Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge 2014: Kitchen Love Story by Camille Finan #FRC2014



This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!









The book for our Intro to Workshop class is Kitchen Love Story by Camille Finan.


About the book:

Gone are the days of the traditional, ridiculously expensive kitchen remodel that's more form than function. Yes, you can have a new, beautiful, functional kitchen at a reasonable price! Camille Finan will show you how. 

Kitchen Love Story was written for women by a woman. Licensed contractor and cabinet builder Camille Finan, is your personal kitchen construction advocate. Throughout the book, Camille shares lessons from years of experience building and remodeling kitchens. She will inspire and empower you to solve those kitchen conundrums that drive you nuts as you create and execute a plan that is both practical and affordable.

You'll get the answers to these questions and more: -Where do I start, what's DFIO and why is it so important? -Can my kitchen feel 'high end' without breaking my budget? -What's worth the money and what's not? How do I avoid being ripped off? -How do I hire contractors, sign contracts and develop an 'escape plan?' -What should I expect during the remodel experience? -How do I make sure it got done correctly? In your hand are the tools you need to get unstuck, make the right decisions for your kitchen remodel and make it happen. You can do this! Camille Finan will lead the way.


Remodeling a kitchen can feel overwhelming, but this book simplifies the process of where to start.  So many times a lot of people choose what looks pretty and not necessarily what is functional for their needs.  This book informs you of some of the things people do not think about when designing a kitchen.  For instance, Camille suggests having drawers for a lot of items instead of cabinets.  That is due to the fact that we really only use what we see, so a lot of items end up not being used because we can't see them.  It is also a hassle to reach some of these items, so someone has to rearrange a lot of the cabinets to get to one item.  No thank you!  So instead, she suggests putting things in drawers and organizing items by how frequently they are used.  That seems like a pretty easy concept, but again, some people focus on the look of their kitchen and not the function of it.  There are also tips on money saving techniques when planning on a remodel.  I thought this book simplified a lot of the process.  Camille also has a resource library for different forms to help with the remodeling process.  I have highlighted a few things in this book to refer back to when our kitchen gets remolded.  I would recommend this book to anyone that is felling overwhelmed about what choices to make when remodeling their kitchen.  It is an easy manual, but also educates the reader so that they feel comfortable talking to contractors and other specialists that will be involved with the project! :)


Buy the book:
·        Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/1uX5BrZ



About the author:

Carpenter Camille Finan is the founder of CarpentryU and the creator of the new design system called DFIO Design From the Inside Out. After years of running her own successful businesses, Camille returned to her carpentry roots and found her niche in kitchens. After noticing how the market was underserving its female clientele, she turned her back on traditional kitchen design to embrace DFIO to solve the most common kitchen problems average families encounter. CarpentryU, a series of educational workshops, is designed to teach women to get the most from their power tools. Camille has worked with thousands of women to design and build the kitchens of their dreams.

Connect with the author:
·        Facebook: http://on.fb.me/YA1Rz2
·        Website: http://divinekitchen.net/story/





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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge 2014: Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes #FRC2014



This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!











The book for our Family Studies class is Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes.




About the book:

After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte’s husband, the school principal, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be.

As they try to heal from this irrevocable trauma, Jenn and Charlotte find themselves at a crossroads—within the town and within their friendship. For Jenn, broken and grieving, there is no going back, and she demands that the school be closed so that she can bury the past. Yet Charlotte is equally desperate to hold the town together, fighting the school closure and helping the shooter’s mother regain her place in the community. Jenn and Charlotte’s relationship is put to the ultimate test as each weighs her own interests against the bonds of their friendship.



This book tells the stories of a town dealing with the aftermath of an all too real tragedy.  The book is set a month after a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Stillwater Bay.  Several young kids were shot and killed, along with a few teachers.  The plot centers (mostly) around Jenn, who lost her son in the shooting, and Charlotte, who is the mayor of the small town.  They are best friends, but because they see differently about what should happen to the school and to the town to recover, their friendship is being tested.  

