Torn, Book Two of The Trylle Series, By Amanda Hocking

“When Wendy Everly first discovered the truth about herself- that she’s a changeling switched at birth- she knew her life would never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story… Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything- and everybody- she’s ever wanted… in both worlds.”

Amanda Hocking’s second book in this wonderful trilogy is very captivating and beautifully written. Because I got the first two books in the series at the same time, I couldn’t help but to instantly pick up book two and start reading as soon as I finished Switched. That’s how much I love the series. Some series are a let-down after book one, but not this story, Torn delivered and left me hungering for more.

Torn between her loyalties, past and future, her heart and what is expected of her, Wendy is lost and makes so many difficult decisions, proving she is such a strong and compassionate heroine. I love her personality and ability to deal with anything that is thrown at her.

Switched and Torn were wonderful intros into the world of the Trylle, but the conclusion is soon to come in Ascend, the final book in the trilogy. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival so that I can find out how it all ends.

Delightful Readings πŸ™‚

Sherri

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Prophecy of the Sisters, Book One, By Michelle Zink

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Prophecy of the Sisters is about a legacy of twin girls born every generation from angelic descendants. Alice and Amalia are the most recent of these twins, but nothing is as it seems. Both girls are not as close as you’d think they’d be, if only because of this prophecy. It has driven sisters apart and set them against each other for centuries.

Lia has no idea about any of this, until the night her father dies. That’s when everything starts to unravel. Strange things have happened in the past, but for her this is the strangest thing to happen and now she’s curious as to how and why her father was killed.

An extraordinary read and suspenseful, I was glad to have picked it up at the local library on a whim, along with the sequels to it. It will keep you hanging on until the very last word.

Joyful Readings πŸ™‚

Sherri

The Lucky One, By Nicholas Sparks

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I actually saw the preview for this movie before I decided to read the book. I decided to pick it up because it looked like another good Nicholas Sparks book. The Lucky One is about a soldier who is almost killed at least half a dozen times, but is always saved by luck. Not just any luck though, a lucky picture he found when he was first deployed. After his tours he travels across the United States, by foot, with his ever-present companion, Zeus, a loyal german shepherd. In his travels he finds peace within himself that he hasn’t had for years due to his near-death experiences.

 

The tale of a man who trusts his instincts, a wary woman who doesn’t trust easily, and a haunting past all wrapped up into an unforgettable tale of passion. My first read by Nicholas Sparks and a good choice to start with his works. Though it definitely won’t be my last read of his.

Happy Readings πŸ™‚

Sherri

Heathen Girls, by Luanne Jones

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“Live without limits. Love without questions. Laugh without apologies. And make sure that whoever dies first won’t be sent to heaven looking like hell!”

This is the vow three George cousins take as children. Charma Deane George Parker, youngest of the three has had it bad: fiancΓ© stolen by her most beloved cousin Bess, is left out of the loop when her mother dies, and now has to deal with a family crisis. Bess Halloway, the eldest of these three girls, is causing all hell to break loose just so she can protect those she loves, even though it only seems like she’s trying to destroy it all. Minami “Minnie” Annette George Raynes is the peacemaker of the trio and loves them all with an intensity and understanding that makes you wish it were pointed at you.

With so little age difference between the gals, growing up at the “Aunt Farm,” and being raised by some women with spitfire personalities, these women have bonds that keep them together even through the toughest circumstances or the painful betrayals. Everything Southern enclosed in this wonderfully written book, it made me remember a movie thats been a favorite of mine from ever since I could remember, The Divine Secrets of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

This book just stood out on the shelf at me when I was at the library. It said, “You will read me and love me.” It was right. I fell in love with the story and the characters right away. The characters portray Southern women beautifully, the setting was perfectly drawn out, and the tragedies were captivating. I mentioned T.D.S.O.T.Y.Y.S. for a reason. The movie has been a favorite of mine for years, it was so encompassing with love and friendships and heartbreak all around, but in the end everything becomes as good as it can get. Yes, I think another reason why I loved this book was because it was similar to T.D.S.O.T.Y.Y.S., but it has its own reasons for becoming a great novel to me. It put me right in Charma Deane’s head, her life, her fears, her risks, and her regrets. When Charme Deane was upset, so was I. When she was outraged, I wasn’t far behind. Whenever she cried, I cried right along with her.

This novel is a beautiful encasement of the South. I lived in the South for awhile as a young child so it’ll always be connected to me. Because of this, Heathen Girls will always be a specially loved reminder of where I came from.

My next review will be on Gene of Isis by Traci Harding, book one in The Mystique Trilogy.

Best of Reading πŸ™‚
Sherri