Saturday, January 11, 2014


Although I haven't been blogging for a while, I have still been reading. Mostly, I have been taking the time to read books that I missed in the shuffle to keep to a regular reviewing schedule. My current reading is still being tracked on

If you'd like to join me there, I'd love to have your company. I'm starting to think of maybe writing some more reviews or at least featuring what I'm reading on the blog in some way.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Writing Blog

If you would like to, please feel free to follow my blog about my writing processes here:

 My journey is a bit slower than most, but I am determined. I'd love it if you'd join me.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


I am taking a most likely permanent hiatus from blogging. I am thankful for all the friends and contacts I have made both online and in person and for all the opportunities I have been blessed to have as a result of book blogging.

 Right now I have to prioritize my life, and my family and church will always have to come first.

To all my friends - I'd love to keep in touch... I just have to make the right priorities my first priorities.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch


There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen-year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.


Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
The Elliott Review:

This book is another one that drives its impact home by being so poetically written at the same time that it remains simple and unassuming. Carey is a wounded girl who has not crumbled because of what she has faced but has rather grown strong in those broken places. She has had to develop a tough, matter-of-fact outer shell to survive, but because of her need to nurture her sister, she is at the same time still somewhat soft and able to be touched. The balance between these two extremes was beautifully written.

Carey is a character that the reader can identify with and root for. So much of her strange, horrible life feels normal to her because it is all she has known, but as she gets to know her father and step-mother, it begins to occur to her that her relationship with her mother was not normal but horrible. The idea of a real love and parents that actually parent comes slowly to her, breaking down her defenses one by one.

This book is filled with honesty toward all that Carey has faced, her sense of despair turning to hope. It is a beautiful read that deals with a difficult topic in a fresh, real way.

Source: Thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for making this title available at Netgalley.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mildly Spoilery Review: Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices 3) by Cassandra Clare


Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?

Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.


Published March 19th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

The Elliott Review: (more like story of my experience - mildish spoilers???)

This book. This book. This. Book. I am among the most rabid Cassandra Clare fans that you will find. And with Clockwork Prince's amazingness, I decided that it was actually possible that I liked this prequel trilogy better than the Mortal Instruments, though that love is pretty dang strong. I have STRONG Team Jem leanings, though Clockwork Prince determined that I do, in fact, love Will as well.

I wanted to buy the ebook because it is cheaper, but I decided that my emotions may be running high and that I may or may not have a desire to express my emotions through interactions with the physical copy of the book. You know, slamming it closed, throwing it, whatever. About halfway through, I found the genealogy in the inside of the dust jacket... So I threw the book. It didn't help. People told me to keep reading, so I did - REALLY fast. I was emotionally all over the place. I really think that this book is an amazing work of genius for all that it made me hate it (and Cassandra Clare) at certain points. 

I don't think that any book has shattered me as much as Clockwork Princess. The whole time I was reading it, I was filled with such a sense of despair and awe mixed together. It took a lot of emotions to finish the book, but I'm glad I did because now I know that I love it. For all that Cassandra Clare is EVIL, she is also genius. Her sense of character and plot slay me. This could not have been written more perfectly. It's a heart-wrenching story that is supposed to be heart-wrenching. It has satisfying elements for both Team Jem and Team Will camps and, at the same time, gut-wrenching despair for both!

It's been a week since I've read the book, and I'm just now able to really coherently put sentences together about it. I need to go back and read it slowly and savor all those moments, but but I'm still not sure I am ready for that. As I said before, it has been a while since I have read a book that has made me feel ACTUALLY depressed for the span of time I was reading it until I finished and realized it was made of such bittersweet sorrow.

So, yeah. I love this book. And I hate it. But I really actually just love it.

Source: Purchased 

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