Everyone grieves differently and this book shows this.  Jenn cannot believe that the school where children were murdered is being used.  Jenn's husband is dealing with his grief in his own way.  Because the two of them are not grieving exactly alike, this is creating tension.  It also makes the other feel like they aren't grieving at all.  Charlotte thinks closing the school is detrimental to the town.   Her husband is the principal of the school and does not seem to be worried that the school could close.  He has his own grief to deal with.  Everyone paints him as a hero since he was able to get the attention of the gunman, who was a young man himself, to stop the rampage.  He does not want to accept the hero status and there is a reporter in town trying to figure out if he has a secret.  There is also the grief of the woman (Julia) whose son killed all of those people.  Her son, Gabriel, kills himself in the massacre and she has her own grief to deal with.  People are mad at her because of her son.  People are vandalizing her home, which makes her not want to leave her house.  Julia also doesn't feel like she can visit her son's grave since other people will be mourning their children while she is there.  The treatment of Julia and whether the town can make her leave divides the town in half.

This book had a very interesting perspective on the different types of grief.  In our world this scenario is not unknown, but what the parents and town go through is not something that we can grasp ourselves.  I think Holmes gave every character their own voice and she does it well.  Do we think about what the parents of the person responsible are going through?  Is it really their "fault" that this happened?  In this book everyone seemed to try to help Gabriel, but in the end it did not do any good.  Everyone feels like they are to blame in some way.  Jenn saw Gabriel enter the school but was too wrapped up in something to really pay attention.  Men in the town tried to be his father figure but they aren't able to stop him from doing this.  I also found the relationship between Jenn and Charlotte interesting.  Because Charlotte doesn't have any children of her own, she cannot grasp the anger that Jenn has.  It makes you think about if Jenn is justified in her anger and if Charlotte is justified in putting the town first.  You also find out there is a line to that anger that some people probably shouldn't cross, but maybe they just can't help it.  In this book some people look to religion for comfort and some people even lose their religion to cope.   I really enjoy books that make you think and Stillwater Rising is one of those books.  It appears that there will be another book to this story and I want to find out what happens to these characters!  This isn't a fluff of a book (not that this is a bad thing!) but it really makes you wonder and sympathize even with people that have actually gone through something this horrific.  

There is also a novella that Steena has written that is a prequel to this book.  It is worth mentioning that the proceeds from this novella will be donated to Kidspeace.org to stop school violence.


Buy the book:
·        Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1vhWqzy
·        Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/1pNJpgu




About the author:

With a passion for storytelling, Steena Holmes took her dream of being a full-time writer and made it a reality, writing her first novel while working as a receptionist. She won the National Indie Excellence Book Award in 2012 for her bestselling novel Finding Emma. Steena currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She likes to celebrate completing each new novel with chocolate.

Connect with the author:
·        Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1z1xxZc
·        Twitter: https://twitter.com/steenaholmes
·        Website: http://www.steenaholmes.com/
·        Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1z1xs85





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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge 2014: Hit by Lorie Ann Grover #FRC2014



This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!








The book for our Hot for Teacher class is Hit by Lorie Ann Grover.


About the book:

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah's future is all laid out before her … that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—one that will declare her feelings once and for all.

Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.


But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her.


This book was a little heartbreaking and sad at times, but also has a lot of teaching moments to it.  Sarah is a senior and high school and has a crush on her 21 year old poetry teacher, Mr. Haddings.  It is really not known if Mr. Haddings reciprocated those feelings, but he has made it clear that no relationship can happen between them.  One morning Sarah is walking with a friend to school and is hit accidentally by a car that Mr. Haddings happens to be driving.  The rest of the book is told from Sarah's and Mr. Haddings' point of view as they deal with the aftermath of the accident.  Everyone deals with grief very differently and we see that in Sarah's friends and family.  There are emotions of anger, resentment, guilt and sadness to be dealt with.  Sarah's family has to play the "what-if" game with their choices from that morning.  They also have to come to terms with the fact they maybe didn't show Sarah attention like they should have and took their relationship with her and others for granted at times.  Mr. Haddings has to deal with guilt of being the one that hit her.  He struggles with figuring out the right thing to do.  Should he apologize to her and her family?  Should he keep his distance?  Does he need a lawyer in case he is charged?

