The Testing Guide (The Testing 0.5)

The Testing Guide (The Testing, #0.5)The Testing Guide by Joelle Charbonneau
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was more like an extra chapter for the first book than a short story. However, it sets the storyline for the other books to the series. I know just from reading this that I’ll have to read at least the first book. It seems like another good dystopian themed series.

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Book Summary:

In the scarred and war-battered United Commonwealth, ten-year-old Cia Vale watches her older brother Zeen dream about being chosen for The Testing. He’s graduated at the top of his class, and being chosen, like his father was before him, means a chance to attend The University and help lead the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. Cia is conflicted–she hopes Zeen is chosen, but dreads him leaving home. She also realizes that one day she too must set her mind on being chosen. But does she realize the deadly path she will have to take?
THE TESTING GUIDE is the short story prequel to “The Testing, ” the first novel in the stunning and epic Testing Trilogy.

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The Wolf Prince (The Pack #13)

The Wolf Prince (The Pack #13)The Wolf Prince by Karen Whiddon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As usual I should have read this ARC copy from Netgalley when I got it. Instead I waited and waited and now regret not reading it sooner. I love the two main characters. One is a Seelie Princess who is an outcast to her family. The other is a Shape shifting werewolf Prince from the human world. Both worlds collide when the Princess finds a portal to the human world and goes to a party that is thrown for the Prince. What follows next is adventure, mayhem, murder, and intrigue. If you’re into supernatural mysteries then this is a book for you. Happy reading my friends!

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Book Summary:
Willow was unlike any princess he’d ever met…As heir to the throne, Ruben must choose an appropriate mate to preserve his royal bloodline—despite his fear that his true nature will destroy them both. Yet the female he craves above all others is a dangerous combination of fairy and shifter, a mesmerizing creature who inspires both passion and suspicion. Then violence strikes the castle, and the two are forced to track a killer into perilous magical territory. But with treachery everywhere, will Willow and Ruben’s growing bond be enough to shift the fate of their two kingdoms?

Dauntless (Valiant Hearts #1)

Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this book! I’m glad I got picked this ARC title out. I’ve been describing this book to my friends as a female Robin Hood story, even though it much more than that. I love the lead character and how strong she is. Being the only survivors of a village that was burned to the ground Lady Merry lead a rag tag group of children into the forest. Doing her best, she taught the children how to hunt, gather, fight, hide, and survive in the forest. Now I can’t say anymore or I’ll just spoil the book. So go read it if you like. I can’t wait for the second book!

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Book Summary:

Though once a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest,” her band of followers soon become enemies of the throne when they hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, will he choose fame or love?

The Little Prince

The Little PrinceThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this story! I loved reading it to my son. I love how the Little Prince went from place to place and met different people and creatures. How he learned different lessons from everyone and shared his knowledge with his pilot friend via story telling. This book will definitely be on my must read again and again list. I can’t wait for my little one to be able to read it for himself!

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Book Summary:
Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

The Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly, #1)

The Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly, #1)The Iron Butterfly by Chanda Hahn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not really sure how I feel about this story. For me it started off a bit slow, like watching water start to boil. By the middle of the book I was finally able to stop having to go back and reread parts. The story finally made sense, certain events were explained! Then as I read on the characters started to come to life. Their struggles and triumphs started to become my own. By the end I sighed with relief that it was finished. I was done with that world til the next book. However, I don’t know if I’m going to read the next one.

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Book Summary:

Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive.

One Shot (Jack Reacher #9)

One Shot (Jack Reacher, #9)One Shot by Lee Child

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read the Reader Digest version of this and let me tell you I was not disappointed. Even though I think the stand alone book has more story line to it. As usual the story of Jack Reacher kept me captivated til the very end. I found myself thinking about what twists and turns the characters have to deal with next. How will Reacher figure this mystery out? Will he be able to save a friend? How can he solve this crime? How did he figure this one out? Trust me when I tell you I was surprised how the story ended. I did not see that coming from a mile away. But then again it’s Reacher and we all know he has a certain way of thinking that is just awesome! On to the next book!

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Book Summary:

Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in–no phone, no address, no commitments-ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child’s astonishing new thriller, Reacher’s arrival will change everything–about a case that isn’t what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot-and by doing so give Jack Reacher one shot at the truth….
The gunman worked from a parking structure just thirty yards away-point-blank range for a trained military sniper like James Barr. His victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But why does Barr want Reacher at his side? There are good reasons why Reacher is the last person Barr would want to see. But when Reacher hears Barr’s own words, he understands. And a slam-dunk case explodes. Soon Reacher is teamed with a young defense lawyer who is working against her D.A. father and dueling with a prosecution team that has an explosive secret of its own. Like most things Reacher has known in life, this case is a complex battlefield. But, as always, in battle, Reacher is at his best.
Moving in the shadows, picking his spots, Reacher gets closer and closer to the unseen enemy who is pulling the strings. And for Reacher, the only way to take him down is to know his ruthlessness and respect his cunning-and then match him shot for shot…. “From the Hardcover edition.”