Review: Persuaded by Misty Dawn Pulsipher

PersuadedPersuaded
by Misty Dawn Pulsipher
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook337 Pages
July 25th 2014

Summary

What's worse than never getting over your first love?
How about watching him fall for someone else...

Hanna Elliot had worn the ring faithfully at first. Some part of her still clung to the hope that all was not lost. As the days turned into weeks, she finally took it off and set it atop her dresser. When weeks gave way to months, the ring finally went back into its box, where it gathered dust until it was moved to Hanna’s unmentionables drawer. For the first few years, she had taken it out on the anniversary of the day she’d received it, allowing herself to wallow in what might have been.

She had been all but stamped out of Derick Wentworth’s mind. 

Sure, he thought about her occasionally, especially on cloudless nights when he lay on the bow of the Laconia looking up at the stars. But as time went on, Derick began to feel grateful that it hadn’t worked out, for one thing was certain: if he ever did settle down, it would be with someone who knew her own mind. Someone who went after the thing she wanted without hesitation. Someone who would never allow herself to be persuaded otherwise.

Persuaded, a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.
  

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Boy with the Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset

On tour with Sourcebooks.

Welcome to my review and giveaway tour stop for The Boy with the Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset! I've loved the covers of these books and their synopses, which both pulled me into this series. You can see what I thought about the first book in this series here and what I thought of this one down below.

The Boy with the Hidden Name (Otherworld, #2)The Boy with the Hidden Name
(Otherworld #2)
by Skylar Dorset
YA Urban Fantasy
Paperback320 Pages
December 2nd 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire

Summary

In the stunning conclusion, Selkie Stewart, A half-faerie princess… and the most wanted person in the Otherworld, must prepare to meet her destiny as the usurper of the corrupt Seelie Court even if it means losing the boy she loves to a dark prophecy.

Selkie Stewart has just saved her “boyfriend,” Ben from a fairy prison run by the Seelie Court. If they weren’t the two most wanted individuals in the Otherworld before, they definitely are now. Along with Ben and the rest of their ragtag group of allies- Selkie’s ogre aunts; a wizard named Will; Ben’s cousin Safford and Kelsy, Selkie’s best friend- Selkie is ready to embrace her destiny and bring the Seelie Court Down. Until she hears the rest of her prophecy…Benedict Le Fay will betray you and die.
    

Review: The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset

The Girl Who Never Was
(Otherworld #1)
by Skylar Dorset
YA Urban Fantasy
Paperback304 Pages
June 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire

Summary

THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.
    

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Demon's Heart by Emily H. Bates

Demon's Heart blog tour

Demon's HeartDemon's Heart
by Emily H. Bates
YA Fantasy
Paperback272 Pages
December 9th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Summary

Young ruffian Rustav is determined to escape his abusive uncle and hated homeland, even if it means braving the demon-infested forest. His escape is halted, however, when a race of legendary beings reveal him to be the country’s fabled heir. As the people rally around him, Rustav teeters precariously between raising his people from the dust—or destroying them from the inside.
   

Month8Books' Friday Reveal: I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are revealing the first chapter for

I Heart Robot
by Suzanne van Rooyen

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Blog Tour Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: If You Believe by Mya O'Malley


If you believeIf You Believe
by Mya O'Malley
Adult Romance, Christmas
November 18th 2014

Summary

Sometimes love only comes once in a lifetime. For some lucky people, it is possible to love again.

Melody and Jack had shared an unforgettable love story that abruptly came to an end. Melody, left picking up the pieces, finds herself alone years later, with no hope or desire to date again. With the holiday season approaching, Melody finds it particularly difficult to get Jack out of her thoughts.

Jack isn’t sure if he’s an angel or a ghost, but his mind is set on one thing only, finding a new love for Melody by Christmas Eve at midnight. Easier said than done, with many obstacles to tackle, Jack underestimates how difficult the task is. With conflicting emotions, Jack takes it upon himself to find a man for a woman he still loves.

With the clock ticking as the holidays approach, this charming story of finding love the second time around will have you laughing and crying, but ultimately, it will have you believing in true love.
  

Review: Temporary Bridesmaid by LuAnn Bropst Staheli

Temporary BridesmaidTemporary Bridesmaid
by LuAnn Bropst Staheli
Adult Contemporary Romance
ebook242 Pages
August 20th 2014 by Back Yard Press

Summary

Jenny Grant has given up on men, and therefore her dream of ever getting married. But when James Cox comes to work in her building as a temp, she has to convince herself to stay true to her new conviction. All around her, everything is falling apart in her life. She’s been asked to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend’s wedding—leaving Jenny the last single in her group—her mother’s forgetfulness has progressed to a level that might prove dangerous, and the raise and promotion Jenny longs for may not be within her reach. When a man who looks like James steals her wallet her distrust of men rests on his shoulders.

James Cox has no idea why he has given up his position as a California CEO to move to Salt Lake City, but he’s certain it isn’t to find a bride. When the call comes for a temp position at a computer programming company, he figures this must be why. But his co-workers are not always easy to get along with, especially the fiery-tempered woman named Jenny Grant. If he didn’t find her so beautiful and interesting, it might not matter. Except that it does.

Waiting on Wednesday: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas and Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

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

I love fantasy and especially fairy tale retellings. Here are two such books that I just can't wait to read:

Blog Tour Review: I Know My Savior Lives by Kimiko Christensen Hammari

I Know My Savior Lives blog tour

I Know My Savior Lives: A Year of Family Home Evening Lessons to Bring Your Children Closer to ChristI Know My Savior Lives:
A Year of Family Home Evening Lessons to Bring Your Children Closer to Christ
by Kimiko Christensen Hammari
Nonfiction, Lesson Helps
Paperback160 Pages
October 1st 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc.

Put the fun back in your family home evenings! With this exciting new resource, you ll never spend more than a few minutes preparing a meaningful night for your family to enjoy. This book and accompanying resource CD provide a year's worth of lessons and activities to reinforce the gospel principles correlate directly with the 2015 Primary theme. Each lesson includes a thought that draws directly from the scriptures; discussion questions; a list of songs, hymns, pictures, and scriptures that fit each topic; activities tailored for both younger and older children; and a weekly challenge and reminder card. There s even a recipe section with yummy treats the whole family can make together. Stop dreading Monday nights, and start spending more quality time together as you all draw nearer to the Savior.
   

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: Pierced by Love by Laura L. Walker

Pierced by Love blog tour

Pierced by LovePierced by Love
by Laura L. Walker
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback224 Pages
December 9th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Summary

Noelle Jensen doesn’t want to like Pierce Logan. After her boyfriend breaks up with her for her sister, Noelle is done with love. Plus Pierce Logan has commitment issues because of his parents’ divorce and a strained relationship with his dad. But as Pierce and Noelle inadvertently help each other to open up their hearts, they also rediscover the importance of family and love.