This book was a very fast read and brought up a lot of interesting questions.  While Sarah's family and friends are angry with the accident, which they should be, you realize that accidents do happen.  Sarah's dad brings up the point that he answers a phone call or zones out to something that his is listening to on the radio as he is driving.  I'm pretty sure every person has done that at some point.  Even though their feelings are justified, you realize anyone could have be the driver that hit her.  So in a way you sympathize with Mr. Haddings, because his life and possible future are forever affected.  Sarah handles the situation very well and she grows from this situation.  It is really hard for her to deal with the way she currently looks, but overall she has a positive attitude.  You see that she is a very strong person.   I won't give away the ending, but there is a twist of emotions and a feeling of hope in the end.  Also, Sarah's family dynamics change in the end and are very different from what they were in the beginning of the book.  Lastly, I think this book would be a good refresher for people to read in order to relearn the action of gratitude.  I think this book really shows how we get caught up in our day-to-day lives and take important relationships for granted.  Instead of going through something to teach us that lesson, this book hits that lesson home so that it is fresh in our minds. 


Buy the book:
·        Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1BCxEP4

·        Amazon Hardcover: http://amzn.to/YzY0lE



About the author:


Lorie Ann Grover was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She used to pretend to read before she could by carrying around Nancy Drew books and flipping through the pages. She studied ballet for ten years and was a member of the Miami Ballet Company. When she grew too tall for the profession, Lorie turned my focus to fine art at the University of Miami. Eventually, her love for the written word yielded verse novels and board books. Her fantasy novel, Firstborn, received a Kirkus Starred Review, and her board book, Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish, was named a Parents Magazine Best Children's Book. Lorie co-founded readergirlz and readertotz. Living with her husband in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, Lorie writes, practices weapons tai chi, and watches hawks take flight.

Connect with the author:
·        Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1peG7D8
·        Twitter: https://twitter.com/lorieanngrover
·        Website: http://www.lorieanngrover.com/
·        Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1qqoZXo






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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge 2014: Rock Angel by Jeanne Bogino #FRC2014



This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challange. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!







The book for our 90s Music class is Rock Angel by Jeanne Bogino.


About the book:

Shan is young, beautiful, talented, and addicted to heroin in Rock Angel, a novel that follows her meteoric rise to guitar goddess stardom in the 90s. She is discovered in New York by a handsome,arrogant musical genius named Quinn, and sparks fly between them when he hires her as lead guitarist of his band. Although Quinn is accustomed to bedding a different groupie every night, he can t ignore his deepening feelings for his new bandmate. From gritty Greenwich Village clubs to L.A. s Troubadour; gigging and touring the country to the cover of Rolling Stone,Rock Angel is infused with the passionate music and intense sexual chemistry of Shan and Quinn. Shan must work out her personal demons and learn to trust Quinn enough to love him, but still remain true to the music that has always been her salvation.


This book revolves around Shan and Quinn.  Quinn and a couple of his friends are in a band called Quinntessence.  The band needs to find a replacement guitar player and Shan tries out for the job.  Quinn is apprehensive at first about a female being in the band, but after he hears her play and sing he is all in.  He is also very attracted to her, but because of the band he doesn't want to pursue anything other than a friendship with Shan.  Shan feels a connection with Quinn and tries to wait around until he is ready for a relationship.  In the meantime, the band starts gathering quite a following and after a few years, they have a few hits under their belt.  However, some good and then some terrible things happen within the band that jeopardizes if there is even a band to begin with.

