Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesdays

Prompt: "No matter what you hear, no matter how badly you want to, do NOT open your eyes."

“No matter what you hear, no matter how badly you want to, do NOT open your eyes,” Ellie said.

These are words you don’t want to hear while your teenage daughter cuts and colors your hair for cosmetology school—her first time not working on a mannequin.

 “You are going to look great, Mom.”

I heard a snip and winced.

An hour later she finished. Bright blue steaks against dyed auburn hair. Choppy, uneven layers.

“What do you think?” Ellie asked.

“Great job, honey. I love it.” What will the senator think when I show up to work on Monday?

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spotlight: THE HITLER DILEMMA by Carolyn Twede Frank

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genre: historical fiction
“We’re Nazis, Max. Everybody in Germany is Nazi—if they want to be safe.” Papa pulled up a chair and sat down, crumpling the newspaper in his hand. “We don’t have to think like them, son, but we’ve got to act like them—at least on the outside. Try to remember that. Okay?” Saarbr├╝cken, Germany—1938 Change is in the air in Max Adams’s small village: The censorship of classic literature, the elimination of math and science courses, the addition of extra physical education classes. Along with thousands of other young men, he is forced into the Hitler Youth and is being groomed to become the next generation of Nazi soldiers. But as a faithful Latter-day Saint, how can Max serve the villain who destroyed his younger brother in his effort to create a Master Race—a man who is bent on tearing apart not only a single nation, but also the entire world? From the horrors of battle and the sorrow of separation from family to the privations of a prisoner of war, Carolyn Twede Frank’s groundbreaking novel The Hitler Dilemma is a poignant chronicle of one remarkable young man’s struggle to reconcile his sense of duty with his staunch opposition to the evil tyrant destroying the country he loves.

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Carolyn is a fan of history, with its wealth of inspiring heroes and pernicious villains. Somehow, a touch or a ton of history seems to weave its way into each novel she writes. When a friend relayed to Carolyn how her father-in-law was a Hitler Youth against his will during WWII, Carolyn knew it was a story that needed to be told—and she wanted to write it.

When Carolyn is not working on a novel, she fills her spare time with grandchildren, gardening, and renovating houses. She currently lives in Kaysville, Utah where she runs a small business out of her home, which affords her the luxury of being an author.

She is currently working on the companion book to The Hitler DilemmaEscape From East Germany is based on the story of Karin Adam, Max’s wife. The novel deals with Karin’s struggles growing up in East Germany under Russian rule, and how she ultimately escapes.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Book Review: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark

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genre: YA fantasy
Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.

My Review
4 of 5 stars
Uncovering Cobbogoth was a fast-paced adventure that blended mythology and fantasy into a thrilling ride. 

I thought the author did some great world building in this tale. I am fascinated by the world of Cobbogoth and the Cobbogothians, and felt transported to their realm. One of my favorite parts of the world is how the Cobbogothians use stones for everything from healing to portals. I was always eager to see which stone would be introduced next!

I also loved the strong romantic subplot that the author carried throughout the story. I am always a fan of romance in books, and she handled the romance in this one well. I also loved Uncle Jack as a character. The author did a great job of making him feel like a fleshed-out interesting character, despite the fact he is not physically present at all in the book. 

I loved how mythology was used in this tale. I have no idea how much of the mythology was made-up or real, but she made me believe all of it. 

I also appreciated how the author handled the violence in the book. Some of the scenes had the potential to be very gruesome, but she kept her audience in mind while writing, which I'm thankful for. I would definitely feel comfortable recommending this book to a pre-teen or teen. 

I have a strong suspicion that there will be a sequel to this book, although I haven't been able to substantiate that belief. I think the author did a great job of tying up enough loose ends in this tale to leave me satisfied, while still leaving enough undone that I'm eager to read book two. This just can't be all there is to the story!

The plot was pretty predictable at times, and I wish Norah would've been a stronger character (although I still like her). But I have a feeling she's at the beginning of her character arc and it'll continue throughout book two (assuming there is a sequel). Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I'm excited to see what this author comes up with next!

Excerpt from Uncovering Cobbogoth
“Nor?” James rubbed the sleep from his eyes with the heel of his hand. One look at me, however, and he was wide awake. “What is it? Is it Gram?”

“No. No, not that,” I croaked, guilt rushing through me for causing him more worry.

The panic left his eyes, and he squinted at me.

I shuffled self-consciously. I knew I looked terrible. I’d been up crying half the night after my argument with Uncle Jack about James breaking my heart. Finally, I snuck out my window, climbed down my cherry tree, and headed to the fire station to see James.

“Hey, Riley! Cut the lights, man!”

James glanced back into the dark, communal bedroom where the rest of the night shift firefighters slept.

“Come here.” He took my hand, closed the bedroom door and, in stockinged feet, led me down the hall. A moment later, we were sitting side by side on the stairs. James still held my hand, and I hoped he’d never let go. I watched as he reached into his shirt pocket, fishing around until he found a piece of peppermint gum.

He offered me half. I shook my head, so he stuffed the whole thing in his mouth. Then he turned those kind, piercing eyes on me.

Growing warm under his gaze, I cleared my throat. “I-I’m so sorry to wake you up,” I started. “I hoped you’d still be awake. It’s just . . .”

James mindlessly ran his thumb in circles over my knuckles. I lost my train of thought. Blinking, I took a deep breath and plunged on. “My uncle . . . he wants me to stop spending time with you. I mean, I can still help with Gram and everything, he just doesn’t want us hanging out any other time.” I sucked in another unsteady breath. “But I—I can’t let that happen, James. You’re my only friend.”

James was quiet for what seemed like forever. I prayed he wouldn’t just shrug his broad shoulders and shuffle back to bed.

