Monday, July 25, 2016

BEYOND THE NARROWS by M.R. Durbin —#bookreview #amreading #books

BEYOND THE NARROWS by M. R. Durbin. I had very mixed feelings on this book. The premise was fascinating, and I loved the wealth of knowledge that was given in this story. The humor was a perfect off set to all the information given. The tension was great when it was there, and the characters were easy to grow fond of. I had a very difficult time following the point of view throughout a lot of the book though. I found myself going back to see who was speaking and who's head we were in. At times it felt like we were supposed to be in an omnisciente point of view, but it wasn't pulled off cleanly. Other times it was very clear who's point of view we were in. This is a wonderful adventure with a ton of what I would consider little known bits of knowledge that does leave the story open to a companion novel. Anyone who loves a great adventure will enjoy this book.
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After being the subject of an explosive assassination attempt, O'Reilly (Obie) Begay, a retired Navajo archaeologist, finds himself in the middle of the hunt for an ancient record the personal journal of a Spanish Templar leading to a legendary treasure.
When Obie tracks down the journal, he enlists fellow retirees Peter, Bill, and Jack to assist him in following its clues. Facing gunfights and car chases, the treasure hunters locate a 500-year-old Mayan codex, the next clue on their adventure. Peter's grandson, Charley, and Obie's granddaughter, Mac, come along for the quest, but they may find themselves drawn to a different kind of treasure.
Constantly one tiny step ahead of their enemies as they scour the caves, cliffs, and canyons of Southern Utah, Obie's team will have to rely on each other if they want to reach the treasure before their pursuers. But what will they do if not all in their numbers can be trusted?
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

TRAPPED IN EAST GERMANY by Carolyn Twede Frank — #amreading #books #review


TRAPPED IN EAST GERMANY by Carolyn Twede Frank. I have been very excited about reading this book. It's an intriguing story based on actual events. Since it arrived in the mail yesterday, you'll have to stay tuned for my review later this week but I can already tell it will be difficult to put down.

It is the autumn of 1943, and Karin Graeber is keenly aware of the uneasy tide of of change swirling around her. She is not alone—in wartime Berlin, it seems that everyone has been swept up in the frightening transformation of their city. No more than a child, Karin is far too young to understand the Nazi presence or the drone of air-raid sirens or the absence of her beloved Pappa, a soldier in the German army. But when a bomb destroys their home, Karin is forced to grow up far too soon as her family joins the tens of thousands displaced in the raids on the city. Relying on their faith as Latter-day Saints, Karin and her family begin a journey that will prove the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
What follows is the sweeping narrative of one young girl's journey through war and beyond—from her childlike observations of World War II in Germany to her changing view of the world as she grows up in a land divided by war. Now, driven by starvation and the perilous existence of refugees, Karin and her family must draw upon a deep reservoir of strength and faith to sustain them through the harrowing escape ahead ...
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

FOUR CHAMBERS by Julie Wright — @scatteredjules

FOUR CHAMBERS: POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER by Julie Wright. I have loved every installment of the Matchmaker series, and this is no exception. I couldn't put it down. I was heartbroken each time Andra was kicked to the ground. I couldn't fathom how she was going to end up with the right guy, especially after all that time. (Which was probably the only thing I had a hard time with. He waited around for a long time.) It was an amazing progression for both Andra and Everett. What a journey. Anyone who loves a great roller coaster as well as a love story will love this book. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Every time Andra Stone crosses paths with Everett Covington, trouble follows. First she loses her scholarship, then she loses the apartment she’d wanted more than anything. But tragedy hits hardest when she loses her grandmother—the best friend Andra has ever known. She determines that Everett is a talisman of ill fortune. When Everett comes to work in her hospital and is applying for the same position she’d been working toward since residency, Andra believes him to be her personal poltergeist. The human heart has four chambers—four chances to get it right. Andra has only one chance left.

*A review copy was provided by IAMAREADER.COM in exchange for an unbiased review.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer Book Trek Reading Challenge


This looks like a fun summer reading challenge for this month. I will be adding books as they come my way, but here's what I have so far.