Rock Angel dealt with some very heavy topics, but within a fun, enjoyable story.  Drug use and addiction is very prevalent in this story.  One of the main characters, Shan, has issues with drugs throughout the story.  Shan has overcome many things in her life: her mother's death, abuse from her father and then eventually running away from home.   She unfortunately is hooked on drugs and eventually kicks the habit, but is addicted to another drug to wean her off of heroin.  Her drug problem not only harms herself, but has the potential to harm someone else later on.  She has to come to terms with her neediness and need to feel loved.  The content of this topic is heavy, but this book was a lot of fun to read.  The other band members were hilarious and it was fun to read about the band's climbing success.  The music line of the story was interesting as far as the song writing process and the process of the band gaining recognition.  You want the band to succeed and they work hard at their craft.  You also root for Shan and Quinn to get together, but you realize they each have their own demons to deal with in the meantime.  At the end of the book I felt like I had gone through all the terrible and good times with these characters.  There was a teaser for the  second book in this series that will be coming out next year and I can't wait for the next one in the series! :)


Buy the book:
·        Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/1pNvHKh

Praise for the book:

“In a show business tale filled with ego clashes, sexual tension, drug addiction, dreams of success and nightmares of stardom, the rarefied world of ambitious musicians is rendered with a relentlessly keen eye and ear.” --Music Connection magazine

“Debut novelist Bogino clearly has a passion and great understanding of Nineties-era rock culture. Shan is a complex and well-written character whose struggles have the reader rooting for her.” --Library Journal

“Bogino portrays an authentic landscape of what it s like to be a rock band in the early 90s. Shan and Quinn both read as fully realized, flawed characters.” --Kirkus Reviews


About the author:

By day, Jeanne Bogino is director of a small but busy library in rural New York. By night, she writes at her western Massachusetts homestead. She has published short horror, fantasy, romance, memoir, and gay fiction, and is a regular contributor at Library Journal, where she was named 2011 s fiction reviewer of the year. An expert on zombie lit and horror films, Jeanne has published articles and appeared on panels devoted to these subjects. Rock Angel is her debut novel with Prashanti Press.

Connect with the author:
·        Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1odJk0w
·        Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeanneBogino
·        Website: http://www.bogino.com/
·        Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1thKs9L






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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge 2014: The Barter by Siobahn Adcock #FRC2014



This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!






The book for our Intro to Ghost Studies class is The Barter by Siobahn Adcock.


About the book:


A heart-stopping tale as provocative as is suspenseful, about two conflicted women, separated by one hundred years, and bound by an unthinkable sacrifice.

The Barter is a ghost story and a love story, a riveting emotional tale that also explores motherhood and work and feminism. Set in Texas, in present day, and at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel follows two young mothers at the turning point of their lives.

Bridget has given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter, joining a cadre of stay-at-home mothers seeking fulfillment in a quiet suburb. But for Bridget, some crucial part of the exchange is absent: Something she loves and needs. And now a terrifying presence has entered her home; only nobody but Bridget can feel it.

On a farm in 1902, a young city bride takes a farmer husband. The marriage bed will become both crucible and anvil as Rebecca first allows, then negates, the powerful erotic connection between them. She turns her back on John to give all her love to their child. Much will occur in this cold house, none of it good.

As Siobhan Adcock crosscuts these stories with mounting tension, each woman arrives at a terrible ordeal of her own making, tinged with love and fear and dread. What will they sacrifice to save their families—and themselves? Readers will slow down to enjoy the gorgeous language, then speed up to see what happens next in a plot that thrums with the weight of decision—and its explosive consequences.



