady, Caroline, not due to genuine attraction but because it will benefit both of them. I really enjoyed his character, even if he was a little oblivious sometimes. I did dislike Caroline with a passion. There aren’t many characters I hate but she grated on my nerves immensely! I think that was the point ;)

OVERALL:
I loved this book and will definitely be coming back to visit these characters again.

I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review

JenAbout The Author:

Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Goodreads, Facebook and Blog.

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Captain America

Hey all!!! Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile… My family and I have been in the middle of moving! Thought I would pop in today and give you some of my favorite Steve Roger pictures… because.. well because he’s my favorite super hero! So here we go!

I thought I would start off with Chris Evans and a little Captain America fan!

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Blog 3Blog 2This collage makes me laugh! On Pinterest the caption read: It’s beauty, it’s grace, it’s Captain America’s face.

Blog 4Both of these pictures make me wanna sigh! I love his blue eyes in the left one!

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Last but not least a Cap quote.

Blog8Hope you enjoyed this random post :) Who is your favorite Marvel super hero?

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Blog Update

I want to apologize to all my wonderful blog readers because have not been blogging that often.  School has started again, and that keeps me quite busy.  Never the less, I have not forgotten about all my lovely fellow bloggers!  Not only do I have less time for blogging, but I have less time for reading as well!  As I expect this to continue throughout the semester there will likely be less book review posts.  Though I might post reviews I wrote before I started blogging.  I will try to post as often as I can!  Mostly tags and update posts.

Book Review: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 10.53.16 AMTitle:  Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini

Series?  book 1 of 4 in the Inheritance Cycle

POV: Third person, past tense. One narrator.

Cliffhanger?  No

Author’s Website:
http://www.alagaesia.com/

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

About the Book (from Goodreads)
One boy . . .

One dragon . . .

A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

 

My Review
I liked this book more than I thought I would!  I had heard many different opinions about this book and was not sure that I would like it.  Plus it is really really long, and I kinda get intimidated by really thick books.

I’ve heard some people say this is like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.  Well, does have similarities to those stories.  But it is still an amazing adventure. It did not take long for me to get into Eragon’s story.  There are some moments where the story drags just a little, but overall it was really fun to read.   Throughout the book I thought it was a solid 4 stars, but I LOVED the ending, which bumped it up to 5 stars.

The ending was just so perfect.  It is comparable to the ending of The Fellowship of the Ring movie.  The whole story has lead the main character to one decision.  While that immediate conflict is solved, there is clearly more story to tell.

I was surprised by how much magic was in the book.  Eragon is a rider, so he naturally has the gift of magic.  He has to learn the spells throughout the book.

 

Audio Review
The audio for this book was Amazing!!  Definitely one of the best audio books.  The reader, Gerard Doyle, was really easy to follow.  It was very clear who was speaking.  It was also very clear if a character was thinking or if the character was speaking aloud.  There is some background music during certain scenes, and they are well placed.