Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Messiah by Toni Sorenson - most recent release

Queen Bee here with a new book that is a must read!

What was going on in the Americas during New Testament times?  What was it like when the Savior visited the Americas?  We’ve read the account from the scriptures.  Now read a historical fiction version like no other.

In this story, we follow the life of a Nephite, Kiah, from youth to adulthood, as he struggles with his testimony and has many adventures.  Then, we experience with him the signs of the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ.  We even get to witness the arrival of the Savior in the Americas.

Once again Toni has taught me.  Even though this is historical fiction, she follows the scriptures "to a T".  She does a masterful job.  I highly recommend this book alone or read in conjunction with Master.  Either way, it is well worth it.

This book is second in a series of two but can be read as a standalone.

Book Review by Vickie Ricks

Monday, June 27, 2011

Master by Toni Sorenson - 1st in series

I loved this book because it brought to life for me the Savior as a child, as a young adult, and ultimately as the Master in a way that no other book has ever done. Toni uses the scriptures and fills in with a great imagination to create this historical fiction book. You might find it slow going at first, but don’t give up. It is worth it!

This book is first in a series of two.

Book Review by Vickie Ricks

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Special Guest Review of Karen E. Hoover's Sapphire Flute

This was a great book full of all kinds of magic and mystery.  I never wanted to put it down.  From the first page, you are on the edge of your seat.  After all of the books and talks of werewolves you would think that you may not enjoy the book, but the capabilities of the werewolves and how they are portrayed seems so different that you enjoy it anyway.  This is one of the most gripping and amazing novels ever.  I can't wait for her next novel!

I give it 5 stars.

Book Review by Savannah Bly, age 16.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brianna, My Brother, and the Blog by Jack Weyland

I chose to read this book because it talks about a blog, and we just started ours! I thought it would be fun. Plus, I like the cover.

This book by Jack Weyland was written for a primarily LDS young single adult audience. It is a love story filled with the difficult dramas that come with dating before marriage. A young man, Austin, returns from a mission and falls in love with his brother's girlfriend, who is waiting for his brother to come home from a mission. What does Brianna feel through all of this? Read to find out.

I thought this was a cute story and an easy read. The storyline was fun and light but could have been executed better. The blog touch was cool, but I wish it would have been brought in sooner (60 pages sooner). If you want a quick read about romance, this is a good book for you.

Book Review by Celeste L. Estes

Friday, June 17, 2011

Review of "Mark of Royalty" by Jennifer K. Clark and Stephonie K. Williams

"Mark of Royalty" recounts the tale of a young woman who is whisked away at birth and raised by a mother who is not her own.  She is born a princess but raised by someone else to protect her from secrets that would lead to her undoing.

A great first book for these authors!  A great mix of intrigue and romance!  Not too mushy, not too sappy.  Has a happy ending!  They did a good job developing characters and sticking to the storyline.  It kept my interest all the way through.  I recommend this book to anybody, and I hope there is more to come!

Here is a fun little commentary from Jennifer Clark's blog about the YouTube Music Video below:

Book Review by Vickie Ricks

Thursday, June 16, 2011


I am starting this blog because I love the books I read, and I want you to get excited about them too!  On this blog we will have the opportunity to discuss the good and the bad in everything I read.  Plus, I am open for requests.  You tell me what you want me to review, and I will. 

Also, I would love to talk about the books you love and even hate.  Tell me all about it here on my blog.  Then, if you would like to visit the blog as a guest reviewer, I would love that!  You tell me what you thought of the book you read, and I will post it and even show your name and pic if you are interested.

On this blog my main focus will be books by LDS Authors, but books outside of this realm are welcome too.  I love all kinds of books!

PS: One other thing I hope to do on this blog is interviews with authors and publishers.  I might make occasional reflections or posts on other things, but we shall see.  Please come and follow.  The more the merrier!