This book is basically two stories within one title.  The two stories are similar in the sense that they each have a love story, a strained marriage, and revolve around two mothers.  However the stories are about 100 years apart from each other.  The story that is set in the early 1900s is about Rebecca, her husband, John and their son, Matthew.  After Rebecca has Matthew she begins to see life differently and her sole focus is on Matthew.  The later story is about Bridget and Mark and their infant daughter, Julie.  Bridget was an attorney, but has now decided to be a stay at home mom.  In the very beginning of the story, Bridget not only sees a ghost (the ghost is Rebecca), but smells the ghost as well.  Bridget believes that Julie is able to see the ghost also.  However, Mark cannot see the ghost.  This puts quite a strain (among other issues) on their relationship.

As you read about these two stories you realize how similar they are and how each woman struggles with something.  Those struggles are with marriage, a career, motherhood, and who they are themselves.  This book is very descriptive and engaging.  You realize that this is more than a ghost story and can be heartbreaking at times.  I think I liked Bridget's side of the story the best.  You will enjoy this book and all the things these characters have to offer! 



Buy the book:
·        Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1q0AmYK

·        Amazon Hardcover: http://amzn.to/1w9d7S0

Praise for the book:

"Eerie and atmospheric, this psychological thriller will twist its way into readers' psyches." - Booklist

"Suspenseful debut." - Publishers Weekly

The Barter is a delightful and utterly unique portrait of parenthood across the ages. Siobhan Adcock manages to express what is inexpressible about motherhood and marriage, deftly capturing the banal and the divine, the give and the take. As funny, profound, otherworldly, and terrifying as love itself, this is a debut novel not to be missed.” –Amy Shearn, author of The Mermaid of Brooklynand How Far is the Ocean From Here 

“Absolutely outstanding. The Barter is a ghost story haunted by love, a love story haunted by ghosts, and a literary mystery propelled by the unsaid secrets of marriage and motherhood. In Adcock's world, you won't know whether it's fear, love, or outright beauty making your heart beat like a drum. You won't know, and you won't care at all. You'll just have to keep reading.”
–Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River and The Cradle
 
“Reading The Barter is like standing at the edge of an abyss: deep, dark, and terrifying, it is also a gripping and exhilarating story about fear, courage, and the demands and sacrifices of love. An enthralling page-turner of a novel that had me on the edge of my seat from the first page and continued to haunt me after the last.” –Catherine Chung, author of Forgotten Country 

“Siobhan Adcock takes a very contemporary question – can women ever really “have it all” or are trade-offs invariably exacted? – and examines it through the startling prism of a ghost story. Part comedy of manners, part historical fiction, and part genuinely creepy page-turner, The Barter casts a lively eye on the sacrifices, willing and involuntary, women make as they endeavor to weave together the heart’s various desires.” --Leah Hager Cohen, author of No Book But the World 

“Siobhan Adcock’s impressive debut is a spellbinding blend of historical fiction and ghost story, made all the more believable—and harrowing—by its realistic depiction of the tenuous balance between fulfillment and sacrifice within a marriage.” —Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival



About the author:

Siobhan Adcock received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University, and her short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines. She has worked as a writer and editor for Epicurious, Gourmet.com, iVillage.com, and The Knowm among other digital publishers. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Connect with the author:
·        Twitter: https://twitter.com/siobhanster
·        Website: http://www.siobhanadcock.com/
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1naiZRx






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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

I had the opportunity of being part of the street team for K.A. Tucker's latest book Burying Water.  I received an ARC for this book for an honest review!



The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.



Before I tell you what I think about this book, I will give a little synopsis (without any spoilers, hopefully)!  This book goes between the past and present.  The past is from Jesse Welles' point of view and the future is from Jane Doe/Water's point of view.  Jane Doe/Water wakes up in a hospital in Sisters, Oregon, badly injured and without a single clue to who she is.  She cannot remember her own name, where she is from or anything to clue in why she is the shape that she is.  While she is in the hospital, she has a roommate named Ginny.  Ginny is an older woman that has some eccentricities.  She does not want any men near her and she also does not appear very friendly.  The doctor for both Ginny and Jane Doe/Water is Dr. Alwood who also happens to be Ginny's next door neighbor.  As Jane Doe/Water begins to recover physically from Ginny takes Jane Doe/Water into her home.  Ginny has some very odd rules and does not like to leave her house.  Jane Doe/Water tries to remember who she is/was and has to keep a notebook of words and the words that she associates with them.  In someway she hopes that they unlock her memory.  When Jane Doe/Water finally discovers who she really was, it seems to shatter her current world.