  1. Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (done)
  2. The Woman He Married by Julie N Ford (done)
  3. Trapped In East Germany by Carolyn Tweede
  4. Beyond the Narrows by M. R. Durbins (done)
  5. The Truth About Fragile Things by Regina Sorios (done)
  6. House of Secrets by Jeffrey S Savage

If you're interested in joining me, sign up here!

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A DATE WITH DANGER by Kari Iroz — #amreading #books #bookreview

A DATE WITH DANGER by Kari Iroz. I had mixed feelings about this book. The first chapter was hilarious. I was laughing and smiling and couldn't wait for the next chapter. From there I felt like Jack almost had a split personality for a little while. She jumped through emotions and thought processes in a way I couldn't follow. However, by the middle of the book I was sucked in and loved the rest of it. Once Jack settled into one personality things fell into place and I enjoyed her story. I loved the banter between Jack and Damon. There were good clues scattered throughout the book in a way that you didn't realize it was a clue until the end. It is a good read once you get past the first little bit. It's a clean read that I can recommend to anyone who loves suspense, mystery novels with a dash of romance.

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She just wanted to shake up her love life. Jacklyn (Jack) Wyatt is the typical twenty-five-year-old living the typical Provo single life with the typical bad luck— at least until the FBI recruits her for a completely different type of dating.
A young woman has gone missing, and all signs point to her online dating profile as the kidnapper’s operating ground. But when suspects who crossed paths with the missing girl begin contacting Jack, the FBI sees its opportunity for an inside man—er, woman.
Now Jack will have to play the field, dating each of the men in an attempt to weed out the kidnapper. But with such an unusual array of characters vying for her attention, pinpointing the culprit may prove even harder than finding Mr. Right. And as more young women disappear, will Jack stay professional and objective, even with the handsome Special Agent Damon Wade just a whisper in her hidden microphone away?
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WILLOWKEEP by @juliedaines — #amreading #books #review

WILLOWKEEP by Julie Daines. I really enjoyed this clean read. It was good to see someone who came into wealth not fall into what people consider the norm for wealthy individuals. I loved seeing Charlotte shock everyone with the life and experiences she had growing up. The relationships were well protrayed, and I appreciated the lengths that Charlotte went to in order to protect her sister and keep her little family together. It is a wonderful story that is full of life, love, strength, loyalty, and endurance. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a fantastic, clean romance.

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Charlotte Darby’s ship is sinking. Penniless and alone, she is struggling to care for herself and her young sister in the harsh seaport town of Hull. But when a solicitor from London brings news that she is the heir to a vast estate in Kent, it seems her days of rough seas are over. Willowkeep is prosperous and grand, far too much for a shipping merchant’s daughter to manage, and she quickly comes to rely on the help of Henry Morland, the estate’s kind and handsome steward.
Henry has worked hard his entire life, but all the money he’s saved won’t be enough to get his father out of debtor’s prison. And Henry’s fondness for Charlotte and her sister is only another reminder of his low status and lack of wealth. Though he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Charlotte happy and looked after as the county’s wealthiest lady, she can never be his.
Courted by a charming man of the ton, threatened by those who want her money, and determined to keep her sister safe from the same fate that cost her the rest of her family, Charlotte must face some heartrending decisions. For no matter the size of the fortune, life—and love—are never smooth sailing.
*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review

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Friday, June 3, 2016

HOW 4 FEET OF PLYWOOD SAVED THE GRAND CANYON by Jerry Borrowman —#reviews #books #amreading


HOW 4 FEET OF PLYWOOD SAVED THE GRAND CANYON by Jerry Borrowman. I was fascinated with the stories in this book. He talked about events that I had never heard of before, and it sucked me in. Little known events give a greater perspective to what really goes on in the world. I loved learning about these stories, and my family has loved me retelling them. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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History turns on small points. From the world's most catastrophic game of chicken to the nail-biting success story at the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, discover fascinating events you've probably never heard of. In this collection of eight true stories from the forgotten pages of history, learn about disasters caused by human error as well as calamities avoided by quick and clever thinking—the lawsuit that launched Abraham Lincoln's political career, the collapse of the Teton Dam, the invention that revolutionized the world of sound, and more. This book is truly love at first sight for lovers of history.

*A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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