Jun 25 2015
Review: A Wish and A Prayer by Beverly Jenkins
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

awishandaprayer-bjPublisher: Harper Collins
Copyright: 2012
Published: April 10, 2012
Pages: 304
Form: Paperback
Series: A Blessing Novel  (4)
Author: Beverly Jenkins
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Anyone worried that living in a small town could be boring certainly hasn’t lived in Henry Adams, Kansas. From the wealthy divorcée who saved this historic town founded by freed slaves to the romantic entanglements that have set tongues wagging and hearts fluttering (and everything in between), there’s plenty to keep the lovably eccentric townsfolk busy.

Preston Miles is happy living with his foster parents, but an e-mail from his maternal grandmother is about to change all that. . . . Riley Curry, the former town mayor, is convinced his pet hog, Cletus, acted in self-defense when he sat on—and killed—a man. Now Riley just has to prove it in a court of law. . . . And as for Rocky, she has already had a lifetime of hurt. Will she risk opening her heart—and her life—to Jack?

Warm, funny, poignant, and unforgettable, Beverly Jenkins’s latest excursion to Henry Adams is a true delight—a welcome return to a place that always feels like home.

My Thoughts

A Wish and a Prayer is the fourth novel in Beverly Jenkins’ Blessings series, and while I did eventually end up enjoying this book, it wasn’t as entertaining as the previous ones in the series.

This book let’s us catch up with all the residents we know, love, and hate in the small town of Henry Adams, Kansas, but the major focus of the book is on adopted brain child Preston Miles.  While Preston is happy and adjusting to life with his adoptive parents, he still longs for answers and a possible relationship with his birth parents.  But when his maternal Grandmother reaches out, Preston must prepare himself for a bit of heartbreak.

Poor Preston.  I can’t imagine not knowing who my parents are and pining to understand why they would give me up.  But despite this, there are a lot of great things happening for Preston.  He is building a better and stronger relationship with his Dad, despite the rockiness of the past.  Also, he has friends that are super supportive, and he even has some success with the ladies.

While Preston is finding his way, former Mayor Riley and his deadly pig Cletus are still causing mischief and mayhem.  Mayor Wiggins of nearby Franklin is taking every opportunity to be a thorn in Bernadine’s side, and Rocky and Jack are finally finding their way with a budding relationship.

Still full of cheese, and while not as great as the previous books, A Wish and a Prayer is still a very worthy read.


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Jun 21 2015
Review: The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

thesapphirerose-dePublisher: Del Rey Fantasy
Published: November 23, 1992
Copyright: 1991
Pages: 502
Form: Paperback
Series: Elenium (3)
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The Secret of the Stone

Finally the knight Sparhawk had come to possess Bhelliom, legendary jewel of magic that alone could save Queen Ehlana from the deadly poison that had felled her father.  Sparhawk and Sephrenia, ageless instructor in Styric magics, made haste to free Ehlana from the crystalline cocoon that had preserved her life while they desperately sought a cure.

But Bhelliom carried dangers of its own.  Once the stone came into his hands, Sparhawk found himself stalked by a dark, luring menace.  Whether the foul Zemoch God Azash was behind this threat, or some other enemy, even Sephrenia could not say–only that the sapphire rose held powers too dangerous for any mortal to bear.

Restoring Queen Ehlana would be only the beginning of Sparhawk’s mission.  With the aid of four stalwart knights, one from each Militant Order, he must thwart Ehlana’s poisoner, the Primate Annias, in his plot to assume the throne of the Church.  For as Archprelate, Annias would serve his secret master, Azash, and deliver up to the dread God the one thing Azash thirsted for–Bhelliom itself!

My Thoughts

With Bhelliom secure with Sparhawk, he and his companions must race back to Elenia to save Queen Ehlana.  Each book in this series got better and better.  With Bhelliom well in hand, they save Princess Ehlana and turn to the business of stopping Martel and his thugs, preventing Annias from ascending to the Archprelate and destroying Azash.

This adventure with Sparhawk and his companions was action packed and absorbing.  The characters were intriguing and entertaining once again stole the show.  The clever ways they found to thwart Annias and everyone in cahoots with him gave me life.  And the final showdown with Azash was super intense and quite thrilling.

Overall a very entertaining conclusion to the Elenium series.  Saprhawk and his companions did not disappoint.


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Jun 17 2015
Finished and Not So Finished Bottle Cap Charms
Written By: Jade | | Tags:

So I know I shared pics of some of these bottle cap charms, but I haven’t shared pics of the finished products.  I made them into to keychain charms, and I think they turned out pretty nice.  There are a few that are still just bottle caps, but they will be embellished eventually as well.  When they are complete I will share pictures of them as well.