To my relief, he reached up, rumpling his chocolate curls with his free hand. “Did he give you a reason why?” he asked, avoiding my eyes. I shook my head. “I think he’s afraid you’ll end up hurting me—that you’ll break my heart. You know how protective he is.”

He was silent again, this time longer.

Stupid, Norah! Why had I come here? Why did I think James would even care about this—that it would upset him at all?

Finally, James let out his breath. And the next moment, he was pressing the back of my hand to his lips.

I swallowed my shock. I’d never imagined that his lips could be so warm and soft. The contact sent a shock straight to my heart.

“What do you think?” James mumbled a moment later, still contemplating my hand. “Do you think I could hurt you?”

I wanted to burst into tears all over again. “I don’t think, James, I know. But it would be worth it.”

James chuckled this time, resting his forehead against my temple. “Now that’s a compliment.”

I smiled. Having him so close—smelling the fresh peppermint on his breath—was a fierce mixture of agony and ecstasy. They were feelings I’d never imagined I could feel.

“I’d never hurt you, Nor,” James whispered at last, and his breath tickled my neck. “Not really.”

Author Bio
Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and their son in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English, and immediately began writing Uncovering Cobbogoth. 
Hannah loves running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, and growing things. Like her heroine, Norah, she is slightly inclined to believe that trees have souls.
To learn more about Hannah and the Cobbogoth series, visit

Rebekah G. Shakespear lives with her husband and two sons in Texas. She received a double degree in Graphic-Web and Print Design from Henry Ford Community College in Michigan.
Bekah loves being a mom, photography, illustrating, refinishing furniture, organizing and being related to the author, for whom she has held a long abiding love and admiration for since before Hannah was even born. 

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Book Review: THE PRINCESS AND THE PROM QUEEN by Jaclyn Weist

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genre: YA fantasy 
Jenny’s had it with her life. Six siblings in an overstuffed house are enough to drive anyone crazy, and sometimes she dreams of escaping to some fantasy world. When she suddenly wakes up to find herself being kissed by a strange—but very handsome—prince, Jenny knows her life just got a lot more exciting. Now stuck in a medieval land of castles and royalty, when Jenny learns that the queen has agreed to marry her off to the prince, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. She goes on a quest to find out who dragged her to this time while trying to keep from falling in love with either of the boys vying for her attention. 

Princess Genevieve has only known life under her mother’s rule. She wants to do more than go to battle or deal with suitors. She wakes to find herself in a new world filled with gadgets, electricity, and moving carriages. She finally has the freedom to be who she wants to be with a family who cares deeply for her and a boy worth any sacrifice. It’s more than everything she always wanted. 

As Jenny and Genevieve settle into their new lives, they face an unknown evil which threatens everything they care about and makes them face tough questions—like who they are and what they really want their lives to become. 

My Review
4.5 stars out of 5
I love a good fairytale, especially if it's remade in an interesting and unique way. THE PRINCESS AND THE PROM QUEEN is exactly that!

The author did a great job of differentiating between Jenny and Genevieve's voices. They felt like very distinct characters, and I never struggled separating them out in my mind. Furthermore, I liked both of them equally! I kept turning pages because I couldn't wait to find out what happened with each girl.

I really loved some of the minor characters in this book, particularly Ammon. He was just a great brother. I really loved Lucy and the love interests as well.

I found the fairytale world fun and captivating, and loved some of the things Genevieve found unusual in the 21st century (toothbrushes that don't hurt!). It made me really believe both girls had traveled to an unfamiliar place and time.

There were some really surprising plot twists in this book that I loved. It's hard to catch me off guard, and the author did that in this novel more than once. But I think my favorite part of the whole book was the ending. It was unexpected, and so perfect! As I got closer and closer to the end, I kept thinking, "There is no way she can wrap this up in the amount of pages left!" But she did and I loved it and it was perfect.

A fun, romantic, and CLEAN read perfect for anyone. The book is written for a YA market, but I think tweens and younger would find this book enjoyable too.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesdays

Prompt: The truth about love is...

The truth about love is, you don’t get to pick who you love. Believe me, I’ve tried. Princesses aren’t supposed to fall in love with stable boys.

“Can I assist you with anything else, Princess?”

I gazed into his handsome face. Oh, how I longed to run away together. But if caught, his punishment would be death. I wouldn’t risk it.

“No,” I told him, patting my horse on the nose. “Thank you.”

“Princess?” called the voice of my intended. I gazed at my love, then followed my fianc├ę back to the castle.

The truth about love is, it’s doomed.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesdays

I had a lot of fun writing this week's prompt and kind of want to see where this story goes. Enjoy!

You find a box in the attic that isn't yours...

Elli blew bangs out of her eyes and reached for the next box. She wished she could wait for the pain to dull before going through Amy’s stuff, but the house needed to be sold now.

So far, all she’d found in the dusty attic was junk—broken furniture, old clothes, that sort of thing. Most would go in the trash.

Elli opened the box and gasped. Slowly she pulled out a tiara dripping in jewels. It was the one from the news. The one that had been stolen from the museum last week.

The night before her sister’s death.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesdays

You know what they say...

“If you can’t take her you can’t go,” Mom said.

I’d won. Soon I’d be hanging out with my brother’s hot friend Tyler!

Braedon pouted the whole car ride to the mall. In the parking lot, I checked my lip gloss. I looked at least 16 today. Would Tyler notice?

He didn’t. “Ready?” he asked.

“Where are we going?” I said.

Braedon glared. “We’re going to the arcade. You’re meeting us here in two hours.”

“But I thought—”

Braedon smirked. “You know what they say about assuming. It makes an—”

My cheeks heated. I ran. Away from them. 

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Lindzee Armstrong/Lydia Winters