Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dream Factory

Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler A-

"When the character actors at Disney World go on strike, the teens hired as replacements learn that it isn't exactly the Happiest Place on Earth. Ella gets to be Cinderella, simply because the shoe fits. It should be a dream come true, but Ella no longer believes in dreams. Luke is a fur character, Dale the chipmunk. Chip is played by his girlfriend, Cassie, who is perfect in every way. Why, then, does Luke find himself more drawn to imperfect things like the theme park's Phantom? A team-building scavenger hunt brings Luke and Ella together. As they uncover the Magic Kingdom's treasures, they discover an undeniable magic between them."
-Back of the book.

I don't think I'll ever be able to look at Disney Land the same way ever again. In this book you hear what Disney Land is really like and there's a lot more to it then "the happiest place on earth." It's is for sure one of the funniest books I have ever read! Especially since these are just teenagers who are replacements until the strike ends, so they hardly have any idea what there doing already and still have to walk around in big fur costumes and princess dresses!
A perfect read for anyone who loves Disney land.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. A+

"Imagine coming upon a fountain of youth in a forest. To live forever--isn't that every one's ideal? For the Tuck family, eternal life is a reality, but their reaction to their fate is surprising. Award winner Natalie Babbitt (Knee-Knock Rise, The Search for Delicious) outdoes herself in this sensitive, moving adventure in which 10-year-old Winnie Foster is kidnapped, finds herself helping a murderer out of jail, and is eventually offered the ultimate gift--but doesn't know whether to accept it. Babbitt asks profound questions about the meaning of life and death, and leaves the reader with a greater appreciation for the perfect cycle of nature."
-Back of the book.

My mom recommended this book to me, so I bought a copy and went home and read the whole thing in one day. Then once I was done my sister told me we already had a copy. Oh well, now I have my own copy. :)
I adored this book and I think it is one of the few stories were the movie is just as good as the book. I would recommend this book to everyone of all ages. It;s a perfect read for younger kids and a entertaining quick read for teens and adults. Not to mention it's a classic and an adorable story! And once you've finished the book you have to see the Disney movie! It's amazing and I cry every time I watch it!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Fairy Thorn

The Fairy Thorn by Dorothy Keddington A+

"Small town librarian Lucy Norris longs for romance and adventure, yet her life is a "calendar of sameness"--until the morning she spies a tall ship sailing through Deception Pass. The sighting becomes a catalyst for change and Lucy soon finds herself a key player in a dangerous masquerade and the quest for a legendary lost painting."
-Back of the book

I was super excited to read this book because Dorothy Keddington is totally one of my favorite authors! Her books never get old no matter how many times I read them and each one has a totally different and unique adventure!
But this book was extremely expecting and trilling! The cover it's self is scary and mysterious! And it turns out I know nothing and should do my research because I had no idea Dorothy Keddington was still writing! I read the About the Author section in the back of this book that was published last year, and read that she is in progress of writing another book called Hearth Fire!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Willow by Carolyn Brown A-

"Willow Gail Dulan didn't like Rafe Pierce when he read her father's will. She sure didn't like him when he tried to talk Hank Gibson out of letting her and her four newly-found sisters travel to California with the wagon train of mail-order brides.

Rafe was totally against the idea of Jake Dulan's daughters going with the train. He would like nothing better than to leave Willow for the rattlesnakes and Indians. The feeling is mutual.

They lock horns and refuse to budge. Both have a scarred heart from previous experiences, and a temper, so the fireworks explode every time they're in each other's presence, which is often since Rafe drew the short straw and has to bring up the rear of the train...right where the Dulan girls' wagon is located.

Willow and Rafe both realize that out there, beyond the sunsets they both love, lies the Promised Land. It's not a place or destination, but a spirit and a journey which draws them into the peace of its bosom to rock away the cares of life. But will they ever admit they need each other to reach that Promised Land?"

-Back of the book.

I read the forth book in the series first because I didn't know there were others. Luckily it didn't give anything away about the other four books. This is the first in The Promised Land series by Carolyn Brow. What I love most about these books are the five sisters the books point of views are in. There all super spunky, don't care at all of what people think, independent, and all unique in there own ways. No, i lied, the best part about this book is after reading it, all you want to do is speak in a western accent all day. I love it! I think I found a series that reach my top ten, though I have had one heck of a time finding her books. Each book is around 100-250 pages long, so there quick reads. I can't wait to get my hands on the other three books, I well keep posting them as I go along.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Where the Heart Leads

Where the Heart Leads by Anita Stansfield A-

"With the loss of his mother, the final threads that bind Jonathon Brandt to home are gone forever, and he leaves Boston, hoping to never return. The year is 1894, and Jonathon is eager to head west to California to find a new life, a new profession, and an escape from the disastrous relationship with his father.

Jonathon's journey westward allows him the opportunity to stop and visit his beloved Aunt Ellie, who lives in a small, Central Utah town. He falls in love with the scenery the same day he falls in love with Maddie Jo Hansen, and suddenly California loses its appeal. Even though Maddie is a Mormon, Jonathon quickly realizes that he likes everything about this place and the people-except for Glen Hansen, Maddie's father, who is determined that no man, especially Jonathon, is going to take his daughter away from him.

Anita Stansfield, the #1 best-selling LDS romance author, delivers one of her finest novels to date. Filled with intrigue and romance, Where the Heart Leads is a compelling story of heartbreaking loss, inspiring discovery, and a love that overcomes all obstacles.
-Back of the book

Sorry that the pitcher on this post is pretty blurry but I couldn't find a better one on the Internet. Any way I enjoyed this book. A very fun LDS novel by a very cleaver author. It's a very quick and easy read and perfect for ages 13+ There isn't much to say about this book except that it's a book about love of family and over coming challenges. You can by this book really cheap at Seagull Book or check it out at a local library.