 

Game of Thrones Bottle Cap Keychain Charms

Game of Thrones Bottle Cap Keychain Charms

With the two on the right I added charms and keychains to complete them.  The other three have not been embellished but will be one day.  I’ll share the final result when I do.

Sweets Series Keychain Charms

Sweets Series Keychain Charms

This is the Sweets series and I really love how they turned out.  I have one more needing completion, I’ll get to it eventually.

These are the Supernatural themed Keychains.

These are the Supernatural themed Keychains.

Supernatural Keychains

Supernatural Keychains

Here is a close up so you can see what they actually say, since it’s hard to tell in the other picture.

Winchester Brothers

Winchester Brothers

Close up of the Winchester Bros themes keychains.  I love the Winchester, Men of Letters one.

Unfinished Charms Close Up

Unfinished Charms Close Up

And this is just a close up of the ones I have yet to embellish.  I LOVE Jenson Ackles and thought this was a good pic to try this with.  And I love that quote from Castiel.

 

So those are all the completed ones so far.  Hopefully I’ll have more stuff including mini books to share with you all soon.  Hope you all are doing great and as always……Happy Reading!


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Jun 15 2015
Review: The Ruby Knight by David Eddings
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

therubyknight-dePublisher: Del Rey Fantasy
Published: December 1, 1991
Copyright: 1990
Pages: 372
Form: Paperback
Series: Elenium (2)
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The Magic Bhelliom

Ehlana, Queen of Elenia, had been poisoned.  A deep enchantment sustained her life, but only while the Pandion Knights aiding it still lived–and already they were dying, one each month.

Then Sparhawk, Knight and the Queen’s Champion learned that the cure for the poison was the Bhelliom, the great jewel lost when Sarak of Thalesia died in battle, five hundred years before.

Sparhawk and his companions set forth to find King Sarak’s grave by raising ghosts of those who had perished in that ancient battle.  The Seeker, an insectile monster spawned of the evil of God Azash, hounded their every step.  Still Sparhawk pressed on, driven by desperate need.  The had to find Bhelliom before his queen could perish.  They must not fail!

My Thoughts

The Ruby Knight picks up right where The Diamond Throne leaves off.  Sparhawk and his companions continue their search for a cure for Princess Ehlana.  Finding that Bhelliom is the only thing powerful enough to accomplish this, they set off in search of it.

This book is pretty much more of the same, but the personalities of Sparhawk and his companions are given more shine and depth.  They are all so much more developed and, if you can believe it, even more likable than in the previous book.  The standouts for me are little enchanting Flute, mischievous and street smart thief, Talen, and of course the ever clever brute and Pandion Knight, Sparhawk.

With the political race for the new Archprelate heating up, Sparhawk and friends must navigate their way through ghosts, seekers, and the devious plans and schemes of God Azash and his minions to discover Bhelliom’s resting place.  Rescuing it from it’s previous owner proves to be more difficult than they expected, but Sparhawk and friends do not have quitting spirits.

Overall I had fun reading this and followed up by reading the last and final book in the Elenium series.


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Jun 08 2015
Review: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

bloodrose-acPublisher: Speak
Published: January 3, 2012
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 408
Form: Paperback
Series: Nightshade Series (3)
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There’s no backing down.

It’s time to fight for freedom, or surrender to destiny.

Failure is not an option.  The pack

s alliance is crucial to their victory.

But in the end, the future of their world lies in her hands.

My Thoughts

I want to start out by saying I had no idea there was so much hate fr Shay and so much love for Ren when it comes to this series.  While I can barely remember Nightshade, my review seems to indicate I was not a fan of Ren while I found Calla to be her best self when she was with Shay.  While I still stand by that sentiment, getting to know Ren presented a different side that we didn’t get to see in previous books.

Call goes back to the Vale for Ren to introduce him to his sister and make him privy to the truth of the existence.  She then proceeds to have some very teenagery angst over whether she wants to be with Ren or Shay.  She gets really physical and leads them both on when it’s been clear since Nightshade who she truly wants to be with.  I kind of found this despicable, and Calla and her antics concerning the two really became someone I didn’t like.

Despite that, the book was full of action, danger, and adventure.  I really felt for all of their losses and was proud of their triumphs.  While I wasn’t totally thrilled with the ending, I found it satisfactory.

I feel like the epilogue should have been from the Pack’s point of view.  Getting it from Sabine’s POV made it seem a bit disconnected.  Overall a decent ending.  Though now I’ve read there are to be more books in this series.  Just WHY?

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