Jesse Welles is the son of Dr. Alwood and her husband Gabe Welles (who also happens to be the town sheriff).  He does not live with them, but makes an appearance in Jane Doe/Water's current life when he visits his parents.  He keeps his distance and Jane Doe/Water seems to think that he is familiar somehow.  In Jesse's part of the story you learn about his life as a mechanic in Portland.  Without giving too much away, you also learn about his friends and acquaintances.  He has a chance encounter with a stranger early on that changes things for him.  You learn how his story is tied to Jane Doe/Water's story in some way.  But, I'm not telling you, so you will have to read the book!

Man, oh man, was this a good book!!  This book was crazy intense, but a really great read.  If you are looking for a book that you will continue to think about long after reading it, than you need to check out this book for sure.  The characters and their stories stay with you long after you finish!  I am sure that it was difficult to write not only from two people's points of views, but also from the future and past tense.  K.A. Tucker does this (or seems to anyways!) very easily.  She also pulls off the fact that Jane Doe/Water can't remember who she is.  The characters in this book where great and you learned that everyone had some sort of secret that they were protecting.  You see that some secrets are very hard to let go of, but eventually they all come to light.  Sometimes it's for the best and sometimes the cost of those secrets coming out can be dangerous and heartbreaking.  This is by far my favorite book by K.A. Tucker!


About the Author:


Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.
She has come a long way from working in crayon. All four books (ANATHEMA, ASYLUM, ALLEGIANCE and ANOMALY) in her best selling YA Paranormal Fantasy series - Causal Enchantment- are available now.
Her USA Today best selling New Adult Contemporary, TEN TINY BREATHS--originally self-published--was acquired by Atria Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), and is available now, along with subsequent books in the series: ONE TINY LIE, FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE, FIVE WAYS TO FALL. The prequel novella, IN HER WAKE, will be available September 2014. Her next project, BURYING WATER, will be out in October 2014 from Atria Books.
K.A. is a voracious reader and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

Connect with K.A. Tucker:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K.A.Tucker.Author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathleenatucker

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall Reading Challenge 2014: Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon #FRC2014



This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!





The book for our Theatre Studies 201 class is Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon.


About the book:

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake in choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she's received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other's one true love—and it's pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen and Kenna’s best friend, Veronica, needs her to return, Kenna doesn't have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.


So first things first, this is the second book of a four part series about the land of Doon.  Even though this book is the second in the series, it is easy to catch up.  I did not feel lost at any time.  If you are interested in reading the first book (which I am starting it tonight!) then get your copy!

Doon is a land that is not accessible to just anyone.  You either have to be born there or basically be called there for a specific job or purpose.  It is an area in Scotland that is set in medieval times, but present day is still going on around it.  Time does not move as fast in Doon as it does in the real world.  For instance, one of the main characters, Mackenna, is called back to Doon.  She has been living in Chicago for a year, but in Doon time she has only been gone 2 1/2 months.  I hope I explained that well and didn't confuse you!  Anyways, Mackenna left Doon to pursue her dreams as a theater actress.  She regrets leaving, because she fell in love with one of Doon's princes, Duncan while she was there previously.  Duncan was supposed to join her in the modern world, but she decided that she couldn't let him do that.  She felt that he belonged in Doon and felt it would be selfish to keep him from there for her.  Duncan appears to her at times, but it's only a vision.  There is one time that he appears in her dressing room after a show and instead of a vision, it is really him.  He has traveled to see her, in a way (there are ways to travel in and out of Doon).  He tells her that Kenna's best friend, Veronica (who is from the modern world, but decided to stay in Doon and is the queen there), has asked Duncan to bring Kenna to the kingdom.  The kingdom has something evil that is cursing Doon.  Through their travels to Doon, Kenna wants to apologize to Duncan, but he is very cold towards her. She wants to explain the reasons she left to him, but he does not seem to want to hear it.

Veronica has her own set of problems.  Some of the people in Doon do not believe in her as their queen.  With the curse that is growing, her boyfriend, Jamie (who is Duncan's brother and the other prince of Doon), appears to not have faith in her as a queen.  She feels like he is making decisions about the kingdom without her.  When Kenna and Duncan finally make it back to Doon, it is apparent that Kenna is meant to help.  She can see things about the curse that no one else can.  Through research the two of them figure out that the curse has happened before.  They have to go on a few adventures to figure out how and what will stop the curse.  In the meantime, there is the growing tension surrounding Kenna and Duncan.  They have to appear to be in love so that none of the townspeople question why she is back.  The queen and her advisers did not  want to tell the townspeople about the evil until they found a solution.  However, this arrangement is a little tought because it appears that Duncan has been spending a lot of time with one of the new residents of Doon, Analise.  Kenna wonders if her chance with Duncan is over, despite the fact that they have a Calling (it's basically a sign or that they were meant to be together) that goes deeper than she originally realized.  She decides that in order to let Duncan move on with Analise, she must leave again if she is able to help stop the curse.

The good about this book:  EVERYTHING!!!!!!  The characters are great.  I love Kenna's sense of humor and Veronica's kindness.  The minor characters in this book are fun too.  I love the setting and premise behind this story.  I loved how Veronica and Kenna tried to incorporate things from the modern world into Doon.  For instance Veronica has maxi dresses made so that she has something comfortable to wear and Kenna brings Veronica a solar battery pack so that Veronica can listen to her iPod.  Everything about this book is described so well that I feel like I can picture Doon myself.  Just such a vivid story! It kept me entertained and I liked the little things/missions that Kenna and Veronica had to complete in order to try to stop the limbus.  I also like the way that Kenna had to learn about forgiving herself and letting that go.  As the reader, you learn that not only does Kenna feel like she let Duncan down, but someone else (I won't say who!) has to deal with the fact that they felt like they had abandoned Kenna a long time ago.  I think any age would enjoy this book. It's not too dark and does not really deal with anything "mature."  At the same time, this book is very entertaining and enjoyable and has a little bit of good versus evil to it.  I have a new series to enjoy and cannot wait to start the first book to learn more about Doon and how the two main characters stumbled upon this world.  Some books that have co-authors do not seem to flow very well, but that is not the case in this book.  Even though the two girls in the book have their own personalities, they go together.  The book flows and you do not feel like you are reading two different books in the same story!

The bad: NOTHING! Well, except the fact that it will be another year until the third book comes out.  :(  I do have a question for Carey and Lorie...what in the world do Duncan and Jamie fight about at the last ball????????????????????????? I AM DYING TO KNOW!!!!!!!!!!  Seriously.


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About the authors:





Carey Corp lives in the metropolitan Midwest with her loveable yet out-of-control family. Carey wrote her first book at the age of seven, and currently begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen. Carey’s debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction and was recently featured at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago in YA Alley.




Lorie Langdon has over ten years of experience writing online and print advertising for a Fortune 500 company, and left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word and continue to build the young-adult-focused blog, HonestlyYA.

Connect with the authors:

Carey Corp:
·        Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1qqj0BL
·        Twitter: https://twitter.com/careycorp
·        Website: http://www.doonseries.com/
·        Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1pez6SL

Lorie Langdon:
·        Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1nagUFl
·        Twitter: https://twitter.com/LorieLangdon
·        Website: http://www.lorielangdon.com/
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1AyddRT






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