Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Review The Rebel Princess by Janice Sperry

The Rebel Princess

I really really loved this book. I read it as an advanced reader copy and then went out and preordered it as soon as possible so I could own the actual print book. Such a cute story. Clean, creative, funny, entertaining. I'm a grown woman and still loved this young main character and want my kids to read this book.

Raven is a princess. Daughter of a princess who was saved from a tower by an evil sorcerer who fell in love with her mom and they escaped to the real world. She has a twin brother who is considered the evil twin because he can use magic and takes after the dad. Raven doesn't want to be a damsel in distress like her mother had been. She wants to be evil like her brother, who really isn't evil, and then we meet Prince charming who had been trapped in time by Raven's father after he was supposed to have rescued Raven's mom from her tower. Now Prince Charming thinks he has to come save Raven so he can get back to his magical world, but then we find out there are fairy godmother's who don't really do a lot to help but more to add extra problems and entertainment.

Overall, it's just really cute, with fun twists and creative license and bending and blending some of my favorite fairy tales out there. I never once guessed what was coming and was pleasantly surprised by all the fun things brought out in this story. Very cute. Perfect for young or young at heart readers. I highly recommend it.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Two WonHundred words Wednesday

WonHundred Word Wednesday turned into a two-fer.  I was on vacation last week and missed the post, but I can't help myself, I wanted to make sure I wrote one for all of the prompts. So this week's first, then last weeks last.  Hope you will humor me and check em both out. ;)

Reluctantly he handed over the key.

He looked into my eyes. His own brimmed with tears.
“Are you sure?” I asked.
He swallowed and nearly shook his head. His right hand clenched tight enough his knuckles turned white.
“As much as I wish it wasn’t this way, I can’t keep pretending any longer.” He looked down at his fist.
I longed to reach up and wipe away the tear that had escaped. He wouldn’t appreciate that though.
He took a slow breath and opened his hand, revealing a skeleton key. “You are now the only thing keeping the world from a slow painful death.”

No pressure.

My heart pounded wildly

I’d run as far as I could and still didn’t know if I would live another moment. The sounds of pursuit were gone, but the cold chill running down my spine had intensified. My heart pounded wildly as I gasped for air.
I leaned against the brick wall, hands splayed against the roughness, ready to bolt the second I saw signs of danger.
But would I actually see it?
If only I had listened to my mother when she told me not to open that old wardrobe. Whoever said it was the entrance to Narnia must have been high.

Now go see the other blogs and see what they've done.

Wendy Knight, Author:
Kelly Martin, Author:
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .):
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Book Review Torn Canvas by Donna Weaver

Ever wish you could find out what happens to other characters from a book you love? I'm so glad Weaver wrote a story about Jori from the Cruise ship story in A Change of Plans.

Here's what the book says about itself: 

Modern-day pirates took more than Jori Virtanen’s friends; they stole his face. Not only does the twenty-four-year-old former model have to confront months of reconstructive surgery, he discovers his previous life was as superficial as his looks. Jori struggles to make a new life for himself as an artist while evading the press. They expect a hero, but he knows the truth. His beauty masks a beast. Olivia Howard’s given up a normal life for her job, and the sacrifices are finally paying off. The twenty-six-year-old talk-show host’s ratings are heading to the top of the charts. Her dream is to make a difference in people’s lives, but the studio wants mind fluff—like interviewing hot model Jori Virtanen. When Olivia learns the guy helped rescue passengers on a cruise excursion from kidnappers, she knows this is the story she needs to make her case. The only problem is the hero was injured, and now he’s disappeared. The more Olivia learns about the man behind the scar, the more intrigued she becomes. But Jori is no girl’s happily ever after. Once she finds him, Olivia has to free his heart and help heal the beast.

Here's what I have to say about it. 

Jori is a hot model and total ladies man, but he has a hard and sad past he's trying to overcome. And Jori struggles with it. His reactions to things and responses to live are totally believable. Loved his character. When he's injured in the attack from book one, his face is scarred too bad for him to be able to continue modeling. Not sure he would even want to go back to that life after having a taste of real friendship on the cruise, he returns to his passion of art.

Olivia is an up and coming Television Host that wants to do stories that matter, and not just mindless fluff shows. When she learns Jori was a hero on the ship, she wants to interview him on her show. And though we've met both of these characters in book one: A Change of Plans, this story about Jori and Olivia is so real and emotional, I loved it. 

 Though they communicate through phone calls, emails, and chats and have a few almost meetings, the romantic tension is still there. It's a wonderful story showing how people deal with troubling events and overcome very trying pasts.

I highly recommend this book.

For other books by Donna, check out her Amazon Author profile here

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesday on a Thursday.

My internet died on Wednesday so I was sort of delayed but here it is. My Won Hundred Word Wednesday on a Thursday. ;) 

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He was used to being abused, mistreated, spit on, shouted at, and complained about. And that was just the students. Parents were often worse. But he loved finding that diamond in the rough. The kid who made everything worth it.
Josh was smart in more than regular academics. The kid could see a problem on the board and solve it in his head just as easily as breathing, but his abilities with interpersonal relationships was astounding. And he knew just the right thing to say to each person he met.
“Thanks for everything, Mr. Torgerson.” 

There’s a first for everything. 

As always, have fun checking out what the other authors did with the same prompt: 

Wendy Knight, Author:
Kelly Martin, Author:
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .):
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

WonHundred Word Wednesday

Another Wednesday, another Writing prompt:

In all the years I've lived here, I never once called this place my home.

In all the years I’ve lived here, I never once called this place my home. They say home is where your heart is. I gave mine to someone once. He said it was just for a little while. That he’d give it right back. But he kept it. Locked in a box. Now my step mother opens the box every now and then and strokes it. She’s changed since I last saw her. Creepier. Lonely. She never comes out of the castle anymore, just stares in her mirror.

Oh well. I’ve got a meal to prepare for seven hungry men. 

Here are the links to the others

Wendy Knight, Author:
Kelly Martin, Author:
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .):
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer: